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Thursday, August 26, 2021

City of Hermitage selects GFL for garbage collection in the City

The Hermitage City Council met August 19, 2021 for the monthly meeting of the City Council.

Present were council members Mary Moore, Jane Durden, and Chris Ledbetter. Mayor Tonya Kendrix presided.  Also present were City Treasurer Angela Dawson, Police Chief Ben Poole, City Recorder Karla Ramos and City Attorney James Hamilton.

Minutes and financial reports were approved.

The Council approved the 2020 Water/Sewer Audit, opened a new account for ARPA funds, opened an account for a Community Facilities grant, and received reports from the police, fire, water, sewer, street and animal control personnel.  The Council then approved the disaster response team report.

Bids for garbage collection in the city limits were reviewed from GFL and Get Rid of It, both private companies. After hearing from representatives of both firms, the Council voted to accept the bid from GFL and begin negotiations for a contract. Current plans being negotiated include one-time-a-week residential pickup and twice-a-week commercial pickup.  No price has yet to be approved.  

In other business, the Council voted to accept funds for a generator and computers, and to approve a bid for replacement of City Hall flooring.  The Council then approved the appointment of Don Smith to the Hermitage Housing Authority Board.

The consideration of levying some type city millage was tabled for further discussion.

The Mayor reported on Community Fest 2021, Fall Festival, Spirit of Christmas and office remodel update.

Southark Spotlight: Warren Superintendent Bryan Cornish

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Library to start after school programs in September

Warren Branch Library has announced that they will begin their after school programs, Lego Club and Adventurescape during the month of September.

According to staff, each program will be held once a month. Lego Club is set to take place on the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. for children ages 7 and older. Adventurescape will take place on the third Thursday of every month at 4:00 p.m. for children 5-12 years of age. Anyone participating under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Lego Club begins September 9 and Adventurescape starts September 16.

Registration is required and space is limited. Parents are urged to register their child soon by calling 870-226-2536. Masks will be required for attendance. For more information contact the Warren Branch Library.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

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COVID vaccination clinic scheduled for August 26 for WSD eligible students and staff

Pastime: Two shiny pennies for good luck

By Maylon Rice

High School Football – Lumberjack football is here as these hot days of August wind down.

And as I can always tell this time of year, the tradition – a time honored tradition of the lucky pennies fills my mind.

Back in the 1970s, when luck was needed for Lumberjack football success - even with a new highly rated coach who has his very own Peach Bowl watch from his graduate and assistant coaching days at Florida State – the cheerleaders gave each Lumberjack gridder two, shiny, lucky pennies.

Most of those pennies were inserted into the Penny Loafers worn by most of the gridders during the week at school – athletic shoes, back then, were worn only in games, and not at school.

For most part these pennies were just something that happened each season for several years in a row. To my knowledge, unless it has been revived, it is like the tradition of saying “Yes, Sir” and “No Sir,” and a healthy handshake has since gone away.

But for others, those with shiny pennies were indeed lucky.

Ah, Lumberjack football, and the memories just flood back over me. 

These teams today still play with heart, grit and determination to win, as well, as Lumberjacks should show each of us this season and every season.

Other memories flooding my Pastime today is that of Jack Scobey Jr., lugging a hand-held 8-millimeter film camera as he climbed the light poles surrounding several area stadiums to sit on a platform about like a deer stand, to film Lumberjack football.

Even at O. O. Axley Stadium, at the old high school site off Pine Street, Scobey would perch himself on top of the old press box – with a small tripod and film the silent, black and white “game film.”

Another football Pastime I recall is   the colorful gridders wear for the Warren Lumberjacks of yesteryear.

But those uniforms, even back in the golden years of the late 1960s and early 1970s, were indeed fashion statements. Sort of like the shiny headgear, camo style jerseys and fashion-form fitting football pants of today.

Lumberjack football uniforms were the best in SEARK.  Maybe the state.

The only football fashion that has held sway was possibly the unique stripes of the Pine Bluff Zebras, atop their shoulder pads.

The one time – other than in the preseason – when all ‘Jack football players had a clean, non-grass-stained uniform on was for the Homecoming Game.

