Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Trails and Travel: Downtown Warren

School bells have sounded and the kids have gone back.  The August heat is at its peak and work has you swamped from sunup to sundown.  You need to get away, but that's just not possible right now.  Your family is too busy and it's frankly just not safe to get out in this terrible heat and humidity for long hours on end.

I have some good news for you.  You don't always have to get out into the deep forest to find wonderful opportunities to hike.  Sure, it's nice to take a weekend adventure to one of Arkansas's wonderful state parks, and this state certainly has some of the best.  However, if we look even closer, there are some inventive ways to enjoy the outdoors.

My workday can be relatively monotonous at times.  I come into work around 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and close up about 5:00 p.m.  I spend a good bit of the day at my computer updating news, editing photos, and checking emails.  This technology bubble I'm caught in can sometimes overwhelm me.  While your day may be spent working in a shop, factory, farm, or like mine, at a computer, I'm sure we can all relate to that feeling of mental exhaustion at the end of a long day.

We need a break.  We need fresh air.  We need a little time to just breath in silence with our own thoughts.  The problem is that we simply can't go hit a trail.  Either they are too far away for a quick evening trip, or there aren't enough daylight hours remaining.

My remedy for this wanderlust is to simply take a walk around town.  This time of year when the sun doesn't go down until late, I have plenty of time to go home and have dinner with my wife, and then still get outside for a little while.  With my walking shoes on and my dog on his leash, we hit the sidewalks.  I like to wait until the sun is just about to set.  This time of year particularly, waiting till later in the evening is critical.  I could probably handle the midday heat for a while, but it could be dangerous to push my dog in these mid-August temperatures.  So to air on the side of caution, a late evening walk suits us both better.  There's still enough sunlight to see to walk, but it's just not as intense.

Taking a walk around Warren can be a truly fun and relaxing experience if you make sure to tailor your route to the sites and sounds that make this little town a truly unique place.  From the Donald W. Reynolds Warren YMCA baseball field to the Bradley County Courthouse and court square, Warren is a picturesque community.  We, unfortunately, take it for granted at times, but it is something to be enjoyed.

There isn't much like taking an evening stroll up the YMCA hill with a bright orange sunset blazing to the west.  Suddenly the sounds of the Courthouse tower bell ring out as the new hour comes around.

A stroll down Main Street has become one of my favorite parts of my evening walk.  Over the past few years, the downtown area has undergone somewhat of a facelift thanks to those involved with the group Make Warren Shine.  Fresh flowers are often blooming and new businesses have livened the downtown scene.  While there is more work to be done, Warren's Main Street makes for a terrific and easy evening stroll.  If you like morning walks, you can stop by Taste and See Bakery along the route and have your morning sweet-tooth satisfied.

Warren's entire downtown, not just Main Street, is for the most part very walkable.  With the addition over the years of the City Park walking track, the center of town is well connected and ideal for those looking for a quick walk.  From almost any residential area, downtown is well within walking distance.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Trails and Travel: The Saline In August

Denver, Rob Reep's German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy, enjoys a cool dip in the Saline River.
Small round pebbles pressed upon my bare feet as I stepped ever-so-slowly, making sure my footing was solid and that no sudden drop-off was awaiting me as the water rushed around my body.  With my standing reassured I said, "Come Denver!"  With an excited smile on his face, my German Shorthaired Pointer bounced like the Winnie the Poo character Tigger into the flowing water, creating a massive splash.  The splashes stopped when his feet could no longer touch the bottom, at which time his webbed paws took over and he started churning water just like a steamboat that once roamed these waters of the Saline River.  Within seconds he was with me standing in some shallow water in the middle of the river just north of the Highway 63 Bridge north of Warren.

Denver turned 18 weeks-old just days earlier, and with his vaccinations complete, it was time to give this waterdog his first introduction to wild water.  As the only free-flowing river in the Ouachita Basin, Bradley County's Saline River is most definitely wild water.

