Saturday, March 17, 2018

New Jobs Available In Warren

A Job Fair is set for Monday, March 19th through Friday, March 23rd in the Old National Guard Armory, located at 101 South Martin Street in Warren, adjacent to the City Park.  People seeking employment will have the opportunity to apply for jobs with J & E Food Group, a poultry processing plant preparing to open in Warren.  There will be a variety of jobs available.  The company will offer competitive wages, health insurance and 401K options.  These are full time jobs.

Visit the job fair at the Old Armory to apply.  Those interested may also contact the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services office located at 477 S. Main Street in Monticello or call 870-367-2476. 

This is a great opportunity for employment.  See the ad for the job fair on the front page of  The company is reported to be planning to hire around 100 people.

Friday, March 16, 2018

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham

March 16, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – The legislature completed its special session after addressing all of the issues on its agenda.

The bill that garnered the most attention will require pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) to be licensed by the state Insurance Department.

Pharmacy benefit managers negotiate contracts between health insurance companies and local pharmacies. Since the beginning of the year, local pharmacists have been hit hard by reduced reimbursements from the managers.

Neighborhood pharmacists testified at legislative hearings that in some cases they were not even getting paid enough to cover the cost of filling prescriptions.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

City Told Church on N. Myrtle Coming Down

City officials have been notified by church officials in charge of the New Zion AME Zion Church, located on N. Myrtle Street, that they plan to tear the structure down.  They have secured a price and plan to proceed.  No specific date has been given, although the city has urged action as quickly as possible.  The building is falling in and is dangerous.  City of Warren officials have been communicating with the church for some time,even before the roof started collapsing, asking for action to be taken.

A portion of Neely Street has been blocked off due to the danger of the building falling in.  The Mayor's office indicated they would continue to pursue having the work done and will not let the matter drag out any further than the law allows.

The public is asked to stay off the property for safety reasons.

Hermitage School Board Takes Personnel Actions

The Hermitage School Board meet March 12th to conduct the monthly business of the district.  After approving the minutes and financial report, the board heard reports from Rosalynda Ellis ( K-6 ), Jade Huitt ( Pre-k ) and Superintendent Dr. Tucker.  Dr. Tucker talked about several items including the future formation of a committee to consider safety issues relating to the school buildings and campus.  She also discussed roof problems on several school buildings. The board then voted to make some modest policy changes.

Board members voted to authorize several out of State trips for the FFA program.  They also approved offering for sale some surplus equipment and for Hermitage participation in the
Arkansas Leadership Academy.

Mistie McGhee then provided the 7-12 report.

After an executive session, the board vote to take the following personnel actions:
*accepted the resignation of Regina Vaughn ( K-12 music )
*Hired Jill Ferrell and Kristi Clanton as prom sponsors
*Hired Ginnie Sellers as Sr. Quiz Bowl sponsor
*Hired Kasey Shores Johnston as elementary teacher

Dr. Tucker announced that the district has been granted a state waiver for an early starting date.

Car Wreck on Old Camden Road

Local emergency personnel were called to a car accident Tuesday, March 13th west of Warren on the Old Camden Road.  The incident took place well outside the Warren City Limits.  According to the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, a woman and two children were traveling East when the driver swerved to miss some deer.  She lost control and turned the vehicle over in an adjacent field on the left side of the road.  The car came to rest on it's top, upside down.

Fortunately there were no serious injuries, although the occupants were transported to the hospital by ambulance to be checked out medically.  All those in the car were wearing seat belts.

No citation was issued.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lions/Rotary Clubs Hold Joint Meeting

For the first time in the memory of those present, the Warren Lions Club and Warren Rotary Clubs meet in a joint meeting to hear a program on the subject of diabetes.  The meeting was conducted Tuesday, March 13th in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church of Warren.  A nice size crowd of Lions, Rotarians and guest were on hand to listen to the program.

