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City Board Passes Budget, Discusses Condemnation of Fink & Dox Properties


The Hope City Board opened their first meeting of December by looking at the proposed budget for 2015. There was little discussion on the proposed $ 9. 1 million budget as the board had gone through it closely at the last meeting. The resolution approving the budget passed. The board approved a lease from Hancock Forest Management for another year on a Proving Ground era building. The company leases the building for $150 per month. Hancock is responsible for all maintenance and upkeep on the building. Under the city manager’s report, Catherine Cook updated the board on the annual mandatory staff meeting. Cook also updated the board on various condemned properties. She noted the city expects to bring a proposed condemnation on the burned out Fink Building and the old Dox building at a future meeting. Cook also noted that one mobile home on the north side has someone living in it without utilities. Cook said they encouraged the tenant to get a rehab permit.

Parole Violation, False Imprisonment in the Second Degree, and Battery 3rd Degree

Harmon Williams III age 42 Mc Nab, Arkansas

On November 26, 2014 at approximately 1129 hours Sgt. Mathew Dunham was to the Probation and Parole Office that needed to speak with a Deputy about being held hostage. Upon arrival Dunham made contact with Denise Patterson. Denise stated that her boyfriend, Harmon Williams, would not let her leave the residence yesterday. Denise stated that Harmon got mad at her and hit her in the face. Denise stated that she did not know why Harmon got mad and hit her. Denise stated that when her boss arrived to pick her up Harmon pushed her down and stated “you are not going anywhere.” Denise stated that every time she would try to walk towards the door Harmon would get in front of the door and push her down. Denise stated that she was scared to try to leave or call anyone because Harmon has been physically abusive in the past. Denise stated that she was scared to go home because she felt that when Harmon found out she filed a report that he would kill her. Denise stated that she left this morning when Harmon was sleeping. Deputy Dunham spoke with Parole Officers who stated a parole violation warrant was active for Harmon Williams Deputy Dunham went to 4435 Hempstead 21, Denise and Harmon’s residence, he located Harmon Williams in the back bed room Dunham placed Williams under arrest for the parole violation, False imprisonment in the second degree and battery 3rd degree and transported him to the Hempstead County Detention Center where he is awaiting a parole hearing and first appearance on the new charges.

Juvenile Charged with Robbery


On November 22, 2014 at approximately 5:30 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department responded to a physical altercation at 600 South Mockingbird Street, also known as Hope Fair Park, near the basketball courts, in Hope. Upon arrival officers learned that two juvenile males became involved in a physical altercation over trading cell phones. According to witnesses, when one of the juveniles declined to trade phones, the second juvenile allegedly refused to return the phone to the original owner and struck the original owner on the right side of the face with a closed fist. The two then went to the ground where the second juvenile choked the original owner of the phone and then left the area with the original owner’s phone. The second juvenile male, 13, was later located and charged with robbery. He was released to his parent.

Two Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

William A.Margie

On November 23, 2014, at approximately 9:30 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested William A. Russell, 36, of Hope, and Margie White, 36, of Hope, for possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. The two were arrested from the parking lot area of the Kelly Fields, located in the 1300 block of West 16th Street in Hope.  Both were transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where they were held for a first appearance.

AmeriTies South LLC Endows Scholarship at U of A Hope


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana is pleased to announce a new endowed scholarship by local business AmeriTies South LLC.  The $12,000 gift to the UACCH Foundation will establish a scholarship for a Hempstead County student with a 3.0 GPA who has unmet financial aid needs. John Getz, AmeriTies South Plant Manager, presented the check to U of A Hope-Texarkana Chancellor Chris Thomason.  The scholarship will be available for students starting this spring.  An application for this and many other UACCH Foundation scholarships can be printed from the college website under the Financial Aid tab. For more about UACCH, visit the College website at  PICTURED Left to Right: John Getz, AmeriTies South LLC Plant Manager, presents a check to establish an endowed scholarship to Chris Thomason, Chancellor at U of A Hope-Texarkana. 

Double Fatality Near Ozan


Two Hempstead County residents are dead following a head-on collision Friday night on U.S. Highway 278 in Ozan. According to the preliminary report by Arkansas State Trooper Christina Morris, northbound a 2008 Toyota Matrix driven by Linda Gail Palomino, 64, with a rural Ozan address, apparently crossed the centerline and struck a southbound 1998 Infinity Q45 driven by Gregg Lucas, 52, of Hope. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene by Hempstead County Coroner Ben Brazzel. The accident was reported at 7:20 pm. Fire departments from Yancey, Washington and Bingen were dispatched, along with ambulances from Hope and Nashville.

Dr. Vic Ford and Staff of Southwest Research and Extension Center Attend Kiwanis Farm-City Week

Dr. Vic Ford, Director of the University of Arkansas Southwest Research and Extension Center brought the program at the Hope Kiwanis Club’s annual “Farm-City Day” program on Tuesday November 25th.  Dr. Ford brought a number of the staffers from the SWREC to the program.  The Kiwanis Club enjoyed having these fine folks as guests at the annual event.

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