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Hope City Board Meets, Employees get Christmas Eve off


The Hope City Board held an unusual meeting Friday December 19th. It was the city’s annual “mandatory staff meeting” which is to say the Christmas party. All the staff had their paychecks handed to the personally by City Manager Catherine Cook. Everyone was treated to a catered dinner by Sheba’s and then the city board met for a short meeting. The board voted to give the city staff Christmas Eve off so city employees will have an extra-long holiday. Retiring City Board member Doodle Franklin made the motion to give the staff Christmas Eve off. This year’s “mandatory staff meeting” at Hempstead Hall had a little more jolly tone than normal.007011

Santa Cop


The Hope Police Department would like to thank the many people who contributed to our Santa Cop Program this year.  With the support of our community, we will be able to help six families, a total of 17 children, have a Merry Christmas. This year donations were received from: Fred’s Dollar Store, J.M. Vaughn, Hope Lioness Club, Darryl Tate, Mary Hinton, Wilson Farm INC, Catherine Cook, Tony Yocom, Susan Still, Larry York, Jerrold and Twyla Pruden, Kiwanis Club, Southland Land and Development CO, United Way of Hempstead County, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Alan Christie, Chris Saunders, Bobbie Sparks, members of the Hope Police Department (Beard Tax, Make Up Tax), Hempstead County Sheriff’s Department, and several others who wished to remain anonymous. Without the warm hearts of the people of Hope and Hempstead County, we would not be able to help those most in need in our community. The Hope Police Department will be delivering the toys, clothes, and other gifts on Christmas Eve around 5pm.

Santa Visits Pre-K

Santa Claus took time out from his busy schedule on Wednesday December 17th to visit with pre-K students on the Yerger campus.  These students are in Mrs. Gentry’s class.  The most requested gifts were iPads and bicycles.  

2014 Hempstead County Deputy of the Year


Deputy Rebeca Medlen-Billings, as honored by the Hope Rotary Club on Thursday for being chosen as Deputy of The Year for Hempstead County. ASP Trooper Kyle Peek, and HPD Officer Eric Zimmer were also honored as officers of the year for their Departments.

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Final Chamber Coffee of 2014 Hosted by Lance & Associates

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday December 17th was hosted by Lance & Associates Real Estate. It has become a tradition since 2006 that Steve Lance and staff host the final coffee of the year at their “log cabin” office at Avenue C and Hervey. Everyone really enjoyed the event! This year the Lances enlisted Amigo Juan’s to help with the catering…and the bacon-wrapped steak had folks talking all over town! It was a great time of holiday fellowship! Pictured is Rachael Green, Cindy Lance, Steve Lance, Jim Ralph, Trenace McGinnis-Stuart, and Lindsey Townsend.

Arkansas Welcome Center in Miller County Celebrates 10 Years

The Arkansas Welcome Center in the east bound lane of I-30 in Miller County celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday December 16th.  Events included a flag raising ceremony by Arkansas High ROTC students as well as refreshments and plenty of fellowship.  The center’s manager is Hempstead County resident Melissa Adams.  Adams, a former President of the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber welcomed a number of visitors including Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor-Elect Ruth Penney-Bell.   Several staff members from the Arkansas Highway Department in Hope were also on hand for the event.
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Fire Scare at Hempstead County Jail but no Injuries


Hope Fire Department responded to the Hempstead County Jail at approximately 4:04 Am 12/17/14 to investigate smoke coming into one cell block of the jail. The smoke was discovered as detention officers were serving breakfast to the population. The fire department remained on scene for approximately 45 minutes searching for the origin of the smoke. A check of the heating units was conducted where personnel discovered and repaired a loose fan belt on one of the motors which may have caused the smoke. There was no actual fire discovered and only one cell block with 12 inmates had to be evacuated. The current population of the Detention Center is 75, exhaust fans were set up to clear the smoke no injuries were reported.

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