Monday, June 24, 2019

Southeast Arkansas Economic Dev. Board Meets

Eddie Thomas
Mayors, County Judges and other board members meet Thursday, June 20th in Pine Bluff for the monthly meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District.  The City of Warren and Bradley County are members of the organization and Mayor Pennington and Judge McKinney are board members.  The organization manages several programs and assists the cities and counties in acquiring state and federal grants.  the District operates the Workforce program and is the managing agent for the Southeast Arkansas Solid Waste Board.

During the meeting, Eddie Thomas of Warren made a presentation relating to the Workforce Program.  He announced that Bradley County is now a certified "ACT Ready Community." 

The Board is presented unemployment information concerning the ten counties of the District at each monthly meeting.  The report is always for two months in the past.  The current report indicated that the unemployment rate as of April, 2019 for Bradley County is 3.7%.  It listed the county's civilian labor force at 4,512, and showed 168 persons as unemployed. The highest unemployment rate in Southeast Arkansas was Chicot County at 6.4%.  Ashley County was next at 4.8%. 

Jimmie Lanier Retires After 52 Years With First State Bank

At the end of June, 2019, Mrs. Jimmie Lanier will retire after 52 years of service with First State Bank of Warren.  She went to work for the Bank in 1967, working on new accounts.  She has been the Administrative Assistant to the President since 1973.  Mrs. Lanier began at the bank under the Presidency of Fred Holt.  She worked for six Presidents including, Mr. Holt, Welden McWhirter, Larry Whitley, Guy Humphries, Ken Sanders and current President Freddie Mobley.

Mrs. Lanier stated she has enjoyed all her years of service with First State Bank and will miss the people she worked with daily.  She also stated she is looking forward to time for herself  and to be with her family more.

Bank employees expressed high praise for her work and friendship.  Everyone stated they will miss her on a daily basis and wish her a happy and joyous retirement.

Public Comment Addresses Drainage On Rd. 172

Mrs. Edith Strong, a regular attendee of the Bradley County Quorum Court meetings, addressed County Judge Klay McKinney and the nine members of the Bradley County Quorum Court relating to drainage problems on County Road 172, during the regular monthly meeting of the Court June 17th.  Mrs. Strong indicated she was speaking in support of an elderly lady who lives on the road and has experienced issues with water.  According to Mrs. Strong, efforts by the county to solve the problem have been woefully inadequate and she did not believe the elderly lady was properly dealt with.  Judge McKinney stated he would look further into the matter. 

In regular business the Court approved the Treasurer's report, the previous minutes and the Sheriff's report.  The Treasurer's report listed a reconciled balance of the General Ledger at $4,135,576.20 for May, 2019.  Of the total amount, $2,298,480.38 is Hospital Sales and Use Tax funds. 

County Judge McKinney reported on state aid work ongoing on County Road #5 and that lines have been painted on county Roads 16, 25 and 32.  He also reported on new equipment received with grant funding for the Sheriff's office.  The Sheriff reported on the new truck he recently put into use. The court was then informed that a new security system has been funded by a grant for the Court House.

The entire Quorum Court meeting lasted 25 minutes.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

First Baptist Church Christian School Participates in Pinwheel Contest

The First Baptist Church Christian School participated in the Pinwheel Coloring and Design Contest sponsored by the GFWC Warren Woman's Club.  The pinwheel brings awareness to Child Abuse. Kindergarten winners were Eli Lynch, 1st place; Lucy Denton, 2nd Place, and Mark Johnson, 3rd place.  First Grade winners were Mia Smith, 1st Place; Abby Erdley, 2nd Place; and Emma Forrest, 3rd Place. Second Grade winners were Ben Payne, 1st Place, Addilee Murphy, 2nd Grade; and Jaxxon Hammons (Not Pictured), 3rd Grade.  The Third Grade Winners were Benjamin Green, 1st Place (Not Pictured); Hunter Richardson, 2nd Place; and M.J. Valentine, 3rd Place.  Each winner received a Word Search Activity Book.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Areas Still Affected by Storm Damage

Areas across Bradley County are busy cleaning up after high winds rolled through Wednesday night.  Persons traveling the region should be careful as they move through the storm damaged areas.  The tree above is on Bond Street in Warren.  All that is holding it up is a large oak tree across the street.

