Counterfeit Money On The Rise In Hope

The presentation of counterfeit currency into the local economy of Hope, Arkansas is on the rise according to Hope Police Chief JR Wilson.  “While certainly the types of incidents reported to HPD More »

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Party at Old Washington Gym Leads to Many Altercations

On 7/27/14 at approximately 1:30 AM Hempstead County Deputies Steven Dunham and Kyle Rowe were dispatched to the Old Washington Gym at the request of a private security company who was providing More »

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Counterfeit Currency on Rise in Hope

The presentation of counterfeit currency into the local economy of Hope, Arkansas is on the rise according to Hope Police Chief JR Wilson.  “While certainly the types of incidents reported to HPD 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 More »

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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 More »

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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 More »

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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 More »

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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, More »

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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 More »

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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 More »

Rotary Swears in New Officers

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The Hope Rotary Club swore in new officers Thursday July 3rd.  New President Bobby Hart swore in Secretary Wendy Jones, President-Elect Steve Lance, and Treasurer Wade Townsend.

Hope Rotary Club Hears Program on “Spirit Of America” Celebration for July 4th

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The Hope Rotary Club heard a program from Don Still about the 7th annual “Spirit of America” program set for July 7th at First United Methodist Church in Hope.  Don Still gave the details about the event which begins at 7pm with the children’s bicycle parade.  There will be a veterans recognition, music from the Garrett memorialQquartet, and a large, professional fireworks display after 9pm.  The event is free and the public is invited.  The church is located at 2300 South Main.  Posing with Still is new Rotary President Bobby Hart and Hart’s daughter Aubrey.

Hope Rotary Swears in New President

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The Hope Rotary Club swore in a new president on Thursday July 3rd.  Bobby Hart officially took the reins as Rotary President.  Here he is sworn in by outgoing President Dolly Henley.

Homicide in Hope

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On July 2, 2014 at approximately 9 AM, Officers of the Hope Police Department, along with Pafford EMS, responded to a call for service regarding an injured person at 302 S. Ferguson Street.  Upon arrival Officers Found Gary Tuberville, white male, 57 years of age, deceased in the residence.  The death appeared to be the result of forced trauma to the body.  Criminal Investigative Personnel responded to the scene along with Hempstead County Coroner.  The crime scene was processed for evidence of forensic value and the body of the deceased was submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy.  Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact Detective Andrew Watson of the Hope Police Department Criminal Investigative Division at 722-2563.  Chief JR Wilson stated, “Violent acts such as this are senseless and to the greatest extent violate the most basic rights of human life, dignity and standing imposed on all human kind by the creator himself.  It is of the upmost importance that any person with any information connected to this crime contact our CID personnel for further investigation.  Our commitment is to pursue this case and cases like it to the fullest extent.  Our hearts go out to the family of Mr. Tuberville.  Our investigation continues.  The dissemination of any additional information would not be appropriate at this time.”   

Sheba’s Family Restaurant Hosts Chamber Coffee

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Despite a storm coming right in the middle, a steady stream of visitors came to the first Chamber Coffee hosted by Sheba’s Family Restaurant.  Lydia Smith, Milko Smith, and Kiaura Smith dispensed plenty of their famous food and fellowship.  Those attending especially enjoyed a platter of homemade cinnamon rolls.

City Board Holds Public Hearing on Election Wards, Votes to Fund North Side Center Repair

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A full house turned out on the first day of July for the Hope City Board meeting.  First off was a public hearing to discuss possibly changing the way city board members are elected.  Currently the city elects board members from 7 wards and have done that since the settlement of a lawsuit over 20 years ago.  In the past few years at least two board members have declined to run for reelection; however no one stepped up in those districts to run.  The two members, Doodle Franklin and Don Hall are still serving.  Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey has proposed possibly going to 4 or 5 wards with 2 or 3 board members elected at large.  City G.I.S. Coordinator Darrell Allen showed several possibilities with 4 and 5 wards and also offered demographic breakdowns.  There were comments both in favor and against going to the ward/at-large method.  Mayor Ramsey stressed that the idea behind the proposals is to get more people involved in city government.  Several people have expressed interest in serving on the city board but will not run against their incumbent director.  This would allow some of those people to run and serve.  Those speaking at the meeting included Jeff Maneth, Chester Pree, Hazel Simpson, George Straughter, Mark Ross, Danny Watson, and Alvin Hunter.  No action was taken but the next possible step could be setting up a referendum to allow the voters of the city of Hope to decide on any changes.

    The board voted to accept the only bid offered on repairs to the fire-damaged North Side Park Community Center.  The board accepted a bid of $104,620 from S.N.S. Construction.  This was almost $55,000 more than was expected.  There was discussion on the matter and architect Clint Bailey estimated the cost of tearing down the current building and starting from the ground up on the 40 foot by 100 building to be $350,000.  There was discussion on spending $100,000 on a 60 year old building but the board voted unanimously to authorize the work.

   Concrete bids were accepted at the meeting.  The board voted to accept the only bid submitted from Smith Ready Mix.  The bids were broken down into 5 categories.  City Manager Catherine Cook noted the bid was slightly higher this year than in 2013.

   In the city manager’s report Catherine Cook noted the new fire truck had been delivered and was on display in the city hall parking lot.  She also noted the next city-wide clean-up to prepare for the watermelon festival is schedule for July 26th.  The board also asked Don Still to give a report on the First United Methodist “Spirit of Hope” celebration set for July 4th.  He noted it begins at 7pm and will end after dark with a profession fireworks show.  The event is free.

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Train Accident Near Avenue “C” and Louisiana in Hope

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A train apparently collided with a vehicle pulling a “pop-up” trailer in Hope on Tuesday (7-1) near the intersection of Louisiana and Avenue “C”.  No details on any injuries but a Pafford ambulance was at the scene.

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