Southwest Arkansas Farmer’s Market Consortium Holds Meeting to Plan 2015 Markets

Over 100 people turned out Tuesday January 27th for a meeting of the Southwest Arkansas Farmer’s Market Consortium at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas Hope campus.  The meeting included the More »

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Lewisville Plant Begins Production

Linde, LLC, has started up its 470 ton-per-day air separation plant in Lewisville, Arkansas. The plant, which produces liquid nitrogen and oxygen, was built, according to the Linde, “to meet rapidly growing More »


Hope School Board Holds January Meeting

The Hope School Board held their January meeting a week later than normal on Monday ((January 26th). Superintendent Bobby Hart opened with his report noting the equipment had been removed from the More »


The Power of Two

There is sunshine on the horizon as Prescott/Nevada County Special Services, Inc. has teamed with Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. of Hope. The unique arrangement is viewed as a “win-win” for both agencies, More »


Burglary at AT&T in Hope

On January 25, 2015, at approximately at 7am, officers responded to the 500 block of North Hervey, also known as AT&T, in reference to a commercial burglary. Officers made contact with the More »


Hope Community TV Holds Ribbon-Cutting

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for Hope Community TV on Wednesday January 21st. The ribbon-cutting wasn’t to open a new service. Instead it was to celebrate their Golden More »


Belinda Miller Retires from Cooperative Extension Service

Belinda Miller has been with the Hempstead County Cooperative Extension Service since 1969, over 45 years.  She is retiring this month and her co-workers put together a reception at the Courthouse on More »


Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household Member

On Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at approximately 4 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Jordan Cobb, 21, of Hope, from a residence in the 500 block of West 16th in More »


Cynthia Lee of Rainbow of Challenges Special Designs Screen Printing Visits KXAR

Pictured is Cynthia Lee of ROC Special Designs Screen Printing who was the special guest on KXAR  with Mark Keith recently explaining many of the services provided including new embroidery work for just about More »


UACCH Seeks Community’s Help with Mascot Selection

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and Texarkana is seeking input from its service area residents on the selection of a mascot for the campuses. An online survey will allow More »

2014 Rainfall Totals Released

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has released rainfall totals for last year. In southwest Arkansas:
Millwood Lake Station-45.92 inches
Hope (3 miles northeast)-46.95 inches
Prescott-47.19 inches
Ashdown-52.44 inches
Nashville-58.79 inches
Lewisville-39.21 inches
Texarkana Webb Field-35.25
De Queen-53.53
De Queen-Sevier County Airport-42.81 inches
New Hope (6 miles south)-58.33
Lockesburg(4 miles east)-48.99

Klipsch Partners with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the institution that gives voice to the stories, people, artifacts and events that shaped the musical genre, and leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer Klipsch have announced a strategic, three-year partnership giving Klipsch as the first ever presenting sponsor of Induction Ceremony events and the Rock Hall’s Main Stage. As well as the Induction Ceremony sponsor, Klipsch products will be used to fulfill audio needs in the museum, including professional audio products, soundbars, headphones and more. “This is an ideal partnership for our Classic American Speaker company,” notes Matt Sommers, Klipsch VP of Marketing. “Klipsch was founded the better part of a century ago (sic) to bring the live musical experience into people’s living room. Our founder, Paul W. Klipsch, made it his life’s goal to create speakers that rock. His ‘no bull—’ attitude, with the science to back it up, changed the way we listen to music today. Many classic albums have been mixed, mastered and enjoyed on Klipsch. Every product we make carries that legendary legacy. This partnership is about heritage, respect, independence, expression and ‘kicking a–’…characteristics of both Klipsch and Rock & Roll. We couldn’t be prouder.” Unquote. (Comments were edited for profanity.) Sommers added, quote, “Klipsch is really well-aligned with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and all that we represent. Every day, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the pinnacle of achievement and tells the stories of the music that shaped our lives. That commitment to a high standard of musical excellence is at the heart of both our brands and gives us an incredible foundation on which to build.” Paul W. Klipsch founded the company in Hope in 1946, and manufacturing and shipping facilities continue at the Oakhaven Industrial area near Hope.

