Sunday, April 23, 2017

GFWC Warren Woman's Club Set to Deliver Pull Tabs May 11

GFWC Warren Woman’s Club members will be delivering “pull tabs” to Ronald McDonald House on May 11, 2017.  If you have tabs to donate, please get them to us as soon as possible.  The local club collects the tabs each year and delivers them to the RMH organization to aid the group in providing assistance to families of Arkansas Children’s Hospital patients.  If you would like to be a part of this effort, please call JeNelle Lipton at 870-226-5457 or drop the tabs off at 108 South Walnut Street.

Little Miss Pink Tomato Pageant

Registrations are now being accepted at the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce for the 2017 Little Miss Pink Tomato pageant.

The pageant will be held at the Warren Cultural Center at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017 during the 61st annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.

Eligible participants must be 4 or 5 years of age on June 1, 2017 and must live in Bradley, Ashley, Dallas, Drew, Calhoun, Cleveland, Lincoln or Union County.  Entry fee for the pageant is $25.   Applications are available at the Bradley County Chamber office, located at 104 North Myrtle Street in Warren or you may go to Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival to download the forms.   Deadline for entries is June 2, 2017.

Contestants are required to attend the rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 9 at the Warren Cultural Center and they must ride in the Pink Tomato Festival Parade at 10:00 a. m. on Saturday morning, June 10.

The Little Miss Pink Tomato competition almost 60 years ago and is a fun and popular pageant for all Southeast Arkansas girls.  All participants will receive a trophy.
For additional information, call pageant chairmen, JeNelle Lipton (870-226-5457) or Glenda Cross (870-226-5758).

Band Line-Ups for 2017 Pink Tomato Festival

Publicity Chairman JeNelle Lipton has released the following lineup of bands for the 2017 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival:

Friday, June 9th              
White Mustangs               6:00 – 7:30 p.m.                This is the Street Dance.
Barrett Baber                    8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Trey Hawkins                    10:00 – 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 10          
Fortunate Sons Plus One                6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Stone Aces                                      7:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Sawyer Brown                                9:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Gov. Hutchinson to Announce Launch of ACT Work-Ready Communities Initiative

          MONTICELLO, AR — Governor Asa Hutchinson will announce the launch of the ACT Work- Ready Communities Initiative for the Workforce Alliance of Southeast Arkansas at a ceremony Tuesday, April 25 at 9 a.m. in the John F. Gibson University Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
          The event is being held to inform business, civic and community leaders from seven southeast Arkansas counties (Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln) of their county's involvement in the ACT Work-Ready Communities Initiative and to encourage collaborative involvement to reach the goals that will earn each southeast Arkansas county ACT Work-Ready Community Certification.
          "Certification will demonstrate to current and future employers that southeast Arkansas is willing to go the extra mile to equip our workforce with the skills employers demand," said Denisa Pennington, grant manager for the Workforce Alliance of Southeast Arkansas at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett.

Block Builders Reveal Tomato Quilt to be Given Away

This is the Bradley Block Builders of Bradley County Extension Office quilt that will be given away on the last day of the Pink Tomato festival. To purchase tickets, please see members of the Block Builders. 1 ticket = $2.00 or 3 tickets = $5.00.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

UofA Extension Announces Money Management Program

Whether considering a vacation or making ends meet, financial goal setting is the key to turning dreams into reality, said Michelle Carter, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Bradley County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent.   
Carter said it’s important for heads of the household to set aside time and sit down with pencil, paper and calculator to plan for the future.  She suggests using the SMART technique to guide goal-setting. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. To use the SMART goal plan:

  • Specific: Include as many details as possible.
  • Measureable: Estimate dollar amounts needed.  If it’s a long-term goal, you may need to add 3.5 percent per year to the purchase price. 
  • Attainable: Do you have the income to meet this goal?
  • Relevant: Is this something that you need?  Are you in agreement to work for this goal? 
  • Time-bound: When would you like to achieve this goal? Determine how long you will need to save and the weekly or monthly amount to save.

Carter announced the Navigating the Financial Journey class for Wednesday, May 10, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the Jefferson County Extension Conference Room located at 500 South Idaho Street in Pine Bluff.
Cost of the class is $20.  Bankruptcy filers will receive their Certificate of Debtor Education.  The class is approved by the United States Bankruptcy Trustee as a financial education program and the course complies with the laws enacted under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA).
Budget Development, Money Management, Wise Use of Credit, and Consumer Protection will be taught by Family and Consumer Sciences Agents, Michelle Carter, Bradley County; Diane Clement, Cleveland County; Jane Newton, Lincoln County; and Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County.
To register for the money management course, call 870-226-8410 or e-mail  
If you can’t attend the workshop, download the free financial goals worksheet at:
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Summer Book Drive

Friday, April 21, 2017

Officer Promoted/New CID Hired

The Warren Civil Service Commission met Friday, April 21.  They promoted Officer Michael Sharp to Patrol Sergeant and hired Tim Nichols as a Sergeant to be assigned to CID Division.  Nichols will start his new job Monday.

Archeologist with the Archaeological Conservancy to speak at UAM

On Tuesday, May 2, the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Drew County Historical Society will hold their joint monthly speaker series. Jessica Fleming Crawford, the Southeast Regional Director for The Archaeological Conservancy will discuss how The Archaeological Conservancy works to preserve archeological sites. The Archaeological Conservancy is the only national organization devoted solely to acquiring archaeological sites for research and preservation purposes. While some properties are incorporated into State or National Parks, most are held and managed by the Conservancy. The Conservancy currently owns over 500 archaeological sites throughout the country. Site management and acquisition is accomplished through five regional office. Jessica Crawford’s presentation will discuss how The Archaeological Conservancy works to preserve archaeological sites, including funding, site identification, site selection criteria, options for site acquisition, and management of sites following acquisition by the Conservancy. It will also highlight some of the Conservancy’s properties in each region, with an emphasis on Arkansas.
Jessica Crawford is Southeast Regional Director for The Archaeological Conservancy, a nationwide, non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and preserving the country's most significant archaeological sites. She is responsible for managing The Conservancy's historic and prehistoric sites in seven Southeastern states, overseeing research projects on Conservancy sites and acquiring new properties. She works with landowners throughout the Southeast to ensure the preservation of their archaeological sites, develops management plans and works with various government entities on the incorporation of Conservancy properties into State and National parks. She attended the University of Mississippi and lives near Marks, Mississippi.

The Archaeological Conservancy’s Southeast Region: Site Preservation and Acquisition
Jessica Fleming Crawford
Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 PM
School of Forestry and Natural Resources Conference Room, UAM
If you have any questions, contact Jodi A. Barnes at or 870-460-1290.

Get Real, Here's The Deal

Under the direction of Michelle Carter, Extension Home Economist-Family and Consumer Science for Bradley County, another episode of "Get Real, Here's the Deal" was carried out at the Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center April 20th.  The program has previously been presented to Hermitage and Warren High School classes.  The program teaches students how to budget their money to cover the expenses of life such as housing, transportation, clothing, insurance, utilities, food, entertainment, etc.  Each student is given a life scenario such as married with three
Ashley Bryant
kids and then assigned a profession and a monthly income.  The student must then purchase the various necessities of life as well as the things they desire, based on their income.   Booths are set up where the students buy a house or rent an apartment purchase a car, buy cloths, secure insurance, etc.  They must stay within their income limits.  There are options to increase the individual's education and increase their income.  It is a lot of fun and extremely educational.

Some twenty students took along with their teachers.  Manning the various booths from which the students had to purchase goods and services were representatives of the SEACBEC staff, Warren Water and Sewer, the Extension Service, the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce and the insurance and banking industry.  It was a learning experience made as real life as possible.

The classes of Ashley Bryant and Mary Beth Hicks participated in the exercise.  The young people acted very prudently with their expenditures.
Joey Cathey, of State Farm, Selling Insurance

Update on Regional Jail


According to a statement made by Bradley County Judge Klay McKinney, the project to build a regional prison/jail in Southeast Arkansas is going to happen.  Apparently there is nothing yet in writing and the information is not official.

Information quoted by various sources indicates that a private company from Louisiana will build, own and operate the facility and enter an agreement with the state of Arkansas to house several hundred inmates.  Jail bed space will be made available for up to four counties for local prisoners.  The county beds will be paid for by the individual counties.  Past comments made by State Representative Jeff Wardlaw indicated some of the state prisoners could be " low level sex offenders.  No further information has been made available on that statement.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dennis Daniels to be Honored with State Farm Scholar Athlete Award

Dennis Daniels
State Farm has released the names of the recipients of the Arkansas Activities-State Farm Insurance Scholar Athlete Awards for 2016-17.  Each athlete will be honored on Monday, May 22nd at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Airport Hotel at 3201 banked Drive in East Little Rock.  At the luncheon, each winner will receive a plaque plus a $1000 scholarship check.

