Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nicholson

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Little of Warren are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Abbie Little to Michael Nicholson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Nicholson and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Gann of Arlington Texas. The bride is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Richardson and Mr. and Mrs. John Little, both of Warren. The couple exchanged vows in Poetry, Texas on March 18, 2017. The bride and groom are both employed by L3 Technologies as an Electrical Engineer and an Aerospace Engineer. They make their home in Greenville, Texas.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Healthy Cooking Class for Kids at Library

Top Row, Far Left:  Warren's Kaleel Thomas is among the Weevil Football Players taking part in this project.

Creative Arts Society to Host Monticello Arts Festival April 29 At McCloy Park

         MONTICELLO, AR — The Creative Arts Society at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host the inaugural Monticello Arts Festival Saturday, April 29 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at McCloy Park.
          The event will include music, singing, performance art, readings of poetry and short stories, as well as arts and crafts. Persons interested in performing should contact Bronte` Pearson at bes15087@uamont.edu or Craig Olsen at olsen@uamont.edu.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Chorale Society, Symphony, and UAM Chorus to Present Concert

Chorale society, symphony and UAM chorus to present concert of sacred music to end Seark Concert Association season
Two iconic pieces of French sacred music - Gabriel Fauré's Requiem and Francis Poulenc's Gloria - will be on the program as the Arkansas Choral Society joins the University of Arkansas at Monticello Concert Chorus and more than 30 members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for a concert in Monticello this Sunday.
The concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Fine Arts Center on the UAM campus.
Maria Fasciano will be the soprano soloist in both pieces. Robert Holden will be the baritone soloist in the Fauré Requiem, which will also feature the Arkansas Youth Chorale. Kent Skinner, music director of the Choral Society and conductor of choral activities at UAM, will be on the podium.
Tickets for the concert, part of the Seark Concert Association's 2016-17 season, are $20. Call (870) 460-1060, email searkconcert@uamont.edu or visit the website, www.searkconcert.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Partial funding for the concert comes from a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council.
A requiem is a mass for the dead, part of a funeral service in the Catholic church. Faure’s composition debuted in 1888. Program notes from the concert describe Faure’s Requiem as “indeed a unique work of art… In its abiding consolation for the living and reverence for the dead, and in its beautiful harmonies and lyrical melodies, it stands as the supreme achievement of the composer’s body of sacred work, and as a singular example of the sublime in the choral art.”
Poulenc’s Gloria is described in the notes as “perhaps one of the three or four most important chorus/orchestra works of the 20th century” and premiered in 1961. Poulenc himself called it “a joyous hymn to the glory of God.”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UAM to Observe Arbor Day

         MONTICELLO, Ark. — Students, faculty and staff at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will plant a redbud tree at the center of campus adjacent to the Centennial Clock Tower on Thursday, April 20 at 12:30 p.m. in observance of Arbor Day, a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.
          The observance is one of five requirements for the campus to maintain its standing as part of Tree Campus USA. The other standards include maintaining a campus Tree Board comprised of administrators, physical plant staff, faculty and students; a campus-wide tree care plan which provides guidelines for proper tree planting, care and protection during construction activities and tree replacement; and an annual student service project.
          Dr. Peggy Doss, vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Bryson Berry, president of the Student Government Association, will speak during the ceremony.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Following are the results for total minutes walked for week 7 of Walk Across Arkansas for the teams that have reported.  BCMC – 660; GFWC Warren Woman’s Club – 928; IV Leaguers – 2010; Travelin Tomatoes – 3590; and Warren Divas - 1300.  Top three individual placements for week 7 are:  Randy Hollis – 1605; Patricia Wilkinson – 1185; and Elizabeth Outlaw - 900.

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.

