Sunday, December 4, 2016

Tinsley-Reep Wed in Colorado Ceremony

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gregg Reep, Jr. (Jeff Scott Photography)
     Miss Jessica Leigh Tinsley and Mr. Robert Gregg Reep, Jr. exchanged wedding vows at twelve o'clock noon, Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Observatory at Alta Lakes nestled underneath the 13,000-foot Palmyra and Silver Peaks of the San Juan Mountains near Telluride Colorado.  Reverend Jeff Scott officiated the double-ring ceremony.  Music for the event was selections of John Denver including Rocky Mountain High, Whispering Jessi, and other favorites of the couple . Following the private ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a luncheon at the Observatory catered by Chef David Hafer of Telluride Mountaintop Catering.  On the eve of the wedding a rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom's parents at the Observatory, also catered by Chef David.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Tinsley of Homer, Louisiana.  She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.Glenn Graff of Pagosa Springs, Colorado and the late Sandra Graff.  Mr. Travis Tinsley and the late Louise Tinsley of Homer, Louisiana.

The bride is a 2010 graduate of Claiborne Academy in Homer, Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Reep, Sr.   He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Reep and Mrs. Laverne Holloway and the late Mr. Laverne Holloway and the late Mrs. Bobbie Bergland.  He is a 2009 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas and a 2006 graduate of Warren High School

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a bridal white lace capped sleeve formal length matte mesh wedding gown with an Empire bodice featuring and eye-catching open back detail.  The sheer matte mesh dress with side draped mesh skirt was accented with a cascade which added dimension and created a long and soft silhouette.  She wore a matching veil.  The bride's accessories were pearl earrings and pearl necklace given to her by her mother as a wedding present.

She carried a hand-tied bouquet of fresh-cut, white roses symbolizing the purest of love and new beginnings, white Zantedeschia aethiopica Picaso white with purple throat Calla Lilies, white daisies, representative of the wild flowers of the Colorado mountains, and  adorned with Gypsophilia artfully arranged in a base of Southern Magnolia leaves which represented the bride's home state of Louisiana.

The matron of honor's bouquet was a smaller mirroring of the flowers in the bridal bouquet.

Jessi presented her mother and the groom's mother with a single stemmed white purple throated Picaso Calla Lily.  Mrs. Chardelle Straub of Olthe, Colorado attended the bride as matron of honor.  Mr.  Dennen Cuthbertson of Jonesboro. Arkansas served the groom as best man.  All persons in the wedding party dressed in keeping with the  rustic mountain theme.

During the ceremony each pledged personally written vows and repeated traditional wedding vows. The couple assembled a unity cross where the groom set in place on a base a hollow wooden cross filled in with an ornate ivory scrolled cross by the bride.  Reverend Scott added three nails representing the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to secure the structure in place.

The couple was showered with Aspen leaves at the close of the ceremony.
(Jeff Scott Photography)

The wedding venue was set on Silver Mountain surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, with spires of towering blue spruce trees and dappled with golden fall foliage of the aspen trees.  Behind the couple was a picturesque view of Alta Lakes.  After the wedding ceremony, as the couple left the wedding location, guests showered them with aspen leaves.

Following the private ceremony, the couple and guests shared a meal of leg of lamb and smoked trout prepared by Chef David.
The wedding venue was breathtaking amid the San Juan Mountains and on the banks of Alta Lakes.
(Jeff Scott Photography)

The couple spent the week in Telluride at the Observatory's three-story, historic, rustic cabin and at the Orvis with its natural lithium hot springs in Ridgeway, Colorado.

They returned to Warren where they were received by friends and relatives at a reception on Saturday, October 29, 2016, in the Fellowship Hall of Central Missionary Baptist Church in Warren where they are both members.

The reception tables were spread with white linens.  The centerpiece for each table was a piece of silver with an assortment of white flowers, white toile, and photos from the wedding.  The main table was in a cross shape and featured an arrangement of white roses, snow white hydrangea blossoms, and cascading gypsophilia atop a three-foot tall silver stemmed candlestick.  The bride's cake was a three-tiered winter white cake topped with a hand-carved Willow bride and groom.  The groom chose brownies in lieu of a chocolate cake.  They were served on a plater  made of a wooden slice of a tree carved with a heart and "Jessi & Rob." As a tribute to his hometown sports heritage, the Lumberjacks, a hand-crafted metal sculpture created by a local artisan design of a log with an ax with its blade embedded in the log held white gypsophilia.  All refreshments were served on silver pieces.  A faux champagne punch was served from a silver punch bowl.  The table was scattered with white rose petals, silver butterflies, white toile, and glittering white ribbon.  Framed photos of the wedding were scattered amid the table decorations.

Servers for the reception were Miss Shelby Gardner, Miss Ella Garner, Miss Savannah Brown, and Miss Jolee Trussell.

Throughout the reception, a slide presentation set to John Denver tunes was played with photos of the couple through different stages of their lives.

The couple is making their home in Warren, Arkansas where the groom is the owner of Raptorproductions, a film production company and the owner of salineriverchronicle.com, an online news source and live-streaming service.  The bride plans to open a dog-grooming salon, Coats of Many Colors.

Twelve Tips to Help a Grieving Loved One during the Holidays

Twelve Practical Tips for Saying, Doing the Right Things

(El Dorado, AR) – The holidays are quickly approaching, and while many people look forward to yearly traditions, gatherings with family and friends and the general good feelings associated with the season, some people dread the holidays.

For those who have lost a loved one during the past year, the holidays may emphasize their grief, reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Often, friends and family members of those affected by a loss are unsure how to act or what to say to support their grieving loved one during the holidays.  

Hospices, such as Life Touch Hospice, are valuable community resources that often help people who are struggling with grief and loss. Hospices provide bereavement support to the families they serve; many offer specialized programs to help the bereaved cope with the holidays.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offers twelve practical tips from hospice professionals:

Be supportive of the way the person chooses to handle the holidays. Some may wish to follow traditions; others may choose to change their rituals. Remember, there is no right way or wrong way to handle the holidays.
Offer to help the person with baking and/or cleaning. Both tasks can be overwhelming when someone is experiencing acute grief.
Offer to help him or her decorate for the holidays.
Offer to help with holiday shopping or give your loved one catalogs or suggest online shopping sites that may be helpful.
Help your loved one prepare and mail holiday cards
 Invite the person to attend a religious service with you and your family.
Invite your loved one to your home for the holidays.
Ask the person if he or she is interested in volunteering with you during the holiday season. Doing something for someone else, such as helping at soup kitchens or working with children, may help your loved one feel better about the holidays.
Donate a gift or money in memory of the person’s loved one. Remind the person that his or her special person is not forgotten.
Never tell someone that he or she should be “over it.”  Instead, give the person hope that, eventually, he or she will enjoy the holidays again.
If he or she wants to talk about the deceased loved one or feelings associated with the loss, LISTEN. Active listening from friends is an important step to helping him or her heal. Don’t worry about being conversational…. just listen.
Remind the person you are thinking of him or her and the loved one who died. Cards, phone calls and visits are great ways to stay in touch.
In general, the best way to help those who are grieving during the holidays is to let them know you care. They need to be remembered, and they need to know their loved ones are remembered, too.

Local hospice grief counselors emphasize that friends and family members should never be afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, because making an effort and showing concern will be appreciated.

Hospice is a philosophy of care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. A team of professionals and trained volunteers offer care and comfort to patients and their families when a cure is no longer possible. Fully covered by Medicare and most insurance companies, hospice services are available at home or in a facility such as a nursing home.

More information about grief and loss is available at www.lifetouchhospice.org and NHPCO’s Caring Connections at www.CaringInfo.org

Reaching those goals...at the Warren Library


Annslee Napier has reached two more goals in our K-6 Reading Passport Program!! Way to go Annslee!

Addison Napier has reached Four more goals in our K-6 Reading Passport Program!! Way to go Addison!

Kinsley Robinson has reached 300 books in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!!! Way to go Kinsley!!

Warren Library Releases Memorial Donations



Thursday, December 1, 2016

UAM Jazz Bands In Concert December 5

               MONTICELLO, AR — Two of the three nationally-acclaimed jazz bands at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will present an evening of contemporary and classic jazz in a free performance December 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center auditorium.
                Jazz Band II, under the direction of C. E. Askew, and Jazz Band III, under the baton of Don Marchand, will perform a wide-ranging program of jazz selections. Jazz Band II will present "Trinita" by Mark Taylor, Bob Florence's arrangement of the holiday classic "Auld Lang Syne," "Basie Power" by Ernie Wilkins, "Sedentary Motion" by Tom Garling, "Critical Mass" by Jeff Jarvis, Greg Yasinitsky's arrangement of "Greensleeves," Neal Hefti's "Lil Darlin," "Ballad for Benny" by Oliver Nelson, and Hefti's "Flight of the Foo Birds."
                Jazz Band III will perform Carmine Pastore's "Back Burner," the Paul White arrangement of Shuman's "Traumerei," "Mr. Timmons" by Gene Thorne, "Synonomic Bossa" by Paul White, Tom Clarke's "Nacirema People," and "Hot It Up" by Shelly Berg.
                For more information, contact the Division of Music at (870) 460-1060.