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Robert Milton, program chairman for the Rotary Club for the day introduced the speaker.  The program was arranged by Randy Rawls, President of the Lions Club.  The speaker was Sue Tull, Executive Director of Arkansas Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  She talked about the two types of diabetes, the various programs operated by the Foundation and the fund raising events the organization sponsors to fund the programs.  Her talk was educational and informative.  Ms. Tull told those present that it is estimated that 29 million Americans have diabetes and 1.25 million have Type 1 diabetes.  She discussed the symptoms of the disease and the purpose of the foundation's work.  Helping those coping with diabetes and research to find a cure and to better treat the disease are all part of the mission.  She said great progress is being made.

It was noted that Lions International works to assist people with vision problems and diabetes is a major contributor to poor eyesight.  Dr. Bob Smalling, an Optometrist, and a Rotarian, talked about the importance of eye exams for those with diabetes.

Jr. Rotarians visiting and introducing themselves were: Luke Gorman, Briaunna Harris and Heaven Clary.  All three did a good job of speaking.

School of Nursing Receives Accreditation

           MONTICELLO, AR — The School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has received full accreditation for both its associate and baccalaureate degree programs for a maximum of six years, according to Dr. Brandy Haley, associate professor and dean of nursing.

          The accreditation was awarded by the National League for Nursing's Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, the national accrediting body for nursing education.

          UAM offers both the associate of applied sciences in nursing degree and the bachelor of science in nursing degree.

          "I want to thank all of our stakeholders for their role in the accreditation process," said Haley. "We are so grateful for the support of our faculty, students, administration, support staff, advisory board and the community during this process."

          UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes praised the nursing faculty and students for "creating a legacy of excellence in our nursing program. UAM has a long and proud history of providing quality nursing education and for meeting the needs of the nursing profession throughout the region. This accreditation is recognition of the overall strength of the nursing program and the academic integrity of the institution as a whole. Congratulations for a job well done."

          For more information, contact the Division of Nursing at (870) 460-1069.


 Under the leadership of Jersey Rural Fire Department's President Venollie (Vaughn) Fisher, Jersey Rural has deemed 2018 as a year of education and certification. Thus far, JRFD has accumulated 8 classes, 64 hours of fire fighting training. A steadfast 15 certified volunteer firefighters are reaching for the certification of Firefighter I through the Arkansas Fire Training Academy by its AFTA Instructor Sheila Loomis also a JRFD firefighter. After the completion of the year long rigorous course work,  firefighters must pass a written exam and "Live burn" at the academy to reach their goal of becoming a Firefighter I . This educational project will save lives and property in the Jersey Fire District and surrounding fire districts. Kenny Loomis is Jersey's Fire Chief with Willie Avery serving as Assistant Fire Chief.

News from The Bradley County Museums

The Bradley County Veteran’s Museum and the Bradley County Historical Museum have partnered with the World War I Centennial Commission to host the observance of the World War I Centennial Celebration in Bradley County.  To commemorate, preserve and honor the courage, sacrifice and valiant efforts of all Arkansans who served in World War I, we will be planting a Memorial Tree in Bradley County.  The tree will provide a living memorial to the thousands who served their country during WWI which includes many from this area.
Through a partnership of the World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansans were urged to plant trees in 2018 to remember the 71,862 Arkansans who served during the Great War, including the 2,283 who died while in service.  The goal is to have a memorial tree in each of Arkansas’s 75 counties by the time the commemoration concludes at the end of 2018.  The Arkansas Forestry Commission is providing the two-year-old Willow oak trees for the project.
The Bradley County World War I Memorial Tree will be planted on the lawn of the Bradley County Historical Museum on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. as an official Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration event.  The Arkansas Forestry Commission will assist with the planting of the tree and will be adding soil from the Meuse-Argonne National Cemetery in France when the tree is planted. 
Following the tree planting, GFWC Warren Woman’s Club will present an Arbor Day proclamation    recognizing March 19th as Arkansas’s Arbor Day celebration.
Please make plans to attend this special commemorative event on Monday, March 19th at 1:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Bradley County Historical Museum at 200 West Ash Street.
For more information please call JeNelle Lipton at 870-226-5457 or call John Little at 870-226- 2329 or 870-226-3326.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Movie Night A Success

"Movie Night" sponsored by the Bradley County Hometown health Coalition was a success Saturday evening, March 9th.  A good crowd attended and seemed to enjoy the activity which was held at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County. 

