Wednesday, August 23, 2017

HDC Hosts Lunch and Learn

A good crowd was on hand Wednesday, August 23rd in the training room of the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center for another program of "Lunch &  Learn."  Periodically the Center host a healthy lunch and has a program of some type that is educational in nature.  The program for the 23rd was presented by Emily English who works for the Arkansas Children's Research Institute.
She talked about development and maintenance of small gardens to grow healthy and fresh food.

The Human Development Center is in the process of creating a community garden and conducting a farmers market.  Volunteers and organizations are being sought to assist with the garden.  Any one interested should contact Dana Harvey at the Center.

The program went into some detail on how to start a garden and the best practices to follow in growing healthy and fresh food.

Cleveland County-Race to the Fair

The Cleveland County Fair Association wishes to announce the annual Race to the Fair 5kRun/Walk and 1 Mile Run/Walk will be held September 16 at 8:00 a.m. and will begin at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Rison.  First, Second and Third place awards will be given in the men and women’s division.  Participation medals will be given to all who pre-register and door prizes will be awarded on the day of the race. All ages are invited to participate in this FUN Family event.  For additional information or a race registration form, please contact  Registration forms are also available at FBT Bank & Mortgage (race sponsor) at the Fordyce and Rison banks, Warren Bank and Trust, west branch location along with the Cleveland County Herald office in Rison

 Registration forms are also in the fair tabloid which was mailed to Cleveland County Herald recipients and can be picked up at Herald office located in Rison.

Library Has Nearly 600 People Come Through The Doors On Day Of Eclipse Party

Official Press Release From The Warren Branch Library:

All Photos submitted by the Warren Branch Library
We had a record high of 593 people in our library that day!!!

We had a HUGE turn out today and an AWESOME time during our Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. We had the Kindergarten group from the FBC Warren Preschool, UAM College students,

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lumberjack LIVE Awarded For Outstanding Sports Coverage, Set For 2017 Season Opener August 29

Lumberjack LIVE, the official live streaming program of the Warren Lumberjacks, is set to return for its eighth consecutive year of Lumberjack sports coverage with the Jacks' football season opener to air Tuesday, August 29, 2017 with Warren taking on Little Rock Christian live from War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Once again Lumberjack LIVE will be streaming through the NFHS Network, and viewers can subscribe through

The Lumberjack LIVE program has been named a SELECT channel on the NFHS Network after last season's all-sports coverage of Lumberjack Sports.  "We were one of only two channels in the entire State of Arkansas to earn the honor of being named an NFHS Network SELECT program, the other being Fayetteville," said owner Rob Reep.

To earn SELECT status, channels were required to produce an average of 67 programs with high production quality, including audio commentators, coverage of at least 4 different sports, both home and away coverage, as well as other criteria.

"Looking back on last season, I'm extremely proud of what we accomplished," said Reep.  "Lumberjack LIVE was one of only 88 NFHS Network channels in the United States to earn the SELECT channel status, which is incredible," he continued.

Viewers can go ahead and prepare for the upcoming 2017 Lumberjack Football season by purchasing their subscription plans at  Options are the exact same as last season.  A full year is $50, a four month plan is $30, and a monthly plan is $9.95.

Former Lumberjack baseball catcher and owner Rob Reep returns once again as the voice of the Warren Lumberjacks, with Ryan Moseley, former Lumberjack offensive lineman, joining him in the booth for in-game analysis and commentary.

"Gearing up for my 6th season as color commentator for Lumberjack LIVE, it has been a pleasure getting to watch tremendous teams and talent come out of Warren," said Moseley.  "The 2017 Lumberjacks have the talent and coaching to be just as special as any," said Moseley pondering the potential for the 2017 team.  "With August coming to an end, my excitement grows as I know we are just a week away from those Friday night lights, and it's going to be another exciting year to be a Lumberjack," he continued.

