Big crowd Thursday September 14th for the Forestry Workshop at the Southwest Research and Extension Center. Dr. Jon Barry and Dr. Kyle Cunningham spoke on assessing and marketing timber.
The Hope Rotary Club heard from one of their own on Thursday September 15th. Rotarian Les Patterson gave a report on the annual Family Health Expo which was held August 26th at Hempstead Hall. The event is sponsored by the HOPE coalition (Healthy Opportunities through Preventive Education). Patterson said the event drew 560 people which was a considerable increase from the last several years.
The Family Health Expo started in 1996 as "Shots for Tots". The Hope Rotary Club has been active since the inception. Patterson has been extremely active in the annual event and his enthusiasm was contagious!
Hundreds turned out Friday night to enjoy pancakes made and served by the Hope Kiwanis Club. Kiwanians Charlotte Bradley and Catherine Cook are shown at the start of the annual event.
The Summer 2017 issue of the Arkansas Battlefield Update newsletter is now available on the AHPP’s web site athttp://www.arkansaspreservation.com/News-and-Events/publications.
The newsletter includes articles on the continuing effort to purchase and preserve 808 acres of the Prairie D’Ane battlefield near Prescott, the modern roads that follow Civil War trails, the activities of the regional Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail organizations, and other information on the Civil War in Arkansas. If you would like to be put on the mailing list for hard copies of the newsletter, send your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
special thanks to Saratoga Ark Digest
‘Bobcats Helping Bobcats’: Hurricane recovery wrenching
REFUGIO, Texas – Refugio High School freshman Damien Wills stood next to the smashed remnants of his family home in this small, south Texas town and solemnly told the Corpus Christi television reporter that coming home after Hurricane Harvey was a shock.
“I saw pictures, but it was nothing like this,” Willis said.
The roof of the residence rested on the ground beside the house; its interior gutted by wind and rain from the 130-mile per hour storm. Wills, a player for the RHS Bobcat football team, has no place else to go; and he and his family have commuted back and forth from San Antonio since the storm.
The Hope Bobcat community is responding to the needs of the Refugio Bobcats through “Bobcats Helping Bobcats,” a project of the Hope Public Schools and Hope Academy of Public Service.
“So many of our kiddos lost everything, so we need funds or gift cards to Lowes or Home Depot so we can help rebuild their homes,” Refugio Athletic Director/Head Coach Jason Herring.
Although the Hope Public Schools is not collecting monetary donations, anyone wishing to make a donation should mail it to the office of Refugio Schools Superintendent Melissa Gonzales, 212 W. Vance St., Refugio, Texas, 78377.
“Make checks to Refugio ISD and on the memo on bottom put hurricane donation,” Herring said. “All funds go to our most needy kids and families.”
He said many daily needs are currently being met through donations which have been received; but, Refugio County Press staffer Kristin McGee said there has been an ongoing fight against mold that set in after heavy rains.
“Our school is still not able to hold classes, and our electrical service and wi-fi/internet services were just restored this past Friday,” McGee said. “Numerous homes in our town have been deemed ‘unlivable’ because of the water damage, and mold which is now growing. Almost all of the homes and businesses in the area had some extent of roof and water damage, and all businesses in our town were closed because of damage.”
She said the loss of needed back-to-school items was significant.
“Students lost homes, newly purchased school supplies, family vehicles, memories and all the things we take for granted that make daily life easier,” McGee said.
Photos and video of the damage throughout the Refugio community has been posted on the Hope Public Schools Facebook page.
Students at HAPS in Hope are preparing collection bins which will be placed on each campus throughout the Hope school district, along with a list of needed supplies, based upon most recent reliable information. Classes on each campus will be asked to make donations based upon the posted list, and community donations will be accepted at each campus.
Local donors are asked to drop off items at any campus by Sept. 30.
Currently, personal anti-mold masks, building supplies of every sort, and children’s clothing are among the highest priorities.
The Refugio, Texas, high school building was significantly damaged by Hurricane Harvey with the loss of the auditorium and gymnasium roofs and water damage throughout. Many homes in the community of 4,000 were deemed “unlivable” because of flood damage and catastrophic wind damage. The historic First Baptist Church building was heavily damaged by water after the loss of its roof, and most businesses in the community were damaged. The Hope Bobcat community is helping the Refugio Bobcat community recover through Bobcats Helping Bobcats with donations collected through the Hope Public Schools and Hope Academy of Public Service. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools/Photos by Jason Herring and Kelly DeLong
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From Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse...
Hempstead County Rd 217 will be closed for construction Thursday, September 14th through Friday, September 15th. It will be reopened by Saturday morning, September 16th. Please use an alternate route during this time period. We appreciate your cooperation.
HAPS to introduce new Clinton School team
HOPE – Building upon the success of the development of a public service curriculum for the Hope Academy of Public Service, the second phase of a partnership with the William Jefferson Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock begins here Tuesday.
“We had a great experience last year,” Hope Public Schools Superintendent Bobby Hart said. “The team delivered a quality product; and, our hope this year is that Team Two will help us implement and assess the public service curriculum that was created last year.”
HAPS Principal Dr. Carol Ann Duke will introduce the four members of the second-year Clinton School graduate student team Tuesday during a special Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee at the HAPS campus. The event is come and go from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the HAPS cafeteria.
“This year’s Field Placement Team will work with HAPS faculty to implement the grade-level public service curriculum that was developed by the 2016-17 CSPS Field Placement Team,” Duke said. “They will assess the resources and tools provided, and the impact the curriculum has on student learning and service projects we provide and/or partner with the community on as we develop a service learning mindset in our students.”
Team members represent a diverse set of backgrounds and applications of public service in their individual master’s degree study programs.
Marina Giannirakis, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a graduate of John Carroll University with a degree in sociology and criminology and a minor in entrepreneurship. Giannirakis has interned at Legal Aid of Arkansas and the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. She has volunteered in juvenile detention center work in Cleveland, Ohio, and her application interests include immigrant/refugee rights, criminal justice reform, and women’s rights.
Beth Quarles hails from Nasvhille, Tenn., and is a graduate of Lipscomb University with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in English language learner teaching and instructional leadership. She has taught English and American Culture at Three Gorges University in Yinchang, China, and has experience as a community organizer in northeast Arkansas. She plans on applying her master’s studies in education, women’s issues and social justice.
Joseph Stepina, of Coppell, Texas, is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway with a degree in politics, and he is a concurrent juris doctor student at UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Stepina has served as a deputy court clerk in Faulkner County, and he intends to apply his studies in criminal justice reform, education and social justice.
Clay Turner, of Leachville, Ar., is a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. Turner has served internships in the U. S. Congress and the office of the Arkansas Lieutenant Governor. He has worked to develop fine arts awareness in northeast Arkansas through the Foundation of Arts in Jonesboro; and, he intends to apply his studies in arts policy and human rights.
“The 2017-2018 CSPS Field Service Team has a passion for education and working with students to accomplish their academic and career goals while inspiring them to think beyond the borders of Hope and Hempstead County as they plan their futures,” Duke said. “Each of them has a rich background in working with various community groups and educational projects during their undergraduate work. We are looking forward to hosting them on campus throughout the coming school year
Pictured is Hope Mayor Steve Montgomery as he reads the official proclamation declaring this week as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week in Hope and Hempstead County during a special reception on Tuesday honoring the DSPs of ROC. He is also seen with ROC Chief Executive Officer Judy Watson as they enjoy refreshments during the reception.
Students at Yerger Middle School involved in the Noble Impact program will observe the National Day of Service here Sept. 23 with three major projects.
The Noble Impact Big Event is set for 9 a.m. to noon at Hope Fair Park and will conclude a week-long collection drive for Hope In Action and a “Change for Change” Hurricane Harvey project in connection with the City of Hope, the American Red Cross and Bank of the Ozarks.
The Hope in Action Food Drive and Change for Change will run concurrently on Sept. 18-22, culminating with the gifting of the proceeds on Sept. 23,” YMS Parental Involvement Coordinator Stephonia Terry said.
Terry said the YMS students will be at Hope Fair Park on Sept. 23 to participate in a park clean up, and a concession stand will be open.
“The day will end with a bake sale held at the Bank of the Ozarks parking lot on Main Street from 1-3 p.m.,” Terry said.
Contact the YMS main office at 870-722-2770 during regular school hours for additional information.