The Coalition would like to thank Super Value, Mad Butcher, the Old Armory ( owned by the City of Warren) and the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County for their support and contributions to the two events conducted November 18, 2017 and March 10, 2018. 

Plans are to hold future "Movie Nights."

Bradley County Health Fair

Community Engagement to help you SAVE the DATE….. for 4-21-18 Bradley County Health Fair!!  Where? YMCA from 9-12noon!!!

In preparation for the annual health fair which will be April  2018 , the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition-Health Fair Committee would like to encourage each individual to take advantage of local resources that can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.  We are wanting individuals to get engaged in their community and participate is some resources that help you lead a healthy lifestyle:
The participating resources are:

The following services and/or resources are available and if you take advantage and participate in them between 3/14 and 4/19  your name will be entered to win door prizes at the Bradley County Health Fair!!  All you will need to do is complete your ticket at the following:
Bradley County Local Health Unit , 208 North Bragg ( 3/14 through 4/21 from 8AM-3:30PM you can have a BP screen, BMI screen and CO monitored)  Call 225-8440 for more information!
Bradley County Medical Center Home Health Agency, 204 North Bragg Street  ( 3/14-4/19 8AM-3:30 PM)
Warren  Branch Library, 115 W. Cypress ( 3/14-4/19 go check out a book of your choice and be entered to win and e-reader. If you don’t have a library card, Bradley County residents can sign up for free!  Just bring a phot ID and a piece of mail to verify your address)
Warren YMCA , 207 North Main ( 3/14- 4/19 stop by to pick up a calendar of YMCA events and you’ll receive a FREE ONE DA””Y PASS to the YMCA
Life Touch  Hospice on 4/20 10:00-4:00 will be at their Warren office, 205 N Martin, Suite A to observe National Healthcare Decisions Day, with the focus on Advance Care Directives Education.


City Council Sanitation Committee Discusses Property Cleanup

A major need in the city of Warren is the cleanup and maintenance of private properties.  This includes abandoned houses and commercial buildings, grown up lots and illegal junk yards, including abandoned vehicles.  As the years have gone by the problem has grown.  In many cases the properties are owned by people who do not live in Warren, however, there are those who live in some of the properties and simply refuse to keep the sites up.

Warren has ordinances on the books to deal with the issues and in fact has been addressing a large number, yet more is needed.  Recently the City Council's Sanitation Committee has been assigned the task of reviewing the existing ordinances to determine if they can be strengthened or better procedures can be put in place to deal with the properties in a more efficient and faster manner.

State law dictates the authority of city government in these matters.  The following is the process:
1. The city receives a complaint about a site or a city council member brings in a complaint.
2. The city Building Official inspects and makes a determination if the property is in violation of the
3. If found in violation, an effort is made to locate the owner, whether they live in Warren or 
    across the country.  The owner is notified that corrections need to be made.  this can include 
    repairs, tearing down, mowing or moving junk.
4. If not action is taken the city council ( only the city council ) can vote to order the cleanup
    conducted by the owner.
5. If no action is taken after being so notified, the city can clean up the site or hire it done.
    The city, using tax dollars must pay the expenses.
6. A bill is sent to the owner.  If it is not paid a lien is filed on the site and no money can be
    borrowed against the property, no taxes can be paid and no other action can be taken with the 
    site until the lien is paid in full.  If the property goes tax delinquent it is certified to the state, 
     which can offer it for public sale after several years.  If it is sold, the lien must be paid.  If it 
     fails to sale, the state takes ownership and can donate it for public purposes. 
This is a long and costly process for the city and there is no guarantee that the taxpayers will get their money back.  It is the only way to enforce the improvements.

City officials continue to order properties cleaned up and a number are in the works at this time.  Only the Warren City Council has the authority to order a house torn down or a lot cleaned up.  

Residential Burglaries

According to the Warren Police Department  on Monday, March 12, 2018, there were two residential burglaries reported on North Bradley Street, near Eastside Elementary School.  Anyone who has information concerning these burglaries or suspicious people in the area, please contact Warren Police Department’s detective division at (870) 226-3703.  Warren Police Department would like to remind people who may be leaving home for an extended period of time to have a neighbor or someone they trust to check on their property during their absence.  They can also call and be placed on the Warren Police Department’s House Watch list.  

Chamber Board Hears About Downtown Effort

The Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board meet March 12th at Simple Simons for their monthly meeting.  In addition to routine reports, the board was briefed on plans to try to upgrade portions of the downtown Warren Area.  Leah St. John updated the members on efforts by a group that has been formed to work with local merchants to make the stores look better and to make improvements.  Plans are underway to power wash the buildings and sidewalks and to assist the building owners in making repairs to the buildings and awnings in a cost effective manner.  Work will begin on the section of Main from Cypress to Church.  In the future, the group hopes to form a not for profit organization to help promote the business area of downtown. 

According to Mrs. St. John, several volunteers will be helping the committee and providing some labor.  She indicated the group is enthusiastic and excited to make a difference.  Other plans are to repaint the fire hydrants and to make the area more attractive to businesses and customers.

Renissance Awards Program Set for Tuesday

The Renaissance Scholastic Awards Program will be tomorrow, March 13th at 9:00 am in the Warren Cultural Center.

School Board Sees Robotics Demonstration

The Warren School Board met Monday night and saw a demonstration by the robotics team of their work.  They also saw proposal ideas for a new gymnasium and a new Eastside School.  It was pointed out that the presentation was subject to change at any time.

The board approved the following personnel changes:

Certified-Jessica Griffin as Eastside Teacher
Amber Cummings as Warren Middle School Teacher and Coach
Ellie Johnston as Warren Middle School Teacher and Cheer Sponsor

The Retirement of:
Carolyn Larance as a Middle School Teacher

Don Hines as Multi-Purpose Building custodian (Maintenance) resignation as of March 16
Kenna Glossup as Assistant Cheer Sponsor effective at the end of contract
Angela Wilkerson as food service worker at Brunson

Certified hires:
Jessica Griffin as Brunson Literacy
Jamie Wood as Assistant Softball Coach

Certified Re-Hires:
Carla Wardlaw, Assistant Superintendant
Tiffany Gathen0 Warren High School Principal
Daniel Williams-Warren High School Assistant Principal
Kathy Cornish-Warren Middle School Principal
Tristan Knodel-Warren Middle School Assistant Principal
Regina Scroggins-Brunson School Principal
Sara Weaver-Eastside Elementary Principal
Elizabeth McKinney-Eastside Assistant Principal
Devin McDiarmid-SEACBEC Director

Classified HiresL
Gregory Ellis Paraprofessional at Brunson
Yashika Hicks-WHS Secretary

Superintendant Bryan Cornish's Contract was extended for another year.

More will be reported Tuesday.

Concerns for Properties in need of Cleanup Topic at Council Meeting

The Warren City Council met Monday evening with Alderman Zack Burks presiding in the absence of Mayor Bryan Martin.  After approving the minutes of the previous meeting in February, the council approved the Financial Report as presented by Mrs. Helen Boswell.

Alderman Tolefree recognized a constituent who spoke asking for the process of condemning and cleaning up properties.

The council heard the BCEDC report which explained that the county has five opportunity zones.  He also discussed the career readiness program.

W.T. Outlaw was reappointed to a three-year term on the Planning Commission.

The council approved Resolution 617, road projects.

