Thursday, April 28, 2016

Warren Housing Authority Providing New Houses

For over ten years the City of Warren Housing Authority has been administering a program aimed at assisting low income residents secure a safe and improved private residence.  The program consist of helping those who qualify, by income, by tearing down old dilapidated houses that are owned by the family living in it, and building a new modern more efficient home. The owner pays for a portion of the cost over a period of years.  The owner also has to prove they are able to pay utilities and taxes in the future.

Recently two new residences have been completed.  One is located on South Myrtle Street and the other on North Walnut.  In both cases old structures were removed and new homes constructed.  Each house cost $90,000.00 to build.  The owner will pay off $45,000.00 over twenty
years at an interest rate of 1%.  The owner must remain in the residence for the life of the loan or the loan has to be satisfied.

Local contractor David Simmons built both houses.  The homes are three bedroom units with two baths and a carport.  In both instances, the neighborhoods have been enhanced and the families have much improved living conditions.

Over a period of years the Housing Authority has built some 60 new homes utilizing the program. Most have been within the Warren city limits with a few being in other areas of Bradley County.  The
majority of the houses built have been for elderly citizens.  Funds to construct the houses are provided by the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.  The program has provided safe and decent housing for those in need and has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for the
Warren economy.

YMCA CEO Speaks to Lions Club

David Richey and Brandon Gorman
The speaker for the April, 27th Warren Lions Club meeting was David Richey, CEO of the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County.  Mr. Richey gave a good report on the ongoing programs of the YMCA and state the Y is continually trying to improve, grow membership and maintain adequate finances.

He state that to be a part of the Y requires a calling, passion and courage.  He quoted the Bible as he laid out the principles that guide the Y and his approach to managing the facility and it's many programs for all ages.  Mr. Richey talked about the needs of the Y and stated that a number of projects have been underway to make repairs and upgrades.

Mr. Richey talked about the board of directors and their dedication to the mission of the organization.  He stated the board is diverse and efforts will be made to add to the diversity and program enhancements.

Human Development Center Making Progress

According to Glenn Clark, Superintendent of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center, the Center is making progress in filling a number of job openings but additional positions remain available.  Mr. Clark told that the Center currently employees around 250 people and is looking for another 15-20.  The Southeast Center, located in Warren, serves some 90 clients who require 24 hour seven day a week care.

To apply for a job go online to or contact the Human Development Center by visiting the campus or call 870-226-6774.  There are good benefits and retirement available.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Union Bank Continues Give-Aways

Pamla Jones won the Yeti cooler gift set. Also, please mention the ribbon cutting Friday at 10:30 and the drawing will be for the lawnmower will be that day but they can still register all day Friday

SEACBEC Seniors Receive National Career Readiness Certification

Gold certificates – Kaitlyn Barnes, Daniel Deleon, Taylor Domineck, 
Jazzmine Gaines, Carmela Gorgonio, Jordan Jones, Shamiqua Pickett,  
Destini Owens, Luis Ramires, Anahi Rostro, Samantha Satterlee, Dominic Walsh, Cody Williams
SEACBEC Seniors received the National Career Readiness Certification.  The NCRC is endorsed by the Governor and businesses nationwide.  Each nationally recognized certificate is signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  ACT designed the curriculum and the exam to measure the level of abilities people will have in the work place.  SEACBEC students receiving this certificate are:

Silver certificates – Brian Alba, Jessica Baggett, Mary Brice, Krystal Brown, Breanna Burch, Hayley Cooper, Sean Davis, Alex Dean, Pamela Farmer,
Gaby Gonzalez, Kaitlyn Green, Shaniece Harris, Dillion Helms, Madison Howard, Loren Johnson, Destiny Jones, Jaye McMillan, Brittany Miller, Genesis Morgan, Kelsey Parker, Leslie Peek, Lauren Peyton, Alajandra Resendiz, Ja’Nasha Walton, Dylan Wesson, Taylor Barrett, Geraldo Couto, Deandre Gaines, Dakota Herron, Jason Miranda, Rashun Franklin, Carlye Mitchell, Nakasha Nealon, Jordyn Rose, Cindy Gonzalez

Bronze certificate – Talia Poole

SEACBEC Hermitage Internship Students Receive National Career Readiness Certification

SEACBEC Hermitage Internship students received the National Career Readiness Certification.  The NCRC is endorsed by the Governor and businesses nationwide.  Each nationally recognized certificate is signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  ACT designed the curriculum and the exam to measure the level of abilities people will have in the work place.  SEACBEC students receiving this certificate are Mallory Benson, Allie Reep, Zach Outlaw, Brooke McVay, and Randi McKiever.

UAM To Present Degrees To Class Of 2016 At Commencement Exercises May 6

            MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will present degrees to the class of 2016 during commencement exercises May 6 with ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Steelman Fieldhouse.
            Students with majors in the Schools of Forestry and Natural Resources, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Nursing, Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Division of General Studies will receive their degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Students with majors in the Schools of Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Business, Computer Information Systems, and Education will receive their degrees at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
            UAM will honor the late Dr. Tim Chase with its 54th Distinguished Alumnus Award and will recognize Jay Jones, vice chancellor of finance and administration, with an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his service as interim chancellor.
            For more information, contact Jim Brewer, director of media services, at (870) 460-1274.

Jay Jones To Receive Honorary Doctorate Of Humane Letters During UAM Commencement

            MONTICELLO, AR —  For the third time in the 107-year history of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the first since 1959, UAM will bestow an honorary doctorate during the school’s 2016 spring commencement May 6.
            Jay Jones, who has served as UAM’s vice chancellor for finance and administration since 2006 and guided the institution as interim chancellor in 2015, will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters for “exemplary leadership and service, not only in the profession but to society in general,” according to UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes.
            “Jay did a wonderful job in making the leadership transition a seamless one,” said Hughes. “He was able to lead the university with a steady hand through the search for a new chancellor. Due to the unique challenges faced by Mr. Jones during this critical time, both (UA System President) Donald Bobbitt and I believe this is an appropriate honor.”

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Warren Native Hurt In Little Rock Accident

Warren native Mike Paulus, who resides in Central Arkansas, was seriously injured Saturday morning April, 23rd.  While out walking he was hit by a vehicle.  According to a post on facebook by his sister and information provided by a family friend, Mike underwent 4 hours of surgery and remains in intensive care at a Little Rock hospital.  He faces a long road to recovery.

The family and all his friends ask the community of Warren to keep Mike in your prayers.  Mike is a son of the late Bebe and Olive Paulus.

Status of Poultry Plant Closure

For the information of the workers affected by the recent plant closure and the public, is providing an update on efforts to assist the employees find new jobs and training opportunities available to those who desire to improve their skills.

A meeting conducted by the state Workforce office will be held Thursday, April 28th, at the Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the event running to 11:30 a.m.  Information on ways to seek jobs and additional educational and training opportunities will be made available.

SRC has been made aware that plans are underway to relocate the equipment in the plant that belongs to OMP.  It will be moved to another plant site by the company.  The building belongs to Arkansas Development Finance Authority and remains in their ownership.  The City of Warren and the Bradley County Economic Development Corporation along with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission have already been in discussions on ways to try to locate another company to utilize the building.

At this time there are three major buildings available in Warren for industrial usage.  The former poultry plant, a 40,000 square foot building in the city industrial park and the old Orthoflex building on West Central Street.  Any company or individual interested in locating a business or manufacturing facility in Warren, should contact the BCEDC at 870-226-3760 or the Warren Mayor's Office at 870-226-6743.

Warren Principal Receives State Award

AAEA Assistant Executive Director presents Mrs. Weaver with award.
Sara Weaver, Principal of Eastside New Vision Charter School, in the Warren School District, has been named "Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals" Principal of the Year.  Mike Mertens, AAEA Assistant Executive Director, presented Mrs. Weaver with the award at Eastside on April, 26th.  Present were the students and staff of Eastside along with other Warren School Administrators and family.
Mrs. Weaver was joined by her family at the presentation.

This award is given each year to an Arkansas elementary level principal who is respected by students, colleagues, parents and the community at-large; shows a strong commitment to his/her professional growth; shows strong educational leadership by setting high expectations for school staff and students; maintains an orderly, purposeful learning environment.

