Tuesday, April 15, 2014

School Board Makes New Hires in Monday Night Meeting

The Warren School Board met Monday night for their regular monthly meeting.  After adopting of the previous month's minutes and approving out of state trip requests, the board heard a presentation from Child Nutrition Director Amanda West and Transportation Director Matthew Valentine.

After returning from executive session to discuss personnel matters the board voted to approve the following resignations:  Andrew Gonzalez, high school social studies and assistant football coach;  Ashley Gonzalez, elementary music; and Clay Bemberg, middle school social studies.

The approved the following transfers:  Becky Quoss from Eastside to Brunson science(voluntary transfer);  Kim Burnett from certified math interventionist to Level 4 to replace Mrs. Quoss;  and Rebecca Myers from Level 1 to Level 2.

The board approved all classified personnel as listed with restrictions as noted for the 2014-15 school year.

Michelle Stark was hired as MS literacy instructor to replace Ann Orleanski.

Liz Richey was hired as MS literacy instructor to replace Shelly Wolfe.

Janet Harton was hired as business education/CTE instructor.  This is a new position for two years as the school transitions to the new Technology Course sequence.

Tara Hogue was hired as ELL Coordinator/Instructor to replace Cindy Pacheco.

Katie Huhn was hired to teach elementary music, replacing Ashley Gonzalez.

Coleman Dowda was hired to be the small engine PET instructor, replacing Robbie Duncan.

Blake Washington was hired to teach middle school social studies and to be an assistant football coach, replacing Clay Bemberg.

In other business, the board adopted the March ASBA Model Policy Updates and approved a personnel policy recommendation with changes.  The recommendation was to limit sick leave bank awards to not include cosmetic nor elective surgeries.  The board determined that some items classified as elective surgeries could be important to the patient.  The recommendation was approved with the words elective surgeries removed.

In other business, the 2014-15 calendar was approved.  The board also voted to allow a list of older vehicles  to be let out for bid.

It was noted by Superintendent Johnson that an additional board meeting will be needed regarding finances.  The board voted to hold that meeting April 21 at 5:30 p.m.  In addition, the July board meeting was moved to July 21.

It was announced that in order to make up for 1 1/2 days of inclement weather dismissals (Feb. 12 and Dec. 6) school will be held Monday, June 2, and 1/2 day June 3.

The meeting concluded with Jeff Woodall addressing the board expressing the desire for Gideon Bibles to be allowed to be given out in the schools.  No action was taken.

City Council Hears Hospital Report and Awards Bids

The Warren City Council met Monday, April 14, for their regular monthly meeting with all members present.  After approval of the minutes of the March 10 meeting and the City Clerk's financial statement, city sale and use tax report, the county sales and use tax report, the district court clerk's report and the overtime report, the council recognized Bradley County Medical Center Director Rex Jones who was invited by Alderman Joel Tolefree.  Mr. Jones thanked the city and the Chamber of Commerce for their support of the medical center.  He told the council that the hospital employes 215+ and has nearly $9, 500,000.00 in payroll.  He informed the council that 71% of the revenue comes from outpatient services and runs approximately 500 people a month in the emergency room.  He further indicated that the hospital runs approximately $700,000 yearly in charity and has 7% of bad debts. He noted that the hospital in actively recruiting a physician and a nurse practitioner.

The council approved the rezoning of property which formerly housed Alma's Home on North Martin Street to revert back to residential.

Phyllis Barnes, Janice Smith, and Bob Milton were approved for six-year terms on the Civil Service Commission.

The monthly police report was submitted by Chief Randy Peek, and a step increase in pay was approved for Anthony Atkins from 8A to 8B.

Fire Chief Howard Edwards gave his report.  Alderman Moseley commented that he had read that the rescue truck was used to free a woman from an automobile accident Friday night.

Sanitation and Building Official Mike May gave his reports.  Alderman Fullerton asked if any progress has been made on the collecting of other kinds of paper for recycling.  Mr. May reported that to date he has not been able to find a source to take this material.  It is currently ending up in the landfill.

Alderman Zack Burks reported that the Street Committee has toured the city streets and has accumulated a list of needs.  He was not prepared to share the list at that time.  In other street business, the council voted to accept the bid of Anderson for striping of streets which is done annually prior to the Pink Tomato Festival.

The council also voted to accept the lowest bid for sidewalks, four skeet houses, three trap/skeet ranges, and four slabs/pavilions at the shooting range.  T & T Construction was the low bidder at $189,081.56.

Resolution A581 a resolution for Contract of Obligation and Letter of Credit was passed as required by the state.

Alderman Dorothy Henderson thanked the Mayor for his participation in the Bradley County Job Fair.  She reported that 389 individuals visited with the 40 vendors present.  Four employers were able to make hires as a result of the fair, and a number of students signed up for summer jobs.

Choir Presents "a Great Performance"

The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday at noon in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.  Rotarian Bruce Anderson was the program chair for the meeting.  He presented the Warren High School Choir under the direction of Brent Miller.  The choir's musical presentation was described as "a great performance."

Warren Forward Names Businesses of the Week

The Warren Forward Downtown Network would like to announce its April 14th Businesses of the Week. This week’s businesses are Super Value and Lumberjack Yamaha.
Super Value has been supplying Warren’s grocery needs for the last 8 years. Aside from basic groceries, Super Value also offers a full butcher section, as well as a fresh produce section. The store is managed by Doug Harris. Super Value is located at 504 N. Main Street.
Lumberjack Yamaha has been serving Warren since 1965. Products offered include Still Chainsaws and Power Equipment, X Mark Commercial Mowers, Tarter Farm Equipment, Performance Trailers, Ranchland Bumpers, BMW hitches, Yamaha Side by Sides, Yamaha ATV’s, Yamaha Pressure Washers, Yamaha Generators, and much more. Lumberjack Yamaha also has an equipment rental program. Owner Tracy Savage stated that the stores motto is “we service what we sell.” More information about Lumberjack Yamaha can be found on the stores Facebook page and at the stores website, www.lumberjackyamaha.com Lumberjack Yamaha is located at 1504 S Main Street.
 Warren Forward Downtown Network has established the Businesses of the Week to educate the citizens of Bradley County about local Commerce and to encourage citizens to shop locally. Each week Warren Forward will draw the names of two businesses in Warren to promote. Promotions can be seen via Warren Forwards Facebook. The Warren Forward Downtown Network strives to encourage the development, redevelopment, promotion, and improvement of the downtown area in Warren.

WHS Band Students Earn Multiple Honors

Eleven Warren High School band students pictured were selected to the Region 3 All-region honor band.

Back row lefter to right:  Luke Barbara, Logan Harton, Landon Jolley, Jacob Phillips, Destiny Neely, Logan Adams.  Front Row Left to right: Brenisha Boswell, Stephanie Graham, NaQuishia Newton, Neyleea Gonzalez, Not Pictured: DaQuan Marshall

Warren High School band students Na'Quishia Newton, Logan Harton, and Jacob Phillips were selected to perform with the Four-States honor band In Texarkana, TX. This group is made up of some of the top musicians for Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

In April, Stephanie Graham and Logan Harton, two Warren high school students were selected to the Arkansas All-star band. This is a group made of the best musicians from across the state of Arkansas from bands class AAA and smaller.

The band is under the direction of Mr. Daniel Williams.

Arrest Report: April 14, 2014

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Brandon Lee Burns:  #11 Railroad Ave., Warren, AR., age 26, charged with domestic battery (4-1-14)

James Johnson Baldwin, 619 North Martin St., Warren, AR., age 31, charged with driving on suspended license, no insurance, arrested on warrant (4-8-14)

Leo Patton:  409 Oak St., Warren, AR., age 55, arrested on warrant (4-10-19)

Wanda Thompson:  1827 Ouachita Rd 97, Bearden, AR., age 40, charged with possession of instrument of crime, possession of controlled substance, no tail light (4-11-12)

Rhonda Young:  145 Triple FLN, Monticello, AR., age 41, charged with DWI, careless driving (4-12-14)

Ruperto Rodriguez, 1100 South Martin, Lot #12, Warren, AR., age 35, charge with domestic battery 3rd (4-13-14)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Junior Auxiliary of Warren Easter Egg Hunt

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New EHC Line Dancing Club

The Bradley County Extension Homemakers has started a new line dancing club.  The meeting times are every second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 2:00 p.m. at the Bradley County Extension Office.  The first official meeting will be Wednesday, April 23rd.  An overview of participation in the club will be covered on this day.  Space is limited and the membership will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Membership dues are $4.00 annually.  This will be a fun way to become active and more involved in community activities.  For more questions or to register, call the Bradley County Extension Office at 870-226-8410.  The Cooperative Extension Service programs are open to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, marital or veteran’s status, or any other legally protected status and is an Affirmative Action Employer.

