Tuesday, October 17, 2017

County Judge Talks About State Prison

After approving monthly reports and being briefed by the County Judge relating to road work within the county, the Bradley County Quorum Court listened to a report by Judge McKniney as to the status of the state prison project being considered for Southeast Arkansas.  The Judge also reported on the county cleanup effort.

Judge McKinney informed the JP's that work on County Roads 25 and 41 is complete.  He stated that construction of a box culvert on county Road 4S is underway.  He told the members that some 75-100 people took part in the cleanup effort and 94 loads of trash were picked up and landfilled.  The Judge thanked Super Value of Warren for their help and contributions.

Concerning the proposed state prison, Judge McKinney indicated that the private company that is looking at building the prison, has hired an architect to inspect the 40,000 square foot building in the Warren Industrial Park to determine if the building is suitable to build onto and construct the prison.  He went on to say the Bradley County Economic Development Commission's Contact Team has meet with the company and is looking at ways to get them to build the prison in Warren or to consider another site in the County if more suitable.

The Judge told the Court that he knows there is some opposition to having a prison in the county, but most of the people he has heard from are in favor for the employment.  He said he thinks the final decision as to the location of the prison will be made by the Governor's Office, the private company and the state department of corrections.  He had no timetable for a decision.

In another report the Judge stated that the state auditors have completed work on the most recent county audit.  He said there were no bad findings but the court will have to take action as it relates to JP's doing business with the county.

Judge McKinney reported that the county now owns the land purchased from Potlatch to expand the county park.  The county portion was borrowed from First State Bank.  A grant paid for one half of the cost.

Justice Pat Morman spoke and stated he hopes residents of the county will look at the positives of building a prison here instead of the negatives.

Justice Bobby Hargrave reported that the county fire department now has a 7th class rating.  He thanked everyone who has helped make this happen over the years.  He specifically expressed appreciation to Eddie West and Kenneth Sanders for their hard work.  He also thanked current and former members of the legislature for helping secure needed funding.

HOSA Hygiene Project Underway

SEACBEC HOSA does community service projects throughout the year and like to focus on giving back to the school district. Corinne Ridgell, a HOSA member, is organizing the Hygiene Project for the 2017-2018 school year.  HOSA works with counselors at each school to help students who are in need of various personal hygiene items. If your civic organization is interested in contributing to this project, you may contact Corinne Ridgell at corinne.ridgell@warrensd.org.  HOSA sponsors are Kasey Reep and Emily Harton.

Monday, October 16, 2017

WPD Arrest Report October 12-14, 2017

Tony Jackson / 1103 Kelley St., Warren, Arkansas / DOB 10-26-92 / Fraud or deceit to procure narcotic drugs, forged prescription on 10-12-17

Dacris Lawson / #4 Bryant Court, Warren, AR / DOB 9-20-70 / Warrant, Domestic Battery 3rd, Residential Burglary on 10-13-17

Keenon Clary / 506 Boyd St., Warren, AR / DOB 2-6-91 / Warrant on 10-14-17

James R. Phillips / 17 Meadow View, Warren, AR / DOB 4-22-92 / Warrant on 10-14-17

Donnie Webb / 408 West Elm St., Warren, AR / DOB 10-14-58 / Defective Taillight, DWI and Driving on suspended license on 10-14-17

Buck Fever Quilt Presented

(L to R) Tabitha Herrington, Patsy Plair, Kathy Williams, Georgia Smith, Sue Wilson, Sandra DalSanto, and Carol Murphy
At a recent meeting, the Bradley Block Builders quilt club presented Buck Fever Festival quilt chairman Georgia Smith with a quilt to be used as a fund raiser for the festival. The quilt depicts the fall season and hunting in Bradley County and was constructed by the quilt club as a community project.  The quilt club is sponsored by the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service.  The quilt will be given away to a lucky ticket holder during the Buck Fever Festival at Banks November 10-12. Opportunities to win this quilt and benefit the festival may be purchased from festival committee members.

