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Felony Warrant for Cory Ray Turner for 1st Degree Murder and Arson

The Hope Police Department has obtained a felony warrant for the arrest of Cory Ray Turner on charges of Murder 1st degree and Arson. The charges result from the investigation into a More »


Hope Man Sentenced to Federal Prison

Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that two Southwest Arkansas men were sentenced yesterday in Texarkana. Delrae McKenzy Smith, age 33, of Ashdown, was sentenced to 115 More »


U of A Hope-Texarkana Plan Veterans Recognition Ceremonies for Nov 5 and 6

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana will hold recognition ceremonies for area Veterans on the Texarkana campus on Wednesday, November 5, and on the Hope campus on Thursday, November 6, More »


18 Wheeler and SUV Collide on Hervey

An 18 Wheeler and an SUV apparently collided around 9 pm on North Hervey in front of Wendy’s. While the accident itself was fairly minor the 18 Wheeler spilled diesel fuel on More »


Josh Williams Gives Program on History of The City of Washington

The Hope Kiwanis Club had a program featuring Josh Williams on Tuesday October 28th. Williams showed highlights from his recent book “Washington” which features photos and commentary from the 1800′s to the More »


Historic Washington State Parks Hosts Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday October 29th was hosted by Historic Washington State Park. The Coffee was held in the 1874 Courthouse Visitor’s Information Center and there More »


New Jobs for Antoine

Ten new jobs are coming to Antoine Hardwoods after the company received a $12,500 grant to buy new equipment at its Antoine mill in Clark County. Pictured is Eric Hughes, chairman of More »


Updated on House Fire at Avenue C and Pritchard

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 2 am, officers of the Hope Police Department and the Hope Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of North Pritchard More »


Kirby Student Killed Leaving Bus

A Kirby School student was struck and killed Monday afternoon crossing the highway after exiting her school bus. Dead is 12-year-old Jazmin Hernandez with a rural Glenwood address. According to a preliminary More »


House Fire at Avenue C and Pritchard

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 2 am, officers of the Hope Police Department and the Hope Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of North Pritchard More »

U of A Hope-Texarkana Shooting Sports Team Place 3rd at first Collegiate Shoot


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana Shooting Sports Team attended their first invitational collegiate trap shoot hosted by Lyons College in Batesville on October 18. The five member squad shot 100 targets each and placed 3rd among college teams.  The shooting sports team was started this semester at U of A Hope-Texarkana and has been well received by the student body of both campuses.  The shooting sports team coach Chris Townsend said, “I am really pleased with the great group of students and their commitment to be a part of the team.  With just a few practices before this competition, the students did a great job.” Representing the U of A Hope-Texarkana was Taylor Teague from Nashville, Clay Mclelland from Prescott, Hunter Page from Genoa, Hannah Mattson from Texarkana, and Josh Bradford from Texarkana.  The team is pictured with the team coach Chris Townsend. For more about UACCH, visit the College website at  

Angels Pageant at Rainbow of Challenges

Angels Pageant

Pictured are individuals and staff from Rainbow of Challenges who recently attended and participated in the annual South Arkansas Angels Pageant in El Dorado. The free pageant was held at Victory Church in El Dorado and four individuals represented Rainbow of Challenges. The pageant was open to males and females of all ages with special needs. All participants won a crown, sash, and their own special title.

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UACCH Fall Festival – Friday October 31 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

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The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope’s Student Clubs and Organizations will host the free U of A Hope Fall Festival on Friday, October 31 from 5:00p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the U of A Hope Student Center.  The Student Center is located just off the fountain plaza in the center of the U of A Hope Campus. Fun activities will be available to all ages for free and a hayride will also be provided for $1.00 per person.  For more information visit the college website at

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UACCH Foundation has “Pulling” for Education Event at Grandview Shotgun Range


The UACCH Foundation had the 8th Annual Pulling for Education Trap Shoot at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Rick Evans Education and Conservation Center’s shotgun range Friday, October 17. Twenty teams registered to compete in the 3 member team trap shooting competition sponsored by AEP SWEPCO, Arkansas Farm Bureau, and Southwestern Energy. The event was wrapped-up over a big, juicy burger meal prepared by Farm Credit Services loan officers.

The competition results are as follows:

Taylor Teague- Over-all high point individual

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Evan Lamb – Runner-up High point individual

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“A” Flight Teams Results:

1st Place Team


Nashville Scrapper Trap Team Sponsored by Stephens Inc. – Taylor Teague, Evan Lamb, and Josh Reeves

1st place A flight- Nashville Trap team comp














2nd Place Team

Spring Hill High School Team Sponsored by Lance and Associates – Ross Townsend, Clay Hays, and Hays Martin

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3rd Place Team

Genoa Trap Team sponsored by Wholesale Electric – Ben Robinson, Donald Robinson, and Morgan Echols.