County Judge Reports on Road & Intermodal Work

Most of the August 21st Bradley County Quorum Court meeting consisted of reports given by Bradley county Judge Klay McKinney.  Routine monthly reports were presented to the Justices from the County Treasure and Sheriff and Collector.  Judge McKinney updated the Court on work on-ging on County Roads 25, 41 and 1.  He informed them that a grant in the amount of $45,000.00 has been received to work on County Rd. 4 near Ingalls.  The County will match the grant for a total project of $90,000.00.   The work on Co. road 4 will include a new box culvert.

The Judge then informed the Justices that county crews and material have been used to conduct much needed maintenance work on the Intermodal Authority Park just east of Wilmar.  He stated the county has hauled and installed 12 or 13 loads of gravel and spent around two weeks bush hogging and doing other work.  He said this is a way Bradley County can contribute to the intermodal project without paying money to the organization.  Currently the intermodal financial statement list Bradley County as owing about $160,000.  To the intermodal board.  Judge McKinney added that he understands the county does not legally owe any money to the intermodal but the county is trying to help as are Drew County and Warren and Monticello.

Job Opening-Customer Relations/Front Office Manager

Delta Counseling Associates has an immediate opening for a Customer Relations/Front Office Manager at their Warren Service Center.  Responsibilities include scheduling, confirming, and tracking appointments, requesting and receiving payments, managing incoming calls, etc. 

Minimum 2 yrs office experience preferred. Must possess exceptional organization and time management skills in addition to above average computer skills.  This position requires a motivated, enthusiastic individual with great interpersonal skills, who is a natural team player. Above average salary with paid health insurance, retirement and leave.

Resumes/Applications may be submitted to Monticello Delta Counseling Center or by one of the following options:

Mail:  DCA Customer Relations/Front Desk Manager - Warren
ATTN:  Tracy Lindsey
790 Roberts Drive
Monticello, AR 71655


Fax:  (870) 367-2363

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Job Opening-Paraprofessional LPN Case Manager

Delta Counseling Associates, Inc. has an immediate full-time opening for an Arkansas licensed LPN to work as a Mental Health Paraprofessional by providing case management type services to children and adults in the Warren area. Previous related experience preferred. Competitive salary with excellent benefits, including company paid premiums and retirement contributions.   

Resumes/applications may be submitted to the Warren Delta Counseling Center or by one of the following options:              

Mail:   DCA LPN Applicant (Warren)
Attn: Tracy Lindsey
790 Roberts Drive
Monticello, AR 71655


Fax:  (870) 460-6133

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Monday, August 21, 2017

August 14-21, 2017 WPD Arrest Report

Robert Derrick Payne / 2192 Why 278, Wilmar, AR 71675 / DOB 7-17-85 / Bench Warrant on 8-14-17

Cameron Braswell / 119 Watson St., Warren, AR 71671 / DOB 11-23-82 / Battery 3rd and Criminal Trespassing on 8-14-17

Demietrea Lynn Lawson / 1510 Dyer Rd. New Edinburg, AR 71660 / DOB 11-25-87 / Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing Gob Operation on 8-16-17

Lorenzo Harris / 604 Cherry St., Warren, AR 71671 / DOB 2-28-17 / Disorderly Conduct, Warrant Bradley County, Obstruction Gov Operations on 8-16-17

Deandre Trevon Gaines / 707 H Hyatt St., Lot 1, Monticello, AR 71655 / DOB 1-28-98 / Warrant of Arrest on 8-16-17

Geraldo Couto / 326 Catherine, Warren, AR 71671 / DOB 7-15-98 / Agg Assault on 8-16-17

Thomas Bradbury, Jr. / 401 1/2 Elm St., Warren, AR 71671 / DOB 5-23-83 / Bench Domestic Warrant Battery on 8-16-17

Joshua D. Hampton / 424 E. Jackson, Monticello, AR 71655 / DOB 1-6-97 / Warrant FTA, 2 Days Jail Time on 8-17-17

