Monday, December 10, 2018

Santa Claus to Visit New Edinburg

Santa will be visiting New Edinburg this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (13th, 14th, & 15th) from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  at the New Edinburg Community Center come have your picture made with Santa for free and he will also be handing out candy and toys to all the good little boys and girls. For more information you can contact Melody Spears 870-510-6388.

Chi Eta Phi provides Support to Backpack Ministry

Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Inc. Mu Chi Chi Chapter a professional nursing organization whose mission is to provide service to Humanity, in conjunction with UAM School of Nursing, provided non-perishable food items to support the Backpack Ministry in the Warren School District.

Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc. was established in 1932 by Registered Nurses in Washington DC to provide service to communities and promote the profession of nursing.

Members of Mu Chi Chi Chapter presenting items were A’Seneque Daniels, Anita Shaw, and Bobbie Webb. UAM School of Nursing Student Nurses’ Association is made up of Junior and Senior Nursing Majors. This group provides many community service activities throughout the school year to the surrounding areas.

Pictured are : Bobbie Webb, Blaze Fellows, Colton Steen, Jude Cathey, Carter Cessor, Anita Shaw, and A’Seneque Daniels.

Arrest Report: Dec. 10, 2018

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

DaQuan Daniels, 1119 Old Kingsland Rd., Warren, AR . age 22, arrested on warrant (123-18)

Deveante Davis, 1121 Deer St., Warren, AR . 21, charged with charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver (12-3-18)

Franki Smith, 1009 W. Central St., Warren, AR . age 58, charged with possession of firearm by certain person, theft by receiving (12-3-18)

Orland Granados, 410 S. Myrtle St., Warren, AR . age 48, charged with public intoxication (12-8-18)

Four Honored at Retirement Reception

Mrs. Helen Boswell and Mayor Bryan Martin
A large crowd gathered in the foyer and courtroom of the Warren Municipal Building Friday, December 7th to honor four city servants, who are retiring January 1, 2019.  Mayor Bryan Martin, one of those being honored MC'd the event and joked that it was kind of like speaking at his own funeral.  The audience consisted of city staff, local citizens and out of town guest, along with family of the retirees.

The retirees were as follows:
*David Chambers,City Attorney - Mr. Chambers has served as Warren City Attorney since 2003.
According to Mayor Martin, Mr. Chambers did an outstanding job as City Attorney.
*Fire Chief Howard Edward- Chief Edwards has served as Warren Fire Chief since 2001.
During Chief Edwards time as Chief the city has lowered its insurance fire rating and has continued to upgrade the city's fire fighting capabilities with new equipment and training for firemen.
*Renious Harton, Parks & Recreation Director, Mr. Harton has served in this capacity since.  The job oversees the City Baseball/Softball Complex, the city park on Martin Street, the city park on John Scobey Drive, the Warren Shooting Range, the Warren Cultural Center and the Old National Guard Armory on Martin Street. Mayor Martin stated that Mr. Harton always got the job done.
* Mayor Bryan Martin-Mayor Martin served as a Warren City Council Member for 14 years and has served as Warren Mayor for another 14 years.  In addition to managing the city's daily operations and keeping the city budget balanced, he helped secure over $7 million in grants for the city.  The Warren Shooting Range was built under his tenure.  He has also been instrumental in expanding water and sewer for industrial development and the renovation of the Rail Road Depot.

Mayor Martin thanked his staff for a job well done and indicated he enjoyed working for the people of Warren.
Mayor Martin presents Renious Harton with a plaque.
Fire Chief Edwards receives plaque from Mayor Martin.
City Attorney Chambers accepts plaque from Mayor Martin

Chamber Releases 2019 Board Roster

Members of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board meet  Monday, December 10th in the board room of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission.  Attendance consisted of seven members present.  Jane Harris presided.

Minutes of the previous meeting and the financial report were approved.  Reports were given on the recent  "Trunk & Treat" event and the "Christmas Parade."  Debbie Spencer stated both were successful and she talked about future plans and ways to make both even better.  She also mentioned plans to have activities for Easter and back to school next fall.  Prior to her remarks concerning the events, Mrs. Spencer also asked questions about efforts to get the Chamber better organized with an up to date list of members, regular collection of dues and how to find out what members expect from the Chamber.  Jane Harris and Densia Pennington both commented on work underway to better organize and recent efforts by the Executive Committee.  There were several comments made about the need for more diversity within the Chamber's membership.

New Chamber President ( Executive Director ) Sarah Wehland reported on her plans for the future including visiting with all current members and talking to other businesses and individuals about joining the Chamber.  There was discussion about securing a better and less expensive phone system.  Ms. Wehland also talked about efforts to recruit industry to the area.

The following hand out of Chamber Board Members was presented:
Class of 2019-
Kim Tillman
Patrick Marshall
Jane Harris
Sandy Doss
Shelly Ashcraft
Patricia Wilkerson
Cathy Rice
Class of 2020-
Cathy Richardson
Learnet Daniels
Curtis Blankenship, Jr.
Brooke Hatch
Maribeth Frazer
JeNelle Lipton
Ken Simmons
Class of 2021-
Tim Keisler
Derek Grice
Michael Sparks
Debbie Spencer
Terri White
Two current vacancies

Jane Harris thanked Denisa Pennington for working for no pay over the past months to help keep the Chamber operating and also expressed appreciation to Logan Adams for all his help.

The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is planned for January 14, 2019.  The location is yet to be determined.

Faculty members win award at 2018 Ouachita Society of American Foresters Conference

Dr. Matthew Pelkki
Dr. Matthew Olson

MONTICELLO, AR — Two faculty members, Dr. Matthew Pelkki and Dr. Matthew Olson, of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at UAM, won awards at the 2018 Ouachita Society of American Foresters Conference held recently in Hot Springs.

Dr. Matthew Pelkki, the George H. Clippert Endowed Chair and professor of forestry, received the Ouachita Society of American Foresters Forestry Educator Award. Dr. Pelkki joined the UAM faculty in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and both a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Matthew Olson, an assistant professor of forestry, received the Arkansas Division of the Society of American Foresters Tim Ku Young Forester Award. Dr. Olson joined the UAM faculty in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maine.

“These awards are well deserved,” said Phil Tappe, Dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources.  “The recognition by the Society of American Foresters is a testament to the commitment and passion both Dr. Pelkki and Dr. Olson have for student engagement and the forestry profession.”

For more information, contact the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at (870) 460-1052.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

20 Years of Service For Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Over three hundred people, including three former Governors of Arkansas and current Governor Asa Hutchinson, met December 3, 2018 in the Wally Allen Ballroom of the State House Convention Center in Little Rock to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.  The event was sponsored by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.  Gov. Hutchinson gave the welcome.

The Dr. Tom Bruce Arkansas Health Impact award was presented to Dr. Kent C. Westbrook and Mr. Ben E. Owens, Sr.  Dr. Westbrook has served at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences since 1961.  He has served in several capacities at UAMS and is currently a distinguished professor of surgery at the medical school.  Mr. Owens spent 37 years at the helm of St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Mr. Owens served as the president of the Arkansas hospital Association from 1967-1968.

After the presentations, James L. "Skip" Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service introduced Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gov. Mike Beebe to take part in a "Healthcare Discussion."  The program was moderated by Dr. Joe Thompson, President & CEO of the Arkansas Center For health Improvement.  Dr. Thompson served both Governor Huckabee and Governor Beebe as the Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas.

Led by Dr. Thompson, both governors talked at length about health initiatives pursued by their respective administrations.  Governor Huckabee dealt with tobacco settlement funds and smoke free legislation.  Governor Beebe promoted numerous health care legislation including the tobacco tax to help fund over 20 health care programs, including the trauma system, and guided the medicare expansion program into existence which provides health insurance to many Arkansas residents who never had access to affordable insurance.

The two former governors talked freely about the importance of good health care policy and they did so in a very friendly manner.  They seemed to mostly agree on a progressive health

A number of legislators and former legislators were present for the event and enjoyed visiting with both former governors and each other.  Also in attendance was former Governor Jim Guy Tucker.

In attendance was Gregg Reep of Warren, representing  Mr. Reep is a former St. Representative who served on the Public Health Committee of the House of Representatives during Governor Huckabee's final two years in office and the first term of Governor Beebe.  Reep was Chairman of the Public Health Committee during the 2009-2010 legislative session and was the House sponsor of the "Tobacco Tax" that funded some twenty health programs, including the trauma system.  Reep visited with all three former Governors after the program along with former Senator Cliff Hoofman, Senator Will Bond and former Speaker of the House Bill Stovall, III.

Friday, December 7, 2018

HDC Volunteer Council Seeking Members

The Volunteer Council That serves the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in Warren is seeking individuals that are willing to become a member of the Council and help promote and support the Human Development Center.  The Council meets monthly and works to raise private funds to help the clients and employees of the Center in ways the state cannot.  It also works to promote the Center and educate the public concerning the work provided by the facility.

The Council is a non-profit 501 organization that is set up solely to benefit the individuals served by the Human Development Center and their families and to assist the employees from time to time.  All money contributed to the Volunteer Council is tax-deductible. 

Funds raised by the organization have been used to create a large garden that is worked by the clients and staff and efforts to develop a farmer's market.  The council has bought fire works for the clients to enjoy during the holidays and 4th of July.  Future plans include sponsoring floats, dances and a farmer's market/bazaar and other activities for those served by the HDC. 

Members of the Volunteer Council help plan activities to raise money and make decisions as to what is to be funded.  There is no cost to be a council member. 

If you are interested and willing to participate, contact Council Chairman Gregg Reep at 870-226-2403 or Dana Harvey at the Human Development Center at 870-226-6774.  We will be happy to answer questions and further explain the function of the council.  Any one who resides or operates a business within the Southeast Arkansas area is eligible to become a member of the Volunteer Council.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

December 7, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – The 35-member Senate held its organizational meeting to elect leadership and formalize the rules for the 92nd General Assembly of the legislature, which convenes in regular session on January 14.

The changes in Senate rules will affect which committees will consider proposed legislation affecting alcohol, tobacco, firearms and medical marijuana.

Previously, bills that affect gun laws would go to the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, under the new rules they will be referred to the Senate Committee on City, County and Local Affairs.

Bills affecting tobacco and alcohol used to be referred to the Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs, but now they will go to the City, County and Local Affairs Committee.

Medical marijuana bills be referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development. Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 legalizing medical marijuana.

In the 2017 session, much of the enabling legislation that put in place the mechanism for cultivation and retail sales of medical marijuana was referred to the Senate and House Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.

Are you Looking For A Live Christmas Tree?

Some people utilize artificial Christmas Trees and others desire a real tree to celebrate the Holiday.  If you are looking a for live tree, notice an ad currently running on for "Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm" located in Bradley County.
The farm is located at 599 Bradley County Road 7 South, just west of Warren.  It is open from now until Christmas Saturday's from 8:00 A.M. to dark and Sunday's 1:00 P.M. to dark. There are trees ranging form 6 to 10 feet tall.  Take the short drive to the farm and take a look at the available trees.

The ad for "Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm" is located on the front page of  Take a look at all our ads on each page of the site.  The community of Warren has many retail products available and services to be provided at reasonable prices.  We also have products and services on the site for several businesses located in Monticello. 

Whenever possible buy local! It makes our communities stronger.  You may be surprised at the variety of options available right here at home.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Arkansas hunters stepping up to provide samples for deer disease

Santa Claus Visits Human Development Center

Al Peer celebrating the Christmas Parade at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center.
A large crowd consisting of clients, family members, staff and community visitors were present Tuesday evening, December 4th for a Christmas Parade, cookies and hot chocolate and a visit with Santa Claus, as the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center kicked off the Christmas Season.  A local church choir form Power House Church of God In Christ sang several Christmas carols.  Everyone seemed to enjoy a good time in the chilly weather, before retiring indoors to sip the hot chocolate and talk with Santa.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Warm Coats from Warm Hearts

The Powerhouse Church of God in Christ, lcated at 815 West Central Street in Warren, is sponsoring Warm Coats from Warm Hearts Annual Coat Drive, Saturday, December 22, 2018from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  /all new or gently used donated coats must be turned in by December 21.  All inquiries may contact Missionary Stacey Worthen Missions President at 870-226-5496.

