Monday, April 12, 2021

Sports: Arkansas controls SEC West after wild series win

By Oliver Grigg

OXFORD, Miss. – As of this moment, the SEC West belongs to the Razorbacks.

Arkansas stormed through Ole Miss in Sunday’s series finale, jumping out to an 11-run lead and outlasting the Rebels in an 18-14 win at Swayze Field. With the series-clinching victory, the Hogs improve to 26-5 overall on the year, including a 9-3 mark in conference play, and take sole ownership of first place in the division.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Photos of storm damage from Warren

At least one light pole was torn down on Davenport in Warren during the Friday/Saturday night storms.  The town branch was also flooded for a short time, and City crews were on the job quickly working to improve road conditions.

Photos of the storm damage in Hermitage

As has been reported by state outlets, a Hermitage school building was damaged in Friday's round of storms as well as during the early Saturday morning storms that rolled through the region, with trees ripped down and a portion of a roof destroyed.  The following photos were taken by news reporter Tim Kessler.

Banks announces 1st Annual Coloring competition winners

The Town of Banks would like to say Thank you to our Sponsors and Congratulations to our Winners of the 1st Annual Coloring competition. Event sponsored by our local banks of Warren, Arkansas
Please let me know if you need more information

Our Winners are listed in the order the photo is attached.
Braylee Pierce- Banks Arkansas
Adalyn Pierce- Warren, Arkansas
Mariah Partman- Banks, Arkansas
Jocelyn Jackson- Warren, Arkansas

Weekly Column from the Arkansas House of Representatives April 9, 2021

By the end of the 13th week of the 2021 Regular Session, more than 600 bills were signed into law.

This week, the House voted in favor of a bill temporarily changing the deadline for filing and paying state income tax. SB593 extends the deadline this year to May 17, aligning the date with the recent extension issued for filing federal income tax.

The also House voted in favor of the following bills addressing law enforcement, mental health, alcohol sales, and education:

Law Enforcement

HB1865-This bill requires all law enforcement officers in the state to complete annual training related to a law enforcement officer's duty to intervene if the law enforcement officer observes the use of excessive force by another law enforcement officer. 

HB1680-This bill states law enforcement agencies must assist a law enforcement officer involved in a critical incident in obtaining services that may help the officer recover from psychological effects.

Mental Health

HB1689-This bill will create an Arkansas Legislative Study on Mental and Behavioral Health.

SB27-This bill requires the Arkansas Department of Health to ensure that the Suicide Prevention Hotline employs individuals who have experience working with veterans or are veterans. 

Alcohol Sales/Service Industry

HB1748-This bill states that a referendum election to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday may be called by a city or county if the governing body adopts a resolution by a two-thirds majority vote.

SB479-This bill states that a restaurant with a valid alcoholic beverage permit from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (ABC) may expand its outdoor dining availability with approval from the municipality or county's local government zoning authority, which it is located without obtaining prior approval from the ABC. This bill also allows restaurants to remit sales taxes in quarterly payments rather than monthly for the next year.

Friday, April 9, 2021

New drivers license testing schedule starts April 15

Arkansas State Police Troop F drivers license and commercial drivers license testing will resume April 15, 2021 with a new schedule.

Basic drivers license written exam testing will be held at the 1237 North Myrtle, Warren, Arkansas location Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Commercial license written exam testing will be held at the same time.

Skills testing will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by appointment.

All testing schedules are subject to change.  Please contact Troop F Headquarters for any changes.

Free concerts to be presented by SEARK

Kailee Spickes, Grace Storemont, and Benjamine Haguewood, members of Taller Than You Band

SEARK to present free concerts at Monticello Coffee Company in Monticello and SheBrews Coffee in Crossett.

Current President of SEARK, Clint Young, is thrilled to announce that SEARK is getting back to presenting live shows this month with a series of free concerts leading up to the SEARK Talent Hunt Showcase and concerts on April 23rd and 24th.

Next week, Grace Stormont, Benjamin Haguewood, and Kailee Spickes, members of the Taller Than You Band, will be performing across the region served by the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association. Describing themselves as “an old-time string band striving to keep old-time music alive, yet still pushing its boundaries,” the group will be performing in area schools as part of SEARK’s SMARTS (Schools Majoring in the Arts) program.

They will do a free show at 6 p.m. Monday, April 12, at Monticello Coffee Company on Hwy. 425 South.  And at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14th, Grace Stormant will perform in Crossett at SheBrews Coffee on 208 Pine St.

Taller Than You was named “Group of the Year” at the Ozark Folk Center in 2019 and member Grace Stormont is a nominee for several categories for this year’s Arkansas Country Music Awards.

Recreation building going up at SEAHDC

Progress continues on the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center's new recreation building in Warren, pictured here, April 9, 2021.  The recreation building is located on the campus of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center at 1 Center Circle.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Donald W. Reynolds YMCA making progress

Prior to the pandemic, the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County began a special fund raising effort to make repairs to the YMCA pool and to expand and upgrade the fitness center.  Plans and fund raising were underway, and then covid hit.  The project was slowed, but not abandoned, and according to Executive Director David Richey, the project is virtually complete, lacking only a few new pieces of workout equipment.  

