Thursday, September 21, 2017

AHCA's Queen Pageant Held

AHCA’s Queen Pageant was held Friday, September 8th at Monticello. Here are some pictures of the event:

Emma Taylor of Green House Cottages of Southern Hills, Rison, AR  wins the title in the 2017 District 6 Queen Pageant on Sept 8th at Monticello. Ricky Lindsey congratulates her.

Winners in the 2017 District 6 Queen Pageant of the AR Health Care Association (AHCA). Pictured Left to Right:  2nd Runner-up Julia Burton from Grand Manor, Monticello; Queen Emma Taylor from Green House Cottages of Southern Hills, Rison; 1st Runner-up Tommie Vaugh Matheny from Lake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center, Lake Village; and MC Ron Paul.

Drew Central High School Madrigals of Monticello are directed by Cara Akin at the opening of the pageant.

MC Ron Paul escorts 2016 Queen I
nez Lindsey who crowned the 2017 winner.  Mrs. Lindsey competed in the AHCA State Pageant this summer and won 1st runner up to the Queen.  She has done an outstanding job of representing our area of the state this year! She lives at Grand Manor in Monticello.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Way to Go Slade!

Congratulations Slade Holland on reaching 400 books in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!! This is a FREE program for children 0-5! For more information please call the Warren Branch Library 870-226-2536.

At the Library...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UAM Jazz Band One To Perform With Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

          MONTICELLO, AR — The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra will perform with the University of Arkansas at Monticello's Jazz Band One at a free public concert Thursday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the UAM Fine Arts Center.
          Based in Savannah, Ga., the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra includes lead vocalists Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson performing with a 17-piece big band and covering much of the Great American Songbook with a stylistic nod to Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.
          For more information, contact the UAM Division of Music at (870) 460-1060.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pastimes: by Maylon Rice

Tandem bikes for rent

           Please forgive my recent absence from submitting some Pastimes from Bradley County. Many of you have contacted me to keep writing, so here goes…
          Somewhere after the summer of 1964-65, or thereabouts, a fitness craze came across the nation spurred by the nation physical fitness campaign of the late President John F. Kennedy.
          A group from Warren, walked all the way to Pine Bluff one Saturday, as recalled by the local newspaper editor of that era. He noted that many of those walking that 47-mile distance, that day, had sore feet from the excursion. But each participant received a Presidential Physical Fitness certificate for their efforts.
          As part of that national program, at least one entrepreneur, Thomas Peek, who ran an Esso Gas Station (later the brand was changed to Exxon) right along First Street, the one-block long north side street of the Bradley County Courthouse.
 My memories of that facility was it was a simple, two-bay service station, two-gas pumps with an air house on the central island.
The bathrooms were on the outside of the station. There was a rack of tires for sale. Other than Mr. Peek, there were about one or two other young guys as employees.
          A national promotion worth remembering was the Esso gasoline – you could “put a Tiger in your tank.”

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Don't Give Away Festival Funds or Cut Back on Entertainment ( Editorial )

According to unofficial information made available to SRC, the 2017 Bradley County Tomato Festival finished the year with a substantial surplus.  The reason appears to be continued strong support by the public and business community in making donations, strong revenue from fees and sales, outstanding fund raising activities ( including the steak cook off and trap shooting activities ) and very solid control of expenditures by the committee and it's Treasure.   Efforts have been made to raise more money to assist with the festival by utilizing fund raising activities.  The process seems to have worked.

The committee for several years has talked about the need to have some carryover funds each year in order to have seed money to kick off the next year's festival while fund raising is gearing up.  It appears that goal has been reached.  It says something about Warren and Bradley County that the crowds have been large and the festival activities outstanding. Compare that to many other community festivals that have struggled with sufficient funding to keep operating.  Just look at Riverfest in Little Rock.  It has ceased to exist.  It is also important to acknowledge those among us who have worked hard to raise the sufficient funds to make the festival a success and to thank those who give and contribute.

The committee over the past years has worked to strengthen the festival's financial base while continuing to produce a top notch festival, including high quality entertainment that draws large crowds both locally and from outside the county. From every indication, that effort has been successful.  We look forward to many more years of fun and well managed festivals.  Nothing is free. It takes money to make the festival successful.  It is also important that the festival keep promoting itself with well known and popular entertainment.  Maintaining carryover funds for next year is smart and the right thing to do.

Sources have informed SRC that one or more organizations in the county ( not government entities ) may have their eyes set on some of the surplus money.  To give any of the surplus money away for anything outside of the chamber and festival committee would be unwise and wrong.  It would not be in keeping with the purpose of the money donated and raised.  We would strongly object!

It has been further stated that there are those within the community that seem to want the festival to cut back on expenses by eliminating the high quality star entertainment that has been brought in for the Saturday night concert that concludes the festival.  Again we believe this to be shortsighted and would harm the success of the festival.   The concept of having a "big" name draw for Saturday night has proven to be a success in drawing huge crowds and making the Pink Tomato Festival one of the largest and most successful in Arkansas.  No one should be allowed to mess up a good thing for the community. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Grand Manor Dedicates Flag and Flagpole

Chaplain Walter Carter Tucker conducted a flag and flagpole dedication ceremony at Grand Manor Assisted Living in Monticello on Sunday, August 27th.  The new 30' pole was installed the previous week.  The dedication was well attended by residents of Grand Manor and community members.

Huerta First to Reach 100 books in the "Read-A-Latte" Campaign

John Huerta was the first one to reach 100 books in the Warren Branch Library's "Read-A-Latte" Adult Reading Challenge, we are just a little late getting his picture posted! Congratulations John and keep READING!!

Monticello Church Announces New Pastors

The Great I Am Temple, 300 N. Main Street, Monticello would like to announce the election of their new pastors, Pastor Jerome and Co-Pastor Clarissa Pace. The Pastoral Installation will be held Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 pm at Trinity Full Gospel Ministries. Trinity is located at 468 S. Edwards Street in Monticello, Apostle Lorenza Simmons is overseer.

Jerome Pace is a native of Stephens, AR, and the son of the late Ollie and Annie B. Pace. He is a principal and coach at McGehee High School. He was called to ministry in 1997. His wife, Clarissa, is a native of El Dorado, AR, and she is a business owner in Monticello. She was called to ministry in 1996. They were both called to ministry under the leadership of the former pastors, the late Royce Dale and Ruby Wilson at Trinity Full Gospel Church. They served faithfully with the former pastors of the Great I Am Temple until their passing. Jerome was ordained as an associate minister with the Rock of Faith Spiritual Church, Inc and Clarissa was ordained as evangelist missionary with the 3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Arkansas under the leadership of the late Bishop R.E. Matheney and present leadership of Bishop Joe B. Mason. She also served 18 years in ministry at Revival Center COGIC under the leadership of Pastor Michael A. Jones.
The guest speaker for the installation service will be Bishop Martha Moses, bishop of the Rock of Faith Spiritual Churches, who will also be conducting installation ceremony. She is pastor of Damascus Spiritual Church of North Little Rock, Ar.
The Great I Am Temple church family is inviting everyone to attend. A reception will follow the service.

Clarissa Pace Shekinah Services "Changing Lives For The Better"

Warren Branch Library Memorials

In Memory Of:         Given By:
Mary Elizabeth Wheeler Warren Bank & Trust
Darlene Pinckard Warren Bank & Trust
Dorothy Vail Bradford Warren Bank & Trust
Bertia Mae Lassiter Warren Bank & Trust
Van Austin Brown Warren Bank & Trust
Barbara Ann Parrott Ogles Warren Bank & Trust
Sidonna Jo Burcham Warren Bank & Trust
Lutricia Jolley Green Warren Bank & Trust
Susie Lovett Jensen Warren Bank & Trust
Melissa Ann Hays Warren Bank & Trust
Steven Glen Anders, Jr. Warren Bank & Trust
Mark Allen Evans Warren Bank & Trust
Elsie Beatrice Stuard Shanks Warren Bank & Trust
Delbert Lennis Calvert Warren Bank & Trust
Kenneth Edward “Red” McDaniel Warren Bank & Trust
Betty Ann Forrest Warren Bank & Trust
Ralph Ragar Reep, Jr. Warren Bank & Trust
Frances Burks Warren Bank & Trust

Sunday, September 3, 2017

SEARK Bradley County Group Meets

Members of Southeast Arkansas Concert Association-Bradley County Arts for Children meet Thursday, August 31st in the home of Dr. Sue and Mayor Bryan Martin.  The purpose of the organization is to promote interest and enjoyment in the performing arts and to educate and inspire the general public by providing opportunities for the performers and the audience to share an artistic experience.  The counties of Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln make up the SEARK region.

It is the purpose of SEARK to promote the Smarts program of arts among students and to encourage an appreciation for the arts.  Statistics prove there is a benefit to the students while in school and beyond.

Meeting in the Martin home were active members of the Bradley County Committee:
R. DeWayne Banks
Len Blaylock, III
Dr. Sue Martin
Anne O'Neill
Ashley Richardson
Mary Louise Porter
Also serving on the committee, but unable to attend were Scott Allison Johnson and Rob Reep.

