The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee was hosted by the Hempstead County Democratic Women on Wednesday October 19th. The Coffee was held at Democratic Headquarters at 110 South Main downtown. Pictured are Evelyn Burdette, Brenda Rothwell, Linda Blackmon, Eva Morehead, Catherine Rowe, Kim Smith, Sandra Rodgers, Sylvia C. Brown, Shirley A. Brown, Margaret Moss, Doris Brown, Gail Wolfenberger, Allen Flowers, Alice Straughter, Margaret Sengel, Louise Smith,Hazel Simpson, Judy Flowers, Carolyn Neel, Mary McPherson, and Hazel Funchess.
County Treasurer Judy Lee Flowers, Circuit Clerk Gail Wolfenbarger, County Judge Haskell Morse, and Assessor Kim Smith took time away from their offices to visit the Hope Kiwanis Club on Tuesday October 18th. The officials talked about Act 1 which will be on the ballot in November. The act is referred to as "Rules Governing Certain County Officials".
On October 19, 2016 at approximately 0009 hours Deputy Matthew Tuberville was dispatched to Wadley Regional Medical Center in reference to a Battery call.
Upon arrival at Wadley Regional Medical Center Emergency Room he made contact with the victim Toron Stephens, age 26 of Magnolia, Arkansas. Victim stated he was at work at Tyson Food at 275 Hempstead 278, when he had a verbal disagreement with an unknown black male in the Tyson Food parking lot between the entrance and exit gates.
Victim stated he asked the male to leave his sister alone victim stated when he turned to walk back to the plant the unknown black male started mouthing. Victim stated he turned around and the male pulled out a knife, and cut him on the left arm, stabbed him in the lower left abdomen and to the left side of his lower back.
Deputy Tuberville observed a cut on the victims left arm and puncture wounds on his lower left abdomen and lower left side of his back.
Stephens was transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center by private vehicle.
Deputies were able to obtain a name and possible location of the suspect and are working to make an arrest in the incident.
James A. Singleton, Sheriff
HOPE – District wide parent-teacher conferences for the Hope Public Schools are set for Thursday from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Parents and students may meet teachers in classrooms at each of the five HPS campuses during that period.
Information about student life and academics will be available; and, parents are asked to request a copy of the Strive for Five Parent Survey at the campus office and take a moment to complete and return the survey. The 10-question survey is completely anonymous.
No classes will be conducted in the Hope district on Friday, Oct. 21.
A 58 year old Hope man is dead following a two-vehicle accident involving an ATV on US 278 3 miles east of Hope. Malcolm Dougan was traveling east on 278 about 10:30am. He was traveling on the shoulder on a 2003 Suzuki ATV and apparently made a left turn and was struck by a 2004 Lincoln. Dougan was pronounced dead at the scene around 11:30am by Hempstead County Coroner Ben Brazzel. The accident was investigated by Trooper David Hamilton.
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HOPE – Students at the Hope Academy of Public Service were enlisted in a battle here recently.
Tiffena Pierce, a survivor of breast cancer, brought her fight for life and wellness to the HAPS campus to inform the grades 5-8 students of the need for greater awareness concerning the disease, and the importance of early detection.
Pierce recounted how she discovered a cancerous growth beneath her right breast and originally gave it little urgent consideration, despite her mother’s own battle with the disease.
“I was working as a social worker all week, and going to classes in Houston to get my doctorate degree,” she said.
An award-winning social worker for DaVita Dialysis in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, Pierce was initially diagnosed with the disease in 2015. She said the original diagnosis took her by surprise because tests done in consequence of an annual mammogram examination took some time to be confirmed.
Pierce said she was in a doctorate studies seminar in Houston when she received the final diagnosis.
“I heard something in my doctor’s voice,” she said.
Pierce said the ultimate diagnosis determined that the cancerous growth was too deep to be readily removed. As a result, she underwent six months of chemotherapy, which was semi-effective.
“I had to have thirty rounds of radiation,” she said.