Police Chief Shaun Hildreth told the council that he has a full staff at this time and will be sending two to the Academy in May.  The council authorized the sale of a 2008 Dodge.

Fire Chief Howard Edwards answered questions about department plans of how to reach properties in the Penisterville region while the bridge remains damaged.

Ricky Joe Davis alsoi addressed the bridge problem on Boyd Street telling the council that the city wants to repair the flood damaged bridge correctly and will wait for a FEMA grant.

The council voted to borrow $58,000 from First State Bank to purchase a backhoe and tractor from Lumberjack Yamaha and to borrow $28,000 from Warren Bank and Trust to purchase a pickup.  Both loans will be at a 3.5 % interest rate.

The council heard announcements which included the upcoming April 26 Job Fair.

The heard public comments which included concerns for the blocked roads due to falling structures such as the Zion A.M.E. Church which is falling in and neighbors are concerned for the dangers.  Warren High School History teacher asked the council who is working with th A.M.E. church association to get Zion Church demolished to save the cornerstone and historic register plaque from the church.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Warren Police Department Arrest Report For March 4-11, 2018

The following are innocent until proven guilty.

Bradley Bunch / 414 N. Myrtle St., Warren, AR / DOB 11-7-83 / Felony Fleeing on 3-6-18

Anna Hope Rice / 154 Ben Loveless Rd., Wilmar, AR / DOB 1-19-98 / Warrant Warren, Hermitage, and Monticello on 3-8-18

Thomas Bo Bratton / 949 E. College Ave., Monticello, AR / DOB 8-9-81 / Driver's License Suspended, No Insurance, Expired Tags, and Warrant Monticello on 3-9-18

Deerick Wheeler / 508 Park Lane, Warren, AR / DOB 8-2-89 / Public Intox on 3-9-18

Randy Lee Young / 441 ouachita 77 Lot C., Camden, AR / DOB 12-7-90 / AR Parole Violation, Absconder on 3-10-18

Charles Earl Lawson / 716 McCauley St., Warren, AR / DOB 2-27-87 / Battery 2nd on 3-11-18

Water Mains Flushing Schedule Released

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 Warren Water & Sewer will begin flushing of the water mains through the fire hydrants.
The water may be discolored for a short period of time; should you encounter serious problems, call Warren Water & Sewer.
Your patience and cooperation is appreciated.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Three Houses to Receive Repairs

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According to Mike Jolley, Executive Director of the Warren Public housing Authority, three more home in the Warren City Limits are scheduled to be repaired.  Two on Melrose Drive and one on W. Church Street.  all three are privately owned and the owners live in the residences and have meet the requirements to be eligible. The funding for the work comes through the Arkansas Development Finance Authority and are administered by the Housing Authority.

The Warren Housing Authority has rehabilitated many homes over the years and has worked with home owners to tear down old houses that could not be brought up to code and built the owner a new home.  The owner got a new house and paid a portion back at a very low interest rate.  Over thirty new homes have been constructed in Warren.  Most of the work was performed by local contractors and the majority of materials were bought from Warren vendors.

The Warren Public Housing Authority is an independent agency of Warren City Government and is managed by a Board of Commissioners approved by the Warren City Council.

According to information provided, most of the grant funds have been reduced or done away with by the federal government.  City officials continue to urge our congressional and state legislative delegations to fund these housing programs.

Marks Cemetery Cleanup Set for March 17

The third annual Marks Cemetery nature trail and picnic area clean -up is scheduled for March 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the cemetery.   A rain-out date of March 24 is designated.   Participants are asked to bring gas blowers, rakes, and yard brooms.   The re-New-ing Edinburg group will once again participate in the Great American Cleanup campaign by picking up trash along the roads leading to the cemetery area.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this community activity.  For additional information contact Roger McClellan at 870-643-0150.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Pesticide Applicator Training

The Bradley and Drew County Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting a Private Applicator Training for agricultural producers on Thursday, March 15th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Bradley County Extension Office, located at 100 E. First Street (behind the Courthouse) in Warren.  Agricultural producers must be certified by training to be eligible for a Restricted Pesticide License in order to purchase and apply restricted-use pesticides.

