13 Hope Kiwanis Club members achieved perfect attendance in the past year. 11 of them were on hand to receive recognition on Tuesday September 27th. Pictured are Jimmy Courtney, Andrew Watson, Dr. Trevor Coffee, Bill Barham, Brian Berry, Jerry Prudent, Dr. Bill Coffee, Jack Easterling, Bob Willis, Dennis Ramsey, and George Straughter. Two others achieving perfect attendance were not able to be there. They are Catherine Cook and Floyd Young.
Attorneys for the Mineral Springs School District in their federal civil rights lawsuit and appeal of Academic Distress were arrested Monday morning by Little Rock police and charged with Obstructing Governmental Operations. The Little Rock Police Department says attorneys John Walker (pictured) and Omavi Kushukuru were arrested after allegedly interfering with a traffic stop. Walker is also a State Representative for District 34 in the Little Rock area. According to KATV Channel 7, the alleged incident occurred while officers were on a traffic stop with a vehicle that apparently did not have a license plate. Channel 7 reports Walker was apparently filming the traffic stop. The attorneys were arrested for allegedly entering the area around the traffic stop. Obstructing Governmental Operations is a misdemeanor.
Walker is the lead attorney in a federal civil rights filed February 29th against Hempstead County, Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key, the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas State Board of Education by the Mineral Springs School District, Superintendent Curtis Turner and the Mineral Springs School Board. Most recently, Kuskukuru argued unsuccessfully before the Arkansas State Board of Education of the designation by the Board of placing Mineral Springs High School in Academic Distress. That decision has been appealed in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
special thanks to Saratoga Ark Digest
SAU Engineering gifted more than $1 million
MAGNOLIA – A gift of more than $1 million by a Southern Arkansas University alumna will benefit scholarships for SAU’s growing Engineering program.
The generous donor, Edna Cook Norvell, recently told SAU President Dr. Trey Berry that she chose to make the gift because of all the generous people who helped her while she was a student at Magnolia A&M (now SAU). Funds from this endowment will benefit future generations of students in the form of what will be known as NORCO SAU Engineering Scholarships.
Mrs. Norvell was born in Venice, Ill., and moved with her family to Buckner, Ark., in Lafayette County, in the 1930s. She attended Stamps High School before becoming a student at Magnolia A&M. She graduated from A&M in 1938; her brother, Edward J. Cook, also graduated from A&M, in 1942. Norvell embarked on a teaching career that spanned 55 years, nine states and four countries, including Japan, Libya, Germany and England. Her husband, Major Robert Norvell (USAF, Retired), was an engineer and served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Neither of them lost sight of their love of education.
“Her gift will be truly transformational, both for our Engineering students and all of SAU,” said Berry. “We are blessed by her kindness and care for her alma mater.”
SAU Engineering, which started fall of 2014, has seen steady growth. Enrollment numbers for fall 2016 are around 200 declared majors, up from 172 in fall 2015.
The popularity of SAU Engineering, the only such program in all of south Arkansas and most affordable in the state, is due to many reasons, according to Berry. Strong industry support since the program’s inception has offered students internships and job opportunities. This support has also translated into more than $400,000 in gifts and grants from industry partners to provide the program with the latest technologies and equipment so students enter the workforce with hands-on experience.
With more students comes the need for more class and lab space. After the National Guard Armory building was granted back to the University in 2015, a $1.4 million renovation project turned it into a state-of-the-art engineering facility neighboring the SAU Science Center. Six labs were created along with three large classrooms, and the motor pool area is being converted to a machine shop for hands-on instruction and training. The interior of the building is expected to be named the Robert and Edna Cook Norvell Engineering Center at the Engineering Dedication on October 5.
SAU Engineering offers several areas of emphasis, including Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Technology, and a new Welding Engineering Technology program developed by the SAU System. This new program is started this fall and is one-of-a-kind in Arkansas and among only a few in the country. The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved SAU’s addition of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics with an option in Welding Engineering Technology at the Board’s April 22 meeting. This integrated program utilizes the strengths of both SAU and SAU Tech and will provide highly skilled welding supervisors for the region’s aerospace defense and oil and gas industries.
As with all the academic programs at SAU, Berry said along with the focus on affordability is the importance of quality. The depth of SAU Engineering has been demonstrated by the achievements of its students. For the third consecutive year, SAU Engineering/Physics students took top titles last fall at the highly competitive annual Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Conference. Of the 170 total presentations from universities across the region, with only a handful claiming awards, SAU students brought home three, including first in Physics Poster and second in Oral Presentation.
HOPE -- Flu season immunizations for Hope Public School District students, faculty and staff will begin Oct. 17.
District Nurse Renee Sells, RN, said parents may register their children for flu shot clinics at their school through the Arkansas Department of Health website at https://ADHSchoolFluPreReg.Arkansas.gov online.
Sells said the district immunizations will begin at the Hope Head Start unit on the Yerger Middle School campus in the morning hours on Oct. 17, to be followed by shots for YMS faculty and staff in the afternoon.
Shots will be available all day Oct. 18 for Clinton Primary School students and personnel.
Beryl Henry Elementary School shots are set for the morning hours Oct. 19 to be followed by Hope High School in the afternoon; and Hope ABC Preschool is scheduled for the morning of Oct. 20, with the Hope Academy of Public Service campus to follow that afternoon.
The series of flu clinics at public school campuses will precede the annual Hempstead County Mass Flu Clinic at Hempstead Hall on Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. That event is open to the general public.
Hope High School Principal Bill Hoglund, right, accepts a $1,000 donation to be used for the HHS “Strive for Five” attendance incentives to be awarded to students who meet the goal of five or fewer absences per semester at HHS. The donation was presented by, left to right, Hope Sonic owners Yvonne and David Russell and owner/operator Jason Brown, and was made in conjunction with the Jirous Foundation of Oklahoma City, Okla. – Contributed by Grace Leonhart/HopePrescott.com
The University of Arkansas at Hope recently received funding in the amount of $25,000 to purchase new equipment for the Distance Learning Center Student Computer Lab. The funding was awarded by the Southwest Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc., (SWAPDD) general improvement fund.
Arkansas State Representative for District 3 Brent Talley played an integral role in helping secure the funding for this project. Representative Talley stated, "I am pleased to have been able to assist UofA Hope in securing grant funding to upgrade the computer lab. Technology is a key part of our lives and certainly has an important role in students’ higher education.”
Southwest Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc., Executive Director Renee Dycus said, “SWAPDD is pleased to contribute $25,000 for the purchase of a new server and monitors for the UofA Hope computer lab. General improvement funds were designed to assist projects that promote community and economic development, and this project will help further the skills of students in the southwest Arkansas region.”
The funding was used to replace the old lab with a new thin client lab running virtual desktops that use two-thirds less energy. Students utilize the lab for research, homework, and other classroom projects. Chancellor Chris Thomason said, “UofA Hope is very appreciative of Representative Brent Talley and the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District for providing the grant funds to equip the new computer lab in our Arts and Humanities Division. This new equipment not only helps our students learn using the latest technology but also helps our instructors stay on the forefront of technology in the classroom.”
Renee Dycus (left), Executive Director of the Southwest Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc., along with Brent Talley (right), Arkansas State Representative for District 3, present a check for $25,000 to Freddie Smith (left center), Chairman of the UofA Hope-Texarkana Board of Visitors and Chris Thomason (right center), UofA Hope-Texarkana Chancellor.
The 72nd Annual Southwest Arkansas Fair and Rodeo Parade, will begin at 6:00pm, on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at intersection of 6th and Elm Streets in Hope, Ar. As always, Pre-Registration is required. All parade participants must pre-register by noon on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, whether your entry is to be judged or not. You can pre-register by calling 870-777-6772, Monday thru Friday 8:00am till 5:00pm. All judged entrants must come by the green tent at 6th and Elm Streets to pick up their number by 4:30pm.
All HORSES, must be checked in by 5:45pm at the green tent located on South Elm Street, behind Main Street Cleaners and Domino's Pizza. ALL HORSES MUST SHOW PROOF OF A CURRENT COGGINS TEST, (State Law), before participating in the parade.
PLEASE, No throwing of candy, NO loud music, three and four wheels are not allowed.
Parade Route: North on Elm to Division, turning right for two block to Walnut, turn right for one block to 2nd Street, turn left, go three blocks to Shover Street, go right and end up at the Village Shopping Center Parking Lot.
The 2016 Theme is "Stars and Stripes". Mrs. Mary Fuller will be the Grand Marshall, in honor of her late husband, Mr. Don Fuller who was the District Fair Manager for 40 years. Also, we would like to announce that Mrs. Becky Featherson will be taking on the duties as the New District Fair Manager.
HOPE – It’s 90 minutes of mystery and astonishment. “Nelson Illusions: Dreams of the Impossible” comes to the Hempstead Hall stage on the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana campus Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
Sponsored through the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council, the unique program features the classic turned on its head in an evening dreamscape that has left audiences across America stunned.
Nelson Illusions is the largest touring illusion show in the country, featuring colossal effects including the escape from a 10-foot tall jet turbine as it turns at near lift-off speed; the man who walks through steel; the massive saw blades of death escape; the floating woman; and, a woman shot from a cannon.
The show features four “master magicians” who bring their unique approaches to magic together as a family, headed by Jeff Nelson; his wife, Lynn Nelson; daughter, Sharii Nelson; and, her husband, Scott MacNeill.
The family also incorporates audience participation into its Dreams of the Impossible world to witness first-hand the mystery of how they escape harm’s way and turn the impossible into a seeming reality.
Tickets for the one-night only performance are $25 - $35 each and may be purchased through Hempstead Hall at hempsteadhall.com online or by calling 870-722-8565; or through the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council at 870-777-8200.
Student tickets for the performance are $8 each.
Jeff has performed since the age of five and went on to study magic history, stage performance and illusion through college, where he met and married Lynn, and together they developed the basis for Nelson Illusions, working on stage and in consultation for television. Now, with Jeff’s stagecraft, and Lynn’s own skills in solo effects, including her award winning Parasol Illusion, the couple have brought up daughter Sharii inside the world of magic and illusion, where she has earned a reputation as a magical prodigy.
Sharii has been named “Best Newcomer,” “Best Junior Stage Act,” and has received the “Award of Excellence” for her skillful incorporation of dance, acting and stagecraft into such pieces as the “Bird Illusion” and the classic “Floating Table.”
Scott and Sharii met while they both studied acting and stagecraft at Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown, Penn.; and Scott has brought his versatile set of unique talents in working with his wife on stage to produce a colorful, romantic and dramatic series of illusions.
The show has received rave reviews nationwide and has been a hit with college students as well as community audiences from Blinn College, in Brenham, Texas, to the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Pennsylvania.
“I’ve seen a lot of magic in my life, all over the world,” magician Mark Stevens said. “I’ve got to tell you that this is a top show, jam-packed full of state-of-the-art illusions, great entertainment and lots of excitement.”
Fox News noted, “A fantastic show providing something for all ages… we enjoyed every second of it and really hated to see it end.”
And, the Philadelphia Enquirer has called Nelson Illusions: Dreams of the Impossible “powerfull, vividly presented, dramatic and electrifying.”
By Ken McLemore
Southwest Arkansas Arts Council
Madeline R. Tomlin
Last Seen- May 19th 2015
Age:24 Hair:Brown Eyes:Green; 5'5, about 115lbs
Has several identifiable tattoos: Black butterfly on foot, a large flower with the name "CASH" on her ankle, a horseshoe on her right shoulder, and a heart with a rose on her hip.
Believed to be wearing blue cotton pants and a white or cream colored top.
