Saturday, September 24, 2016

State Police Spend Time at the Warren Branch Library

The Warren Branch Library extends a huge thank you to their Community Helpers today, the Arkansas State Police,Trooper Byron Curry, Trooper Jennifer Curry, and Trooper Ryan Wingo. Trooper Byron Curry read "Police Officer" to the children, and then they had a show and tell with the police cars. The kids were able to turn on the sirens and lights on and sit it the police car!

Ariel and Alvia Reach 400 Books/Ava Reaches Goal

Congratulations to Ariel and Alvia Napier for reaching 400 book in their 1000 book before kindergarten campaign through the Warren Branch Library.

Ava Denton has reached another goal in toward her Reading Passport.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Children Reach Goals at Warren Library

Kaylie Jester completed more goals in our K-6 Reading Passport! Kaylie got 6 prizes today! Way to go Kaylie. Keep on reading!

WOW!!! Congratulations Bayley Woodard on reaching 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!!! Way to go! We are so proud of all your hard work!

Congratulations Kinsley Robinson on reaching 200 Books Before Kindergarten!!! Way to go!

WOW!!! Congratulations Copper Wagnon on reaching 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!!! Way to go! We are so proud of all your hard work!

Tess Andrus Wins Quilt at Library

Mrs. Linda Kercheval of the Bradley County Block Builders and Tess Andrus
We, at the Warren Branch Library,  are so excited to be able to present this young lady with the quilt donated by the Bradley County Block Builders!! Congratulations Tess Andrus!! Tess has decided to leave it displayed at the library for a little while, so if you have not seen the quilt yet, be sure and come by!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Seark Concert Association to present Flamenco guitarist Sept. 27

Seark Concert Association will present Flamenco guitarist Ronald Radford in a membership event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, at the Fine Arts Center on the UAM campus. The event is free to all persons who have already purchased season tickets for the 2016-2017 season. Tickets are $20 for all others and may be purchased at the door or by calling 870-460-1060.

Radford is known internationally as the American master of the Flamenco guitar. He began his career as a student of the legendary Flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya and studied classical guitar with Andres Segovia. He is the only individual ever to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Flamenco and traveled thousands of miles in Spain studying the music of the Spanish Gypsies.

He has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, Washington's Kennedy Center, and at colleges and concert halls across the United States.

His international tours have taken him to 15 countries, from Australia to Switzerland and from Canada to Panama. He toured for the State Department as a musical ambassador in Mexico, Guatemala and other Latin American countries.

Radford appeared on network television on the "CBS Newcomers Show" and his CD “Viva Flamenco!” and DVD “Live Your Passion!” are available worldwide.

He was born in California, grew up in Oklahoma, and now lives in St. Louis, Mo., where he continues his career as one of the most successful ambassadors of Flamenco music in the world.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

UAM Division of Music and SEARK Concert Association Calendar of Events Fall 2016

September 15 (7 p.m.)                                                                
2016 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Matthew Lipman, Violist, Fine Arts Center auditorium (SEARK Concert Association)

September 27 (7 p.m.)                        
Guest Artist Ronald Radford, Flamenco Guitarist **, Fine Arts Center auditorium
(SEARK Membership Event)

October 11 (3-9 p.m.)                                                        
Kappa Kappa Psi Invitational Marching Contest, Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium

October 18 (8 p.m.)                                                            
UAM Marching Band performance, Region Marching Exhibition, Warren, Ark.

November 10-11 (7:30 p.m.)                                                
Music Theatre Workshop Fall Operas, Sunday Excursion, Hin und Zuruck, & The Telephone, Fine Arts Center auditorium

November 13-18
UAM Jazz Ensemble I Tour (Arkansas and Texas)
November 17 (7:30 p.m.)                                                  
Concert Choir Fall Concert, Fine Arts Center auditorium, Kent Skinner Conductor

November 21 (7:30 p.m.)                                                    
UAM Jazz Band I Concert, Fine Arts Center auditorium, Gary Meggs, Director                            

November 29 (6 p.m.)          
Monticello Christmas Parade, UAM Marching Band, Justin Anders, Director                                    

December 3 (7 p.m.)                                                            
Beale Canto Christmas**, Fine Arts Center auditorium
(SEARK Concert Association)

December 5 (7:30 p.m.)                                                          
UAM Jazz Band II & III Concert, Fine Arts Center auditorium, Claude Askew & Donald Marchand, Directors                                                                

