The Hope Rotary Club heard from Bob Erwin Thursday September 29th concerning Hope/Hempstead County Trade Day. Erwin noted the first Trade Day attracted 45 vendors and attracted hundreds of people to downtown Hope. He noted the next edition is set for October 22nd from 8am until 2pm at Elm & Division. Trade Day is sponsored by the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce. Applications for the event are available at the Hope Chamber and at the Park office. Booths are $15 each or $25 with electricity. Shown with Erwin is Rotarian Clay Lance who invited Erwin to speak.
The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) recently trained students who are enrolled in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Program to be certified in forklift operations. The course was taught by a certified OSHA industry trainer. The course provides formal classroom instruction with evaluation and practical hands-on training in accordance with OSHA standards. Completing both portions of the training results in the issuance of a forklift operator training certification card valid for 3 years. OSHA requires employers to ensure that every powered industrial truck (forklift) operator is competent in the operation of a forklift prior to operating.
UAHT Supply Chain Management Instructor and Advisor Rachel Parson said, “This one-day training is a great opportunity for our SCM students to gain an additional credential that will make them employable in the field of Supply Chain Management.”
The Supply Chain Management program offered at UAHT is designed for employment in business, transportation, logistics, and warehousing. Graduates will understand the responsibilities of managing goods from raw materials to the final consumer. SCM courses are designed to be delivered as hybrid and online courses to meet the needs of working adults. The program prepares students for jobs in fields such as transportation, logistics, retail, consulting, education, energy, manufacturing, warehousing, military, government, and more.
“The Interstate 30 corridor in Southwest Arkansas is a key transportation route used to connect businesses located all over the nation. Area employers have expressed a need for employees who understand principles of transportation, logistics, and inventory management,” said Parson. “Growth in the transportation and manufacturing industries in Miller County alone makes this program vital to the economic health of our area. UAHT’s great locations in both Miller and Hempstead counties will provide qualified graduates to fill SCM positions throughout the region.”
Over 15,500 people are employed in the trade, transportation, and utilities industry in Southwest Arkansas, and the projected 2010-2020 industry growth is 5.9%. The projected transportation and materials moving occupations growth for the same period is 4.8% according to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Discover Arkansas Labor Market information. According to the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Research, and Extension 2013 Miller County profile, employment growth in the areas of transportation was 8% and manufacturing was 12%, which is outpacing the statewide growth of 4% and 10.5%.
For more information about the SCM program at UAHT call 870.722.8172 or visit http://www.uacch.edu/?page_id=7952.
MAGNOLIA – Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the upcoming Oct. 8 Making Magnolia Blossom fall 2016 Big Splash event, during which less than three hours of lending helping hands to area non-profits promises to make a big difference in the lives of many.
Interested volunteers and groups are encouraged to pre-register at www.MagnoliaBlossom.org/big-splash as soon as possible. Check-in will be at the Reynolds Center parking lot starting at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, with a brief kick-off event at 9 a.m. Volunteering begins at 9:15 a.m. and will run through 11:30 a.m. For more information or to register by phone, call Deana Taylor at 870-235-4922.
The primary focus for this fall’s event will be to transform the new facility of the Columbia County Senior Meals Service and prepare it to open for services on the following Monday, Oct. 10. The building, formerly Meadowbrook Lodge Nursing Home at 600 Leila Street, is need of much cleaning and preparation, both indoors and out.
For the exterior, tasks will include disposing of trash and debris, weed-eating, mowing, planting flower beds, pulling weeds, and trimming trees. Trash and debris removal will also take place throughout the inside of the facility, along with sweeping and moping, washing windows, preparing the kitchen and dining areas, and possibly moving items from the program’s current facility at 235 Frederick Street.
Volunteers are asked to wear pants and closed-toe shoes. MMB will be providing supplies and equipment, but anyone who can bring a mower, chain saw, and/or weed-eaters is encouraged to do so.
