Hope City Board Holds 2nd Meeting Of October

The Hope City Board held their 2nd meeting of October on Tuesday (10-21) and immediately heard from Stacy Scroggins of Emrich & Scoggins CPA’s.  Scroggins said the audit was “clean”  and then More »

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Prescott Chamber of Commerce Organizing Litter Pickup for November 1st, 2014

Prescott Chamber of Commerce Organizing Litter Pickup for November 1st, 2014 Volunteers needed to help keep Prescott and Nevada County beautiful. Prescott, AR (October 13th, 2014) – Volunteers are needed to participate More »

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Columbus Fire Dept AFC Rural Fire Program

Columbus Fire Dept. (Hempstead County.) picked up this freightliner today from the AFC Rural Fire Program. The crew plans to convert this into a tanker truck, to haul water to remote areas. More »

John William Marsh

Suspended License and Possession of Marijuana

On Sunday October 19th 2014 Deputy David Thomason made a traffic stop on a blue passenger vehicle on Gee Street in Prescott. Deputy Thomason found that the driver identified as John Marsh More »

Jamal Loudermill

Disorderly Conduct

On Saturday the 18th day of October 2014 at approximately 5:20 A.M. Chief Deputy Larry Miller was dispatched to 173 Nevada 166 in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival contact was made More »

Michael W. Gauthreaux

Traffic Violations and Warrant

On Wednesday October 15th 2014 Michael Gauthreaux was stopped by Chief Deputy Larry Miller at the intersection of East Elm and East 4th street in Prescott. The stop was made due to More »

Jade Shaunte Johnson

Theft of Property

On Tuesday October 14th 2014 Deputy Preston Glenn was dispatched to Paramount Travel Center in reference to a theft of property by an employee. Owners of the travel center supplied Deputy Glenn More »

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Domestic Battery in the 3rd Degree

On Tuesday October 14th 2014 at Deputy Tim McBrayer was dispatched to 208 East 1st Street in Emmet in reference to a domestic disturbance. Deputy McBrayer observed two subjects known to him More »

Tammy J. Shillings

Public Intoxication and for Drinking in Public

On Saturday October 11th 2014 Tammy Shillings 48 year old from Prescott was arrested for public intoxication and for drinking in public. More »

Joseph Wayne Pittman

Failure to Comply Warrant, Driving on a Suspended License, and no Vehicle Insurance

On Thursday October 6th 2014 Joseph Pittman 30 year old from Caddo Valley was arrested for a failure to comply warrant, driving on a suspended license and for no vehicle insurance. More »

Hope City Board Holds 2nd Meeting Of October

The Hope City Board held their 2nd meeting of October on Tuesday (10-21) and immediately heard from Stacy Scroggins of Emrich & Scoggins CPA’s.  Scroggins said the audit was “clean”  and then went through some highlights.  He noted the city had assets over liabilities of $16 million dollars at the end of 2013, about $900,000 more than the previous year.  Mayor Dennis Ramsey noted some of that increase was one time grant funds and “pass through” grants.  Scroggins said the city had unrestricted funds of about 2.3 million dollars and said the city was in good financial shape.  He noted the city had new debt of about $9 million dollars, funds from a bond issue for sewer renovation.  He noted sales tax revenue in 2013 was down $80,000 from the previous year.  Scroggins said sanitation was in the red slightly by $26,000 but this was offset for wastewater revenues.  He noted some possible changes in pension liabilities by law could cause some concern next year but that it was too early to worry about that, he just wanted the board to be aware changes were coming.  The only thing he faulted the city on, and this is something that always turns up in the audit, is a deficit in full segregation of internal duties.  This is a frequent note in audits of cities the size of Hope.  The board thanked Scroggins for his report.

  The board voted to raise the cost to rent the Fair Park and North Side Community Centers to $100 and $50 for bona-fide non-profits.  Local, city, state, and national government organizations will get them free.  There will also be a refundable $100 deposit.  The new rates will go into effect immediately except for entities which already have a date booked.  The lone holdout on the board against the new rates was board member Kiffenea Talley who felt the new rates were prohibitive for some groups.  She voted against the increase.

   The board reaffirmed the personal and real propety tax rate of 2.2 mills, a rate unchanged since 1986.  The was approved by an ordinance and another ordinance was approved reaffirming the firemen’s pension rate of 1 mill.

   City Manager Catherine Cook gave a report on the storm damage.  She praised Hope Water & Light for their speedy response and dilligence to getting the power back on.  She noted city crews will continue working to remove an estimated 4,000 cubic yards of debris and that the clean-up is apt to go several more weeks.  The board tour of facilities set for (Wednesday 10-22) this morning was discussed.  Board member Doodle Franklin asked about the clean-up of the burned-out Fink Building on North Hazel.  Cook noted the city has sent owner Al Fink several registered letters and he replies and continues to make slow progress on the clean-up.  Franklin suggested they begin condemnation orders on the property.  Kiffanea Talley asked about the old Dox/Otasco building in downtown Hope that is caving in.  Cook notes the city is corresponding wtih the owner on that situation.  She notes that demolition will require a skilled contractor as the building adjoins another building. 207

