Sunday, November 17, 2019

Prison Contracts/Confusion

According to public reports, a contract signed by Bradley and Drew Counties in 2018 with a private company to house local inmates, likely did not follow the states competitive bidding laws when the document was signed.  At the time the two counties were contracting for local jail bed space.  Plans, as stated at the time, called for a private firm to build a prison for state inmates, and then allow the two counties to contract for a designated number of beds for local inmates.  Questions have been asked about the process being used to enter an agreement with a private company and the issue of local governments being limited to one year contracts for services. 

Now, according to information provided by the State Department of Corrections and confirmed by county officials, the State does not plan on having an agreement with any private firm, but plans to contract with the two counties to hold some five hundred state prisoners.  The counties will then contract with the private firm to hold the state prisoners and the local inmates.  No explanation has been given as to why the state will not contract directly with a private company to house their prisoners and let the counties contract for theirs.  The effect of such an arrangement means the counties will be  responsible for the 500 state prisoners from a governmental standpoint in dealing with the private company. 

It has been stated the private company will create some 100 jobs.  That would not change should the state contract for their prisoners directly.  It should be noted the state could legally contract with the private firm according to the Department of Corrections.   

The endeavor is being referred to as a regional jail, by State Representative Jeff Wardlaw and others.   It is in reality proposed as a privately owned and operated prison.  A true regional jail would be owned by and/or operated by local governmental entities, such as cities and counties or the State of Arkansas. 

According to Monticellolive, the matter was discussed at the Drew County Quorum Court meeting Monday night, October 21st.  Secretary Wendy Kelly of the Department of Corrections was present.  The matter was not on the agenda for the Bradley County Quorum Court meeting held the same evening.  Judge McKinney and the Quorum Court were asked during the public comment section of the agenda about the status of the project.  They were specifically questioned as to why the State of Arkansas is not proposing to contract directly with the private firm that is planning to build and operate the prison.  The proposal, as made public by the State, is for the Department of Corrections to contract all state prisoners to the county or counties.  Two Bradley County Justices stated they knew very little to nothing as to what is going on.  Judge Mckinney stated he has made no comments on the proposal and nothing is agreed to until the Quorum Court approves a contract. 

It now appears there is a battle going on between the two counties as to where the new privately- owned prison will be constructed.  Both want it for the tax revenue as long as it is financed conventionally, meaning by a private lending institution. 

Quorum Court members in both counties are complaining that they are uninformed.  The two largest questions are:  why is the state contracting their 500 state prisoners with the counties and not directly with the private company and why state procurement laws have not been followed to date?

Information has been made available to SRC that legal opinions are being sought relating to the procurement issue.   

Friday, November 15, 2019

City Council Fire Committee Meets

The Warren City Council Fire Committee meet Thursday, November 14 to consider a recommendation from the Warren Civil Service Commission.  Present for the meeting were Chairman, Council Member Memory Burks Frazer, committee member Council Member Angela Marshall, Mayor Denisa Pennington and Acting Fire Chief Mike Ashcraft.  Chief Ashcraft has been serving as Acting Chief by appointment of the Civil Service Commission since the retirement of Chief Howard Edwards.  Chief Ashcraft is a longtime officer of the Warren Volunteer Fire Department and holds a full time job as a circuit court reporter.  His hours are flexible enough to allow him to handle the administrative duties of the Fire Chief's job.

The Warren Civil Service Commission has voted to recommend that the Warren City Council add the position of "part time Fire Chief" to the city pay plan and to create a job description and pay rate for a part time chief.  This would allow the Civil Service Commission to hire a part time chief, but retain the right to hire a full time chief in the future.  By hiring a part time chief, the city should save some money.  The Commission believes the system can work.

After discussing the matter, the committee members present voted to recommend to the full council that a part time fire chief position be created and to set the job description for the position as the same for a full time chief.  They agreed to meet again and discuss the pay scale for a part time chief.

Prior to voting, both committee members voiced their belief that once the new position is created, the job must be advertised in accordance to city procedures, and then the Civil Service Commission may take action to hire a part time chief if they choose to at this time.  Mayor Pennington stated that would be the procedure.  It was made clear that Mr. Ashcraft will be a candidate for the part time job.

