On Saturday, February 10th, Central Baptist Church will host "GO5k: Funding the Great Commission With Every Mile". All proceeds from the run/walk event will benefit the Missions Fund at Central, especially their upcoming trip to a children's orphanage outside of Tegucigalpa, Honduras over Spring Break. Registration is $20 and will guarantee a race t-shirt if participants register by Friday, February 2nd, although registration is open until noon on Friday, February 9th. Registration is available online at https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/Prescott/GO5k2018, or by paper forms at Central's Church Office (8708875031). Race packet pick-up begins at 7AM with the race starting at 8AM on Central's campus. Further information about the race can be obtained by contacting Christy (8707030282) or Hannah (8707032856)
Open auditions for a murder mystery play to be presented as a dinner theater in April begin at 6 p.m. Friday, January 26 at the Hempstead Hall Theater on the University of Arkansas Community College campus. The play – “Framed: Murder is an Art” – was written by Hope’s John Hollis, president of the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council. This mysterious comedic tale is set in the backdrop of a major gallery opening where stolen art, flaring artistic temperaments, professional jealousies, sibling rivalry, and tangled love triangles are all clues to the mystery of “who done it”. There are 19 characters in the play, divided about equally women to men (including two male characters played by one actor) and all local adult residents are encouraged to attend the audition and try out for the parts. The director of the production will be John Gladden.
Charlie Burson, 52, of Texarkana, AR Failure to Appear
1637 hours in the 2400 block of N. Hervey St. 2 vehicle (Private Property)
1145 hours in the 1400 block of N. Hervey St. 2 vehicle
2300 hours in the 1200 block of N. Edgewood St. 1 vehicle
0937 hours in the 2400 block of N. Hervey St. (Wal-Mart)
S – Briana Barksdale, 28, of Washington, AR
Ms. Barksdale was arrested and charged with theft of property.
2333 hours in the 200 block of W. Ave G
S – David Taylor, 31, of Hope, AR
Mr. Taylor was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.
2338 hours in the 400 block of N. Pritchard St.
S – Ashley Smith, 33, of Hope, AR
S – Dshannon Burton, 22, of Hope, AR
S – Tanji Burton, 24, of Hope, AR
S – Diane Hooks, 49, of Houston, TX
Ms. Smith was charged with criminal mischief in the first degree. The other three subjects were each arrested and charged with domestic battery in the third degree.
0152 hours in the 300 block of N. Margaret St.
S – David Burton, 56, of Hope, AR
Mr. Burton was charged with criminal trespass.
2343 hours in the 500 block of N. Elm St.
S – Juvenile, Male, 15, of Hope, AR
The juvenile was charged with minor in possession of alcohol.
S – Xavier Walker, 23, of Hope, AR
Mr. Walker was charged with terroristic threatening in the second degree. The original incident occurred on January 14th, 2018 in the 1500 block of N. Hervey St. (Taco Bell) at 2026 hours.
The Hempstead County Bicentennial Committee will officially kickoff the county's 200th year with a press conference at the courtroom on the 3rd floor of the Hempstead County Courthouse in Hope on Tuesday, January 30 at 10:00 am.
Bicentennial Committee members will be on hand to share the news of upcoming events and activities. Rolling events (events in each township) are a major part of the year-long celebration.
The following committees are in place to provide overall guidance for the bicentennial celebration:
•Finance & Procedures
•Arts & Culture
•Historical Hempstead County
•Promotion & Advertising
•Education & Schools
There are also committee liaisons who assist all committees on an as-needed basis and help the Hempstead County Bicentennial Committee.
The press event is open to the public.
Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse reports the location that was underconstruction on Patmos Road about a mile and a half south of Hope has been reopened to traffic. Starting Tuesday January 23rd an area 3 and a half miles south of Hope will be closed for concrete work and will remain closed through the week. The area is located at the junction of county roads 3 and 132. The Judge's office appreciates your patience during the constructions and urges everyone to use alternate routes whenever possible.
Kenyatta Gulley, 42, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Keltisha Holmes, 23, of Fulton, AR Failure to Comply
Jessica Drake, 29, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
1300 hours in the 2400 block of N. Hervey St. 2 vehicle (Private Property)
0238 hours in the 3000 block of Bill Clinton Dr. (Advantage Self Storage #2)
S – James Stewart, 29, of Hope, AR
Mr. Stewart was arrested and charged with obstructing government operations, driving on a
suspended driver’s license, expired vehicle license, and served with a failure to appear warrant.
2250 hours in the 2000 block of S. Main St.
S – Walter Nabors, 34, of Hope, AR
Mr. Nabors was arrested and charged with public intoxication.
S – Laquisha Allen, 36, of Hope, AR
Ms. Allen was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card/debit card. The original incident
occurred on December 2nd , 2017 in the 1500 block of Walmart Dr. (Red River Federal Credit
Union) at 0800 hours.
S – James Stewart, 29, of Hope, AR
Mr. Stewart was charged with domestic battery in the third degree and battery in the third degree.
The original incident occurred on September 10th, 2016 in the 700 block of Hazel St. at 2347hours.
The Arkansas Cattlemen's Association has tapped a Hope-Hempstead County native to fill the roll of Executive Vice President. Cody Burkham will lead the association in state and federal legislative efforts, represent the membership on diverse regulatory issues within numerous agencies, and oversee administrative roles inside the ACA.
Burkham grew up on a commercial cow-calf farm near Hope. He said being raised in the industry taught him the true value of the producers that this association represents.
"Growing up on my family's cattle operation near Hope, Arkansas instilled in me a great appreciation and respect for Arkansas' agriculture producers," Burkham said. "These men and women devote their lives to protecting our natual resources while feeding and fueling the world all while battling mother nature, volatile markets, and government interference."
After graduating from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Burkham became integrated in the political science field. That passion for agriculture, legislative policy and public service led him to Washington, D.C. where he gained hands-on experience working with Fourth District Congressmn Bruce Westerman. He said his rural upbringing, ag-focused education, experience as a professional policy advisor and committment to serve his fellow Arkansans prepared him to hit the ground running to help the association grow and the member's voices be heard.
"My experiences and values align with the mission of ACA to promote and advance the priorities for the Arkansas cattle industry by engaging state officials, enhancing producer knowledge and involvement and communicating with the public," Burkham said.
Burkham began his role as Executive Vice President January 15th. He said he both excited and humbled to be selected for the position and looks forward to making connections with all the members statewide.
"I am proud to return home to work beside the cattle producers of Arkansas to advance the goals of the industry and the ACA," Burkham said.
special thanks to Saratoga Arkansas Digest...
The Hempstead County Historical Society will be holding a meeting on Tuesday evening January 23, 2018 at the Klipsch Museum of Audio History in Oakhaven, Arkansas at 7pm. Everyone is invited to come. Jim Hunter, Director of the Klipsch Museum, will provide the program and tour of the newest formed museum in Hempstead County. Paul Klipsch was the founder of the speaker industry that bears his name and he made his home right here in Hempstead County, Arkansas. The museum is located across from the Klipsch Factory at 137 Hempstead 278 County Road.
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 email@example.com.
January 2018 has been a cold one. The Southwest Research and Extension Center, the official weather station for Hope has reported 6 mornings through January 17th with temperatures below 20. The first five days of the month saw lows in the teens. Since January 12th every morning low has been in the 20's with the exception of January 17th which saw an official low of 4 degrees. While Hope usually gets a night or two of single digit temps, lows below 7 or 8 degrees are rare. As far as precipitation goes, the month has seen an official snowfall of 3.7 inches and official liquid precipitation of 2.11 inches. Normal for January is 4.15 inches. The warmest temperature recorded in 2018 locally has been 67 degrees on January 12th. Forecasts for this weekend call for more rain and warmer temperatures.
Jennifer Ghormley, a 5 and ½ year veteran of the Hope Police Department Patrol Division, was promoted to Patrol Sergeant on January 17, 2018. She is a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy holding a General Law Enforcement Certificate in the State of Arkansas. She has earned 33 collegiate hours from Southern Arkansas University and has attended over 435 continuing law enforcement education hours post academy. Significant training includes constitutional policing, tactical de-escalation, domestic violence, racial profiling, Mental Health First-Aid, and certified field trainer. Sergeant Ghormley was a member of the Armed Services from 2007-2015 serving in the U.S. Army Reserves 602nd Military Police Company. She is a former Corrections Officer with the Hempstead County Detention Facility and former member of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police Honor Guard.
Officer Ghormley was selected as a 2016 SW Arkansas Regional Officer of the year by the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office for her involvement in the apprehension of an Aggravated Bank Robbery Suspect. She is the recipient of other commendations and awards.
Chief of Police JR Wilson stated, “As you know, I am very proud of all of our employees. On this special occasion, I am honored and privileged to recognize the exceptional service of newly promoted Sergeant Jennifer Ghormley. She carries herself with distinction and professionalism bringing great credit to herself and our department through her actions. Sergeant Ghormley has the education, experience and expertise to serve well in this position. I have the greatest confidence in her ability to serve the citizens of Hope, AR with the utmost respect and dedication. I am equally confident in her ability to be a leader of Officers as well as set a good example in keeping with the honor and tradition of professional policing. The position to which Sergeant Ghormley has attained is perhaps the most critical in all of policing. She will always have my continued prayers and support.”