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Hope City Board Holds 2nd November Meeting

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The Hope City Board held their 2nd meeting of November Tuesday (11-18) at Hempstead Hall. The board opened the meeting by approving a request to allow two out of city residents to hook on to city waste water lines. Cathy Sanders and Janice Hill of Highway 29 South made the request. The property is located adjacent to the sanitation lines. The board looked at a proposed budget for 2015. City Manager Catherine Cook noted the draft was balanced thanks to bringing up about $100,000 in reserves to the general fund and $80,000 for the sanitation budget. Cook noted they expect county sales tax revenues to be about 10% down and city sales tax to be flat or slightly down. The board did discuss possible other revenue sources such as a possible increase in franchise taxes and uncollected court fines. The board went through the budget page by page. At the end the board looked at capital outlay which included debt service, a metal roof for the public works building, and aerial photography. Also a pick -up for the landfill is needed to replace one with well over 200, 000 miles. Capital Outlay for the general fund includes a mobile app, a portion of a generator at the city radio tower, a server for the police department, and one body – worn camera for the police. There is about $41,000 from reserves in capital outlay. No action was taken on the budget. The Mayor said that after the first of the year hopefully they could at least look at one – time bonuses at some point in 2015. Under the city manager’s meeting Catherine Cook talked about the annual employee mandatory meeting December 19th and the board voted to give employees a $100 Christmas bonus. The final item discussed was Union Pacific’s announcement that the speed limit of trains coming through will increase from 35 miles an hour to 60. The speed increase will begin in late December and will increase 5 miles per hour weekly until it reaches 60.

Sheriff Singleton Speaks to Kiwanis on Law Enforcement and Public Officials Day

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The Hope Kiwanis Club held their annual “Salute To Law Enforcement And Public Officials” program Tuesday November 18th.  The speech was made by Sheriff James Singleton.  In addition to officers from the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Department, Police Chief J.R. Wilson, members of the Hope Police Department, there was also former FBI agent Jim Vaughn, McNab Mayor James Conway, and other officials.  The program was coordinated by Kiwanian Bob Willis.  The 4th and final Kiwanis “salute” in November will be “Farm/City Week” Tuesday November 25th.  On that day the Kiwanis Club salutes all agriculture and local farmers. 

Hope School Board Holds November Meeting

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The Hope School Board held their November meeting Monday November 17th and an expulsion hearing began the meeting. The family did not attend, the board meeting, the board reviewed the material and upheld the expulsion of the student from Hope High for the rest of the year. The meeting moved back into the regular meeting with the Superintendent’s report. Mr. Bobby Hart went over some minor things from the recent audit. He noted the district had to deal with some OSHA inspectors and there are no problems there. The board passed a resolution dealing with a state rule regarding teachers who made more than 5% over the previous year, The resolution acknowledges that the board is aware of those increased wages whatever the reason. The board approved some policy changes to coincide with ASBA and state policies. Board member Viney Johnson said she felt some of the policies were not consistent but the board still approved the policies. The board heard from food services manager Deena Gilbert on the cafeteria update. The board voted to spend $96,196 for the renovation. The board voted to spend $18,750 to purchase a used fork lift from Hugg &Hall. The board rejected a request to use the Yergrer practice field. Personnel matters closed out the meeting.

District 7-L Governor James Griffin of Hope Honored At District Lions Convention

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District 7-L outgoing Governor James Griffin was honored for his service recently in Hot Springs at the District Lions Convention.  Making the presentation to Griffin is incoming District 7-L Governor is Bob DeVinney.  Griffin is a long-time member of the Hope Lions Club.  

Christmas Open House

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The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held their annual “Christmas Open House” event Thursday November 13th.  Thirty-five local merchants were sponsors and twenty-two local businesses were “validating” sponsors.  Shelley Keith provided music for the event.  She sang on 2nd Street between the Chamber and Studio 107.   These sponsors were open and would “validate” entries for the drawing for a gift basket of items donated by local merchants and $200 in Hope Bucks.  The Chamber had a record 162 entries this year.  The basket was won by Julie Paddie of Hope.  She was presented the basket and the Hope Bucks at the Department of Finance in Hope where she works.  The Chamber would like to say “Thanks” to all the merchants that participated and all the shoppers who made the event a success.

 

Elf on the Shelf Visits Family Pharmacy for Christmas Open House

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In addition to refreshments and Christmas gift ideas, Family Pharmacy had a real, live “Elf On The Shelf” during Christmas Open House on Wednesday November 13th. 

UALR To Offer Bachelors Degree Courses on

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana are collaborating to bring you convenient bachelor’s degree options.

Beginning in Spring 2015, you can:

  • take upper-level business classes while staying at your local campus
  • use the new classes as a springboard to your bachelor’s degree
  • be eligible to get credit toward your associate degree AND bachelor’s degree

For more information and to enroll in classes, attend an Informational Session at the U of A-Texarkana Instructional Building on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 3 – 7 p.m. We’ll help you enroll at UALR and register for the UALR business courses. We’ll have advisors available to help you navigate and a College of Business professor on hand to talk about the classes. If you can’t make it to our info session, you’ll still be able to sign up for the program – visit uacch.edu or call U of A Hope-Texarkana Vice Chancellor for Academics, Laura Clark at 870-777-5722 for more information.  

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