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Hempstead Hall Movie Night to Feature Cinderella- July 10


Are you ready to be the Belle of the Ball at Hempstead Hall?  Hempstead Hall would like to invite the public to attend the movie night on Friday, July 10 featuring the Disney blockbuster, Cinderella.  The movie will start at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are just $4 for all ages. Before the movie, a special princess, prince, or fairy tale dress-up contest will be held with a chance to win 2 tickets to EVERY Hempstead Hall Movie showing for the rest of 2015!  The costume contest will have two age divisions: 12 and under and 13 and over. So mark your calendars and come enjoy this fun evening at the movies.

Status of Flood-Damaged State Highways


Rainfall amounts totaling 10-to-12 inches Independence Day have caused damage to Highways 195 and 371 in Hempstead County resulting in the temporary closure of both highways, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials. Heavy rains draining in a ditch beside Highway 195 north of DeAnn washed out a section of the northbound lane of the roadway resulting in the closure of the highway between Highways 332 and 371. Crews estimate repairs will take approximately one week. Traffic is being rerouted to Highway 29 west of the closure, between DeAnn and Blevins. Damage to Highway 371 has temporarily closed both lanes of that highway to traffic between Prescott and Blevins. Rains washed out the roadway and also caused the failure of a box culvert. Crews are replacing the box culvert with three concrete pipes and hope to have the highway reopened within approximately one week. A detour is routing westbound traffic from Blevins south on Highway 29 to Hope and east on Interstate 30 to Prescott. Westbound motorists will travel Interstate 30 from Prescott to Hope and travel north on Highway 29 to Blevins. Damage on Highway 371. Photo by Tim Choate. Highway 195 damage. Photo by James Zumwalt/KTSS






















Hope Kiwanis Club Hears from Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson


The Hope Kiwanis Club heard from Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson on Tuesday July 7th. Chief Wilson talked about the department’s efforts at training as well as the department’s efforts to make sure everyone’s rights are protected. Here the chief proudly shows off the Kiwanis Coffee Mug he was presented by the club.

UACCH registers students for 4th Annual FREE Junior Ranger Explorer Summer Camp to be held August 4-6, 2015


The University of Arkansas at Hope has partnered with the National Park Service for the 4th consecutive year to offer a Junior Ranger Explorer Summer Camp August 4-6. The National Park Junior Ranger Explorer Camp connects young people to their national parks through many hands-on, guided, and self-guided activities.  Once again, National Park Service Rangers Tarona Armstrong and Christian Davis and U of A Hope Community Education Coordinator Nancy Kenworthy have developed an outstanding camp that is sure to be an educational and fun experience for all Junior Rangers.  The camp is open for boys and girls 10 – 13 years of age to register to attend this FREE summer camp.  

On Tuesday, August 4, the campers will be issued their Junior Ranger Gear which includes t-shirt, backpack, journal, water-bottle, and their very own picture ID like real Junior Rangers.  Once they get their gear, campers will travel to Little Rock Central High School Historic Site, tour the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library, and enjoy lunch at Café 42. On Wednesday the students will visit the Hot Springs National Park and tour the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace home in Hope. The campers will travel to the Texarkana area on Thursday to explore the Texarkana Museum of Discovery and Regional History Museum. Camp will conclude on Thursday, August 6, with a Junior Ranger graduation at 5:00p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the Science/Technology Building on the U of A Hope campus. Parents, friends, and the community are invited to attend.

REGISTRATION is limited to the first 36 participants to register. To register your student for this exciting camp, please pick up a registration form at the Technical and Industrial Building between 7:00am and 5:30pm Monday-Thursday, or print the registration form by visiting the U of A Hope website at It is preferred that a parent or guardian of the enrolling camper return the completed form to Nancy Kenworthy at the Technical and Industrial Building on the U of A Hope Campus on Friday, July 17 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm.  If camp does not fill up within these 2 hours, registration will resume on Monday, July 20 at 7:30 am, and continue until all spots are filled.

For more information contact Nancy Kenworthy at 870-722-8102 or email her at

Felony Terroristic Threatening and Carrying a Weapon

Michael Deshawn Lewis 18 Hope, Arkansas Terr. Threat,  Carrying Weapon

On July 6, 2015 at approximately 2:16 pm Deputy Francisco Mercado and Sgt. Matthew Dunham were dispatched in reference to a black male walking down the road with a gun. Upon arrival the deputies made contact with 18 year old Michael Lewis deputies detained and questioned Lewis about a gun Lewis stated that he threw the gun down the road by a creek. Lewis stated that he and his aunt got into argument because she did not let him drive to the park so he could practice his driving. Lewis stated that they began to argue. Deputies made contact with Lewis’s aunt, who stated that at approximately 1300 hours she returned home from work and Lewis told her that she needed to let him drive her vehicle. The aunt sated that she told Lewis that she was tired and that she was not going to let him drive. The aunt stated that Lewis began to argue with her and yelling at her. The aunt stated that Lewis went into his room changed his clothes and walked out of his room with a black gun in his hand and showed it to her then walked out of the residence. The aunt stated that Lewis never pointed the gun at her. Deputies found the gun in the 100 block of Hempstead 248 were Lewis showed them where he threw the gun. The gun a black ops BB gun black in color was recovered. Deputies placed Michael Lewis under arrest for felony terroristic threatening and carrying a weapon and transported him to the Hempstead County Detention Center.

Hope Lions Hear from County Judge Haskell Morse

The Hope Lions Club heard from Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse on Monday July 6th. Judge Morse was going to talk about his job ;however, thanks to the excessive rainfall over the weekend he gave an update on the damage. The judge noted up to 30 county roads were closed from the flooding and 22 were still closed at mid – day Monday. The damage Is estimated at $805,000.

Columbus Church & Insurance Company Still Talking


Discussions continue between Columbus Baptist Church and their insurance company in the wake of damage that has caused the congregation to have to leave their 128 year old building and meet in a adjacent fellowship hall. Church members believe the damage was caused by the violent spring weather, while insurance company officials think there may have been existing foundation issues.  This spring, hundreds of trees were blown down in a large area around Columbus that included the old center of the community where the church building is located. Storms also caused roof and structural damage to other homes and buildings in the area.  The church building is leaning to one side, which has caused buckled walls and broken windows and other safety hindrances that have led the members to move next door. In a recent interview with the Texarkana Gazette, church pastor James Stewart said, “Worshipers want to feel like they are worshiping in a sanctuary, not in a kitchen with tables.”  As the church and their insurance provider work towards a solution, anyone interested can make a tax-deductible donation to the church’s building fund at:  Columbus Baptist Church P.O. Box 26 Columbus, Arkansas 71831. Photograph by Linda Wheatle.