Around $90,000.00 was raised by the YMCA, individuals and the YMCA Foundation to get the work done and equipment purchased.  The fitness center now consists of a room primarily for the elderly to use, a room equipped with cardiovascular machines and a much enlarged weight and fitness room.  It is a very nice and modern facility for teens and adults.  The pool work is completed and the pool will be ready for use by summer.  

Mr. Richey told SRC that the Y was doing very well prior to COVID and took a serious blow financially due to the pandemic but is bouncing back strong.  All programs are functioning for youth and adults.  Youth baseball is going and T-ball is being played at the City of Warren Baseball/Softball Complex.  For information on any program call 870226-2404.
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LIHEAP Winter Programs to stop applications April 30

The FY’ 2021 LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Winter Regular & Crisis Programs will close on April 30, 2021. Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will no longer be accepting applications for any energy assistance for this program.

Emergency Services Center gets new 911 system

The City of Warren Emergency Services Center is home to a new updated countywide 911 system. Within the past few months the new highly computerized and modernized system was installed in the communications room of the ESC, replacing the older 911 system. The new version provides more details on the location of the incoming call, including from cell phones.  It also provides detailed mapping information on the location of the call.  According to Vallen Correll, City of Warren Communications Supervisor, the system makes possible for the 911 call to be forwarded to the individual cell phone of law enforcement or other emergency services personnel.

The Bradley County 911 system is operated and managed by the City of Warren. Police, fire and emergency calls such as ambulance requests are patched through to the appropriate agency for immediate response. The system is paid for with fees from telephone bills and local funding.  

Correll supervises seven dispatchers. There is one vacancy at this time.  Dispatchers perform a variety of jobs including answering the 911 calls and communicating with emergency personnel by radio.  

In addition to the new system, the dispatch room has been remodeled and made more secure. Warren Police Chief Shawn Hildreth oversees the entire ESC, including the communications center.

Rhonda Williams speaks to Warren Rotary

The program for the Warren Rotary Club on April 6, 2021 was Rhonda Williams of the Warren School District, who is in charge of the Backpack Ministry program. Rotarian Bob Milton presented the program. Mrs. Williams explained the Backpack Ministry program which is designed to help get kids in our school
district get food they need over the weekend when they will not be in school. There are over 100 kids in the program and it is done in a way that is discreet as not to embarrass any kids involved. Mrs. Williams explained how it got started and how she has been able to continue the program over the last few years. There are a lot of teachers who volunteer their time and she expressed many thanks to SuperValu, which is where they purchase the food from. She also wanted to thank all of the members of the community for stepping up and Immanuel Baptist Church, where they package the food. In her speech she explained how many people in Warren may not think food insecurity is an issue, but it is a problem and it is not always tied to economic factors. She stated they have over 120 kids in the program currently and are always accepting donations. They accept cash donations and any checks should be made out to SuperValu. Mrs. Williams’ email is if you want to get in touch with her about the Backpack Ministry program.

Pastime: More Pastime Trivia to play: Former Resident

Tommy Woodall gives many answers on Last Week Quiz

By Maylon T. Rice
Special to the Saline River Chronicle

Thanks everyone for your notes and replies to the First Ever Pastime Trivia Contest.

Eva Potter wins 1st Quarter Library Book Bingo

Eva Potter was Warren Branch Library's Book Bingo Winner for 1st Quarter!! Eva completely blacked out her Bingo Card!! (24 books read) Book Bingo cards for 2nd Quarter (April - June) can be picked up from the Library at this time. For more information about Library Book Bingo, call 870-226-2536 or visit the Library.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Warren Fire Department implements training burn

The Warren Fire Department turned out in full protective gear with the Departments #1 Engine and the Ladder Engine to burn up and help clean up a burned out house on N. Myrtle Street Monday night, April 5, 2021.  The purpose of the exercise was to conduct actual fire training and to help clean up an eyesore.  The department does this from time-to-time to get real time training work accomplished.  

Full time and volunteer firefighters were present under the supervision of Acting Chief Larry Hayes. Warren police assisted with traffic control.

Update on two Circuit Court cases

Bradley County Circuit Court approved two cases by pleas March 29, 2021.  The cases were approved by Circuit Judge Crews Puryear.
  • Marcus A. Kellebrew was convicted of sex offender failing to register.  Sentenced to 36 months in the Department of Corrections plus fees. 
  • Justin Lee Clark was convicted of possession of controlled substance, methamphetamine or cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, inhale, etc.  Sentenced to 60 months probation plus fees.
In cases of the entering of pleas, the state and the defendant agree to the sentence and it is imposed by the court.