A number of residents are still without power.

Hermitage Fourth Graders Participate in Pinwheel Craaft and Design Contest

The Hermitage Students in the Fourth thru Sixth Grade participated in the Pinwheel Craft and Design Contest sponsored by the GFWC Warren Woman's Club.  The pinwheel brings awareness to Child Abuse.  Fourth Grade winners were Aiden Castanon, 1st Place; Jackson Wright, 2nd Place; Robbie Jones, 3rd Place.  Fifth Grade winners were Deriuna Avery, 1st Place; Evelin Martenez, 2nd Grade; and Belen Simon 3rd Place.  Each winner received a Word Search Activity Book.

Hermitage Students Take Part in GFWC Pinwheel Coloring Contest

The Hermitage Students in the Kindergarten thru Third Grade participated in the Pinwheel Coloring and Design Contest sponsored by the GFWC Warren Woman's Club.  The pinwheel brings awareness to Child Abuse.  Kindergarten winners were Piper Stanley, 1st Place' K'Mora Sumler, 2nd Place; and Marcus Ramos, 3rd Place.  First Grade winners were Ana Candidio, 1st Place; Sadie Smith, 2nd Place; and Alexa Hargis 3rd Place.  Second Grade winners were Crystal Velez, 1st Place; Simiya Rochell, 2nd Place; and Jay Blueford, 3rd Place. Third Grade Winners were Abby Huitt, 1st Place (Not Pictured); Jaycee Smith, 2nd Grade (Not Picture); and Diana Duran. 3rd Place.  Each winner received a Word Search Activity Book.

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Tony Cathey Elected to C & L Board

STAR CITY, ARK., JUNE 20 – C & L Electric Cooperative members have elected three directors to the system’s board, it was announced at the organization’s annual membership meeting     June 20 at Star City.  Robert Wilson Floyd of Lincoln County was re-elected to serve a five-year term.  Charles S. Searcy of Tillar was re-elected to serve a five-year, and Tony Cathey of Warren was elected to serve an unexpired term of three years.
C & L Electric, with general offices in Star City, serves approximately 22,040 homes, farms, businesses and industries in parts of Bradley, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson and Lincoln Counties.
Other members of the board are Ray E. Morrison of Rison, William “Bubba” Humphrey of Jefferson County, Philip C. “Phil” Wilson of Sheridan,  Keith Griffin  of Star City, Lawrence “Bubba” Hudson of Tillar, and John Ed Ashcraft of Pansy. 
Greg S. Smith is chief executive officer and general manager.
Statistics cited in the annual report showed system members used 376,248,426 kilowatt hours (kWh) during 2018.  Members used an average of 1,412 kWh each month last year.
The largest single expense for C & L Electric in 2018 was the $22,365,423 paid for the electricity it distributed to members.  Wholesale power is purchased from Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) which is owned by C & L and 16 other electric cooperatives in Arkansas.  Wholesale power costs accounted for nearly 53 percent of the system’s total outlay.
Approximately 70 percent of C & L Electric’s revenue was provided by its residential and farm members, with commercial and industrial accounts providing for over 28 percent.
C & L Electric recorded margins of $2,414,454 during 2018 and ended this year with total assets of $125,184,734.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

June 21, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – The legislature updated Arkansas school choice laws when it approved Act 754 of 2019 earlier this year.

One goal of the act is to eliminate possible confusion about what are termed “opportunity choice” options, which allow a student to transfer from a school that is failing academically.

For a long time the state’s “opportunity choice” law allowed student transfers from schools designated as being in academic distress.

But in 2017 the legislature approved Act 930, a far-reaching modernization of accountability standards. The act erased 40 pages of school standards and replaced them with more modern methods on how to assess the quality of local schools.

One of the changes made by Act 930 eliminated references to schools in academic distress. Instead, it referred to those schools as needing intensive “Level 5” support from the state Education Department.