Mrs. Weaver is in her sixth year as principal at Eastside New Vision Charter School.  Warren School District Superintendent Bobby Acklin had this to say about Mrs. Weaver, "Ms. Weaver has demonstrated to me time and again that she is an exceptional communicator and gifted principal.  She is a highly dedicated professional who
District Administrators celebrated with Mrs. Weaver.
knows how to motivate her students to strive for excellence."  Her assistant principal, Tiffany Gathen, stated, "There are many proficient and dedicated leaders in education.  There are also leaders who, because of their commitment to education and students, must be considered outstanding.  Mrs. Weaver is outstanding."

Mrs. Weaver will represent the Warren School District and the State of Arkansas in Washington, D.C. in the future.

Hermitage District Refunds Bonds

The Hermitage School Board meeting in a special meeting on April, 25th, voted to refinance a bond issue of $3.9 million.  The refinancing will save $322,159.00 as a result of the action taken, over the life of the bond issue.  Lower interest rates made the savings possible.

In other action the board voted to adopt the proposed budget of expenditures with tax levy for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 to and including June 30, 2018.  Members also approved Beardsley Public Finance as financial advisor for a period of three years.

By unanimous vote the board adopted recommendations for certified and classified policies.  Out of state travel requests were approved for teachers and students.  A motion was approved to authorize Dr. Tucker to take bids and utilize the low bid to purchase a HVAC unit for the elementary cafeteria.  Another vote authorized the superintendent to seek bids for stripping and waxing floors.

After returning from executive session, the board approved the following:
-change in bus driver salary schedule-0-60 minute trip=$5400.00, 61-90 minute trip=$7200.00, 90 minute and above=$8100.00

-pay $25.00 per hour to Rosalynda Ellis to get district ready for the advanced district visit

-hired Liz Richey as an elementary teacher

-hired Jade Huitt as the ELL/Pre-K Director and COPA Administrative Assistant with five days added to her contract

-change Matt Huitt's job assignment and extend his contract for work as a classified employee

-accepted letters of resignation from Raynette Wilson as math teacher and Susie Scott as soccer coach.

Monday, April 25, 2016

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Re-New-ing Edinburg

The Re-New-ing Edinburg group met April 19.  The minutes of that meeting are as follows:

Roger McClellan opened the meeting and several copies of the minutes were made available to those who do not receive them via email.  Motion was made by Linda Boyter to accept minutes as presented, seconded by Melody Spears.  Motion passed.

Linda Boyter, Treasurer, gave the financial report.  Beginning balance in the regular account was $193.00 on 3-1-16, the Farmers Market Grant Fund, $333.00, Donations $270.00, expenditures for tables $95.87 leaving a statement balance 3-31-16 of $700.13.  Activity in April include a Dutch oven deposit $171.00 minus expenses $125.13 plus $26.75 table expenses and a $400.00 deposit in 5K race sponsorships leave a balance to date of $1,119.25.  The group is appreciation to Gib and Cheryl for once again helping us represent New Edinburg with the Dutch oven cooking and they were presented with $100 to help cover their expenses from the funds received on April 8 leaving the $171.00 deposit into the account.  The Homesteading Conference was well attended and New Edinburg was well represented.

Kathy Waldrop stated our Face Book page has had 401 likes. The post regarding our new tables had 1,586 “looks”, the cemetery clean-up post had 1,016 “looks”, and the Dutch oven cooking on April 8 had 500 “looks”.  She will continue to post pictures and information.

Larry Waldrop picked up three tables from the Rison High School Workshop and these tables were used at the Dutch oven cooking in Rison on April 8.  The tables received great compliments from those attending.  This is the first combined activity of a New Edinburg Community Group and the Rison High School.  Larry also took additional cypress to the Rison group to be planed so that additional tables and perhaps benches can be made for the New Edinburg Farmers Market.  The tables are currently stored at the old fire department building which is the location of the 2016 Farmers Market.

The Grand Opening of the Farmers Market is slated for May 21 with a 5K Walk/Run plus a 1 Mile Walk scheduled for 8:00 a.m. and the market to open at 9:00 a.m.  There will possibly be a city wide garage sale that day at 7:00 a.m. also.  Approximately 8 volunteers are needed to assist with the race and others needed for the opening of the Farmers Market.

