Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Equalization Board Appointments

The Bradley County Quorum Court meet Monday, June 18th for their monthly meeting.  In addition to review and approval of regular reports, the Justices confirmed the appointment of the County Equalization Board.  Approved were:
*Steve Parnell-Representing the county
*Dr. Bob Smalling-Representing the cities of Warren and Hermitage
*Bobby Weaver-Representing the school districts of Warren and Hermitage
the equalizatiuon board hears appeals of property tax assessments.

Sheriff Tillman reported his department has purchased tow used and fully equipped law enforcement cars.  One is a 2009 with 58,000 miles and the other is a 2011 with 73,000 miles. The cars cost $3075.00 each. 

Judge McKinney reported that the county received a bid of $240,000.00 for a state aid repair project for County Road 33.  He said the bid was 7% over estimated cost but the county has agreed to proceed and he believes the state will approve.  He also stated that the county has received a grant for $36,000.00 to replace three courthouse doors and to begin renovation of the "Old County Clerk" building just east of the courthouse. 

The Judge updated the court on the mitigation grant and efforts to secure insurance for damages to the courthouse phone and computer systems, caused by lighting.  He urged the justices to visit the county park and observe the work done by the UAM Heavy Equipment School.

City of Warren Secures Another Grant for Depot

Mayor Bryan Martin has announced that the City of Warren has been notified by the Arkansas Department of Heritage that another grant in the amount of $50,000.00 has been awarded the city to help continue the renovation of the W & O V Railroad Station at the corner of Cedar and Elm Streets, adjacent to the City Park.  This is the third grant issued to the city to preserve and renovate the historic railroad depot. 

According to Mayor Martin, the grant along with matching funds from the city, will be used to complete restroom facilities and to make the old warehouse section of the depot into a ready to use public event center.  This project has been ongoing for several years and began when the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce took ownership of the property after it was donated by Midland Railroad.  The city wishes to make the building a usable part of the city park and it could be utilized for private office space or for retail purposes.  The building is on the historic register. 

Mayor Martin thanked the city council for their support in working to make the depot a successful economic development project.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Warren Police Department Arrest Report For June 11-17, 2018

All of the following are innocent until proven guilty.

Johnny Ray Jones / 1283 Bradley Rd. 1 N, Banks, AR / DOB 12-21-84 / Speeding, Reckless driving, and endangering welfare of minor on 6-11-18

Credell Davis / 203 S. Bradley St., Warren, AR / DOB 12-14-72 / Fleeing by foot, resisting arrest, and criminal trespassing on 6-11-18

Tristan Gill / 102 John C. Moss, Warren, AR / DOB 8-22-92 / Possession of controlled substance on 6-12-18

D'William Thomas / 205 S. Walnut, Warren, AR / DOB 5-14-90 / Warrant on 6-12-18

Julissa Gonzalez / 718 Sturgis St., Warren, AR / DOB 11-4-82 / Speeding and driving on suspended license on 6-13-18

Bryan Meeks / 101 Johnson Dr., Warren, AR / DOB 8-24-85 / Fictitious tags, expired tags, no insurance, and driving on suspended license on 6-13-18

Alex Clifton Rogers / 3603 Newton Rd., Fort Smith, AR / DOB 6-13-97 / Bench Warrant on 6-13-18

Kenneth W. Davis / 623 Bradley 184, Banks, AR / DOB 2-1-82 / Suspended driver's license, no seat belt, no insurance, and DWI on 6-13-18

Mackenzie Nichols / 804 Abernathy Apt #20, Warren, AR / DOB 5-17-95 / Domestic Battery 3rd on 6-14-18

Demario Blueford / 614 E. Central, Warren, AR / DOB 9-17-88 / Domestic Battery 3rd on 6-14-18

Jessica Reynolds / 160 Bradley 92 Rd., Warren, AR / DOB 5-12-79 / Residential Burglary on 6-15-18

Dominique Williams / 1055 Burnett Rd., Warren, AR / DOB 12-17-90 / Warrant on 6-16-18

Donna Kay Austin / 2187 Hw 425 N. Lot 3 Monticello, AR / DOB 12-5-88 / Warrant on 6-16-18

Freddy Caldwell / 707 E. 9th St., Fordyce, AR / DOB 6-7-88 / Warrant on 6-17-18

Shardesha Hampton / 1100 S. Myrtle St., Warren, AR / DOB 4-15-95 / Warrant, no insurance, driving on suspended license, and fictitious tags on 6-17-18

Chris Gragg Conducts Gridiron Grind

The Palmers Playing At Union Hill Baptist Church June 23

Union Hill Baptist Church of Ingalls will host the bluegrass gospel group, The Palmers, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at 123 Bradley 121.

There will be a fish fry and dessert.  The event costs $12 and starts at 5:00 p.m. The Palmers go live at 6:00 p.m. and will play till 7:00 p.m.

Courthouse Phone and Internet Restored

According to Bradley County Judge Klay McKinney, the phones and internet are once again working at the Bradley County Courthouse.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Judge Pope Presides Over Four Pleas

Four plea bargains were recently approved by the Bradley county Circuit Court, presided over by Judge Sam Pope.  All four defendants plead guilty and were sentenced.

Jon Blake Bodiford-Convicted of possession of controlled substance, schedule I and II, methanphetamine and drug paraphernalia, sentenced to 36 months suspended

Emmery Riley-Convicted of forgery II and theft of property, sentenced to 36 months probation and fines

James Lamar Phelps, II-Convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia, sentenced to 24 months suspended and fines

Demario Rashad Bluford-Convicted of criminal trespass, burglary and domestic battering third degree, sentenced to 12 months suspended and fines.

Shepherd Now Speaker of Arkansas House

Rep. Matthew Shepherd is now the Speaker of the Arkansas House.

We convened for a special House Caucus Friday morning.  The House voted by acclamation  to name Shepherd as Speaker for the remainder of the 91st General Assembly.

Rep. Matthew Shepherd is serving his fourth term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He is from El Dorado and represents District 6, which includes part of Union County.

He was previously elected as Speaker-designate and expected to be confirmed as Speaker for the 92nd General Assembly which begins in January.

City Clerk Announces Her Candidacy for a Full Term

Warren City Clerk Helen Boswell announces her candidacy for the next term as Warren City Clerk.  Mrs. Boswell was appointed to the office upon the retirement of the previous Clerk.  Mrs. Boswell served as Administrative Assistant to the Mayor prior to her appointment as City Clerk.

Helen Boswell was born and raised in Warren and received her early education in the Warren School system.  She gained her higher education in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where she studied secretarial office practices.

Helen was married to Henry Boswell for 46 years, who passed away in February, 2018:  they have two children and six grandchildren.  She worked for Potlatch Corporation from October, 1974 to June, 2004, working in sales, invoicing, accounts payables/receivables, logging, payroll and information systems.  She started work for the City of Warren in January, 2005 as Ad. Assistant to the Mayor.  She was appointed City Clerk by the Warren city Council in June, 2017.

Mrs. Boswell is active in the Church of Christ.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and fellowship with her brothers and sisters in Christ.  She states, "I have enjoyed my duties as City Clerk for the citizens of Warren and if given the opportunity to serve again, will continue to do my very best."

Friday, June 15, 2018

Southark Internships

Internships while in college promote academic and career development. The objective of an internship is to establish a balance between the interns’ learning goals and the specific work an organization needs to be completed.

Interning students gather first-hand experience in real-life business practices and skills. As some of the core indicators for the Carl D. Perkins Grant Program—simply referred to as Perkins—focus on retention, credential attainment and placement in employment, internships developed for students at SouthArk provide ideal opportunities to achieve these goals.

In academic year 2013-2014, SouthArk’s Perkins program began year one of a three-year endeavor to develop an internship program at the college. In 2014-2015, Perkins placed 11 students who were majoring in career and technical education programs at SouthArk into internships. In 2015-2016, Perkins placed 12 career and technical education students into internships. The companies and organizations that housed those interns included Georgia-Pacific, Chemtura, El Dorado Chemical, Lion Oil and the El Dorado Boys and Girls Club.

Summer Li-HEAP to Begin Taking Applications

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will begin taking applications for the FY’2018 LI-HEAP Summer Regular and Crisis Program on July 2, 2018 until funds are depleted.  The program is designed to assist low-income households with home energy related emergency situations.  The following information is needed to determine eligibility:  Summer assistance pays electric bill only.

