Monday, December 11, 2017

Burn Ban is Back in Place

Bradley County has been placed under a burn ban by County Judge Klay McKinney.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Crowd Gathers to Cut Ribbon on New Clinic/Honor Wright

Ribbon Cutting
A large crowd was on hand Sunday afternoon from 2-4 P.M. to cut a ribbon and tour the new doctors' clinic located on Central Street across the street from the Bradley County Medical Center.  The clinic opens Monday morning, December 11th.  Drs. Worley and Biggers will be located in the facility with plans for future doctors and/or nurse practitioners.
The Hospital Auxiliary served refreshments.

The new clinic is modern in every way and very spacious.  According to Branden Gorman, CFO for Bradley County Medical Center, some $40,000.00 worht of furniture was donated to the new clinic by the Bradley County Medical Foundation and the Hospital Auxiliary.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Marshall Receives Pinnacle Award

Congratulations to Angela Marshall for receiving the Pinnacle Award at the Annual Arkansas School Board Association held in Little Rock, AR. To receive this award, a school board member must attain at least 200 hours of continuing education.

Congratulations to The Warren School Board of Directors, who recently received an award at the Arkansas School Board Association for earning master board status. The WSD Board of Directors were one of only four board of directors in the state to receive this prestigious award. To earn this award, each member had to earn 50 continuing education hours.  Warren School Board members are Jerry Daniels, Angela Marshall, Shannon Gorman, Joey Cathey, Joel Tolefree, Greg Morman and Dr. Kerry Pennington.

4A State Championship Game Results

Arkadelphia 28
Warren 27

We will have a full article sometime Sunday.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

"Watching Greatness"

You are watching something special if you are keeping up with Warren Lumberjack Football during this 2017 season.  Warren will play for another state championship Saturday, December 9 at War Memorial Stadium against a very good Arkadelphia team.  It is the Lumberjack's seventh appearance in the past 18 years in the title game. Warren has captured four state championships.

Nothing is ever easy and this year will be no different.  The Jacks have had many very good teams over the years and many outstanding players.  A number of players have gone on to play college ball and several have made it to the NFL.  The past 18 years have been especially fun to watch as Coach Hembree has turned the Warren program into a perennial championship program.  Warren has won or shared 14 conference titles and four state championships with six appearances.   It has been a truly incredible journey.

While winning state title number five will be very hard,  the point being made is that you, the fan are watching something special and historic.  This Warren team is among the best in the history of Lumberjack football and several Warren athletes are among the best in history.  Many former Lumberjacks have told this writer personally, that Treylon Burks is the best they have ever seen in the orange and black.  He is the entire package.  Great athlete, smart player and a very good student.  He is also a leader.  But he is not alone.  Keemontrae McKinght is one of the best ever and there are a great number of very good offensive and defensive linemen.  This team plays for each other.  They block for each other and pull for each other.  There are no self appointed stars.  This is a team with several great players and a lot of very good ones.

Rob Reep, the voice of Lumberjack Live and a former player himself, has been quoted as stating, "you are watching greatness folks."  He was talking about Burks, but his comment is true for the entire team.  This is a special group and they are fun to watch play and win.

Throughout the past several years, it has been pointed out that the Warren football program has given the community of Warren more positive publicity than could ever be purchased.  Wherever one goes in Arkansas and even in other parts of the United States, when Warren is mentioned, the football team and individual players are called by name.  Show up and support these young men.  They are supporting you!

Go Jacks! Beat Arkadelphia.

Good luck Lumberjacks
from the following:

First State Bank

Simple Simon's Pizza

Warren Motor Supply

Robert C. Milton Accounting

Hammons Funeral Home

Dr. and Mrs. Kerry Pennington

Warren Bank and Trust


Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union

The Swap Shop

Merchants and Planters Insurance

Mayor Bryan Martin

Mad Butcher

Gregg and Beverly Reep

Frazer's Funeral Home

Union Bank & Trust


Ryburn Motor Company

Bradley County Medical Center

Dr. Michelle Weaver

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Youth Ministry

Russell and Becky Rhoden

Johnson's Hardware

Gannaway Drug Store

Lumberjack LIVE Crew

Giant Yard Sale Today

A giant yard sale will be held today between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the entrance to the Human Development Center offices.  Funds raised will go to the Volunteer Council which supports activities and benefits for the clients and staff of the Center.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Warren Municipal Airport Busy.