Anyone who may have any information on her whereabouts should immediately contact any of the following: Hope Police Department 870-777-3434/870-703-3481
Detective Coronado 870-722-2561 or your local police department
Any Reports made will be privacy protected!
The 72nd annual Southwest Arkansas District Fair is set for September 27th through October 1st at Fair Park in Hope. The fair encompasses exhibits from a 15 county area which stretches from Union County to Saline County to Montgomery County over to Sevier and down to the state line. Everyone's favorite fair activities will be featured from a petting zoo to a variety of concession stands featuring fair food and home-cooked favorites. All the fair information and entries are online at southwestarkansasdistrictlivestockshow.com.
Arts and crafts, baked goods, food preservation, and horticulture will be checked in at the fair on Sunday September 25th from 12:30pm to 4pm and Monday September 26th from 9am until 4pm.
Tuesday September 27th will be a big day at the fair. It begins at 10m with the arts and crafts, educational exhibits, food preservation, and horticulture judging. The potted plant judging is at 11am. Food preservation, horticulture, arts and grafs, and the midway will open at 5pm. The Fair Parade is set for 6pm. It will begin on Elm Street. To register for the parade or for info call Eddie Brazzell at 777-6772. All entries must register for the parade. Following the parade will be the Fair Queens and Talent Contest at the Coliseum at 7:30pm
On Wednesday September 28th the arts and crafts, food preservation, and horticulture will open for viewing at 9am. School tours will be offered beginning at 9am. The midway opens at 5pm and by 7pm all animals for the livestock judging must be in place and the weight cards are due for market hogs.
The arts and crafts, food preservation, and horticulture will open for viewing at 9am Thursday September 29th. The swine show is set for 9am. At 6pm Commercial Heifers will be weighed and at 6:30pm the Steers will be weighed. . The midway opens Thursday at 2pm and will be open for "armband day". Advance armbands are $18 and those who purchase advance armbands receive free admission to the fair. Armbands are available at the fair for $20 but those purchasing armbands at the fair will have to pay the regular gate admission of $5 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and under get in the gate for free. Advance armbands are available at Super 1 Foods and Farmers Bank & Trust.
A special event is set for 10:30am Thursday morning. The beef barn will be renamed the "Don Fuller Beef Pavillion" with the Chamber of Commerce providing a ribobn-cutting. The facility will be named after the long-time fair manager Don Fuller who served in that capacity for 40 years. Fuller passed away last year in the fall. The public is invited.
Barrel Racing will be held in the Fair Park Arena Thursday September 29th sponsored by the South Arkansas Cowboy Church Association. There will be a $2,000 added Open 4D Jackpot. Entry fee is $25 and there will be buckles to D winners. Books open at 6pm with a devotional set for 6:40pm. The Jackpot starts at 7pm and everyone bringing horses are reminded they must show proof of a negative coggins.
The regular exhibits will be open Friday September 30th at 9am with the sheep and goat show judging set for 9am as well. Junior activities are set for 4pm Friday. The midway opens at 5pm and there will be country music from Night Hawk in front of the coliseum at 6pm. At 7:30pm in the arena it's the L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding Tour. Advance bull-riding tickets are available from Super 1 and Farmers Bank & Trust in Hope.
The final day of the fair is Saturday October 1st. The Open Cattle, Steers, Breeding Beef, and Commercial Heifers Judging takes plays at 9am followed by Showmanship and Dairy Cattle judging. The Rabbit Show judging is also set for 9am. The arts & crafts, food preservation, and horticulture open for viewing at 11am Saturday. The midway opens at 1pm and there will be a special armband day on Saturday from 1pm until 6pm. These armbands can also be purchased in advance for $18 from Super 1 and Farmers Bank & Trust in Hope. Present your advance armband at the gate for free admission. Armbands at the fair will be available for $20. The L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding Tour set for 7:30pm in the arena.
Make plans to attend the 72nd annual Southwest Arkansas District Fair. For information visit southwestarkansasdistrictlivestockshow.com.