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 »


Santa Cop

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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »

Santa Claus

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 »


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 »

Aggravated Assault

Antonio Perkins

On December 13, 2014, at approximately 8:30 PM, officers of the Hope Police Department responded to a report of a subject being shot at 618 Henry C Yerger Street, in Hope. Officers were advised that Antonio Perkins had shot his girlfriend. Upon arrival, officers located Antonio Perkins, 25, of Hope, walking around outside the residence and took him into custody. Officers made contact with the victim, Carneasha Thirdgill, 23, of Hope, and learned that Perkins had become involved in an altercation with another person at the residence and had pulled a gun. Thirdgill attempted to intervene and grabbed the gun. The gun discharged, striking Thirdgill on a finger of the left hand. Thirdgill was transported to WadleyRegionalMedicalCenter in Hope. Perkins was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was charged with Aggravated Assault and released to the jailer on duty pending a first appearance.

Final Night of Christmas & Candlelight

The final night of Christmas and Candlelight was a rousing success at Historic Washington State Park.  Hundreds again turned out to tour the 19th century structures and enjoy music in the churches and other historic structures.  About 4pm Mr. Bob Dillard parked his 1951 Chevrolet with a live Christmas tree tied to the roof in front of Williams Tavern and visitors thought they had been taken back about 60 years.
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Domestic Battery in the 3rd Degree

Thomas Villanueva Age 21 Hope, Arkansas Battery 3rd

At approximately 1445 hours on 12/14/14 Deputy Jim Bush was dispatched to 2305 West Avenue B in reference to domestic battery. Upon arrival Deputy Bush spoke with Rosa Villanueva. Rosa stated that her brother Thomas Villanueva got into an argument with their mother whose name is also Rosa Villanueva. She stated that during that argument Thomas raised his hand as though he was going to hit her and she stepped in between them. Rosa stated that she went outside with her brother and was speaking to him and he was yelling at everyone. She stated that while she was trying to get him to calm down he grabbed her by her throat but did not squeeze hard enough to cause her not to be able to breath. She stated that her brother in-law quickly grabbed Thomas and pulled him away from her and they called 911. Deputy Bush spoke with Thomas, Thomas stated that he got into an argument with his mother Rosa and she slapped him multiple times. Deputy Bush did not observe any marks on Thomas at this time. Deputy Bush asked Thomas what happened between him and his sister Rosa. He stated “She was talking so I attacked her”. Deputy Bush then placed Thomas under arrest for Domestic Battery 3rd and transported him to the HCDF to await a First Court Appearance.

Domestic Battery


At approximately 1:14 am on 12/13/14 Deputy Jim Bush was dispatched to 315 Carroll Street in Old Washington in reference to a domestic battery. Upon arrival Deputy Bush spoke with Michael Roberts who advised him that he and his wife Heather Roberts got into an argument and she started throwing things at him. Michael stated that Heather threw a large candle holder at him and it hit him on his leg.  He told Deputy Bush that Heather also threw a large coffee mug at him and it struck him on the right side of his head.  Deputy Bush observed red marks on Michael’s back that were consistent with his claims of being hit in the back.  Deputy Bush made contact with Heather Roberts. Who stated that she and her husband were drinking and got into an argument? She stated things calmed down and as she was lying in bed Michael got mad at her, she stated that he then pulled her off of the bed with the covers and then hit her in her chest. Heather stated that Michael then threw a candle holder at her hitting her in the right arm. And also threw a coffee mug. Deputy Bush observed a bruise with a small cut and swelling on her right fore arm which were consistent with her claims of being hit with the candle holder, she had a cut on the back of her right thumb that she stated she does not know how it happened, and a bruise on her left fore arm that she claims is from when she was pulled off of the bed. Heather stated that she had pain in the center of her chest but she did not have any marks there. Both Michael and Heather Roberts were arrested for Domestic Battery 3rd and transported to the HempsteadCountyDetentionCenter With the court date of January 12, 2015.

Jury Notification Correction


Notice to all citizens called for jury duty in HempsteadCounty for the Week of December 15th -19th 2014, some were notified by mail to appear on Tuesday the 16th of December at 8:45 am. Please disregard that notice. The Correct time and Date is Monday, December 15th 2014 at 8:45 am.

Chamber Announces Board Members and Officers for 2015


The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has nominated officers and new board members for 2015.  The proposed slate of officers is Dr. Vic Ford, President, Steven Mullins 1st Vice-President, Mitch Bobo, 2nd Vice-President, and Scott Jester, Treasurer.  The proposed new board members include Janet Choate from 1st Bank, Clay Lance from Farm Credit, Jimmy Courtney of the Hope Police Department, LuGene Erwin of the Hope Parks Department, and Wendell Hoover of hopeprescott.com.  The proposed slate will be distributed on a ballot sent out in a Chamber newsletter this month.  The ballots will be addressed to the Chamber and will be postage paid.  Members need only mark their ballot and drop them in the mail.  The new officers and board members will be formally introduced to the public at the Chamber Coffee on January 7th, 2015.

Rainbow of Challenges Luminarie Project

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Rainbow of Challenges’ individuals recently took part in the assembly of luminaries at Washington Historic State Park to be used in the Christmas and Candlelight events. The group of individuals worked to put together more than 2,500 luminaries, filling the paper bags with sand and candles to be placed throughout the Park. When the work was completed, the individuals were presented with certificates of appreciation from Park staff.

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