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UACCH Award Recipients Recognized at ACC Conference held Oct 12-14


The Arkansas Community Colleges recently held an annual state-wide conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center.  The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope was represented by faculty and staff who attended the three-day meeting. A variety of seminars, covering an array of topics applicable to two-year colleges across the state, were offered at the three-day conference.  Monday’s activities concluded with an awards reception recognizing the Outstanding Faculty and Staff members from each of the two-year college campuses. The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope was pleased to have our Outstanding Faculty member, Ken LeJeune, and Outstanding Staff member, Casey Curtis, recognized during the ceremony.

Ken LeJeune has served as the Director of Respiratory Therapy and has excelled in the classroom.  He has worked diligently to enhance U of A Hope’s Respiratory Therapy Program and fulfill the vision of the institution. He began teaching at U of A Hope in 1989.  He has excelled in his ability to help students expand their knowledge and educational experience at the college.





















Casey has served the students at U of A Hope since 2003 and currently serves as the Advertising and Publications Coordinator. Casey has enhanced the college’s print and publication image through his award winning gift for graphic design.  He also manages the College’s growing social media presence and often serves as the college’s photographer at events.




















A brunch Tuesday closed out the 2014 Arkansas Community Colleges conference with the recognizing of Outstanding Alumni and naming of the Academic All-Stars.  U of A Hope is pleased to announce that Jack Daniels was recognized as our Outstanding Alumnus and Kenyari Martin was named the 2014 U of A Hope Academic All-Star. Jack Daniels, an outstanding musician, father, and farmer, attended U of A Hope in August of 1989.  After his U of A Hope Education in diesel mechanics, he enrolled in Southern Arkansas University and completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a major in voice and a minor in piano.  Among other things he has toured nationally and internationally with David Phelps and the Gaither Vocal Band.  He, his wife, and their six beautiful children live on a 138 acre farm they call “Miracle Farms” at Bodcaw.





















U of A Hope’s Academic All-Star recognized at the ACC conference is Kenyari Martin, a 2013 graduate of Hope High School who plans to obtain a degree in physical therapy. Martin has been very active on campus in the TRiO Student Support Club and many other activities.  Martin encourages others to attend college and lives by the motto “Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from pursuing your goals.” U of A Hope Academic All-Star, Kenyari Martin (center) is pictured with UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason (right), and Vice-Chancellor for Academics Brian Berry.

Three Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance



On 23 October 2014, Inv. Gary Dorman was called by a concerned citizen who stated that a car pulled into the drive of their deer lease on Hempstead 15 in the Guernsey area, the caller stated that there was one woman and two men. The caller stated that he asked why they were parked in the drive. He was advised that by one male that the car was overheating. The caller was able to get the first three numbers of the license plate as he drove into his deer lease but could not make out the last three letters. The caller then turned around and attempted to get the letters. The caller stated that the female driver of the vehicle then sped off as he approached. The caller was able to get the license plate number.    Inv. Dorman ran the license plate number and it returned to an individual that had been a suspect in a breaking or entering into an unoccupied residence in that same area. Inv. Dorman went to the area and later located the vehicle on Hempstead 1009 approximately one hundred yards west of Hempstead 15. As he drove up to the vehicle, he observed David Eberhardy standing in front of the car, Tabatha Townsend in the driver’s seat, and Harley Hart sitting in the front passenger seat. Inv. Dorman asked David what he was doing. David stated that the car overheated and he was just standing there. Inv. Dorman found the story to be odd due to the fact that the hood was not opened on the car and observed no odor normally associated with an overheated vehicle. As Inv. Dorman spoke to Tabatha he noticed that she was overly nervous Inv. Dorman noticed passenger Harley Hart moving his right hand between the seat and the door of the car. Dorman asked Tabatha to step out of the car and she did. Dorman then radioed Deputy Michael Braddock to come to his location. As Inv. Dorman searched David and was talking to Harley, he observed Tabatha, with her back to him, move her hands around her waistband. Dorman then called for Deputy Marla Barnhill to come to his location. Inv. Dorman asked Tabatha if there was anything illegal in her vehicle. Tabatha refused to give Inv. Dorman consent to search her vehicle. Inv. Dorman requested that Corporal Casey Singleton with the Hope Police Department to come conduct a free air sniff with his K-9. Deputy Barnhill arrived and Dorman asked her to search Tabatha. Inv. Dorman asked Tabatha if she had anything on her person that was illegal. He advised Tabatha that he knew she placed something in the front of her pants while he was busy with David and Harley. Tabatha then removed a used syringe and gave it to Deputy Barnhill Inv. Dorman placed Tabatha under arrest for possessing drug paraphernalia. Cpl. Singleton arrived and advised Tabatha that he was going to conduct a free air sniff around her car with his K9. Cpl. Singleton then ran his K9 around Tabatha’s vehicle. Cpl. Singleton advised that his K9 “hit” on the driver’s door and the front passenger’s door. Inv. Dorman and Deputy Braddock began a search of the vehicle, during the search of the front passenger seat, where Harley had been sitting. Deputies discovered a package that had been wrapped in electrical tape, this type of concealment technique is common in methamphetamine users. The package had been cut open and its contents were missing. Inv. Dorman moved the packaging and discovered a package of diabetic syringes. There were six syringes in the package. He found a small back case that appeared to have nearly been pushed into the rear floorboard. He opened the case and discovered three baggies, one glass smoking device, and a red straw. Deputy Braddock to placed Harley into custody as Inv. Dorman took the three baggies out of the case and discovered two of the baggies had a usable amount of what appeared to be methamphetamine in them and one only had residue in it. Deputy Braddock located a syringe in the driver’s seat under a seat cushion. He also located a syringe in the back seat under a towel where David would have been able to ride due to the other seat being full of various items and a car seat in the floor. David was also arrested at that time. All three were transported to the HCDF charged with possession of Controlled Substance and are awaiting a first court appearance.


U of A Hope-Texarkana Shooting Sports Team Place 3rd at first Collegiate Shoot


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana Shooting Sports Team attended their first invitational collegiate trap shoot hosted by Lyons College in Batesville on October 18. The five member squad shot 100 targets each and placed 3rd among college teams.  The shooting sports team was started this semester at U of A Hope-Texarkana and has been well received by the student body of both campuses.  The shooting sports team coach Chris Townsend said, “I am really pleased with the great group of students and their commitment to be a part of the team.  With just a few practices before this competition, the students did a great job.” Representing the U of A Hope-Texarkana was Taylor Teague from Nashville, Clay Mclelland from Prescott, Hunter Page from Genoa, Hannah Mattson from Texarkana, and Josh Bradford from Texarkana.  The team is pictured with the team coach Chris Townsend. For more about UACCH, visit the College website at  

Angels Pageant at Rainbow of Challenges

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Pictured are individuals and staff from Rainbow of Challenges who recently attended and participated in the annual South Arkansas Angels Pageant in El Dorado. The free pageant was held at Victory Church in El Dorado and four individuals represented Rainbow of Challenges. The pageant was open to males and females of all ages with special needs. All participants won a crown, sash, and their own special title.

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UACCH Fall Festival – Friday October 31 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

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The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope’s Student Clubs and Organizations will host the free U of A Hope Fall Festival on Friday, October 31 from 5:00p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the U of A Hope Student Center.  The Student Center is located just off the fountain plaza in the center of the U of A Hope Campus. Fun activities will be available to all ages for free and a hayride will also be provided for $1.00 per person.  For more information visit the college website at

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UACCH Foundation has “Pulling” for Education Event at Grandview Shotgun Range


The UACCH Foundation had the 8th Annual Pulling for Education Trap Shoot at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Rick Evans Education and Conservation Center’s shotgun range Friday, October 17. Twenty teams registered to compete in the 3 member team trap shooting competition sponsored by AEP SWEPCO, Arkansas Farm Bureau, and Southwestern Energy. The event was wrapped-up over a big, juicy burger meal prepared by Farm Credit Services loan officers.

The competition results are as follows:

Taylor Teague- Over-all high point individual

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Evan Lamb – Runner-up High point individual

Runner Up High Point individual Evan Lamb comp


















“A” Flight Teams Results:

1st Place Team


Nashville Scrapper Trap Team Sponsored by Stephens Inc. – Taylor Teague, Evan Lamb, and Josh Reeves

1st place A flight- Nashville Trap team comp














2nd Place Team

Spring Hill High School Team Sponsored by Lance and Associates – Ross Townsend, Clay Hays, and Hays Martin

2nd Place A Flight- Spring Hill Trap comp


















3rd Place Team

Genoa Trap Team sponsored by Wholesale Electric – Ben Robinson, Donald Robinson, and Morgan Echols.

3rd Place A Flight Genoa Trap Comp


















“B” Flight

1st Place Team

SouthArk Electric – Chris Townsend, Conrad Hays, and Kurt Hays

1st Place B Flight South Ark Electric comp

















2nd Place Team

Bancorpsouth –Bruce Ward, Kyle Webb, and Steve Powell

2nd Place B Flight- BancoupSouth comp

















3rd Place Team

Coffee Family Dentist– Trevor Coffee, Jimmy Courtney, and Josh Putman

3rd Place B Flight - Coffee Family Dental comp 


















The UACCH Foundation would like to thank our sponsors and the local businesses who donated items for the auction.  Items were donated by B&R Supply, Townsend Outdoors, Lagrone Williams, Rothwell Marine, Bob Erwin, Wal-Mart, Backyard Pool and Spa, Sears, Gander Mountain, Verizon, and Farm Credit Services.  Proceeds of the event benefit the Foundation’s efforts on behalf of U of A Hope and Texarkana Shooting Sports Club and its students.  For more information about the UACCH Foundation, visit the college website at

Hope City Board Tour of Facilities

The Hope City Board held their annual Tour of Facilities Wednesday October 22nd.  One of the stops was Legion Field at Fair Park.  Parks Director Paul Henley showed the board some of the recent improvements to the 75 year old field.  The park staff was on hand for the visit and Superintendent Bobby Hart, Activities Director Bill Hoglund, and Coach Billy Rook were also on hand.  Coach Rook demonstrated how he can clock the speed of pitches so board member Don Hall fired off a couple of pitches to check.

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