The Columbia County Senior Meals Service was established in 2002 to provide seniors 60 and older in Columbia County with nutritious meals. The program operates two centers located in Taylor and Magnolia. Each center serves a hot meal each weekday that qualifies as 1/3 of the seniors’ daily nutritional meal plan. In the Magnolia center, seniors are also provided with activities that encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. Some of these include a game room with pool tables, exercise equipment, puzzles, and a library of reading materials. Transportation is also available for those who are unable to drive but want to attend the fellowship at the center, as well as a Meals-On-Wheels service for those homebound.
The program is relocating to better meet the needs of the patrons. Funding comes from the Area Agency on Aging through the Contracted Meals program, grants, the United Way, and donations from local businesses and individuals. Sheila Nash is the director and Cathy McMahen is the chief cook. They have been spearheading efforts, along with family and a few volunteers, to maintain services at the current center while cleaning and prepping the new facility during night and weekend hours.
Other non-profits hoping to be assisted on the Saturday event are the Columbia County Animal Protection Society (CCAPS) shelter and the Second Chance Thrift Store, which benefits the cat shelter.
Between 10-20 volunteers will be dispatched to the shelter for power-washing, trellis removal, landscaping and fence work. One power-washer will be on site, but additional power-washers provided by volunteers would be appreciated.
Around 5-10 volunteers will be sent to help at the thrift store, located behind Sears at the Fountain Plaza Shopping Center. Plans include power-washing, cleaning windows, weed-eating and trash pickup, as well as inside work including moving merchandise, cleaning and sweeping.
Previous Making Magnolia Blossom “Big Splash” events have organized hundreds to make improvements along primary city streets, local business facades, and public areas around the downtown square. MMB is a community-involvement organization at Southern Arkansas University. A group of staff, faculty, and students started MMB in 2014, and more than 500 volunteers from SAU and the community contributed time and effort at the initial Big Splash Saturday event. Since then, MMB has hosted several Big Splash events, as well as several Second Saturday events which partner with area organizations to complete needed projects. MMB has completed dozens of city improvement projects in its first year, and was awarded by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission the Volunteer of the Year Award. To find out more or to get involved in MMB, visit www.MagnoliaBlossom.org or like MMB on Facebook.
The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday September 28th was hosted by Laurel Place Health & Rehab. The staff enjoyed visiting with those attending the Coffee. Pictured are Dietary Manager Shanelle Moore, Marketing Director JaKeela Thomas, and Arnetta Bradford, Environmental Supervisor. If these ladies can be of service, feel free to stop by Laurel Place. Visitors are always welcome!
The Hope Lions Club heard a great program from Jimmy Walker, Administrator at the Garrett Memorial Christian School. Walker says the school currently has over 270 students in grades k through 12. He notes the school opens with an assembly each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a time of prayer. He notes the school has started their "Legacy" project as they are out of space and plans to add classrooms as well as an athletic facility. The school is working to raise $2.5 million for these facilities and they have currently raised $400,000 towards that goal.
HOPE – Blazing their way across the Hope Country Club course, the Hope High School Bobcat Girls’ Golf Team won the 5A South Conference title.
Shooting a cumulative 282 over the 18-hole match course, Natalie Phillips, Tia Corbett and Sydney Watson outmatched the nearest competition from Magnolia by eight strokes in the Sept 21 tournament.
Phillips shot an 88 for the course, with Corbett and Watson both scoring 97 over the 18 holes. All three were named all-conference and will advance to state play in Hot Springs on Wednesday.
Magnolia placed second in the girls’ tournament with a 290, placing Katie Collier on the all-conference team with a 91 for the day.
Medalist for the girls’ tournament was Gracen Blount of Lakeside High School, who shot a 79 on the day and was named all-conference. Lakeside shot a team score of 311 on the day to place third.
Fourth place went to DeQueen High School at 320 and fifth place went to White Hall High School with a 365 team score on the day.
