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Dr. Vic Ford and Staff of Southwest Research and Extension Center Attend Kiwanis Farm-City Week

Dr. Vic Ford, Director of the University of Arkansas Southwest Research and Extension Center brought the program at the Hope Kiwanis Club’s annual “Farm-City Day” program on Tuesday November 25th.  Dr. Ford More »

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas Downtown

Kirk Gray of the city of Hope Parks Department smiles down from a light pole on Main Street as the parks department began hanging Christmas banners on the lightpoles downtown.  In addition More »

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Kiwanis Club Hosts “Farm – City Day” hears from Dr. Vic Ford

The Hope Kiwanis Club held its annual “Farm -City Day ” on Tuesday November 25th. Numerous local farmers were guests of the club and the program was brought by Dr. Vic Ford,, More »

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Chief JR Wilson Addresses Hope being the Ninth Most “Dangerous City” on Home Security Shield Website

Recently I became aware of information posted on the website of Home Security Shield entitled “15 Most Dangerous Cities in Arkansas.”  Hope was listed as the ninth most “dangerous” city by this More »

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Driving on Suspended License and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

On Friday the 21st day of November Deputy Cole Hillery and Tim McBrayer made a traffic stop on a blue passenger vehicle on U.S 371 South of Prescott. The driver was identified More »

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Possession of a Controlled Substance and for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Deputies were dispatched to 228 Nevada 66 West in reference to a disturbance. The caller advised that his son Jeremy Morrow was causing a problem and that he believed Jeremy was under More »

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Possession of a Firearm by Certain Person

Deputy Preston Glenn went to 2635 Hwy 67 Prescott attempting to serve a warrant on Roger Waid. Deputy Glenn made contact with Chris Waid at the residence whom stated that Roger was More »

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Nevada County November 2014 Arrests and Incidents

                              Ashley Beavers, 34 year old of Wheeling Springs was arrested on a warrant out of Nevada County. More »

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Sheriff Singleton Warns Hempstead County Citizens of Telephone Scam

During the past several days The Sheriff’s Office has received an increase of calls from Hempstead County Citizens reporting that they have been contacted by telephone by someone representing themselves to be More »

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Little River County Judge Dies Saturday

Little River County Judge Clayton Castleman died Saturday evening a Texarkana hospital after falling ill at his home in the Hicks community near Ashdown. The 67-year-old Castleman did not seek re-election and More »

Aggravated Residential Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Battery Third, and Criminal Trespass

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On November 20, 2014 at approximately 1214 hours Deputy Orlando Dennis was dispatched to 5369 Highway 67 West in reference to someone breaking into a house. The caller advised dispatch that the suspect was armed and the weapon was taken from him by the property owners. Arkansas State Police Troopers David Hamilton and Travis Hale arrived before Deputy Dennis and took the suspect into custody. Troopers turned Erick Casiano Perkins age 26 of Lake Jackson, Texas over to Deputy James Braddock who arrived to assist. Trooper’s recovered a loaded .38 caliber handgun. Deputies ran the handgun through NCIC it came back as being reported stolen out of Texas in 1998. Victims, Jason and Rebecka Akin stated he and his wife Rebecka were notified that an unknown person was at their home and had loaded two motorcycles in a vehicle. Rebecka stated she arrived to find that her house had been broken in, and discovered her wallet lying in the driveway of the residence. A neighbor arrived and observed the victims brother arguing with the suspect in the front yard of the residence. As the suspect tried to flee he drove his vehicle into the neighbor’s vehicle. The neighbor stated that Perkins reached for a .38 caliber handgun that was inside the vehicle. The neighbor stated that he went to the passenger side door of the vehicle, and took the gun away from suspect, grabbed him from the vehicle and they fell to the ground. The neighbor stated while he and the suspect was on the ground the suspect hit him with a close fist on the left side of his face. The neighbor sustained minor injuries. Deputies arrested Perkins for Aggravated Residential Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Battery Third, and Criminal Trespass. He was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center upon arrival at the detention center Perkins complained that he was injured he was transported to Wadley Hospital in Hope Arkansas, where he was treated for minor injuries and a possible broken foot. Perkins was returned to the detention center and is awaiting a first court appearance.

