Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Goods Being Collected for Relief for Flood Victims

Roland Blanchard has announced that he will be delivering a load of goods to Louisiana flood victims on Friday, August 26.  Anyone interested in making donations may contact him at 870-466-8440 or drop them off at the office of Attny. Bruce Anderson.  He has a place to store goods in Banks until the delivery.  The goods will be delivered to United Way.

Watch Week Three of Chop Talk Tonight At 9pm CST

Have a Lumberjack related question for Rob and Ryan?  Text it to 870-820-2894.

Donald W. Reynolds Y Receives $6000 from Armstrong Flooring Foundation

Employees of the Armstrong-Witt Hardwood Flooring Plant were on hand Tuesday August, 23rd to present a check in the amount of $6000.00 to the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County.  Also present were YMCA staff and Mr. John Nazzaro, President of the "Heart of Arkansas United Way."  The money goes to Y's operating fund.

Pictured are: front row L-R  Tammy Jones, Marty Reep, John Nazzaro, Heather Nicole Tittle;
back row L-R  Keith VanDee, Jorge Miranda, David Richey, Bart Goodwin, Stacie Stone.

The funds donated are from the Armstrong Flooring Foundation and are given through the United Way.  Armstrong is a strong supporter of the Warren community and the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA.

Calls Answered By Warren Fire Department

During the past week the Warren Fire Department answered three calls for assistance.  The first was on August, 17th to a false alarm on N. Martin Street.  On August, 20th the department responded to two calls.  One at 604 Hankins around 1:26 A.M., which turned out to be smoke from a stove, and another for a downed power line near 402 N. Etheridge.  No major damage or injuries resulted form any of the calls.

Ashcraft, Gray, and Adams Serve as Jr. Rotarians

Payton Ashcraft, Magnus Gray, and Logan Adams are serving as Jr. Rotarians this period.
Warren Rotary Clubmet Tuesday, August 23rd in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church and were excited to have their first group of Junior Rotarians from Warren High School.   Payton Ashcraft, Magnus Gray, and Logan Adams earned the invitation to serve as Jr. Rotarians through their outstanding academic excellence and their exemplary discipline records.  They will join the Rotary Club each Tuesday for a month to learn more about being civic-minded.
Rotarian Bob Smalling and his guests Donna Lawhon and John Lipton of BCEDC.

Rotarian Bob Smalling invited Donna Lawhon and John Lipton from the Bradley County Economic Development Corporation to speak about the importance of Bradley County becoming an "ACT Work Ready Community".

Watch Warren vs. McGehee Scrimmage On-Demand

Please note:  You will be required to subscribe to watch.  Good news: If you decide to subscribe for the $50 plan to watch this game on-demand, you will also gain access to the entire 2016 season of Lumberjack Football LIVE.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Arrest Report: August 22, 2016

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Phillip Hays, 1505 US 63 S., Warren, AR., age 30, charged with domestic battery 3rd and disorderly conduct (8-15-16)

Terry W. Adams, 215 Bradley 16, Warren, AR., age 33, arrested on a warrant (8-16-16)

Holly Temple, 1205 S. Martin, Warren, AR., age 32, charged with disorderly conduct (8-16-16)

Robert W. McCann, 21050 Hwy. 63, Rison, AR., age 28, arrested on a warrant failure to appear and speeding (8-17-16)

Aletha Broughton, 1010 S. Myrtle St., Warren, AR., age 51, charged with shoplifting and instrument of crime (8-19-16)

Terrance York, 606 W. Central, Warren, AR., age 40, charged with driving on suspended license (8-20-16)

Aletha Broughton, 1010 S. Myrtle, Warren, AR., age 51, charged with failure to yield, leaving the scene of an accident, drinking on highway, and shoplifting (8-20-16)

Darren Patton, 601 N. Chestnut, Warren, AR., age 29, arrested on a warrant (8-20-16)

Robert Compton, 2504 Forest Lawn Dr., El Dorado, AR., age 63, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and fleeing by vehicle (8-20-16)

Bruce James, 507 Howard St., Warren, AR., age 56, arrested on a warrant (8-2-16)

Micah Richey, 406 S. Myrtle, Warren, AR., age 19, charged with DWI, driving left of center, and failure to stop at stop sign (8-22-16)

Man Charged in Oil Spill

Bruce James was issued a citation charging him with three offenses in the late Saturday afternoon spilling of oil throughout several streets and a highway in Warren.  He was charged with obstruction of streets, spilling destructive and injurious material, and spilling on the highway.

