Saturday, November 17, 2018

Local Community Thanksgiving Service Set

There will be a Thanksgiving Service Sunday night, November 18th at First United Methodist Church of Warren.  The service is planned for 6:00 P.M.  and the public is invited.  Philip Faris, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Warren, will be the speaker.  Following the service there will be a time of fellow and snacks.   Everyone is welcome!

City Ways & Means Committee Meets

The Warren City Council Ways & Means Committee met Thursday, November 15th in the Municipal Courtroom of the Warren Municipal Building.  Present were Chairperson Dorothy Henderson and Council Members Emily Moseley and Jancy Cobb, who are members of the committee.  Council Member Zack Burks also was present for a portion of the meeting.  Mayor Bryan, who is working to submit a proposed budget for 2019 in accordance to law, was on hand to answer questions and Mayor-Elect Denisa Pennington was present.  She was given a copy of all budgetary information and was allowed to make comments and ask questions. 

Len Blaylock, III, Executive Director of the Bradley County Economic Development Corporation addressed the committee and asked the city to renew the contract with BCEDC in the amount of $75,000.00 per year.  A letter was presented by the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce requesting continued funding by the city. 

Mayor Martin went over budget request by the various departments and made several recommendations.  He is proposing a 2% raise for all city employees plus some selected raises and a larger raise for law enforcement certified personnel.  He ask for direction from the committee as to the size raise they desire to grant to police officers within the budget constraints.  He told the committee the council will have to set priorities.  There appears to be strong support by the council and Mayor Martin to increase pay for certified policemen.

Chairperson Henderson indicated she believed the Council is strongly supportive of continuing economic development in some fashion.  Another committee meeting is set for Monday afternoon, November 19th at 4:30 P.M.

Friday, November 16, 2018

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Special Thanksgiving Service to be Held

First United Methodist Church will hold a Thanksgiving Service at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening, November 18.  Reverend Philip Farris of First Presbyterian Church will be the speaker.  A time of refreshments and fellowship will follow in the Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Gala to Benefit Museum

Thursday, November 15, 2018

SEACBEC HOSA Holds Annual Hoodie Drive

SEACBEC HOSA recently sponsored it’s annual Hoodie Drive to benefit WSD learners.  The drive was a big success with almost 50 items being donated.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this project possible.  HOSA Sponsors:  Emily Harton and Kasey Reep

Armstrong Flooring Announces Agreement to Sell Its Wood Flooring Segment

According to a press release sent this morning, Armstrong Flooring has announced a definitive agreement to sell its wood flooring business to an affiliate of American Industrial Partners(AIP), a private equity firm, which plans to operate the wood flooring business as a separate company and to continue operating its six U.S. wood floor manufacturing plants with their current staff, which includes the Warren, Arkansas plant.

Below is the full press release from Armstrong Flooring:

LANCASTER, Pa.- Armstrong Flooring, Inc. (NYSE: AFI) (“Armstrong Flooring” or the “Company”) has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Wood Flooring segment to an affiliate of American Industrial Partners (“AIP”) for a purchase price of $100 million, subject to customary adjustments for working capital, debt, and other matters. The transaction is valued at approximately 7.2 times the Wood Flooring segment’s trailing twelve month Adjusted EBITDA. As of October 31, 2018 Armstrong Flooring’s Wood Flooring segment comprised six U.S. manufacturing facilities primarily serving the North American region and approximately 1,700 employees. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. The net proceeds to the Company from the transaction after purchase price adjustments are non-taxable and expected to be $85 to $90 million, which should increase the Company’s flexibility to further invest in its growth strategies and other value-enhancing opportunities.

Upon closing of the sale, Armstrong Flooring will intensify its focus on the fastest-growing parts of the flooring industry, including Luxury Vinyl Tile (“LVT”) and rigid core, as well as its wide range of resilient products including Vinyl Composition Tile and resilient sheet. AIP will gain Armstrong Flooring’s high-quality wood flooring product portfolio and existing network of wood floor manufacturing facilities, staffed by an experienced wood flooring team. AIP will own the Bruce brand and all other Wood Flooring segment brands. To ensure a seamless transition for our customers, AIP will have full access to the Armstrong Flooring brand for the sale of wood products for two years after closing.

Don Maier, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to maximizing shareholder value and focusing our portfolio on profitable growth strategies. The wood flooring industry has been impacted by changing market dynamics and now is the right time to deepen our focus on LVT and other resilient flooring categories, where we are confident fundamentals remain strong for future growth.”

