Category Archives: Local News

Hope Kiwans Club Hears Program from County Judge

Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse gave a fascinating program to the Hope Kiwanis Club on Tuesday March 3rd.  The judge noted that not only is he over the county roads and trash pick-up but he also has responsibilities with all county-owned property such as the library.  The judge also noted our county has a bigger network of county roads than most counties with about 2,000 miles of county roads.  He told about some of the things he’s worked on since he took office and noted those duties are just part of the job.  He was warmly received.

Hope Lions Hear Update on Hempstead Hall


The Hope Lions Club heard from Hempstead Hall Technical Director Valerie Sanders on Monday March 2nd. Sanders, who is a member of the Lions Club, gave some statistics on the use of the building and showed a power point with photos of the various rooms in the facility. She also update the club on various events coming to the “hall” including the movie “Into the Woods” on March 13th, the Booth Brothers concert March 21st, and John Anderson April 11th. For info you can visit

Jam-n-at the Hall Saturday, February 28th

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Our very own Terri Elvis snapped these photos of the Time Travelers and Southern Harmony Saturday February 28th during “Jam-N At The Hall”, a fund-raiser for the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic at Hempstead Hall.

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Hope Man Arrested for Rape

Erik Garcia

On February 26th, 2015, at approximately 10:00 am, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Erik Garcia, 21, of Hope. Officers placed Garcia under arrest for rape. The victim in this case is a child under the age of 14. Garcia was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was charged with Rape and held for a first appearance.

Hope Man Arrested for Aggravated Robbery at Car Wash

Shelton Johnson

On February 26th, 2015 at approximately 10:25 am, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Shelton Johnson, 22, of Hope for Aggravated Robbery. Investigators had obtained a warrant for Johnson as a result of an investigation into an incident which occurred on February 20, 2015 at approximately 11:40 pm at the car wash at the end of Pine Park Drive, in Hope.. According to the report, the victim, Byron Bowie, of Gurdon, was asked to meet his girlfriend at the car wash on Pine Park Drive. When his girlfriend arrived, Bowie got into her vehicle and started talking to her. While talking to the girlfriend, a short black male wearing a black ski mask came to the driver’s side window and pointing a black semi-automatic hand gun towards Bowie. A tall black male wearing a black ski mask walked to the passenger’s side window holding a baseball bat. The suspects knocked on the windows of the vehicle and told the driver to unlock the door. The driver unlocked the door and one of the suspects opened the door and told Bowie to put everything he had into a bag. Bowie placed his money and belongings into the bag. The suspects then began hitting Bowie with the bat and their feet and fists. While Bowie was being assaulted, the ski mask came off of the tall black male and Bowie identified him as Shelton Johnson. Bowie told his girlfriend to drive off. Officers located Bowie’s vehicle at the car wash with several of the windows broken out. Shelton Johnson was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility and held for a first appearance.

Nashville Man Dies in Wreck


A wreck Thursday afternoon near Mineral Springs claimed the life of a Nashville man. David Elvin Parker, 41, died when his 2006 Suzuki SUV, traveling west on the Dillard Creek Road, drove through a guardrail and hit a concrete embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn. The SUV came to rest upside down in Dillard Creek. Parker was pronounced dead at the scene by Howard County Coroner John Gray. This is the second fatal accident in Howard County this week.


Life Share Blood Drive Friday February 27th


Blood drive at Hope High School Friday from 8:30-3;00. The weather has hit the blood supply HARD! We need help and this blood drive is open to community. We will be inside the Annex building at Hope High School. Please stop by and donate.

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