The white canvass pants were clean – and all the pads – hip pads, knee pads, and thigh pads were in place. Usually there was a big photo in the newspaper of the two captains escorting the beautiful Homecoming Queen in pre-game ceremonies.

The Lumberjack captains were always decked out in fine football wear.

Today I am not sure – especially at the college level – if there are pads in those pants – surely not where those hard, foam rubber or almost plastic-like pad inserts were inside the pair of football pants of yesteryear.

Now what I always thought made the Warren High football jersey of the late 1960s and early 1970s unique was the design.

I have to give credit to the local pool-hall owner, restaurant king and part-time athletic supply sales guru – Wayne Wisner.

He helped put, what I always heard were called UCLA shoulder stripes, on the WHS jerseys. He made sure that the black jersey had a three-stripe addition of a thin strip of white, a wider stripe of orange and then around a thin stripe of white on each shoulder.

It made the jersey snap and look great.

The numbers were usually orange with a thin piping of white around them on the black jerseys. The orange was a color which stood out on the black jersey. The white home jerseys had orange numbers with a thin piping of black around the standard Roman-style numbers (not Roman Numerals) on the jerseys.

These were also in the pre-dated era of heated, press on numbers. These are sewn with numbers and stripes.

And then came the helmets.

Teams have worn white helmets with a bold “W” today known as the Wisconsin “W” on the hard plastic hats.

My memory of the late Oscar King Littlefield, one of the most gifted free drawing artists I have ever seen, painting these “W”’s on the helmets each pre-season. My position of being underfoot at the Eagle in those days, also gave me the unique position of helping take a clear paste like product – like old round tins of paste shoe shine wax and buffing these helmets to a bright shine.

Later on, came the orange helmets and a sticker of the log-rolling timber tool and an ax-wielding Lumberjack on each side of the helmets.

Tommy Massey who was a quarterback the year after my graduation has donated a full football suit to the Bradley County Museum. The helmet his senior year had been painted black with an orange stripe down the middle.

I can recall that all the face bars on the helmets were white or at best a dull shade of gray. 

One aging barrister in Pennington Township probably holds the record for the bloodiest face bar on his helmet for three years running.

 It is a wonder his schnoz has healed these 50 plus after his hard hits on opposing teams.

Today’s orange and black helmet and modern uniforms are snazzy, sharp and every bit the stylish garb worn by Lumberjacks of yore.

Only one little tidbit of WHS uniform history needs to be preserved.

Once when the football program was just getting started in the early teens of the last century. The all-faithful timber magnate at the time told the local coach he would purchase the team some professional looking uniforms as the local football club. This was in the days before a school board would outfit such a squad.

The timberman was a Dartmouth College grade – hence the orange and black colors.

When asked by the football uniform supplier what numbers he wanted for the uniforms the timber man was puzzled.

When asked how many boys had come out for the team, he knew that number, 13.

And the coach.

So, the first lumberjack professional prepared, sewn and outfitted team had numbered jerseys - numbered 1 through 13.

The coach wore a jersey with a big “C” on it for the coach.

Another Pastime worth remembering. Just like those two lucky pennies.

Go ‘Jacks, Play hard, win a District title and then go and Win Another State Championship.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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Coach Bo Hembree speaks to Warren Rotary ahead of the 2021 Lumberjack Football season

Warren Head Football Coach Bo Hembree was the speaker for the Warren Rotary Club Tuesday, August 24.  The Club meets in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church, located on Church Street in Warren.  Coach Hembree was the guest of Rotarian Bob Milton.  Coach Hembree has spoken to the Rotary Club preceding the start of each season since he has been at Warren over 20 years ago.  He was the guest of the late Chuck Milton for several of those years and Mr. Milton's son Bob has carried on the tradition.

Coach Hembree stated he was excited with the prospects for the 2021 season, although it will be a difficult schedule starting out with a highly ranked 5A team to begin the year, followed by a highly ranked 4A team, a team from Louisiana, and starting the conference season with a highly ranked team.  Several class 8-4A opponents will be good and Warren will have to continue to develop and play well every week.