Rick Hoffman, Partner at AIP, said, “Don and I believe this strategic decision empowers both the resilient and wood flooring businesses to better realize their core strengths and pursue strategies for growth, product innovation and quality, and exceptional service to customers. Our companies look forward to working closely with each other to ensure a seamless transition for employees, customers and suppliers.”

Bradley County Block Builders Presents Lumberjack Basketball Quilt For Fundraiser

(L to R)  Wanda Carr, Kathy Williams, Christina Stanley,  Daysha Matthews, Rhonda Robbins, and Carol Murphy
At the November meeting of the Bradley Block Builders Quilt Club, held in the home of Jonalyn Reep, members of the Warren Lumberjack Basketball Booster Club were presented with a quilt to be used to raise funds for their group.  The full-bed, orange and black quilt was made from squares submitted by each club member, then assembled and quilted by Pleasant Valley Church Quilters.

Present to receive the quilt was booster club president Daysha Matthews and member Christina Stanley. The quilt club is a project club of the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service and donates time and gifts of quilts to deserving groups and individuals in our community. The club offers opportunities to win two of their quilts each year with the Pink Tomato Quilt and the Christmas Quilt.   Donations generated from these quilts fund the club's many community projects.  The Christmas quilt will be given away following the Bradley County Christmas parade Sunday, December 2, at 4:30 pm. Opportunities to win may be purchased from club members.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the extension office.

Thomas, Raines, and Woodard Are November Junior Rotarians

The Junior Rotarians for November 6, 13, and 27th are (l-r) Destiny Thomas, Madison Raines, and Reed Woodard.

On November 13th, Principal Tiffany Gathan and Sandra Hatley of Warren High School spoke to the Rotary Club of Warren about the many programs that the high school has to assist all students in getting a high quality education and also in preparing the students for what they do after they graduate.

Pictured are (l-r) Rotarian Erika Spears, Hatley, and Gathen.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Radio Auction Success For Y

The annual radio auction to benefit the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County was conducted November 2nd.  It was another success and raised around $11,000.00 to help operate the Y.  The Y thanks all those who contributed to the auction as well as those who bought.  A big thanks to KWRF Radio for their support.

The Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County is a part of the YMCA of the USA.  It is operated as a not for profit and serves children and adults in Bradley County and the surrounding area.  The organization is funded by memberships and fundraisers.  The YMCA Foundation also helps raise money and makes contributions from investments to the Y.

A board of directors hires the Executive Director and oversees the management of the organization.  The Y is the primary provider of recreation for youth in the area as well as serving adults.  It is open to all people.


County Announces Thanksgiving Schedule

The Bradley County Courthouse will be closed on November 22nd and 23rd for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Bradley County Solid Waste Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule:
Bradley County Solid Waste will not run on Thursday or Friday November 22nd and 23rd. Thursday’s route will be picked up on Wednesday November 21st and Friday’s route will be picked up on Monday November 26th.

The Bradley County Landfill will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Thank you,
Klay Mckinney Bradley County Judge

BARC Bazaar

November 14, 2018 (Warren, AR) - The Bradley Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC) has announced plans to host a BARC Bazaar, just in time for last minute holiday shopping. The BARC Bazaar will take place on Saturday December 15th, 2018 from 10am until 3pm at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA gym in Warren, Arkansas.
“The BARC Bazaar will be a multi-vendor, holiday shopping experience,” says Heather McClain, President of BARC. “Come join us for a one-of-a-kind last-minute Christmas shopping experience. We will have tons of vendors with unique merchandise for that special someone on your Christmas list,” she said.
Booth space is still available. Booths are 10x10 feet and are available to rent for $50 and a donation to the BARC raffle. Vendors can begin set up at 8am and must stay until the end of the event at 3pm. The proceeds from all booth rentals go directly to benefit the Bradley Animal Rescue Coalition.

For more information, contact: Heather McClain – 870.489.8615,
About BARC: Helping homeless animals in Bradley County Arkansas and beyond.

Paul Keith to Serve as President Elect Designee of the Arkansas Bar Association

Article courtesy of  Paul W. Keith of Monticello is the new President-Elect Designee of the Arkansas Bar Association. He was elected without opposition at the close of nominations.

