Friday, January 20, 2017

Coach Hembree Honored During Little Rock Touchdown Club Banquet

Warren Lumberjack Head Football Coach and Athletic Director James "Bo" Hembree was among those honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club's banquet Thursday evening, January 19, 2017. Coach Hembree was presented an award for being named the Arkansas 4A Coach of the Year.


LIVE: Warren vs. Smackover

PLEASE NOTE: Game start times vary depending on the games finishing prior.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Intermodal Board Debates Debts and Insurance

The Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board met for it's January, 2017 meeting January 18th in the conference room of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission office.  The board reviewed the monthly financial report and approved the bills owed.

According to the report, the cities of Warren and Monticello and the counties of Drew and Bradley owe the authority a total of $607,542.49.  The total is broken down as follows:
Monticello-$109,853.25
Warren-$111,200.79
Drew County-$158,295.95
Bradley County-$228,192.50

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During the discussion the board was told that bills had been sent to the four governmental entities and that Drew County has responded that they do not owe the money but will pay $40,000.00 as budgeted by the county if a bill in that amount is sent.  This led to a general discussion about whether or not the $607,542.49 is a legal obligation of the four governments.  There was talk about whether or not  any agreements exists that requires payment by the four entities.  According to statements made during the meeting, no agreements exist.

Three Bradley County Students Make ASU Dean's List

A-State Announces 2016 Fall Chancellor’s, Dean’s/Chancellor's Lists

JONESBORO — Members of the Chancellor’s and Dean’s Lists for fall 2016 at Arkansas State University have been announced. Combined, the group numbers 2,250 students.

The two lists recognize undergraduate students who achieved the highest grade point averages while enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of study.

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The Chancellor’s List (designated as CL) includes students who earned a grade point average of 3.80 to 4.0 for fall classes. The Dean’s List (DL) includes students with a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.79.

Students from 29 states and 14 countries are listed below alphabetically by state, county, hometown, student’s name and list.

New Hospital Administrator On The Job

Steven D. Henson, J.D., the newly hired Administrator for Bradley County Medical Center officially took over Monday, January 16th.  Tuesday, the 17th he sat down for a brief interview with salineriverchronicle.com.  He talked about his personal history and his work history.

Mr. Henson was born in Fordyce but grew up in several Arkansas communities, being the son of a public school administrator.  He is very familiar with Arkansas and especially south Arkansas.  He comes to Warren after five years as administrator of the State Hospital.  He has worked as Chief operating Officer at Saline Memorial in Benton and worked at St. Josephs in Hot Springs.  He has extensive experience and holds a law degree.

Mr. Henson told SRC he is excited to be in Warren and has found the people very friendly and accommodating.  He went on to say the community has a good feel to it with a lot of potential. According to Mr. Henson, he did a lot of research on Warren and Bradley County prior to taking the job, and this is where he wants to be.  He is 52 years old.

Mr. Henson indicated he is looking forward to getting out into the community and becoming acquainted with the citizens of the area.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SEACBEC Names Top Student Volunteers

SEACBEC is proud to name Shelby Gardner and Abby Torres as its top youth volunteers of the year. This honor was granted as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide youth volunteer recognition program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

By selecting Shelby and Abby as its top youth volunteers, SEACBEC has advanced their application for state-level judging in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.  Prudential will announce Arkansas’ top youth volunteers of the year on February 7, 2017.

Shelby raised over $10,000 to support Veterans.  The money she raised was sent to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Department at Little Rock’s Veteran’s Hospital and for care packages sent to soldiers overseas.

Abby Torres organized a Hygiene Service Project.  She collected hygiene items and distributed them to Warren School District students.

Insurance and Library Discussed at QC Meeting

In addition to approving regular reports, the Bradley County Quorum Court spent a good deal of the first regular meeting of the court for 2017 discussing health insurance and the county library.  New County Judge Klay McKinney, presided over his first regular business meeting which lasted just over a hour.

Judge McKinney told the JPs that an inspection on a bridge on County Rd. 124 has determined that some repairs are needed.  He also informed the court that the roof on the search and rescue building has been patched but the building will need some electrical repairs.

The bulk of the meeting was then taken up by discussions relating to the status of the county owned house adjacent to the library on Cypress Street and repairs needed to the roof of the library. Judge McKinney indicated he had recently visited with the head of the regional library system and they agreed the house should be torn down.  The Judge went on to say he plans to attend a meeting of the library system to learn more about how the system is financed and operated and how Bradley County Library millage is spent.

