Dr. Vic Ford and Staff of Southwest Research and Extension Center Attend Kiwanis Farm-City Week

Dr. Vic Ford, Director of the University of Arkansas Southwest Research and Extension Center brought the program at the Hope Kiwanis Club’s annual “Farm-City Day” program on Tuesday November 25th.  Dr. Ford More »


It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas Downtown

Kirk Gray of the city of Hope Parks Department smiles down from a light pole on Main Street as the parks department began hanging Christmas banners on the lightpoles downtown.  In addition More »


Kiwanis Club Hosts “Farm – City Day” hears from Dr. Vic Ford

The Hope Kiwanis Club held its annual “Farm -City Day ” on Tuesday November 25th. Numerous local farmers were guests of the club and the program was brought by Dr. Vic Ford,, More »


Chief JR Wilson Addresses Hope being the Ninth Most “Dangerous City” on Home Security Shield Website

Recently I became aware of information posted on the website of Home Security Shield entitled “15 Most Dangerous Cities in Arkansas.”  Hope was listed as the ninth most “dangerous” city by this More »


Driving on Suspended License and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

On Friday the 21st day of November Deputy Cole Hillery and Tim McBrayer made a traffic stop on a blue passenger vehicle on U.S 371 South of Prescott. The driver was identified More »

Jeremy W. Morrow

Possession of a Controlled Substance and for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Deputies were dispatched to 228 Nevada 66 West in reference to a disturbance. The caller advised that his son Jeremy Morrow was causing a problem and that he believed Jeremy was under More »

Nicholas Dale Waid

Possession of a Firearm by Certain Person

Deputy Preston Glenn went to 2635 Hwy 67 Prescott attempting to serve a warrant on Roger Waid. Deputy Glenn made contact with Chris Waid at the residence whom stated that Roger was More »


Nevada County November 2014 Arrests and Incidents

                              Ashley Beavers, 34 year old of Wheeling Springs was arrested on a warrant out of Nevada County. More »


Sheriff Singleton Warns Hempstead County Citizens of Telephone Scam

During the past several days The Sheriff’s Office has received an increase of calls from Hempstead County Citizens reporting that they have been contacted by telephone by someone representing themselves to be More »


Little River County Judge Dies Saturday

Little River County Judge Clayton Castleman died Saturday evening a Texarkana hospital after falling ill at his home in the Hicks community near Ashdown. The 67-year-old Castleman did not seek re-election and More »

Hope Police Department’s Thanksgiving Seat Belt Campaign


Hope Police Department is joining in a national effort to reach out to all Thanksgiving travelers with one important message: Buckle Up. Historically, Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year, putting more people on the road, and unfortunately increasing the likelihood of crashes. Each year in our country, tens of thousands of passenger vehicle occupants die in motor vehicle crashes. In 2012, more than 300 people were killed in crashes on Thanksgiving weekend alone. It’s a sad statistic, but even sadder is that many of those deaths could have been prevented with one simple click of a seat belt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.  In 2012, approximately 12,174 people survived crashes because they were buckled up. If everyone had worn their seat belts that year, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved. And that’s just the point of this national seat belt campaign: Buckle Up America – Every Trip, Every Time. “More than half the drivers and passengers being killed in crashes aren’t wearing seat belts. That’s a major problem,” said Assistant Chief Tomlin. In 2012, a total of 21,667 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes, so that means that more than 10,000 of those occupants were not buckled up. Thanksgiving weekend in 2012 (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, November 26), a disturbing 60 percent—that is, 6 out of 10—of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts. At night, the statistic was even worse: 69 percent of the occupants killed at night were unbuckled. Younger drivers are the most likely to be unbuckled in a fatal crash. In 2012, among passenger vehicle occupant fatalities where restraint use was known, the age group 21 to 24 had the highest percentage of occupants killed who were unrestrained: 2,254 fatalities where restraint use was known, of which 63 percent were not wearing seat belts. The second highest percentage of seat belt nonuse among passenger vehicle occupants killed was the 25- to 34-year-olds, at 61-percent unrestrained. NHTSA data also reveals that males are more likely to be unbuckled than females in a fatal crash. Fifty-six percent of the males killed in crashes in 2012 were not buckled up, as compared to 43 percent for females. Right now, the overall seat belt use rate in the United States is 87 percent, which is a major increase over the 79-percent use rate in 2003, but there a lot of room for further gains. “For those people who already buckle up every time: Thank you,” said Assistant Chief Tomlin. “For them, this campaign serves as a reminder. But for those people who still don’t buckle up for whatever reason, I want to say this: buckling your seat belt is one of the simplest, safest things you’ll ever do.” So this Thanksgiving, and every day of the year, make sure your seat belt is buckled before you start any road trip—whether it’s one mile or a thousand. For more information about traveling safely during Thanksgiving, please visit

