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Hexion Specialty Chemicals
HOPE – The annual senior breakfast at Hope High School is set for Aug. 4 from 9-10 a.m. in the HHS cafeteria. All 2016-17 seniors and parents/guardians are invited to attend free of charge. HHS administration, counselors, and faculty will be on hand to meet students and their families, and get information on senior year activities. Contact Jill Self at 870-777-3451 for additional information.
The Hope Kiwanis Club heard from a group from Unity Baptist Church on Tuesday July 26th. The group recently went on a mission trip in the Washington D.C. area. Brother Jay Pollan in his opening remarks to the Kiwanis Club quoted several instances of our founding fathers advocating the government's recognition of the God of Christianity, even to advocating that the Bible be taught in schools. All the speakers noted there are numerous public references to God in our nation's capital but the tour guides often play down the intentions of such public references. Pictured is Make Harper, Addie Womack, Phillip Knighton, and Bro. Pollan.
HOPE – A community hearing of the proposed conversion charter school application of the Hope Academy of Public Service is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Hope High School auditorium.
The hearing is for all parents of HAPS students, Academy students, teachers and the general public, according to regulations of the Arkansas Department of Education. The conversion charter application must be submitted to the ADE Charter Authorizing Panel by Aug. 4, according to Hope Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart.
The application is the first for a public school campus in Hope, Hart said.
The conversion will allow a more flexible school day, as well as other flexibilities not found in regular curriculum schools in Arkansas. That will not, however, change the standards to which the school will be held, and the charter will represent a performance-based “contract” between the HPSD and the ADE or its commissioner.
ADE has already granted the HAPS campus a Local Education Agency number, recognizing it as a campus of the Hope Public School District, according to Hart.
Charter status is applicable for five years, according to the ADE’s website.
The school will open Aug. 15 in the historic Garland/HAPS building at 600 West Sixth Street with an expected enrollment between 150 and 200.
Dr. Carol Ann Duke is the principal at the new campus
Okay Landing boat ramp on Millwood Lake has been temporarily closed by the Army Corps of Engineers Millwood Tri-Lakes Office due to low lake water level. Current lake levels are not high enough to launch boats and navigate around the Okay Landing launch area. The lake is in the midst of a two foot drawdown lasting a month to make repairs at Cottonshed Park. Those repairs stem from last year's floods.
special thanks to Saratoga, Ark Digest
PNCSS held a special Children's Services Open House on July 25 giving the local community an opportunity to tour the facility while enjoying free hamburgers, hot dogs, refreshments and even a bounce house. Parents could also enroll their children for the DDS program, the ABC Fall semester, and after-school care. For more information or to enroll, please call 870-887-6674.
Law enforcement from multiple agencies are searching for four armed robbers of Diamond Bank in Mineral Springs. At approximately 3:15 pm this afternoon (Monday) three black males and one black female robbed the facility at gunpoint. Authorities said the suspects were all wearing white handkerchiefs and work gloves. There were no injuries to bank employees.
Mineral Springs and Howard County Sheriff's officers responded and spread out on the south end of Howard County, including the Saratoga and Tollette areas. Other local counties and cities are also part of the search effort.
Initial reports are of a dark colored, possibly black, Chevy Malibu with black wheels and possibly a paper license tag. Contact local authorities with information.
special thanks to Saratoga,Ark Digest
The Hope Lions Club heard from Karen Smith and Jodi Coffee about the Hope Piranha Swim Team on Monday July 25th. The team has grown quite a bit this year and also hosted a well-attended swim meet this month at the Hope Fair Park Pool.
The Hempstead County EHC ladies hosted the Chamber Coffee on Wednesday July 20th. The ladies shared some fantastic recipes and there was a good crowd out. Those pictured include Bertha Miller, Frances Moses, LaJuan Thompson, Jean Poindexter, Shirley McRoy, Jane Collums, Linda Gilbert, Renee Willett, Marthat Sallee, Mary McPherson, Terrie James, Jean mcAlister, Becky Harrison, Laura Sue England, Glenda Burkham, Shelia Ballard, and Rosemary Pacedes.