Wednesday, November 22, 2017

City of Warren/Bradley County Thanksgiving Plans

The City of Warren and Bradley County local governments will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th.

For the City, the Municipal Building and transfer station will be closed.  There will be no garbage pick up either day.  The city's Emergency Services Center will be open and the police and fire departments will be fully staffed.

For the County, the Courthouse will be closed and there will be no garbage pick up both days.

County Approves Employee Pay & Grader Leases

During the November 20th Bradley County Quorum Court meeting the Justices took action on several items.  The evening began with the court being called to order in its capacity as the "Levying Court."  Each year the court must approve all millage as assessed by the various governments of the county and those approved by the public.  The court voted to assess the millage for 2017, payable in 2018.  There were no changes or increases.

After the millage was dealt with, the court went into regular session to conduct monthly county business.  Reports from the Treasurer and Sheriff were reviewed.  Judge McKinney reported that some repairs are needed to the courthouse and the county building that houses the extension service.  Both are being looked into.  He also reported on county roadwork.

 Judge McKinney told the JP's that he had no new information on the prison/regional jail.  He then asked the court to approve a lease from J.A. Riggs for five new road graders for 36 months.  The cost is $1983.00 per grader per month.  All maintenance and repairs are covered by Riggs during the 36 months.  The cost to lease also includes funds to replace tires as needed at the end of the lease period.

The justices then adopted six ordinances that were required by legislative audit.  One amended the county travel policy, and five authorized the county to do business with companies or businesses that are owned or partly owned by quorum court members.  These covered the purchasing of parts, welding and collections.

The quorum court then approved a special one time payment to county employees in the amount of $350.00.  This is in effect a year end bonus.  The payments are not retirement eligible, therefore, no retirement benefits are included.  Certain officials were not included in the bonus payments.  Among those not receiving a bonus are the JP's.

One Month Art Gallery Opening Saturday

COMMUNITY MEETING CANCELLED

The November 26, 2017 SEACAC Community Meeting to elect a Governing Board member for the Elected Sector & Private Sector for Bradley County has been cancelled until further notice.   We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

We Need a Little Christmas

Thousands Gather to Remember Clinton Election 25 Years Ago

Paul Begala and Gregg Reep visit at the 25th anniversary celebration.
Former President Bill Clinton talks with Gregg Reep, an
Arkansas Traveler who campaigned for Clinton in New Hampshire
25 years ago.
Thousands of people gathered in Little Rock over the past weekend to remember and celebrate the election of Bill Clinton and Al Gore as President and Vice President of the United States 25 years ago.  Many hundreds of those in attendance were from Arkansas, but large numbers were from all over the country including California, New York and New Hampshire.  Those in Little Rock taking part were supporters, past campaign staff, past members of the Clinton/Gore Administration and friends of the Clintons'.  There were several events at the Little Rock Convention Center and the Clinton Presidential Center.  Among those present were President Clinton, Secretary Hillary Clinton, campaign strategist James Carville and Paul Begala and 1992 campaign Chairman David Wilhelm.  Begala is a contributor to CNN.  A large number of "Arkansas Travelers," consisting of Arkansasans who traveled for the Clintons' during their presidential races, gathered in a reunion type atmosphere to reminiscence catch up on each others' lives and talk a little politics about the future.

The theme of the celebration was, "Putting People First" which was the motto of the 1992 campaign.  President Clinton and Secretary Clinton both talked about the need to give everyone opportunities and to help raise the living standards of the middle class as well as th hard work of keeping America safe through diplomacy and a strong military.  They talked about the need to listen to the voters and to communicate about issues in a truthful manner.

You're Invited to the Magic of Christmas in Bradley County

GFWC Warren Woman’s Club members invite local residents to the Magic of Christmas in Bradley County.  The new Christmas event will be held on Tuesday, December 5th in First Baptist Church’s Activity Center, 310 South Main Street, at 6:30 p.m.

The exciting Christmas gala will feature Christmas Tablescapes.  Attendees will be invited to stroll through 24 tables each decorated in a different Christmas theme.  Ballots will be given guests for them to choose the best decorated table.

