Barbara Bright Jones Wins Washington Watermelon Weigh Off

The Old Washington Farmers Market, the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, and the World Pumpkin Commonwealth held the 4th annual Watermelon Weigh-Off in Washington on Saturday August 30th. There were eight melons More »

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Washington Receives Grant to Purchase Fire Truck

There were high spirits in Washington on Friday August 29th as the city received a $15,000 grant to purchase a fire truck from the city of Hope.  Washington obtained the grant from More »

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Chamber Cuts Ribbon for New Hope High Athletic Complex.. Booster Club Sponsors Coffee at New Facility

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday August 27th for the new Athletic Complex on the Hope High campus. The Hope Booster Club sponsored a Chamber Coffee at the More »

Greg Carthorne

Possession of a Controlled Substance (crack cocaine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana)

On August 27, 2014 at approximately 8 pm, Officers of the Hope Police Department responded to a call for service regarding a subject that was laying on the front porch of an More »

Dustin L Sanders

2 counts of First Degree Forgery and One Count of Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device

On August 25, 2014, investigators of the Hope Police Department charged Dustin L. Sanders with 2 counts of first degree forgery and one count of criminal possession of a forgery device.  The More »

Blitzie Burkham

Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Possession of a controlled Substance Hydrocodone, and Possession of a Drug Paraphernalia

On August 22, 2014, at approximately 12:30 am, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Blitzie Burkham, 28, of Hope, for possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance More »

Timothy Eugene Young

Terroristic Threatening 1st Degree Felony, Domestic Battery 3rd degree, and Fleeing

On August 20, 2014, at approximately 1:20 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Timothy Eugene Young, 27, of Hope, for terroristic threatening 1st degree felony, domestic battery 3rd degree, and More »

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UACCH Holds Chamber Coffee for New Vice Chancellors

UACCH held a special Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee Thursday August 28th to introduce their two new Vice Chancellors. Laura Clark has been at UACCH for 20 years and is More »

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Regional Experience Works Group Hears from Novalene Slatton of The Hope Chamber

Experience Works held a regional meeting in Hope with program coordinators. persons in adult education, and Sarah A. Biggers, C.E.O. of the non-profit program from Washington, D.C..  Area Director Brenda Chancellor of More »

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C.E.O. of “Experience Works” Visits Hope

Sarah A. Biggers, the C.E.O. of Experience Works was in Hope Wednesday (8-27) to promote a program called “Blended Learning”. Expericne Works is a national community based organization and a leading provider More »

Barbara Bright Jones Wins Washington Watermelon Weigh Off

The Old Washington Farmers Market, the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, and the World Pumpkin Commonwealth held the 4th annual Watermelon Weigh-Off in Washington on Saturday August 30th. There were eight melons entered, the biggest field ever. Mike Daniel of Arkadelphia took $200 and third place with at 121.9 pound melon. Lloyd Bright took 2nd place with a 165.5 pound melon. This melon was unusual in that it was a Black Diamond hybrid. The dark green melons were the melons of choice back in 1917 when Hope druggist John S. Gibson held the first watermelon growing competition in Hempstead County. Bright won $300. The top prize went to Barbara Bright Jones of Bossier City, Louisiana. Jones melon, grown in Hempstead County, weighed in at 181.4 pound. Jones won $500. Despite the threat of wet weather a good crowd turned out to see the weigh off. Many people enjoyed shopping for produce and hand-crafted craft items. The organizers want to thank Michelli Scales of Bossier City, Louisiana for providing the electronic scales for the weigh off. Special thanks also to Dr. Vic Ford, Dr. John Barry, and Clay Wingfield of the Univeristy of Arkansas Southwest Research and Extension Center for measuring and weighing the melons. Josh Williams of Washington is chairman of the event.058082

Washington Receives Grant to Purchase Fire Truck

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There were high spirits in Washington on Friday August 29th as the city received a $15,000 grant to purchase a fire truck from the city of Hope.  Washington obtained the grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission through the General Improvement Funded Fire Protection Grant Program.  The new truck comes from the Hope Fire Department who recently put the truck up for auction after purchasing a new truck.  The Washington Fire Department provides fire protection and first responder assistance for the 183 citizens of Washington as well as the tourists to and structures of Historic Washing to State Park and the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation.