Patricia McClellan reported on her attendance of an Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ARCOP) meeting held on April 5.  John Appleget, Lez Walz and Kim Hood from Cleveland County also attended and the county has been awarded a $1,000 grant to support community/instructional gardens at the Cleveland County Fair grounds and the Rison community garden.  This particular grant had no application in the New Edinburg area since we do not have a community garden or a school.

The Cleveland County Drama group will be performing Murder at the Pie Auction on July 9 at the New Edinburg Community Center.  A meal will be offered at 6:00 p.m. with the performance to follow.  Net proceeds of the even will be split between re-New-ing Edinburg and the drama group.

The Marks Cemetery nature trail cleanup/picnic area workday was a great success with 31 people attending.  A thank you note was read from the family indicating their appreciation of everyone’s hard work.

Roger McClellan gave a brief report on the Camden Expedition meeting held in Arkadelphia, April 18.  He stated he had discussed with the organizers of the Dallas County Civil War re-enactors about New Edinburg participating in the event scheduled for June, 2017.

The Historical Junk Hunt Loop organized by Jennifer King is scheduled to come through New Edinburg September 8-10, 2016.  Everyone is encouraged to begin to recruit community members to participate.

The Kickstart Cleveland County meeting will be held at the New Edinburg Community Center Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m.  The re-New-ing Edinburg group will be providing a light meal and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Shelia Towery stated that the Joel Miller fundraiser event had raised over $10,000 with over 200 plates of food served.  Melody Spears advised the group that approximately $73,000 had been raised locally over the years at the community center for community members in need.

A recap of New Edinburg’s volunteer hours was discussed with approximately 2,635 hours calculated over this first year that began April 23, 2015 when re-New-ing Edinburg was organized through today’s date, April 19.  These volunteers include the New Edinburg Volunteer Fire Dept, the New Edinburg Community Center volunteers, local community volunteers along with the re-New-ing Edinburg group.

Shelia Towery introduced Kelly Jo Pierce, a former co-worker and friend, who is one of the organizers of the Jr Auxiliary Bingo in Monticello.  Kelly gave the group information on permits, cost associated with the game, record keeping requirements, etc.  She stated the Monticello group had successfully used the game to raise funds for their organization for the last few years.

Mary Ann Hart advised that a Cleveland County garden club has been organized.  The first project is a flower bed at the Fair grounds and the next meeting is at noon on May 5 at the fairgrounds.

There is no work day scheduled in May as the group will be supporting the Grand Opening events for the Farmers Market on May 21.  Roger, Don and Larry will meet at the Farmers Market on Monday, April 25 to make a list of repairs needed prior to the market opening.

Melody Spears advised the group that the loan for the New Edinburg Community Center had been Paid in Full. Melody, along with the community board, is to be commented for all their hard work.  This group would like to further support the Board by pursuing grants and funds for a playground and perhaps a walking track to be built at the New Edinburg Community Center.  Everyone is encouraged to be thinking about fund raisers and activities to support this endeavor.

Next meeting is set for May 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the New Edinburg Community Center.

Bond Set for Man Accused of Residential Burglary

The Warren Police Department arrested James Adams, age 46, and charged him with residential burglary.  Bond was set by Judge Johnson in the amount of $2000.  At the time of this report, the accused had not bonded out of jail.

BCEDC Hears from School Superintendent Acklin

The Bradley County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) Board met Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the BCEDC Board Room.  After approving the March minutes and the financial statement, State Representative Jeff Wardlaw gave a brief report explaining the events and voting on Governor Hutchinson's Arkansas Works bill.  He says the fiscal session should close by the end of next week and that the issue of roads may be taken up during a special session.

Warren School District Superintendent Bobby Acklin spoke to the board giving them an overview of his career and discussing the direction of the Warren School District.  He told the board that the district employs 270 making it the largest employer in the county and that enrollment is 1640.  He told the board that SEACBEC is in good shape.  He noted there will be changes.  Eastlab and the business courses will be under the high school in the future.  Mr. Acklin said that one the entire district is committed to SBE (Standards Based Education) which he refers to as Personalized Learning.  He told the group that the district is interviewing applicants for the position of School Improvement Specialist whose job would be to help teachers with grouping, modeling lessons, and new teacher training in sbe.

