Cleveland County now under burn ban

Cleveland County now under burn ban

Cleveland County is officially under a burn ban as of Wednesday morning, September 28, 2022. This comes a day after Bradley County Judge Klay McKinney issued a burn ban for Bradley County. Bradley, Cleveland, Calhoun, Lincoln, Drew, and Ashley Counties are all at a high risk of wildfires at the moment due to dry conditions…

Woman found guilty of abuse of power while serving on the Jersey Rural Fire Department

Woman found guilty of abuse of power while serving on the Jersey Rural Fire Department

A Bradley County woman, Sheila Norrell Loomis, age 60 of Banks, was recently handed down a sentence of three years supervised probation, $5,211 restitution, and a fine of $2,000 from a single charge stemming from a felony case filed in September 2020 for abuse of office during her time with the Jersey Rural Fire Department.…

Volunteers needed for new Jersey Rural Fire Department

Volunteers needed for new Jersey Rural Fire Department

The new Jersey Rural Fire Department (JRFD) will have an orgizational meeting at Shady Grove Baptist Church, August 27, at 9:00 a.m. Jersey Rural includes Moro Bay, Hilo, Lanark and Gravelridge. Once fully established, they hope to support currently established Fire departments in both Bradley and Calhoun Counties. They need volunteers for the following positions:…

Pastime: Heat, summertime, and the “Vick Burn”

Pastime: Heat, summertime, and the “Vick Burn”

The awfully oppressive heat always reminds me of the large forest fires on record in Bradley County, especially two remembered by a few as the “Vick Burn.” This week, Bradley County is in the “moderate” category for fires, according to the Arkansas Forestry Service. The “first” forest fire in the vicinity of the Vick community…

Bradley and Cleveland County both under burn bans

Bradley and Cleveland County both under burn bans

Multiple days of temperatures over 100, a heat index expected to rise to near 110 across South Arkansas over the next several days, and only a small chance of rain coming Thursday, Bradley and Cleveland Counties have both issued burn bans as of today, July 19, 2022. As of Tuesday morning, most of the State…

Warren Fire Department burns dilapidated house on N. Myrtle for training and clean-up purposes

Warren Fire Department burns dilapidated house on N. Myrtle for training and clean-up purposes

Last week the Warren Fire Department assisted with City efforts to clean up dilapidated property as ordered by the City Council by burning a large two-story house on the west side of N. Myrtle Street. It is the second house in that area to be burned for cleanup purposes. The Department not only provided a…

House fire in Banks leaves one family in need, donations requested

House fire in Banks leaves one family in need, donations requested

According to Banks town officials, the Banks Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire during the storms Tuesday evening. “The home was a total loss.” The residents were able to escape the blaze, but lost everything. They are requesting assistance from the community to help the family get back on their feet. Items needed…

City Council votes to enter lease for new sanitation trucks(Full April meeting video and report)

City Council votes to enter lease for new sanitation trucks(Full April meeting video and report)

WARREN, Ark. – The Warren City Council met Monday evening, April 11, 2022 for their regular monthly meeting. City Clerk Helen Boswell reported that sales tax was up in the City 15 percent over the same period in 2021. Hugh Quimby was re-appointed to the Warren Housing Authority Board for another five-year term. Brook Harris…

PotlatchDeltic makes donation towards new Warren fire truck(Report, photos, and video)

PotlatchDeltic makes donation towards new Warren fire truck(Report, photos, and video)

The City of Warren officially unveiled its new fire truck, Engine 6, which is now housed at the Warren Fire Department on Alabama Street in Warren, Monday, April 11, 2022, with members of the Warren City Council, Warren Mayor Denisa Pennington, Warren Fire Chief Chuck Moore, as well as other members of the Warren Fire…

Warren High School fire may have originated near a thermostat

Warren High School fire may have originated near a thermostat

According to a release from the Warren School District, the fire that happened Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in the Auxiliary Gym “possibly originated at a thermostat.” The investigation is still underway to determine the exact cause. “We are awaiting more in depth conclusions from the investigators,” the statement reads. More info will be provided as…

Students hold prayer service in wake of High School fire

Students hold prayer service in wake of High School fire

Around 100 students and adults gathered in the parking lot of Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium Friday morning to pray for their fellow classmates, for Warren School District staff and administration, and to give thanks for the community’s firefighters and their efforts to suppress the Wednesday evening blaze at Warren High. The prayer event was organized…

Update: Warren High fire was contained to the auxiliary gym, but there is smoke damage throughout+more info

Update: Warren High fire was contained to the auxiliary gym, but there is smoke damage throughout+more info

WARREN, Ark. – The morning after a disastrous fire at Warren High School, Superintendent Bryan Cornish, WHS Principal Tiffany Gathen and Fire Chief Chuck Moore were on scene surveying the damage. Cornish said it was too early to tell if any of the building would be usable. He said two ABM custodian service workers were…