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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DuPue Brothers Band at the Woodlands

The DuPue Brothers Band rocks, waltzes and plays toe-tapping bluegrass with abandonment. Last night's concert at the Woodlands Auditorium was full of energy and plain old fun.

The DuPue Brothers Band was the second serving of the Hot Springs Village Concerts Association season and it was delicious. The good news being the group will appear here in the Village for three more nights, tonight through Friday night at 7:30.

The three DuPue Brothers, Jason, Alex and Wallace were charming and endlessly talented violin virtuosos. Each brother and each member of the band had multiple opportunities to shine. During the concert I kept thinking this is the best jam session ever. In a jam session musicians come together to play the music for the utter joy of making music together with a big dose of one-upping each other with flair.

I loved Mike Munford picking away on his banjo, a look of utter concentration always on his face.

Award-winning flatpicking guitar player Mark Cosgrove brought tremendous talent, a good singing voice and a delightful sense of humor to the mix.

Kevin MacConnell wailed on his upright bass and floored with his bass guitar. He's been on the music scene since the mid-80's and has played for a smorgasbord of who's who in the music world.

That leaves us with the band manager and percussionist extraordinaire Don Liuzzi.  Not only can he play the heck out of everything that makes noise at the back of the stage but has a smooth singing voice I could listen to all night.

The DuPue brothers themselves bring so much to the table. Jason doesn't talk much but clearly made a deal with the devil for his talent on the violin. He also playfully shows off his mastery of the mandolin.

Wallace and Alex are the talkers of the group. Wallace, a steady workhorse stopped the show with his yodelling number. His variations on Little Brown Jug with styles from Viennese to contemporary was a real crowd pleaser.

Alex is a showman and takes several opportunities to show how to make fun sounds from his violin with a synthesizer. Hear the violin singing birds, sirens and exploding bombs. Fun, fun, fun.

Tickets to the remaining three DuPue concerts are available for purchase at the will call table in the lobby at concert time and from the POA during normal working hours and on-line.

Don't have to kick yourself later for missing this musician fest, get to the DuPue Brothers Band concert today. Oh, and for those of you that think all bands are loud, this one is set just right and won't make your hearing aids ring.

There still three concerts remaining in the Hot Springs Village Concerts Association 23rd season. Call 922-4231 to secure your seats to the Many Characters of Pete Peterkin, November 11 through 14, Adam Trent Illusionist, February 3 through 6 and 100 Years of Broadway, March 3 through 6.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jeff Smith killed in head-on collision

Hot Springs Sentinel Record special sections editor, 49-year old Jeff Smith was killed in a head-on collision near Bismark on Highway 7, Friday, October 10, at 4:25 p.m. Smith was a 17 year resident of Hot Springs Village.

In addition to his coverage of Hot Springs Village and Northern Garland County, Smith was a prolific writer of books, both fiction and non-fiction. Many of the books are set in the Hot Springs area, all are available on Amazon or at All Things Arkansas on Central Avenue in Hot Springs.

His titles include: Within the Gates, 7 Days of Panic, Between the Elders, Memories of Spearsville, Secrets of Island 27, Death in the Darkness, Escape from the Big Easy, The East Mountain Murders, Death Comes to a Small Town, Vanished on the Vista and The Charleston Connection. He has at least one unpublished manuscript ready to go to press.

Smith has been active with the Hot Springs Village Players for the last six years. He was set to make his directing debut with Murder Can be Habit Forming. Lee Iafrate has agreed to step in and carry through his vision with the play coming to the Woodlands on November 7, 8 and 9.

Jeff Smith was a good reporter, writer and friend, a truly nice man and will be missed. His viewing is Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. His funeral is on Friday, October 17 at 2 p.m. at Ruggles-Wilcox funeral home in Arkadelphia.

Again, there was a fatal car wreck on Highway 7 near Bismark on Friday, October 10. Stephanie Philyaw's car crossed into on-coming traffic hitting two vehicles. Of the two cars Philyaw hit, driver Darren Brewster was not injured, driver Jeff Smith was killed.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday's news

Villagestock is rescheduled for Saturday October 25. The cost has been reduced to $15 for a day of music at Grove Park in the Village.


The Saline County candidates forum is set for September 16 at 4 p.m. at the Ouachita activities building.


The POA voting board meeting is set for this Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Ouachita activities building. Immediately following the meeting is the next budget review meeting. The topic of the budget review is public works, public safety and recreation/food and beverage.


Garland County residents can bring items to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 to 1 on Saturday, October 11 to the Garland County Fairgrounds at 4831 Malvern Avenue, Highway 270 East, for safe, free disposal of unused or leftover household products containing toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive chemicals. There will also be a re-use center for paint that is still usable and stored in the original container with a legible label. Electronic waste and passenger tires, no rims, will also be accepted for disposal.

The event can help prevent hazardous items from ending up in landfills, sewer treatment, storm drainage or septic systems, streams and lakes. These products are also toxic, corrosive, flammable and/or irritating to skin. They can cause fumes and fires and can endanger animals and children if left improperly stored at home.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday's news

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and 38 other attorneys general urged the Federal Communications Commission to review whether phone companies may legally use call-blocking technologies that would enable consumers to block unwanted, annoying telemarketing calls.

Some phone companies have said that the FCC's legal framework prohibits the carriers from determining which calls should be blocked. McDaniel and his counterparts formally asked the FCC for an opinion as to whether carriers can block telemarketing calls at a customer's request.

Telephone companies have resisted implementing the technologies to block calls because of their legal concerns.

A brown bat picked up a week ago from the 200 block of Market Street in Hot Springs was sent to the state health laboratory and has tested positive for rabies.

