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Ice Storm Hits Southwest Arkansas

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Residents of Southwest Arkansas awoke on President’s Day to a winter wonderland. Ice coated trees and plants above the ground. The roads appeared to have little ice but some rural areas east of Hope and around Emmett suffered power outages. Most of the worst was over by mid day but a slight chance of light snow could come in the evening. 

Hope School Board Holds February Meeting

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The Hope School Board held their February meeting Monday February 16th. The meeting began with Superintendent Bobby Hart presented the ten year numbers for the district and noted the district was about $600,000 better than expected. He also explained some 3 year month to month figures as well.

Hart noted they just signed a contract with the Learning Institute for assistance on testing. He also talked about the Edith Brown campus noting it could be demolished, could be re roofed, or just left alone but Assistance Superintendent Steve Bradshaw will bring numbers on all options in March.

Mr. Hart detailed some minority hiring plans noting in their recent hiring of 26 people, 13 were minorities.

The board also saw five students honored in person for completing the Microsoft Technology Associate, an introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology.  The students are in the Computer Engineering Technology course at Hope High.  Instructor Dale Daugherty made the presentation at the meeting to John Aaron, Ernesto Delarosa, Kedriel Green, Holden Kennedy, and Nathan Phillips.  Those not present who achieved the certification included Zachery Gogell, James Easterling, Jordan Gulley, Gerado Navarrete, and Matthew Tullos.

The board heard from principals on discipline in the schools. Vanessa McCraw of Yergrer gave a report and Hope High Principal Tommie Campbell spoke on behalf of Hope High.

The board heard about a communications plan prepared by Hope High Assistant Principal Bill Hoglund.

The board looked at a mowing contract and voted to accept a contract for $38,475 from Walker & Sons. This had been done in – house and cost about $60,000 using district personnel on a part – time basis.

The board discussed purchasing a scoreboard for Lady Cat Stadium. The district has $13,000 in sponsors for the scoreboard and Bill Hoglund is attempting to find one more. The board voted to purchase a scoreboard for $17,221 from Randy Electronics.

The board approved a facilities request for Clinton Primary from the Girl Scouts from March 23rd to 26th. Personnel matters closed out the meeting.

ATV Accident

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On Sunday February 15, 2015 at 12:25, Hempstead County Deputies responded to an ATV –Vehicle accident on Hempstead County road 161 west. Deputy Jeremy Mc Bride arrived to find a 1983 ford ranger driven by 54 year old David A Etheridge of Hope, and a Honda 350 4-Wheeler operated By 14 year old Brayden Hurt of Hope had collided resulting in injury to the 14 year old. According to Deputy Mc Brides report The ATV operated by Hurt was exiting a private drive onto Hempstead County Road 161 West when his ATV was struck by the Ford Ranger driven by David Etheridge, causing Hurt to be ejected from the ATV into the windshield of the pickup. Hurt was treated at the scene by first responders and Pafford EMS before being airlifted from the scene by Life-Net Air to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock where he is listed in Critical but stable condition.

Hit and Run Victim Identified

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The Arkansas State Police has identified the victim of a recent fatal hit-and-run in Hempstead County. Terry L. Clayton, 57, of Davenport, Iowa,  was apparently walking in the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 67 near Hope when he was struck by an unknown vehicle around 7:40 pm February 5. Clayton was pronounced dead at the scene by Hempstead County Coroner Ben Brazzel.  The driver and vehicle are still being sought. Trooper Darren Henley investigated.

Union Pacific Railroad Track Crossings will be Closed on Feb. 17th and 18th from 8 am – 5 pm

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Due to rail work, Union Pacific railroad track crossing will be closed during the hours of 8 am – 5 pm on the following streets and dates:

February 17, 2014 Closings: 
Ave B. from N. Main to N. Walnut
Ave. C from N. Main to Walnut
Ave. D. from Walnut to N. Main

February 18, 2015 Closings: 
Ave. A from N. Walnut to N. Main
Beech St. to Commerce
Dairy St from the 100 block to 200 block

If there are any problems or concerts please call 777-8644 and speak to Public Works Director, Larry York.

Hempstead County Relay For Life Hosts Coffee

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The Hempstead County Relay For Life Kicked off their 2015 drive with a Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday February 11th.  This year’s event will be May 1st on the U of A Hope campus and this year’s event will have a Disney theme. A meeting will be held March 5th at noon at the Karate Pig for those interested in learning more. This goal for this year’s relay is $75,000.  Pictured is Sherry Bailey, Stina Brown, Christopher Walker, Racheal Cuellar, Susie Malone, Scott Jester, and Dave Phillips.  Also pictured is Christian Davis, Bren Yocom, Ashlea Quillen, and Janet Choate.  

AEO SWEPCO Makes Donation to the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office

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On Wednesday February 11, 2015, Jennifer Harland External Affairs Manager for AEP SWEPCO presented a check to Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton for $2,000.00 to be used to purchase equipment for the deputies of Hempstead County. Pictured Left to right- Sheriff James Singleton, Jennifer Harland, AEP SWEPCO employee and Hempstead County Reserve Deputy Jeremy Miller.

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