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Missing Texarkana Man Vehicle Located

Tulsa, Okla. police discovered Christopher Guilbeau’s car during a traffic stop Thursday evening. Guilbeau had not been seen or heard from since Wednesday afternoon. Inside the vehicle was the driver, Brandon Brown, More »

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Texarkana Man Reported Missing

The Texarkana Police Department say an investigation is underway after 24 year old Christopher D. Guilbeau (Cates) was reported missing on Wednesday, March 4th. Police say Christopher may be driving a 2008 More »

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Rainbow of Challenges Basketball Team Wins Second Place in the Special Olympics

Congratulations go to the Rainbow of Challenges Basketball Team for their second place finish in the Special Olympics Area 11 games held today in Ashdown. The team plays next in the State More »

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Local Man Involved in ATV Accident

At approximately 6:05 P.M. March 5, 2015, Hempstead County Deputies were dispatched to an ATV accident on County Road 2 near the Hope City limits. Upon arrival deputies discovered 24 year old More »

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9th Annual BBB Fundraiser Re-scheduled for Thursday, March 12

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Foundation has re-scheduled the 9th Annual Beads, Bags, and the Bayou event for Thursday, March 12 at  Boonie’s Bar and Grill at 504 West More »

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Winter Weather Re-Openings for March 6, 2015

Hope Public School will resume classes at regular times on Friday, March 6, 2015 Spring Hill Public School will resume classes at regular times on Friday, March 6, 2015 Garrett Christian School will resume More »

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Closings, Cancellations, and Delayed Openings for Thursday, March 5th

Thursday, March 5 closings, cancellations, postponements… Hempstead County Library closed all day Thursday SWREC office is closed today due to inclement weather. David Parker State Farm opens at noon Heather Doucet State More »

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Coffee Hosted by Melonvine Girl Scouts

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday March 4th was hosted by the Melonvine Girl Scouts.  The Girl Scout leaders present offered samples of cookies and also sold quite More »

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Hope City Board Holds First March Meetin

The Hope City Board held their first March meeting on Tuesday and heard from CID Commander Jimmy Courtney on a proposed Junior Youth Police Academy for up to 30 students from the More »

Death Investigation

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On 2/17/15 at approximately 1203 hours Deputies were dispatched to the East Bound Weight Scales in reference to Highway Police needing assistance with someone that was unresponsive. Upon arrival deputies made contact with Highway Police Officer Doug Lafferty and Pafford EMS personnel. Officer Lafferty told deputies that he received a phone call from Ray Azlin, asking him if his son Anthony Azlin was at the weight scales in Hope Arkansas. Officer Lafferty stated Ray Azlin told him that when he last heard from Anthony it was approximately 9:00 P.M. at the East Bound Weight Scales in Hope Arkansas. Officer Lafferty stated he went to the truck parking lot of the weight scales, to see if Anthony’s truck was there. Officer Lafferty stated that he noticed Anthony’s truck in the parking lot, and stated he knocked on the passenger side door of the truck, but was unable to get an answer. Officer Lafferty stated he looked through the passenger side window and noticed Anthony inside. Officer Lafferty stated he called out to Anthony, but no answer. Officer Lafferty stated he then broke the passenger window of the truck and unlocked the door to enter. Officer Lafferty stated when he went inside the truck to check on Anthony, he noticed Anthony was unresponsive and contacted EMS. Hempstead County Corner Ben Brazzel arrived on scene and pronounced 44 year old Anthony Wayne Azlin of Etta, Mississippi dead Azlin’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiners Office in Little to determine cause and manner of death. The investigation is being conducted by the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office.