New Edinburg Community Center Fall BBQ Set For October 21

New Edinburg Community Center located at 6590 hwy. 8 in New Edinburg will be having their annual fall bq, and auction fundraiser on Saturday, October 21st. The festivities begin at 4pm with the dedication of our new Veteran's Memorial as well as several veterans will be presented with quilts of valor. There will be several state dignitaries in attendance for this event. Following the dedication, we will begin to sell bq plates as well as fried chicken will all the trimmings for 10.00. Drinks and desserts will be $1.00 each. Plates consist of your choice of meat, potatoes, coleslaw, and baked beans. Following the meal there will be an auction. All proceeds go towards the New Edinburg Community Center which is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization. For more information on this event and how you can volunteer or donate an item for the auction contact Melody Spears at 870-510-6388 or 870-352-8843. Come and join in the fun and help celebrate our veterans.

Job Opening

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

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

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Warren Native to be Inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame

Zane Anderson
Three Arkansas pilots will be inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame.  Among them is Zane Anderson, a son of the late Max and Thelma Anderson.  Born in Warren, Arkansas in 1948, Zane has been an aviator his entire life. After teaching himself how to fly, Zane has served in multiple capacities: owner, operator, flight instructor, mechanic, Designated Pilot Examiner and mentor to many who desired a career in aviation.  Zane is rated in gliders and sea planes as well as hot air balloons. He has been the leading helicopter operator in the state since forming his company, Aerial Patrol, Inc. in 1983. He has flown for hospitals, TV stations, law enforcement and for over thirty years conducted powerlinepatrol and other hazardous operations for Entergy Arkansas.

Also being inducted is Harold Robinson and General William Smith.

Born in Saline County in 1935, Robinson served as pilot and flight instructor from 1955 to 1965 when he joined Southern Airways as an airline pilot.  In 1972, while serving as copilot on a DC-9, his flight was hijacked and after thirty hours and multiple stops ended in Cuba.  Although Johnson was wounded by a hijacker, none the passengers were injured.  Harold was the founder of the Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge and has served as President to this day.


General William Smith was born in in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1925. He flew combat missions in Korea - being wounded on his 97th mission.  Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star for gallantry, General Smith served as Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE) and later Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command. He died on January 19, 2016.

The induction ceremony will be held November 9, at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, at 7:00 p.m.

Statement From the Warren Police Department

According to Police Chief Shaun Hildreth, the Warren police Department is noticing an increase in the number of cars being parked routinely on city streets, by the residents of the street.  In some cases the vehicles are being parked day and night.  Even if the street is not marked "No Parking," cars and trucks and other motorized vehicles should not be routinely parked on the public street. 
The vehicles should be parked on private property. 

The department is also seeing a number of vehicles parked facing the wrong way on the side of the street and this includes in marked parking places in the downtown area.  The police are urging people not to park illegally and will begin issuing tickets if this continues.

If anyone has a question about where they can park on city streets, please contact the Warren Police Department at 870-226-3703.   Your cooperation is appreciated.

Lakeport Legacies to Feature Southeast Arkansas's Leaders in Arkansas Historical Association

LAKE VILLAGE - "Influence of Southeast Arkansas in the Arkansas Historical Association " will be presented in the latest Lakeport Legacies monthly history talk, Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Lakeport Plantation, 601 Hwy. 142, in Lake Village.
Maylon Rice, a member of the Arkansas Historical Association board of directors, will make the presentation at 5:30 p.m. The event gets underway at 5 p.m. with refreshments and conversation before the program. It is free and open to the public. For additional information and to register, contact Dr. Blake Wintory, assistant director and facilities manager, at 870-265-6031.
Rice will discuss the early leaders of Arkansas Historical Association (AHA) that came from southern and southeast Arkansas. Formed in 1941, the AHA publishes the Arkansas Historical Quarterly and is Arkansas's foremost organization for the preservation, writing, publishing, teaching and understanding of the state's history.
Its early leaders included many prominent southeast Arkansans, counting Desha County Judge J. L. "Jud" Erwin and Dermott native Capt. John C. Hammock, a graduate of West Point. Both served as president of the AHA. Early board members also included oilman Col. T. H. Barton of El Dorado and State Sen. Lee Reeves, the first director of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).

Warren Forestry Student Receives $1,000 Scholarship

Tyler Raines of Warren, a junior forestry student at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was recently selected to receive the $1,000 Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation's 2017 Forestry Scholarship. Raines is currently pursuing the forestry option within the natural resources management degree. The scholarship is for the 2017 fall semester.

From State Representative Jeff Wardlaw

Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the U.S., exceeding vehicle fatalities by 50 percent. More than 143 people in America die each day due to a drug overdose. In Arkansas, 1,067 people have died from a drug overdose in a 3-year span (319 in 2013, 356 in 2014, and 392 in 2015).

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control shows Arkansas has the second highest opioid prescription rate in the country.

This week, we want to remind you of a statewide effort aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse.

New Edinburg Veterans Park to be Dedicated Oct. 21

The New Edinburg Veterans Park dedication will be held October 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the New Edinburg Community Center.  The park will feature three new flag poles which will display a United States flag, an Arkansas state flag and a POW/MIA flag plus a designated area to display bricks purchased by veterans and family members to honor those who have served in the military.  The bricks are engraved with the Veteran’s Rank/Name, Unit/Designation, Military Service Branch and Date of Service.  Guest speaker for the event will be District 27 State Senator Trent Garner who is an army combat veteran and soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard, Echo Company, 39th BSB from Warren, AR will raise the flags for the dedication of the park.

The Stitch’n Sisters Needle Art Club of Rison has teamed up with the Never Forgotten Quilt of Valor club of Pine Bluff to present seven quilts to local veterans following the dedication of the park.

The New Edinburg Community Center will be hosting its’ annual fall barbecue and auction fundraiser at 5:00 p.m. following the event.

Dollar General Opens New Store

Dollar General has officially opened a new store at the intersection of U.S. Highway 63 and State Highway 189 on the North Side of Warren.  The location is where traffic turns East off U.S. 63 to get to the City of Warren Baseball/Softball Complex.  The store is modern, has ample parking and is easy to get in and out of traffic.  A good crowd was waiting in line Saturday morning, October 14 to enter the store and take advantage of grand opening specials. 

Yard Sale at Human Development Center

The yard sale conducted at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center Saturday, October 14th, was a success.  Hosted by the Volunteer Council, the sale consisted of donated items sold at a very reduced price.  Tiffany Wargo, an officer of the council, organized and manned the activity. 

Plans call for a future yard sale to offer the remaining merchandise for sale along with new items that may be donated.  All proceeds go to help the clients of the HDC and to serve the center in various ways that the state cannot or does not have the resources to pay for. 

The Volunteer council meets monthly to plan activities and to promote the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Big Yard Sale at Human Development Center (Saturday, 14th)

A big yard sale is set for Saturday, October 14th at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in Warren.  The public is invited.  The sale starts at 7:00 A.M. and runs till 2:00 P.M.  All proceeds got to the Center to support the clients and employees. 

The sale will be held in the "Big Gym" on campus.  Signs will give directions.  Everyone welcome!

The event is sponsored by the HDC's Volunteer Council.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Hospitalist On the Job

salineriverchronicle.com had the opportunity to sit down recently with Dr. Chad Simpson, the newly hired Hospitalist for Bradley County Medical Center.  Dr. Simpson is known to many in the Warren area as a result of having worked in the ER.  His new full time duties will have him treating patients once they are admitted into BCMC.

As previously reported, the BCMC Board has voted to hire two hospitalist who will work to staff the local hospital at all times.  This means when a patient is placed into Bradley County Medical Center by a family doctor or other physician, the hospitalist will then take over treatment and provide medical services throughout the patient's stay at BCMC.  This does not mean the family doctor cannot visit the patient and the admitting doctor will be kept informed as to the patient's status and condition, as well as the type treatment received.  This will allow local family practice doctors to spend more time in their clinics and enhance patient care.

Plans are to reinstate the Intensive Care Unit ( ICU ) in the hospital.  This will allow the BCMC to keep more seriously ill patients locally and limit the number that have to be transfered to other hospitals in Pine Bluff or Little Rock.

Dr. Simpson is a native of Harrison, Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas, American University Medcial School and interned at UAMS in Texarkana.  Efforts are ongoing to hire a second hospitalist to join Dr. Simpson.  He told SRC he is excited to be in this new job and looks forward to working with the local medical community.

