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Felony Warrant for Cory Ray Turner for 1st Degree Murder and Arson

The Hope Police Department has obtained a felony warrant for the arrest of Cory Ray Turner on charges of Murder 1st degree and Arson. The charges result from the investigation into a More »

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Hope Man Sentenced to Federal Prison

Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that two Southwest Arkansas men were sentenced yesterday in Texarkana. Delrae McKenzy Smith, age 33, of Ashdown, was sentenced to 115 More »

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U of A Hope-Texarkana Plan Veterans Recognition Ceremonies for Nov 5 and 6

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana will hold recognition ceremonies for area Veterans on the Texarkana campus on Wednesday, November 5, and on the Hope campus on Thursday, November 6, More »

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18 Wheeler and SUV Collide on Hervey

An 18 Wheeler and an SUV apparently collided around 9 pm on North Hervey in front of Wendy’s. While the accident itself was fairly minor the 18 Wheeler spilled diesel fuel on More »

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Josh Williams Gives Program on History of The City of Washington

The Hope Kiwanis Club had a program featuring Josh Williams on Tuesday October 28th. Williams showed highlights from his recent book “Washington” which features photos and commentary from the 1800′s to the More »

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Historic Washington State Parks Hosts Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday October 29th was hosted by Historic Washington State Park. The Coffee was held in the 1874 Courthouse Visitor’s Information Center and there More »

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New Jobs for Antoine

Ten new jobs are coming to Antoine Hardwoods after the company received a $12,500 grant to buy new equipment at its Antoine mill in Clark County. Pictured is Eric Hughes, chairman of More »

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Updated on House Fire at Avenue C and Pritchard

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 2 am, officers of the Hope Police Department and the Hope Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of North Pritchard More »

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Kirby Student Killed Leaving Bus

A Kirby School student was struck and killed Monday afternoon crossing the highway after exiting her school bus. Dead is 12-year-old Jazmin Hernandez with a rural Glenwood address. According to a preliminary More »

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House Fire at Avenue C and Pritchard

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 2 am, officers of the Hope Police Department and the Hope Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of North Pritchard More »

Updated on House Fire at Avenue C and Pritchard

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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 2 am, officers of the Hope Police Department and the Hope Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of North Pritchard Street, in Hope. Upon arrival, officers observed a residence to be fully engulfed in flames.  Hope Fire Department arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire.  Hope Fire Department discovered a body located in the residence. The victim in this incident has been identified as Thomas Youngblood, 20, of Hope. This incident is currently being investigated as a homicide.  According to the report, Mr. Youngblood lived at 221 North Prichard, the residence where the fire occurred. This investigation is ongoing.

Kirby Student Killed Leaving Bus

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A Kirby School student was struck and killed Monday afternoon crossing the highway after exiting her school bus. Dead is 12-year-old Jazmin Hernandez with a rural Glenwood address. According to a preliminary report by Arkansas State Trooper Benjamin Harrison, the eastbound school bus was stopped unloading passengers in front of the girl’s house when a 2001 Ford Explorer traveling westbound allegedly failed to yield to the bus and struck the child. Trooper Harrison said “all emergency lights and signals were activated on the bus.” The name of the driver of the Explorer was not released on the report.

Blevins vs Kirby Game Postponed

The Blevins vs Kirby  game scheduled for today (10-28) has been postponed due to the strategic news that happened yesterday in Kirby.  

House Fire at Avenue C and Pritchard

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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 2 am, officers of the Hope Police Department and the Hope Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of North Pritchard Street, in Hope. Upon arrival, officers observed the residence to be fully engulfed in flames. Hope Fire Department arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire.  Hope Fire Department discovered a body located in the residence. The body has not been identified at this time. Hope Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident.

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Hempstead County Mass Flu Clinic has been Rescheduled for November 19th at the Hempstead Hall

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The Hempstead County Mass Flu clinic has been rescheduled for November 19th at the Hempstead Hall on the campus of UACCH.  The hours will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.   They will come out to your car if needed.  They ask that you please wear short sleeves so the nurses can easily get to your upper arm and bring your Medicaid, Medicare or any type of insurance card if you have one.  There is no out of pocket cost to anyone regardless if you have insurance or not.  Ages 6 months and older are eligible for the flu vaccine.

UACCH Award Recipients Recognized at ACC Conference held Oct 12-14

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The Arkansas Community Colleges recently held an annual state-wide conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center.  The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope was represented by faculty and staff who attended the three-day meeting. A variety of seminars, covering an array of topics applicable to two-year colleges across the state, were offered at the three-day conference.  Monday’s activities concluded with an awards reception recognizing the Outstanding Faculty and Staff members from each of the two-year college campuses. The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope was pleased to have our Outstanding Faculty member, Ken LeJeune, and Outstanding Staff member, Casey Curtis, recognized during the ceremony.

Ken LeJeune has served as the Director of Respiratory Therapy and has excelled in the classroom.  He has worked diligently to enhance U of A Hope’s Respiratory Therapy Program and fulfill the vision of the institution. He began teaching at U of A Hope in 1989.  He has excelled in his ability to help students expand their knowledge and educational experience at the college.