December 6 (7 p.m.)                                                            
UAM Symphonic Band & Concert Band Christmas Concert, Fine Arts Center auditorium, John Webb and Justin Anders, Directors

*For Tickets contact the Arkansas Choral Society @ 501-376-8484
** SEARK Admission will be charged.
UAM students free with I.D. and complimentary advance ticket.
For reservations, call 460-1060.
All other events are FREE of charge.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Pastime – Chipping away at the ice house in Warren

By Maylon Rice

All the blame for this Pastime belongs to El Dorado teacher and music man – Ricky Green – a longtime friend and observer of all things in our home town of Warren.

Sometime this past sweltering summer, Ricky must have needed some ice for an ice cream freezer or an outdoor event.

He harkened back to the day when such needs took one to the Warren Ice Plant – on Scotta Street in West Warren.

Ice, for sale back then, did not come in a compact eight or 10 pound plastic bag. It came in a block, often wrapped in an old, but clean, burlap bag or better known in Bradley County vernacular a ‘toe’ sack.

If needed, an ice pick was included in the purchase of a 10, 20 or 50 pound block of ice.
Just try finding one of those in a kitchen these days – a long needle like culinary tool – about 6-8 inches lone - with a wooden handle attached.

Often the wooden handle would have imprinted advertising on its handle. Often the name of the business, hours and a slogan if there ever was one for the business was used.
One place I do remember that had ice picks for customers into the late 1960s if not until I graduated in 1974 from WHS was Carl’s One Stop.

Somehow in the vast chasm of my memories – the imprinting on the ice pick was green – and a big line-drawing of a big mouth bass leaping out of the water was depicted on Carl Savage’s ice picks he sold or gave away at this business.

And the CA telephone number of the business. If you don’t know what a Castle Six telephone prefix is, well you really are lost reading this article. I would like to have an old Carl’s One Stop – icepick if one could be found.

Carl and Martha Savage who operated a very successful bait and tackle outdoor shop in Warren forever.

They were the parents of three of the nicest kids – Dale, Jan and the youngest girl, Renee.
Dale was a Lumberjack football player like few others. Jan and  Renee, to my memory were both WHS cheerleaders. I know that Jan played in the WHS band, and all three sang in Curry and Mary Lou Martin’s choirs, but I digress.

Back to the ice house. The ice house in Warren was a part of the Southern Cotton Seed Oil Plant (and other assorted businesses) at one time managed by “Bo” Weiss. The Weiss daughters, Nancy and Suzanne’s names came up in a Facebook Post on the ice house discussion. The Weiss’ lived down on one end of Scotta Street near the ice house. The Ice House was near where Mitchell’s Lumber Company is today, according to several of the Facebook posts.

The Cotton Seed Oil mill, crushed the cotton seed from area cotton farmers and formed the oil into a “cake” which would be fed to cattle and hogs. The drying up of the cotton crops in Bradley County (before and certainly after World War II) caused the Cotton Seed Oil Mill to be converted to a fertilizer concern – Swift Fertilizer – which also had a massive plant in Texarkana.

After World War II, back in 1957, there was a big, and I mean big and ugly election of the “wets vs. dry’s” in Bradley County – eliminating since that time all the retail sale of beer and liquor.
The Weiss’ had the local Budweiser distributorship which sold the St. Louis  based band and many other kinds of beer for retail and restaurant consumption. The vote to make Bradley County “dry” just eliminated this profitable local business.

The ice house, however, remained for a few more years. A set of scales was near the ice house, operated for ever by the daughter of Emmitt Blankenship – sorry her name escapes my memory.

After Swift Fertilizer purchased the property – including the ice house – the local manager was E.F. Paulus for a while.

The ice house was a going concern; they delivered ice to all of Bradley County on routes.  When my uncle Lonnie Brown returned to the Warren area after WWII he lived almost seven miles out on Highway 15 then (the Pine Bluff Highway) and had a 50 pound block delivered each week to his home for an old style fridge.

Lonnie Brown was to later play a big role in the Cotton Seed Oil Mill.
The ice plant had its own power source – a Fairbanks Morris natural gas fueled single stroke engine. The engine had its piston on the outside of the motor. It moved when in operation and had a unique – a very euphonic sound – when the engine was running.
The phuut phutt phutt of that engine could be heard, like the Courthouse clock – all over town in the late evening or early morning hours in the still of the evening.

