Category Archives: Local News

Trafficking a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Possession with Purpose to Deliver Cocaine and Marijuana, and Several Other Charges


On April 3, 2015, at approximately 10:45 am, Officers with the Hope Police Department, South Central Drug Task Force, and Arkansas State Police conducted a search warrant of a residence located at 2108 Rosston Road in Hope, Arkansas.  Officers located Kenneth Stuart, 45, of Hope, in the back yard of the residence.  Officers conducted a search of the property and seized over 11 ounces of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, more than 9 ounces of suspected cocaine, approximately 5 pounds of suspected marijuana, and two firearms.Mr. Stuart was arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance methamphetamine, possession with purpose to deliver cocaine, possession with the purpose to deliver marijuana, maintaining a drug premises, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and possession of firearms by certain persons. Stuart was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility and held for a first appearance.

Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Program on Upcoming American Cancer Society “Relay for Life”

The Hope Kiwanis Club heard a program on the upcoming “Relay for Life” on Tuesday April 7th. Jessie Lewis has been very active in the relay for the last 9 years in conjunction with her employer, Southern Bakeries. This year’s relay is set for May 1st on the U of A/Hope campus. 

Three Dead in U.S. 71 Crash

Three Lockesburg residents are dead following a collision Monday on U.S. Highway 71 11.1 miles south of Mena in Polk County. According to the Arkansas State Police, a 2002 Ford van driven by Latosha Nicole Leathers, 23,  was northbound and apparently went out of control and entered the southbound lane backwards. It was then struck by a 1975 Peterbilt driven by Marla Gayle Pipes, 52, of Redwater, Texas. Polk County Coroner Brian Bowser pronounced Leathers and two unnamed juveniles dead at the scene. Pipes was taken to the Mena Medical Center. Corporal Mike D. Thomas investigated. Story courtesy of Saratoga, AR Digest.

Victims Identified in Saturday Wreck

The Arkansas State Police has released the names of two people killed in a Saturday morning wreck near Fulton. William M. Hester, 57, of Jasper, and Wanda Kyleen Hensley, 43, of Texarkana, died when the 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Hester apparently failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the highway and struck a fence. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County Coroner Eddie Hawkins. The wreck happened around 7:30 am Saturday morning at the 15 mile marker on U.S. Highway 67.Corporal John Talley investigated. Story courtesy of Saratoga, AR Digest.

Chamber Welcomes Blake Montgomery, Attorney at Law

The Chamber signed-up a new member on Monday April 6th.  He is Blake Montgomery, Attorney at Law.  Blake will be opening an office this week in the BancorpSouth building at 200 South Elm this week.  Plans are to hold a ribbon-cuttting for Blake later this month.   

Hope Lions Hear Program from Leslie Salisbury on Magnolia Development, LLC

The Hope Lions Club heard from Leslie Salisbury of Magnolia Development, LLC concerning efforts to build a cold-storage facility as well as a facility to cater to truckers on highway 29 north at I-30 in Hope.  The development is the brainchild of Gary Salisbury of Fikes although this will be a new company.  Initial plans call for the develpment of a cold-storage unit to cater to local and regional industries.  Currently Fikes has leased the old Ritchie Grocery Building and is uing that facility for diesal technologies.   Eventually multiple services will be offered for truckers including a trucks stop.  The initial cold-storage unit will employ 85 people and the seven-year plan calls for employing up to 300 people with an eventual payroll of $46 million dollars.  Initial approval for construction of an access road has been approved.  The project was postponed last year for a few months during the elction;  however, Salisbury notes the project is advancing.  The initial partners hope to involve at least one other partner and hope to involve state funds in the development. 

Hope Police Department First National Texting Enforcement Crackdown


The message is clear – April 13-19, 2015, law enforcement agencies across the country will be cracking down on motorists who drive and text as part of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement (HVE) campaign. This effort combines periods of intense enforcement of anti-texting laws coupled with advertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law. “People know the law: they see and hear the ads and the social media, so anyone caught driving and texting was will be pulled over and fined. We warn everyone that we’re serious about stopping this deadly behavior,” said Tomlin. It’s sad that motorists are willing to risk a ticket – or much worse – over a text, explained Tomlin. According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationwide in 2012, more than 3,328 people were killed and more than 420,000 injured in accidents involving a distracted driver in the U.S. “At any given moment during daylight hours, over 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone,” per the website. For more information, please visit

Hope Fire Department Receives Grants from Brentwood Industries


The first day of April was great for the Hope Fire Department. Fire Chief Dale Glanton and his firemen received two grants totalling $4,028 from the Brentwood Philanthropy Committee. $2,668 will go towards equipment for the department’s new fire truck and $1,360 will go towards educational materials to be distributed during October for Fire Prevention Month. These items will be distributed to Clinton Primary students as well as to daycare centers and pre K programs within the Hope School District boundries. Former Hope fireman and Mayor Dennis Ramsey joins Fire Chief Dale Glanton and Assistant Chief Carroll Schmitt as they accept the checks from Mary Biddle and Plant Manager Jay Trevillion of Brentwood Industries in Hope.

Registration for Summer and Fall Begins Today


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana is beginning today to register students for the Summer and Fall Semesters.  April 1 has historically been a day to play a prank or two, but the College is not kidding around when they stress the importance of a higher education and their commitment to helping students achieve their educational goals. With Campuses in Hope and Texarkana, U of A Hope-Texarkana is committed to working with students to help them achieve degrees or technical training they desire. Do not joke around with your future, come register today for the Summer or Fall Semester.  For more information, visit the college website at

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