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Hope Native Dennis Ramsey Named Market President of Farmers Bank & Trust for Hope Area

Hope native and longtime Hope banker, Dennis Ramsey, has accepted the position of Market President for the Hope Market for Farmers Bank & Trust of Magnolia, Arkansas according to Chris Gosnell, Chief More »

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Rainbow Industries Taking Orders for Valentine’s Day Baskets and Arrangements

Rainbow Industries is taking advance orders of gift arrangements for Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14. Gifts featuring arrangements of popcorn, peanuts, chips, cookies, soft drinks, and chocolate may be purchased. Special hand-dipped More »

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Hempstead County Spelling Bee Winner

Mika Brown – Beryl Henry Elementary – 5th Grade – Hempstead County Spelling Bee Winner. More »

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Prescott vs Blevins Basketball Games Cancelled for January 29th

The Prescott Senior High Boys & Girls Basketball games for January 29th has been cancelled. More »

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Rest in Peace Sgt. James William Holt

Remains of a local soldier who disappeared during the Vietnam Conflict have recently been identified and will soon be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Sergeant James William Holt was listed More »

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Southwest Arkansas Farmer’s Market Consortium Holds Meeting to Plan 2015 Markets

Over 100 people turned out Tuesday January 27th for a meeting of the Southwest Arkansas Farmer’s Market Consortium at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas Hope campus.  The meeting included the More »

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Lewisville Plant Begins Production

Linde, LLC, has started up its 470 ton-per-day air separation plant in Lewisville, Arkansas. The plant, which produces liquid nitrogen and oxygen, was built, according to the Linde, “to meet rapidly growing More »

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Hope School Board Holds January Meeting

The Hope School Board held their January meeting a week later than normal on Monday ((January 26th). Superintendent Bobby Hart opened with his report noting the equipment had been removed from the More »

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The Power of Two

There is sunshine on the horizon as Prescott/Nevada County Special Services, Inc. has teamed with Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. of Hope. The unique arrangement is viewed as a “win-win” for both agencies, More »

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Burglary at AT&T in Hope

On January 25, 2015, at approximately at 7am, officers responded to the 500 block of North Hervey, also known as AT&T, in reference to a commercial burglary. Officers made contact with the More »

Hope Native Dennis Ramsey Named Market President of Farmers Bank & Trust for Hope Area

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Hope native and longtime Hope banker, Dennis Ramsey, has accepted the position of Market President for the Hope Market for Farmers Bank & Trust of Magnolia, Arkansas according to Chris Gosnell, Chief Banking Officer.  In this position, Ramsey will be responsible for overseeing the business development and operations of the Farmers Bank & Trust branches in Hope, Lewisville, and Blevins, Arkansas.  His employment is effective immediately. Ramsey comes to Farmers Bank & Trust with over 38 years of prior bank management experience, primarily in the Hope market.  “Farmers Bank & Trust is excited to welcome Dennis to our Farmers Bank & Trust management team,” stated Gosnell.  “Dennis has been a familiar face to this community for years, and knows these markets well.  We feel that coupled with his banking expertise and community involvement, he will be a great asset to Farmers Bank & Trust and to the  new customers and communities we will be serving as a result of our recent merger with 1st Bank.” In addition to his banking experience, Ramsey has been actively involved in the Hope community, serving his 25th year as the Mayor of Hope and 37th year on the City Board of Hope.  In addition, he serves on the Board of Visitors for the UACCH Foundation, Rainbow of Challenges, and other community organizations.  He is a 1966 graduate of Hope High School and received his B.A. in Political Science from Ouachita Baptist University.   Ramsey resides in Hope with his wife, Linda, and has two grown children and five grandchildren. “I am looking forward to working with Farmers Bank & Trust,” stated Ramsey.  “I have been friends with Bruce Maloch and Bob Burns for over 32 years and know the integrity they have in running their Bank.  The former 1st Bank and its employees have had a long, successful history serving their customers in Hempstead County. With the merger of 1st Bank into Farmers Bank & Trust, I am very excited for the opportunity.  I look forward to working with the team here in Hope to grow the bank, and, most importantly, meet the financial needs of our customers and friends.                     

