Nashville Rotary Club Hears Hope Watermelon Festival Program

The Nashville Rotary Club invited Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Keith to give a program on the Hope Watermelon Festival Wednesday July 30th.  In addition to the program on the More »

Brentwood Hosts Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday July 30th was hosted by Brentwood.  This is a great, community minded company in our area who has helped our Hope Fire More »

Senator Teague Helps Out

Saratoga’s State Senator, Larry Teague of Nashville, was a participant at a meal packing event at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. The event, packaging 50,000 seasoned rice meals, was sponsored More »

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2014 Music in the Park “America in Conflict” Band Competition Application

Saturday, August 16, 2014 7:30 –9:30 Historic Washington State Park 870-983-2684 Contest Rules:  Competition is open to all amateur bands and musicians from the surrounding area playing original songs.  Original music compositions based on More »

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Southwest Arkansas Development Alliance Project Kick-Off

The Southwest Arkansas Development Alliance in cooperative with Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District will hold a project kick-off meeting Thursday July 31st at 10am in the lecture hall of the Science More »

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Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Program On Human Trafficking

Dr. Carla and Carroll Bryant brought a program on human trafficking to the Hope Kiwanis Club on Tuesday July 29th.  Dr. Bryant explained that human trafficking not only involves people being “trafficked” More »

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Alligator in a Pool

At approximately 8:19 hours on 07/28/14 Deputy Dunham and Bush were dispatched to 114 Sunset Circle in Saratoga, Arkansas in reference to an alligator being in a pool. Upon arrival they observed More »

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ATV Accident

At approximately 9:10 PM on 07/28/14 Deputy Jim Bush was dispatched to 6025 Highway 29 South in reference ATV accident. Deputy Bush went to the address where the accident occurred where he More »

Eric Taylor Easterling 29 Hope Arkansas

Commercial Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Theft of Property under $10,000, Theft of Property over $10,000, and possibly other Charges

Hempstead County Investigators arrested Eric Taylor Easterling age 29 of Hope on Monday July 28, 2014 in connection with the Commercial Burglary and theft of a Polaris Razor from Parrish Equipment. And More »

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Hope Lions Receive $2,000 From Wal-Mart Towards Christmas Baskets

The Hope Lions Club received a $2,000 donation from Wal-Mart towards the annual Lions Christmas Basket project. Making the presentation to Lions President John Trauger is Wal-Mart Manager (and Hope Lion!) Richard More »

ATV Accident

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At approximately 9:10 PM on 07/28/14 Deputy Jim Bush was dispatched to 6025 Highway 29 South in reference ATV accident. Deputy Bush went to the address where the accident occurred where he made contact with Charlotte Bobo, Charlotte told Deputy Bush that Charles Bobo age 38 and Kerri McCullough age 37 where on a Polaris RZR and she was following them on County Road Hempstead 1050. Charlotte stated that Charles is paraplegic and has hand controls on the ATV to control the throttle and the brakes. She stated that she believes that the throttle got stuck and caused Charles to not be able to stop. She stated that when she rounded the corner she observed that the ATV had flipped over and Kerri McCullough was pinned with her head against the roll bars. Charlotte stated that Charles was buckled in so he was still in his seat when the ATV flipped. Deputy Bush’s’ report states that near a drive way there was a steep drop off and it appears that Charles attempted to turn a hard left which caused the ATV to skid and flip over. The ATV was a Polaris Ranger. Both Robert Charles Bobo and Kerri McCullough were air lifted to Hot Springs for treatment of their injuries.

