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Hemsptead County Quorum Court Meets

The Hempstead County Quorum Court met for their monthly meeting Thursday (7-24). There was only one piece of official business. The auditors had requested an ordinance from Judge Tony Yocom to designate More »

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UACCH to Sponsor “Watermelon Idol” Talent Competition during Hope Watermelon Festival

It is time for the Watermelon Festival Concert and the popular Watermelon Idol Talent Competition.  Officials at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope are pleased to announce the College will More »

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Klipsch Announces Reference Unity Strategy

Klipsch, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, with major operations in the Oakhaven Industrial area near Hope, has announced its Reference Unity strategy, a global initiative that will align the majority More »

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Prescott’s Depot Museum Dedication Ceremony

Ken Petre, Curator at the DepotMuseum invites everyone to come to the dedication ceremony on Thursday. “The dedication of the Gail Martin Young Women’s History Wing will be on Thursday, July 24th, More »

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Wilson Furniture Hosts Chamber Coffee

The Coffee on Wednesday July 23rd was hosted by Wilson Furniture at their historic downtown store at Third and Main.   This was the first Wilson Coffee in many years and a More »

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Hope Lions Hear about Watermelon Festival Program

The Hope Lions Club heard from one of their own on Monday July 23rd.  Lion Mark Keith gave an update on the Hope Watermelon Festival.  In addition to many of the regular More »

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Farmer’s Market Looking Good

Carla Bryant from the Word of Grace Church shows off her booth at the Hope Farmer’s Market Tuesday July 22nd. More »

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Domestic Battery in the 2nd Degree and Aggravated Assault on a Family Member

On July 19, 2014 at approximately 1:30 am, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Amy Eakley, 36, of Hope, for domestic battery 2nd degree and Robin Eakley, 39, of Hope for More »

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Blue and You Foundation Makes Check Presentation to UACCH Foundation

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope recently held a reception for the Blue & You Foundation site visit and check presentation. The Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas More »

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UACCH Foundation Receives Grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities

Pictured from Left to Right: Steve and Celia Montgomery with grandson Nathan Bauer and Jill Bobo with UACCH Foundation. The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Foundation is pleased to announce More »

Hope City Board Holds 2nd Meeting of July

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Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey opened the second meeting of July Tuesday (7 -15) by giving an update on city manager Catherine Cook who had had surgery earlier that day. He noted she was doing well and could be home Wednesday (7 – 16). Mayor Ramsey also complimented Don Still on the MethodistChurch July 4th fireworks. Mayor Ramsey opened a discussion on possible changes to the way city board members are elected. The options include electing all 7 members from districts, going to 4 districts with 3 at large or 5 districts with 2 at large. Vice – Mayor Steve Montgomery said he feels most comfortable with the 5 – 2 split. Kiffinea Talley said she is against the election of at large board members. She also noted several communities that have 6 zones with an at – large elected mayor.. Willie Walker said he is most comfortable with the 5/2 split as is Don Still. Steve Montgomery moved to refer they5/2 split to voters and Willie Walker seconded the motion. The motion passed with only Talley dissenting. The board considered a request from New Millennium concerning their use of a city rail spur. The board voted to allow the city attorney and city manager to begin negotiations with New Millennium. The board voted to approve a request from Dennis Hovarter to connect a home at 2211 East 23rd to city sewage. There would be no plans to annex the property into the city. The city wide clean up for July 26th was discussed and the meeting adjourned. Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey opened the second meeting of July Tuesday (7 -15) by giving an update on city manager Catherine Cook who had had surgery earlier that day. He noted she was doing well and could be home Wednesday (7 – 16). Mayor Ramsey also complimented Don Still on the MethodistChurch July 4th fireworks. Mayor Ramsey opened a discussion on possible changes to the way city board members are elected. The options include electing all 7 members from districts, going to 4 districts with 3 at large, or 5 districts with 2 at large. Vice – Mayor Steve Montgomery said he feels most comfortable with the 5 – 2 split. Kiffinea Talley said she is against the election of at large board members. She also noted several communities that have 6 zones with an at – large elected mayor.. Willie Walker said he is most comfortable with the 5/2 split as is Don Still. Steve Montgomery moved to refer they5/2 split to voters and Willie Walker seconded the motion. The motion passed with only Talley dissenting. The board considered a request from New Millennium concerning their use of a city rail spur. The board voted to allow the city attorney and city manager to begin negotiations with New Millennium. The board voted to approve a request from Dennis Hovarter to connect a home at 2211 East 23rd to city sewage. There would be no plans to annex the property into the city.
The city wide clean up for July 26th was discussed and the meeting adjourned.

Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Program From Rainbow of Challenges

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The Hope Kiwanis Club heard a program on Rainbow of Challenges Tuesday July 15th from Karri Whitten and Judy Watson

McDonald’s of Hope Sponsorship of ROC-Fest

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Celia and Steve Montgomery of McDonald’s of Hope join their grandson Nathan Bauer upon their presentation of a $250 donation that was used in support of the recent Rainbow of Challenges’ ROC-FEST Carnival. The donation from McDonald’s of Hope, along with other donations from a wide variety of supporters, helped make the second annual ROC-FEST a success. Many thanks from everyone at Rainbow of Challenges to McDonald’s of Hope.

Farmers Bank & Trust Acquires 1st Bank

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Farmer’s Bank and Trust of Magnolia and 1st Bank announced  Monday (7-14) that Farmers will acquire 1st Bank.  Farmers CEO and former Patmos resident Bob Burns was quoted as saying “Farmers Bank & Trust is excited about the opportunity to serve the customers and staff of 1st Bank”.  Farmers is a 108 year old community bank with assets totaling $885 million dollars.  It has 17 banking locations serving communities in Magnolia, Camden, East Camden, Welcome, Malvern, Rockport, Haskell and Texarkana.  1st Bank was founded in Hope in 1893 and has $309 million in assets with locations in Hope, Texarkana, Blevins, Lewisville, and New Boston, Texas.    Mike Cross, President and CEO of 1st Bank said “This transaction allows us to partner with a strong community bank that is focused on providing great customer service with a deep commitment to the communities where it operates…We look forward to working with the management team of Farmers Bank & Trust to make this a smooth transition for our customers and employees. “   The banks’ holding company boards have approved the agreement;  however it still must meet shareholder and regulatory approval.

Hope Lions Award Perfect Attendance

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Six members of the Hope Lions Club received special recognition for perfect attendance at the meeting Monday July 14th.  Olen Dorman was recognized for 9 years perfect attendance, Mark Keith for 6 years, Bill Byrd for 5 years, Paul Patton for 3 years, James DeWoody for 2 years, and Jessie Tullis for 1 year.  John Collier made the presentation for the Lions Club

Possession of a Controlled Substance while on Bond in Reference to Another Incident

Richard Dewayne Cox age 27 Hope, Arkansas Possession of Controlled Substance Pills

On 11 July 2014, in the area of highway 278 west and Hempstead 12 the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office had taken several calls in reference to Richard Cox harassing people in the residences located in the area. Captain Frank McJunkins and Inv. Gary Dorman responded to the call. Inv. Dorman and Captain McJunkins were traveling north on highway 278 west when McJunkins noticed Richard Cox walking south. Inv. Dorman pulled onto the shoulder of the road in front of Cox who was obviously under the influence of drugs. Inv. Dorman approached Richard and asked what he was doing. Richard stated that he was just walking down the road. Inv. Dorman asked Cox where he was going. Cox stated that he didn’t know. Inv. Dorman asked Richard if he had anything illegal on his person. Richard stated that he didn’t and then began reaching into his pockets. Inv. Dorman again advised Richard to not reach into his pockets. Inv. Dorman asked Richard for consent to search his person. Cox stated that he didn’t have anything illegal and stated “I am not got anything but some pain pills man I got them for Ashley and was taking them to her”. Inv. Dorman then advised Cox to place his hands behind his back. Cox reached into his left, front, pants pocket, and pulled out a one dollar bill that was concealing multiple white pills. Inv. Dorman seized the pills from Richard’s hand and secured them. Inv. Dorman again advised Cox to put his hands behind his back and Richard was still resisting McJunkins and Inv. Dorman eventually got Richard into handcuffs. Inv. Dorman advised Richard that he was under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, Cox  was on bond of $50,000.00 in reference to another incident was transported to the Hempstead County detention center where he is awaiting a first Court appearance.

Criminal Mischief in 2nd Degree

Elquinzie Scott age 46 Hope, Arkansas Criminal Mischiel 2nd

On 7/11/14 at approximately 3:30 Am Deputy Orlando Dennis was dispatched to 3000 West Avenue B in reference to someone drinking and trying to fight his mama. Upon my arrival he made contact with Xavier Moss at apartment #36 at the Amandex apartments, he stated his step father Elquinzie Scott had been up drinking all night.  Xavier stated when he asked Elquinzie to go to sleep, he went and got an iron baseball bat, and started hitting the walls and floors of the apartment. Xavier said he told Elquinzie to go to bed once again, Elquinzie through the bat down and followed him to his bedroom. Xavier said he closed the door to his bedroom to keep Elquinzie out, but he pushed through the bedroom door causing the door knob to break. Xavier stated Elquinzie entered his bedroom and pushed over his TV stand, trashing his room. Xavier said he called 911 because Elquinzie was scaring his kids. Deputy Dennis arrested Elquinzie Scott and transported him to Hempstead County Detention Facility on charges of criminal mischief 2nd with a court date of 9-08-14.

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