The Warren Fire Department consist of three full time firemen who work 24 hour rotating shifts.
Additionally the department has over twenty volunteer fire fighters who respond when called and conduct monthly training.  Warren has one of the best equipped and trained fire departments in Arkansas.  The Department also staffs a rescue truck.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas has made a strong commitment to making sure that children learn to read at an early age, and the federal government has recognized our efforts with a grant of $38 million to improve literacy.

The money will be sent to Arkansas over the next five years. It is the highest amount possible in the category of literacy grants distributed by the U.S. Education Department.

The state began its statewide reading initiative in 2017, when the legislature approved Act 1063. Also known as the “Right to Read Act,” it requires more rigorous teacher training in the science of literacy, especially for elementary school teachers.

Legislators followed up with passage of Act 83 of 2019. It requires school districts to follow a specific plan for training teachers in the science of literacy, and the plan must be tailored to the district’s literacy needs.

How to Support the Junior Auxiliary Angel Tree

This year we have well over 100 children that qualify for our Angel Tree! The number of children selected will depend completely on the wonderful citizens in our community that are willing to sponsor an Angel.

If you are willing to sponsor an Angel please private message us, comment on this post or get in touch with any member of the Junior Auxiliary of Warren, as soon as possible.

We are so thankful to live in a wonderful community that has proven time and time again to support our cause and provide Christmas gifts for every one of our Angels!

How to get your tickets for tonight's Warren playoff game early

Playoff pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the WSD Administration building in the Business office until 2:00 pm today. Tickets are $6.00. Only AAA passes will be accepted at the ticket booth.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hermitage School Board Meets

Members of the Hermitage School Board meet in regular session November 11th.  Minutes of the October 17 meeting were approved and financial reports were reviewed.  The board voted to pay the current bills.

Reports were then presented by Rosalynda Ellis, Mistie McGhee and Superintendent Dr. Tucker.  The board then voted to change sick leave policy allowing supervisors authority to grant leave in certain circumstances.  The board then voted change the bus drivers pay structure. 

The members approved the resolution approving the facilities plan. 

Dr. tucker discussed the DESE Coordinated Support /District Literacy Plan. 

After holding an executive session, the board voted to take the following actions:
1. Hired Mindy Wolfe as District Treasurer/Business Manager/Disbursing Officer
2. Removed Sandra Savage from the signature card from both banks
3. Added Mindy Wolfe to the signature cards
4. Added Kelly Hargis to the signature care at the Warren Bank on the Activities accounts
5. Named Kelly Hargis as Superintendents's Secretary
All hires and changes are to be effective October 29th, 2019.

Warren School Board Holds Hearing On Master Facilities Plan

In conjunction with the monthly school board meeting conducted November 12th, the board heard an update and conducted a public hearing on the District's Master Facilities Plan.  Superintendent Bryan Cornish went over the plan in some detail.  He told the board, and those in attendance, that the number one project for the school had been to make emergency repairs to the current gym in order to correct safety issues.  That work has been completed.  He indicated the next priority is to construct a new Eastside building.  Efforts are underway to secure state funding to pay a large portion of the cost.  He stated that a final decision will be known by May, 2020 if Warren is to receive state assistance.  Another part of the request made by the District was to get state funding to help build a new gym.  That project has been turned down.  Any plan to construct a gym will require 100% local funding.

Mr. Cornish went on to report that the plan calls for work to be done on the existing Eastside Building in 2021-2022 if state funding is not approved for a new building next year.  Another project to be pursued for 2022-2023 is new heating and cooling systems for the Middle School and Brunson.  There were no public comments made and the board approved the Master Plan.  The plan is subject to being changed or revised each year.

In other business, the school approved a memorandum of understanding with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office to provide a school resource officer for the Warren School District.  If approved by Bradley County it will result in a full time Deputy working in the schools.  The school will be billed for the salary by the county.

The board voted to remove buildings on property the school has purchased on North Martin Street  and approved a statement of assurance of drivers education as well as a bus agreement lease with Midland State Bank.

Next, the board voted to approve a contract with Simmons & Son to build secondary security entrances for all schools in the district.

