Monday, October 20, 2014

Get Information on Proposals on the Ballot

Are you seeking information about the issues on the ballot this year?  If so, salineriverchronicle.com is posting on its political page explanations of the proposals on the ballot.

Arrest Report: October 20, 2014

Leonor A. Sanchez, 414 N. Martin St, Warren, AR., age 26, charged with no driver's license (10-16-14)

Ray Lewis, 264 Morris Lane, Lonoke, AR. age 50, charged with theft of property and breaking and entering (10-17-14)

Chasity Angle, 774 Bradley 22, Warren, AR., age 35, charged with residential burglary and breaking and entering, arrested on a warrant (10-18-14)

Hector Ramirez, 604 S. Main St., Warren, AR., age 37, charged with public intoxication, careless prohibited driving (10-19-14)

Warren Named Volunteer City Of The Year

The board of the Bradley Chamber of Commerce meet Monday October 20th and reviewed the Chamber's finances and talked about various projects underway.  Several students from East lab were present to hear the reports and offer their suggestions.  Janet Harton, the Facilitator for The East Lab that operates out of the Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center, was also on hand.

Chamber President David King updated the board and students concerning ongoing efforts to restore and utilize the railroad depot, the Bryant Furniture building on Main Street, The New Zion AME Church on North Myrtle Street and promotional efforts to benefit tomato farmers.  he also talked about the desire to upgrade and improve the Warren Cultural Center.

Board Chairman Gregg Reep appointed himself, Dorothy Henderson and Danny Herring to the nominating committee to prepare a list of new board members and officers for the coming year.

Holiday plans were detailed for the coming months.  Some of the activities are as follows:
Christmas open houses-November 9th, 1-5 P. M
Veterans Program-November 10th
Warren Christmas Parade-December 4th,6:00P.M.
Hermitage Christmas Parade-December 6th, 6:00 P.M.
Santa Train-December 13th, 9:00 A.M. at rail depot
Tour of Homes-December 14th
New Years Eve Downtown-December 31st, hosted by Warren Forward

Mr. King also indicated that Buck Fever will be held November 9th in Banks.

Board members talked about the various businesses operating in Warren and the upswing in the Warren economy.

David King informed the members that Warren has been selected as a "Volunteer City of the Year" in Arkansas and will receive the award during the Arkansas Municipal League meeting in early 2015.  Warren is the only city in south Arkansas to receive the designation this year.


Hermitage School Board Elects Officers

During the October 13th school board meeting the Hermitage Board elected the following to service as officers for the coming school year:

President-Russell Richard
Vice President-Daniel Haigwood
Secretary-Mary Hamilton

Superintendent, Dr. Tracy Tucker, gave her report on various school subjects.  She informed the board they now have a new bus approved previously, and that 80 kids are participating in the 21st century grant program at the elementary school.  The program makes an evening meal available to all students age `18 of under.

The annual report to the public was presented and it will be sent to the media.  In other actions the boards approved the minority recruitment plan and the statement of assurances that must be provided the state department of education.

In personnel matters the board hired Matthew Garrett to serve as assistant boys basketball coach.  Mr. Garrett currently teachers and is an assistant football coach.

Warren Fire Department Responds To House Fire On S. Martin

Warren firemen responded to a fire at 912 South Martin Street Sunday morning around 9:42 A. M.
The home belongs to the Jurado family.  Twenty one firemen and three fire engines arrived to put the fire.  According to fire department personnel there was extensive damage estimated at $60,000.00.

During the past week the fire department  was called to #37 Rea Circle on October 15th and to 1515 West Pine on the 19th.  There was no major damage at either location.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Life Touch Hospice Seeks Volunteers for Training


Volunteer Training

You can experience the joy of making a difference in someone’s life by touching the lives of patients and their families in our community. You contribute based on your unique interests, skills, and talents. A short visit, a listing ear, reading a book, assisting in the office, or a simple walk - no matter what the activity, the gift of time leaves a lasting impression.

Join us at the Life Touch office:
205 North Martin St #A Warren, AR 71671 Dates & Time: November 12th & 13th 9:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)

For more information or to RSVP please call Melissa Henley, Volunteer Coordinator at 862-0337 or toll free 866-378-0388.

Let kindness be the legacy you leave behind.


Your Pharmacist Can Assist You - Get a Handle on Your Health

October 2014

Dear Editor,
Your pharmacist can assist you in getting a handle on your health.

Pharmacists can be the most accessible source of medical knowledge and serve as the link between the patient and their physician, and they are here to serve you.

Today in healthcare, pharmacists in the United States must complete a Doctorate of Pharmacy program at an accredited institution. They must also be licensed by their respective state board of pharmacy. Safely dispensing medications and checking for possible mistakes or drug interactions is part of their daily task, but they are available to do so much more! They provide information about medications, both prescribed and over the counter. If the patient has questions or concerns about possible side effects, proper dosage or cost the pharmacist is there to assist.

Pharmacists are playing a more active role in improving the health and wellbeing of the patient. Most community pharmacies now offer immunizations, including seasonal flu shots. Administering the immunizations at the pharmacy can be more convenient for the patient and allows the pharmacist to become more involved in improving the community's health.

Your pharmacist has a wealth of knowledge. Through medication therapy the pharmacist may analyze a particular patient's current medication regimen and optimize it through recommendations to the patient's doctor. These recommendations may include discontinuing or changing ineffective medications, switching to more cost affordable medications, changing to newer and more therapeutically superior drug forms, and more. This results in a more effective and cost efficient situation for the patient.

Your pharmacist is available and waiting to help you.

P. Leanne Brown


Early Voting To Begin Monday the 20th

Early voting for the November general election begins Monday October 20th.  All early voting takes place at the Bradley County Clerks Office.  Hours are 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Saturdays.  On November 3rd, the day before election day, votes can be cast 8:00 A.M. till 5:00 P.M. also in the Clerks office.  You may vote November 4th at your normal voting site.

On the ballot will be numerous state races and a number of local city and county contests.  There are also four proposed constitutional amendments and one proposed act to be considered.

After a ruling by the Arkansas State Supreme Court, voters will not be required to provide photo ID's.
All individuals voting must be legal registered voters.

Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition Meets


The monthly meeting of the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition was held Wednesday October 15th at the Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center in Warren.  The group present heard a number of reports on health related programs and projects.

Those in attendance were informed the organization hosted a booth at the county fair.  Blood pressure screens were conducted, food was collected for those in need, resource guides for insurance were passed out and other information health related was provided.

It was announce that an "insurance enrollment event" is scheduled for November 18th from 4-7 P.M. at SEABEC.  Trained insurance enrollers will be on hand to assist those needing insurance.

Also announced was the fact that Bradley County Health Department will have a limited supply of Tdap Vaccine available for adults older than 65 years. This will be on hand when the mass flu clinic is conducted sometime in November.  The date will be made public.

Information on a county health survey was made available and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event called "Spookin Out Cancer Fest" for October 25th at the Warren City Park was announced.  There will be a number of activities at the event including food, costume contest for kids age 5 and under, 6-10, 11-16 and age 17 and up.  A DJ will be on hand and prizes will be available.  For more information contact Sonya Davis at 870-820-1800.

Possum Valley Fun Day Set for Saturday


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Keller Bigham Wins Southeast Regional Dance Solo Award at State Fair

Keller Bigham won the Southeast Regional Dance Solo Award Thursday night at the State Fair. She will compete in the finals on Saturday night. She is the 10yr old daughter of Doug and Gail Bigham of Warren and the granddaughter of Mike and Judy Bigham of Warren and Bettye McGhee and the late Bobby McGhee of Hermitage. Keller is a student at Monticello Dance Academy.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sports Page: Watch Warren vs. DeWitt LIVE

Mayor Proclaims Domectic Violence Awareness Month


Mayor Bryan Martin joined with members of the Warren Woman's Club on October 14th to proclaim October as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in Warren.  He signed the proclamation in front of the Warren Municipal Building under a sign calling attention to this very important issue.

