- WARRANTS SERVED:
Flossie Belk, 50, of Ozan, AR Foreign Warrant
Jamie Thomas, 39, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Joseph Biddle, 28, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Michael McKamie, 44, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Curtis Sullivan, 57, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Danny Shrewsbury, 43, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Catherine Davis, 28, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Steven Taylor, 49, of Emmet, AR Foreign Warrant
0628 hours in the 800 block of Henry C. Yerger. 2 vehicle
1300 hours in the 2700 block of E. 3
St. 2 vehicle (Hit and Run/Private Property)
1050 hours in the 400 block of S. Washington St. 2 vehicle (Hit and Run/Private Property)
(Hempstead County Courthouse)
1244 hours in the 2100 block of N. Hazel St. 2 vehicle (Private Property)
1540 hours in the 2400 block of N. Hervey St. (Wal-Mart)
S – Veronica Valdez, 23, of Blevins, AR
S – Agustin Valdez, 32, of Blevins, AR
Both subjects were charged with theft of property.
2254 hours in the 600 block of S. Spruce St.
S – Veronica Bradley, 32, of Hope, AR
Ms. Bradley was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and
possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).
2339 hours in the 600 block of S. Main St.
S – Keon Johnson, 39, of Hope, AR
Mr. Johnson was arrested and charged with fleeing in a vehicle, possession of a controlled
substance (marijuana), and disregarding a red light.
2113 hours in the 3000 block of S. Bill Clinton Bypass
S – Adam Kidd, 38, of Lewisville, AR
The Nevada County Library in Prescott has a special program October 24th. Peggy Lloyd, a board member of the Nevada County Depot Museum will give a power point program on the impact of World War I in Nevada County. The program will also feature veteran journalist Jackie King who will offer a tutorial on the fundamentals of exploring genealogy and how to do family history. King will offer tips on free sources of information, free software, and a particular emphasis on Arkansas and surrounding states. The program begins at 5pm and the public is invited.
October has been a month of diverse temperatures so far this year. With readings recorded for twenty days, the Southwest Research and Extension Center is reporting a high so far of 92 in October and a low of 37. The official weather station for Hope reports four days with highs in the 90's and ten days with highs in the 80's. Two days of lows in the 30's have been reported. The lowest temperature was recorded the morning of October 18th with 37 the low reading for the 24 hour period ending October 18th was 38.
The drought conditions have about caught up to our heavy rainfall for the first 8 months of 2017. So far in October, Hope has only recieved .13 of an inch of rain. Normal for October is 5.28 inches although rain is forecast for this weekend. The year to day rainfall is 41.98 inches. Normal rainfall at the end of October is 43.98 inches
The 2017 U of A Hope-Texarkana Academic All-Star Award was presented to Xavier McDonald of Hope, Arkansas, on Tuesday, October 17 at the Annual Arkansas Community College’s Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. The purpose of this program is to recognize the scholarly and service achievements of Arkansas’ two-year college students. Each All-Star will receive a $500 scholarship for his/her final semester at their college of attendance and a full tuition transfer scholarship to any Arkansas public four-year university.
In his time at UAHT, Xavier has been named the Outstanding Concurrent High School Student, selected for the Quality Care Pediatrics Scholarship, and named to the Chancellor’s Honor Roll. He participates as an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Fine Arts Club, and as a volunteer for the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. He also participated in the UAHT Supports the Troops fundraiser, in which he donated many items to be sent to deployed troops for Christmas and helped pack over 50 boxes that were sent overseas.
“I have always been impressed with the manner in which Xavier presents himself,” said Chelsea Slack, UAHT Instructor. “He is not only one of my smartest students – he is the only one of my many students that I would say is truly wise beyond his years and is constantly respectful.”
McDonald’s plans include transferring to the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville to major in Biology. Upon graduating from the U of A, Xavier plans to attend the University of Houston College of Optometry. After becoming an optometrist, Xavier plans to open an optometry office, donate back to his hometown, and travel to third world countries to provide free eye-care to those who cannot afford it.
“One of the reasons Xavier is such a successful student and good fit for the Academic All-Star Award is that he is very enthusiastic about learning and making the most of his opportunities. He is the type of student that is always ready and willing to participate in classroom activities. His talents, abilities, and drive will most certainly lead him to succeed in life,” said Slack.
State Land Commissioner Candidate Tommy Land visited the Hempstead County Republican Party meeting Thursday October 19th at the Amigo Juan meeting room. Shown visiting with Land are District 3 State Representative Danny Watson and Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse.
Perfect weather Wednesday October 18th added to a fun night at Hope Haven as St. John United Methodist Church prepared and served hot dogs to the residents at Hope Haven. St. John's minister Rev. Danny Dunlap cooked the hot dogs and they were served by St. John's parishioners and Hope Haven staff. After the supper, St. John's members demonstrated a color run for the residents. Music was provided by Shelley Keith and Jerrome Underwood
The Hope City Board held their annual "Tour of Facilities" Tuesday October 17th. The board met at City Hall and headed to the Hope Police Department to look at the detective's office and look at an area being considered for expansion. Currently four detectives share the cramped room. The board also checked out the police evidence storage facility. After the police department, the board traced the area from the Kiamichi tracks on 6th to Spring Hill Road to look at an area under consideration for reconstruction. 6th Street needs to be rebuilt and more storm drainage added. The board also hopes to add a bike lane if they are able to tackle the project.
The board headed to the West Wastewater Plant and the City Landfill. Both facilities are remarkably clean and neat. Work on the wastewater plant should prolong the life of that facility for several more decades. The board looked a new cell being developed at the landfill. The landfill project is nearly complete and comprises nearly 13 acres. This cell will hold household garbage.
The tour headed north to look at the Hope Airport. The 77 year old hanger is in particularly good shape with several new improvements. The board also discussed some possible improvements to the fueling area.
The tour ended up with a close-up look at the city's rail spur. The boad saw some ties that need to be replaced and will be shortly and also heard a description of what will be done to improve the spur if the city receives a grant. The board also heard about the spur's importance to local industries such as Hexion.
The board headed back to town for lunch following the tour. The city board met Tuesay night for a regularly scheduled meeting.
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Little Rock, AR: Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $246,225 to 21 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Rural Community Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2018. The grant awards were distributed October 10th at an awards ceremony held in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.
In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Services Rural Community Grant award on behalf of Cale in Nevada County. The City of Cale received $4,133 to purchase and install a generator for the Cale Community Center.
The Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the Rural Services Rural Community Grant recipients. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population are eligible to apply for assistance through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program.
All Arkansans are invited to attend the 2018 Rural Development Conference in Little Rock May 22nd -24th. Attendees will learn about additional programs and funding opportunities available to Arkansas’s rural communities. Over 75 state legislators will join over 600 mayors, county judges, other state and federal officials, and community leaders to participate in this annual conference.
For more information about the Rural Development Conference or Rural Services grant programs, please contact the Division of Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.
Pictured from Left to Right:
Shelley Morehead of Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District (SWAPDD), State Representative David Fielding, Blake Harrell of SWAPDD, State Representative Danny Watson, Mayor William Worlow, ARDC Commissioner Claude Graves, Jani Worlow, Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive VP of Operations Amy Fecher, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, ARDC Commissioner Lynn Hawkins, ARDC Commissioner Jamie Pafford-Gresham, ARDC Commissioner Davis Bell.
The Hope City Board met Tuesday October 17th. Tashia Martin of the Hope Rockers spoke and answered questions for the board. Martin noted the group is in the off-season now. Martin said the group is non-profit and the paperwork for the non-profit status is being prepared. Currently the group has about 30 members and can have more than 50 members. Martin says the group gets more active about February as many of the members cheer at football and basketball games. In answer to a board question, Martin says the financial proceeds go to such things as travel expenses and uniforms. She also said she serves girls aged 5 to 17. There was a question about Martin using the North Side Community Center more than one or two days per week. Martin said the "ladies at Fair Park" gave her permission and keys to the North Side Community Center. Charles Primus said he was not aware the troupe had been using the community center more than she had permission for. Also, it was requested if she doesn't need the North Side Center until February she would need to turn in her keys until after the first of the year. Also, there was a question about a routine in which the older girls dance on tables. This was a question of safety and liability. Mayor Steve Montgomery noted he was impressed after seeing dance routines of the group on Martin's Facebook page. Another board member questioned what had happened to the oversight of Charles Primus and Dr. LaDell Douglas. Martin said she didn't know what caused Dr. Douglas and Primus to cease involvement. Primus said he and Dr. Douglas would not sponsor the group again because he had heard of girls dancing on tables, he had seen a child sitting in the window,and Primus also said Martin's little boy had "run wild". Martin and Primus both made comments and indicated a problem between them. Mayor Montgomery said he would support the group using the building up to two nights a week in the future but asked if she could get more supervision and sponsors. Martin said she could do that and would come back to the board with sponsors. The board agreed to let her use the building in February if she'll agree to come back and report to the board.
The board looked at an ordinance to raise the city's general millage from 4.2 mills to 5 mills. The board initially voted to raise the millage from 2.2 to 3.2 in 2016, up to 4.2 in 2017, and indicated their intentions to consider going to 5 for 2018. Prior to the 2016 action, the millage had not been raised in 30 years. City Attorney Joe Short read the ordinance. The ordinance passed 5 to 1.
The board approved an ordinance approving a continuation of the 1 mill firemen's pension property tax for the coming year. The ordinance passed unanimously.
The board looked at finance options for 6th Street. The board is looking at reconstruction of 6th from the railroad tracks to Spring Hill Road. This would include additional storm drainage and a bike lane. City Manager Catherine Cook noted options include borrowing from city reserves or a bond issue. The project would continue into 2019. Cook suggested using $200,00 from street reserves, using half of the street construction fund in 2018 and 2019, and borrowing $400,000 from general fund reserves. The city is also hopes to get $400,000 from the city state aid Street committee. John Akin asked if the city state aid Street committee funds would be a grant and it was indicated that it would be. It was suggested that possibly some of the money be borrowed from the airport fund (which now has $200,000). The board voted to go with the city manager's proposal on the project.
Under the city manager's report, Catherine Cook said the city grant request for the downtown pavilion had gone past the first hurdle and the city will make a further presentation soon. A decision is expected in December. Cook also noted the city landfill project is nearly finished.
City Attorney Joe Short noted Al Fink had countered the city's offer of clearing the lien on his property at Hazel and Division for $22,000. Fink had proposed $19,000. The board voted to accept the offer.
Board member Kiffenea Tallry asked that residents please take down their yard salsigns in a timely manner. Board member Mark Ross noted the Chicken Express project is coming along well. Chief J.R. Wilson noted the Department of Comminity Correction has been scheduled to clean out the city planter at Third and Division. The meeting then adjourned.
The Hope City Board held their annual "Tour of Facilities" on Tuesday October 17th. The board visited the Hope Police Department, 6th Street, The Hope Landfill, the West Wastewater Plant, the Hope Airport, and the City Rail Spur. Here, Dr. Trevor Coffee listens as he is shown the Hope Police Evidence Storage Facility.