The HHS boys team of Dalton Kenworthy, Ben Knight, and Kobe Watson placed sixth with a cumulative 369 on the day.
Lakeside won the boys’ tournament with a 303 on the day, followed by White Hall at 320 and Magnolia at 333. Grayson Martin of White Hall was boys medalist with a round of 71.
Hope High School 2016 Homecoming Court Maids include, top left to right, Kiaura Smith, Ameiah Trotter and Treasure Nelson; middle left to right, Darnesha Vickers, Tazharia Woodberry, Justice Lawson, and Tatyanna Smith; and front left to right, Miriam Martinez, Quiana Gulley, Alissa Lewis, and Sydney Watson. The new homecoming queen and her court will be introduced prior to the HHS-Hot Springs football game Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Hammons Stadium. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
HOPE – Excitement will build through this week with “Spirit Week” activities on Hope school campuses culminating with the annual homecoming celebration on Friday.
The Hope High School student body will honor the 2016 Homecoming Queen and her court during ceremonies in Jones Field House of the MAC building on the HHS campus Friday at 2:15 p.m.
HHS 2016 Homecoming Maids include Kiaura Smith, Ameiah Trotter, Treasure Nelson, Darnesha Vickers, Tazharia Woodberry, Justice Lawson, Tatyanna Smith, Miriam Martinez, Quiana Gulley, Alissa Lewis, and Sydney Watson.
The newly-crowned homecoming queen and her court will be presented to the community and HHS alumni during pre-game ceremonies Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Hammons Stadium, prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff between the Hope Bobcats and Hot Springs.
Pre-game ceremonies will be held in Jones Field House at 6:20 p.m. should weather conditions force them indoors, according to HHS Student Council Sponsor Lena VanCamp.
“’Welcome to Wonderland’ is the HHS homecoming theme this year,” VanCamp said. “The Bobcats will travel down the rabbit hole into a world full of whimsy and wonder.”
“Spirit Week” activities on the HHS campus include “Decade Day” on Monday, harking back to a favorite decade theme; “Twinkie Day” on Tuesday, dressing students alike for the day; “Disney Day” on Wednesday, dressing as Disney characters or in Disney attire; “College Day” on Thursday, with favorite college gear; and “Red and White Day” on Friday to celebrate the Bobcats.
Yerger Middle School will also participate in “Spirit Week” with “Twinkie Day” on Monday; “Character Day” on Tuesday; “Dress Up Day” on Wednesday; “Red and White Day” on Thursday; and “College/Pro Day” on Friday.
The YMS Eighth Grade and HHS Ninth Grade Bobcats play Hot Springs at Hammons Stadium on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. A pep rally will also be held on the YMS campus on Thursday.
The Beryl Henry Elementary School campus will also celebrate “Spirit Week” this week with “Decade Day” on Monday; “Twinkie Day” on Tuesday; “Disney Day” on Wednesday; “Class Color Day” on Thursday; and “Red and White Day” on Friday.
Two rural Washington area residents were killed and two other people injured in a head-on collision Saturday morning in the Cross Roads Community on Highway 73. According to the Arkansas State Police, the dead are Pearlene Cheatham, 98, and Jewellene Trotter, 75.
State Police say a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta driven by LaTonya Cheatham, 37, of Texarkana, Arkansas, was westbound and a 2008 Nissan Altima driven by Latasha Trotter, 40, with a rural Washington address, was eastbound, and as both vehicles were entering a curve near Hempstead County Road 187, the Volkswagen apparently crossed the centerline hitting the Nissan. The two women killed were passengers in the respective cars. Both drivers were airlifted; Cheatham to UAMS in Little Rock and Trotter to St. Micheal's in Texarkana. Trooper Larry Mitchell investigated. The wreck was reported by a Cross Roads Volunteer fireman. That department, Hempstead County deputies and Arkansas Highway Police, and Pafford EMS, were among those on scene.
special thanks to Saratoga Ark Digest