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Results of Hope FFA Old Timers Rodeo

The Hope FFA Old Timers Rodeo was held on Thursday April 17. Several former FFA members and alumni attended and competed in various rodeo events. It was entertaining, competitive and exciting to More »

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Chamber Cuts Ribbon for Anthony-Routon Amphitheater

Hundreds enjoyed Lions fish and Tyson chicken Thursday (4-17) on the UACCH campus at the 21st annual UACCH Fish Fry.  The event also marked a ribbon-cutting for the new Anthony-Routon Amphitheater at the More »

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Prescott Police Collect Food Items & Prescription Drugs

Prescott Police Department invites residents to dispose of unwanted or out of date prescription drugs and donate non-perishable food items for Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank. The Prescott Police Department is participating More »

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Farmers’ Markets Opening in May

Hempstead County Farmers’ Markets in Hope and Old Washington and Howard County Farmers’ Market in Nashville will be continuing a partnership they began last year. The three markets plan to open in More »

Durrell Booker age 35 of Alanta , Texas Possession of controlled substance

Possession of Controlled Substance

On 16 April 2014, at approximately 12:01 am Inv. Gary Dorman was in the area of the Hampton Inn on Hervey Street in Hope, Arkansas. I noticed a suspicious male subject walking More »

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New Deputy at Hempstead County Sheriff Office

Sheriff welcomes new Deputy, Deputy Derick Bunn recently joined 70 other Law Enforcement Officers from across the state as they Graduated from Class 2014 – A, of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training More »

Seth Borchert Age 29 Blevins, Arkansas Cruelty to Animals,

Cruelty to Animals and five counts of Permitting Livestock to run at Large

On April 13, 2014, Deputies were called to the Blevins area near Hempstead 231 & 47 13, in reference to several horses running at large and sometimes being on Highway 29 North More »

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Chamber Coffee Hosted by Arkansas Drug Court and Hope Farmer’s Market

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday April 16th was hosted by the Hope Farmers Market and Arkansas Drug Court.  The two entities have worked together on the annual More »

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New Deputy Hempstead County Sheriff Office

Sheriff welcomes new Deputy, Deputy Orlando Dennis, recently joined 70 other Law Enforcement Officers from across the state as they Graduated from Class 2014 – A, of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training More »

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Hope City Board Holds Second Meeting of April

The Hope City Board kicked off their second April meeting Tuesday (4-15) by discussing the rezoning of some land at 1005 West 5th.  Francisco Salazar and the Iglesia Fuente de Aqua Viva More »

Chamber Coffee Hosted by Arkansas Drug Court and Hope Farmer’s Market

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The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday April 16th was hosted by the Hope Farmers Market and Arkansas Drug Court.  The two entities have worked together on the annual Farmers Market at Third and Elm.  Drug Court often provides volunteers to help with the set-up and take-down at the market each week.

Pictured in no particular order is Sandra Hundley, Amanda Jordan, Teresa Pribilski, Jodi Coffee, Judy Flowers, Arlice Pettit, Tony Patterson, Billy O’Rorke, Shelia Ballard, Sandy Martin, David Patterson, Joe Kuhn, and Randall Hairen. The Farmer’s Market will be open each Tuesday morning at 7am starting in May.  It will once again be located at 3rd and Elm behind Wilson Furniture.

New Deputy Hempstead County Sheriff Office

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Sheriff welcomes new Deputy, Deputy Orlando Dennis, recently joined 70 other Law Enforcement Officers from across the state as they Graduated from Class 2014 – A, of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy after nearly three months of training. Deputy Dennis was employed in October of 2013 as a Detention Officer he served as a transport officer prior to being selected by Sheriff Singleton to attend the Law Enforcement Training Academy in January of this year. Orlando is a great addition to our professional law enforcement team; I expect very good things from him said the Sheriff. Deputy Dennis graduated Magnolia High School in 2006 and has attended BossierParishCommunity College and UACCH and is working toward a degree in Criminal Justice. Since graduating from ALETA on March 28, 2014 Deputy Dennis has been undergoing on the Job training by other deputies to become familiar with Hempstead County Sheriff’s Policies and Procedures. Once his field training is complete he will be assigned to the Sheriff’s patrol division. 

Lady Cats Beat Camden Fairview

The Hope High Lady Cats posted a big win Tuesday (4-15) against Camden Fairview.  The Lady Cats took the game 3 to 2.  Coach Mike Godwin says Racie Poindexter was the starting pitcher and Haylee Lewis took over in the 4th inning.  Quiana Key had 3 singles and an R.B.I.  Racie Poindexter had 2 singles, Sarah Grace Brown had an R.B.I. single, the game winning hit, and Savannah Voss had a single.  The Lady Cats move to 8 and 10 overall and 3 and 4 in 5A South Conference play.  The team travels to Hot Springs Thursday (today 4-17) to take on the Lady Trojans.

