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The Ladycat’s softball scheduled for today, April 28th has been postponed until tomorrow, April 29th


The Ladycat’s softball scheduled for today, April 28th has been postponed until tomorrow, April 29th. The Ladycats will play a home game tomorrow at 4:30 pm.

Major Fire in Downtown Prescott


Smoldering piles of lumber and bricks are all that’s left of most of a half – block of East Elm in downtown Prescott after fire claimed the historic old Prescott Hardware building early Tuesday April 28th. Prescott firemen were still on the scene still putting out hot spots shortly before 8am. The fire was discovered around 1:30 am. Jeremy Hendrix of the Nevada County Rescue fell through the roof helping fight the fire and broke his wrist and finger and is going to have to have surgery. Still no word on what caused the fire.

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Train Day Committee Meets


Hope’s 3rd annual Train Day will be here soon! The event is set for May 9th in downtown Hope. Events will include a 5k sponsored by the Melonvine Striders, a magician, the Hope and Washington Farmers Markets, a barbecue contest, a Train Art contest, a children’s play performance by the Wildwood Performing Arts Center, kids’ train rides, free hot dogs, a “Bubble College” for kids, a health fair with vision screening, heart checks, the Veterans Service van, a Life Share blood drive, a graffiti train. Jeff Cook is shown displaying a proposed poster for the event. Co-chairmen Sharon Caldwell and Melinda Brinkmeyer are shown presiding over the most recent meeting which was held April 22nd.


Hope Lions Hear about Local Food and Hope Farmers Market

Jodi Coffee, Market Manager of the Hope Farmers Market, spoke to the Hope Lions Club on Monday April 27th.  She encouraged the Lions to eat as much locally-grown food as possible and noted the Hope Farmers Market will open May 5th at 7am at Third & Elm.  The market will be open each Tuesday morning throughout the growing season.

Hempstead County Quorum Court Meets


The Hempstead County Quorum Court met Thursday April 23rd for their regular monthly meeting. The JP’S passed a couple of transfer ordinances, one of which was for $ 1,400 which was a donation for the Sheriff’s Department to purchase some body cameras. Sheriff James Singleton says he may get a donation to buy five more. The JP’s heard from Windel Ross on a program to help homeless veterans to purchase homes. Judge Haskell Morse noted the courthouse will close at noon on May 8th. He noted Hope Water & Light will have the power off to do some electrical work outside the courthouse. This will only affect the courthouse. Judge Morse talked about the need for more graders and how to pay for them. . A lease plan was discussed. No action was taken. He also talked about the county possibly getting a boom and chipper to assist in cleaning up areas where items have been dumped. Judge Morse also noted cameras are out in areas where there has been illegal dumping. He noted the county has written four citations for illegal dumping and the county is working on several more cases. Judge Morse noted the county is looking at a system called “code red” which would call all landlines and cell phones in the county when there are weather warnings. He notes this system would cost $ 5,000 or less annually. He noted the cost just to fix the Oakhaven siren alone is $ 11,340. The judge said if the county gets the code red system they will still keep some sirens especially near schools. It was noted the county OEM coordinator has prepared a courthouse emergency plan. The new county supervisor Tim Blue was also introduced. Sheriff James Singleton showed some photos of the deterioration of the old armory. The county uses the building for storage ;however the roof is deteriorating and the items will have to be moved. To fix the roof and foundation would cost $ 71,000. There has been an estimate of $ 90,000 to tear it down ;however the judge thinks the county could get it down with a track hoe. It was also discussed to bring in a crane to remove the joists and then the county could bring it down. Replacing the building with a metal building was discussed. It was also noted some of the area might could be used for additional courthouse parking. No action was taken. Sheriff James Singleton gave the JP’S a presentation on efforts to build a monument in honor of Hempstead County native and resident Brigadier General Herbert Jack Lloyd. Sheriff Singleton said $ 25,000 of the $ 45,000 needed has been raised. It is hoped the monument can be unveiled on Veterans Day. The judge noted veterans service Officer Leon Prince is working on a Memorial Day program. The meeting then adjourned.

