Jill Bobo speaks to the Hope Lions 5/2/16...she talked about the success of last week's annual U of A Hope Fish Fry. Approximately 500 people were served
Sharon Wright gave the Hope Lions an update on the annual Christian Charitable Clinic Fish Fry set for Tuesday May 10th 4:30pm to 7pm at the Fair Park Community Center. Tickets are available from CCMC volunteers.
The Hope Lions received an award for inducting more new members than any other large club in the state. District Governor John Collier presents a patch to President Nancy Bailey on May 2nd.
Klipsch®, has announced that its fans are orchestrating a pilgrimage and will descend upon its Hope, AR facilities May 20 and 21. Over 125 “Klipsch community” forum members and brand devotees will celebrate their collective passion for Klipsch speakers, the Klipsch employees that handcraft them and its 70th anniversary.
The Klipsch annual pilgrimage is not a new phenomenon, but this is the first time it has been planned and executed by fans of the brand, particularly, the Klipsch audio forum members. The pilgrimage will take place in Hope where Paul W. Klipsch (PWK) founded Klipsch Audio in 1946, exactly 70 years ago. Klipsch still maintains a manufacturing facility, warehouse and museum in Hope.
“Klipsch and its forum members have a relationship that most companies can only hope to achieve. It is based on mutual respect for high quality speakers and preserving the high standards that Paul W. Klipsch started this company with seventy years ago in that small tin shed in Hope, Arkansas. The close friendships we have made with members on the forum and Klipsch employees became the driving force behind my interest in coordinating the annual Pilgrimage this year. I hope that we can pass the emotion, respect and loyalty we have for Klipsch down to many generations to come,” said Christy Luquet, Klipsch forum moderator and brand enthusiast.
Klipsch employees in Hope will be treated to an appreciation lunch provided by forum members on Friday, May 20. Klipsch fans will then spend the remainder of their time touring the Klipsch plant, audio labs and museum, as well as getting demonstrations of new and existing Klipsch speakers. Klipsch historian Jim Hunter and principal engineer Roy Delgado will be on hand for a question and answer session. Both employees had the privilege of working first-hand with founder PWK and have been with Klipsch for more than 65 years collectively.
Attendees are most looking forward to the 70th anniversary limited edition Klipschorn® and Heresy® Heritage series speakers. Special attention was paid to the details of each new speaker, as they feature design enhancements, exotic wood veneer finishes, special edition logos and unique grille cloths.
Special guest Colleen Murphy, founder of the Classic Album Sundays (CAS) organization, will make her way from the UK to attend the event. Murphy is dedicated to the vinyl revolution, sharing the stories behind noteworthy albums and orchestrating in-depth listening sessions on hi-fi audio systems for the fellow music enthusiasts. “I’ve been a Klipsch enthusiast for over two decades. I’ve DJ’d in venues from London to New York City to Tokyo on dance floors surrounded by multiple Klipschorns, the same speakers I have squeezed into the living room of my home and that started Classic Album Sundays. Needless to say, Klipsch is in my DNA. I am looking forward to learning more about the brand’s legendary history and spending time with like-minded Klipsch fans.”
For more information about the Klipsch Pilgrimage, please visit Community.Klipsch.com.
special thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest
Hempstead County is asking that the federal civil rights lawsuit recently filed naming them and several other entities as defendants by the Mineral Springs School District be dismissed. The request was part of the response to the lawsuit filed February 29 in U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against the county along with Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key, the Department of Education and the Arkansas State Board of Education alleging, among other things, diminishing of the quality of education of black students. The lawsuit alleges state officials "encouraged white students and black athletes to transfer from Mineral Springs to the Nashville School District." Unquote. Mineral Springs is alleging tax revenue was diverted the past several years from SWEPCO's John Turk Power Plant near McNab, which is located within the boundaries of the old Saratoga School District. That suit was filed by Curtis Turner individually and as superintendent, and the Mineral Springs School Board individually and in their official capacity. The suit includes the names of all seven board members, including Mike Erwin, William Dixon, Jamie Jackson, Dorthy Vaughn, Shelia Jackson, Ray Hawkins, and Zemera Newton.
The Hempstead County response pertains only to the county and was filed by attorneys C. Burt Newell, and Ralph C. Ohm. The response was filed April 25th, and states among other things, damages suffered by Mineral Springs are "a direct and proximate result of the Plaintiff's own conduct", and fails to state a cause of action upon which relief can be granted. The response is also asserting Sovereign Immunity.
An amended filing April 6 appears to add the Nashville School District, Nashville School Board and Nashville School Superintendent Doug Graham individually and as superintendent. Both Superintendent Turner and Graham deny Nashville is part of the suit, with Tuner telling local media Nashville and Graham will be removed. A check of a summary site of filings of lawsuit information does not yet show the removal of Nashville and its officials.
Special thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest
Notice of 2016 Roof Bid
Notice is hereby given the County Judge Haskell Morse will be soliciting bids for the following roof project for the Hempstead County Courthouse roof. This project will be bid in May 2016 with work to be performed in the Summer of 2016. Proposals should be addressed to County Judge Haskell Morse 400 South Washington Street Hope, AR 71801. Bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM, May 16, 2016 and then at said location publicly opened and read aloud. Drawings may also be picked up in the County Judge’s office during normal business hours.
Advertise to Bid:
Hempstead County Courthouse
Sealed bids from licensed contractors for furnishing all labor, equipment, materials, supplies and supervision for the proposed roof repairs of approximately 8,600 square feet.
The scope of work consists of: Remove old foam and coating roof down to concrete deck. Install new tapered, slop-to-drain, fully-adhered 1/8” per foot slope ISO board insulation. One portion of the roof will have a ¼” per foot slope. Install a fully adhered 60 mil IB PVC single ply roofing system including perimeter and penetration flashings, sheet metal flashing and trims, expansion joints, retrofit roof drains, overflow drains, etc. as specified by manufacturer for a 20-year leak proof warranty. Install 6 new wall scuppers along with collection boxes and down spouts. Removal of 5 air exhaust vents ranging in size from 2’x2’ – 5’x5’. Extension of approximately 21 plumbing roof vents. Removal of unused radio antenna from the fifth floor roof. Remove and reset one 5 ton HVAC unit and one 10 ton HVAC unit on the second floor roof.
Hempstead County reserves the right to waive any informality or to reject any or all bids. Bidders may not withdraw their bids within 30 days after the date of the bid opening and must provide bid bonds as required. All bidding processes shall be in accordance with State law.
The 29th Annual Blevins Community Area-Wide Benefit Barbecue for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital is scheduled for Saturday May 7, 2016, at the Blevins High School Cafeteria. Serving time will start at 4:00 p.m. with carry outs available.
Our benefit was started because of the number of children from this area that were patients in the Children’s Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hinton and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bonds each had a granddaughter that had used the hospital and they wanted to do something to express their appreciation for the way the hospital not only treated the patients, but how they cared for the parents and families of the children that were in the hospital. They contacted several in the community and we had the 1st benefit and raised $5,000. The community all agreed that this is a great cause and decided to continue to have the event the first Saturday in May. We have raised over $270,000 over the past 28 years for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
We are one of the oldest contributors to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital for an area of our size that the hospital has.
This year a special thanks to Mrs. Wilma England for donating a beautiful handmade quilt that we will be raffling. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. You do not have to be present to win.
Also this year, we have a new Henry Lever Action 22 Rifle that we will be raffling. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. We want to thank Townsend’s Outdoors for helping us with the gun. You do not have to be present to win.
Mr. Jimmy Bonds has made an Arkansas Razorback that is 5 ft. 3 in. long and 3 ft. 1 in. tall. The snout opens to a standard size mailbox that can be mounted on a 4x4 post for a mailbox or either a yard decoration. The tickets are $5.00 each. You do not have to be present to win.
This year’s entertainment will feature Randy McKinnon and The Bear Creek Boys. Randy and The Bear Creek Boys have been with us the past 27 years.
At 7:00 p.m. we will have a Cake Auction. We have some of the best cooks in the area. So we urge everyone to bring their best desserts or what they want to donate to the auction to come and enjoy.
This year’s benefit will consist of Barbecue Beef, Pork, Chicken, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Roll, Dessert and Drink. The cost will be $5.00 for Adults and $2.50 for Children 12 and under. We have kept the price the same since we have started because this gives everyone an opportunity to come out and enjoy a good clean family gathering. The reason we can keep it the same price is because all the area Churches each donate money and the area Business donate money to help fund this event. Everything that is raised that night goes directly to Arkansas Children’s Hospital because of the great community support. The area Churches each take time to come and serve during the benefit and provide the desserts and drinks. The best part of all is that we don’t stop our boundaries just in Blevins. We reach out to all the communities in Hempstead, Howard, Nevada, Pike and adjoining communities. We want everyone that has had a child, grandchild or a family member that has been in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital to come and enjoy this event.
If anyone were to get severely burned, then they would be at the Children’s Hospital because they are the Burn Unit for Arkansas.
This year’s benefit will be in Honor of Miss Kaden Peebles who has been a cancer patient at the Children’s Hospital for the past year. She will also give a speech on what the hospital has meant to her and her family. Mrs. Sherri Ford and her daughter Miss Kenzie Ford who is the Children’s Hospital Ambassador will be representing the hospital.
Our motto is that if the money we raise that night can save just one’s child’s life, then all the work that goes into this event is well worth the effort. We urge everyone to come out and enjoy this wonderful event and help the Children’s Hospital.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE BENEFIT WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL