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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Committee meeting

WHO: Child Health Advisory Committee

WHAT: Committee created by Act 1220 of 2003

WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: Room 906, Freeway Medical Building, 5800 W. 10th St., Little Rock, AR 72204-1763

WHY: This Committee will address statewide efforts to decrease childhood obesity, develop nutrition and physical activity standards and make policy recommendations to the State Board of Education and the State Board of Health.

Irene impacts local road closure

The northbound outside lane of Central Avenue in Hot Springs in front of Oaklawn Jockey Club will be closed from 4 a.m. until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31 for overhead electrical work. The project has been delayed one day due to shipping delays caused by Hurricane Irene.

Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling the project area.

Governor Beebee out and about around the state

Wednesday, August 31
10 a.m.
Governor Beebe participates in an economic-development announcement
Bauxite Community Center , 6706 Benton Street, Bauxite

Thursday, September 1
9 a.m.
Governor Beebe addresses the Arkansas Emergency Management Conference
Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Boulevard, Hot Springs

Friday, September 2
12 p.m.
Governor Beebe addresses the Russellville Chamber of Commerce First Friday Luncheon
Chambers Cafeteria, Arkansas Tech Campus, 204 West O Street, Russellville

Rankin making bid to replace Ross

Beth Anne Rankin of Magnolia announced her candidacy for Congress in the Fourth Congressional District during a four-city tour on Monday, August 29.

Rankin, who ran for that seat in 2010, is a small business owner and seventh-generation south Arkansan who spent seven years working in the Governor's Office for Governor Mike Huckabee.

As Huckabee's Policy Advisor for State-Federal Affairs, Rankin served as the liaison to the National Governors Association, the Southern Governors Association, Capitol Hill and the White House. Rankin coordinated the Governor's Summit on Economic Development, Play it Again Arkansas and chaired the statewide initiative for the design of the Arkansas State Quarter, leading the nation in citizen participation.

Born in El Dorado and raised on the Rankin Farm in Magnolia, she was an Honor Graduate of Magnolia High School, attended Southern Arkansas University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ouachita Baptist University with a double major in history and music. Beth Anne is a Nationally-Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and launched Beth Anne Productions in Magnolia, an independent music-teaching studio. She is also vice president of Rankin Land and Timber, a Life Member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the wonderful friends and supporters who came to our public events today as I announced my candidacy for the United States Congress in the Fourth Congressional District. With a strong desire to be a people’s candidate, I am honored to see and feel the support of the citizens who came out today to stand with us in our efforts to send a strong message to Washington, DC that the federal government must live within it means, honor the spirit and courage of the American entrepreneur, balance its budget, respect the free market system and ease the heavy-handed regulations and mandates that are burdening and suffocating the small business owner.” said Rankin.

No phones at Garvan

Garvan Woodland Gardens phone and Internet service is currently down due to a road construction crew inadvertently cutting the line.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Community Development Advisory Committee meeting

The Community Development Advisory Committee regular meeting, originally scheduled for September 1, has been rescheduled to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 8 in the Board Chambers at City Hall, 133 Convention Boulevard.

Road closure

The southbound lane of Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs between Spring and Bridge Streets is currently closed during daytime hours through Thursday, September 1 for gas line construction project. Signs will be posted, and motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in the area.

Message from Congressman Mike Ross

As I travel throughout our congressional district holding town hall meetings, many of you have shared your concern about jobs and the rising cost of gas and energy. High energy prices continue to slow our economic recovery. We must be able to control our own energy future, but that will never happen as long as we are dependent on Middle Eastern oil for our way of life.

Some say we need to drill more here at home and others say we need to invest in alternative and renewable energies. I think we can sensibly do both.

Unfortunately, too much of our oil comes from overseas, threatening our energy and national security. In fact, our country spends just over $300 billion a year importing energy from other nations, particularly from the Middle East. The unrest in Libya and the indecisiveness of OPEC are simply more proof that it is in our nation’s financial and national security interests to reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil as soon as possible.

This summer, I introduced a bipartisan bill, along with Congressman Lee Terry of Nebraska, to expedite the analysis and decision process regarding the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. I fought hard to pass this bill in the House Energy & Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, and, on July 26, I was proud the full U.S. House of Representatives passed this legislation with bipartisan support and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

The Keystone XL pipeline would allow millions of barrels of Canadian oil supplies to flow into U.S. markets. Specifically, the bill requires President Obama to issue a final Presidential Permit decision by November 1, 2011. The pipeline has been the subject of more than 30 months of consideration and a coordinated review by more than a dozen federal agencies. All other cross-border pipelines which have received Presidential Permits have taken between 18 and 24 months.

Completion of the Keystone XL pipeline would bring about one million barrels of North American oil per day to U.S. markets. Construction of the pipeline expansion is estimated to directly and indirectly create more than 100,000 private-sector jobs. In fact, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the U.S. and Canada wrote a letter to Congress urging the passage of the bill arguing the project will generate $6.5 billion in income for workers.

This is a straightforward action the government can take to create private-sector jobs here in America, boost economic development and lower the price of fuel for all Americans. The federal government has dragged its feet for way too long on this project and we are simply asking that it set a timetable and make a decision by November 1, 2011.

The high costs of gas and other forms of energy continue to make it harder for Arkansas's working families to make ends meet. The truth is we will never fully revive our economy until we lower gas prices in the short term and stabilize gas prices in the long term. As your Congressman, securing our nation’s energy future and lowering the price of energy for all Americans will continue to be one of my top priorities.

