Barbara Bright Jones Wins Washington Watermelon Weigh Off

The Old Washington Farmers Market, the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, and the World Pumpkin Commonwealth held the 4th annual Watermelon Weigh-Off in Washington on Saturday August 30th. There were eight melons More »


Washington Receives Grant to Purchase Fire Truck

There were high spirits in Washington on Friday August 29th as the city received a $15,000 grant to purchase a fire truck from the city of Hope.  Washington obtained the grant from More »


Chamber Cuts Ribbon for New Hope High Athletic Complex.. Booster Club Sponsors Coffee at New Facility

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday August 27th for the new Athletic Complex on the Hope High campus. The Hope Booster Club sponsored a Chamber Coffee at the More »

Greg Carthorne

Possession of a Controlled Substance (crack cocaine) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana)

On August 27, 2014 at approximately 8 pm, Officers of the Hope Police Department responded to a call for service regarding a subject that was laying on the front porch of an More »

Dustin L Sanders

2 counts of First Degree Forgery and One Count of Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device

On August 25, 2014, investigators of the Hope Police Department charged Dustin L. Sanders with 2 counts of first degree forgery and one count of criminal possession of a forgery device.  The More »

Blitzie Burkham

Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Possession of a controlled Substance Hydrocodone, and Possession of a Drug Paraphernalia

On August 22, 2014, at approximately 12:30 am, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Blitzie Burkham, 28, of Hope, for possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance More »

Timothy Eugene Young

Terroristic Threatening 1st Degree Felony, Domestic Battery 3rd degree, and Fleeing

On August 20, 2014, at approximately 1:20 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Timothy Eugene Young, 27, of Hope, for terroristic threatening 1st degree felony, domestic battery 3rd degree, and More »


UACCH Holds Chamber Coffee for New Vice Chancellors

UACCH held a special Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee Thursday August 28th to introduce their two new Vice Chancellors. Laura Clark has been at UACCH for 20 years and is More »


Regional Experience Works Group Hears from Novalene Slatton of The Hope Chamber

Experience Works held a regional meeting in Hope with program coordinators. persons in adult education, and Sarah A. Biggers, C.E.O. of the non-profit program from Washington, D.C..  Area Director Brenda Chancellor of More »


C.E.O. of “Experience Works” Visits Hope

Sarah A. Biggers, the C.E.O. of Experience Works was in Hope Wednesday (8-27) to promote a program called “Blended Learning”. Expericne Works is a national community based organization and a leading provider More »

Couple Sends Cops on Chase, Woman Still at Large


On 08/21/14 at approximately 2:50 P.M. while patrolling the Emmet, Arkansas area of West Clary Street and South Walnut Street, Deputy Michael Braddock’s observed a black Nissan exit Hempstead 55 onto South Walnut Street. Deputy Braddock observed the vehicle as it turned into 211 South Walnut Street in Emmet with two occupants a male and female.  As Deputy Braddock drove passed the vehicle he recognized the driver to be Christopher Hicks whom HempsteadCounty had outstanding Felony warrants on. Deputy Braddock pulled behind the vehicle, got out and made contact with Christopher Hicks and observed the passenger to be Brandy Stanhouse who was also wanted on a felony warrant. Deputy Braddock ordered Christopher to turn off the engine and get out of the car, Deputy Braddock observed that Brandy was trying to get out of the car to run Deputy Braddock told Stanhouse to stay in the car. Deputy Braddock again ordered Hicks to turn off the engine and get out of the vehicle Deputy Braddock tried to open the door, but it was locked and Hicks refused to unlock the door.  Deputy Braddock overheard Stanhouse ask Hicks what are we going to do get out or what. Hicks then looked over at Stanhouse and said no hang on. Hicks then put the car into drive and drove between a tree and a bush next to a mobile home. Then he jumped the ditch onto South Walnut headed towards Hempstead 55. Deputy Braddock advised dispatch that Hicks and Stanhouse were fleeing and he was in pursuit on Hempstead 55.  Both Stanhouse and Hicks abandoned the vehicle and fled into the wood line off Hempstead 55 approximately 2 ½ miles North of Highway 67 East on an old logging road. Deputy Braddock pursued the two into the woods searching the area Deputy Braddock located a sliver purse that was approximately 65 yards from the vehicle on the left side of the road. Sergeant Matthew Dunham arrived on the scene He and Deputy Braddock searched the area, but couldn’t locate anyone or anything else. Deputy Braddock searched the sliver purse and found two hypodermic needles in the inside pocket in the purse, with what appeared to be some type of a brown liquid residue substance in it. Also in the purse was a half of a pen part with a white power substance in it. Deputies searched the area for approximately two hours but failed to locate Stanhouse and Hicks. At approximately 6:00 P.M. Sgt. Matt Dunham received information on where Christopher Hicks was hiding. A passerby stated that they observed Christopher Hicks a pasture. Upon Deputies arrival the passerby advised the Deputies that Hicks ran into the house at 633 Hempstead 55. Deputies made contact with the owner of the house who stated that Hicks was in the house, the owner allowed the Deputies into the house to search for Hicks. Sgt. Dunham and Deputy Braddock went into the house and a locked door locked The Deputies forced the door open and found Hicks who had placed had a small dresser and entertainment center in front of the door. Christopher Hicks  age 30 of  692 Hempstead 23 Hope, Arkansas was taken into custody and transported to HCDF and booked on the Felony Probation violation warrants and fleeing. He is awaiting a first court appearance. Brandy Lynn Stanhouse age 28  of Hope, remains at large she is wanted on Felony Failure to Appear Warrants Stanhouse is described as 5’ 115 lb white female Brown hair and Brown eyes with the last known address of 3024 Highway 174 South. If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Brandy Lynn Stanhouse please contact the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727.