Monticello auctioneer is among newest graduates 
of industry’s premiere designation program

Monticello, AR, April, 2014– Monticello auctioneer, Jimmy Orrell, of Orrell Auctions & Real Estate PLLC, recently completed training at the prestigious Certified Auctioneers Institute. CAI is the industry’s premier training program developed by the National Auctioneers Association for auction professionals.

The three-year CAI designation program  is an intensive, executive development program offering auctioneers instruction and coursework in business management, ethics, customer relations, finance, communication, strategic planning and advanced marketing.

The CAI designation communicates to attorneys, trust officers, government officials, accountants and others affiliated with the auction industry that the CAI Auctioneer is dedicated to professionalism and excellence in the auction business and is committed to continuing education.

After training at Indiana University in Bloomington, under some of the nation’s most distinguished and respected leaders in the auction industry, CAI designees become part of an extraordinary network of Auctioneers who possess and share the knowledge and skills needed to provide clients with outstanding services.(see more below the advertisement)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Relay for Life Venue Changed

Organizers of Relay for Life have issued a notice that the venue for the 2014 event has been relocated to the Warren Gymnasium located on Seminary Street across from Central Missionary Baptist Church.  The move has been made due to the recent weather conditions and feedback from patrons in regards to safety of young people, accessibility concerns for survivors in wheelchairs, etc.

The Relay for Life will be held Friday, April 18th.  More will be posted as we receive information.

Friday, April 11, 2014

One Vehicle Accident Traps Woman Inside: Rescue Vehicle Called Out

The rescue unit was called out early Friday night to extract a woman trapped in a vehicle.  She was traveling on Highway 63 about half way between Warren and Hermitage when her vehicle left the road and struck a culvert.  The vehicle overturned and trapped the woman inside.  She was transported via ambulance to the Bradley County Medical Center.  salineriverchronicle.com will release a full story when the Arkansas State Police official report in finalized.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Job Fair: Big Success

Warren High School seniors who are about to enter the job market and training attended the job fair.
The Bradley County Job Fair had a great turnout April 10th.  The event was held at the Immanuel Baptist Church and was organized by the Bradley County Department of Human Services under the direction of County Administrator Dorothy Henderson.  The job fair is an annual event in Warren and has helped many people find good jobs and new careers.
Walgreens participated in the fair.

This year's fair saw 38 businesses and educationial institutions on hand to provide information on opportunities for work and training.  Among the businesses present were Armstrong Corporation,  Anthony Forest Products and several companies in the area of health care.  Also in attendance were a number of state agencies such as the Arkansas State Police, Department of Corrections, Department of Tourism, Department of Human Services,  the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission/Enforcement and the Arkansas National Guard.  There were several nonprofit organizations on hand and the Warren Police Department.  Also present was the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Southeast Arkansas College, SEACBEC and Southeast Arkansas Community Action.  The Bradley County Economic Commission was present to help.
David King, Representative Jeff Wardlaw, Dorothy
Henderson, Mayor Bryan Martin, Alderman Marty Reep.

Dorothy Henderson welcomed those present who then heard from Mayor Bryan Martin, Rep. Jeff Wardlaw and Chamber President David King.  Pastor Richey of Immanuel also welcomed everyone.  A number of adults and high school students were on hand visiting with the various participants.

Based upon comments from the companies and organizations present, there are job opportunities available in the Warren area.  Some require additional training and all demand good work ethics and a drug free lifestyle. (See more below the ad.)

Experience Works


Odis Miller and DaQuan Daniels attended the fair.

Community Action Corporation

The Warren Police Department
Eddie Thomas from Workforce and Mayor Bryan Martin

The National Guard Booth with Mr. Corey Atkins


EASI Ambulance Service


Warren Police and Arkansas Game and Fish 

Every booth offered ideas for the future.

Pastor Richey welcomed the fair participants to Immanuel.

Representative Jeff Wardlaw speaks to the group.

Chamber of Commerce President David King 

Mayor Martin thanks everyone for making the Job Fair possible.

Dorothy Henderson continues her efforts to help with jobs in the community.

Straight From the Driveway Coming Soon!

The 5th Annual Straight From the Driveway Festival in Hermitage is approaching fast.  It will be held May 9 and 10.  Organizers are encouraging everyone to come out and join the fun.

Friday night has been deemed Gospel Night.  Headlining for the event is Preservation Theory.  Other individual singers will also perform.

The truck/car show will be held Saturday and will be sponsored by Ryburn's Pre-Owned in Warren.  There will also be a BBQ Cook-off, co-ed softball tournament, a 5K, rummage booth, personal booths outside.  Entertainment will be provided by the Cummins Prison Band and Draggon Fly.  For those seeking a little thrill, Johnson's Carnival will be on hand Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The 5K will be sponsored by Lee's Martial Arts.  The last day to sign up for the 5K is April 19th.

T-Shirts for the festival are on sale now.

Organizers also encourage everyone to keep up with the events by "liking" Straight From the Driveway on facebook.

Truck/Car show contact- Randy Gorman or Chris Helms
Co-ed Softball contact- Randy Gorman or Kyle Black
Gospel or outside Booth contact- Christy Saunders
Rummage Booth & Cook-off contact- Deanna Smith or Annette Peebles
T-shirts contact- Those above or Jennifer Herring, Marcy Gorman, Tiffany Hamilton, Brianna Hamilton, Kelly Hollingsworth, or Katrina Saunders (Everyone can be reached on Facebook)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Arbor Day Set for April 25

GFWC Warren Woman’s Club invites you to join them in celebrating Arbor Day 2014.  The event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Meditation Point across from the old train depot in Warren, AR.

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role trees play in our environment and encourages planting and protecting trees.

City and county leaders, ABC preschool children, poster contest winners from Warren schools, Warren High School ROTC, and other groups and organizations will join in the tree planting celebration.

Please join our organization and others in the community as we observe this special day on Friday, April 25, 2014.

Bradley County Extension to host workshop for businesses seeking gov’t contracts

Fast Facts:
April 17 workshop focuses on how to obtain government contracts
With APAC’s help, businesses obtained more than $47 million in government contracts in 2011-12.
Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 15
To register, contact John Gavin, 870-226-8410, jgavin@uaex.edu; or Kim Magee at 501-671-2081, kmagee@uaex.edu

An agency that has helped businesses obtain more than $47 million in government contract work in one year is holding a workshop Thursday, April 17, in Bradley County to help other businesses learn to tap into that market.

The workshop is being offered by the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, or APAC, part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. APAC has been successful in helping Arkansas businesses secure $47.46 million through 603 government contract awards in 2011-12. APAC has helped businesses obtain thousands of awards since it was established in 1988.(See more below the ad.)

Warren Lions Club Is Shown City Recue Truck

Left to Right:  Chief Howard Edwards, Fireman Daniel Robinson, and Lion Harold Robinson

Warren Fire Chief Howard Edwards and Fireman Daniel Robinson provided the program April 9th for the Warren Lions Club.  Chief Edwards make some opening comments about the fire department.  He indicated that the number of fire calls for 2014 is up compared to the same time period in 2013. The Chief stated that one of the reasons for the increase is due to illegal or improper outdoor burning.  The department reminds all residents and businesses within the Warren city limits to secure a permit or approval from the fire department prior to burning and to obey all legal requirements when allowed to burn.  There are penalties for illegal burning.

After the Chief's comments the Lions Club adjourned to outside Molly's and was given an up close look at the city's new modern fire and rescue vehicle.  It is well equipped and cost around $168,000.00.  Club members got to look at all aspects of the truck and ask questions.

The Warren Fire Department consist of four full time fireman, 32 volunteers and five fire engines, which includes the recue truck.  The  central fire station is located at the corner of Alabama and Myrtle streets.  A substation is on North Etheridge Street.