Paul is an attorney with Gibson & Keith in Monticello and serves as Hamburg’s city attorney. He has been actively engaged in the Arkansas Bar Association for many years. He currently serves as chair of the Jurisprudence and Law Reform Committee and recently served as chair of the Board of Governors. He has also served as chair of the 2015 Annual Meeting and as chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for two years. He has served on the Mock Trial and Long Range Planning Committees and the Strategic Governance Task Force. The Association has awarded him with two Golden Gavel Awards for his service. Paul was recently appointed to the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Paul’s leadership capacities extend to his church and community including serving as president of the Hamburg School Board. He and his wife Kandi sing in their church choir; he also teaches Sunday school and serves as lay leader for the church. He is the Chancellor for the Southeast District of the United Methodist Church.

Paul He has served as president of the Southeast Arkansas Legal Institute and as Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Paul is a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. He is a three-time alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville: B.A. in 1978, J.D. in 1993, and LL.M. in 1994. Paul and Kandi have been married 36 years and have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Paul will serve a one-year term as President-Elect beginning in June 2019 before assuming the office of President at the Association’s 2020 Annual Meeting.

About the Arkansas Bar Association

The Arkansas Bar Association is a voluntary, statewide organization with 5,000 members. Among its purposes are the advancement of the administration of justice and the fostering among its members of high ideals of integrity, learning and public service.

Snow!-Mid Fall Surprise!

409 N. Walnut
Editor's Note:  A dusting of snow to those who live up North or in the mountains may seem like nothing.  But to those of us who live in Southeast Arkansas, the beautiful white flakes dancing to the ground  bring with them an air of excitement.  We awoke this morning to a shallow blanket of white and the air filled with a steady downfall of crystal white flakes.  Somehow, snow just changes the mood.  (Sorry school kids and employees...the roads remained clear.)  Bring on the holidays!  

We will post more snow photos as they come in.  Send us your shots of this winter wonder, or should I say mid fall surprise!

Snowman in Southern Courts sent in by Holly Cathey

Junior Auxiliary Seeks Support for Angel Tree Project

“With the Christmas season approaching, the Junior Auxiliary of Warren currently has well over 100 children that qualify for our Angel Tree project! If you are interested in sponsoring an Angel or have any questions, please contact Courtney Sellers at 870-820-4273, or get in touch with any other Junior Auxiliary member.

Angel Trees will be set up at Warren Bank & Trust, Mane Event, and the Country Club.

We are so thankful to live in a wonderful community that has proven time and time again to support and provide for our Angels. Thank you for using your time and money to ensure that all of the children in Warren have a very Merry Christmas!”

Resolution Adopted Honoring R.V. Warner

Lou Ann and Bruce Anderson and Mrs. Betty Ann Warner listen as Mayor Bryan Martin reads proclamation honoring the late R.V. Warner.
The six members of the Warren City Council meet Monday, November 13th to conduct the monthly business of the City of Warren.  Mayor Bryan Martin presided.  The council members approved the minutes of the October meeting and heard financial reports from City Clerk Helen Boswell.  She presented the monthly financial statement, updates on sales tax revenues and the District Court Clerk's report.  According to the Clerk, sales tax revenues are up 5% over last year. 

Gregg Reep, representing a number of Main Street businesses, requested the status of the city's consideration of purchasing the "Old Bryant" building on main Street.  He submitted a petition to the council at the October meeting.  Mayor Martin stated it was being discussed.

The council then confirmed the appointment of John B. Frazer to a five year term on the Warren Aviation Commission.

Mayor Martin then invited Mrs. Betty Ann Warner, her daughter Lou Ann and District Judge Bruce Anderson to join him before the Council to read a resolution honoring R.V. Warner for his life and contributions to the community of Warren.  The City Council voted 6-0 to adopt the resolution which will be presented to Mrs. Warner and retained in the city's records. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

School Board Hires Soccer Coach

The Warren School Board meet in regular session Monday, November 12th to conduct monthly business.  The board approved the minutes of the previous meeting of October 8th and then heard brief reports form each school principal and the head of SEABEC.  The board then went into executive session.  Upon returning to regular session, the following personnel actions were approved:
* Accepted the resignation of Peggy Barnes, Warren School District Nurse-effective end of
  2018-2019 year.
*Accepted the resignation of Marquita Roberson, WHS Cafeteria Manager-effective
*Hired Jadeci Goffin, WHS Library Media Specialist.
*Hired Carlos Yepes as Volunteer Soccer Coach for boys and girls.

The board then approved the SEACBEC CACFP food program for the 2018-2019 school year.  They then voted to set the 2019 school election for May 21, 2019.  Next the board voted to approve a contract with Vibra Whirl to make repairs and improvements to the track at Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium. 

Debbie Hargrave then presented the financial report.  She reported on all account balances and stated the operating fund has a balance of $1,554,592.00.  There were no questions from the board. 

Superintendent Cornish reported on several projects and told the board the district will be closed November 19-23 for Thanksgiving.  The board then heard a very brief presentation from a private company that offers lunch room services.  No action was taken. 

Board member Joel Tolefree, told the board he is concerned that the state is helping districts more than districts like Warren, even though the needs are greater in areas like South Arkansas.

History Made In Warren and Monticello

Mayor-Elect Denisa Pennington and some of her family on election night.
The election results came in Tuesday night, November 6th and some people were happy and some were not.  That is always the way it works.  Hopefully all who won will strive to do a good job in the respective positions to which they were elected or re-elected. 

There was two historical local elections in Southeast Arkansas.  Both the City of Warren and the City of Monticello elected their first female mayors.  There have been women elected mayor in several South Arkansas cities over the years, but this is a first for Warren and Monticello.

The voters of Warren elected Denisa Pennington to a four year term.  Her percentage margin of victory was large.  She has experience in chamber work and state government while Monticello elected Paige Chase, also for a four year term, who has business experience and has served on the Monticello City Council.  Both have extensive records of community involvement.  Newly elected local officials will be sworn in January 1, 2019.  For the next month and a half, both mayors-elect will be busy planning the transition.

City Workers Begin Decorating Main Street For Christmas

The City of Warren Street Department has begun decorating the downtown area for the Christmas season with garland being installed on light fixtures on Main Street Tuesday morning, November 13, 2018.

As a member of the Main Street business community we sincerely appreciate the hard work done by the city workers to help brighten the looks of our small town this holiday.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mark Your Calendars

Bradley County Rural Fire Responds to House Fire

The Bradley County Rural Fire Department responded to a house fire at 5:45 p.m., October 31, at 744 Bradley 19, the home of Jennifer Ashcraft.  Upon arrival the firemen observed smoke exiting the southwest bedroom window.  They made their initial attack on the fire through that window until firefighters could suit up.  Upon entry, it was determined the fire as mostly confined to the bedroom and a bath . After the fire was extinguished, the bed had been consumed by the fire and a nearly three-foot hole had urned through the floor.

The resident was away from home for a short period of time, and the fire was discovered by a passerby.

The cause is undetermined at this time.  There were cell phone an possible other chargers around the bed area.

The Bradley County Rural Fire Department was assisted by the County Line Fire Department in automatic aid.

GFWC Warren Woman's Club Accepts Donation

The family of the late Mrs. Louis Wilson Ederington (Mary Catherine) donated her crystal punch bowl and 30 punch cups to the GFWC Warren Woman's Club.  Mrs. Ederington was a member of the local club, serving four terms as president: 1952-1954, 1964-1966, 1971-1972 and 1976-1978.  Under her leadership and the endeavors of the Woman's Club, the Bradley County Library became a public facility in 1957.  Mrs Ederington was also instrumental in many other improvements in her community.

Mayor Martin Signs Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation

The GFWC Warren Woman's Club observed Mayor Bryan Martin signing the Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation for October.  Club Members attending are (Kneeling) Sandra Gatling, Jennifer Taylor, (1st Row) Joen Bryant, President Judy Gibson, Diane Parnell, chairman, JeNelle Lipton, Jonalyn Reep, (Back Row) Joy Kitchens, Jane Powell, Jan Smalling, Judy Braswell, and Hilda Thornton.

Arrest Report: November 12, 2018

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Kenya Davis, 199 Bradley Rd. 194, Warren, AR age 41, arrested on bench warrant (11-7-18)

Grover Thompson, 216 N. Wright St., Warren, AR . charged with DWI (11-9-18)

Warren High School Sponsors Veterans Program

High School literacy instructor Billy Reed was the keynote speaker
for the Veterans Program held in the Cultural Center Monday.
The Warren Cultural Center was nearly full to capacity Monday morning, November 12th as the students, veterans and guest attended a program in honor of our Veterans.  A welcome was given by Junior Pacheco, Student Council President.  The colors were presented by the Warren High School JROTC and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Junior Pacheco.  The National Anthem was sung by the Warren High School Choir.  A prayer was rendered by Emily Rodriguez, Student Council Reporter.