Potlatch and BCEDC Organize Tour

zMike Fitzgerald,
Potlatch and BCEDC Organize Tour of Potlatch Mill
(picture of Mike Fitzgerald)
A good crowd of local leaders, state economic development officials and representatives of UAM and South Arkansas College of Eldorado were present October 12th to listen to a presentation by management of the Potlatch Sawmill in Warren and to be led on a walking tour of the mill.  Mike Fitzgerald, Plant Manager briefed the group on the mills operation and introduced the management staff.  Those in attendance were then broken up into smaller groups and led on a detailed tour of the plant.  It began where the logs go in and ended at the point lumber is shipped out.

Mr. Fitzgerald explained in some detail as to how the plant functions.  It is very high tech.  Computers decide the size each log is cut and determine how to make maximum use of each piece of lumber.  Employees constantly monitor the operation and keep the equipment running at a high level.  Safe operation of the plant is a serious priority.

According to Mr. Fitzgerald, the Potlatch Southern Mill employees 220 people.  Twenty are in administration and 200 work in the plant.  The mill site consist of around 176 acres.  Several million dollars of upgrading has occurred over the past few years.  More is ongoing.

Potlatch came to Warren in the 1950's when they bought the Southern and Bradley Lumber Companies.  Smaller companies now operate on the old Bradley site while Potlatch continues to run the pine production mill at the Southern.  The company continues to be a major asset to the economic make up of Warren and the surrounding area along with the many local logging companies.   Wood products remains the mainstay of the Warren/Bradley County economy.  There is a reason our athletic teams have been called Lumberjacks for over 100 years!

Donut Palace On Central Street Robbed

Somewhere around 6:20 A.M. Thursday, October 12th, the Donut Palace on Central street was robbed.  There is video and the Warren Police Department, who arrived very quickly, are investigating.  Apparently the suspect acted like he had a gun but the store employee figured out he did not. The suspect was able to grab the cash register and flee with an undisclosed amount of money.  No one was injured.

Any one with information relating to this crime are asked to call the Warren Police Department at 870-226-3703.

Annual Report to the Public Given at Board Meeting

The Warren School Board met Monday, October 9, 2017 for its regular monthly meeting.  After adopting the minutes of the previous regular meeting and a called meeting, the board went into executive session.  After returninging, the board reorganized its officers by keeping all positions the same as the previous year.

In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Carolyn Sipes-food services and approved a licensed contract with Jamie Vail-welding instructor at SEABEC and a classified contract for Curtis Walton-paraprofessional/shop maintenance assistant at SEACBEC.

MOU between Head Start and the Warren ABC Preschool was approved.

Act 1120, an approval of a resolution of reviewing of 5% employee increase was approved.

The board approved November 13 as the date for a public heqaring on the Facilities Master Plan.

The board approved the financial report before hearing the Superintendent's report.

Assistant Superintendent Karla Wardlaw and administrators from each campus presented the schools annual report tot the public.

Small Business Workshops Scheduled For October 19-20

         MONTICELLO, AR — Becoming a notary and starting and expanding a small business are the subjects of a pair of workshops October 19-20 hosted by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
          A representative from the Arkansas Secretary of State's office will walk participants through the notary application process and discuss best practices and issue facing notaries during a workshop at the Monticello Chamber of Commerce Building October 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.
          The ASBTDC will host the Southeast Arkansas Business and enterprise Development Conference for small business owners and persons interested in starting a small business October 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the S Parker 1890 Extension Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
          To register for either event, contact Stephanie Harton at (870) 460-1808 or register online at http://asbtdc.org/training/monticello-events/

Middle School Principal Addresses Lions Club

Lion Tommy Burrow and Middle School Principal Kathy Cornish
Kathy Cornish, Principal of the Warren Middle School, was guest speaker for the Warren Lions Club during their meeting held October 11th at Molly's Diner.  She talked about the renewed emphsis on reading in the middle school.

According to Mrs. Cornish she believes education has put too much emphasis on teaching state mandated frameworks and not enough energy into teaching basic reading skills.  She told the members that all learning is based on the ability to read.  She went on to say that numerous community leaders are supporting the effort to promote reading among all students.

Mrs. Cornish informed the Lions Club that the Head Start Program and the ABC School are joining forces to improve early teaching of reading to preschool students to have them ready to move forward with reading development once they start kindergarten.

