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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Washington Watermelon Weigh Off Attracts Giant Melons

The Old Washington Farmers Market, the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, and the World Pumpkin Commonwealth held the 4th annual Watermelon Weigh-Off in Washington on Saturday August 30th. There were eight melons entered, the biggest field ever. Mike Daniel of Arkadelphia took $200 and third place with at 121.9 pound melon. Lloyd Bright took 2nd place with a 165.5 pound melon. This melon was unusual in that it was a Black Diamond hybrid. The dark green melons were the melons of choice back in 1917 when Hope druggist John S. Gibson held the first watermelon growing competition in Hempstead County. Bright won $300. The top prize went to Barbara Bright Jones of Bossier City, Louisiana. Jones melon, grown in Hempstead County, weighed in at 181.4 pound. Jones won $500. Despite the threat of wet weather a good crowd turned out to see the weigh off. Many people enjoyed shopping for produce and hand-crafted craft items. The organizers want to thank Michelli Scales of Bossier City, Louisiana for providing the electronic scales for the weigh off. Special thanks also to Dr. Vic Ford, Dr. John Barry, and Clay Wingfield of the Univeristy of Arkansas Southwest Research and Extension Center for measuring and weighing the melons. Josh Williams of Washington is chairman of the even

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bright Family Picks Melons For Washington Weigh-Off

Lloyd Bright and his family headed out to the famous Bright watermelon patch Friday August 29th to pick some melons for the watermelon weigh off in Washington Saturday (that event will move inside the WPA Gym at Washington in case of rain).  Over 600 pounds of melons were picked!  The formal portrait shows Pat Bright Rhoads, Shelley Keith, Gregory Woodall, Barbara Jane Woodall, Perry Henley, Lloyd Bright, Ann Marie Woodall, and Barbara Jones

Washington Receives Grant To Purchase Fire Truck

There were high spirits in Washington on Friday August 29th as the city received a $15,000 grant to purchase a fire truck from the city of Hope.  Washington obtained the grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission through the General Improvement Funded Fire Protection Grant Program.  The new truck comes from the Hope Fire Department who recently put the truck up for auction after purchasing a new truck.  The Washington Fire Department provides fire protection and first responder assistance for the 183 citizens of Washington as well as the tourists to and structures of Historic Washingto State Park and the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation.
  Pictured is Daniel Shelman andnd Holly ballard of Historic Washington State Park, Hope Fire Chief Dale Glanton, Jamie Pafford Gresham of the Arkansas Rural Development Commission, Washington Mayor Paul Henley, John Andrews, Director of the Arkansas Department of Rural Services, Washington Fire Chief Deriel Romine, State Representative Brent Talley,  Washington Fire Auxiliary Secretary/Treasurer Dolly Henley, Washington City Clerk Becky Dye, Washington Alderman Ann McBride, Washington Fire Auxiliary President Robert Deaton, and Washington Alderman Marion Taylor.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chamber Cuts Ribbon For New Hope High Athletic Complex...Booster Club Sponsors Coffee At New Facility

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday August 27th for the new Athletic Complex on the Hope High campus. The Hope Booster Club sponsored a Chamber Coffee at the complex and at 10am everyone at the Coffee went outside for the ribbon-cutting. School board member Jesus Coronado actually cut the ribbon. Superintendent Bobby Hart thanked all those who had a hand in the complex including school board members and former Superintendent Kenneth Muldrew. Following the ribbon-cutting tours of the new facility were given. The complex will not only serve those who play sports but also features classroom space for the band program, the choir program, and special education.