An 84 year olf Fulton woman was killed and two Hempstead County residents injured in a 2 vehicle accident Tuesday (5-15) afternoon on US 67 in Miller County. Mildred Brinkley died after the 1999 Chevy Impala she was a passenger in failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a 1999 Chevy pick-up driven by 58 year old Chester Johnson of Hope. Mildred Brinkley was pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County Coroner Eddie Hawkins. Johnson and the driver of the Impala, 79 year old Joseph Brinkley of Fulton were taken to St. Micheals in Texarkana for treatment. Mildred Brinkley's body was held at Texarkana Funeral Home. The accident was investigated by TFC Darren Henley of Arkansas State Police Troop G.
The Hope City Board met Tuesday May 15th for their second meeting of the month. The board first heard from Steve Harris on Opportunity Zones. He noted Hope had four census tracts eligible for opportunity zone status and one was granted opportunity zone status. In these areas, which are typically low income areas, capital gains that are invested in these zones are tax deferred. Harris noted there are still some parts of opportunity zones that have not had regulations settled. Mayor Steve Montgomery noted not only does this zone include downtown but also includes Hazel Street as well. The Mayor asked how should they get the word out and Harris noted after the IRS rules are settled the opportunity zone can be promoted. Mayor Montgomery noted this could also positively affect Blair Logistics and City Manager Catherine Cook noted at least one motel on Highway 29 north would qualify. Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse noted the opportunity zone also extends into the county on US 278 east and state highway 73 east.
The board discussed purchasing the Jay Kopecky house at 410 West 2nd plus another adjacent lot. The Tourism Commission has talked to Kopecky and he indiccated he is interested in selling the property for $60,000. Kopecky also is interested in there being some tribute to veterans and a plaque commemorating the former Foster home. There was also discussion about turning the property into parking and a small park. Where the funds to pay for it would come from was discussed. Vice-Mayor Don Still said there may some funds available to help. Board member Kiffenea Talley asked what it would cost to tear it down the house and owner Jay Kopecky said architectural salvage would more than pay for demolition. The board voted to buy the property.
The board voted to declare a 1998 Chevy pickup as surplus. The vehicle will be sold online.
The board agreed to apply for a grant for electronic citation software and an electronic crash system grant. The city police already have been participating in an electronic citation program. The grant would be $12,000.
The board approved the extension of a lease of some property at the airport. The state police uses it for CDL license tests. The cost would be $600 for the year.
The board considered several change orders on the Girl Scout hut at Fair Park. The change orders would be about $23,000 and if approved the budget would still be be under budget $1,200 for this year. The board approved the change orders.
Under the City Manager's report, Catherine Cook noted the plans for the rail spur renovations have been sent to the state and approval is expected later this month. After approval the project will be bid.
Mayor Montgomery noted Train Day was successful and he noted the Downtown Network gave a presentation to the Arkansas Downtown Network earlier in the day. The Mayor noted the city will hire a part-time code enforcement officer for the summer.
Board member Kiffenea Talley asked that people please take down their yard sale signs when finished. Catherine Cook also noted the city is having problems with the public setting up yard sales in the city parking lots and she asked that the public remember those parking lots are only available by permission of the city.
Hazel Simpson asked about the mowing and weed eating at Cave Hill Cemetery. Cook noted the mowing is up for bid at the end of the month.
John Akin noted a political sign in front of the old Jumbo Burger at Hazel and Division is a hazard because it obscures part of the intersection. He asked that the police look at it. The meeting then adjourned.
Juvenile Arrested for Aggravated Assault
On 05/10/18 at approximately 1853 hours, HCSO was dispatched to Hempstead 2 in reference to a physical fight at that address.
Deputies arrested a 17-year-old juvenile for aggravated assault, and domestic battery the juvenile was transported to White River County Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville, Arkansas.
At approximately 1430 hours on Saturday May 12, 2018 HCSO was dispatched to Highway 195 South in reference to an alarm call.
Upon arrival Deputy made contact with the owner who stated that she was the home when she came home she set the alarm off.
At approximately 2000 hours on 05/12/18, HCSO was dispatched to Interstate 30 Mile Marker 31 West bound in reference to a vehicle fire.
Upon my arrival there appeared to be burning oil and plastic dropping out under the engine of a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.
Deputy made contact with the driver who stated that she was heading west bound on I-30 with her cruise control set. She stated that the vehicle began to slow down so she turned the cruise control off and attempted to accelerate but the vehicle wouldn't. She stated that she then pulled onto the shoulder of the interstate and someone stopped and told her that her vehicle was on fire. She stated that she then got out and noticed that there was something burning under the hood. Hope Fire department arrived and extinguished the fire.
At approximately 2104 hours on May 14, 2018 HCSO was dispatched to Highway 278 West in reference to an alarm call
Upon arrival, Deputy made contact with the home owner who stated that he had recently had the alarm system installed and he forgot the alarm code when he got home this evening.
Domestic Battery 3rd Degree
On Monday, May 14, 2018 at approximately 0630 hours, HCSO received a call from the police dispatcher in reference to a disturbance, located on Hempstead 189 S, in Fulton, Hempstead County, Arkansas.
Upon investigation Deputies arrested 49-year-old Zaneta Thornburg of Fulton for Domestic Battery 3rd Degree. Zaneta was transported to the HCDF, She was turned over to the on duty jail staff for booking process. Zaneta will be held for 1st court appearance.
Felony Warrant for Breaking and Entering, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
On Monday, May 14, 2018 at approximately 1000 hours, HCSO went to the residence of Karoline Patterson in reference to a felony warrant service, located at 1092 Hempstead 50, in Hempstead County, Arkansas. Patterson was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, theft of property, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Karoline was transported to the HCDF where she was turned over to the on-duty jail staff for booking process. She will be held for 1st court appearance.
On Monday May 14, at about 10:30 A.M. HCSO was contacted by Bobby Oller, a supervisor for Cleve Batte Construction, at the Red River Bridge construction site near Fulton, AR.
Oller said that when Alford Walker arrived at work this morning, he discovered that the GPS tracking equipment had been taken off the bulldozer that he operates at the construction site. I spoke with Walker and he said that when he parked the dozer on Friday, May 11,2018 at 5:00 P.M., that the equipment was intact.
The tracking head and cables were taken but the control screen inside the cab was not taken. Oller advised that the stolen equipment could be operated with another control. None of the other construction equipment at the site had been tampered with or stolen. Incident is under investigation.
The Hempstead County Historical Society will be holding a meeting on Tuesday evening May 22, 2018 at the Presbyterian Church in Washington, Arkansas at 7pm. Everyone is welcome. The evening program will be by local historian and retired archivist Peggy Lloyd. Lloyd will speak on her research of the Howard County Race Riot that occurred in part of Howard and northwestern Hempstead County in the late 19th century.
The Historical Society seeks to bring awareness to the rich heritage and history of Hempstead County. Come and share your history with us.
If you have any questions concerning the event itself call 870-703-8256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, May 20 at 2pm the Hempstead County Historical Society will provide a bus tour to Mine Creek Township and the community of Clow and Bingen. The tour will visit the northwest corner of current Hempstead County and explore its history. The Hempstead County Historical Society will be providing a series of bus tours each month to each of the different townships of Hempstead County as part of the celebration of the bicentennial of Hempstead County.
The bus will leave at 2pm from Hope at the parking lot across from BancorpSouth at the intersection of 3rd and Elm Street. The tour will last a little over 2 hours. Admission price for the tour is $10 per person and will go to support the Historical Society. Reservations are required.
The Historical Society seeks to bring awareness to the rich heritage and history of Hempstead County. Come and share your history with us.
Seating is limited. To reserve your seat call 870-703-8256 or email@example.com.
An all-day Sacred Harp Singing will be held in Washington, Arkansas on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The singers will meet at and sing in the historic Washington Methodist Church located at 124 Highway 195 South, Washington, Arkansas. It will begin at 10:00 A.M. and conclude around 3:00 P.M.
Sacred Harp singing is a form of singing that was developed in the 19th century to teach people how to sing. The singing is all done acapella without the use of musical instruments. It is a unique singing style that is still practiced throughout the South. It is very likely that it was practiced in the Ark-La-Tex region around in the early 19th century by different church groups. More information on Sacred Harp singing can be found atwww.fasola.org.
fasola.org - Sacred Harp and Shape Note singing
Welcome What is Sacred Harp singing? Sacred Harp is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems.
No singing experience is required. All are welcome to attend. Songs books will be provided. For more information you can contact the church by phone at 870-703-8256 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 11 May 2018, Agents of the 8th North Task Force executed a search and seizure warrant at a residence on Highway 73 West Washington, Arkansas.
Agents Arrested Shaundell Scott age 38 of Washington, Arkansas for the offense of Possession with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Scott was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center where he was turned over to the jail staff. He is currently Awaiting a First Court Appearance.
On March 15, 2018, the 8th North Task Force began operations in Hempstead and Nevada Counties under the guidance of 8th North Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen.
Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Nevada County Sheriff Danny Martin, Hope Police J.R. Wilson, and Prescott Police Chief Joseph Beavers, who have assigned officers from their agencies to work together to combat the sale, distribution, and transportation of illegal narcotics in the 8th North Judicial District have made an impact in the first 56 days of operations.
The 8th North agents have opened 25 cases, made 24 arrest, with 4 arrests pending. Agents have confiscated approximately $43,484.00 in U.S. Currency, Stolen firearms, Drug Paraphernalia to include Grow Lights, an Irrigation system to irrigate a Marijuana Grow Operation and a Surveillance system. The agents have seized Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Powder Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Pills and Liquid Codeine.
We would like to encourage the public to report any suspicious activity to your local Law Enforcement Agency.
All agencies are working well together in this endeavor and will strive to continue to seek out the persons who chose to make, transport, and sell this poison to our citizens in the 8th Judicial District.
8th North Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen
Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton
Nevada County Sheriff Danny Martin
Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson
Prescott Police Chief Joseph Beavers
HOPE – The Hope Public Schools Board voted unanimously Tuesday to name a 1997 Hope High School alumnus as the new head football coach and co-activities director for the Bobcats.
Phillip Turner, currently the offensive coordinator for the Ashdown High School Panthers, was named to the post on the recommendation of Hope Public Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart.
“Hope Public Schools is proud to announce the hiring of Phillip Turner as our new Head Football Coach and Co-Activities Director,” Hart said. “Phillip will undoubtedly bring a passion and energy level to all our programs and will work tirelessly to improve outcomes on and off the field for your young people.”
Hart said Turner was an excellent fit for the Hope program.
“All of HPS will be impacted by the work that Coach Turner is embarking upon,” he said. “He fits tremendously with our philosophy of providing students and parents with our best daily; and, holding the adults as well as the students accountable for the results.”
Turner has been the junior high program football coach at Ashdown, and has run the Panthers’ high school varsity offense since 2012. He teaches physical education and also coaches basketball and track for the Ashdown athletics program.
A 2001 graduate of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia with a bachelor of science degree in human services, Turner took his MSE in curriculum instruction from Texas A&M University-Texarkana in 2010.
Turner entered the field of behavioral health in 2001 and worked in case management for the Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Service until 2008, when he went to the Queen City Independent School District as a physical education teacher and coached junior high football, track and basketball and directed the varsity secondary and wide receiver corps. He became varsity basketball coach at Queen City High School in 2009, while coaching varsity girls’ track and assisting the varsity boys team through 2011.
Turner returned to Hope in 2011 to teach physical education, prior to taking on duties in Ashdown in 2012 where he ran the AHS varsity boys’ track, and ninth grade basketball programs. He took on high school varsity football and basketball assistant coaching duties through 2015, when he was named varsity offensive coordinator for the Panthers. In 2016-2017, Ashdown was district champion and state runner-up in 4A boys’ track.
“I do want to thank our search committee for its work and attention to the process,” Hart said. “This hire addresses and exceeds the core values that the committee and district wanted in our next Head Football Coach/Co-AD.
“Coach Turner’s commitment to academics, his student-focused and accountable leadership style, his vision for our programs and students, his organizational skills, and his energy level are congruent with our district’s demands for leaders in our district,” Hart added. “Please join me in welcoming home Coach Phillip Turner.”
Turner replaces Jay Turley, who had been HHS head football coach since 2010 and was named co-athletic director for the district in 2017. Turley has been named principal of Prescott Junior High School in Prescott.