The proclamation points out that this is an issue that affects women and children all across our nation throughout all cultures and income groups.  It is the goal of the Woman's Club to make people aware of the problem and that help is available for victims.  The Warren Woman's Club supports shelters in our area for those in need.


County Officials & Employees Promote Breast Cancer Awareness


Women elected officials and employees of Bradley County wore their shirts Thursday October 16th to promote the awareness of breast cancer and the need to practice prevention and early detection.  They urge all women to have regular checkups and seek medical care quickly.


City Will be Able to Pave Three More Streets Than Originally Planned

The Warren City Council met in regular monthly session Tuesday, October 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal court room with Mayor Bryan Martin presiding and five of the six aldermen present.  After approving the minutes of the September 8 regular meeting and the September 22 called meeting, the council heard and approved the financial statement.

The council accepted a bid on street paving from Riley Paving Company of Hamburg at $107 per ton.  Mayor Martin noted that this price is $7 higher per ton from the previous year.  Alderman Zachary Burks, chairman of the Street Committee, announced that three additional streets will be paved due to available funds.  Added to the list previously approved were Central Street from Van to Myrtle, St. James from McCauley to Rock, and the Old Monticello Road to Cloverdale.

During the public comment segment of the meeting, Bradley County Chamber of Commerce President David King handed each alderman a report from the Downtown Network and addressed the council about Warren Forward plans.  He told the council that a Saturday cleanup day had been scheduled for Saturday, October 25 and explained the concept of small teams of 3-5 working in the future to continue cleanup of the city.  The teams will log in hours and compete for a steak dinner.  In addition, Mr. King told the council that many have expressed a desire to rename the Warren Cultural Center in honor of Mr. Curry and Mrs. Mary Lou Martin and hoped that alumni would support improvements of the center financially.  The building is jointly owned by the City of Warren and the Warren School District, and it was noted the school district would have to be on board with this.  Alderman Joel Tolefree, who also serves on the school board, noted that the school has a policy not to name facilities after people.  (The school's policy can be read on the Warren School District website.)  Mayor Martin said the matter would be looked into.  King continued with his report saying that Warren has once again been named a Volunteer Community of the Year and will be honored in the January Municipal League meeting.  Warren is the only city to receive this honor in this region of the state.

Also under public comments, Mr. John Jacobs addressed the council with two concerns.  First, he issued his concern about the number of deer in the city limits and indicated they needed cleaning out.  Mr. Jacobs then told the council that in the building behind the Pastime Theater, he had seen five raccoons coming in and out of it.  The city will look into these matters.

Mrs. Donna Lawhon reported to the council from the BCEDC stating that they are currently experiencing interest from three good prospects for businesses to locate in Warren.  She also discussed the need and progress toward a job training program through SEACBEC that would graduate career ready and employable workers.

The council reviewed reports from the departments and commissions of the city.

Jim Wheeler's appointment to the Cultural Center Commission was approved.

It was announced that a 2015 budget meeting will be held near the end of October.

It was noted that the Verizon tower which it to be built behind the concrete plant now meets height requirements and that the plan to build has been approved by the Aviation Commission.  The plan will now advance to the Planning Commission for approval.

Under new business, the council voted to approve Resolution 585 to renew the property tax levy which is a required action each year for the city.  It was noted that no increase in the millage was a part of this resolution.

The next meeting for the council will be Monday, November 10.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hermitage Announces Homecoming Royalty and Schedule of Events

Front Row (left to right): Football Sweetheart Josie Huntsman, Queen Emily Kidwell, Maid of Honor Doresha Lewis
Back Row (left to right): Junior Maids Crystal Arce, Jordan Smith, and Allie Reep; Senior Maids Kheyla Villegas and Jamie Wall; and Sophomore Maids Alexis Davis, Janette Gonzalez, and Cheyenne Burch

Hermitage Homecoming Schedule:
Friday, October 24, 2014
1:30 p.m. Parade
2:00 p.m. Coronation at football field 
6:00 p.m. Presentation of the queen and her court at football field
7:00 p.m. Hermitage Hermits vs. Hampton Bulldogs


 Queen –Emily Madison Kidwell, daughter of John and Angie Kidwell 

Attendants: Sarah Huitt, daughter of Matt and Leslie Huitt, and Cash Forrest, son of Kenny Forrest and Jill Ferrell

Afternoon Escorts: Senior Kentrez Davis, son of Kenya Davis and Christina Marshall, and Senior Baxter Harrod, son of Matt Harrod and Brandy Harrod

Football Sweetheart – Josie LeAnn Huntsman, daughter of Clay and Karen Lowry and Alan Huntsman 

Attendant: Christopher Wilson, son of Jason and Raynette Wilson
Afternoon Escorts: Senior Travis Williams, son of Pete and Linda Williams, and Senior Corbin Sistrunk, son of Clay and Karen Lowry 

Maid of Honor – Doresha Ashante’ Lewis, daughter of Kim Boswell-Hooper and Lee Charles Lewis 

Afternoon Escorts: Senior Nick Marshall, son of Janet Marshall and Marcus Childs, and Junior Jeremiah Belin, son of Rosemary Wiley and Patrick Patton 
 
Senior Maid – Kheyla Prisilla Villegas, daughter of Miguel and Lina Rodriguez

Afternoon Escorts: Senior Colton Franklin, son of Benji and Diane Franklin, and Junior Umberto Morales, son of Jose Alberto Morales and Maria Garcia

Senior Maid – Jamie Lynn Wall, daughter of James and Sherry Wall

Afternoon Escorts: Junior Justin Duhon, son of Darla Grice and James Gardner, and Junior Cody Vines, son of Gary and Lanette Vines

Junior Maid – Crystal Arce, daughter of Johnny and Esther Arce

Afternoon Escort: Senior Bailey Harrod, son of Matt Harrod and Brandy Harrod 

Junior Maid – Allie Swayde Reep, daughter of Kevin and Laneisa Reep

Afternoon Escort: Junior Santiago Duran, son of Daniel and Patricia Duran

Junior Maid – Jordan Nicole Smith, daughter of Sambo and Wynoka Smith 

Afternoon Escort: Senior Bradly Day, son of Charles and Tara Thomas


Sophomore Maid – Cheyenne Marie Burch, daughter of Leanne and Todd Burch

Afternoon Escort: Senior Jr Uribe, son of Placido and Mary Uribe

Sophomore Maid – Alexis Eloise Davis, daughter of Weldon Davis and Mary Smith

Afternoon Escort: Junior Terrence Pickett, son of Tamika Davis and Kenneth Davis

Sophomore Maid – Janette Gonzalez, daughter of Lorenzo and Imelda Gonzalez

Afternoon Escort: Senior Ira Saunders, son of Todd and Christy Saunders


Class of '64 Celebrates 50th Reunion


Dear Editor:  Please find the following notation about the Class of ‘64’s recent 50th High School Reunion suitable for your editing and publishing of the local event.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.  We are thankful to have grown up in ‘Hometown America’, our beloved Warren, Arkansas.  As a young boy, I stood on a corner and sold the local paper for 10 cents a copy.  Of course, times have changed.  However, memories of our youth still nourish our souls.  The Chronicle is an example of generational change.  Thanks for all you do for the local community.  Bobby D. Robbins


Coach Raper and 'Cotton' Watson were noted
members of the class of 1964.
NOTATION:  The Class of ’64 recently celebrated their Grand 50th WHS Reunion with two nights of activities.  ‘Meet and Greet’ festivities were held at the BrINN on Friday night (10/3).  The classmates continued to celebrate the evening with their attendance at the Warren-Star City football game.  The Lumberjacks ironically scored 42 points, the exact number scored 50 years ago.  The ‘Welcome Home-50th Grand WHS Reunion’ was held at the Warren Country Club on Saturday night (10/4).  Special tributes were extended to two living, legendary figures:  Coach Jamie Raper and Billy Joe ‘Cotton’ Watson, much loved and still the ‘coolest of the cool’ after all these years.
 
Coach Raper was praised for the excitement and spirit that he brought to our school as well as the community.  The ‘Spirit of the Lumberjacks’ was noted to run through the veins of this much appreciated figure of championship eras.  It was said that when you shake the Coach’s hand and he looks you into the eye, you can feel some of the Lumberjack spirit transfer from his body into yours.  This is a rare gift that few people have.  Coach was thanked for sharing his unique gift.  Coach Raper’s dedication to the school and his WHS teams will always be much appreciated.

Mr. Watson, a personality of his own and chosen Class of ’64 sponsor, was recognized for his charm and ‘swagger’.  His identity was always graced by his cunning swagger.  Additionally, when a student needed a pat on the back for even the smallest accomplishment, Mr. Watson was always there.  When someone needed a gentle hug or perhaps an arm around a shoulder, Mr. Watson was always there.  The man had his own signature gift for making everyone who walked through his classroom door feel special.  Charm and ‘swagger’ was not the only reason the Class of ’64 chose him as their sponsor.  The valued reasons were because of the love and true compassion Mr. Watson conveyed to each student.

Both Raper and Watson were presented with black Derby hats and dark sunglasses, emblematic of past times, but stately honoring them as still the ‘COOLEST of the COOL’ after all these years. Their gifts, never measured in dollars, stand the test of time and always measured by their hearts!

Class of ‘’64 member, Bobby D. Robbins-Colorado Springs, CO



CROSS ROADS SETS REVIVAL DATES


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Schools Page: Check out the Student Produced School News Broadcast from Seacbec EAST

salineriverchronicle.com is proud to announce that we are now carrying the official Seacbec EAST Broadcast.  It is fully produced by the Seacbec East program students.  We will be carrying each episode that is produced this school year on our Schools Page.  According to EAST Facilitator Janet Harton, the students will be producing a new episode about once a week.

Martins Donate "Joyful Empowerment" to UAM

Dr. Sue Martin, Angelia Mia De la Vega, and Dr. Jack Lassiter
Mayor Bryan and Dr. Sue Martin donated a sculpture "Joyful Empowerment", sculpted by a Angela Mia De la Vega, to the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  The sculpture has been placed in front of Willard Hall which houses the Education Department at the institution.  A presentation celebration was held at the home of Chancellor and Mrs. Jack Lassiter Monday, October 13.  During the presentation, it was noted that Dr. Martin discovered the sculpture online and immediately felt it embodied the spirit of the education department, joyfully empowering students who make a difference in the lives of children.

In addition to the dedication and presentation of the gift from the Martins, the family of Claudia Sparks donated a bench which has been placed for perfect viewing of the sculpture, in honor of her life as an educator.

The presentation reception was attended by a host of friends of the families of the Martins and Sparks as well as many from the Education Department at the University.  Attending from Warren were Mr. and Mrs. John Frazer, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cross, Mr. Cliff Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Sledge, Mrs. Roger George, Mr. and Mrs. Vol Ford, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Claycomb, and Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Reep.

During the reception, the artists explained the lengthy and tedious process of creating a sculpture.
Angela Mia De la Vega


Since sculpting her first bronze in 1994, Angela Mia De la Vega has been creating figurative bronze sculptures for international collectors, corporations and institutions.  She lives and works in Texas.  Exalting the human spirit through expressive faces and natural body movement has become Angela’s recognized trademark.  Her work’s greatest inspiration is the curious and ever-changing individuality of her children.

“As I am working, I find the sculpture gradually coming to life.  The piece never seems finished; I want to continue its creation but have to push myself to finally let go.  To capture the image, each sculpture begins at a torrid pace, dramatic light and shadows over form.  As the sculpture develops, I can slow down and focus on details, transferring the intensity of the subject, sculpting a responding body that listens as a live face does.”

Angela’s figurative sculptures are said to emanate a unique living spirit, which is something the artist achieves by truly knowing and often loving her subjects.  Angela sculpts in clay her deeply honest observations, reflecting even the smallest nuance in character and ultimately revealing an acute, mesmerizing likeness to her model.

“Because of the passion that inspires my sculpting, I hope to transmit the complexity of emotions to those who contemplate my work.  I want my work to be remembered as something that inspires and awakens tenderness of spirit - something within us that allows us to stop and appreciate the more important things like family and emotions, especially love.”

Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the University of Madrid, Spain.  She is a member of the National Sculpture Society, The Guild for Artists and Artisans, American Women Artists and was recently named a Living Master by ARC (Art Renewal Center).

City Of Warren Aviation Commission Meeting

The Warren Aviation Commission meet September 25th in the Warren Municipal Courtroom.
Four of the five commissioners were present.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the flight check of the new PAPI system by the FAA and a plan by Verizon to build a new tower 170 feet high in the Warren Area.

Mayor Bryan Martin informed the Commission that the city has requested a flight check by the FAA, but has not received a date for the inspection.  PAPI stands for "precision approach path indicator" and is a device that helps land airplanes safer.  This is a major upgrade to the Warren Airport.

The Commissioners discussed the proposed tower and based upon a determination by the FAA of "no hazard to air navigation" the Commission voted to approve the tower location and will notify the Warren Planning Commission.  Any structure with substantial height near the airport flight patterns must be reviewed by the Aviation Commission.

The Warren Aviation Commission consist of five citizens nominated by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.  The present commission is made up of Curtis Blankinship,Jr., H. Murray Claycomb, Raymond Colen,  John B. Frazer, Jr. and Dr. Joe H. Wharton.  The Mayor oversees the maintenance and daily operations of the city airport and the Commission sets policies and recommends city expenditures.  The Commission also applies for grants and oversees construction projects.

Heaven and Hell House


Jr. Rotarians Learn Importance of Being Civic-Minded.

Each month during the school year, the Warren Rotary Club hosts students with exemplary scholarship to attend their meetings as Jr. Rotarians.  Their attendance introduces the seniors to the importance of being civic-minded.  The Jr. Rotarians for the coming period are Raven C. Broome, Na-Quishia Newton, and Julia Blankinship.

Left to Right:  Raven Broome, Na-Quishia Newton, and Julia Blankinship


Rotary Hears Program About the US Dollar

The Warren Rotary Club met Tuesday, October 14 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.  Murray Claycomb presented a program covering issues relating to the U.S. dollar.

Workforce Center Reopened In Warren


The Arkansas Workforce Center has reopened an office in Warren one day a week located in the Old National Guard Armory Building at 101 S. Martin Street.  The office will have staff available on Tuesdays 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  The office helps individuals with job training and educational needs aimed at securing employment.  They also operate a youth program to assist young people gain job skills.

For questions or assistance call 870-367-9900.  Go to facebook for information at www.facebook.com/arkansasworkforcecentermonticello

Warren Housing Authority Upgrading Living Conditions


The Warren Public Housing Authority in addition to operating public housing units in Warren is involved in a program that assist low income people in securing new upgraded housing.  Under the program homeowners of substandard housing or worn out mobile homes can get a new home constructed or a new mobile home to live in.  The program is available in Warren, Bradley County and some surrounding counties.

Recently the Authority replaced an old mobile home with a new mobile home for a family in the Banks area.  The new home includes a front porch, a septic tank and is handicapped accessible.
The family had to meet income guidelines and will have to pay back one half of the $90,000.00 cost over 20 years at 1% interest.  The money is made available by Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

To qualify for the program a family must meet income criteria and must also have income to pay back a portion of the total cost.  Several more new homes are planned in and outside the Warren City Limits.  Most of the construction work is completed by local contractors and the materials are locally purchased.

For more information contact Mike Jolley at 226-2600.

High Winds Bring Down Limbs In Warren Area


While Warren and Bradley County seemed to miss the worst of the bad weather on Columbus Day, there were some limbs downed by high winds along with a lot of rain.  In the city limits of Warren a few limbs were reported on the ground.  The areas affected seemed to be N. Myrtle ( Highway 63 ) and Jay Street just off West Pine on the northwest side of the city.  Apparently there was little if any damage.  Mayor Bryan Martin was at city hall during the storm to respond to any emergency, although the offices were closed due to the holiday.

