Citizens United And Americans For Prosperity Foundation Host Leading Conservatives For Freedom Summit

Mike Huckabee to Announce in Hope

A Hope native and former KXAR announcer is scheduled to announce his intentions concerning a possible run for the presidency.  Governor Mike Huckabee announced last week on Fox news that he will More »


New President for Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation; Stephen O. Harris

Tony Yocom, Chairman of the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation has announced Stephen O. Harris as the new President of the HCEDC. Chairman Yocom issued the following statement on Steve Harris: “Stephen More »


The Late Earl Downs Honored at Hope FFA Rodeo

Thanks to Sheriff James Singleton for this post…the Downs family are very important to us here at the Chamber…Mrs. June Downs told me Saturday about this and she was delighted! At Saturday More »


Hopice of Hope Fundraiser at Grandview

Nineteen teams competed in the 2nd annual “Hospice Top Gun Shootout” at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center in Columbus. Teams from as far away as East Texas and Montgomery More »

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Hope Woman Charged with Domestic Battery in the 2nd Degree for Stabbing Husband

On April 11, 2015 at approximately 6:30 pm officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Stephanie Armstrong, 23, of Hope, from a residence in the 1800 block of West 6th Street, in More »


Bella Vista Man Charged with Rape in Hempstead County

On April 9, 2015, Cory D. Reed, 40, of Bella Vista, Arkansas was arrested with a warrant in Benton County, Arkansas and transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was More »


Hundreds Enjoy UACCH Fish Fry

Hundreds of southwest Arkansas residents enjoyed beautiful weather and Lions Club fish at the annual UACCH Fish Fry.  The 22nd annual event was held at the Anthony-Routon Amphitheater on the UACCH campus. More »


Nevada Elementary Seedling Visit

Elementary School 1st Graders in Rosston pose with their tree seedlings, provided through the Arkansas Forestry Commission. The students learned how to properly care for and plant the seedlings. Commission personnel visit More »

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Former KXAR Announcer Dies in Jonesboro

Funeral arrangements are pending for a longtime Jonesboro, Arkansas radio news personality who worked for a time in the 1970s at KXAR-AM Hope. Greg Chance, 63, of Jonesboro, was pronounced dead Tuesday More »


Chamber Coffee Hosted by Wadley Scan

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee was hosted on April 15th by Wadley Scan.  The Coffee was held at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope.  Wadley Scan offers mobile screenings More »

Baseball/Softball Clinic Rescheduled Due to Rain



Spring Hill Students Emily Curtis and Tyler Warren Chosen for Best Reports on DARE Program


Emily Curtis and Tyler Warren were chosen for having the best reports about what they learned in the DARE Program. D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is sponsored by the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Pictured with the winners are Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, and Officer Marla Barnhill who teaches the program.

Train Day Committee Meets

The Train Day committee met on Wednesday March 18th. Train Day is set for May 9th in downtown Hope. This year’s event will feature even more events than ever. Make plans to come downtown and enjoy food, music, and numerous family activities. Pictured is Richard Read, Sharon Caldwell, Tamara Caldwell, Jeff Cook (partially hidden), Brooke Thomas, Paul Henley, Guy Royston, Jodi Coffee, Malinda Brinkmeyer, and Wendy Jones.

Rainbow of Challenges St. Patrick’s Dinner and Dance

Green was the color of the evening recently at the annual Rainbow of Challenges/Civitan Club St. Patrick’s Dinner and Dance held at the Fair Park Community Center. Rainbow of Challenges’ adults and their friends enjoyed a hot dog dinner prepared by members of the Civitan Club of Hope before hitting the dance floor to enjoy music provided by a local DJ.


Hope’s Two Lions Clubs Host Chamber Coffee


The two Lions Clubs of Hope hosted the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday March 18th. The Hope Lions Club has been in existence since 1947 and the new club is the Hope Evening Lions Club. This club was formed around the former Hope Lioness Club. The clubs work very closely together on projects. One unusual fact about the clubs has to deal with their presidents. The Hope Lions Club President is John Trauger. The Hope Evening Lions President is Jessica Trauger. The Traugers are married to each other and are probably one of the few couples in which both man and wife are president of a local civic club.

Spring Hill School District to Make Up Days from Inclement Weather


Spring Hill School District has released their plan to make up school days missed due to the inclement weather earlier this year. The plan includes school dismissal times every Wednesday during the months of April and May to be extended to 4:00 pm. The plan also includes a 4:00 dismissal on June 1st. Three school days have also been added to the school schedule to make up for time lost due to weather. Those days are Tuesday, June 2nd with a 4:00 dismissal time, Wednesday, June 3rd with a 4:00 dismissal time, and Thursday, June 4th with a 3:00 dismissal time.



Hope Lions Club to Establish “Book Nook” at Chamber Office

The Hope Lions Club is starting a “book nook” for youngsters aged infant to 6th grade.  The club is starting with two large bookcases in the front office of the Chamber of Commerce office.  The club is collecting clean, used children’s books. Young people can borrow the books and keep them as long as they like.  If you’d like to donate books, drop them by the Chamber office at 202 South Main or bring them to any Hope Lion.

Kiwanis Club Hears from Beryl Henry Elementary Principal and Students


The Hope Kiwanis Club had a program Tuesday March 17th from 6th grade students from Beryl Henry.  Beryl Henry Principal Dr. Roy Turner brought the students and gave an overview of the school.  The students talked about a variety of topics including such programs as “My On”, “Watch Dogs”, and “Insight 360″.  They also talked about the gifted and talented program as well as technology such as i-pads.  Joining Dr. Turner were (in no particular order) Carter Maneth (son of Kiwanian Jeff Maneth), Ashanti Phillips, Alexander Rodriguez, Lisbeth Carrillo, Zoltin Dellosso, Natyja White, Zydeis Frierson, and Kelsey Harris.


Hope City Board Holds Second Meeting of March


The Hope City Board held their 2nd meeting of the month Tuesday (3-17). The board considered four bids for a new landfill loader. The bids ranged from $132,405 to $ 153,000. The board voted to buy a John Deere for $ 136,485 from Stribling Equipment in Texarkana. This item was the second lowest bid the city received and this one was the one recommended by Dave Rose of the landfill. The John Deere had a better warranty and also had better features for the city’s needs. The city has canceled a new truck for the landfill, the board would use some reserve funds and lease /purchase the remainder of the cost. The board approved the purchase and approved an emergency clause. The board approved an audit agreement with Emrich & Scroggins. The agreement will be for two years. The city has used the firm for the past several years. Under the city manager’s report Catherine Cook noted the street committee meeting has been postponed due to the ice, snow, and rain. Cook noted some streets the city didn’t think needed work may need work due to the weather. Cook noted the city has has had pre construction conferences with the company doing the state aid street project and the city rail spur rehab. Cook also noted the first city wide clean up is April 25th. Director Mark Ross complimented the city on their speed in taking down the Fink /Shanhouse building. The board also discussed holding a revenue planning meeting April 14th. Mayor Dennis Ramsey paid tribute to Wesley Woodard who passed away unexpectedly Tuesday. Woodard was the long – time director of the Economic Development Corporation. 

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