Garrett Memorial Christian School Hosts Chamber Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday April 23rd was hosted by the Garrett Memorial Christian School. The 6th grade students in Mrs. Judy Alexander’s class always act as More »


Controlled substance marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine

On April 22, 2014, at approximately 8pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Melena Zartman, 48, of Hope for possession of a controlled substance marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession More »

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Battery 2nd Degree

On April 18, 2014 at approximately 11:00 am officers of the Hope Police Department responded to Wadley Regional Hospital in Hope, Arkansas in reference to a person who had been stabbed. Officers More »

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Earl Downs Honored for 50 Years of Service by Whitfield Lodge

Earl Downs of Hope was honored for 50 years of service recently by Donny Bright, Worshipful Master of Whitfield Lodge 239 on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, Free and Accepted More »


Special Olympics Area Games Held Recently

The Special Olympics Area 11 games were held recently at Hope High School and a great time was had by everyone! Special thanks go to the numerous volunteers from the law enforcement More »


Cliff Knowles Honored as Past President of The Hope Kiwanis Club

Tuesday April 22nd was “club day” at the Hope Kiwanis Club.  This is the day that the club takes care of business such as planning “hot dog” day at Atwoods on Saturday More »


Lady Cats Post Big Win Over Hot Springs

The Hope High Lady Cats had a big win Thursday (4-17) against the Hot Springs Lady Trojans by a score of 12 to 3.  Coach Mike Godwin says Haylee Lewis got the More »


Hope School Board Holds April Meeting

The Hope School Board held their April meeting Monday (4-21) and immediately went into an expulsion hearing. The expulsion concerned a young man who apparently struck someone with his fist at Yerger More »


Results of 55th Annual Hope FFA Rodeo

The 55th Annual Hope FFA Rodeo was conducted on April 17, 18, and 19.  There were over 1500 people watch the Old Timers on Thursday (April 17) and the student performances on More »


Steve Featherston Receives the Moon Mullins Hard Worker Award

At the beginning of Friday night’s performance of the 55th Annual Hope FFA Rodeo the Hope FFA members presented the Moon Mullins Hard Worker Award to Mr. Steve Featherston.  Mr. Featherston has More »

Junior Farmers Market

The Old Washington Farmers Market will sponsor a “Junior Farmers Market” for young people beginning in May says Hannah Barry.  Youngsters can sell their own produce, handcrafted arts & crafts or even obtain produce to sell from the Southwest Research and Extension Center.  The Junior Farmers Market will operate during the regular Washington Farmers Market Saturdays from 7am until noon beginning on May 3rd.   Special events are also planned including an art show in June and a July 4th celebration.  For info contact Maggie Barry at 983-2417 or email Hannah Barry at

David Nail to perform at this year’s Hope Watermelon Festival Concert

Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Maneth had a big announcement at the Chamber banquet Thursday (4-3) about this year’s Watermelon Festival Concert.  Maneth announced that the headliner for this year’s concert will be David Nail.  Nail has had two number 1 songs, “Let It Rain” and “Whatever She’s Got”.  Nail is a native of Missouri and has Arkansas ties.  He attended ArkansasStateUniversity in Jonesboro.  Nail is currently on tour with Darius Rucker, and Billy Currington.  Announcements about the “early bird ticket day” and ticket sales will be forthcoming soon.  Make you plans to see David Nail August 9th at the Hope Watermelon Festival.

Special Olympics Area Games Upcoming


A large contingent of athletes will represent Rainbow of Challenges in the annual Special Olympics area competition on Saturday, April 19. More than 100 individuals from Rainbow Enterprises, Rainbow Industries, and Rainbow Junction will compete with other area Special Olympics athletes at the Hope High track field with events beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. In 1968, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation created Special Olympics and it has since become the world’s largest program of athletic competition for children and adults with disabilities. Arkansas held its first Summer Games in 1970 attracting 283 athletes competing in a variety of track and field events. It has now grown to a program for athletes wanting to train and compete in athletics, aquatics, softball, volleyball, unified football, power lifting, bocce and cycling. Other Special Olympics Arkansas sports include basketball, bowling, ice speed and figure skating, floor hockey and gymnastics. Participation in this event would not be possible without the dedicated ROC staff and numerous volunteers from the area that will accompany the athletes, ensuring safe and memorable games. Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. administers a wide array of services for persons who have developmental disabilities in Southwest Arkansas. Emphasis is placed on services that help each person achieve the highest degree of personal independence. Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. is committed to implementing a safer, healthier, happier, and more independent lifestyle for individuals having special needs. For more information, please contact Rainbow of Challenges at 870-777-4501.

Another Tree on a House


It appears the heavy rains of Thursday night caused a tree to fall on this house at 16th and Elm.  The tree did cause some visable damage to the chimney of the house.

Storm Causes Damage in Hempstead County


Heavy storms blasted into the Hope area after 11pm Thursday (4-3) causing uprooted trees, downed power lines, and structural damage.  A house in Oakhaven suffered a direct hit from the storm.  On state highway 32 in the Oakhaven area several power poles were blown over and several nearly blown over contributing to a loss of residential power that continued well into Friday morning.  Several farmers reported damage to barns.  There were also reports of damage in the Perrytown area.

The Hope/Hempstead County Educator of the Year Jennifer Methvin


The Hope/Hempstead County Citizen of the Year Carol Robinson


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