Pictured is Daniel Shelman and Holly Ballard of Historic Washington State Park, Hope Fire Chief Dale Glanton, Jamie Pafford Gresham of the Arkansas Rural Development Commission, Washington Mayor Paul Henley, John Andrews, Director of the Arkansas Department of Rural Services, Washington Fire Chief Deriel Romine, State Representative Brent Talley,  Washington Fire Auxiliary Secretary/Treasurer Dolly Henley, Washington City Clerk Becky Dye, Washington Alderman Ann McBride, Washington Fire Auxiliary President Robert Deaton, and Washington Alderman Marion Taylor.  

Chamber Cuts Ribbon for New Hope High Athletic Complex.. Booster Club Sponsors Coffee at New Facility

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The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday August 27th for the new Athletic Complex on the Hope High campus. The Hope Booster Club sponsored a Chamber Coffee at the complex and at 10am everyone at the Coffee went outside for the ribbon-cutting. School board member Jesus Coronado actually cut the ribbon. Superintendent Bobby Hart thanked all those who had a hand in the complex including school board members and former Superintendent Kenneth Muldrew. Following the ribbon-cutting tours of the new facility were given. The complex will not only serve those who play sports but also features classroom space for the band program, the choir program, and special education.

Possession of a Controlled Substance (crack cocaine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana)

Greg Carthorne

On August 27, 2014 at approximately 8 pm, Officers of the Hope Police Department responded to a call for service regarding a subject that was laying on the front porch of an apartment located at 916 Henry C. Yerger Street, also referred to as Yerger Terrace, in Hope, Arkansas. Upon arrival, officers located Greg Carthorne, 44, of Fulton.  A warrant check determined that Carthorne had an active Failure to Comply warrant with the City of Hope. Carthorne was arrested for the warrant, and during the search incident to arrest officers located an off white rock like substance believed to be crack cocaine and a small amount of a substance believed to be marijuana on Carthorne’s person.  Carthorne was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (crack cocaine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana) and held for a first appearance. 

2 counts of First Degree Forgery and One Count of Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device

Dustin L Sanders

On August 25, 2014, investigators of the Hope Police Department charged Dustin L. Sanders with 2 counts of first degree forgery and one count of criminal possession of a forgery device.  The arrest was the result of a search warrant conducted on August 22, 2014 at a residence in the 700 block of Southland Drive, in Hope, Arkansas.  During the course of the search, investigators located and seized several items believed to be used to produce counterfeit money.  Sanders was already in custody at the Hempstead County Detention Facility, and will be held for a first appearance on the additional charges.

Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Possession of a controlled Substance Hydrocodone, and Possession of a Drug Paraphernalia

Blitzie Burkham

On August 22, 2014, at approximately 12:30 am, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Blitzie Burkham, 28, of Hope, for possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance hydrocodone, and possession of a drug paraphernalia.  The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted in the area of the 1300 block of North Walker Street, in Hope. Officers seized approximately .3 grams of a crystal rock like substance believed to be methamphetamine, a set of scales, and prescription pills.  Ms. Burkham was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility and held for a first appearance.  The driver of the vehicle, Dustin Sanders, 31, of Hope was also arrested for a misdemeanor warrant.  

Terroristic Threatening 1st Degree Felony, Domestic Battery 3rd degree, and Fleeing

Timothy Eugene Young

On August 20, 2014, at approximately 1:20 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Timothy Eugene Young, 27, of Hope, for terroristic threatening 1st degree felony, domestic battery 3rd degree, and fleeing.  Officers made contact with Young in the area of Berry Street and Long Street in Hope, where Young was riding a horse.  Young was advised by the officers to stop; however, he turned the horse and began to flee from officers.  Young was taken into custody a few minutes later and transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility to be held for a first appearance. The arrest was the result of a warrant obtained by the Hope Police Department for an altercation which occurred on August 15, 2014, at approximately 420pm in the area of the 600 block of Glenn Street in Hope, Arkansas.  

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