The Middle School Principal talked about her passion for improving the ability to read for all students and the training efforts ongoing among teachers at the Middle School to be better prepared to teach students with various degrees of ability and backgrounds.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

City Council Annexes Property/Confirms Appointments

The Warren City Council conducted as lot of business, yet moved through it in a timely fashion during the October 10th monthly meeting.  City Clerk Helen Boswell presented the city's monthly financial report as well as the revenue received from both the county and city sales tax, the
District Court report and information on the cost of overtime by city employees.  Mayor Martin told the council members that sales tax is running at a 4% increase for the year to date.

Jessica Johnson with the Southeast Community Based Education Center Criminal Justice class, asked the council to consider allowing criminal justice students to work with Warren police officers in directing traffic on the school campus.  While no one was oppose to helping with the training, Mayor Martin and the council members felt some legal research was needed as well as determining liability.  The issue will be studied.

Mr. Kenneth Rochelle appeared before the council seeking more work be done on a lot near his residence.  The city has taken action resulting in some grass being cut, but Mr. Rochelle wants more done to a wooded area.  He stressed he was not seeking to have trees cut but undergrowth removed.  The city is not sure they can legally enforce any more cleaning but will look at it again.

A resolution honoring the late Mr. John Oliver Belcher for his service to Warren over many years was adopted.  Mr. Belcher was a family man, a wonderful citizen, a church man and longtime member of the city's Parks & Recreation Commission.

Another resolution was approved honoring the late Jessie Jacobs.  Mr. Jacobs was also a fine citizen, active in civic affairs ( past Chairman of the Bradley County Civic League ) a church man and served in several appointed capacities of city government.

The council adopted an ordinance annexing property into the Warren city limits on the corner of N. Myrtle Street (  U. S.Highway 63 ) and state highway 189.  The site is the location of a new Dollar General Store.  The site is across the street from the existing city limits and eligible to be taken into the city.  The owner petitioned to be taken in, to secure city services.

In other action, the council members accepted the resignation of Rick Warner from the Warren Water & Sewer Commission and confirmed the appointment of Rick Roper to the commission.  Action was taken to confirm H. Murray Claycomb to another term on the city's Aviation Commission and to confirm Michael Sparks to a position on the Southeast Intermodal Authority Board.

Each department head submitted monthly reports and were available to respond to questions from the council.  The Sanitation Committee recommended that Patrick Smith receive a pay step increase from 5C to 5D as a result of gaining his certification to operate the city sanitation transfer station in accordance to state regulations.  This now gives the city two employees with certification.  Council member Angela Marshall is chairman of the committee.  Other members are Zack Burks and Jimmy Moseley.

Council Member Dorothy Henderson, Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, gave an updated report on the preparation of the city budget for 2018.  She went into some detail.  Other committee members are Jimmy Moseley and Jancy Cobb.

Reports from all boards and commissions that have meet since the last council meeting were provided for review.  The council voted to pay all bills for September, 2017 and agreed to hold the next regular council meeting November 13th beginning at 5:30 P.M.

20th Annual "Worming of the Preachers"



A group of pastors and guests gathered around noon October 10th on Bradley County Road 25 North to join with Rusty Rowell for the 20th annual "Worming of the Preachers."  Rusty has been hosting the event for the past 20 years to show appreciation to the area pastors and a number who grew up in Bradley County and have moved off to other fields of service.  The menu consist of deer meat, peas, fried okra and of course turnip greens.  There is great fellowship, some testimonies and a general good time had by all.

Mr. Rowell indicated that this years "worming" is the conclusion of the event.  He stated he has enjoyed doing it due to his love for pastors and the work they perform every day.

There were pastors on hand from Bradley County, South Arkansas and from Texas.

Those in attendance presented Rusty with a plaque thanking him for twenty years of hosting the event for pastors.

Donald W. Reynolds YMCA Radio Auction Set For November 3

Warren Fire Department Responds to Outdoor Fire

At around 11:37 A. M. October 10th, the Warren Fire Department responded to an outdoor fire at 1403 Bellaire Street in Warren.  The fire was quickly extinguished and there appeared to be no damage to any structure.  Warren Police also were on hand to handle traffic or any other need.

Hermitage Gives Report to the Public/Buys Tractor

The Hermitage School Board meet Monday, October 9th and in addition to conducting regular monthly business, the annual report to the public was presented.  Other than employees, one student and the media ( salineriverchronicle.com ) no one from the general public was in attendance.

The board reviewed the finances and heard reports from Mistie McGhee and Rosalynda Ellis.  The Superintendent, Dr. Tucker also went over several items and discussed each item as it was brought up on the agenda.

Dr. Tucker asked the board to approve the equity report.  It showed that 32% of Hermitage students are Hispanic and 14% are African-American.  The district employees only one Hispanic and no certified African-Americans.  The report pledges to work to add more Hispanic and African-American teachers and certified personnel  Finding and hiring such teachers and employees has been difficult.

The board then voted to hold future school elections in May of each year in conjunction with other state and local elections when possible.  This should save the district some money and may increase voter turnout for school elections.  The board members would like to schedule the school elections at the same time with the Warren District.

A report to the public for the Hermitage Elementary School was given by Principal Rosalynda Ellis and another report for the Hermitage High School was presented by Principal Mistie McGhee.  Both reports went into some detail on academic progress and goals for the future.  According to the reports, Hermitage High School has 213 students and the Elementary School has 235.  Both are up slightly from last year.  the Elementary is up seven and the High School is up nineteen.  Other information was given on strategies, status of certified teachers, after school programs, Title One funding and health and wellness efforts.

The board then voted to reelect the same board officers for the coming school year.  The officers are:
Russell Richard, President
Kevin Reep, Vice President
Mary Hamilton, Secretary

Board members then approved an agreement with First State Bank to provide direct deposit for all school district employees.  The board also voted to approve the Arkansas Public School Unemployment Compensation program and to purchase a used tractor for use on school property at a cost of $14,200.00.  Dr. Tucker had secured several proposals.

After going into executive session to discuss personnel matters, the board came back into session and took no action.

Monday, October 9, 2017

DOLLAR GENERAL NOW OPEN IN WARREN

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – October 9, 2017 – Dollar General’s newest store at 1175 Mrytle St in Warren is now open!  In its new location, Dollar General will offer area residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.

Dollar General will celebrate the store’s official grand opening on Saturday, October 14 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals.  Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag with complimentary product samples, among other giveaways.

“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development.  “We hope our area customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”

Joint Public Health Committee Meets at SE Human Development Center

Mark Wargo and Melissa Stone
Members of the Joint Committee for Public Health, Welfare and Labor meet Monday, October 9th in Warren on the campus of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center.  Several members of the Senate and House Committees were present along with a number of other members of the General Assembly. 
Mayor Martin gives welcome.

The Committee and guest were welcomed by Warren Mayor Bryan Martin and information was provided to the committee by Kelley Linck, Chief Governmental Liaison of Legislative Affairs for DHS and Craig Cloud, Director, Provider Services and Quality Assurance Divisions for DHS.  Comments were then submitted by Melissa Stone, Director, Development Disabilities Services Division of DHS and Mark Wargo, Interim Superintendent of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center. 

Mr. Wargo informed the committee that the SE Center serves 96 residents and employees 248 people.  The center has been in Warren for 39 years.  He told the members that training is stress to the degree possible and that the Volunteer Council has been reorganized and is functioning with good attendance at meetings.  He talked about the community garden project and plans for a farmers market as well a ongoing efforts to work with private companies for training and manufacturing.  According to the Interim Superintendent, one client currently has a job off campus.  He also stated a large percentage of clients require 24/7 care.

After the committee adjourned, the members were provided a tour of the HDC.
Crowd listened to SEAHDC Presentation.

Arrest Report: October 9, 2017

Moorehead Jordan, 821 Pierson St., Warren, AR., age 28, charged with terroristic threatening and battery 3rd (19-7-17)

Vertrell Davis, 203 S. Bradley, Warren, AR., age 43, charged with disorderly conduct, arrested on warrant (103-17)

Barbara Amber Harlow, 44 Pinewood Dr., Warren, AR., age 23, arrested on warrant (10-3-17)

Holly Temple, 1205 S. Martin, Warren, AR., age 34, arrested on warrant (10-7-17)

Todd Winters, 508 Fullerton St., Warren, AR., age 20, charged with disorderly conduct, commercial burglary (10-6-17)