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Eric Taylor Easterling 29 Hope Arkansas

Hempstead County Investigators arrested Eric Taylor Easterling age 29 of Hope on Monday July 28, 2014 in connection with the Commercial Burglary and theft of a Polaris Razor from Parrish Equipment. And the theft of a 2003 Toyota Tacoma pick up from the Pilgrim’s pride feed mill on Highway 29 South. At approximately 9:19 AM on Monday July 28, 2014 Deputy Derick Bunn was dispatched to 3307 Highway 29 South in reference to Parrish Equipment being broken into. the store manager, who stated that when he pulled into work  he noticed that the gate, where all the ATV’s are stored after business hours, was pushed open and one of the 4 seat Polaris RZR 900′s was missing. Deputy Bunn took another theft report at approximately 1:00 PM on Monday July 28, 2014 from Donna Moody at the Pilgrim Pride Feed Mill Donna, who stated that she was at work at First Bank in Hope where she saw Eric Easterling try to cash a check belonging to her while in her 2003 Toyota Pick- up truck. She stated that her husband Donald Moody parked their 2003 Toyota Tacoma at approximately 0550 hours this morning and got in a feed truck and headed out of town. Investigators caught up with Easterling later in the day at the L&W scrap yard. Where he was taken into custody and the 2003 Toyota was recovered. After interviewing Easterling deputies developed information as to the whereabouts of the stolen razor and recovered it. Both have been returned to the owners. Easterling is in custody charged with Commercial Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Theft of Property under 10,000.00, Theft of Property over 10, 000.00 other chargers are pending the outcome of the investigation. Easterling is being held at the HCDF pending a first court appearance. 

Hope School Board Meets Monday July 28th

The Hope School Board held their July meeting Monday (7-28).  After a couple of clarifications on budget items, the board moved to the Superintendent’s report.  Bobby Hart noted the special education department recently underwent performance reviews and was satisfactory in all 7 areas.  He also noted the work on the Yerger driveway was 2/3rds complete and the high school was essentially finished but the final payment will not be made until October to make sure there are no problems.  A community Coffee on August 30th was discussed as a public event at the new facilties.

Professional Development is set for August 11th and 12th at Hempstead Hall for district staff.  After that was discussed the board voted to approve proposed changes to student handbooks.

The board passed a resolution to accept the high bids from district employees Bobby Rogers and Maurice Henry on two piece of surplus equipment.  The board also accepted a bid on another piece of surplus equipment from a non-employee.

The board agreed by acclamation to allow the cafeteria manager to look at some new cafeteria furnishings.  The cafeteria has over $800,000 in funds and the board approved looking into new furniture.

The board approved an internet safety policy after a report from Jeff Madlock.  The board also approved a soccer camp by the group “Hope United” for August 1st and 2nd at Hammons Stadium.  The board also approved the purchase of new shelving for the high school library.

Two requested trips by ROTC were approved.  These will be to Barsdale Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base.

Bread and milk bids were approved.  Oak Creek Farms got the milk bid while Flowers Bakery won the bread bid.

In personnel matters the board accepted resignations from Wendy Davis and Gabe Mormon.  There were 15 certified hires and several classified hires.  There were two classified resignations.  The board approved changing the district’s internet filter and then adjourned.

Hope Lions Receive $2,000 From Wal-Mart Towards Christmas Baskets

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The Hope Lions Club received a $2,000 donation from Wal-Mart towards the annual Lions Christmas Basket project. Making the presentation to Lions President John Trauger is Wal-Mart Manager (and Hope Lion!) Richard McKim.

Hope Lions Hear Program from Scott Jester of Rainbow of Challenges

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The Hope Lions Club heard a great program from Rainbow of Challenges Development Coordinator Scott Jester on Monday July 28th. Jester gave a history of the organization and noted it was one of the largest employers in Hempstead County with over 400 employees. Jester noted Rainbow of Challenges started in 1967 in the local Boy Scout hut in Fair Park. Jester may not be awared the Lions built that facility and donated to Boy Scout Troop 91 in 1964.

Party at Old Washington gym Leads to Many Altercations

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On 7/27/14 at approximately 1:30 AM Hempstead County Deputies Steven Dunham and Kyle Rowe were dispatched to the Old Washington Gym at the request of a private security company who was providing security for function (Party) at the gym. Upon arrival Deputy Dunham and Rowe walked around the parking lot and made sure there were no altercations. The deputies contacted one of the security officers who advised the deputies that there were approximately 500 people at the function. While talking to the security officer they were advised of a fight in the building. Deputy Dunham and Rowe went inside and assisted the security officers with the fight, the security officers advised that the subject was pepper sprayed and asked the deputies if they would escort him outside. Once the deputies were outside they observed another fight in the parking lot. Deputies and security officers were able to break that fight up after the security officers used pepper spray on the subjects that were fighting. After breaking up the fight the subject was detained by security officers. Several attendees attempted to free the detained individual as Deputy Dunham and Rowe tried to keep the crowd from freeing the subject. Deputy Dunham and Rowe encountered several more individuals fighting outside Deputies and Security officers again deployed pepper spray to break up the fights. At that point the crowd of approximately 300 people surrounded the deputies preventing them from taking the subjects into custody. As the crowd became aggressive towards the Deputies and Security Officers they formed a circle standing back to back. Deputies radioed for assistance and Hope City units and ASP troopers responded. While waiting for assistance several people from the crowd started throwing beer bottles, gas cans and rocks at the Deputies and Security Officers.  As the crowd started to disperse another fight started by the road way. Deputies and security officers went to break the fight up as deputies attempted to place the subjects in hand cuffs another fight started next to the deputies as the subject started to flee into the crowd. Due to the amount of people deputies decided not to pursue the subjects into the aggressive crowd. As Deputies were attempting to get to the front porch of the gym another fight started as deputies tried to attempting to break that fight up a gun shot was fired by someone in the crowd.  The crowd became more aggressive towards the deputies and security officers; the only way they were able to make it to the gym was by gun point. Hope City Officers and ASP Troopers arrived to assist the Deputies as the crowd began to disperse. Approximately 100 to 150 of the persons in attendance made their way to Hope and starting gathering at the Exxon Station and McDonald’s on Hervey Street. Hope Officers, Deputies and Troopers went to the locations and once again dispersed the crowds from the business.

Counterfeit Currency on Rise in Hope

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The presentation of counterfeit currency into the local economy of Hope, Arkansas is on the rise according to Hope Police Chief JR Wilson.  “While certainly the types of incidents reported to HPD that involve counterfeit currency do not pose a serious threat to our local economy, none the less, over the past two months, HPD has seen a significant rise in the cases reported.” Over a 41 day period, HPD seized 16 counterfeit bills related to 14 separate incidents.  This volume of activity in such a short period of time is unusual for our area.  Of the sixteen bills seized, seventy five percent represented $20 bills.  The remainder were (1) $100, (1) $10, (1) $5, and (1) $1 bill. In 2013, HPD worked 40 cases related to forgery, of which 12 cases concerned the counterfeit of US Currency.  In 2012, HPD worked 58 cases related to forgery of which 28 cases concerned the counterfeit US Currency.  “There has been a significant statistical increase of incidents documenting the seizure of counterfeit currency within our jurisdiction since June 13, 2014. The data is suggestive of possible local production.  HPD submits all counterfeit currency to the US Secret Service along with a copy of our incident report.  HPD works in cooperation with Federal, State and other local authorities to resolve issues pertaining to counterfeiting.” Concerning the importance of citizen recognition and information related to criminal activity, Chief Wilson stated, “Citizens play a vital role in the creation of safe neighborhoods and cities by refusing to tolerate criminal activity and providing specific credible information to detect and resolve crime.  With respect to the counterfeit of US Currency,  I would encourage our citizens to: notify police immediately if you suspect any activity associated with the fraudulent reproduction of Federal Reserve Notes or other commercial paper; become familiar with our currency and how to detect fraudulent representations; be prepared to provide specific and detailed information pertaining to circumstances surrounding perceived criminal activity; and visit the Secret Service and other websites to  learn about the security features related to US Currency.  Of particular importance over the last decade has been the introduction of enhanced security features such as the watermark and the embedded security thread in some Federal Reserve Notes.” “Safe neighborhoods, towns and cities are directly related to citizen involvement.  Stand up and speak out.  Only together can we ensure a great city for ourselves, our children, and our neighbors. ”

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