Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton Seeking Funding to Increase Salaries for Deputies

The following is a letter from Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton: Dear Citizens of Hempstead County, August 24, 2015 The following is a letter I sent to the Hempstead County Quorum Court More »


Hempstead County Burn Ban Lifted

Monday, August 24, 2015. Effective immediately, Hempstead County burn ban is lifted due to sufficient rain fall in the area. More »

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Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation establishes the Wesley Woodard Economic Development Memorial Endowed Scholarship

PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: U of A Hope-Texarkana Foundation Director Jill Bobo receives check form HCEDC Board members Dr. Lester Sitzes III and Chris Thomason.  The Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation announced More »


Hempstead County United Way Hosts Coffee for 2016 Kick-Off

The Hope /Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday August 19th was hosted by the Hempstead County United Way. The Coffee is the official kick – off for the 2016 More »

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Economic Development Commission Director Honored with Bowie Knife at EDC Meeting

Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation Vice-Chairman Dr. Lester Sitzes III presents Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston with a Bowie Knife Wednesday August 19th at the annual meeting of the More »

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Hope City Board Holds Second August Meeting

The Hope City Board held their second meeting of August on Tuesday August 18th. The board approved a zoning change from a house and property at 1120 East Third. The house is More »


Work Release Escapee Captured in Hope Tuesday

A work-release inmate who left his job in Texarkana Tuesday was taken into custody in Hope around 7:30pm Tuesday evening.  31 year old Torey Phillips was serving a 15 year sentence after More »

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19-year-old Sexually Assaults 4-year-old Male

At approximately 10:15 pm on Saturday August 15, 2015 Deputy Derick Bunn was dispatched to Highway 67 West in reference to sexual assault involving a 4 year old male. Upon arrival Deputy More »


Hope Fire Department Receives Georgia-Pacific Grant

The Hope Fire Department received a “Bucket Brigade” grant from Georgia – Pacific on Monday August 17th at the main Hope Fire Station. Chief Dale Glanton says they plan to use the More »

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Junior Police Academy Graduation

The Hope Police Department Sponsored a “Junior Police Academy” this summer in Hope.  The first class graduated in July and are shown here with Police Chief J.R. Wilson, Lt. Jimmy Courtney, School More »

Hope School Board Holds August Meeting

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The Hope School Board held their August meeting on Monday August 17th which was also the first day of school. Assistant Superintendent Steve Bradshaw gave an update and showed pictures of the Clinton Primary roofing project. He notes the new roof has a 20 year warranty. He notes the north part is finished and the south part is 2/3rds finished. Bradshaw noted the gas pipes on the roof will be painted. Also there are at least 25 skylights on the building and they will be covered. Bradshaw says they expect the project to be finished in October. Superintendent Bobby Hart reported school opened Monday with over 2,500 students. He noted it went smooth and he thanked all the staff for their efforts. He also thanked the Yerger Alumni Association for assisting in Yerger Open House. Mr. Hart noted Beryl Henry has over 70 pre A.P. students. He also noted the district will be getting “panic buttons” that will be used in conjunction with smart phones. Mr. Hart noted the district had enough carry – over funds that they will need to move some money into a building fund. The board later voted to move $ 300,000 from the general fund to the building fund. The board discussed a migrant grant application which would assist 95 children. The board voted to apply for the grant. The board discussed buying 100 iPads for Yerger. The iPads will be replacements and they will cost about $ 47,000. The board approved the master schedules for all four campuses.
The board accepted the bread bid from Flowers Bakery and the milk bids from Oak Creek Farms. The board approved an expenditure of up to $ 180,000 for Direct Instruction Intervention for Clinton Primary. Personnel matters closed out the meeting.

Camden Woman Dies in Crash


A Camden woman was killed Monday morning when her vehicle crossed the centerline on Arkansas 9 in Ouachita County.  Jackie S. Mclendon, 39, was traveling north on the highway at 8:10 a.m. Monday in a 2006 Chevrolet when her vehicle struck the rear of a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling south, according to Arkansas State Police.  Mclendon was pronounced dead about 9:10 a.m. Monday at Ouachita Medical Center.  The driver of the tractor-trailer, John Allen, 48, of Rosston, was not injured.  Conditions were described as clear and dry.  The death was the 317th in a traffic crash in Arkansas this year, according to preliminary figures.

Making Rainbows of Rainbow of Challenges DS Graduation

“Pomp and Circumstance” was the song of the morning recently as the children of Rainbow of Challenges’ Making Rainbows DDS class conducted their summer graduation ceremony. The students received their diplomas and now set their sites on kindergarten and a bright future!


