Monday, September 26, 2016

Second Person Arrested for Shooting Incident, More Expected

According to the Warren Police Department, a second suspect, Demarkus Calbert, has been arrested in the shooting incident at the corner of S. Martin and Wheeler Streets which took place Friday night, September 16.  They further indicated that more arrests are expected.

Wynonna & the Big Noise Christmas at the El Dorado

El Dorado – Main Street El Dorado will present A Wynonna & the Big Noise Christmas on Thursday, December 15th at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium (100 W 8th). The concert begins at 7:30 pm with doors opening at 6:30 pm.

Five-time Grammy winner Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, are once again hitting the road – in an unforgettable way! “A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas” will include a mix of holiday favorites and Wynonna’s biggest hits as well as brand new music.

Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning a remarkable 33-year career. Charting countless singles including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”

“A Wynonna & the Big Noise Christmas” will feature incomparable arrangements from The Big Noise, putting Wynonna’s voice front and center for what promises to be a truly memorable evening of music and holiday magic.

Tickets are reserved-seating and go on-sale to the public Tuesday, October 4th at 10 AM and will be available at  HYPERLINK "" or by calling the office of Main Street El Dorado at (870) 862-4747. Ticket prices are $50 (Orchestra), $45 (Parquet) $40 (Balcony) & $35 (Upper-Balcony).

Warren Police Issue Juvenile Citations

The Warren Police Department has issued six juveniles citations for disorderly conduct and battery 3rd.  The citations were issued based upon damage done to property and one individual being hit by a bb gun.  The injuries were not serious and according to authorities, they do not believe there was intent to harm.  All six will face a juvenile judge in court.

Warren police indicated they think the young people were goofing off and did not try to hurt anyone.

Arrest Report: September 26, 2016

The following are innocent until proven guilty:

Jalen Cobb, 14 Halligan Circle, Warren, AR., age 24, arrested on FTA warrant, (9-19-16)

Jermaine Jackson, 207 W. Ash St., Warren, AR., age 39, charged with robbery (9-19-16)

Fred Newton, 908 Pierson St., Warren, AR., age 23, charged with endangering welfare of a minor (9-20-16)

Merisha Mitchell, 302 George St., Warren, AR., age 25, arrested on Bradley County Warrant, 3rd degree assault on family member (9-20-16)

Cammeron Gilliland, 1805 Bradley 8 N., Warren, AR., age 20, arrested on FTA warrant (9-20-16)

Mario C. Alexander, 406 S. Wise St., Warren, age 27, arrested on bench warrant (9-20-16)

Tammasha Swanigan, 1009 Rich St., Warren, AR., age 19, charged with shoplifting (9-21-26)

Jamie Norrell, 5616 Chethum Ave., White Hall, AR., age 28, charged with driving on suspended license (9-22-16)

Frankie Herring, 20 Railroad Ave., Warren, AR., age 61,  arrested on FTA warrant, 5 days jail time (9-23-16)

Jalen Cobb, #14 Halligan Circle, Warren, AR., age 23, arrested on warrant for terroristic act (9-23-16)

Kenneth J. Francis, 166 Bradley 98, Warren, AR., age 50, charged with aggravated assault (9-24-16)

Bryant Nelson, 506 Bond St., Warren, AR., age 34, charged with criminal trespassing, 10 days jail time 99-24-16)

Ereion Robinson, 401 W. Church St., Warren, AR., age 23, charged with disorderly conduct and battery 3rd (9-24-16)

Christopher Tripplet, 236 Wheeler St., Warren, AR., age 31, charged with disorderly conduct and battery 3rd (9-24-16)

Dareion Warren, 401 W. Church St., Warren, AR., age 18, charged with disorderly conduct and battery 3rd (9-24-16)

Keenan Jenkins, Greenlee Apt. 5, Smith Road, Warren, AR., age 22, charged with disorderly conduct and battery 3rd (9-24-26)

Jesse James, 507 Howard St., Warren, AR., age 22, arrested on Bradley County warrant, 10 days jail time (9-25-16)