Reminder: Landowner Feral Hog meeting set for April 12 in Hermitage

Walk Across Arkansas results for week 3 in Bradley County

Following are the results for total minutes walked for week 3 of Walk Across Arkansas for the teams that have reported.  Travelin’ Tomatoes – 1941; Warren Woman’s Club – 1208; The Weaver’s - 655;.  Top three individual placements for week 2 are:  Tricia Wilkinson – 615; Glenda Cross – 491; and Karen Rawls – 480.

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.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Kiersey Hicks reaches 400 books in Library program

Congratulations to Kiersey Hicks for reaching 400 Books in Warren Branch Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program! For more information about this program, please contact the Library at 870-226-2536 or visit 115 West Cypress St in Warren.

Library hosts March Book Club for Kids

For the month of March, Warren Branch Library's Book Club for Kids had 11 participants, who read a total of 106 books! Each book equaled one chance in their monthly Facebook Live giveaway. Bayley Woodard was March's winner! Lincoln Williamson read the most books (22) last month! Way to go Lincoln!! Other participants were Owen Roberson, Noelle Anderson, Addilee Murphy, Mattie Robertson, Olivia Roberson, Kenzie Gates, Jackson Williamson, Nash Crawford, and John Sawyer Murphy. They are so proud of all the kids that participated!  For more information on how your child can participate in the Book Club for Kids program, contact the Library at 870-226-2536.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Two men arrested after an alleged physical assault and shooting

According to a press release from the Warren Police Department, 32 year-old Justin Hines and 34 year-old Jeremy Hines, both of Warren, have been arrested for an alleged assault after an investigation was opened April 4, 2021 in the area of York Street.

Warren Library Memorials for the month

Warren arrest report for March 29-April 4, 2021

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

Brenda Luster / 57 Leisure Oaks Dr, Fordyce, AR / DOB 7-21-70 / warrant on 3-29-21

Lonnie Sims / 902 Halligan St, Warren, AR / DOB 8-21-76

Devonta Sterling / 1119 W Church St, Warren, AR / DOB 8-17-90 / Disorderly conduct and poss of drug para on 3-29-21

Cedrick Hampton / 234 Wheeler St, Warren, AR / DOB 6-15-01 / poss of marijuana / 3-29-21

Miguel Lopez / 600 Hwy 160, Hermitage, AR / DOB 5-12-51 / careless driving on 3-29-21

Walter Wright / 416 Elm St, Warren, AR / DOB 1-28-60 / jail time on 3-20-21

Tristan Grider / 209 S 2nd, Tilar, AR / DOB 12-21-96 / Disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstructing gov. op. on 4-2-21

Glendale Hayes / 3506 W 13 Ave, Pine Bluff, AR / DOB 2-8-53 / parole warrant on 4-2-21

Heather Rogers / 514 Walnut St, Warren, AR / DOB 9-24-80 / poss cont sub and poss drug par on 4-3-21

Dakota Laws / 314 S Myrtle St, Warren, AR / DOB 2-10-92 / poss cont sub and poss drug para

Richard Montgomery / 1612 Ashley Rd., Crossett, AR / DOB 7-22-96 / Terroristic threatening 5-13-301 on 4-4-21

Justine Hines / 905 York St., Warren, AR / DOB 4-30-88 / Battery 1st on 4-4-21

Stephanie Parker / 501 Fort Lookout, Camden, AR / DOB 8-2-90 / warrant on 4-4-21

Warren School District to continue to require masks through the end of the school year

The Warren School District has announced that its schools will continue to require students, staff, and school visitors to wear face coverings through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

"Thank you for your continued support for the Warren School District," said Superintendent Bryan Cornish.

The school district was required to make public its plans for masking after Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson lifted the statewide mandate at the beginning of the month.  Businesses and schools are still allowed to require masks, but schools were required to make their decision public by April 15.

Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned at Immanuel Baptist Church

Warren, Ark. – A mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic is planned on Friday, April 9th at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Warren AR.

The clinic begins at 9 AM and end at 4PM or when supplies are gone. We will have Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The Immanuel Baptist Church is located at 701 West Pine Street in Warren.

Additional ADH clinics will be held weekly in each of the state’s five public health regions. Information on clinics in subsequent weeks will be posted on the ADH COVID-19 vaccine clinics webpage. 

Doses will be available to anyone 18 years of age and older on a first come first serve basis.

There is no out-of-pocket expense for the vaccine. People should bring their insurance cards to the unit. If they do not have insurance, the vaccine will be available at no charge.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine offered at these clinics is a 1 dose vaccine.

The three authorized COVID-19 vaccines have each undergone rigorous reviews that have proven them to be both safe and effective. You can learn more about the vaccines and ADH vaccination plan at

Bohemia Cares hosted Easter egg hunt Saturday

Bohemia Cares sponsored an Easter egg hunt at Union Hill Baptist Church Saturday. The event also served as a sign-up for the Summer Enrichment Program which will be held at the church June 14-July 23 for youth going into grades 3-12. Photos by Tim Kessler
Aubrie Johnson, left, won extra prizes by finding the golden egg.
She is shown with Bohemia Cares Executive Director Verlancia Tucker.