Pet owners are reminded to vaccinate all dogs and cats at least four months old against rabies. To report any unusual daytime activity by nocturnal creatures such as skunks or bats, contact Animal Services in Hot Springs at 262-2091 and Animal Control in Hot Springs Village at 922-6547.

My biopsy results came back as inconclusive, so I will have to have surgery before the end of this month. I will find out then if I will need to undergo cancer treatment.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday's news

Pre-register today to participate in the 2014 Hot Springs Village Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) Hunt, set for Nov. 1 – Dec. 15. The event, which is an archery only hunt, is regulated by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

All hunters must attend the Hot Springs Village Mandatory Hunters Orientation Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8:00 a.m. at the Ouachita Activities Building, Ponce de Leon Center, to participate in the hunt, no exceptions. Hunters will register, show proof of current licenses/cards and sign the POA waiver at the meeting. Maps showing designated hunting areas and dash passes will be distributed during the meeting. A question and answer session will also be held. The Ponce de Leon Center is located at 1101 DeSoto Blvd., in Hot Springs Village.

In addition to attending the mandatory orientation meeting, hunters must meet the following requirements to participate in the hunt:

·        Participants must have a current Arkansas Game & Fish hunting license.
·        Participants must have a current Arkansas Bow Hunter’s Association card.
·        Participants must also complete the International Bowhunter Education Program. Hunters who complete the class will receive a lifetime Bowhunter Education Card. For more information, go to or contact J.D. Crawford at or 501-733-2921.
·        Hunters must hunt from an elevated deer stand that is 10 feet above the ground.
·        Hunters must check deer harvested at the HSV Cortez Fire Station and with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission via telecheck, internet, or smartphone. For more information, go to
·        The first deer bagged must be donated to Arkansas Hunter’s Feeding the Hungry Program. It is the hunter’s responsibility to deliver deer to the processor.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission allows harvesting of both bucks and does. Hunters may harvest two bucks, but those deer must be checked using their license allocation. Bonus doe tags must be issued through DMAP.

For more information, contact the HSV Permitting & Inspections Department at 922-5562.

Relive your college days at the “drive in” showing of Animal House at the Magellan Golf Course Driving Range on Sept. 13. The movie, which is sponsored by Boomers Rock and the HSV Recreation Department, is a comedy about a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the dean of Fabor College. The cast includes John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Kevin Bacon and Tim Matheson. It is rated R.

Golf carts are welcome and the Magellan Deli will be open for beverages (beer, wine and soda). There will be a trivia contest with prizes and free popcorn courtesy of Boomers Rock.

Tickets, which are $5.00 per person in advance are available online at Tickets will be $7.50 at the door.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a great evening at the movies!

Have you recently purchased a new vehicle? When selling or trading your personal vehicle, remember to remove the HSV member decal. Members who bring in a current year decal will receive a new current year decal at no charge. For more information, call 922-5556.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday's news

The requests to put the Lake DeGray Water Agreement to a November election vote were rejected Friday by the Hot Springs City Clerk’s office due to deficiencies identified in the filed petitions. It was determined that the petition is noncompliant with a significant provision of the Arkansas Constitution, and therefore insufficient to move forward to be placed on the ballot.

In a City Attorney’s opinion letter, the failure to include an enacting clause has resulted in a fatal defect in the submitted petitions. The lack of this constitutional requirement means the petition is not legally sufficient and should be rejected.

The City will continue their diligence in pursuing the alternate water source from Lake DeGray and obtaining an agreement with the Army Corp of Engineers for a long-term allotment from this source.

City Manager David Watkins stated, “It is very encouraging that our community has reached an agreement that will provide system users with water from two completely separate watersheds in order to secure a long-term supply and put this issue behind us.’

Improvements to Highway 270 (MLK Expressway) require lane closures in Hot Springs, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be doing routine maintenance including general cleaning, weed eating, and draining cleaning along the Highway 270 (MLK Expressway) median. The work will require closing the eastbound and westbound inside lanes within the moving work area.

The eastbound lane closures will be Monday, September 8th through Thursday, September 11th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., each day, weather permitting. The westbound inside lane closures will likely begin the following week at the same times.

The number of days needed for the closures may be reduced if the work does not take as long as anticipated. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at or You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD

Looking for a way to save a little cash when your grandchildren ages 6 through 15 visit Hot Springs Village? Stop by the HSV administrative building and sign them up for a temporary dependent recreational card. Show this card at select HSV recreation facilities to receive member rates. Golf discounts are not offered with this card.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today's news

Still recovering from my ordeal yesterday. News will be later in the day.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today's news

I hope you all had a restful Labor Day. I did not labor yesterday, so no news.

There's a Hot Springs Village budget overview meeting, open to the public, tomorrow at the Ouachita activities building from noon to 1 p.m., immediately following the board meeting. The budget overview is for the proposed 2015 budget. Everyone interested in where your assessment dollars go should attend.

Keith Salisbury and the Hot Springs Village Audubon Society donated more than 20 tree-identification tags along the Magellan Beaver Dam Trail.

The Magellan Golf Course is closed today.

Isabella Golf Course is undergoing aerification.

It's Washington State week around the Village. Visitors from Washington will pay member rates for Village amenities.

The working board meeting this week will host discussions on the following: the appointment of James Mahan for the open position on the public works committee; the appointments of John Lands and George Tenuta for open positions on the recreation committee; a proposal to modernize the POA's accounting and operations software programs; a proposed revision of bylaws; and, the annual assessment increase by consumer price index.

The POA board meets at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in the Ouachita activities building at the Ponce de Leon Center.