Jim and Pat McClelland Help Students With Capital and Scholarship Support

Civil engineering students will benefit from gifts to the planned Civil Engineering Research and Education Center and scholarship assistance.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Alumnus Jim McClelland and his wife, Pat, of Little Rock have pledged $100,000 to support the planned Civil Engineering Research and Education Center at the University of Arkansas, which will be located at the Engineering Research Center. This gift is a continuation of the philanthropic support they have provided to the College of Engineering and the university over the years.

The Civil Engineering Research and Education Center, or CEREC, will be a “living laboratory” for civil engineering undergraduates at the university. Students will use the center’s design and construction process to explore topics in construction techniques and management; computer-aided design and drafting; plan development; construction materials; soil mechanics and foundation design; structural steel design and reinforced concrete design. The Civil Engineering Research and Education Center will also provide students with vital opportunities for hands-on experience through laboratory exercises and research activities.

“This new center will be a valuable resource for our faculty and students, as well as for our industry and higher education partners,” said John English, dean of the College of Engineering. “It will create new opportunities in teaching, research and service on campus and across the state. The McClellands have been great friends to the college, and we’re very grateful to them for supporting this project.”

McClelland describes his gift to CEREC as “painless” because it is being funded through a 401K mandatory distribution, and he encourages others to do the same. He also sees it as an opportunity to continue his family’s support of students at the U of A.

“We’ve never had a civil engineering building,” said McClelland. “This facility will educate thousands over the lifetime of the building. I view that as our legacy – to help all of those students.”

In addition to the Civil Engineering Research and Education Center, the McClellands continue to support the J.E. and Maurice A. McClelland Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering as well. The scholarship is named in honor of Jim McClelland’s father, who graduated in 1940, and his mother. The McClelland scholarship provides financial assistance to upperclassmen civil engineering students, and preference is given to Arkansas residents.

“This is our 19th year of providing scholarship support,” said McClelland. “We started with two recipients, and now we have four. Over the years, we’ve gained friends – and even employees – through this scholarship by helping students get an education.”

McClelland is chairman emeritus of McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. in Little Rock. He grew up in Fayetteville, and his wife, Pat, grew up in Little Rock. The two met during their freshman year of college at the U of A and have been married for 51 years. Both of their sons are graduates of the University of Arkansas.

McClelland is a member of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering, the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and the Campaign Arkansas Steering Committee. He is also the chair of the College of Engineering Campaign Arkansas committee. He and Pat are included in the Chancellor’s Society and are recognized as ThoroughReds for their consecutive years of giving to the U of A.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

BealeCanto to Present Concert Dec. 3

Seark Concert Association will present a Christmas-themed concert by the Memphis-based men’s vocal ensemble BealeCanto at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Fine Arts Center.

BealeCanto is a play on the phrase “bel canto,” which is Italian for “beautiful singing.” The inclusion of the word Beale in the group’s name is a nod to the famous street in Memphis that is known around the world for its rich musical heritage. BealeCanto is dedicated to fostering men’s singing throughout the Mid-South region, expanding that mission nationally and internationally as they promote male singing in schools and society.

Tickets for the concert are $20 and may be purchased at the door, in advance in the office of the UAM Music Building Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by calling 870-460-1060.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Pastime – my friend, the sheriff

By Maylon Rice

          There is an old saying we never really pick our friends – they sort of pick you.
          Today it is with a great privilege and honor that I get to write about one of the best men in Bradley County, my friend Sheriff James “Rick” Anders.
          He is THE Sheriff in Bradley County. One of the absolute best there has been since 1840 when James Bradley, one of the founders of the newly established county, stepped up to the political bar wear the badge of sheriff and enforce the laws on a new, rough area of our new unsettled state.
          James “Rick” Anders – we always called him Rick in High School, is retiring on Jan. 1, 2017.
He has given more than 40 years collectively in law enforcement, the last nine as the Sheriff of Bradley County. He is the 30th individual elected to be the chief law enforcement officer in Bradley County, Two widows of sheriff’s who passed away in office, swell that list to 32 people who have served in the position.
Voters in Bradley County on Nov. 8th elected Sheriff Anders’ successor, longtime deputy Herschel Tillman as the 31st individual elected sheriff.
Sheriff Anders leaves the department in good standing, and as usual better than he found it on Nov. 1, 2009 when he was sworn into office.
          As we are seeing law enforcement in America under attack, under the microscope for being less than honorable – my friend, Rick Anders is indeed the exception.
          In is nine years as Bradley County’s sheriff he has never fired his gun except at the firing range.
          In a wide ranging interview months ago when he announced he would not be seeking re-election to a 10th term, Rick admitted he has “rarely ever pulled my firearm from the holster,” while Bradley County Sheriff.
“And there has been a time or two, I guess looking, back I should have had my gun out, but did not have it out,” he said.
          But being sheriff is more about people – than guns, bullets, handcuff or jails.
That is what has made me respect my friend Rick Anders more and more as our nation seems so lawless and disrespectful of the job of public safety and law enforcement.
          Rick is a big guy. He is a fine fellow with a sharp mind. He thinks before he speaks, something of a rarity, but a trait that I respect and cherish more than one can ever imagine.
          He is slow to anger and slower to show his displeasure with you. He is as even-keeled guy as I have ever known, but knowing his mommy and daddy, as I do, I shouldn’t be surprised.
          He was the only son of James and Dorothy Anders. He and his sisters, Tammy and Beverly, were the apples of their parent’s attention. Miss Dorothy survives today as a sterling example of a mom who not only cared about her kids, but the kids around them. There are always a few of your friend’s parents that you just know, love you and care about you, well James and Dorothy were from that cloth for sure.
 Rick’s father James was a community treasure.  The late James Anders made friends all over Bradley County. He was a well-known man, who knew all of us kids of Rick’s generation by name and by your deeds.
He was a guy who knew you and cared about your future and your actions. He was not above calling you  out for your bad actions and he was always first in line for atta-boys when you did well.
          The trait about caring for ones’ friends and making new friends plus taking people at their absolute best is a trait James’ passed on to Rick to make his career in law enforcement so smooth.
          Rick graduated in the Class of ’73 at Warren High, enrolled at UA-Monticello but found a part-time job in the CETA program to be a part-time deputy under then Bradley County Sheriff Raymond Johnson and also a part-time city policeman under Chief Tommy Dunaway  in Warren. Ironically, Chief Dunaway’s son, Joe, and Rick, both played football for the WHS Lumberjacks. Dunaway was the center, while Rick was a tackle and guard in the same line.
College at UAM later went away and Rick began as a deputy sheriff in Bradley County under former sheriff’s Raymond Johnson and later Jack Gambill.
          He left Bradley County to help a new Jefferson County Sheriff, William C. “Dub” Brassel, in Pine Bluff for a couple of years.
          Along came an opportunity to work for the state in the Arkansas Highway Police in the Weights and Standards Bureau. He logged more than 20 years patrolling the highways and inspecting big 18-wheeler rigs and ensuring the safety of the roads for passenger vehicles.
          And opportunity came along as he retired from the state some nine years ago to replace a retiring William “Butch” Belin, as Bradley County Sheriff.
           He ran in a race, never looking back and was re-elected time and time again.
That first time he ran I called Rick encouraging his seeking the office. I offered to send him a political contribution. He quickly said “no.”
          He said he didn’t want anyone to call him after the election and try to remind him of their contribution.
I reminded him all I wanted was for him to be the best sheriff Bradley County had seen. I sent the donation and have offered another one each and every time he has been placed on the ballot.
He’s not needed my direct support from far away from Bradley County because of his work ethic, his profession law enforcement standards and his personal mantra “of doing the absolute best for the public,” for nine terms. Sheriff Anders has not needed anything but the public’s support of his office.
And he has been the best sheriff to my knowledge over the past nine years in the county’s long history.
          He retires as the 30thindividual to be elected as sheriff.
          He and his sweet wife of the last 34 years, Nancy Wright Anders, who is a formerly retired county official in the Treasurer’s office, but now back helping out in that office. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Lisa and Dana, the proud grandparents of Laken, Wacey, Nathan, Taylor and Haydon. And they are proudest grandparents of a beautiful granddaughter Oakley.
          Rick has always been a Lumberjack as a player and fan. He was a long time and successful coach of the YMCA’s Pee-Wee League Southern Mill football squad. He is always a community volunteer and a friend through and through.
          The Anders will be both at home and traveling in their retirement after Jan. 1, 2017.
Nancy says she is waiting to see how retirement works out for Rick before closing the door at the County Treasurer’s office for the last time.
          Congratulations to one of the best, Sheriff James Rick Anders, as you ride off into retirement.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Birth Announcement

Kyle and Haley Wagnon are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ace Conner. He was born Thursday, November 3rd at 8:03 AM at Bradley County Medical Center in Warren, Arkansas.