Also featured will be the delicious Dessert Sampling, live entertainment by some great local talent, auction items both live and silent, a very special guest, door prizes and much more. 
Warren Woman’s Club members wish you the happiest holiday ever and we hope you will join us on December 5th for this exciting new event.

Tickets for the holiday extravaganza are $10.00 and will be presold by the Warren Woman’s Club members.  You may contact any member to purchase a ticket or call 870-226-5456, 870-820-1354 or 870-226-5758 for more information.

Monday, November 20, 2017

City Fire Department Responds to Grass Fires


The Warren Fire Department was called out November 18th and again on November 19th to put out grass fires.  In both cases no structures were damaged and the fires were put out.

On the 18th , high winds caused a tree limb to hit a power line and a fire ignited.  On the 19th a fire set to burn items got out of control and burned up an area of grass.

The Warren Fire Department reminds all residents and businesses within the city limits that the following rules apply to burning:
*An adult must be with the fire art all times
*Do burn if wind is high
*All burning must cease one hour after sunset
*burning must be in eact location and in the amounts approved by a permit or authorized by the
 department
*Cannot burn plastics, rubber, roofing, mattresses, carpet, furniture, or similar items
*There must be aconnected water hose available at all times
*No burning allowed within 15 feet of any object such as a house, fence or similar structure

Prior to burning the fire department must be notified by phone or in person.

If a fire band is ordered, do not burn!

Hermitage Methodist Youth Group to Help Kids

The Hermitage United Methodist Church Youth Group and the City of Hermitage are teaming up for their local "Christmas for Kids Event."  Applications for families with children who need assistance during the holidays may be filled out at Hermitage City Hall.  The Hermitage UMC Youth Group will be raising money to provide toys for those in need.  To be eligible for assistance, a child must have a Hermitage address or attend Hermitage Public Schools.

Anyone, business or personally who is willing to help with money or toys, should contact Pastor Marty Reep at 870-718-2194.  He can be reached by e-mail at martyreep@att.net.  Monetary donations may be mailed to:
"Christmas for Kids"
151 Bradley 21
Warren, AR 71671

Money may also be deposited into the "Christmas for Kids Account" at First State Bank.
Toys can be dropped off at the Hermitage United Methodist Church Fellowship Building.

All workers involved are volunteers.  The church makes no profit on this program.  All proceeds go to help kids!

Community Thanksgiving Service 2017

Pastor Matt Overall
A nice crowd was present in the sanctuary of the First Assembly of God Church of Warren for a Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Bradley County Ministerial Alliance Sunday evening, November 19th.  A welcome was given by First Assembly Pastor Jim Bales and the audience sang "Count Your Many Blessings" followed by the taking of an offering to be used to help those in need.

A prayer was rendered by Rev. Gary Harrison of First United Methodist Church and a song by Mary Robbins.  Scripture was read by Pastor Henry Cox of Union Hill Baptist Church and the message was preached by Pastor Matt Overall of Immanuel Baptist Church.  A closing song was performed by Logan Joyner and the benediction was given by Bro. Felton Savage.

Pastor Henry Cox

Soloist Mary Robbins
















Arrest Report: November 20, 2017

Michael Adams, N. Vine, Magnolia, AR., age 45, arrested on Warrant from Bradley County Sheriff's office, (11-17-18) Leodan Romero, 318 Park Lane, Warren, AR, age 20, arrested on warrant from Bradley County Sheriff's office (11-19-17)

Friday, November 17, 2017

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One Month Art Gallery Opening One Week From Tomorrow


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Backyard Players and Friends Headlined Buck Fever Festival Last Weekend

The Backyard Players and Friends band headlined the 31st Annual Buck Fever Festival last weekend, November 11 in Banks, Arkansas.  Band includes the following members (from left to right): David Forrest, Robert Dyer, Don Pennington, Jeremy Vinson, and Alvin Angle.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hermitage School Board Acts On Personnel

After conducting all the regular monthly business, the Hermitage School Board took action on two personnel matters after meeting in executive session.  The board accepted the resignation of Debbie Woodard and voted to hire Julie Hollis as an elementary teacher.

