Sunday, August 12, 2018

Looking for Help with Family History...Maybe you can help.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the publisher of the Grand Prairie Herald in Hazen, AR, so I know that this may be a big question that you don't have time to deal with. I appreciate any help that you can give. Or if you could just point me in the right direction, I would be eternally grateful.

My father, William Franklin, or it may have been William Leslie (Bill) Woods was adopted by the Woods family in Warren in 1929. We think that his grandfather was a doctor in Warren, also named William Woods. We also think that his brother (who was born after my dad was adopted) was the postmaster of the Warren post office at one time. Their parents died of tuberculosis when my dad was around 8, so that would have been in 1937.

Do any of these names ring a bell?  Is there anyone in the town who might remember back that far that I could contact?

Thanks in advance for you help with this,

Roxanne Woods Bradow, publisher and managing editor

If you have any information, email it to  They will pass it on.

Former Warren Resident/Educator Meets Warren Aquaintance

Gregg Reep and Wanda O'Quinn
While walking about looking at silent auction items on the campus of Henderson State University Saturday evening, August 11th, a visitor from Warren ran into a former Warren resident and retired public school educator, Wanda O'Quinn.  Many Warren people will remember Wanda as the wife of the late Coach Micky O'Quinn, a legion of Warren coaching in the late 1950s and early 1960s. 
O'Quinn was responsible for the intense rivalry in the late fifties and early sixities that ran into the 1970s between the Warren Lumberjacks and the Fordyce Redbugs.  His opponent on the Fordyce sideline was the legendary Red Parker. 

Coach O;Quinn left Warren and went to the University of Arkansas where he worked as a graduate assistant for the Razorbacks before settling in Arkadelphia as a professor at Henderson State University and served for a time as Athletic Director. Many former Lumberjacks remember him as Head Coach.  Many former Warren residents remember him as a swimming instructor at the YMCA.
Coach O'Quinn was considered ahead of his time in off season weight lifting and conditioning. 

Mrs. O'Quinn speaks of Warren fondly and said she tries to get back for the Pink Tomato Festival.
She indicated she planned to be back in 2019.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Emmaus Baptist Church New Edinburg

Join us for Revival ! Aug 12-15 Sunday Night at 5:30 pm Monday-Wednesday Night  7:00 pm. Bro. Jim Moss Evangelist and Bro. Eddie Raines Music. Pastor Bro: Joe McElyea. EVERYONE WELCOME

Friday, August 3, 2018

Southeast Arkansas Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

The Southeast Arkansas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated will hold their Annual Debutante Cotillion Informational Meeting on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello-Sorrels Hall at 6:30pm.  This is the fifth year for the cotillion.  The program will extend to Beaus again this year.  The debutantes and beaus will participate in various activities to build self-esteem, self-confidence, an awareness of volunteerism, commitment to education, and personal accomplishment that encompass the Five-Point programmatic thrust of the sorority.

Congratulations to Jack Chambers on reaching 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

From the Warren Branch Library:

Jack received a free book, certificate and a t-shirt for completing 1000 books!!
We are so proud of you and your family for working so hard to reach 1000 Books before this fall!! 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

August Community Calendar

Wednesday, Aug. 1

Thursday, Aug. 2

Friday, Aug. 3

Saturday, Aug. 4

Sunday, Aug. 5

Monday, Aug. 6
BCEDC, 7:00 a.m., Molly's

Tuesday, Aug. 7
Rotary Club Meeting, noon, First United Methodist Church
Warren Civil Service Commision, 5:30, Municipal Bldg.

Wednesday, Aug. 8
Lions Club, noon Molly's

Thursday, Aug. 9
Bradley Co. Health Coalition, noon, Brunson Complex
Arkansas South Tourism Board
Transportation Round Table with Congressman Westerman, 10 a.m., conference rom of Monticello Economic Development Commission
Bradley Co. Faair Committee, 4:00 p.m., Agri Bldg. 1st St.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Lumberjack Pep Rally at First Baptist, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10

Saturday, Aug. 11

Sunday, Aug. 12
Bethel AME Church, 150th Anniversary, 3:00 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 13
BCEDC, 7:00 a.m., Molly's
Warren School Begins
Chamber Board Meeting, noon
Warren City Council 5:30
Hermitage School Board, 6:00 p.m.
Warren School Board, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 14
Rotary Meeting, noon, First United Methodist Church
Health Faair Committee, noon, Brunson Complex