Prescott & Northwestern Railroad Sold

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Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (G&W) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Pinsly Railroad Company of Westfield, Massachusetts to acquire certain subsidiaries that constitute Pinsly’s Arkansas Division for $40 million dollars in cash, subject to adjustment for final working capital. The storied short line Prescott & Northwestern Railroad is included along with the Warren & Saline River Railroad, two railroads sold to Pinsly by Potlatch. The five other properties operate as Arkansas Midland Railroad, including a line to the Georgia-Pacific sawmill near Gurdon. (This line is what’s left of the defunct Caddo Valley Railroad whose problems were documented extensively, and mostly exclusively by Saratoga Arkansas Digest www.saratogaarkdigest.webs.com, and can be read by scrolling down the site.) The Arkansas operations of Pinsly are headquartered in Jones Mills, Arkansas, and also include the two Arkansas transload operations of Pinsly Railroad Distribution Services subsidiary. Genesee & Wyoming operates the Kiamichi Railroad that serves Hope and Ashdown. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration of the 30-day notice period required by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to obtain authority to acquire the lines, a process that’s expected to be completed by January 2015. Operations are composed of 137 miles of owned and leased track, 70 employees and 16 locomotives that serve areas in southwest and southeastern portions of the state as well as in the Hot Springs and Little Rock areas. The railroads currently haul approximately 35,000 carloads per year including aluminum, forest products, aggregates, energy and carton board, as well as inbound carbon black and other chemicals for Firestone in Prescott, the only customer currently on the PNW line. Pinsly Arkansas will be managed as part of G&W’s Central Region, which includes six existing short line railroads in Arkansas, under the leadership of Regional Senior Vice President Dewayne Swindall. Jack Hellman, president and chief executive officer of G&W, commented, “Over the past 22 years, the Pinsly team has built an impressive cluster of short line railroads in Arkansas, with a clear focus on safety and customer service. Following the acquisition, G&W will own nine short line railroads in Arkansas, and we are excited about the opportunity to support and drive further economic growth in the state.” John Levine, president and CEO of Pinsly, said, “Pinsly Railroad Company is very pleased to be transitioning ownership of its Arkansas Division to Genesee & Wyominy. G&W is a highly respected leader in our industry and our customers, employees and communities will be well positioned for continued growth and success in the coming years. I am very pleased and proud of the accomplishments of our talented and dedicated Arkansas team over the past 22 years. We look forward to working with G&W towards a successful closing and transition of the business in January 2015.”

 

Thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest.

Hempstead County Quorum Court Meets

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The Hempstead County Quorum Court met Thursday November 20th, one week earlier than normal as the regular meeting would fall on Thanksgiving. The JP’s passed the annual ordinance approving the levy of taxes both real and personal for county general, county library, all school districts and all municipalities. The JP’S voted to raise the county general millage rates from 3 mills to 3 and one -half mills. The Quorum Court discussed Christmas bonuses of $1,000 for full-time employees, $500 for part – time employees, and $250 for what was termed “part, part- time” employees. The proposal would cost $125,000 and was proposed to be taken from hospital investments. The item was tabled until the budget meeting which is set for December 1st at 5:30 pm. JP Olen Dorman noted he was not a county employee and wanted to go on record as refusing any such bonus.The JP’S heard from Jonathan Ballard of Pictometry of Tulsa. The county entered into a 6 year contract with the company for aerial photography of the county. It’s time for the second flight of the 6 year agreement. The cost for the county is $50,319 while the city of Hope’s share would be $18,431 and Hope Water & Light would pay $13,425. The county originally signed for 12 inch per pixel resolution but now would get 9 inch per pixel resolution due to technical upgrades and would receive the higher resolution at the previous price. The fee would be payable over 3 years. The company will also offer free updates over areas affected by an EF 4 or greater tornado. The JP’s took no action on this extension of their contract but will discuss it at the budget meeting. JP Jesse Henry asked about taxes from the power plant. It was noted the county gets about 10 per cent.

 

Hope Water & Light Warns Customers About “Green Dot” Scam

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Hope Water & Light (HWL) is warning customers about a scam involving a telephone caller posing as a utility company disconnect and billing employee threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made using a pre-paid debit card specifically a Green Dot card.  “Nothing else would do”, according to General Manager, Steve Saum. “Scams involving callers asking for utility bill payment via Green Dot cards have been reported by HWL customers”, said Saum.  “This is the second time this scam has occurred in less than six months.  The first time residential customers were targeted this time businesses are being targeted.” Please know that HWL does not require payment over the phone via specific means, including Green Dot cards. Moreover, HWL does not demand payment over the phone to avoid an impending termination of service. Charlotte Bradley, Assistant General Manager, Administrative Services, stated “I called the 866 number that was given to us by a customer and it is a legitimate scam.” “They have done their research and are very good at their scam They told me to go to a specific location in Hope and buy a Green Dot card, scratch off the gray strip then call them back and provide them with the numbers on the back.  Once they have this information, they will provide a reference number and code for the technician in order to avoid disconnection of service.  She said, “I was shocked because they had an answer for any questions I asked until I asked to speak to myself.  That is when they decided to hang up.” “If you receive a call demanding payment via a specific option, including a Green Dot card, it’s a scam, and you should report this crime to your local authorities,” said Ms. Bradley.  You can always come into the office or use our night deposit lock box to make after hours payment.  We will take cash, checks and money orders.  We will not limit your payment method to a “Green Dot Money Pax Same Day Payment”.  If you have questions or concerns please call 870-777-3000 before making any payments over the phone from a caller demanding money for your HWL bill.

Historic Washington State Park 28th Annual Christmas and Candlelight

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Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park for its 28th Annual Christmas and Candlelight which will be held December 6th & 13th 2014. The park will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. both days, but to enjoy the thousands of luminaries and special music you may want to wait until later in the afternoon to pay a visit. Tour locations and homes will be adorned in 19th century style decorations including natural handmade wreaths and swags tailored by park staff and volunteers the week of the event. Evening programming and tours begin at 1:00 P.M., lighting of the luminaries will take place at dark, and music from groups and choirs throughout the region will begin at 5:00 P.M. The famous William’s Tavern Restaurant Christmas Buffet will be served for both lunch and dinner so you don’t have to miss out on that tasty tradition no matter what time you arrive for the event. Whether you choose to stroll the boardwalk streets or take a ride on the horse drawn surrey, you don’t want to miss bringing in the Christmas Season the old fashion way with Historic Washington State Park. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (6 -12) plus tax.  Begin your own Christmas tradition by joining Arkansas’s Premier Historical State Park only eight miles off I30 from Hope Arkansas in Southwest Arkansas.   For more information contact Historic Washington at 870-983-2684, or HistoricWashington@Arkansas.com.  

 

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Hope Rotary Club Hears from State Senator Larry Teague

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State Senator Larry Teague spoke to the Hope Rotary Club on Thursday November 20th.  The Senator is Joint Budget Chairman and he spoke about his thoughts on issues the Senate will face when the legislature convenes in January.  He answered numerous questions from the Rotarians and tempered his remarks with humor.  The Senator was invited by Rotarian Paul Henley.

UALR Associate Dean for College of Business, John Hall among UALR personnel who traveled to Texarkana Wednesday to enroll students for Spring Semester

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PICTURED: Dr. John Hall, Associate Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Business visits with two U of A Texarkana students who were interested in more information about the classes UALR is offering this spring in Texarkana.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) has partnered with U of A Texarkana to offer Bachelor degrees on the Texarkana campus.  Wednesday, November 19, UALR was well represented on the U of A Texarkana Campus as they visited with students about the courses UALR will be offering in Texarkana starting in January of 2015. UALR explained to enrolling students that they will begin this spring offering business courses and expand course offerings once the new building is completed on campus. To enroll in the UALR classes on the U of A Texarkana campus visit www.ualr.at/hope or if you have questions,  call Vice Chancellor for Academics Laura Clark 870-777-5722  

 

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