The Hope Lions Club gave out some perfect attendance awards on Monday August 29th. Dustin Brewer and Nancy Bailey each were honored for two years of perfect attendance while Ken Shafer was honored for 10 years of perfect attendance. Nancy Bailey's grandchild...didn't win anything!
The Hope Lions Club heard from two fine young men on Monday August 29th. Conner Bell and Brady Gentry of the Spring Hill FFA told the club about the upcoming Hempstead County Fair Premium Luncheon and Sale set for Friday September 2nd at the Fair Park Coliseum. The meal is set for 11:30am and the sale starts at 12:30pm. The public is invited and these two young men invited the Lions and thanked them for their past participating in the sale.
The Hope City Board met Monday August 29th for a special meeting. City attorney Joe Short opened the meeting detailing the history of the city manager form of government and detailed how Hope went from "at large" seats to ward seats. The city had been sued and the city was divided into 7 wards with at least three being "majority minority" wards. It has been understood that to qualify for the ballot for city board the candidate would get at least 50 signatures on their petition from the ward in which the candidate was running. Jay Kopecky is seeking the Ward 2 seat also being sought by incumbent Kiffanea Talley. Kopecky's petition contained 58 signatures of qualified voters; however, Kopecky's signatures were not all from Ward 2. The city disqualified the petition. Kopecky brought suit against the city and Judge Randy Wright issued a ruling which ultimately resulted in Kopecky being placed on the ballot. Short said the city may not wish to contest the Judge's ruling due to some ambiguity in the laws. Mark Hayes, chief council for the Arkansas Municipal League spoke and concurred with Short on the apparent ambiguity in the law. Board members asked several questions about the issue and also asked about redistricting the wards which is expected to take place in the next year or two. The board voted to remain silent on the issue.
Board member Willie Walker brought up North Side Park and noted the North side of the park doesn't look good because of some drainage issues and he noted he'd like the area cleaned up. City Manager Catherine Cook noted the city doesn't own all of that and she noted the city will be glad to get information on the owners. Also lighting in the area was discussed and it was noted it it will be addressed during budget talks.
Director Don Still asked if there was a limit on the number of vehicles that a resident can own. It was noted a resident can own 4 licensed vehicles that are outside although they can have more in a structure. Cook noted the resident on South Main which Still referenced had received a visit and the resident pledged cooperation. Also, Director Mark Ross brought up two residences in the 900th block of Rosston Road which appear to be "junkyards". Cook noted the city has made numerous visits to at least one of the residences. The resident will bring the property back into code but it will soon be out of code again. Director Ross also mentioned the old Shell Station on North Hazel where much of the merchandise (which appears to be used items) is outside the building. Cook noted the owner has been frequently reminded the merchandise should be inside the store. The meeting then adjourned
Yerger Middle School faculty and staff celebrated the first Collegiate Day at YMS on Friday to encourage awareness on campus of college readiness by wearing the colors of their college alma mater or official Greek society gear. Participating were YMS Principal Josclyn Wiley, Gladys Leeper, Hannah Wiley, Jonathan Turner, Teresa James, Earlene Gulley, Teena Bell, Aleesha Ridgeway-Turner, Henry Hale, LaTonya Bradley and Michelle Bittle. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
Bobbie Walston, 47, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Gerry Graham, 34, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Tiffany Easton, 33, of Saratoga, AR Failure to Comply
Shanel Beasley, 27, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Kahil Sharp, 22, of Hope, AR Foreign Warrant x2
Labrandon Harris, 25, of Conway, AR Failure to Appear/Failure to Comply
Charlene McClure, 49, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Daryl Thomas, 29, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Juvenile, Male, 16, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
0130 hours in the 400 block of E. Compress St. 2 vehicle (Hit and Run)
1556 hours in the 1600 block of N. Hervey St. 2 vehicle
1352 hours in the 1600 block of N. Hervey St. 1 vehicle (Private Property)
0143 hours in the 1000 block of W. Commerce Blvd. 2 vehicle
1408 hours in the 1200 block of W. Main St. 2 vehicle
1751 hours in the 2400 block of N. Hervey 2 vehicle (Private Property)
0727 hours in the 31 mile marker of the I30 Exit Ramp 2 vehicle
2110 hours in the 1800 block of Bill Clinton Dr. 2 vehicle
2327 hours in the 3400 block of Country Club Lane 2 vehicle (Hit and Run)
1400 hours in the 500 block of E. 9th St. (Yerger Middle School)
S – Juvenile, Male, 14, of Hope, AR
The juvenile was charged with disorderly conduct.
1914 hours in the 200 block of N. Hervey St.
S – Antonio Youngblood, 29, of Hope, AR
Mr. Youngblood was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).
1925 hours in the 1800 block of S. Elm St.
S – Corin James, 27, of Hope, AR
Mr. James was arrested and charged with theft of property and domestic battery in the third degree.
1222 hours in the 400 block of S. Washington St. (Hempstead County Courthouse)
S – Danny Shrewsbury, 42, of Hope, AR
Mr. Shrewsbury was arrested and charged with violation of a protection order.
