Governor Asa Hutchinson visited the Spring Hill Schools on Wednesday (8-24). He has been on a tour of several districts in the state. The Spring Hill program is in its second year and came about due to an initial $20,000 grant from the governor's office. The program has grown from 6 students to 50 and the governor noted "it is that kind of growth....I'm coming here to recognize"...
The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday August 24th was hosted by the Hempstead County United Way as a kick-off for the 2017 drive. Pictured are Helen Byers, Mae Dulaney, Mary Johnson, Paula Pack, Pat Morton, Ruby Trout, Scott Jester, Donny Hughes, Jr,, Betty White, Monica Morris, Devin Greene, Sarah White, Micheal Purifoy, Shaun Smith, Paul Ball, Cynthia Mullens, Terrie James, and Lorena Cuellar. The United Way helps 14 local agencies and the budget for 2017 is $83,000.
The Prescott Curley Wolves scrimmage scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, August 25, has been moved to Mineral Springs to play against Ashdown on turf field due to all the rain!
Jr High game will start at 6:00 and Sr High will play directly after!
On Saturday, September 3, the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Old Washington Farmer’s Market and Historic Washington State Park will host an official watermelon weigh-off site for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth in Washington, Arkansas. The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth provides official venues for growers to weigh several varieties of fruit and vegetables, including watermelons, across the country. They then give prizes for the largest weighed item of its type across the country.
This official weigh off event will be for watermelons ONLY. Prizes totaling $1,000 will be given out for the top three largest watermelons. Farmers of watermelons should begin registering their entries by 9am. Only one official entry will be considered per farmer or team. Preregistration is not required for the event. The official weigh-off will begin around 11am. The event will take place behind the City Hall of Washington, Arkansas across the street from Williams’ Tavern Restaurant of Historic Washington State Park. For more information on the weigh-off contact Josh Williams at 870-703-8256 or at email@example.com.
In addition to the Watermelon Weigh-Off , the Old Washington Farmer’s Market are encouraging other area farmers to come and sell any produce they may have and also are encouraging any potential vendors of homemade goods and crafts that would like to participate in the event. For more information to register as a vendor contact Billy O’Rorke at 870-826-4101 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington, Arkansas is located on Hwy 278 West just eight miles north from Exit 30 at Hope on US Interstate 30.
The Hope Kiwanis Club heard from Head Bobcat Football Coach Jay Turley on Tuesday August 23rd. The Coach noted the team this year is smaller in number but he called it "one of the most talented" he's ever seen. The Bobcats open play at Hammons Stadium Friday September 2nd against the Nashville Scrappers.
On August 19, 2016, Jonathon Trotter, 28, of Hope, was charged with two counts of Rape. Trotter’s arrest was the result of an investigation into allegations that Trotter was having a sexual relationship with a person under the age of 14. Trotter is being held at the Hempstead County Detention Facility, awaiting a first court appearance.
The Hope Lions Club heard a fascinating program about wood carving on Monday August 22nd. The club heard from Danny McJunkins of Ashdown and O.J. Reed of Lockesburg. Both showed examples of their art work and explained how they got started in the hobby. The Lions were fascinated by the pair's beautiful carvings!
Hope Police Department Will Be Out in Full Force to
Catch Drunk Drivers
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
As summer winds down, Hope Police Department is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. This high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives. August 19 - September 5 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving.
According to NHTSA, on average, over 10,000 people died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunken driving crashes. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend, 40 percent of crash fatalities involved motor vehicle drivers or motorcycle operators who were legally impaired with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08 or higher, resulting in 162 deaths.
“Too many people think their actions don’t affect anybody else,” said Assistant Chief Tomlin. “They know it’s illegal. They know it’s wrong. But they do it anyway – they make decisions as if those statistics just can’t happen to them,” she added.
In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Tomlin wants to remind Hope, Arkansas drivers that it’s not a recommendation; it’s the law. And during the enforcement period starting August 19, there will be a special emphasis on drunk-driving enforcement. Local drivers should expect to see more patrol vehicles. “The number of people who are still drinking and driving is unacceptable,” added Tomlin. “Yes, we want to increase awareness for the campaign, but we want the effects to be permanent.”
Tomlin emphasized the preventable nature of drunk driving: “All it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.”
In addition to injuries or fatalities from a crash, drunk drivers run the risk of jail time, loss of driver license, installation of ignition interlocks on their vehicles and court ordered community service. The financial impact is also considerable, including higher vehicle insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects.
The Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office recommends: