Monday, February 15, 2016 Hempstead County Courthouse and Road & Waste Depts. will be closed to observe the President's Day Holiday. Monday's trash route will be collected on Tuesday, February 16th along with Tuesday's regular route.
Food Handlers Certification
Nine HHS Food Production Management class students have been certified by the Arkansas Food Handlers Basic Course. The students must have successfully completed the three courses in the HHS program in order to test for certification, according to teacher Mrs. Cheryl Morrison. Students newly certified include Kristin Anderson, Ra’kiyah Bowles, Byron Dismuke, Cristina Dominguez, Jaquelin Frayre, Rebeca Santos, and Destiny Fields. Not pictured are Yotan Alvarenga, and Larissa Johnson. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
CMC Closing Magnolia Post Plant
Commercial Metals Company Tuesday announced the closure of its fence post operations in Magnolia, Arkansas. Production will be relocated to the San Marcos, Texas fence post production facility, as operations in Magnolia wind down and cease in their entirety by the end of the company's third fiscal quarter. The company says customers will not be impacted by this decision. In addition, CMC Steel Arkansas, a rerolling mill operated in Magnolia since 1987, will significantly reduce production levels over the same time period. CMC says the decisions are primarily the result of what CMC believes to be unfairly traded and illegally dumped steel products entering the U.S. market. "The decision to consolidate production in Texas reflects the impact of unfair trade on several plants and products. Approximately 40 employees are being impacted by the closure." Unquote, the company said in a statement.
"It is always a difficult decision to curtail operations which affect our employment levels and the community at large. The issue of global steel overcapacity is having real impacts on people and communities across the country. We have been working tirelessly to address these issues with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission. Unfortunately the actions taken to date by the U.S. government have not been effective, and we continue to see excessive quantities of unfairly traded steel entering the US market. This ineffectiveness has now taken a real toll in Magnolia," commented Tracy Porter, President CMC Americas
Perry Henley brings two orders of spaghetti at the annual "Mardi Gras" spaghetti dinner at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church Tuesday February 9th
HWL will be closed Monday, February 15, 2016 in observance of President’s Day. Our offices will reopen on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. If there is a water or electric emergency, please call 870-777-3000. If you want to pay your utility bill, please use the locked night deposit box located inside the first double doors or call 870-777-3000 to pay over the telephone.
Prescott Project Graduation will be having the 92 Jammers back on January 30, 2016. Tickets in advance are $5 for 12 and under and $8 for 13 and up. All tickets will be $10 at the door. There will be half time entertainment and a concession stand. Please call Tracy Morrow at 887-3123 for tickets for for more information.
Farmers' Market Kickoff Meeting and Vendor Training February 26 at Hempstead Hall in Hope
The farmers’ markets in Nashville, Hope and Washington will be holding their 2016 kick-off meeting at Hempstead Hall in Hope on Tuesday, January 26. There will be a training session for market vendors from 1:00 pm until 5:45 pm followed by a local foods tasting at 6:00 pm. ANYONE who would like to sell at any farmers market this year, including those in Texarkana and elsewhere, will benefit from this free training! There are reduced registration fees and other incentives for vendors who register during this event that will not be available later in the year. And EVERYONE is invited to the local foods tasting at 6:00 pm. For more information, contact Debra Bolding at (870) 557-2352.
HOPE, AR – The 10th Annual Beads, Bags, and Bangles is set for February 18th at Historic Washington State Park 1940 Gymnasium from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This annual University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Foundation event benefits the Kids’ College program held each summer at the College. Kids’ College is a three week program designed for kids who will be in the first through eighth grades in the fall. The 2015 program served nearly 400 students from Hope and surrounding communities. A portion of the funds will also benefit UACCH’s Prep Academy and the I-Serve programs, which have been in existence for four years, serving approximately 100 area students in grades 9-12.