Proof of total monthly household income for the month prior to application.
All household members birth dates and social security numbers
A recent electric bill and gas bill 

Applications will only be taken from 8:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday (offices are closed from 12:00 – 1:00 for lunch and closes at 4:30 p.m. daily).  Staff will be at other county sites on Tuesday and Thursday, please check with your local Outreach Offices for locations.  If you have any questions, please contact your local Outreach Office in your county:

Cindy Griever - 870/853-8606
Ashley County Outreach Office, 109 W. Lincoln St., Hamburg
Christina Harding:  870/226-4413
Old National Guard Armory, 101 S. Martin in Warren
Simone Brown:  870-265-3379
Chicot County Outreach office, HWY 531 & 165 82 S., Lake Village
Annette Esaw:  870/222-3392
Desha County Outreach Office; 200 N. First St., McGehee
Andrea Crowder:   870/460-0842
DHS Building in Monticello

For additional information contact:  SEACAC Central Office LI-HEAP Program Director:  Carolyn Davis:  870/226-2668 ext. 307

Important School Information


Believe it or not, the 80th Annual Bradley County Fair & Livestock Show is just around the corner!  You can show your support for the Fair & Livestock Show financially by purchasing booth spaces, sponsor ribbons, and catalog ads.  These sponsorships provide the opportunity for your business to be noticed by all attending and be recognized as a supporter of Bradley County.  Your financial and personal support help make the Fair & Livestock Show and Bradley County a success!  Catalog ads start as low as $25, Sponsor Ribbons start at $20, and an 8x8 booth is only $10!  The deadline for catalog ads is July 16th.  For more information, please call 870-352-4105.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

June 15, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – In the first six months of this fiscal year, the state Office of Child Support Enforcement suspended drivers’ licenses of 4,344 non-custodial parents who had fallen behind on their legal obligation to help with financial support for their children.

That represents a 14 percent increase in suspended drivers’ licenses over the previous year.

The office also suspended 1,343 hunting and fishing licenses during the first six months of this fiscal year, a 17 percent increase over last year.

Also, the office suspended 778 professional and business licenses, a 71 percent increase over last year, and 664 motor vehicle tags, a 13 percent increase.

Total collections of child support through the office were about $137 million, a drop of 1/5 percent from the previous year.

#1 Grandpa

By: Glenn Lansdale

I’m sure a lot of folks think they have the World’s Greatest Grandpa, but I have proof:  On Saturday, June 9, 2018, my Grandfather, Charles Doss of Warren (age 83), competed in the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival 5K Walk- making him one of, if not the oldest to ever participate.

Due to some nerve damage in my leg, I was unable to run in the 5K this year, but as a sign of support and encouragement, my Pap-Pa Charlie agreed to walk the 5K with me.   This gave me the motivation I needed to enter and finish the race.

Pap-Pa Charlie has seen every Pink Tomato Festival come and go, but I’m hoping this one will go down as one of his most memorable.

June 9 was also my Grandparents’ 62nd Wedding Anniversary. My Grandma, Dorothy “Dot” Doss, went to be with the Lord on January 22, 2017.

She was our Angel-on this side of Heaven.

Pap-pa Charlie: Mam-Ma Dot would be so proud of you, and I am too! Just like any other accomplishment in my life, I couldn’t have done it without you.

With Love,

Four Handguns Stolen From Local Pawn Shop

On the date of June 14, 2018 The Warren Police Department responded to a theft at Easy Money Pawn / Trading post. When Officer Meeks arrived on scene she was advised by the owner Scott Clanton that they had noticed four handguns missing out of the display case so they therefore began to review camera footage. While reviewing the footage they observed an unknown black male subject enter the store while they were out of the room go behind the counter, take the guns and then leave the store.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

First State Bank Donates $1,000 To Soccer Championship Ring Fund

Pat Newton(left) and James Wells(right) of First State Bank of Warren are pictured presenting First State Bank's donation of $1,000 to the 4A State Championship Soccer Team ring fund to the State Title game MVP Daniel Mondragon.

Warren Bank Purchases First Box of Tomatoes

Madison McGehee and Samantha Clanton brought in the first box of tomatoes from Clanton Farms for the 2018 growing season.  They are pictured with Kelly Ashcraft(center), President of Warren Bank, with Teen Miss Pink Tomato Kelly Jo Stain and Miss Pink Tomato Sarah Helms.

Warren Bank purchased the tomatoes in the annual auction held during the All-Tomato Luncheon.  Proceeds go to the University of Arkansas for tomato research.  Warren Bank purchased the box for $2,200.

BC Phones Offline

The Bradley County Courthouse phone system is currently offline according to Judge Klay McKinney's office.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Application Period Opens July 2, 2018

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will begin taking applications for the FY’2018 LI-HEAP Summer Regular and Crisis Program on July 2, 2018 until funds are depleted.  The program is designed to assist low-income households with home energy related emergency situations.  The following information is needed to determine eligibility:  Summer assistance pays electric bill only.

-Proof of total monthly household income for the month prior to application.
-All household members birth dates and social security numbers
-A recent electric bill and gas bill 

Applications will only be taken from 8:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday (offices are closed from 12:00 – 1:00 for lunch and closes at 4:30 p.m. daily).  Staff will be at other county sites on Tuesday and Thursday, please check with your local Outreach Offices for locations.  If you have any questions, please contact your local Outreach Office in your county:

Christina Harding:  870/226-4413
Old National Guard Armory, 101 S. Martin in Warren

For additional information contact:  SEACAC Central Office LI-HEAP Program Director:  Carolyn Davis:  870/226-2668 ext. 307

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

PTF Antique Car Show Results Announced

Winners of the PTF Antique-Rod-Classic Car Show:  

Rat Rod Winner: Scott Clanton 1950 Ford F1

Pre 50’s stock: Jimmie Camp 1928 Chevy National

Pre 50’s Modified: Terry and Betty Williams1933 Ford Speed Convertible

1950’s Stock: Ronnie Primm 1957Chevy Belaire
1950’s Modified: Percy Rogers 1950 Ford F1

1960’s Stock: Tonya Knoener 1969 Dodge Super Bee

1960’s Modified: Donald Dendy 1962 Impala

1970’s Stock:  Allen and Kathy Gay  1970 Chevy Chevelle

1970’s Modified: Brooke Davis  1972 Chevy C-10

Best Interior: Allen and Kathy Gay 1970 Chevy Chevelle

Best Paint- Robert Harris  1948 Ford F1

Best in Show:  Tommy Davis 1967 Chevy C-10

Make Warren Shine Group Shares Work with Rotary Club

On June 12th, members of the Make Warren Shine committee spoke to the Rotary Club of Warren. They shared all of the work that had been done around town by the group, what the goals were for group, and what kind of services they offer for local businesses.

Pictured (l-r) Rotarian Linda Barrett, Connie Jones, Leah St. John, Tamara Johnsonx and Sharon Ballentine

Warren City Council Approves CDBG Grant For Industry

The Warren City Council adopted a resolution making $100,000.00 available to J & E. Food Group as they prepare to open the new poultry plant in the city industrial park in July.  The action was taken during the council's regular monthly meeting conducted June 12.  The funding is provided by the Federal government through the state of Arkansas.  Funds were awarded to the City of Warren as a grant and will be spent as a loan to the private company.  The loan is forgiven if the firm maintains a set number of jobs for a set number of years.  If the company fails to maintain the jobs, the loan or a portion must be repaid.

City Clerk Helen Boswell  went over the financial report in detail.  She reported that the city is running a slight surplus to date and that the city sales tax generated $81,030.69 in May of 2018.  The city share of the county sales tax generated $54,354.06.  In both cases the revenues are up over the past month and for the year.  The council was provided a report from the District Court Clerk.  Other monthly reports were provided by city department heads and boards and commissions.

During the meeting it was announced that Aaron Devon Smith has been hired as a volunteer fire fighter by the Warren Civil Service Commission.  The council also approved a step pay raise for Officer Matthew Chance from 4B to 8A.  Mr. Chance had been working as a dispatcher and has been hired as a police officer by the Civil Service Commission.

The council approved all bills to be paid for May, 2018 and set the next meeting for Monday, July 9th at 5:30 P.M.

Union Bank Festival Drawing

The winner of the Pink Tomato Festival Drawing during the Union Bank open house was Ann Slater.  Ms. Slater won $100.00.  

Warren Fire Department Responds To Fires

Drone photos by Dale Wheeler of fire on Boyd Street
The Warren Fire Department was called out twice Tuesday, June 12 to put out fires.  The first call came in around 6:05 A.M to a vacant house on Boyd Street.  The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries.  The cause remains under investigation.  Two fire engines and 14 firemen answered the call.

The second alarm occurred around 1:23 P.M. on the Bypass near the Lighthouse Church.  A Drew County truck caught fire.  It was put put out but did sustain serious damage.  Sixteen firemen responded to the call and no one was injured.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Fake Bills Circulating in Area

Warren Police Department has responded to two separate incidents where fake money was taken at Warren area businesses.  The bills have pink Chinese characters stamped on the front and the back of the bill.  Anyone who comes in contact with the fake bills being used as money should contact the Warren Police Department at (870) 226-3703.