Boy Scholar Athletes are:
Football - Dennis Deshawn Daniels, Warren High School
Basketball- Alex Blake Pemberton, Huntsville High School
Track-Thomas Charles Zimmerman, Wonderview High School
Baseball-Robert Keith Roberson, Junction City High School
Other Sports-Golf-Caleb Ethan Lloyd, Lakeshide High School

Girls Scholar Athletes are:
Volleyball-Katherine Michelle Pletcher, Magnolia High School
Basketball-Kirklyn Rose Kremers. Scranton High School
Track-Amie Ella Westerman, Fountain Lake
Softball-Emme Edmondson, Benton High School
Other Sports-(tennis)-Emily Brooke Sumier, Cabot High School

UAM Agricultural Policy Class Hosts Arkansas Legislative Roundtable

Students in Dr. Bob Stark's agricultural policy class at the University of Arkansas at Monticello met with members of the southeast Arkansas legislative delegation recently for an agricultural policy roundtable. Legislators discussed the recently completed session of the Arkansas General Assembly and its impact on agricultural policy and answered students' questions concerning the session. Pictured from left are (seated) Representative Mike McElroy of Tillar, Representative Jeff Wardlaw of Hermitage, Representative LeAnne Burch of Monticello, Senator Eddie Cheatham of Crossett, along with students (standing, from left) Bradley Sass of Tillar, Nathan Sims of McGehee, Luke Hughes of Tillar, Dalton Peacock of Star City, Grant Smith of Hamburg, Kase Bounds of Almyra, Allison Eubanks of Wilmar, Robert Brooks of Portland, McKayla Patterson of Hampton, Cody Smith of Malvern, Jacob Moon of Lake Village, Cody Mencer of Lake Village, Mackinley Anderson of Humphrey, J. Wil Clifton of Rison, and Dr. Bob Stark of the UAM agriculture faculty.

Trinity Treasures To Host Open House

Trinity Treasures, a childcare and learning center recently opened and operating at 614 N. Martin Street in Warren is hosting an open house Saturday, April 22, 2017.  Everyone is invited to come by and look over their very nice facilities and meet the friendly and well trained staff.  There will be hot dogs and a  bouncy house for the children.

The open house will run from 10:00 A.M. till 12:00 noon.  It will be worth your time to check out this place for child care and learning needs.

Intermodal Has Stern Discussion About Railroad Crossing/Road Money Allocated to Intermodals

For a number of months the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Board has been talking about problems and difficulties getting the necessary approval to finish a road being constructed on the site of the intermodal park, that crossing the railroad.  There has been some confusion and frustration among the board members and some voiced concern aimed at the intermodal's consulting engineer.  The unhappiness seemed to boil over during the April 19th meeting of the board.  Several members of the board openly voiced their concern that the consulting engineer had not worked the issue out with Union Pacific Railroad.  According to a representative of the engineering firm who was present for the meeting, he indicated that the firm did not know there was any issue when they originally moved forward with the project working with two different short line railroads who at different times leased the line from UP.  The matter of conflict is the location of the road crossing and the distance to a switch.  A large amount of money has been expended on the road but the contractor has been unable to complete the work because no railroad approval has been granted.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Grand Opening for Y10 Studio

A large crowd gathered in front of the newly opened Y10 Studio to cut a ribbon and inform the public that Carlos Yepes is open for business.  Located at 236 South Main Street ( old Warren Post Office ), their slogan is "Customizing Your World."  The business will make and sell customized apparrel, screen printing, embroidery, signs and plaques.  Shirts may be purchased at Y10 or bring your on in to be worked on.

The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the ribbon cutting as they welcome one of the newest businesses to Warren, ready to serve the community.  Y10 is a member of the Chamber. The building was purchased from the City of Warren.

This is a great addition to Warren and the surrounding area.  Stop in and do some business with Carlos.

First Lunch & Learn Program At Human Development Center

Extension Home Economist Michelle Carter speaks to group.
The Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center hosted the first "Lunch & Learn" program Wednesday, April 19th.  The program was organized by Dana Harvey as a way to bring members of the public on campus, give them an opportunity to learn something on a topic of interest and to educate them about the Human Development Center.  It is also a way to encourage people to volunteer to assist the Center.

Mrs. Harvey gave a brief overview of ways individuals and organizations can volunteer.  She talked about plans to assist with a community garden, upcoming plans to host the Special Olympics in Warren, opportunities to read to clients at the Center, ability to hold religious services on campus and the opportunity to provide a musical event or provide musical instruction.  Anyone or any group desiring to take part should contact Mrs. Harvey at 870-226-6774.  All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and be able to pass drug screening test and background checks.  Volunteers will be provided training in HIPAA, confidentiality, client rights and maltreatment reporting.
Dana Harvey, Mark Wargo, and Jimmie Sue Wade
attend Lunch and Learn

The program for the day was Michelle Carter, County Extension Agent/Family and Consumer Sciences of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service of Bradley County.  She gave a very informative talk about nutrition and healthy eating. She provided written information about planning meals, shopping for healthy foods and ways to direct families toward a cost effective and healthier way of eating.  Anyone interested in additional information about healthy eating should contact Mrs. Carter at 226-8410.

Quorum Court Authorizes Hiring Temporary Employees

Eight of the nine members of the Bradley County Quorum Court meet Monday evening April 17th to conduct business for the month.  Normal reports were reviewed and approved.  Judge McKinney reported that two used patrol vehicles have been purchased from the state for use by the Sheriff's office.  One has 63,000 miles and the other 90,000.