There is a $10.00 fee for the pesticide applicator training.  You will pay at the door on the night of the training.  The training is approximately three hours long, and producers must attend the entire training to be certified.  If you have any questions, please contact John Gavin 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.

Bradley County Circuit Court Approves Pleas

Bradley County Circuit Court with The Honorable Sam Pope presiding approved the following pleas Monday, March 5th:

1. Convicted Jeffrey Mann, Jr. for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Sentenced to 12 months suspended plus fines and fees.

2. Convicted Kayla Raeann Ward for theft of property.  Sentenced to 12 months suspended plus fines and fees.

3. Convicted Todd Michael Winters for burglary and theft.  Sentenced to 72 months probation plus fines, fees and restitution.

4. Convicted Samuelie Clary Donavan for aggravated assault.  Sentenced to court cost and 12 months suspended.

In other actions, the court sentenced Shanna Loraine Coker ( Ferguson ) to seven days in jail for contempt of court.  The Defendant received a drug test and was found positive for marijuana, amphetamines, methamphetamines and ecstasy.  the Defendant appeared in court under the influence of controlled substances.

Mayor Visits With Armstrong Staff

During a recent visit to meet the new Plant Manager of the Witt Armstrong Plant, Warren Mayor Bryan Martin had the opportunity to visit other staff of Armstrong.  He got to say hello to William Wilfong who has recently been named Yard and Kiln Manager for the Witt plant.  William grew up in Warren and has been with Armstrong for several years.

Visiting the plant from Lancaster, Pennsylvania was Scott Swanson, Director of Global EHS for Armstrong.  EHS stands for environment, health and safety.  Marty Reep is the EHS director for the Witt Plant.  Mayor Martin talked with Mr. Swanson and Mr. Reep. 

Armstrong Witt is the largest private sector employer in Warren.  They support numerous civic projects in the community.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Arkansas Rural Health Partnership Recognized

ARHP Executive Director Mellie Bridewell
(right) and Healthy Communities
 Project Director Lynn Hawkins
, accept HRSA national Champion of
 Creative Partnerships award in Bethesda, Maryland. 
Lake Village, Ark. - Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP), a network of ten, non-profit
hospitals that includes Bradley County Medical Center in Warren, was recently recognized by
HRSA as one of seven organizations from across the nation as a Rural Health Community

ARHP was selected as the Champion of Creative Partnerships based on the organization
providing a range of high-quality services, including health care access, health professional
trainings, care coordination and health promotion in rural communities.

"To be recognized at the national level for our collaborative efforts is an honor,” stated Mellie
Bridewell, ARHP Executive Director.
“Our organization was originated on the idea that by working together regionally we could provide better access to healthcare services for the Arkansas Delta region. ARHP has come to depend on partnering organizations throughout Arkansas to assist us with our efforts, and without them we would not be able to successfully implement our programs and services."

Utilizing this unique partnership to gain access to new healthcare resources and points of
services for the community allows ARHP to provide more employment, healthcare provider and
public education opportunities and a better healthcare system in the Arkansas Delta.

“Rural organizations are well positioned to deliver effective and innovative care to their
communities, impacting some of the most vulnerable populations,” said HRSA Administrator
George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “These organizations are an essential part of the health care
system because they understand their local communities, are able to fill significant health care
gaps and ultimately improve the quality of life for those living in rural America.”

ARHP members includes Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett, Baptist Health-Stuttgart,
Bradley County Medical Center in Warren, Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village,
Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce, Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, DeWitt Hospital &
Nursing Home, Drew Memorial Health System in Monticello, Jefferson Regional Medical Center
in Pine Bluff and McGehee Hospital.

For additional information about ARHP, visit or call (870) 632 -7299.