The court then had a lengthy discussion about health insurance and problems employees have experienced when needing care provided by the emergency room at Bradley County Medical Center. A decision on any changes in insurance must be made by February 1st.

In final action, the court approved Justice Jim Anders as the court's delegate to the county association and confirmed Kim Forrest and Nancy Vittitow to the Library Board.

Warren Bank Makes Announcement

Warren Bank and Trust Company has announced that Beverly Rauls has resigned effective February 8, 2017.  The Bank wishes Beverly well in her future endeavors.

Elizabeth Torres is being promoted to Vice President/Branch Manager of the Hermitage Branch.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

From the Board to the Bench

Chairman of the Board John B. Frazer, Jr., Judge Bruce Anderson, and Warren Bank President Kelly Ashcraft
"From the board to the bench" is the statement made by Warren Bank and Trust Company Board Chairman John B. Frazer, Jr., while acknowledging the past work and new job title for District Judge Bruce Anderson.  Mr. Anderson, a Warren Attorney has served on the Warren Bank Board of Directors for 25 years.  He is leaving the board after being elected District Judge for Drew and Bradley Counties.  The Judgeship is a full time position.
Mayor Bryan Martin (right) presents a proclamation to Judge
Anderson.

A proclamation was read by Warren Mayor Bryan Martin honoring Mr. Anderson for his service to Warren Bank and to the community of Warren.  The Mayor proclaimed January 17th as "Bruce Anderson Day" in Warren.

Bank President Kelly Ashcraft presented Judge Anderson with gifts in appreciation of his service over the years.  The Judge's wife Lou Ann Anderson was present for the ceremony as was his mother- in-law Mrs. Betty Ann Warner. The Judge thanked the bank's board of directors, past and present and the employees of Warren Bank and Trust for the opportunity to work with them and for the many things he learned from them over his years of service.  He stated, "Warren Bank is a special place because it is all about people, not just money."

Chairman Frazer thanked all who were in attendance and wished Judge Anderson future success.
Judge Anderson opens gift commemorating his years of service on the Board of Warren Bank and Trust.


UAM Announces 2017 Fall Semester Chancellor's and Dean's Lists

                MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello named 171 students to the Chancellor's List for the fall semester and another 349 students to the Dean's List, according to Carol Dolberry, registrar.
                Selection to the Chancellor's List requires a grade point average of 4.0 on at least 12 semester hours of course credit at the 1000-4000 level. The Dean's List requires a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, also on at least 12 semester hours of course credit at the 1000-4000 level.
                (Editor's Note: Students listed below have authorized the university to release this information. If you are contacted by a student who believes he/she has been left off this list, please refer them to the Office of the Registrar at (870) 460-1035.)

CHANCELLOR'S LIST
ARKANSAS
Almyra AR
Christopher J. Mannis
Arkadelphia AR
Branden R. Howard
Bearden AR
Mallory A. McWhorter
Beebe AR
Jenna N. Presley
Benton AR
Ashton T. Currey
Mackenzie D. Johnson
Korie L. Parker
Courtney A. Tomboli
Bonnerdale AR
Jessica D. Rowland
Camden AR
Jessica Mary Blevins
Carlisle AR
Amanda D. Bowlan
Conway AR
Trenton T. Morgan
Kelly J. Whitworth
Crossett AR
Hannah K. Blankenship
Sarah C. Brockwell
Hannah M. Dumas
Jana L. Fox
Kaitlynn E. Goodwin
Christian M. McCone
Zachary D. McDill
Leslie E. Meeks
Robyn E. Merrill
Alyssa V. Pennington
Hannah E. Rawls
Amanda N. Roberts
DeWitt AR
Lauren M. Johnson
Tessah J. West
Dermott AR
Dylan S. Fowler
Stacy E. Justice
Dumas AR
Emily A. Barnett

Hospital Board Approves Clinic Bid

Meeting in a called board meeting January 17, 2017, the Bradley County Medical Center Board voted to award a contract for construction of a new medical clinic to be built on Central Street, south of the hospital.  The contract was awarded to Bradford & Scruggs of Maumelle, Arkansas in the amount of $1,935,000.00.  This was the lowest of five bids received.  The bid was reviewed by the hospital's architect and determined to be satisfactory and in order.  The high bid amount was $2,280.000.00.

The new clinic will house two doctors, including a new family doctor, Dr. Biggers, who will be locating in Warren and Dr. Worley.  Estimated time to complete the clinic is 180 calendar days.

