Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Jase Dawkins Reaches 800 Books!

Congratulations Jase Dawkins on reaching 800 books in the Warren Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.

Judson Green Reaches 400 Books!

Congratulations to Jusdon Green on reaching 400 books in the Warren Library 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!!

Pastime - Who cut down the tree….

By Maylon Rice

          One the greatest untold modern day mystery in Bradley County is a Christmas story that just will not go away.

          Oh it is not a tale of a poor family, finding an overflowing   sack of gifts on their front porch on a cold, wet Christmas Eve.

          It is not a well-worn rendition of a home-town merchant writing off every single script account for his customers at his local corner grocery store.

          Nor it is a saga of war-ravaged solider stepping off the Greyhound bus to greet his tearful family on a snowy, cold winter’s eve.

          Someone cut down a beautiful cedar tree at the city’s only and private golf course, the Warren Country Club.

          Who did it?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Arkansas Trail of Lights

The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights continues throughout Christmas with a statewide celebration of the holiday season featuring parades, lighting ceremonies, open houses, Santa visits, concerts, live nativities, illuminated displays and more. To check out events in your area – and all across the state! – visit

For more holiday trip planning ideas, go to this month’s edition of “Discover Arkansas” at And, don’t forget to share your own holiday photos with us on Facebook (Arkansas State Tourism) or Instagram (@Arkansas) using #ArkansasTrailofHolidayLights.

Now is the perfect time to start planning your own holiday light adventure. Go to to get started!

About Arkansas Tourism

Arkansas Tourism, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, strives to expand the economic impact of travel and tourism in the state and enhance the quality of life for all Arkansans. The division manages 14 Arkansas Welcome Centers and employs more than 60 staff members across The Natural State. For more information, visit

Monday, December 10, 2018

Honors For President George H. W. Bush

The picture was taken within the train car caring the body of President George H. W. Bush from Houston to his final resting place on the grounds of his presidential library  at Texas A & M University.  Hundreds lined the tracks to pay their final respects to the 41st President of the United States.  The coffin was transported in a rail car with glass sides to allow the public to view and honor.

President Bush was a former businessman, congressman, envoy to China, CIA Director, Vice President and President.  He was given high marks of esteem by members of both political parties and was spoken highly of by political friends and opponents. 

Many people throughout the nations watched his funeral on television as a way of showing their respect. 

SEARK Concert's Holiday Pops Concert

Kermit Poling and the South AR Symphony Orchestra with singer Nancy Carey, soprano, performed at the SEARKConcerts Holiday Pops Concert December 9.

Friday, December 7, 2018

History of Layaway

If you have been paying attention to recent news, a number of wealthy individuals and famous people have displayed exceptional holiday spirit by paying off hundreds of people's layaways at Walmart.
Tyler Perry paid off $434,000 of Walmart layaways in Georgia.  Gayle Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints paid off $93,000 of layaways in New Orleans.  She originally did this anonymously but soon her identity was revealed.  There have been others across the nation.  It dawned on me that many might not know the history of layaway.

Layaway became common during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  Layaway was a way for retailers to allow customers to pay out something over a period time without taking merchandise home.  This offered a great service to the consumer yet protected the retailer from the possibility of not being able to collect if the merchandise was taken home and simply charged.

It was widely withdrawn during the 1980s,nas the ubiquity of credit cards decreased its utility.  Walmart announced in September 2006 that it would discontinue layaway service in all its stores, citing the decrease in demand and a rise in cost of implementation.  However, in September 2011, Walmart resumed the service due to the new financial difficulties imposed by the economy and the increased constraints on consumer credit. During the 2012 season, many retailers were heavily advertising their layaway service and offering it for free (or effectively free) if all conditions were met. In contrast, Kmart has been providing layaway in the United States for over forty years, and was at one time the only major national discount retailer offering the service. Other large retailers offering layaway programs include Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, Sears, and T.J. Maxx. Toys "R" Us used to offer layaway but went bankrupt.

In this holiday season, as well as year round, random acts of kindness restore our hope that there is good in the world.  