The ice was drug out onto a dock with the operator – not E.F. Paulus, but an employee with big ice tongs, a wicked looking tweezer like apparatus with sharp barbs on the end to “bite into the ice,” holding it securely. There was always a lot of sand and sawdust around the ice house to help hold the blocks of ice in their frozen state.

After getting the 20-pound block, wrapping it in the burlap they provided you would get home with very little leakage or melting.

I’ll have more about the purchase of the Southern Cotton Oil mill property from a bankruptcy and its final demise in a fire later in another Pastime.

As a kid, I would ask for (and get) a chunk of that hard frozen ice to lick all the way home, riding in the back of my grandfather’s Ford pickup truck all the way to the foot of the North Steel Bridge on the Pine Bluff Highway.

That’s a summer Pastime – worth remembering.

Kandis Sivils to wed James Cody Williams

Shari and Phillip Davis of New Edinburg, and Shane and Stacie Sivils of Crossett would like to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Kandis Sivils to James Cody Williams the son of Tim and Melanie Williams of Warren. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Kathy and the late Raymond Norrell of Hamburg, and Tommy Sivils of Hamburg. She is a 2014 graduate of Warren High School and is a full time student at JRMC School of Nursing in the RN Program, and is employed by Hospice Home Care in Monticello. The prospective groom is the grandson of Jackie and Linda Williams, and Jerry and Mary Lou Weaver, and Mark and Debbie Clanton all of Warren and is the great grandson of Ora and the late Wayne Clanton, and Wayburn and the late Martha Bollland of Warren. He is a 2013 graduate and is employed by MidSouth Forrestry Equipment in Warren. The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm at Emmaus Baptist Church in New Edinburg.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Marti Layne McMurry to Wed Christopher Austin Pennington

Marti Layne McMurry and Christopher Austin Pennington
Mr. & Mrs. Sam McMurry of Banks and Darla DalSanto of Warren announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Marti Layne McMurry to Christopher Austin Pennington.  Chris is the son of Mike & Christi Pennington of Hermitage.  The couple will exchange vows Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. at Emmaus Baptist Church, Hwy 189 New Edinburg, AR.    All friends and relatives are invited to attend.  Reception to follow. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bayley Woodard Reaches 900 Books Mileston

Way to go Bayley Woodard on reaching 900 Books!! Only 100 Books left to reach our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!!

Alicia Outlaw Reads "Let's Be Fit" to Children at the Library

The Warren Branch Libary extends a big thank you to Alicia Outlaw with the Bradley County Health Department! She read "Let's Be Fit" by P.K. Hallinan. She also talked to them about safety, eating healthy, and all about what the Health Department does. And then they all colored a fruits and vegetable coloring page. Thank you again Alicia for being our Community Helper today!

Library Preschool Story Time Starts Sept. 8

Monday, September 5, 2016

Warren Native Wins 9-Ball Tournament

Second from left:  Warren native Larry Stuart (Photo courtesy of
Warren Native Larry "Barney" Stuart won a 9-ball tournament held in Florida back in June of this year.  Larry has retired to The Villages, Florida.  He lived for a number of years in St Louis where he worked for Union Pacific Railroad.

Larry Stuart was a member of the Warren High School Class of 1972 and learned the skill of playing pool in Wayne's Pool Hall, now the location of the Sandwich Shop on the square.  He has been a competitive player most of his life.  In a recent telephone conversation with SRC he stated that he r begin playing pool at the YMCA.  He racked balls for $2.00 a day, five days a week.  He also played at Rodney Parnell's pool hall located next to the railroad track on main Street ( now part of Dr. Bob Smalling's clinic ) and at other pool  halls that sprung up from time to time in Warren and the area.

