The First Presbyterian Church of Hope held its annual "Souper Bowl of Caring" Friday February 5th and Saturday February 6th on Main Street between the church and Rodney Orr Insurance. This was the 9th annual year for the church to hold the food drive and one of the best. $948.01 was raised in cash donations, the second best total out of the 9 years and 611 pounds of food was collected. The church took the items to Hope In Action on Tuesday February 9th. Pictured are church secretary and member Elaine Douglas, Mae Dulaney of Hope In Action, FPC pastor Rev. Kathleen Hignight, Dr. Ladell Douglas, John Ed Watkins, and Paul Henley of Hope In Action. The church enjoys conducting the food drive and appreciates all the donations. Over 9 years the event has collected $6,648.01 in cash for Hope In Action and collected 4,934 pounds of food.
The Hope Rotary Club held its annual Valentine's Banquet and Educator of the Year program Thursday February 11th. The speaker was U of A Hope/Texarkana Chancellor Chris Thomason who spoke about the importance teachers made in his life.
The annual Hope Rotary Club Valentine's Banquet and Educator of the Year program was held Thursday February 11th. During the program President St
eve Lance presented Dolly Henley with a medallion designating her as a "Paul Harris Fellow".
The Hope Rotary Club held its annual Valentines Banquet and Educator of the Year Program Thursday February 11th at Hempstead Hall. Two Hope teachers were honored. They included agri instructor Christina Smith from Hope High and Latoya Martin from Beryl Henry Elementary. Pic with the honorees are Rotarian John Ed Watkins and Rotary President Steve Lance
The Redland Township of Hempstead County history booksare still available. Hard back 370 pages of photos and articles. Books can be purchased $35 at Community Coffee, McCaskill Community Center, each Saturday from 9-11 am. or mail check in amount of $40 to---City of McCaskill -P.O. Box 8 -McCaskill, Arkansas 71847.
Hope High School senior student Shelby Smith, left, has acquired more than half of the credits necessary for an associate degree at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana since the spring semester of her 11th grade year. Directed by UAHT Career Coach/Concurrent Credit Facilitator Brittany Holleman, Smith will graduate from HHS in May with a high school diploma and 38 hours of college studies. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
Monday, February 15, 2016 Hempstead County Courthouse and Road & Waste Depts. will be closed to observe the President's Day Holiday. Monday's trash route will be collected on Tuesday, February 16th along with Tuesday's regular route.
Food Handlers Certification
Nine HHS Food Production Management class students have been certified by the Arkansas Food Handlers Basic Course. The students must have successfully completed the three courses in the HHS program in order to test for certification, according to teacher Mrs. Cheryl Morrison. Students newly certified include Kristin Anderson, Ra’kiyah Bowles, Byron Dismuke, Cristina Dominguez, Jaquelin Frayre, Rebeca Santos, and Destiny Fields. Not pictured are Yotan Alvarenga, and Larissa Johnson. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
CMC Closing Magnolia Post Plant
Commercial Metals Company Tuesday announced the closure of its fence post operations in Magnolia, Arkansas. Production will be relocated to the San Marcos, Texas fence post production facility, as operations in Magnolia wind down and cease in their entirety by the end of the company's third fiscal quarter. The company says customers will not be impacted by this decision. In addition, CMC Steel Arkansas, a rerolling mill operated in Magnolia since 1987, will significantly reduce production levels over the same time period. CMC says the decisions are primarily the result of what CMC believes to be unfairly traded and illegally dumped steel products entering the U.S. market. "The decision to consolidate production in Texas reflects the impact of unfair trade on several plants and products. Approximately 40 employees are being impacted by the closure." Unquote, the company said in a statement.
"It is always a difficult decision to curtail operations which affect our employment levels and the community at large. The issue of global steel overcapacity is having real impacts on people and communities across the country. We have been working tirelessly to address these issues with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission. Unfortunately the actions taken to date by the U.S. government have not been effective, and we continue to see excessive quantities of unfairly traded steel entering the US market. This ineffectiveness has now taken a real toll in Magnolia," commented Tracy Porter, President CMC Americas
Perry Henley brings two orders of spaghetti at the annual "Mardi Gras" spaghetti dinner at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church Tuesday February 9th