Monday, December 3, 2018

Pastime – Drawing names in school

By Maylon Rice

          This Pastime, is a repeat, and is one suggested by a couple of school mates at Eastside Elementary back in the mid-to-late 1960s.

          It is a painful experience for me… you see I never did get one of those coveted   “Books of Lifesaver candy.”

          In the 4th grade that was the best gift ever, especially for a sugar craving kid who always had to share his roll of any Lifesavers candy with a younger brother.     

But that’s more about me, than the person who drew my name back in the antiquity of when elementary aged school kids drew names for the class Christmas party.

          My fondest recollections are the days when teachers like Charlotte Young, Ruth Jacks, Marinette Atkinson, Mildred Dees, Frances Hedrick, and a legion of other teachers whose names are as fresh in our memories as yesterday, conducted the Christmas gift exchange at school.

          I’ll focus on my 4th grade memories as a “new kid” at Eastside Elementary School, which was under the easy-going and likable principal Fred Murphy, a gem of a guy.

I miss him and many of these names of teaches and others even today.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

GFPB Presents Mistletoe Magic: Believe in Miracles!

Pine Bluff, Arkansas – November 29, 2018

The Public Private Partnership between the City of Pine Bluff and Go Forward Pine Bluff is pleased to announce plans for a family-themed downtown holiday celebration December 6 through December 9, 2018.

“Mistletoe Magic: Believe in Miracles” will begin on Thursday, December 6, with the annual Christmas parade beginning at 4th and Main at 5:30. The parade will continue to Barraque, then west on Barraque to Walnut St, then south to 4th. There are 44 entries in this year’s parade including 24 floats.

After the parade, the public is invited to Saracen Landing where Mayor Shirley Washington will kick off “Mistletoe Magic: Believe in Miracles”. First, second and third place prizes for the parade floats will be awarded as well as a performance by the Jenkins Choir.

Ministerial Alliance Singing

The Ministerial Alliance is holding a singing at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church December 8, 2018.  Featured singers are Travis Jackson and the Spiritual Sonz.  Everyone is invited to attend this event.  The pastor o Union Hill is Rev. Henry Cox.

Adult Fun Day/Fun Night Scheduled for Dec. 3

The South Arkansas Education Center of Bradley County, located at 204 Bragg Street in Warren, is excited to present a Fun Day/Fun Night, Monday, December 3, from 11:30 p.m. and continuing through 1:00 p.m. and then picking up at 5:00 p.m. and continuing through 7:00 p.m.

Thrre will be games, snacks, and prizes!  Show up and get a prize.  Find out who we are and what we o. 

This event is for adults only.

Monday, November 26, 2018

CASA Seeks Volunteers

Who We Are
The Court Appointed Special Advocate CASA of the 10th Judicial District Program is a non-profit organization that advocates for abused and neglected children throughout the court process.  As trained volunteers, CASA Advocates are appointed by the Judge to advocate for the child’s best interest. The advocates speak up for their assigned child in the court and will let the Judge know what the child wants and needs.  Our goal is to help the child find a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.

What We Do
CASA Advocates speak to all persons related to the child’s case. This may include teachers, DHS family service workers, counselors, neighbors, relatives, physicians, ministers, foster parents, or any person that would have information concerning the child.  The advocate reports his or her findings to the Judge through a court report. The report gives the court background and current information as well as concerns and recommendations to enable the Judge to make informed decisions.

Making a Difference
CASA Advocates make a real difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in our overburdened child welfare system. In one particular case that had been opened for several years, all parties were in agreement that the child should go home to the parents; everyone except the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). You see, everyone had changed in the case, the child’s attorney, the DHS Caseworker and the DHS supervisor. They had very little knowledge of the horrific history in this case because they truly did not have time to read all of the case files. As the Judge was ready to rule, the CASA asked for permission to speak. After she described the history of the case, the Judge was mortified that he almost sent the child back into this home. Thanks to the work of one volunteer CASA, this child was able to be adopted by a loving family where she could feel safe and no longer experience the cruelty of these people. One month after this case closed, this father raped a young girl. This is just one of the many stories of how CASAs help abused and neglected children in Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, and Bradley Counties.

Court Appointed Special Advocates are making a difference one child at a time.

