Nashville Rotary Club Hears Hope Watermelon Festival Program

The Nashville Rotary Club invited Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Keith to give a program on the Hope Watermelon Festival Wednesday July 30th.  In addition to the program on the More »

Brentwood Hosts Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday July 30th was hosted by Brentwood.  This is a great, community minded company in our area who has helped our Hope Fire More »

Senator Teague Helps Out

Saratoga’s State Senator, Larry Teague of Nashville, was a participant at a meal packing event at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. The event, packaging 50,000 seasoned rice meals, was sponsored More »


2014 Music in the Park “America in Conflict” Band Competition Application

Saturday, August 16, 2014 7:30 –9:30 Historic Washington State Park 870-983-2684 Contest Rules:  Competition is open to all amateur bands and musicians from the surrounding area playing original songs.  Original music compositions based on More »


Southwest Arkansas Development Alliance Project Kick-Off

The Southwest Arkansas Development Alliance in cooperative with Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District will hold a project kick-off meeting Thursday July 31st at 10am in the lecture hall of the Science More »


Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Program On Human Trafficking

Dr. Carla and Carroll Bryant brought a program on human trafficking to the Hope Kiwanis Club on Tuesday July 29th.  Dr. Bryant explained that human trafficking not only involves people being “trafficked” More »


Alligator in a Pool

At approximately 8:19 hours on 07/28/14 Deputy Dunham and Bush were dispatched to 114 Sunset Circle in Saratoga, Arkansas in reference to an alligator being in a pool. Upon arrival they observed More »


ATV Accident

At approximately 9:10 PM on 07/28/14 Deputy Jim Bush was dispatched to 6025 Highway 29 South in reference ATV accident. Deputy Bush went to the address where the accident occurred where he More »

Eric Taylor Easterling 29 Hope Arkansas

Commercial Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Theft of Property under $10,000, Theft of Property over $10,000, and possibly other Charges

Hempstead County Investigators arrested Eric Taylor Easterling age 29 of Hope on Monday July 28, 2014 in connection with the Commercial Burglary and theft of a Polaris Razor from Parrish Equipment. And More »


Hope Lions Receive $2,000 From Wal-Mart Towards Christmas Baskets

The Hope Lions Club received a $2,000 donation from Wal-Mart towards the annual Lions Christmas Basket project. Making the presentation to Lions President John Trauger is Wal-Mart Manager (and Hope Lion!) Richard More »

Historic Washington Sets Band/Performer Contest For August 16th

The 3rd and final edition of “Music In the Park” this year at Historic Washington State Park will be a band competition.  The competition is set for Saturday August 16th at 7:30pm at the park.  Bands or soloists must perform an original composition based upon an American conflict.  This can be any conflict from the Revolutionary War to the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The contest is limited to 6 bands.  Judging will be scored on original composition, crowd appeal, vocal performance, instrumental performance, and event theme connection.  Cash prizes will be given for the top 3 places.  For information call the park at 983-2684 or visit

Hemsptead County Quorum Court Meets


The Hempstead County Quorum Court met for their monthly meeting Thursday (7-24). There was only one piece of official business. The auditors had requested an ordinance from Judge Tony Yocom to designate the sheriff’s Department and Circuit Clerk’s office as the official recipients for court fines, costs, and restitution. The J.P.’s passed the ordinance for for district and circuit court. Several J.P.’s asked County Judge Wallace Martin about damage in the county from Wednesday’s (7-23) storms. The judge noted he only knew of downed trees and limbs. J.P. Jay Lathrop from the north end of the county noted there were many electrical outages in that area and that the Bingen Community Center sign was blown down. After talking about the storms and the Watermelon Festival the Quorum Court adjourned.

UACCH to Sponsor “Watermelon Idol” Talent Competition during Hope Watermelon Festival


It is time for the Watermelon Festival Concert and the popular Watermelon Idol Talent Competition.  Officials at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope are pleased to announce the College will sponsor and conduct the Sixth Annual “Watermelon Idol” talent competition during the upcoming 38th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival. The Festival is scheduled from August 7-9 in the Hope Fair Park. The preliminary competition will take place on the McDonald’s stage in the Fair Park Coliseum Thursday, August 7 at 6:00pm with the finals scheduled for Saturday, August 9th at 10:30am on the BancorpSouth stage. Talent from the surrounding area is invited to register for the competition, which features cash prizes for the winners as well as the opportunity for the overall winner to open for David Nail Saturday evening. The contest is open to all singers or vocal groups regardless of ages or residency. The two divisions are: single vocal or vocal group. Each act will be limited to five minutes and entrants may perform with a pre-recorded instrumental track, perform acappella or with live instrumental backing only.  Thirty applicants will be accepted. The top five in each division will be selected for the finals.  A cash prize of $300 will be awarded to the overall winner of the finals with $150 awarded to the runner-up and $50 to the third-place finisher. For more information or for complete rules, please contact Brent Talley at or 870-777-5722. Entries will be accepted through Thursday, August 7th at 5:30 p.m. To register for the competition complete an application online at  There is no fee to enter.

Klipsch Announces Reference Unity Strategy


Klipsch, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, with major operations in the Oakhaven Industrial area near Hope, has announced its Reference Unity strategy, a global initiative that will align the majority of its product offerings under the Klipsch Reference series. The new approach unifies the speaker series to a wider audience at various price points, including tiered levels of home theater speakers, soundbars and headphones. Flagship Klipsch products lines such as Palladium, Heritage, THXUUltra2 and ProMedia will remain as they are in today’s market, with all future home theater speakers, soundbars and headphones falling under the Reference umbrella. “Kipsch is returning to our celebrated core product line with the power of thousands of satisfied customers already in place,” said Matt Sommers, vice president of marketing and creative strategies for Klipsch. “We are launching exciting products in complimentary verticals with much tighter parameters for consistency in the marketplace. This strategy is our first step in claiming Klipsch’s rightful place as the great American speaker brand.” Klipsch’s united front will allow dealers and distributors to market to customers across all product categories.

Prescott’s Depot Museum Dedication Ceremony


Ken Petre, Curator at the DepotMuseum invites everyone to come to the dedication ceremony on Thursday. “The dedication of the Gail Martin Young Women’s History Wing will be on Thursday, July 24th, from 4-6 pm, with the dedication happening at 5 pm. There will be coffee and refreshments. As there is a John Teeter Room in the museum dedicated to his legacy, the museum thought it would be fitting to dedicate the North Waiting Room of the Depot as the Gail Martin Young Wing of Women’s History. A newspaper article housed in the Depot that speaks about its construction and why it is still standing today, one of the only buildings built by 1911 left because of the great fire that ravaged Prescott. This article also states that the Northern Waiting room was exclusively used by women during the Depot’s heyday. Serendipitously enough, before I even read this fact in the article, it had been decided that the North Waiting room would be the Women’s/Domestic History section of the museum because it also encompassed the Women’s Restroom. Gail Young was a wonderful woman who was dedicated to sharing and preserving the history of the Nevada Co. area, not to mention that she was named Prescott’s Citizen of the Year in 1982 due to this dedication.”

Wilson Furniture Hosts Chamber Coffee

The Coffee on Wednesday July 23rd was hosted by Wilson Furniture at their historic downtown store at Third and Main.   This was the first Wilson Coffee in many years and a great crowd came out to visit with this much-liked family.  It was a great Coffee and its been wonderful to have this family-owned store downtown for 35 years…and we look forward to 35 more years.

Hope Lions Hear about Watermelon Festival Program

The Hope Lions Club heard from one of their own on Monday July 23rd.  Lion Mark Keith gave an update on the Hope Watermelon Festival.  In addition to many of the regular activities he noted there was lots of interest in musical performances of Jason Helms, Buzz Andrews, and Wyatt Putman.  Mark also noted there is lots of interest in the David Nail concert set for August 9th.  Advance general admission adult tickets are now on sale for $12.  The tickets cost $20 on the day of the concert.  Reserved seats are available at

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