The new clinic will belong to the Bradley County Medical Center.


Mayor Martin Addresses Rotary Club

Phillip Faris, Mayor Bryan Martin, Jr. Rotarian Anna Gilbert, and Dr. Robert Smalling
Mayor Bryan Martin was the guest speaker for the Warren Rotary Club during their January 17, 2017 meeting.  The Mayor was the invited program for Dr. Robert Smalling.  The speech was dubbed, "The State of the City."  Also attending the meeting a making remarks was Jr. Rotarian, Anna Gilbert.  She introduced herself and talked about plans for her future.

Mayor Martin began his remarks by talking about his years of growing up in Warren and the wonderful experience it was.  He mentioned a number of coaches and teachers that influenced him in a positive way.  Among those named were Mrs. Pennington, Mary Culp, Coach Jamie Raper, Coach Mickey O'Quinn and Sam Smalling.  He went on to talk about his early career in merchandising and the years of working for and managing Martins Department Store, a three generation family business.  He discussed the success of Martins and the factors that lead to his selling the business.

The Mayor stated that the city was in solid shape financially.  He talked about several issues and the status of ongoing projects.  Mayor Martin went into some detail on the actions taken to get the burned building on Main Street cleaned up.  He stated he could not help but be angry that the tax payers are having to pay $148,000.00 to clean up the site when it is the responsibility of the property owner to do so.  He went on to say the city has no choice and will do what it has to do.
The Mayor acknowledged that other structures within the city also require cleanup that may have to be enforced in the future.

Other subjects discussed included the renovation of Axley Field, making it into a soccer facility that can be used by the city, the school district and the general public.  He talked about plans to upgrade the railroad depot and make it usable for private business and be a useful addition to the city park.  He also reported how pleased he was that the city and a private business have agreed to move forward with the sale of the old post office on Main Street that will result in a new retail business being opened.

In other economic development actions, he discussed the orthoflex building ( former garment plant ) on West Central that has been sold to a private business which will result in new activity, and ongoing efforts to recruit a new company to the former OMP plant located in the city industrial park.  All of these actions are part of the city's effort to create jobs and generate tax revenue.

The Mayor stated that he continues to support the intermodal facility between Warren and Monticello.  He said he hopes it will eventually create jobs and benefit Warren.  He went on to say that he will continue to recommend to the city council that Warren contribute a reasonable amount of support to the intermodal park annually.

Mayor Martin indicated he enjoyed working for the people of Warren and that he tells city employees every day that their job is to serve the people of Warren to the best of their ability.


Hundreds Gather for Coon Supper

State Senator Bruce Maloch and his daughter Victoria Maloch with former State Representative Gregg Reep at Marion Berry's Pre-Coon Supper event.
As is the case in January of each new year, hundreds gathered Saturday, January 14th to take part in the Coon Supper held in Gillette, Arkansas located in Arkansas County.  The event is hosted by the Farmers & Businessmen's Club of Gillette.  It is a major fund raiser for the community and has traditionally drawn large numbers of Arkansas politicians.

Prior to the Coon Supper, former Congressman Marian Berry, a resident of Gillette, host a pre-coon supper event at his farm near the city.  It is conducted in his shop building.  Money raised from ticket sales is used to contribute to the Arkansas State University Foundation.  It is very well attended by businessmen, farmers and those involved politically.

Gregg Reep, Director of Sales for salineriverchronicle.com and a former state representative was in attendance the 14th.  He had the opportunity to visit with a former colleague in the House of Representatives and now State Senator Bruce Maloch and his daughter Victoria from Emerson, Arkansas.  Victoria is a Senior at the University of Arkansas and is a past national secretary of Future Farmers of America during the 2014-2015 term.   Senator Maloch also served as a national secretary 1976-1977.  It should be noted that the Senator was Arkansas State FFA President 1974-1975 and Victoria was State President 2011-2012.  Senator Maloch also served as Chairman of the House Budget Committee in the Arkansas General Assembly 2009-2010.

The coon supper and the pre-coon supper are both enjoyable activities that give people from all over Arkansas the opportunity to visit and contribute to worthwhile causes within our state. 

Monticello City Council Appoints Interim Mayor

According to monticellolive.com, Monticello's Mayor Zack Tucker resigned effective at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 17.  The Monticello City Council met in a called meeting and appointed a former mayor, David Anderson, as interim mayor.

HOSA Sponsoring Hoodie/Blanket Drive

HOSA at SEACBEC is sponsoring a Hoodie/Blanket Drive from now until January 24th.  We are asking individuals to donate gently used or new hoodies/blankets.  All sizes are needed.  These items will be distributed to students in need in our school district.

Also, if you are a club sponsor we ask that you encourage your club members to join HOSA and help those less fortunate.

To make a donation or for more details, contact either myself or Kasey Reep at SEACBEC 226-6920.



Monday, January 16, 2017

Arrest Report: January 16, 2017

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Carson Pennington, 1470 Highway 8 N, Warren, AR., age 45, arrested on warrant (1-9-17)

Jerone Morris, 1708 Chickasaw St., Bytheville, AR., age 21, charged with criminal trespassing (1-9-17)

Nicholas Jacobs, 1007 Phillips St., Warren, AR., age 28, arrested on warrant, for failure to appear, charged with possession of controlled substance (1-9-17)

Estaban Gomez, 140 Bradley 232, Warren, AR., age 43, arrested on warrant x2 (1-10-17)

Francisco Gonzalez, 101 Hobbs St., Warren, AR., age 48, jail time for suspended license (1-11-17)

Erica Hampton, 404 Bryant, Box #3, Warren, AR., age 33, arrested parole and probation (1-12-17)

Fred Hampton, 1487 Bradley St., Hermitage, AR., age 58, charge with DWI, drugs, fleeing (1-12-17)

Julian Cross, 1025 Pine St., Fordyce, AR., age 26, charged with driving on suspended license and no proof of insurance (1-13-17)

Terry Mays, 2005 Bradley Rd. 1N, Banks, AR., age 20, arrested on warrant BCSO (1-15-17)


St. James to Host Martin Luther King Banquet

St. James A.M.E. Church, Warren, Ar.  will have it's Annual Martin Luther King Banquet on January 28, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m.The quest speaker will be Bro. Roy Vaughn of Little Rock, Arkansas. The guest choir will be Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Warren, Ar.  Also, Bro. Edward Suber of Monticello will recite the famous speech of Martin Luther King Jr. I have A Dream. The church will be honoring several members of the community that has gone beyond to make Kings dream a reality. Those honorees this year are: Sis. Stella Marks, Bro. Zack Burks, Sis. Cheryl Larkin, Bro. Huey Furlough, The Wolf Pack Club, Sis. Gwen Bullard, Sis. Angela Marshall, Sis. Paulette Tolefree, The Hammons Family and Sis. Rachel White. So everyone please come out and enjoy a great meal and lots of excitement. Door prizes will also be given. Donation: $10.00.  Presiding Elder James R. Hooper, pastor.


Arkansas Legislative Update

As with every legislative session, one of the greatest challenges we face will be to balance a budget that does not burden tax payers while providing needed services.
This year, we will consider tax exemptions for retired military living in our state and competing proposals for other tax reductions.
Before we can begin any tax reform, we must have a clear picture of the current economic situation for the state.
That is why the House Revenue and Taxation Committee this week began with a review of the Revenue Stabilization Act and the current budget forecast.
Approximately 54% of our General Revenue comes from state income tax.  Another 36% comes from state sales tax.
The current growth rate for revenue is 1.5%. Six months into the fiscal year, there is now $38.2 million more in revenue than this time last year. The forecast shows we will fund the current year’s budget and will have a $5.4 billion budget to balance for the next fiscal year.

Mow The Yard/Cleanup The Property!

Editorial:

Every city in Arkansas is fighting a battle to keep property cleaned up and repaired.  Warren is no exception as our city council talks about these issues almost every month during council meetings.  In fact the city of Warren has torn down or cleaned up numerous structures and mowed a number of lots over the past several years.  Yet so much more remains to be done.

Why has this issue become so big?  Several reasons come to mind.  As our population has changed both in numbers and socioeconomic status, some homes and businesses have been abandoned while others have not been properly maintained due to lack of financial ability or simply an attitude of "its mine, I don't have to."   It is also true that commercial buildings sometimes face the identical fate.  In some cases the owner seems to be working to make the tax payers foot the bill for clean up so they don't have to or so they can pocket the insurance money that was paid as a result of a fire or storm.

People often ask, "what can the city do?"  Well here it is in a nutshell!  If a piece of property, house, building or vacant lot is not kept reasonably clean and repaired, it can be ordered cleaned or repaired by the city.  The city council is the only authority that can take action.  Once that action is approved, the owner must be notified in writing and given a deadline.  If no action is taken, the city can conduct the cleanup or repairs or hire it done and send the owner a bill.  Most of the time the owner refuses to pay.  Then the city must place a lien on the property which will have to be paid before taxes can be paid or the property can be sold.  Often times the taxes go delinquent and after a couple of years the land is sold by the state and the lien has to be paid by the buyer.  It can take a long time.  It can also cost the taxpayers a lot of money on the front end while the city waits and hopes for payment down the road.  In some cases the property is never sold.

The process is not easy and not fast, it is, however, at times necessary.  It appears to be becoming more necessary as time marches on.

While the law does not require any one to maintain a residence or business in a golf course state of existence, every home owner and landlord should see to it that property is mowed regularly and that the yard and structure is not stacked up with junk or garbage.  It cost very little to keep property relatively clean and orderly.  It also protects the value of your property and that of your neighbors.

We urge the Warren City Council to strengthen it's ordinances where possible and to vigorously enforce the law.  Yards do not need to look like junk yards and salvage yards and grass should be kept cut.  Dilapidated structures should be torn down or repaired as needed and every effort should be made to make property look decent.  This includes commercial businesses.  We encourage the city to pursue payment from property owners in every way legally possible to reimburse the taxpayers who are being forced to pay for cleanup that is the responsibility of the owner.

It appears the Warren City Council is trying.  Let's support their efforts.     

Reliable Tax Pro to be Early Transmitter

The IRS has selected Reliable Tax Pro of Warren to be an early transmitter – one week earlier than the scheduled opening.   Due to this honor, any returns filed by Reliable Tax Pro during this week will receive $25 off.   Visit www.reliabletax.us for more information about Reliable Tax Pro, such as services provided, promotions, location, business hours, and how to contact.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Blood Drives Announced

Life Share Blood Drives have been set for the following cities on the following dates:

Monticello High School OEC Building
Thursday, Jan. 26th 8:30-2:30 p.m.

Drew Memorial Hospital
Thursday, Feb 9th 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Rison Green House Cottages of Southern Hills
Friday, Feb. 10th 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bradley County Medical Center-Warren
Monday, Feb 20th 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

City Officials Attend Municipal League Conference

Warren Mayor Bryan Martin and Lake Village Mayor JoAnne Bush
Officials representing the City of Warren attended the Arkansas Municipal League 2017 Winter Conference held at the State House Convention Center in Little Rock January 11-13, 2017.  The meeting consisted of a series of workshops and presentations to educate and train city officials in procedures, state laws and on the upcoming session of the Arkansas General Assembly.  A number of state agencies were on hand to visit with local officials as were private vendors who provide products and services to city governments.

Attending from the City of Warren were Mayor Bryan Martin, Alderman Dorothy Henderson, Alderman Angela Marshall and Alderman Joel Tolefree.  Mayor Martin serves on the League's Board of Trustees for the Workers' Compensation Trust and Alderman Henderson is a member of the League's Executive Committee.

The conference heard speeches from several state legislators and Governor Asa Hutchinson.   

Friday, January 13, 2017

Single Parent Scholarship

The Bradley County Single Parent Scholarship Fund is seeking applicants for the spring semester. Applicants must have custody of a child under the age of 18 and be attending college either part-time or full-time while maintaining a 2.5 GPA or above. The deadline to apply is January 18th. Visit http://www.aspsf.org/scholarships/find-your-county/bradley/ to apply. Supporting documents may be uploaded to the website or mailed to the address provided. 

City and County Offices Closed For Dr. King Day

The Warren Municipal Building and the Bradley County Courthouse will be closed Monday January 16, 2017 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  There will be no garbage collection on the 16th by the city or county.  The county routes will be run on Tuesday the 17th.

The City of Warren Police and Fire Departments will be functioning at full staff the 16th. 

LIVE: Warren vs. Fordyce

PLEASE NOTE: Game start times vary depending on the games finishing prior.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Master's Degree Program in Creative Writing Receiving National Acclaim

                MONTICELLO, AR — The master of fine arts in creative writing program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is receiving national acclaim, both for quality and value.
                The UAM program was recently cited by "Great College Deals" as one of the 10 best online creative writing degrees. Rankings were based on the comprehensive nature of the curriculum in writing skills development, a well-established student-author mentorship program, recognition from academic publications, successful alumni, published faculty, advanced technology in a virtual environment, and accessible financial aid options.
                UAM's literary journal, Gravel, was the subject of a recent article on linkedin.com entitled "8 Literary Journals You Must Submit To (Like Absolutely Right Now)." The monthly publication, which includes poetry, fiction, non-fiction and book reviews, was called "a truly fantastic creative writing outlet" and lauded for "a dedicated and supportive staff."