Holy Deliverance to Host Year End Checkup Event

Holy Deliverance Church of God in Christ, located at 1109 S. Myrtle St.,Young Women’s Christian Counsel Fellowship will host a Year End Spiritual and Physical Checkup December 2 at 3:00 p.m.  Guest Speakers for the event will be nurse practitioner Sis. April Harris of St. James A.M.E. Churh and District Missionary Rose Bell, Powerhouse Church of God in Christ.

Deaconess Missionary Angela Marshall, YWCC President, 1st Lady Missionary Ericka A. Davis Women’s Department President, and Superitendent Robert L. Davis, Pastor

UAM Announces Distinguished Lecture Series

       MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello will host the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Best-Selling author, Liz Murray. The lecture will be held in the UAM Fine Arts Center Auditorium February 5, 2019, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a book signing in the Spencer Gallery.

           Liz Murray is an Inspirational Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and the subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy-nominated original film, Homeless to Harvard. Murray completed her degree at Harvard in 2009 and her memoir, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard (2010), was an instant success making the New York Times’ best-seller list the first week of release.

         The lecture is free to the public. For more information, please contact Jeff Weaver at (870) 460.1327.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Cost of Thanksgiving Feast higher but still a bargain

2018 Survey adds ham, russet potatoes, green beans to shopping list                         

LITTLE ROCK — The average cost of the traditional Thanksgiving meal this year is higher than in 2017, according to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 33rd annual survey of food items typically included in the holiday feast. And, for the first time, the survey includes ham, russet potatoes and green beans. This year’s meal will cost $52.93 for a family of 10, up $8.35 from last year’s average of $44.58, but still a bargain at $5.29 per person.

Travis Justice, chief economist for Arkansas Farm Bureau says this year’s survey reflects an “unprecedented” third consecutive year of lower retail food prices.

“Despite the fact three new items were added to the shopping list, retail prices in Arkansas reflect a 10 percent decline from last year,” said Justice. “In the protein sector, 2018 marks the fourth year in a row of record total meat production,” he added. “Despite strong domestic consumer demand, these record tonnages of meat, along with declines in pork exports, particularly to China, have pressured consumer meat prices lower.”

The statewide average is based on responses from members of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and other volunteers who surveyed food prices at eight grocery stores and supermarkets across the state. They were asked to report the “best in-store price” of 15 items included in the meal and are allowed to take advantage of advertised specials, excluding discount coupons and purchase requirements.

Monday, November 12, 2018

UAM Professor Honored With Book Prize

MONTICELLO, AR – Clinton D. Young, Associate Professor of History at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been recognized by the American Musicological Society for his scholarship.  His first book, Music Theater and Popular Nationalism in Spain, 1880-1930, received the Robert M. Stevenson Award at the recent annual meeting of the AMS in San Antonio, Texas.

The Stevenson Award recognizes outstanding scholarship in Iberian music, which consists of music from Spain, Portugal, or Latin America.  Music Theater and Popular Nationalism in Spain, which was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2016, examines how different conceptions of Spain’s national identity were developed through popular musical theater in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Young traces this history through the use of musical scores, theater criticism from newspapers of the period, and other archival sources.  “I was astounded when I received the news,” said Young.  “It is rare to be recognized by a major organization in another discipline for historical research.”  Other nominees for the award include musicology professors from major research institutions like the University of Connecticut and Rutgers University.

Dr. Young has been a faculty member at UAM since 2009.  In addition to his faculty duties, he is currently the President of the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers and serves on the Board of Directors of both the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies and the SEARK Concert Association.

For further information, contact the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at (870) 460-1047.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Warren Library announces the winners for the 2018 Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

Family Category
1st Place - Logan & Gauge Sanders
2nd Place - The Wilson's (Melissa, Mallory, & Drake)
3rd Place - The Thomason Family (Jessica, Trey, & Sutton)
4th Place - Rochester Family (not pictured)

Kids Category (ages 7 & under)
1st Place - Khloe Hines
2nd Place - Stormy Taylor

Tween Category (ages 8-12)
1st Place - Jaxson Hammons
2nd Place - LaDainian Carroll