EAST Students Make Presentation at Conference

Left to Right:  Carlos Yepes, Nick Heard, Regan May, Darveon Brown, Trent Broughton, Kilay Cox, Endi Campos, and Cristal Couto
On March 19-21, the SEACBEC EAST program took eight students and two facilitators to Hot Springs to present at the annual EAST Conference.  The two facilitators were Chrissie Barnes and Janet Harton.  The eight students were Kilay Cox, Regan May, Darveon Brown, Endi Campos, Cristal Couto, Nick Heard, Carlos Yepes, and Trent Broughton.  The EAST students presented to the judges and to other students and facilitators all day Thursday.  Thursday night, they attended a banquet where the SEACBEC EAST program, along with 60 other schools, received superior ratings.  400 schools attended this conference.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bradley County Job Fair to be Held Thursday

Individuals seeking employment, training, assistance, career counseling, and resume preparation are encouraged to attend the 2014 Bradley County Job Fair Thursday, April 10, 2014, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 pm., in the Activity Center of Immanuel Baptist Church located at 701 West Pine Street in Warren.

Employers seeking workers will be at the Job Fair.

For additional information, contact Bradley County DHS, Dorothy Henderson at 870-226-5879, extension 136.

UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter To Retire December 31

MONTICELLO, AR — Chancellor Jack Lassiter, the 11th chief executive officer of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2014. Lassiter made the announcement at a campus meeting Tuesday afternoon.
            “My decision to retire is based on family,” said Lassiter. “Judy and I have been blessed with three wonderful children and seven grandchildren, and we both felt the time was right to spend more time enjoying their company. I have enjoyed every minute of my time at UAM. It has been a privilege to work with a tremendously dedicated and talented faculty and staff who made my job easier. It’s truly been a joy to live and work in Monticello. We will always consider this ourhome.”

UA System President Donald Bobbitt praised Lassiter for his service to the university. "As a dean, vice chancellor and finally as chancellor for the last 10 years, Jack Lassiter has dedicated much of his outstanding career to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the community it serves in Southeast Arkansas,” Bobbitt said. “Throughout that time, he led UAM with a keen awareness and passion for the university’s mission as an open-access public university that provides opportunities forpeople to better their lives and community through education. Jack and JudyLassiter leave a wonderful legacy at UAM and I wish them the best in retirement. It will be a challenge to find another leader who can match Jack’s energy and enthusiasm for UAM."

President Bobbitt said he will conduct a national search in consultation with UAM faculty and staff to find the next chancellor of the university.(Read More Below The Advertisement)

Dickson Informs Rotarians of UAM Course Offerings/Spencer Serves as Jr. Rotarian

Tricia Wilkerson was program chairman for Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting.  She presented Memory Dickson on of the UAM Community Education Department. Memory informed the club of the courses offered.

Julie Nicole Spencer was Jr Rotarian and told the club of her future plans.

Businesses of the Week

The Warren Forward Downtown Network would like to announce its April 7th Businesses of the Week. This week’s businesses are Jennings Carpet Specialties and the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA. Jennings Carpet Specialties is located at 212 S. Myrtle Street. Owners Mark and Dena Jennings have served Warren’s flooring needs for twenty years. Jennings Carpet Specialties specializes in all flooring needs. This includes commercial and residential, as well as counter tops, back splashes, tile tub surrounds, and walk in tile showers. Jennings Carpet’s technicians have thirty eight years’ experience of professional installation.

The YMCA received its charter in 1920. In 2006 it became the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA after receiving grant aid from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Activities include Child Watch, Babe Ruth Softball and Baseball, T-ball, Jr. T-ball, swim team, and group fitness. The YMCA also has a fully equipped gym and outdoor swimming pool. Heather Tittle is the Fitness Director, Business Manager, and Member Services Supervisor. The YMCA is located at 207 N Main Street.

Warren Forward Downtown Network has established the Businesses of the Week to educate the citizens of Bradley County about local Commerce and to encourage citizens to shop locally. Each week Warren Forward will draw the names of two businesses in Warren to promote. Promotions can be seen via Warren Forwards Facebook page and on twitter @warrenforward. The Warren Forward Downtown Network strives to encourage the development, redevelopment, promotion, and improvement of the downtown area in Warren.