Hermitage School Board Holds January Meeting

The Hermitage Board of Education met Monday, January 9, 2017 in regular session at 6:00 p.m. in the Hermitage School District Board Room. The following members were present: Russell Richard, Kevin Reep, Gary Vines, Harold Hampton, Dorothy Davis, David Wilkerson, and Mary Hamilton. Dr. Tracy Tucker, Superintendent, was in attendance, as well as Mistie McGhee, K-12 Principal and Jade Huitt, ELL/Pre-K Director.

The minutes from the December 13, 2016 meeting were read and approved.

The financial report was reviewed and approved.

Mistie McGhee gave the K-12 Administrator Report and Jade Huitt gave the ESL Coordinator/Pre-K Report. Dr. Tucker gave the other reports to the Board.

The AdvancEd report from the visit in September, 2016 was discussed.

Information was shared with board members on filing their Statement of Financial Interest with the Bradley County Clerk.


2017 City Council Committees Set

The makeup of the six standing committees of the Warren City Council were submitted Monday night, January 9th during the first council meeting of the new year.  The committees consist of the following:
Community/Economic Dev.
Joel Tolefree, Chairman
Dorothy Henderson
Angela Marshall

Fire
Marty Reep, Chairman
Angela Marshall
Joel Tolefree

Police
Zachary Burks, Chairman
Dorothy Henderson
Marty Reep

Sanitation
Angela Marshall, Chairman
Jimmy Moseley
Zachary Burks

Street
Jimmy Moseley, Chairman
Zachary Burks
Joel Tolefree

Ways & Means
Dorothy Henderson, Chairman
Marty Reep
Jimmy Moseley

Each member of the council serves on three committees and serves as chairman of one. All policies and major decisions are assigned to the appropriate committee for consideration and recommendations are brought to the full council for final decisions.


Sheriff Tillman Addresses Lions Club

Sheriff Herschel Tillman, Chief Deputy Kevin Black and McCall Reynolds with the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association spoke to the Warren Lions Club during the club's January 11, 2017 meeting conducted at Molly's Diner.  Sheriff Tillman updated the Lions members on the make up of the Sheriff's office and talked about his desire to reach young people before they become involved in crime or a lifestyle that could led to crime.  Chief Deputy Black stated that the Bradley County Sheriff's Office will be working closely with the Arkansas Sheriff's Association to make use of the resources of the association to support efforts in the county.  He also indicated the office would be working with the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force.

McCall Reynolds, who manages the Arkansas at Risk Kids program for the Sheriff's Association showed the club the PC or Patrol Car that is used to communicate with young kids age K-3 about the dangers of illegal drugs, improper use of prescription drugs, tobacco, alcohol and other harmful activities.  The car is like a robot and talks to the kids.  It can answer questions and is fun to use. It consist of a miniature car that is operated by remote control.

Any school or organization desiring to have the Sheriff's Association to present a program utilizing the car should contact McCall Reynolds at 501-244-0400.  She can be reached by email at mreynolds@arkansassheriffsassociation.com.  The program is available for children and also adults who wish to learn more about the program.

Sheriff Tillman indicated his excited to serve the people of Bradley County in the office of Sheriff and Collector and will be working to successfully deal with the issues facing the county.  The Sheriff's Office is located in the Bradley County Courthouse and is accessible through the entrance at the northwest corner of the building.

Cooperative Extension to hold 12-week fitness class

Are you ready to improve your health? Have you decided it is time for you to start exercising regularly? A regular exercise program can help with weight management, reduce diabetes and stroke risk, increase energy levels, and improve overall sense of well-being.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service in Bradley County is offering a group fitness program, Extension Get Fit, to help adults increase strength, flexibility, and balance. This 12-week program uses dumbbells and ankle weights, stretch tubes, and medicine balls to improve fitness in a fun and relaxed one-hour class. Sessions will meet twice weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. at the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service. The class will be instructed by Michelle Carter, County Extension Agent, who has been trained to lead the program.  

To participate in the program, you must be 18 years or older. Space is limited, so sign up now by contacting Michelle Carter at 870-226-8410 or by emailing mcarter@uaex.edu by the January 30th registration deadline.  Program participants must attend an orientation meeting on February 1st at 9:00 a.m. at the Extension Office. Cost for participating in the program is $12, which includes all sessions and a fitness assessment.  

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.