Finally, her doctor determined that radical surgery was necessary; and, in June her tests showed no cancer. Pierce only recently began reconstructive therapy.
“Cancer doesn’t know any boundaries,” she said. “It doesn’t know age, race, gender, or grade.”
Pierce said the key to her recover stems, in part, from her faith, and the refusal to internalize her illness.
“Never ask,’Why, me?’” she said. “Just fight.”
Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and a master’s in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She will be recognized in April, 2017, as Regional Social Worker for Region 2 of the National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers; and, she anticipates receiving her doctoral degree within two years.
Pierce spoke to the HAPS students in conjunction with the national Breast Cancer Awareness Month “pink” campaign conducted each October.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into growth-oriented, small businesses across rural America. The McLarty Capital Partners (MCP) Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) will be the fifth RBIC that USDA has helped to initiate since 2014. The McLarty company has its roots in Hope in the family's automobile business, now in its fourth generation of McLarty's. The initiative is part of USDA's ongoing efforts to attract private sector capital to investment opportunities in rural America to help drive more economic growth in rural communities.
"Innovative small businesses throughout rural America need the same access to capital as their urban business counterparts," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "McLarty Capital Partners is an important ally in USDA's efforts to reenergize the rural economy, help small businesses grow and strengthen local communities."
"We are pleased to partner with USDA in this innovative public-private partnership to propel and sustain small business growth in rural America," said McLarty Capital Partners co-founder, Franklin McLarty. "With roots in America's heartland, McLarty Capital Partners is committed to ensuring that small and medium sized enterprises have the means necessary to achieve their business goals, and this endeavor only furthers that mission."
McLarty Capital Partners, founded in 2012 by co-presidents Franklin McLarty and Christopher Smith, provides flexible financing solutions to small and medium sized enterprises in the United States.
The new fund was formed under the USDA's Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP). USDA is utilizing RBIP to license funds that invest in enterprises creating growth and job opportunities in rural areas, with an emphasis on smaller enterprises. Since its inception in 2014, the fund has made a total of 11 investments, totaling $39 million.
These efforts are part of the Made in Rural America initiative, which was created by President Obama to help rural businesses and leaders take advantage of new investment opportunities and access new markets abroad.
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Brittany Frierson, age 31 of Hope, was sentenced Friday to 84 months in federal prison followed by (3) three years of supervised release on one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. That according to Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Texarkana.
According to the Plea Agreement, on June 26, 2014, agents with the Arkansas South Central Drug Task Force applied for, received, and executed a search warrant at a residence in Hope. The warrant was based on the fact that on two occasions, law enforcement had arranged for a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Brittany Frierson, a resident of that house. Investigators seized digital scales and a total of 9.41 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine. Frierson provided a statement during a post Miranda interview admitting that the methamphetamine belonged to her and stated that she had sold approximately $1,000 of methamphetamine on a weekly basis for the past three years. The suspected substance was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab where it was tested and determined to be 8.86 grams of actual methamphetamine. Frierson was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 25, 2015 and pleaded guilty to the charge on March 31, 2016.
“Methamphetamine continues to ruin countless lives and families every day. Frierson’s sentencing today is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to taking this drug off the streets of Arkansas,” stated Special Agent in Charge Diane Upchurch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Little Rock. “We will continue to work with the Arkansas South Central Drug Task Force and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District to arrest and prosecute the individuals responsible for distributing dangerous drugs to our communities. I'm grateful for the hard work of the Agents, Task Force Officers, Analysts and other personnel who contributed to this success."
The investigation was led by the Arkansas South Central Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Ross prosecuted the case for the United States.
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Super 1 Foods Hope Store Director Chad French, center, presents a check for $1,000 to Hope Public Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart, left, and Hope Schools Co-Activities Director Susan Powers during halftime ceremonies in the Hope v. Lakeside football game at Hammons Stadium. The donation represents the winnings of Hope High School in the Super 1 Foods Cash 4 My High School contest. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools