Hempstead County Court Holds April Meeting

The Hempstead County Quorum Court took care of two items of business in a short April meeting on Thursday (4-24).  The J.P.’s approved an appropriation ordinance for $30,000 to fund preparation of More »

Robert L. Smith

Aggravated Assault

On April 23, 2014 at approximately 1:30 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Robert L. Smith, 48, of Hope for aggravated assault on a family or house hold member and More »


Hope Police Give Impaired Driving Program to Hope High Students

Member of the Hope Police Department presented a program to seniors at Hope High Thursday April 24th about the dangers of impaired driving during the prom season. The officers showed the students More »


Garrett Memorial Christian School Hosts Chamber Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday April 23rd was hosted by the Garrett Memorial Christian School. The 6th grade students in Mrs. Judy Alexander’s class always act as More »


Controlled substance marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine

On April 22, 2014, at approximately 8pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Melena Zartman, 48, of Hope for possession of a controlled substance marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession More »

Billy Glen Quinn

Battery 2nd Degree

On April 18, 2014 at approximately 11:00 am officers of the Hope Police Department responded to Wadley Regional Hospital in Hope, Arkansas in reference to a person who had been stabbed. Officers More »

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Earl Downs Honored for 50 Years of Service by Whitfield Lodge

Earl Downs of Hope was honored for 50 years of service recently by Donny Bright, Worshipful Master of Whitfield Lodge 239 on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, Free and Accepted More »


Special Olympics Area Games Held Recently

The Special Olympics Area 11 games were held recently at Hope High School and a great time was had by everyone! Special thanks go to the numerous volunteers from the law enforcement More »


Cliff Knowles Honored as Past President of The Hope Kiwanis Club

Tuesday April 22nd was “club day” at the Hope Kiwanis Club.  This is the day that the club takes care of business such as planning “hot dog” day at Atwoods on Saturday More »


Lady Cats Post Big Win Over Hot Springs

The Hope High Lady Cats had a big win Thursday (4-17) against the Hot Springs Lady Trojans by a score of 12 to 3.  Coach Mike Godwin says Haylee Lewis got the More »

Steve Featherston Receives the Moon Mullins Hard Worker Award


At the beginning of Friday night’s performance of the 55th Annual Hope FFA Rodeo the Hope FFA members presented the Moon Mullins Hard Worker Award to Mr. Steve Featherston.  Mr. Featherston has helped and worked the Hope FFA Rodeo for many years and is a very important part of the Hope FFA organization.  Kyle Malone, this year’s Hope FFA President presented this award to Mr. Featherston that read “In Recognition and Sincere Appreciation for many years of Distinguished Service to the Hope FFA Rodeo.  We present the Moon Mullins Hard Worker Award for 2014.”  The Hope FFA wants to thank Mr. Featherston and all of the other former members and adults that help make our FFA chapter what it is today.

James Singleton Award


Mr. James Singleton has helped the Hope FFA Rodeo for many years.  James, Nancy, Casey and Lacey Singleton have been a big part of our rodeo each year.  They have provided advise, support, and encouragement to our FFA members and area students by providing horses, money, and time every year for the last twenty years.  Mr. Singleton provides the sound, timing equipment, help with recording information, and most importantly advice and support to our area students.  To recognize what the Singleton family means to the Hope FFA our chapter wanted to present a plaque to Mr. Singleton that read “The Hope FFA expresses its sincere appreciation for your help and support to the Hope FFA.”  Thank you Mr. Singleton and the Singleton family for always being one of biggest fans.

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 see our former students to perform in some of the same events that our students will conduct on Friday and Saturday. The results are:


Calf Roping
1st – Clint Watkins (16.53sec)
2nd – Chris Ghormley (40.19sec)
3rd – Shorty Ghormley(50.09sec)


Chute Dogging
1st – Hunter Love (9.9 sec)
2nd – Darren Henley (14.9sec)


Barrel Racing
1st – Vickie Bennett (15.69 sec)
2nd – Taylor Muldrew (16.97 sec)
3rd – Kaylee Townsend (22.88 sec)


Wild Steer Tagging
1st – Wesley Schobey, Darren Henley, and Charles Lester


Team Roping
1st – Kevin Hampton and Chris Ghormley


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 college.  The ribbon was cut by Bonnie Routon surrounded by members of the Anthony and Routon families.  Also honored were Randy and Sonya Odom for their work on the new facility.  Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey made the official remarks on behalf of the Chamber and the City of Ho.  He asked the crowd members from Hope and HempsteadCounty to recognize them for voting for the tax to build Hempstead Hall.  Prior to the ribbon-cutting the Hope High Jazz Cats became the first musical group to perform on the new stage and following the ribbon-cutting the “Eskimo Brothers” from Nashville, Tennessee headlined the first concert at the new venue.  The trio performed a variety of “rockabilly” favorites to a highly enthusiastic crowd.  The group has a local tie as one of the members is the grandson of UACCH Vice-Chancellor Jerald Barber.