0845 hours in the 400 block of S. Washington St. (Hempstead County Courthouse)
S – Jerry Carlin, 52, of Hope, AR
Mr. Carlin was arrested and charged with intimidating a witness.
S – Davis Purifoy, 40, of Hope, AR
Mr. Purifoy was arrested and charged with false imprisonment in the second degree, domestic battery in the third degree, and interfering with emergency communications in the first degree. The original incident occurred on July 17th, 2016 in the 700 block of W. Ave C. at 1600 hours.
Mr. Purifoy was also charged with domestic battery in the third degree that originally occurred on June 24th, 2016 in the 700 block of W. Ave at 1755 hours.
S – Silvia Rendon, 39, of Hope, AR
Mr. Rendon was charged with domestic battery in the third degree and criminal mischief in the first degree. The original incident occurred on August 21st, 2016 in the 900 block of W. Ave E at 2330 hours.
S – Kahil Sharp, 22, of Hope, AR
Mr. Sharp was charged with disarming a firearm in the city limits. The original incident occurred on August 10th, 2016 in the 1600 block of W. 5th St. at 0043 hours.
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Beryl Henry Elementary School students Jesse Ohmert, left, a fifth grader in Kimberly Green’s class, and Michael Hermanitt, a sixth grader in Deanna Davis’ class, were the grade level winners in the “Strive for Five” logo art contest at BHE. Ohmert’s design was selected as the overall winner for its simple, direct and positive appeal. BHE Principal Dr. Roy Turner presented the winners with certificates and each student received a “clothes pass” for a day to dress in non-uniform clothing at school. Ohmert’s design will become the official “Strive for Five” logo for BHE and will be reproduced on posters for display throughout the campus. “Strive for Five” is an initiative of the Hope Public Schools to promote better attendance across the district through awareness and incentives for success. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
HOPE – The Hope Public School District has committed to an attendance goal of 70 percent of students missing five or few days per semester.
HPSD Superintendent Bobby Hart said the goal is tied to recognized research concerning the relationship between school attendance and success in life after high school graduation.
“We see a definite correlation between attendance and academic success,” Hart said. “We also see data that tells us on any given day 6-10 percent of our schools’ population could be absent.”
Putting the percentages into perspective, Hart said that means as many as 250 students in the HPSD may be absent on any given school day.
The “Strive for 5” initiative seeks to hold that number within manageable levels by raising both student and parent awareness of the problem and its impact, along with community awareness of the problem as an economic factor for employers and employees.
“We would like to be able to sit down with parents in conjunction with their employers to show employers and employees the benefit of having their children in school,” Hart said.
He pointed out that the cumulative value of lost employee time for local employers from parents who must leave work to resolve attendance issues concerning their children can be substantial for both employer and employee.
“It affects the bottom line for both employer and employee,” Hart said.
He said the problem of excessive absentees also produces family stresses that affect employment when children fail to attend school because of inadequate clothing, nutrition or transportation issues.
The HPSD currently provides bus transportation throughout the district and offers free breakfast and lunch meals for every student enrolled in district schools. Hart said extending those kinds of “wrap around” services to other areas is being explored as a part of the “Strive for Five” initiative.
“We realize the opportunities that exist for unsafe behavior to take place when children aren’t in school,” he said.
Consequently, Hart said the district intends to be proactive.
“We’re not just trying to recognize good attendance but to actively promote good attendance,” he said.
Schools throughout the district will develop incentive plans for students who reach the goal of having five or fewer absences per semester, Hart said.
Promotional activities at each campus as well as districtwide will be conducted through the semester to maintain awareness and active participation, he said.
Students at the Beryl Henry Elementary School campus produced their own campus logo for the initiative through a school-wide contest recently. The winners were recognized in the local press and on campus and district social media, and the over-all winner’s logo will be incorporated into posters for distribution on campus, according to BHE Principal Dr. Roy Turner.
The district will also launch a Labor Day roll out of advertising and social media campaigns designed to create awareness of the problem and its consequences, Hart said.
He said the district will also research student, parent and community attitudes toward attendance through polling activities to augment responses on both the district and campus level.
The first Hope/Hempstead County Trade Days will be held Saturday September 24th from 10am until 4pm in the parking lot at Division and Elm in downtown Hope. Plans are to hold "Trade Days" approximately six times a year in the downtown area.
Booth spaces are available for $15 for a 10 x 10 spot. Proceeds go towards liability insurance and advertising. Applications are currently available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 200 South Main downtown and will be at hopemelonfest.com. There are different regulations for booths selling food and drinks as opposed to other merchandise. Also, no used clothing can be sold except for vintage items.
For information contact Bob Erwin at 870-703-2916.
Hope High School Principal Bill Hoglund, left, presents the Arkansas Highways and Transportation Department citation for outstanding service to the Adopt-A-Highway program to HHS Junior ROTC Cadet Gianni Trotter, as cadets Zachery Johnson and Jazmine Watts look on with JROTC sponsor MSgt. (Ret.) Kenneth Funchess. and Hope Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools