Category Archives: Local News

Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Program on “Yerger Male Initiative”


The Hope Kiwanis Club heard about the “Yerger Male Initiative” at their meeting on Tuesday September 2nd. Yerger Assistant Principal Michelle Bittle explained this program will be held Friday September 26th at Hempstead Hall for 7th and 8th grade male students. The young men will hear from four Hope High graduates who now work in varous parts of the country as well as two local Hope High graduates (including UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason) to present positive message to the young men. There is a special “meet and greet” session Thursday September 25th at the Yerger cafeteria for the public. Anyone who would like to donates towards the program or would like more info can send donations payable to Yerger Middle School, 400 E. 9th, Hope, 71801. For info call Ms. Bittle at Yerger at 777-5134. Pictured is Margaret Moss and Ms. Bittle of Yerger along with Yerger parent Ellen Haywood.

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Fleeing on Foot

Timothy S. Martin

On August 30, 2014, at approximately 5:30 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Timothy S. Martin, 26, of Hope, with a warrant, for failure to register as a sex offender.  Officers attempted to make contact with Martin as Martin exited a business in the area of West 3rd Street and South Fulton Streets, in Hope.  Martin fled from officers and was captured behind a residence in the area of West 3rd and South Ferguson Streets.  Officers transported Martin to the Hempstead County Detention Facility, where he was charged with failure to register as a sex offender and fleeing on foot and held for a first appearance.  Martin was also held for a foreign warrant from Howard County.

Careless and Prohibited Driving, Possession of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, and Two Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 2nd Degree

Joey FosternJospehBiddle

On August 28, 2014, at approximately 6:30 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Joey Foster, 42, of Hope, for the charges of careless and prohibited driving, possession of controlled substance methamphetamine, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor 2nd degree. Also arrested was Joseph T. Biddle, 25, of Hope, for the charges of possession of controlled substance methamphetamine, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor 2nd degree.  The arrests were the result of a traffic stop conducted in the 100 block of East 9th Street, in Hope. During a search of the vehicle, officers located what appeared to be a crystal rocklike substance believed to be methamphetamine, a seventeen year old passenger in the car was found to be in possession of a small amount of a substance believed to be marijuana. Both Foster and Biddle were transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility and held for a first appearance.  The seventeen year old passenger was released into the custody of his mother pending a court appearance in juvenile court.  Information contained in this report was forwarded to the Department of Children and Family Services for further consideration. 

Three counts of Criminal Mischief, Fleeing, Speeding, and Careless and Prohibited Driving, Three counts of disobeying stop sign, and DWI


At approximately 5:15 P.M. on 08/30/14 Deputy Jim Bush observed a silver Toyota pickup truck that was heading north in the 3400 block of Highway 174 south that he estimated to be going well over the posted speed limit of 55 mph. he engaged my mobile radar which confirmed that the vehicle was going over 85 mph and the vehicle was not slowing down. Deputy Bush turned his vehicle around and noticed that the vehicle had already passed two vehicles and was still driving at a high rate of speed Deputy engaged his emergency lights and sirens and advised dispatch that he was attempting to catch up to the vehicle to make a traffic stop. Deputy Bush caught up to the vehicle just south of the city limits of Hope, Arkansas and advised dispatch that he was attempting to traffic stop the vehicle and that it was heading east bound on west 16th street. As Deputy Bush caught up to the vehicle with lights and sirens going the vehicle still was driving at a high rate of speed he advised dispatch that He was in pursuit of the vehicle. The vehicle then turned north onto South Hervey Street at a high rate of speed causing his tires to lose traction. The vehicle made a turn west bound onto Cherry Street. While negotiating this turn he appeared to skid and hit the mail boxes at 1302 south Hervey, and 500 Cherry Street. The vehicle then turned onto Peach Street going back toward Hervey Street. The vehicle then ran the stop sign at Peach and Hervey and drove through the yard and then got back onto the road heading south bound on Hervey. He then disobeyed the stop sign at Hervey and 16th street and went through a yard at 600 West 16th street damaging the yard and got back onto the road heading west bound on 16th street. Deputy Bunn then observed the vehicle disobey the stop sign at 16th and Highway 174 south and he then was heading south on Highway 174 south. The vehicle pulled over near the intersection of Marcum and Highway 174 south. Deputy Bush then ordered the driver later identified as Daniel Bobo age 26 of Lewisville, Arkansas to get exit the vehicle and place his hands on the truck. Bobo complied and Deputy Bush took Bobo in custody and advised him that he was under arrest for Fleeing. Daniel Bobo was booked in on three counts of criminal mischief, Fleeing, Speeding, and Careless and prohibited driving, three counts of disobeying stop sign, and DWI.  He is in the HCDF awaiting a first court appearance. 

Silvey Wins Youth Watermelon Eating Contest at Weigh Off

Jared Silvey of Bodcaw receives a crisp $10 bill from Old Washington Farmers Market Manager Billy O’Roarke Saturday August 30th after winning the youth watermelon eating contest at the Watermelon Weigh Off.  This eating contest differs from the Hope Watermelon Festival contest in that participants eat half a watermelon.  Silvey stayed the course and ate his down to a smooth rind.  

Barbara Bright Jones Wins Washington Watermelon Weigh Off


The Old Washington Farmers Market, the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, and the World Pumpkin Commonwealth held the 4th annual Watermelon Weigh-Off in Washington on Saturday August 30th. There were eight melons entered, the biggest field ever. Mike Daniel of Arkadelphia took $200 and third place with at 121.9 pound melon. Lloyd Bright took 2nd place with a 165.5 pound melon. This melon was unusual in that it was a Black Diamond hybrid. The dark green melons were the melons of choice back in 1917 when Hope druggist John S. Gibson held the first watermelon growing competition in Hempstead County. Bright won $300. The top prize went to Barbara Bright Jones of Bossier City, Louisiana. Jones melon, grown in Hempstead County, weighed in at 181.4 pound. Jones won $500. Despite the threat of wet weather a good crowd turned out to see the weigh off. Many people enjoyed shopping for produce and hand-crafted craft items. The organizers want to thank Michelli Scales of Bossier City, Louisiana for providing the electronic scales for the weigh off. Special thanks also to Dr. Vic Ford, Dr. John Barry, and Clay Wingfield of the Univeristy of Arkansas Southwest Research and Extension Center for measuring and weighing the melons. Josh Williams of Washington is chairman of the event.058

Washington Receives Grant to Purchase Fire Truck


There were high spirits in Washington on Friday August 29th as the city received a $15,000 grant to purchase a fire truck from the city of Hope.  Washington obtained the grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission through the General Improvement Funded Fire Protection Grant Program.  The new truck comes from the Hope Fire Department who recently put the truck up for auction after purchasing a new truck.  The Washington Fire Department provides fire protection and first responder assistance for the 183 citizens of Washington as well as the tourists to and structures of Historic Washing to State Park and the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation.

Pictured is Daniel Shelman and Holly Ballard of Historic Washington State Park, Hope Fire Chief Dale Glanton, Jamie Pafford Gresham of the Arkansas Rural Development Commission, Washington Mayor Paul Henley, John Andrews, Director of the Arkansas Department of Rural Services, Washington Fire Chief Deriel Romine, State Representative Brent Talley,  Washington Fire Auxiliary Secretary/Treasurer Dolly Henley, Washington City Clerk Becky Dye, Washington Alderman Ann McBride, Washington Fire Auxiliary President Robert Deaton, and Washington Alderman Marion Taylor.  

Our weather forecast is from Wunderground for WordPress