The Lumberjacks have nine starters returning on offense and eight on defense. Coach Hembree says he has a good sophomore class and many of them will provide depth.

Warren is rated number three in class 4A by Hootens, and number four by other publications. They should be fun to watch. Fans are urged to come out and support the young men as they carry forward the tradition of Lumberjack Football.

The first regular season game is set for Friday night, September 3 at White Hall against the highly ranked class 5A Bulldogs. The game will kickoff at 7:00pm.

Kid Zone free at the Bradley County Fair

The County Fair is just around the corner!  Dates for the Fair are September 8-11.  The Talent Show is scheduled for 2:00 on Saturday, September 11.  For more information on the Talent Show, call Jerry Butler at 870-820-6152.  Rib tickets are now for sale for $20/rack, and will be ready for pick-up on Saturday, September 11, at 5:00 p.m.  If you are interested in purchasing rib tickets, please contact the Extension Office at 870-226-8410.  The Kid Zone will be on Saturday, September 11, from 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.  All Kid Zone activities, which will include bouncy houses, train rides, cotton candy, snow cones, etc., will be FREE.  Admission to the gate for any Fair activity will also be FREE this year.  Fair catalogs with a schedule of events can be picked up at the Extension Office, located at 201 N. Bragg Street.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the County Fair!


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Monday, August 23, 2021

Jacks to host McGehee in pre-season scrimmage Tuesday evening

The Warren Lumberjacks will host the McGehee Owls in a pre-season game ahead of the 2021 season Tuesday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium in Warren.

AAA passes will be the only accepted passes for this game. A $5 entry fee will be taken to go towards catastrophic insurance.

As a reminder, be sure to follow the Lumberjacks 2021 season by reading our weekend sports edition every Saturday morning throughout the fall beginning September 4, 2021.

Warren arrest report for August 16-22, 2021

The following is a direct re-print of the Warren Arrest & Confinement Record from the Warren, Arkansas Police Department.  All people listed are innocent until proven guilty.

Corey Ashley / 543 DanGill Dr., Dumas, AR / DOB 3-17-80 / warrants on 8-16-21

Travaris Clary / 131 Cherry St., Monticello, AR / DOB 10-30-93 / warrant on 8-18-21

Jeffrey Smith / 3071 Hwy 35 E., Monticello, AR / DOB 12-4-82 / driving on suspended 8-19-21

Timothy Carter / 3071 Hwy 35 E., Monticello, AR / DOB 12-8-75 / drinking on Hwy open container on 8-19-21

Keenon Clary / 506 Boyd St., Warren, AR / DOB 2-6-91 / warrant 8-22-21

Trammell Family reunion announced for September 4

The Descendants of David Crockett Trammell will be having their annual family reunion Sept 4, 2021 at the New Edinburg Community Center from 10:30 am til 2:00 p.m.  Please bring a potluck dish. All friends and family are invited to attend.  This annual event is held the first Saturday in September each year.  Hope you can make it...

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives 8-20-2021

Everyone has a responsibility to ensure students arrive at and from school safely. This includes being mindful of student safety when approaching school buses.

We want to take this week to remind Arkansans to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus.

It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing, as students are present. The fines, penalties, and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus were increased dramatically by Act 2128 of 2005, also known as Isaac’s Law.

The legislation was named in honor of Isaac Brian, an elementary school student in the Bryant School District who was struck and killed when a driver illegally passed his school bus while students were exiting the vehicle.

The law requires drivers to stop on two-lane and four-lane highways in both directions, even those with a middle lane. Drivers cannot attempt to pass in any direction until the school bus vehicle has finished receiving or discharging its passengers and is in motion again.

In the 2021 Regular Session, the General Assembly passed Act 264 to clarify the distance and areas where drivers must stop.

It states drivers must come to a complete stop no less than 30 feet from the bus when it stops to load or unload passengers. This 30 feet perimeter would apply to public roads, private or public property open to the general public, and any driveway or parking lot belonging to a public school.

It is estimated that close to 350,000 students ride a school bus. Buses make stops in every Arkansas community. Remember: Flashing Red means Kids Ahead. To learn more about the campaign, visit