The first portion of the meeting consisted of a District Facilities Public Meeting.  the district's plan was reviewed and the board voted to approve it.  Members also reviewed and approved the financial documents.

Administrative reports were given by Mistie McGhee and Superintendent, Dr. Tucker.  Board members then approved the Child Nutrition Audit and voted to renew the ASBA insurance policy for accidental death and dismemberment.

The board then discussed the 45-Day School Improvement Report and decided to look at it again in the December, 2017 meeting.

SEARK Bradley County Arts for Children ( BCAC )

The SEARK Bradley County Arts for Children ( BCAC ) Committee has begun plans for Bradley County Children's Art, 2017-2018 with a "Mardi Gras Gala."  The committee has begun plans to bring art emphasis events to our county children in grades K-12th.  BCAC is a brand new committee  formed in Bradley County which sole purpose is to sponsor and fund art emphasis events for K-12th grade children in Bradley County.  This committee is part of the state-wide emphasis on SMART Schools Programs by the Arkansas Department of Education to increase art appreciation.  There are 7 Arkansas counties covered by our SEARK Concert push---Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln.  The first Bradley County event is one to build its budget to service all the children K-12th grades in Bradley County with free art programs which benefit them academically, provide opportunities for performance and sharing artistic experiences.

The first BCAC committee event is to host an adult, invitational "Mardi Gras Gala" Saturday, February 3, 2018 to begin at 6:00 P.M.  The event will be held at the Warren Country Club, with entertainment by the "new" Louis Armstrong.  It will consist of a seated dinner, silent and live auction with dancing to follow with a live band.  Travis Caudell's "Aces wild Band will perform.  Proceeds will go to fund future art programs given in Bradley County.  Through a grant and a gracious donor, the following projects for this years's 2017-2018 events have been slated for Bradley County students in K-12.  They include Happy Dog Duo, Janet Hartness & Josh Gallager, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Aladdin, Jr.  The 2016-2017 student programs included for Bradley county schools are as follows: for K-1st, puppet show "Aladdin"; for 2nd grade-AR Festival Ballet; for 2nd grade also, Ballet Arkansas; for 3rd grade-Lion King, Jr.; for 4th -5th grades, Arkansas Brass; for 6th-8th grades, UAM Jazz Band; and for 9th-12th grades, Ronald Radfort.

Recent research on college attendance for young adults and those with high arts participation has shown that these students earn higher degrees at all levels from associate degrees through graduate or professional degrees.  Those college students who have high arts participation and earned mostly A's was calculated at 15% as compared to those students with low arts earned mostly A's for college at the rate of 9%.  Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment in 2016 also reflect that higher the degree, the lower unemployment rate as well as higher the median, usual work earnings.

SEARK BCAC committee is now working for the 2018-2019 school year to raise approximately $7500.00 for county wide emphasis in the arts to benefit all county children free for K-12 grades in the Warren School District and the Hermitage School District.

Packed House Attends Intermodal Board Meeting

A large crowd of board members, city/county officials and interested parties were present Wednesday, November 15th for the monthly meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board.  Drawing the crowd was the presence of Arkansas Highway Commissioner Robert Moore and Director of the State Highway Department Scott Bennett.  They were on hand as a result of being invited to attend after the October, 2017 intermodal meeting turned into a very intense discussion about the possibility of reprograming available I-69 funds from the western portion of the Monticello Bypass to the east of Monticello.  Drew County board members and others from Drew County support moving the funding while Bradley County members believe the funding should be left as previously approved, due to their belief that it benefits the Intermodal Park in the immediate future.

Commissioner Moore told those present that moving the money was not his idea, but he thinks it makes sense and that it will help push the entire I-69 project in Arkansas forward.  It was pointed out by several in attendance that Nita McDaniels, who is Executive Director of the Monticello Economic Development Commission and a member of the intermodal board, was the one who approached Commissoner Moore about reallocating the money to the east.  She confirmed that statement and said she did so after being encouraged to ask about the legality of doing so by leadership of the Monticello MEDC and political leaders in Drew County.  She went on to say that getting some construction completed east of Monticello will benefit industry in Drew, Ashley and Desha Counties and will be good for Bradley.  A major concern in Drew County voiced by Drew County Judge Robert Akin, is that beginning construction of the western portion of the Monticello Bypass, without completing all the overpasses and on and off ramps, will disrupt traffic and cause hardships on people who live along that portion of the corridor.

Members of the board from Bradley County spoke in favor of leaving the money programed as is, indicating that there were good economic reason for completing the western Bypass first.  Among those speaking were Roger George, Dr. Bob Smalling and Intermodal Chairman Lipton.

The discussion went on for some time it was evident that is some disagreement and strong feelings on the issue.  Commissioner Moore stated that while he believes the move has merit, he wants to hear from all parties.  Director Bennett stated that the facts of why this is being considered have been known for some time and it is not unusual for the highway commission to make changes as circumstances change.  No action was taken by the board.

In other business, it was announced that the intermodal should receive some $75,000.00 a year beginning in 2018 from the Highway Department based upon legislation that reallocates some road funds.  Unless the law is altered, the intermodals throughout Arkansas should continue to be appropriated $75,000.00 annually.

The board approved the financial report and briefly heard about continuing effortes to solve the isue of crossing the rail line within the intermodal park.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UA Chancellor Steinmetz Announces Leadership Change in Athletics

Julie Cromer Peoples has been appointed to serve as interim vice chancellor and director of athletics.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz announced today that Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long will no longer serve in his position effective today and that he has appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Senior Associate Athletics Director Julie Cromer Peoples as interim director of athletics.

The university will honor the provisions of Long’s contract, which currently runs through June 30, 2022.

“The decision to change leadership in our Athletics Department is not an easy one, and was made after great deliberation, discussion and thought, after consultation with the Board of Trustees and President Bobbitt,” said Steinmetz.  “Since coming to Fayetteville in 2008, Jeff has led our department with character and integrity and helped move us forward in so many ways.  However, over the past year, Jeff has lost the support of many of our fans, alumni, key supporters, and members of the university leadership, support that I believe is critical in our pursuit of excellence. I want to thank Jeff for his commitment and service to our University and to the State of Arkansas and, on behalf of the Razorback Family, I want to wish Jeff and his family all of the best in the future.”

Peoples brings extensive experience to the interim director of Athletics role.  She came to Arkansas in 2014, after successful tenures at Indiana University and the NCAA. Among other duties, as a member of the department’s executive leadership team, Peoples directs the sport administrator group responsible for day-to day administration of 19 varsity sports and serves as liaison to the Southeastern Conference.  She has been recognized for her outstanding work at both the institutional and national levels.  A native of the region, Peoples holds a master’s degree from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University.

The university will identify and announce members of a search committee, representative of the university, to assist Chancellor Steinmetz in the search for a new vice chancellor and director of athletics.

Reports Say Jeff Long No Longer Athletic Director At University of Arkansas

According to multiple media sources Jeff Long is out as the University of Arkansas Athletic Director.  No official announcement has been made yet by the University, but is expected later Wednesday.

Long officially took over as Arkansas AD January 1, 2008.  He remains on the College Football Playoff selection committee, in which he was the initial chairman of in 2014 when the committee itself was first formed.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hargis Wins First Place Varsity Speaker Award At East Texas Baptist Tournament

          MONTICELLO, AR — Kyle Hargis of Warren took top honors for the University of Arkansas at Monticello debate team at last week's Tiger Invitational Debate Tournament hosted by East Texas Baptist University.
          Hargis, a communication major, won the first place varsity speaker award in competition with debate students from 14 colleges and universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
          Hunter Cook, a political science major from Sheridan, was the fifth place junior varsity speaker and reached the junior varsity quarterfinals. Natalie Craig, a communication major from Sherwood, was the sixth place junior varsity speaker while Abbygail Rounsaville, an education major from Mabelvale, was the ninth place junior varsity speaker and reached the round of 16 in junior varsity debate.
          Other UAM debaters at the competition were Gabriel McDorman, a communication major from Sheridan, Nshyka Shelton, a history major from Monticello, Gabriel Bass, a history and English major from Pearcy, and Tanisha Smith, a political science and criminal justice major from Crossett.
          Competing schools included UAM, Bossier Parish Community College, College of the Mainland, East texas Baptist, Harding, Lee College, Liberty University, Louisiana College, LSU-Shreveport, Louisiana Tech, Northwestern Louisiana State, Oklahoma Baptist, Stephen F. Austin, Southern Methodist and Union University.
          For more information, contact Jim Evans, debate coach, at (870) 460-1589.

SEACAC Seeks Board Member for Bradley County Private Sector

Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation Governing Board of Directors is seeking to fill the Bradley County Private Sector position on its board. A community meeting will be held to elect a representative to the board. This meeting will be held on November 26, 2017 at 6pm at the Warren Cultural Center, 202 John N Scobey Dr., Warren, AR 71671

A board member must participate in the decision-making, development, planning implementation, and evaluation of the agency programs.

SEACAC governing board is also required to include at least one member with the background or expertise in fiscal management and accounting, early childhood education and development, and a licensed attorney familiar with issues that come before the governing board.

SEACAC follows Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act and is operated, managed and delivers services without regard to age, religion, disability, political affiliation, veteran status, sex, race, color or national origins.

SEACAC serves Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew Counties.

Jr. Beta Club Presents Check To Imagination Library

On November 14th, officers of the Warren Jr. Beta Club presented Rotarian Carlton Davis with a check for the Imagination Library. The money was raised with the Halloween Dance.

Pictured (l-r) Davis, Reporter Sam Hollingsworth, President Luci Woodard, Vice-President Keller Bigham, Secretary Annie Figueroa, and Rotary Club President Patricia Wilkerson

School Board Hears Master Facilities Plan and Votes to Purchase Caraway Property

The Warren School Board met Monday night for their regular monthly meeting. After adopting the minutes of the October regular meeting and two called meetings, the board heard minute messages from building administrators before looking at the Master Facilities Plan with Scotty Holderfield of the Co-op and architect Odom.  Board members addressed questions concerning the  possible upcoming steps toward seeking matching funds for a new Eastside building and a new gymnasium.  Steps to move forward were discussed at length.

The board then voted to band together with other districts to seek approval from the state to set August 13 as the first day of school for 2018.

The board voted to purchase the "old Caraway property" on the North Martin St.

After approving the financial report, they learned that the district was approved by the state to prepare lessons for up to three days for students to complete instead of making up days of inclement weather.

Superintendent Bryan Cornish gave his report to the board.


City Council Approves Patrol Rifles Policy For Police & ABC Permit Request

In addition to the normal financial, departmental and commission reports given during the monthly Warren City Council meeting conducted November 13th, the council approved a policy allowing Warren Police Officers to be able to carry patrol rifles on duty.  This will allow officers to purchase their own rifles as long as they adhere to national law enforcement specifications.  Only officers who have received proper training will be allowed to carry and utilize a patrol rifle.  Any officer so authorized will be required to qualify annually to continue to carry the weapon.  The policy adopted by the council is detailed and does not allow a patrol rifle  to be utilized or deployed on routine service calls.  The policy was developed after investigating the policies implemented by other departments and with the approval of Chief Hildreth and the City Council Police Committee consisting of Council members Zack Burks, Dorothy Henderson and Janzy Cobb. The full council adopted the final policy.

City Clerk Helen Boswell presented the monthly and year to date financial report.  It was noted that the city sales tax was up 3% in October and the city's share of the county sales tax was also up.  A resident on Boyd Street addressed the council concerning a lot on the street that he believes needs to be cleaned up.  He is concerned with brush and under growth.