Denisa Pennington informed the board that they will be hosting Steve Jones of AEDC who will present a 2-hour class on site selection on May 24, between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.  She asked the board to approve up to $500 in funds for a light meal.  The request was approved.

The May meeting was deferred until June due to the normal date of the board meeting falling on Memorial Day.

In other business, the board turned an issue of advertising in Site Selection magazine to the Marketing Committee, voted to donate $25 to the Bradley High All-School Reunion, and agreed to co-host a job fair for displaced OMP workers on May 17, between 9:00 a.m. and noon at Immanuel Baptist Church.  Mr. Boyce Hamlet of The Mad Butcher told the board they would donate water for the event.

Purchasing of a lap top was approved by the board.

The status of OK Foods and the "Grigg's Property" industrial site was discussed.  No movement has been made recently.  

Bilingual Event Proves Successful

The Warren School District's First Annual  Bilingual Expo had a wonderful turnout and the staff and families explained this event as "Revolutionary".   It consisted of bilingual families receiving guidance and resources.  There was food and child care provided for the families that attended.  The Expo was fully translated and the families' responses were that "this was what we want to continue to see".  They explained that they want to be involved in their children's education and the number of families that showed up proves this to be a fact.  The school staff and families found this event very rewarding and resourceful.      

Gravel Ridge Cemetery Association Issues Call for Donations and Memorials

Gravel Ridge Cemetery Association appreciates and needs your donations and memorials.  If you have family or friends buried there, or an interest in helping maintain the cemetery, please send your donations and memorials to Bettye McGhee, 108 Highway 160 East, Hermitage, AR  71647.  Make check payable to Gravel Ridge Cemetery Association.

Arrest Report: April 25, 2016

Shakerry O. Johnson, 201 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Village, AR., age 28 charged with theft of property (4-18-16)

Walter Wright, #17 Burnette Apts., Warren, AR., age 56, charged with shoplifting (4-18-16)

Brandon Goldsmith, 517 E. Bolling Ave., Monticello, AR., age 25, charged with driving on suspended driver's license and window tint (4-20-16)

Tyrone Butler, 203 S. Bradley, Warren, AR., age 51, charged with disorderly conduct (4-20-16)

Tyrone Butler, 203 S. Bradley, Warren, AR., age 51, charged with disorderly conduct (4-21-16)

Brian Cross, 603 Bragg St., Warren, AR., age 28, charged with domestic battery 3rd (4-21-16)

TyKeaha Rideout, 1111 Johnson St., Apt. A, Warren, charged with disorderly conduct x3 4-21-16)

Ricky Lowe, 603 E. Church St., Warren, AR., age 48, arrested on warrant (4-21-16)

Sedric Williams, 740 N. Laney, Crossett, AR., age 26, charged with possession of controlled substance

Luis Salazar, 601 W. Pine St., Warren, AR., age 29, charged with driving left of center, no driver's license, and careless driving (4-22-16)

Christian Wilder, #43 Pinewood Dr., Warren, AR., age 21, arrested on warrant x2 (4-24-16)

James Adasms, St. Paul St., Warren, AR., age 46, charged with residential burglary and public intoxication. (4-24-16)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bradley County ESEA Meets

City of Warren Mayor Bryan Martin speaks to ESEA members.
The Bradley County ESEA recently met for their regular monthly meeting.  Mayor Bryan Martin was the guest speaker at the event.  He updated the ESEA members on Bradley County information and gave them some suggestions on possible projects for donations and/or volunteer projects in which the
group could participate.  Some of these suggestions included painting the playground equipment at the Warren City park or possibly helping to restore the old railroad station, or possibly trying to raise funds to help put in a wheelchair swing at the city park.  He told the members that if they could somehow come up with enough money for the wheelchair swing, he may could get a grant to help fund it but ESEA would have to come up with quite a bit of money.

