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Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household Member

On Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at approximately 4 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Jordan Cobb, 21, of Hope, from a residence in the 500 block of West 16th in More »

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Cynthia Lee of Rainbow of Challenges Special Designs Screen Printing Visits KXAR

Pictured is Cynthia Lee of ROC Special Designs Screen Printing who was the special guest on KXAR  with Mark Keith recently explaining many of the services provided including new embroidery work for just about More »

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UACCH Seeks Community’s Help with Mascot Selection

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and Texarkana is seeking input from its service area residents on the selection of a mascot for the campuses. An online survey will allow More »

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Spring Hill Beta Club Hosts Chamber Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday January 21st was hosted by the Spring Hill Beta Club. The club has about sixty members and has several public service projects More »

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More Arrests Made in Embezzlement Case

On January 21, 2015, at approximately 1pm, Tammy Williams, 49, of Hope, was arrested and charged with Theft over $25,000 as a result of the investigation into the theft from the Texas More »

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More Arrests Made in Embezzlement Case

On January 21, 2015, at approximately 1pm, Brandy Harvel, 26, of Hope, was arrested and charged with Theft over $25,000 as a result of the investigation into the theft from the Texas More »

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Embezzlement; Theft over $25,000.00

On January 16, 2015, at approximately 11:45 am, detectives from the Hope Police Department arrested Heather Langston, 27, of Hope, for Theft over $25,000.00. The charges are the result of an ongoing More »

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Hope First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center Holds Open House for First Anniversary

The Hope First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center held an open house Tuesday January 20th to celebrate their first anniversary.  The organization works with expectant mothers of all ages on parenting and other More »

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Rotary Club Hears from Steven Sheets

The Hope Rotary Club heard from Steven Sheets, Agricultural Extension Agent of the Hempstead County U of A Cooperative Extension Service. Sheets presented facts and figures on Hempstead County’s farms from revenue, More »

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Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Hope Schools Program and Welcomes Key Club

The Hope Kiwanis Club had a great update on the Hope Public Schools from Superintendent Bobby Hart and Hope High Principal Tommie Campbell.  Mr.Hart noted enrollment is up slightly at just over More »

Hope First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center Holds Open House for First Anniversary

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The Hope First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center held an open house Tuesday January 20th to celebrate their first anniversary.  The organization works with expectant mothers of all ages on parenting and other topics.  The center is open Tuesday evening at the Christian Charitable Clinic Building at 114 South Main.  For information phone 703-2687.  
  Pictured is Isis Morris, Paula Gunter, Kristi Johnson, Lisa Bullock, Brandy Brooks, Denni Peek, Tammy Goodwin, Lavana Yates, Sallie Nix, Terry Trotter, and Linda Burke.

Rotary Club Hears from Steven Sheets

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The Hope Rotary Club heard from Steven Sheets, Agricultural Extension Agent of the Hempstead County U of A Cooperative Extension Service. Sheets presented facts and figures on Hempstead County’s farms from revenue, crops, and the average farming age. Sheets made a point to let the group know how important the future of farming is not just to Hempstead County, but for the nation’s economy. Pictured with Sheets is Rotary member, Dr. Bill Loe.
 
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Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Hope Schools Program and Welcomes Key Club

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The Hope Kiwanis Club had a great update on the Hope Public Schools from Superintendent Bobby Hart and Hope High Principal Tommie Campbell.  Mr.Hart noted enrollment is up slightly at just over 2,500 students districtwide.  Also at the meeting were members of the Hope Key Club from Hope High.  We had planned to take two separate photos but the Key Club requested Mr. Hart, Mr. Campbell, and Hope High Assistant Principal Bill Hoglund join them in the photo.  The Key Club members include Vilma Espinoza, Quiana Key, Kedriel Greent, Emily Rowe, Kiana Smith, Robert Walker, LaMia Maxfield, Ka’meisha Conway, Nexia Sharp, and Gianni Trotter.  Also in the photo is Key Club Advisor Frances Hendrix.

Governor Hutchinson Makes Local Appointments

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced two local appointments to state boards and commissions.

Warren Plyler of Hope has been reappointed to the Red River Commission. The new appointment expires January 14, 2022.

Bob Williams of Nashville has been appointed to the Arkansas Rural Development Commission, replacing Marvin Exum. The appointment expires January 14, 2019.

John Belken of Little Rock was appointed to the Arkansas Parole Board. He replaces Dennis Young of Texarkana.

Hope City Board Holds 2nd January Meeting

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IMG_20150120_191044The Hope City Board kicked off their second meeting of January by approving a resolution approving New Millennium’s effort to participate in the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Job Creation and investment incentive program. New Millennium has applied for a sales tax refund on about $ 1.2 million in purchases in a $2.3 million dollar expansion that will result in 25 new positions bumping total employment to 213. The tax back will be approximately $25,000. A waive bid ordinance was approved for the purchase of a new computer server for the Hope Police Department. An emergency clause was adopted and the board approved the $ 22,000 budgeted purchase. The board approved an ordinance updating the Arkansas Energy Code as utilized by the city. The city will require new standards on new construction specifically on windows. The updated code will be a requirement for a building permit to be issued. This change brings the residential code into parity with the commercial code. Under the city manager’s report the board learned the fire department has found a demo foam kit for the new fire truck from Rowe Industries in Hope and Rowe will also store foam for the city. The foam addition was in the budget and the city is delighted to purchase the kit from a local vendor. City Manager Catherine Cook gave an update on the recent Municipal League Winter Conference. Steve Montgomery, Mark Ross, and Kiffinea Talley attended and spoke highly of the conference. The board also paid tribute to the late Barry Brown who passed away Monday. Under Citizens Requests Sylvia Brown urged the city to look into more recycling effects. The board also made a presentation to Hope Community TV.

Mr. Barry Passes Away

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One of Hope’s best-known and best-loved businessmen has passed away.  89 year old Barry Brown died Monday (1-19) at his home.  “Mr. Barry” as he was known by 3 generations of Hope grocery shoppers started Barry’s Grocery with his late wife Ina Jean in April 1954.  Mr. Brown was active at the store up to his death.  In addition to Barry’s he also opened the first convenience stores in Hope, Barry’s Quik Sak #1 and #2.  Barry’s Grocery is still thriving in Hope and is operated by Mr. Barry’s son Duane.  Mr. Barry was well-known for his gardens and sold his produce at the store.  He was a veteran of World War II and a deacon at First Baptist Church.  Graveside services will be Wednesday (1-21) at 11am at Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Herndon-Pharr.

Breaking and Entering, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, and Theft of Property

Jasselyn Parmer age 32 of Mabelvale, Arkansas Commercial Burglary, Theft of Property

At approximately 1530 hours on Saturday January 17, 2015 Deputy Derick Bunn was dispatched to the lobby in reference to a theft on Hempstead 210. Upon arrival he met with Cheyenne Burkhart who stated that when she got to her car this morning around 1100 hours she noticed that her wallet was missing. Cheyenne stated that Friday night she got her key out of her purse and placed the purse by the center console of her car. Cheyenne described the purse as brown, with gold MK all over it, with a gold zipper with a round zipper pull. Cheyenne stated that this morning around 1000 hours her grandmother, saw some people at the end of the driveway this morning. Deputy Bunn spoke to the Grandmother who she that a white male wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans with brown hair, a white female wearing a black sweater and blue jeans with brown hair, and a small female child with blond hair at the end of her driveway in a small blue vehicle that appeared to broke down. Deputy Bunn spoke with Deputy McBride about the people he just brought to the Sheriff’s Office because they fit the description of the people was observed at the residence. Deputy McBride stated that a driver’s license, debit card, belonging to Cheyenne Burkhart along with a registration and insurance card belong to her as well was in the passenger door of the vehicle just brought in. Deputy McBride stated that a brown handbag was in Jasseyln Parmer’s purse. Deputy McBride asked Jasseyln if he could search her purse and she stated yes Deputy McBride opened the purse and found a brown wallet with MK all over it with a gold colored zipper. Deputy McBride asked if it was hers and she stated that it was not that she got out of a yard where they ran out of gas. Jasseyln stated that she used the debit card in the wallet to purchase about $32 and a little change in gas at the Shell gas station on North Hazel in Hope. Deputy Bunn returned the stolen property to the victim and Charged Jasseyln Parmer for Breaking and entering, fraudulent use of a credit card, and theft of property.

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