Reception Honors Rev. Faris's Retirement

The Farises  were joined by Rev. Faris's brother and his family who serve as missionaries in Ghana, Africa.
A retirement reception was held honoring Reverend Philip Faris and his wife, Linda, Sunday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church in Warren.  Rev. Faris has been with the church for the past six and a half years and will retire after Christmas. He has been in the ministry for 25 years as an ordained minister and 40 years as a lay and ordained minister. Family, friends, and members of the church joined in the celebration.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Burks, Muldrew, and Reams Serve As Junior Rotarians.

Junior Rotarians for December 4th and 11th, and January 8th are (l-r): Treylon Burks, Cobe Muldrew, and Joshua Reams.

Lumberjack Marching Band Has Successful Marching Season

Pictured is the band with the trophies they won this fall.
The Warren High School Marching Lumberjack Band had an extremely successful marching season. The band worked extremely hard this season and the success followed them. The band has performed at halftime at all regular season football games and they competed in four marching assessments during the season.

The band earned ratings of Excellent and Superior in all assessments prior to the region assessment. They received an overall Superior rating for their performance in the ASBOA Region 3 Marching Assessment which is the first of three assessments necessary to earn a Sweepstakes Award for the year. If the band earns a superior rating in the region concert assessment and sight-reading assessment in the spring, they will accomplish this goal.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Arrest Report: December 3, 2018

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Casey Dale Jones, Jr., #10 Linda Lane, Warren, AR . age 29, 17 days jail time (11-26-18)

James H. Land, 208 Cemetery St., Warren, AR . age 32,   arrested on warraant from Monticello (11-28-18)

Braven Daniels,  367 Hwy. 278 W, Warren, AR . age 18, charged with rape (11-28-18)

Christopher Earnest, 618 Hillcrest St., Monticello, AR . age 38, charged with driving on suspended license (11-30-18)

Christy N. Adams, 618 Hillcrest St., Monticello, AR, age 31, arrested on warrant (12-1-18)

James D. Miller 1516 S. Main St., Warren, AR . age 24, arrested on warrant (12-1-18)

Phillip Earnest, 713 Earnest Look, Hampton, AR, age 43,  arrested on warrant from Warren and Monticello (12-2-18)

Derrick Clifton, 681 St. James St., Warren, AR . age 40, charged with domestic battery 3rd (12-2-18)

Rural Fire Department Called to Tree Fire

On Thursday, November 29, the Bradley County Rural Fire Department responded to a call at 595 Bradley 22 to a report of a tree on fire.  The dead tree began to burn when it was ignited by a nearby debris pile that was being burned.  The fire moved to the upper park of the tree an started to throw off embers when the wind picked up.  The department responded with a brush truck and was able to extinguish the fire.  A pumper truck was called for to cool the tree an wet the area.  The tree had to be cut in order to extinguish the flames.  The property, according to the department’s report, was owned by Chris Barnes.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

2018 Bradley County Christmas Parade photos:
Make Warren Shine...Oh! Yes they did!  Thanks for all your hard work.
Anna Wilkerson, 2018 Miss Merry christmas

Friday, November 30, 2018

Train Cars Wreck Near Human Development Center

According to residents in the area, located behind the Human Development Center, four train cars carrying chips overturned at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, November 29.

Photos are Jeb Little, who's parents live in the area.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Secret Santa Scam Returns

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansans should be weary of the Secret Santa, or Secret Sister, scam making its way across social media once again this year. The scam requests other users send relatively inexpensive gifts to others, in exchange for the promise of receiving gifts. At the very least, participants will send gifts without getting anything in return. At worst, scammers use personal information posted on social media to participate, often leading to identity theft.

“The Secret Santa scam often starts with a scammer posting a request for friends to participate, which is then innocently shared and re-posted over and over by linked friends,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “But this innocent request can be a dangerous scam and open Arkansans up to identity theft.”

