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Kiwanis Club Hears Program on Bombs and Ordnance from Sheriff James Singleton


The Hope Kiwanis Club heard a fascinating program from Sheriff James Singleton with help from Sergeant Josh Powell and Deputy Micheal Braddock. The sheriff and his men demonstrated a robot vehicle which can transmit video from 300 yards away that the department acquired for free. The robot tied in with the sheriff’s talk about finding unexploded ordinance in the old proving ground area. The sheriff showed a German fuse that a local citizen had. Thankfully the fuse was inert as was another round (which Cliff Knowles is holding). Bob Willis displays a piece of shrapnal from a piece of ordnance that was detonated after it was found on prival property.



Hempstead Sheriff’s office and Jefferson County Deputies Investigating Stolen Item being Bought Off Facebook “Man Cave”


On 7/7/14 at approximately 4:00 pm Deputy Steven Dunham was contacted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office in Pine Bluff and advised of a theft of a four wheeler from a deer camp in their county. Jefferson County Investigators said that the four-wheeler had a GPS system attached to the four-wheeler and they were tracking the four-wheeler to an address on in Hempstead County. Jefferson County Investigators asked deputies to respond to that address and see if they could locate the four-wheeler. Deputy Dunham and Inv. Dorman responded to the location. Upon arrival they spoke with several neighbors to see if they had seen the four-wheeler. Deputies were able to determine the four wheeler was purchased by a 17 year old juvenile from a Facebook site called “Man Cave” for $2,000.00. The juvenile stated that he saw the four-wheeler advertised and made contact with the seller who agreed to deliver the four-wheeler. The four wheeler was delivered by the seller on July 2, 2014.Deputies recovered the four wheeler and contacted the owner; The Sheriff’s office is still investigating this incident along with Jefferson County Deputies.

Blevins Class of ’54 Works with Blevins Alumni Establish Endowed UACCH Scholarship

Blevins Endowed Scholarship comp

PICTURED: Left to Right seated: Martha Sutton Maple, Adell Campbell, standing Jimmy Long, Don Worthy, Chancellor Chris Thomason, Mike Stephens, and Dr. Bill Loe gather for  a check presentation announcing the endowment of the Blevins Alumni Scholarship.  


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce the endowment of a scholarship established by BlevinsHigh School alumni. The idea for this scholarship began during a reunion of the 1954 Class of Blevins Hornets in 2009.  During the class reunion, the Class of ’54 decided to expand outside their high school class to include all Blevins alum to raise funds for a scholarship at UACCH.  This scholarship has been awarded to a student each semester since the fall of 2009 as an annual scholarship, and the Blevins alumni have continued to contribute funds to get it to the minimum endowed level of $10,000. The scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree at UACCH with a preference given to an applicant from Blevins.  Martha Sutton Maple, a member of the Class of 1954, said, “I am pleased to be able to help a student from Blevins further his or her education. I am so thankful that my friend and classmate Adell Campbell, now of Prescott, encouraged me to consider helping organize our classmates and high school alumni to establish this Blevins High School Alumni Endowed Scholarship.  We have had a great response from our classmates and other Blevins Alumni.  I am so thankful that support for this scholarship has continued, allowing us to raise enough funds to endow this scholarship. As an endowed scholarship it will continue to be awarded to a student from this community that we love and cherish as a part of our childhood.” Since June of 2009, the Blevins High Alumni have worked to grow the scholarship balance, through additional donations, from a starting balance of $2,000 to a current balance of over $10,000.  UACCH is grateful for the support it receives from communities like Blevins, helping an expanding number of students from these communities to realize that an affordable quality education can be received at UACCH.  Chris Thomason, Chancellor at UACCH commented, “This act of generosity by the Blevins High School Alumni is the perfect reflection of the value that all of Arkansas receives from our rural school districts.  Communities like Blevins have been providing our children with wonderful educations for years.  Now those same children are adults who are continuing the commitment they were taught at Blevins High to help those who follow them to achieve their educational dreams at UACCH.” For more information about this and other scholarships, visit the UACCH website at       

Post Office Meetings


Another round of public meetings begin Tuesday  (7-8) night concerning changes at local rural post offices. Tuesday’s meeting begins at 5:30 at the McCaskill Fire House to discuss the McCaskill Post Office. The Postal Service has scheduled hundreds of meetings across the nation to discuss the POST Plan and ways to preserve service to the nation’s smallest post offices. Residents served by the offices were recently sent a survey to fill out.


Similar meetings in 2012 sparked a national outcry, with large scale closings of small offices dramatically curtailed in exchange for shorter service hours. Those changes still face a yearly review.


On July 17, public meetings are set for the Lockesburg City Hall/Community Building and the Winthrop City Hall, both at 7:00 pm.


July 22 will see a 5:30 meeting at Beirne Baptist Church and a 7:00 pm meeting at Cale City Hall.


July 24 will see a 5:30 meeting at the Fulton Community Center and a 7:00 pm meeting at the Washington Fire House.

Battery in the 3rd Degree

Jessie Holcomby Collage

At approximately 12:18 AM on July 6, 2014 Deputy Jim Bush was dispatched to Apt. 36, 3000 West Avenue B in reference to a domestic battery. Upon arrival he made contact with Elquinzie Scott Jr who stated that he got into an argument with his girlfriend Jessie Holcomb about a car and she hit him with some keys. Elquinzie had a puncture wound on his chin below his lip that appeared to be from being hit with keys. Jessie Holcomb stated that Elquinzie grabbed her by her arm and leg while they were in the room. Jessie did have bruises on her left arm and leg near her thigh. Both Elquinzie Scott Jr and Jessie Holcomb were arrested for battery 3rd degree. With a court date of July 21, 2014.

Hope Lions Hear from Keith Wood


The Hope Lions Club heard from one of their own on Monday July 7th. Keith Wood talked about his experiences in Afghanistan. After hearing Keith, probably all the Lions thought “God Bless America.”

Harvest Texarkana Mobile Pantry Coming to Blevins


Harvest Texarkana will distribute USDA commodities directly from their truck on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 10am-1pm. Seniors ages 65 and older will be served first, starting at 10 am, followed by those younger than 65. The truck will be parked on the Blevins ISD campus at 5954 Hwy 29N, Blevins, AR71825. In the chance of bad weather, the mobile pantry distribution will be rescheduled. Those in need must bring photo identification verifying their age and that they reside in HempsteadCounty. One distribution will be made per household and residents cannot pick up food for others. Federal commodities will be available for those that meet income requirements and do not receive commodities at another location. Full income guidelines can be found on our website at under Programs / TEFAP. Volunteers are needed to help load boxes into cars and help recipients with the short application. If you can volunteer, please call Harvest Texarkana at 870-774-1398 For more information, please call Harvest Texarkana at 870-774-1398. Additional info: 870-774-1398

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