Category Archives: Local News

Possession of Controlled substance Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


On September 9, 2014, at approximately 1:45 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Debra Cole, 40, of Rosston for Possession of Controlled substance Methamphetamine, possession of Marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The arrest was the result of a traffic stop made in the 300 block of East 16th Street for a traffic violation. Cole was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility and held for a first appearance.

Juvenile Charged with Battery in 2nd Degree, Aggravated Residential Burglary, and Engaging in Violent Criminal Group Activity


On September 24, 2014 at approximately 130pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested a 14 year old male juvenile from Hope High School with a warrant, for an incident that occurred on September 18, 2014 at Southview Apartments, in Hope.  On September 18, 2014 at approximately 11pm, the 14 year old juvenile and several other individuals entered an apartment through an unlocked window and chased Shawn Fulks, 30, of Hope from the apartment, through the complex, and then physically attacked him causing injuries to Fulk’s head.  Fulks was later transported by ambulance to Wadley Hospital of Hope. The juvenile was charged with battery 2nd degree, aggravated residential burglary, and engaging in violent criminal group activity and released to the Hempstead County Detention Facility.

Hope Lions Induct Two New Members

The Hope Lions Club welcomed two new members on Monday September 29th. 2nd Vice-District Governor John Collier inducted Lori Cox and James Zumwalt. Cox works for Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home and Zumwalt works for South Arkansas Youth Services. Pictured is Collier, Cox’s sponsor Sharon Wright, Cox, Zumwalt, and Zumwalt’s sponsor Dustin Brewer.

Hope Native Returns to Fill Assistant Director’s Position at UACCH Hempstead Hall


Hempstead Hall, on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, is pleased to welcome Hope native, Brad Rogers, as Assistant Director. Rogers brings to the position an extensive customer service and management background gained from his previous employment with American Airlines, American Airlines Federal Credit Union and Homeland Security. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry from Henderson State University and also a Lifetime Teaching Certification in Secondary Education from Texas A&M University, Texarkana. Being a life-long advocate of Hope and the surrounding area, Rogers is looking to positively impact the quality of life by working with the Hempstead Hall Team.  With over 46,876 guests since opening in 2013, Hempstead Hall has provided a venue for a broad array of events and activities to be held right here in Hempstead County.  With the ability to accommodate concerts, meetings, conventions, performing arts, banquets, and much more,  Hempstead Hall and the facility management team is ready to help you with your next event. Visit the Hempstead Hall website at, for a full list of upcoming events and activities. 

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Ethan Bortnic Concert at Hempstead Hall

13 year old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick is shown during his concert at Hempstead Hall Monday (9-22).  Bortnick also requested a choir be comprised of local young people and they accompanied him on several songs.  The choir was under the direction of Julie Wood.  Next up at Hempstead Hall is B.J. Thomas on October 10th…for tickets go to

Santa Cop


The Hope Police Department is now accepting donations for our Santa Cop Program. Cash and checks will be accepted at our Records Office located at the Police Department, or by mail at Hope Police Department P.O. Box 1346, Hope, AR 71802.

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