Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HDC Volunteer Council Meets

Members of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center Volunteer Council meet on the campus of the Center Wednesday, September 20th.  a good number of the membership were present beginning around 9;30 A.M.  Minutes of the last meeting were read and the financial report was reviewed and approved.  A report on the recent bake sale was given.  The sale earned $300.50.
Future fund raising activities were discussed.  A "yard sale" is set for October 14th at the Center to produce funds for the council to use on behalf of the center and those it serves.

The council then approved up to $400.00 to be used to purchase an irrigation system for the community garden project.  Printed information was reviewed to be used to educated the public on the operations of the community garden.

The members then authorized $200.00 to be used as change for items to be sold by the clients and staff of the HDC at the Little Rock Fall Food and Craft Fair to be conducted September 29th.  The full $200.00 will be repaid to the council.

New members were briefed on activities of the council.  Members were urged to continue seeking additional members for the Volunteer Council. 

Warren Civil Service Hires Policeman

The Warren Civil Service Commission has hired Jay Scogin as a part time auxiliary police officer.  He will work with a certified officer and will work eight hours per week as he goes through training.  He is currently working as a dispatcher for WPD and serves as a volunteer fireman.

All city police and fire department hires and promotions are subject to Civil Service approval. 

McGehee Campus To Host Hiring Fair October 26

         MONTICELLO, AR — A Hiring Fair for students seeking jobs following graduation will be hosted October 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Career Pathways Initiative of the UAM College of Technology-McGehee.
          All UAM COT-McGehee students of any major are invited to attend the event, which is also open to the public. Local, regional and statewide businesses will be represented. For more information, contact Cortez Smith, Career Pathways director, at (870) 460-2012 or Justin Carbage, community outreach coordinator, at (870) 460-2129.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

September 15, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas has made progress in placing foster children with relatives, bringing the state’s rate for family placements to the national average.
Nationwide, 29 percent of foster children are placed with family members and in Arkansas the rate is 28.8 percent. Two years ago the rate in Arkansas was 14 percent.
Increasing the number of family placements has been a goal of the Children and Family Services Division. The improvement was commended by the governor and legislators who focus on foster care issues, although everyone involved noted that the state needs to continue making progress.
Last year division officials said that the child welfare system was in crisis. High caseloads were causing unacceptably high turnover rates among family services workers.

Congressman Holds Infrastructure Meeting

In what was billed as an infrastructure tour of the fourth congressional district of Arkansas, Congressman Bruce Westerman meet with leaders from throughout southeast Arkansas Monday, September 18th in Pine Bluff. Arkansas to discuss activities of the United States Congress and to hear from those in attendance.  The Congressman talked about several issues, including health care, tax reform and highway and infrastructure development.  He opened the floor to questions and comments.

Among the topics the Congressman addressed was the need for better access to high speed internet in the fourth district.  He also stated that while it is good that the unemployment rate is very low, there is a need for more workers.  He discussed I-69 and I-530 and indicated he was for both. He did not outline how or if the will be funded.  Congressman Westerman went on to say earmarks have been eliminated and indicated that something needs to be done to allow individual representatives some say so in where money is spent.  He also talked about getting private companies involved in financing high speed rail lines.

Several in attendance, including Count Judge Richard Akin of Drew County and Mike Smith of Crossett Economic Development  encouraged the Congressman to go after funding for I-69 and I-530.  Gregg Reep with asked if any new infrastructure funding legislation will be proposed by the current administration or will the congress have to devise a plan. The congressman said both.  No plan of funding or how projects would be determined was discussed or suggested.

The attendees were welcomed by Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington and Congressman Westerman was introduced by Gene Higginbotham, Director of the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District.

UA Board Of Trustees Approves UAM Strategic Plan

          MONTICELLO, AR — Student success and making the University of Arkansas at Monticello a model open access institution are the cornerstones of a new strategic plan for UAM approved recently by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.
          The plan, entitled "2021 Vision — Breaking Boundaries: Creating Access, Success, and Growth in Arkansas and Beyond," is the culmination of campus-wide effort spearheaded by Chancellor Karla Hughes to articulate a vision for UAM's future.
          During the 2016-17 academic year, groups of UAM faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and other stakeholders began a five-year strategic planning process "to move forward and create a lifetime of legacies centered on student success and sustainability for southeast Arkansas and beyond," says Hughes. "We are truly going beyond the boundaries to a new paradigm of greatness."

Wagnon Chosen to Lead WHS Student Body

Warren High School recently elected their student council officers and representatives.  They elected Mary Lynn Wagnon to lead the student body as President.  Other officers elected are Cameron Cobb, Vice President; Alexis Temple, Vice President; and Emmalee Goad, reporter.  Class representatives are:  freshmen Landon West, Brooklyn Solis; sophomores Anissa Henry and Diego Roman, juniors Xitaly Gonzalez and Jovanka Rodriguez, and seniors Estephany Roman and Nicole Tinoco.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Big Crowd for 100 Men's Day Celebration

100 Men Choir
A large crowd was present Sunday, September 17th for the 100 Men's Day Celebration hosted by St James A.M.E. Church.  Presiding Elder/Pastor James R. Hooper welcomed church members, guest and the "Men In Black Choir to the service.  The Choir performed several numbers and did an outstanding job.  Everette Wallace of St James help organize the event and the welcome was given by Bro. Jamontae Henderson.  Bro. Larry Nash presented the Litany.

Rev. Williams and Rev. Hooper
 Dr. Cecil Williams , Pastor of St. John A.M.E. Church of Pine Bluff was the guest speaker.  He spoke on "The Cost of Discipleship."  Rev. Williams presented a dynamic  sermon.  It was well received.

St James is among Warren's most active and community minded churches.  It has a long history of service to the community.

Job Opening-Mental Health Professional (MHP)

Delta Counseling Associates, Inc., a comprehensive private community mental health center, has immediate openings for Mental Health Professionals (MHP) in the Monticello, Warren, Lake Village, Crossett and Dumas centers.  The MHP provides professional behavioral health clinical services to clients including assessment, referral, treatment planning, counseling and discharge planning.  The MHP is an important part of the treatment team and provides case consultation and assistance to paraprofessionals (crisis intervention specialists) associated with the clients. 

These are full-time positions.  Applicants should submit letter of application and resume via email to

Minimum Qualifications:
Must possess a graduate degree from an accredited graduate program in a
behavioral health-related field such as Psychology, Social Work, Counseling,
or Marriage/Family.
Must be licensed within profession by the respective Arkansas State Board (LAC, LPC, LMSW, LCSW, LMFT or LAMFT).

Great company-paid benefits, salary and retirement plan with employer contributions.

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Drew Foam Seeking Night Shift Supervisor (Overnights)

Drew Foam Companies, Inc is seeking a Night Shift Supervisor for it’s overnight shift.
This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits.

The Night Supervisor is a working manager position and will have an approximate two month floor training with the day shift before managing all aspects of the overnight shift.

At least 3 years experience in production, manufacturing, or other related fields preferred
High School Diploma or GED
Some mechanical experience preferred
shipping experience a plus
Knowledge of production tools and equipment
Strong leadership qualities
Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Interested applicants should apply online, or  stop by 1093 Hwy 278 East, Monticello, AR, 71655 to complete a full application for the position

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Bradley County Contributes to Intermodal

In a meeting that lasted around 20 minutes, the Bradley County Quorum Court was given several reports on county activities.   After reviewing the monthly financial report and the Sheriff's report, the Court listened to several topics presented by County Judge Klay McKinney.

The Judge told the JPs he needs to meet in the near future with the Building Committee to talk about repairs needed to the "Agri" building just to the north of the courthouse.  He also asked for a meeting with the Jail Committee.  The Judge indicated that an announcement was close on the proposed private prison/jail project.  No other information was provided.

Judge McKinney then informed the Justices that Bradley County has donated $20,618.81 worth of labor, materials and equipment use to the Southeast Intermodal Authority Industrial site near Wilmar.
He stated he would report the information to the Intermodal Authority next week and expects the $20,618.81 to be deducted from the amount the Authority has charged to the county.  The Judge stated the work conducted was much needed.

Judge McKinney reported on improvements to County Roads 25, 45 and 1.  He also told the Court that work is ongoing on the parking lot of the County Library and that he has signed the note to borrow money to help purchase land for the county park.  He went on to say that the county has received $4000.00 in grant money for the e-waste project.

After the meeting the Judge was asked for more information on the status of the prison/jail.  He had stated last week that currently only Bradley and Drew Counties were committed to being part of the regional jail commission.  No further information was provided.

Botanical Research Building / Herbarium Dedication Set For September 23

          MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will formally dedicate the Botanical Research Building and UAM Sundell Herbarium at a ceremony at 11 a.m. September 23.
          The recently-completed facility, located next to the Turner Neal Museum of Natural History, houses more than 27,000 catalogued plant specimens, including more than 600 specimens representing rare plants and species of special concern.
          The herbarium is named for Dr. Eric Sundell, professor emeritus, for his role in developing the herbarium collection. Sundell taught botany at UAM for 26 years and was chairman of the Division of Mathematics and Science from 1985 to 1997. He is a charter member and past president of the Arkansas Native Plant Society and serves on the committee that oversees the Arkansas Audubon Society's Halberg Ecology Camp for 11- and 12-year-old youths.
          Sundell holds bachelor's and master's degrees in botany from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in biology from Tulane University.
          The ceremony will include remarks by Chancellor Karla Hughes, Dr. Morris Bramlett, dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Dr. Karen Fawley, professor of biology and director of the herbarium, and Dr. Marvin Fawley, assistant dean of science and research. Tours will be provided at the conclusion of the ceremony with a reception to follow in the Turner Neal Museum. Following the reception, Sundell will lead a walk of the UAM Arboretum.
          For more information, contact the School of Mathematical and Natural Science at (870) 460-1016.

Health Coalition to Meet Friday

There will be a Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition Meeting Friday 9/22 from 12noon-1pm at Brunson Complex Conference Room at 204 North Bragg Street.
Everyone one is invited to attend.

Drew Foam Company seeking OTR Drivers

-Must have Class A CDL & good MVR
-Have 2 years verifiable road experience
-Ability to back including blindside
-Knowledge of electronic logs

Drivers are home most every night.
$1,000 Sign-on Bonus
Safety Bonus-Mileage Bonus
Come by 1093 Hwy 278 E to fill out application

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Arrest Made in Sexual Assault and Solicitation Charges

According to the Warren Police Department, Jarad Everett, age 27, SEABEC welding instructor, has been arrested and charged with sexual assault II and sexual solicitation.  According to the police spokesperson, Everett is currently in jail.  CID Sergeant Tim Nichols of the WPD indicated that the investigation began late last week and the department was assisted by the Warren School District and the Monticello Police Department.  The arrest was made Monday, September 18, 2017.


FY 2017 Summer Regular and Crisis Assistance Program Soon to Close

The FY’2017 Summer Regular and Crisis Assistance Program will close on September 29, 2017. Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will no longer be taking applications after this date.

This news release applies to the following counties:  Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew.

How To Canning Class Set For Thursday

The Bradley County Cooperative Extension Agent, Michelle Carter will be conducting a general “How-To Canning Class” on Thursday, September 21st, at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension Office, located at 100 East 1st Street in Warren.  This class will answer all your canning questions, such as proper canning techniques that deal with safety, as well as how to win a blue ribbon at the county fair.  This will be an informational session only, not a workshop, which will address questions concerning the many aspects of canning.  The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Re-Watch Warren vs. Watson Chapel On-Demand

Warren PD Arrest Report For September 11-17, 2017

James Adams / 401 Hankins St., Warren, AR / DOB 7-16-80 / Possession controlled substance-Meth, Possession of Drug Para on 9-11-17

Jamar Hampton / 504 Mona Lisa, Warren, AR / DOB 4-8-97 / Warrant on 9-15-17

Dustin Reddin / 639 Tina St., Warren, AR / DOB 4-17-98 / Warrant on 9-16-17

Christopher Bowie / 112 W. Church St., Warren, AR / DOB 6-12-95 / Battery III on 9-17-17

This Week in the House: Representative Jeff Wardlaw

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), minorities in this country bear a disproportionate burden of disease, injury, and disability. For minority populations, health disparities can mean lower life expectancy, decreased quality of life and loss of economic opportunities.

