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."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Keep An Open Mind, Watch "Chasing Coral" On Netflix

Editorial by Rob Reep

We typically don't have movie reviews on salineriverchronicle.com.  Perhaps we should.  Maybe today will be the start of more to come.

My wife Jessi and I travelled to Telluride, Colorado Memorial Day weekend to attend the Mountainfilm Festival, a several day documentary film festival that promotes humanity's spirit to overcome and extend the limits of our own knowledge.  Each year Mountainfilm has a theme, and this year's happened to be "The New Normal," an education in how we can go about living in this age of climate change and global warming.

The winning film at this year's Mountainfilm Festival was a flick called Chasing Coral.  It chronicles the recent death of a vast amount of earth's coral reefs, including a big, and I mean really big, chunk of the Great Barrier Reef.

I don't want to give too much of the film away, but I will tell you it's worth watching.

Now, I'm not going to presume I know how the majority of our readership feel about global warming, but a quick look at a 2016 poll showed that 45% of Arkansans believe that the seriousness of global warming/climate change are generally exaggerated.

For me, I tend to think I understand where most of that number is coming from.  The problems of global warming seem foreign.  It's affecting coastal cities.  And those hot summers?  Well, it's always hot in Arkansas in June, July, and August.  It's hard to want to spend money to solve a problem that's main consequences are one hundred or more years away.

The truth however is that according to most scientists, the effects of this global disease in which we humans have put upon our own planet are coming quicker than most people realize, even here in our own Natural State.  Arkansas alone is expected to face more numerous and more harsh droughts.  While those droughts may not totally decimate our great pine forests, which we rely on so much for our local economy, they are very likely to damage the overall yield of those forests.  Warmer water temperatures in Arkansas are set to rise as well, which means fewer fish in our rivers and lakes, since fish are unable to regulate their own body temperature as we humans are.  There are many more effects which are coming, but those two alone should worry all of us living in and around Bradley County.

I don't think it's much of a secret, but I've been an advocate for addressing global warming for years, although I haven't been too outspoken about it, at least through salineriverchronicle.com.  And let me be clear, I'm not telling anyone that I have all of the answers, nor am I advocating we shut down our economy, but I am asking everyone to keep an open mind, no matter what side of the political spectrum you reside.  After all, this planet is our only home.  We all live on its grounds and breath its air, so there are no sides when it comes to protecting the earth we were given.

Whether you already believe in climate change, are on the fence, or just outright positive that scientists are exaggerating the problem, I'm going to ask you to watch Chasing Coral.  If you have Netflix, it will be available to watch starting Friday, July 14, 2017.  It's one terrific film to which I give massive applause.  Give it a chance.  Watch the film, and see how you feel afterwards.  No harm in that, right?

You can see the official trailer for Chasing Coral below:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 241st Birthday to America


It was a difficult birth and it has not been easy or perfect for each of the 241 years the United States of America has existed since the founding fathers approved the "Declaration of Independence" in 1776.  The nation has struggled, fought among ourselves, fought foreign powers, grown, developed, changed and worked to become a more perfect union, all the while trying to do something that has never been done on a scale of this magnitude, function as a democracy where every citizen has a say and all have opportunity.  It has not been a perfect process and still is not, but it is the most noble effort devised by man to allow individuals a chance to pursue a life of their choice and remain free to speak and think and, yes worship, as the individual believes is best and right.

Most nations of the world have been ruled by a person or a group who decide what is best for all.
Often even religion is used to control the vast public and the country is operated for the benefit of the few.  Our beloved republic has and still struggles with those who would control and dictate, but when all is said and done, the people of America decide by electing those who are granted the job of making decisions.  We do not always get it right but we have the opportunity to keep trying.

This writer was once told by a member of Congress, that he had read the Bible and the United States Constitution from the front to the back and he agreed with both.  He went on to say that neither guarantees our success as a nation unless we make proper decisions.  It has always been that way and it remains so today.  Americans need to pay attention to what our constitution says and be willing to accept it and support it.  This in no way conflicts with our faith.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Boozman Recognizes Decorated Retired Airman

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman released the latest interview in a series recognizing the service and sacrifice of Arkansas veterans. This newest installment highlights the military service of Master Sergeant (retired) Parnell Fisher whose heroic actions earned him the Silver Star and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Born in Wilmar, Arkansas, Fisher grew up in Bauxite and Benton. Today he calls Jacksonville home.

After his junior year at Dunbar High School in Little Rock in 1950, he enlisted in the Air Force, but nearly joined the Army after some shenanigans by an Army recruiter.

“We were in the Air Force recruiter’s office and he had to attend to some business down the hallway and this Army recruiter came in a said ‘ok guys follow me.’ We went about two doors down and he had to go someplace else. We heard this noise and a few four-letter words down the hallway and this Air Force recruiter came down and took us back to his room and told us not to move,” Fisher recalled.

He joined the Air Force two years after President Harry Truman abolished racial segregation in the Armed Forces. For Fisher, who was used to taking the school bus from his home to an African-American school in Little Rock, his entrance to a desegregated military was like “going into a new world.”

His trip from the Little Rock restaurant, where he was forced to eat his last meal as a civilian in the kitchen area, to the train he traveled on en route to basic training “was my first taste of total integration as far as the Air Force is concerned,” Fisher said.

He was initially assigned to an Air Police Squadron after completing basic training. He traveled around the world while taking on different assignments including learning aircraft and engine maintenance.

After fulfilling his commitment to the Air Force, he returned home to get his GED and used his GI Bill benefits to go to college and earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Arkansas Baptist College.

He reenlisted in the Air Force and met his wife while stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

In 1966, Fisher was assigned to the Fourth Air Commando Squadron as a loadmaster stationed in Vietnam.

His heroics on a mission December 18, 1966 in Vung Tau, Vietnam, saved his life and those of his fellow Airmen aboard an AC-47.

“We had kind of caught Charlie this time and I was kind of surprised. We were lighting up a big area, putting flares out,” Fisher said. He recalled the odd sound he heard when one of the flares was accidentally released inside the aircraft. “I looked back and it’s a full parachute. Somewhere under that chute is a flare that’s going to go off.”

Fisher had only 10 seconds to react. He grabbed the parachute and threw out the flare only to have the chute get jammed beneath a door, forcing him to hang out of the plane, holding on with one hand and cutting the lines of the parachute with the other.

“We went back to home base and were folks talking to me. ‘When and how and what and what were you thinking. But we’re just so glad you got that thing out of the airplane because we may not be here talking about this right now.’ That didn’t register on me,” Fisher said.

His valorous actions earned him the Silver Star, the military’s third-highest award.

He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1967 and again in 1968. He remains humble about his decorations.

After a 22-year career in the Air Force, Fisher retired in January 1977. Fisher was inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame in 2014.

“There are things you learn in the military like how to work as a team, consideration for your fellow man, love for your country, respect for your country, respect for each other. All these things come in a big package when you spend time in the military,” Fisher said.

“Parnell Fisher is a dedicated American hero whose selfless actions saved the lives of his fellow comrades and were critical to our war efforts.  I am grateful for his dedication and service to our nation. Honoring Parnell by capturing his memories and experiences in uniform is a great way to show our appreciation for his service,” Boozman said.

Boozman will submit Fisher’s entire interview to the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center to collect and retain the oral histories of our nation’s veterans. 

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 ArkansasAG.gov.

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 “scholarships.adhe.edu” 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."