Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HPMEC to Host Annual Short Story Contest

PIGGOTT – The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) will sponsor its fourth annual short story contest.  All submissions are due to the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum no later than April 3, 2017.  Winners will be notified by May 1.

This is a statewide competition open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in an Arkansas college or university, regardless of major.  The only stipulations are the submitted material must be an unpublished fictional short story on any subject matter no more than 2,500 words in length. Winners will receive a free spot in June’s writers’ retreat and will be invited to give a public reading at the museum.

This year’s contest will be judged by Andrea Hollander, the author of four full-length poetry collections: Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Woman in the Painting; The Other Life; and House Without a Dreamer, which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Preserving Arkansas: Bradley County Courthouse

Little Rock - On January 27, 2017, Preserve Arkansas hosted its annual Arkansas Preservation Awards dinner and program to honor individuals and organizations for projects focused on historic preservation, education, and advocacy throughout the state.

2016 Arkansas Preservation Award Recipients

The Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement was given to Cheryl Griffith Nichols. Cheri Nichols’s name is synonymous with historic preservation in central Arkansas and beyond. From her commitment to the Quapaw Quarter Association to her service with the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas (now Preserve Arkansas), as well as her roles with Preservation Action and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Cheri has been an advocate, a practitioner, a fundraiser, a political ally, a mentor, and a force in the evolving discipline of historic preservation in the United States.

Gowing Healthy Communities Summit to be Held April 5

Professional Bullfighter, UAM Alumnus To Hold Book Launch And Signing

                MONTICELLO, AR — To a casual observer, Jeremy Sparks is either incredibly brave or crazy. Sparks, a 2001 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, is a professional bullfighter but don’t be taken in by the images conjured up by the title. He doesn’t wear a “suit of lights” or wave a red cape. He is a rodeo bullfighter whose job is to protect riders from a charging bull after they’ve been thrown or completed their ride.
                Sparks’ journey from small-town Arkansas kid to Air Force officer to hall of fame cowboy is told in his new book, Go West, 10 Principles that Guided My Cowboy Journey. Sparks will be at the Monticello Public Library February 24 from 6-8 p.m. to sign copies at the official launch of his book.
                A Fountain Hill native and a devout Christian, Sparks’ book outlines the 10 biblical principles that have guided his life and chronicles his experiences of surviving a near-fatal electrocution, his acceptance into the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and his decision to enlist in the United States Air Force just weeks after the terrorist attack on 9/11.
                Sparks earned an MBA while serving in the Air Force where he was endorsed by the Pentagon as the “only professional bullfighter in the history of the USAF.”
                In his book, he answers some common misconceptions about bullfighters – they are not matadors, the bulls they fight are never killed, and bullfighters are not rodeo clowns. “Rodeo clowns tell jokes to entertain the crowd,” says Sparks. “Bullfighters risk their lives to protect bull riders.”
                Sparks was enshrined in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2013 and lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Jamie, and their twin boys. His book is available at http://www.jeremysparks.com/ and elevatepub.com/product/go-west

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Monticello Branch Library, Partners To Hosts SEARK Literary Arts Program

MONTICELLO, ARK. (February 6, 2017) — In observance of March as National Reading Month, the Monticello Branch Library, the Alex Foundation and the Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative will host a Southeast Arkansas (SEARK) Literary Arts Program Thursday March 9, 2017.  The program will be from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the library, 114 W. Jefferson Street in Monticello.

Slated as a community wide literary arts program, the free event will have three established authors from Arkansas who have made an impact in the world of published works: Deborah Mathis, Mark Spencer and Tamara Hart Heiner.  The moderator for the literary arts program, Deborah Robinson, is also an author.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Holy Hill to Host Revival

Holy Hill Church of God in Christ
7447 Bradley 1 N
Banks, AR 71631
Holy Hill Church of God in Christ will be hosting a 3 night revival which will be held February 15 – 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
The theme is “receive the latter rain.”  James 5:7, Acts 2:1-4

The speakers are as follows: 
Feb. 15th Rev Daryle Daniels of The Word Church, Monticello, AR
Feb. 16th Dr. James Yarbrough of Power House COGIC, Warren, AR
Feb. 17th Pastor Timothy Davis of New West Dumas COGIC, Dumas, AR
Supt Joseph L Mosley & Missionary Cynthia Mosley invites all to attend!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Robinson Auditorium Undergoes Renovation

During a recent visit to Little Rock I enjoyed the opportunity to take a quick tour of the recently renovated and expanded Joseph T. Robinson Auditorium.  It has always been a majestic looking building from the outside and has been the site for many productions, political events, concerts and programs over the years.  Thousands of Arkansas people have attended activities in this historic place.  It has now been extensively remodeled and expanded to provide a 21st century facility for the arts and many public activities.  It is something to behold and is located on the corner of Markham and Broadway Streets just east of the Old State House.

The building has been added on to on the west side and has a magnificent view of the Arkansas River to the north, including a closeup scene of the new Broadway Street Bridge, now under construction. The renovated auditorium will seat around 2600 and has balconies and a large modern stage.  It will be worth attending events as the opportunities arise.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New York African Burial Ground to be Discussed at Meeting

The Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Drew County Historical Society are holding another series of joint meetings this spring. On Tuesday, February 7, we will be celebrating African American history month with a talk by Dr. Susan Goode-Null. Dr. Goode-Null will discuss the New York African Burial Ground, a cemetery in Lower Manhattan where both free and enslaved Africans were buried from the 1690s until 1794.  She will discuss the ways historical archeology can expand our understanding of the lives of enslaved Africans during the early colonial period and the impact of the slave regime on the health and well-being of the infants and children of New York.

Dr. Goode Null is a physical anthropologist specializing in the bioarchaeology of children and slavery. She became interested in this topic as an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma and they solidified while she was employed as an osteological technician on the New York African Burial Ground Project at Howard University. Dr. Goode-Null did her graduate work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she gained expertise in human growth and development, demography, and pathology.

The Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society is a group of people interested in the archeology and history of Arkansas. Members work with the UAM Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey to document and preserve Arkansas's cultural heritage and to foster and encourage interest in the preservation of sites and artifacts. The Drew County Historical Society interested in preserving the heritage of Drew County. Together the two organizations will hold a monthly speaker series on the first Tuesday of each month through Spring 2017 semester. These events are also sponsored by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the UAM Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey.

The program titled, The New York African Burial Ground: A Bioarchaeological Analyses of Children and Childhood
, will be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 PM in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources conference room on the UAM campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Teachers can receive continuing education credit for attendance of this event.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Genealogy Society Plans Meetings/Hears Family History

The members of the Bradley County Genealogy Society met Sunday afternoon, January 29th in the conference room of the Bradley County Veterans Museum. The group discussed plans for the next several months and then listened to a presentation by Tim Kesler, Editor of the Eagle Democrat.

Mr. Kesler talked about his family history and discussed his career in the newspaper business.  He indicated he has a book ready to be published that is set in a fictional town named "Goat Neck."  He went on to mentioned relatives from the Revolutionary War time period, to the Civil War period, on into the 20th century.  He provided information on his father's work history, including some work on behalf of the space program.

The Society will meet again on February 26, 2017.  Jack Scoby is serving as President of the organization.

Kinsley Has 400 Books Read to Her

Kinsley Robinson had 400 books read to her in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program at Warren Branch Library!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Scholarship Recipient Meets One of His Benefactors

Left:  Brent Strickland and Mr. Robert Dew
Dr. Buddy Dew, Jo Ann Dew Reichen, Gingy Dew Cuthbertson, and Robert Dew grew up in Warren and received educations in the Warren Public Schools.  Several years ago, they created and began awarding the Dew Scholarship in honor of their parents Dr. Hogan Allen "Jack"  and Mrs. Freddie Dew.  The scholarship is given each year to a graduating Warren High School senior.  Dr. Dew lives in St. Louis.  His sister Jo Ann lives in Plano, Texas; and his sister Gingy lives in Warren.  Robert, a graduate of Harvard School of Business, lives in Boston.  They seldom get to meet the young people who are awarded the Dew Scholarship.  This week, however, Robert, who played for the Arkansas Razorbacks, returned home to deliver the eulogy for his high school football coach Jamie Raper. While in Warren, he attended the Warren basketball games against Monticello, and during those games a young man slipped onto the bleacher beside him and introduced himself.  That young man was Brent Strickland, a recipient of the Dew Scholarship.  The two discussed where Brent is on his education plan and what his plans are for the future.  Later Robert Dew told a salineriverchronicle.com reporter than Brent writes to them every year with an update on his education.  Brent told the same reporter that it meant a lot to him to get to meet Mr. Robert Dew who is helping him achieve his higher education.

Monday, January 23, 2017

"Under the Lights"

The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association will present “Under the Lights,” a performance by Ballet Arkansas featuring the music of renowned country singer Johnny Cash at 7 p.m. Friday, February 3, at the Fine Arts Center on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus.
Tickets to the event are $20 each and may be purchased at the door, on the organization’s website, searkconcert.org, in advance in the office of the Music Building Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling 870-460-1060.

Also, tickets are quickly selling out for Seark’s production of The Lion King Jr., set for March 9-11. Persons wishing to attend that show are encouraged to order their tickets as soon as possible.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Paw Points brought to you by: Coasts of Many Colors

Welcome to this new column on salineriverchronicle.com.  It will offer tips and information about our four-pawed friends and is brought to you by Coats of Many Colors pet grooming salon owned and operated by Jessi Reep.  Jessi's salon for pets can be reached by calling 870-820-PUPS (7877).  All grooming must be done by appointment.

Today's question concerns feeding your dog during the winter months.  Should you feed him or her more or less.  Some might think that since animals, like humans, are less active in the winter months that they would burn fewer calories and would need to cut back on their food intake.  This is not the case.  Animals have to burn more calories during cold weather to stay warm and therefore need a slight increase in caloric intake.

Want to be a Master Gardener?

            Want to be a Master Gardener?  Applications are being taken in Ouachita County for persons who want to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others.
The Master Gardener Training Program will be held for eight consecutive Tuesday’s beginning February 7 and ending March 28, 2017.  Training sessions will be held at the Ouachita County Extension Office located at 2760 Mt. Holly Road, in Camden. Class hours are 1:00-6:00 p.m. for a total of 40 hours of training. A training fee of $80.00 is due upon registration.

            The deadline for applying is February 1, 2017.  For details, application or information,  contact Keri Welch at the Ouachita County Extension Office at 870-231-1160 or by email at kwelch@uaex.edu.

            The University Of Arkansas Division Of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. 

Warren Branch Library Memorials

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Look What's Happening at the Library

Congratulations Jase Dawkins on having 200 books read to you in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gragg, Inc. Brings Teddys for Tots to Southeast Arkansas

Southeast Arkansas, December 2016– Gragg, Incorporated., whose goal is to help Southeast Arkansas citizens by doing a common good, brought Teddys for Tots to Southeast Arkansas over the Christmas Season. This was a project that was designed to bring joy to the smallest members of the Southeast Arkansas population, the toddlers.

Chris Gragg, Founder - TE for the Buffalo Bills and Former Arkansas Razorback TE (2008-12) and Warren Lumberjack Graduate (2008), stated “I have always liked helping people, but I also like to be different.  I know what it is like to be looked over (forgotten) during this time of year, so I really like helping the people most forget.  This year Teddys For Tots were not just given out to young children in general, but to children in hospitals around Southeast Arkansas.  Dumas, McGehee, Monticello, Warren and Pine Bluff hospitals received Teddys for Tots to help provide comfort to the children that came through or have to remain in the hospital over the holidays.

Each area hospital was presented with Teddy Bears in gift bags from Gragg, Inc.  The hospitals used their discretion as to how the distribution of the Teddy Bears would be handled.

Some hospitals were planning to provide them to children that come through the Emergency Room. Others were going to provide them to children that were actually in the hospital on Christmas, or that may have to have lab work or X-rays performed during the season.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pastime - Don’t forget the black-eyed peas….

By Maylon Rice
          I doubt there is anything really scientific to the New Year’s tradition of eating black-eyed peas for prosperity.
But you can bet they will be served in lots of places around Warren and in the South on New Year’s Day.
          Confirming they will be on the menu at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in a given.
          Just as it was a given when Wisener Brothers – Kay and Wayne – held sway at the The Corral and Wayne’s Confectionary. Both places served up hot plate lunches that were, oh, so good.
          Or even at Dave Spakes Café, always to me thought to be a hamburger haven – but also know for a plate lunch, could you find Black-Eyed Peas around the New Year’s approaching holiday – if not on New Year’s Day.
          Black-eyed peas were not just for the struggling poor.
          No sir, no self-respecting well off Arkansans would be without this staple in the New Year.
          The late Witt Stephens, who lorded over the Stephens Bond Empire had it correct. If “Uncle Witt” was in the office, black-eyed peas would be on his executive dinner room menu on that day. No matter if it was Jan. 1 or July 1.
          Today, the ultra-fancy hotel (The Capitol Hotel) just down from the Stephens Building will be serving up black-eyed peas of some sort. The same holiday fare item can be found at James At The Mill in Johnson, Bryce’s Cafeteria in Texarkana and other fine eateries all over Arkansas.
          If Mollie’s Diner is open on Jan. 1 – I’ll bet they have Black-eye Peas as well.
Every national franchise like the Cracker Barrel will have them stewing for the traveling crowds on New Year’s Day.
Most respectable eateries that cater to a sit-down plate lunch will have the black-eyed peas. The dish will be on the cafeteria style-lunch line, or on menu and some establishments in Arkansas even serve up a side of black-eyed pears ala carte to all who dine with them on New Year’s Day.
So why is this tradition so important?
          Heard time and uncertain economic times are a lynch-pin on why this traditional sticks with us Southerners.
It dates back to the Civil War when marauding Union forces often left field corn and such row crops as black-eyed or field-peas alone when foraging on Southern soil.
The Union soldiers, suspecting such staples were intended for livestock only.
The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, a legume, is a subspecies of the cowpea, grown around the world for its medium-sized, edible bean. The common commercial one is called the California Black eye; it is pale-colored with a prominent black spot in the shape of an eye.
Several food historians will tell us the tradition of black-eyed peas being a special food came across the Atlantic with slaves and that West Africans also believed that the eye in the black-eyed pea helped ward off the “evil eye.”
Another tie is the belief of Jewish people that the black-eyed pea is a symbol and the eating of symbols were indeed good luck.
          Eating black-eyed peas for New Year’s has long been an African-American and Southern tradition.
It signifies luck or prosperity, one of several New Year’s foods that are associated with good fortune.
In the Southern United States, the black-eyed peas are typically cooked with a pork product for flavoring (such as bacon, ham bones, fatback, or hog jowl), diced onion, and served with a hot chili sauce or a peppery-flavored vinegar concoction.
You must be a Yankee if you have to ask someone the difference in ham bones, fat back or a how jowl.
Or, if you don’t know what pepper-sauce is?
There is no sweeter or tastier meat, than that of a long stewed hog jowl which falls off the bone in a vat of black-eyed peas on a cold, cloudy New Year’s Day in Arkansas.
Why they are as varied as the recipes for black-eyed peas.
Some like a little salt and pepper.
Others like a little homemade pepper sauce.
Or just a taste of a malted vinegar.
Better yet, dab on a little of that commercial Louisiana hot sauce in the narrow necked red-bottle.
Now what else to serve to afford prosperity in your home or business or level of city, county or state government like a dish of black-eyed peas?
Like all of America today, there are regional variations to this basic Southern fare.
Just like in barbeque the black-eye peas served on New Year’s Day is a grudge match between Texas and North Carolina cuisines. Both call their regional dish “Hopping Jack” a concoction of rice, black-eyed peas and pork.
Another slightly different take on the black-eyed peas from Texas is called, what else, “Texas caviar.”
This is made of  black-eyed peas marinated in Italian salad dressing and chopped garlic, and served cold.
That’s a real Yuppy concoction, no doubt.
          The traditional black-eyed pea meal also includes collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion.
Cornbread also often accompanies this meal; say the cook book writers, foodies and other culinary experts.
Sure, I tell you, cornbread must accompany this dish.
Store bought bread just won’t do.
Happy New Year everybody.
Now get started on cooking and eating them black-eyed peas.
And let us all hope 2017 is a prosperous year ahead of us.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Leftover Turkey? Turkey Enchiladas

Now that Christmas dinner has been cleared away, what do you do with the leftover turkey?  This is a great way to use up leftover turkey. It's especially good with smoked turkey! Brought to you by Food.com.

Serves: 4 Prep: 60 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 90 min


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, finely diced, to taste
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced (optional)
2 to 3 jalapeno peppers, chopped fine (optional)
4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced, to taste
1 (14.5 oz.) can canned diced tomatoes, undrained and diced
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste
3 cups leftover cooked dark turkey meat, shredded
3 cups enchilada sauce, divided
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese (any type will work)
8 to 10 small flour tortillas, warmed (smaller size 6-8-inch)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (more if desired)
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Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
Step 2
Heat a skillet to medium, add some oil and sauté the onions for a few minutes then add the peppers and garlic and sauté until the onion become translucent.
Step 3
Add Tomatoes, seasonings (chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper). Stir to combine.
Step 4
Add Turkey and 1 cup of enchilada sauce - stir - simmer until some of the liquid has evaporated (not too juicy any more).
Step 5
Add cream cheese and stir until well incorporated. Simmer for a few minutes longer.
Step 6
In a 9”X13" pan add 1 cup of enchilada sauce and coat bottom of pan.
Step 7
Add about 1/4-1/3 cup of meat mixture to each tortilla - roll tortilla and place seam side down in a baking dish (just roll, don't fold ends).
Step 8
Pour remaining Enchilada sauce over the top of the tortillas.
Step 9
Sprinkle cheese over the top.
Step 10
Bake for about 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted and side are bubbling slightly.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Pastime: When Santa was in town...

     By Maylon T. Rice
Special to the Saline River Chronicle

          About this time of year, a small white-frame building would go up on the corner of Cypress and Main in Warren.
          The Chamber of Commerce back in the 1960 sponsored a community wide Santa Claus House.
          If you are a child of the 1960s that little Santa House was a fixture in the community this time of year.
          The little white wooden frame building couldn’t have been 10 square feet. It was just barely big enough for a rocking chair and Santa Claus inside.
It had wooden walls, real glass windows, a big front doors and lots of holiday decorations.
          And it sat on the first two parking spaces right on the corner of Cypress and Main.
          It was feature of the very progressive Chamber of Commerce,  so all the many retailers along Main (from the YMCA on the north all the way to the U.S. Post Office on the south) didn’t have to have Santa sitting in every store along Main.
The Chamber of Commerce headquartered Jolly Old St. Nick right there on the corner of Cypress and Main – in his own little temporary home.