To eliminate confusion caused by the deletion of references to schools in academic distress, earlier this year the legislature passed Act 754. It clarifies that opportunity choice is available to students who attend a school needing Level 5 support. It also allows transfers from schools with an “F” on school report cards.

Block Builders Donate Quilt to Hospital Auxiliary

Bradley County Block Builders presented a beautiful hand-crafted quilt to the Bradley County Medical Center Auxiliary Wednesday, June 19th.  Among the quilters were Joy Kitchens, Linda Kercheval, and Wanda Carr to receive the quilt was President Phylis Loomis.  This quilt will be used to raise money for the Auxiliary which will intern go to the hospital. 

The Auxiliary has 33 members and is always seeking new members as we volunteer in many different areas of the hospital.  Last year the Auxiliary volunteered 3740 hours in and around our hospital.  If anyone is interested in becoming a member, please call 870-226-4390 and ask for Liz McKinstry. 

Emergency Blood Drive to Be Held at BCMC

WARREN, Ark. (6/20/19) – Bradley County Medical Center will host an emergency blood drive on Thursday, June 27 from 1 p.m.-7p.m. inside the MCU Clinic. Due to extremely low donations and stock available on hand, LifeShare has asked hospitals to host additional local blood drives.

Patient care could be threatened by the inadequate blood supply that the region has been experiencing for several weeks. “Unfortunately, for many people, it is a problem you don’t realize exists unless you have a friend or family member in the hospital whose treatment is delayed or postponed because blood is not available,” says LifeShare Regional Director Bobby Carney.

LifeShare Blood Center, established in Shreveport, La., in 1942, regularly supplies blood components and related services to more than 100 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas, and South Arkansas. Bradley County Medical Center hosts four blood drives a year, but is happy to help answer the call for this emergency blood drive as it affects the amount of blood we can have at our hospital along with helping out other hospitals in the region.

This drive is taking place long enough after our last drive on May 7 that if you donated then you should be able to donate again for this one. BCMC and LifeShare are asking anyone who is eligible to donate blood. More information about donor eligibility and upcoming blood drives can be found at

Adult education completers

A number of Bradley County students recently completed programs in adult education at South Arkansas Community College.
GED completers were Seth McClain, Erick Newton and Tabitha Rhodes.
Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy completers were Steven Brown, Kendra Momon, Jordan Peek, Violet Claiborne, Amy Davis, James Phelps, Kobre Jacobs, Andy Thornton, Nikita West, Kylesha Lowe, Robby Lowe and Shounda Whitaker.
English as a second language completers were Maria Andrade, Leticia Rendon, Erika Rivera, Veronica Briones-Burns, Ramiro Vironche, Margarita Vargas and Esther Torres.
SouthArk provides adult education services in Union and Bradley Counties.

Hermitage City Recorder Resigns

One of the first orders of business for the June 17th Hermitage City Council meeting was the acceptance of the resignation of Recorder Daphne Hargis.  The council then approved the minutes of the May 2019 meeting and heard reports from the police department, fire department, water system, sewer system and animal control.  The financial report was presented and approved. The council was informed that 11 citations were issued in May and there were no fires.  Lab results were reported within allowable limits for "Primary Drinking Water Standards."  They were told the animal control pens need repairs.

The council  voted 3-0 to charge for city related activities and to purchase needed supplies and pay an instructor as needed.  Motion was made by Matt Huitt and seconded by Randy Gorman, Jr. 

Mayor Kendrix reported the following:
*ADA Committee to meet June 28th
*Revitalize Hermitage Committee to meet June 27th
*Walking with a purpose to begin June 24th.
*UAMS MammoVan to be at Community Center July 25th beginning at 8:30 A.M.  Persons age 40 or older may make an appointment.
*Office staff and Mayor will be reading at Hermitage Library
*Painting with Genesus will be held at the Community Center July 18th.  Must register at City Hall.
*62 riders stopped at city hall for food and water for Pink Tomato Festival Le Tour Tomato on June 8th.
* The contract with RJR Playgrounds has been signed.

There was an executive session at the end of the meeting. No action was taken.

Notice of Called Meeting

The Warren School District will have a special called board meeting on Monday, June 24 at 6.

Summer LI-HEAP Program Detailed

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will begin taking applications for the FY’2019 LI-HEAP Summer Regular and Crisis Program on July 8, 2019 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
Carmen Dunbar:  870-265-3379
Chicot County Outreach office, HWY 531 & 165 82 S., Lake Village
Melvin Newman:  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

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Trash Will Be Picked Up Friday

The power is back on at the transfer station as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening according to City of Warren social media accounts. They have confirmed that they “will be hauling trash in the morning.”

Trash May Not Be Picked Up Due To Power Outage

According to a City of Warren social media account, "the city sanitation transfer station has no power," therefore they don't have the ability to compact trash.  This means that trash may not get picked up Friday.

Bradley Home Damaged in Storm

The James Bradley home on Highway 63 N was danaged in Wednesday night's storm.

Storm Damage in City and County

Large Oak in the Warren City Park was felled by the storm. It is on the North side of the town branch. There was no damage to any playground equipment.  However, the walking track is blocked at this time.
The City of Warren and surrounding areas were hit pretty hard last night, June 19th by a severe thunder storm packing high winds, with heavy rain and lighting.

According to Mayor Pennington, city street crews were called out to remove a number of trees and clear streets.  Several areas of the city lost power.

According to Mayor Denisa Pennington, three streets in the city currently have downed power lines: Hobbs, N. Bradley, and Boyd  All streets are passable.

By 8:00 AM much of the power was coming back on but there was no estimated time for the parts of the city without power to be restored.    According to the Mayor there has been no report of any major structural damage in the city and no injuries have been reported.

 City Street Foreman Ricky Joe Davis told SRC that city street employees worked until around 4:00 AM making sure all streets were passable.  He said there were numerous trees and large limbs down in several sections of town.
Structural damage in Hermitage area (Photo by Carla McDougald)

Outlaw Cemetery
SRC has been told there have been cases of trees falling on structures in the county. County Judge Klay McKinney said at least three houses have been damaged in the county. Outlaw Cemetery had damage due to a downed tree.  There is widespread extensive damage in the county: trees, limbs, and downed power lines.  The Judge encourages people to be extremely careful because of the number of downed power lines.

Hermitage also took , some hits to structures and trees.

Additional information will be provided as soon as available.  Tornado warnings were issued last night for north Drew County and Desha County.

Community Action Makes Some Progress

Members of the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Board met in regular session Tuesday, June 18th and continued efforts to get the CSBG Budget updated and to get the agency moving forward minus the Head Start Program.  Board members asked lots of questions and worked to address several issues including the hiring of personnel to fill vacancies.

The Board voted to hire the following:
*Shunda Belin as part time bookkeeper
*Carmen Dunbar as outreach worker for Chicot County
*Rebecca Jennings as Finance Director
Ms. Jennings kept the minutes of the board meeting and according to the Acting Executive Director will continue to do so.  The Keeping of accurate and sufficient minutes has been an issue. 

A great deal of time was spent discussing the CSBG budget.  The board must revise the 2019 budget and adopt the 2020 budget.  Changes in budgets and policies are required due to the removal of the Head Start program from management by the agency. 

The Executive Committee plans to meet Tuesday, June 25th and the next regular board meeting is set for July 16 at 1;00 P.M.

Intermodal Meeting Held

The regular monthly meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority was conducted in the conference room of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission Wednesday, June 19th.  There was not a quorum present but two board members welfare reached by phone and voted to approved minutes, approve the financial report and voted to approve an agreement to grow hay on a portion of the authority's property and allow it to be harvested.

A good portion of the discussion revolved around the ongoing issue of securing a permit from Union Pacific to cross the railroad track that runs through the intermodal site.  As reported almost every month for nearly three years, the railroad has informed the authority that the proposed crossing is too close to a switch on the line and must be moved or the switch relocated.  There has appeared to be a lot of confusion  between the rail road owner, the authority and the authority's consulting engineer.  There has been a lack of communication. 

