Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mobile Mammogram Unit to be at Hermitage Branch Library

The Hermitage Branch Library has a Mobile Mammogram Unite coming October 8 to the library.  Ten more ladies are needed to sign up.  If you would like to take part in this special event, please contact the Hermitage Branch Library and speak to Kelly Everitt.

Rural Fire Destroys Storage Building and Contents

The Bradley County Rural Fire Department assisted the Johnsville Fire Department on a storage building fire Friday, September 19.  The farm storage building owned by Kenneth Ferrell located at 229 Bradley 56, contained 400 rounds bails of hay.  The hay and building were a total loss.  The estimated value of the property was $30,000 for the structure and $8000 in contents.   The fire was likely caused by spontaneous combustion.


Regent Mary Deere, pictured center, Arkansas State Society of the Daughters of The American Revolution, DAR, was guest of honor at the Wataseka District meeting held in Stuttgart recently.  Attending from Captain Robert Abernethy Chapter of Warren were Linda Kercheval and Carol Rudder, Regent.  Rudder issued an invitation to the organization to meet with the Bradley County Chapter in Warren in July 2015. Rudder and Kercheval also attended the Board of Management meeting August 23, at Harding College in Searcy.

Brief Quorum Court Meeting Held

The Bradley County Quorum Court meet briefly September 15th to conduct County business.  Seven of the nine members were present.  Judge Keith Neely gave several reports on courthouse repairs, a new security system for the courthouse, bridge work on County Rd. # 65 and ongoing work on County Rd. # 32, which should be completed within 2 weeks.  He reported a new solid waste truck is in operation.

The Court adopted ordinance #694 authorizing the borrowing of up to $110,086.00 for the purpose of refinancing a 2011 Mack GU813 rear load vehicle.  The refinancing is with First State Bank. The interest rate is 2.14% for a period of 36 months.

Other routine reports were provided.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sports Page: Watch Warren vs. Pulaski Academy LIVE

ABC Board Upholds Director's Decision to Issue Private Club Permit

A public hearing was held in Little Rock Wednesday, September 17 by the ABC Board to hear an appeal made by Bradley County Sheriff Rick Anders seeking the repealing of a private club license to the Johnsville Community Cafe early by the director of the ABC.  Sheriff Anders appealed the issuance of the license based on the lack of manpower in his department to properly police the area.

Besides Sheriff Anders, Justice of the Peace Jim Anders was also in attendance.

The board heard from both sides including Attorney Steve Morley of Arkansas City who represented the club operator Dinanth Mulloli.

The Johnsville Community Cafe has a restaurant which is divided from the Private Club.  Food is served in the club and operates only certain hours.

The board denied the appeal and upheld the directors decision to issue a permit legalizing the private club.

Johnny Appleseed Coming to Warren Branch Library

Johnny Appleseed from Union Bank will be at Warren Branch Library September 25 at 10:00 am and again at 4:15 if you would like to come take a picture and do an article for the paper.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Region to host Workforce Career Expo

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services is hosting a Career Expo this month in Monticello, AR at the Sadie T Johnson Community Building. The event will include employers from across Southeast Arkansas who have committed to hire qualified candidates from the event.The Career Expo is open to the public; no registration necessary for jobs seekers. This is a great opportunity for jobs seekers to put themselves in front of local employers and present themselves as more than just an application or resume!

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Annual Hamburger Supper

The Bradley County Historical Museum will host the annual Hamburger Supper on Friday, October 10, prior to the Warren Lumberjacks – Dumas Bobcats football game.
Take-out meals will consist of grilled hamburgers (with all the trimmings), the popular baked beans, chips and homemade brownie.  The suppers will be pre-sold for $6 each.
Tickets are being sold by the board members of the Bradley County Historical Museum.  The hamburger meals may be picked up at the Museum at 200 West Ash Street from 4:30 to 6:00 on Friday night, October 10.
The annual Hamburger Supper is the Museum’s major fundraiser and has become an exciting fall event in Warren.  Proceeds from the supper assist in the preservation of the historic Martin House and help to fund the many activities at the Museum.  The Bradley County Historical Museum board members appreciate the support from the community in making the suppers successful.
For more information or to purchase tickets, you may call 870-224-5457, 870-820-1496 or 870-226-2777.

Rotarians Meet, Hear Richard Wilson and Enjoy Meeting Jr. Rotarians

State Representative Jeff Wardlaw was program chairman for the Warren Rotary Club which met Tuesday at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church. Representative Wardlaw introduced Richard Wilson Assistant Director of the Legislative Bureau who spoke on state revenues.

Junior Rotarians for this period were in attendance.  They are (left to right)  Autumn Wesson, Tyler Raines, and Cassidy Hopson.

Minutes of the Hermitage School Board Meeting

The Hermitage Board of Education met in regular session Monday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the boardroom. The following board members were present; Russell Richard, Daniel Haigwood, Harold Hampton, Gary Vines, Mary Hamilton, Kevin Reep, and Dorothy Davis. Others present were Dr. Tucker, Supt., Vicky McDougald, Elementary Principal, Greg and Joanie Mauldin, Mrs. Brandye McCue, Charles Thomas, Betty Carroll, Houston Blankinship, Nettie Davis, Greg Reep.

The minutes from the August 11, 2014 meeting were read. The motion to approve was by Harold Hampton. The second was by Gary Vines. The motion passed 7-0.

The financial report was reviewed. The motion to accept this report and pay bills was made by Mary Hamilton. The second was by Kevin Reep. The motion passed 7-0.

Dr. Tucker gave the Superintendent’s Report.

Bradley County Hometown Health To Meet

The Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition will hold its monthly meeting September 17th at noon at SEACBEC.  The group will talk about plans to have a booth at the county fair and efforts to promote a food drive for the county.

During the fair the Coalition booth will help individuals enroll in the private option or market place in order to secure health insurance.  The fair will run September 18-20.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mid-Production Trailer Released For Film About Hugh Bradley, CAPTAIN

Benton Pittman of El Dorado is portraying Bradley County historical hero in the movie Captain, which is currently in production.

Annual Report to the Public to be Given by Warren School District

9-15 through 10-4

Update on Missing Person

Update:  Jeremy Wade Davis is still missing.  His family desperately seeks your help.

Jeremy Wade Davis has been reported as a missing person with concern for his welfare.  Davis was last seen Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. in Banks, Arkansas, walking along the railroad track one mile  south.  He was wearing a dark shirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes.  He possibly has a puppy with him.  Davis's date of birth is 10-9-1980.  He is 6'1" tall, weighs approximately 135 lbs, has blue eyes and brown hair.  If you have any information about Jeremy Wade Davis please call the Bradley County Sheriff's Office at 870-226-3491.

Artwork from 53rd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition to be exhibited locally

Warren, Ark. - The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, State Services program presents a traveling exhibition of artwork from the 53rd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition. A representation of the creative efforts of young Arkansas artists in grades K – 12 will be exhibited October 6 through October 24, 2014 at the Bradley County Historical Museum.

The Bradley County Historical Museum and the GFWC Warren Woman’s Club sponsor the exhibition locally.  In association with area schools the Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition is presented to the school children of Bradley County each year.  Over 800 students, teachers and art instructors attended the event in 2013 to view the artwork and tour the local Museum.

The works in this exhibition are all selected for presentation in the 53rd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition conducted at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and organized in coordination with the Arkansas Department of Education. Teachers from 118 schools across the state submitted 454 artworks for consideration. Members of the Arkansas Arts Educators selected 105 artworks for the exhibition which was on display at the Arkansas Arts Center May 9-July 27, 2014.

Neal Harrington, Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Arkansas Tech University, selected the awards for the exhibition. She selected one “Best of Class” and two “Honorable Mention” awards for each grade level. Monetary awards, funded by Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Mid-Southern Watercolorists, were given to support each winner’s arts program.

The 53rd Young Arkansas Artists Tour is sponsored by Bank of America; The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston; Entergy Arkansas, Inc.; Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, Inc.; Nucor Steel, Inc.; Union Pacific Foundation; and Electrical Cooperatives of Arkansas. Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: the City of Little Rock; the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; the City of North Little Rock; and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bradley County Talent Contest Winners Announced

L-R Zoe Calhoun (Vocal solo ages 5-8), Karissa Morman (Vocal Solo 9-12), Heidi Calhoun (Vocal Solo 13-15), Keller Bigham (Dance Solo 9-12). Karissa and Keller will advance to represent Bradley County at the state fair talent show.

Bradley County Fair Queen and Mister Pageant Results Released

L-R Maya Ella Reep (Baby Miss), Alli Cathey (Little Miss), Olivia Maxwell (Petite Miss), Valerie Navaro (Pre-teen Miss), Heidi Calhoun (Junior Miss)

Not pictured- Ethan Doffit (Little Mister)

Citation Issued After Accident At Hwy278 & Road 32

State Police have issued a citation for failure to yield after an accident at the intersection of State Highway 278 and Bradley County Road 32.  The wreck occurred September 8th around 4:20 P.M.  Two vehicles were involved.  One vehicle was traveling south on County Rd. 32 and the second was  traveling east on 278.  The driver of the vehicle going south on Co. Road 32 was driven by Kelley Osgood.  The driver of the vehicle on the highway was Patsy Coddington.  The Osgood vehicle failed to yield the right of way and was issued the citation.  There appeared to be no major injuries.

The intersection of Highway 278, often referred to as the South Bypass, and the County Road has been the site of several accidents over the years.  A number have been very bad and resulted in death and serious injury.  The view in both directions is excellent and it would seem drivers should be able to clearly see oncoming traffic.  Authorities are uncertain as to why the accidents have occurred.

Special Olympics Meeting to be Held Thursday at UAM

Special Olympics Arkansas Area 12 is having their annual interest/information meeting this week (Thursday, September 18) at 6:00 PM at UAM Babin Business Center, room 104.

SOAR Area 12 includes Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, and Drew counties.

Warren Forward Downtown Network Meets

A meeting of the Warren Forward Downtown Network organization meet at Molly's Diner September 15th during the noon hour.  In addition to the members students from the Warren SEACBEC East Lab were on hand to help with suggestions and to offer assistance with design and planning.  The East Lab Facilitator Janet Harton was also present.

Chamber President David King updated those present on several undertakings by the group.  He asked for suggestions and ideas as to how the students could help.

SBA Introduces New Online Course for Young Entrepreneurs in Spanish

WASHINGTON – Young entrepreneurs have a new tool to help determine if they’re ready for business ownership and to help them get started.  Young Entrepreneurs: An Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Business (J√≥venes Emprendedores) is a free, self-paced online course in Spanish that gives an overview of basic business principles and introduces resources available from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“This month, the SBA recognizes the vital contributions Hispanic American small business owners have made to our economy as we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA Administrator.  “As a proud Hispanic American, I believe that providing financial, educational and technical assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs is a major means to create jobs and stimulate the economy.  The new course is an essential business development tool for young entrepreneurs that can be central to the future success for many generations to come.”

Arrest Report: September 15

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Brandon L. Brooks, 1404 Bellaire, Warren, AR., age 21, charged with driving on suspended license, no vehicle tags, and arrested on warrant (9-7-14)

Travis Johnson, 407 N. 3rd, McGhee, AR., age 37, arrested on warrant (9-8-14)

Kelli Lunsford, 550 Wooly Rd., Rison, AR., age 40, charged with possession of a controlled substance x2 and possession of instrument of crime (9-8-14)

Kristal Kirkpatrick, 318 S. Myrtle St., Warren, AR., age 34, charged with possession of controlled substance x2 and possession of instrument of crime (9-8-14)

Judy Young, 520 Davis Drive, Warren, AR., age 43, charged with possession of a controlled substance x2 and possession of instrument of crime (9-8-14)

Samuel Young, 520 Davis Drive, Warren, AR., age 21, charged with possession of a controlled substance x2 and possession of instrument of crime (9-8-14)

Billy Bohler 1801 South Wheeler St., Warren, AR., age 18, charged with possession of a controlled substance x2 and possession of instrument of crime (9-8-14)

Thomas Williams, 703 Hankins St., Warren, AR., age 20, charged with failure to appear Warren/Monticello (9-11-14)

Marvin Davis, 203 S. Bradley St., Warren, AR., age 46, charged with indecent exposure (9-12-14)

Aviva Thomas, 309 Bailey St., Warren, AR., age 28, arrested on warrant BCSD (9-12-14)

Vernell Davis, 203 Bradley St., Warren, AR., age 71, arrested on warrant BCSD (9-14-14)

Friday, September 12, 2014

County Road 65 Reopens

Bradley County Judge Keith Neely has informed that Bradley County Road 65 has been reopened and that the new bridge is complete.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Watch Warren vs. Stuttgart LIVE on the Sports Page

Imagination Library Work Continues

The Imagination Library, a project undertaken in Bradley county by the Warren Rotary Club and Friends of the Library, continues to do outstanding work in our community as it strives to help children age birth to 5 years old improve literacy and encourage parental reading to children.  Rotary and other organizations in the county have contributed money to help.

