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Hope City Board Holds First Meeting Of June

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The Hope City Board met Tuesday June 2nd for their first meeting of June. The meeting opened with County Judge Haskell Morse presenting Mayor Dennis Ramsey with a 1940’s aerial photo of City Hall and the downtown area. The Judge said the photo was presented in honor of the spirit of cooperation between the county and city. The board accepted a low bid of $ 346,822 from Township Builders for the rehabilitation of an apron . 90 % of the funding will come from Arkansas Aeronautics in the form of a grant. The low bid was accepted pending approval by Arkansas Aeronautics. Township was the company that did the renovation in downtown Hope in 1993 and to take out the downtown plaza. The board discussed the old Graves //Cox Drug building at 2nd and Elm. The board discussed accepting the building and adjacent lots from Allison Graves, Julie Bethell, and John Robert Graves. At least one board member and one audience member questioned whether the city might accept the building and renovate it. Mayor Ramsey said he didn’t want it unless it was to be torn down because the city didn’t have funds to refurbish it. The board decided to take no action until the next meeting. Under the city manager’s report, Catherine Cook noted the planned work at the landfill has been postponed due to the rainy weather. She noted there is a wastewater bid opening June 11th. A street committee meeting was also discussed. Cook gave the board a bid of $ 30, 000. to tear down the old Dox Otasco building. . The city could probably tear it down but it would not be until November. It is believed the west wall is in danger of collapsing. No action was taken. Also, Cook said spraying for mosquitoes will start soon. Mayor Ramsey read a letter from a doctor in Texas concerning visiting the Visitors Information Center and their good treatment by city employee Margaret Smith. Eddie Garcia from the audience inquired about the issue of people parking in yards. He noted there was a home where people were parking in the back yard and he realized that was also against the law. Garcia said he felt the parking in the back was not a problem. Under questioning, Garcia noted the backyard was was accessed by a driveway. Garcia was told the city manager will check into the situation. The meeting then adjourned.

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Major Southwest Arkansas Rail Project

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Union Pacific plans to invest $98 million dollars to make improvements in Arkansas, including a major southwest Arkansas project.  The company plans to spend $7.1 million dollars on its main line between Hope and Texarkana. This will include replacing 50,383 railroad ties and installing 21,910 tons of rock ballast. In addition, crews are repairing the surfaces at 40 road crossings. The company says the Arkansas projects are part of an ongoing investment strategy that has seen the company spend more than $683 million dollars in Arkansas since 2010. “We constantly evaluate our customers’ needs to make targeted investments that enhance our efficiency and deliver the goods American businesses and families use daily, ” said Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific vice president-Public Affairs, Southern Region. “Continuing to aggressively invest in our infrastructure is an important element in Union Pacific’s unwavering safety commitment.”

Spring Hill FFA News

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Brady Gentry a 10th grade Spring Hill FFA member will be competing this week in the Arkansas FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Events. This leadership contest will be held in conjunction with The Arkansas FFA Convention at Camp Couchdale near Hot Springs. Brady won the Bodcaw Sub-Area Contest in February and qualified for the state contest by winning the Southern District FFA  CDE in March.

Meeting Held at Fulton Fire Department to Discuss Red River Flooding

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Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse addressing a room of anxious Fulton area residents Sunday evening on the rising Red River. The river should crest this week.  The judge says the crest is forecast to be 32. 2 feet on Thursday June 4th.

Prescott and Fulton Men Arrested

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At approximately 1507 hours on 05/31/15 Deputy Jimmy Bush was dispatched to 210 West Washington Street in Fulton, AR in reference to a Domestic Battery. Upon arrival he spoke with Angela Fisher. Angela stated that her boyfriend (who she has been living with) James “Andy” Taylor came home today with John Fisher at approximately 1100 hours. She stated that they got into because she stated that they were going to get some clothes for Crystal Grigsby and go pick her up from the hospital. James got angry and said that she was not going to go pick Crystal up and that he is going to. Angela stated that they argued about it and then John Fisher who is Angela’s ex-husband slapped her on the side of her face and then James Taylor punched her in her right eye. She stated that John then told her that if she called the police “there would be no more Angie on this earth”. She stated that James told her that she had until tomorrow morning for her and the kids to move out and then they are going to be coming back. At approximately 1640 hours on 05/31/15 Deputy Bush took John Fisher and James Taylor into Custody near the intersection of Hempstead 1535 and Highway 67 west. Deputy Bush transported Fisher to the Hempstead County Detention Center for the charges of Resisting Arrest, Assault on a Family Member, Terroristic Threatening, and Felony Bench Warrant for Probation Revocation and a Failure to Comply Warrant for $470.00. Fisher also had felony warrants with Nevada County, and Clark County. Deputy Francisco Mercado transported James Taylor to the Hempstead County Detention Center. James was charged with Domestic Battery Third. Deputy Bush also took a report involving these same subjects on 05/30/15. The report was on introduction of controlled substance into the body of another. In this incident James Taylor was suspected to have injected Crystal Grigsby with Methamphetamines. That case is still under investigation and arrest is expected.

Flood News and Closings

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U.S. Highway 71 is closed at Index. Detours are onto Highway 32 through Saratoga.

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According to Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse, there will be a meeting regarding the Red River flood Sunday at 6:00 pm at the Fulton City Hall.

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The American Red Cross has opened a shelter to support evacuations from Miller County and on standby for any evacuations from Bowie County at Beech Street First Baptist Church, 601 Beech Street in Texarkana, Arkansas.Call 877-500-8645.

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Arkansas Highway 108 is closed from Little River County Road 20 to the Oklahoma line.

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Richmond Road in Texarkana now closed at Texas FM 1397.

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Allen’s Ferry Access on Little River and the access road near Fulton now closed.

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The Arkansas Visitor Center on U.S. Highway 71 at Index is closed.

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Miller County has set up an around the clock Red River flood command post.

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All boat ramps on Millwood Lake have been closed.

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Millwood State Park is closed.

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Water is starting to back up into the normally dry flood plain areas around Millwood Lake.

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Arkansas Highway 41 is closed between Foreman and New Boston, Texas due to high water

 

thanks to Saratoga, Ar Digest

Two Killed Near Emmet

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Two Hope residents are dead and two injured in a two vehicle wreck in the rain Friday evening south of Emmet on U.S. Highway 67. According to the preliminary report by Arkansas State Trooper Darren Henley, a 2011 Ford driven by Kristi Brown, age unknown, of Hope, was traveling north when she apparently hydroplaned, crossed the centerline, and was struck by a 2008 Pontiac traveling south. The passengers in the Pontiac, Donna Ramsey, 55, and Scott Ramsey, 43, were killed. Brown and an unnamed juvenile in her vehicle were injured and taken to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana.