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Results of Hope FFA Old Timers Rodeo

The Hope FFA Old Timers Rodeo was held on Thursday April 17. Several former FFA members and alumni attended and competed in various rodeo events. It was entertaining, competitive and exciting to More »

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Chamber Cuts Ribbon for Anthony-Routon Amphitheater

Hundreds enjoyed Lions fish and Tyson chicken Thursday (4-17) on the UACCH campus at the 21st annual UACCH Fish Fry.  The event also marked a ribbon-cutting for the new Anthony-Routon Amphitheater at the More »

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Prescott Police Collect Food Items & Prescription Drugs

Prescott Police Department invites residents to dispose of unwanted or out of date prescription drugs and donate non-perishable food items for Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank. The Prescott Police Department is participating More »

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Farmers’ Markets Opening in May

Hempstead County Farmers’ Markets in Hope and Old Washington and Howard County Farmers’ Market in Nashville will be continuing a partnership they began last year. The three markets plan to open in More »

Durrell Booker age 35 of Alanta , Texas Possession of controlled substance

Possession of Controlled Substance

On 16 April 2014, at approximately 12:01 am Inv. Gary Dorman was in the area of the Hampton Inn on Hervey Street in Hope, Arkansas. I noticed a suspicious male subject walking More »

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New Deputy at Hempstead County Sheriff Office

Sheriff welcomes new Deputy, Deputy Derick Bunn recently joined 70 other Law Enforcement Officers from across the state as they Graduated from Class 2014 – A, of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training More »

Seth Borchert Age 29 Blevins, Arkansas Cruelty to Animals,

Cruelty to Animals and five counts of Permitting Livestock to run at Large

On April 13, 2014, Deputies were called to the Blevins area near Hempstead 231 & 47 13, in reference to several horses running at large and sometimes being on Highway 29 North More »

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Chamber Coffee Hosted by Arkansas Drug Court and Hope Farmer’s Market

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday April 16th was hosted by the Hope Farmers Market and Arkansas Drug Court.  The two entities have worked together on the annual More »

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New Deputy Hempstead County Sheriff Office

Sheriff welcomes new Deputy, Deputy Orlando Dennis, recently joined 70 other Law Enforcement Officers from across the state as they Graduated from Class 2014 – A, of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training More »

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Hope City Board Holds Second Meeting of April

The Hope City Board kicked off their second April meeting Tuesday (4-15) by discussing the rezoning of some land at 1005 West 5th.  Francisco Salazar and the Iglesia Fuente de Aqua Viva More »

Results of Hope FFA Old Timers Rodeo

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The Hope FFA Old Timers Rodeo was held on Thursday April 17. Several former FFA members and alumni attended and competed in various rodeo events. It was entertaining, competitive and exciting to see our former students to perform in some of the same events that our students will conduct on Friday and Saturday. The results are:

 

Calf Roping
1st – Clint Watkins (16.53sec)
2nd – Chris Ghormley (40.19sec)
3rd – Shorty Ghormley(50.09sec)

 

Chute Dogging
1st – Hunter Love (9.9 sec)
2nd – Darren Henley (14.9sec)

 

Barrel Racing
1st – Vickie Bennett (15.69 sec)
2nd – Taylor Muldrew (16.97 sec)
3rd – Kaylee Townsend (22.88 sec)

 

Wild Steer Tagging
1st – Wesley Schobey, Darren Henley, and Charles Lester

 

Team Roping
1st – Kevin Hampton and Chris Ghormley

 

Chamber Cuts Ribbon for Anthony-Routon Amphitheater

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Hundreds enjoyed Lions fish and Tyson chicken Thursday (4-17) on the UACCH campus at the 21st annual UACCH Fish Fry.  The event also marked a ribbon-cutting for the new Anthony-Routon Amphitheater at the college.  The ribbon was cut by Bonnie Routon surrounded by members of the Anthony and Routon families.  Also honored were Randy and Sonya Odom for their work on the new facility.  Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey made the official remarks on behalf of the Chamber and the City of Ho.  He asked the crowd members from Hope and HempsteadCounty to recognize them for voting for the tax to build Hempstead Hall.  Prior to the ribbon-cutting the Hope High Jazz Cats became the first musical group to perform on the new stage and following the ribbon-cutting the “Eskimo Brothers” from Nashville, Tennessee headlined the first concert at the new venue.  The trio performed a variety of “rockabilly” favorites to a highly enthusiastic crowd.  The group has a local tie as one of the members is the grandson of UACCH Vice-Chancellor Jerald Barber.

 

Prescott Police Collect Food Items & Prescription Drugs

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Prescott Police Department invites residents to dispose of unwanted or out of date prescription drugs and donate non-perishable food items for Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank. The Prescott Police Department is participating in Arkansas’s eighth Annual Prescription Drug Take Back program. For the first time, this year’s Take Back sites will also be collecting non-perishable food to help local food banks and food pantries restock their shelves. Prescription Drug Take Back allows individuals to return potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted drugs. The program is designed to prevent pill abuse and theft by offering residents the opportunity to rid their homes of unneeded medications. Collected drugs are disposed in an environmentally responsible manner, and the service is free and anonymous. Medicines in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In one recent national study, over 60% of teens report that getting drugs from family medicine cabinets is easy. Additionally, more than 70% of abused prescription drugs are reported to have been obtained from family and friends. Since the first Take Back event in 2010, Arkansas has collected more than 41 tons of pills and youth prescription abuse rates have declined each year. Through a partnership with Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank, Inc., the Prescott Police Department will also be accepting food donations which will then be distributed back to those in need in the community. “Harvest Texarkana is proud to be partnering with the Prescott Police Department on such an important initiative,” said Camille Parker, Executive Director of Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank. “The benefit is really two-fold, improving both the safety and food security of those in the community.” Residents are asked to go through their medicine cabinets and pantries and donate as part of the Arkansas Prescription Drug Take Back and Food Drive. Drugs can be dropped off any time in the permanent drop box outside and food donations can be dropped off Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 in the lobby of the Prescott Police Department, 128 W. Main St., between 8 AM and 4 PM. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is accepting prescription drugs only through their permanent drug drop box located at 215 E. Second St. at any time.

