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Hope Man Sentenced to Federal Prison

Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that two Southwest Arkansas men were sentenced yesterday in Texarkana. Delrae McKenzy Smith, age 33, of Ashdown, was sentenced to 115 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Phil Stuard, Jr. age, 31, of Hope, was sentenced to 121 months in prison and six years of supervised release for Distribution of Methamphetamine Near a Public Housing Authority Facility. The Honorable Harry F. Barnes presided over the sentencing in the United States District Court in Texarkana. U.S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “As these cases prove, felons in possession of firearms and drug traffickers pose a serious threat of harm to our police officers and to citizens at large. They have no place in our towns and communities. We will continue to investigate and prosecute these cases, and hopefully prevent violence in Southwest Arkansas and throughout the Western District of Arkansas.”
In the early morning hours of December 12, 2013, a Texarkana, Arkansas Police Officer observed a vehicle run off the road and strike several potholes. Upon stopping the vehicle, one of the occupants was identified as the defendant, Delrae McKenzy Smith. Following a pat down and subsequent search of Smith’s person, a Kel-Tec .380 caliber handgun was found. The firearm located was determined to have been manufactured outside the state of Arkansas, thus traveled in interstate commerce. Smith was prohibited from possessing a firearm, as he had previously been convicted of a felony offense carrying a possible term of imprisonment of more than one year. Smith pleaded guilty to the charge on July 2, 2014.
On January 10, 2013 during the course of an ongoing investigation, law enforcement agents arranged for a controlled purchase, ordering one ounce of methamphetamine for $1,200.00 from the defendant, Phil Stuard, Jr. Officers observed the transaction which occurred in Hempstead County on a location that was within 1000 feet of a public housing authority facility. During the transaction, Stuard handed over a baggie containing a white crystal-like substance in exchange for the $1,200.00. The substance was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab where it tested positive for methamphetamine. Stuard pleaded guilty to the charge on June 9, 2014. These cases were investigated by the Texarkana Police Department, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bi-State Narcotics Task Force, South Central Drug Task Force, and Arkansas State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney’s David Harris and Jonathan Ross prosecuted the cases for the United States.

U of A Hope-Texarkana Plan Veterans Recognition Ceremonies for Nov 5 and 6


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana will hold recognition ceremonies for area Veterans on the Texarkana campus on Wednesday, November 5, and on the Hope campus on Thursday, November 6, at noon.  The recognition ceremonies will honor area veterans with special guests American Legion Post 427 of Hope and the Tuskegee Airman Post 332 of Mineral Springs.  The ceremonies collectively will honor approximately 100 veterans. 

U of A Texarkana

Wednesday, November 5

12:00 noon

E-Library on Campus


U of A Hope

Thursday, November 6

12:00 noon

Purtle Meeting Rooms on 2nd Floor of Student Center.


The community and students attending are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue for the event.  For more about UACCH, visit the College website at  

18 Wheeler and SUV Collide on Hervey


An 18 Wheeler and an SUV apparently collided around 9 pm on North Hervey in front of Wendy’s. While the accident itself was fairly minor the 18 Wheeler spilled diesel fuel on the road. Crews from the Hope Police, Hope Fire Department, and Hempstead County Sheriff’s Department were joined by employees from the Arkansas Highway Department to assist in clearing the scene so the diesel could be cleaned up.


Josh Williams Gives Program on History of The City of Washington

The Hope Kiwanis Club had a program featuring Josh Williams on Tuesday October 28th. Williams showed highlights from his recent book “Washington” which features photos and commentary from the 1800′s to the 1970′s. If you’d like to purchase Williams’ books on Hope and Washington they are available at the LaGrone Williams Hardware Store in downtown Hope.

Historic Washington State Parks Hosts Coffee


The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday October 29th was hosted by Historic Washington State Park. The Coffee was held in the 1874 Courthouse Visitor’s Information Center and there were wonderful refreshments served. Several of the staff wore their Halloween costumes (check out the banana!), some wore 19th century outfits and some wore their uniforms. Everyone had a great time on a beautiful fall day in a beautiful state park.

New Jobs for Antoine

Ten new jobs are coming to Antoine Hardwoods after the company received a $12,500 grant to buy new equipment at its Antoine mill in Clark County. Pictured is Eric Hughes, chairman of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance, presenting the check to Greg Rubach of Antoine Hardwoods on behalf of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County, along with Stephen Bell, president and CEO of the Alliance.

Updated on House Fire at Avenue C and Pritchard


On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 2 am, officers of the Hope Police Department and the Hope Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of North Pritchard Street, in Hope. Upon arrival, officers observed a residence to be fully engulfed in flames.  Hope Fire Department arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire.  Hope Fire Department discovered a body located in the residence. The victim in this incident has been identified as Thomas Youngblood, 20, of Hope. This incident is currently being investigated as a homicide.  According to the report, Mr. Youngblood lived at 221 North Prichard, the residence where the fire occurred. This investigation is ongoing.

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