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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hope Community TV Celebrates 50 Years In Hope

Hope Community TV held a special reception Thursday January 29th to celebrate their 50th anniversary of serving Hope.  The company incorporated January 13th, 1965.  The orginal investors partnered with WEHCO Media to build the system.  Some of the orginal investors included Mr. Bill Routon, Mr. Albert Graves, Mr. George Frazier, and Mr. George Peck.  WEHCO Media Chairman Walter E. Hussman, Jr. spoke and area manager Stacy Eads announced a conversion to the all-digital platform and the addition of 14 new High-Definition channels as well as 2 new networks.  This means Hope Community TV and Prescott Video now offers 280 channels including 51 in HD.  The company also offers Cablelynx High-Speed Internet and Digital Home Phone Services.  Eads and local Technical Director Dale Klare were recognized by company officials at the event.  Hussman was honored by District 3 State Representative Brent Talley with a Razorback Coffee Mug and Hussman recognized Bonnie Routon, wife of one of the original investors.

  
Hope Arkansas Melonfest's photo.
Hope Arkansas Melonfest's photo.
Hope Arkansas Melonfest's photo.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chamber Cuts Ribbon For Refurbished Northside Park Community Center

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday January 28th for the Northside Park Community Center. The historic building was heavily damaged by an arson fire two years ago but has been refurbished and is back in use for the community. A big crowd turned out to enjoy a Community Coffee at the facility before City Board member Willie Walker, a staunch supporter of the park, cut the ribbon. Those who attended enjoyed tours of the building as well as hot dogs, cotton candy, and popcorn prepared by the park staff.
The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday January 28th for the North Side Park Community Center.  The historic building was heavily damaged by an arson fire two years ago but has been refurbished and is back in use for the community.  A big crowd turned out to enjoy a Community Coffee at the facility before City Board member Willie Walker, a staunch supporter of the park, cut the ribbon.  Those who attended enjoyed tours of the building as well as hot dogs, cotton candy, and popcorn prepared by the park staff.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Southwest Arkansas Farmer's Market Consortium Holds Meeting To Plan 2015 Markets

  Over 100 people turned out Tuesday January 27th for a meeting of the Southwest Arkansas Farmer's Market Consortium at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas Hope campus.  The meeting included the market managers, producers, and patrons of the Hope, Washington, and Nashville Farmer's Markets. A "local foods tasting" was held several dozen dishes served featuring home-grown foods. Debra Bolding and Jodi Coffee gave an update on the history of the local farmer's markets as well as offering some of the guidelines producers must follow. The markets will feature fresh, locally-grown produce sold by the grower as well as local honey, farm-fresh eggs, fresh-cut flowers, home-baked goods, home-made soaps, and at some markets hand-crafted items. The markets start in May of this year. Hope will meet on Tuesdays, Nashville on Fridays, and Washington on Saturdays. For info on Hope phone Jodi Coffee at 870-703-5426, in Nashville Debra Bolding at 870-557-2352, and in Washington Billy O'Rorke at 870-826-4101. All the markets are on facebook as well. Pictured is Bolding, Coffee, and O'Rorke.
Over 100 people turned out Tuesday January 27th for a meeting of the Southwest Arkansas Farmer's Market Consortium.  The meeting included the market managers, producers, and patrons of the Hope, Washington, and Nashville Farmer's Markets.  A "local foods tasting" was held several dozen dishes served featuring home-grown foods.  Debra Bolding and Jodi Coffee gave an update on the history of the local farmer's markets as well as offering some of the guidelines producers must follow.  The markets will feature fresh, locally-grown produce sold by the grower as well as local honey, farm-fresh eggs, fresh-cut flowers, home-baked goods, home-made soaps, and at some markets hand-crafted items.  The markets start in May of this year.  Hope will meet on Tuesdays, Nashville on Fridays, and Washington on Saturdays.  For info on Hope phone Jodi Coffee at 870-703-5426, in Nashville Debra Bolding at 870-557-2352, and in Washington Billy O'Rorke at 870-826-4101.  All the markets are on facebook as well.  Pictured is Bolding, Coffee, and O'Rorke.
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Kiwanis Club Hears From U of A Hope Chancellor Chris Thomason

The Hope Kiwanis Club heard from Chancellor Chris Thomason of Hope's U of A campus. Chancellor Thomason gave an update on the college and also talked about efforts by the legislature to restructure the lottery scholarships
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