Health Coalition to Sponsor Free Movie Night

Remember Saturday, March 10th is "Movie Night" at the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County.  The movie "UP" will be shown.  Movie night is sponsored by the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition.  The movie is free for everyone to attend.  It will be shown from 4:00-6:00 P.M.

To be eligible for a door prize, bring a book to donate.  It can be a new book or an older one.  There will be free smoothies and pop corn and drinks provided as long as they last.  Everyone is welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks.  Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

This should be a fun night for the entire family, including the youngsters.  Everyone is urged to turn out and enjoy this community activity.

The Health Coalition meet for its monthly meeting Thursday, March 8th in the Harry Stevens conference room of the Brunson Medical Complex.  In addition to finalizing the movie night, the members discussed at length, plans for the Bradley County Health Fair to be held April 21st, also at the YMCA.  There was a discussion of T-shirt sales, food, vendors, events, the need for volunteers and plans to advertise the fair.  There will be many vendors including Valley Foods, the Warren Lions Club checking vision, Union Bank, Arkansas State Police, Warren Police Department, Warren Fire Department, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Physical Therapy, Smokey the Bear, the Arkansas Forestry, Commission and several others.  The Fair is shaping up to be a worthwhile and fun event.

Also discussed during the meeting was the "My Free Library project."  It is a plan to get books in a mobile setting that can be utilized at various locations.

The Coalition meets the second Thursday of each month at noon, normally at the Brunson Complex.

New Armstrong Manager On The Job

Mayor Bryan Martin and Witt Plant Manager Doug Bohlinger welcomes the Armstrong Witt Plant's new manager, Doug Bohlinger.  Mr. Bohlinger come to Warren from West Virginia.  He has worked in the furniture and flooring industry for a number of years, serving several companies, mostly throughout the southeastern United States.

Mr. Bohlinger was recently visited by Warren Mayor Bryan Martin, who welcomed him to Warren and told him how important Armstrong is to Warren and South Arkansas.  The Mayor informed Mr. Bohlinger that his office and the City of Warren will work with him in any way possible to assist the Witt facility to continue to be successful and to grow.

The Plant Manager informed Mayor Martin and Sales Manager Gregg Reep that he wants the company to be a positive supporter of the community of Warren.  He stated he was glad to be here.

Outdoors: USDA program removes 615 feral hogs from WMAs and private land

LITTLE ROCK – Last week, crews from the Arkansas and Tennessee/Kentucky U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Missouri Department of Conservation, removed 615 feral hogs on both public and private to read more please click the link below the advertisement.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

"Night of the Arts" Set For March 12

“Night of the Arts” will take place March 12 at 7:00 pm at the Warren Cultural Center. This is an effort to support and promote the Arts in our school and community. There will be: “living art” provided by the Warren School District's gifted and talented students, art exhibits including, but not limited to works fashioned to Claes Oldenburg by the high school students.  There will be talent contestants, as well as our very own Poetry Out Loud champion and state finalist.

Please join WHS in celebrating our arts.   Donations at the door will take the place of ticket sales. Pay as you wish.  All proceeds will go to the performing arts programs at our school.

Single Parents Awarded Scholarships

L-R, Beverly Chapple, Marsha Cooper, Tabitha Nichols, Holley Curry, Emily VanDerZwalm, and Tricia Wilkinson.
Warren, AR—  On Monday, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Bradley County awarded several scholarships to worthy residents from Bradley County. Tabitha Nichols, who attends UAM, Contessa Williams, who attends South Arkansas Community College, and Holley Curry, who attends South Arkansas College, each received scholarships valued at $1,200. Kenna Glosup, who attends South Arkansas Community College, was awarded a scholarship valued at $750. For more information about this program, visit
L-R, Glenda Cross, Pat Rauls, Diane Parnell, Contessa Williams, and her daughter Ashlyn.

The organization will host an Easter Basket Auction live on Facebook on Friday, March 30th. All funds raised during this event will be matched dollar for dollar and directly fund scholarships for single parents in the county.