Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fire Department Called Out in Early Morning to House Fire

The Warren Fire Department and Police have been on the scene at a house fire on Bond Street during the early morning hours.  Details will follow.  The house was vacant at the time.  There were no injuries in the fire.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mass Flu Clinic Information Released

·         The Bradley County Health Unit has vaccine available for the public now so if anyone wants their vaccine earlier  or will not be in town during the Mass Flu Clinics dates then they can come by the Local Health Unit Mon-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.

·         At the Mass Flu clinics as well as at the Local Health Unit, if  you have insurance then we will ask for your insurance information and ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of giving the vaccine.

·         The cost of the Flu vaccine without insurance is 30.00.

·         If you do not have insurance or any means to pay for the cost of giving flu vaccine then you can either wait and attend a Mass Flu clinic or you can contact the Health Department at 870-226-8440 and talk with a staff member so an alternative solution will be made available for you.

·         We want the public to be vaccinated!

Intermodal Struggles With Railroad Crossing

The Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority meet in Monticello Wednesday, October 19th and spent most of the meeting talking about the struggles dealing with the railroad in securing an agreement to construct a crossing over the tracks.  Originally the authority seemed to have an agreement with the previous owner of the railroad but is now having to renegotiate a written agreement with the new rail company.  The consulting engineer was strongly questioned as to why this has not been taken care of in the past.  It is holding up construction.  Grant funds are being used to build approaches to the rail on both sides to allow vehicles to cross within the intermodal park.  The Monticello city attorney is working on the matter.

According to the financial report, the authority retains a note payable of $359,147.19 to Commerical Bank of Monticello.  The report continues to list amounts owed by the two cities and two counties as follows:
Drew County-$156,149.46
Bradley County-$226,046.00

The board voted to pay several bills upon receiving proper authority.  This includes $89,120.00 to Phoenix Fabricators for final payment on the water tank, $62.55 to AT&T, $150.00 to Robert C. Milton and $1,280.57 in interest to Commercial Bank.

SEACAB Directors Hold Meeting

The Southeast Arkansas Community Action Board of Directors meet Tuesday, October 18th in Warren and conducted the monthly business of the corporation.  The meeting was presided over by Chairman Al Dixon.  Reports were presented on all programs and a financial statement was presented for review.  Due to some issues with the minutes, the board took no action and will reconsider them in November.

After voting to go into executive session, the board returned and voted to provide an 8% raise to the interim Executive Director, Alethea Dallas and the interim Financial Director, Faye Leaks.  Both have been working at rates of pay lower than the normal salaries for the positions they are currently filling.  Once a permanent employee is hired for each position, the salaries will be altered as necessary.  The pay will be made retroactive to the time both employees assumed the interim jobs.

Housing Authority Board and Staff Receive Awards

Members of the Warren Public Housing Authority Board and staff were honored with certificates for their service to the housing authority and those served by the authority Wednesday, October 19th.
Those being honored were:
Commissioner Hugh Allen Quimby for 35 years of service
Commissioner Janelle Lipton for 30 years of service
Employee Shelia Jackson for 22 years of service
Executive Director Mike Jolley for 22 years of service

The Warren Housing Authority owns and operates low income housing within the city of Warren, manages the section 8 rental program that provides privately owned rental houses to those in need and oversees the "Home" program that repairs homes for the low income and builds new houses for those in need at a low cost.  The Authority is owned by the City of Warren and operated by a board of commissioners, appointed by the Warren City Council.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fair Labor Standards Board Instructs County to Pay Overtime to Deputies

The Bradley County Quorum Court met Monday, October 17 for its regular monthly meeting.  After approving the treasurer's report and the sheriff's report, Judge Neely reported that the county had completed some bridge work.  He also told them that he did not have any new information on the cost to repair the roof on the Search and Rescue Building on Cedar Street.  The court voted to table the matter.

They approved the appointment of Kristi Clanton to the Hospital Board and approved the 2014 Audit Report for the county.  They voted to add an item to the agenda, considering overtime pay for some of the sheriff's deputies.