After the meeting the group held a memorial for ASEA member Kris Camp by purchasing and placing a brick memorial in the SEAHDC Memorial Garden in memory of her.

Great Outdoors Youth Day Set for May 14

The Cooperative Extension Service of Bradley, Calhoun, Dallas, and Cleveland Counties is once again sponsoring The Great Outdoors Youth Day on Saturday, May 14th, at the Bradley County Park.  Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. (at the tennis court pavilion) and events will include Fishing Derby, Learning Stations, and other special activities.  All youth ages 5-14 years old are invited.  Youth under age 9 will be required to have a parent present, however, all parents are encouraged to attend.  No refreshments or lunch will be provided this year.  Bring your own fishing poles and bait for catching catfish.  For more information, contact John Gavin at the Bradley County Extension Office at 870-226-8410.  The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Warren PD Works Two Accidents April, 20th

Warren Police were summoned to the intersection of Martin and Pine Streets around 7:52 A.M. Wednesday April, 20th to assist and investigate a two vehicle accident.  One vehicle had pulled out of the Day N Nite store and was trying to turn north onto Martin.  Another vehicle was traveling south on Martin and the two hit.  One driver was transported to the Bradley County Medical Center for treatment.  There was no report on the drivers condition but by accounts given it was not life threatening.

Again on the 20th of April at 3:31 P.M. the police were called to the intersection of East Church and Cemetery Streets to work yet another two vehicle accident.  One vehicle was traveling east on Church Street and tried to turn north onto Cemetery.  The vehicle struck another vehicle traveling west on Church Street.  There were no injuries and both vehicles were able to drive away after the incident and the investigation.

The Warren Police Department normally works several accidents weekly.  Most are fender benders and many are on parking lots.  Reports are issued and when appropriate, citations are issued.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fatal Accident On Hwy 8 Near Sumpter

The Arkansas State Police continues to investigate a two vehicle accident that occurred April 19th around 1:45 P.M. on State Highway 8 neat Sumpter.  Charlene Mosley, age 55, of Crossett was transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.  According to the preliminary report, Ms. Mosley"s vehicle hit a state highway maintenance truck.  The conditions were cloudy and wet. There were no further serious injuries.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rotarians Hear Program from Arkansas Game and Fish

The Warren Rotary Club meets each week on Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.  Rotarian Jeff Wardlaw introduced as his program for April 19th  Jeff Crow with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

In the picture is (Left to Right) State Representative Jeff Wardlaw, Jeff Crow, and Joe Williams.

Below, Jenelle Lipton is pictured with Rotarian Sue Wagnon.  Mrs. Lipton was Mrs. Wagnon's program on April 5.

Blood Drive Set for Monday

Good Morning LifeShare Blood Centers will have a blood drive at Bradley County Medical Center Monday, April 25, from 3-7 PM. Any help spreading the word would be much appreciated. Also attached are some stories from patients who have been save by LifeShare Blood Donors.

State Issues Mandate For Community Action Agency

At the monthly meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Agency Board, held at the headquarters in Warren on April, 18th, state officials of the Arkansas Department of Human Services ordered the organization to submit their monthly minutes to the state for review and monitoring.  Amid allegations that the minutes have not been accurately recorded and may  have been altered over a period of time, the state is instructing that all minutes be sent to DHS within 30 days of being approved by the Community Action Board.  Board members were told that the order is non negotiable.  The state had found two different sets of minutes for the same meeting dating back to August of 2013.  Current board member stated the minutes were not accurate.

Staff of the state Department of Human Services made an hour long presentation to the board prior to regular business being conducted as part of an ongoing training program for the board.  Along with discussing the way to keep and approve the minutes, there was also considerable information provided about the way to select board members.  Allegations are pending that several current members of the board are not properly appointed.  The state asked for documentation relating to board appointments before the May board meeting.

According to DHS and in compliance with state and federal law, the board must consist of one third elected officials or public appointees, one third low income citizens or representatives and on third from the private sector.  There are procedures as to how the selections are to be made from throughout the various counties that make up the Agency's service area.  The issue of the legality of some board members continues to be reviewed and will be addressed by the state.

