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Monday, February 16, 2015

Closings, Monday February 16

Jessieville School District is closed today.

Shelters on standby if power outages

The Red Cross is currently coordinating three shelters to be placed on standby in the event they are needed. The locations of the shelters are the Coronado Center and the Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church in Hot Springs Village. In Hot Springs the shelter is located at the First United Methodist Church on Central Avenue. These shelters will be operational in the event that there are power outages.

Harlem Ambassadors still a go for tonight

According to Amanda Kennedy, "We are having lots of folks ask about the HARLEM AMBASSADORS game tomorrow evening. For now, we will wait and see what the weather does, and will make a call tomorrow around noon. Stay tuned..."

Coronado Fitness Center delays

Due to inclement weather, opening of the Coronado Fitness Center will be delayed until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 16. Opening may be re-evaluated depending on weather.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review next step in Duck matter

There will be a case review in the murder trial of Kevin Duck on March 2.  Duck is not expected to attend.  The most recent trail dates of February 10 through 13 were postponed for medical reasons. This is the second time the trial has been postponed.  New trail dates will not be issued until the completion of the trial review.

Duck is the defendant in the murder of Hot Springs Village Police dispatcher Dawna Natzke.  Natzke's body was discovered off Main Haul Road in rural Garland County on the morning of New Year's Eve in 2011.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Duck trial postponed again

Kevin Duck's trial in the murder of Hot Springs Village Police dispatcher Dawna Natzke has been postponed to June 2, 2015. Originally slated for November then moved to February before Judge Wright will now take place this summer.

Is Duck finally going to trial

This morning at 8:30 the pre-trail hearing in the murder of Dawna Natzke in Garland County Circuit Court should take place. Last week I talked to the prosecuting attorney's office and the Circuit clerk's office. All were ready to move forward in this matter.

There can always be a last minute Motion to Continue, especially from Kevin Duck's attorneys.  I will let you know more when I know more.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Adam Trent Illusionist, best show I can remember

Would you like to have a good time?  No, I'm not going to talk about calling some 1-800 number, I'm going to tell you to get to the Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village over the next three nights to see Adam Trent Illusionist as one of the Hot Springs Village Concerts' Association series shows.  I haven't laughed so much in years.

Trent sings, dances, tells clever jokes and performs magic, creating a magical evening of side splitting laughs for everyone.  From moment one the audience is totally involved in Trent's world. If you sit toward the front of the audience you may find yourself invited on stage to become a part of the show.

Last night audience members made paper roses dance, performed hilarious card tricks, mastered floating objects and helped find a lost $100 bill. At one point Trent opened his trick of the month box and had the audience experience learning a bit of magic along with him.

The evening was filled with grins and giggles while Trent clone danced.  Be prepared to stay up for a while when you get home trying to figure out how one person can have such dexterity for slight of hand.  I loved every illusion and I am certain you will, too.

Trent has traveled the world perfecting his presentation and he is very smooth and extremely funny.  His patter is quick so make sure your hearing aids have fresh batteries, you won't want to miss a word.

Men in the audience will of course appreciate Trent's lovely assistant.  She doesn't have much stage time but is quite lovely and perfectly distracting at appropriate times.

I enjoyed the home movies showing Trent as a lifelong magic enthusiast. As a child Trent performed his magic in elder facilities and for boy scout troops. He started performing magic when he was nine. Now, in his 30's Trent has years ahead of him to share his wit, dexterity and love of illusion.

Adam Trent Illusionist will be on the Woodland stage nightly through Friday. If you are not a member of the Hot Springs Village Concerts' Association check out the website www.hsvtickets.com to buy tickets or call 922-4231.

Following Adam Trent Illusionist there is only one show left in the season, 100 Years of Broadway runs March 3 - 6.

Friday, November 21, 2014

No quorum

In Hot Springs Village at precisely 10 a.m. today Keith Keck called the assessment vote meeting to order and turned the meeting over to Don Schnipper to give his statement about the legality of the POA vote. After Schnipper make his opening comments he explained the voting possibilities.

There were 25,298 lots in good standing in the Village eligible to vote. 12,650 votes were needed for a quorum. Schnipper said if  the POA lots were needed to reach quorum it would bring the eligible lot count up to 27,654, with a quorum of 13,828.

There were only 10,049 votes cast. The POA By-laws require the POA lots be counted to try to attempt to bring the count up to a quorum.

The POA lot votes are cast in a percentage reflective of the overall votes cast. The overall 10,049 votes cast were 5,999 for and 4,050 against.

With the POA lots counted that brought the vote up to 7,405 for and 5,000 against. The total vote was 12,405 with the POA lots counted. 13,828 votes were needed to make quorum. The vote count was 1,424 short of a quorum.

The POA can call for another vote on this issue and it will just need 25% of 25,298 lots to vote, that's 6,325 votes. If that were the case in today's vote the POA assessment would have passed.

The next POA board meeting will be on December 3 at 9 a.m. It will be a pivotal meeting discussing the direction the Village will take next to remedy its cash shortfall.