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Final Chamber Coffee of 2014 Hosted by Lance & Associates

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday December 17th was hosted by Lance & Associates Real Estate. It has become a tradition since 2006 that Steve Lance and staff More »

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Arkansas Welcome Center in Miller County Celebrates 10 Years

The Arkansas Welcome Center in the east bound lane of I-30 in Miller County celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday December 16th.  Events included a flag raising ceremony by Arkansas High ROTC students More »

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Fire Scare at Hempstead County Jail but no Injuries

Hope Fire Department responded to the Hempstead County Jail at approximately 4:04 Am 12/17/14 to investigate smoke coming into one cell block of the jail. The smoke was discovered as detention officers More »

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Hope Platform Committee Finalist for Award

The 2015 Henry Awards winners will be revealed at the 41st Annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism to be held in Texarkana in March at the Arkansas Convention Center. There’s a Hope More »

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Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Making Rainbows preschool in Hope

Santa and Mrs. Claus took time out of their busy schedule to visit the children at Making Rainbows preschool in Hope. The pair shared candy caneswith the children and listened closely to More »

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Hope Lions Club Make Christmas Presentation to Long-Time Server

The Hope Lions gave a Christmas present to their long-time server on Monday December 15th.  Manuel Mendoza does a wonderful job and is well-loved by the Lions.  Lion Laurie Pinner made the More »

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Two Hope Lions Presented with “Dalstrom” Awards

Two Hope Lions were honored with Edwin Dalstrom awards Monday December 15th.  The Dalstrom awards are the highest honor the club can bestow through Mid South Sight and Hearing Service.  The awards More »

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Okolona Man Killed in One-Vehicle Accident

An Okolona man died in a one vehicle accident around 1pm Sunday (12-14) on Bateman Road near highway 53 in Clark County.  46 year old Christopher P. Thornton died after his 1987 More »

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Hope School Board Holds December Meeting

The Hope School Board held their December meeting Monday December 15th.  The board began by approving the minutes of an expulsion hearing held last month.  Under the Superintendent’s report, Mr. Bobby Hart More »

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Oakhaven Luminaries Bring Out Big Crowd

Dozens, maybe hundreds of cars came to visit Hempstead County’s “Christmas Town” on Saturday December 13th.  The residents of Oakhaven revived the tradition of lighting luminaries and lining the streets several years More »

Final Chamber Coffee of 2014 Hosted by Lance & Associates

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The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday December 17th was hosted by Lance & Associates Real Estate. It has become a tradition since 2006 that Steve Lance and staff host the final coffee of the year at their “log cabin” office at Avenue C and Hervey. Everyone really enjoyed the event! This year the Lances enlisted Amigo Juan’s to help with the catering…and the bacon-wrapped steak had folks talking all over town! It was a great time of holiday fellowship! Pictured is Rachael Green, Cindy Lance, Steve Lance, Jim Ralph, Trenace McGinnis-Stuart, and Lindsey Townsend.

Arkansas Welcome Center in Miller County Celebrates 10 Years

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The Arkansas Welcome Center in the east bound lane of I-30 in Miller County celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday December 16th.  Events included a flag raising ceremony by Arkansas High ROTC students as well as refreshments and plenty of fellowship.  The center’s manager is Hempstead County resident Melissa Adams.  Adams, a former President of the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber welcomed a number of visitors including Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor-Elect Ruth Penney-Bell.   Several staff members from the Arkansas Highway Department in Hope were also on hand for the event.
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Fire Scare at Hempstead County Jail but no Injuries

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Hope Fire Department responded to the Hempstead County Jail at approximately 4:04 Am 12/17/14 to investigate smoke coming into one cell block of the jail. The smoke was discovered as detention officers were serving breakfast to the population. The fire department remained on scene for approximately 45 minutes searching for the origin of the smoke. A check of the heating units was conducted where personnel discovered and repaired a loose fan belt on one of the motors which may have caused the smoke. There was no actual fire discovered and only one cell block with 12 inmates had to be evacuated. The current population of the Detention Center is 75, exhaust fans were set up to clear the smoke no injuries were reported.

Hope Platform Committee Finalist for Award

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The 2015 Henry Awards winners will be revealed at the 41st Annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism to be held in Texarkana in March at the Arkansas Convention Center. There’s a Hope nominee on the list. The Hope Amtrak Platform Committee is one of three finalists for the Tourism Special Achievement Award, which is presented annually to an individual or organization that has contributed to the tourism industry through leadership “above and beyond” the normal requirements of their jobs. Another nominee was the Best Western Arkansas Cooperative. There’s a Best Western in Hope. Jay Lindly of KDQN Radio in De Queen is one of the nominees for the Media Support Award, which is presented annually to a distinguished individual or organization for extraordinary attention to and/or support of Arkansas’ tourism industry through the use of media. Other awards include the Community Tourism Development Award, the Natural State Award, the Bootstrap Award, the Arkansas Heritage Award, the Grand Old Classic Special Event Award and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.

(Courtesy Saratoga, AR Digest)

Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Making Rainbows preschool in Hope

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Santa and Mrs. Claus took time out of their busy schedule to visit the children at Making Rainbows preschool in Hope. The pair shared candy caneswith the children and listened closely to the many Christmas wishes.

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Hope Lions Club Make Christmas Presentation to Long-Time Server

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The Hope Lions gave a Christmas present to their long-time server on Monday December 15th.  Manuel Mendoza does a wonderful job and is well-loved by the Lions.  Lion Laurie Pinner made the presentation.

Two Hope Lions Presented with “Dalstrom” Awards

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Two Hope Lions were honored with Edwin Dalstrom awards Monday December 15th.  The Dalstrom awards are the highest honor the club can bestow through Mid South Sight and Hearing Service.  The awards are named for the first president of that organization.  Clubs that award a Dalstrom also donate $1,000 to Mid South Sight and Hearing.  Jim DeWoody and Bill Byrd received the awards Monday.  Both are hard workers and outstanding Lions.  Making the presentation was Lions Secretary Bill Freeman.  He was joined by Nancy Bailey who presided over the meeting Monday.
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