Twin XL Added to Music Fest Lineup

Twin XL Added To MusicFest Lineup
Comfortable Chairs Added to Amphitheater

El Dorado, AR (August 1, 2019) – Murphy Arts District is excited to bring some West Coast to the South. The trio Twin XL is an indie rock group from Los Angeles, California.  They will open the Friday performances of MusicFest, taking the stage prior to The New Respects, lovelytheband, and Walk The Moon. 
Twin XL are the creative brainchild of songwriters and producers, Cameron Walker-Wright (vocals) and brothers Stephen Gomez (bass) and John Gomez (guitar). Walker-Wright is part of the synth-pop band Nekokat and the Gomez brothers rose to international fame in the rock group The Summer Set. Collectively, the three have written and produced for artists such as All Time Low, Lindsey Stirling and Life of Dillon, as well as having their music featured in commercials and trailers such as Disney's "Christopher Robin" and ABC's "Lucifer."

Though Walker-Wright and the Gomez brothers have been working as full-time writer/producers, a part of similar social circles and often ran into each other at random gigs across the country for years, it wasn't until early 2017 after another serendipitous meeting at a LA house party, that they decided to try a day in the studio together.

The synergy between the three was clear and Twin XL was born -- a perfect storm of the glistening retro synths, catchy bass-lines, memorable melodies and Walker's smooth vocal. The EP, entirely written and produced by the band, is a balanced dichotomy of bright and summery and dark and mysterious, fusing together an infectious anti-pop sound.

From top-class performing musicians each in their own right, writers, producers, friends, and now band mates, Twin XL are paving their way to the top turning a night out at a party into a nostalgic and distinctive musical sequel full of indelible anti-pop glory.
Tickets for MusicFest (two-day passes or Friday Night) include TwinXL, and can be purchased at, in person at the MAD box office (101 East Locust Street, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday) or via toll-free phone at 877-940-3334. Ticket details and other information can be found at 

MAD adds chairs to the amphitheater
In more news for this year, MAD will provide comfortable chairs in the MAD Amphitheater. A seated section will be in the MAD Amphitheater, located directly behind the pit area. The new seated section includes more than 1,100 full-sized chairs and will have two general admission first come, first served price types. Pit and lawn ticket price types will also be available. The pit is in front of the stage and is standing room only. The lawn area is located behind the seated section and is general admission, first come, first served. Blankets and 9-inch beach-style chairs are allowed in the lawn area. The 9-inch chairs will be available to rent at the amphitheater.
About El Dorado, Ark. & Murphy Arts District
MAD, a production of El Dorado Festivals & Events, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create and sustain an arts and entertainment destination that acts as a catalyst for cultural and educational change for the region. It relies on generous support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to develop and sustain programs that improve the quality of life in the community and region.
El Dorado, Ark., also known as “the City of Gold,” is a former oil boom town and a rising arts destination. Home to a 1920s oil rush that brought a flurry of industry to “Arkansas’ Original Boomtown.” The city also has had significant investments in economic development, education and corporate community sponsorship with forthcoming investments, including the notable El Dorado Promise, a unique college scholarship program established by Murphy Oil Corporation providing local El Dorado High School graduates tuition at any accredited two-and four-year educational institution in the U.S.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Library Summer Reading Program Concludes

Our summer reading program “A Universe of Stories” has come to a close, and we would like to say a very special thank you to our community.  Thanks to our dedicated staff, sponsors, volunteers, teens, participants, parents/guardians, & child care centers; Warren Branch Library was able to “Rock’ this community and provide a variety of fun, educational programs to over 168 participants!!
During the summer reading program, participants learned about moon science, constellations, rock formations, meteors, asteroids, & astronaut yoga.  Participants also took part in reading challenges, astronaut training, a rock painting project for our community rock garden, as well as a community service project (school supply drive).  All participants were rewarded with an opportunity to throw water balloons at Mrs. Sandy & Mrs. Christy.

A one week art camp was provided again this year which included creating moon sculptures with air dry clay, galaxy and star paintings, space art using pastel chalk art, and a field trip to Rob Reep’s Studio where they created a constellation canvas painting. 