UACCH Will Host Community Coffee for New Vice-Chancellors, Thursday, August 28


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and Texarkana is pleased to be hosting a Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Coffee on Thursday, August 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Hempstead Hall in order for the community to meet the College’s new Vice-Chancellors.  UACCH is pleased to welcome Brian Berry as the Vice Chancellor of Student Services and Laura Clark as the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. Berry is the Vice Chancellor for Student Services at both the Hope and Texarkana campuses.  He previously served as the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville from 2007 until his move to UACCH.  Prior to his tenure at UACCB, Berry was Dean of Students at Southern Arkansas University.  He also previously worked at Arkansas State University-Beebe, ArkansasTechUniversity, and Loyola University of Chicago. Brian has been active civically and professionally having served as the president of the Batesville Kiwanis Club, on the Batesville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; and he is a past president of the Arkansas College Personnel Association.  He currently serves as the chair of the Arkansas Council on Student Services, which consists of the senior student affairs officers at Arkansas colleges and universities. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in economics, finance, and marketing from ArkansasTechUniversity and a Master of Education in college student personnel from Loyola University of Chicago. Brian’s wife, Mary, teaches fifth grade math at in the HopeSchool District at Beryl Henry Elementary.  They have two sons, Quinton and Carter. Quinton is a junior at the University of Arkansas and Carter is a second grader at Clinton Primary.Vice Chancellor Laura Clark has been a dedicated member of the UACCH team for twenty years.  She previously served as Dean of Health Professions and as interim Dean of Math and Sciences. Prior and during this appointment she served as Practical Nursing Program Director, Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium Program Chair, C.N.A. Program Chair, and full time Practical Nursing instructor at both Hope and Murfreesboro. Clark began her career in nursing by working as an emergency room and critical care nurse at HowardMemorialHospital in Nashville, AR, and, as a Pediatric ICU nurse at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Please help UACCH formally welcome these two to their new positions at the College.


Women of Hope Host Chamber Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday August 20th was hosted by the “Women of Hope”. This group does a lot of great community work and will hold their Annual Conference September 19th and 20th at Lonoke Baptist Church at 703 Hazel in Hope. Pictured, in no particular order, is Gloria jones, Hazel Simpson, Alice Straughter, Phyllis Stroughter, Arnell Stuart, Mary Green, Erma Erwin, Sandra Hundley, Nancy Kemp, Oral Post, Jo Ann Ross, Frances Lewis, Shelia Jackson, and Grace Leonhart..

Hope City Board Holds 2nd Meeting of August


The Hope City Board tackled a number of issues in an hour-long meeting Tuesday (8-19).  The first action taken was a positive vote to allow the Hope Police Department to apply for $6,500 in grant funds from the Arkansas State Police Assets Forfeiture Fund.  The money would be 100% grant funds with no match.  The police plan to use the money to outfit a new car next year for their K-9 officer.