Wednesday, Aug. 15
Intermodal uthority, 11:00 a.m., Monticello

Thursday, Aug. 16
Football Scrimmage @ Warren,  (McGehee), 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 17

Saturday, Aug 18
Carthen Doster Live in Concert at Rob Reep Studio, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19

Monday, Aug. 20
BCEDC, 7:00 a.m., Molly's
Bradley Co. Quorum Ct. 6:00 p.m.
Hermitage City Council, 6:00 p.m.
BCEDC Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 21
Rotary Meeting, noon, First United Methodist Church
Community Action Board, 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 22
Lions Club, noon, Simple Simons

Thursday, Aug. 23
Hospital Board meeting, 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 24

Saturday, Aug. 25
Warren v. Southside Batesville, ki ckoff noon at North Little Rock High

Sunday, Aug. 26

Monday, Aug. 27

Tuesday, Aug. 28
Rotary Meeting, noon, First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, Aug. 29

Thursday, Aug. 30

Friday, Aug. 31

Pastime – Homemade cream pies

By Maylon Rice

          As best I can recall, it was a hot, sweltering July evening, when I was invited into a busy farm kitchen for some of the most delicious cream pie I have ever tasted.

          There are at least six families down in the Houston area this past week, who are now sampling some of the pie recipes from that same kitchen.

          My No. 1 prediction is that the waist-lines in this high-toned Houston area neighborhood will soon be expanding after sampling these delicious pies from Pat Richard of Warren.

          The Noel Richard household outside of Warren was just one of the many stops and kitchens that I was fortunate enough to be in growing up in Bradley County.

          Pat and the late Noel Richard cared about all us kids. They had kids our age and they took an interest in us as well as Dorothy, their eldest of the bunch.

          All during high school I had been in their house a few times. In the summer the Richards were a busy bunch, working in tomatoes and going to all kinds of events during the school year from band and choir concerts, football, basketball games and other activities.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tommy Larance Receives Award He Does Not Want

In a case of coffee shop humor, Tommy Larance a frequent participant in the morning coffee group at Molly's Diner, was shown a new certificate hanging on the wall that designated him as an honored member of the Boston Red Sox Nation.  Sounds like a cool thing for a rabid baseball fan like Mr. Larance, but there is a problem.  He is a long time radical New York Yankee fan.  As a matter of facft he really dislikes the Red Sox. 

The picture was taken of Mr. Larance on the day he figured out that the certificate, nicely framed, was hanging up very near to where he sits each morning.  Luckily for Mr. Larance, he was wearing his Yankees shirt, so he got his picture made while demonstrating his loyalty to New York.  A good time was had by all involved in the conspiracy.

The certificate was provided by Robert Dew, a native of Warren and former Lumberjack great who went on to play defensive back for the Arkansas Razorbacks and ultimately settled in Boston to operate an international consulting company.  Mr. Dew visits Warren regularly and keeps up with Warren happenings.  His sister is Gingy Cuthbertson, who resides on N. Walnut Street with her husband John Cuthbertson, another Lumberjack great in football, basketball and track. 

Thomas Rex Larance is also a native of Warren who taught and coached prior to entering a career in the insurance industry.  He is considered one of the all time great running backs in Lumberjack history and went on to star at Arkansas A & M College, now UAM, in the 1960s.  He remains an avid supporter of the Lumberjacks.

Monday, July 23, 2018


This young man along with his mom and dad have been working really hard to reach 1000 books before he starts Kindergarten this fall!! Congratulations Jack Chambers on reaching 900 Books in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Pastime – R.I.P. Jerry Watts

Most of these Pastimes,’ written for the Saline River Chronicle, are happy recollections of yesterday.

Today’s Pastime is of happier times about a very smart and athletic young man, Gerald “Jerry” Watts, who was indeed the ‘toast of the town,” as a dual sport athlete in the early 1970s.

He will be remembered this Saturday, July 21, with a memorial service at the Warren Cultural Center at 11 a.m.

Jerry Watts was something of an athletic anomaly – he was both an All-State selection in football and basketball. He won the coveted Dino Nichols Award and by many old timers, Jerry Watts, was every bit as outstanding as Nichols. He was an honor graduate and good student.

 It was basketball that he excelled at back in these Pastimes.

