Chamber Cuts Ribbon for Republican Headquarters

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for the Hempstead County Republican Headquarters Thursday September 18th.  The headquarters is located at 1100 South Main in the former Southwest Vending building. More »


Rotary Club hears from their own Clay Lance

The program for the Hope Rotary Club Thursday September 18th was presented by Wade Townsend. Townsend introduced the club’s own Clay Lance, who promoted the upcoming Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class. The More »


Bones Found in Louisiana Identified as Ashdown Woman

Remains found on a Louisiana sandbar in Red River have been positively identified as 42-year-old Janice Northcross of Ashdown, Arkansas, according to Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator and Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma. A More »


Super Country 105 Live During the Southwest District Livestock Fair and Rodeo Parade

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New Superintendent at Clinton Birthplace

Tarona Armstrong has been selected as the superintendent of President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home in Hope. Currently serving as management assistant at Northeast Regional Office in Philadelphia, Armstrong succeeds Laura Miller, More »


Vehicle Pursuit ends in Nevada County

On Monday September 15th 2014 at approximately 8:55 P.M. Nevada County Sheriff were notified of a vehicle pursuit coming into Nevada County on U.S. 371 from Columbia County. The vehicle was being More »


Attempted Armed Robbery

On Monday September 15th a report was filed with Nevada County Sheriff in reference to an attempted armed robbery. The victim stated at approximately 1:15 P.M. he pulled over on the weight More »


Millwood’s Rarely Seen Flying Alligator

Work on the stilling basin below Millwood Dam last week concentrated rough fish in the remaining pools of water. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission personnel relocated the game fish. Needless to say, More »


Hope Kiwanis Club Hears about Hope High Academies

The Hope Kiwanis Club heard from Assistant Hope High Principal Pam Kessell Tuesday September 16th. Ms. Kessell gave an update on the new Academies at the school. She noted there are currently More »


Offender Watch Program

The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office has instituted a new software program called Offender Watch. Offender Watch is the nation’s leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool with hundreds of leading More »

“The Witness” Comes to Hope September 27th


“The Witness”, Arkansas’s only musical passion play will be in Hope Saturday September 27th at 7 pm at Hempstead Hall.  The effort to bring the program to Hope is due to the Word of Faith church in Blevins.  Dozens of churches in southwest Arkansas are working to promote this special event.  “The Witness” was staged in Hot Springs for many years and this year the program is being presented in road productions.  Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children with group discounts available.  Tickets are available in Hope at Hope Haven.  For more info or for reservations phone 501-623-9781.  You may also visit www.witnessproductions.com.  Pictured is Technical Director Caleb Miller, Director Judy McEarl, Soloist Linda Laginja, and Aaron Sanders of Marketing.

Hempstead County Fair Hosts Chamber Coffee


The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday September 3rd was hosted by the Hempstead County Fair. The fair continues through Saturday with livestock exhibits, horticulture, canning, arts and crafts, photography, and more. Many of these youngsters will show at the Southwest District Fair September 23rd though 27th. Pictured is Steven Sheets, Renay May, Jay Bright, Allen Westbrook, Jonathan Stephens, Isabella Capetillo, Harlie Lockhart, Cody Lockhart, and Terrie James. Don’t forget the Premium Sale and Luncheon begins at 11:30am Friday September 5th at the Fair Park Coliseum.