   The board said “yes” to a resolution showing support for a regional effort towards getting a proposed state prison to southwest Arkansas.  State Senator Jimmy Hickey has suggested the proposed prison be built between Hope and Texarkana but is mindful wherever it goes in the region it will benefit the entire region.  Efforts are underway by Senator Hickey to coordinate with Hempstead, Miller, Little River, Nevada, and Howard counties in seeking the project which would initially employ 250 and eventually could employ 500.

   A vacancy on the tourism commission was not filled at the meeting despite the board meeting for a few minutes in executive session.  Mayor Dennis Ramsey said an appointment will be deferred until another meeting.  Lavonne Jordan recently left the commission after serving several years.

    During the City Manager’s report Catherine Cook noted the Northside Park Community Center work is progressing well.  She also noted a demonstration for an “automatic” solid waste system was scheduled for Wednesday (9-20) morning at City Hall at 9:15am.  Possibly the most serious item in her report was a report on a train derailment recently on the city rail spur south of highway 32.  Catherine Cook noted several city employees have worked several days on moving loaded cars and getting the spur back into operation.  Cook says the spur needs some repair work and the city has been quoted anywhere from $19,000 to $147,000 for the work.  She says further evaluation will be done on what the work will cost and industries that use the spur including Georgia Pacific, New Millenium, and Momentive will be pro-rated for their share of the repair.  Cook says she is working to schedule a meeting with all the affected industries.  Another matter on the city manager’s report was the report of a purchase of an engine for the mosquito sprayer.  This will be delivered Thursday and installed and the mosquito truck will be back out 4 nights a week.  The cost for the engine is $3,000.  Cook also reported Hope Water & Light wants the fire department to particpate in a training exercise on a house across from the airport on Water & Light property.  Chief Dale Glanton says several volunteer departments will also participate.  Finally, Cook noted the Economic Development Administration has not approved the $1.79 million dollar grant request for the economic development project for Magnolia Development LLC on highway 29 north but the EDA has communicated that it is going through the steps on the matter and information on their efforts will be posted at the library.  It is hoped the city will know something by October.  It was noted Code Enforcement office Scott Bittle has left the city to work at UACCH and his position is being advertised.  In the meantime city employees are inspecting plumbing projects while a retired Hope Water & Light master electrician is handling electrical inspections.  Also the city urban deer hunt for this year has been approved by acclamation.

   Under citizens requests Alice May Flenory noted she had picked up a petition for the Ward 1 seat on the city board and had gotten her required signatures only to learn she was not in the city limits.  Flenory protested that she was not informed sooner and indicated her intentions to look into the matter further.

  The meeting adjourned after it was indicated the question of whether to change the city board elections from 7 individual zones to 5 zones and 2 “at large” will probalby not be on the ballot in November.

Chamber Cuts Ribbon for Karate Pig


The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting on Thursday August 14th for the Karate Pig Bakery & Bistro. The new restaurant is located at 501 North Hervey and is open Monday through Saturday 10:30am until 8:30pm. The Karate Pig features great sandwiches and hamburgers as well as desserts, smoothies and more. Their sandwiches include stromboli, grilled chicken salad, philly melt, rueben, hickory wrap, muffalettas, and more.

Hope Kiwanis Club Hears From Hope Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart

You may be more used to seeing this man standing in front of a Rotary banner because he is President of the Hope Rotary Club but on Tuesday August 19th Hope Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart gave an update on the opening of school for the Hope Kiwanis Club. Mr. Hart gave a detailed report on the opening of school and reported on some of the first day “bumps in the road”. He closed his presentation with a spirited defense of the value of public schools.

Millwood Drawdown


A drawdown is underway at Millwood Lake to allow for bank stabilization work at Cottonshed Park. The lake is being drawn down a foot to a pool elevation of 258.2 feet. The drawdown began Friday, August 15 and was planned to take three days, but the Little River Basin that feeds Millwood has received heavy rain in places over the past two days. The drawdown will last to September 2 at which time the lake will be allowed to refill to its normal pool elevation.

Boaters should exercise extreme caution because submerged stumps and shallow areas may begin to appear. Boaters should use caution when launching because of damage or sediment buildup that may have occurred at the ends of the ramps. It is impossible to determine which ramps might be affected.

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