Update on Woman Sought in Battery Case

Last week, the Warren Police Department issued a call to the public for assistance in locating LaKedra Warner, who had an active warrant for her arrested on battery charges.  With the help of the public, the police were able to locate the woman.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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Want to know who is running for Warren, Hermitage, and Banks city councils?  Check it out on the political page.

Learn how you can get your tickets early for the Football Kickoff Classic to watch the Warren Lumberjacks in action at War Memorial Stadium.

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Single Parent Scholarship Applications for Fall Semester Open

The Bradley County Single Parent Schoalrship Fund has the fall semester application open until September 1st.

To apply, visit our website: http://www.aspsf.org/scholarships/find-your-county/bradley/
Resident of Bradley County, Arkansas

Single, head of household with custody of a minor child under the age of 18
A high school graduate or have obtained a GED
Pursuing an undergraduate course of study at a vocational,  2-year, or 4-year institution
Must have completed the FAFSA
Must have and maintain a 2.50 GPA
Must be a full-time student (12+ hours) or part-time student (6-11 hours)
Applicants are required to provide supporting documents, along with a completed scholarship application, by the deadline.

Hermitage Alderman Resigns

During the Hermitage City Council's monthly meeting conducted August 15, 2016, Alderman Frank Ford submitted his resignation and it was accepted by the council.  The reason for the resignation was not listed in the minutes of the meeting.  The minutes did state that Mr. Steve Baker was present for the meeting and that he "had" interest in being on the council.  He may be considered in the future.

Reports were given concerning the water department, the sewer department, street repairs, the fire department and the police department which reported 15 citations issued during July.  There were no fire calls for the month.  The financial statement was presented by Lanette Vines, and it was approved.

Under old business the council was informed that the Arkansas Municipal League health Insurance has to be "piggy backed" with the city of Hampton since Hermitage only has two employees on the program.  Hampton has agreed to the arrangement.

In new business, the council approved to accept Jay Harrod as a city worker for a couple of hours a day to clean ditches and put in culverts at a rate of pay of $25.00 per hour.  the council was informed that ETC Engineers has submitted a letter to ADEQ stating that all corrective actions have been completed.

Aldermen were informed there was one 2014 audit finding.  the city had lent $750.00 to the Hermit Huddle Fund.  State code prohibits such transactions.  The $750.00 was paid back and the city's Hermit Huddle Fund account was closed.  There were no findings for 2015.

The council then voted to transfer $10,000.00 from the depreciation fund to the water operating fund to assist in payment of interior pressure washing and painting of water tank #1.  The city will apply for a grant for another $10,000.00 to pay the total expenses.

An executive session was held to discuss employees.  No action was reported.

$8040 Raised by Local Girl to Help Veterans with PTSD

Shelby Gardner
About a year ago, Shelby Gardner, who is now a 17-year-old senior at Warren High School, approached her parents Chad and Marissa Gardner with her desire to raise funds to go to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder department at the Veteran's Memorial Hospital in Little Rock.  Shelby's idea was to host a dessert auction to raise funds for care packages for veterans suffering from this disorder.  With the support of her parents, Shelby began organizing the auction by signing up donors to give desserts and even some to make cash contributions.  This normally quiet and reserved young lady, stepped out of her comfort zone and spoke to civic clubs about her project. She sought the support of the local veterans groups, contacted Mike Nichols to serve as auctioneer, and worked to gather a crowd for the silent and live auction.  

The event was held in the fellowship hall of Shelby's church, Central Missionary Baptist on Saturday, August 20. When all the proposed bidders arrived, there was standing room only.  The room was filled with sweet savory aromas of honey bun cakes, peanut butter cakes, apple and cherry pies, cream cheese strawberry cake, and more. The auction was made fun by the auctioneer and bidders proved willing to spend for a great cause.  When the final bid was cast, Shelby had raise $8040.00.
There was standing room only at the Dessert Auction Saturday morning.

But hold on.  She isn't through yet.  Shelby will be at the Bradley County fair selling pulled pork sandwiches to continue to raise money for the veterans.

