The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday September 28th was hosted by Laurel Place Health & Rehab. The staff enjoyed visiting with those attending the Coffee. Pictured are Dietary Manager Shanelle Moore, Marketing Director JaKeela Thomas, and Arnetta Bradford, Environmental Supervisor. If these ladies can be of service, feel free to stop by Laurel Place. Visitors are always welcome!
The Hope Lions Club heard a great program from Jimmy Walker, Administrator at the Garrett Memorial Christian School. Walker says the school currently has over 270 students in grades k through 12. He notes the school opens with an assembly each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a time of prayer. He notes the school has started their "Legacy" project as they are out of space and plans to add classrooms as well as an athletic facility. The school is working to raise $2.5 million for these facilities and they have currently raised $400,000 towards that goal.
HOPE – Blazing their way across the Hope Country Club course, the Hope High School Bobcat Girls’ Golf Team won the 5A South Conference title.
Shooting a cumulative 282 over the 18-hole match course, Natalie Phillips, Tia Corbett and Sydney Watson outmatched the nearest competition from Magnolia by eight strokes in the Sept 21 tournament.
Phillips shot an 88 for the course, with Corbett and Watson both scoring 97 over the 18 holes. All three were named all-conference and will advance to state play in Hot Springs on Wednesday.
Magnolia placed second in the girls’ tournament with a 290, placing Katie Collier on the all-conference team with a 91 for the day.
Medalist for the girls’ tournament was Gracen Blount of Lakeside High School, who shot a 79 on the day and was named all-conference. Lakeside shot a team score of 311 on the day to place third.
Fourth place went to DeQueen High School at 320 and fifth place went to White Hall High School with a 365 team score on the day.
The HHS boys team of Dalton Kenworthy, Ben Knight, and Kobe Watson placed sixth with a cumulative 369 on the day.
Lakeside won the boys’ tournament with a 303 on the day, followed by White Hall at 320 and Magnolia at 333. Grayson Martin of White Hall was boys medalist with a round of 71.
Hope High School 2016 Homecoming Court Maids include, top left to right, Kiaura Smith, Ameiah Trotter and Treasure Nelson; middle left to right, Darnesha Vickers, Tazharia Woodberry, Justice Lawson, and Tatyanna Smith; and front left to right, Miriam Martinez, Quiana Gulley, Alissa Lewis, and Sydney Watson. The new homecoming queen and her court will be introduced prior to the HHS-Hot Springs football game Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Hammons Stadium. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
HOPE – Excitement will build through this week with “Spirit Week” activities on Hope school campuses culminating with the annual homecoming celebration on Friday.
The Hope High School student body will honor the 2016 Homecoming Queen and her court during ceremonies in Jones Field House of the MAC building on the HHS campus Friday at 2:15 p.m.
HHS 2016 Homecoming Maids include Kiaura Smith, Ameiah Trotter, Treasure Nelson, Darnesha Vickers, Tazharia Woodberry, Justice Lawson, Tatyanna Smith, Miriam Martinez, Quiana Gulley, Alissa Lewis, and Sydney Watson.
The newly-crowned homecoming queen and her court will be presented to the community and HHS alumni during pre-game ceremonies Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Hammons Stadium, prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff between the Hope Bobcats and Hot Springs.
Pre-game ceremonies will be held in Jones Field House at 6:20 p.m. should weather conditions force them indoors, according to HHS Student Council Sponsor Lena VanCamp.
“’Welcome to Wonderland’ is the HHS homecoming theme this year,” VanCamp said. “The Bobcats will travel down the rabbit hole into a world full of whimsy and wonder.”
“Spirit Week” activities on the HHS campus include “Decade Day” on Monday, harking back to a favorite decade theme; “Twinkie Day” on Tuesday, dressing students alike for the day; “Disney Day” on Wednesday, dressing as Disney characters or in Disney attire; “College Day” on Thursday, with favorite college gear; and “Red and White Day” on Friday to celebrate the Bobcats.
