Friday, September 22, 2017

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Warren Officials Receive Municipal League Appointments

Three Warren elected officials are currently serving on committees and councils of the Arkansas Municipal League.  These individuals are appointed or elected to service.

Council member Dorothy Henderson is serving on the Executive Committee of the League.  This committee is the governing body of the League when not meeting in convention.  Mayor Bryan Martin is representing the 4th Congressional District as a member of the Municipal League Workers' compensation Trust Board.  This group manages the workers compensation insurance program for the member cities.  Council Member Joel Tolefree has recently been appointed to the Economic Development Advisory Council.  This council discusses ways to assist the cities in promoting economic growth.

The Arkansas Municipal League consist of some 500 incorporated municipalities within the State of Arkansas.  Warren has been a member since the inception of the League in the early 1940's.  The Municipal League promotes and supports municipal government in Arkansas and is a member of the National League of Cities.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bookjoy Book Club Meets

The Bookjoy Book Club, founded July 1, 2017 by the late Sandra Campbell and Kathy Davis,
meet September 21st in the private meeting room of Golden Girls restaurant, located on Myrtle Street in Warren.  Present were club members Marjorie Ross, Rugenal Lindsey, Johnnie Dangerfield, Vivian Colen, Gwen Bullard, Irma Baldwin and Helen E. Green.  Guest in attendance were Edith Strong and Donald Baldwin.  Members who were not able to attend included Bea Strong, Betty Smith and Everett Wallace.

The club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 P.M., normally at the Bradley County Library.  The members read books about the African American experience and discuss a book recently read by the members.  It was announced that in the future there will be a program relating to the book, "Freedom's Prophet" about Bishop Richard Allen, the founder of the A.M.E. in America.

After a time of testimony concerning Sandra Campbell and what she meant to the community, to the book club and to each of the members, the group spent time talking about "Making A Home For Black History" a book by Vinson Cunningham about the vision and the challenges behind a new museum on the National Mall dedicated to black history in America.

Anyone interested in taking part is welcome!

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New Dollar Store Seeking Annexation

The new Dollar General Store being constructed at the intersection of U. S. Highway 63 and State Highway 189 ( or N. Myrtle Street and Smith Rd.  ) has petitioned to be be annexed into the Warren City Limits.  The property is located just across the street from the existing city limits.  The company that is building the facility desires to officially be inside the city limits in order to receive police services and first call fire protection from the Warren Fire Department as well as solid waste services.

A public hearing was conducted by County Judge Klay McKinney September 5th in the Bradley County Courthouse as the first step toward officially taking the property into the Warren City Limits.
No comments were received.  The Warren City Council will have to pass an ordinance to formally take the property into the city.  

Intermodal Turned Down by Prospect

Not withstanding a strong effort to recruit a company to locate in the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Facility Industrial Park, the board was informed during the monthly meeting held September 20th that the company has chosen another site.  No information was available as to where the firm will build.  Nita McDaniel, Executive Director of the Monticello Economic Development Commission, who works along with the Bradley County Economic Development Commission to market the site, informed the board that the latest company to consider locating there informed her recently that they had chosen another place.  She said they were complimentary of the efforts by the Intermodal to recruit them and she thanked them and urged them to consider the site in the future if they have a need or know of an associated business that has a need.  No information has been made public as to the nature of the business, but it has been indicated it was timber oriented.

Development District and Aristotle Announce Broadband Collaboration

Little Rock, AR, 9/20/2017 - The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District (SEAEDD) and Little Rock-based internet service provider, Aristotle Unified Communications, announced today that the two organizations will be working together to develop a long-range plan for deploying broadband internet service in the District’s ten county region.

“SEAEDD’s mission includes ensuring infrastructure that supports business activity and developing quality communities in which to live, work, invest and do business,” said Gene Higginbotham, Executive Director of SEAEDD.  “It makes sense to combine what Aristotle does well with what SEAEDD does well to deploy broadband in Southeast Arkansas.”

According to Elizabeth Bowles, Aristotle President and Chair of the Board, Aristotle will initially conduct pilot network engineering studies in selected locations in the region and will ultimately be responsible for designing broadband network solutions for the district.

“As Chair of the FCC’s Broadband Development Advisory Committee, I work with business and community leaders from across the nation to develop recommendations for accelerating broadband deployment and closing the digital divide,” Bowles said.  “The Aristotle team looks forward to partnering with SEAEDD and other internet service providers in our state to bring broadband connectivity to Southeast Arkansas communities.”  

The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc. serves ten counties in Southeast Arkansas: Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson and Lincoln. SEAEDD assists communities in the areas of economic development, community development, workforce training and waste management.

About Aristotle
A fixed-wireless internet service provider (WISP), Aristotle Unified Communications provides broadband connectivity to homes and businesses in Central Arkansas and Voice-Over IP (VoIP) phone solutions to area businesses. Aristotle’s Labs division encourages the promotion of smart city initiatives with BeaconSage, an award-winning content management system for creating and delivering content to mobile users via beacon technology.

First Methodist to Hold "Church Outside the Walls" and to Bless the Animals

October 1st First United Methodist Church of Warren will have "Church Outside the Walls" with services being held in the lot east of Fellowship Hall at 10:30.  Bring your lawn chair and join us for outdoor worship and fun.

At the end of the service there will be a Blessing of the Animals for anyone who would like to bring their pet (leashed or caged).  Following the service we will have lunch with hamburgers and hot dogs.  All are invited to join us at

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HDC Volunteer Council Meets

Members of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center Volunteer Council meet on the campus of the Center Wednesday, September 20th.  a good number of the membership were present beginning around 9;30 A.M.  Minutes of the last meeting were read and the financial report was reviewed and approved.  A report on the recent bake sale was given.  The sale earned $300.50.
Future fund raising activities were discussed.  A "yard sale" is set for October 14th at the Center to produce funds for the council to use on behalf of the center and those it serves.

The council then approved up to $400.00 to be used to purchase an irrigation system for the community garden project.  Printed information was reviewed to be used to educated the public on the operations of the community garden.

The members then authorized $200.00 to be used as change for items to be sold by the clients and staff of the HDC at the Little Rock Fall Food and Craft Fair to be conducted September 29th.  The full $200.00 will be repaid to the council.

New members were briefed on activities of the council.  Members were urged to continue seeking additional members for the Volunteer Council. 

Warren Civil Service Hires Policeman

The Warren Civil Service Commission has hired Jay Scogin as a part time auxiliary police officer.  He will work with a certified officer and will work eight hours per week as he goes through training.  He is currently working as a dispatcher for WPD and serves as a volunteer fireman.

All city police and fire department hires and promotions are subject to Civil Service approval. 

McGehee Campus To Host Hiring Fair October 26

         MONTICELLO, AR — A Hiring Fair for students seeking jobs following graduation will be hosted October 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Career Pathways Initiative of the UAM College of Technology-McGehee.
          All UAM COT-McGehee students of any major are invited to attend the event, which is also open to the public. Local, regional and statewide businesses will be represented. For more information, contact Cortez Smith, Career Pathways director, at (870) 460-2012 or Justin Carbage, community outreach coordinator, at (870) 460-2129.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

September 15, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas has made progress in placing foster children with relatives, bringing the state’s rate for family placements to the national average.
Nationwide, 29 percent of foster children are placed with family members and in Arkansas the rate is 28.8 percent. Two years ago the rate in Arkansas was 14 percent.
Increasing the number of family placements has been a goal of the Children and Family Services Division. The improvement was commended by the governor and legislators who focus on foster care issues, although everyone involved noted that the state needs to continue making progress.
Last year division officials said that the child welfare system was in crisis. High caseloads were causing unacceptably high turnover rates among family services workers.

Congressman Holds Infrastructure Meeting

In what was billed as an infrastructure tour of the fourth congressional district of Arkansas, Congressman Bruce Westerman meet with leaders from throughout southeast Arkansas Monday, September 18th in Pine Bluff. Arkansas to discuss activities of the United States Congress and to hear from those in attendance.  The Congressman talked about several issues, including health care, tax reform and highway and infrastructure development.  He opened the floor to questions and comments.

Among the topics the Congressman addressed was the need for better access to high speed internet in the fourth district.  He also stated that while it is good that the unemployment rate is very low, there is a need for more workers.  He discussed I-69 and I-530 and indicated he was for both. He did not outline how or if the will be funded.  Congressman Westerman went on to say earmarks have been eliminated and indicated that something needs to be done to allow individual representatives some say so in where money is spent.  He also talked about getting private companies involved in financing high speed rail lines.

Several in attendance, including Count Judge Richard Akin of Drew County and Mike Smith of Crossett Economic Development  encouraged the Congressman to go after funding for I-69 and I-530.  Gregg Reep with asked if any new infrastructure funding legislation will be proposed by the current administration or will the congress have to devise a plan. The congressman said both.  No plan of funding or how projects would be determined was discussed or suggested.

The attendees were welcomed by Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington and Congressman Westerman was introduced by Gene Higginbotham, Director of the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District.

UA Board Of Trustees Approves UAM Strategic Plan

          MONTICELLO, AR — Student success and making the University of Arkansas at Monticello a model open access institution are the cornerstones of a new strategic plan for UAM approved recently by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.
          The plan, entitled "2021 Vision — Breaking Boundaries: Creating Access, Success, and Growth in Arkansas and Beyond," is the culmination of campus-wide effort spearheaded by Chancellor Karla Hughes to articulate a vision for UAM's future.
          During the 2016-17 academic year, groups of UAM faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and other stakeholders began a five-year strategic planning process "to move forward and create a lifetime of legacies centered on student success and sustainability for southeast Arkansas and beyond," says Hughes. "We are truly going beyond the boundaries to a new paradigm of greatness."

Wagnon Chosen to Lead WHS Student Body

Warren High School recently elected their student council officers and representatives.  They elected Mary Lynn Wagnon to lead the student body as President.  Other officers elected are Cameron Cobb, Vice President; Alexis Temple, Vice President; and Emmalee Goad, reporter.  Class representatives are:  freshmen Landon West, Brooklyn Solis; sophomores Anissa Henry and Diego Roman, juniors Xitaly Gonzalez and Jovanka Rodriguez, and seniors Estephany Roman and Nicole Tinoco.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Big Crowd for 100 Men's Day Celebration

100 Men Choir
A large crowd was present Sunday, September 17th for the 100 Men's Day Celebration hosted by St James A.M.E. Church.  Presiding Elder/Pastor James R. Hooper welcomed church members, guest and the "Men In Black Choir to the service.  The Choir performed several numbers and did an outstanding job.  Everette Wallace of St James help organize the event and the welcome was given by Bro. Jamontae Henderson.  Bro. Larry Nash presented the Litany.

Rev. Williams and Rev. Hooper
 Dr. Cecil Williams , Pastor of St. John A.M.E. Church of Pine Bluff was the guest speaker.  He spoke on "The Cost of Discipleship."  Rev. Williams presented a dynamic  sermon.  It was well received.

St James is among Warren's most active and community minded churches.  It has a long history of service to the community.

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, Warren, Lake Village, Crossett 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

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 Board (LAC, LPC, LMSW, LCSW, LMFT or LAMFT).

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

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Drew Foam Seeking Night Shift Supervisor (Overnights)

Drew Foam Companies, Inc is seeking a Night Shift Supervisor for it’s overnight shift.
This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits.

The Night Supervisor is a working manager position and will have an approximate two month floor training with the day shift before managing all aspects of the overnight shift.

At least 3 years experience in production, manufacturing, or other related fields preferred
High School Diploma or GED
Some mechanical experience preferred
shipping experience a plus
Knowledge of production tools and equipment
Strong leadership qualities
Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Interested applicants should apply online, or  stop by 1093 Hwy 278 East, Monticello, AR, 71655 to complete a full application for the position

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Bradley County Contributes to Intermodal

In a meeting that lasted around 20 minutes, the Bradley County Quorum Court was given several reports on county activities.   After reviewing the monthly financial report and the Sheriff's report, the Court listened to several topics presented by County Judge Klay McKinney.

The Judge told the JPs he needs to meet in the near future with the Building Committee to talk about repairs needed to the "Agri" building just to the north of the courthouse.  He also asked for a meeting with the Jail Committee.  The Judge indicated that an announcement was close on the proposed private prison/jail project.  No other information was provided.

Judge McKinney then informed the Justices that Bradley County has donated $20,618.81 worth of labor, materials and equipment use to the Southeast Intermodal Authority Industrial site near Wilmar.
He stated he would report the information to the Intermodal Authority next week and expects the $20,618.81 to be deducted from the amount the Authority has charged to the county.  The Judge stated the work conducted was much needed.

Judge McKinney reported on improvements to County Roads 25, 45 and 1.  He also told the Court that work is ongoing on the parking lot of the County Library and that he has signed the note to borrow money to help purchase land for the county park.  He went on to say that the county has received $4000.00 in grant money for the e-waste project.

After the meeting the Judge was asked for more information on the status of the prison/jail.  He had stated last week that currently only Bradley and Drew Counties were committed to being part of the regional jail commission.  No further information was provided.

Botanical Research Building / Herbarium Dedication Set For September 23

          MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will formally dedicate the Botanical Research Building and UAM Sundell Herbarium at a ceremony at 11 a.m. September 23.
          The recently-completed facility, located next to the Turner Neal Museum of Natural History, houses more than 27,000 catalogued plant specimens, including more than 600 specimens representing rare plants and species of special concern.
          The herbarium is named for Dr. Eric Sundell, professor emeritus, for his role in developing the herbarium collection. Sundell taught botany at UAM for 26 years and was chairman of the Division of Mathematics and Science from 1985 to 1997. He is a charter member and past president of the Arkansas Native Plant Society and serves on the committee that oversees the Arkansas Audubon Society's Halberg Ecology Camp for 11- and 12-year-old youths.
          Sundell holds bachelor's and master's degrees in botany from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in biology from Tulane University.
          The ceremony will include remarks by Chancellor Karla Hughes, Dr. Morris Bramlett, dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Dr. Karen Fawley, professor of biology and director of the herbarium, and Dr. Marvin Fawley, assistant dean of science and research. Tours will be provided at the conclusion of the ceremony with a reception to follow in the Turner Neal Museum. Following the reception, Sundell will lead a walk of the UAM Arboretum.
          For more information, contact the School of Mathematical and Natural Science at (870) 460-1016.

Health Coalition to Meet Friday

There will be a Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition Meeting Friday 9/22 from 12noon-1pm at Brunson Complex Conference Room at 204 North Bragg Street.
Everyone one is invited to attend.

Drew Foam Company seeking OTR Drivers

-Must have Class A CDL & good MVR
-Have 2 years verifiable road experience
-Ability to back including blindside
-Knowledge of electronic logs

Drivers are home most every night.
$1,000 Sign-on Bonus
Safety Bonus-Mileage Bonus
Come by 1093 Hwy 278 E to fill out application

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Arrest Made in Sexual Assault and Solicitation Charges

According to the Warren Police Department, Jarad Everett, age 27, SEABEC welding instructor, has been arrested and charged with sexual assault II and sexual solicitation.  According to the police spokesperson, Everett is currently in jail.  CID Sergeant Tim Nichols of the WPD indicated that the investigation began late last week and the department was assisted by the Warren School District and the Monticello Police Department.  The arrest was made Monday, September 18, 2017.


FY 2017 Summer Regular and Crisis Assistance Program Soon to Close

The FY’2017 Summer Regular and Crisis Assistance Program will close on September 29, 2017. Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation will no longer be taking applications after this date.

This news release applies to the following counties:  Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew.

How To Canning Class Set For Thursday

The Bradley County Cooperative Extension Agent, Michelle Carter will be conducting a general “How-To Canning Class” on Thursday, September 21st, at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension Office, located at 100 East 1st Street in Warren.  This class will answer all your canning questions, such as proper canning techniques that deal with safety, as well as how to win a blue ribbon at the county fair.  This will be an informational session only, not a workshop, which will address questions concerning the many aspects of canning.  The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Re-Watch Warren vs. Watson Chapel On-Demand

Warren PD Arrest Report For September 11-17, 2017

James Adams / 401 Hankins St., Warren, AR / DOB 7-16-80 / Possession controlled substance-Meth, Possession of Drug Para on 9-11-17

Jamar Hampton / 504 Mona Lisa, Warren, AR / DOB 4-8-97 / Warrant on 9-15-17

Dustin Reddin / 639 Tina St., Warren, AR / DOB 4-17-98 / Warrant on 9-16-17

Christopher Bowie / 112 W. Church St., Warren, AR / DOB 6-12-95 / Battery III on 9-17-17

This Week in the House: Representative Jeff Wardlaw

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), minorities in this country bear a disproportionate burden of disease, injury, and disability. For minority populations, health disparities can mean lower life expectancy, decreased quality of life and loss of economic opportunities.

That disparity is what prompted the creation of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) in 1991.

Legislators were recently provided with an update of the work of the AMHC during a meeting of the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Accident Results in Fatality

Police and ambulance were called to West Central Street ( Highway 278B ) Saturday night, September 16th about 9:00 P.M. to respond to an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrain.
A vehicle was traveling west on Central and hit a pedestrian walking west near the west-bound fog line.  The individual hit, according to the Arkansas State Police, was Percy L. Gavin, Jr. of Warren, age 59.  Mr. Gavin was transported to UAMS hospital in Little Rock and passed away around 11:30 P.M.

The driver was from the New Edinburg area and is 23 years old.  According to state police, the death appears to be a tragic accident and the investigation is being completed.

The incident took place just across the street from the Union Hill Baptist Church.  Law Enforcement officers with the Arkansas State Police, Warren police Department and the Bradley County Sheriff's Office were on the scene.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hermitage School Board Sets Public Meetings

In addition to conducting routine business during the September 12th monthly school board meeting, the Hermitage Board set two meetings for the public as required by state law.  The 'report to the public will take place October 9th and the meeting for public school facilities will occur November 13th in conjunction with the regular board meeting.

The board approved the 2017-2018 budget and annual financial report.  They were told it was a conservative budget the the superintendents office feels is reasonable.

Reports were presented by Mistie McGhee, Rosalynda Ellis, Jade Huitt and Superintendent Dr. Tracy S. Tucker.  The board approved request for out-of-state travel, primarily for agri students. They also approved the minority recruitment plan  and the upcoming school election.  Hermitage has no school board races or millage pending.   The board then approved the district applying for a "alternative methods of instruction plan" to allow missed schools days to be made up by computer and special assigned work for students.  Dr. Tucker went into detail how the plan would work.  It is still being finalized.

After returning from executive session, the following individuals were hired:
*Charles Thomas-long bus route driver
*Martha Martinez-part time custodian/part time cafeteria worker
*Alexisa Clark-pre-K para-professional for 2017-2018
*21st CCCC staff

The board then adjourned.