Wanted for Rape, Sexual Assault in the Fourth Degree

Pedro Escobedo

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Pictured is Pedro Escobedo aka Wero Escobedo Hispanic Male D.O.B. 03/17/1984. 

On October 24, 2014, Hempstead County Deputies were called to an address in Blevins, Arkansas in reference to a report of two females ages 8 and 11 being Sexually Assaulted and Raped by Pedro Escobedo a Hispanic male who had been living the family of the two females. Last known address of Escobedo was 210 Pope Street Nashville, Arkansas. The Sheriff’s office has received information that he has fled the state. Arrest Warrants have been issued by the Hempstead County Circuit Court for RAPE and Sexual Assault 4th Degree. Any Information please call Hempstead County Sheriff, 870-777-6727

U of A Hope-Texarkana names Dr. Belinda Powell Aaron Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration


Dr. Belinda Powell Aaron has been named the new Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana. She has a doctorate in Human Resource Education and Workforce Development from Louisiana State University. Her undergraduate degrees include an Associate’s degree from Texarkana College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from TAMU-Texarkana, and an MBA. Aaron recently was the vice president for finance and administration at South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, Arkansas. Prior to that role she was assistant vice chancellor for finance and administrative services at Louisiana State University at Alexandria, where she served for 11 years. She has taught undergraduate courses in Business Administration since 2004. Her previous experience also includes healthcare management and marketing in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Joining her is her husband, Ricky Aaron, who was a Special Education Teacher in Louisiana and is an award winning barbecue champion, and her daughter Rebecca Aaron, who is a junior in Global Studies at St. Edward’s University in Austin. The Aaron family enjoys volunteering in disaster relief efforts with UMCOR, fishing, and travelling. They join their local family Dr. Brad Aaron of Texarkana, Bruce Aaron of Simms, and Rodney Aaron of Little Rock. Dr. Aaron assumed her new duties on January 6th. She succeeds Jerald Barber, who retired earlier this month after many years in higher education in Arkansas. For more about UACCH, visit the College website at www.uacch.edu.

Train Day Committee Meets; Train Day Set for May 9th


The Train Day Planning Committee met Wednesday January 7th at the Cairo/Fulton Depot in the SWAAC meeting room. This year’s event is set for May 9th in downtown Hope. Plans are to expand the events at the 3rd Train Day set for this year. The next meeting will be February 4th. Persons interested in learning more about the event can contact Train Day Chairmen Malinda Brinkmeyer and Sharon Caldwell. Pictured is Richard Read, Tamara Read, Jeff Cook, Debbie Malek, Malinda Brinkmeyer, Wendy Jones, Sharon Caldwell, Dan Hignight, and Robert Green. Not pictured but also attending were Lindsey Townsend and Jodi Coffee.

Prescott & Northwestern Railroad Sale Completed

Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (G&W) completed the acquisition Monday (1-5-15) of Pinsly Railroad Company’s Arkansas Division for approximately $40 million dollars in cash, subject to adjustment for final working capital. This includes the Prescott & Northwestern Railroad, the Arkansas Midland Railroad operating at Gurdon and other locations, the Warren & Saline River Railroad and two Arkansas transload operations. The sale includes approximately 137 miles of railroad that generates about 35,000 carloads a year. G&W is the parent company of the Kiamichi Railroad that operates its main line from Hope to near Madill, Oklahoma. G&W currently operates 116 railroads and more than 15,000 miles of track.

Hope Lions Recieve Two Banner Patches from Lions International

Lion John Collier presents two banner patches from Lions International Monday January 5th to Lions President John Trauger.  One patch was for membership development and the other for members satisfaction.

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