Our goal this year was to portray the importance of literacy and learning.  Warren Branch Library is truly blessed and grateful for all the support of our community!!  Again, we would like to say thank you to our community as a whole for allowing us to create “A Universe of Stories” in our community!!

Sponsors included: John Frazer, Warren Bank & Trust, Bradley County Retired Teachers, Union Bank, ASFCU, Johnny’s Radiator, Norris Animal Clinic, James Glass & Body Shop, Dr. Kerry Pennington, Simple Simon’s, Sonic, John & Gingy Cuthbertson, Cash’s, Gresham Petroleum, ESCO, Timber Logistics, First State Bank, Jack’d Nutrition, Johnson’s Hardware, Mitchell Lumber & Hardware, Mid America Museum, The Arkansas Travelers, The Eagle Democrat, Saline River Chronicles, KWRF,  Elise @ Fred’s, Rob Reep, Moro Bay State Park, Friends of the Library,  library staff, and our many, many volunteers!!!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Area Students Compte in GFWC Ten Penney State Art Contest

The students of Warren Art Teacher, Laura McKinney, recently competed in the GFWC Ten Penny Art contest at GFWC State Convention in Little Rock.  Pictured in the photo from left to right are: Ashton Gorman, Class II Paint, Alia Everoad, Class II, watercolor, Yoett Campos, Class I Paint, Faith Jackson, Class II Mixed Media.

Hermitage School Art students of Christy Rowell were presented the following awards at GFWC State Convention in Little Rock:  Audrienna Avery, Class I Drawing, 2nd, and Mercedes Hilliard, Class I Mixed Media 2nd.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Houston, we have liftoff...The Eagle Has Landed!

Have you ever wondered who took the photos of the first man on the moon?  Read on.

Apollo 11 Launch
Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body. Apollo 11 achieved its primary mission - to perform a manned lunar landing and return the mission safely to Earth - and paved the way for the Apollo lunar landing missions to follow.

Summary of Events
The Apollo 11 spacecraft was launched from Cape Kennedy at 13:32:00 UT on July 16, 1969. After 2 hr and 33 min in Earth orbit, the S-IVB engine was reignited for acceleration of the spacecraft to the velocity required for Earth gravity escape.

Lunar-orbit insertion began at 75:50 ground elapsed time (GET). The spacecraft was placed in an elliptical orbit (61 by 169 nautical miles), inclined 1.25 degrees to the lunar equatorial plane. At 80:12 GET, the service module propulsion system was reignited, and the orbit was made nearly circular (66 by 54 nautical miles) above the surface of the Moon. Each orbit took two hours. Photographs taken from lunar orbit provided broad views for the study of regional lunar geology.
Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon.

The lunar module (LM), with Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin aboard, was undocked from the command-service module (CSM) at 100:14 GET, following a thorough check of all the LM systems. At 101:36 GET, the LM descent engine was fired for approximately 29 seconds, and the descent to the lunar surface began. At 102:33 GET, the LM descent engine was started for the last time and burned until touchdown on the lunar surface. Eagle landed on the Moon 102 hr, 45 min and 40 sec after launch.

Immediately after landing on the Moon, Armstrong and Aldrin prepared the LM for liftoff as a contingency measure. Following the meal, a scheduled sleep period was postponed at the astronauts' request, and the astronauts began preparations for descent to the lunar surface.

Astronaut Armstrong emerged from the spacecraft first. While descending, he released the Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) on which the surface television camera was stowed, and the camera recorded humankind's first step on the Moon at 109:24:19 GET (pictured at left). A sample of lunar surface material was collected and stowed to assure that, if a contingency required an early end to the planned surface activities, samples of lunar surface material would be returned to Earth. Astronaut Aldrin subsequently descended to the lunar surface.
Buzz Aldrin and the U.S. flag

The astronauts carried out the planned sequence of activities that included deployment of a Solar Wind Composition (SWC) experiment, collection of a larger sample of lunar material, panoramic photographs of the region near the landing site and the lunar horizon, closeup photographs of in place lunar surface material, deployment of a Laser-Ranging Retroreflector (LRRR) and a Passive Seismic Experiment Package (PSEP), and collection of two core-tube samples of the lunar surface.