Hope City Board Holds 2nd February Meeting

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The Hope City Board held their 2nd meeting of February on Tuesday February 17th. The meeting had a full audience and the board moved ahead on the agenda to consider a grant application from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The WPA constructed “Girl Scout Little House” was built in 1934 and is one of only 3 such structures left in the United States. The grant would provide $40,000 and the city would have to come up with $ 20,000. This would not complete the project but would preserve the building until it can be finished. The building is currently on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hope Tourism Commission would put up $ 10, 000 of the $ 20,000. Mayor Ramsey said he has indications from some past Girl Scouts that they would contribute to the project. Cherry Stewart spoke from the audience for the project.  The board voted to apply for the grant. The board considered a request of 2705 San Fernando Road from R-1 to R -5. The owner platted 5 lots and wanted to put a mobile home on one plot with no particular plans for the other lots. The owner said he never planned to sell the land and long- term plans are possibly to add a mobile home and a small house. The board approved the rezoning of one lot, the lot where the owner has placed a mobile home which has not yet been hooked to utilities and asked the owner to come back when he has specific plans for the rest of the lots. The board approved a project for lighting of the north taxi way. Total cost would be $237,500. FAA would cover $ 213, 750 with Arkansas Aeronautics paying the rest. Garver Engineering has also submitted an engineering agreement for $69,000 which would be paid with grant funds. The board approved entering into the engineering agreement with Garver. The board approved a bid for asphalt from Tri State Asphalt of DeQueen for $104.80 per ton. The city uses about 3, 000 tons per year. The board looked at a loader at the landfill which was purchased in 2007 for $92,000. The loader needs a complete new rear axle for $ 40,000. The front end will probably need to be replaced within a year for about the same amount. The city had anticipated getting more life out of this equipment and replacement was not in the budget. The city has canceled an order for a new landfill pick – up for $25,000. A new loader would cost about $150,000. To lease one would be up to $ 4,300 per month. City Manager Catherine Cook says the city can get by with an old one they have. No action was taken. The board approved a bid of $25,124 from Fleet Safety of Little Rock for a new police Dodge Charger and a Police Interceptor SUV. The board also approved a grant application for a “STOP” grant for $24,000. Under the city manager’s report Catherine Cook reported Director Mark Ross has been appointed to the Municipal League Economic Development Committee. The board board also talked about a street committee meeting. Director Willie Walker noted there is a group that wants to approach the board about naming some of the NorthsidePark facilities after some of the founders of the park. Walker also noted in the spirit of Black History month that he would hope some others in the Black Community would want to serve in the future.

Hempstead County to Install Video Visitation in Detention Center

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Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton announced today that Hempstead County is installing video visitation equipment later this month at the HempsteadCountyDetentionCenter. Video visitation allows the inmate and visitor to communicate via analog or digital videoconferencing equipment. Under the old method of face-to-face visitation, inmates were transferred from their housing area to the visitation area requiring Detention Officers to get the inmates out of the cell and walk them to and from the visitation area. With video visitation, inmates will use a video visitation station located in their cell or cell block, while visitors can use an corresponding station elsewhere—or even use their computers from home. This greatly reduces the amount of manpower needed to conduct visits by reducing the movement of inmates; reducing inmate movement also reduces contraband at the facility. The family of an inmate will be able to have more visits at different times of the day. And family members living elsewhere in the state or nation can visit from their own homes via a home computer. Some of the Benefits of Video Visitation will reduce offender movement within facility, reduce the flow of contraband, Increase safety and security while decreasing burden on staff, allows for greater flexibility in scheduling visits, provides better control over the visitation process and will allow those family members under 18 to visit with their family members who are incarcerated, current policy does not allow for anyone under the age of 18 to visit. Another benefit is that inmates will be able to have the rules and regulations, Law Library, medical requests, grievance forms, and other inmate related request forms available electronically in their cell 24 hours a day, instead of waiting on paper forms that have to be given out by detention officers. All requests will be filed electronically directly to the jail administrator, or anyone else in the facility. This will also free up detention personnel to perform other duties. The video Visitation is being installed by CTC Communications Company from Bossier City, Louisiana the same company that furnishes the inmate telephone system for the jail. There will be no upfront costs to the county for installation or equipment. The video visitation will generate funds to pay for itself over a three year period and after that the Detention Center will receive a monthly commission from the company as it does with the phone system. As the date for installation nears further information on how to access the video visitation will be available.

