Friday, June 23, 2017

Tolefree Family Reunion Held June 10

The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival offers not only a time for the county residents to come together to celebrate the harvest of the delicious fruit.  It is also a time of class reunions and the coming together of families.  The Tolefree family was one of those who gathered for a family reunion during this year's festival.  On June 10, a large number of the family gathered in the Old Armory Building for their family reunion.

Lakeport Legacies to Feature "Southeast Arkansas Legislators"

LAKE VILLAGE - "A Case Study in Diversity: Southeast Arkansas Legislators, 1868-Jim Crow" will be presented by Rodney Harris in the Lakeport Legacies monthly history talk, Thursday, June 29, at the Lakeport Plantation, 601 Highway 142, in Lake Village.
The event gets underway at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments and conversation, and the program starts at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, contact Dr. Blake Wintory, Lakeport Plantation assistant director, at 870-265-6031<file:///\\localhost\tel\(870)%20265-6031>.

Harris, a graduate of Arkansas State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas, wrote his dissertation, "Divided Saints: Democratic Factions in the 1874 Arkansas Constitutional Convention," under the direction of Dr. Patrick Williams at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Attorney General’s Office to Host Summer Webcast Series

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today opened registration for a Summer Webcast Series of trainings on internet safety, dating violence prevention, common scams, identity theft and the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

“After the enormous success of the Winter Webcast Series, I am excited to offer these beneficial trainings again,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Using web-based technology, my office can reach more Arkansans and offer important materials on internet safety, scams, ID theft, preventing dating violence and navigating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.”

A FOIA webcast covering public records and meetings will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 20.

A training to prevent being a victim of ID theft, which occurs when someone uses your personal information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes, will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12.

From 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, participants can learn about common scams, such as the Favorite Grandchild Scam, IRS Scam, Credit Call Robocalls, Work-from-Home Scam, Door-to-Door Scam and many more. Scam artists are always finding new ways to trick consumers out of their hard earned money. This webcast will highlight some of the more common scams, offer ways to spot the scam and what to do if you have been scammed.

The internet safety training, or Digital You, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Digital You is a comprehensive, interactive educational program created by AT&T and Common Sense Media to offer tools, tips, apps, guidance and education for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience. Rutledge adopted the curriculum last year.

And on Wednesday, Aug. 9, a Break the Cycle training will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon. Break the Cycle is a leading national nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive dating abuse programs. Participants will learn about dating abuse, methods for intervention and how to implement a Healthy Relationships 101 session. Rutledge partnered with Break the Cycle last year to hold regional trainings across the State.

The online trainings are free and open to the public. Registration for each one can be found at

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Congrats to Jack Chambers For Reaching 200 Books

Congratulations Jack Chambers on reaching 200 Books in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Editorial: Bradley County Medical Center

There are many good reasons for and benefits to living in Warren and Bradley County.  We have generally friendly people, great outdoor life, a relatively safe environment, good schools and overall well run local governments that provide good services in a financially sound manner.  We have great athletic programs and a strong timber base and a growing poultry industry to help maintain our economy.  Nothing is perfect, but looking at the facts and compared to many other smaller rural communities, it is a good place to live and work.

Many things go into making a community a good place to live but none are more important than the availability and quality of medical care.  Throughout the history of our county, we have been blessed with excellent doctors, dentists, eye doctors and pharmacists.  Since the 1950s we have also been fortunate to have a publicly owned hospital.  Since that time the hospital has undergone many additions and improvements and continues to be upgraded and modernized.  Today it provides many services that at one time would require a patient to travel many miles to obtain.  It has specialist visit regularly to see patients and provides excellent quality care.

Recently a family member fell and broke a hip.  After being treated in Warren, she was sent to Little Rock for surgery but very shortly returned to Bradley County Medical Center as a "swing bed" patient to recuperate and receive physical therapy in transitioning to return home.  The patient received excellent care.  Everyone associated with the hospital including doctors, nurses, therapist, aids, housekeeping and administrators were kind and helpful. They responded quickly any time they were asked for help and kept the patient fully informed as to what was taking place.  The service was better than any other medical facility we experienced throughout the ordeal.

In addition, each day I took advantage of getting my lunch at the hospital cafeteria and sharing meal time with her.  The food was healthy and fabulous!  It is open to the public for breakfast and lunch each day.

Patient update:  She is walking on her own with home physical therapy from the Bradley County Home Health-another great service to our community.

Jobs are vital to our community and more are on the way.  Schools are important and quality of life is essential.  Our churches are a vital piece of the puzzle and the continual upgrading and modernization of local law enforcement and emergency services is a necessity.  All these things are very important, but without quality health care, any community will fall short.  Warren is blessed. There is always room for improvement, but we are way ahead of the curve.  Thank you to all our local health care providers and Bradley County Medical Center and employees! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Eddie Cheatham/ Scholarship Deadlines

June 2, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Two important deadlines are approaching for students seeking financial aid to attend a state-supported college or university.
June 15 is the deadline to apply for the popular Academic Challenge Scholarships, which are funded by the lottery and which help about 30,000 students every year. July 1 is the deadline for applying for an ARFuture grant, which will cover tuition and fees for students who major in science, technology, engineering and math.
The application process is simple. Search for the web page of the state Department of Higher Education by typing in “” and clicking on the YOUniversal Scholarship Application.

Read a Latte!

The Warren Branch Library says congratulations to Mr. John Huerta & Ms. Eva Potter on reaching the "Latte" level (50 books) in their Read-A-Latte Adult Reading Challenge!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Retired Teachers Hear Arkansas Parks Program

Left to Right:  Diane Parnell, President Betty McGhee, Sherry Franques, Karen Wisener, and Paula White
The Retired Teachers Association met on April 11 at Golden Girls with Karen Wisener and Diane Parnell serving as program chairmen.  The President of the association in Betty McGhee Mann. Sherry Franques and Paula White from Arkansas State Parks were the guest speakers.  Much information was shared about the Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover (the remodeled Oil and Brine Museum.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Inching Closer to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Congratulations to Avery Ledbetter for having 500 books read to her and Kinsley Robinson for have 800 books read to her in the Warren Branch Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.  Maddox Wagnon has reached 400 books.
Avery Ledbetter
Maddox Wagnon

Kinsley Robinson

Monday, May 29, 2017

Warren Students Place in State Contest

"Winners of the District VIII Ten Penny Art Competition were submitted for judging at the GFWC Arkansas State Convention in May.

From Warren School three students were awarded ribbons for their entries.  Pictured left to right:
Dixie Puterbaugh, Class II, 2nd, Paint; Magnus Gray, Class II, 2nd, Drawing; Jasmine Boyd, Class II,  2nd, Multi-medium."

Abby Johnson Awarded State Honor for Her Watercolor

"Winners of the District VIII Ten Penny Art Competition were submitted for judging at the GFWC Arkansas State Convention in May.
Abby Johnson, a 9th grader from Hermitage, was awarded a second place in Class I watercolor.  She is a student of Christy Rowell."

Congratulations Stormy Taylor

Congratulations to Stormy Taylor on reaching 700 books in the Warren Branch Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Troy Pritt Wins Writing Contest

Mr. Troy Pritt was the winner of the Warren Branch Library’s 2017 Creative Writing Contest “Night At The Library.”

His short story, “Henry”, earned him first place in the Adult Division.
Mr. Pritt won $25 that was donated by the Friends of the Warren Branch Library.  He in turn donated his prize back to the library.  We appreciate Mr. Troy Pritt for his participation and donation.

Great Seats Remain on Sale for ‘Cash Cotton Field’ Concert

Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas
JONESBORO – Great seats remain on sale for the Cash cotton field concert scheduled for Saturday,  Oct. 21 in Dyess as part of the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival.  The concert, which will be held in the former cotton field adjacent to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, will feature Grammy Award-winning artists Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson, along with Joanne and Tommy Cash, and Buddy Jewell.

Reserved seating at the $100 level is sold out, but $50 reserved chair seating and $25 general admission tickets remain on sale.  General admission ticket holders are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Adcock Graduates from OBU

Kelsie Lane Adcock, daughter of Lee and Jana Adcock of Monticello,  formerly of Warren,  graduated from Ouachita Baptist University on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Kelsie graduated summa cum laude with a degree in communication sciences and disorders. She was accepted to Baylor University where she will pursue her master’s degree in speech language pathology.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Warren Branch Library Memorials

    In Memory Of:                                Given By:
Donna Raines                                                  Linda Kercheva
Jackie West                                                     Betty Warner
Stephen Todd Johnston                                   WHS Class of 1979
Charles David Atkins                                       Warren Bank & Trust
Betty A. Tate                                                   Warren Bank & Trust
Sharon Ashley Rice                                         Warren Bank & Trust
Evelyn Loretta Nichols Wooldridge                Warren Bank & Trust
Richard Gillespie Garrison III                          Warren Bank & Trust
Wayne Huitt                                                    Warren Bank & Trust
Marie Gresham Lewis                                    Warren Bank & Trust
Leonard Marlin Broach                                  Warren Bank & Trust
Ricky Wayne Rice                                           Warren Bank & Trust
Joe David Simmons                                         Warren Bank & Trust
Gary O’Neill                                                    Warren Bank & Trust
Debra West                                                     Warren Bank & Trust

In Honor Of:                                                   Given By:
Genealogy area in Library                              DAR
Sandy Doss                                                      Cliff Morgan III 

Way to Go, Jase!

Way to go!! Jase Dawkins had 300 books read to him in the Warren Branch Library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!!!

Seminar to be Held for Women Entrepreneurs

Passion to Profits: How to Start a Woman Owned Business, an interactive seminar for women considering entrepreneurship and for women who have recently started a business, will hold a workshop June 3, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Monticello Branch Library.  The workshop will include information designed to help each participant assess their aptitude and take an in-depth look at their business idea to develop next steps for turning their passion into a profitable business.  Stephanie Harton, UAM SBTDC Center Director will the be the speaker for the event. While there s n cost for the seminar, you are asked to pre-register by contacting Abbey Nowlen at 870-460-1266 or online at

The UAM Small Business and Technology Development Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Arkansas at Monticello. UAM is committed to the policy of providing equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate in employment, admissions, programs, or any other educational functions and services on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, and national origin, color or religion.

Firewise Community Volunteers Gather for Wildfire Preparedness

On Saturday, May 6, Firewise Community Volunteers gathered at Moro Bay State Park to make the park a bit safer from the dangers of wildfires on National Wildfire Preparedness Day. This event was hosted by the newly accredited Firewise Community Jersey and it's Jersey Rural Fire Department.
Firewise, the program, educates home and property owners who live in areas designated as the Urban Interface; the intersection of properties and homes with wildland. Firewise stresses proactive, rather than reactive, methods of wildfire preparedness.  The removal of natural fuels, ie: pine straw, dry leaves, etc. is one way to mitigate and protect against wildfires. For more information about Firewise and its protective principles go to