Train Day Committee Meets

Hope’s 3rd annual Train Day will be here soon! The event is set for May 9th in downtown Hope. Events will include a 5k sponsored by the Melonvine Striders, a magician, the More »


Hope Lions Hear about Local Food and Hope Farmers Market

Jodi Coffee, Market Manager of the Hope Farmers Market, spoke to the Hope Lions Club on Monday April 27th.  She encouraged the Lions to eat as much locally-grown food as possible and More »


Hempstead County Quorum Court Meets

The Hempstead County Quorum Court met Thursday April 23rd for their regular monthly meeting. The JP’S passed a couple of transfer ordinances, one of which was for $ 1,400 which was a More »


22nd Annual U of A Hope Fish Fry A Success for Single Parent Scholarship Fund

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope would like to thank the community for their support of the 22nd Annual U of A Hope Fish Fry. This year’s event was a More »


Single Parent Scholarship Application Deadline is April 30th

Single Parent Scholarship Recipients Enjoy meal and fellowship with SPSF Board Members. Pictured above is scholarship recipients left to right: Tony Page, Tephanie Johnson, Linda Butler, Tomeka Morris, and Wendy McKamie. They More »


Kids’ College Registration Deadline is April 30th

The deadline to register students for the 2015 Kids’ College is April 30. The UACCH KIDS’ COLLEGE offers a summer enrichment boost for capable and motivated students who will enter 1st through More »


Garrett Memorial Christian School Hosts Chamber Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday April 22nd was hosted by the Garrett Memorial Christian School. The Coffee was held at the school which is located at #1 More »

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Park Day at Historic Washington State Park

April 11 was Park Day in Historic Washington and the volunteers who joined park staff worked together to make progress on some key projects. Civil War Preservation Trust and History Channel are More »


Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Legislative Update from Brent Talley

The Hope Kiwanis Club heard an update on the recent legislative session from District 3 State Representative Brent Talley at their meeting on Tuesday April 21st. More »


Hope Lions Hear from John Collier on “Recruitment Day”

The Hope Lions Club held a special “recruitment day” Monday April 20th. Lion John Collier explained to the visitors (and a few Lions too!) about the club’s origins as well as the More »

Hope Lions Hear from John Collier on “Recruitment Day”


The Hope Lions Club held a special “recruitment day” Monday April 20th. Lion John Collier explained to the visitors (and a few Lions too!) about the club’s origins as well as the local club’s origins in 1947. The club meets every Monday at noon at the Amigo Juan Banquet Room. Anyone interested in learning more or visiting can contact Collier or any other Lion. There is also the new Hope Evening Lions. Jessica Trauger is the President of that club.

Govenor Mike Huckabee Visits Hope Prior to His Scheduled Announcement May 5th

Governor Mike Huckabee was in Hope Tuesday (4-21) to look over Hempstead Hall on the UACCH campus and to film some interviews for Fox News.  The Governor and Hope native has announced he will declare his presidential plans May 5th at 10am in Hope in Hempstead Hall.  Persons who wish to attend will need to RSVP on the Mike Huckabee Facebook page.  The governor said he couldn’t imagine making such an important announcement anywhere but his hometown.

Monument to Honor General Herbert Jack Lloyd

Sheriff James Singleton and local businessman Gary Chambless announced Monday (4-20) that a monument to honor Brigadier General Herbert Jack Lloyd of Hempstead County will be erected on the courthouse lawn later this year. General Lloyd has been honored in a variety of ways including at the O.C.S. Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA as well as the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame, and the United States Army Ranger Hall of Fame. Plans are to unveil the monument on Veteran’s Day this fall. Well over half the cost has been raised and anyone or organization who would like to contribute can contact Sheriff Singleton or Chambless.  Pictured at the announcement at the Hampton Inn is County Judge Haskell Morse, Sheriff James Singleton, General Lloyd, Gary Chambless, and Bro. John Nations.

Mike Huckabee to Announce in Hope

Citizens United And Americans For Prosperity Foundation Host Leading Conservatives For Freedom Summit

A Hope native and former KXAR announcer is scheduled to announce his intentions concerning a possible run for the presidency.  Governor Mike Huckabee announced last week on Fox news that he will make an announcement about a possible run for president on May 5th in Hope.  Information on Governor Huckabee’s facebook page indicates the program will be at Hempstead Hall on the UACCH campus at 10am on the 5th.  Doors will open at 9am.  The facebook page has a site to RSVP to the event.  Everyone who would like to be on hand for this historic announcement is urged to RSVP on the governor’s facebook page.

