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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reception For Dennis Ramsey

Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey was honored with a reception Thursday December 18th at Bank of the Ozarks.  The mayor will leave the bank at the end of the year after a 38 year banking career.  Although the mayor does not have another job lined up he says he would like to continue working because his wife "Linda tells me I'm not coming home...if there's something else out there I'm certainly going to take a look at it".  The mayor says his 38 years in banking has been very fulfilling.  Ramsey was working at Hope Water & Light when Buddy Jordan called him about a position open at Citizens National Bank.  The mayor went to work June 1st, 1976 at Citizens and later moved to Summit.  He says he plans to continue his work on the city board and that he and his wife plan to stay in Hope.  Pictured is Dennis Ramsey, his wife Linda, his brother Bruce Ramsey, and new Bank of the Ozarks President Shane Meador.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Final Chamber Coffee Of 2014 Hosted By Lance & Associates...A Christmas Tradition!

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday December 17th was hosted by Lance & Associates Real Estate. It has become a tradition since 2006 that Steve Lance and staff host the final coffee of the year at their "log cabin" office at Avenue C and Hervey. Everyone really enjoyed the event! This year the Lances enlisted Amigo Juan's to help with the catering...and the bacon-wrapped steak had folks talking all over town! It was a great time of holiday fellowship! Pictured is Rachael Green, Cindy Lance, Steve Lance, Jim Ralph, Trenace McGinnis-Stuart, and Lindsey Townsend.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hope Kiwanis Club Hears From Brian Berry Of U of A

The Hope Kiwanis Club heard from one of their own on Tuesday December 16th. The club heard from Brian Berry, Vice-Chancellor for Student Services at U of A Hope/Texarkana. He gave some statistics about enrollment, students, and programs. Berry said enrollment this semester was 1,360 students. He also was able to show what a great bargain our college is with their low cost per tuition hour and the high student/instructor ratio.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dozens, maybe hundreds of cars came to visit Hempstead County's "Christmas Town" on Saturday December 13th.  The residents of Oakhaven revived the tradition of lighting luminaries and lining the streets several years ago and this year the community also had every home near the street decorated with additional lights.  Credit for the decorations at a third of the homes goes to Oakhaven's "Mr. Christmas" Les Patterson.  Patterson began decorating his own house several years ago.  Eventually his decorations spilled into two neighboring yards and other neighbors approached him for help with their yards.  With the help of his son David, Patterson helped decorate 8 homes and the tennis courts.  Soon the other residents worked on their own decorations and the result is the most decorated neighborhood (and incorporated  town!) in southwest Arkansas.  Thanks to Mayor Troy Lerew and the residents for a wonderful Christmas treat and remember the neighborhood will be aglow with lights throughout the holidays.  Oakhaven is located north of I-30 off highway 32 and 2 miles from US 278.