The counties that make up SEARK will be working to raise funds to assist the Smarts program.  Each county has been assigned a goal.  Bradley County will be asked to raise $7500.00 based upon having two school districts in the county.  The public will be hearing more about the program and given opportunities to contribute in the future.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Welch - Burch Nuptials Set for October, 1

Everette (Len) Beasley and Heather B. Ainsworth of Warren announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Kimberlee Layne Welch and Christopher Blake Burch, son of the late Paul Burch. Nancy Weaver of Warren and Steven D. Standridge of Hoover, Louisiana are the maternal grandparents, and Alice Sloan and the late Grady (Pete) Sloan are the maternal great-grandparents of the bride-elect.  Christopher is the grandson of A.P. and Constance Burch and Rea Burch of Warren,  The wedding will be held at the Burch home in Hermitage, Arkansas Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  Friends and family are invited to come join the couple as the two become one.

McClains Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Mack & DeRay McClain were surprised with a small celebration honoring their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in the fellowship hall of Faith Free Will Baptist Church of Warren.

Friday, August 25, 2017

"Happy Dog Duo" To Perform

         MONTICELLO, AR — Classical pianists Eric Tran and Nathan Cheung, who perform as the Happy Dog Duo, will appear in concert at the University of Arkansas at Monticello September 14 as part of the National Federation of Music Clubs' 2017 Young Artists Series. The performance, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center auditorium, is free and open to the public.
          Tran and Cheung have performed together for 10 years and describe their work as "four hands, one piano brining humor and joy to the classical music world." They won both the first prize and the Abild American Music Award at the 2017 Ellis Duo-Piano Competition hosted by the National Federation of Music Clubs. They have won 13 gold medals in piano duo events at the U.S. Open Music Competition and have performed with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, and the Vallejo Symphony.
          Tran ad Cheung have made multiple appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, toured China, Korea, Canada and New York with the award-winning Pawn: The Musical, and are the first piano duo to perform in Bing Concert Hall.
          For more information, contact the UAM Division of Music at (870) 460-1060.

PHOTO CAPTION:  (From left) Nathan Cheung and Eric Tran.

Resume Workshop

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Nostalgic Walk Around Axley Field

By Gregg Reep

For those who have been around Warren or visited regularly going back to the 1940"s  and on into the 1970's, you know where I am talking about when I mention Axley Field.  It is located north of the current high school basketball gym, situated between Seminary and Cherry Streets.  It is an historical site where generations of Lumberjack football players labored on the gridiron.  Many great games were played on the site.  That included senior high, Jr. high, 7th grade and YMCA Midget football for elementary age students.  It is also the site where championship marching bands competed and performed.  Hundreds of Warren students spent hours on the field both practicing and competing.  Many of us consider it hollowed ground.

The field has recently been renovated and is being turned into a regulation soccer field.  New lights have been installed, a new concession stand with modern restrooms has been built and work on the field continues.  Expect to see youth soccer and high school soccer utilize the field along with other non school groups who may play on it from time to time.  I'm informed that pee wee football may also use the site in the future.

The Warren School District owns the field and in cooperation with the City of Warren has remodeled and rebuilt the facility.  It should be an asset to the community for many years to come and for that I am very pleased.  It adds greatly to the city and school district's recreational and athletic opportunities.

Friday, August 4, 2017

On This Day in History...

On this date in history,  August 4, 1944,  Anne Frank was captured by t the Nazis.
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank  was born June 12, 1929 After being captured by the Nazis, she died in February or March 1945.  She) was a German-born diarist. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously following the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world's most widely known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, Netherlands, having moved there with her family at the age of four-and-a-half when the Nazis gained control over Germany. Born a German national, Frank lost her citizenship in 1941 and thus became stateless. By May 1940, the Franks were trapped in Amsterdam by the German occupation of the Netherlands. As persecutions of the Jewish population increased in July 1942, the family went into hiding in some concealed rooms behind a bookcase in the building where Anne's father worked. From then until the family's arrest by the Gestapo in August 1944, Anne kept a diary she had received as a birthday present, and wrote in it regularly. Following their arrest, the Franks were transported to concentration camps. In October or November 1944, Anne and her sister, Margot, were transferred to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp from Auschwitz, where they died (probably of typhus) a few months later. They were originally estimated by the Red Cross to have died in March, with Dutch authorities setting 31 March as their official date of death, but research by the Anne Frank House in 2015 suggests they more likely died in February.[4]

Frank's father, Otto, the only survivor of the family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that her diary had been saved by one of the helpers, Miep Gies, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It was translated from its original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, and has since been translated into over 60 languages.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Brown and Anthony To Wed September 16

Dr. and Mrs. Raymond H. Brown Jr. of Warren, announce the engagement for forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Pamela Leanne Brown, to Jordan Robert Anthony. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond H. Brown Sr. of Warren; Mrs. Pauline Fowlkes and the late Mr. Whitman Fowlkes of Mountain View. Leanne is a graduate of Warren High School and the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, College of Pharmacy. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anthony of Arkadelphia. Jordan is the grandson of Mrs. Mattie Sue Anthony and the late Mr. Dale Anthony of Bismarck; the late Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Elmore of Hot Springs. Jordan is a graduate of Arkadelphia High School and Henderson State University. The wedding ceremony will take place on September 16, 2017, in Bismarck, Arkansas.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Governor John Bel Edwards Addresses Arkansas Democrats

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards was the keynote speaker for the Inaugural Clinton Dinner held Saturday, July 22nd at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.  This is the event conducted annually by the Arkansas Democratic Party.  Over the years the dinner went by the name Jefferson-Jackson Day.  It was changed this year by Party Chairman Representative Michael Gray.

Some 800 people from all over Arkansas were in attendance.  Party awards were presented and Governor Edwards talked about his history and the campaign that resulted in his election as the 56th Governor of Louisiana.

Governor Edwards grew up in Amite, Louisiana a one of eight children.  He was taught the importance of public service by his family.  There are four Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs in his lineage.

The Governor graduate in 1988 from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served eight years as an Airborne Ranger.  He commanded a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg,  North Carolina.  He graduated from the law school of LSU and set up a practice in Amite.

In 2008 he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 72 where he served for eight years until being elected Governor in 2015.  The Governor is married to Donna Edwards and they have three children.

The Governor talked about leading the state of Louisiana to utilize the Affordable Act that has provided insurance for 427,000 working adults in the state.  He talked about the need to claim the middle ground of American politics and staying true to one's beliefs while caring about all of our citizens.

Prior to the dinner three Arkansas Legislators discussed the political status of Arkansas and talked about issues of concern.  Participating in the panel discussion were State Senator Joyce Elliott, Rep. Vivian Flowers and Rep. Stephen Magie.  During the day the Democratic Party State Committee conducted business.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Lakeport Legacies to Feature 'The Civil War in the Mississippi Delta'

LAKE VILLAGE - "Ironclads, Cotton and Corn: The Civil War in the Mississippi Delta" will be presented by Jim Woodrick in the latest Lakeport Legacies monthly history talk, Thursday, July 27, 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 register, contact Dr. Blake Wintory, Lakeport Plantation assistant director, at 870-265-6031.

Many Civil War historians have treated the Mississippi Delta region as a sideshow to more significant campaigns in the east. However, the Delta's rich plantations, which supplied Union forces, witnessed some of the first ironclad battles of the Civil War and the emancipation of thousands of slaves.
Historian Jim Woodrick will explore how the Delta was vital to Confederate interests and was the target of repeated Union attempts to utilize the region's waterways as an avenue of invasion.
A native of Meridian, Miss., Woodrick serves as director of the Historic Preservation Division at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where he worked for a number of years as the Civil War sites historian. In that capacity, he managed the Mississippi Civil War Trails program, participated in a number of battlefield and campaign studies with the National Park Service and worked closely with the Civil War Trust and the American Battlefield Protection Program to identify Civil War battlefield properties in Mississippi for acquisition and preservation.

He is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and the author of The Civil War Siege of Jackson Mississippi, published by The History Press (2016). Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase for $24 (includes tax). Payment is by cash or check only.
Lakeport Legacies is a monthly history talk held on the last Thursday of the month at the Lakeport Plantation during the spring and summer. Each month a topic from the Delta region is featured.
The Lakeport Plantation is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Constructed in 1859, Lakeport is one of Arkansas's premier historic structures and still retains many of its original finishes and architectural details.

Open to the public since 2007, Lakeport researches and interprets the people and cultures that shaped plantation life in the Mississippi River Delta, focusing on the antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University develops and operates historic properties of regional and national significance in the Arkansas Delta. A-State's Heritage Sites include the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Lakeport Plantation, the Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash, and Arkansas State University Museum.
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Attached photo: "Seizure and Handling of Cotton in the Southwest." Harper's Weekly (May 2, 1863), documented Union confiscation of cotton hidden at American Bend near the Worthington Plantation in Washington County, Miss. According to the paper, "three thousand bales" were "pledged to the British Government at seven cents per pound."