22nd Annual U of A Hope Fish Fry A Success for Single Parent Scholarship Fund


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope would like to thank the community for their support of the 22nd Annual U of A Hope Fish Fry. This year’s event was a success with over 1,600 attending, helping to raise over $19,500 for the Hempstead-Lafayette Single Parent Scholarship Fund and the U Can Scholarship. The UACCH Foundation, as the fiscal agent for the Hempstead-Lafayette Single Parent Scholarship Fund will now apply for up to $14,000 in matching funds from the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. The College would like to thank the Lions Club for the outstanding job they do each year in preparing their famous fried fish and side dishes. The year’s event was special in that we had Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Executive Director, Ruthanne Hill in attendance to witness first-hand the community support and involvement in this event. Hope’s very talented local entertainment did an outstanding job performing from the Anthony-Routon Amphitheater. The entertainment included Unity Youth Choir, Joy Trio, Melody Boys, Genesis Drive, and Randy and Misty Banks. U of A Hope would like to thank our sponsors who are so important to the success of this event. This year our Big Catch sponsors included Tyson, Brazzel Funeral Services, and Georgia Pacific. The Fishin’ Pole Sponsors were Lance and Associates Real Estate and Hope Water & Light. The Fishin’ Net Sponsors were AEP-SWEPCO, Coco-Cola Bottling Company, Joan McLean Family Nurse Practitioner, and Super 1 Foods. Other Community supporters include Tyson Funds for donating the chicken, Brazzel and Herndon-Pharr Funeral home for donating the use of their tents, and Super 1 Foods. This scholarship allows single parents in Hempstead and Lafayette Counties to apply for these funds and attend any Arkansas College or University. The U of A Hope-Texarkana Fish Fry serves as the primary fundraising activity for these funds. Again, thank you for supporting the U of A Hope-Texarkana Annual Fish Fry.

Single Parent Scholarship Application Deadline is April 30th


Single Parent Scholarship Recipients Enjoy meal and fellowship with SPSF Board Members. Pictured above is scholarship recipients left to right: Tony Page, Tephanie Johnson, Linda Butler, Tomeka Morris, and Wendy McKamie. They are pictured with SPSF Board member John Watkins.
The Hempstead-Lafayette County Single Parent Scholarship Board is currently accepting applications for Summer and Fall semester scholarships. The deadline for apply for a Single Parent Scholarship for the Summer Semester is April 30 and July 1 for Fall Semester scholarships. A full application and list of qualifying criteria is available at under the Admissions/financial aid tab. The current recipients of the scholarship recently enjoyed a meal and fellowship with the Hempstead-Lafayette County Single Parent Scholarship Board members. The 2015 recipients include Tony Page , Tephanie Johnson, Linda Butler, Tomeka Morris, and Wendy McKamie.


During the dinner, recipients were presented with a certificate of scholarship to recognize their efforts and being awarded this scholarship. The scholarship allows student to select the Arkansas College of their choice to attend. Pictured to the left is SPSF Board Vice-Chairman, Dr. Claudia Griffin and Chairman Dolly Henley presenting Tomeka Morris with her scholarship. Please the SPSF Board congratulate these students on their receiving this scholarship. Funds raised at the Annual UACCH Fish Fry raise funds that are matched annually from the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit the college website at


Kids’ College Registration Deadline is April 30th


The deadline to register students for the 2015 Kids’ College is April 30. The UACCH KIDS’ COLLEGE offers a summer enrichment boost for capable and motivated students who will enter 1st through 6th grades in the Fall of 2015. The program’s focus will be to cultivate new interests, expand knowledge, and spark the children’s imagination and creativity while providing a non-graded environment for personal growth and development. The staff has been specifically selected for their creativity and expertise. They are committed to enhancing the love and adventure of learning while developing well rounded children who will seek college educations in their futures.
WEEK 1 – June 8th – 11th
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., for students entering 1st and 2nd grade; afternoon sessions, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., for students entering 3rd and 4th grade.
WEEK 2 – June 15th – 18th
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., for students entering 1 st and 2nd grade; afternoon sessions, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., for students entering 3 rd and 4th grade.
WEEK 3 – June 22nd – 25th
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., for students entering 5th and 6th grade; OR afternoon sessions, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., for students entering 5th and 6th grade; OR full day sessions, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., for students entering 5th and 6th grade. Full day students must bring their lunch.
For more information and to register contact Nancy Kenworthy at 870-722-8102 or e-mail inquiries should be sent to A Kids’ College booklet can be viewed at the college website at

Garrett Memorial Christian School Hosts Chamber Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday April 22nd was hosted by the Garrett Memorial Christian School. The Coffee was held at the school which is located at #1 Genesis Drive next to Wal-Mart and Red River Credit Union. The Coffee is hosted by the 6th grade class. The students welcomed the visitors, served the refreshments, and offered tours of the campus. Pictured on the back row is Mrs. Marlar, a teacher, as well as students Grayson Rosenbaum, Landon Rosenbaum, Raley Sullivan, Gideon Barrogan, Libby Tyson, Alex Peek, Matthew Lloyd, Annabeth Martin, and Tyjon Harris. Teacher Judy Alexander is at the end of the row. On the front row is Ayden Sundberg, Makayla Purtle, Joey Jaggars, Ashton Adams, Marie Akard, Caleb Reynga, Will Zumwalt, Grayson Chambless, Chandler Smith, Jared Santifer, and Claire Fry.

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