“Watts” as most of his classmates called him was indeed a sensation on a revived basketball program coming out of the turbulent last 1960s.

In late 1969, both the Bradley County High and Warren High School programs were melded together as one school and one team.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Brother's Tribute to Jerry Watts

By Glen Watts

I realized at a very young age that I was growing up with a "legend", my brother, Jerry Watts.

As we were growing up it didn't take very long to realize that Jerry was very special.  It didn't matter if it was swimming, baseball, football, or basketball, Jerry excelled in just about everything he was interested in.

Jerry was very fortunate to have some great role modes, such as our father and mother, great coaches, teachers, and family.

In football, Jerry was great as defensive back, tight end, and even as kicker and field goals.  He usually won the hardest hit award in most games.  He was a great leader to his teammates.  On the football field I remember the hits that Jerry made on the opponent could be heard outside the stadium.  We all knew early on that Jerry was very special.

In basketball, his no look, behind the back, passes were just one of his great talents.  His jump shot was very smooth, also.  He reminded me of "Pistol Pete Maravitch." In college I was fortunate enough to play basketball two yers with my brother.  It was like a dream come true.  Thanks, Jerry, for those wonderful memories.

Jerry was blessed to have so many great teammates in all of the sports in which he he partook.

"Jerry Watts Legend of the Fall."

Growing up with a brother like Jerry was very special.  Our parents both worked very hard to make ends meet.  So, I had to tag long with my big brother to all of his friends homes.  I'm sure it was a hassle for him and his friends, but not for me, because my brother was my idol!

My big brother is very intelligent, good looking, and one of the best all around athletes that I have ever been around.  I tried to mimic his no look passes and his fantastic jump shot, but just never even got close to his unbelievable talent on or off of the field.

Jerry is such a fast learner, though, both physically and mentally and just an all-around great friend, as well as a great brother.

I remember sometime we would play pickup basketball games t the Y and beat guys several years our senior.  I wasn't half the athlete my brother was, but he would always include me as we were growing up.

These few words that I am conveying to you at this moment in our lives is but a tip of the iceberg.  Thank you, Jerry for always being My Big Brother.

In conclusion, I would like to thank my sisters, Shari and LaDonna.  They have spent so much time taking care of Jerry in these trying times.  Jerry and I love you more than words can express.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Pastime by Beverly Reep

Working with my son as he opened the doors for his new business, Rob Reep Studio, on Main Street has brought back quite a number of memories I have as a teenager working in the downtown area.  First, I recalled the Hoyle twins and another man, who came around to local merchants and offered to wash their windows.  That is a service that is needed today.  For youngsters seeking summer and after-school jobs, this is an idea.  If you decide to give it a try, drop by Rob Reep Studio.  We need a window washer.

As I watched people park on the street each day, I am reminded of the days of parking meters and Mr. Parrot, the local meter man.  Boy we watched for him and when he reached the corner one of us would rush out to the employee cars and fee the meters.  Once in a while, we missed the mark and found those manila-colored tickets on our windows.  I don't miss those meters, but Mr. Parrot was such a kind and friendly man.  I miss his walking the downtown streets and visiting with people.

Who remembers the candy shop inside the front doors of Ben Franklins.  Scoops of chocolate delights, candy corn, and others sweets were sold by the pound.

After teaching school for 39 years and being restricted as to what could be on my desk and unable to leave campus except at lunch, I love being able to walk down the street to a restaurant or to drop in another business to shop.  I remember my daily afternoon trips to Barrett-Pirtle Pharmace for a cold Coke in a short glass bottle.

Thanks to all the people who are working to revitalize downtown.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Library News

Guest House Celebrates Nation's Independence

Residents, family, friends, and employees of The Guest House celebrated Independence Day on July 5th.  Entertainment was provided by Saline River Band while attendees enjoyed grilled burgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A Face From The Past

By Gregg Reep

Saturday, July 7th I was mowing my yard when I noticed a car driving down the street in front of my house very slowly.  Then it came to a complete stop.  I had no idea who it was or what they might want.  Suddenly a large man came around the back of the vehicle and stepped up on the curb and onto the sidewalk.  In an instance I recognized the face and the bigger than life grin.  It was a face from my past and a former Lumberjack.  It was a larger than life figure who grew up on St James Street in Warren.  It was "Big" Jimmy Walker.