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 in Arkansas’s eighth Annual Prescription Drug Take Back program. For the first time, this year’s Take Back sites will also be collecting non-perishable food to help local food banks and food pantries restock their shelves. Prescription Drug Take Back allows individuals to return potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted drugs. The program is designed to prevent pill abuse and theft by offering residents the opportunity to rid their homes of unneeded medications. Collected drugs are disposed in an environmentally responsible manner, and the service is free and anonymous. Medicines in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In one recent national study, over 60% of teens report that getting drugs from family medicine cabinets is easy. Additionally, more than 70% of abused prescription drugs are reported to have been obtained from family and friends. Since the first Take Back event in 2010, Arkansas has collected more than 41 tons of pills and youth prescription abuse rates have declined each year. Through a partnership with Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank, Inc., the Prescott Police Department will also be accepting food donations which will then be distributed back to those in need in the community. “Harvest Texarkana is proud to be partnering with the Prescott Police Department on such an important initiative,” said Camille Parker, Executive Director of Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank. “The benefit is really two-fold, improving both the safety and food security of those in the community.” Residents are asked to go through their medicine cabinets and pantries and donate as part of the Arkansas Prescription Drug Take Back and Food Drive. Drugs can be dropped off any time in the permanent drop box outside and food donations can be dropped off Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 in the lobby of the Prescott Police Department, 128 W. Main St., between 8 AM and 4 PM. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is accepting prescription drugs only through their permanent drug drop box located at 215 E. Second St. at any time.

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 May, coordinating their market days so that Tuesdays will be in Hope, Fridays in Nashville, and Saturdays in Old Washington. By working together, the markets hope to minimize the need for growers to “choose” between markets. Also, each of the markets plan make each market day special with cooking demonstrations, tastings, gardening workshops and other activities to provide more interest for customers. Old Washington plans to hold a “Junior Farmers’ Market” which will allow youths to participate at market without paying a registration fee. Anyone with locally-grown produce, honey, eggs, home-baked goods, homemade soaps and other farm products may participate at all three markets for one low registration fee. Growers may authorize another individual to see their products for them, but “resale” is not permitted at any of the three markets. Hand-crafted goods may be sold under certain conditions, especially at Old Washington Farmers Market. For more information about participating at the markets call 870-703-8788 in Hope, 870-826-4101 in Washington or 870-557-2352 in Nashville.

Pictured are customers shopping during last year’s farmers’ market in Hope. The Hope Market will open on Tuesdays beginning in May and will partner with the Old Washington Market (Saturdays) and the Nashville Market (Fridays).

Possession of Controlled Substance

Durrell Booker age 35 of Alanta , Texas 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 out of the rear of the parking lot. Dorman made contact with the subject who identified himself by a Louisiana Identification Card as Durrell Booker.  Booker told Inv. Dorman that his friend went to Wal-Mart to meet her husband and that he was going to see about getting a room at the Hampton Inn. Inv. Dorman asked the subject if he went into the lobby of the hotel and he stated no. Dorman noticed a large bulge in Durrell’s right pants pocket. I asked Durrell if I could search his person. Durrell stated “Yeah”. Inv. Dorman then conducted a search of Durrell’s right pants pocket and discovered a pill bottle that stated it contained Alprazolam. The bottle also stated that the prescription was made out to another person. Dorman then placed Durrell under arrest. He looked inside the pill bottle and observed numerous pink colored pills and three larger pills. And then continued the search of Durrell and located a pink colored baggie containing a crystal like substance. Dorman also located another pill in Durrell’s jacket pocket that matched the three larger pills that were located in the bottle. Deputy Kyle Rowe arrived and transported Durrell to the HempsteadCountyDetentionCenter. Booker was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and is awaiting a first court appearance. 

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