The consulting engineer informed the board that he had been told the rail owner could not find any documents relating to the issue and the process would have to start over.   Authority Chairman John Lipton presented a proposed permit agreement he indicated he had recently received that dictates the terms of crossing the rail line.  He read from portions of the agreement and stated the document calls for the authority to pay  $11,700.00 for a permit.  There was no discussion or mention concerning the matter of relocating the switch or building a new crossing.

Mr. Lipton stated he has talked with the law firm that represents Union Pacific and a representative of Congressman Westerman's office stated they had talked with UP personnel.  No solution to the crossing location issue was mentioned or appears to have been reached at this time. 

The financial report continued to show the following amounts owed the intermodal by the two cities and two counties:
*Drew County-$9,789.07
*Bradley County-$156,583.73

Bradley County continues to conduct work on the site utilizing county road crews and material.
The authority shows a cash balance of $77,888.57.


After-School/Day Camp Director Position

The Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County is taking applications to fill the position of After-School/Day Camp Director.  This is a part-time position that will average approximately 20 hours a week during the school year and 30 hours a week during the summer.  

The YMCA After-School/Day Camp Program is licensed by the Department of Human Services and its Director must meet one of the following requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Child/Youth Development, or related field from an accredited college or university.
Bachelor’s Degree in a non-related field from an accredited college or university plus one of the following:
Four years’ experience in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education;
Child Development Associate (CDA);
Nine college hours of credit in Child/Youth Development.
Associate degree in Early Childhood, Child or Youth Development, or a related field plus six years of experience in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.
Eight years of experience in Early Childhood or Elementary Education and completion of one of the following:
Out of School Time Credential;
Child Development Associate Credential;
Director’s Credential or the equivalent;
Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

An application and job description can be picked-up at the YMCA during regular business hours.  The YMCA plans to fill this position by the end of July in preparation for the beginning of 2019/2020 school year.  The deadline to apply is July 12, 2019.    If you have any questions, please call the DWR YMCA at 870-226-2404, and ask for David Richey.

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UAM to Host Leadership Roundtable on Assisting Dislocated Crossett Workers

Monticello – The University of Arkansas at Monticello will host a leadership roundtable Monday, June 24 on its technical campus in Crossett. Members of the chancellor’s leadership team will open a meeting to members of the public and media in an effort to reach out to the Crossett community, in particular those affected by upcoming plant closings. It will be held in the Media Center in the McGoogan Building.

A June 4 announcement by Georgia-Pacific gave notice to an estimated 550 workers who would be laid off in the closures of bleached board, pulping and extrusion operations in Crossett. UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes said, “This news hit hard in our region. We’ve been working to identify how we can help those affected by GP layoffs who may be in the process of applying to college or a technical program. It’s our responsibility to educate Arkansans, and when your family’s income changes dramatically, that shouldn’t derail your educational goals.” The roundtable is designed to begin a conversation about responding to the closure as a university and identify opportunities to collaborate as a community. On Monday, Hughes is expected to outline some new ways UAM plans to assist displaced workers.

UAM-Crossett houses financial counselors, admissions representatives and academic advisors during weekday business hours. As a result of Monday’s discussion, a future event that highlights these and other university resources will be designed to best meet needs of displaced workers. Hughes says staff will assist potential students of any UAM campus, whose parents -or who themselves- are affected by the GP closures. “Our goal is to make sure we can ease the process of those employees or their children whose academic plans for next year have just been disrupted,” Hughes said.

In addition to assisting prospective students with admissions and financial aid, the university has been supporting those seeking new employment. “The GP closures will have a major economic impact in Ashley County and in our region of the state,” said Linda Rushing, Vice Chancellor of the Crossett campus. “We are a close-knit community in Southeast Arkansas and we will pull together to capitalize on our resources. UAM is committed to using its available resources to assist our community and region during this time."  UAM’s staff in Crossett have been offering career advising and resumé-writing help to newly displaced workers, and Rushing encourages others to utilize these services.

Prospective employers who need space for testing and interviews have been using space on the UAM College of Technology at Crossett campus since just after the GP announcement.

Those affected by the GP closures who are interested in, or who have already applied to any UAM campus are encouraged to contact the Crossett campus with questions about applying, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and opportunities for institutional scholarships. For more information, contact Linda Rushing, Vice Chancellor of UAM College of Technology -Crossett at or (870) 460-2001.

Public Notice

The Executive Committee of the Arkansas Workforce Development Board will meet at 1:30 p.m., on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the Little Rock Workforce Center, 5401 South University, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209.

The public is welcome to attend.  Access to the public will also be provided by teleconference. 1-877-336-1831 Access Code- 2030011

For more information, please contact Rebecca Edwards at or (501) 682-3264.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Medical Marijuana Owners in Town for Festival.

Justin Pickens and Adrian Ray, co-owners of Arkansas Patient Services, which plans to locate a medical marijuana dispensary in Warren in the near future, were in Warren Friday, June 14th taking in some of the Pink Tomato Festival Activities.  With them was their business associate Dr. Jordan Cooper, who also brought his family down to the Festival.

Justin and Adrian have been in and out of Warren over the past several months, educating the public on how the dispensary will function under state law.  They have spoken to civic clubs, government officials and individuals and participated in the Health Fair.  They continue working on plans to locate and construct the new facility.

The two owners are anxious to get the business in place and to become active in the Warren business community and to support the city and area.

A-State Announces Spring 2019 Graduation List

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University has released the list of students who were awarded diplomas on the undergraduate and graduate levels during the 2019 spring commencement ceremony May 11 in the First National Bank Arena on campus.
Chancellor Kelly Damphousse conferred more than 2,000 diplomas during the two ceremonies in the First National Bank Arena. The College of Education and Behavioral Science and the College of Nursing and Health Professions participated in the morning event, and the afternoon ceremony included the College of Agriculture, the Neil Griffin College of Business, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and Undergraduate Studies.
There are 16 students who achieved a 4.00 GPA graduating summa cum laude, 96 with a GPA of 3.80-3.99 graduating magna cum laude, and 173 cum laude with a GPA of 3.60-3.79. A-State also recognized 34 students who graduated in University Honors and 56 students who graduated in Honors.
Here is the list of graduates representing 68 of the 75 counties in Arkansas, 43 states and 20 nations:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

UAM Indoor Practice Facility Renamed for Judy and Jack Lassiter

 Chancellor Karla Hughes, Trustee Cliff Gibson, and the Lassiters unveil a rendering of the new signage for the Judy and Jack Lassiter Indoor Practice Facility
UA System President Don Bobbitt, Dr. Jack Lassiter, and Chancellor Karla Hughes
The Lassiters and their children Joel Haden, Leigh Lassiter-Counts, and Heather Isaacs
Monticello – University of Arkansas President Don Bobbitt visited Monticello Thursday for the formal renaming ceremony of the Indoor Practice Facility at UAM. The building, which opened in 2009 while Jack Lassiter was chancellor, will now be known as the Judy and Jack Lassiter Indoor Practice Facility. Speakers included Bobbitt, UAM Vice Chancellor for Advancement Jeff Weaver, Chancellor Karla Hughes, Trustee Cliff Gibson, and Judy and Jack Lassiter. Bobbitt said he was not surprised by how effectively the honored pair could draw a crowd of friends, just as they had during Jack Lassiter’s tenure there. More than 150 guests gathered on a sunny afternoon to recognize the couple, who spent nearly three decades on the UAM campus, including ten years in the chancellor’s home. Hughes said, “It says a lot about the community of Monticello that the Lassiters chose to live here after retiring. We can see the support that UAM has in the area, and also the impact our university has had on Judy and Jack.” Hughes said she was initially approached about renaming the facility by UAM board of visitors chair Gregg Reep, Hugh Heflin, and Reginald Glover. She said it was an easy decision to take the motion to rename the facility to the UA Board of Trustees, which voted unanimously for the change during their meeting in January. 

Warren Named Tree City USA

Warren, AR, was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

WARREN achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
More information on the program is available at
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at

New Edinburg All-School Reunion Set for July 6

The New Edinburg All-School Reunion will be presented from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the New Edinburg Convention Center.

Participants should bring their favorite dish for the potluck lunch at noon.

“It is time for us to get together for a visit and to remember our school days,”  If you were a winner of a door prize last year, please bring a door prize for this year’s drawing.