Rickey Johnson, 514 N. Myrtle, Warren, AR., age 53, charged with public intoxication (9-25-16)

Warren Band Parents Needed

The Warren Band will be hosting the Region 3 Marching Assessment on October 18, 2016. Because of this, the Warren Band Parents Association is in need of parents to be involved in several different jobs at this contest. Therefore, a mandatory meeting of the Warren Band Parents Association will be held on October 4, 2016 at 7 pm in the high school band room. If you are a parent of any band member grades 6-12 please plan to attend this very important meeting. The band parents help fund many activities for the entire band program and your help will be greatly appreciated. See you on October 4th.

Dollar General Store Robbed Sunday Night

The Warren Police Department and the Arkansas State Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place around 11:00 P.M. Sunday night September 25th at the Dollar Store on Central Street.  A black male wearing a hoodie with his face disguised entered through an unlocked door, right at closing time and took cash from the store.  There were no injuries and the suspect left on foot.  Authorities are reviewing camera footage of the incident and are working the case urgently.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Warren Police Department at once by calling 870-226-3703.

Watch Warren vs. Crossett On-Demand

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Genealogy Society Elects Officers

Left to Right:  Secretary Lana Pagan, Program Chairman Rusty Rowell, and President Jack Scobey.  Not pictured; Treasurer Brenda Ezell
The Bradley County Genealogy Society met Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Museum. The business for the meeting consisted of planning programs and meetings for the coming year and the elections of officers.

Elected were Jack Scobey, President; Lana Pagan, Secretary; Brenda Ezell, Treasurer; and Rusty Rowell, Program Chairman.

The society meets the last Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. each month.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Update From Police Department on Shooting Suspect

According to the Warren Police Department, Jalen Cobb who was wanted in connection to a shooting incident last Friday in Warren is in custody.


The Bradley County 4-H clubs are reorganizing and seeking new members.  The purpose of these clubs is to give youth an opportunity to participate in the youth development educational program of the University of the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.  Youth in 4-H clubs will learn life skills, enhance leadership skills, increase self esteem while serving in a number of community service projects.  Youth in 4-H clubs have an opportunity to compete in a number of competitive activities, attend camps and earn scholarships for education.  The following is a list of the Bradley County 4-H clubs with their leaders and meeting times.

Club Meeting Time 4-H Leader
Superstars Club 2nd Monday – 4:00 p.m. Michelle Carter
Cloverbuds Club 3rd Monday – 4:00 p.m. Michelle Carter
Forestry Club Varies Taylor Gwin
Livestock Club Varies Taylor Gwin
Sewing Club 3rd Thursday – 4:00 p.m. Michelle Carter

Unit membership in these clubs and their program benefits are available to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.  The Cooperative Extension Service is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information about meetings, 4-H club membership or program benefits, contact John Gavin or Michelle Carter at the Bradley County Cooperative Extension office located at 100 East First Street in Warren, AR, or call 870-226-8410.


Exhibitor Project Buyer Price
Grant Ferrell GC Market Hog Jeff Wardlaw $725
Samantha Clanton GC Market Lamb Warren Animal Clinic $525
Madison McGhee GC Market Goat Johnsville Sand & Gravel $375
Klayton Dunaway GC 4-H Pullet State Farm $475
Ericca Corker RC Market Hog AR Superior Credit Union $550
Lakin Barber RC Market Lamb Dr. Dichelle George $325
C. J. Moran Goat Farm Bureau $250
Hunter White RC 4-H Pullet First State Bank $225
Elizabeth Martinez Market Hog Corker Electric $300
Selby Best Market Lamb Johnsville Sand & Gravel $225
Lupe Martinez Market Goat Klay McKinney $225
Will Outlaw Market Hog McDonalds $300
Sutton Nelson Market Lamb Fair & Marketing Assoc. $225
Colton McKinney Market Goat Klay McKinney $270
Colby Cathey Market Hog Dr. Michelle Weaver $435
Kristen Blankenship Market Lamb AR Superior Credit Union $410
Edwin Martinez Market Goat Fair & Marketing Assoc. $270
Cole Pennington Market Hog Corker Electric $270
Kalleigh Forrest Market Hog Warren Bank & Trust $400
Joseph Kidwell Market Hog Cash & Sons LP Gas $270
Allen McGhee Market Hog Warren Livestock Auction $310
Braden Harrod Market Hog The Hermit $425
Abby Johnson Market Hog Bro. Charles Woolley $300
Logen Williams Market Hog Dr. Dennis Jacks $325
Gage Boykin Market Hog Johnsville Sand & Gravel $295
Olivia Harrod Market Hog The Hermit $440
Sawyer Pennington Market Hog Cattlemans Assoc. $400
A’Kay Wardlaw Market Hog Warren Livestock Auction $350
Ethan Boykin Market Hog Spring Branch Farms $310
Keith Lassiter Market Hog Country Farm $350
J. T. Best Market Hog Bradley Co. Medical Center $270
Tristen Woodall Market Hog Johnson’s Hardware $375
Ali Hollingsworth Market Hog Johnsville Sand & Gravel $350
Curtis Sellers Market Hog E & A Farms $325
Hunter Saunders Market Hog Warren Bank & Trust $420
Zane Johnson Market Hog Farm Bureau $340

Businesses and individuals contributing add-on money:
Potlatch Mayor Bryan Martin
Paul Cooper Pat & Ann Hammons
Kevin Hoyle Michael & Tina Milton
Milton’s State Farm
Franco Boundary Line Maintenance Jason Ratterree
Union Bank Johnsville Sand & Gravel
Dr. Dichelle George Grace Cowboy Church
Lonnie Brown

Bobby Weaver of James Glass & Body - Sponsor of Livestock Buckles

Hospital Board Reviews New Clinic Plans

After dispensing with the numerous regular matters of monthly business, the Bradley County Medical Board took time to review the preliminary plans of a new clinic for doctors, during the board's September 22nd meeting.  The clinic will be constructed by the hospital and will house a new physician planning to locate in Warren and will have space for a total of four doctors.  The estimated cost is around $2 million, not counting parking lot construction and will be paid for by hospital sales tax funds.  The board discussed changes that might be wise and ways to reduce the overall cost.  County Judge Keith Neely and several board members stated that while it is important to keep the cost as low as possible, it is also vital to build what is needed and will provide the services required.  The proposed clinic will be approximately 10,500 square feet in size.

In other business, the board hear a presentation from the Hagan Newkirk firm relating to managing the hospital's 401(K) plans for employees.  The board voted to hire the company.

UAM Plans Inaugural Celebration For New Chancellor To Coincide With Homecoming

           MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will host an inaugural celebration for Chancellor Karla Hughes to coincide with the university’s homecoming observance October 17-22.
            Dr. Hughes, who assumed the position of chancellor on January 15, will be the special guest at a picnic for students, an inaugural parade through downtown Monticello, a Meet and Greet at the Trotter House, a Student/Faculty/Staff Showcase and an inaugural dinner.
            “This celebration will formally recognize the change in leadership of the institution,” said Jay Jones, vice chancellor for finance and administration and interim vice chancellor for advancement. “It’s a way for the university community and the community at large to celebrate the beginning of a new era and a new direction for the campus.”
            The inaugural celebration will carry the theme “Honoring tradition, focusing on the future” and will begin on Monday, October 17 with a picnic for students at the center of campus adjacent to the Centennial Clock Tower. Food and music will be the fare from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with activities and a free student-designed t-shirt. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held in the gymnasium of the John F. Gibson University Center.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Police Request Assistance In Locating Suspect

The Warren Police Department is seeking the whereabouts of Jalen Cobb.  He is wanted on a warrant for a "terroristic act"  involving a shooting that took place September, 16, 2016 in the vicinity of Wheeler and Martin Streets.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Warren PD at 870-226-3703.  There is a $100,000.00 bond pending on Cobb.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

LIVE: Warren vs. Crossett


Community Action Board Meets/Elects New Officers

The Board of the Southeast Arkansas Community Action Agency meet for their regularly monthly meeting September 20, 2106 in the conference room of the agency's offices in Warren.  The board conducted it's regular business for the month and heard reports on the various programs operated by the agency.  The executive director presented her administrative report.  She informed the board that some local funds are needed to cover the cost of a program that benefits the low income.  She indicated that some funds donated by private business could be transferred to the account to cover the need and the businesses which made the donations had given permission to make the transfer.  Any such action would require board approval.  Some board members had concerns about the appropriateness of making such transfers.  The board agreed to look into the matter further.