The Judge also talked about road maintenance work and indicated that efforts are underway to secure several grants for protective vests, courtroom security and a new Sheriff's car.  He also indicated he was pursuing funds to be used to improve access roads to Felsenthal.

Vehicles Runs Over Fire Hydrant On Martin Street

On Monday, April 17th, during a heavy rainstorm, a 16 year old driver lost control of the vehicle he was driving and ran off the street and hit a fire hydrant in front of the Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union on Martin Street.  According tho witnesses, the driver tried to go around another vehicle while traveling north and lost control and hit the fire hydrant.  Fortunately there were no serious injuries.

A spokesman for the Warren police Department stated that a ticket was issued.  The vehicle that hit the hydrant passed another vehicle, also traveling north on the four lane street.  There appears to be no damage to the Credit Union building, but the accident was a close call.

Red Cross Blood Drive Set for April 20

The Bradley County Courthouse will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive April 20 from 10:00 until 2:00. It will be set up in the County Parking Lot beside the Courthouse.

GFWC Warren Woman's Club Hosts Spring Convention

GFWC Warren Woman’s Club members hosted the Southeast Arkansas District Spring Convention on Thursday, April 6, 2017.  The meeting and dinner were held in the Fellowship Hall of Immanuel Baptist Church of Warren with entertainment presented by Logan Adams, Warren High School senior.

Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

PTF Meeting Set for Thursday Afternoon

The 2017 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival promises to be great.  Many volunteers are working to make the 61st Festival a success.  Planning meetings are being held each week on Thursday afternoons at 5:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office.  If you are a chair or committee member involved in the festival, please make plans to attend these meetings.

Chairman Jeff Wardlaw and his group of volunteers have a great lineup planned for the June event. The Festival will begin with the Miss Pink Tomato Pageant on Saturday, June 3th and continue through June 10th with the annual Fireworks Show as the final activity.

A list of all the events planned will be announced soon.  There will be some new additions along with the all-time favorites.

If you have suggestions or would like more information, please contact Joel Tolefree at the Chamber of Commerce office at 870-226-5225.

Warren Bank & Trust to Host Championship Ring Ceremony

Plans are underway to present championship rings to members of the 2016 Warren State Championship Football team along with the cheerleaders on Tuesday, April 25th.  The event will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church and will be hosted by Warren Bank & Trust Company.
The event will be streamed live through

The 2016 Lumberjacks went undefeated throughout the 2016 regular season and then swept through the class AAAA playoffs and claimed the fourth state title in school history along with the program's 13th conference championship.  

There are about 100 tickets remaining for the event.  The cost is $20.00 per ticket and may be purchased by contacting Coach Hembree at the field house.  Call 870-226-8551. 

Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, Inc. Celebrates 25th Anniversary at National Wood Flooring Expo

Maxwell Hardwood Flooring, Inc. (Monticello, AR) celebrated their 25th year in business during the National Wood Flooring Association Wood Flooring Expo held in Phoenix, Arizona on April 11th-14th.

The celebratory event was held at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel in downtown Phoenix on the evening of April 12th.  Around 250 guests, who included customers and friends throughout the industry, enjoyed an evening on the Valley Overlook patio under a warm and starlit Arizona sky. Everyone enjoyed a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a special signature cocktail.  The band, The Apollo Trio, performed throughout the evening with a New Orleans jazz vibe.

Health Fair Set for April 29

Next Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club Meeting On April 25th

The Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club is pleased to announce the group’s next meeting. The meeting will take place Tuesday, April 25th at the Monticello Western Sizzlin. The event will begin at 12 p.m. At the meeting, state legislators from the region will discuss the most recent session of the Arkansas General Assembly.

LIVE Soccer: Warren vs. Hamburg

Special School Board Meeting Held

The Warren School Board meet in a special called meeting Monday, April 17th to consider the hiring of a new Assistant Bookkeeper.  In a brief meeting the board voted to hire Kathryn Reams.  No further action was taken.

Changes Coming To Meal Plans, Meal Options With Addition of Chick-fil-A to Student Success Center

          MONTICELLO, AR — Several exciting changes are coming to the meal plans and meal options at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, including the addition of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in a new Student Success Center.
          The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees recently approved a $25 increase per residential meal plan with the exception of the 45-block plan, which increased by $5. The board also approved the addition of a commuter meal plan declining balance of $125 for all students enrolled in six hours or more. The declining balance will be available for use at all on campus food venues including the Dining Hall, Java City, The Sandwich Shack, Concessions Stands, and Chick-fil-A, which will be located in the Student Success Center. Construction on the center is scheduled to begin in June with an expected completion date of fall 2018.