Greek Organizations Make Charitable Donations

          MONTICELLO, AR — Fraternities and sororities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello donated more than 500 cans of food, made 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and donated 50 blankets for premature babies to an assortment of charities as part of Greek Week 2017, according to Rebecca Nugent, director of student programs and activities.
          Greek organizations donated the canned food to Hope Place and Immanuel Baptist Church, made sandwiches for the Monticello Boys and Girls Club, and presented blankets to the March of Dimes as part of their commitment to community service.
          Greek Week is an annual event that includes a weeklong competition is a variety of events, including the Greek Olympics. A Greek Week banquet was held as the final event of the week where awards were presented to Kappa Alpha Psi and Alpha Sigma Alpha (highest grade point average), Sigma Sigma Sigma (Greek Service Award), Sigma Tau Gamma and Sigma Sigma Sigma (Most Involved Award and Overall Winner).
          Zachary Birdsong of DeQueen, a member of Phi Lambda Chi fraternity, was named Greek of the Year. Bryson Berry of Hamburg, a member of Sigma Tau Gamma, received the Greek God Award while Corin Reed of White Hall, a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, was named Greek Goddess.
          For more information, contact the Office of Student Programs and Activities at (870) 460-1053.

Drew County Master Gardeners to Hold Plant Sale April 29th

                The Drew County Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale on April 29th from 8 A.M. until Noon.  The event will be held at the Market in the Park next to the courthouse in Monticello, AR.  We will have a large assortment of plants, everything from trees, shrubs, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets and flowers for sale at the lowest prices in the county.  See you there!

Master Gardener Training to be Held

A 40-hour Master Gardener training program is being offered by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service this summer for southeast Arkansas.  The training will be held from 8 AM to 4 PM for 5 days in each of the following weeks:  June 15, June 22, June 29, July 13 and July 20.  A $75 registration fee will cover supplies and training manual.  Exception to this fee is if there is a couple that would only need one set of educational material, then both can attend for $100.  A minimum of 20 new trainees are required to conduct the training.  If the number is not met, training will be rescheduled at a later date.  Deadline for registration is Monday, May 22, 2017.  If you plan to attend please mail your check, name, phone number and address to Desha County Extension Service, 310 Oak Street, McGehee, AR  71654.  Questions please call Brenda Page 210-394-5686.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Jazz Band One To Perform In Concert April 18

         MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello's internationally-acclaimed Jazz Band One will present its 2017 spring concert April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the UAM Fine Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public.
          Under the baton of Gary Meggs, the band will perform nine jazz selections, including Arturo Sandoval's "Mambo Caliente," "To The Top" by Ben Patterson, "Doodle Oodle" by Billy Byers, Jack Peterson's "Hey Man," and "Who Can I Turn To" by Tom Kubis.
          Jazz Band One first won national acclaim at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival and has toured and performed in the People's Republic of China.
          For more information, contact the UAM Division of Music at (870) 460-1060.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Windham to Wed Rauls in April Ceremony

Kelsey Lynn Windham and John Samuel Rauls
Scott and Teresa Duckworth and Darrell and Gina Windham of Monticello announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kelsey Lynn Windham, to John Samuel Rauls of Hermitage.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sam and Linda Ngar of Dumas, Ronnie and Monti Bozeman of Hamburg, Joe and Frances Hayden of Monticello and the late James Windham. She is the great granddaughter of Clyda Sims. She is a 2014 graduate of Monticello High School and currently a senior at the University Arkansas at Monticello, where she plans to graduate in December with a degree in Animal Science.

The prospective groom is the son of Charley and Beverly Rauls of Hermitage. He is the grandson of W.C. and Annette Rauls of Warren, the late Marie Sinks and the late Ross Sinks. He is a 2015 graduate of Warren High School. He is currently attending Arkansas State Plumbing School and is employed with Rauls Plumbing of Hermitage.

The couple will exchange vows at 7:00pm on April 21, 2017 at a ceremony at the groom's family barn in Hermitage with a reception to follow at the Hermitage Community Center. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Hermitage Baptist Church in Hermitage, AR. All friends and family are invited to attend. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

PTF Steering Committee Released

Chairman Jeff Wardlaw
2017 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival Chairman, Jeffrey Wardlaw announced this week the steering committee leading the 61st annual festival.  Committee members are: Wardlaw; Joel Tolefree; Vicky Tapia; Mike Nichols; Randy Rawls; Leslie Adams, Treasurer; Denisa Pennington, TShirts and JeNelle Lipton, Publicity.