The monthly financial report was presented and approved.  The superintendent gave his monthly update.

In personnel matters the following actions were taken by the board:

1. Accepted the resignation of Yashika Hicks as WHS Administrative Assistant/WMS Cheer Coach.

2. Hired johnny Brown as JROTC Instructor, pending approval of his CNACI background investigation.

3.  Hired Chasity Marshall as WHS Library Media Assistant.

Early in the meeting, all school administrators gave brief reports.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Judge Anderson Speaks to Lions Club

Tim Kessler and Judge Bruce Anderson
District Judge Bruce Anderson was guest speaker for the Warren Lions Club Wednesday, November 13th.  He educated the members on the upcoming 2020 Judicial elections to be held in the 10th Judicial District.  The 10th Judicial District consist of Ashley, Bradley, Desha, Drew and Chicot counties.  All new judges will be elected in the March 3, 2020 primary elections.  All judges run and serve in a non-partisan capacity. 

Judge Anderson serves Bradley and Drew Counties as District Judge.  The district judge serves a four year term.  The Judge is the only candidate running for the next four year term.  He handles cases such as traffic, DWI's, drug possession, battery, assault, threats theft, hot checks and disorderly conduct.  District Court primarily deals with misdemeanor cases. 

There are five circuit judgeships in the 10th Judicial District.  Each position serves a six year term.  Circuit Court deals with felony criminal cases, civil disputes, contracts, boundary disputes, personal injury cases, divorce, custody, guardianship, probate, juvenile-delinquency, neglect and families in need of services.  The five judges divide up the type cases they hear although all five may hear any circuit case.

The following elections will occur in 2020:
Division I Candidates
James Hamilton
Tim Leonard
Crews Puryear

Division  2 Candidates
Laurie Bridewell
Priscilla Copelin-Abernathy
Frank Spain

Division 3 Candidate
Robert B. Gibson

Judge Sam Pope and Judge Bynum Gibson are retiring.  Judge Kenneth Johnson recently passed away.

Warren City Council Meets Tuesday Evening

The Warren City Council meet Tuesday, November 12th for the regular monthly meeting of the city's governing body.  It was held on Tuesday the 12th instead of Monday the 11th due to Veterans Day.  All six council members were  present and Mayor Pennington presided. 

After approving the minutes of the October Council meeting, City Clerk Helen Boswell presented a detailed financial report.  She indicated that sales tax revenues for the year are up over 2108.  The City sales tax is up 2% and the city share of the county sales tax is up 3%. 

Mayor Pennington submitted the renomination of Dr. Joe H. Wharton for another 5-year term on the City Aviation Commission.  The council confirmed the appointment by a vote of 6-0. 

A proposed ordinance was presented amending Ordinance #814, increasing the permit fee for private clubs within the Warren City Limits and setting a 5% annual tax on all alcohol sales.  the money is to be made available to the Warren Police Department as budgeted by the council. 

Monthly reports were submitted by the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Sanitation Manager, Building Official and the Street Foreman.  Council Member Dorothy Henderson, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee reported on the ongoing preparation of the 2020 budget.  She indicated request for funding have been received from the BCEDC, the Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations and agencies.  All will be considered.

The Building Official Mike May submitted a piece of property located at 829 Pierson Street for condemnation.  He said all procedures have been followed and the council must decide if the site is to be ordered cleaned up.  By a vote of 6-0, the council voted to order the property to be cleaned up.  If the owner takes no action, the city will have the work completed and bill the owner of record.  If the bill is not paid and lien will be filed against the property. 

The Ways and Means Committee recommended a bonus be paid to city officials and employees for 2019 based on tenure.  The total cost for the bonuses equals $16,169.05.  The council voted to approve the bonus payments.

The Ways and Means Committee also recommended the city approve membership and legal defense coverage with the Arkansas Municipal League for a total cost of $16,968.46.  The council voted to authorize the coverage and membership. 

