Category Archives: Local News

Presbyterians Honor Musician


The first Presbyterian Church honored their pianist and organist for ten years of service service to the church on Sunday October 19th. Rev. Kathleen Hignight presented Jonathan Bradford with a portrait which was painted by her husband Dan Hignight. 

“Maleficcent” on The Big Screen at Hempstead Hall Saturday October 18th

Brad Rogers from Hempstead Hall stopped by the Chamber to remind everyone about movie night Saturday October 18th at Hempstead Hall. On the big screen will be Disney’s “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie. This is a retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty from a different angle. “Maleficent” has been a major hit this year and you won’t want to miss this great movie on the big screen! Tickets are just $4 for all ages and the movie starts Saturday at 6:30pm. Don’t miss Disney’s “Maleficent” Saturday October 18th at 6:30pm at Hempstead Hall on the UACCH campus. For information visit

Georgia-Pacific Announces Expansion in Gurdon


Georgia-Pacific Thursday announced plans to invest $37 million dollars at its Gurdon lumber operations to expand the production capacity of the lumber mill by approximately 60 percent. Improvements at the lumber mill include the installation of a new continuous dry kiln and a state-of-the-art planer mill, along with related infrastructure improvements. Project completion is expected by the third quarter of 2015.

“As the housing market continues a slow, but steady improvement, our plans to invest at Gurdon ensure our ability to meet the growing needs of our customers and become their lumber supplier of choice,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager for Georgia-Pacific’s lumber business. “This is an opportunity to broaden our product offerings, enhance quality and improve our cost competitiveness.”

The company is also evaluating additional investments, totaling approximately $20 million dollars, at the nearby Gurdon plywood mill that would increase the mill’s efficiency and capacity, as well as further reduce air emissions.

The Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance will provide local support through the Clark County economic development sales tax. Eric Hughes, chairman of the Alliance said, “Georgia-Pacific has been a great corporate citizen in Gurdon for many years, providing hundreds of jobs in Clark County.”

“This is exciting news for our community and state,” said Stephen Bell, president and CEO of the Alliance. “We have been working alongside Mayor Clayton Franklin and other community leaders to upgrade the sewer treatment plant, along with increasing the treatment plant’s capacity, at the City of Gurdon-a key element to Georgia-Pacific’s expansion effort.”

“This is a win-win for the citizens of Gurdon and Georgia-Pacific,” added Clark County Judge Ron Daniell. “These upgrades will not only support Georgia-Pacific’s expansion, but will help us in our effort to recruit more industry to Gurdon.”

“Georgia-Pacific is among the top three largest manufacturing employers in Arkansas,” said Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “This significant expansion investment in Gurdon confirms Geporgia-Pacific’s commitment to doing business in Arkansas and is a testimony to the company’s confidence in the local workforce.”

Georgia-Pacific has eight facilities in Arkansas, including the Hope Particleboard Plant in the Oakhaven Industrial Park. The company employs approximately 2,700 people directly in the state of Arkansas, with approximately 630 located at the Gurdon operations. Total direct compensation and benefits for Arkansas employees is about $205 million dollars, resulting in approximately $446 million dollars in indirect wages and benefits.

Special to from Saratoga, Arkansas Digest.

Domestic Battery

Roger Boone Age 42 Ozan, Arkansas Battery 2nd

On 10-13-14, Deputy Jerry Crider was dispatched in reference to an assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, he met with 70 year old Margaret Boon. Who stated that her son, Roger Boon, had been drinking and wanted to borrow her car, Ms. Boon stated that she refused to loan her son the car. Ms. Boone stated that Roger became very irate and turned the coffee table over on its side, and started kicking the cushions off of the couch. Ms. Boon stated she was sitting on one end of the couch when her son kicked her on her right arm, above the wrist, causing a large bruise to form on her arm. Ms. Boon stated that Roger went outside and got into his father’s eighteen wheel truck and started the engine. Ms. Boon stated that after Roger started the truck, she thought he was going to drive the truck through the front wall of the house. Roger boon was charged with domestic battery due to the age of the victim Mrs. Boon. He was transported to the HCDF where he is being held pending a first court appearance.

Family Medicine Specialists Holds Ribbon-Cutting and Coffee


The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting and Community Coffee for Family Medicine Specialists, a new clinic at 302 Bill Clinton Drive in Hope on Wednesday October 15th. The clinic includes Dr. George Garrett and Nurse Practitioner Jackie Wilson, two trusted names in healthcare in our community. Those attending enjoyed refreshments, tours, and visiting with the staff.

Hope Kiwanis Club Hear About Arkansas Drug Court


The Hope Kiwanis Club heard a program about Arkansas Drug Court on Tuesday October 14th. Teresa Pribilski and Probation Officer Randy Hainen came to the club. Pribiliski talked about how the Drug Court participants have worked on a farm at Patmos as part of their community service. The Drug Court participants have also been active with the farmers markets in Hope and Nashville as well as other community projects.

Hope Police Department Introduces “Beard Tax”


The Hope Police Department has taken it upon themselves to introduce a “Beard Tax” for their personnel. For the month of November, any police personnel who wishes to have facial hair, must donate $25. These donations will go to the Hope Police Department’s Santa Cop Program.

If anyone would like to donate, they may mail their donations for the Santa Cop Program to:
Hope Police Department
(Santa Cop)
P.O. Box 1346
Hope, AR 71802
Or come to the Hope Police Department Monday –Friday from 8am-5pm.

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