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Hope Woman Charged with Domestic Battery in the 2nd Degree for Stabbing Husband

On April 11, 2015 at approximately 6:30 pm officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Stephanie Armstrong, 23, of Hope, from a residence in the 1800 block of West 6th Street, in More »


Bella Vista Man Charged with Rape in Hempstead County

On April 9, 2015, Cory D. Reed, 40, of Bella Vista, Arkansas was arrested with a warrant in Benton County, Arkansas and transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was More »


Hundreds Enjoy UACCH Fish Fry

Hundreds of southwest Arkansas residents enjoyed beautiful weather and Lions Club fish at the annual UACCH Fish Fry.  The 22nd annual event was held at the Anthony-Routon Amphitheater on the UACCH campus. More »


Nevada Elementary Seedling Visit

Elementary School 1st Graders in Rosston pose with their tree seedlings, provided through the Arkansas Forestry Commission. The students learned how to properly care for and plant the seedlings. Commission personnel visit More »

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Former KXAR Announcer Dies in Jonesboro

Funeral arrangements are pending for a longtime Jonesboro, Arkansas radio news personality who worked for a time in the 1970s at KXAR-AM Hope. Greg Chance, 63, of Jonesboro, was pronounced dead Tuesday More »


Chamber Coffee Hosted by Wadley Scan

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee was hosted on April 15th by Wadley Scan.  The Coffee was held at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope.  Wadley Scan offers mobile screenings More »

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New Chamber Director Welcomed in Prescott

Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver welcomes new Prescott-Nevada County Chamber of Commerce Director Jamie Hillery at a reception Tuesday at the Nevada County Library in Prescott. The bottom photograph features the centerpiece at More »


Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Program on Hope Farmers’ Market

The Hope Kiwanis Club welcomed Jodi Coffee on Tuesday April 14th. Jodi talked about the Hope Farmers’ Market. This will be the 3rd year for the Farmers’ Market and it will once More »


Hope Lions Hear Boy Scout Program

The Hope Lions Club heard a program on the activities of the Boy Scouts from Troop 5 in Hope at the meeting on Monday April 13th.  Leaders Dr. Lester Sitzes III and More »


Ladycats Softball Game Scheduled for today, April 13th has been Cancelled

Ladycats Softball Game Scheduled for today, April 13th has been cancelled. More »

Hempstead County Farm Family of the Year Named


News Release from Steven Sheets, CEA-Agriculture: “Hempstead County 2015 Farm Family of the Year I would like to take this opportunity to announce the 2015 Hempstead County Farm Family, Russell and Stacy Womack. The Womack’s operate a cattle farm in the Springhill Community. First established in 1947, Arkansas’ Farm Family of the Year program is the longest running effort of its kind in the nation. The program sponsors are Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, Farm Credit Midsouth, ACA, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, with the cooperation of the program partners Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, USDA Rural Development, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Arkansas Department of Workforce Education and the Arkansas Agriculture Department.” In Hempstead County the information to select a farm family is received around the first of April each year. Each county is different in the selection process, but here Steven Sheets, County Extension Agent-Agriculture, is the committee chairman. The nomination committee is made up of agriculture related people in Hempstead County. The committee meets around the middle of April and nominates families deserving of the recognition. The committee chairman and another representative from the committee visit with the family to inform them of the committee’s selection as the Hempstead County farm family. The Hempstead County Farm Family is recognized at the annual Farm Bureau meeting. The Family is recognized at the Arkansas Farm Family Day in Little Rock during the month of December. For more information about the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program contact Steven Sheets at the Hempstead County Extension Service.

Hope City Board Holds Second April Meeting


The Hope City Board opened their first meeting of April on Tuesday by scheduling a public hearing on a street closing at the April 21st meeting. The board then accepted the low bid on city hall landscaping from Bill Byrd for $3,950. A high bid on 67 acres for hay near the airport went to Curt Honeyman for $ 2,723 for 3 years for a total of $8,289. This land is on the east side of US 278. The board approved the Hope Police Department to apply for a STEP grant for $27,000. This is used for DWI, seat belt, and child seat enforcement and education. This is the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program. Assistant Police Chief Kim Tomlin spoke to the board on the grant application. The board voted to pay $ 7,249 for their part of a new 9-1 -1 system. The county is paying $31,781 and the city will pay $ 7,249. Also the city will pay up to $1,000 for some ethernet and accessories for the system. Under the city manager’s report Catherine Cook noted Hope Water & Light has asked the board to hold a special meeting April 28th to consider Water and Light’s bond proposal. The board agreed. The board also discussed the hazard of portable basketball goals on city streets. This has resulted in St least one injury of a city sanitation worker several years back. These have been a problem again. The problem has been addressed by letters from code enforcement. The board agreed to address the problem as in the past and to let the owners of a permanent goal know that it must be removed from the city right of way. The city manager also asked for direction on the problem of residents parking in yards. Some of the offenders even have parking in the back and won’t use it. Board member Kiffanea Talley noted some of the older streets are too narrow to allow on street parking. Carl Conley of code enforcement noted when this has been enforced it was by certified letter. In the past this was not enforced if there was not a driveway. Director Don Still suggested the city first address those with parking areas that aren’t being used. Also that those who are parking and blocking sidewalks be notified. Code Enforcement Officer Dan Patton noted sometimes the biggest offenders are at work when code enforcement is out. City Manager Catherine Cook noted the city could try to enforce it this season and the board voted to enforce the no parking in yards code with discretion. The motion passed. Director Willie Walker suggested naming the Northside Community Center after Harvey Washington and Eura Dale Douglas. Also it was suggested that further structures be name after Professor Will V. Rutherford and the former swimming area have a plaque dedicated to Dr. Roscoe Smith who worked to get that pool in 1960. Also that a structure be named after Fred Scott. Storm sirens were discussed and it was noted all the city ones are working.

U of A Hope Schedules Forklift Certificate Training


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is currently enrolling students for Forklift Certification Training scheduled on the Hope Campus for April 18th. The class will be held in room 161 of the Technical and Industry Building on campus and will held from 8:00a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The training covers class IV and V Forklifts. This course satisfies the training provisions as stated in OSHA Class IV & V forklift (Powered Industrial Truck) 29-CFR-1910.178. The class size is limited to 10 students so enroll today by contacting Shaun Clark at or by phone at 870-722-8126.

U of A Hope to hold Appreciation Luncheon on Administrative Professionals Day


The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and Texarkana is accepting registrations from Business and Industry Partners who want to send their best and brightest to a luncheon for Administrative Professionals’ Day. The luncheon is to honor those who serve in supportive roles that are very important to the success of any organization. The event, sponsored by the Division of Industry Outreach and Continuing Education, will bring Julia Nipper, with the Arkansas Small Business Technology & Development center of Magnolia, to the UACCH campus to present “Minding Your Ps and Qs,” a business etiquette seminar sure to help those in any work environment. The date for this luncheon is Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At Hempstead Hall, Washington Suite. The registration fee is $40 per participant, which includes a catered lunch, door prizes, recorded professional development hours, and — most importantly– an inspirational message that will show how much your Administrative Personnel are appreciated! Deadline to register is Monday, April 20th at 4:30 p.m. To register for this workshop or for more information, contact the Industry Outreach Department at 870-722-8162 or

Trafficking a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Possession with Purpose to Deliver Cocaine and Marijuana, and Several Other Charges


On April 3, 2015, at approximately 10:45 am, Officers with the Hope Police Department, South Central Drug Task Force, and Arkansas State Police conducted a search warrant of a residence located at 2108 Rosston Road in Hope, Arkansas.  Officers located Kenneth Stuart, 45, of Hope, in the back yard of the residence.  Officers conducted a search of the property and seized over 11 ounces of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, more than 9 ounces of suspected cocaine, approximately 5 pounds of suspected marijuana, and two firearms.Mr. Stuart was arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance methamphetamine, possession with purpose to deliver cocaine, possession with the purpose to deliver marijuana, maintaining a drug premises, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and possession of firearms by certain persons. Stuart was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility and held for a first appearance.

Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Program on Upcoming American Cancer Society “Relay for Life”

The Hope Kiwanis Club heard a program on the upcoming “Relay for Life” on Tuesday April 7th. Jessie Lewis has been very active in the relay for the last 9 years in conjunction with her employer, Southern Bakeries. This year’s relay is set for May 1st on the U of A/Hope campus. 

Three Dead in U.S. 71 Crash

Three Lockesburg residents are dead following a collision Monday on U.S. Highway 71 11.1 miles south of Mena in Polk County. According to the Arkansas State Police, a 2002 Ford van driven by Latosha Nicole Leathers, 23,  was northbound and apparently went out of control and entered the southbound lane backwards. It was then struck by a 1975 Peterbilt driven by Marla Gayle Pipes, 52, of Redwater, Texas. Polk County Coroner Brian Bowser pronounced Leathers and two unnamed juveniles dead at the scene. Pipes was taken to the Mena Medical Center. Corporal Mike D. Thomas investigated. Story courtesy of Saratoga, AR Digest.

Victims Identified in Saturday Wreck

The Arkansas State Police has released the names of two people killed in a Saturday morning wreck near Fulton. William M. Hester, 57, of Jasper, and Wanda Kyleen Hensley, 43, of Texarkana, died when the 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Hester apparently failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the highway and struck a fence. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County Coroner Eddie Hawkins. The wreck happened around 7:30 am Saturday morning at the 15 mile marker on U.S. Highway 67.Corporal John Talley investigated. Story courtesy of Saratoga, AR Digest.

Chamber Welcomes Blake Montgomery, Attorney at Law

The Chamber signed-up a new member on Monday April 6th.  He is Blake Montgomery, Attorney at Law.  Blake will be opening an office this week in the BancorpSouth building at 200 South Elm this week.  Plans are to hold a ribbon-cuttting for Blake later this month.   

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