The meeting seemed to function more smoothly than in the past and the board was more engaged in discussion and asked questions.  When it came time to elect officers, the proceedings became confused and unorganized.  Finally the elections were concluded.  The following board members were elected to serve:
Chairman Al Dixon-Desha County
Vice Chairman Angela Meeks-Bradley County
Secretary Debra Cooper-Bradley County
Treasurer Alether Wright-Desha County
Parliamentarian Rochelle Griggs-Chicot County

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Mr. Darryl Johnson continued voicing his concerns that some board members have been improperly selected and talked about several other issues of concern.  Gregg Reep of addressed comments to the state officials present by asking when he would receive a response to information he requested a month ago relating to the board appointments and past actions taken by the board regarding the rejection of a person nominated to the board. ( It should be noted that the board later reversed itself and approved the appointment ).  Mr. Reep was told he would get a written response soon.  Other speakers asked questions about facilities and programs.   

Intermodal Lacks Quorum For Meeting

Due to the lack of a quorum, the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority could not transact business at the scheduled meeting of September 21, 2016.  Those present did review the financial report but could not take action to approve.  It was decided that a telephone poll of all board members will be taken to secure permission to pay the bills in the amount of $2566.72.  There was also some discussion relating to an agreement with the railroad company and the rail crossing within the intermodal park.  Without a quorum no action was voted upon.

According to the financial report, the authority owes $359,147.19 to Commerical Bank on a loan.
The local governments are listed as owing the following to the authority:
City of Monticello-$107,041.67
City of Warren-$108,389.21
Drew County-$155,484.38
Bradley County-$225,380.92
As has been previously reported, the two cities and two counties are not legally or contractually bound to pay the amounts listed.  The cities of Warren and Monticello Mayors have committed to recommending to their city councils, payments annually to pay their respective amounts. Both cities have been making payments as approved by the councils.

East Students Visit Arkansas South Board

The board of Arkansas South, a tourism organization that promotes several counties in South Arkansas, meet in Warren on September 20th, to make plans for the future.  Attending the meeting and offering to help design and develop plans to encourage people to use the southern counties for tourism were members of "East" from Warren High School.  The students and their facilitator Janet Harton discussed with the board the services that could be provided and listened to board members talk about the needs of the organization.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Baker Sworn in as Hermitage Alderman

The City of Hermitage Council appointed Steve Baker into Alderman #1 position in Ward #1. Justice of Peace, Mr. Alton Richard, performed the swearing in on Sept. 19th, 2016. 


Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 PM
Warren High School, Cafeteria

Warren School District & the Arkansas Community United Coalition are hosting a Bilingual Expo Night at 6 P.M. on October 11th in the Warren High School Cafeteria at  803 North Walnut Street  in Warren. The objective is to provide parents with resources to help their students be successful.  Snacks will be served. For more information, contact Milca Hudgens, ESL Coordinator, at 501.310.1764, Charla Morgan-Ayala WSD Social Worker, 870-820.1309, the Arkansas United Community Coalition at  870.479.2822, or Emily VanDerZwalm, Career Coach, at 870.226.6736

Watch THE BO SHOW and CHOP TALK On-Demand

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

GFWC Warren Woman's Club to Celebrate 100th Birthday

The GFWC Warren Woman’s Club will celebrate their 100th Birthday on Thursday, September 29, 2016.  The celebration will be held at the Bradley County Historical Museum from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

As the oldest civic club in Bradley County, the club was organized September 22, 1916 in the home of the first club president, Mable Fowler Wilson.  It was at once federated with the Arkansas Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Through the years, the volunteer service organization has been dedicated to making life better for their community by providing opportunities in many programs for the Arts, Education, Conservation, Home Life, International Outreach and Public Issues.

The members of Warren Woman’s Club established the Bradley County Library, the Bradley County Historical Museum, created Meditation Point in memory of former members and recently constructed the Outdoor Fitness Park in the City Park.  They established a Wildflower area as a Highway Beautification project, created a Rose Garden at the local hospital and have been active in Cleanup efforts for the community.

They helped local law enforcement launch a “Drug Take Back” program for the county and have helped with health education programs.  Club members collect “pull tabs” for Ronald McDonald House and donate to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Heifer Project, Operation Smile, local food banks and many other special programs.

Club members present Dictionaries to every 3rd grader in Bradley County each year and provide a newsletter on Conservation to all 2nd and 5th grade students in Warren.  The club sponsors the Arkansas Art Center’s Young Artists Exhibit and theater presentations from the Art Center for Warren and Hermitage students.   The club has sponsored the Christmas Tour of Homes and the Christmas Lighting contest for many years, making Christmas a special time in Warren.

Warren Woman’s Club members are proud of the accomplishments this organization has made in the past and look forward to many more years of volunteer service to their community.

UAM To Celebrate Parent-Family Appreciation Day This Saturday

           MONTICELLO, AR —  Parents and family members of University of Arkansas at Monticello students will be special guests of the university this Saturday as UAM celebrates Parent-Family Appreciation Day.
            The annual event begins at 2:15 p.m. with a registration and reception in the Fine Arts Center, where students and family will have the opportunity to visit with faculty and staff, pick up free passes to the Chancellor’s Tailgate Cook-out and football game, and receive free t-shirts.
            Entertainment, including music, balloon creations, face painting, body art and a photo booth will be available on Weevil Walk from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Walk of Champions, featuring the UAM football team and marching band, will be held on the east side of Weevil Pond at 3:30 p.m. Chancellor Karla Hughes will welcome guests to a cook-out for parents and family at 4 p.m. following the Walk of Champions. KHBM radio (FM 93.7 in Monticello) will do a live broadcast from tailgate row during the afternoon.
            The Taylor Library and Technology Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday while the UAM Bookstore will be open from 2 to 6 p.m.
            The day’s events conclude with a football game between UAM and Harding at 6 p.m. at Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium.
            For more information, contact Jim Brewer at (870) 460-1274.

Funds Approved For Library Roof

County Judge Keith Neely told the nine members of the Bradley County Quorum Court during the September 19th meeting, that a new roof is needed for the Bradley County Library.  He informed the Justices that the original library structure has the most pressing need and that the portion of the building added on can probably last another 2-4 years.  He went on to tell the Court that the estimated price to re-roof the original portion of the building will cost $3908.00.  He stated that the county has $3577.00 of general improvement funds available to help.  The cost of putting a new roof on the entire building would run around $14,000.00.  The Quorum Court voted 9-0 to authorize the re-roofing of the original portion of the building at the cost of $3908.00 and to use the general improvement funds.  During the discussion, Justice Bobby Hargraves asked if the library could help pay for any of the cost of the roof.

In other business, the need to repair or replace the roof on the search and rescue building ( old Lyon car dealership on Cedar Street ) was talked about.  It was again tabled.

Judge Neely reported that the county is assisting the City of Banks with a "Fun Park" grant to get a new park built within the city.  He also reported on bridge work near Pine Prarie and work to replace a bridge on County RD. 18 West.  The bridge project on 18 West will cost just over $86,000.00 and will be paid for with a grant covering 50% and the county paying the other 50%.  At least some of the county's share will be in-kind work utilizing county manpower and equipment.

Justice Vanderzwalm told the Judge and Court that Bradley 1 North is in serious need of repairs.

Questions were asked about the status of purchasing 81 acres of land to add to the county park. Judge Neely sated that the county's offer to buy the land for $3000.00 per acre has been sent to Potlatch.  If accepted and approved by the company, Bradley County will pay $243,000.00 for the 81 acres, subject to the county securing a grant to pay one half of the total cost.

Justice Hargraves reported that Rural Fire Chief Eddie West has won an award for the job he has done as Chief, over and beyond the call of duty.  

Buck Fever Pageant Information Released

Rotarians Hear Update on SEA Human Development Center

On September 20, 2016 Rotarian Jeff Wardlaw invited Steve Farmer Interim Superintendent for the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center of Warren to bring the program to the Warren Rotary Club which met at noon in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.  Mr. Farmer gave the Rotarians an update about the center.

Choral Department to Present "Home for the Holidays: An Alumni Concert"

The Warren Choral Department will be presenting “Home for the Holidays: An Alumni Concert” on Saturday, December 10, 2016.  Anyone with ties to the Warren Choral Department or other musical ties to Curry and Mary Lou Martin, Laura Ferguson, D. Brent Miller or Katie King Kuhn are invited to participate.

Those interested should complete the following info sheet at   Music and practice tracks will be sent to you.  There will be one rehearsal the afternoon of the concert at 3pm.  The concert will begin at 7:30. More details will follow.

Any questions should be directed to Katie Kuhn, Director of Choral Activities at

Warren Bank Announces Winners

During the Bradley County Fair last week, Warren Bank and Trust held drawing for $100 per night. The three winners were Calvin Davis, Betty Robinson, and Mylesha Yao.  Each won $100.

David Pryor and Skip Rutherford To Be Featured Speakers

            MONTICELLO, AR — Retired U.S. Senator David Pryor (D-Ark.) and Skip Rutherford, dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will be the featured speakers at the next meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club September 29, according to Dr. John Davis, assistant professor of political science and director of governmental relations at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
            The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Capitol Room of UAM’s John F. Gibson University Center. The public is invited to attend.
            Pryor served as Arkansas’ 4th District U.S. House of Representative from 1966 to 1973. From 1975 to 1979, he was the state’s 39th Governor. Following two terms in the Governor’s Mansion, Pryor was elected to the U.S. Senate, a position he held from 1979 to 1997. Since retiring from elected office, Senator Pryor has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Blair Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, served as the State Chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas, and co-authored “A Prior Commitment: The Autobiography of David Pryor.” Pryor now serves on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.
            Prior to becoming dean of the Clinton School, James L. “Skip” Rutherford led the planning and construction of the Clinton Presidential Center and served as Founding President of the William J. Clinton Foundation. He is also a former administrative assistant for Senator Pryor. Rutherford is the founding chairman and creator of the Political Animals Club of Little Rock, the first organization of its kind in Arkansas.
            “We are honored to have Senator Pryor and Dean Rutherford speak at our next meeting,” said Davis, who serves as chairman of the Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club. “These men are living legends of Arkansas and American politics. This event has been in its planning stage for several months and I am thrilled to see it come to fruition. Having this meeting on the UAM campus makes this meeting even more special because it allows us to not only showcase these wonderful featured speakers, but also the campus.”
            The Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club is a non-partisan group for individuals in southeast Arkansas who seek civil discussion of political and policy issues impacting our region, state, and nation. There are no membership fees to join the Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club, and all are welcome. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Persons planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by emailing John Davis at or call (870) 460-1189.

Rural Fire Chief Wins Award

Bradley County Rural Fire Chief Eddie West has been named winner of the "Prater Award" for exemplary service to rural fire fighting.  The award is named for Lloyd Prater, a former president of the Arkansas Rural Volunteer Fire Association. The person winning the award is given it in recognition of the persons willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in support of Arkansas' rural and volunteer firefighters.  Other criteria includes devoting time, speaking positively of rural firefighting, treating others with respect and reaching out to share knowledge and experience.  It also includes demonstrating a spirit of selflessness and commitment.

Chief West was nominated by Eagle Democrat Editor Tim Kessler.  West intervened  in an assault on Kessler that occurred as Kessler was taking pictures of a house fire in March of this year.

The award was presented on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at a meeting in Conway.