Rainbow Industries Taking Orders for Valentine’s Day Baskets and Arrangements

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Rainbow Industries is taking advance orders of gift arrangements for Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14. Gifts featuring arrangements of popcorn, peanuts, chips, cookies, soft drinks, and chocolate may be purchased. Special hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries are also featured. Dipped strawberry orders are due by Monday, February 9. Balloons are also available and customers may bring items such as stuffed animals, toys, etc. to add to their order. Arrangements may be delivered for a minimal additional charge. “Special Gifts Made by Special People” remains the theme for all gift baskets and all proceeds will be directed to Rainbow Industries programs. For more information and prices, please contact Denise at Rainbow Industries at 870-722-1255. Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. administers a wide array of services for persons who have developmental disabilities in Southwest Arkansas. Emphasis is placed on services that help each person achieve the highest degree of personal independence. Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. is committed to implementing a safer, healthier, happier, and more independent lifestyle for individuals having special needs. For more information, please contact Rainbow of Challenges at 870-777-4501.

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Hempstead County Spelling Bee Winner

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photoMika Brown – Beryl Henry Elementary – 5th Grade – Hempstead County Spelling Bee Winner.

Prescott vs Blevins Basketball Games Cancelled for January 29th

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The Prescott Senior High Boys & Girls Basketball games for January 29th has been cancelled.

Rest in Peace Sgt. James William Holt

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Remains of a local soldier who disappeared during the Vietnam Conflict have recently been identified and will soon be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Sergeant James William Holt was listed as “missing in action” nearly a half-century ago. Sgt. Holt was born September 19, 1941 at Hope and was listed as a Hot Springs resident. Holt’s family was recently notified his remains had been found and positively identified. Sgt. Holt was a medic assigned to Company C, 5th Special Forces Group. This was apparently the first time the North Vietnamese used tanks in battle. According to a narrative of the incident from POW Action, Sgt. Holt died a hero:

“Shortly after midnight on February 7, 1968, a combined NVA infantry-tank assault drove into Lang Vei. Two PT-76 tanks threatened the outer perimeter of the camp as infantry rushed behind them  SFC James W. Holt destroyed both tanks with shots from his 106mm recoilless (sic) rifle. More tanks came around the burning hulk of the first two tanks and began to roll over the 104th CIDG Company’s defensive positions. SSgt. Peter Tiroch, the assistant intelligence sergeant, ran over to Holt’s position and helped load the weapon. Holt quickly lined up a third tank in his sights and destroyed it with a direct hit. After a second shot at the tank, Holt and Tiroch left the weapons pit just before it was demolished by return cannon fire. Tiroch watched Holt run over to the ammunition bunker to look for some hand-held Light Anti-tank Weapons (LAWs). It was the last time Holt was ever seen.”

The Texarkana Area Chapter #278 of the Vietnam Veterans of America are working on a Memorial Service for February 7, the 47th anniversary of the battle. Those details are still being finalized.

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Southwest Arkansas Farmer’s Market Consortium Holds Meeting to Plan 2015 Markets

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Over 100 people turned out Tuesday January 27th for a meeting of the Southwest Arkansas Farmer’s Market Consortium at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas Hope campus.  The meeting included the market managers, producers, and patrons of the Hope, Washington, and Nashville Farmer’s Markets. A “local foods tasting” was held several dozen dishes served featuring home-grown foods. Debra Bolding and Jodi Coffee gave an update on the history of the local farmer’s markets as well as offering some of the guidelines producers must follow. The markets will feature fresh, locally-grown produce sold by the grower as well as local honey, farm-fresh eggs, fresh-cut flowers, home-baked goods, home-made soaps, and at some markets hand-crafted items. The markets start in May of this year. Hope will meet on Tuesdays, Nashville on Fridays, and Washington on Saturdays. For info on Hope phone Jodi Coffee at 870-703-5426, in Nashville Debra Bolding at 870-557-2352, and in Washington Billy O’Rorke at 870-826-4101. All the markets are on facebook as well. Pictured is Bolding, Coffee, and O’Rorke.

Lewisville Plant Begins Production

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Linde, LLC, has started up its 470 ton-per-day air separation plant in Lewisville, Arkansas. The plant, which produces liquid nitrogen and oxygen, was built, according to the Linde, “to meet rapidly growing customer demand in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma. The open house to celebrate the plant start-up is scheduled for May 14.

“This plant gives us the size and operating efficiencies we need to support our top customers, who are experiencing exceptional growth in their businesses and who are poised for even more growth in the future,” said Pat Murphy, president of Linde LLC.

The gases produced at the plant will be delivered by tanker truck to customers for freezing and chilling of a variety of meats, poultry, and a host of other products. The gas products will be to supply manufacturers of refined oil, petrochemicals, fine and specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and pulp and paper products. “Linde is bringing production closer to our customers so we can improve their supply security and at the same time reduce our own carbon footprint. Developing environmental solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions is part of Linde’s commitment to sustainability,” Murphy said.

Story courtesy of saratogaarkdigest.

 

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