Hope City Board Holds Second Meeting of April

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The Hope City Board kicked off their second April meeting Tuesday (4-15) by discussing the rezoning of some land at 1005 West 5th.  Francisco Salazar and the Iglesia Fuente de Aqua Viva had asked the land be changed from R-2 to R-3 to accommodate a planned religious radio station.  Of particular interest was the church’s plan to build a nearly 100 foot tower for the antenna for the station.  The planning and zoning had approved the variance for the tower so all the board was deciding was the change in zoning to allow for the radio station office and studio in the church at that address.  Salazar was on hand to answer questions and the board approved the resolution approving the change. The board approved a resolution expressing the city’s willingness to participate in the city state aid project for $66,000 to overlay a small section of West Avenue B.  The board voted to participate in the program last year but did not pass a resolution required to take part in the state aid project. A draft agreement was approved by the board concerning Valerie Klipsch’s wish to continue landscaping the Klipsch Garden at Walnut and Division.  The approved draft will now be submitted to Mrs. Klipsch to consider. The board approved a bid for mowing at Rose Hill and Cave Hill Cemetery.  The lowest bid was $21,000 from Booth Mowing of Hazen.  The board did not approve the bid due to concerns about the company being so far from Hope.  The next lowest bid was $22,500 from Bill Byrd.  This bid was accepted and approved.  The board also accepted a bid for hay at the airport.  The board approved bid for $5.55 per round bale from Glendon Bobo.  The bid was for five years. City Manager Catherine Cook gave an update on the recent storm damage at the airport and other locations.  She noted what had originally been estimated at around $40,000 to $70,000 has grown to about $145,000.  This is due to the airport roof not only needing some re-decking but the roof membrane needing to be replaced due to punctures all over the roof.  This was estimated at $112,850.  It appears some siding for a city-owned one-story building at the airport will cost about $5,500.  Also there is some damage to the city’s radio antenna and it will require a technician to climb the tower and re-position the antenna, this plus about $20,000 in damage to the landfill baler building.  City officials are working to determine how much insurance will cover. City Manager Catherine Cook also reminded those present the first city-wide cleanup of 2014 will be April 26th.  Crews will begin about 7am.  If you have questions phone City Hall at 777-6701. Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey noted the board has had difficulty in securing citizens to serve on the board and two members returned to the board after no one ran for their seats when they declined to run.  He suggested the city look at going from 7 wards to 4 wards with 3 at-large positions.  He noted several comparable towns have moved to such a system and that he felt it would encourage a new generation interested in serving to run for board positions.  The mayor asked the board to study the proposal for discussion at a future meeting.

 

Domestic Battery 3rd Degree and Aggravated Assault

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On Sunday April 13, 2014 at approximately 5:00 pm Deputies   were dispatched to 526 Hempstead 11 in reference to aggravated assault. Dispatch advised that William Burkhalter called and said that his girlfriend, Tabitha Townsend, shot a gun at him inside the house but that he was not shot. Dispatch said that Tabitha left the house in a brown Honda Accord. Deputies Contacted Tabitha Townsend who explained that she and William Burkhalter got into an argument that turned physical when William broke a broom over her and started hitting her on the back of the head. Tabitha told deputies that she went and got a gun and told him to leave but William refused and was standing in the living room so she shot the gun toward the front door into the floor. Deputies noticed a red mark and bruising to the right shoulder. Tabitha showed me red marks behind her left ear and redness on her left ankle. Deputies Arrested William Burkhalter for Domestic Battery 3rd Degree and took him into custody. Deputies recovered the .25 caliber handgun that was left by Townsend under leaves near the scene Tabitha Townsend was arrested for Aggravated Assault. Both were transported to the HCDF and are awaiting a First Court Appearance.

Hope Lions Induct New Member and Honor another for 25 Years of Membership

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The Hope Lions Club welcomed a new member Monday April 14th. J.T. Nurmohamed recently joined the club and was officially sworn in by Lion John Collier. J.T. is the manager of Apex Communications which is the A.T.& T. store in the Hervey Square Shopping Center. His wife Heather was on hand for the meeting to watch him being sworn in. Joining J.T. is his sponsor Lion Mark Keith.
A Lion was honored for 25 years of membership Monday April 14th; however, the award was about 3 years late! Lion Keith Wood was due a 25 year membership award in 2011. At the time, he was working in Kosevo. Wood recently returned home and opened a law office on North Hervey and has resumed active membership in the club. Lion John Collier made sure Wood received his citation from 2011.100_3901

Hope Lions Hear Hempstead Hall Program From Technical Director

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The Hope Lions Club heard from one of their own Monday April 14th. Hempstead Hall Technical Director Valerie Sanders gave a program about Hempstead Hall. She noted in 2013 over 34,000 people visited the new facility and this year over 350 events are scheduled for Hempstead Hall

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