Student Council Vice President Anissa Henry welcomed the Warren ABC Preschool students, who performed several patriotic songs.  India Young, Student Council Secretary, introduced the Guest Speaker, Sgt. Billy Reed, USA Retired.  Mr. Reed is a Veteran who now teaches at Warren High School.  He spoke about the history of Veterans Day and what veterans and their families go through to serve their country.

The program was concluded with the playing of TAPs by WMS Band Director, Bobby Hagler.
The ABC Preschool students 

Junior Pacheco leads the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Veterans Honored On Court Square

Former State Senator Jim Scott with his father's World War I helmet
A good crowd gathered Sunday afternoon, November 11th to honor America's Veterans on the 100th anniversary of "Veterans Day."  Originally called Armistice Day in honor of those who died in World War I, it was made a national holiday in 1938.  In 1954 it was designated "Veterans Day" to pay tribute to all American Veterans, living or dead.

During the program Sunday afternoon in Warren, a welcome was given by Mike Berry, Vice Chairman of Bradley County Veterans followed by an opening prayer by Floyd Brown, Chaplin for Bradley County Veterans.  The National Anthem was sung by the audience, led by Floyd "Tommy" Richardson and his daughter and the audience recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  Remarks were given by Len E. Blaylock III and the audience sang "God Bless America," again led by Floyd "Tommy" Richardson and his daughter.  Chaplain Brown gave the closing prayer, followed by "TAPS."

A program is set for 9:00 A.M. Monday morning at the Warren Cultural Center, with participation by the Warren Public Schools.  The public is invited to attend.
A good crowd braved the cold to honor veterans.

Mark Berry welcomed the crowd.

UAM Art Professor Named Higher Education Educator of the Year

UAM Professor Tom Richard was recognized as the 2018 Higher Education Educator of the Year at the awards ceremony of the Arkansas Art Educators Association Conference on November 1, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Peggy Doss, UAM’s Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs said, “Mr. Richard is so very deserving of this award that recognizes his outstanding talent and his distinguished service to the profession. He has long been dedicated to the advancement of art education at the university, in the community and the state.”

 Tom Richard (MFA’93 University at Albany; BFA’88 LSU) is a Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  In his last two decades of tenure at UAM, he has taught numerous studio art courses, art history courses, and art education courses, has managed a student volunteer in regional schools program, has developed curriculum and managed departmental assessment, has curated numerous visiting artist exhibitions, regional exhibitions, student and solo senior exhibitions, and has organized many student public art projects.  He served on the Arkansas Department of Education sponsored Fine Arts Curriculum Revision Committee in 2014, and has judged numerous K-12 art contests, scholarship programs, and exhibitions throughout the state and the region.

His two dimensional mixed media studio practices address issues of history, making history, identity, and making identity by combining planned acts of painting specific historical references with spontaneous processes and by combining imagery of toys with other “dangerous” imagery.  His work has been included in over 100 national juried and invitational exhibitions including the Heroes exhibition at Central Michigan University, After School Special exhibition at the University Art Museum in Albany, NY, and the Arkansas Arts Council’s Small Works on Paper.  He has had over 50 solo exhibitions at venues including the Arkansas Arts Center, at the Historic Arkansas Museum, at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, at numerous university museums, and at galleries and art centers throughout the United States.

Event at SouthArk Education Center

South Arkansas Community Education Center at 204 Bragg St. in Warren is hosting a free adults-only Fun Day and Night from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 3. The event will feature games, snacks and prizes. Call (870) 864-8482 for more information.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Update On Garage Fire On Martin Street covered the fire that destroyed the garage located at 104 Martin Street several days ago.  The garage was being operated by Jonathan Wood as J & R Auto and Diesel.It was a total loss.  The Warren Fire Department arrived very quickly and did a good job, but the building went up rapidly and the best that could be done was protect other properties and the traffic on Martin.

Mr. Wood indicated the fire began as a result of a vehicle located in the shop.  He tried to put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher and barley got out himself. He stated the smoke got so thick and so black so fast, he could not see the exit.  He was carried to the local hospital with smoke inhalation, but released shortly thereafter.  He hopes to rebuild somewhere in the future.

According to Bobby Hargraves, whose Mother-in-Law owns the property, the shop was constructed in 1949 by David B. Fort.  We know it was operated as a mechanic shop by John Cruce ( later county sheriff ), Booty Lasiter, Charles Doggett, Nathan Moore and then Mr. Wood.  It has a long and successful history in Warren. 

There was no one else in the facility when the fire began and no injuries other than Mr. Wood.

Friday, November 9, 2018

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