Airplanes have been busy flying in and out of the Warren Airport.  Work is underway fertilizing timber in the area.  Fertilizer is being trucked in and loaded onto planes, which are flying out of the airport and treating area timber.  It is keeping the airport busy along with normal traffic.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

County Judge Lifts Burn Ban

The burn ban for Bradley County has been lifted by County Juge Klay McKinney.

Warren Civil Service Hires Two Police Oficers

Members of the Warren Civil Service Commission meet Tuesday, December 5th and considered applicants for the position of patrolman for the Warren Police Department.  The commission voted to hire Jay Scogin and Scottie Arrington.

Applicants for police and fire positions are selected by the Civil Service Commission after background checks are conducted and once reviews are made by the respective police and fire departments.  l

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lost Family Member (Pet)

A pet has been lost.  Look on the classified page to see photos and information you need to help find this dog.  A reward is offered.

Education Students Make Presentation At Arkansas Reading Association State Conference

Dr. Denise Baldwin (seated, center), teacher education coordinator in the School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, recently presented with a group of undergraduate students at the 2017 Arkansas Reading Association State Conference in Little Rock. Baldwin and students in her K-6 Curriculum, Planning and Programs class made a joint presentation on cooperative team building. Pictured with Baldwin are (seated, left) Kristen Spencer of Grapevine and (right) Kylee Moseley of Bearden, both K-6 elementary education majors, and (standing, from left) Lydia Byrd of DeWitt, an education studies major, Emily Johnson of Hermitage, a K-6 elementary education major, Jabracie Leonard of Monticello, a teaching and learning major, Karrah Paschall of Monticello, a K-6 elementary education major, Taylor Wells of Hamburg, a teaching and learning major, Olivia Wooten of Monticello, an education studies major, and K-6 elementary education majors Amanda Moseley of Monticello, Charity Smith of Dumas and Madison Michels of Woodlawn. (Not pictured: Crystal Hembree of Houston, Tex., a health and physical education major.)

Dr. Martin Speaks to Rotary

On November 28th, Dr. Sue Martin gave a presentation to the Rotary Club for the SEARK Bradley County Arts for Children (BCAC)program. She shared the benefits that arts programs have.

Jr. Rotarians

The Junior Rotarians for November 7th, 14th, and 28th were (l-r): KaNiyia Grant, Emmalee Goad, A'Kasha Wright, and Kasey Kellum

Monday, December 4, 2017

House Fire On Woodlawn Street

The Warren Fire Department responded to a house fire on Woodlawn Street Friday just after 6:00 P.M.  The fire was apparently caused by an outdoor grill.  It did extensive damage to the residence but no one was injured.  Seventeen city fire fighters answered the call.

According to a spokesperson for the Warren Fire Department, the city recently issued a ticket for illegal outdoor burning on S. Martin Street.  Bradley county remains under a burn ban.

Even when the burning ban is lifted, outdoor burning must be done by permit only.  For more information contact the Warren Fire Department at 870-226-8302.

Christmas Revival

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

December 2, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Since its creation in 2005, the state’s program to pay for school facilities has paid local school districts more than $930 million and committed to paying $283 million by the end of 2019.

School districts match the state dollars, and since 2005 the combined amount of spending on new school facilities is $2.54 billion.

Several types of projects qualify for facilities funding. A common type is construction that makes sure school buildings are safe, warm and dry. Those projects could be new buildings, or they could be replacements of a school’s heating, air conditioning, fire alarms systems or roofs.

Also qualifying are new facilities made necessary by growth in enrollment. Other projects add space for academics or to convert space into an academic area.

Law Allowing Highway Commission to Increase Speed Limits

During the most recent legislative session, we passed a law allowing the Highway Commission to increase speed limits on specific highways upon an engineering and traffic investigation.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation has now completed a study and made several recommendations regarding speed limits in our state.  The department is accepting public comments on the proposals until December 13.

The investigation considered crash histories, speed trends, highway design, and other states’ practices for the following four groups of highways:
• Rural Freeways (fully controlled access facilities that typically have at least two lanes of traffic in each direction)
• Urban Freeways (fully controlled access facilities often with three or more lanes of traffic in each direction. They are characterized by very high traffic volumes and closely spaced interchanges)
• Rural Multi-lane Highways (at least two lanes of traffic in each direction that are separated by either a grass or paved median)
• Other Rural Highways
Currently, rural freeways are posted at 70 mph, while urban freeways are typically posted at 60 mph. Rural multi-lane highways are posted at 55-65 mph, and all other rural highways are posted at 55 mph.
The Department is recommending the following:
·      Rural Interstates increase to 75 miles per hour (mph)

SEACAC Elects Officers

The monthly meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Board meeting was conducted Tuesday, November 21st in the conference room of the agency's headquarters in Warren.  In addition to regular and standard financial and program reports, the board approved new bylaws, new personnel policies,  and a new personnel plan.  The meeting lasted about an hour and a half and according to sources, seemed to operate smoothly.