Reports and minutes of all city boards and commissions that meet during October were reviewed.  Council Member Memory Frazer stated there are plans to have a Cultural commission meeting in the future to further discuss repairs to the building.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day Program Held At Cultural Center

Veterans, Warren High School Students and guest filled the Warren Cultural Center Monday, November 11th to honor United States Military Veterans as Veterans Day, 2019 was celebrated.
A welcome was given by Ruthann Corker.  Presentation of the Colors was provide by the Warren High School JROTC.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by RJ Martin.  The Warren High School Choir sang our National Anthem.  A prayer was rendered by Jamiah Meeks.
Ruthann Corker gves welcome.

Raven Harris introduced the ABC Preschool students who provided a musical tribute to the Veterans.  Kailey Henry then introduced the speaker, Ist Sergeant ( Retired ) Chad Greenwood.

Sergeant Greenwood acknowledged all Veterans and their families and thanked them for their service.  He spoke of his reasons to join the military and of his experiences while serving.  He indicated the army instilled in him a sense of service and a desire to help others.  He talked about the need to develop leadership and how important it is to serve the nation as well as our local communities.  He thanked the school district for giving him the opportunity to direct the JROTC program at Warren High School.  He received a warm ovation for his service and remarks.

Kelsie Harris presented a video tribute to the Veterans.  Mr. Bobby Hagler, WMS Band Director, played Taps to conclude the program.

Buck Fever Saturday Winners

Little Miss Buck 5-7
Winner -  Emma Reese Spears
1st Runner up - Arabella Wood
2nd Runner up - Presleigh Ryan Mashburn

Petite Miss Buck 8-10
Winner- Josie Mann
1st Runner up - Toni Rykell Fuller
2nd Runner up - Keaton Elizabeth Kinley

Young Miss Buck Fever 11-12
Winner -  Alli Cathey
1st Runner up - Sidney Marie Ballard
2nd Runner up- Kelsi McDougald

Jr Miss 13-15
Winner - Kaiden Hale
1st Runner up - Chesney Reynolds
2nd Runner up-  Jaliyah York

 Miss Buck Fever 16-21
Winner -  Ali Beth King
1st Runner up - Maggie Gavin
2nd Runner up - Courtney Julian Nobles

Beta Club Coloring Competition
Chevy Rawlinson

Bradley County Sheriff  & Festival Chairman
Kim & Hershel Tillman

Festival Volunteers
Allison Hudson
Lea Via
Tanya Johnson
Kim Tillman
Hershell Tillman
Holli Pope
Kayla Adams
Kim Forrest
Keeton Hudson

2019 Festival Service Award
Hershel Tillman

Biggest Buck
Wade Mann

Talent Show Overall Winner
Caleb Pace

Buck Fever Friday Night Results

Baby Girl 0-12mo
Winner -  Ava Renee Jackson
1st Runner up - Hazel Robbins
2nd Runner up - Ke'Myia Jade Garcia

Baby Boy 0-12mo
Winner- Kane Massey Denson
1st Runner up - Hayden Reid Adams
2nd Runner up - John Michael Jolley

Toddler Miss 13-23mo
Winner - Chandler Claire
1st Runner up - Britten Reynolds
2nd Runner up- Hadleigh Kate Bryant

Toddler Mr. 13-23mo
Winner -  Ozzy Jones
1st Runner up - Robert Dayne Rupe
2nd Runner up- Willie Sherman Boatman

Tiny Miss 2-4
Winner -  Harper Crutchfield
1st Runner up - Gracelynn Fowler
2nd Runner up - Oakleigh Phurisri

Mr Buck Fever 2-4
Winner - Carson Wood
1st Runner up - Isaiah Randal Jones
2nd Runner up- Grayson Maggard

Arrest Report: 11-11-19

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Thelma Strong, 60 Bradley Rd. 1, Banks, AR, 2-16-52, charged with DWI, no child restraint, endangering welfare of a minor, careless prohibited driving, (11-4-19)

Guillermo Luna, 701 West Gloria Switch, Lafayette, LA, 5-5-79, charged with possession of instrument of crime, battery 3rd (11-4-19)

Tayon Gibson, El Dorado, AR, 6-19-84, arrested on warrant, (11-5-19)

Myron Douglas, 1017 Johnson St., Warren, AR, 8-12-82, charged with speeding, open container, DWI, no insurance (11-6-19)

Ashley McCombs, 1704 W. 4th St., Fordyce, AR, 7-30-79 charged with possession of meth with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia x2, endangering a minor (1107-19)

Tom Watson, 1204 Clark St., Fordyce, AR, 2-21-79 charged with possession of meth with intent to sell, possession of drub paraphernalia x2, endangering a minor (11-7-19)

Dareion Warren, 321 Winchester Rd., Monticello, AR, 6-8-98, arrested on warrant from City of Warren, (11-7-19)

Kasa Busby, 15 Southern Court, Warren, AR, 8-28-84, arrested on warrant, charged with possession of Schedule II and Schedule 4 (11-8-19)

Alegandro Hernandez, 1-1-90, charged with DWI, endangering the welfare of a minor (11-9-19)

Aaron Boswell, 719 Hankins St., Warren, AR, 12-13-95, arrested on warrant x2 (11-11-19)

Arkansas House Weekly Report

Arkansas is home to over 219,000 Veterans. They live and work in every community throughout our state.

Our men and women who served are an extraordinarily selfless group. They worked as a team and looked out for one another.

We must look out for them.

In 2017, the General Assembly passed Act 141 which exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax.

This year, we continued our effort to improve veteran affairs in our state with various legislation.

ACT 820 of 2019 provides automatic licensure for active duty service members, returning military veterans, the spouses of active duty service members, and the spouses of returning military veterans. This eliminates red tape for our military and veterans by allowing those individuals to engage in an occupation if they are in good standing of an equivalent occupational license issued by another state.

ACT 66 of 2019 allows a person applying to obtain a veteran designation on a driver's license or identification card to provide different types of military discharge documents to show that he or she had a discharge status of "honorable" or "general under honorable conditions".

And we continue our work with an extensive study outlined in Act 551. Act 551 requires the House Committee on Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs and the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs to examine veterans issues within Arkansas.

The committees met just recently in El Dorado.  Members were updated on the economic impact veterans have on our state and ways we can improve delivery of services. Members were also briefed by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) on ways efforts to prevent suicides among the veteran population.

According to the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention annual report, 6,139 veterans died by suicide in 2017, 97 of whom were Arkansans. The Arkansas Department of Veteran’s Affairs (ADVA), the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the Arkansas Veteran’s Coalition and the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System’s (CAVHS) Suicide Prevention Program have formed a partnership to address the issue of veteran suicide in the state. This Veterans Day, the department wants current and former service men and women to know there is help and hope.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Veterans can access the Veteran Crisis Line by calling the national line and pressing 1. Anyone can also text the crisis line by sending TALK to 741741 or chat online at .

The committees will continue to study veteran affairs throughout the year, and file a written report with Legislative Council by December 1, 2020.  Recommendations will be considered in the 2021 Regular Session.

The House is proud to say we have 14 members who have served our country.  But all of us are continually reminded of the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families and we do our best to make sure they are well cared for and that our policies make life a little easier.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Veterans Day Program

Veterans Day program honoring our Veterans is set for Monday, November 11th.  The program will begin at 9:00AM at the Warren Cultural Center.  It is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.  The program will be presented by Warren High School.

City/County Veterans Day Schedule

The Warren Municipal Building will be closed Monday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.  There will be no garbage pick up on the 11th.  All other days of the week will be as regularly scheduled.  The City of Warren Emergency Services Center will be open and fully staffed.

The Bradley County Courthouse will be closed on Monday, November 11th.  Regular garbage routes will be run.  The County Landfill will be closed.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

First Baptist Church of Banks to Celebrate 110 Years

First Baptist Church located at Rock Island and Church Street in Banks will be celebrating 110 years  Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.  The Pastor is Reverend Calvin D. Warner.  Guest Church will be Abundant Life Christian Center International, Hopewell, VA, Dr. Marcus D. Campbell, Pastor and Speaker.

The theme will be "We've ComeThis Far by Faith".  Scripture "For we walk by faith, not by sight."  2 Corinthians 5:7.

Warren Aviation Commission Meets

Members of the Warren Aviation Commission met October 31st in the Warren Municipal Courtroom.  Present were Chairman Dr. Joe Wharton, John B. Frazer, Rick Stracner and Bryan Martin.  Also present was Mayor Pennington and Administrative Assistant Charlotte Brown. 