New President for Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation; Stephen O. Harris


Tony Yocom, Chairman of the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation has announced Stephen O. Harris as the new President of the HCEDC. Chairman Yocom issued the following statement on Steve Harris: “Stephen Harris is a perfect fit to lead the HCEDC.  Steve has 30 plus years of economic development, finance, and business expertise and experience.  His certifications include Certified Economic Developer (CED), International Economic Development Council, Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), National Development Council, and Certified Green Professional (CGP), National Association of Home Builders. Steve has a BA in Economics; with interdisciplinary emphasis in Urban Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN and has completed graduate courses in public administration, business and real estate finance.” Steve is the son of the late Dr. Lynn and Margaret Harris.  He is 1972 graduate of Hope High School.

The Late Earl Downs Honored at Hope FFA Rodeo


Thanks to Sheriff James Singleton for this post…the Downs family are very important to us here at the Chamber…Mrs. June Downs told me Saturday about this and she was delighted! At Saturday Night’s performance of the 56th Annual Hope FFA Rodeo, Mr. Earl Downs and his family were honored before the final performance. Mr. Earl was honored by the rider less horse led by former FFA President Clint Watkins, a folded American flag was placed in the saddle with Mr. Earls Hat, Boots, and FFA chaps. The horse was led around the arena to the bagpipe version of amazing grace. After the song, the American Flag was presented to Mr. Earl’s Daughter June Ann Price and family by former 8 time All Around FFA Cowgirl and Member of the University Of Arkansas Cossatot College Rodeo Team Lacey Jo Singleton. Ms. Christina Smith Hope FFA Director announced to the family that the Top Hand Award given each year to an outstanding senior FFA member has been renamed The EARL DOWNS TOP HAND AWARD

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Hopice of Hope Fundraiser at Grandview


Nineteen teams competed in the 2nd annual “Hospice Top Gun Shootout” at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center in Columbus. Teams from as far away as East Texas and Montgomery County, Arkansas competed in the fundraiser. The event was free to spectators and the money raised came from sponsors for the teams. Hopice of Hope/Texarkana Board Member Bubba Powers emceed the awards ceremony. The second place award went the Nashville Seniors from Nashville, Arkansas. The top team was Ashdown #1 from Ashdown High School. The “top gun” award went Seth Powell of Caddo Hills High School in Norman. Powell got a perfect score of 50 out of 50. This was also his second time to be “top gun”. Powell is a senior. Hospice also recognized the crew from Tyson in Hope who provided and served a lunch of chicken and hamburgers. Hospice of Hope and Hospice of Texarkana are the only non-profit hospice organizations serving the Four States Area. Locally Hospice of Hope is a Hempstead County United Way Agency. Joe Schoen of Hope also serves on the Hospice board and Judy Gray of Hope is very active in the work of Hospice of Hope. 

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Hope Woman Charged with Domestic Battery in the 2nd Degree for Stabbing Husband

Stephanie Armstrong

On April 11, 2015 at approximately 6:30 pm officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Stephanie Armstrong, 23, of Hope, from a residence in the 1800 block of West 6th Street, in Hope. Armstrong was arrested for domestic battery 2nd degree following an altercation that occurred earlier this date between Armstrong and her husband.  During that altercation, Armstrong stabbed Daron Armstrong, 27, of Hope on the left side of his chest with a kitchen knife. Mr. Armstrong was later transported to WadleyRegionalMedicalCenter, in Hope. Stephanie Armstrong was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where she was charged with Domestic Battery in the 2nd degree and held for a first court appearance. 

Bella Vista Man Charged with Rape in Hempstead County


On April 9, 2015, Cory D. Reed, 40, of Bella Vista, Arkansas was arrested with a warrant in Benton County, Arkansas and transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was booked in and held for a first appearance on the charge of Rape.  The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation into allegations that Reed sexually abused a person under the age of 18 at a residence located in Hope, Arkansas.

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