June 11, 2018 Arrest Report

The following are innocdent until proven guilty:

Crystal R. Dooley, 2901 hwy. 278 W, Warren, AR., age 33, arrested on warrant (6-4-18)

Kasa Busby, 15 Southern Ct., Warren, AR., age 33, arrested on Bradley County warrant (6-4-18)

Christy Smith, Warren, AR., age 43, charged with possession of meth, arrested on warrant (6-5-18)

James Raper, Jr., 37 Rea Circle, Warren, AR., age 50, arrested on warrant from Monticello (6-7-18)

Ruperto Rodriguez, 1100 S. Martin, Warren, AR., age 39, charged with theft of property (6-8-18)

Gerry Allen Lephiew, 1314 Bradley 32, Warren, AR., age 45, charged with possession of controlled substance with intent to sell (6-8-18)

Timothy Grice, Warren, AR., age 37, charged with possession of controlled substance (6-8-18)

Isai Sanchez, 600 Bond, age 20, no driver's license (6-8-18)

Tony Ward, 103 West Shields, Warren, AR., age 29, charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication (6-9-18)

Anna M. Burns, 1111 Johnson St., Apt. 8 Warren, AR., age 37, arrested on warrant (6-9-18)

Search and Rescue Presented with Quilt

(L to R) Tabitha Herrington, Sandra DalSanto, Sue Wilson, Patsy Plair, Sheriff Herschel Tillman, Kim Tillman, Wanda Carr, and Jody Raines
At the close of the 2018 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival, the Bradley County Block Builders Club presented Sheriff Herschel Tillman with a quilt to be used to raise funds for search and rescue in Bradley County.  The colorful quilt was made and donated by the quilters to express their appreciation for the use of the county’s building to hold the club’s annual quilt show. The proceeds generated from raffle sales on the quilt will be used to purchase equipment and materials relating to officer and public safety.

The Block Builders Club is a project club of the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service.  Persons interested in quilting and serving their community can receive further information about becoming a part of this organization by contacting the extension office at 870 226-8410.

Hermitage School Board Discusses Possibly Playing In New Eight Man Football League

The Hermitage School Board met for their regular session June 7, 2018.  After approving the financial report for the previous month the board voted to reelect the officers and then heard reports form Mistie McGhee and Dr. Tucker.

It was announced that Hermitage elementary was recognized for high overall growth in the Southeast Arkansas Region.  They were also honored for high math growth and ELA growth. 

In other business the board approved the Bradley County Mitigation Plan.  They authorized the transfer of surplus money ( estimated at $110,000.00 ) to the building fund.  The board also approved a procurement plan for child nutrition.  After that, the members discussed the possibility of Hermitage playing eight man football if approved by the Arkansas Activities Association.

The board then accepted bids on several pieces of equipment for sale:
*$267.00 for 1996 Bluebird
*$255.00 for 1991 Bluebird
*$274.00 for 1997 Spartan
*$263.49 for 1997 Spartan

The board approved $30,000.00 for a chromebook cart and $25,000.00 for a truck.  Then the board approved one-time bonuses for employees for hermitage Pre-K in the total amount of $2250.00 with other funds going for supplies.  Also approved was $75,000.00 for kitchen equipment.

In personnel actions the board took the following actions:
Accepted the resignations of Tammy Knuckles, Kristi Clanton, Alicia Mann, Jill Ferrell, Samantha Breedlove and Felecia Doster.

Approved non-renewal of Yulonda Lowry

Dakotah Timmon for literacy
Felecia Doster for Science
Theresa Cooper for literacy
Samantha Newton for Pre-K
Jakki Woodall for migrant program
Alicia Avery, transfer to high school
Kristy Armstrong for elementary/special education
Jamie Corker for high school parental involvement
Nate Davis, transfer from baseball to softball
Lisa Higgins for business teacher with extended days

Over 500 Register For Warren Bank Drawing

Five hundred and forty three individuals registered for the $500.00 give away by Warren Bank & Trust Company in conjunction with their 2018 Pink Tomato Festival Open House.  The lucky winner of the $500.00 was Jeffrey Rainey. 

Warren Bank thanks everyone who stopped by and congratulates Jeffery Rainey!