That disparity is what prompted the creation of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) in 1991.

Legislators were recently provided with an update of the work of the AMHC during a meeting of the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Accident Results in Fatality

Police and ambulance were called to West Central Street ( Highway 278B ) Saturday night, September 16th about 9:00 P.M. to respond to an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrain.
A vehicle was traveling west on Central and hit a pedestrian walking west near the west-bound fog line.  The individual hit, according to the Arkansas State Police, was Percy L. Gavin, Jr. of Warren, age 59.  Mr. Gavin was transported to UAMS hospital in Little Rock and passed away around 11:30 P.M.

The driver was from the New Edinburg area and is 23 years old.  According to state police, the death appears to be a tragic accident and the investigation is being completed.

The incident took place just across the street from the Union Hill Baptist Church.  Law Enforcement officers with the Arkansas State Police, Warren police Department and the Bradley County Sheriff's Office were on the scene.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hermitage School Board Sets Public Meetings

In addition to conducting routine business during the September 12th monthly school board meeting, the Hermitage Board set two meetings for the public as required by state law.  The 'report to the public will take place October 9th and the meeting for public school facilities will occur November 13th in conjunction with the regular board meeting.

The board approved the 2017-2018 budget and annual financial report.  They were told it was a conservative budget the the superintendents office feels is reasonable.

Reports were presented by Mistie McGhee, Rosalynda Ellis, Jade Huitt and Superintendent Dr. Tracy S. Tucker.  The board approved request for out-of-state travel, primarily for agri students. They also approved the minority recruitment plan  and the upcoming school election.  Hermitage has no school board races or millage pending.   The board then approved the district applying for a "alternative methods of instruction plan" to allow missed schools days to be made up by computer and special assigned work for students.  Dr. Tucker went into detail how the plan would work.  It is still being finalized.

After returning from executive session, the following individuals were hired:
*Charles Thomas-long bus route driver
*Martha Martinez-part time custodian/part time cafeteria worker
*Alexisa Clark-pre-K para-professional for 2017-2018
*21st CCCC staff

The board then adjourned.

Friday, September 15, 2017

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100 Men's Day Celebration at St James AME Church

St James AME Church, located at 915 St James Street in Warren will host the 100 Men's Day Celebration Sunday, September 17th beginning at 3:00 P.M.  Speaking will be Dr. Cecil Williams of St John John AME Church of Pine Bluff.  The Guest Choir is "Men In Black" from Pine Bluff.  A big crowd is expected for this special service.  The public is invited.

St James AME Church has a great history in the City of Warren and has been a major spiritual influence on the community for many years.  The members of the church have been and remain deeply involved in civic activities.

The Rev. Michael Mitchell is the Presiding Bishop and The Rev. James R. Hooper is the Presiding Elder and Pastor.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Job Opening-Mental Health Professional (MHP)

Delta Counseling Associates, Inc., a comprehensive private community mental health center, has immediate openings for Mental Health Professionals (MHP) in the Monticello, Warren, Lake Village, Crossett and Dumas centers.  The MHP provides professional behavioral health clinical services to clients including assessment, referral, treatment planning, counseling and discharge planning.  The MHP is an important part of the treatment team and provides case consultation and assistance to paraprofessionals (crisis intervention specialists) associated with the clients. 

These are full-time positions.  Applicants should submit letter of application and resume via email to

Minimum Qualifications:
Must possess a graduate degree from an accredited graduate program in a
behavioral health-related field such as Psychology, Social Work, Counseling,
or Marriage/Family.
Must be licensed within profession by the respective Arkansas State Board (LAC, LPC, LMSW, LCSW, LMFT or LAMFT).

Great company-paid benefits, salary and retirement plan with employer contributions.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Read an editorial about Tomato Festival Funds and Entertainment

Go to the Feature Page to read an editorial about Tomato Festival funds and entertainment.

Bake Sale at Human Development Center

The Volunteer Council of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center will hold a "Bake Sale" Friday, September 15th on the campus of the Center just north of U. S. highway 278.  The event will run from 8:30 A.M. till 3:30 P.M.  Baked goods will be available in the small gym and the sale is open to the public.  All proceeds will go to the Volunteer Council to be used to benefit the clients of the Center and the employees.  Signs will give directions to the sale and all items will cost $1.00 each.

The Volunteer Council exists to raise money and assist the clients and the Center in ways that state funds cannot be used and to support the employees.  The council is made up of volunteers who give their time free of charge to support the work of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center.

The SE Human Development Center treats nearly 100 clients and their families.  Around 200 people work at the facility.  It is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Training and medical care are key components of the services rendered.

School Superintendent Speaks to Lions Club

Left to Right:  Lion Gary Harrison, Superintendent Bryan Cornish, and Lions Club President Randy Rauls
Warren School Superintendent Bryan Cornish was the guest speaker for the Warren Lions Club during their meeting September 13th held at Molly's Diner.  Mr. Cornish detailed his backgound of growing up in Warren, playing football for the Lumberjacks and the Arkansas Razorbacks and the time he spent in private business prior to entering into public education.  He talked about the efforts being made to educate all students of the Warren School District and the concept of personalized learning.  He stress the need for all students to be able to read in order to be successful in school and in life.  The superintendent explained the availability of technology within the Warren District and stated that technology is useful and very helpful, but the most important part of student learning is good teachers.

Mr. Cornish state that the Warren School District has excellent capabilities and the administration and staff is always seeking ways to do better.  He said that every student was important.

In closing remarks Mr. Cornish said the school board and administration know there are physical needs in the district.  He mentioned Eastside School and the gym.

Upgrade Being Made to City Park

Pictured are city employees making improvements to Warren's Martin Street Park.  Fresh wood chips are being installed in the playground areas.  Heavy use over a period of time and rains created the need to refresh the areas.

The city park is heavily used by all ages.  There is ample playground equipment, along with picnic tables and grills for parties and gatherings.  There is a Gazebo and the longtime feature of the park, an old locomotive train engine and old wood/coal car.  The train was once used by the Southern Lumber Company.  A wonderful walking track and adult fitness equipment are also located in the park and are well used.  Most of the track is lighted.  Groups such as the Warren Woman's Club and the Warren Lions Club have helped provide facilities for the park over the years.  There are also modern and clean restroom facilities in the park.

There are security cameras monitored within the park and plans to add more.  The park is well lit and it is not unusual to see a good number of people walking and using the equipment early in the morning or in the early evening.  The Warren City Park is under the policy making authority of the Warren Parks and Recreation Commission.  It is managed by the City's Department of Parks and Recreation, under the authority of the Warren City Council.  The Director of the department reports to the Mayor of Warren.  The department oversees the Westside Pool and ballfield area on Rock Street, the Martin Street Park, the park and tennis courts on John Scobey Drive, the Baseball/Softball Complex located on Highway 189 and the Warren Shooting Range located south of Warren.

Another Paint Class Set For September 18 In Warren

Another art class/party organized by Rob Reep will be held September 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Simple Simon's Pizza in Warren.

A group of ten students will be gathering in the party room at Simple Simon's for a two hour painting class in which each student will get to leave with their completed painting.  All supplies are furnished.  All you have to bring is yourself.

This is the third class Reep has taught so far, and he says he is looking forward to another fun time taking his students step-by-step through an entire painting.  "We seriously do have a great time, and at the end of the day, I want everyone who takes the class to feel relaxed and welcome," said Reep.  He said that the class is for any skill level painter. "You do not have to have any experience painting at all, as I literally walk you through each stage of creating the landscape," he continued.

It's a monthly class that costs just $35.  This month the class will be painting a Mountain Lake Sunset scene.(as seen above)  Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.