Visitors To Downtown Hope Will Notice some recent improvements. The wall of Elm Street Marketplace has been painted as has the southern half of the Capitol Hotel/Bett's building on Main. Monday April 22nd. crews were seen painting the facade of Bob's Antiques on Elm next to LaGrone Williams Hardware in the historic Haynes Bros. Building...
OF COUNTERFEIT BILLS (Prop/ Movie Money) BEING PASSED
Recently the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office confiscated a large number of Prop/ Movie bills resembling United State Currency. These bills resemble One Hundred, Fifty, and Twenty Dollar U.S. Currency.
I would like to advise the Citizens and Business of Hempstead County to be aware that this fake currency is circulating. Please check your currency when you receive it and make sure it is real currency.
Please call the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office if you receive any of these bills. I have attached several photos of the Prop/Movie Currency that was confiscated be sure and look where it has been highlighted.
The severe weather predicted for Hempstead County showed up in the early morning hours of December 1st. Numerous trees and structures were damaged . Apparently damage started in County Road 36 in the”Battlefield Loop” area near Spring Hill and caused damage along highway 29 south over to Town Drive, Country Drive, Country Club Drive, the Gunter Edition, Highway 73, Cameron Hills,and US 278. County Judge Haskell Morse who shared these photos estimated there were at least 12 houses in the county with trees on them. Despite the widespread damage there appears to be no injuries from the event. Intense and dilligent efforts were put in by Hope Water & Light Crews, Hempstead County Crews, and volunteers such as Randy and John Odom to repair lines and clean up the damage.
The National Weather Service in Shreveport visited Hope on December 2 to survey the area. City Mayor, Steve Montgomery; City Manager, Catherine Cook; County Judge, Haskell Morse; Southwest Area Coordinator, Teresa Smith; and Hempstead County Emergency Management Coordinator, Cindy Tewalt-Kleimann traveled with Warning Coordination Meteorologist Charlie Woodrum along the destruction path of the storm surveying different regions.
The group started in Spring Hill off of Battlefield Loop and proceeded along Spring Hill Road to the Downs resident where the damage was more severe. They visited different locations along Highway 29 South, Town Drive and Country Drive, the Hope Country Club, East 28 Street, and ended on Highway 278.
While surveying the damage, trees were uprooted in multiple locations, some through the roof of homes, sheet metal roofs had been blown off and intertwined in trees. Residents have already started work on the repairs to their homes along with cutting limbs that had fallen in the roads.
After observing and surveying the areas they rated the storm as an EF1 Tornado, with wind speeds of 100 to 105 miles per hour.
The results have been gathered and the Hempstead County election results were all in by 10:10pm election night. In the county judge’s race, Republican Jerry Crane polled 3,582 votes compared to 1,375 for Democrat Allen Flowers. Crane will be sworn in as judge in January. There were two contested city board races and the incumbents held on to them. In the race for city director Ward 6, Steve Montgomery polled 201 votes compared to Carla Bryant’s 116 votes. In the Ward 7 race in Hempstead County Don Still polled 224 votes compared to 63 for Peter Anthony Maggio. The ballot for county coroner showed two names; however, Scott Brown had withdrawn from the race leaving only David Peters. Peters polled 2,689 votes compared to 2,257 for Brown.
In the issues races, Issue 1 had been stricken from the ballot by the courts but wasn’t removed due to the lateness of the decision. In Hempstead County 2,072 voted for it while 1.730 voted against. Issue 2, requiring a photo I.D. to vote passed overwhelmingly in Hempstead county 4,206 to 677. Issue 3, the term limits proposal was stricken from the ballot; however, Hempstead County voted for the issue 3,047 to 966. Issue 4, the casino gambling proposal received 2,698 votes for in Hempstead County with 2,169 votes against. Issue 5, the proposal to increase the minimum wage in Arkansas was found approval in Hempstead County with 3,175 votes for and 1,753 votes against.
In the state supreme court race, Hempstead County voted for Justice Courtney Goodson 2,840 over David Sterling with 1,900 votes. The county voted overwhelmingly for Governor Asa Hutchinson, Congressman Bruce Westerman, Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, and voted for John Thurston for Secretary of State. The county voted overwhelmingly for State Treasurer Dennis Milligan and for Auditor of State Andrea Lea. For Commissioner of State Lands Hempstead County voted overwhelmingly for Republican Tommy Land. In State Senate District 10 the county went for Senator Larry Teague 2,926 to challenger Bobbi Hicks with 961 votes. And for the part of Hempstead County that includes the state representative seat for District 19, the county voted 161 for Representative Justin Gonzales compared to 56 for Jeremy Ross.
