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The Centerpoint Fire Department has recognized two firemen that have served for several years. Johnny Goodson has been recognized for serving 19 years on the department. Outgoing Fire Chief Dan Harding has served for 30 years. A meal was held in honor of the two men on Saturday. The new fire chief at Centerpoint is Alan Green. Shane Chandler is the assistant fire chief. Drew Moody is the secretary/treasurer. Adam West has also been assigned training and is the assistant oem coordinator. Green said the department is 40 years old and during the next year their goal is to see that each firefighter become at least a certified level one firefighter.
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 event. Photo and information provided by the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce.
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 and 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. Information provided by the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce.
Nashville Junior High Principal Deb Tackett and Assistant Principal Jason Williamson took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday. Students donated money throughout the week for a chance at dumping the bucket of ice on the principals. The school raised around $270 for ALS. #ALSIceBucketChallenge