After retirement from the railroad, Larry and his wife decided to retire to Florida.  He stated the primary reason for choosing Florida was to get out of the cold and snow of St Louis.  Larry's sister Brenda still resides in Warren and made SRC aware of Larry's accomplishments.  He continues to keep up with Warren and looks at regularly. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Pastime – In the grand(est) band stand

By Maylon Rice

          After the recent musings on pre-dawn Lumberjack band practice, I feel compelled to write about all the “other” music other than military marching music played at ballgames.
          First of all, due to many years of fundraising by Lumberjack Band Boosters, the band had one of the nicest, spacious bandstands (covered and dry) in the entire state for a school the size of Warren High.
How did they fund such a bandstand?
It was through the sale of Mary Lou Martin’s chili dogs, Coca Colas, candy bars, a wild assortment of car wash cleaners, lightbulbs, an annual Band Tag Day drive and just plain old fundraising activities such as the Band Queen Contests of the 1970s.
          There were also some local corporate donations.
For example: The bandstand was built out of several massive AP&L light poles with a slick and shiny Southern Pine flooring wide enough on each of the six levels  to allow chairs, music stands and room to navigate.
From the bottom level, where Curry Martin’s raise directing platform was center stage – to the top level claimed by the drummers and most of the upperclassmen that played Sousa Phone or trombone, that bandstand was a sight to see and to perform on.
          In a discussion with some of my friends in and outside of Warren these days one major change came about in 1970.
As both school systems in Warren were consolidated, away went the old fight song “Dixie.”
A new fight song, “The Washington Lee Swing,” came into vogue.
It was embraced by the band and the community and lent itself much better to being a “fight song” for the Lumberjacks.
Back to the lighter, more musical selections offered by the Lumberjacks. We played some of the swing staples – as Curry and Mary Lou Martin cut their collegiate teeth at Arkansas State Teachers College (now UCA) on playing piano and clarinet for college dances on and off campus in Central Arkansas before arriving as a young couple to take over the music program at WHS.
The band played some Glenn Miller tunes.  “In The Mood,” “Rock Around the Clock,” and “When the Saints Go Marching In,” as a trio of the classics, I remember playing.
But there were also some back in the 1970s new tunes making the rounds, like, “Mission Impossible (Theme),” “Everything Is Beautiful,” “Band of Gold,” “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “The Theme from Romeo and Juliet,” and “Shaft.”
The crowd favorite was, hands down, “The Horse.”
I remember one hard fought contest, against Star City, when the Lumberjacks were down on the northern end of the field (about the 30 yard line), defending the Lumberjack goal line against the visiting Bulldogs.
Mr. Martin fired up the band with “The Horse.
It was, no doubt, our loudest and most fiercely played tune. The Bullpups, in this musical din just a few feet away, could not hear their signal caller.
The band was flagged for a 15-yard penalty of excessive noise by the officials.
Star City did not score on that drive.
But once the communication came to the band stand, via one of the assistant coaches from Coach John McGregor, we were told to keep playing “The Horse.” The band repeated the request on the next several Star City offensive drives – they never scored again and the ‘Jacks won.
As a footnote: McGregor, who has coached as an assistant coach at the college level at Florida State, prior to taking the Warren job, kept Martin looking for a song the Norte Dame Fighting Irish played.
McGregor wanted to change the “fight song” but thankfully Martin resisted his pressure to find this new fight song.
Back to the fight song change in the 1970s.
The newer fight song was more of college level fight song. It was easier to play when the Jacks scored a touchdown and it was indeed a tune that contained plenty of brass.
Back in the day, I always remember my late mentor and newspaper editor extraordinaire Bob Newton saying people could hear Bob Roddy’s trumpet all the ways to the Saline River bottoms when the Lumberjacks scored a TD and the band fired up the fight song.
We were a lively bunch head quarter up in that elevated bandstand on the north end of O.O. Axley Field.
Band members were always given the third quarter off – after marching the halftime show. There was a lot of smooching under the bandstand by young lovers until the fourth quarter began. I got one of my first kisses under that old creosote and pine bandstand.
But that’s a Pastime for another day….

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welch Appoints Doug Whitlock as A-State Interim Chancellor

JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas State University System President Charles L. Welch today named Dr. Doug Whitlock, President Emeritus of Eastern Kentucky University, to serve as interim chancellor of Arkansas State University effective Sept. 12.

Whitlock, 73, has 45 years of higher education experience in administrative and teaching roles at Eastern Kentucky in Richmond and retired in 2013 after serving six years as president. After initially retiring from the university, he was asked to return and serve as interim president in 2007 and later was named to the position permanently.

“Doug has all the experience and character traits that I was hoping to find when I began this search,” Welch said. “His academic and administrative background comes from an institution very comparable to Arkansas State. I spoke to faculty, staff and Regents at Eastern Kentucky who praised his work in shared governance, his commitment to collaboration and consensus building, and described him as very approachable.”