HopePrescott.com http://www.hopeprescott.com HopePrescott.com - News for Hope and Prescott, Arkansas Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:12:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.15 Hope Public School District Releases Statement On HHS Fights http://www.hopeprescott.com/hope-public-school-district-releases-statement-on-hhs-fights/ http://www.hopeprescott.com/hope-public-school-district-releases-statement-on-hhs-fights/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:12:38 +0000 http://www.hopeprescott.com/?p=92550 image image image image

HOPE – Almost 24 hours after Hope High School experienced numerous fights between students in the office, cafeteria and a classroom, the Hope Public School District has released the following statement:

“The police presence on the Hope High School campus Tuesday was in response to an altercation between two students that was handled according to district policy.”

Hope Police Department Officers as well as Hempstead County Deputies responded to the call for aid by the School Resource Officer (SRO) shortly after noon.

Three separate videos, taken by another student, quickly went viral, area wide. The videos show several young women fighting each other and a young man facing off with the SRO. HHS staff, as well as the responding officers, were able to separate the fighting parties. It is not known if any arrests were made.
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New leadership board named http://www.hopeprescott.com/new-leadership-board-named/ http://www.hopeprescott.com/new-leadership-board-named/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:57:54 +0000 http://www.hopeprescott.com/?p=92548 LEADERSHIP 004

PRESCOTT – There was a slight change of power for Leadership Nevada County Wednesday during the organization’s annual meeting.

A new board of directors was selected, though the new board differed only slightly from the old board. The outgoing members were Barbara Brown, Jane Purtle, Brent Talley, Essense Jordan and Naomi Butler. The new members included Brown, Purtle, Jordan, Butler with Judy Duke being the newest addition. The president and vice president of the group remained the same with Perry Nelson president and Faith Beavert, vice president.

The Class of 2017 held its retreat last week at Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Plantation. Tammie Ward, moderator for the meeting, said the group seemed to bond quickly. The weather for the retreat, she added, was good and the new members all gave positive evaluations for it. She added they also left with some good ideas for their group projects.

Peggy Lloyd, a member of the board, said she’s working with the Nevada County Depot Museum to get a grant for a World War I display. The museum will be notified in March as to the grant’s status. Should it be approved, Lloyd said four banners will be obtained and have the name of every person in Nevada County who served in WWI.

She asked for pictures to go with what will be a mobile display as it will be taken to different communities in the county. She especially is interested in any photos of any African Americans from Nevada County who may have served in WWI. Any pictures brought to the museum, she said, will be scanned in and returned to their owners.

 

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UAHT employees building bridge to future http://www.hopeprescott.com/uaht-employees-building-bridge-to-future/ http://www.hopeprescott.com/uaht-employees-building-bridge-to-future/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:49:34 +0000 http://www.hopeprescott.com/?p=92546 image

HOPE – Each year the faculty and staff at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana are given the opportunity to support the college and students by giving to the Bridge Builders fund through payroll deductions or one-time gifts.

This year, 83 percent of UAHT employees chose to be “Bridge Builders.” These funds are used for campus improvements, scholarships, gas card programs for students and other beneficial student programs.

Faculty and staff contributions to Bridge Builders funded four student scholarships this year at UAHT. Chancellor Chris Thomason said, “We are blessed at UAHT with a phenomenal collection of dedicated and talented team members. Our staff and faculty, on both the Hope and Texarkana campuses, are committed to our service mission and demonstrate that every day in their work with our students and our communities. But more than that, the fact that an overwhelming number of them donate a portion of their earnings back to the institution is direct evidence of their personal commitment and belief in the promise we offer to improve the collective future of our region.”

For information on the Bridge Builders Scholarship and other scholarships available at UAHT, call 870-722-8174.

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Pictured: UofA Hope-Texarkana bridge builder contributors receive Bridge Builder sweaters from the UAHT Foundation as a gift of appreciation for their support.

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New council hits ground running http://www.hopeprescott.com/new-council-hits-ground-running/ http://www.hopeprescott.com/new-council-hits-ground-running/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:30:53 +0000 http://www.hopeprescott.com/?p=92533 PCC 002

PRESCOTT – New members of the Prescott City Council showed a willingness to question decisions made by the mayor and former council.

This was evident at the January council meeting Tuesday night, where new councilmen Jerry Hightower, Carla Christopher, Stacy Jester, Bobbie Brown and Tommy Poole were introduced, along with Robert Loe the new city clerk.

The meeting began with Jason Holsclaw, with Stephens, Inc., returning to discuss refinancing the city’s water bond issue, initially issued in 2009. He told the panel the idea is to restructure the bond to keep the payments the same, but generate around $600,000 for water and sewer projects. If this is done, he said, it would extend the payments 15 years with the payments being $100,000 annually. The bond would be paid off in 2047, unless it were restructured again at a future date.