Prescott Chamber of Commerce Organizing Litter Pickup for November 1st, 2014

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Prescott Chamber of Commerce Organizing Litter Pickup for November 1st, 2014 Volunteers needed to help keep Prescott and Nevada County beautiful. Prescott, AR (October 13th, 2014) – Volunteers are needed to participate in the Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce annual fall litter pickup Saturday, November 1st from 9-11 am. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Firestone Building Products, the cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB). “Litter continues to be a problem in Prescott-Nevada County,” said Judy Duke of Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, local coordinator of this year’s cleanup. “It can leave a negative impact on our community for years to come. By participating in this year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup, local residents can help make Prescott-Nevada County a vibrant community.” Everyone in Prescott-Nevada County is encouraged to participate in this year’s litter-pickup effort. Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses can organize cleanup teams and pitch in. The Chamber of Commerce, Great Arkansas Clean-Up, City of Prescott and Nevada County are sponsoring a City/County wide clean-up day. The date has been set for Saturday, November 1st. It will be held from 9:00-11am at Firestone Building Products. All volunteers will need to meet in the Firestone front parking lot. Registration time will be from 8:00-9:00am. The trash will be weighed in at 11:00am at Firestone. The Chamber of Commerce will award cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place to participating groups. The Chamber will also provide gloves, trash bags, vests, etc. Firestone will be providing free lunch for all volunteers that participate in picking up trash. “Litter is everyone’s responsibility,” Duke said. “Although not everyone litters, we do all live in this community together and must work together to keep it clean and green. We do this out of community pride to maintain our outstanding quality of life and to improve our local economy.” This year’s local cleanup is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation. About the Great Arkansas Cleanup: The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 40 years ago as the GreersFerryLake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. Mr. Garner continued his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation board of directors. Mr. Garner died in July 2014 and therefore this year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup will be held in his honor. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989. About Keep Arkansas Beautiful: As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. It is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and its programs are managed by a three-person professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. For more information contact: Judy Duke, GAC Coordinator at the Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce at 870-887-2101 or email jduke@pnpartnership.org

 

 

 

 

Columbus Fire Dept AFC Rural Fire Program

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Columbus Fire Dept. (Hempstead County.) picked up this freightliner today from the AFC Rural Fire Program. The crew plans to convert this into a tanker truck, to haul water to remote areas. Crew is pictures here with Rural Fire personnel. Congrats! Photo credit: Saratoga Digest.

Suspended License and Possession of Marijuana

John William Marsh

On Sunday October 19th 2014 Deputy David Thomason made a traffic stop on a blue passenger vehicle on Gee Street in Prescott. Deputy Thomason found that the driver identified as John Marsh 32 year old from Prescott was driving on a suspended license. John Marsh was placed under arrest finding that he was in possession of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in his pants pocket. John Marsh was transported to the Nevada County Detention facility where he was cited for the above offenses and turned over to the jailer on duty.

Disorderly Conduct

Jamal Loudermill

On Saturday the 18th day of October 2014 at approximately 5:20 A.M. Chief Deputy Larry Miller was dispatched to 173 Nevada 166 in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival contact was made with the caller whom stated that her sons came home earlier that morning and that they had been arguing since returning home. The caller stated that Cameron Loudermill went to his grandparents residence two houses down to get away from his brother Jamal Loudermill. Jamal was causing a disturbance at his mother’s residence at this time. Chief Deputy Miller attempted to talk with Jamal and calm him down. Jamal left the residence by vehicle twice returning each time causing a disturbance. Jamal walked across the yard kicking a picnic table and screaming back towards his family members. Chief Deputy Miller advised Jamal Loudermill that he had been asked to calm down or leave and that he had refused to do so. Chief Deputy Miller advised Jamal that he was under arrest for disorderly conduct. Jamal refused to comply and was administered pepper spray at this time. Jamal Loudermill was transported to the Nevada County Detention facility for disorderly conduct where he was decontaminated by the Nevada County Ambulance Service and turned over to the jailer on duty. 

Traffic Violations and Warrant

Michael W. Gauthreaux

On Wednesday October 15th 2014 Michael Gauthreaux was stopped by Chief Deputy Larry Miller at the intersection of East Elm and East 4th street in Prescott. The stop was made due to expired license being displayed on Gauthreaux’s vehicle. Information showed that Gauthreaux was driving on a suspended license at the time of the stop. Gauthreaux also showed to have a warrant out of Hope Police Department. Gauthreaux was placed under arrest and was cited for the traffic violations and was released to Hope Police Department for the warrant of arrest.

Theft of Property

Jade Shaunte Johnson

On Tuesday October 14th 2014 Deputy Preston Glenn was dispatched to Paramount Travel Center in reference to a theft of property by an employee. Owners of the travel center supplied Deputy Glenn with information of an undetermined amount of cash and items that had been taken from the store during the shift of an employee identified as a Jade Johnson 23 year old from Hope. Deputy Glenn contacted Jade Johnson for an interview. Johnson was read her Miranda rights in which she signed stating she would talk with Deputy Glenn. Deputy Glenn asked Johnson about the theft from the travel center. Jade Johnson confessed to taking the property during the interview. Jade Johnson was placed under arrest for Theft of Property and was held for first appearance at the Hempstead County Detention facility.

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