Jeffrey M. Mann / 1311 S. Martin, Warren, AR 71671 / DOB 5-1-70 / Parole Warrant, Poss. Drug Parap. on 8-18-17

Patrick Rimsey / 802 Glover St., Warren, AR 71671 / DOB 11-1-98 / Agg Assault, Poss. of firearm by certain persons, Poss. of controlled substance with intent to deliver on 8-18-17

Rickey Johnson / 240 Br. Rd. 19, Warren, AR 71671 / DOB 5-15-17 / Driving on suspicion DL, DWI, Refusal of breath test on 8-18-17

Herman McDade / 810 Shop St., Warren, AR 71671 / DOB 2-22-82 / Domestic Battery 3rd on 8-18-17

Cameron Braswell / 405 W. Elm St., Warren, AR 71671 / DOB 11-23-82 / Warrant 17-408 on 8-20-17

Robby Riedel / 153 Bradley 280 Rd., Warren, AR 71671 / DOB 8-24-88 / Warrant 17-377

Warren Police Arrest Patrick T. Rimsey

The Warren Police Department has arrested Patrick T. Rimsey, address listed as 807 Glover Street, Warren, Arkansas for the offenses of possession of a firearm by certain person, and possession of schedule VI controlled substance with the intent to deliver.  The arrest was made on August 18th after police were called to the area of 1115 Boyd Street in reference to an altercation involving a firearm.  It was determined that the alleged theft of marijuana was a cause of the argument.

Mr. Rimsey was later located by Warren Police and a substance believed to be marijuana was found in his pants pocket along with $581.00.  Mr. Rimsey, after being read his rights. admitted to possessing the pistol, displaying the pistol, possessing  marijuana, selling marijuana and that the money he had in his possession was the result of selling marijuana.  Mr. Rimsey is a convicted felon out of Circuit Court in Drew County.

The pistol, marijuana, and money was seized by law enforcement and  bond of $25,000.00 was set by Circuit Judge Sam Pope.  Warren Police Officers and CID Tim Nichols investigated the case that lead to the arrest.

2017 Solar Eclipse Pictures From Viewers In The River Region

Photo taken by Rob Reep.
Photo by Tristan Knoedl
Photo by Anthony Hearnsberger
Photo by Ruth Gonzalez
Melanie Coble
Amanda West
Hermitage High School
Hermitage High School
Hermitage High School
Demetre Calhoun
Jennifer Handly
Jennifer Handly
Amelia Sedberry-Xander's first solar eclipse
Amelia Sedberry-Xander's first solar eclipse
Amelia Sedberry-Xander's first solar eclipse
Joy Latta
Joy Latta
Joy Latta
Cindy May


Email Your Solar Eclipse Photos

We will be posting as many of our viewers solar eclipse photos as possible!  Email them to .  Of course, please be safe and do not look at the sun directly without proper solar viewing glasses.

Carl Pierce Speaks To Warren Rotary Club

Carlton Davis and Carl Pierce
On August 15th, business development specialist Carl Pierce spoke to the Rotary Club of Warren about the great opportunities Warren has to improve our economy and necessary steps we need to take to attract new businesses here.

Hermitage School Board Meeting

The Hermitage School Board meet for its monthly meeting August 14th.  The financial report was reviewed and reports were presented by Mistie McGhee, Rosalynda Ellis, Jade Huitt and Dr. Tucker, Superintendent.

The board approved the MIgrant Partnership and set meal prices for adults at $2.10 for breakfast and $3.55 for lunch.  Then a vote was taken approving the HIPPY program.

The board then voted to set the upcoming school election and conduct only early voting.

Technology purchases were authorized in the amount of $53,999.34.  A lock box was approved from First State Bank with Mindy Wolfe, Leslie Huitt and Dr. Tucker having access.  In other votes the board approved disbursing officers, talked about pest control, and approved a physical therapy contract with Allen Therapy Services.  The board voted to begin disposing of real property by bid or other means in accordance to policy.

