The Hope Lions Club heard from Janet Banister Monday November 23rd. Banister talked about the "Watch DOGS" program at Hope High. DOGS is an acronym for "Dads Of Great Students". The school is looking for men and women to spend some time on campus and help provide a positive influence on Hope High students. If you are interested in the program phone Banister at Hope High.
Could a benefit of a recent overseas trade trip be a paper mill in south Arkansas?
During Governor Asa Hutchinson’s trade mission to Asia, Governor Hutchinson joined Chairman and Founder of Sun Paper Hongxin Li on November 22 to sign a letter of intent of investment cooperation with Sun Paper, a China-based paper company that employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. Through this letter, Sun Paper commits to studying the feasibility of building a $1.3 billion pulp mill in south Arkansas.
Arkansas Business is reporting the project has been in the works at least since a similar trip in 2012 by then Governor Mike Beebe. Arkansas Business, citing their report from 2013, speculated that Arkadelphia and Camden, and possibly Crossett, were the towns in the running. Camden has a long-shuttered International Paper mill facility.
The Governor’s Office along with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission say they will work closely with the company as they finalize details for the location for their new North American facility. This would be the company’s first facility in North America.
Sun Paper is headquartered in China’s Shandong Province and expects to make a final decision on the new facility by May 1, 2016.
“This is another great example of how important these trade missions are in marketing Arkansas to the rest of the world,” said Gov. Hutchinson. “Our time with Sun Paper in China was invaluable as we learned more specifics of the company’s plans for the next several months. As with all prospective projects, working through site location questions is a thorough process and we look forward to continuing to work with the company’s leadership to provide everything needed to make an informed decision. This is an important step in a long process, and I am pleased by Sun Paper’s readiness to commit to a specific timeline and to focus on locations in our state for this major investment.”
Joining Gov. Hutchinson and Chairman Li at the signing ceremony were U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston, and U.S. Consulate General Charles Bennett.
Should Sun Paper locate a new factory in Arkansas, it would be comparable to Big River Steel’s investment currently under construction in Mississippi County. Employment projections are not being disclosed.
Texarkana Veterans Town Hall Meeting
TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS – Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (OBVAMC) will host a Town Hall and outreach event on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 5-6 p.m., at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4562, 4700 East 9th Street, Texarkana, Ark., 71854.
Veterans and their families, congressional and senatorial stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, local media partners, and other organizations in our community are invited to attend.
The Town Hall meeting is an open forum in which hospital leaders will listen to stakeholder’s thoughts, concerns and ideas. The meeting is an opportunity to build and strengthen OBVAMC’s commitment to ensuring service members, Veterans, families, and other beneficiaries have an opportunity to share their experiences both positive and those experiences that can be improved by OBVAMC staff.
VA Outreach services and special program representatives will also be available to assist Veterans to include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits and claims assistance; patient advocate services and more.
Monroe Stuart of Ozan, passed away Thursday. He was born on January 18,1926 in Ozan.
Monroe graduated from Nashville High School in 1943. He was a farmer of cotton, soybeans, and cattle. He operated the first mechanical cotton picker in south Arkansas. He was a former board member of the Farm Bureau and Production Credit Association. Monroe served as a rural mail carrier for 38 years. He helped to organize the Ozan Volunteer Fire Department and served as Fire Chief for many years. He was a board member of the St. Paul’s Cemetery Association and was recently recognized for his 61 years of service for maintaining the cemetery.
Monroe was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church of Ozan, AR, and recently was attending Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, AR.
Monroe’s caring nature and outgoing personality made him well known and liked throughout Howard and Hempstead Counties.
Services were Sunday. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Cemetery Association, C/O Mike Citty, 2321 Walnut St., Ashdown, AR. 71822
Preservationist Parker Westbrook Passes Away
Noted historian and preservationist Parker L. Westbrook, 89, of Little Rock, formerly of Nashville, died Thursday, November 19, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Parker Westbrook is the Founding President of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas. His roots run deep in Nashville and Washington, Arkansas, though his first foray into historic preservation came when he was living in Virginia and working in Washington DC as a Special Assistant for U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright. Mr. Westbrook purchased and restored an 1807 Quaker Cottage in Waterford, Virginia. After 26 years in politics in Washington, DC, Parker returned to his home state of Arkansas in 1975 to serve as Special Assistant for newly-elected Governor David Pryor. Parker has volunteered in several capacities supporting the Pioneer Washington Foundation, Arkansas’s oldest preservation organization. Parker first served as restoration advisor, then as Executive Director, and finally as President of the Foundation for 19 years. Parker was inducted into the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Hall of Fame in 2007 with recognition for his dedication to promoting heritage tourism in Arkansas. He is an Advisor Emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation where he was Secretary of the Board for two terms and a 2001 recipient of a Preservation Honors Award from the Trust and was declared a “National Treasure” at the Annual Meeting of the Trust. Parker has served on the state Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Historic Arkansas Museum Commission where he served as Chairman of each entity for a time for over three decades. He also served for two terms on the President’s Advisory Council on historic Preservation under President Clinton and was named Chairman of the Committee on National Historic Landmarks of the National Parks System Advisory Board. The “Lifetime Achievement Award” of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas is designated the PARKER WESTBROOK AWARD and given annually by The Alliance.
Private Graveside services were held Sunday; a Memorial service will be held Tuesday December 1, 2015; 1:30p.m. At The First United Methodist Church in Washington, AR.
Memorials can be made to: Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation P.O. Box 127 Washington, AR 71862; Arkansas Community Foundation (Parker Westbrook Endowment) 1400 West Markham Little Rock, AR 72201.
A Lonoke, Arkansas man is dead after being hit by a pickup truck Saturday night in Ashdown. Mario Rodriquez-Villanuea, 41, was hit by a pickup on Highway 32 as he was apparently attempting to run across the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Little River County Coroner Roddy Smith. State Trooper Ernesto Echevarria investigated.
The Arkansas Great Southwest Regional Tourism Association met Friday November 20th in Hope at Big Jake's. The organization utilizes state funds to help promote tourism in Hempsted, Howard, Miller, Nevada, Howard, Little River, Lafayette, and Sevier County. The director the Arkansas Department of Heritage, Stacy Hurst, was a special guest and spoke on the state's efforts at Heritage Tourism. Pictured are State Representative Brent Talley, Hurst, AGSW Secretary Paul Henley, Ina McDowell of Main Street Texarkana, Mike Reese of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Harris of the Nashville Parks Department, Darlene and Joe Middlebrooks of the Bradley Chamber of Commerce, and Melissa Adams of the Arkansas Welcome Center on I-30. Also pictured is Shelia Little of Historic Washington State Park, Ross Cowling of the Texarkana Parks Department, Shelia Nichols of the Arkansas Welcome Center at the Red River on US 71, Olin Anderson of the Little River county Fair, LuGene Erwin of the Hope Parks Department, Mary Gibson of the Little River County Fair, Paul Rigell of the Prescott/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, and Peggy Lloyd of the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives at Washington.
The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for the Hope Wal-Mart on Friday November 20th. The store has recently undergone an extensive renovation. Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey is shown helping Wal-Mart Manager Richard McKim cut the ribbon.
I, Julie Stockton Oliver, Would like to announce my candidacy for another term for the office of Nevada County Clerk.
I am married to Terry Oliver and we have 3 daughters, Trisha Smith and husband Nick, Miccah Sargent and husband Ronny and Tessa Oliver, and a very special grandson Tyllan Sargent. I am the daughter of the late Dudley and Geraldine Stockton. I am an active member of Central Baptist Church, here in Prescott, where I sing in the Choir, serve on the hospitality committee and work in the Awana's program.
To say it has been a pleasure serving as your County Clerk for the past several years would be an understatement. I have enjoyed every aspect of my job especially helping you the citizens of Nevada County to the best of my ability. It truly has been an honor and a privilege.
I will be looking forward to visiting with you as I begin my campaign for re-eletion. I would ask for your vote and support in the March, 2016 Primary.
As part of its ongoing search, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for the public’s help to locate 3-year-old Malik Drummond.
This week marks one year since Malik Drummond disappeared from his home in the Searcy, Arkansas area without a trace.
He was last seen around 5:45 p.m. on November 23, 2015 and has not been seen since. He may be in need of medical attention.
UPDATE: The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of Malik Drummond.
Missing Poster: http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1240813/1/screen
Related News Article: http://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/malik-drummond-case-fbi-20k-reward
Malik was 3 feet tall and weighed 40 pounds at the time of his disappearance. Malik has brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and brown pants.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) with any information concerning the disappearance or current whereabouts of Malik.
Calls may be made anonymously.