Her mother, Marissa Gardner, sent this thank you out to all who helped make this worthy cause a great success, "Shelby came to us with an idea a year ago. We started small and her desire for helping those in need only grew larger. Today, we held a Dessert Auction for the Veteran's Memorial Hospital, PTSD Department, in the hopes of raising $1,000. We raised over $8,000. This absolutely would not have been possible without many wonderful people who donated baked goods, everyone who came to our exciting auction, and our great Auctioneer, Mike Nichols. Mike made sure all of the baked goods were sold at fair prices. Shelby's dream came true and everybody's generosity has blown her away and greatly humbled my family. Thank you so very much for your support. We appreciate each and every person that has reached out and helped in every way. "
With sincere gratitude,
Chad, Marisa, Shelby & Dayton Gardner
Left to Right:  Shelby's idea was supported by her whole family.  Her father, Chad Gardner and brother Dayton listen as auctioneer Mike Nichols works the crowd to get top dollar for the cause.

City Employees Called Out to Respond to Oil Spill

City crews worked until midnight putting sand on an oil spill that meandered through several city streets.
According to the Warren Fire Department, a driver pulling a trailer with a 55-gallon drum of oil drove through several streets within the city of Warren spilling oil onto the streets.  The vehicle was entering Warren from the east.  Oil began spilling when he turned onto Clingman Road.  The spill continued as he traveled north on Clingman and when he turned left onto East Cedar Street.  The spill became worse as he turned right onto North Gannaway and continued as he turned left onto Pennington Street and  right onto North Bradley Street, left onto East Pine, and north onto Myrtle Street.

Mayor Martin, the city street crew, fire department, and police department all responded.  Traffic had to be rerouted and sand was put on the oil spill throughout the route of the spill.  The incident was reported around 5:00 p.m.  Crews worked until midnight dispersing the sand.

At this time, the incident is still under investigation.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Don't Miss the Dessert Auction Saturday!!!

Shelby Gardner is hosting a Dessert Auction this Saturday August 20th @ Central Missionary Baptist Fellowship Hall (facing Bond St.).  Doors will open @ 9:30 a.m. with the auction starting at 10:00 a.m.  All proceeds will go to Veterans Memorial Hospital, PTSD Department. Come out and support our Veterans and Shelby!! Check out just a few of the delicious desserts awaiting you at the auction.

Cream Cheese Brownies

Honey Bun Cake

Linda Gardner's Hershey Bar Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Linda Gardner's Strawberry Cake

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Called Quorum Court Meeting, Debate About Sheriff's Vehicles

A called meeting of the Bradley County Quorum Court was held Wednesday evening August, 17th.  Seven of the nine JP's were present.  The announced purpose of the meeting was to approve a resolution authorizing the County Judge to apply for a outdoor recreation grant to pay one half of the cost of purchasing land adjacent to the county park for the purpose of expanding the park in the future.  The court approved the resolution by a vote of 7-0.  If the grant is approved in the future, the county would have to come up with something around $121,500.00 to buy the property.

The court then voted 7-0 to waive their pay for the called meeting.

Judge Neely then asked the members to vote to amend the agenda and to add another item to the called meeting.  The Justices voted to do so.

Judge Neely informed the court that at the regular monthly meeting conducted Monday night the 15th of August, the court had approved the purchase of a new sheriff's car to replace a vehicle that was totaled as a result of being damaged by a falling tree during a recent storm.  He indicated he thought the car was to be replace by another car using the insurance money.  The Judge stated he received an invoice for a new truck to replace the car.  He indicated the insurance would pay $25,872.00 and the new truck will cost $27,797.00.  The county will have to pay the difference plus the cost of radios and lights.  He went on to say a car would cost less and there would be sufficient insurance to pay the total price.  He told the court they must decide whether to buy a truck or a car.

Sheriff Rick Anders told the Justices that a truck was more practical and that most sheriffs departments are going to trucks in the rural areas.  Chief Deputy and the presumed sheriff-elect Herschel Tillman agreed with Sheriff Anders.  What followed were a number of questions and comments by several JP's concerning the need for the truck, the difference in the cost of the car vs. the truck,  the overall status of the sheriffs fleet of vehicles and the cost of operation of the car vs. the truck.  Sheriff Anders stated the department has eleven vehicles and only four have under 100,00 miles.

At times there appeared to be some frustration among the court as to the needs and the facts.  Sheriff Anders indicated that he not only needs the new truck but he also needs to purchase another vehicle to replace one of his existing vehicles that have excessive miles and stays in the shop constantly. There was considerable  discourse back and forth among the sheriff, the court and the county judge.

Justice Pat Morman made the motion to buy a new vehicle of the sheriff's choice to replace the car totaled by the tree during the storm.  The cost is to be $27,927.00.  The county will pay any balance in excess of the insurance settlement.  The motion was approved 7-0.