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Hope City Board Holds First November Meeting


The Hope City Board kicked off their first meeting of November by passing a resolution of support for a proposed bond issue for Hope Water &Light. The proposed bond issue would not exceed $10 million dollars and would be repayable over 20 years. The funds would help rebuild the East wastewater plant, pay for other water plant work, and fund some advanced metering technology. The board heard from Hope Water & Light manager Steve Saum and a representative from Stephens, Inc. before passing the resolution. Darrell Allen presented a proposed G. I S. budget. This included continuing some aerial photography, acquiring a phone app which will help disseminate information to citizens and emergency personnel, and a service to provide voice calls, texts, and emails to citizens for non -emergency information. No action was taken and the presentation was for future reference when the board begins working on a budget. The board considered and approved an engineering proposal for up to $12,500 from the W.. William Grant firm of Little Rock for the city’s rail spur. The company would include a survey of the spur, a map, and preparing a bid package for work on the spur. In the City Manager’s report Catherine Cook noted the city fire rating could see a change to the good next year. The bad news is the budget Draft for 2015 is currently about $100,000 in the red and will require the attention of the board in deciding how to bring it into the black. The biggest part is a potential $85,000 deficit in the sanitation department. The meeting wrapped up after a discussion on the new fees on the rental of the Northside and Fair Park Community Centers. 

Five People Killed in Hempstead County on I-30


An apparent five fatality auto accident happened Tuesday (11-4) at exit 31 on I-30 around 7:30 pm. A van carrying five people, all adults, from Indiana apparently collided with an 18 wheeler when the van was attempting to get on I-30. Names have not yet been released of the dead.

Election Results


Hempstead County election history was made Tuesday (11-4) as Republican Haskell Morse was elected county judge over Democrat Dwayne Rowe.  Morse polled 2,866 votes to 2,416 for Rowe in complete but unofficial results.  In other local races Fulton Mayor Henry Hale defeated John Pettit 42 to 28.  In the race for alderman in Washington Josh Williams edged Ed Talley 23 to 22. In the state races Hemsptead County voted for Tom Cotton for Senate 3,055 to 2,107 for Pryor.  In 4th District Congress HempsteadCounty voted 2,837 for Bruce Westerman compared to 2,235 for James Lee Witt.  In the governor’s race in Hempstead County Asa Hutchinson edged Mike Ross 2,637 to 2,603.  In the Lieutinant Governor’s race Tim Griffin polled 3,022 to 2,093 for John Burkhalter.  Hempstead County voted for Leslie Rutledge for Attorney General by a vote of 2,653 compared to 2,417 to Nate Steel. Nevada County voted for Mike Ross for Governor 1,657 to 1,085 for Asa Hutchinson.  Nevada County also voted for Nate Steel for attorney general 1,313 to 1,298 for Leslie Rutledge.  James Lee Witt took Nevada County 1,396 compared to 1,211 for Bruces Westerman.

Hope Kiwanis Club Holds Program to Honor Area Ministers


The Hope Kiwanis Club held their annual program to salute area ministers on Tuesday November 4th.  Mike Harper brought the program and fourteen area ministers attended.  Pictured is Harper, Harold Freeman of the Central Church of Christ, Carla Bryant of Word of Grace Assembly of God Church, Dan and Kathleen Hignight of First Presbyterian Church, Steve Johnson of First United Methodist Church, Mark Fischer of First Baptist Church, David Porterfield of St. Marks Episcopal Church, Alvin Hunter of Lonoke Missionary Baptist Church, Maurice Henry of Corinth Baptist Church of Tollette, James E. Lister of Rising Star Baptist Church, Leon Morehead of Rising Star Baptist Church, and Freddie Smith of Canaan Baptist Church of Texarkana.  Seated is Shirley White Souder of Ebeneezer United Methodist Church of Nashville and Phyllis Hamilton of St. Peter C.M.E. Church in Ozan and Hickory Grove C.M.E. Church.

Warrant and Three Counts of Forgery in the 2nd Degree

Robin Massanelli

On November 3, 2014, at approximately 7 pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Robin Massanelli, 35, of Hope, in the 200 block of North Hervey Street, in Hope.  Massanelli was arrested with a warrant and charged with three counts of Forgery 2nd Degree.  All three forgeries were reported to have occurred at a local business.  Massanelli was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where she was jailed and held for a first appearance.

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