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Historic Washington State Park named Region IV Park of the Year

State and Regional State Parks officials joined the staff of Historic Washington State Park Friday to celebrate the park being named “Region IV State Park of the Year” for the 3rd year More »

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Sheriff Seeking Donations for Christmas at the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Amity

For the third year in a row Sheriff James Singleton plans to make Christmas a little better for the girls at the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Amity. There are currently 6 More »

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Aggravated Residential Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Battery Third, and Criminal Trespass

On November 20, 2014 at approximately 1214 hours Deputy Orlando Dennis was dispatched to 5369 Highway 67 West in reference to someone breaking into a house. The caller advised dispatch that the More »

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Prescott & Northwestern Railroad Sold

Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (G&W) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Pinsly Railroad Company of Westfield, Massachusetts to acquire certain subsidiaries that constitute Pinsly’s Arkansas Division for $40 million More »

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Hempstead County Quorum Court Meets

The Hempstead County Quorum Court met Thursday November 20th, one week earlier than normal as the regular meeting would fall on Thanksgiving. The JP’s passed the annual ordinance approving the levy of More »

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Hope Water & Light Warns Customers About “Green Dot” Scam

Hope Water & Light (HWL) is warning customers about a scam involving a telephone caller posing as a utility company disconnect and billing employee threatening to shut off power unless an immediate More »

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Historic Washington State Park 28th Annual Christmas and Candlelight

Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park for its 28th Annual Christmas and Candlelight which will be held December 6th & 13th 2014. The park will be open from 8:00 A.M. More »

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Hope Rotary Club Hears from State Senator Larry Teague

State Senator Larry Teague spoke to the Hope Rotary Club on Thursday November 20th.  The Senator is Joint Budget Chairman and he spoke about his thoughts on issues the Senate will face More »

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UALR Associate Dean for College of Business, John Hall among UALR personnel who traveled to Texarkana Wednesday to enroll students for Spring Semester

PICTURED: Dr. John Hall, Associate Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Business visits with two U of A Texarkana students who were interested in more information More »

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Prescott-Nevada County Retail Merchants Christmas Open House

Prescott-Nevada County asks the public to support local merchants by shopping the Retail Merchants on Christmas Open House Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Participating Merchants are: Effie’s Flowers Picket More »

Hope Rotary Club Hears from State Senator Larry Teague

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State Senator Larry Teague spoke to the Hope Rotary Club on Thursday November 20th.  The Senator is Joint Budget Chairman and he spoke about his thoughts on issues the Senate will face when the legislature convenes in January.  He answered numerous questions from the Rotarians and tempered his remarks with humor.  The Senator was invited by Rotarian Paul Henley.

UALR Associate Dean for College of Business, John Hall among UALR personnel who traveled to Texarkana Wednesday to enroll students for Spring Semester

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PICTURED: Dr. John Hall, Associate Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Business visits with two U of A Texarkana students who were interested in more information about the classes UALR is offering this spring in Texarkana.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) has partnered with U of A Texarkana to offer Bachelor degrees on the Texarkana campus.  Wednesday, November 19, UALR was well represented on the U of A Texarkana Campus as they visited with students about the courses UALR will be offering in Texarkana starting in January of 2015. UALR explained to enrolling students that they will begin this spring offering business courses and expand course offerings once the new building is completed on campus. To enroll in the UALR classes on the U of A Texarkana campus visit www.ualr.at/hope or if you have questions,  call Vice Chancellor for Academics Laura Clark 870-777-5722  

 

Prescott-Nevada County Retail Merchants Christmas Open House

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Prescott-Nevada County asks the public to support local merchants by shopping the Retail Merchants on Christmas Open House Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Participating Merchants are:

Effie’s Flowers

Picket Fence

Antiques Plus

Prescott Flowers & Garden

Hwy 67 Flea Market

Town & Country Treasures

Sonic Drive In

Dollar General Store

Fred’s

Nina Lee’s Nearly New

Chamber of Commerce Office

Lisa Ward – Jewelry

Brandi Jones – Avon

Ashley Ratliff – Scarves

Connie Martin – Embroidery items

Kathy Gober – hair bows

Trenace Stewart – Sweet T’s Boutique

Izzy’s Place – desserts

Tina Blevins – handmade tote bags

Kyla Chambless- handmade soap

Shop these merchants and register for Gift Basket valued at $150. Drawing for Gift Basket winner will be on Monday, November 24th at 10 am at the Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce.

Fish Salvage at Millwood

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In late September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted a routine inspection of the stilling basin below Millwood Lake. Similar to inspections below DeGray Lake and Lake Greeson, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fisheries personnel were asked to help relocate fish that were trapped during dewatering. However, the fish salvage operations, so successful at other lakes, was quickly dwarfed at Millwood.
 
District Fisheries Biologist, Eric Brinkman said the agency’s goal was to save as many sportfish as possible. “Species such as striped bass, largemouth bass, white bass and flathead catfish were our target, ” Brinkman said. “We also wanted to save other less common species including American eel, shovelnose sturgeon, blue suckers, and alligator gar,” he added.
 
Unfortunately the baffles in the Millwood basin are much closer and the basin is much larger than those below other Corps reservoirs in the area. “Our boats didn’t have room to maneuver and the quantity of trapped fish far exceeded our expectations,” Brinkman said.
 
During the two days allowed for the fish salvage portion of the operation, AGFC and Corps personnel worked long hours to remove as many fish as possible. “In short, we saved as many fish as we could, but most were lost,” Brinkman said. Luckily, the species that were lost were primarily species that are very common to the Little River System. Blue catfish, buffalo, and gar made up the bulk of the stranded fish. A few striped bass and white bass were also removed, but crappie and black bass species were very rare. Only four American eel and none of the less common species were found in the basin.
 
Over time the area will be naturally repopulated with fish from Little River downstream, but to help the process along Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery personnel stocked 17,520 yearling blue catfish into the Little River below Millwood Lake. “Blue catfish were the primary species lost in the event, so this was the most appropriate species to put back,” Brinkman noted.
News story credited to Saratoga, AR Digest

Rainbow of Challenges Hosts Chamber Coffee

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The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday November 19th was hosted by Rainbow of Challenges.  Staff and board members take time to pose!  The group provided plenty of homemade favorites as well as the famous chocalate covered strawberries prepared by Rainbow Enterprises for their famous gift baskets.

Train Day Planning Meeting Held for 2015

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Planning is underway for Train Day in 2015.  The Train Day Committee held their first meeting for the new year Wednesday November 19th at the Arts Station.  The event for 2015 is set for May 9th, 2015.  The group discussed various activities for possible inclusion in this year’s festival.  The next meeting is set for January 7th at 1:30pm.  Pictured is Darrell Allen, Sharon Caldwell, Melinda Brinkmeyer, Lindsey Townsend, Tamara Read, and Jeff Cook.  Not pictured is Debbie Malek.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Considering Hempstead County Properties

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The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will consider a Hempstead County property, along with 10 others, for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The Girl Scout Little House in Hope will be considered for inclusion at a Little Rock meeting December 3, according to AHPP Director Frances McSwain. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency that identifies, evaluates, registers and preserves the state’s cultural resources.

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