On Tuesday, August 4th 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m., neighborhoods throughout Hope are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “32th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention. From 6 to 8 p.m. on August 4th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Hope and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. The Hope Police Department and Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up with several of our local businesses to provide families with a night filled with fun, food, and entertainment. Join us at the Hope Fair Park and participate in Dunk-a-Cop and other games. Co-sponsored by: Arkansas State Police, Hempstead County Health Unit, Hope Fire Department, Pafford EMS, UACCH, Arkansas Game & Fish, and Arkansas Highway Police and others.
Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton awarded the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Medal of Valor to Investigator Gary Don Dorman Friday July 10, 2015, for his actions On Thursday March 12, 2015. At 3:30 P.M. on that day Hempstead County Dispatch received a 911 call of a one vehicle accident near Pate Creek on Highway 67 East of Hope, Arkansas. The call as given out to emergency responders was that a SUV had ran off the road and was floating in Pate Creek with the driver still inside. One of the first to arrive on scene was Hempstead County Sheriff’s Investigator Gary Don Dorman. Investigator Dorman observed a ford explorer partially submerged with the male driver sitting in the passenger seat. The current in Pate creek was unusually swift due to recent heavy rains, as emergency personnel began to arrive the vehicle began to be carried away and rapidly sink due to the swift current. Investigator Dorman called out to the occupant to exit out the passenger window as the occupant exited, the sinking vehicle Investigator Dorman without regard for his own safety entered the swift water of Pate creek and reached the occupant and pulled him to safety just as the vehicle sank to bottom of the creek. Investigator Dorman through his actions prevented what could have been a very tragic ending to a vehicle accident. In my opinion Investigator Dorman’s Actions saved the life of the occupant.
Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton awards Medal of Valor to Captain Frank McJunkins. On March 12th 2008, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Lt Frank Mc Junkins, Arkansas State Police Agent Scott Clark, and ASP Sgt. John Bishop were working a homicide on Highway 29 South near Hope, Arkansas. The three officers left the scene and drove several miles to a mobile home situated in a secluded, wooded area of rural Hempstead County. It was at the mobile home officers believed they might locate a suspect wanted in connection with the initial Homicide investigation. The officers were told by a resident at the home that no one was inside. S/A Clark and HCSO Lt. Frank McJunkins obtained consent to enter the home while Sergeant Bishop took up a position to guard the home exits. As Clark and McJunkins approached a rear bedroom area inside the home, an individual later identified as the murder suspect, was discovered hiding behind a plastic sheet and opened fire on the officers wounding S/A Clark. Clark and McJunkins returned fire simultaneously as Sergeant Bishop entered the home and began laying suppressive fire in order to provide cover for Clark and McJunkins to take safer positions. Although wounded, S/A Clark managed to escape the gunfire and was transported to a hospital by another State Police Special Agent who had arrived on the scene. The suspect was later determined to have been killed in the exchange of gunfire with officers. For his courageous actions under fire and his dedication to his fellow officers and the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office Lt. McJunkins is awarded the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Medal of Valor.
The University of Arkansas at Texarkana will host a UALR-Texarkana onsite admissions, advising, and registration event on August 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00p.m. at the college campus located at 3501 U of A Way in Texarkana, Arkansas. The two University of Arkansas Colleges have partnered to provide bachelor degrees on the Texarkana campus. Classes for the bachelor degrees will be taught on the Texarkana Campus by University of Arkansas at Little Rock faculty. This two-plus-two partnership will allow a student to start a degree at the system community college and then transfer to the university while remaining in Texarkana.
UALR will be offering the following degree programs in Texarkana this fall:
Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor of Professional Studies
Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
UALR will be charging an Admissions Application Fee of $40. For more information about this program contact UALR-Texarkana coordinator Lisa Davis at 501-516-2160 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available at ualr.edu/texarkana.
The University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana has drastically reduced the costs for students to pursue a higher education by introducing the UAHT Textbook Rental Program for classes on both the Hope and Texarkana campuses. The UAHT Textbook program will provide huge savings and give students a predictable, reliable textbook costs as they enroll in on-campus classes. These savings and predictability of costs to enroll in a class make this program like no other in the region. The book rental program is based on a $20 per-credit hour for on campus classes and is available to all students. To illustrate the impact of the savings, a full-time student enrolled in the classes listed in the attached example would save $879.65 this fall over last fall on new books (73%). They would save $639.75 (66%) if they purchased all used books. That is for just one semester. A Miller or Bowie county student would only pay a total of $1423 in tuition and fees for that same schedule. So, the student savings under the new UAHT Book Program will allow this example student to keep enough of the funds he would have spent buying new books to pay for 62% of his total tuition and fee bill. The same student will now save over 38% on tuition, fees and books over the cost to attend last fall. U of A Hope-Texarkana Chancellor Chris Thomason said, “As we celebrate our 50th anniversary as an institution, the UA Hope-Texarkana family is thrilled to announce a historic new program that will fundamentally change and promote student opportunity on our campuses in a way that is only rivaled by our initial founding. I am pleased that we have remained a student focused institution. We are reinforcing our commitment to our students by providing this book rental program that will benefit students with a tremendously lower cost to pursue a college education.” The new program is being administered through the U of A Hope-Texarkana Library and has had great feedback from the students enrolled in Summer II courses. Another great advantage of this program is that it removes the guess work out of textbook costs. U of A Hope-Texarkana has eliminated additional charges related to textbook codes and teaching aids, thereby, guaranteeing the educational material costs are limited to the rental fee for each on-campus class. This program removes the guess work from textbook costs with the $20 per credit hour rental rate. For more information about the textbook program or to register for fall classes, visit the college website at www.uacch.edu.
As a result of severe weather and flooding during May and early June, the President approved a major disaster declaration for Arkansas (DR4226). The declaration, based upon the request from Governor Asa Hutchinson, allows residents and governmental bodies in the affected areas, who meet certain criteria, to apply for assistance. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Local Emergency Management Coordinators, completed preliminary assessments of the damage caused by flooding and severe weather that started on May 7, 2015 and continued. These joint assessments listed over 370 homes as damaged in some way and estimated the public damages at over $6 million. The Individual Assistance Program (individuals and households) is available for residents of Crawford, Garland, Howard, Jefferson, Little River, Miller, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties. The Public Assistance Program (governments) is available for Clark, Crawford, Dallas, Franklin, Garland, Hempstead, Howard, Independence, Izard, Jefferson, Johnson, Lafayette, Little River, Logan, Madison, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sevier and Yell counties. Additional counties may be included at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
A Nashville man has been chosen by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as one of its 2015 inductees into the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame. Master bladesmith and artist Jerry Fisk of Nashville will be inducted in August at the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Working full-time as a Master Bladesmith since 1989, Fisk was named a National Living Treasure in 1999 by the University of North Carolina at Willimngton. He has dozens of state, national and international awards. Fisk is an adviser to Historic Arkansas Museum and has given lectures and presentations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Paris, France and St. Petersburg, Russia. He has works in the permanent museum collections of the New York State Museum, the privately owned Swiss Museum and Historic Arkansas Museum with Special Tribute to Professional Achievements. Other 2015 inductees are Steve Bowman of Little Rock, outdoor writer and editor. The late Joel Campora of Waldron, Arkansas Game and Commission wildlife officer first class who died in the line of duty while trying to save two women in flood waters in 2013. George Dunklin, Jr. of Stuttgart, past AGFC commissioner and current chairman of international Ducks Unlimited. The Legacy Award will go to Jim Gaston, who played a key role in establishing trout fishing and promoting tourism in Arkansas. Gaston is a previous inductee into the Outdoor Hall of Fame. “These inductees were carefully chosen for their sacrifice, contributions and talents and we are proud to add these names to the list of the other 83 past inductees,” Chuck Dicus, president of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, said.
A disaster recovery center has opened in Nashville to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms of late spring. The Nashville location is at the Carter Day Training Center at 200 Lake Nichols Drive on the north end of town. Hours are from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday and on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm until further notice. Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and other agencies will be at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid. Those going should register with FEMA first at 800-621-3362. (See graphic below.) Anyone who sustained damage in Howard, Little River, Miller, Sevier, Sebastian, Crawford, Garland, Jefferson or Perry Counties designated for federal disaster assistance can visit the center. Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance.
The Nevada County Depot Museum in Prescott has announced three different tours of Civil War sites in the Nevada County area to bring awareness to the preservation of Civil War Battlefields in the area. The sites were a part of the Red River Campaign of 1864 and include: Elkins Ferry, Prairie D’Ane, and Moscow Church. This Saturday, July 11, a tour will be provided of the Elkins Ferry battlefield that took place on April 2-3, 1864 on the Little Missouri River. Civil War preservationists regard it as a pristine battlefield site. Following the tour will be an evening meal at the Prescott First United Methodist Church followed by a presentation from the Historian of Parkers Crossroads Battlefield in Tennessee. He will show how the initial preservation of a Civil War site in the 1990s has turned into an economic stimulus for the local area. On August 1 there will be a tour of Prairie D’Ane and a program on the Development of Reeds Bridge Civil War Site in Jacksonville, Arkansas. On August 22, there will be a tour of the Moscow Church and a program on the Archeological Richness of Civil War sites. Attendees will meet at the Prescott First United Methodist Church on 125 West Second Street. Admission for the tours is $20 dollars per person and includes an evening meal. To register for any of the events call the Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce at 870-887-2101 or email email@example.com. Seating is limited. All tours are to bring awareness of the Save Elkins Ferry project. The Depot Museum is currently seeking donations to help purchase a portion of the Civil War Battlefield.