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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rotary Club Hears Watermelon Festival Program

Mark Keith of the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce was the speaker for the Hope Rotary Club meeting on Thursday July 31st.  Keith gave a presentation on the 38th annual Hope Watermelon Festival which is set for August 7th, 8th, and 9th in Hope's Fair Park.  He noted the festival has a great headliner in David Nail on Saturday August 9th and that advance general admission tickets are only $12.  Keith also said there has been particular interest in Buzz Andrews who will perform on the R.C. Cola stage in front of the coliseum on Friday August 8th.  Andrews is a 1967 graduate of Hope High and performed with the "Zonks", a Hope rock and roll band of the late 60's best known for their concert atop Hope's Dairy Queen that year.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Brentwood Hosts Coffee

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday July 30th was hosted by Brentwood.  This is a great, community minded company in our area who has helped our Hope Fire Department greatly in the last year and also helped a number of other good causes and organizations.  Pictured is Jim Dickerson, Randy Koger, Mark Trusty, Sharon Powell, Melissa Martin, Jay Trevillion, Scott McCorkle, Susan Beasley, and Mary Biddle

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hope Kiwanis Club Hears Program On Human Trafficking

Dr. Carla and Carroll Bryant brought a program on human trafficking to the Hope Kiwanis Club on Tuesday July 29th.  Dr. Bryant explained that human trafficking not only involves people being "trafficked" for sexual purposes but once those people are no longer fit for anything else their organs are sold.  The Bryants have established a program to fight human trafficking and welcome the opportunity to bring programs to other groups.

SADA Project Kick-Off

The Southwest Arkansas Development Alliance in coooperative with Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District will hold a project kick-off meeting Thursday July 31st at 10am in the lecture hall of the Science & Technology Building on the UACCH campus.   A workforce-development consultant named Kate McEnroe will work with the SADA group over the next 10 to 12 months on identifying information for a regional marketing program.  There will also be a session at 1pm that afternoon.  All interested persons are welcome to attend the kick-off and training sessions.  Anyone interested may contact Wesley Woodard at the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation at 870-777-8485.  SADA is an eight-county regional economic development and marketing group which promotes southwest Arkansas to potential employers.  This is part of the "SET" program, "SET" being the "Stronger Economies Together" program.  This is to develop and market the southwest Arkansas region for industry recruitment and economic deveopment.