Jimmy came by specifically to see me and say hello.  He is a classmate from the outstanding class of 1972 and was a nose tackle for the Lumberjacks.  Jimmy has slimmed up some over the years.  In the early 70's he was a three hundred plus pound lineman who was impossible to move off the line.
We laughed about practices and scrimmages when a then 155 pound offensive center ( me ) had to go against a 330 pound nose tackle.  It was like hitting a brick wall and it hurt.  I usually got a knee in the side of the head.  Maybe explains some things.  Now that I think about it many of my problems may be the results of going against Big Jimmy, our starting nose tackle Larry Don ( Stump ) Booker and John Burch, who sometimes played nose tackle on the goal line.  Just a note here: John was a tall, fast, major college prospect defensive back until  he tore up a knee as a sophomore and was never quite the same.  He kept playing and contributed greatly.  John was a ferocious hitter.  Took pride in going in head first to get a hit on the opposing guy's helmet and scrape some of the oppositions colors off onto his own helmet.  They teach you not to do that these days.  Matter of fact, it is illegal.  Sorry John!

Well, back to Big Jim.  He was always a nice gentle giant that everyone loved.  He has moved to Wisconsin and enjoyed an excellent career and raised a family.  We had a great visit.  He was back just visiting and stated he had spent the previous night with another Lumberjack great, Walter Halliburton, who lives in Pine Bluff.

It was wonderful to talk with Big Jim and rehash some "Old Days."  He has good memories of Warren and still thinks highly of the community.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Warren Goes To Mayberry

By Beverly Reep

Many reflect on the golden days of television when when shows had little violence, no steamy love scenes, and everyone had on clothes.  To some, this may sound boring but to the millions of fans of The Andy Griffith Show, these old reruns are not only classics, they are over and over again entertaining.  My husband (and I have to admit, my son and I fit into the same category) is a true fan.  He know all the characters, their backgrounds, and the episodes.  His head is filled with tons of trivia.  We watch it on MeTV almost every day and sometimes for marathon stints.  It never fails to delight!

Earlier in the year when I was trying to find the perfect birthday gift, Rob and I decided that one of the greatest thrills for Gregg would be to surprise him and take him to Mt. Airy, the hometown of Andy Griffith.  As I began to research Mt. Airy, I stumbled across some interesting facts and fun things that sounded like any lover of the show would enjoy.

First, let me explain that Mt. Airy was the model for Mayberry.  Nearby was a mountain named Pilot Mountain.  If you remember, the nearby larger town in the show was called Mt. Pilot.

As we drove through the mountains of North Carolina, we waited until the sign on the Interstate read Mt. Airy.  Then we told him what we had planned.  I don't think the full effect of the experience ahead sunk in until the following morning when we drove up at Wally's Filling Station where we had arranged for an early morning ride in the squad car through the town.  Rob, my sweet daughter-in-law, and I climbed in the backseat.  In keeping with the tradition of the show, we all piled in on the same side of the car.  Our birthday boy rode up front with the driver.  We rode through the town site seeing points of interest such as the boyhood home of Andy, Walker's Soda Fountain, the Snappy Lunch Diner, the churches where Andy attended as a child and the Moravian church he later joined as a teenager.  We saw the granite quarry and other things about the town.  There is no denying the pleasure on all our faces when the driver of the squad car sped up and turned on the red light and the siren.  When we returned to Wally's we strolled around a replica of the court house and took a look inside the jail.  There it was, the famous water cooler which was once spike by Otis Campbell and the key he used to let himself in and out of his cell.  We saw the truck which belonged to the Darlings, their cabin, and Mayberry Union High School.

At the conclusion of our tour, we ate lunch at Barney's Burgers.  We walked down the street and stopped off at Walker's Soda Fountain for a milk shake.  Of course we just had to buy a Nip It in the Bud t-shirt for our birthday boy and another one for Tommy Larance, another huge fan, that read "You're Not Talking to a Jerk You Know!" with a picture of Barney on it before going to the Andy Griffith Museum.  It was truly a fun celebration for all of us.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Emmanus Baptist Church VBS

Emmanus Baptist Church will host a Vacation Bible School July 15-19 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. nightly.  Every one is welcome.  To secure a ride call or text 870-820-8702.

The theme of the VBS is "Gospel Lights Son Spark Labs",  "Discovering God's Plan 4-U=Jesus."

The church is located at 60 Harrelson Rd, HWY 189, New Edinburg.