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Mike Huckabee to Announce in Hope

A Hope native and former KXAR announcer is scheduled to announce his intentions concerning a possible run for the presidency.  Governor Mike Huckabee announced last week on Fox news that he will More »

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New President for Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation; Stephen O. Harris

Tony Yocom, Chairman of the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation has announced Stephen O. Harris as the new President of the HCEDC. Chairman Yocom issued the following statement on Steve Harris: “Stephen More »

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The Late Earl Downs Honored at Hope FFA Rodeo

Thanks to Sheriff James Singleton for this post…the Downs family are very important to us here at the Chamber…Mrs. June Downs told me Saturday about this and she was delighted! At Saturday More »

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Hopice of Hope Fundraiser at Grandview

Nineteen teams competed in the 2nd annual “Hospice Top Gun Shootout” at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center in Columbus. Teams from as far away as East Texas and Montgomery More »

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Hope Woman Charged with Domestic Battery in the 2nd Degree for Stabbing Husband

On April 11, 2015 at approximately 6:30 pm officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Stephanie Armstrong, 23, of Hope, from a residence in the 1800 block of West 6th Street, in More »

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Bella Vista Man Charged with Rape in Hempstead County

On April 9, 2015, Cory D. Reed, 40, of Bella Vista, Arkansas was arrested with a warrant in Benton County, Arkansas and transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was More »

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Hundreds Enjoy UACCH Fish Fry

Hundreds of southwest Arkansas residents enjoyed beautiful weather and Lions Club fish at the annual UACCH Fish Fry.  The 22nd annual event was held at the Anthony-Routon Amphitheater on the UACCH campus. More »

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Nevada Elementary Seedling Visit

Elementary School 1st Graders in Rosston pose with their tree seedlings, provided through the Arkansas Forestry Commission. The students learned how to properly care for and plant the seedlings. Commission personnel visit More »

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Former KXAR Announcer Dies in Jonesboro

Funeral arrangements are pending for a longtime Jonesboro, Arkansas radio news personality who worked for a time in the 1970s at KXAR-AM Hope. Greg Chance, 63, of Jonesboro, was pronounced dead Tuesday More »

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Chamber Coffee Hosted by Wadley Scan

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee was hosted on April 15th by Wadley Scan.  The Coffee was held at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope.  Wadley Scan offers mobile screenings More »

Mike Huckabee to Announce in Hope

Citizens United And Americans For Prosperity Foundation Host Leading Conservatives For Freedom Summit

A Hope native and former KXAR announcer is scheduled to announce his intentions concerning a possible run for the presidency.  Governor Mike Huckabee announced last week on Fox news that he will make an announcement about a possible run for president on May 5th in Hope.  Information on Governor Huckabee’s facebook page indicates the program will be at Hempstead Hall on the UACCH campus at 10am on the 5th.  Doors will open at 9am.  The facebook page has a site to RSVP to the event.  Everyone who would like to be on hand for this historic announcement is urged to RSVP on the governor’s facebook page.

New President for Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation; Stephen O. Harris

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Tony Yocom, Chairman of the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation has announced Stephen O. Harris as the new President of the HCEDC. Chairman Yocom issued the following statement on Steve Harris: “Stephen Harris is a perfect fit to lead the HCEDC.  Steve has 30 plus years of economic development, finance, and business expertise and experience.  His certifications include Certified Economic Developer (CED), International Economic Development Council, Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), National Development Council, and Certified Green Professional (CGP), National Association of Home Builders. Steve has a BA in Economics; with interdisciplinary emphasis in Urban Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN and has completed graduate courses in public administration, business and real estate finance.” Steve is the son of the late Dr. Lynn and Margaret Harris.  He is 1972 graduate of Hope High School.

The Late Earl Downs Honored at Hope FFA Rodeo

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Thanks to Sheriff James Singleton for this post…the Downs family are very important to us here at the Chamber…Mrs. June Downs told me Saturday about this and she was delighted! At Saturday Night’s performance of the 56th Annual Hope FFA Rodeo, Mr. Earl Downs and his family were honored before the final performance. Mr. Earl was honored by the rider less horse led by former FFA President Clint Watkins, a folded American flag was placed in the saddle with Mr. Earls Hat, Boots, and FFA chaps. The horse was led around the arena to the bagpipe version of amazing grace. After the song, the American Flag was presented to Mr. Earl’s Daughter June Ann Price and family by former 8 time All Around FFA Cowgirl and Member of the University Of Arkansas Cossatot College Rodeo Team Lacey Jo Singleton. Ms. Christina Smith Hope FFA Director announced to the family that the Top Hand Award given each year to an outstanding senior FFA member has been renamed The EARL DOWNS TOP HAND AWARD