Hope High Students Receive Microsoft Technology Associate Certification

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Ten students in the Hope High Computer Engineering Technology Course at Hope High have received the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification.  This is an introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology.  MTA certification addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, assesses and validates your core technical knowledge, and enhances technical credibility.  Instructor Dale Daughtery made the presentation to Nathan Philips, Holden Kennedy, Kedriel Green, Ernesto Delarosa, and John Aaron.  Also receiving the certification but not present were Zachary Gogell, James Easterling, Jordan Gulley, Gerardo Navarrete, and Matthew Tullos.

U of A Hope Accepting Registrations for Operation Jumpstart: First Step Class

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U of A Hope Accepting Registrations for Operation Jumpstart: First Step Class

HOPE, AR – The Division of Industry Outreach & Continuing Education is providing a third FREE Operation Jumpstart class beginning March 2015. The 6 week training program is designed to help those who want to start or expand a business toward becoming a successful business owner and operator. No prior experience is necessary and the courses will also offer important advice from current business owners in the areas of developing a plan, selling it to the right individuals and securing funding to start or expand a microenterprise.

The mission of Operation JumpStart is to educate, empower, and provide business development opportunities that support the growth of strong and effective microenterprises.

Cost – FREE to the first 10 participants!

Deadline for Registrations is Friday, March 6th 2015

First class will begin Tuesday, March 10th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM

For more information, contact the U of A Hope Industry Outreach Department
at 870-722-8126, or shaun.clark@uacch.edu

Program is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provided by the help of the Arkansas Women’s Business Center, a Project of Winrock International
and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request. Contact UACCH for more information at 870-777-5722

Ice Storm Hits Southwest Arkansas

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Residents of Southwest Arkansas awoke on President’s Day to a winter wonderland. Ice coated trees and plants above the ground. The roads appeared to have little ice but some rural areas east of Hope and around Emmett suffered power outages. Most of the worst was over by mid day but a slight chance of light snow could come in the evening. 

Hope School Board Holds February Meeting

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The Hope School Board held their February meeting Monday February 16th. The meeting began with Superintendent Bobby Hart presented the ten year numbers for the district and noted the district was about $600,000 better than expected. He also explained some 3 year month to month figures as well.

Hart noted they just signed a contract with the Learning Institute for assistance on testing. He also talked about the Edith Brown campus noting it could be demolished, could be re roofed, or just left alone but Assistance Superintendent Steve Bradshaw will bring numbers on all options in March.

Mr. Hart detailed some minority hiring plans noting in their recent hiring of 26 people, 13 were minorities.

The board also saw five students honored in person for completing the Microsoft Technology Associate, an introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology.  The students are in the Computer Engineering Technology course at Hope High.  Instructor Dale Daugherty made the presentation at the meeting to John Aaron, Ernesto Delarosa, Kedriel Green, Holden Kennedy, and Nathan Phillips.  Those not present who achieved the certification included Zachery Gogell, James Easterling, Jordan Gulley, Gerado Navarrete, and Matthew Tullos.

The board heard from principals on discipline in the schools. Vanessa McCraw of Yergrer gave a report and Hope High Principal Tommie Campbell spoke on behalf of Hope High.

The board heard about a communications plan prepared by Hope High Assistant Principal Bill Hoglund.

The board looked at a mowing contract and voted to accept a contract for $38,475 from Walker & Sons. This had been done in – house and cost about $60,000 using district personnel on a part – time basis.

The board discussed purchasing a scoreboard for Lady Cat Stadium. The district has $13,000 in sponsors for the scoreboard and Bill Hoglund is attempting to find one more. The board voted to purchase a scoreboard for $17,221 from Randy Electronics.

The board approved a facilities request for Clinton Primary from the Girl Scouts from March 23rd to 26th. Personnel matters closed out the meeting.

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