Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Great Arkansas stories featured in new book

Submitted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Arkansas is a complex place—part Old South, part Old West, and part traditional hill country—and has shared an amazing array of people and products with the world over the years. Even so, much of what makes Arkansas so special remains largely unrecognized.

To help right this wrong, Butler Center Books has just released Arkansas Backstories: Quirks, Characters, and Curiosities of The Natural State by former state tourism director Joe David Rice. The book highlights the lesser-known aspects of America’s twenty-fifth state.

Monday, October 15, 2018


At the October meeting of the Bradley Block Builders Quilt Club, Mrs.Bobbie Hedger and her daughter, Lois Hedger, showed a collection of quilts made by several generations of their family as well as some the two of them have recently made. Relatively new to the world of quilting, Mrs.Hedger stated she waited until she was eighty-five years old to start quilting because she thought it was too hard.  She has always been involved in creative projects, having owned a florist and a ceramics studio, but was intimidated by the thought of quilting.  Quilt club members were inspired by the many quilts these two new quilters displayed.
The Bradley Block Builders Quilt Club is a project club of the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service and serves the community by providing quilts and monetary donations to deserving groups and individuals.
For more information or to become a member of this or other extension clubs, contact a club member or the local extension service.

(Pictured L to R)  Lois Hedger, Sandra DalSanto, and Kathy Williams (Seated)  Mrs.Bobbie Hedger

Friday, October 12, 2018

Warren Branch Library to Launch Stork Storytime to Help Families Deliver Literacy

Families are faced with many changes after baby arrives but implementing a daily reading routine doesn’t need to be one of them.

Today the Warren Branch Library announced it will launch a new program — Stork Storytime — to help growing families deliver literacy to their children. While many early literacy programs focus on children after they’re born, Stork Storytime delivers literacy before a child’s arrival by focusing on the expecting family.

“Reading and literacy skills are a critical part of a child’s future success,” Sandy Doss, Branch Manager. “And as a child’s first teacher, caregivers are a vital part of how kids learn the value of literacy and to build the habit of reading. We’re excited to be able to help growing families in our community deliver literacy to children.”

The library’s Stork Storytime program encourages families to develop a reading routine before baby (and chaos) arrive, empowering caregivers to become more confident as a child’s first teacher. By encouraging expecting families to do 100 “read alouds” before baby arrives, adults become more comfortable reading out loud, children can practice their literacy skills, and families can build a routine around reading, creating a bonding experience that sets the tone and expectation that reading is important and valued at home.

The Stork Storytime initiative was started in 2015 at the North Liberty (Iowa) Community Library by a librarian who recognized the struggle she had had starting a reading habit once her own baby was born.

“Warren Branch Library is a family oriented organization and an integral part of our community, focused on providing literacy during every stage of life.”

To learn more about how the program can help you, visit your library at 115 West Cypress, Warren, AR 71671 or online at

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

First Ladies Exhibit Showcased at Old State House

The Old State House Museum in Little Rock has reopened one of its most popular exhibits, "First Ladies of Arkansas: Women of their Times." The newly renovated exhibit, which first opened in the 1950s, is known for having the largest display of first ladies’ gowns outside the Smithsonian.

“This whole exhibit, it’s not about the pretty dresses,” said Jo Ellen Maack, the museum’s curator. “It’s about the women themselves. It’s about their causes.”

Issues such as education, healthcare, the suffrage movement, and the arts have been championed by the first ladies and the exhibit also highlights their life after office.

“All of these women, none of them just sat back and said, ‘well I was first lady that was enough,’” said Maack. “Every one of them have gone on and led extraordinary lives. We try to talk about that in the exhibit.”

Sunday, September 30, 2018

October Community Calendar

Monday, Oct. 1
BCEDC, 7:00 a.m., Molly's
National Customer Service Week at Bradley County Med Center through Oct. 5

Tuesday, Oct. 2
Rotary, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Thursday, Oct. 4

Friday, Oct. 5

Saturday, Oct. 6
Movie Afternoon, Hometown Health Coalition, WHS  Indoor Sports Complex, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Monday Oct. 8
National Observance of Columbus Day
City of Warren Closed for Holiday, no garbage pickup
Warren City Council meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Hermitage School Board, 6:00 p.m.
Warren School Board, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Rotary Meeting, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Gall
Deadline to register to vote for Nov. 6 Election

Wednesday, Oct. 10
Warren Lions Club, noon, Molly's

Thursday, Oct. 11
Arkansas South Tourism Board, 10:00 a.m., Rob Reep Studio
Bradley County Health Fair Committee, 11:00 a.m., Brunson Complex
Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition, 12:00 p.m., Brunson Complex

Friday, Oct. 12
Columbus Day (1492 Landing)

Saturday, Oct. 13

Sunday, Oct. 14

Monday, Oct. 15
BCEDC, 7:00 a.m., Molly's
Bradley County Quorum Court, 6:00 p.m.
Hermitage City Council Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Rotary Meeting, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Community Action Agency Board, 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17
Intermodal Board Meeting, 11:00 a.m., Monticello
Human Development Center Volunteer Council, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Friday, October 19

Saturday, Oct. 20
Pee Wee Football in Warren
Rotary Brick Street 5K Race

Sunday, Oct. 21

Monday, Oct. 22
BCEDC, 7:00 a.m., Molly's
BCEDC Board, 5:30 p.m.
Early Voting Begins

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Rotary, noon, First United Methodist Church
UAM Board of Visitors, Crossett, 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Lions Club, noon, Simple Simons

Thursday, Oct. 25
Hospital Board, 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26
4th Anniversary of Human Development Center, 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Early Voting 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., County Clerk's Office
Music on Main, Rob Reep Studio, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday Oct. 28
Genealogy Society, 2:00 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 29
BCEDC, 7:00 a.m., Molly's

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Rotary, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Trunk or Treat downtown Festivities

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

First Friday Market in Camden

Make plans to attend the First Friday Monthly in Camden AR on October 5th.
The open-air evening market will happen from 6PM till 9PM in downtown Camden.  Washington St. will be closed to traffic and the street lined with a vast array of vendors for all your shopping pleasure.  There will be several favorites returning to the market such as vintage goods, holiday decorations, homemade fried pies and jewelry while new vendors will be joining in for you to enjoy including vendors of grass fed meats, local honey, beauty products, elaborate face painting and more.

If you are looking to complete your fall decorations, this is the place to be with mums, pumpkins, hay bales and more.  You can also find the foods to bring you that fall flavor from apple cider, fresh apple cake, funnel cakes and more!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Richards-Ball Wedding Set for January

Katie Lyn Richard, daughter of Gina and Terry Don Richard of Star City, and Guy Madison Ball, son of Melinda and Eric Gatheright of El Dorado and James “Jim Bo” Jr. and Joann Ball of El Dorado, are engaged to be married on January 13, 2019 at a private ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Richard is the granddaughter of Pat and the late Noel Richard of Warren, and the late Glenda Griffin of Johnsville.

Ball is the grandson of Linda and Adrin Hargett of El Dorado, and the late Charles Hays of El Dorado, and the late James Ball and the late Eloise Ball Glover of El Dorado, and Cliff Gatheright and the late Candy Gatheright of El Dorado.

A celebratory reception is planned for Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2fifty2 Student Ministry in El Dorado. Formal reception invitations will be mailed to out of town guests.

Palestine Methodist Church To Host Homecoming Services

All are invited to Palestine Methodist Church Homecoming Sunday, September 30th at Johnsville.  Service is set for 11 am.  Potluck will be served at lunch, with fellowship and singing in the afternoon.  The pastor of Palestine Methodist Church is Charles Cauley.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

New Column Debutes on Saline

John, Gingy, and their grandson
Throughout the region there are many Unsung Heroes.  Maybe it is the lady in your church who never fails to check on the sick or shut in people, the man who keeps the litter picked up from your block, or the teenager who just did an unexpected good deed.  Many unsung heroes are overlooked and go without thanks or recognition. is dedicating a new feature column to those who spread goodness throughout our region.  Each month, we will feature an unsung hero.  We invite our readers to send us nominations and include information as to why they are indeed heroes.  (Send nominations to

I am choosing to kick this new adventure off with my family's own unsung heroes, a couple, John and Gingy Cuthbertson.  Last summer when my mom, Beverly Reep broke her hip and had a heart attack, followed by a number of procedures at The Heart Hospital, Mr. John and Mrs. Gingy mowed my parent's yard every week.  (Just to be truthful, our grass had never been more manicured!) . Mrs. Gingy sprang into action coordinating people to bring food and directing them to be cautious of Mom's diabetes.  When Mom came home from the hospital, we worried, "How will we get her up the steps into the house.  Never fear, Mr. John had the ramp set up when we got home with her. 

