Monday, March 30, 2020

WSD Offers Grab and Go Lunches For Students plus WIFI Locations

Salineriverchronicle.com continues working to bring news to our local community during this difficult time

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Happy Doctors' Day from the Bradley County Medical Center

Bradley County Medical Center wishes to extend our appreciation and sincere thanks to the physicians and advanced nurse practitioners who dedicate their lives to serving our community and hospital, especially during the difficult time we are currently experiencing.

Notice To Graduating WHS Seniors

From Warren High School:

WHS 2020 Seniors: You will receive a call from school personnel within the next 2 weeks informing you of your senior graduating status.  If you do not receive a call in the next 2 weeks, email Ms. Gathen. Also, if you need to update your phone number, email it to Ms. Gathen.

WHS Students Invited To Participate In Social Distancing Spirit Week


Happy Doctors' Day from the BCMC Auxiliary!



The BCMC Auxiliary would like to express our gratitude to the doctors and advanced nurse practitioners at Bradley County Medical Center who show their honor, trust, and knowledge each and every day, especially during the current healthcare climate we are living in.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Announces Limits on Camping at State Parks

LITTLE ROCK—Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT), today announced ADPHT is limiting use of campgrounds to RVs with self-contained bathrooms. Primitive camping areas for backpackers are available at Cane Creek State Park, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Mount Nebo State Park, and Devil’s Den State Park. Bathhouses and restrooms in campground areas will be closed. This limitation becomes effective at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 29, until further notice.

Cabins at Arkansas State Parks remain available for rental, and access to trails are open. Day use of the parks is still available for walking, hiking, biking, fishing and other outdoor activities.

“We are making this difficult decision to further limit use of our State Parks in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus,” said Hurst. “Cabin rentals and day use of our State Parks remain open and available to the public. We ask that our visitors follow the CDC and Governor’s directives to not gather in groups of more than 10 people.”

Warren Rotary Cancels All Meetings Til Further Notice

Salineriverchronicle.com has been informed that the Warren Rotary Club has cancelled all meetings until further notice in an effort to help with the COVID-19 response.  We will post any changes here on salineriverchronicle.com

Secretary of Health Issues Order Limiting Gatherings to 10 People

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PSA from Warren Mayor Denisa Pennington



Arkansas Researchers Developing Prediction Models for Coronavirus

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Data science professor Justin Zhan is collaborating with UAMS professors David Ussery and Xuming Zhang to develop accurate predictions of genomic variation trends of coronavirus.

Their work will help public officials monitor the outbreak and adapt to changes. It could also provide valuable information for the design of vaccines.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Governor Issues Call for Special Legislative Session of the 92nd General Assembly

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today issued the official call to legislators for an Extraordinary Session of the 92nd General Assembly to convene at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The official proclamation can be found HERE.

“I have called this special session of the General Assembly to ask legislators to cover the projected loss in state revenue," Governor Hutchinson said. "I made this decision after days of intense study and discussion with legislators and with leadership at the Department of Finance and Administration."

“Many Arkansans have lost their job or had their pay cut as COVID-19 has swept through Arkansas,” the Governor said. “Extending the deadline for individuals to file and pay state income taxes will cost the state millions of dollars, but it is a cost the state must shoulder in order to do the right thing for taxpayers. I will ask all agencies to cut expenses where possible without cutting essential services. We will further tighten the state’s spending in order to lighten the load for Arkansans.”

Beat cabin fever with birdwatching

Robin Scott Speaks To GFWC Warren Woman's Club

The GFWC Warren Woman's Club met in the home of Fran Nutt for their January meeting. Robin Scott, with the Bradley County Office of Emergency Management, was the guest speaker. She gave an informative presentation concerning her job description for the county. Pictured with Scott is Diane Purvis, Vice President of the Warren Club.

BCMC Blood Drive Location Changed to Inside the Hospital

WARREN, Ark. (3/24/20) – The LifeShare Blood Drive at Bradley County Medical Center is still set for 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, but will now be inside the hospital in the outpatient clinic area due to LifeShare’s decision not to utilize mobile units.

A number of the past blood drives at BCMC have taken place in the outpatient clinic area and we want to remind everyone that the only entrance open to visitors to the hospital is the entrance on Jolley Street closest to the outpatient clinic area. You will be screened before you can enter the building. LifeShare’s decision to pull mobile units is for safety as the mobile units keep people in a confined space opposed to inside the hospital’s outpatient clinic area, which will allow for safer social distancing practices.

There has been a significant drop in donations recently which is limiting the ability for the nation’s blood supply to be replenished.

The COVID-19 coronavirus does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives.

“It is safe to donate blood,” said Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. Assistant Secretary for Health.  “Part of preparedness includes a robust blood supply. Healthy individuals should schedule an appointment to donate today to ensure that blood is available for those patients who need it,” said Giroir.

Blood centers are regulated by the FDA and must follow specific guidelines to ensure safe blood is available for patients at all times. The comments from the federal agencies come as the entire blood banking community is uniting in urging people to donate blood and for organizations to keep hosting blood drives.

“Blood donors are needed now more than ever. We cannot wait for the situation to intensify further before taking action. The blood supply cannot be taken for granted and the coronavirus only heightens the need for a ready blood supply,” said Kate Fry, chief executive officer of America’s Blood Centers, the organization that represents close to 50 blood centers throughout the U.S. and Canada who collect close to 60% of the nation’s blood supply.

The FDA has reiterated that there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus and the virus poses no known risk to patients receiving blood transfusions.

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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

ARKANSAS FOODBANK COVID-19 RESPONSE

[LITTLE ROCK, AR.] March 24, 2020 –  The Arkansas Foodbank is working closely with Feeding America, their national partner, the Arkansas Department of Health, their partner agencies, and local school districts to continually monitor all developments with COVID-19.  The health and wellbeing of staff, volunteers, clients and pantry operators is at the forefront of all that the Foodbank does.

Over the past few weeks, lives have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Businesses have closed their doors, people have lost their jobs and their income, and schools have closed leaving children without access to breakfast and lunch they desperately need. During this time, the Foodbank has leapt into action and is currently partnering with 16 school districts within their 33-county service area. The Foodbank has already distributed or is processing orders for over 5,000 emergency food boxes to be sent home to children and their families affected by recent school closures. The Foodbank is continuing to pack more boxes in its warehouse as the need continually increases. At this time, in order to help flatten the curve, the Foodbank is not open to volunteers from the community.

The Foodbank will continue to provide food to their partners in the 33-counties they serve in central and southern Arkansas. Partners have been provided with safe alternatives to traditional means of distributions to maintain the safety of the persons running the pantries and clients.

While most are stocking up on food, water and sanitizing products, the Foodbank serves a population that cannot afford to do this. In times such as this, it is our most vulnerable populations that suffer the most. The Foodbank will need your donations now more than ever, as they respond to those in need with additional food and supplies. You can donate funds at arkansasfoodbank.org or you can donate non-perishable food items at the Foodbank located at 4301 W 65th Street in Little Rock. There is a donation bin on the back loading dock at the Foodbank to limit contact.

The Foodbank is currently utilizing every resource they have to make sure those in need are cared for and have supplies they desperately need. Your donations will help continue to fill the shelves in their warehouse to ensure children, families and seniors have access to the most basic of necessities during this time.

If you’ve been impacted by COVID-19 and are in need of food, please visit arkansasfoodbank.org and click “I need food” to find a pantry near you. Please be sure visit the COVID-19 response page on the Foodbank’s website to see pantry closures or changes to their hours.

2020 BC Medical Center M*A*S*H Camp Cancelled

The 2020 version of Bradley County Medical Center’s M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) Camp has been cancelled this summer.

The event was set for June 1-12, but due to the recent COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic it was decided it would be in the best interest for all involved to cancel the camp.

We are looking forward to resuming M*A*S*H in 2021.

Flushing of Warren Fire Hydrants Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 and the precautions to the virus, Warren Water & Sewer has decided to postpone flushing the fire hydrants to a later date. Should you have any questions you may reach me at (870) 226-2321.