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Hopice of Hope Fundraiser at Grandview

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Nineteen teams competed in the 2nd annual “Hospice Top Gun Shootout” at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center in Columbus. Teams from as far away as East Texas and Montgomery County, Arkansas competed in the fundraiser. The event was free to spectators and the money raised came from sponsors for the teams. Hopice of Hope/Texarkana Board Member Bubba Powers emceed the awards ceremony. The second place award went the Nashville Seniors from Nashville, Arkansas. The top team was Ashdown #1 from Ashdown High School. The “top gun” award went Seth Powell of Caddo Hills High School in Norman. Powell got a perfect score of 50 out of 50. This was also his second time to be “top gun”. Powell is a senior. Hospice also recognized the crew from Tyson in Hope who provided and served a lunch of chicken and hamburgers. Hospice of Hope and Hospice of Texarkana are the only non-profit hospice organizations serving the Four States Area. Locally Hospice of Hope is a Hempstead County United Way Agency. Joe Schoen of Hope also serves on the Hospice board and Judy Gray of Hope is very active in the work of Hospice of Hope. 

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Hope Woman Charged with Domestic Battery in the 2nd Degree for Stabbing Husband

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On April 11, 2015 at approximately 6:30 pm officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Stephanie Armstrong, 23, of Hope, from a residence in the 1800 block of West 6th Street, in Hope. Armstrong was arrested for domestic battery 2nd degree following an altercation that occurred earlier this date between Armstrong and her husband.  During that altercation, Armstrong stabbed Daron Armstrong, 27, of Hope on the left side of his chest with a kitchen knife. Mr. Armstrong was later transported to WadleyRegionalMedicalCenter, in Hope. Stephanie Armstrong was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where she was charged with Domestic Battery in the 2nd degree and held for a first court appearance. 

Bella Vista Man Charged with Rape in Hempstead County

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On April 9, 2015, Cory D. Reed, 40, of Bella Vista, Arkansas was arrested with a warrant in Benton County, Arkansas and transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was booked in and held for a first appearance on the charge of Rape.  The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation into allegations that Reed sexually abused a person under the age of 18 at a residence located in Hope, Arkansas.

Hundreds Enjoy UACCH Fish Fry

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Hundreds of southwest Arkansas residents enjoyed beautiful weather and Lions Club fish at the annual UACCH Fish Fry.  The 22nd annual event was held at the Anthony-Routon Amphitheater on the UACCH campus.  The event raised funds for the Single Parent Scholarship Program for Hempstead and Lafayette County as well as for the “You Can” scholarship program.  Those attending enjoyed music from groups from Unity Baptist Church and Garrett Memorial Baptist Church as well as local favorites Misty and Randy Banks.  Despite an earlier threat of rain the fish fry stayed dry!

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Nevada Elementary Seedling Visit

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Elementary School 1st Graders in Rosston pose with their tree seedlings, provided through the Arkansas Forestry Commission. The students learned how to properly care for and plant the seedlings. Commission personnel visit schools to engage students about trees and fire prevention.

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Former KXAR Announcer Dies in Jonesboro

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Funeral arrangements are pending for a longtime Jonesboro, Arkansas radio news personality who worked for a time in the 1970s at KXAR-AM Hope. Greg Chance, 63, of Jonesboro, was pronounced dead Tuesday night following a car wreck families members say was caused by a fatal heart attack. Arkansas State Police say Chance was driving in Craighead County on Highway 91 when his 2003 Ford Focus left the road and struck a tree. Funeral arrangements are pending for a longtime Jonesboro, Arkansas radio news personality who worked for a time in the 1970s at KXAR-AM Hope. Greg Chance, 63, of Jonesboro, was pronounced dead Tuesday night following a car wreck families members say was caused by a fatal heart attack. Arkansas State Police say Chance was driving in Craighead County on Highway 91 when his 2003 Ford Focus left the road and struck a tree. Chance was an award-winning news broadcaster for KASU-FM, the public broadcasting station on the campus of Arkansas State University. He graduated from ASU in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in radio-television and worked at several stations, including KXAR, before returning to KASU in 1982. He worked first as farm director, before moving to news director, a position he held for many years, winning awards from the Associated Press, Arkansas Farm Bureau, and the Arkansas Education Association. Jonesboro TV station KAIT quotes KASU General Manager Mike Doyle saying Chance was “very well respected in the news community and by the news community at large for his work ethic. Greg Chance gave a day’s work for a day’s pay and actually more than a day’s pay.” Other colleagues described him as a “tenacious bulldog” when it came to news. KASU issued a statement that said they were saddened to learn from family members that he died (Tuesday) night from a heart attack. He was behind the wheel of his car when found. Special thanks to former KMLA announcer Dale Gathright/Saratoga, AR Digest

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