While there does not appear to be any major financial discrepancies with the operations of the organization, there have been problems with the use of a company credit card.  The interim director told the board and the DHS staff that procedures are now in place to prohibit improper use.  According to reports from past meetings, all funds spent incorrectly have been recovered.

The regular board meeting consisted of detailed reports on the programs administered by the agency and a very specific financial report.  It appeared that information provided the board and the public has been substantially enhanced and the board is getting a better picture of agency activities.  The board voted to hire Searcy and Associates to conduct the next agency audit.

During the public comment period, three individuals spoke.  One asked questions about a specific program in Desha County.  Gregg Reep of cautioned the board about limiting executive sessions to discussions of personnel and reminded them that all votes to hire, fire, promote or demote must be done in public session and recorded in the minutes.  There has been suspicion that some meetings in the past may have consisted of policy and financial matters.  Mr. Darryl Johnson, of Crossett, spoke.  He has brought a number of allegations to the board and DHS over a period of time.  There was obvious tension between Mr. Johnson and some of the board members during his comments.

Everyone, board and guest, voiced their expectation that the agency should provide proper services to those who are in need within the agency's area of jurisdiction and that all aspects of the operation should be carried out legally and in an accountable manner. 

Hermitage Raises Fines On Animal Violations

During the April, 18th Hermitage City Council meeting, the aldermen voted to raise the fine for animal violations from $25.00 to $50.00.  The fine relates to the dog leash law.

The council was informed that interviews are ongoing for the position of police officer.  They were also updated on water, sewer, police and fire activities.

The financial report for the month was submitted and reviewed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WHS Physical Science Students Build and Launch Rockets

Deandre Jamison, Kris Archer, and Brittany White set up their rocket, while Gaige Watson and Javon Washington hold the launcher.
Education has rocketed to a new level in the physical science classroom of Mrs. Candi Cabiness at Warren High School.  In a lesson unit studying motion, physical science students built model rockets. The not only learned about applications of Newton's Three Laws, they used problem solving, following directions, and experienced working in groups.  After building the rockets, the students set up the rockets at the football practice field and launched them.  You might say, it was hands-on learning at its best.

Anne Yepes and Gage Reep not only built their rockets, they positioned them for launch.

Easton Sinclair, Javon Washington, Gaige Watson, and Marcus Miller prepare to launch one of the rockets while Anahi Rostro focuses her camera to record the event.

Brittany White, Payden Sparks, and Kris Archer took their work seriously and had a great learning experience.

Deandre Jamilson sets his group's rocket in place for the launch.

When students wrap their hands around a project, they wrap their minds in learning. Marcus Miller, Easton Sinclair, and Charlie Gonzalez

Did you lose your job when the OMP plant closed? Then you should read this

Loss of employment is frightening. The recent unexpected closure of the Ozark Mountain Poultry facility in Warren put 200 people out of work. But there are other jobs available, and other industries are hiring—if you have the right education and training.

South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado is holding Manufacturing Exploration on Tuesday, April 26, on its East Campus (3696 E. Main Road), from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be worth the short drive from Bradley County to get a look at the programs that we offer in advanced manufacturing (advanced welding, process technology and industrial technology), and to get an idea of what jobs that you can get after completing them.

You already may have many of the skills that you need to be successful in these areas. You may qualify for financial aid. And depending on your area of interest, you might be able to go through an entire program and graduate by the end of this summer.

You have nothing to lose and, possibly, a lot to gain. Get some friends together who are in a similar situation, and come over together together in a group. We’ll even give you free refreshments.

Also, even if you aren’t unemployed, but maybe you just hate your current job and want something more stable—we’d still love to see you, so come on over.

For more information about Manufacturing Exploration, call Grace Palculict at (870) 875-7288. For more about these and other technical programs offered at SouthArk, see

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Beta Club Selling Cell Phone Cases to Raise Funds for Scholarship

The Warren High School Beta Club is selling cell phone cases to help raise money for the Amber Wilson Volunteer Scholarship.  Each year, the WHS Senior who completes the most community service hours receives a scholarship to the college of their choosing.  Please help us to be able to continue this tradition and purchase a case from any Beta member or contact Kala Thornton or Brandi Green at the Warren High School at 870-226-6736.