Other chairs include: Vendors, James Wells; Entertainment, Mike Nichols; 5K Race and Run, Emrich and Scroggins; Parade, Mike Jolley; Arts and Crafts, Fran Vanderzwalm; All-Tomato Luncheon, Michelle Carter; Lions Club Gospel Jamboree, Randy Rawls; Miss Pink Tomato Pageants, Britni Robinson; Treasure Hunt, Colleen Watkins; Talent Show, Marlene Elliott; Antique Car Show,  Michael Gardner; Cutest Baby Contest, Warren Ladies League; Information Booth, Denisa Pennington; Little Miss Pink Tomato, JeNelle Lipton and Glenda Cross; Tomato Packing Contest, John Gavin; Tomato Eating Contest, Jim Wheeler; Quilt Show, Joy Kitchens; Salsa Contest, Gerald Burton and Kelly Ashcraft; Dog Show, Melanie Camp; Turtle Races, Mike Nichols Auctions; Steak Cook-off, Joey Cathey and Boyce Hamlet; Jubilation Jazz, Randall Herring; Fireworks, Joel Tolefree; Cummins Prison Band and PTF Carnival, Jeff Wardlaw;  D J Jam a Lot, Joel Tolefree and Hispanic Band, Carlos Yepes

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Walk Across Arkansas Week Five

Following are the results for total minutes walked for week 5 of Walk Across Arkansas for the teams that have reported.  BCMC – 960; GFWC Warren Woman’s Club – 1198; IV Leaguers – 3320; Travelin Tomatoes – 2200; and Warren Divas - 870.  Top three individual placements for week 5 are:  Elizabeth Outlaw – 1480; Randy Hollis – 900; and Tyler Barnett – 860.

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.

Red Hatters Tour Museum

A wonderful group of Red Hatters from Hardin Baptist Church in White Hall toured the Bradley County Historical Museum this past week.

Sarah Porter Senior Art Exhibit April 20-27

MONTICELLO, AR — An exhibition of ceramics and drawings of ceramics by senior art student Sarah Porter will be on display April 20-27 in the Glassblock Gallery of the Taylor Library and Technology Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

An artist's reception will be held April 20 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Jim Brewer, director of media services, at (870) 460-1274.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Kuddos to Kinsley

The Warren Branch Library has announced that Kinsley Robinson had 500 books read to her in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

UAM Board of Visitors to Meet

          MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello Board of Visitors will meet Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the McGoogan Building Library at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett.
          The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Brewer at (870) 460-1274.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Following are the results for total minutes walked for week 4 of Walk Across Arkansas for the teams that have reported.  BCMC – 2300; GFWC Warren Woman’s Club – 1309; IV Leaguers – 3015; Travelin Tomatoes – 4869; and Warren Divas - 90.  Top three individual placements for week 3 are:  Randy Hollis – 1578;  Elizabeth Outlaw – 1200, and Patricia Wilkinson – 1021.

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.

Large Beehive on County Property

Tuesday, March 28th, salinerivewrchronicle.com was called and invited to come by the Bradley County Courthouse and observe a large beehive located in a bush next to First Street on the north side of the courthouse.  Upon arriving I found Michelle Carter and John Gavin of the Cooperative Extension Service along with Mark Kilptrick and another member of the media looking at the hive and taking pictures.  It was a massive hive of bees.

Mr. Kilpatrick lives in Warren and is very knowledgeable of bees and how to deal with them.  He was busy capturing the little guys into a beehive container and plans to carry them to his residence.

According to Mr. Kilpatrick, there appeared to be 3-4 pounds of bees involved with the swarm and he estimated it contained 1000-1500 or more individual bees.