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Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Program from Hope High Cheerleaders

The Hope High Cheerleaders and their coach Kirby Turner visited the Hope Kiwanis Club on Tuesday March 10th.  The Kiwanians enjoyed the update on the squad and also learned about a fund-raiser the cheerleaders will have in the future.  Pictured is Tatiana Hussey, Tre Walton, Jay’len Johnson, Quiana Key, A’Kirra Lucas, Adrianna Hickman, Sarah Grace Brown, R.J. Farris, Lillie Ward, Breanna Flower, Emily Rowe, and Coach Kirby Turner.

Hope Lions Welcome District Governor Bob Devinney of Hot Springs Village


The Hope Lions Club welcomed District Governor Bob Divinney of Hot Springs Village on Monday March 9th. Devinney honored 4 Lions for a combined 145 years of service.  These included James Griffin for 25 years, Olen Dorman for 35 years, Bill Byrd for 40 years, and Harold Freeman for 45 years.  He also presented Vice-President Nancy Bailey who presided over the meeting a Lions pin which celebrates Arkansas as the birthplace of Glen Campbell. Finally, he presented membership chairman Jeff Cook with a “Ask 1″ pin to promote Lions to potential new members.


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UACCH Kids’ College Registration Begins March 12

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With Kids’ College Sign-up beginning this week, the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that the community has voted to select the baby blue & pink shirt as the official design for this year’s Kids’ College shirt. Sign-up for this exciting and education summer enrichment program will begin on Thursday, March 12.  Kids’ College booklets will be delivered to schools and the booklet will be available by 3:00 p.m. on the College website at This program has a great assortment of classes that are sure to engage a kid’s mind in a fun and educational class. The 2015 Kids’ College classes include:

Kids’ Gallery
Birds….Beaks, Feet, Nests & More
Wild West
Bug Week
Around the World in 4 Days
Grrr Animals
CSI Hope
Team Force
All Duct Out
Paint Mania
Home Tweet Home
Digi Kidz 4
Sports Around the World
Deep Space 11
Cookies, Inc.
Hope’s Next Best Cake Decorator

Dates for Kids’ College this summer:
June 8 – 11
morning sessions, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., for students entering 1st and 2ndgrade;
afternoon sessions, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., for students entering 3rd and 4thgrade.
June 15 – 18
morning sessions, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., for students entering 1st and 2ndgrade;
afternoon sessions, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., for students entering 3rd and 4thgrade.
June 22 – 25
morning sessions, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., for students entering 5th and 6th grade;   OR
afternoon sessions, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., for students entering 5th and 6th grade;   OR
full day sessions,  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., for students entering 5th and 6th grade. Full day students must bring their lunch.
Kids’ College Scholarships will be available again this year.  The scholarship applications are located in the Kids’ College booklet as a tear out page.  The deadline to submit scholarship applications and paid registrations is APRIL 30, so please do not delay registering today. There will be NO registrations after April 30. For more information about the 2015 Kids’ College contact Nancy Kenworthy, U of A Hope-Texarkana Community Education Coordinator at 870-722-8102 or by email at

Rape, Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, and Sexually Grooming a Child

James Carl Pafford age 71 of Hope, Arkansas Rape, Sexual Assualt in the 2nd Degree, Sexually Grooming A Child

On February 27, 2015, a call was placed to the Crimes against Children Division of the Arkansas State Police about a possible sexual abuse case in Hempstead County involving a 12 year old male. Investigators of the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation division launched an investigation into the allegations. As an early result of that investigation Investigators from the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and Agents from the Arkansas State Police, arrested 71 year old James Carl Pafford of Hope, Arkansas for Rape of a person who is less than 14 years old, Sexual Assault in the Second Degree on a person who is less than 14 years of age, And Sexually Grooming a Child. Pafford was taken into custody at a residence in Hope at approximately 4:45 P.M. today March 9, 2015, as  Hempstead County Investigators and  ASP Agents served a search warrant at a residence on West 16th Street. The investigation is in its early stages and is expected to continue over the next several weeks. Pafford was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center where he is awaiting a first appearance.

