Flood Statement from Judge Haskell Morse

Thursday night Hempstead County officials including the County Judge, EM Coord., Road & Bridge personnel and Fire Coord., met with representatives of the City of Fulton, Hempstead County Levee Board and AR More »


Homicide Suspect Arrested; Barnett

On May 21, 2015, at approximately 4:45 pm, investigators from the Hope Police Department arrested Lucas Wayne Barnett, 30, of Hope.  Barnett was taken into custody in the area of 14th and More »


Millwood State Park Closed for Memorial Day

Millwood State Park, between Saratoga and Ashdown, is currently closed, and will be closed for the Memorial Day weekend due to high waters of Millwood Lake. This includes the entire park and More »


2015 Man of the Year Winner for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Arkansas

Announcing Mitch Bobo (Bobo and Bain Construction) and Nadine Baxter (UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute) as Man & Woman of the Year for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Arkansas Division (LLS). More »


Three in Nevada County Law Enforcement Receive Awards

Here are a few photos and the story that was presented during the Arkansas State Police Awards Ceremony in Little Rock. Officers in the large group photo are Sheriff Danny Martin, Assistant More »


Pafford EMT’s During National EMS Week

This is National EMS Week and the Pafford EMS crew sponsored the Chamber Coffee. Here are just a few of the Pafford EMT ‘that are saving lives everyday in Hempstead County. Pictured More »


Pafford EMS Hosts Coffee in Honor of National EMS Week

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday May 20th was hosted by Pafford EMS in honor of National EMS Week  Pictured are Reyn Brown, Anna Helmick, Sheardon Pearce, Brenda More »


Hope City Board Meets Tuesday May 19th

The Hope City Board met Tuesday May 19th for their 2nd meeting of May. The board voted to enter into an engineering contract with Garver Engineering for a rehab project for an More »

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Nevada County Cemetery Dedication

The Mary Place Chapter of the Colonial Dames XVII (17th) Century dedicated a historic marker at Friendship Cemetery in Nevada County Saturday, May 16. There was a large turnout for dedication of More »


Still Receives Kiwanis Dr. Jim McKenzie Scholarship

The Hope Kiwanis Club presented the Dr. Jim McKenzie scholarship to Samantha Still on Tuesday May 19th. Samantha is a graduate of Garrett Memorial Christian School. She is the daughter of Don More »

Join the 350 and “enrolling” students in Summer Classes at U of A Hope-Texarkana


As one scrolls through pictures of friends and family who recently graduated, the consideration of their education goals may have been sparked into a burning flame to pursue a higher education. Today is a great day to get a head-start on your higher education by enrolling in Summer I or Summer II session at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. By enrolling today, you will join the over 350 students who are taking advantage of the “dog days” of summer by getting ahead with their higher education goals. Some students prefer summer courses because of the condensed format and typical smaller class size. Summer semesters allow the student to focus on a particular subject and complete that class in just a few weeks versus a regular 4 month semester. Whether a recent high school graduate ready to begin, a current college student home for the summer, or an individual who has just been putting off going back to College, Summer I and Summer II may be your bridge to a brighter future. Summer I classes begin on June 1 and Summer II classes begin July 6. A full list of our summer class offerings can be viewed online at www.uacch.edu. To visit with a U of A Hope-Texarkana Enrollment Specialist today, call Katelynn Smith at 870-722-8228.

Fikes Truck Line Closes Doors


A nearly 75 year run has apparently come to an end for a Hope company. Fikes Truck Line has reportedly closed its doors, marking the end to an operation that began in 1941 by the Fikes family. Several trucking trade publications say many of the company’s flatbed employees are being absorbed by Blair Logistics, a company based in Alabama that will apparently operate out of the Hope terminal. It is not an acquisition.

FTL Transport Services Chairman Gary Salisbury told The Trucker.com Fikes Truck Line, the flatbed division, was no longer operational. He was quoted by The Trucker.com as saying “all of the division’s owner-operators, company drivers and employees would be able to retain employment through Blair at the old Fikes’ terminal,” which is still owned by former Fikes’ owner Jim Smith.

FTL Custom Commodities, the refrigerated division, and FTL Logistics, the brokerage division, will move to another Hope location and continue to operate.

Salisbury told The Trucker.com, “the need to end operations boiled down to cash. We’ve been struggling for the past year. When I bought the company (in May 2013 from Smith) we had a lot of debt, and I thought we could pull out of it and turn around, and it got to where we could not.”

“I think what happened to Fikes is we got into the freight business and we got out of the people business,” Salisbury, as quoted in Land Line mag.com.
thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest

Post Office Food Drive Collects Over 3,000 Pounds of Food

The annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive was held Saturday May 9th by the Hope Post office.  The donations have been tallied up and Hope postal patrons have donated 3,200 pounds of non-perishable food for Hope In Action.  All the employees of the Hope Post Office want to say “thanks” to postal patrons of Hope for their generous donations for the annual post office food drive.

Sgt. Holt Laid to Rest at Arlington Cemetery


With full military honors, Master Sgt. James W. Holt of Hope, who was missing and presumed killed in action in the Vietnam Conflict, was laid to rest Thursday morning at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

The flag-draped casket was carried on a caisson and escorted by Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard.) The solemn procession moved past the neat rows of white headstones before stopping a burial site on a grassy hill overlooking the nation’s capital.

Holt, 26, was assigned to Company C, 5th Special Forces Group. He was last seen February 7, 1968, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam.

He was reported as missing in action following the battle. A military review board later amended his status to presumed killed in action. His remains were recently identified and returned to his family for burial.

The tribute to Holt included a colors team, the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and a firing party that shot off three rifle volleys.

Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Lewis presented flags to Holt’s former wife Linda Winslow, and daughters Rebecca Holt and Jessica Holt. Chaplin (Capt.) John Scott presided over the funeral.

Here are images from that service:

Thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest…

Millwood Area Damage


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, has released these images from Millwood Lake following the straight line winds of 80-90 mph that accompanied severe thunderstorms early Monday morning. The top photograph is from Saratoga Landing and the bottom image is from Beard’s Bluff.  A number of the parks around Millwood are now closed due to rising waters.  These include Millwood State Park, Okay Landing, Beard’s Bluff, and Saratoga Landing.

Thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest…

Fire Damages West Avenue B Home


Hope Firemen responded to a house fire at 1302 West Avenue B Thursday May 14th around 11 am . The structure appeared to have significant fire damage.  It’s not known if there were any injuries.  Pafford EMS responded to the fire along with Hope Fire and Hope Police personnel.  The house was located across the street from Calvary Baptist Church.

Mark Keith's photo.
Mark Keith's photo.

Benefit for Hebb Sorrells