Astronaut Edwin Aldrin Ascends to the Moon's Surface.
Approximately two and a quarter hours after descending to the surface, the astronauts began preparations to reenter the LM, after which the astronauts slept. The ascent from the lunar surface began at 124:22 GET, 21 hours and 36 minutes after the lunar landing. In transearth coast only one of four planned midcourse corrections was required. The CM entered the atmosphere of the Earth with a velocity of 36,194 feet per second (11,032 meters per second) and landed in the Pacific Ocean.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Arkansas Cornbread Festival and Plastic-Free Little Rock Launch Towards Zero Waste Campaign

LITTLE ROCK, AR: The 2019 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, one of the Natural State’s favorite fall festivals, returns to SoMa (S. Main in Little Rock) for the ninth time, greener than ever before. You’ll notice a preference for paper over plastic, refillable water bottle stations, and a refreshing absence of styrofoam at this year’s Arkansas Cornbread Festival.

Plastic-Free Little Rock and Arkansas Cornbread Festival have cooked up a five-year plan to become the standard for a low-waste, plastic-free event.

With a clear focus on eliminating specific trash items and single-use plastics from the festival footprint each year, we will show our community that sustainability goals are completely achievable and can become a city-wide—and eventually state-wide—standard.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

C&L Sponsors Program at Library

A big group gathered at Warren Library today to enjoy an awesome program by Magician Scott Davis.  He shared some safety tips and awesome magic tricks, as well as how important it is to visit your library and read books!! There was lots of laughter and fun for all ages!  This program is Sponsored by C&L Electric Cooperative. 

Library Memorials

Monday, July 1, 2019

First Baptist to Hold VBS July 14-18

Come join us @ First Free Will Baptist Church of Warren for Vacation Bible School
Sunday July 14th - Thursday July 18th
Ages: preschool-12th grade 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Farm Fresh Faith at Emmaus

Farm Fresh Faith
God;s Faithfulness To Joseph
See you down on the Farm for VBS 2019
Emmaus Baptist Church
16130 Highway 189
New Edinburg, AR 71660
July 14-18
Van will run! For a ride text 870-820-8702 before 4:00 p.m.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

M.A.S.H. Camp Taking Place at BCMC

In the first two days of M.A.S.H. Camp at the Bradley County Medical Center students received a number of presentations in the conference room, including a couple from Cheryl Wells and Kathy Hall, before getting to tour and experience the Laboratory, Radiology, and Surgery.

During day three they were able to learn about anesthesia from the BCMC Surgery Department and then had presentations from the Arkansas State Police and EASI (Ambulance Service). The presentation for the ambulance included our Therapy Director Stephanie Moring playing the role of a mock victim that needed ambulance services. The students had to take care of her and keep her awake until the ambulance arrived.

Day four the students went to Hope Landing in El Dorado before returning for more medical demonstrations.

More to Come...

Monday, June 24, 2019

Congratulations Jase Dawkins

Congratulations to Jase Dawkins on reaching 1000 books in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!!  Way to go Jase!!

Congratulations Kristin Dawkins

Congratulations Kristin Dawkins for not only being the first one to sign up for our Stork Storytime Program, but also for being the first one to receive a board book for reading 50 books to your expecting baby!

Friday, June 14, 2019

More Fun & Education, Warren Library

There is always something fun and educational going on at the Warren Library.  the Library was full Thursday, June 13th with kids and adults as two programs were underway. 

Mr. Roger Grider, retired Warren Public School science teacher addressed a group of young students ages 9-12 on the subject of comets and meteors.  The youngsters seemed to enjoy the presentation and asked questions.  Mr. Grider appeared to have a great time teaching.

At the same time in another section of the library, staff from the state Geological Department addressed children ages 5-8.  They too seemed to have a wonderful time learning and taking part.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ozzie is on His Way!

Ozzy Jones completed his first 100 books in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!! Way to go Ozzy and family!