The judge informed the court that the fair labor standards board has instructed the county that they owe $4942.36 to some of the sheriff's deputies for overtime pay they have never received over an approximate 2-year period.  The court voted to make the payments in that amount plus appropriate social security and retirement.  The judge and the sheriff informed the court the requirements of paying overtime in the future.

Bobby Hargrave noted that the county should commend the late Ricky Sanders for his past service as Chief of the County Line Fire Department.

Warren Bank Board Chairman and President Attend Southern Arkansas Development Briefing

Chris Masingill, John B. Frazer, and Kelly Ashcraft attend Southern Arkansas Development Briefing
Warren Bank & Trust Company Chairman of the Board John B. Frazer and President Kelly Ashcraft were in attendance Tuesday, October 18th for the 2016 Southern Arkansas Development Briefing held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  On hand to make presentations about the state of the economy, in south Arkansas, the entire state and the nation were the following:
Laurence Alexander, Chancellor UAPB
Robert Hopkins, Regional Executive, Little Rock Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Kevin Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Dr. Michael Pakko, Chief Economist, UALR
Chris Masingill, Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority
Dr. David Rankin, President Emeritus, Southern Arkansas University
Dr. Peter Wui, Associate Professor of Economics, UAPB
Dr. Laurence Alexander, UAPB Chancellor, visits with
Warren Bank Chairman of the Board John B. Frazer and
Warren Bank President Kelly Ashcraft.

The group all presented research and their ideas for addressing economic growrth, especially for southeast Arkansas.  Some of the information submitted was as follows:
1. The US. unemployment rate peeked at 10% in October, 2009 after the great recession
2. America is into the eight year of an economic expansion
3. Arkansas lagged entering the recession and lagged coming out of it
4. The outlook for economic growth is slow but steady
5. South Arkansas' economic growth is subpar to the rest of the state, but the cost of living and of
    business is also lower

All the speakers talked about the need to improve education and infrastructure and to urge local communities to take advantage of their strengths.  They indicated that small business development is as important as seeking large businesses.

According to data presented, Bradley County makes up 5.4% of the population of the ten counties of southeast Arkansas and 5.2% of the employment of the region.  The county 2014 per capita personal income, adjusted is $38,554.00.

Also attending the meeting was Advertising Director, R. Gregg Reep.

Celebrating National Friends of Library Week

This week is National Friends of the Library Week, and today we would like to say thank you to our
Friends here at Warren Library for everything they do and their love and dedication to our library. They help out with Summer Reading Programs, Children's Programs, Landscaping around the library, Gardening Programs, and they just replaced the headphones for the computers, so now each computer has a set of headphones for patrons to use.
Again, we would like to say thank you to all the Friends of the Library for their love and dedication to our Library and community! Come by and enjoy the refreshments, compliments of Suzy Beard!!

Henderson Representative to be at Warren Library

A representative from Henderson State University will be at the Warren Branch Library at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday to give veterans more information about how they can further their education.

St. James to Host Festival of Tables

St. James A.M.E. Church, located at 915 St. James Street in Warren, will host its annual Festival of Tables Saturday, October 22.  The event asks for a $10 donation.   It is sure to be a time of food, fellowship, and fun.  For more information contact Marnette Singleton at 870-226-5323.  Rev. James R. Hooper is the Presiding Elder/Pastor.

Hermitage School Board Swears In Members

The Hermitage School Board meet in regular session October 11, 2016.  Two members were sworn in for new terms.  Mary Hamilton was sworn in for an at-large position and Harold Hampton was sworn in as the Zone 4 member.  Mrs. Hamilton was reelected unopposed and Mr. Hampton, was reappointed to the board after not having filed for reelection.  Since no candidate filed, he was reappointed.  Justice of the Peace Alton Richard conducted the swearing in of both members.  The board also appointed David Wilkerson to a position on the board, Zone 3.

Various reports were submitted including the financial report, the K-12 report, the PPC report and the superintendent's report.  The following officers were reelected for the 2016-2017 school year:
Russell Richard-President
Kevin Reep-Vice-President
Mary Hamilton-Secretary
Action was then taken by the board to renew business trip accidental death and dismemberment insurance for school employees and board members at a cost of $275.00 for the year.  Another motion was approved to participate in the Arkansas Public School unemployment compensation program.  The board then voted to approve the statement of assurances and the equity compliance report.

After discussing the matter, the board voted to approve $53,230.00 for teh district portion of the district-wide rewiring project.

Prior to the beginning of the regular board business, the Hermitage School District 2104-2015 report to the public was presented.  More detailed information may be reviewed by going to the district's website, 

Class of '66 Holds 50 Year Reunion

The Warren High School Class of 1966 recently held its 50 year class reunion at BRInn. Members enjoyed renewing friendships and reconnecting with class members, some of whom had not seen one another in fifty years. Class picture was made by Robert Camp surrounding Dewayne Adair's 1966 restored Ford pickup truck once owned by Sheriff John Cruce. Several of the men remembered Sheriff Cruce unnecessarily following them around town!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Arrest Report: October 17, 2016

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Tony McCoy, 1006 Deer Ct., Warren, AR., age 39, charge with driving on suspended license (10-8-16)

Vertrell Davis, 203 S. Bradley St., Warren, AR., age 43, charged with parole violation (10-11-16)

Cory A. Ferguson, 152 Bradley 89, Hermitage, AR., age 22, arrested on warrant (10-13-16)

Martin Zapota, Box 62, Strong, AR., age 25 charged with DLOC, DWI 3rd, DOS/Child Restl. Endangerment of a Minor (10-14-16)

Chasity Angle, 23 Cloverdale Dr., Warren, AR., age 37, arrested on 2 warrants, fictitious tags, shoplifting (10-14-16)

Shenita Durden, 409 Beavers St., Warren, AR., age 33, arrested on warrant, charged with shoplifiting (10-16-16)

Chamber Discusses Organizations Finances

The board members of the Bradley Chamber of Commerce meet for the October 17, 2016 monthly board meeting and spent a great deal of time talking about the financial status of the organization.
Chamber President Mike Nichols told the board that the Chamber is facing financial difficulties and is not currently able to pay the Executive  Director a full monthly salary.  There was considerable back and forth among the members about the need to collect dues, expand the membership and control expenditures.  The 2017 Chamber budget was also discussed.

In other business the board was updated on the financial status of the 2016 Pink tomato Festival.
They were told the festival paid all past and current bills and made a very small profit.  Reports were given on the efforts to remodel the Railroad Depot and ongoing research on how to best handle the old Bryants furniture building.  Grants are pending for the depot and estimates are being prepared for possible removal of the Bryants building.  The Chamber Board will make a final decision on the Bryants building in the future.

Additional updates and reports were given relating to the Bradley County Fair, Christmas plans in Warren and Hermitage, the appointment of new board members, the Santa Train and the future Chamber Banquet.

Chamber Board Chairman Mike Nichols presided and Chamber President Joel Tolefree provided information.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Quilt to be Auctioned During Y Radio Auction

Pictured Left to Right: Alayne Zimmerly, Wanda Carr, Bart Goodwin (YMCA Sports/Aquatics Director), David Richey (CEO), Heather Nicole Tittle (Business Manager), Linda Kercheval, & Michelle Carter.
The Bradley County Extension Homemakers Quilt Club & Bradley Block Builders recently donated a quilt to the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren & Bradley County to be auctioned off during the 2016 Radio Auction. Thank you so much for your donation, ladies! The quilt is beautiful and we are honored to be able to use this to help raise funds for the DWR YMCA.
The Radio Auction is scheduled for Friday, November 4th.  We are still taking donations! If you would like to donate to the 2016 Radio Auction and haven’t been contacted yet, please call Heather Tittle or David Richey at the YMCA at 226.2404.

Friday, October 14, 2016

LIVE: Warren vs. DeWitt


Thursday, October 13, 2016

UAM Names 12 To Homecoming Court

UAM’s 2016 Homecoming Court ­— (First row, from left) Brittany Montgomery, McKayla Patterson, Brooke McKinney, Melanie Long, Katie Koen, McKenzie Rice, (second row, from left) Abby Walker, Mallory McWhorter, Frida Rydberg, Kelsey Schrimpf, Sarah Porter, and Robyn Willis.
           MONTICELLO, AR — Twelve women have been selected to the 2016 homecoming court at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
            UAM will celebrate homecoming October 22. The homecoming queen will be selected by a vote of the student body and announced during pre-game ceremonies prior to UAM’s football game with Ouachita Baptist University.
            The members of the court are:

Brandon Gorman Designated as Interim Adminstrator

The Hospital Board met Tuesday night with their consultant to discuss the search for a new hospital administrator.  The board voted to designate Brandon Gorman as the Interim Administrator upon the departure of Rex Jones in November.

Diabetes Classes Held at Extension Service

Learning about Diabetes 
A free class for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes was held at the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Office Wednesday, October 12.  The topic for the class was "Understanding Diabetes".

Other classes will be held on October 26 (Eating Well), Nov. 1 (Blood Sugar Control), and Nov. 8 (Medications, Preventing Complications).

Free meals and giveaways will also be available.

The event is sponsored by Daughters of Charity Services of Arkansas.

Attention: Level 3 Parents

ATTENTION:  Level 3 Parents-The Pumpkin Patch trip that was scheduled for Friday, October 14 has been canceled.  Teachers invite their children to participate in a day of fun, by wearing pajamas tomorrow, October 14.

Bradley County Homeschool Group Works on "Rules of Kindness Campaign"

The Bradley County Homeschool Group met again Friday, September 23, to work on their "Rules of Kindness Campaign". They created 100 gift sets for men & women that consisted of bath sponges, fluffy socks, chap-stick, tissue, peppermints, and homemade greeting cards. The Home-school kids had a great attitude about helping others, and worked very well together. They will complete their "Rules of Kindness Campaign on October 21, when they deliver these items to the residents at the Chapel Woods Nursing Home.

BCEDC - Economic Jobs Report

Hayes and Windham Awarded Scholarships

The Desha-Drew County Cattlemen’s Association recently presented scholarships to three agriculture students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. This year’s recipients are Allison Eubanks of Wilmar, a sophomore animal science and agribusiness double major, Hunter Hayes of Monticello, a sophomore agribusiness major, and Kelsey Windham of Wilmar, a junior animal science major. Pictured from left are Dr. Kelly Bryant, dean of the UAM School of Agriculture, Allison Eubanks, Hunter Hayes, Kelsey Windham, and Glynn Gibson of the Desha-Drew County Cattlemen’s Association.

Three Vehicle Accident at Church/Martin

The Warren Police Department worked a three vehicle accident at the intersection of Church and Martin Streets Monday October 10, 2016.  Fortunately there were no injuries.Two of the vehicles had to be towed.

One vehicle was pulling out of the Valero (St. Market) lot and turning north onto Martin while another vehicle was traveling south on Martin Street.  The automobiles hit and the one traveling south on Martin collided with another vehicle traveling north on Martin.  One of the vehicles then hit a small tree on private property on the southeast corner of Church and Martin.

The City of Warren Fire Rescue Truck responed to the scene but was not needed.

Mayor Martin Addresses Lions Club

Lion Gregg Reep, a former Mayor of Warren, welcomes Mayor Bryan Martin.
Warren Mayor Bryan Martin was the featured speaker for the Warren Lions Club meeting conducted October 12, 2016 at Molly's Diner.  He updated the members on several city projects and actions and invited questions from those in attendance.

The Mayor addressed the following:
1. Burned out Words On A Shirt building-He indicated the building has been ordered cleaned up by
   the Warren City Council and the clean up is out for bids.  He indicated it is estimated that the
   project will cost the taxpayers many thousands of dollars and the city will pursue all legal
   remedies to recoup the cost. It May take several years.  The Mayor also talked about issues with
   protection of the neighboring buildings, power lines and internet cable.

2. New construction projects-Mayor Martin stated that progress is moving on the renovation of
    Axley Field as a new soccer facility and efforts to secure funds to repair the old Railroad Depot.

3. Intermodal facility and Orthoflex building-The Mayor stated that he supports the work to
   complete the Intermodal Park.  He hopes it will create jobs and tax revenue for Warren.  He also
   said plans are moving ahead for a private firm to purchase the old Orthoflex building on Central
   Street.  The city is selling it for use as a commercial business.

4.Shooting Range-He said work is ongoing to expand the shooting range to add facilities for pistol
   and rifle shooting.

5. Police Department-According to the Mayor, the police department has two vacancies open for the
    position of patrolman.

The Mayor thanked the city council for their work and support. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

City Council Honors Lt. Hollingsworth and Announces Taking of Bids to Tear Down Old Martin's Building

Lt. Donald Hollingsworth's family was present to receive the resolution adopted by the City Council honoring his service.  
The Warren City Council met Tuesday, October 11 for their regular monthly meeting.

After approving the minutes and financial reports, the council heard from Mrs. Carolyn McCoy who had previously presented complaints of street conditions and a lot in her neighborhood that needed to be cleaned.  She was told the status of her complaint.

Mayor Bryan Martin read a resolution honoring the life and service to the City of Warren, the Warren Police Department, and the community of the late Lt. Donald Hollingsworth.  His family was present as the resolution was read and presented.  Several members of the Warren Police Department were also in attendance.

Warren Police Chief Shaun Hildreth gave his report to the council and informed them of a recent rash of residential burglaries in the area, pointing out that this was going on all over the region, not just in the city.  He told them he wanted them to encourage their constituents to be on watch in their neighborhoods for suspicious people and/or vehicles and to report these to the police.
Chief Hildreth and an officer show the council the body

In other police business, the council was shown the body cameras now owned by the police department.  These cameras record both video and audio.  Chief Hildreth told the council that all officers now have body cameras.  He also noted that all police cars have camera which are activated when the blue lights are turned on and remain filming for at least 30 seconds after the lights are turned off.  Police Committee Chairman Fufa Fullerton gave a recommendation to the council to adopt the video/audio policy which has been written for the police department.  The policy was passed.

Fire Chief Howard Edwards reported that as of 1:00 p.m., the entire county has been placed under a burn ban.

Sanitation Manager Mike May requested permission from the council to allow the department to sell a 1986 truck that has been used by the city for 30 years, mostly to haul a chipper.  When asked why they wanted to sell it, May told the council that the vehicle had begun to have need of repairs often. The council voted to allow the sale of the vehicle.

When the council began to hear Mr. May's Building Official report, Mayor Martin told the council that bids were going to be taken and opened October 24 to tear down the burned out building on Main Street and to fill the area to grade with dirt.  Building Official May told the council that a lien will be placed on the property which means that the owners can not assess his or her taxes unless the lien is paid.  The owner will not be able to sell the property without paying the lien.  He further explained what happens if the lien is not paid.  Mayor Martin told the council that he will call a special meeting after the bids are opened to take action.

Other business of the council included an update on the process of drafting the 2017 budget, street repair schedules being considered, and questions about houses of deceased in the Home Program through the Housing Authority.

An alderman questioned the possibility of getting an instructor to show persons how to use the outdoor exercise equipment placed int he City Park by the Warren Woman's club.  Parks and Recreation Director Renious Harton said that he would contact Memory Frazer to see when she might could help.

A constituent addressed the council about the burglarizing of his home two months ago and that he had concerns that his case was not being investigated to the fullest.

Museum to host Hamburger Supper

The Bradley County Historical Museum will host their annual Hamburger Supper on Friday, October 28th, prior to the Warren Lumberjacks and the Hamburg Lions football game.

Take-out meals will consist of grilled hamburgers (with all the trimmings), our famous baked beans, chips and homemade brownies.   The meals will be pre-sold for $7.  Make plans for a tailgate party and let the Museum supply your food.

Tickets may be purchased at the Hospital Gift Shop, Saunders Services, Harton Furniture or from Museum board members Susan Saunders, Deborah Black, Liz McKinstry, Mike Jolley, Marsha Harton, Kim Cathey, Judy Wynne, Gayle Plumb, Hilda Thornton, Denisa Pennington, and JeNelle Lipton.

Suppers may be picked up at the Museum at 200 West Ash Street from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on game night.

The annual Hamburger Supper is the Bradley County Historical Museum’s major fundraiser. Proceeds from the supper assist in the preservation of the rich history of our county and fund activities at the Museum.

For information or to purchase a ticket, you may call 226-5457 or 226-2777.

Mass Flu Clinics Set

The Bradley County Health Department at 208 North Bragg Street has their flu vaccine in stock.  If you would like to get your flu vaccine now then your welcome to come to the Health Unit.  Office hours are8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday.

Also the Bradley County Health Department is going to have 2 Mass Flu clinic in the County.  They are schedule for the following dates:

Armstrong Foundation Donate $600 to Food Bank

The Armstrong Foundation gave a $600.00 donation given to the Arkansas Food Bank. Pictured from left to right are:

Marty Reep – EHS Manager
Jean Adams – Director, Local Food Bank
Steve Ellis – Plant Manager
Patsy Watson – Purchasing Manager

Department of Human Services to provide GED® classes, tutoring on-site

Beginning this week, the Department of Human Services (DHS) in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Career Education (DCE) is offering free GED® courses at two sites to employees and others in the community who were unable to previously satisfy high school graduation requirements for jobs.

The GED® test certifies high school-level knowledge and skills in the core academic areas of Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning. Upon successful completion of the test, the Arkansas High School Diploma is awarded to the student.

Recent grad and DHS employee Susan Ferriel can personally attest to the effectiveness and convenience of the GED classes.

As a 17-year-old, Ferriel opted against continuing her high school education in order to start a family. Some 30 years later, the mother of two and grandparent of five could not move into other positions at the Arkansas Health Center where she works because she didn’t have a GED, so she decided to pursue it last year. Now 48, she is enthusiastic when expressing how much the decision to complete the GED has enhanced her life.

“I knew that having that certificate could open doors,” she said, “and after four months, I earned my GED at Pulaski Tech. I applied for a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) on my campus and got it. I love what I do. I go home feeling happy and accomplished. I see my GED certificate and CNA license hanging in my living room, and I am proud.

“I’m hoping one day to further my career and be a Licensed Practical Nurse,” she said. “In short, you’re never too old to go back to school and pursue your dreams.”

In 2009 the Office of Personnel Management began to require all state employees have a GED® or high school diploma. Persons who were already members of the DHS staff who did not meet the requirement were allowed to continue their employment with the state. However, advancement for those individuals has become difficult. The pool of potential direct care staff at state-run facilities is smaller, especially in rural areas, because of the requirement. State employees who do not have a high school diploma or GED® – or those who need to brush up on the areas of math and reading comprehension – are strongly encouraged to register.

GED® classes are being offered in conjunction with Arkansas Tech University, Pulaski Technical College and the Warren School District. The host sites for the classes are the Arkansas Health Center in Haskell and the Booneville Human Development Center. Classes will begin later this fall at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in Warren. For more information about class times and locations, contact the sites directly at 501-860-0500 in Haskell, 479-675-2121 in Booneville, and 870-226-6774 in Warren.

For more information on the GED® classes, contact Career Education at 501-682-1980 or visit