Farmers’ Markets Opening in May

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Hempstead County Farmers’ Markets in Hope and Old Washington and Howard County Farmers’ Market in Nashville will be continuing a partnership they began last year. The three markets plan to open in May, coordinating their market days so that Tuesdays will be in Hope, Fridays in Nashville, and Saturdays in Old Washington. By working together, the markets hope to minimize the need for growers to “choose” between markets. Also, each of the markets plan make each market day special with cooking demonstrations, tastings, gardening workshops and other activities to provide more interest for customers. Old Washington plans to hold a “Junior Farmers’ Market” which will allow youths to participate at market without paying a registration fee. Anyone with locally-grown produce, honey, eggs, home-baked goods, homemade soaps and other farm products may participate at all three markets for one low registration fee. Growers may authorize another individual to see their products for them, but “resale” is not permitted at any of the three markets. Hand-crafted goods may be sold under certain conditions, especially at Old Washington Farmers Market. For more information about participating at the markets call 870-703-8788 in Hope, 870-826-4101 in Washington or 870-557-2352 in Nashville.

Pictured are customers shopping during last year’s farmers’ market in Hope. The Hope Market will open on Tuesdays beginning in May and will partner with the Old Washington Market (Saturdays) and the Nashville Market (Fridays).

Possession of Controlled Substance

Durrell Booker age 35 of Alanta , Texas Possession of controlled substance

On 16 April 2014, at approximately 12:01 am Inv. Gary Dorman was in the area of the Hampton Inn on Hervey Street in Hope, Arkansas. I noticed a suspicious male subject walking out of the rear of the parking lot. Dorman made contact with the subject who identified himself by a Louisiana Identification Card as Durrell Booker.  Booker told Inv. Dorman that his friend went to Wal-Mart to meet her husband and that he was going to see about getting a room at the Hampton Inn. Inv. Dorman asked the subject if he went into the lobby of the hotel and he stated no. Dorman noticed a large bulge in Durrell’s right pants pocket. I asked Durrell if I could search his person. Durrell stated “Yeah”. Inv. Dorman then conducted a search of Durrell’s right pants pocket and discovered a pill bottle that stated it contained Alprazolam. The bottle also stated that the prescription was made out to another person. Dorman then placed Durrell under arrest. He looked inside the pill bottle and observed numerous pink colored pills and three larger pills. And then continued the search of Durrell and located a pink colored baggie containing a crystal like substance. Dorman also located another pill in Durrell’s jacket pocket that matched the three larger pills that were located in the bottle. Deputy Kyle Rowe arrived and transported Durrell to the HempsteadCountyDetentionCenter. Booker was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and is awaiting a first court appearance. 

New Deputy at Hempstead County Sheriff Office

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Sheriff welcomes new Deputy, Deputy Derick Bunn recently joined 70 other Law Enforcement Officers from across the state as they Graduated from Class 2014 – A, of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy after nearly three months of training. Deputy Bunn was employed in March of 2011 as a Detention Officer and later promoted to Shift Sergeant prior to being selected by Sheriff Singleton to attend the LawEnforcementTrainingAcademy in January of this year. Derick is a great addition to our professional law enforcement team; I expect very good things from him said the Sheriff. Deputy Bunn graduated HopeHigh School in 2003; He is an 11 year veteran of the Arkansas National Guard assigned to Company B 1/153 INF in Hope where he holds the rank of Sergeant. Since graduating from ALETA on March 28, 2014 Deputy Bunn has been undergoing on the Job training by other deputies to become familiar with Hempstead County Sheriff’s Policies and Procedures. Once his field training is complete he will be assigned to the Sheriff’s patrol division.

Cruelty to Animals and five counts of Permitting Livestock to run at Large

Seth Borchert Age 29 Blevins, Arkansas Cruelty to Animals,

On April 13, 2014, Deputies were called to the Blevins area near Hempstead 231 & 47 13, in reference to several horses running at large and sometimes being on Highway 29 North endangering the public safety and the safety of the animals. Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate any horses. On April 14, at approximately 4:30 pm, Deputies were once again called to area, the caller advised that five horses were in their back yard. Deputy Steve Dunham arrived in the area and was able to locate the horses in a field behind the caller’s house. Deputy Dunham was able to keep the horses in the field until a stock trailer arrived the horses were loaded and taken to a safe location. Five horses were caught and seized by the Sheriff’s Office, according to several persons in the area the horses had been running loose in that area for over a week; Deputies had been called on those prior occasions but were unable to find them. Upon further investigation deputy Dunham discovered the carcass of a horse at the location on Hempstead 231 where the other five horses were allegedly kept. Deputy Dunham found no evidence that the horses had been properly taken care or a proper fence erected to keep the horses from running at large.  After talking with persons in the area Deputy Dunham was able to contact Seth Borchert on Tuesday April 15, 2014, Borchert who was in charge of the horses. Borchert told Deputy Dunham that the owners were James and Angie but could not provide last names or phone numbers or other information. According to people in the area the horses looked to be suffering from malnutrition, but after being out for over a week they had gained considerable weight but still not in the best of shape. Borchert was arrested and charged with cruelty to Animals and five counts of Permitting Livestock to run at Large. He was transported to the HCDF pending posting of bond. 

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