The Hope Kiwanis Club heard from Dr. Vic Ford, Director of the Southwest Research and Extension Center near Hope at the club's annual Farm-City Day November 24th. Dr. Ford noted agriculture is a $20 billion dollar industry in Arkansas. He also noted the state is number one in rice production and number four in broiler production.
The Hope Kiwanis Club held its annual "Farm-City Day" Tuesday November 24th. The annual event salutes farmers and agricultural workers. Pictured are the guests of the club. They include Clay Wingfield, Jerrome Underwood,Katie Sullivan, Novalene Slatton, Bickie Bennett, Margie Miller, Dr. Vic Ford, Glen Ford, Theresa Ford, Joe Don Webb, Patricia Rowe, James Lamb, Sherri Pote, Cathy Howard, Kimberly Rowe, Dr. Jon Barry, James Overton, Terrie James, Alison DeVenney, and Terry Kirkpatrick. Dr. Ford gave the keynote address.
The Hope Kiwanis Club held its annual "Farm-City" day on Tuesday November 24th. The club honors all local farmers and agricultural workers that day and invites them to have lunch with the club. Special guests were the Hempstead County Farm Family of the Year, the Russell and Stacy Womack family. Pictured with the Womacks are their children Addie and Guy.
There obviously is no place like Hope for the Holidays as Kirk Gray of the Hope Parks and Tourism department shows on the banners he is hanging downtown. Paul Henley of the Hope Parks says they plan to have the banners in place well before the "Christmas In The City" parade Monday November 30th at 6pm.
To: Citizens of Hempstead County;
The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase of reported daytime home
Burglaries and thefts over the past several weeks. Items taken such as jewelry, medication, and
Guns seem to be the target of the thieves.
As the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays near please be mindful and take extra precautions
As you leave your home to travel.
If you are going to be away from your home during these times or any other time please call the
Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727 and leave your name, address, and contact number so we
Can have deputies on patrol be aware that you are away from your home.
Here are a few tips that should make your Holiday’s more worry free.
Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
Keep your garage door closed and locked.
Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
Don't Tempt a Thief:
Lawn mowers, barbecues, ATV’s and bicycles are best stored out of sight
Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.”
Locks…Get the Best:
No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
Targeting the Outside:
Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
If Your Home Is Broken Into:
If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
Use your Cell Phone or neighbor's phone to call police.
Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
Other precautions you should take:
Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
Tips on how to avoid car break-ins:
Do not leave valuables in plain view:
(GPS devices, lap tops, PDA’s, cell phones, MP3’s, wallets, purses)
Do not leave windows or sunroof open.
Do not leave doors unlocked.
Do not leave keys in the vehicle.
Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
Do not leave out items with personal information.
Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.
Slow Down and use common sense before you leave your car.
Have a Safe Thanksgiving and Christmas Season
Sheriff James Singleton
The Hope Lions Club heard from Janet Banister Monday November 23rd. Banister talked about the "Watch DOGS" program at Hope High. DOGS is an acronym for "Dads Of Great Students". The school is looking for men and women to spend some time on campus and help provide a positive influence on Hope High students. If you are interested in the program phone Banister at Hope High.
Could a benefit of a recent overseas trade trip be a paper mill in south Arkansas?
During Governor Asa Hutchinson’s trade mission to Asia, Governor Hutchinson joined Chairman and Founder of Sun Paper Hongxin Li on November 22 to sign a letter of intent of investment cooperation with Sun Paper, a China-based paper company that employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. Through this letter, Sun Paper commits to studying the feasibility of building a $1.3 billion pulp mill in south Arkansas.
Arkansas Business is reporting the project has been in the works at least since a similar trip in 2012 by then Governor Mike Beebe. Arkansas Business, citing their report from 2013, speculated that Arkadelphia and Camden, and possibly Crossett, were the towns in the running. Camden has a long-shuttered International Paper mill facility.
The Governor’s Office along with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission say they will work closely with the company as they finalize details for the location for their new North American facility. This would be the company’s first facility in North America.
Sun Paper is headquartered in China’s Shandong Province and expects to make a final decision on the new facility by May 1, 2016.
