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Maintenance Work on Interstate 30 DeRoche Creek Bridge Requires a Lane Closure at Hot Spring and Clark County Line
HOT SPRING & CLARK COUNTIES (7-22) – Maintenance work on the I-30 De Roche Creek Bridge at the Hot Spring and Clark County Line will require a lane closure, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.
The outside westbound lane will be closed for a mile in Clark County and a mile in Hot Spring County on Tuesday, July 26 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., weather permitting.
Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.
(Little Rock, AR), July 21, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Arkansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, SED Linda Newkirk reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.
“Producers have already elected ARC or PLC, but they must enroll for the 2016 crop year by signing a contract before the Aug. 1 deadline to receive program benefits,” said SED Newkirk. “Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll.”
The programs trigger financial protections for participating agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. Nationwide, more than 1.76 million farmers and ranchers are expected to sign contracts to enroll in ARC or PLC. Covered commodities under the programs include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.
For more program information, contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. USDA has also provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.
The 40th annual Hope Watermelon Festival is set for August 11th, 12th, and 13th in Hope’s Fair Park . Fair Park is located off state highway 174 south of US 67.
The festival officially opens at noon Thursday August 11th. Most of the arts and crafts booths will be open along with the concessions. Highlights of the day include the Kiwanis Bar B Que chicken dinner featuring Tyson chicken. The meal will be served from 4:30pm to 7pm at the Fair Park Community Center . Take-outs will be available. Entertainment Thursday will include the Watermelon Idol Preliminary at 6pm on the Hope Auto/Farmer’s Bank & Trust stage in front of the coliseum and inside the coliseum on the McDonald’s stage will be “God’s Purpose”, a group from Nashville that mixes gospel music and Motown favorites. On the BancorpSouth stage Thursday night at 7pm with the Night Hawk Band. Rudy Preston and Friends will perform on the BancorpSouth Stages from 6pm to 7pm.
The festival opens on Friday August 12th at 9am. The annual Lion’s Club Fish Fry is set for 4:30pm to 7pm at the Fair Park Community Center . Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children4 to 12. Take-outs are available but require an adult ticket.
Friday evening will feature Dave Almand on Hope Auto/Farmer’s Bank & Trust Stage in front of the coliseum from 7pm to 8:30pm. On the BancorpSouth stage Friday at 6:30pm will be the Dog Show sponsored and presented by Dr. Damien Stroderd and the Klipsch Group. Friday will also feature the Washington Vintage Dancers in front of the coliseum Friday at 6:30pm. The festival encourages senior citizen groups to attend on Friday. Rudy Preston and friends will also be featured on the Hope Auto/Farmer's Bank Stage Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm. The Hope Junior Auxiliary will also have booth Friday and Saturday in front of the coliseum featuring face painting and the "bubble college".
Saturday is the busiest day of the festival. Events kick-off with the Watermelon 5k Run/Walk presented by the Melonvine Striders Running Club at 7:30am. The race will start at 6th and Mockingbird. For information you can contact Don Still at 870-777-1917. Applications are online at hopemelonfest.com. There will also be a Watermelon Festival Car Show from 8am until 3pm near the swimming pool. It is sponsored and presented by the Hope Civitan Club. Entry fee is $20. For information call Mona Still at 870-648-5084. The Melon Mile Fun Run starts at 9am presented by the Melonvine Striders and sponsored by Coffee Family Dental.
The Melon Judging and Auction takes place at 10am at the Super 1 Foods tent. Don Worthy will auction off the giant melons and the public is invited for the chance to take home a big melon. This event is sponsored by First State Insurance, Secur Storage, and DB Audio and Electronics.
The popular “Money In the Haystack” will take place at 10am near the Super 1 Foods tent sponsored by State Farm Agent Heather Doucet. Children can scramble in the hay to win free money.
Watch your favorite elected official or candidate vie for top honors in the “Politically Correct” watermelon eating contest Saturday August 13th at 11:30am. The event is sponsored by the U of A Hope/Texarkana on the BancorpSouth stage. The event has been won for several years by Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton. It is believed the sheriff has been practicing in an undisclosed location. The regular watermelon eating contest will follow at noon on the BancorpSouth stage. There are categories for ages infant to 7, 8 to 15, and 16 and up. The event is free and anyone can enter. At 1pm will be the seed spitting contest on the Hope Auto/Farmer’s Bank & Trust Stage in front of the coliseum. This event is free and for all ages. It is sponsored by Farmer’s Bank & Trust.
The "Women of Hope" will hold their annual bingo on Saturday inside the coliseum. The bingo games are always popular.
There will be a variety of musical events at the BancorpSouth stage Saturday starting with the “Brazzel Gospel Hour” at 9am sponsored by Brazzel-Oakcrest Funeral Home and featuring the popular Garrett Memorial Quartet. At 10:30am local favorite Carl Jackson takes the stage. Following the watermelon eating contests, the Saturday entertainment on the BancorpSouth stage wraps up with the Arm Wrestling competition at 2pm.
The highlight of the festival will be a concert by the Oak Ridge Boys on the CMC Steel Products stage near Legion Field. The program opens at 6pm with the Watermelon Idol Finals sponsored by the U of A Hope/Texarkana. Miss America Betty Cantrell will perform at 7:30pm and the Watermelon Idol winner wil perform at 8:25pm. At 8:30pm, the Oak Ridge Boys will take to the stage in the most anticipated concert in the Watermelon Festival’s history. Advance general admission tickets are now on sale for $15 at the Chamber office and locations throughout southwest Arkansas . $40 reserved seat tickets are available at uacch.edu. General Admission tickets on the day of the concert will be $20.
Ice cold watermelon by the slice will also be availailable all three days at the Tyson truck on the north side of the park. There will also be camel rides at this year's festival.
Make plans to attend the 40th annual Hope Watermelon Festival August 11th, 12th, and 13th. The festival’s presenting sponsor is Tyson and the corporate sponsors include BancorpSouth, Super 1 Foods, Hampton Inn and the Holiday Inn Express, Verizon, the University of Arkansas Hope/Texarkana , and Southern Bakeries.
Two area men were reported injured in a plane crash at the Hope airport on Tuesday (7-18). The plane was apparently coming in for a landing, Jerry Nelson was flying the plane and Gene Watkins was the passenger. It is believed something gave way on the left side and veering off onto the grass. The plane eventually broke apart at the fuselage and at a wing. The men were taken to a Texarkana hospital and Nelson was eventually taken to Little Rock. The men apparently walked to the hanger and called Pafford EMS. Federal Aviation Administration officials have been to Hope to investigate
The Hope City Board met Tuesday July 19th for their second meeting of July.
The board first addressed a request from Hope Water and Light regarding a building that belongs to the city and is used by Hope Water and Light. New Millennium wants to purchase the nearly 3/4ths of an acre. Hope Water and Light can build a new chlorine facility on the former May property. New Millennium wants the property to build an office complex and remove their current complex. The board voted to deed the property to Water and Light so they can sell it to New Millennium.
The board discussed the annexation ordinance which would clean up enclaves, areas surrounded by the city on all sides. City Manager Catherine Cook explained what has led up to the annexation effort. Board member asked about city building codes and whether a resident could perform their own electrical and plumbing work. It was noted that whoever does the work, an inspector must sign off on it to be on city utilities. Before city attorney Joe Short was instructed to read the ordinance, a 30 minute ordeal, Mayor Ramsey polled the board to determine if it would pass before subjecting Short to the reading. Two board members initially indicated they might not vote for the annexation. There were also discussions about livestock with city manager Cook noting most livestock issues in the city have had to do with mistreatment as opposed to space issues. There was also a discussion about rezoning. After a discussion there appeared to be a lack of consensus and the ordinance was not considered.
The board reviewed the city expenditures for the first 6 months of the year. County sales tax is flat and city sales tax is 2.5% up. City manager Catherine Cook said everything appears to be fine. No action was taken.
The board declared several items as surplus. Bthe items were used by the parks. The items included a dump truck, an ATV,and mowers.
The board considered rezoning some property on Pine between Beryl Henry and Heather Manor. The board voted to rezone the property from R-1 to R-5. The owner wants to put aa manufactured home on the property. The board suspended the rules and passed the zoning ordinance.
City manager Catherine Cook noted Saturday is the city-wide clean-up. She noted the Landfill project is going well and that manhole rehabbing is almost finished with 30 left. She also updated the board on the airplane crash at the airport Monday. She noted there were serious injuries and it was fortunate there were no fatalities. The meeting then adjourned.
Several ROC individuals were recently treated to Max, a certified pet therapy dog, and his owner, Phyllis McGee of Texarkana. The individuals interacted with Max in numerous tasks and activities all while having great doggie fun.