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Casey has served the students at U of A Hope since 2003 and currently serves as the Advertising and Publications Coordinator. Casey has enhanced the college’s print and publication image through his award winning gift for graphic design.  He also manages the College’s growing social media presence and often serves as the college’s photographer at events.

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A brunch Tuesday closed out the 2014 Arkansas Community Colleges conference with the recognizing of Outstanding Alumni and naming of the Academic All-Stars.  U of A Hope is pleased to announce that Jack Daniels was recognized as our Outstanding Alumnus and Kenyari Martin was named the 2014 U of A Hope Academic All-Star. Jack Daniels, an outstanding musician, father, and farmer, attended U of A Hope in August of 1989.  After his U of A Hope Education in diesel mechanics, he enrolled in Southern Arkansas University and completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a major in voice and a minor in piano.  Among other things he has toured nationally and internationally with David Phelps and the Gaither Vocal Band.  He, his wife, and their six beautiful children live on a 138 acre farm they call “Miracle Farms” at Bodcaw.

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U of A Hope’s Academic All-Star recognized at the ACC conference is Kenyari Martin, a 2013 graduate of Hope High School who plans to obtain a degree in physical therapy. Martin has been very active on campus in the TRiO Student Support Club and many other activities.  Martin encourages others to attend college and lives by the motto “Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from pursuing your goals.” U of A Hope Academic All-Star, Kenyari Martin (center) is pictured with UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason (right), and Vice-Chancellor for Academics Brian Berry.

Three Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance

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On 23 October 2014, Inv. Gary Dorman was called by a concerned citizen who stated that a car pulled into the drive of their deer lease on Hempstead 15 in the Guernsey area, the caller stated that there was one woman and two men. The caller stated that he asked why they were parked in the drive. He was advised that by one male that the car was overheating. The caller was able to get the first three numbers of the license plate as he drove into his deer lease but could not make out the last three letters. The caller then turned around and attempted to get the letters. The caller stated that the female driver of the vehicle then sped off as he approached. The caller was able to get the license plate number.    Inv. Dorman ran the license plate number and it returned to an individual that had been a suspect in a breaking or entering into an unoccupied residence in that same area. Inv. Dorman went to the area and later located the vehicle on Hempstead 1009 approximately one hundred yards west of Hempstead 15. As he drove up to the vehicle, he observed David Eberhardy standing in front of the car, Tabatha Townsend in the driver’s seat, and Harley Hart sitting in the front passenger seat. Inv. Dorman asked David what he was doing. David stated that the car overheated and he was just standing there. Inv. Dorman found the story to be odd due to the fact that the hood was not opened on the car and observed no odor normally associated with an overheated vehicle. As Inv. Dorman spoke to Tabatha he noticed that she was overly nervous Inv. Dorman noticed passenger Harley Hart moving his right hand between the seat and the door of the car. Dorman asked Tabatha to step out of the car and she did. Dorman then radioed Deputy Michael Braddock to come to his location. As Inv. Dorman searched David and was talking to Harley, he observed Tabatha, with her back to him, move her hands around her waistband. Dorman then called for Deputy Marla Barnhill to come to his location. Inv. Dorman asked Tabatha if there was anything illegal in her vehicle. Tabatha refused to give Inv. Dorman consent to search her vehicle. Inv. Dorman requested that Corporal Casey Singleton with the Hope Police Department to come conduct a free air sniff with his K-9. Deputy Barnhill arrived and Dorman asked her to search Tabatha. Inv. Dorman asked Tabatha if she had anything on her person that was illegal. He advised Tabatha that he knew she placed something in the front of her pants while he was busy with David and Harley. Tabatha then removed a used syringe and gave it to Deputy Barnhill Inv. Dorman placed Tabatha under arrest for possessing drug paraphernalia. Cpl. Singleton arrived and advised Tabatha that he was going to conduct a free air sniff around her car with his K9. Cpl. Singleton then ran his K9 around Tabatha’s vehicle. Cpl. Singleton advised that his K9 “hit” on the driver’s door and the front passenger’s door. Inv. Dorman and Deputy Braddock began a search of the vehicle, during the search of the front passenger seat, where Harley had been sitting. Deputies discovered a package that had been wrapped in electrical tape, this type of concealment technique is common in methamphetamine users. The package had been cut open and its contents were missing. Inv. Dorman moved the packaging and discovered a package of diabetic syringes. There were six syringes in the package. He found a small back case that appeared to have nearly been pushed into the rear floorboard. He opened the case and discovered three baggies, one glass smoking device, and a red straw. Deputy Braddock to placed Harley into custody as Inv. Dorman took the three baggies out of the case and discovered two of the baggies had a usable amount of what appeared to be methamphetamine in them and one only had residue in it. Deputy Braddock located a syringe in the driver’s seat under a seat cushion. He also located a syringe in the back seat under a towel where David would have been able to ride due to the other seat being full of various items and a car seat in the floor. David was also arrested at that time. All three were transported to the HCDF charged with possession of Controlled Substance and are awaiting a first court appearance.

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