Monday, April 14, 2014

Bagley Named HWHSD Board President

At the monthly meeting held Monday night, Andrew Bagley was named President of the Helena-West Helena School District Advisory School Board.  Doug Friedlander was named Vice-President and Bettye Hendrix was appointed as the secretary.

Andrew Bagley
Bagley, a Social Science Instructor at Phillips Community College and former World History teacher in HWHSD, has served in a wide variety of volunteer capacities supporting the Helena-West Helena Public Schools.  Bagley is the Secretary of the Helena-West Helena Booster Club and is the Voice of the Cougars for football and basketball on KCLT-FM 104.9.  Bagley is also a member of the Eliza Miller Primary PTO and his step-grandson Gabriel attends the 1st grade there.

Bagley was honored by the selection.  He said, "I am honored to be selected for such an important position supporting the Helena-West Helena School District.  I believe that the future success of our community is inextricably linked to the success of the Helena-West Helena Schools.  As a resident of this community and a lifelong supporter of public education, I plan to lead by example and give all that I can to make our schools better and the pride of our community.  I ask others to follow me by doing the same."

Bagley continued, "While many challenges remain, these are exciting times to be a Cougar and a public school supporter.  We have made great strides in recent years and I believe that we will continue to improve.  I would not hesitate to recommend our schools to any parent or guardian living in HWHSD."

Friedlander is the Executive Director of the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce and has been quite successful in reinvigorating that organization.  He is a former science teacher in the Helena-West Helena School District and a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Phillips County.

Hendrix is a former teacher in the Helena-West Helena School District and a board member of the Helena Health Foundation.  She is a long-time leader in the local business and philanthropic community.  

In other business, the board approved changes to the 2013-14 calendar to make up snow days.  The last day for students will now be June 4.  The last day for teachers will be June 6.  The 2014-2015 calendar and the pay schedule for the 2014-2015 school year was also approved.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Valley-Bagley Receives President's Volunteer Service Award; Recognized in USA Today

Sandra Bagley
Due to her dedicated and selfless service in her community, Sandra Valley Bagley has been recognized by President Obama as a recipient of this year's President's Volunteer Service Award. The award, created in 2003 by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, was established to "recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve."  It is one of the highest awards given to volunteers in the United States.

In order to receive the award, Bagley volunteered hundreds of hours over the past year in a variety of capacities and was nominated by AT&T, where she is employed as a Senior Business Manager in Information Technology. Bagley said, "I just believe that we have a moral obligation to give back to our communities and I have been blessed to be in a position to do that. I enjoy the work that I do. I love my home and I am grateful for the recognition as a recipient of this national award from the President and from my employer."

AT&T recognized all of its employees with a full-page advertisement that appeared in the March 26 edition of the USA Today, a national publication.  Bagley will receive a letter from President Obama, a lapel pin, recognition on the AT&T web site and a special badge to wear at company events. 

Bagley has volunteered time for the Boys and Girls Club of Phillips County, the Helena-West Helena Booster Club which supports the extracurricular activities at Central High School, and at the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church, where she is an Associate Minister and a Trustee, directing a women's ministry and the training for new members. Bagley has also volunteered to assist one of the local Girls Scout Troops and teach computer skills to the senior citizens at the Mid-Delta Senior Citizens Center.

Bagley is a graduate of Helena-West Helena Central High School and Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas.  She has completed additional coursework at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a training program for ministers at the Howard Thurman Bible Institute operated by the Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, TX.  She is married to Andrew Bagley, an Instructor at Phillips Community College, and is the mother of four (Donald, Tiffany, Chris, and Brian) and the stepmother of one (Collin).

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Shawndus Austin Shot on 3rd Street in West Helena Arkansas

Shawndus Austin (West Helena, AR), Daughter of Dana Austin and Walter Terry, is reportedly in critical condition after being shot in the abdomen late this afternoon in the area of South 3rd Street. The information provided to the Inside Scoop Staff includes that there was a dispute between two females over a cell phone and their brothers decided to intervene with pistol play which left Austin injured. Austin's medical condition is unknown other than she was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Memphis, TN and her situation is critical. No arrest have been made but police are vigorously pursing the alleged suspects. Upon receiving additional inform, the post will be updated or supplemented with a different story.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Honorable James G. Mixon, U. S. Bankruptcy Judge has passed away.

Please keep the family of Judge Mixon and the Bankruptcy Bar in your prayers.


James F. Valley  
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Monday, March 3, 2014

PCCUA Closed

All campuses of PCCUA are closed Monday   

Andrew Bagley
(870) 995-6067

HWHSD Closing

HWHSD will be closing Monday, March 3, 2014. 

Andrew Bagley
(870) 995-6067

Thursday, February 20, 2014


The Boy's and Girl's Club of Phillips County has done it again. Club member and Barton High School Senior Marquis Chanay was selected last night as the 2014 Arkansas State Youth of the Year. BGCPC Club members have won back to back state youth of the year awards. What an accomplishment for our youth.

Marquis Chanay: Arkansas Youth of the Year

Thursday, February 13, 2014

HWHPD Officer Shot

While serving an arrest warrant, the Helena-West Helena Police Department team ran into armed resistance.  During the confrontation, Officer Matthew Jarrett was shot according to individuals at the scene.  The officers returned fire.  Early reports are one suspect was shot by the police.  Details remain sketchy. We have learned that Jarrett was shot twice.  However, our reports are that he was in stable condition. The names of those on the warrant and those that shot Jarrett have not yet been obtained.  Jarrett has been taken via helicopter to The Med in Memphis.

The Scene of the Shooting on Cleburne
Jarrett with his Father, School Board Member Marvin Jarrett

Floyd Convicted of 2nd Degree Murder

Joshua "JR" Floyd was found guilty in Phillips County Circuit Court of 2nd degree murder yesterday.

The jury found Floyd guilty in the September 7, 2011 shooting death of Shannon Barnes.

The offense is a Class A Felony punishable by 6-30 years in prison.

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