John Wilkerson with the Arkansas Municipal League was present to update the council members on a civil lawsuit relating to a shooting some five years ago involving a police officer and Davdrin Goffin.  Mr. Wilkerson briefed the council on the case and indicated that Mr. Goffin is seeking over $600,000.00.  He recommended the city not settle and stated all evidence points to proper action by the officer.  He stated any further offers that are deemed in the city's best interest will be brought to the council for final action.  A trial is set for early in 2018, in Federal Court.  Mr. Goffin is currently serving time in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Mayor Martin updated the council on the 2016 legislative audit recently completed by the state.  He went over the recommendations and instructions made by the audit.  He stated the city is complying with the recommendations and that the audit was a good overall report.

A report was presented by Len Blaylock, Executive Director of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission.  He reported on several meetings and training sessions he has attended and told the council that efforts remain underway to secure a private prison in Southeast Arkansas and he thinks some decisions and actions could be finalized in December by the State of Arkansas and the private company involved.

The city council then heard a request by the owner of El Palacio Restaurant, located on Martin Street, requesting the opportunity to apply to the Arkansas Alcohol  Beverage Control Board for a permit to make El Palacio a private club.  It will remain a restaurant, but would be allowed to serve liquor under state law.  State law now requires any business seeking a permit from the ABC Board to first secure permission to apply from the local government of jurisdiction.  The owner indicated he wants to be able to serve beer and wine but will maintain a family type restaurant.  He vowed to run it properly and to make sure minors are not served in accordance to law.  He owns a restaurant in Monticello, similar to the one in Warren, that has a permit from ABC.  The city council voted 5-0 in favor of allowing him to apply to the state for a permit.

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In other action the council voted to abandon an alley that borders property belonging to Bradley County Medical Center, at the request of the hospital.  The alley is platted only and does not exist.  Ownership of the alley will revert to the property owners on both sides.

During the Police Chief's report, Chief Hildreth was asked by Council member Burks, why the city often has problems with officers leaving for other jobs, sometimes to other law enforcement agencies.  He noted the department currently has two vacancies.  The Chief stated there can be a variety of reasons, but the main one seems to be opportunities for more pay.  He told the council that Warren's pay is not the lowest in the region but is certainly not the highest.  He said many go to bigger city departments or to state agencies.  He went on to say most have indicated they like working in Warren, but higher pay is a draw for them to leave.  Council member Burks told the full council that additional pay for policemen needs to be given consideration, due to the nature and importance of the job.  Chief Hildreth responding to another question indicated that sometimes officers leave and decide to come back because the new opportunity was not what they expected or desired and they remain dedicated to law enforcement and enjoy working for Warren.

The Fire Committee, chaired by Council Member Cobb informed the council that the Civil Service Commission has approved Wesley LaFoon as a volunteer fireman.

The council then approved speed bumps for Lincoln Street, after a petition bearing the names of most of the residents of the street requesting the bumps be installed was submitted.  The members then voted to sell two older street department vehicles that are no longer used.

The Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Council Member Dorothy Henderson, recommended year end bonuses for city employees based on tenure.  Larger bonuses were awarded to employees who have been with the city the longest period of time.  The total cost, including fringe benefits amounted to $16,426.08.  The full council approved the recommendation.  Chair Person Henderson discussed the proposed 2018 budget and stated a meeting of the Ways and Means Committee is set for November 29th, to finalize the budget ordinances for consideration by the full council.

All bills for the month of October were approved as submitted and the next meeting is scheduled for December 11th.

WHS Choir Performs At Rotary Club Program

On November 14th, Katie Kuhn brought the ladies of the Warren High School Choir to perform several songs for the Rotary Club. It was also mentioned that our choir had the highest GPA in the state.

Health Coalition Movie Night/Free

The Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition is sponsoring a family oriented "movie night" Saturday, November 18th to be held in the Old National Guard Armory located at 101 South Martin Street.  The movie will begin at 4:00 P.M.  Every one is invited to attend.  Admission is free!  Bring a blanket or lawn chair.  You may bring your own snacks.  Popcorn is free ( one per person ).

Bring a book for a donation to the book drive and you will gain a free entry for a door prize.

The movie is: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

Monday, November 13, 2017

Chamber Board Hears Presentation on Insurance Exchange

After conducting it's monthly regular business, the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board listened to a presentation by Bruce B. Donaldson and Kayla Berry with myARinsurance.com, a non-profit organization that promotes health insurance through the exchange program in Arkansas.  the program makes insurance available to individuals and families that cannot secure insurance through the private sector.  It makes affordable insurance available through private insurance companies.

For more information, go to myARinsurance.com or call 1-501-313-4197.  it is important to get insurance during the open enrollment period that ends December 15, 2017.  After that date, it will be a year before insurance can be bought through the exchange.  Premiums are based on income levels.  Information is also available at the local Department of Human Services Office.

In regular business, the board approved the October, 2017 financial statement and were updated on plans to conduct more improvements to the Railroad Depot.  A new grant of around $74,500.00 will be pooled with funds from the City of Warren to continue renovation and upgrading of the Depot facility.  Additional grants continue to be sought.

Information was reported on plans for the Christmas parade set for Thursday, December 7th in Downtown Warren.  The parade is scheduled for 6:00 P.M.  Sleigh rides will be available beginning at 4:00P.M. and there will be a remembrance of Pearl Harbor at 4:30 P.M.  December 7th will be the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that lead to America's entry into WWII.

The public is invited to come downtown and enjoy the activities.  There will be music and stores open for Christmas shopping.

Health Coalition to Meet

Members of the Bradley County Health Fair Planning Committee and the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition are set to meet Friday, November 17th at the Brunson Complex on N. Bragg Street.  The meeting is to take place from 12:00 noon to 1:00 P.M.  No meal will be served but members are encouraged to bring their own lunch and eat during the meeting.

Among the items to be discussed is the "Family Movie Night" planned for Saturday, November 18th at the Old National Guard Armory Building on Martin Street adjacent to the City Park.  The movie is planned for 4-6 P.M.  It will be a children and family friendly movie.

Other projects and plans will be talked about during the meeting Friday the 17th.  The public is invited to attend.  For more information contact R. Alicia Outlaw, RN, Adm. Bradley County Health Unit at 870-226-8440.

WPD Arrest Report For November 6-12, 2017

Otis J. Lawson / #6 Brownstone Apt., Warren, AR / DOB 5-16-54 / Parole Violation on 11-6-17

Elizabeth A. Boyd / 101 Neely Street, Warren, AR / DOB 9-28-81 / Speeding, DWI, Drinking on Why, No Driver's License, Criminal Impersonation on 11-7-17

Royce E. Hall / 920 Rainey Rd., New Edinburg, AR / DOB 12-19-80 / Warrant on 11-8-17

Robby Alvin Riedel / 153 Bradley 280 Rd., Warren, AR / DOB 8-24-88 / Fleeing by Foot on 11-10-17

Daquez Travon Lawson / 601 Cherry St., Warren, AR / DOB 10-26-97 / Warrant-Warren, Driving on Suspended License on 11-11-17

Floyd Robinson / 903 Cobb St., Warren, AR / DOB 12-4-67 / Battery 1st on 11-12-17

Arrest Made in Weekend Stabbing

On Sunday, November 12, 2017 at approximately 2:30pm. Cpl. Joel Harper and Ofc. Jason Britton were dispatched to the Bradley County Medical Center Emergency Room in reference to a stabbing victim. Upon their arrival they gathered information and contacted CID Sgt. Tim Nichols.

During the investigation conducted by WPD it was determined through statements and evidence that Floyd Robinson (49) of Warren and the alleged victim had gotten into a physical altercation and during this incident Robinson started stabbing the victim. The victim was stabbed approximately seven times by Robinson. Robinson fled the scene and the victim was taken to the ER by a Personal Vehicle where he was provided medical attention. Injuries sustained to the victim appeared to be non-life threatening injuries however, due to the nature of the crime Floyd Robinson was arrested at his home without incident.

The investigation is still on going at this time and Robinson is awaiting a First judicial Appearance for the charge of Battery 1st Degree.