City Board Holds Special Meeting To Discuss Revenue And Expenses

The Hope City Board convened a special meeting on the last day of March to look at revenues and expenses with an eye towards finding possible areas in which more funds coult More »


Hempstead County Master Gardeners Spring Seminar

Hempstead County Master Gardeners President Gary Martin visits with Bob Byers of Garvan Woodland Gardens Monday March 30th at the annual Hempstead County Master Gardeners Spring Seminar at Hempstead Hall. Byers spoke More »


Quorum Court Discusses illegal Dumping in the County

I’m going to do something on here that the Chamber pays me NOT TO DO! I”m going to show you the worst of Hempstead County…last Thursday at the Quorum Court meeting County More »


Bluff City Man Dies in Clark County Accident

83 year old Bill Walker of Bluff City was killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday (3-26) around 11pm in Clark County.  Walker’s 1997 Ford was traveling south on state highway 53 approaching More »

James Carl Pafford age 71 of Hope, Arkansas Rape, Sexual Assualt in the 2nd Degree, Sexually Grooming A Child

Pafford Facing More, Separate Charges

James Pafford has been arrested on charges in separate incident from his arrest earlier this month. According to Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton Pafford has been arrested on one charge of rape. More »


Hempstead County Judge Hosts Hempstead County Mayors Meeting

Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse hosted an historic meeting of Hempstead County Mayors Friday March 27th at the court house. The mayors heard about grant opportunities available from Southwest Arkansas Planning and More »


Missing Nevada County Man

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the help of the public in locating, Jonathan Crews. Jonathan is a white male, with a date of birth of 06-25-81. 6’0, 130 lbs, More »


Local Railroads Recognized

Three local short line railroad operations have been recognized with 2014 safety awards from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. The Prescott & Northwestern Railroad and The Arkansas Southern Railroad More »


Hempstead County Quorum Court Meets

The Hempstead County Quorum Court met Thursday (3 – 26) for their March meeting. After the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance the JP’s discussed paying their part of the 9 – 1 More »


Elkins Ferry Legislation Passes

An Act to make an appropriation to the Department of Arkansas Heritage-Historic Preservation for the purchase and improvement of the Historic Elkin’s Ferry Battlefield near Prescott is on its way to Governor More »

Baseball/Softball Clinic Rescheduled Due to Rain



Spring Hill Students Emily Curtis and Tyler Warren Chosen for Best Reports on DARE Program


Emily Curtis and Tyler Warren were chosen for having the best reports about what they learned in the DARE Program. D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is sponsored by the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Pictured with the winners are Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, and Officer Marla Barnhill who teaches the program.

Train Day Committee Meets

The Train Day committee met on Wednesday March 18th. Train Day is set for May 9th in downtown Hope. This year’s event will feature even more events than ever. Make plans to come downtown and enjoy food, music, and numerous family activities. Pictured is Richard Read, Sharon Caldwell, Tamara Caldwell, Jeff Cook (partially hidden), Brooke Thomas, Paul Henley, Guy Royston, Jodi Coffee, Malinda Brinkmeyer, and Wendy Jones.

Rainbow of Challenges St. Patrick’s Dinner and Dance

Green was the color of the evening recently at the annual Rainbow of Challenges/Civitan Club St. Patrick’s Dinner and Dance held at the Fair Park Community Center. Rainbow of Challenges’ adults and their friends enjoyed a hot dog dinner prepared by members of the Civitan Club of Hope before hitting the dance floor to enjoy music provided by a local DJ.


Hope’s Two Lions Clubs Host Chamber Coffee


The two Lions Clubs of Hope hosted the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday March 18th. The Hope Lions Club has been in existence since 1947 and the new club is the Hope Evening Lions Club. This club was formed around the former Hope Lioness Club. The clubs work very closely together on projects. One unusual fact about the clubs has to deal with their presidents. The Hope Lions Club President is John Trauger. The Hope Evening Lions President is Jessica Trauger. The Traugers are married to each other and are probably one of the few couples in which both man and wife are president of a local civic club.

Spring Hill School District to Make Up Days from Inclement Weather


Spring Hill School District has released their plan to make up school days missed due to the inclement weather earlier this year. The plan includes school dismissal times every Wednesday during the months of April and May to be extended to 4:00 pm. The plan also includes a 4:00 dismissal on June 1st. Three school days have also been added to the school schedule to make up for time lost due to weather. Those days are Tuesday, June 2nd with a 4:00 dismissal time, Wednesday, June 3rd with a 4:00 dismissal time, and Thursday, June 4th with a 3:00 dismissal time.



Hope Lions Club to Establish “Book Nook” at Chamber Office

The Hope Lions Club is starting a “book nook” for youngsters aged infant to 6th grade.  The club is starting with two large bookcases in the front office of the Chamber of Commerce office.  The club is collecting clean, used children’s books. Young people can borrow the books and keep them as long as they like.  If you’d like to donate books, drop them by the Chamber office at 202 South Main or bring them to any Hope Lion.

Kiwanis Club Hears from Beryl Henry Elementary Principal and Students


The Hope Kiwanis Club had a program Tuesday March 17th from 6th grade students from Beryl Henry.  Beryl Henry Principal Dr. Roy Turner brought the students and gave an overview of the school.  The students talked about a variety of topics including such programs as “My On”, “Watch Dogs”, and “Insight 360″.  They also talked about the gifted and talented program as well as technology such as i-pads.  Joining Dr. Turner were (in no particular order) Carter Maneth (son of Kiwanian Jeff Maneth), Ashanti Phillips, Alexander Rodriguez, Lisbeth Carrillo, Zoltin Dellosso, Natyja White, Zydeis Frierson, and Kelsey Harris.


Hope City Board Holds Second Meeting of March


The Hope City Board held their 2nd meeting of the month Tuesday (3-17). The board considered four bids for a new landfill loader. The bids ranged from $132,405 to $ 153,000. The board voted to buy a John Deere for $ 136,485 from Stribling Equipment in Texarkana. This item was the second lowest bid the city received and this one was the one recommended by Dave Rose of the landfill. The John Deere had a better warranty and also had better features for the city’s needs. The city has canceled a new truck for the landfill, the board would use some reserve funds and lease /purchase the remainder of the cost. The board approved the purchase and approved an emergency clause. The board approved an audit agreement with Emrich & Scroggins. The agreement will be for two years. The city has used the firm for the past several years. Under the city manager’s report Catherine Cook noted the street committee meeting has been postponed due to the ice, snow, and rain. Cook noted some streets the city didn’t think needed work may need work due to the weather. Cook noted the city has has had pre construction conferences with the company doing the state aid street project and the city rail spur rehab. Cook also noted the first city wide clean up is April 25th. Director Mark Ross complimented the city on their speed in taking down the Fink /Shanhouse building. The board also discussed holding a revenue planning meeting April 14th. Mayor Dennis Ramsey paid tribute to Wesley Woodard who passed away unexpectedly Tuesday. Woodard was the long – time director of the Economic Development Corporation. 

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