Hospital Battles The War On Rural Hospitals

In addition to conducting the routine business of the hospital for the month, the board of Bradley County Medical Center listened to a report from their Hospital Administrator that painted a bleak picture of what is being done to rural hospitals throughout America and especially in Arkansas.  Administrator Steve Henson talked about how rural hospitals are being punished financially by medicare, policies of some insurance companies and state efforts to dismantle the Arkansas Works Program in Arkansas.  He indicated that many young to middle age workers are bypassing health care because they cannot afford it and cannot afford the private insurance.  Mr. Henson went on to say the hospital has changed ER contractors and and is reviewing other services that are being contracted to private firms, in an effort to improve care, save money or increase revenue.

Mr. Henson told the board that the hospital has contracted with Merritt-Hawkins Physician Recruiters to bring a new family practice physician to Warren.  He stated that in several areas developments are starting to take form that can benefit the hospital.  Mr. Henson said this the time to stay focused and remember who the customers are.

The CEO thanked Triffany Belin, Amber O'Fallon, Beverly Rauls and Bruce Sullivan for making the extra effort and taking care of patients and the hospital.

In regular business, the board approved the minutes of the last meeting and heard a detailed financial report form CFO Brandon Gorman.  He indicate the hospital experienced a net loss of $165,16.00 for the past month.  He covered hometown health statistics and reported that there was an increase in x-rays, surgeries and physical therapy for the month.  Mr. Gorman also told the board they have around $2 million of unencumbered sales tax funds.  Sales tax money is not used for general operating expenses. 

Prior to the regular meeting, the board conducted the annual meetings of the Bradley Medical Foundation, Bradley medical Services and Bradley Medical Systems.  They approved minutes, elected officers and re-approved the bylaws.

A large number of medical staff recommendations were approved and a number of doctors were moved to inactive status, due to change in firms operating the emergency room.

18-Year Old Charged With Rape of a Minor

According to a press release from the Warren Police Department, it is alleged that during the morning hours of November 28, 2018 Brayven Daniels (18) of Warren raped a minor child. Based upon the statements and evidence gathered during the investigation conducted by the Warren Police Department, Daniels was arrested and charged with the offense of Rape on November 28, 2018. On November 29, 2018 Judge Bruce Anderson set Daniels bond at $50,000 during his First Judicial Appearance. Daniels is currently still in custody and the investigation is on-going.

Lions Club Hears From Mayor-elect

Warren Mayor-elect Denisa Pennington was guest speaker for the Warren Lions Club during their meeting of November 28th held at Simple Simon's.  She addressed the members by providing information on her background and talking about the need to work together as a community and within the resources the city has.  Mayor-elect Pennington stated she is working to familiarize herself with the structure of city government and is open to suggestions and ideas.  She urged those present to not only offer advice on problems but to suggest workable solutions.  The Mayor-elect talked about the need for economic development, management of basic city services and special needs such as cleaning up properties.  She indicated she was interested in all neighborhoods of Warren.

High School Students Take Part in "Get Real-Here's the Deal"

Mrs. Angie Ferrell's Financial Literacy classes took part in "Get Real-Here's the Deal" simulation exercise today.  This exercise was provided through UofA Division of Agriculture Extension office and local Extension agent Michelle Carter.

Followup Report On BCEDC Meeting

As a followup to the recent story concerning the Bradley County County Economic Development Commission meeting conducted November 26th, it should be noted that the newly elected Treasurer for the organization is Dr. Bob Smalling.  There was discussion as to Bob Milton being the paid bookkeeper for the organization.

During financial report, presented by Mr. Milton, the board was informed that the organization has approximately $145,689.00 in cash balances available.  This includes membership funds, sales tax money paid by the City of Warren and other funds generated by the organization. 

Handed out to board members and others attending was a membership list.  It consisted of the name of each individual and business that is a paying member of the BCEDC.  According to the handout, there are currently 38 paying members.  

Gift Card Winners Announced

Yunique Phillips & Marshayla Haltiwanger were the winners of the $25 gift cards donated by Union Bank during the "Get Real-Here's the Deal" simulation exercise today at WHS.

Lineup Directions Released For Those Taking Part In Warren's Christmas Parade