Workers at the Hempstead County Library were surprised when a large part of a tree hit the building about 11:15am today (Wednesday May 4th). The tree didn't appear to cause any structural damage but did damage the façade. Judge Haskell Morse says the County may have to hire a contractor to remove the tree. There were no injuries.
Destiny Collins has been located, she is safe, and Hempstead County Deputies are enroute to pick her up.
The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday May 3rd for the Hope Farmer's Market. The Farmer's Market will be open each Tuesday from 7am until 11am at Third and Elm. There were lots of folks out for the event and lots more produce available than last year.
The 29th Annual Blevins Community Area-Wide Benefit Barbecue for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital is scheduled for Saturday May 7, 2016, at the Blevins High School Cafeteria. Serving time will start at 4:00 p.m. with carry outs available.
Our benefit was started because of the number of children from this area that were patients in the Children’s Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hinton and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bonds each had a granddaughter that had used the hospital and they wanted to do something to express their appreciation for the way the hospital not only treated the patients, but how they cared for the parents and families of the children that were in the hospital. They contacted several in the community and we had the 1st benefit and raised $5,000. The community all agreed that this is a great cause and decided to continue to have the event the first Saturday in May. We have raised over $270,000 over the past 28 years for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
We are one of the oldest contributors to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital for an area of our size that the hospital has.
This year a special thanks to Mrs. Wilma England for donating a beautiful handmade quilt that we will be raffling. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. You do not have to be present to win.
Also this year, we have a new Henry Lever Action 22 Rifle that we will be raffling. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. We want to thank Townsend’s Outdoors for helping us with the gun. You do not have to be present to win.
Mr. Jimmy Bonds has made an Arkansas Razorback that is 5 ft. 3 in. long and 3 ft. 1 in. tall. The snout opens to a standard size mailbox that can be mounted on a 4x4 post for a mailbox or either a yard decoration. The tickets are $5.00 each. You do not have to be present to win.
This year’s entertainment will feature Randy McKinnon and The Bear Creek Boys. Randy and The Bear Creek Boys have been with us the past 27 years.
At 7:00 p.m. we will have a Cake Auction. We have some of the best cooks in the area. So we urge everyone to bring their best desserts or what they want to donate to the auction to come and enjoy.
This year’s benefit will consist of Barbecue Beef, Pork, Chicken, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Roll, Dessert and Drink. The cost will be $5.00 for Adults and $2.50 for Children 12 and under. We have kept the price the same since we have started because this gives everyone an opportunity to come out and enjoy a good clean family gathering. The reason we can keep it the same price is because all the area Churches each donate money and the area Business donate money to help fund this event. Everything that is raised that night goes directly to Arkansas Children’s Hospital because of the great community support. The area Churches each take time to come and serve during the benefit and provide the desserts and drinks. The best part of all is that we don’t stop our boundaries just in Blevins. We reach out to all the communities in Hempstead, Howard, Nevada, Pike and adjoining communities. We want everyone that has had a child, grandchild or a family member that has been in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital to come and enjoy this event.
If anyone were to get severely burned, then they would be at the Children’s Hospital because they are the Burn Unit for Arkansas.
This year’s benefit will be in Honor of Miss Kaden Peebles who has been a cancer patient at the Children’s Hospital for the past year. She will also give a speech on what the hospital has meant to her and her family. Mrs. Sherri Ford and her daughter Miss Kenzie Ford who is the Children’s Hospital Ambassador will be representing the hospital.
Our motto is that if the money we raise that night can save just one’s child’s life, then all the work that goes into this event is well worth the effort. We urge everyone to come out and enjoy this wonderful event and help the Children’s Hospital.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE BENEFIT WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Blevins Student Places in Contest
Arkansas Farm Bureau has announced the winners of its annual safety poster contest. It coincided with Ag Safety Awareness Week March 6 - 12, and was designed to increase awareness of potential hazards on farms and ranches. The posters depicted this year’s theme, “Caution: Safety is No Accident.”
Fourth-grader Aniyah Muresan of Blevins Elementary won second place in the 3rd-4th Grade division.. Aniyah is the daughter of Ruben and Monique Muresan.
The contest attracted 42 entries from elementary schools in 20 counties. Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 are awarded to the top three winners in each category....special thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest...
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, 148 officials in 71 counties have declared May as Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced Tuesday.
This includes Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse...Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver...Howard County Judge Kevin Smith...Clark County Judge Ron Daniell...Lafayette County Judge Mike Rowe...Columbia County Judge Larry Atkinson...Ashdown Mayor James Sutton...Murfreesboro Mayor Rodney Fagan...Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth...Stamps Mayor David Ray Bright and Texarkana Mayor Ruth Penny-Bell.
“As we enjoy these month-long celebrations of our Arkansas heritage, as well as the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, we hope all of the people of Arkansas will take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites, especially those listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst said. (A searchable database of Arkansas’s National Register properties can be found athttp://www.arkansaspreservation.com/historic-properties/national-register/search.aspx.)
The proclamations from the officials note that historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and that historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.
The officials declare that it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that shaped us as a people and that 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Noting that "This Place Matters! " is the theme for National Preservation Month 2016 and “ARKANSAS ARTS: CELEBRATING OUR CREATIVE CULTURE” is the theme for Arkansas Heritage Month, cosponsored by Greene County, Paragould, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the 148 county judges and mayors proclaimed May as National Historic Preservation Month and called upon their constituents to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in the special observance....Special thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest
The rising waters of Millwood Lake has led to the temporary closing of Millwood State Park by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Rainfall of upwards of 6-8 inches in the Little River Basin has caused a substantial rise in the Millwood Tri-Lakes System, and has also led to the closing of a number of Corps of Engineers facilities.
Flooding last year devastated the park and its facilities, and led it it being closed for much of the year. Persons needing updates can call the park office at 870-898-2800...
Special thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest...
Theft of Services
May 2nd, 2016
At approximately 1626 hours on Monday May 2, 2016 Deputy Bunn was dispatched to 4493 Hempstead 3 in reference to theft of services.
Upon arrival he made contact with Hope Water and Light personnel who told deputy Bunn that the owner of the property called them and stated that the house next to her's did not have power run to it, and stated that, Jason Pettit, had been out there and had electricity.
HWL personnel stated that when they went to look to see if the power was being stolen from their lines and found that an extension cord went from the well, which belonged to the owner, to the breaker box on the side of the other house.
Deputy Bunn made contact with the owner and asked if she could tell how much electricity has been stolen from her and she stated that she could not tell on her bill. The Owner stated that Jason had done that before but she had a friend cut the wire. Faye stated that Jason had been going to the house for about a month since the wire had been cut.
Deputy Bunn arrested Jason Pettit for theft of services with a court date of June 6, 2016 at 0900 hours.
Theft of Property
May 2, 2016
At approximately 1655 hours on Monday May 2, 2016 Deputy Bunn was dispatched to the lobby of the Sheriff's Office in reference to theft of property.
Upon arrival he made contact with James Poindexter, Who stated that his pistol was stolen from his car sometime between Saturday April 30, 2016 and today at 1530. James stated that the pistol was a Smith & Wesson SD40EV .40 cal. with serial number FWP2419. James stated that he last saw the pistol in his car Saturday morning and when he checked it today when he came in from work the bag it was in was still there but the pistol was missing. James stated that nothing else was missing. The pistol has been entered as stolen in NCIC/ACIC
Theft of Property ATV
May 2, 2016
At approximately 1715 hours on Monday May 2, 2016 Deputy Bunn was dispatched to 1046 Hempstead 185 in reference to an ATV theft.
Upon arrival he made contact with Bonesther Moore and Rueben Moore. Rueben stated that he had his dad's, ATV at his house so he could use it to get hay for his dog houses. Rueben stated that he used the ATV Saturday at approximately 1600 hours and put it in his garage between his vehicles. Rueben stated that his girlfriend left Sunday morning between 0900 and 1000 hours to go to Texarkana and said that the ATV was there and when Rueben came home from work at 1500 hours he noticed it missing,
Rueben described the ATV as a 2015 Suzuki King quad 400 4x4 red in color. Rueben stated that it was still as it came from the factory and only had approximately 90 hours on it.
The ATV has been entered in NCIC/ACIC as stolen
James A. Singleton, Sheriff
At approximately 1530 hours on Monday May 2, 2016 Deputy Derick Bunn was dispatched to the lobby of the Sheriff's Office in reference to a missing person.
Upon arrival he made contact with Tina Bray and Cheyenne Collins. Tina stated that her daughter, Destiny Collins, had ran away from home. Tina stated that she left for work this morning at approximately 0630 hours and Cheyenne stated that she left this morning at approximately 0745 hours. Tina stated that Destiny said she was not going to school today because she did not feel good. Cheyenne stated that Destiny was at home when she left. Cheyenne stated that when she came home at approximately 1500 hours Destiny was not there and all of her property was gone.
Destiny Collins is described as a white female, age 17, 5’1” tall, 135 pounds, Blonde hair, and Hazel eyes with a fair complexion. It is unknown as to the type clothing she was wearing.
Anyone having any information as to the whereabouts of Destiny Dawn Collings please contact the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727 or call your local Law Enforcement Agency.
James A. Singleton, Sheriff