Yerger Middle School will also participate in “Spirit Week” with “Twinkie Day” on Monday; “Character Day” on Tuesday; “Dress Up Day” on Wednesday; “Red and White Day” on Thursday; and “College/Pro Day” on Friday.
The YMS Eighth Grade and HHS Ninth Grade Bobcats play Hot Springs at Hammons Stadium on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. A pep rally will also be held on the YMS campus on Thursday.
The Beryl Henry Elementary School campus will also celebrate “Spirit Week” this week with “Decade Day” on Monday; “Twinkie Day” on Tuesday; “Disney Day” on Wednesday; “Class Color Day” on Thursday; and “Red and White Day” on Friday.
Two rural Washington area residents were killed and two other people injured in a head-on collision Saturday morning in the Cross Roads Community on Highway 73. According to the Arkansas State Police, the dead are Pearlene Cheatham, 98, and Jewellene Trotter, 75.
State Police say a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta driven by LaTonya Cheatham, 37, of Texarkana, Arkansas, was westbound and a 2008 Nissan Altima driven by Latasha Trotter, 40, with a rural Washington address, was eastbound, and as both vehicles were entering a curve near Hempstead County Road 187, the Volkswagen apparently crossed the centerline hitting the Nissan. The two women killed were passengers in the respective cars. Both drivers were airlifted; Cheatham to UAMS in Little Rock and Trotter to St. Micheal's in Texarkana. Trooper Larry Mitchell investigated. The wreck was reported by a Cross Roads Volunteer fireman. That department, Hempstead County deputies and Arkansas Highway Police, and Pafford EMS, were among those on scene.
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The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday September 21st was hosted by the Hampton Inn, the Holiday Inn Express, and the Best Western of Hope. Those attending were treated to ham & biscuits as well as Charlton Luker's famous hot chicken salad. Pictured are Charlotte Fowler, Charlton Luker, Pat Chambless, Gary Chambless, Jason Prejean, Megan Huntziner, and Matt Chambless.
The Southwest Arkansas District Fair Parade was held Tuesday (9-27) to kick off this year's fair. In the queen's division, first place went to Gracie Smith followed by Addie Womack in second place and Peyton Lambert in third. In the Junior Division, first place went to the Spring Hill Homecoming Court. Garrett Christian School Homecoming Court took second and Garrett Christian School Volleyball took third. In the open division, first place went to the Melon Mad Hatters, second went to the Hope Boy Scouts, and third went to Laurel Place.
13 Hope Kiwanis Club members achieved perfect attendance in the past year. 11 of them were on hand to receive recognition on Tuesday September 27th. Pictured are Jimmy Courtney, Andrew Watson, Dr. Trevor Coffee, Bill Barham, Brian Berry, Jerry Prudent, Dr. Bill Coffee, Jack Easterling, Bob Willis, Dennis Ramsey, and George Straughter. Two others achieving perfect attendance were not able to be there. They are Catherine Cook and Floyd Young.
Attorneys for the Mineral Springs School District in their federal civil rights lawsuit and appeal of Academic Distress were arrested Monday morning by Little Rock police and charged with Obstructing Governmental Operations. The Little Rock Police Department says attorneys John Walker (pictured) and Omavi Kushukuru were arrested after allegedly interfering with a traffic stop. Walker is also a State Representative for District 34 in the Little Rock area. According to KATV Channel 7, the alleged incident occurred while officers were on a traffic stop with a vehicle that apparently did not have a license plate. Channel 7 reports Walker was apparently filming the traffic stop. The attorneys were arrested for allegedly entering the area around the traffic stop. Obstructing Governmental Operations is a misdemeanor.
Walker is the lead attorney in a federal civil rights filed February 29th against Hempstead County, Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key, the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas State Board of Education by the Mineral Springs School District, Superintendent Curtis Turner and the Mineral Springs School Board. Most recently, Kuskukuru argued unsuccessfully before the Arkansas State Board of Education of the designation by the Board of placing Mineral Springs High School in Academic Distress. That decision has been appealed in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
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