Spring Hill Lady Bears 2015 Softball 2A State Champions

Pictured is the Spring Hill Lady Bears 2015 Softball 2A State Champions receiving their official photo from the National Guard at a ceremony on August 17th in the Spring Hill gym.

Local Woman Arrested for Manslaughter

Shawn Rosenbaum age 53 Hope, Arkansas Manslaughter

A Bench Warrant for Manslaughter a Class C Felony, was issued on Thursday August 13, 2015, for the Arrest of Shawn Rosenbaum age 53 of Hope, Arkansas. In connection with the death of Joseph Smith. Ms. Rosenbaum was taken into custody on Wednesday August 12, 2015 for investigation and a bench warrant was issued today by the Circuit Court of Hempstead County. Rosenbaum is being held in the Hempstead County Detention Center awaiting a First Court Appearance. On Wednesday August 12, 2015 at approximately 10:23 a.m. Central Dispatched received a call of a collision on Hempstead County Road 52. The caller advised she just ran into “somebody”. The caller who was later identified as Shawn Rosenbaum, was traveling North on Hempstead County Road 52. The vehicle Shawn Rosenbaum was driving struck the rear end of another vehicle also traveling North on Hempstead 52, causing the driver to be fatally wounded due to the collision. After further investigation, it was determined that the driver of the other vehicle was Joseph Smith, who had been in a relationship with Shawn Rosenbaum. It was also determined that Smith and Rosenbaum, just minutes before the collision, had a verbal argument and Rosenbaum was trying to catch up to Smith who was trying to get away from Rosenbaum. The damage both vehicles received, indicates that Rosenbaum was driving recklessly at an excessive speed and doing so on a dusty gravel road without being able to see what was in front of her.

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Sheriff James Singleton and Deputy Rebecca Billings look at Deputy Billings’ vehicle which now has “In God We Trust” featured on the rear.

Bench Warrant For Manslaughter Issued

A Bench Warrant for Manslaughter, a Class C Felony, was issued Thursday for the arrest of Shawn Rosenbaum, a 53 year old female, of Hope, in connection with the death of 42-year-old Joseph Smith of Hope, who was killed in a wreck Wednesday morning. Rosenbaum was taken into custody Wednesday for investigation and a bench warrant was issued Thursday by the Circuit Court of Hempstead County. Rosenbaum is being held in the Hempstead County Jail awaiting a First Court Appearance.

A report of a collision was received Wednesday morning on County Road 52, about five miles east of Hope. Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said the person who reported the wreck advised she had allegedly “ran into somebody.”

The Arkansas State Police report says a 1997 Jeep driven by Smith was apparently struck from behind by a second vehicle, causing the Jeep to overturn, killing Smith.

Sheriff Singleton said Smith and Rosenbaum were allegedly in a relationship and had allegedly argued a short time before the crash. Singleton said Rosenbaum was allegedly trying to catch up with Smith on the dusty gravel road at the time of the incident.

Hope Man Dies in Two-Vehicle Accident


A 42 year old Hope man died in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday (8-19) on county road 52. According to the Arkansas State Police, a 2002 Dodge Pick-up apparently struck a 1997 Jeep driven by William J.  Smith. The driver of the truck was not identified. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene by Hempstead County Coroner Ben Brazzel. The accident occurred shortly before 11am. The accident was investigated by Trooper Travis Hale of Arkansas State Police Troop “G”.

Triple J Shell Gas Station Robbed


On August 11, 2015, at approximately 4:10 am officers of the Hope Police Department responded to the 2600 block of North Hazel Street in Hope, also known as Triple J Shell Gas Station, in reference to a robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival officers made contact with the store clerk, and learned that at approximately 4am, two black males with their faces covered entered the store. One of the suspects ran up to the counter and pointed what appeared to be a handgun concealed inside of a sock at the clerk. The second suspect ran around the counter and struck the clerk on the left side of his head with a wooden stick. The clerk was then instructed to open the register.  The two suspects then fled from the store with an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise. One of the suspects is described as a black male with a slender build and approximately 6 ft tall. The other male suspect is described as having a bigger build and also approximately 6 ft tall. Both males were wearing dark pants, white shirts, and had their faces covered. The store clerk was treated at Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope for injuries sustained during the robbery and was later released. Anyone having any information concerning this crime or any other crime should contact the Hope Police Department at 870-777-3434 or Detective Todd Lauterbach at 870-722-2576.

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Richard Hogue Speaks To Lions, Seeks Kidney For Local Man

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The Hope Kiwanis Club heard from Richard Hogue on Tuesday August 11th. Hogue talked about the need Nathaniel ” Jack ” Hussey has for a kidney. If you would like to learn more about the effort phone Hogue at 777 -5534.