Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Taco Salad Sale to be Held by Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 510 N. Walnut St., Warren, AR., will conduct a Taco Salad Sale Friday, May 29, from 10:00 a.m. until sold out.  A large taco salad will cost $6.00.  Delivery is availabe for orders of four or more.

Fundraiser For Sumpter Rural Fire Department

The Sumpter Rural Fire Department will be selling catfish plates " to go " June 3rd from 4:30 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. at the Sumpter Fire Department.  The money raised will go towards the benefit of the fire department.  The Menu will include, catfish, hushpuppies, beans, slaw, fries, pickles and dessert.  The cost is $10.00 per plate.

Everyone is invited to purchase a plate of catfish and help the Sumpter Rural Fire Department.

Lions Club Prepares for Gospel Jamboree

The Warren Lions Club meet Wednesday, May 24th at Simple Simon's Pizza for the Club's monthly business meeting.  In addition to discussing plans for the Pink Tomato Festival Gospel Jamboree to be held June 7th, the members were updated on eye screenings that have been sponsored by the club.  The vast majority of screenings have been conducted in the public schools and preschool programs throughout Bradley County.

According to information provided during the meeting, since late 2016 and to date 2017, the lions club has conducted 169 individual screenings and have determined that 26 of those screened need to have a professional eye exam.  Parents and guardians were notified in each case.

Treating and promoting good vision is a priority of the Lions International organization.  Warren Lions work to further that priority within our community and support other community projects.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Aviation Commission Conducts Meeting

The Warren Aviation Commission met Tuesday evening, May 23, 2017 in the Municipal Building Courtroom.  Dr. Joe Wharton, Chairman of the Commission presided over the meeting.  Mayor Bryan Martin gave a report of work completed at the airport, the resurfacing of the runway.  The total cost of the project was $645,072.00 which is being paid for by a 90% paid for federal grant with the city paying the remaining 10%.  The work has been completed.

The commissioned discussed applying for another grant for new equipment for the north end of the runway.  This equipment would assist airplanes from their approach on the north.

Mayor Martin informed the commission that the fuel tank has been repainted and that mowing will begin on a regular basis for the summer months.

Commissioner Rick Stracner suggested that the commission look into securing a courtesy car for the airport.  This would be a vehicle that would be kept available for people who fly into Warren on business who need transportation.  He noted that many smaller town airports maintain courtesy cars. Mayor Martin will look into the possibilities.

Present at the meeting was Rick Stracner, Raymond Colen, H. Murry Claycomb, and Dr. Joe H. Wharton.

Gospel Jubilee to Feature Haley Creek Boys June 4

The Ministerial Alliance will sponsor a gospel jubilee featuring the Haley Creek Boys on the Town Square June 4th at 6:00 p.m.  you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs while some bleacher seats will also be available.

Cutest Dog Contest Information Released

Do you have the cutest dog in South Arkansas?  Plan to enter your favorite dog in the 2017 Pink Tomato Festival Cutest Dog Show on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 pm at the Warren City Park.

The dogs will be judged in several categories:  0-6 months; 0-20 pounds; 21-50 pounds; over 50 pounds.  Other categories are the dog with the: Best Trick; Best Costume, People’s choice and Kids Choice.

Each contestant may enter 1 category and the cost to enter the Dog Show is $10.00.
The contest is sponsored by the Humane Society of Bradley County and friends.  You may pick up entry forms at Warren Animal Clinic or you may register on site at 6:00 pm on the day of Show. 

Rotarians Hear About 2017 Tomato Festival

Rotarian and City of Warren Mayor Bryan Martin invited Joel Tolefree, President of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, to speak to the Rotary Club about some plans for the festival and an outlook for the tomato crop this year.

Pictures are (l-r): Joel Tolefree and Mayor Bryan Martin

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bryan Cornish Hired to be WSD Superintendent

The Warren School Board met Monday night in a called meeting to discuss personnel matters.  The following actions were taken:

Bryan Cornish was hired as Superintendent with a three-year contract.

Andrew Tolbert was hired for one year as consultant/mentor.

Catrina Robinson was transferred from Federal Program Secretary to Superintendent's Assistant to replace Janice Lawrence.

Kayla Riels was hired as Eastside kindergarten teacher to replace Haley McKinney.

Kayla Gates was transferred from Middle School 7th grade science to Brunson 4th grade science.

The following resignations were accepted:
Samantha Jo Inman who was hired as a kindergarten teacher but changed her mind.
Samantha McAlpin-Middle School 6th grade literacy
Sarah Spradlin-High School Biology teacher

Classified:  Elia Rodriguez as ABC Food Service Worker effective June 1, 2017.

Arrest Report: May 2, 2017

Sedric Griddine, 408 N. Maple St., Monticello, AR, arrested on warrant and charged with aggravated assault (5-15-17)

Joshua Coats, 590 Bradley Rd. 1 South, Jersey, AR. age 30, arrested on warrant (5-15-17)

Shareka Jackson, 21 Oak Grove Cir., Warren, AR., age 37, charged with driving on suspended license and no child safety (5-17-17)

Brian Williams, Jr., 803 West Pine, Warren, AR., age 35, arrested on warrant (5-18-17)

Thomas F. Bradbury, Jr., 405 Elm St., Warren, AR., age 33, charged with driving on suspended license (5-18-17)

Alex L. Hampton, 230 Oak Grove Cir., Warren, AR., age 32, charged with driving on suspended license (5-18-17)

Donovan Clary, 1414 Old Monticello Hwy., Warren, AR., age 23, charged with carrying a weapon (5-19-17)

Christian Wilder, 43 Pinewood Dr., Warren, AR., age 22, arrested on warrant (5-19-`17)

Elton Reed Evans, 2810 Crossroads Rd., Kingsland, AR., age 38, charged with driving on suspended license and expired vehicle tags (5-29-17)

Christopher Oliver, 421 S. Myrtle, Warren, AR., age 44, charged with driving on suspended license, expired tags, and no insurance (5-29-17)

Anthony Larone Brown, 906 Hwy. 8 N., Warren, AR., age 44, charged with driving on suspended license (5-20-17)

Patricia Bowie, 190 Avery St., Kingsland, AR., age 39, charged with driving on suspended license and defective equipment (5-21-17)

James D. Miller, 1516 S. Main St., Warren, AR., age 22, charged with driving on suspended license, expired tags, fictitious tags (5-21-17)

Warren Bank Issues Alert

Due to recent calls using spoofed local business numbers, Warren Bank and Trust Co. would like to remind our customers that we will never call and ask for any private information.

Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition Awarded Grant

The Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) has approved up to $1,000 total to the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition for their community’s work with Community and School Gardens.

ArCOP  had a large number of applicants apply for funding and were not able to fund every community and every project at 100%. They based their decision to fund the project/s was based on many factors. 

Truck Show to be Held During Tomato Festival

The 2017 Valiant Reunion Truck Show will be held June 10 from noon until 6:00 p.m. during the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.  The location for the event will be 106 West Church St. Registration for the event is $20.  For more information on entering the show call 870-820-8916.

Warren Police Work Motorcycle Accident

The Warren Police Department and the Arkansas State Police worked a motorcycle accident Saturday, May 20th near the intersection of S. Main Street ( HWY 63 B ) and Burks Street.  It was a one vehicle accident and the rider was transported to the hospital.  There is no word on the extent of any injury.  The Warren Fire Department also responded.  The investigation remains underway.

Show & Tell at Genealogy Meeting

The Bradley County Genealogy Society met for their monthly meeting Sunday, may 21st in the conference room of the Bradley County Veterans Museum.  A small crowd was on hand on the rainy afternoon but several members brought some interesting items to look at.

An old toaster, an old telephone, a cigar holder and a scrap book where among the items to enjoy viewing.  Tim Kessler reported on the status of his new novel, due out shortly and his plans for a book signing June 2nd at the Warren Branch Library.

The Genealogy Society normally meets the last Sunday of each month at 2:00 P.M.  The meeting for May was a week early due to Memorial Day.

See more pictures below:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sports: Jacks Finish State Soccer 4A Runner-up(Full Article+Pics and Video)

Clanton Farms Brings in the First Box of Tomatoes

Rhett and Westin Clanton pictured with the first box of tomatoes brought in for the 2017 season.  They are the sons of Randy Clanton, Jr. and Skye Clanton.
Clanton Farms brought in the first box of tomatoes to the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Friday, May 19, 2017.  According to Skye Clanton, the farm harvested 50 boxes of tomatoes on Thursday.

State Championship Soccer Game Live Updates

With 20 minutes left in the first half, neither team, Dardanelle nor Warren has scored.
Dardanelle scored with 17:15 left in the first half.  They lead Warren 1-0.
Dardanelle scored again with only 9:52 left in the first half.  They lead 2-0.
Warren scored late in first half cutting Dardanelle's lead to 2-1.
Halftime:  Dardanelle 2, Warren 1
Second half is underway... Go! Jacks!
With 33 minutes left in second half, Dardanelle scored again bringing the score to 3-1.
Dardanelle leads 4-1. 30 Minutes remaining.
Dardanelle leads 5-1.
21 Minutes left...Dardanelle leads 5-1.
5 minutes remaining.  Dardanelle leads 5-1.
Dardanelle scores again, 6-1.
FINAL Dardanelle 6, Warren 1.

Friday, May 19, 2017

UAM Confers 405 Degrees During May 12th Commencement

The University of Arkansas at Monticello held commencement Friday, May 12th inside the confines of Steelman Fieldhouse on the UAM Campos.  A 10:00 A.M. ceremony was followed by a 2:00 P.M. ceremony.  Between the two, 405 degrees were awarded.  They included masters degrees, undergraduate degrees and University of Arkansas System eVersity degrees.

Taking part in the program were UAM Chancellor Dr. Karla Huges, Jeremy Woodall, Director of Baptist Collegiate Ministry, C.C. "Cliff" Gibson, member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, President of the University of Arkansas System.  Also particiapting were Dr. Peggy Doss, UAM Vice Chancellor Academic Afairs, Jay Hughes, UAM Vice Chancellor University Operations and Student Affairs.  Present for the graduation were UAM Board of Visitors members Bettye Gragg and Chairman Gregg Reep.

Trinity's Treasures Open House

Trinity's Treasures a preschool and kindergarten readiness care facility for children, located at 614 N. Martin Street in Warren, is sponsoring an open house and play time Saturday, May 20th from 10;00 A.M. to noon.  There will be food and fun and the public is invited to attend and bring their children. There will be a number of activities for the kids and a chance for parents to see the facility and talk to the director.

For information call 870-466-5111.

It should be a fun few hours, weather permitting.  

60th All Tomato Luncheon

It’s Pink Tomato Festival time once again in Warren, Arkansas!  As part of the Pink Tomato Festival, the annual All Tomato Luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 10th, at 12:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Activities Center.  Tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce.  The Bradley County Extension Homemaker’s Clubs started the All Tomato Luncheon one year after the first Pink Tomato Festival.  The All Tomato Luncheon has grown over the years and is now one of the highlights of the Pink Tomato Festival.  The EHC ladies plan and prepare the menu which includes a tomato product in each item served.  This year’s menu consists of Chicken Salad with Sliced Tomatoes, Tomarinated Carrots, Tomato Bean Salad, Tomato Basil Crackers, and Heavenly Tomato Cake.  Tickets are limited so make plans to attend this year’s All Tomato Luncheon!  The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Summer Reading At the Warren Branch Library

Armstrong Will Not Run Saturday

Thursday, May 18, 2017

No Graduation Livestream Due To Technical Difficulties

Due to technical difficulties, we will not be able to live stream the 2017 WHS Graduation Ceremony.  We sincerely apologize for the malfunction.  If you purchased a one time subscription to watch the graduation ceremony, please contact the NFHS Network directly for refunds.  To see their full refund policy, please CLICK HERE.

Their number is (877) 978-2311.

UAM to Offer Two-Year Forestry Degree

          MONTICELLO, AR — A two-year associate of applied science degree in forest technology has been added to the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The degree was approved recently by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
          The new program, which begins with the 2017 fall semester and requires four semesters plus an intersession and one summer term, is designed to allow students in the two-year program to transition seamlessly into the four-year bachelor of science in natural resource management degree if they choose.

PTF Music Schedule!

Click it or Ticket Campaign

This year the Warren Police Department will be participating in the "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Along side law enforcement agencies from all around the country, to help encourage safety of fellow motorist. This time of year more people get out with their families and travel. Sadly to say a lot of them never make it back home due to motor vehicle accidents in which can result in death by simply not wearing their seatbelts. According to the Data from NHTSA show that nearly half (48%) of the 22,441 occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unbuckled. In addition, 57 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night were not wearing their seat belts, compared to 40 percent killed during the daytime. Men continue to outnumber women in not wearing seat belts – 52 percent to 42 percent respectively.

One life lost due to not wearing a seatbelt is one life to many. Remember to wear your seatbelt anytime you get into a motor vehicle, it just might save your life.

 Click or Ticket is set to start on May 22, 2017 and go through June 4, 2017.

Intermodal Debates Railroad Issue

After reviewing the minutes and financial report for the month of April, 2017, the board spent the vast majority of time talking about an issue that has consumed the board for several months.  The issue is the matter of getting permission from the railroad to building a road on the intermodal site that crosses the tracks.  Some work has been completed, but the intermodal is being told the crossing is too close to a switch and does not comply with railroad regulations.  It is hard to determine whether the rule is a federal requirement or a railroad company rule based upon the discussion.  The rail line is operated by a short line company but is owned by Union Pacific.

The debate among the intermodal board is how to remedy the problem.  It appears a number of the members believe the issue is the responsibility of the engineer to work out, while others voiced interest in hiring a railroad lawyer to address the matter with the railroad company.  Still others did not want to create a legal challenge.

When the project was begun, a different short line firm was operating the line.  They have since been bought by another company.  Union Pacific remains the owner.  According to the engineer, they thought they were following directions from the original short line operator.

Drew County Judge Robert Akin, not a member of the board, encouraged the intermodal to shut the intermodal owned rail spur to use by the railroad company until the matter is resolved.  Board member Freddie Mobley stated he had suggested similiar action in the past to no avail.  Anita McDaniels, Executive Director of the MEDC and a member of the intermodal board, thought securing legal council to communicate with the railroad company might be best.  Chairman John Lipton stated he leans on the engineer to get the problem solved.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dunaway Awarded Scholarship

Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union is excited to announce that Warren High School senior Katelynn Dunaway is this year's $1,000 scholarship recipient!

Library to Hold Informational Meeting

The Warren Branch Library will hold an informational meeting open to the public  to discus the library's internet safety policy and the fact that filters will be installed on their computers.  The meeting will be held June 6, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the library located at 115 West Cypress St. in Warren.

Congressman Receives Briefing On Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program

Fourth District U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs was in Warren last week to receive a briefing on the Arkansas Heavy Equipment Operator Training Academy (AHEOTA) that is part of the UAM College of Technology-McGehee.  The AHEOTA specializes in developing the skills of the beginning heavy equipment operator and includes options for diesel technology, logger training and timber, and training on a variety of heavy equipment.  Students may train on a bulldozer, semi-tractor, international field tractor, low boy, scraper, mobile industrial pressure washer, hydraulic excavator, backhoe loader, articulated truck, articulated motor grader, skid steer loader and material handler. Students may also receive training on a simulator. Pictured from left are Dr. Peggy Doss, vice chancellor for academic affairs at UAM, Lee Taylor of Warren, a current student in the program, Congressman Westerman, Steacy Kennedy of Monticello, a program graduate, and Bob Ware, vice chancellor of the UAM COT-McGehee. Congressman Westerman's visit was part of an ongoing effort to have a ready and skilled workforce for construction and the timber industry in south Arkansas.