“This is another great example of how important these trade missions are in marketing Arkansas to the rest of the world,” said Gov. Hutchinson. “Our time with Sun Paper in China was invaluable as we learned more specifics of the company’s plans for the next several months. As with all prospective projects, working through site location questions is a thorough process and we look forward to continuing to work with the company’s leadership to provide everything needed to make an informed decision. This is an important step in a long process, and I am pleased by Sun Paper’s readiness to commit to a specific timeline and to focus on locations in our state for this major investment.”
Joining Gov. Hutchinson and Chairman Li at the signing ceremony were U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston, and U.S. Consulate General Charles Bennett.
Should Sun Paper locate a new factory in Arkansas, it would be comparable to Big River Steel’s investment currently under construction in Mississippi County. Employment projections are not being disclosed.
Texarkana Veterans Town Hall Meeting
TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS – Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (OBVAMC) will host a Town Hall and outreach event on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 5-6 p.m., at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4562, 4700 East 9th Street, Texarkana, Ark., 71854.
Veterans and their families, congressional and senatorial stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, local media partners, and other organizations in our community are invited to attend.
The Town Hall meeting is an open forum in which hospital leaders will listen to stakeholder’s thoughts, concerns and ideas. The meeting is an opportunity to build and strengthen OBVAMC’s commitment to ensuring service members, Veterans, families, and other beneficiaries have an opportunity to share their experiences both positive and those experiences that can be improved by OBVAMC staff.
VA Outreach services and special program representatives will also be available to assist Veterans to include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits and claims assistance; patient advocate services and more.
Monroe Stuart of Ozan, passed away Thursday. He was born on January 18,1926 in Ozan.
Monroe graduated from Nashville High School in 1943. He was a farmer of cotton, soybeans, and cattle. He operated the first mechanical cotton picker in south Arkansas. He was a former board member of the Farm Bureau and Production Credit Association. Monroe served as a rural mail carrier for 38 years. He helped to organize the Ozan Volunteer Fire Department and served as Fire Chief for many years. He was a board member of the St. Paul’s Cemetery Association and was recently recognized for his 61 years of service for maintaining the cemetery.
Monroe was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church of Ozan, AR, and recently was attending Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, AR.
Monroe’s caring nature and outgoing personality made him well known and liked throughout Howard and Hempstead Counties.
Services were Sunday. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Cemetery Association, C/O Mike Citty, 2321 Walnut St., Ashdown, AR. 71822
Preservationist Parker Westbrook Passes Away
Noted historian and preservationist Parker L. Westbrook, 89, of Little Rock, formerly of Nashville, died Thursday, November 19, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Parker Westbrook is the Founding President of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas. His roots run deep in Nashville and Washington, Arkansas, though his first foray into historic preservation came when he was living in Virginia and working in Washington DC as a Special Assistant for U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright. Mr. Westbrook purchased and restored an 1807 Quaker Cottage in Waterford, Virginia. After 26 years in politics in Washington, DC, Parker returned to his home state of Arkansas in 1975 to serve as Special Assistant for newly-elected Governor David Pryor. Parker has volunteered in several capacities supporting the Pioneer Washington Foundation, Arkansas’s oldest preservation organization. Parker first served as restoration advisor, then as Executive Director, and finally as President of the Foundation for 19 years. Parker was inducted into the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Hall of Fame in 2007 with recognition for his dedication to promoting heritage tourism in Arkansas. He is an Advisor Emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation where he was Secretary of the Board for two terms and a 2001 recipient of a Preservation Honors Award from the Trust and was declared a “National Treasure” at the Annual Meeting of the Trust. Parker has served on the state Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Historic Arkansas Museum Commission where he served as Chairman of each entity for a time for over three decades. He also served for two terms on the President’s Advisory Council on historic Preservation under President Clinton and was named Chairman of the Committee on National Historic Landmarks of the National Parks System Advisory Board. The “Lifetime Achievement Award” of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas is designated the PARKER WESTBROOK AWARD and given annually by The Alliance.
Private Graveside services were held Sunday; a Memorial service will be held Tuesday December 1, 2015; 1:30p.m. At The First United Methodist Church in Washington, AR.
Memorials can be made to: Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation P.O. Box 127 Washington, AR 71862; Arkansas Community Foundation (Parker Westbrook Endowment) 1400 West Markham Little Rock, AR 72201.