Holsclaw said the bond interest is based on market conditions, which have leveled out since November’s General Election and are currently around 4.5 percent on a 30-year loan. He said the old bond would be paid off and new bonds issued, with money being placed in a debt service fund equal to half a payment, or around $50,000, for emergencies. The bonds, he continued, would be sold in $5,000 increments in the amount of $1,695,000. All but around $600,000 of this would be used to retire the existing bond and pay all fees for the new bond.

Hightower asked if these projects are needing to be done or if they were being worked on.

Brown questioned a bridge, asking if it’s been done and paid for. She was told the bridge work has been completed and paid off.

Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver said the bridge wasn’t part of the water and sewer project.

Poole asked if the work couldn’t be done without restructuring the bond.

City Accountant Brad Crain said the city would have to look at its reserve fund with the council needing to decide if and how it would be spent. Holsclaw chimed in saying the city’s payment on the bonds being refinanced would be the same, adding if the entire $600,000 isn’t needed, only what would be necessary to do the work would be.

Councilman Howard Austin told the new members when the former council looked at this, Water Superintendent Perry Nelson had informed them on what needed to be done, adding there would be problems if the work isn’t done.

New members of the council discussed the proposed costs, saying the information they had only showed $300,000 for specific projects. Austin said there are other projects needing to be done and the former council looked at how much the city could handle financially. He added there are big projects coming up, including the sewer plant itself. “We’re trying to get the money to do what we can,” he said. “We’re not doing all that’s needing to be done. If we put it off, we could pay a higher interest rate.

Brown asked what, on the list, had and hadn’t been done, while Poole posited the question of where money would come from to do future projects once these are done. Austin said the city could refinance the bonds again.

Councilman Susie Meeks ask why only one contractor was listed, and the council given only one price. Oliver replied the figures the council had were only estimates and the project would have to be bid out.

City Attorney Glenn Vasser suggested having Nelson talk to the new members with a more detailed list of projects needing to be done. The issue was tabled for a second month, and is to be addressed at the February meeting.

Next up was a discussion on extending the amendment to the city’s burn ordinance. The previous council voted to amend the ordinance and allow residents to burn leaves Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, the amendment expired on Jan. 15 and the problem of what to do with leaves and limbs hasn’t been solved.

The problem came about because natural gas prices fell and plants went from using wood chips to natural gas for heating. Hines Trucking had been operating a chip mill and selling wood chips to different plants, but closed chipping operations when plants went to natural gas. The city had been collecting limbs and leaves, taking them to Hines to keep residents from having to burn them.

Questions were raised about residents bagging the leaves and them being taken to the landfill. Chris Hopper, sanitation supervisor, said the landfill doesn’t take leaves.

Hightower said if the burn ordinance is repealed residents will complain because of health issues. Brown asked about the possibility of the city using the limbs and leaves for compost. Oliver said this had been looked into, and tried by other cities, but communities that tried it had fire issues and problems with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

In the end, the burn ordinance was amended with burning being allowed from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. seven-days-a-week until April 30.

In other business the council approved Melissa Malone to replace Elaine Williams on the Planning and Zoning Committee. The council also chose to keep the meeting time and date the same, the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., except those months with a Monday holiday, which will see the meetings moved to the Tuesday following the third Monday.

Brown asked about the city’s hiring practices, saying she wanted a list of all department heads, city employees and job descriptions for the supervisors and employees. She also asked about hiring a code enforcement officer.

Oliver said Connie Beard had been hired for the position. This prompted Brown to aske Beard’s qualifications and experience for the job. Oliver said she’s worked at City Hall in the past, transferred from the Prescott Police Department and is familiar with city business and code enforcement.

Brown said the city had a code enforcement officer for four years that was paid more than $100,000 in salary and benefits, yet nothing seemed to be done. Oliver replied the majority of people who were given citations did what they were required, with the problem being absentee owners who don’t care.

Brown asked if the council isn’t informed when there’s a job opening and what the city’s hiring process is. Oliver said the city has always tried to fill positions from within. “That’s how we’ve always done it. That’s how my dad did it.”

Brown said she wants to be more involved and to understand how the process works. Austin said under Arkansas law the mayor does all the hiring. Vasser said the council’s job is to control the purse strings with the mayor doing the hiring and firing.

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Chamber scholarships available http://www.hopeprescott.com/chamber-scholarships-available/ http://www.hopeprescott.com/chamber-scholarships-available/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:44:56 +0000 http://www.hopeprescott.com/?p=92531 SCHOLARSHIP4PRESCOTT – Each year the Prescott-Nevada County Chamber of Commerce offers two $250 scholarships to Nevada County seniors.

Applications are due by March 3 for those students interested. The applicants must be seniors in either the Prescott or Nevada school districts, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be considered, though preference will be given to those who have a GPA of 3.0 or better. The applicant must also plan on attending a two or four year college or technical school.

The application must include two letters of recommendation, with one being from a school counselor or teacher in their district and the other from a person in the student’s community or a church member.

Applicants must also write a paragraph on their career goals, and have community service hours with the Chamber. Applications are available with the counselors at each district.

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Celebrate recovery available http://www.hopeprescott.com/celebrate-recovery-available/ http://www.hopeprescott.com/celebrate-recovery-available/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:39:59 +0000 http://www.hopeprescott.com/?p=92529 Bain drugsHOPE – Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step program to help deal with life’s hurts, habits and hangups, is held every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the fellowship hall of Unity Baptist Church. For more information, call 870-818-4358.

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Mrs. Jeanie Taylor http://www.hopeprescott.com/mrs-jeanie-taylor/ http://www.hopeprescott.com/mrs-jeanie-taylor/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:56:16 +0000 http://www.hopeprescott.com/?p=92520 Mrs. Jeanie Taylor, age 83 of Prescott, Arkansas passed away, Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

 

Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Taylor are incomplete at this time, but will be announced by BRAZZEL/Cornish The Funeral Home of Prescott, Eddie BRAZZEL, Director. Online guestbook: www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com

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Thomas Glenon Huckabee http://www.hopeprescott.com/thomas-glenon-huckabee/ http://www.hopeprescott.com/thomas-glenon-huckabee/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:55:14 +0000 http://www.hopeprescott.com/?p=92518 Mr. Thomas Glenon Huckabee, 100 years old of Hope, Arkansas passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 in Prescott, Arkansas. He was born August 5, 1916 to Thomas and Sudie Johnson Huckabee in Bodcaw, Arkansas.

Mr. Huckabee was a veteran wounded in a fox hole in France, a Woodman of the World Member and worked for Hope Brick Works for sixty years as a foreman. He was an avid Razorkback fan, a christian and a true southern gentleman to the end.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Billie Bryant Huckabee of 72 years; son, Ronnie Huckabee; grandson Gregory Parker Dickerson; son-in-law James Parker Dickerson; one brother; two sisters; three sister-in-laws and one brother-in-law.

Mr. Huckabee is survived by his daughter Glenda Huckabee Dickerson of Hope; sister-in-law Hazel Bright of Prescott; neices, nephews, friends and his special feline friend Thomas Kat.

Special thanks go to Misty Applegate, Dr. Michael Young, Hillcrest Nursing & Rehab; Encompass Hospice, Dr. James Arrington; his two caregivers Lakita Hearon and Helen Carlton for your loving care and concern.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hope for Paws, 2858 Hwy 174 South, Hope, Arkansas 71801.

The Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:00 am Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Herndon Pharr Funeral Home in Hope with Elder Vernon Livingston officiating under the direction of Herndon Pharr Funeral Home. Interment will be at a later date in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Hope, Arkansas.

Please wear Razorback apparel or red clothing to honor Mr. Huckabee at this celebration.

Sign our online register book at
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Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic Scheduled http://www.hopeprescott.com/low-cost-spay-neuter-clinic-scheduled/ http://www.hopeprescott.com/low-cost-spay-neuter-clinic-scheduled/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:13:39 +0000 http://www.hopeprescott.com/?p=92513 HOPE – A low cost spay and neuter clinic has been scheduled for April 11 – 13th in Hope.

Sponsered by Hope For Paws, applications will be available at the Hope Animal Shelter, beginning February 3rd. Volunteers will be on hand every Friday from 10:00am – 6:00pm and every Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm, until all spots have been filled. Animal Control Officers will not be responsible for applications.

New for this clinic, there will be a $5.00 fee, per family, to help with out of pocket expenses.

For more information on pricing and scheduling contact Joanne Sandlin at 870-
703-3054, between 9:00am and 4:00pm only.image

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Milsap coming to HH http://www.hopeprescott.com/milsap-coming-to-hh-2/ http://www.hopeprescott.com/milsap-coming-to-hh-2/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:52:03 +0000 http://www.hopeprescott.com/?p=92511 ronnie-milsap

HOPE – Country music superstar Ronnie Milsap earned six GRAMMY ® Awards, eight gold records and 40 No. 1 hits.

Milsap is one of Nashville’s most dynamic entertainers in rock, pop and R&B music. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will perform his greatest mega hits –”I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World”, “(I’m a) Stand by My Woman Man”, “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me”, “It Was Almost Like a Song”, “Lost in the Fifties Tonight”, “Smoky Mountain Rain”, “Stranger in My House”, “Any Day Now”, and “Pure Love”, and lots more.

Milsap will be at Hempstead Hall at 7 p.m. on April 28.

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