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Hope City Board Meets, Employees get Christmas Eve off

The Hope City Board held an unusual meeting Friday December 19th. It was the city’s annual “mandatory staff meeting” which is to say the Christmas party. All the staff had their paychecks More »

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The Hope Police Department would like to thank the many people who contributed to our Santa Cop Program this year.  With the support of our community, we will be able to help More »

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Santa Visits Pre-K

Santa Claus took time out from his busy schedule on Wednesday December 17th to visit with pre-K students on the Yerger campus.  These students are in Mrs. Gentry’s class.  The most requested More »

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2014 Hempstead County Deputy of the Year

Deputy Rebeca Medlen-Billings, as honored by the Hope Rotary Club on Thursday for being chosen as Deputy of The Year for Hempstead County. ASP Trooper Kyle Peek, and HPD Officer Eric Zimmer More »

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Final Chamber Coffee of 2014 Hosted by Lance & Associates

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday December 17th was hosted by Lance & Associates Real Estate. It has become a tradition since 2006 that Steve Lance and staff More »

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Arkansas Welcome Center in Miller County Celebrates 10 Years

The Arkansas Welcome Center in the east bound lane of I-30 in Miller County celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday December 16th.  Events included a flag raising ceremony by Arkansas High ROTC students More »

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Fire Scare at Hempstead County Jail but no Injuries

Hope Fire Department responded to the Hempstead County Jail at approximately 4:04 Am 12/17/14 to investigate smoke coming into one cell block of the jail. The smoke was discovered as detention officers More »

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Hope Platform Committee Finalist for Award

The 2015 Henry Awards winners will be revealed at the 41st Annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism to be held in Texarkana in March at the Arkansas Convention Center. There’s a Hope More »

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Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Making Rainbows preschool in Hope

Santa and Mrs. Claus took time out of their busy schedule to visit the children at Making Rainbows preschool in Hope. The pair shared candy caneswith the children and listened closely to More »

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Hope Lions Club Make Christmas Presentation to Long-Time Server

The Hope Lions gave a Christmas present to their long-time server on Monday December 15th.  Manuel Mendoza does a wonderful job and is well-loved by the Lions.  Lion Laurie Pinner made the More »

Hope Platform Committee Finalist for Award

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The 2015 Henry Awards winners will be revealed at the 41st Annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism to be held in Texarkana in March at the Arkansas Convention Center. There’s a Hope nominee on the list. The Hope Amtrak Platform Committee is one of three finalists for the Tourism Special Achievement Award, which is presented annually to an individual or organization that has contributed to the tourism industry through leadership “above and beyond” the normal requirements of their jobs. Another nominee was the Best Western Arkansas Cooperative. There’s a Best Western in Hope. Jay Lindly of KDQN Radio in De Queen is one of the nominees for the Media Support Award, which is presented annually to a distinguished individual or organization for extraordinary attention to and/or support of Arkansas’ tourism industry through the use of media. Other awards include the Community Tourism Development Award, the Natural State Award, the Bootstrap Award, the Arkansas Heritage Award, the Grand Old Classic Special Event Award and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Making Rainbows preschool in Hope

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Santa and Mrs. Claus took time out of their busy schedule to visit the children at Making Rainbows preschool in Hope. The pair shared candy caneswith the children and listened closely to the many Christmas wishes.

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Hope Lions Club Make Christmas Presentation to Long-Time Server

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The Hope Lions gave a Christmas present to their long-time server on Monday December 15th.  Manuel Mendoza does a wonderful job and is well-loved by the Lions.  Lion Laurie Pinner made the presentation.

Two Hope Lions Presented with “Dalstrom” Awards

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Two Hope Lions were honored with Edwin Dalstrom awards Monday December 15th.  The Dalstrom awards are the highest honor the club can bestow through Mid South Sight and Hearing Service.  The awards are named for the first president of that organization.  Clubs that award a Dalstrom also donate $1,000 to Mid South Sight and Hearing.  Jim DeWoody and Bill Byrd received the awards Monday.  Both are hard workers and outstanding Lions.  Making the presentation was Lions Secretary Bill Freeman.  He was joined by Nancy Bailey who presided over the meeting Monday.
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Okolona Man Killed in One-Vehicle Accident

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An Okolona man died in a one vehicle accident around 1pm Sunday (12-14) on Bateman Road near highway 53 in Clark County.  46 year old Christopher P. Thornton died after his 1987 Chevrolet Truck failed to negotiate a curve, struck a bridge, and overturned.  Thornton was pronounced dead shortly before 2pm by Clark County Coroner Tim Welch.  The weather was clear and the road was dry when the accident occurred.

Hope School Board Holds December Meeting

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The Hope School Board held their December meeting Monday December 15th.  The board began by approving the minutes of an expulsion hearing held last month.  Under the Superintendent’s report, Mr. Bobby Hart noted Laura Gray passed her national board exams.  Mr Hart also detailed meetings held recently with the Hope Police to work with each campus to find ways to improve student safety both on and off campus.  He also lauded the boys and girls basketball teams for their efforts in the New Boston tournament.  Mr. Hart also detailed a program Hope High Principal Tommie Campbell has undertaken to coordinate with SAU Tech on a airplane mechanics program which will begin in January. The board determined the January meeting will be on the 26th and the Superintendent’s evaluation will be the 29th. The board approved a facilities request from the Girl Scouts to use the Clinton Primary Cafeteria. In the audit the school was required to come up with a pay schedule for athletic gate clerks.  The board will address the matter in January.  The board also approved two resignations of para professionals and three people were hired as para professionals at Clinton Primary. The meeting wrapped up with Hope High Principal Tommie Campbell, Yerger Principal Vanessa McCraw, and Clinton Primary Principal Heath Miller all giving reports on how their schools are working to foster academic achievement.

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Oakhaven Luminaries Bring Out Big Crowd

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Dozens, maybe hundreds of cars came to visit Hempstead County’s “Christmas Town” on Saturday December 13th.  The residents of Oakhaven revived the tradition of lighting luminaries and lining the streets several years ago and this year the community also had every home near the street decorated with additional lights.  Credit for the decorations at a third of the homes goes to Oakhaven’s “Mr. Christmas” Les Patterson.  Patterson began decorating his own house several years ago.  Eventually his decorations spilled into two neighboring yards and other neighbors approached him for help with their yards.  With the help of his son David, Patterson helped decorate 8 homes and the tennis courts.  Soon the other residents worked on their own decorations and the result is the most decorated neighborhood (and incorporated  town!) in southwest Arkansas.  Thanks to Mayor Troy Lerew and the residents for a wonderful Christmas treat and remember the neighborhood will be aglow with lights throughout the holidays.  Oakhaven is located north of I-30 off highway 32 and 2 miles from US 278. 
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