Ace weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Marty and Mona Reep of Warren. Paternal grandparents are Jackie and Cindy Wagnon, also of Warren.

Ace was welcomed home by his big brother, Cooper Lane.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

First Presbyterian Child Care Center Honors Veterans

Students at the Presbyterian Child Care Center created this flag using their hands to honor our veterans today! Pictured are our two ABC classes with their teachers: Adrianne Cornish, Norma Yepes, Emily Groves, and Hitasha Morgan. 

BRADLEY BLOCK BUILDERS COMPLETE CHRISTMAS QUILT

Members of the Bradley Block Builders quilting club recently completed their annual
Christmas quilt which will be presented to the lucky ticket holder on the night of the
Warren Christmas parade.

Serving as a project club of the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service,
the club members sell opportunities on the quilt with the proceeds funding donations
 to many non-profit organizations and needy families.

Tickets may be purchased from any club member or by contacting the extension office.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

To the communities of Warren and Hermitage:



I want to publicly express my gratitude to my home, Bradley County. I cannot thank God enough for choosing this place as my home. 

I have always been proud to be a part of Bradley County, but it was not until I lost my husband, Jorre McMahan—or Coach Mac, as he is better known—that I realized how important it is to live in a small town. You all have been a backbone to me during a time when I needed support. Thank you for sending food, for stopping by my house, for contacting me, for sending me sympathy cards, for attending Jorre’s funeral, and for showing me love. I also want to specifically thank each and every one of you who donated to the GoFundMe account that was set-up in honor of Jorre. I know that Jorre would be overwhelmed with gratitude knowing that you all have not only taken care of me emotionally, but you have provided for me financially during this difficult time. Your donations and prayers have carried me through, and I pray that God blesses you all for your compassion. 

God has taught me that even during the darkest tragedies, He sends His loving light to shine in our lives. You all have been that light. You all have reminded me that even through the pain, God is still with me. I see Jesus in each person who has extended love toward our families. More than anything, I want you all to know that God always has a purpose in every situation, and that through His love, we have the ability to see His goodness no matter how deep the pain penetrates our lives. You are that goodness. I do not have the words to adequately thank you all, but regardless, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.



I love you all,


Alexis Pacheco McMahan

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Senior Art Exhibit Combines Photographs and Paintings

            MONTICELLO, AR — A senior art exhibition by Maggie Barnett of Monticello will be on display November 17-29 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 November 17 from 2-4 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
            Barnett has labeled her exhibition “Maquillage” and uses a combination of photographs and paintings of the human figure to “create a sense of mystery to alter the perception of what is real and what is not,” according to Tom Richard, professor of art.
            For more information, contact Richard at (870) 460-1338.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

More Goals Reached at the Warren Library

Spencer Holland has reached two more goals in the K-6 Reading Passport Program! He only has one goal left to reach before completing his Passport!!

Arielle Napier has reached 500 Books in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Way to go Arielle!

Alivia Napier has reached 500 Books in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Way to go Alivia!

Annslee Napier has completed another goal in our Passport Program! Way to go Annslee!!

Addison Napier has completed another goal in our Passport Program! Way to go Addison!!

Pastime – football wear we have all known

by Maylon Rice

          I admit from the outset, I can better describe those hot, woolen band uniforms than I can the colorful gridders wear for the Warren Lumberjacks of yesteryear.
          But those uniforms, even back in the golden years of the late 1960s and early 1970s, were indeed fashion statements. Sort of like the shiny headgear, camo style jerseys and fashion-form fitting football pants of today.
          Lumberjack football uniforms were the best in SEARK.  Maybe the state.
          The only football fashion that has held sway was possibly the unique stripes of the Pine Bluff Zebras, atop their shoulder pads.
          Somehow a discussion on the football uniforms began just before Homecoming 2016.
That is usually the one time – other than in the preseason – when all ‘Jack football players had a clean, non-grass stained uniform on. The white canvass pants were clean – and all the pads – hip pads, knee pads, and thigh pads were in place. Usually there was a big photo in the newspaper of the two captains escorting the beautiful Homecoming Queen in pre-game ceremonies.
The Lumberjack captains were always decked out in fine football wear.
          Today I am not sure – especially at the college level – if there are pads in those pants – surely not where those hard, foam rubber or almost plastic-like pad inserts were inside the pair of football pants of yesteryear.
          Now what I always thought make the Warren High football jersey of the late 1960s and early 1970s unique was the design.
          I have to give credit to the local pool-hall owner, restaurant king and part-time athletic supply sales guru – Wayne Wisner.
          He helped put, what I always heard were called UCLA shoulder stripes, on the WHS jerseys.
          He made sure that the black jersey had a three-stipe addition of a thin stripe of white, a wider stripe of orange and then around thin stripe of white on each shoulder.
          It made the jersey snap and look great.
          The numbers were usually orange with a thin piping of white around them on the black jerseys. The orange was a color which stood out on the black jersery. The white home jerseys had orange numbers with a thin piping of black around the standard Roman-style numbers (not Roman Numerals) on the jerseys.
          These were also in the pre-dated era of heated, press on numbers. These are sewn of numbers and stripes.
          And then came the helmets.
          I can really white helmets with a bid bold “W” today known as the Wisconsin “W” on the hard plastic hats.
           My memory of that is the late Oscar King Littlefield, one of the most gifted free drawing artists I have ever seen, painted these “W”’s on the helmets each pre-season. My position of being underfoot at the Eagle in those days, also gave me the unique position of helping take a clear paste like product – like old round tins of paste shoe shine wax and buffing these helmets to a bright shine.
          Later on came the orange helmets and a sticker of the log-rolling timber tool and an ax-wielding Lumberjack on each side of the helmets.
          Tommy Massey who was a quarterback the year after my graduation has donated a full football suit to the Bradley County Museum. The helmet his senior year had been painted black with an orange stripe down the middle.
          I can recall that all the face bars on the helmets were white or at best a dull shade of gray.  One barrister in Pennington Township probably holds the record for the bloodiest face bar on his helmet for three years running. It is a wonder his shcnoz has healed these 50 plus after his hard hits on opposing teams.
          Today’s orange and black helmet and modern uniforms are snazzy, sharp and every bit the stylish garb worn by Lumberjacks of yore.
          Only one little tid bit of WHS uniform history needs to be preserved.
          Once when the football program was just getting started in the early teens of the last century. The all-faithful timber magnate at the time told the local coach he would purchase the team some professional looking uniforms as the local football club was formed of high school aged young men. This was in the days before a school board would outfit such a squad.
          The timberman was a Dartmouth College grade – hence the orange and black colors.
          When asked by the football uniform supplier what numbers for the uniforms the timber man was puzzled.
          When asked how many boys had come out for the team, he knew that number, 13.
          And the coach.
          So the first lumberjack professional prepared, sewn and outfitted team had numbers 1-13.
          The coach wore a jersey with a big “C” on it for coach.
          Another Pastime worth remembering.
          Go ‘Jacks, Win State.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Don’t Wait to Talk About Hospice

It’s an all too common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted.
Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available or what care they or their loved ones would have wanted.
Often, by waiting too long to learn about possible options, like hospice care, people end up spending difficult days in the hospital or the emergency room and opportunities to be with loved ones at home are lost.
When a family is coping with a serious illness and a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides the type of care most people say they want at the end of life: comfort and dignity. Considered to be the model for high-quality, compassionate care for people with a life-limiting illness, hospice care includes expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support. Care is provided by an inter-disciplinary team of professionals and trained volunteers. The wishes of the patient and family are always at the center of care.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Music Theatre Workshop To Present Fall Operas November 10-11

            MONTICELLO, AR — The Music Theatre Workshop at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will present three one-act operas November 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
            The evening will include performances of Sunday Excursion by Alec Wilder, There and Back by Paul Hindemith, and The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti. All three are comic operas sung in English.
The cast includes Hailey Conner of Rison, Danyelle Baker of Maumelle, Luke Lane of Monticello, Jonathan Cruz of Warren, Mark Sullivan of Monticello, Anna Lewis of Warren, Anna Gerber of Texarkana, Tex., Rebecca Lush of Sherwood, Andrey Wright of Camden and Katie Schmidt of Judsonia.
            Dr. Kent Skinner, director of choral activities at UAM, will direct the performances. For more information, contact the Division of Music at (870) 460-1060.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

More Goals Met and Sweater Drive Announced by Library

 Addison Napier Completed two more of her goals in the
Passport Program at the Warren Branch Library.



















Annslee Napier completed two goals in the Passport Program of the Warren Branch Library.