After conducting an executive session the board voted as follows:
* Accept the resignation of Enoch Moore die to retirement
* Hired Ashley Robinson as an elementary para-professional, Samantha Breedlove as an English
  teacher for the high school, Chase Ellis and Greg Mauldin as bus drivers and Hunter Saunders as
  part-time labor in the custodial and maintenance department.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is set for the second Monday in September.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rib Cook-Off

Meet the New Executive Secretary to the Mayor

Warren Mayor Bryan Martin has announced the hiring of Charlotte Tenner Brown as the Executive Secretary to the Mayor.  In this capacity, Ms. Brown will serve as the Mayor's personal secretary, will handle human resource work for the city and will carry out all duties as instructed by the Mayor and within the job description approved by the City Council.  Ms. Brown went to work August 16th.

The Executive Secretary job became available upon the Council's naming of Helen Boswell as Warren City Clerk after the retirement of Jeanie Reep.  Ms. Brown is a 1982 graduate of Warren High School.  She has one child and one grandchild.  She lived away from Warren and moved back in 2010 to be close to her family and siblings.  She is a member of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.  She has an extensive background having worked for the Warren Public Schools, the insurance industry, retail, the medical industry and law enforcement.   She is very excited to be associated with the City of Warren and the Warren Mayor's Office.

Charlotte will be the first person seen as individuals enter the Mayor and City Clerk Offices on the second floor of the Warren Municipal Building.

ASEA Awards

The Bradley County Chapter of ASEA received a plaque at the ASEA Conference in Little Rock on  August 11 - 12.  The plaque is awarded to the top three active Chapters.   The Chapter has donated coats and sweaters to people in need around the Christmas holidays and has donated money to the Warren Fire Department, Bradley County Helping Hands, Angel Tree, and the Bradley County Library.  "We are trying to be more involved with activities in the Bradley County area.  "We are currently collecting school supplies and we are volunteering to help at the Bradley County Fair in September" stated Sheila Smith, Chapter President.  "We are proud of how far our Chapter has come in getting involved and volunteering as a group".  Recognition for the 2017 ASEA Recruiter of the year was given to Sheila Smith.

SEACAC Special Called Board Meeting

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation Governing Board of Directors will meet in a Special Called meeting on Monday, August 21, 2017.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be held at the SEACAC Complex located at 1208 North Myrtle Street in Warren.  The meeting is open to the public.  SEACAC serves Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew Counties in Southeast Arkansas.

Girl Scout Recruitment

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 5th, from 5:00-7:00 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.

Fair Catalogs Now Available

It’s Fair time in Bradley County and the 2017 Bradley County Fair and Livestock Show catalogs and entry tags are ready.  Catalogs are available at the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 100 East First Street in Warren.  Pre-registration for the Home Economics Division Exhibits is encouraged and may be done at the county Extension Office from 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information, you may contact the County Extension Office at 870-226-8410.  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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bradley County Contributing Manpower, Equipment and Materials to Intermodal

During the August 16th meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Facility Authority, Bradley County Judge Klay McKinney, gave a detailed report on work that Bradley County crews have conducted on the intermodal park site just east of Wilmar, Arkansas.  There was a serious need to conduct maintenance work on the site along with other improvements, not under the scope of contract work.  The Judge brought up the fact that Bradley County was not in a position to contribute money to the project but he is willing to provide in-kind labor using county employees, equipment and some materials such as roundup and gravel.  He stated the county had spent some 2 and a half to three weeks working on the site.  He went on to say it was difficult work because of the condition of the site.

After the Judge gave the report, the authority's board voted to give credit to each of the two cities and two counties if they provide in-kind work to the intermodal site and to deduct the amount spent from the amount each is being charged on the intermodal's monthly financial report.  It should be noted, as it has been before, that legally the cities and counties are not liable for any expenses incurred by the authority, unless approved by the city councils or quorum courts.  At this time the authority's financial report list the liabilities as follows:
Drew County-$49,744.80
Bradley County-$163,606.16
Mayor Bryan Martin informed SRC that the City of Warren will be making additional payments during 2017 as budgeted by the Warren City Council.  It has been previously reported that more state funds are coming for the intermodals throughout the state.

Flashing Red- Kids Ahead

A one day survey conducted last year among Arkansas school bus drivers showed some startling results.  The survey asked bus drivers from 100 school districts to record the amount of times they saw a motorist illegally passing their bus.  They counted more than 700 instances.

If this was just one day, with fewer than half of school districts reporting, imagine how many times this occurs throughout the school year.

This year, more than 7,000 buses will transport approximately 350,000 Arkansas students to and from school.

To promote school bus safety, the Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation launched the fifth annual Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. school bus safety campaign.

While the three-week campaign began this week and concludes August 25, school bus safety is important year-round.

When the yellow lights are flashing, the bus will stop within 300 feet.  When approaching the bus from the opposite direction, slow your vehicle to 20 mph or less.

Flashing red lights and stop sign out means kids are getting on or off the bus. Stop your vehicle at least 15 feet from the bus.  Remain stopped until the flashing red lights end and the stop arm goes in.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Eclipse Party to be Held at Library

Councilmember Joel Tolefree Named to Municipal Economic Council

Councilmember Joel Tolefree has been appointed to the Economic Development Advisory Council of the Arkansas Municipal League.  He along with other city elected and appointed officials from across Arkansas will meet to discuss policies the Municipal League should pursue to assist cities in growing economically.

Warren Mayor Bryan Martin serves as the District 4 Representative on the League's Municipal League Worker's Compensation Trust Board.  Councilmember Dorothy Henderson serves on the League's Executive Committee.

The Arkansas Municipal represents the some 500 incorporated cities. large and small of the State of Arkansas.  It operates various insurance programs to help keep rates as low as possible for the cities.

Warren City Council Acts On Water/Sewer Rates & Blankinship Building

The Warren City Council meet August 14th for the monthly business meeting.  After approval of the July minutes, the council was updated on city finances by City Clerk Helen Boswell.  Mayor Bryan Martin reported that city sales tax receipts are up 3% for 2017 and the city's share of the countywide sales tax is up 5%.

Tracy Rauls of T & T Construction spoke to council about the status of being paid for demolition of the Words on a Shirt building on Main Street.  There is an issue pending concerning the condition of two adjoining buildings, damaged as a result of tea

Monday, August 14, 2017

School Board Hears Plans for Test Score Improvement

The Warren School Board met Monday night and heard a report from the school principals about what plans they have to combat test scores that are lower than desired. Most of the plans involved working harder on reading skills and to take part in the R.I.S.E. Initiative.

After returning from executive session, the board approved the following personnel changes:

Joyce Smith-SPED Paraprfessional at Eastside
Brandi Holley-Paraprofessional at Eastside
Kali Belvedresi-Media Aid Specialist at High School
Rusty Densmore-Construction Technology Instructor at SEACBEC and boys head soccer coach
Mary Cornish-Food Service at Brunson
Tiffany Domineck-Food Service High School

New Hires:
Joyce Smith-Part-time paraprofessional at Eastside
Francine Shelton-SPED Paraprofessional at Eastside
Timothy Davis-Paraprofessional at Eastside
Mary Cornish-ABC Food Service Manager/Lead Cook
Ruth Lephiew-As Needed Trainer for Federal Programs Secretary (Only two days a week)
Bus Drivers:  Henry Cox, Idonia Godwin, Kim Burnett, Kevin Dunn, Danny Kelley, Lonnie Rhoden, Earl Charles, Joe Kell, Betty McCoy, George Alexander, James Sawyer, Joe Mason

In other business, the board adopted a Resolution for Disclosure, approved a contract with the National Federation of High Schools for the livestreaming of Lumberjack sports through Raptorproductions/Lumberjack Live, approved adult lunch prices, approved Sysco, Tankersley, and Robertson's Produce as food vendors, approved South Arkansas Migrant Education Cooperative to run the migrant program, and approved the financial report.