Arrest for Aggravated Assault

Alan Hansford Ray age 61 Ozan, Arkansas

On August 31, 2014 at approximately 1830 hours Deputy Matthew Dunham was dispatched to Hempstead 1310 to make contact with James Wood. Who stated that Alan Ray pulled a gun on him and his brother Donald Wood. Upon arrival in the 100 block of Hempstead 1310 Deputy Dunham made contact with James and Donald Wood James Wood told Deputy Dunham that the incident occurred at Saint Luke’s Cemetery on Hempstead 314. James Wood stated that they were in the process of getting ready for deer season and said that they had to cross Alan Ray’s property to get to their deer camp. James Wood stated that he was sitting at the cemetery and Alan Ray showed up and started arguing with him about coming onto his land. James Wood stated that Alan Ray swung at him and hit him in the side of the face. James Wood stated that his brother, Donald Wood started running towards him and Alan Ray. James Wood stated that Alan Ray reached into his truck and pulled out a brown colored rifle and pointed it at them. James Wood stated that Alan pointed the gun at them and stated “I will kill you.” James Wood stated that Alan Ray then got into his truck and left. Sgt. Dunham went to 478 Hempstead 44 and made contact with Alan Ray. Alan stated that he was riding down Hempstead 314 checking his property. Alan stated that he noticed James Wood at the Cemetery. Alan stated that he has been in a dispute with James Wood about them crossing each other’s property. Alan stated that he stopped at the cemetery to speak with James Wood about the dispute. Alan stated that James Wood started getting upset. Alan stated that James Wood told him to get out of the truck and they will settle the problem. Alan stated that when he stepped out of his truck James Wood balled up his fist and reared back like he was going to hit him. Alan stated that he then hit James Wood to keep James from hitting him. Alan told deputies he observed Donald Wood running towards him. Alan said that Donald Wood was reaching into his pocket as he was running towards him. Alan told the deputies that he feared for his life so he reached into his truck and grabbed his rifle. Alan stated that he never pointed the gun at anyone. Alan stated that when he grabbed the gun Donald Wood stopped and pulled a cell phone out of his pocket. Alan stated that he then got into his truck and left. Deputies retrieved a Ruger .22 hornet rifle from Alan Ray’s truck. Investigators presented an affidavit for the arrest of Alan Ray for Aggravated Assault to Circuit Judge Randy Wright on Tuesday September 2, 2014. Alan Ray surrendered to Hempstead County Investigators at Approximately 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday September 3, 2014. Ray was booked on one count of Aggravated Assault and taken before Circuit Judge Duncan Culpepper for his first appearance and released on his own resonance with a  Circuit court date of October 6, 2014.

Felon Warrant out of Nevada and Hempstead County


On August 22nd 2014 Nevada County Sheriff received a call that a subject identified as Michael Dillon Jester had just entered a eighteen wheeler at the truck stop in Prescott and was being transported to the State of Missouri. It was known that Jester was a wanted felon out of Nevada and Hempstead Counties. Deputy Cole Hillery received the description of the Eighteen Wheeler and attempted to locate said truck before it left the county east bound on Interstate 30. Deputy Hillery, Deputy Robert Missey and Sgt. Darren Neal located said vehicle traveling East on Interstate 30 in Clark County. Sgt. Darren Neal made a traffic stop on the vehicle with Michael Jester being taken into custody without incident.

Controlled Substance


On Sunday August 31st 2014 at approximately 4:00 P.M. deputy Preston Glenn and deputy Fred Korenek made a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Pickup on Highway 53 in Bodcaw. The stop was made due to the vehicle traveling at a speed of 55 MPH in a 35 mph zone. Deputy Glenn noticed an odor of what is known to him to be associated with the odor of burning marijuana. Deputy Glenn asked all occupants to exit the vehicle. Deputy Glenn then asked the driver for consent to search his vehicle. Consent was given. Deputy Glenn located a partially burned cigarette that contained a green leafy substance in a Marlboro cigarette box. Passenger Hazen Taylor stated that the marijuana cigarette belonged to him. Hazen Taylor 18 yr old white male from Rosston, Arkansas was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The driver of the pickup was cited for speeding and released.

Felony warrant out of Clark County


On August 29th 2014 Deputy Tim McBrayer made a traffic stop on a dark colored Ford Explorer near the Clark County line on Hwy 67 North. This vehicle was stopped due to speeding. Deputy McBrayer found that the driver of the vehicle identified as a Linda Sue McGill 47 year old B/F from Gurdon had a felony warrant out of Clark County. McGill was arrested for the Felony warrant and was turned over to Clark County.

Felony Terroristic Threatening out of Columbia County


On August 29th 2014 Deputy Preston Glenn and Deputy Tim McBrayer arrested Lakeisha Brown 40 year old B/F at a residence on Nevada 7 near Falcon. Brown was arrested on a warrant for charges of Felony Terroristic Threatening out of Columbia County.

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