This program was started by the Dollywood Foundation ( aka Dolly Parton ) and consists of sending an appropriate-age book each month to children enrolled in the program.  To get your child involved in the program an official registration form must be filled out and on file with Friends of the Library.

To enroll your child contact the Library at 226-2536 or call 820-2822.  Individuals or groups desiring to assist are urged to contribute.  You may also call 820-2822.  Currently there are 775 children in Bradley under age 5.

The Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children's classic "The Little Engine That Could".  Each month a new book is mailed to each child enrolled in the program.  There is no cost to the family.  

Two Classes Coming Up at Warren Branch Library

Warren Branch Library has two classes coming up.  September 29 from 10-1 University of Arkansas at Monticello along with AR Connect from Little Rock will offer a free Computer training class for Seniors.  Laptops will be provided and course material will include: Computer basics 1 and 2, setting up/using email, exploring the internet, and connecting with friends and family on facebook.  Class size is limited, please call Warren Library at 870-226-2536 to sign up.

October 9 from 11-12, 12-1, and 1-2,  AR Connect from Little Rocks will offer a free computer class available to all on how to set up an email account.  Limit 5 per class.  Please call 870-226-2536

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Jeremy Wade Davis has been reported as a missing person with concern for his welfare.  Davis was last seen Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. in Banks, Arkansas, walking along the railroad track one mile  south.  He was wearing a dark shirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes.  He possibly has a puppy with him.  Davis's date of birth is 10-9-1980.  He is 6'1" tall, weighs approximately 135 lbs, has blue eyes and brown hair.  If you have any information about Jeremy Wade Davis please call the Bradley County Sheriff's Office at 870-226-3491.

Lions Club Approves Eye Glasses

Lions Club President Eddie Thomas and Lion
David King.

The Warren Lions Club approved two individuals for assistance in securing eye glasses during the Club's meeting September 10th.  One person is disable and needs a set of glasses.  The other is a college student who requires an eye examine and likely glasses.

The program for the meeting consisted of Bradley County Chamber President David King presenting a program relating to statistics for the City of Warren.  According to revised census data Warren has a population ranking 55th in size among the 500 municipal corporations in Arkansas.  Other data included the following:  of the city's total population, 7% is younger than five years old, 23% is younger than 18, 18.3% is over 65, 69.3% have a high school diploma, 10.3% have a college degree.  The city's per capita income is $16,398.00 and the income per household is $28,565.00.
Warren's sales total sales tax is 9.5% as compared to Monticello at 10%, El Dorado at 9.75%, Camden at 10.25% and Crossett at 10.25%.

The population of Warren is 45.3% white, 40.9% African-American and 15% Hispanic.  The current unemployment rate is 8.3% while it is 9.8% in Monticello, 7.9% in El Dorado, 7.6 % in Camden and 10% in Crossett.  These numbers change from time to time and are reported prior to a number of new jobs coming online in Warren.

Mr. King also reported that according to FBI crime data, Warren is the 10th safest town in Arkansas.  Only DeQueen in Southwest Arkansas was among towns in the southern part of Arkansas to make the top ten.

There Are Job Opportunities In Warren

In case you have not noticed, there are jobs available in the Warren community.  One of the comments often made by people throughout the city and county is, "we need jobs".  No one disagrees with that.  It should not go unnoticed that several companies in Warren are advertising for open jobs.  A number are in the wood products industry and of course the newly announced poultry plant is preparing to hire about 100 by early October.

For the first time in a while there are numerous opportunities available in the Warren community and the surrounding area.  In some cases certain skills are required but in many cases the company will train a new employee if they are willing to take the job.  Most of these jobs have very decent wages and some benefits.  Employers need dependable workers and individuals who can pass drug tests.