Superintendent Bryan Cornish gave his report and then the meeting adjourned.

Bradley County Chamber Meets For Their August Session

The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board meet in regular conference August 14th at El Ranchito on Cedar Street in Warren.  The board approved the minutes for May, 2017 and the financial reports for May, June and July, 2017.

Chamber President Joel Tolefree stated that bills continue to trickle in from the 2017 Tomato Festival and a final financial report cannot be provided until all bills are paid.  He was asked what the timetable for the final report was and stated he hoped soon.

An update on the status of the Depot project was given.  Plans are proceeding to utilize another grant that has been awarded and other grants are being pursued.

Mr. Tolefree talked about the upcoming County Fair, future Christmas plans and then gave a general Director's report.

The next meeting is set for September 11, 2017 to be conducted at Golden Girl's.

Warren Police Investigate Accident On St James Street

The Warren Police Department was called to 1019 St James Street August 7th around 10:00 P.M. to investigate an accident.  A car was in the road ditch on top of a private fence.  The driver, Montrell Tate stated he had been run off the road by a car that turned off of Rock Street at a high rate of speed.  Mr. Tate indicated he did not get a description of the vehicle due to the fact it was raining land his windshield wipers were not working.  The car driven by Mr. Tate sustained damage.

Any one with information should contact the Warren Police Department at 870-226-3703.

Family Statement on the Passing of Frank Broyles

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The following is a statement from the Broyles family regarding the death of former University of Arkansas football coach, athletic director, ABC commentator, and Alzheimer’s advocate Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles, 92, died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease, on August 14, 2017.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Coach Frank Broyles. He passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones.

For 92 years John Franklin Broyles lived nothing short of a remarkable life. To all who would listen, Frank Broyles was quick to proclaim, in his unmistakable and infectious southern tone, that he was blessed to live ‘A Charmed Life’.

For more than five decades, he served the University of Arkansas and all citizens of his adopted home state in his role as a coach, administrator and goodwill ambassador for his beloved Razorbacks.
We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who helped contribute to his charmed life. Whether you were one of his players, coaches, colleagues or friends, a Razorback fan or fellow caregiver, you were an integral part of his fairy tale story. To his family, he was quite simply, our hero.

We take peace in knowing that his faith was the foundation for the impact he made on the lives of others. From innumerable private moments with his family and friends, to countless public interactions with millions in his various roles, Coach Broyles shared his attitude of gratitude and encouraged others to make a difference.

We know that this remarkable man does not want us to mourn, but to celebrate the hope and inspiration he passed along to each of us. For nearly two decades, he was a trailblazer for changing the stigma around dreaded disease which took the life of his first wife, Barbara Day, and ultimately his own. We will never know the impact that writing and publishing “Coach Broyles Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” and establishing the Broyles Foundation will have on families, but Coach considered it a win the first time it helped one person.

He was the very definition of a difference maker. It will be impossible to fill the void created by his passing. But even in our grief, our hearts are overflowing with the love, gratitude and treasured memories of the charmed life and lasting legacy of our beloved Coach.

We are planning a public celebration of his life. Once the details are finalized we will share them with you.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.”
The Broyles Family

The full obituary is available at

Warren FD Responds To House Fire

Saturday afternoon, August 12 around 3:00 P.M., the Warren Fire Department was called to a house fire on N. Etheridge Street.  Several Warren Fire Engines and fire personnel were quickly on hand to put out the blaze.  There have been no reported injuries.  There was considerable damage to the structure.

According to Fire Chief Howard Edwards, the cause of the fire is under investigation.