Bradley County Job Fair 2020 Postponed

The Bradley County Job Fair 2020 was scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Baptist Church. It is with great regret that The Bradley County Job Fair 2020 will be postponed due to our existing environment and daily changes. Our goal is to keep everyone healthy and safe during this time in our community.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 
For additional information contact Dorothy Henderson at 870-226-5879, ext. 136 or email: Dorothy.Henderson@dhs.arkansas.gov

Local Walk Across Arkansas Week 1 Results

With the rainy weather and everything else going on in our country, Walk Across Arkansas is still off to a great start this year with 3 teams formed with people from across the county.  The following teams are in serious, but fun competition and will need all the encouragement possible.  Here are the results for total minutes walked from week one for the teams that have reported:  GFWC Warren Woman’s Club – 1678; Undertakers – 1075; Travelin’ Tomatoes - 1920.  Top three individual placements are:  Tricia Wilkinson - 750; Jane Weier – 700; and Donna McGaha - 450.

Watch each week as the competition heats up between all the teams.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your Bradley County Extension Office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

Press Release From Mayor Denisa Pennington

Dear Residents,

On March 12, 2020, Governor Asa Hutchinson confirmed the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, in Arkansas. As of today County Judge McKinney has announced 4 cases have been confirmed positive in Bradley County.

Please know that the City of Warren  is working with the appropriate healthcare officials in our county and elected officials to ensure we have the most current information. We encourage you to follow the guidelines determined by the Arkansas Department of Health and the CDC.

Follow the links below for up-to- date information:
https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov
https://www.cdc.gov

If you suspect you have symptoms of the flu or COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or the hospital to let them know you need to be seen. Proper precautions can be taken before your arrival to keep everyone safe.

You can take personal precautions as well. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap. Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.

Thank you for helping us keep our community safe and healthy.

WPD Arrest Report For March 16-22, 2020

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Stormy Foreman / 12 Cardinal, Warren, AR / DOB 8-31-98 / Warrant on 3-16-20

Kendric Henderson / 117 Cloqurt St, Warren, AR / DOB 6-9-97 / Warrant on 3-17-20

Ventrell Davis / 453 Burnette Rd, Warren, AR / DOB 12-14-unreadable / Warrant on 3-17-20

Monday, March 23, 2020

BCMC Set to Host Blood Drive March 26

WARREN, Ark. (3/23/20) – Bradley County Medical Center is scheduled to host a LifeShare Blood Drive on Thursday, March 26 inside the mobile unit positioned in the parking lot of the BCMC Rural Health Clinic and Women’s Clinic from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The BCMC Rural Health Clinic and Women’s Clinic is located at 304 East Central Street and is across the street to the south of the hospital.

There has been a significant drop in donations recently which is limiting the ability for the nation’s blood supply to be replenished.

The COVID-19 coronavirus does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives. The LifeShare mobile unit will be parked outside of the BCMC Rural Health Clinic and Women’s Clinic and will have fewer than 10 people in it at all times.

“It is safe to donate blood,” said Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. Assistant Secretary for Health.  “Part of preparedness includes a robust blood supply. Healthy individuals should schedule an appointment to donate today to ensure that blood is available for those patients who need it,” said Giroir.

Blood centers are regulated by the FDA and must follow specific guidelines to ensure safe blood is available for patients at all times.

The comments from the federal agencies come as the entire blood banking community is uniting in urging people to donate blood and for organizations to keep hosting blood drives.

“Blood donors are needed now more than ever. We cannot wait for the situation to intensify further before taking action. The blood supply cannot be taken for granted and the coronavirus only heightens the need for a ready blood supply,” said Kate Fry, chief executive officer of America’s Blood Centers, the organization that represents close to 50 blood centers throughout the U.S. and Canada who collect close to 60% of the nation’s blood supply.

The FDA has reiterated that there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus and the virus poses no known risk to patients receiving blood transfusions.

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.

Jersey Fire Department Responds to Vehicle Fire near Hilo

On March 20, Jersey Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on Hwy 63 S near Hilo at 2:15 AM. The tractor trailer was a total loss. No injuries occurred. The incident was released to Arkansas State Police at 5:03 AM. Two Jersey Firefighters, Bradley County Deputy, Arkansas State Trooper and Blann Tractor Co. worked the incident.

First State Bank Closes Lobbies Until Further Notice

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic First State Bank of Warren – Hermitage-Hampton will temporarily close our lobbies until further notice.

The ATM and drive through lanes will remain open. For all transactions that can’t occur by ATM, phone, drive-thru, or online please call your local branch to schedule an appointment and one of our employees will accommodate your other banking needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Main Office at 870-226-2601.

Hermitage Students Share Photos From AMI Work

Hermitage students have been sharing pictures and videos with their teachers while completing their AMI work, reading aloud, and giving book talks.  Hermits are committed to continuing their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.  #HermitsLEAD

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Missing Puppies Near old Camden Road

They came up missing Wednesday afternoon when the kids let them out.  We live on the old Camden road.

There will be a reward for whoever finds or give information on who had them!  They are both male, named Coba and Rocky.

Please call 870-443-1703

Friday, March 20, 2020

Warren Water & Sewer Extending Delinquent Shutoffs for March

At Warren Water & Sewer, our mission is to deliver safe, reliable, and quality drinking water to the citizens of Warren. As part of the response to the spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, Warren Water & Sewer is extending the delinquent shutoffs for March and waiving the $25.00 delinquent fee to ensure that no customer is without water service during the pandemic.

Public health and safety are Warren Water & Sewer's highest priority. Given the critical importance of personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the potential for economic disruptions that may present our customers with unique financial hardships that may affect their ability to pay on time, we feel this action is necessary and appropriate to ensure that no one is without water service at this critical time.

While services will not be terminated during the extended period, customers will still be billed for water and wastewater services, and past-due balances will continue to accrue if payment is not made, which may result in service termination after the moratorium is lifted.

Warren Water & Sewer's drinking water treatment protocol includes filtration and disinfection procedures that are effective in removing viruses. Warren Water & Sewer's water
is safe to drink and to use for personal hygiene activities. All customers are encouraged to follow the hygiene and social distancing guidance of the Centers for Disease Control.

Warren Water and Sewer is instituting emergency business continuity measures to ensure that service is not interrupted and critical operations continue during the pandemic. As part of these precautions to protect essential staff, Warren Water & Sewer's in-person billing counters will be closed until further notice. Bills can still be paid online at www.pay.warrenarwater.com , by mail, by phone, and through the night deposit box outside the office at 106 N. Myrtle St.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office during regular business hours at (870) 226-2321. 

Tenay Reep
Manager
Warren Water & Sewer

Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Announces Closings and Limiting of Some Services

LITTLE ROCK—Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT), today announced that ADPHT is instituting closings and/or limited access to some of its parks and museums in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective March 20.

Welcome Centers – Lobbies of the 13 Welcome Centers located around the state, which serve the traveling public, will close until further notice.

Heritage Museums – The Division of Arkansas Heritage’s Little Rock museums will close to the public until further notice. This includes Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.

Arkansas State Parks – Access to certain park facilities will be limited, effective March 20. Below is an overview; for detailed information visit ArkansasStateParks.com.
Park visitor centers are only accessible for camping/lodging check-in, and trail access, but exhibits and gift shops will be closed.
Lodges, cabins, and camp sites remain open. Daily housekeeping will not be provided. After a stay is over, the room will be cleaned and sanitized for the next guest, using Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

Restaurants are open for carry-out only.

Restrooms – Parks will continue to provide some access. Per the discretion of park superintendents regarding labor and supplies, some restrooms may close.

Trails, picnic areas, and outdoor pavilions remain open.

Groups holding reservations should contact the park. Group size, meeting location, etc., will affect the ability for events to proceed.

WHS Prom Postponed


According to the Warren High School facebook page, the annual WHS prom has been postponed until further notice due to school closures and preventive measures to COVID-19.

We'll post any follow-up information as it becomes available.