According to County Judge Keith Neely the county also experienced some trees being downed but again there was no major damage.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Interview With Dr. Edward Fryar Of Ozark Mountain Poultry


Gregg Reep of salineriverchronicle.com's staff recently interviewed Dr. Ed Fryar, CEO of Ozark Mountain Poultry.  The interview took place in the offices of the new OMP plant in Warren.  It was conducted October 3rd, the day the plant began operations and the day of the official ribbon cutting.

Dr. Fryar stated that OMP began as a company in 2001.  The firm started out with a small facility in Rogers, Arkansas with 25 employees.  They began by working as a contract processor for a major poultry producer located in Northwest Arkansas.  As the firm grew it expanded into producing it's own brand of healthy poultry.  OMP now has plants in Rogers and Batesville.  They specialize in raising and processing chickens without the use of antibiotics.  According to Dr. Fryar,  people do not give regular doses of medicine to their children and only medicate them if they become sick.  The company believes the same should be true for poultry and the result is a more healthy product for human consummation.

Dr. Fryar was born in western Arkansas.  He received his bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Arkansas and holds a PhD. in Agri-Economics from the University of Minnesota.  He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture and then taught and conducted research for the University of Arkansas for 13 years.  He formed OMP as a private firm and believes in sustainability in any economic endeavor undertaken.  He said that a company consist of the people who do the work and not the buildings and equipment.

SRC asked Dr. Fryar why OMP choose Warren to expand its business.  He stated that the company needed to grow and Jeff Coffman, the local Facilites Manager, was a friend who had once worked for OMP.  He referred to Mr. Coffman as a "rainmaker" a person who can get things done and knows how to do many things.  Jeff approached the company and after detailed negotiations a deal was worked out.  The Warren plant made sense and the availability of a workforce was appealing.

According to Dr, Fryar, OMP is proud to be in Warren.  He said the city and the people have been supportive and helpful and he looks forward to a bright furure in Warren.  Dr. Fryar furthermore expressed his thanks to Warren Mayor Bryan Martin for being aggressive and supportive in recruiting OMP to Warren.

Dr, Fryar made some of the same comments to SRC that he was to make in public later and stated that Lumberjacks had a special place in his heart since his grandfather had literally been a lumberjack in the timber industry.  He predicted a Warren win in football later Friday evening and his prediction came true.

Arrest Report: 10-13-14

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Torunsa Rideout, Blankinship Court #8, Warren, AR., age 36, charged with driving on suspended license (10-6-14)

Ricky Don Alford, 147B, Bradley Rd. 337, Warren, AR., age 25, charge with theft of property (10-7-14)

Marvin Davis, 203 S. Bradley, Warren, AR., aged 47, charged with indecent exposure, arrested on warrant (10-9-14)

Delmar Miller, 917 Bradley 18E, Warren, AR., age 26, charged with possession of controlled substance, possession of controlled substance in a detention facility (10-9-14)

Jeffrey M. Mann, 1311 S. Martin, Warren, AR., age 44, charged with theft of property (10-10-14)

Kedie M. Moore, 1195 N 16th Sec. Rd., Monticello, AR.,  age 18, charged with left of center, speeding, and DWI (1011-14)

Corenzo Harris, 414 E. Belm St., Harrell, AR., age 30, charged with disorderly conduct and arrested on warrant (10-11-14)

Lorenzo Williams, 414 E. Belm St., Harrell, AR., age 29, charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication (10-11-14)


Warren Fire Department Personnel Attend Training


Warren Fire Chief Howard Edwards, Assistant Chief Mike Ashcraft and Captain Larry Hayes recently attended a continuing education course taught by the Arkansas Fire Academy in East Camden.  The three Warren fire fighters are certified instructors and the course was to help them maintain the ability to teach.  By being certified they are able to teach courses to Warren firemen locally.

The City of Warren Fire Department consist of 32 fire fighters and four fire engines.  The department also operates a rescue truck.  Warren firemen train monthly and the volunteers have an outstanding record of responding to fires.  The city employs four full time firemen. The department has a central station that is part of the Emergency Services Center and houses a substation on North Etheridge Street on the west side of the city.

Fire department personnel are under the day to day management of the Warren Mayor and are
subject to the city's Civil Service Commission.