24/7 Corn Dispenser Open On Martin Street

The newest retail business to open in Warren is a corn dispenser that is fully automated.  In other
words it is self serve.  It is located on Martin Street between the tabacco store and the At&T/Life Hospice building.  Those desiring to purchase corn for deer feeding will be able to secure the product at their convenience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new business is owned by the Shannon Wilkerson and Rick Reep families.

Warren Police Seeking Woman Suspected of Battery

Lakedra Warner has an active warrant for first degree battery. If anyone knows the whereabouts of this subject, please contact the Warren Police Department at 870-226-3703.


Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Certified Organic Cost Share Reimbursement Program. Organic certification fees paid between the dates of October 1, 2015 – September 20, 2016 are eligible for reimbursement. If you would like to apply, please submit a completed application along with required documents (included in the application), located at www.aad.arkansas.gov.

Reimbursement is available for companies who have been certified by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved certifying agent. The AAD administers the USDA National Organic Program’s Organic Certification Cost Share Reimbursement through funding provided by the USDA Farm Bill. Learn more about the USDA Cost Share Reimbursement Program at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/occsp

Contact Melissa Lambert with questions about the application and/or reimbursement process at 501-683-4851.

The AAD is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation.  Learn more about the AAD by visiting www.aad.arkansas.gov. 

Holy Hill to Host 1st Annual Musical

Holy Hill Church of God in Christ, located at 7447 Bradley 1 N, Banks, AR,  will be hosting their 1st Annual Musical which will be held Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.  The guest speaker for the event will be Elder Rodney Henderson of Holy Temple Church of God in Christ of Monticello, AR.  The theme is "Sing unto the Lord a new song."  Psams 98:1-4.  Supt. Joseph L. Mosley and 1st Lady Cynthia Mosley invite all.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Youth Day to Be Held

Bethel A.M.E. Church Annual Youth Day will be held Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.  The guest speaker for the event will be Rev. Christopher Jones of Rose Hill Missionary Baptist  Church  of Pine Bluff.  Pasteor Welton Boyce, Presiding Elder Rev. James Hooper, and Presiding Bishop Rev. Michael Mitchell invite all.

Head Start Employees Receive Pre-training

Michelle Carter, Bradley County Cooperative Extension Agent, recently provided the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Head Start Employees with two hours of pre-service training to jump start the new school year.  Amy Howard, Head Start Director, coordinated the workshop and included the following five counties: Bradley, Drew, Ashley, Desha, and Chicot.  Carter's presentations included "Getting Your Hearts Right" and "Color Me Happy".  

Rotarians Hear Programs

Joel Tolefree and Jimmy Sledge
Rotarian Jimmy Sledge on August 9, 2016 had Joel Tolefree from Chamber of Commerce speak to club about all the events scheduled for the county fair.
Stephanie Harton and Mayor Bryan Martin

Rotarian Bryan Martin on August 16, 2016 had Stephanie Harton with Small Business & Technology Development Center speak about the services they have to offer to help individuals looking into starting a new business.

Poultry Testing For Fair

All poultry to be entered into the Bradley County Fair must comply with the poultry health regulations by being tested for Pullorum-Typhoid.  The Bradley County Agent, John Gavin, will test chickens at the Bradley County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, September 6th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  No Pullorum-Typhoid testing will be conducted during the Fair.  Contact the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service at 870-226-8410 to register your poultry to be tested.

Lakeport Legacies to Close Out 2016 Series Aug. 25

Attachment: Pension files sometimes contain
photographs of claimants, like
 this attached one of John Gordon who
joined the 11th Louisiana Infantry in 1863.
Gordon was a slave on George Falls
 plantation on Deer Creek in Washington County, Miss.
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. — “The Other Lycurgus Johnson: U.S. Colored Troops and Civil War Pension Files in the Delta” will wrap up the Lakeport Legacies series, Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. The monthly history talk at Lakeport Plantation will feature Dr. Blake Wintory, director of the Lakeport Plantation, who will discuss on-going research on the lives of former enslaved laborers in Chicot County, Ark. and Washington County, Miss.

Lakeport Legacies is a monthly history talk held on the last Thursday of each month at the Lakeport Plantation during the spring and summer months. Each month a topic from the Delta region is featured.

The event is free of charge and is in the dining room of the Lakeport Plantation house, located near the Greenville Bridge at 601 Hwy 142, in Lake Village. For more information and to RSVP, contact Dr. Wintory at (870) 265-6031, or by email at bwintory@astate.edu.

During the Civil War, nearly 200,000 African-American men served in the Union Army, with over 47,000 coming from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Many of these men and their families filed for pensions from the federal government. Those files, often filled with interviews with family, friends, comrades and former owners, can be a trove of information on 19th century African-American life, sometimes providing complete life histories for former enslaved laborers.