Alejandro Gonzalez, 29, of Hope, AR Foreign Warrant
Kelvin Lewis, 26, of Texarkana, AR Failure to Appear
Ashton Dennis, 25, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Justin Elmer, 29, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Channin Jameson, 26, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Benjamin Newton, 25, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Ryan Harris, 27, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Lacorae Turner, 22, of Camden, AR Failure to Appear
Roger Waid, 52, of Prescott, AR Failure to Appear
0400 hours in the I-30 Westbound Exit Ramp (31) 1 vehicle (Animal Involved)
2037 hours in the 100 block of N. Greening St. 1 vehicle
1520 hours in the 200 block of N. Hervey St. 2 vehicle
1851 hours in the 900 block of N. Hervey St. (Super 1 Foods)
S – Janet Munn, 62, of Hope, AR
Ms. Munn was arrested and charged with theft of property and served with a failure to appear warrant.
0703 hours in the 1600 block of S. Main St. (Expressway)
S – Jessica Crow, 38, of Waldo, AR
Ms. Crow was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine),
possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and possession of drug paraphernalia.
2320 hours in the 2200 block of Bill Clinton Dr.
S – Jada Simms, 20, of Hope, AR
Ms. Simms was charged with battery in the third degree.
S – Katherine Melot, 30, of Lewisville, AR
Ms. Melot was arrested and charged with forgery in the second degree. The original incident occurred on
, 2018 in the 300 block of N. Hervey St. (First National Bank of Tom Bean) at 1800 hours.
Ms. Melot was also served with a failure to comply warrant
Welding students at UAHT on Thursday unveiled the Hempstead County Bicentennial Time Capsule they have constructed. Designer Richard Read was on hand along with UAHT’s Charlie Scoggins. Read says the capsule is 37 inches tall and weighs about 400 pounds empty. It is made of quarter inch stainless steel and the lid will be welded in place when it is sealed. People who would like to write a “letter to the future” can find the forms at hempstead200.com or at the Chamber office. The time capsule will be buried at the new courthouse December 15th in a special concrete vault. Plans are to open it in 2068.
The Hempstead County Quorum Court met Thursday October 25th. After the minutes were approved, the JP’s considered an ordinance that sets the local fire districts. Steve Smith explained that some of the lines were changed for insurance purposes. While not every citizen will be within five miles of a fire department the changes will get many citizens within five miles of a fire department for the first time and will help their insurance rates. The ordinance was approved.
The JP’s considered an ordinance which would allow the Sheriff’s Department to receive a grant for approximately $2,700 for software to track sex offenders. The JPs approved the ordinance.
The JP’s considered approved an ordinance accepting a grant for approximately$29,568. This ordinance passed.
The JPs considered a transfer and appropriation ordinance for just under $20,500 to Circuit Judge Randy Wright’s office to reroof Judge Wright’s building. This ordinance was approved.
The JP’s discussed a Christmas bonus for all county employees for $541 each. This does cover elected officials but not quorum court member. The JP’S agreed to prepare an ordinance for the next meeting.
Washington Mayor Paul Henley addressed the JP’s and asked his fellow Washington citizens to stand. He noted after 194 years Washington will not have a polling place in the November election. Henley noted more Washington voters would have come but they can’t travel. Duane Rowe noted many Washington voters will not be able to travel to Hope to vote. Rowe said they just needed one voting machine. Mayor Henley noted Washington grew 23% in the last census. Election Commissioner Richard Wade said the reason Washington was closed is because the polling place is not handicapped accessible. He said they didn’t want to close that polling place but the handicap situation was a problem. Also, Wade said the election commission broke state law because they didn’t have enough workers staffing the polling place. Mayor Henley said the facility is ADA accessible and he will demonstrate that for the commission. Several Washington citizens volunteered to take the poll worker training. Wade said if these criteria are met Washington can get their polling place back possibly by the May election next year.
The budget committee agreed to meet Tuesday October 30th at 6:30pm..The committee will include Jessie Henry, Ed Darling,and Olen Dorman.
JP Lynn Montgomery asked about road paving projects in the county. He asked what the criteria was. Judge Haskell Morse said it was based on such information as number of residences on the road and traffic. Judge Morse said they normally pave five or six toads but this year paved eight. The meeting then adjourned.