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Hempstead County United Holds Chamber Coffee and Kicks Off Drive for $81,000

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday August 13th was hosted by the Hempstead County United Way Board to kick off the 2015 drive. There are 12 agencies to be served and the goal is $81,000 according to Clay Lance. Pictured is Clay Lance, Christy Ayers, April Bobo, Donny Hughes, Jeff Haynie, Cynthia Mullens, Steven Sheets, Joann Sandlin, Helen Byers, Russell Cornelius, Paula Pack, Shaun Smith, Jennifer Orr, and Camille Parker.

The Hope Police Department Reminds Drivers to Plan ahead and Designate a Sober Driver

Always Designate a Sober Driver

The Labor Day holiday is a time to enjoy a weekend and celebrate with friends and family.  Unfortunately the holiday is often marred with tragedy and death caused by drunk drivers traveling across state roads and highways. Beginning August 15th and continuing through September 1st Hope, Arkansas law enforcement officers will be aggressively targeting their patrols in search of drunk drivers.  The enforcement plan is part of a nationwide effort designed to stop drunk driving and save lives.  The Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high visibility law enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers getting behind the wheel of a vehicle endangering themselves and others.  Across the nation during calendar year 2012 there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes.  Over the Labor Day weekend that same year, almost 40 percent of all traffic fatalities are due to alcohol-impaired-drivers. Nighttime is the worst, with almost half (46%) of all nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) traffic fatalities involving a drunk driver during the Labor Day holiday weekend.  “The Hope Police Department will be joining the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.  There will be no tolerance, no excuses”, says Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin. There were 552 traffic fatalities on Arkansas roadways during 2012.  Twenty-six percent, or 143 of those fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. “Drunk driving is totally preventable and inexcusable,” said Tomlin. “We’re hoping that Arkansas drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent this kind of tragedy.  There’s always another way home.” The Hope Police Department reminds drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver if they plan to consume alcohol.  Calling on a friend or using a taxi can save lives.  For more information on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136


Chamber Cuts Ribbon for The Happy Chicken on The Grill

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday August 12th for The Happy Chicken On The Grill.  The new restaurant at 1100 North Hervey specializes on chicken dishes including various options for fried and grilled chicken.  The restaurant also has chicken and shrimp kabobs.  The new restaurant is located next to Hog Wash in Hope.

Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Program on Hope Parks Department

The Hope Kiwanis Club heard an outstanding program Tuesday August 12th from Robin Lee of the Hope Parks Department. Lee talked about the new disc golf course at Fair Park, about the softball tournament during the Hope Watermelon Festival, and about an upcoming program with the Arkansas Game & Fish to allow anglers to borrow rod and reel units to fish in Lake Huckabee.

Glen Wade Wins Brazzel Insurance Grill Giveaway


Brazzel Insurance had a booth at the Hope Watermelon Festival to give away a grill.  Charles Flowers and Ben Brazzel manned the booth and enjoyed talking to their many friends and making new ones.  The drawing for the grill was held Monday morning following the festival and the lucky winner was Glen Wade of Hope.  Wade came by the Brazzel Insurance office at 1006 South Main for the grill presentation Tuesday August 12th.  Pictured is Ben Brazzel, Wade, Charles Flowers, and Don Hamilton.

The Sewing Pro and Addo Gear Computer & IPhone Repair Ribbon Cutting


A Ribbon Cutting was held on Tuesday, August 12th at 10 am for two new Prescott businesses, The Sewing Pro and Addo Gear Computer & IPhone Repair. Both businesses are located at 212 E 2nd St.. Owners Joyce and Leonard Wesson welcomed patrons to their store this morning with coffee and cake. Joyce does the sewing and specializes in custom clothing. She also does alterations, mending, embroidery and costumes. Leonard works on computers, smartphones, IPhones and tablets. Check out his website The Chamber welcomes these new businesses to our community. Stop by and see Joyce and Leonard for your sewing or computer needs.

Domestic Battery 2nd Degree and a second charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree

Ediber Luna

On August 8, 2014, at approximately 8:25pm, officers responded to a call for service at a residence located in the 700 block of West Avenue B, in Hope, in reference to a domestic disturbance. Shortly after arrival, officers arrested Ediber Luna, 20, of Hope, and charged him with Domestic Battery 2nd degree and a second charge of Domestic Battery 3rd degree. According to the report, Luna became upset with his girlfriend about how she had cut his hair and struck her several times with his hands and a belt. While Luna was striking his girlfriend with the belt, Luna allegedly struck the couple’s one year old child above his left eye, causing an abrasion. Officers transported Luna to the Hempstead County Detention Facility and held him for a first appearance.

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