"Many of the interviews for pensions took place in the 1880s and 1890s—years before the Works Progress Administration (WPA) slave narratives,” explained Wintory. “When we can find pensions for former slaves at Lakeport or nearby plantations, we can learn a lot of local history that is simply not available anywhere else."

Among the pensions examined by Wintory is one for a man named Lycurgus Johnson. Lycurgus, a contemporary who happened to share the name of Lakeport’s owner, enlisted at Lake Providence, La., on May 5, 1863 in Company D of 8th Louisiana Regiment Infantry (African descent). Sgt. Johnson died of tuberculosis just over a year later on July 20, 1864, in Vicksburg.

Lycurgus’ widow, Mary, in a 1900 interview, revealed she and Lycurgus were slaves on Edward P. Johnson’s Avon Plantation on Lake Washington. Edward Johnson and Lakeport’s Lycurgus were first cousins. She arrived on the plantation as a “mere child,” while Lycurgus arrived from Kentucky around 1849 when he was likely in his early 20s.

He and Mary were married by “a slave-preacher long before the war on the Avon place and we lived together without separation ‘til Lycurgus Johnson enlisted,” she recalled.

Mary was a house servant and Lycurgus worked around the house. He would “drive the wagon and did things that did not require heavy work” due to the illness that eventually took his life. The record also provides important details about plantation communities. For example, the file also includes interviews with two other slaves on the Avon Plantation, Matt Harris and Downing Williams, and an affidavit signed by the slave preacher, Hilliard Holmes, who married the couple in 1850.

The Lakeport Plantation is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Constructed circa 1859, Lakeport is one of Arkansas's premier historic structures and still retains many of its original finishes and architectural details. Open to the public since 2007, Lakeport researches and interprets the people and cultures that shaped plantation life in the Mississippi River Delta, focusing on the Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University develops and operates historic properties of regional and national significance in the Arkansas Delta. A-State's Heritage Sites include the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Lakeport Plantation, the Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash and Arkansas State University Museum.

Fair Pageant Information Released

Bradley County Fair Pageant will be September 13 at 7:00 in the Warren Cultural Center. A junior queen (ages 13-16) and a senior queen (ages17-21) will be crowned with winners competing in the state fair pageant in October.  The senior queen will receive a tuition scholarship to University of Arkansas in Monticello.

Applications available from JeNelle Lipton (226-5457) or Glenda Cross (226-5758).  Also available at the Extension Office.

Intermodal Authority Grants approval to Renew Loan

In a relatively brief board meeting on Wednesday August, 16th, the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board voted to renew its revolving loan with Commercial Bank of Monticello in the current amount of $359,147.19 and to pay current interest in the amount of $638.52.  The loan is due August 22, 2016, thus the need to renew.

The board granted authority to apply for $150,000.00 from the Delta Regional Authority to be used to conduct road work within the Intermodal Park.

According to the financial statement presented and approved, the two cities and two counties currently owe the authority the following:
City of Monticello-$105,921.79
City of Warren-$107,269.33
Drew County-$154,364.51
Bradley County-$224,261.06

The Mayors of Warren and Monticello continue to be committed to contribute on a annual basis as approved by their respective city councils.  No official information has been provided concerning future financial plans of the two counties.  

City of Warren Officials Receive Appointments

According to the Arkansas Municipal League, two City of Warren elected officials have been appointed to committees and board of the League.

Alderman Dorothy Henderson was place on the Executive Committee for the coming year and Mayor Bryan Martin was placed on the Workers Compensation Board of Trustees.  Both have served in the past.

The newly elected President of the Arkansas Municipal League is Mayor Harry Brown of Stephens, Arkansas.  The League is made up of some 500 municipal governments in Arkansas.  The cities range in population of close to 200,000 down to less than a hundred.  The League advocates for the cities and operates self insured insurance programs for member communities.

Dessert Auction Set for Saturday

Shelby Gardner is hosting a Dessert Auction this Saturday August 20th @ Central Missionary Baptist Fellowship Hall (facing Bond st) doors open @ 9:30, auction starts at 10. All proceeds go to Veterans Memorial Hospital, PTSD Department. Come out and support our Veterans and Shelby!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Acting Superintendent Named at Human Development Center

According to the Department of Arkansas Human Services, Steven Farmer has been named acting superintendent for the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center located in Warren.  The former superintendent Glenn Clark's employment was terminated August 9.