BBB will bring back the best from each of the ten previous years to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this event. This will include great food, live performances, and plenty of shopping. The black and white attired evening will include live and silent auctions. Guests may self-park or take advantage of valet parking.
A big thank you to our sponsors of the event who help make it possible.
Amigo Juan Mexican Café
Kathy Struckman - Fulton Grass
Penny and Chris Thomason
Robee Carter, DDS-Smiles of Arkansas
Silver - $750
Honeycutt Printing, Inc
Hope Water & Light
Tonja and John Hays
Bronze - $500
Debbie Malek-Caney Creek Estates Mobile Home Park
Kari and Dan Rohrbaugh
Mustard Seed Wealth Management
Southwest AR Education Co-op
Tin - $250
Anderson Frazier Insurance
Bank of the Ozarks
Belinda and Ricky Aaron
Betty Jo Hays
Bobo and Bain
Christi and Whit Whitlock
Cindy Ford -- Sisson Real Estate
Coffee Family Dental
Debbie and Pat Henry
Dolly and Paul Henley
Farmers Bank & Trust
Ivan Smith Furniture
Lance & Associates Real Estate
Laura and Wayne Clark
Lindsey and Wade Townsend
Rainbow of Challenges
State Representative Brent Talley
To purchase your tickets please contact Jill Bobo, UAHT Foundation Executive Director at 870-722-8516.
The Hope Fire Department received a very special momento recently. When the department extinguished the fire a couple of years ago at the old Fink/Shanhouse building, they saved many downtown businesses including the SWS Etching Company. SWS had just received some new stock to work on when the fire broke out and asked Fire Chief Dale Glanton to do his best to save their building. SWS escaped any minor injury from the fire and owners Steve Randall and Warren Hansen presented Chief Glanton with a beautiful engraved axe to express their appreciation. Chief Glanton says he is quite proud of the gift and will display it inside the main fire department office. The gift is quite appropriate since the fire deparment saved a good bit of the north side of town on Monday (2-8) when fire destroyed an historic home at 511 North Main and windy conditions threatened to spread the fire to other structures. The department stayed in the are much of the day and night extinguishing flare-ups and cinders that blew from the fire. Hope Vice-Mayor Steve Montgomery joined the firemen for the photo.
HOPE – The concept of abstraction as seen through the art of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is at the heart of a sculpture project produced by the third grade art class of Ms. Dana Cox at Clinton Primary School.
“We knew that we couldn’t work in glass; that would be potentially dangerous to the children,” Cox said. “So, we brainstormed the idea and came up with plastic bottles.”
The project is the result of a conference Cox attended two years ago.
“We all started brainstorming about how we could recreate that in our classrooms,” she said.
Cox said the project is colorful and fun to create; requires no real expense; and, each student can bring his or her artistic expression into the overall scheme through their choice of color and its application to the basic medium – a plastic water bottle.
Each student provides one or more sanitized plastic water bottles and applies a color scheme to the bottle using indelible markers. Then, the students cut the bottom from each bottle, and holding the neck of the bottle, they spiral cut the barrel of the bottle until they have a lengthy spiral of color.
Each spiral is then attached to the frame or the body of the sculpture and melted into the whole using a hand-held hair dryer, Cox said. She said each student chooses how the spiral will be applied as it is melted into the rest of the sculpture, producing a variety of colors and patterns, much like filaments of blown glass.
Therein, Cox said, lies the parallel to Chihuly’s work.
Born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1941, Chihuly was introduced to glass as a medium for art while studying interior design; and, after graduation from the pioneering glass program at the University of Wisconsin, he continued studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later established its glass art program and taught for more than a decade, according to his official biography.
Chihuly’s work is in the collections of more than 200 museums worldwide, and he exhibited as a solo artist at the Louvre in Paris in 1986. He has created glass sculpture which is exhibited and is free-standing in cities across the globe, including Venice, Jerusalem, London, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Montreal, and Seattle.