Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Early Morning Fire Destroys House

The Warren Fire Department responded to an early morning call Tuesday morning.  Upon arriving, they found a house on the east side of North Martin between Pine Street and Packard engulfed in flames and called for a second truck.  The house was a total loss.  No cause or further information is available at this time.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Bradley County Pink Tomato Eestival is Named as Fianlist in Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

It should be no surprise to the citizens of Bradley County that the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival has been named a finalist in the Themed Event Category of the 2018 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Awards which is a part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage that was begun in 2016.

The nominations were submitted in the fall, and winners will be revealed at a reception and induction ceremony Tuesday, March 6 in Little Rock at the Ron Robinson Theater.  The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m.

The reception and induction ceremony are open to the public.  Tickets are $20 each and can be reserved by emailing Shelby Brewer at shelbybrewer@arkansas.gov or by calling 501-324-9349 no later than February 26.  More information can be found at the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame website ArkFoodHOF.com.

Food-Themed Events Finalists include:
Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival (Bradley County)
Hope Watermelon Festival (Hempstead County)
International Greek Food Festival (Pulaski County)
Gillett Coon Supper (Arkansas County)
World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook Off (Arkansas County)

Fire Department Called to Power House Church

Late Monday afternoon, the Warren Fire Department was called out to Power House Church of God in Christ  on West Central St. in Warren to what appeared to be an electrical fire.  No severe damage occurred.

Tunica Chapter to Celebrate African American History Program

The Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society is celebrating African American History month with a talk by Dr. Story Matkin-Rawn (University of Central Arkansas) and Kathy Anderson (University of Arkansas at Monticello) about the migration of African Americans to Drew County during the late 1800s. In the fifty years following the Civil War, an estimated 200,000 African Americans migrated to Arkansas. During the late 1800s, more Black migrants settled in Arkansas than any other state in the United States. How and why did these African American pioneers choose Arkansas? What attracted 4,000 or more of these settlers to Drew County? This team talk, presented by genealogist and cemetery preservationist Kathy Anderson and historian Story Matkin-Rawn, will survey the history of African American migration to Drew County and reflect on how this history can enrich and benefit from the work of family tree researchers and African American historical preservationists.

Huey P. Furlough Honored by Power House

Mr. Furlough's son addresses the congregation.
Longtime Warren resident, former valued employee of the Warren Water & Sewer Department, retired high ranking city fire fighter and dedicated member of the Power House Church of God in Christ, Huey P. Furlough was honored during morning services at Power House Sunday, January 22nd.  A church full of fellow church members, family and friends joined Pastor James Yarbrough and Lady LaToya Yarbrough in a spirited worship service that included calling attention to Bro. Furlough's years of service to the community of Warren and to his church.

Speaking words of honor for Mr. Furlough, in addition to Pastor Yarbrough, was Power House member Jerry Butler, Mr. Furlough's son and granddaughter and one of his sisters.  Also
His granddaughter also spoke at the event.
speaking was former Warren Mayor Gregg Reep.  Mr. Reep spoke glowingly of the support Huey gave him as Mayor when the difficult issue of building a new sewer treatment plant was experienced in the 1980's.  Mr. Reep stressed Mr. Furlough's hard work for the water and sewer department over the years and his concern for the elderly and low income.  His family talked about his dedication to family and his church. 

Power House Church of God in Christ is one of Warren's strongest and most active churches.  The membership is always community minded as well as devoted to the work of Christ.


If you provide care to young children and would like to learn more about researched based information on ways to educate and care for young children, you may be interested in training opportunities such as Best Care.

Sometimes it’s a struggle to find quality resources that are close to home and affordable. The University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) offers 10 hours of professional development training for educators or caregivers of young children. 

Best Care in Bradley and Drew counties proudly introduces the 2018 Best Care topics:
Setting the Table for Healthy Habits
Supporting Breastfeeding Families
Is It Candy or Is It Poison?
How to Say No to Time Wasters
Child Abuse, Neglect and the Impact of Trauma
Classroom Management
Money on the Bookshelf
Don’t Quit! Avoiding Burnout
Sensory Play
Love Languages for Children

25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet

Warren's  25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet will be conducted January 27th at St James A. M. E. Church located on St James Street.  The Pastor is the Rev. James Hooper.

Guest Speaker for the event will be State Senator Linda P. Chesterfield, District 30 and a former N.E.A. President.  Honorees for 2018 will be:
Karen Butler
Georgia Ollison
Lamonica Smith
Mary L. Williams
Yolanda Hooper-Smith
Pat Newton
A'Seneque Easter Daniels
Daniel Rochell
Rodney Carroll
Herman Patton

The event is a ticketed banquet and the public is invited. 

Arrest Report: January 22, 2018

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Robert Diablo Wilson, 609 Cherry St., Warren, AR., age 39, charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle (1-18-18)

Seimon D Jones, Monticello, AR., age 19, arrested on warrant (1-18-18)

Randy Tappin, Monticello, AR., age 25, arrested on warrant (1-18-18)

Danny L. Crowell, 1010 Rock St., Warren, AR., age 59, charged with no insurance, driver's license suspended, etc. (1-19-18)

Moorehead Jordan, 821 Rock St., Warren, AR., age 29, charged with driving on suspended driver's license (1-19-18)

Kristopher Lowe, 433 Burnette Rd., Apt. #5, Warren, AR., age 29, arrested on absconder warrant (1-19-18)

Car/Bus Accident Hwy 63 South at Hwy 8 Intersection

A car and a Hermitage school bus were involved in an accident Monday, January 22nd just after 8:00 A. M. at the intersection of US Hwy 63 and State Hwy 8 ( Johnsville Rd. ) just South of Warren.  It appears the car was entering Hwy 63 from the Johnsville Road and the bus was traveling North on 63.  The car experienced severe damage.  According to unofficial sources at the scene, one person was in the car, and while transported to the hospital by ambulance, did not appear to be seriously injured.  According to the same sources, no one on the bus was hurt.  It appeared to be just a handful of students riding the bus.

On the scene working the accident, in addition to the local ambulance service, were officers of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, the Arkansas State Police and the Warren Fire Department Rescue Truck.

More information will be forthcoming when made available.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Closings for Saturday, January 20

According to the SchoolWay APP, Saturday's Chess Tournament has been cancelled.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

January 19, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – In a decision that may have significant financial consequences for the Arkansas Medicaid program, federal officials have approved a Kentucky proposal to require recipients either to work or look for a job in order to qualify for some Medicaid benefits.

States administer Medicaid and share the costs with the federal government. If a state wants to make any changes in eligibility, it must first gain approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Approval comes in the form of a waiver.

Arkansas, like Kentucky and about 10 other states, has sought waivers that would allow them to impose a work requirement for people who qualify for Arkansas Works, a category within the Medicaid program. Once they are fully implemented they would apply to beneficiaries from 19 to 49 years of age.

The requirements will not apply to people who are 50 or older, or people who are in a category known as “medically frail.” Pregnant women and people who are caring for children under the age of six are exempt too.

Public Notice-Street Hearing

The Warren City Council Street Committee will hold a public hearing Monday, February 5, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Warren Municipal Courtroom located in the Warren Municipal Building at 104 North Myrtle.(City Hall)

All individuals and groups interested in speaking in favor of specific streets and drainage improvements are urged to attend.  If anyone is unable to attend the hearing, written statements and neighborhood petitions will also be accepted at the Mayor's Office, 104 N. Myrtle Street, until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018.

The City Council urges interested persons to attend the hearing and voice your street and drainage concerns.

Anyone desiring information may call the Warren Mayor's Office at 226-6743 or visit the office between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Job Opening-Mental Health Professional (MHP)

Delta Counseling Associates, Inc., a comprehensive private community mental health center, has immediate openings for Mental Health Professionals (MHP) in the Monticello, Crossett Warren , Lake Village and Dumas centers.  The MHP provides professional behavioral health clinical services to clients including assessment, referral, treatment planning, counseling and discharge planning.  The MHP is an important part of the treatment team and provides case consultation and assistance to paraprofessionals (crisis intervention specialists) associated with the clients. 

These are full-time positions.  Applicants should submit letter of application and resume via email to t.lindsey@deltacounseling.org.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must possess a graduate degree from an accredited graduate program in a
behavioral health-related field such as Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, or Marriage/Family.

Must be licensed within profession by the respective Arkansas State Boards

Great company-paid benefits, salary and retirement plan with employer contributions.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

School Closings for Friday

Warren School District will be closed Friday.
Hermitage School District will be closed Friday.

This are not an AMI days and will have to be made up.

Truck Fire On Forrest Road

The Warren Fire Department responded to a truck fire at 1402 Forrest Road Wednesday, January 17th around 10:33 A.M.  Nineteen city firefighters answered the call and the fire was quickly extinguished.  There were no injuries and the truck was not destroyed.  The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but appears mechanical. 

The Warren Fire Department consist of four full time firemen, which includes the Chief, and close to thirty volunteers.  There are a few vacancies on the volunteer department.  Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer fire fighter for the City of Warren should contact Chief Howard Edwards at 870-226-8302. 

Warren is blessed with one of the best trained and equipped fire departments in Arkansas.  All firemen are hired through the Warren Civil Service Commission.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thursday Closings

The following will be closed Thursday due to continued icy conditions:

Warren Public Schools
Hermitage Public Schools
   Students should complete AMI assignments for Day 3.

Intermodal Board Still Discussing Rail Switch

The Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board met for the  first meeting of 2018, Wednesday, January 17th in Monticello.  The meetings are rotated on an annual basis between Monticello and Warren.  The meeting during 2017 were all conducted in Warren.

Bob Milton, who conducts the accounting work for the authority, presented the monthly financial report.  It showed cash balances in the amount of $70,453.97 and unpaid invoices in the amount of $979.14 with the amount of the AT&T bill unknown.  The board voted to pay the bills and approve the financial report. 

Mr. Milton also told the board that the balance of the loan with Commercial Bank stands at $204,147.19 and the amounts listed as owed by the four governmental entities is as follows:
*Drew County-$24,023.70
*Bradley County-$157,266.29
Mr. Milton stated he believed the City of Warren would be making a payment soon.  Mayor Bryan Martin, who was attending the meeting stated that the city has budgeted $30,000 for 2018 and will be paying it.  It was also mentioned that some state funds would be forthcoming in the future from the Arkansas Highway Department.

The board then voted to pay $50,000 on the loan, with the understanding that if needed, the authority can borrow more from Commercial Bank.

Most of the remainder of the meeting consisted of talking about the long running issue of the rail road crossing and the rail switch.  Most of the information was presented by board member and State Representative Jeff Wardlaw.  It was noted that a recent meeting was held on site with representatives of Union Pacific Railroad.  It was stated that the switch must be moved if the crossing is to be left as is.  It will cost an estimated $45,000.00.  The board was told that the previous Short Line Rail operator had not received permission to install the switch where it was put.  It was also stated that the engineering firm, working for the authority should have known this was incorrect or at least known that Union Pacific had not given approval.  The board was also informed that once the switch is relocated, some 200 plus feet of the new rail cannot be used or will have to be removed.  The question then arose ( asked by Board member Freddie Mobley ) will the authority have to pay back the grant funds used on that portion of the rail.  No one could answer his question at this time. 

It was further reported that efforts are underway to try to get the previous short line operator or Genesee & Wyoming to pay for the switch to be moved.  Some correspondence sent to Anita McDaniels, a member of the board, seemed to indicate that is not likely to happen.  It was decided to leave the matter in the hands of Union Pacific and the short line operator at this time.  The point was made that the switch has to be moved and there is no way out of doing so.

Some time was spent talking about the reasons that the intermodal site has not been selected by several companies to locate facilities.  Anita McDaniels reported that she has sent out information or visited with seven companies concerning the site.  Most choose other sites due to first class rail service and interstate highway availability.  The intermodal is served by a short line and is not on an interstate.  She indicated this has always been reported to the intermodal board.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wednesday Closings Due to Weather

Closings for Wednesday:
Warren School District closed Wednesday
Hermitage School District closed Wednesday
Monticello School District closed Wednesday
Drew Central School District closed Wednesday

Bradley County Courthouse to open at 9:00 a.m.

Snow Pictures From Warren

Snowman outside of Molly's made by Alicia Hammock and Jordan Thomas
Snowman outside of Molly's made by Alicia Hammock and Jordan Thomas

Closings Due to Weather

The following are closed due to inclement weather:

Warren School District
Hermitage School District
UAM (McGehee, Monticello, and Crossett
South Arkansas Tech
City of Warren - no garbage pickup
City of Warren Offices - Opening at 10:00
Bradley County Courthouse closed
No county garbage pickup
Quorum Court cancelled
Warren basketball games cancelled
BCMC Family Care Clinic (Drs. Worley and Biggers) will be closed today, Tuesday, January 16th, due to inclement weather.
Warren Library

Monday, January 15, 2018

Arrest Report For January 8-14, 2018

All of the following are innocent until proven guilty.

Dareion Warren / 401 Bailey St., Warren, AR / DOB 5-8-98 / Terroristic Act on 1-8-18

India Chancellor / 308 US Highway 63 N, Warren, AR / DOB 12-12-95 / Disorderly Conduct and Battery 3rd on 1-9-18

Eduardo Hernandez / 1201 Newton Dr., Warren, AR / DOB 10-10-69 / Domestic Battery 2nd and false imprisonment 2nd on 1-10-18

Stormy Foreman / 12 Cardinal St., Warren, AR / DOB 8-31-98 / Poss of Drug Para on 1-10-18

Dominic Walsh / 777 Bradley 7 Rd 5, Warren, AR / DOB 9-5-98 / Poss of Marijuana on 1-10-18

Tammy Rochele Swanigan / 900 South Watson, Warren, AR / DOB 11-9-62 / Driver's license suspended, no insurance, warrant Bradley County on 1-12-18

Clinton Webb / 826 Pierson St., Warren, AR / DOB 2-15-86 / Parole Absconder Warrant on 1-12-18

Joshua Wesley Angle / 132 Bradley Rd 145, Banks, AR / DOB 9-30-88 / Drivers license suspended, warrant-Monticello, Fictitious tags, no insurance, and possession of drug para on 1-13-18

Phillip Edward Earnest / 713 Earnest Loop, Hampton, AR / DOB 1-6-75 / Warrant-Monticello on 1-13-18

Christly Doggett / 168 Bradley 341 Rd, Warren, AR / DOB 6-18-82 / Warrant-Bradley County on 1-13-18

Joshua Wesley Angle / 131 Bradley Rd. 145, Banks, AR / DOB 9-30-88 / Driving on suspended license on 1-14-18

Ronald Crawford / 903 Kelly St., Warren, AR / DOB 5-5-83 / Warrant, possession of controlled substance on 1-14-18

Jessica P. Lambert / 904 S. Martin St., Warren, AR / DOB 11-2-83 / Driver's license suspended, no insurance, and defective equipment on 1-14-18

Winter Storm Warning Issued for Bradley County

The National Weather service has issued a winter storm warning for Bradley County.  2-4 inches of snow forecasted for the Warren area.


Playing pinball machines at The Paint Pot

Recently a large color advertisement for M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans, La., appeared in an issue of The New York Times, triggering in me a memory from my pinball playing past in Warren.

It featured a 1940s era Rock-Ola Bowling Game called “The King Pin.”

That was a pinball machine I once played at The Paint Pot Grocery Store in west Warren. (Photo accompanying this Pastime)

Yes, it was the same pin ball machine, a replica of a one-man bowling set, where the metal ball was sent flying from the shooter/bowler down the wooden lane into the 10-pins standing at the end of the bowling alley. The player had a toggle type switch to maneuver the shooter/bowler to aim and release the steel metal pinball down the alley to strike the preset bowling pins.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Morning Fire Destroys Home

The home of the former Farm Family of the Year, the Lynn Grice family, burned Saturday morning.  At this time, no report has been received.  The house was a total loss. salineriverchronicle.com will update its readers when a report is received and when word comes of how to help this family.

Water Main Break Causing Water Discoloration

According to the Warren Water Office a water main on the east side of town near the Cloverdale area is broken, and their crews are working on it.  Water in Warren is discolored but is not dangerous.  People are urged to use caution in washing clothes.

Friday, January 12, 2018

LIVE Basketball: Warren at Fordyce

Estimated Game Start Time: 6pm CST

Estimated Game Start Time: 7:30pm CST
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Time To Assess Your Taxes

Bradley County Assessor's Office wants to remind you it's time to assess your taxes again for the year 2018 deadline to assess is May 31st anything after that will be 10% penalty you can assess online at www.countyservice.net  by phone 226-2211 or in the assessor office.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hospital Administrator Speaks to Health Coalition

Bobbie Webb and Steve Henson
Steve Henson, Administrator for Bradley County Medical Center was the guest speaker for the meeting of the Bradley County Health Coalition held Thursday, January 11th at the Brunson Medical Complex.  Mr. Henson talked about the issues facing rural hospitals in America.  He said one a month shuts down but he sees many positives for Bradley County Medical Center.

David Richey
According to Mr. Henson BCMC is working with various clinics in the region to secure patients and is working to provide additional medical care through the new clinic just completed across from the hospital on Central Street.  He said plans are progressing to bring in more providers and to operate an after hours clinic that would include Saturdays.  He went on to say the hospital is working on a trauma program and a leadership program through South Arkansas College.  He indicated the BCMC continues to upgrade and provide a high quality of service.

Several reports were given concerning the "Free Little Library" project and community movie night.  The Coalition is working on future activities. 

David Richey, CEO of the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County talked about plans for the 2018 Health Fair.  The Coalition voted to set the fair for April 21st at the Y.  The theme for 2018 will be "Game on to a Healthy Life, its Your Move." 

Attending the meeting were staff members of the BCMC hospital, Kids First, Lifeshares Hospice, Bradley County Extension Service, Bradley County Health Department and the state Health Department.  Local media were also present.  Ms. Bobbie Webb facilitated the meeting.

Lions Club Updated on Eye Exam Program

Delbert Zimmerly, Neely Vance, and Randy Rawls
Members of the Warren Lions Club listened to a program by one of their own Wednesday, January 10th during the club's monthly program meeting conducted at Molly's Diner.  Lion Delbert Zimmerly presented a program on the club's program of providing eye exams for preschool children.  With the permission of parents or guardians, the club uses a high tech camera and takes a picture of the child's eyes.  It provides a print out and shows if there are potential eye problems.  If the camera determines there are issues, the parents or guardians are notified and encouraged to have the child examined by an eye specialist.

The program travels to various preschools, public and private and offers the services at no charge.  The Warren Lions Club bought the camera at a cost of over $6800.00.  Services have been provided in Bradley, Ashley and Drew Counties.  Lions Club members in Ashley and Drew have helped with expenses of repair and upgrading to the camera.

According to Lion Zimmerly, in 2017 the club tested nearly 150 children in Bradley County and a similar number in the other two counties.  In 2017, 17.8% of those tested needed further professional examination.  The number was higher than in previous years.

Lion James Wells gave a testimony regarding one of his children who was given the test and problems were located and corrected.  He stressed the importance of making sure the eye sight of young children is checked and corrected properly so they can learn and function well in school and in life.

The majority of children tested are in the 4-5 age range.   Plans are underway to visit First Baptist Church, Presbyterian Day Care and Bradley County Head Start in the next couple of weeks.  The process is simple and painless.  The camera never touches the child.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ribbon Cutting For New Massey Ferguson Dealership In Warren

A good size crowd of friends and business supporters and members of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce gathered at Lumberjack Yamaha located at 1504 South Main Street in Warren Tuesday, January 9th to celebrate the opening of a Masssey Ferguson Dealership by Lumberjack.  Owner Tracy Savage, family ,members and his staff.  They welcomed those in attendance and provided refreshments. 

Lumberjack provides a variety of saw equipment, four wheelers and accessories.  In addition to being the dealer for Massey Ferguson tractors and equipment, they sell Stihl chainsaws, ATVS, UTVS, generators, lawnmowers, farm equipment and parts and accessories.  It is a well supplied store for all of your equipment needs.  Lumberjack is a sales and service center.

For assistance or to ask questions about any of the products sold and serviced, call 870-226-5617 or toll free at 800-893-1588.  Lumberjack is a great place to do business!