The commissioners  discussed grant money for the design and construction of the apron.  They were told the P.A.P. I. inspection will be rescheduled in two weeks.  It was reported that repairs were completed on Hangar #10. 

There was discussion about the use of the airport by crop dusters.  The commissioners are talking about building a concrete pad for use by the crop dusting operations. 

In other business the commission discussed creating a policy and procedure manual.  They discussed drainage issues and the capital improvement plan.

Bradley County Recognized for Workforce Development

Bradley County was recognized for its workforce development achievements over the past year at the ACT Workforce Summit in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, along with 48 other participating ACT Work Ready Communities. The annual summit, which brings together experts in business, education, workforce and economic development, included the ACT Work Ready Communities Awards Ceremony and Recognition. During the ceremony, representatives from participating ACT Work Ready Community counties and parishes received awards for becoming certified or completing a new set of goals to maintain their certification.
“We are so happy to recognize and award our Work Ready Communities at our annual convening of workforce experts,” said ACT President of Measurement, Suzana Delanghe. “These participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, which is paramount to building stronger communities and fostering business and economic growth.”
The ACT® Work Ready Communities (ACT® WRC) initiative empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth by identifying skills gaps and quantifying the skill level of their workforce. Participants leverage the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®) to measure and close skills gaps and build common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.
Ruthie Courtney accepted the award for Bradley County.  The Arkansas team attended workshops and sessions relating to internships, apprenticeships, and NCRC certifications.
The ACT Work Ready Communities Luncheon included welcome remarks from North Carolina Chamber President and CEO Gary Salamido. Tennessee Department of Labor Commissioner Jeff McCord shared advice with the Work Ready Communities awardees during a keynote presentation. The ACT Work Ready Community initiative includes 486 participating counties and parishes in 29 states.
For more information on ACT Work Ready Communities, go to and view all of ACT’s workforce solutions at 
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Census Committee Meets

The local  committee that is working on preparations for the 2020 Census met Thursday, October 24th in the Municipal Courtroom at the Warren Municipal Building.  Charlotte Brown, Executive Secretary to Mayor Denisa Pennington, chaired the meeting.  In attendance was Debra Joyner, Partnership Specialist for the United States Census Bureau.  The committee is working to assure a complete count is made of every person residing in Bradley County, including the cities of Warren, Hermitage and Banks.  As time goes on there will be more publicity about the census and efforts will be made to get everyone counted that lives in the County.  People will be able to respond to the census by mail, by computer and in person.  It is essential that everyone be counted.

Population determines the amount of turn back money received by local governments, eligibility for grants and determines boundary lines for elected positions such as city councils, quorum courts, congressional districts, school boards and many other governmental functions.  A complete count is vital to cities, counties, school boards and states for the next ten years.

The Census Bureau will be hiring many temporary workers to gather the census.  More information will be forthcoming.  Make sure you and all family members and any one living in your residence is counted.

Bradshaw Appointed to Fill Vacancy

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the appointment of Sandra C. Bradshaw of Crossett as circuit court judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Division Two. The Tenth Judicial Circuit includes Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, and Drew counties. Bradshaw will replace the late Judge Kenneth Johnson. Her term will expire on December 31, 2020.
Governor Hutchinson released the following statement:
"I appreciate Ms. Bradshaw's willingness to serve Arkansas as circuit court judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Division Two. Throughout her career, Sandra has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the law and a passion for upholding it. I have confidence that she will serve Arkansas well.”

Sandra C. Bradshaw is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In 1991, Bradshaw received her juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she served as research editor for the Mississippi Law Journal. Bradshaw began her legal career as an associate with Young, Scanlon & Sessums, one of the oldest law firms in Jackson, Mississippi. Bradshaw opened a private practice in Crossett in 1995. Her firm focused on domestic relations and family law.
Bradshaw served as deputy public defender in the criminal division of the Circuit Court of Ashley County, Tenth Judiciary District, for more than ten years. For the past two years, she has served as deputy prosecuting attorney. Since 2002, she has been a fellow in the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, which is dedicated to the competent and ethical practice of adoption and assisted reproduction law. She is a native
of Ashley County and has one daughter, Anna.