The Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation met with 4th District Congressman Bruce Westerman on Thursday September 21st. The Congressman visited with several plant managers about federal issues in a question and answer session.
The Hope Public School District will formally enter into discussions with the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana on Thursday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. to create a conversion charter high school for grades 10-12 on the U of A Hope campus. Discussions will be held at a public joint meeting of the HPSD School Board and the UAHT Board of Visitors at the Rapert Library Complex Auditorium on the U of A Hope Campus. Completion of the plan is contingent upon approval of a formal charter conversion plan submitted by the HPSD to the Arkansas Board of Education in Little Rock.
HOPE – The service to the Hope Public Schools by the second-longest tenured member of the HPS Board was recalled here Thursday at the passing of Denver L. “Denny” Dickinson, 74, of Guernsey.
“Hope Public Schools’ faculty, students, staff and school board send their most heartfelt condolences to the family of longtime board member Mr. Denny Dickinson,” HPS Superintendent Bobby Hart said.
Dickinson passed away Wednesday morning in Texarkana.
“Mr. Dickinson was a champion for public schools, and for children,” Hart said. “His compassion and caring were always evident in the decisions he made as a board member.”
Dickinson was first elected to the Hope Public Schools Board in September, 2002, serving 15 years on the board, the second-longest tenure among current members of the board. He was a 1960 graduate of Hope High School.
Dickinson was born Oct. 7, 1942, in Hope, to Denver and Muriel Dickinson. He was a rancher and businessman, a former director of the Hempstead County Farm Bureau, and he served on the Hempstead County Natural Resource Conservation Service board. He was also active in the Hempstead County Cattleman’s Association, and was an organizing member of the Guernsey Volunteer Fire Department, and served as GVFD Fire Chief.
“An advocate for agriculture, Denny was a charter member of the Hope Future Farmers of America, and he continued his support for the program throughout his life,” Hart said. “Our board and our district extend our deepest sympathy to his family, and we appreciate them for sharing him with the district and the community.”
The family announced the establishment of a scholarship fund in Dickinson’s memory through Delta Kappa Gamma to benefit a graduating member of the HHS FFA chapter. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Muriel Dickinson Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship Fund, c/o Diana Keith, 504 Columbia Circle, Hope, Ar.,71801. An account has been established at Farmer’s Bank in Hope.
Memorials may also be made to Renewal Ranch, 75 Lake Drive, Houston, Ar.,72070.
Dickinson was former co-owner of Hope Livestock Auction, and owner of Dickinson Realty in Hope. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hope.
Visitation is set for Friday, Sept. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at at Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Hope, with Bro. Daniel Bramlett and Bro. Jake Vandenberg officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hope, under the direction of Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Coleman Dickinson of Guernsey; two daughters, Jan Dickinson McKinnon, and husband, Randy, of Guernsey, and Amanda Beck of Greenville, S.C.; a son, Rusty Beck, of Conway, and fiancé Brooke Gregory of Arkadelphia; a sister, Sherry Chandler, and husband, Kelley, of Lonsdale; grandchildren Brad McKinnon, and wife, Alice, of Guernsey, Jordan Jones, and husband, Jacob, of Hope, and Carlie and Ramsey Beck, of Guernsey; and, great-grandchildren Jaycee and Erin McKinnon, Jenna and Jett Jones, and other relatives and friends
Eleven young ladies have been selected from among the student body at Hope High School as maids of the 2017 HHS Homecoming Court. Coronation of the HHS Homecoming Queen is set for Friday at 2 p.m. in Jones Field House on the HHS campus. The theme for this year’s court is “Tale as Old As Time” from the classic “Beauty and the Beast” film. Maids of the court include Chaney Anderson, Elizabeth Bamber, Andria Curtis, Tristen Jones, Courtney Davis, Tanika Box, Me’Ashyia Camal, De’Aushyae Jones, Dora Ortiz, Tyneshia White, and Shanhia Kelley. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools, Photo by Abraham Brito/HHS
The Hope Academy of Public Service Student Council has prepared collection boxes for the Bobcats Helping Bobcats initiative for Hurricane Harvey relief for the students and residents of Refugio, Texas. The boxes will be placed on campuses of the Hope Public Schools for donations of needed items for the recovery in the south Texas community of 4,000. Student council sponsor Tony Hooker, at left rear, is joined by Jordan Brooks, Richard Ware, Jaxson Adams, Harlie Lockhart, Edith Dominguez and Itzel Aguilar. Front row includes, left to right, Gianna Knight, Eva Davis, Ashlyn Courtney, Carlie Beck, Audrey Mercado, Mika Brown, Samantha Ventura, Katie Arroyo, Guadalupe Montalvan and Skyler Wilburn. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools, Photo by Kayla White/HAPS
The 73rd annual Southwest Arkansas District Fair and Bull Riding is set for September 26th through 30th in Hope's Fair Park. Events get underway with the judging of arts and crafts, food preservation, educational exhibits, and horticulture judging at 10am Tuesday September 26th. The potted plant show will be judged 11am on Tuesday. The first exhibits open for viewing at 5pm that day and the midway opens at 5pm tuesday. The fair parade is set for 6pm Tuesday. For info on the fair parade or to register an entry phone Eddie Brazzel at 870-777-6772. The Fair Queens Pageant is set for 7:30pm Tuesday.
The midway will feature a variety of carnival rides including State Fair Spectacular Rides. Arm Band Days are set for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Wednesday night all rides will be $1. Advance arm bands are $18 at Farmers Bank & Trust and Super 1 Foods in Hope. Armbands at the fairgrounds will be $20. You will receive free gate admission for each advance armband you purchase in town.
Exhibits open Wednesday at 9am and animals must bee in place by 7pm Wednesday. Weight cards are also due for market hogs on Wednesday. At 7pm a Ranch Rodeo will be held in the rodeo arena. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Hempstead County Sheriff's Department "Operation Christmas". For info on the ranch rodeo call 870-703-3419 between 6pm and 10pm. Also on Wednesday, the Rafter J Cowboy Church will have a gospel program outside on the Tyson stage.
Thursday the exhibits open at 9am. Commercial heifers will be weighed at 6pm, steers at 6:30pm, goats at 6pm, and sheep at 6pm. The "Spare Time Band" will perform country and old rock and roll music on the Tyson Stage at 6pm.
Friday at the fair the exhibits open at 9am. Sheep and goat judging and showmanship begins at 4pm as do junior activities. The "Night Hawk" Band will perform at 6pm on the Tyson stage. The L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding will be presented in the Rodeo Arena at 7:30pm. Advance Bull Riding tickets are on sale at Farmers Bank & Trust and Super 1 Foods in Hope. Persons with advance bull-riding tickets will get in the gate free.
Saturday at the fair will being with open cattle, steer, breeding beef, and comercial heifer judging and showmanship at 9am. This will be followed by dairy cattle judging. The rabbit show is at 9am in the swine barn. Exhibits open for viewing at 11am. An Hispanic Band will perform at 6pm on the Tyson stage and the L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding is set for 7:30pm.
The Southwest Arkansas District Fair thanks their many sponsors including Farmers Bank & Trust, Super 1 Foods, Bank of Delight, First National Bank of Tom Bean, Tyson, Brazzel-Oakcrest Funeral Home, Hope Auto, Amigo Juan's, BancorpSouth, and MAC Construction.
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The Hempstead County Collectors will be closed Friday September 22, 2017, Due to repairs in the office. The office will reopen Monday September 25, 2017 at 8:00 am. Sheriff and Collector James Singleton apologize for the inconvenience.
The Hope City Board met Tuesday September 19th for their second meeting of the month. Kiffenea Talley asked for a couple of corrections to the minutes before they were adopted.
George Smith, Executive Director of the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council made a presentation concerning a proposed "arts park". The proposal concerns making a city parking lot on Division an arts park and he said there would be no loss of parking. Smith said the organization would recruit local citizens and entities as well as art teachers from several counties. It would involve artwork on the sidewalk and the parking spaces as well. Smith said he'd gotten the idea from an alley in Europe. Smith asked that the city power wash the area and he has several artists ready to start. Smith also asked for the city to stripe the rail at the Cairo-Fulton Depot. The board voted to allow the arts council to move forward on the arts park.
The board looked at a proposal for monitoring groundwater at the landfill. Dan McCullough of SCS Engineers spoke to the board about the proposal. There appears to be some groundwater issues from the old part of the Hope Landfill. ADEQ wanted some monitoring wells installed and SCS is proposing a plan that would involve up to 20 small borings. The proposal would cost up to $34,000. The board voted to accept the proposal from SCS.
The board heard from Police Chief J.R. Wilson on accepting a $7,000 grant from the Arkansas State Police. The board voted to accept the grant.
Chief Wilson explained a "Selective Traffic Enforcement Program" or "STEP" grant the city has been awarded. The city would get approximately $25,000. $1,500 would go towards child safety seats and the rest would go towards speeding, DWI, and seat belt enforcement. The board voted to accept the grant.
The board looked at a requested zoning change on Beech Street. The owner wants to rezone so a manufactured home can be replaced. The zoning of the property doesn't allow for manufactured homes as it is now R-2. The board approved an ordinance changing the zoning to R-5.
The board looked at a request to change the zoning at the old skating rink from I-2 (light industrial) to C-2 (highway commercial). The board looked at some issues on whether to pave the parking lot. Samuel Turner, the owner, was present and has indicated he plans to put in a 100 space flea market. Turner indicated he has about 25 booths rented. The board approved the ordinance approving the rezoning.
Under the City Manager's report, Catherine Cook said the landfill expansion is finished except for a few minor items. She noted the new cell is expected to last 40 years.
Cook gave a report on the Texas Eagle Marketing and Performance organization (TEMPO) meeting she attended in St. Louis. She reported the Texas Eagle, the train that serves Hope, has been increasing in passengers. She also noted boardings of the train in Hope are growing.
Cook introduced new Street Superintendent Tim Blue.
Cook also talked about a grant available for $2,500 for city beautification from the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. The board agreed by acclamation to allow the city to apply for the grant.
John Odom spoke about 18th Street and gave the Mayor what appears to be a petition about the street. Odom said he and other residents wish to see the street kept clear. Police Chief J.R Wilson noted they had seen the street being blocked during JV games and the school had been informed the street can only be blocked on Varsity home game nights. Odom said he believes the school should be responsible for finding another place to park the buses. It was agreed to have the Police Chief meet with school officials to determine what can be done.
Hazel Simpson thanked the board and officials for putting the marker at the North SIde Park. She also asked about having some work on her street.
John Akin asked about taxes on prepared food. The meeting then adjourned.
The Hope Kiwanis Club had a fascinating program from a man who was no stranger to many of those present. Tom Mitchell is the Assistant Executive Director of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. He showed a power point presentation of exhibits, explained how anyone can be a member, and explained the selection process. The ASHOF is located at #3 Verizon Arena Way in North Little Rock and he encouraged the Kiwanians to drop in and see the exhibits. Mitchell is a native of Ashdown and a former long-time resident of Prescott where he served for almost twenty years as minister of the Central Baptist Church. After many years preaching in Little Rock he retired and four days later was offered the job at the ASHOF. He says he has greatly enjoyed the job!