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“B” Flight

1st Place Team

SouthArk Electric – Chris Townsend, Conrad Hays, and Kurt Hays

1st Place B Flight South Ark Electric comp

















2nd Place Team

Bancorpsouth –Bruce Ward, Kyle Webb, and Steve Powell

2nd Place B Flight- BancoupSouth comp

















3rd Place Team

Coffee Family Dentist– Trevor Coffee, Jimmy Courtney, and Josh Putman

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The UACCH Foundation would like to thank our sponsors and the local businesses who donated items for the auction.  Items were donated by B&R Supply, Townsend Outdoors, Lagrone Williams, Rothwell Marine, Bob Erwin, Wal-Mart, Backyard Pool and Spa, Sears, Gander Mountain, Verizon, and Farm Credit Services.  Proceeds of the event benefit the Foundation’s efforts on behalf of U of A Hope and Texarkana Shooting Sports Club and its students.  For more information about the UACCH Foundation, visit the college website at

Hope City Board Tour of Facilities

The Hope City Board held their annual Tour of Facilities Wednesday October 22nd.  One of the stops was Legion Field at Fair Park.  Parks Director Paul Henley showed the board some of the recent improvements to the 75 year old field.  The park staff was on hand for the visit and Superintendent Bobby Hart, Activities Director Bill Hoglund, and Coach Billy Rook were also on hand.  Coach Rook demonstrated how he can clock the speed of pitches so board member Don Hall fired off a couple of pitches to check.

BancorpSouth Hosts Chamber Coffee


The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday October 22nd was hosted by BancorpSouth.  The bank always holds the Coffee at the bank and they staff enjoys visiting with their friends and customers.  The Coffee was catered by Amigo Juan and the food was a big hit.

Hope City Board Holds 2nd Meeting of October


The Hope City Board held their 2nd meeting of October on Tuesday (10-21) and immediately heard from Stacy Scroggins of Emrich & Scoggins CPA’s.  Scroggins said the audit was “clean”  and then went through some highlights.  He noted the city had assets over liabilities of $16 million dollars at the end of 2013, about $900,000 more than the previous year.  Mayor Dennis Ramsey noted some of that increase was one time grant funds and “pass through” grants.  Scroggins said the city had unrestricted funds of about 2.3 million dollars and said the city was in good financial shape.  He noted the city had new debt of about $9 million dollars, funds from a bond issue for sewer renovation.  He noted sales tax revenue in 2013 was down $80,000 from the previous year.  Scroggins said sanitation was in the red slightly by $26,000 but this was offset for waste water revenues.  He noted some possible changes in pension liabilities by law could cause some concern next year but that it was too early to worry about that, he just wanted the board to be aware changes were coming.  The only thing he faulted the city on, and this is something that always turns up in the audit, is a deficit in full segregation of internal duties.  This is a frequent note in audits of cities the size of Hope.  The board thanked Scroggins for his report. The board voted to raise the cost to rent the Fair Park and North Side Community Centers to $100 and $50 for bona-fide non-profits.  Local, city, state, and national government organizations will get them free.  There will also be a refundable $100 deposit.  The new rates will go into effect immediately except for entities which already have a date booked.  The lone holdout on the board against the new rates was board member Kiffenea Talley who felt the new rates were prohibitive for some groups.  She voted against the increase. The board reaffirmed the personal and real property tax rate of 2.2 mills, a rate unchanged since 1986.  The was approved by an ordinance and another ordinance was approved reaffirming the firemen’s pension rate of 1 mill.  City Manager Catherine Cook gave a report on the storm damage.  She praised Hope Water & Light for their speedy response and diligence to getting the power back on.  She noted city crews will continue working to remove an estimated 4,000 cubic yards of debris and that the clean-up is apt to go several more weeks.  The board tour of facilities set for (Wednesday 10-22) this morning was discussed.  Board member Doodle Franklin asked about the clean-up of the burned-out Fink Building on North Hazel.  Cook noted the city has sent owner Al Fink several registered letters and he replies and continues to make slow progress on the clean-up.  Franklin suggested they begin condemnation orders on the property.  Kiffanea Talley asked about the old Dox/Otasco building in downtown Hope that is caving in.  Cook notes the city is corresponding wtih the owner on that situation.  She notes that demolition will require a skilled contractor as the building adjoins another building. 

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