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UACCH Will Host Community Coffee for New Vice-Chancellors, Thursday, August 28

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and Texarkana is pleased to be hosting a Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Coffee on Thursday, August 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. More »

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Women of Hope Host Chamber Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday August 20th was hosted by the “Women of Hope”. This group does a lot of great community work and will hold their More »

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Hope City Board Holds 2nd Meeting of August

The Hope City Board tackled a number of issues in an hour-long meeting Tuesday (8-19).  The first action taken was a positive vote to allow the Hope Police Department to apply for More »

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Chamber Cuts Ribbon for Karate Pig

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting on Thursday August 14th for the Karate Pig Bakery & Bistro. The new restaurant is located at 501 North Hervey and is open More »

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Hope Kiwanis Club Hears From Hope Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart

You may be more used to seeing this man standing in front of a Rotary banner because he is President of the Hope Rotary Club but on Tuesday August 19th Hope Schools More »

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Millwood Drawdown

A drawdown is underway at Millwood Lake to allow for bank stabilization work at Cottonshed Park. The lake is being drawn down a foot to a pool elevation of 258.2 feet. The More »

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Hope Man Arrested in Mineral Springs Shooting

A Sunday afternoon shooting in Mineral Springs left one man injured and another in jail. Aaron Olden of Mineral Springs was shot at a home on Story Lane in Mineral Springs. After More »

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Hope School Board Holds August Meeting

The Hope School Board held their August meeting Monday evening (8-18) following the first day of school.  In the Superintendent’s report Mr. Bobby Hart noted the Yerger bus drive is completed and More »

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Silvey Family of Bodcaw Wins “Music in The Park” Competition at Washington

The final edition of “Music In The Park” was held Saturday August 16th at Historic Washington State Park. The program included a competition with musical acts performing an original song dealing with More »

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New State Police Commander Named for Troop “G” in Hope

The Arkansas State Police Commission has approved the recommendation for promotion of Lieutenant Forrest Marks to the rank of captain. With that promotion effective September 1, Captain Marks will assume duties as More »

Hope School Board Holds August Meeting

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The Hope School Board held their August meeting Monday evening (8-18) following the first day of school.  In the Superintendent’s report Mr. Bobby Hart noted the Yerger bus drive is completed and came through Monday morning’s rain draining well.  He also noted some work being done in the Yerger library.  Mr. Hart noted he had a “body count” at Clinton Primary School and noted that count was 1,018 students which was a little down from last year.  The only other numbers he had were for Hope High and noted 737 were enrolled and he expected enrollment to stay around 730 there.  Also during the Superintendent’s report he noted there will be a ribbon-cutting and community Coffee August 27th at Hope High for the new construction. The board approved a tuition agreement with Nevada for alternative school students.  The board also approved a migrant grant.
   Under facilities requests the board approved a request from the Hope Jr. Auxiliary to use the Hope High cafeteria for their spaghetti supper on September 12th.  The board also approved a request from Wildcat Football to use Hammons Stadium and for the class of 1984 to use the Beryl Henry Cafeteria on October 3rd prior to Homecoming.
   There were a variety of personnel matters to close out the meeting.  Julie Lively, Christie Sullivan, Shirley Miller, and Janet Banister were hired as Parental Involvement Facilitators on the Clinton Primary, Beryl Henry, Yerger, and Hope High campuses respectively.  Johnny Turner was hired as a bus driver.  Stacy Wade’s resignation as a 4th grade teacher was accepted.  Certified hirings incldued Erin McCray, Martha Wake, Frances Henrix, Mary Berry, Athony Meeker, Ramunda Hamilton, Kirby Turner, and Debra Magness.  Debra Stuart’s resignation as a special ed paraprofessional was accepted.  Classified hiring included Brittany Grigsby, Kendra Turner, Toni Briggs, and Estafonia Hernandez.  Following the personnel items the meeting adjourned.

Silvey Family of Bodcaw Wins “Music in The Park” Competition at Washington

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The final edition of “Music In The Park” was held Saturday August 16th at Historic Washington State Park. The program included a competition with musical acts performing an original song dealing with American conflicts or wars. The winner of the competition was the Silvey Family from Bodcaw with Mark Gunter winning 2nd place. The popular McWilliams Family from Caddo Gap also performed for the event.

New State Police Commander Named for Troop “G” in Hope

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The Arkansas State Police Commission has approved the recommendation for promotion of Lieutenant Forrest Marks to the rank of captain. With that promotion effective September 1, Captain Marks will assume duties as Troop G commander in Hope. Marks replaces Captain Jeff Jester, who recently retired.

The recommendation for promotion was made by Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police, at a recent regular meeting of the commission.

Marks, 44, of Hot Springs is a nineteen year veteran of the department and was assigned as assistant commander of Highway Patrol Division, Troop K and more recently served as acting commander of Highway Patrol Division, Troop G.

Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation Welcomes Mack McLarty

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The Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation hosted its annual meeting Thursday August 14th at Hempstead Hall. Approximately 200 people enjoyed a fish dinner prepared by Amigo Juan and were treated to a conversation between Bubba Powers and Mack McLarty. McLarty credited “faith, family, and work ethic” as being cornerstones of the success of Hope and also noted the importance of UACCH in building the future of southwest Arkansas.

Hempstead County United Holds Chamber Coffee and Kicks Off Drive for $81,000

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The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday August 13th was hosted by the Hempstead County United Way Board to kick off the 2015 drive. There are 12 agencies to be served and the goal is $81,000 according to Clay Lance. Pictured is Clay Lance, Christy Ayers, April Bobo, Donny Hughes, Jeff Haynie, Cynthia Mullens, Steven Sheets, Joann Sandlin, Helen Byers, Russell Cornelius, Paula Pack, Shaun Smith, Jennifer Orr, and Camille Parker.

The Hope Police Department Reminds Drivers to Plan ahead and Designate a Sober Driver

Always Designate a Sober Driver

The Labor Day holiday is a time to enjoy a weekend and celebrate with friends and family.  Unfortunately the holiday is often marred with tragedy and death caused by drunk drivers traveling across state roads and highways. Beginning August 15th and continuing through September 1st Hope, Arkansas law enforcement officers will be aggressively targeting their patrols in search of drunk drivers.  The enforcement plan is part of a nationwide effort designed to stop drunk driving and save lives.  The Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high visibility law enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers getting behind the wheel of a vehicle endangering themselves and others.  Across the nation during calendar year 2012 there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes.  Over the Labor Day weekend that same year, almost 40 percent of all traffic fatalities are due to alcohol-impaired-drivers. Nighttime is the worst, with almost half (46%) of all nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) traffic fatalities involving a drunk driver during the Labor Day holiday weekend.  “The Hope Police Department will be joining the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.  There will be no tolerance, no excuses”, says Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin. There were 552 traffic fatalities on Arkansas roadways during 2012.  Twenty-six percent, or 143 of those fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. “Drunk driving is totally preventable and inexcusable,” said Tomlin. “We’re hoping that Arkansas drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent this kind of tragedy.  There’s always another way home.” The Hope Police Department reminds drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver if they plan to consume alcohol.  Calling on a friend or using a taxi can save lives.  For more information on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136

 

Chamber Cuts Ribbon for The Happy Chicken on The Grill

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The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday August 12th for The Happy Chicken On The Grill.  The new restaurant at 1100 North Hervey specializes on chicken dishes including various options for fried and grilled chicken.  The restaurant also has chicken and shrimp kabobs.  The new restaurant is located next to Hog Wash in Hope.

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