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Hope Water & Light Warns Customers About “Green Dot” Scam


Hope Water & Light (HWL) is warning customers about a scam involving a telephone caller posing as a utility company disconnect and billing employee threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made using a pre-paid debit card specifically a Green Dot card.  “Nothing else would do”, according to General Manager, Steve Saum. “Scams involving callers asking for utility bill payment via Green Dot cards have been reported by HWL customers”, said Saum.  “This is the second time this scam has occurred in less than six months.  The first time residential customers were targeted this time businesses are being targeted.” Please know that HWL does not require payment over the phone via specific means, including Green Dot cards. Moreover, HWL does not demand payment over the phone to avoid an impending termination of service. Charlotte Bradley, Assistant General Manager, Administrative Services, stated “I called the 866 number that was given to us by a customer and it is a legitimate scam.” “They have done their research and are very good at their scam They told me to go to a specific location in Hope and buy a Green Dot card, scratch off the gray strip then call them back and provide them with the numbers on the back.  Once they have this information, they will provide a reference number and code for the technician in order to avoid disconnection of service.  She said, “I was shocked because they had an answer for any questions I asked until I asked to speak to myself.  That is when they decided to hang up.” “If you receive a call demanding payment via a specific option, including a Green Dot card, it’s a scam, and you should report this crime to your local authorities,” said Ms. Bradley.  You can always come into the office or use our night deposit lock box to make after hours payment.  We will take cash, checks and money orders.  We will not limit your payment method to a “Green Dot Money Pax Same Day Payment”.  If you have questions or concerns please call 870-777-3000 before making any payments over the phone from a caller demanding money for your HWL bill.

Historic Washington State Park 28th Annual Christmas and Candlelight

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Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park for its 28th Annual Christmas and Candlelight which will be held December 6th & 13th 2014. The park will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. both days, but to enjoy the thousands of luminaries and special music you may want to wait until later in the afternoon to pay a visit. Tour locations and homes will be adorned in 19th century style decorations including natural handmade wreaths and swags tailored by park staff and volunteers the week of the event. Evening programming and tours begin at 1:00 P.M., lighting of the luminaries will take place at dark, and music from groups and choirs throughout the region will begin at 5:00 P.M. The famous William’s Tavern Restaurant Christmas Buffet will be served for both lunch and dinner so you don’t have to miss out on that tasty tradition no matter what time you arrive for the event. Whether you choose to stroll the boardwalk streets or take a ride on the horse drawn surrey, you don’t want to miss bringing in the Christmas Season the old fashion way with Historic Washington State Park. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (6 -12) plus tax.  Begin your own Christmas tradition by joining Arkansas’s Premier Historical State Park only eight miles off I30 from Hope Arkansas in Southwest Arkansas.   For more information contact Historic Washington at 870-983-2684, or  


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Hope Rotary Club Hears from State Senator Larry Teague

State Senator Larry Teague spoke to the Hope Rotary Club on Thursday November 20th.  The Senator is Joint Budget Chairman and he spoke about his thoughts on issues the Senate will face when the legislature convenes in January.  He answered numerous questions from the Rotarians and tempered his remarks with humor.  The Senator was invited by Rotarian Paul Henley.

UALR Associate Dean for College of Business, John Hall among UALR personnel who traveled to Texarkana Wednesday to enroll students for Spring Semester


PICTURED: Dr. John Hall, Associate Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Business visits with two U of A Texarkana students who were interested in more information about the classes UALR is offering this spring in Texarkana.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) has partnered with U of A Texarkana to offer Bachelor degrees on the Texarkana campus.  Wednesday, November 19, UALR was well represented on the U of A Texarkana Campus as they visited with students about the courses UALR will be offering in Texarkana starting in January of 2015. UALR explained to enrolling students that they will begin this spring offering business courses and expand course offerings once the new building is completed on campus. To enroll in the UALR classes on the U of A Texarkana campus visit or if you have questions,  call Vice Chancellor for Academics Laura Clark 870-777-5722  


Prescott-Nevada County Retail Merchants Christmas Open House


Prescott-Nevada County asks the public to support local merchants by shopping the Retail Merchants on Christmas Open House Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Participating Merchants are:

Effie’s Flowers

Picket Fence

Antiques Plus

Prescott Flowers & Garden

Hwy 67 Flea Market

Town & Country Treasures

Sonic Drive In

Dollar General Store


Nina Lee’s Nearly New

Chamber of Commerce Office

Lisa Ward – Jewelry

Brandi Jones – Avon

Ashley Ratliff – Scarves

Connie Martin – Embroidery items

Kathy Gober – hair bows

Trenace Stewart – Sweet T’s Boutique

Izzy’s Place – desserts

Tina Blevins – handmade tote bags

Kyla Chambless- handmade soap

Shop these merchants and register for Gift Basket valued at $150. Drawing for Gift Basket winner will be on Monday, November 24th at 10 am at the Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce.

Fish Salvage at Millwood

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In late September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted a routine inspection of the stilling basin below Millwood Lake. Similar to inspections below DeGray Lake and Lake Greeson, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fisheries personnel were asked to help relocate fish that were trapped during dewatering. However, the fish salvage operations, so successful at other lakes, was quickly dwarfed at Millwood.
District Fisheries Biologist, Eric Brinkman said the agency’s goal was to save as many sportfish as possible. “Species such as striped bass, largemouth bass, white bass and flathead catfish were our target, ” Brinkman said. “We also wanted to save other less common species including American eel, shovelnose sturgeon, blue suckers, and alligator gar,” he added.
Unfortunately the baffles in the Millwood basin are much closer and the basin is much larger than those below other Corps reservoirs in the area. “Our boats didn’t have room to maneuver and the quantity of trapped fish far exceeded our expectations,” Brinkman said.
During the two days allowed for the fish salvage portion of the operation, AGFC and Corps personnel worked long hours to remove as many fish as possible. “In short, we saved as many fish as we could, but most were lost,” Brinkman said. Luckily, the species that were lost were primarily species that are very common to the Little River System. Blue catfish, buffalo, and gar made up the bulk of the stranded fish. A few striped bass and white bass were also removed, but crappie and black bass species were very rare. Only four American eel and none of the less common species were found in the basin.
Over time the area will be naturally repopulated with fish from Little River downstream, but to help the process along Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery personnel stocked 17,520 yearling blue catfish into the Little River below Millwood Lake. “Blue catfish were the primary species lost in the event, so this was the most appropriate species to put back,” Brinkman noted.
News story credited to Saratoga, AR Digest

Rainbow of Challenges Hosts Chamber Coffee


The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday November 19th was hosted by Rainbow of Challenges.  Staff and board members take time to pose!  The group provided plenty of homemade favorites as well as the famous chocalate covered strawberries prepared by Rainbow Enterprises for their famous gift baskets.

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