The following new officers were elected to serve:
Carolyn Harris-Board Chairman, Ashley County
Quincey Ross-Vice Chairman, Drew County
Pam Smith-Secretary, Ashley County
Claude Berry-Parliamentarian, Desha County
Rochelle Griggs-Treasurer, Chicot County

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Advent Feast/Christmas Parade Set

The Bradley County Christmas Parade is set for Thursday December 7th, beginning at 6:00 P.M. in Downtown Warren.  Sleigh rides will be available at 4:00 P.M. and at 4:30 P.M. a remembrance of Pearl Harbor along with Christmas music will occur.

Beginning at 4:30 P.M. and running till 5:30 P.M. First United Methodist Church will host an Advent Feast at the church located on West Church Street in Warren.  Everyone is invited.  There is no cost.

The theme for the Christmas Parade is "We Need a Little Christmas".  Come out and take part in the festivities!  It is a joyous time in Warren and Bradley County.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


photo by Emmalee Goad

Read about the Jacks later tonight as they plow their way to a semifinal victory and prepare for another State Championship game.

Friday, December 1, 2017

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

New Clinic Set to Open Dec. 10

Bradley County Medical Center Family Care Clinic
Open House
Sunday, December 10th
2pm – 4pm
Everyone is invited to attend!

The Bradley County Medical Center Family Care Clinic will open on Monday, December 11th.  The new clinic will initially house both Dr. Bradley Biggers and Dr. Kara Worley with additional expansions planned.

You are invited to the Advent Feast

First United Methodist Church invites everyone to share the Advent Feast with them on Thursday, December 7 in their fellowship hall.  They are serving 15 Bean Soup from 4:30 - 5:30.  There is no cost for this event.  Attendees are invited to watch the Annual Christmas Parade from the from porch of the church.

Bids Opened For Next Phase of Old Railroad Depot

The City of Warren and the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce joined forces to open bids on the latest round of work planned for renovation of the "Old Railroad Depot " located on Cedar Street adjacent to the city park.  A grant, to be matched by local funds to be provided by the City of Warren, will be utilized to provide additional renovation to the facility.  Some improvements have been made to the building using grant money from the state.  The next phase of upgrading and repairs will include siding, new doors, new windows and work on the outdoor platforms.

The bids were as follows:
*Morris Beck Construction-$149,000.00
*Simmons & Son-$159,600.00
*Ideal True Value-$102,000.00

The available grant money and the local match must cover the cost of construction and the architectural fees.  It appears the amount of money to cover the cost is available.

The bids will now be reviewed by Clements & Associates/Architecture, Inc.   If all is found in order, the Warren City Council and the Chamber Board will be asked to approve a contract and work will proceed. 

It is anticipated that future grants will be pursued to complete the total project. 

Hospital Board Conducts Monthly & Annual Meetings

The Bradley County Medical Center Board meet November 30, 2017 and conducted several annual meetings as required and dealt with business for the month of November.   The members approved the past minutes and re-approved the bylaws of the Bradley Medical Foundation, Bradley Medical Services and Bradley Medical Systems.  Once these meetings were adjourned, the board took up the regular November, 2017 agenda.

Brandon Gorman provided the financial reports, the Home Health Statistics and the sales tax report.  He told the board that the hospital had a net loss of $219, 247.00 for October, 2017 and that the hospital continues to struggle with a low number of inpatients.  This has been a trend and the board is hopeful that the hosptialist program and other additions to the hospital's capabilities will result in more patients and that many of those who enter the hospital will be able to stay and get treatment without having to transfer to other medical facilities.  The statistics for some services were up.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Warren Bank Makes Annual Contribution to the YMCA

Warren Bank & Trust Company has made their annual contribution of $7000 to the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA Annual Campaign.  Thank you for your continued support, Warren Bank! (pictured left to right: Josh Tittle of Warren Bank, Heather Nicole Tittle – YMCA Business Manager, Missy Saunders of Warren Bank, and David Richey-YMCA CEO)