Possession of a Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver Marijuana and Cocaine along with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


On Friday March 6th 2015 Deputy Preston Glenn made a traffic stop on a 2006 Kia Spectra in the parking lot of Pizza Hut in Prescott. The stop was made due to a defective brake light. Contact was made with the driver, a Douglas Marcus Christopher from North Little Rock, Arkansas. LT. Wesley Turner with the Prescott Police Department assisted Deputy Glenn on the stop. While talking with the driver, Officers observed an open container of alcohol inside of the vehicle. Officers also noticed a strong odor known to them to be associated with the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A search of Christopher’s vehicle was conducted finding more than a pound of marijuana along with approximately thirty-five individually wrapped white rocks believed to be crack cocaine. Digital weight scales commonly used to weigh controlled substances were also located in Christopher’s vehicle along with an undetermined amount of cash. Douglas Christopher’s vehicle was impounded and Christopher was transported to the Nevada County detention facility to await first appearance on the charges of driving with a defective brake light, possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver marijuana and cocaine along with possession of drug paraphernalia.


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Willisville Man Found Dead


On March 4th 2015 Chief Deputy Larry Miller was dispatched to 515 Nevada 8 in Willisville in reference to a missing person. Miller contacted family members at the residence who stated that they came to check on sixty-two year old Altheimer Gulley finding his front door to his residence locked. Family members entered the residence and could not locate Mr. Gulley. Family members found that Gulley’s wallet and keys to his vehicles were laying on a night stand next to his bed. Chief Deputy Miller and Sheriff Danny Martin along with Gulley’s neighbors and family members conducted a search for Gulley in the surrounding area around 515 Nevada 8. Family members later found Altheimer Gulley’s body in a pond in a wooded area behind Gulley’s residence. Deputy Coroner Brad Karlovec arrived on scene with Altheimer Gulley’s body being turned over to Smith Funeral Home.  

Felony warrants, Fleeing by Vehicle and for Driving on a Suspended License


On Monday March 2nd 2015 Deputy Tim McBrayer and Deputy Lucas Miller were on patrol on South Main in Emmet. Deputies observed a gray Ford Mustang traveling south at a high rate of speed. Deputy McBrayer attempted a traffic stop with the vehicle fleeing south still at a high rate of speed. The Ford Mustang continued fleeing south onto Nevada 14 running the stop sign at the intersection of Nevada 14 and State Highway 53. The Mustang then turned onto State Highway 372 East. The Mustang ran through the intersection Of U.S. Highway 371 and State Highway 372 nearly striking Sheriff Danny Martin’s patrol vehicle. The Mustang turned south onto U.S.371 traveling south still at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. The Mustang attempted to make a left hand turn onto Nevada 323 losing control and coming to a rest in the ditch on the north side of the road. The driver attempted to flee on foot falling into the ditch area. The Driver was taken into custody by Sheriff Danny Martin and Deputy Preston Glenn at this time. The Driver identified as Michael Dillon Jester was placed under arrest, for Felony warrants, fleeing by vehicle and for driving on a suspended license. Jester was transported to the Nevada County Detention facility to await first appearance.

Prescott Man Arrested for Misdemeanor Warrant, Drug Paraphernalia, and Methamphetamines


Thursday February 12th 2015 Deputy Preston Glenn, Deputy Tim McBrayer and Deputy Robert Missey made a traffic stop on a silver Toyota pickup. The stop was made due to the fact the vehicle displayed an expired license. The driver identified as Chad Laughard from Prescott showed to have misdemeanor warrant. Deputy Glenn placed Laughard in custody and conducted a search of Laughard’s person finding drug paraphernalia in his pants pocket. Deputy Glenn then conducted a search of the Toyota pickup locating a plastic box with clear plastic baggies containing an off white crystal type substance believed to be methamphetamines. Chad Laughard was transported to the Nevada County Detention facility. 

Missing Texarkana Man Vehicle Located


Tulsa, Okla. police discovered Christopher Guilbeau’s car during a traffic stop Thursday evening. Guilbeau had not been seen or heard from since Wednesday afternoon. Inside the vehicle was the driver, Brandon Brown, 22, of Dallas and passengers, Marquell Smith, 20, of Texarkana and a 17-year-old Tulsa. According to Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department Public Information Officer Kristi Mitchell, “his [Guilbeau] truck has been located in Tulsa, OK. Texarkana Arkansas Detectives traveled Thursday night to Tulsa to interview the occupants of the vehicle early Friday morning.” Mitchell say some news agencies are reporting that the case is being investigated as a homicide. “This case is still considered a missing person investigation, and all precautionary measures are being taken to preserve any evidence that comes to the attention of the police department. Investigators continue to believe that Mr. Guilbeau (Cates) will be located alive and well,” said Mitchell. According to Tulsa County Jail inmate booking information Brown has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, no drivers license, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Smith has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both men have court appearances scheduled March 12, 2015.

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