I have always been blessed to live next door to the Cuthbertsons.  They are excellent examples of Christians.  I have witnessed their giving of time to their church ministry, to visiting the sick, volunteering at the Y, and so much more.  They are excellent parents and grandparents. 

If I could sing, your story would be a masterpiece!

Cemetery Preservation Workshop Scheduled

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Appreciation Service to be Held

The Monticello and Warren District of the East Conference of the 12th Episcopal District is having An Appreciation Service for Presiding Elder James R. Hooper and First Lady Jeanette Hooper on September 23 at 3:00p.m at St. James A.M.E Church in Warren.

The public is invited to attend this event to help celebrate our Presiding Elder and First Lady Jeanette.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Bradley County Fair Best of Show


Holiday Corner: Recyclables:
Junior - Michaela Stanley Junior - Victoria O’Neill
Senior - Linda Kercheval Senior - Wanda Carr

Purses: Baked Goods:
Junior - Michaela Stanley Junior - Grace Adams
Senior - Wanda Carr Senior - Delle Simmons

Crafts: Clothing:
Junior - Mayli Castleberry Junior - Michaela Stanley
Senior - Tabitha Herrington Senior - Kathy Williams

Photography: Food Preservation:
Junior - Madison Outlaw Junior - Michaela Stanley
Senior - Michael Weatherford Senior - Steve Parnell

Art: Fleece:
Junior - Judson Green Junior - Jake Castleberry
Senior - Becky Rose
Tomato Craft:
Horticulture: Senior - Wanda Carr
Junior - Tucker McDiarmid
Senior - Virginia Hargis Floral Arrangement:
Senior - Jane Weier
Quilted Item:
Senior - Linda Kercheval School Spirit:
Senior - Sandra DalSanto
Senior - Cynthia Norris Scrapbooking:
Senior - Mary-Lynn Wagnon
Junior - Benjamin Green Personal Care:
Senior - Sierra Rochester Senior - Shirley Stover

Potted Flowers: Needlework:
Senior - Phyllis Barnes Senior - Pat Mills

Flowers – Single Specimen: Collections:
Senior - Mary-Lynn Wagnon Senior - Linda Kercheval

Household Furnishing: Crochet, Knitting & Tatting:
Senior - Alayne Zimmerly Senior - Linda Kercheval

Junior - Victoria O’Neill
Senior - French Wynne


Market Goat:
Grand Champion - Madison McGhee
Reserve Champion - Erin Watkins
Jr. Showmanship - Ericca Corker
Sr. Showmanship - Madison McGhee

Market Lamb:
Grand Champion - Abby Johnson
Reserve Champion - Selby Best
Jr. Showmanship - Ericca Corker
Sr. Showmanship - Abby Johnson

Market Hog:
Grand Champion - Erynn Lasiter
Reserve Champion - Ericca Corker
Jr. Showmanship - Ericca Corker
Sr. Showmanship - Erynn Lasiter

4-H Poultry Chain Pullets:
Grand Champion - Owen Roberson
Reserve Champion - Olivia Roberson

Best of Show Jr. Bantam Hen - Disel Castleberry
Best of Show Sr. Bantam Pair - Luther Dangerfield
Best of Show Jr. Single Pullet - Matt Braswell
Best of Show Jr. Pair Pullet - Weston Gavin
Best of Show Jr. Single Production Hen - Maggie Rice
Best of Show Jr. Pair Production Hens - Maggie Rice

Jr. Best of Show Single - Judson Green
Jr. Best of Show Pair - Cooper McKinney

Grand Champion Jr. Heifer - Colton McKinney

Breeding Goat:
Jr. Grand Champion - Anna McCowen
Jr. Reserve Champion -  Emma Outlaw

Jr. Grand Champion Mare - Caroline Outlaw
Jr. Grand Champion Stud - Matt Braswell
Jr. Grand Champion Female Mule - Abella Braswell