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Cruelty to Animals and five counts of Permitting Livestock to run at Large

On April 13, 2014, Deputies were called to the Blevins area near Hempstead 231 & 47 13, in reference to several horses running at large and sometimes being on Highway 29 North More »


Chamber Coffee Hosted by Arkansas Drug Court and Hope Farmer’s Market

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday April 16th was hosted by the Hope Farmers Market and Arkansas Drug Court.  The two entities have worked together on the annual More »


New Deputy Hempstead County Sheriff Office

Sheriff welcomes new Deputy, Deputy Orlando Dennis, recently joined 70 other Law Enforcement Officers from across the state as they Graduated from Class 2014 – A, of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training More »


Hope City Board Holds Second Meeting of April

The Hope City Board kicked off their second April meeting Tuesday (4-15) by discussing the rezoning of some land at 1005 West 5th.  Francisco Salazar and the Iglesia Fuente de Aqua Viva More »

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Domestic Battery 3rd Degree and Aggravated Assault

On Sunday April 13, 2014 at approximately 5:00 pm Deputies   were dispatched to 526 Hempstead 11 in reference to aggravated assault. Dispatch advised that William Burkhalter called and said that his girlfriend, More »

Lady Cats Host “Pitch for the Cure”

The Hope High Lady Cats hosted their annual “Pitch For A Cure” game Tuesday (4-8) at Lady Cat Stadium.  The team had breast cancer survivor and Hope City Manager Catherine Cook throw out the first pitch.  The team also “passed the hat” to collect money for the fight against breast cancer and also held a bake sale.  The team was not as successful with the game as they fell to Camden Fairview 14 to 5.  Coach Mike Godwin has the details.  He notes Haylee Lewis pitched for 6 innings and Racie Poindexter finished up the last inning.  Poindexter had a double, 2 singles, and 1 RBI.  Quiana Key, Savannah Voss, and Kedriel Green each had a single and Destiny Martin had a single.  The Lady Cats were to play LafayetteCounty on Thursday (4-10) but that game has been cancelled.  The team will be in action Friday (4-11) at Lady Cat Stadium at 5pm when they host the defending 5A state champions from White Hall.

Hope City Board Holds First Meeting of April


The Hope City Board met one week later than normal for their first meeting in April.  They waited until April 8th because they hoped to act on some bids for an economic development project for some sewer extensions for the Pafford Building on 16th Street.  Glen Spears is the engineer on the project.  He brought four bids from $114,952 up to over $148,000.  The board voted to accept the low bid of from Bobo& Bain Construction. Spears kept the floor when the city talked about some possible plans on the wastewater rehab project.  Spears is suggesting the city look into a project to install some wastewater lines that will allow the city to avoid a pump station.  The board asked Spears to get some more data and report back at another meeting. A zoning proposal to change some property at 1005 West 5th from R-2 To R-3 was not acted upon for a second time.  Francisco Salazar and the Fuente De Aqua Viva church have applied for and been granted a constructed permit to build a low power religious educational radio station.  The zoning change would be to allow the church to install radio studios.  The planning and zoning commission has approved a variance to allow the church to install a 90 foot tall tower to house the station antenna;  however there were many questions as to what might happen should the church move from the site and potential hazards should the tower fall.  The board tabled the matter The board examined some flow monitor reports Glen Spears brought on some of the waste water lines.  It was noted where some of these lines were going from a flow of several hundred gallons of fluid a minute to over 1,000 gallons per minute during storms. These reports might indicate where there are serious problems with infiltration.  No action was taken The board approved the low bid on comprehensive landscaping for City Hall for a 12 month period.  The board approved the bid for $4,500 from Stroud Construction. A resolution was approved to begin the design phase of reconstruction of 6th Street from the railroad to Spring Hill Road.  The board also approved paying $5,000 for design work required by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. A “waive bid” ordinance was approved to allow the city to get some storm damage repaired at the Hope Airport.  The April 3rd storm took off some roofing on the front of the historic large hanger and also damage some windows on the building.  The city is covered by Municipal League Insurance on the damage with a $5,000 deductible.  It is expected the city will work with Hostetler Roofing on at least some of the damage.  The city has received bids of $39,000 from Hostetler and $58,000 from another company.  Some further items will need to be fixed within the hanger.  No planes were damaged in the storm.  There was also some damage to the “baler” building at the landfill but it appears that damage can wait to be bid out. The city board agreed by acclimation to allow the police department to apply for a “STEP” grant to assist with DWI and Seat Belt enforcement.  City Manager Catherine Cook noted the first city-wide clean-up is set for April 26th and that the 2nd “Train Day” is set for downtown Hope on May 17th.

Hope Water & Light Names New Manager


The Hope Water & Light Commission has named a new manager for the utility to replace the retiring Jim Kirchoff.  Steve G. Saum will assume the general manager duties at the utility on May 19th.  Saum is currently Utilities Director of Danville, Virginia, a position he has had since 2012.  Prior to that he served as General Manager and C.E.O. of Richmond Power & Light in Richmond, Indiana.  Kirchoff announced his retirement last year and will remain at the utility until June 30th to assist in the transition process.

Junior Farmers Market

The Old Washington Farmers Market will sponsor a “Junior Farmers Market” for young people beginning in May says Hannah Barry.  Youngsters can sell their own produce, handcrafted arts & crafts or even obtain produce to sell from the Southwest Research and Extension Center.  The Junior Farmers Market will operate during the regular Washington Farmers Market Saturdays from 7am until noon beginning on May 3rd.   Special events are also planned including an art show in June and a July 4th celebration.  For info contact Maggie Barry at 983-2417 or email Hannah Barry at

David Nail to perform at this year’s Hope Watermelon Festival Concert

Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Maneth had a big announcement at the Chamber banquet Thursday (4-3) about this year’s Watermelon Festival Concert.  Maneth announced that the headliner for this year’s concert will be David Nail.  Nail has had two number 1 songs, “Let It Rain” and “Whatever She’s Got”.  Nail is a native of Missouri and has Arkansas ties.  He attended ArkansasStateUniversity in Jonesboro.  Nail is currently on tour with Darius Rucker, and Billy Currington.  Announcements about the “early bird ticket day” and ticket sales will be forthcoming soon.  Make you plans to see David Nail August 9th at the Hope Watermelon Festival.

Special Olympics Area Games Upcoming


A large contingent of athletes will represent Rainbow of Challenges in the annual Special Olympics area competition on Saturday, April 19. More than 100 individuals from Rainbow Enterprises, Rainbow Industries, and Rainbow Junction will compete with other area Special Olympics athletes at the Hope High track field with events beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. In 1968, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation created Special Olympics and it has since become the world’s largest program of athletic competition for children and adults with disabilities. Arkansas held its first Summer Games in 1970 attracting 283 athletes competing in a variety of track and field events. It has now grown to a program for athletes wanting to train and compete in athletics, aquatics, softball, volleyball, unified football, power lifting, bocce and cycling. Other Special Olympics Arkansas sports include basketball, bowling, ice speed and figure skating, floor hockey and gymnastics. Participation in this event would not be possible without the dedicated ROC staff and numerous volunteers from the area that will accompany the athletes, ensuring safe and memorable games. Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. administers a wide array of services for persons who have developmental disabilities in Southwest Arkansas. Emphasis is placed on services that help each person achieve the highest degree of personal independence. Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. is committed to implementing a safer, healthier, happier, and more independent lifestyle for individuals having special needs. For more information, please contact Rainbow of Challenges at 870-777-4501.

Another Tree on a House


It appears the heavy rains of Thursday night caused a tree to fall on this house at 16th and Elm.  The tree did cause some visable damage to the chimney of the house.

Storm Causes Damage in Hempstead County


Heavy storms blasted into the Hope area after 11pm Thursday (4-3) causing uprooted trees, downed power lines, and structural damage.  A house in Oakhaven suffered a direct hit from the storm.  On state highway 32 in the Oakhaven area several power poles were blown over and several nearly blown over contributing to a loss of residential power that continued well into Friday morning.  Several farmers reported damage to barns.  There were also reports of damage in the Perrytown area.

The Hope/Hempstead County Educator of the Year Jennifer Methvin


The Hope/Hempstead County Citizen of the Year Carol Robinson


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