Square dance

Diamond Squares Western Square Dance Club will begin its fourth season of modern square dancing in Hot Springs on Monday September 12. Gordon White will be calling the Mainstream Program from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Lake Hamilton Church (Cumberland Presbyterian) 2891 Airport Road, Hot Springs.

The club is planning a new dancer program to begin on Monday October 3. Call 501 922-0803 or e-mail for further information.


Do you know how to tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes? Discover the answer by joining Park Ranger Julie Tharp at the amphitheater on September 3, at 8 p.m. This 45-minute program will explore their important role in nature and how to be safe around snakes. You’ll even have a chance to touch one…if you dare.

Gulpha Gorge Campground is located on U.S. Hwy 7-S, a short distance off U.S. Hwy 70 East on the eastern edge of Hot Springs. The amphitheater is located at the north end of the campground. All programs are free and weather-permitting. For more information, call 501-620-6715.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

East Coast Blues

Like many of you enjoying a bright sunshiny day in Arkansas our thoughts are somewhere along the east coast with loved ones and friends. My daughter is in Connecticut and my stepson and his family are in New York.

We have been frantically e-mailing and texting as they have no electricity and want to know what is going on. It is hard to comprehend that the rains will continue to pelt the area for the rest of today and tomorrow. This is the storm that just won't quit.

All we can do is keep texting back calm and soothing words. Eventually, it will stop raining. Hopefully, the flooding won't be as bad as expected. I know the children are bored sitting in the dark but this to will pass.

I am grateful everyone is tucked away safely. I silently promise myself I will buy more of those solar radio/flashlights that have plug in rechargers for cell phones and other electronic equipment. Being prepared is the best revenge in a situation like this one.

Emma's eleventh birthday

Tomorrow is my oldest granddaughter's birthday. Emma will be 11. This is the second time a hurricane has ruined her birthday.
Emma lives in Manhattan with her mom, dad and two little brothers. When she was five she came down to New Orleans to see us for her birthday. She celebrated on the run from Katrina. Now Irene has her huddled in the dark in her apartment in Manhattan.
It's so sad you have to laugh. At 11 some of us in the family tease her about being a hurricane birthday magnet. She certainly will have some wild and woolly tales for her grandchildren when that day comes.
Hopefully, Irene will be her last hurricane/birthday encounter. Happy birthday Emma.

Planning commission meeting scheduled

The Hot Springs planning commission will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 1 in the Board Chambers at City Hall, 133 Convention Boulevard. An agenda is attached.

Street closings in Hot Springs

On Monday, August 29, the eastbound lane of Spring Street between Central and Malvern avenues will be closed throughout the day for gas line construction. Signs will be posted.

The northbound outside lane of Central Avenue in front of Oaklawn Jockey Club will be closed from 4 a.m. until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30 for overhead electrical work.

Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in both project areas.

Hot Springs animal adoptions

The adoption fee for dogs is now $55 and the cat adoption fee is $35, following a recent $5 increase that was recently approved by the Hot Springs Board of Directors. Included in the adoption fee is the spaying or neutering of the adopted animal at Hot Springs Animal Services’ in-house “Big Fix” clinic, which is staffed by a licensed veterinarian.

The fee increase covers the rising costs for spay/neuter services. “We’ve tried for many years to hold fees to a minimum, but the cost of operating a surgical unit is not inexpensive,” said Animal Services Director Dan Bugg. “It is our goal to place as many animals as possible into new, loving homes.” For more information on pet adoption, call 262-2091.

Road closure in Hot Springs

The 400 block of Wynn Street in Hot Springs, just past the railroad tracks to Sun Street, will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, August 29 for new force sewer main construction. Signs will be posted, and motorists are advised to seek an alternate route during construction.

Village Animal Welfare League adoptable pets

Pick Daisy and get a great dog. Daisy's a two year old red bone mix. Daisy is nice and a good companion.

Boots is a two year old neutered male cat, the friendliest cat in the Village.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Writers' conference

Tomorrow, August 26, is the deadline for registration for the White County Creative Writers' Conference. The conference will be at Harding University in Searcy, AR. a week from Saturday, September 3. Cost is $25 and includes lunch.

You can read more about it on the website:

To register, please send contact information to Rhonda Roberts, 620 Morris School Road, Searcy, AR 72143. Include your $25 check made out to White County Creative Writers.

Some Villagers attend the White County conference every year. Villagers always have a great day up in Searcy.

If you'd like to carpool, please contact Madelyn Young at 922-5702.

Roadrunners meeting

The HSV Roadrunners Travel Club's September meeting will be held at the Balboa Pavilion on Tuesday, September 6th.

Attitude adjustment starts at 5 p.m., dinner to follow at 6 p.m. Home Plate will be serving hamburgers and brats. Cost $8.00 per person.

Please make your dinner reservation by E-Mail to Herb and Dianne Dehart at: Deadline is Thursday, September 1.

Agenda: 2012 Trip Schedule as group discussion

Guests are welcome to join in the picnic and learn more about our travel group, but please make your reservation.

Reserve spaces now for Community Fair

The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association, Hot Springs Village Voice and KVRE 92.9 will host the 8th annual Community Fair on Wednesday, September 28 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center.

Booth space is $40.00 per booth. The Community Fair provides local clubs, organizations, churches, leagues, etc. a way to introduce themselves to the community and solicit new members.

If your club or organization would like to participate, please contact the Coronado Community Center at 922-5050 or e-mail

Applications will be accepted on a first –come, first serve basis.

Ramp closes for Cancer Walk

The Cortez Boat Ramp will be closed on Saturday, September 10 from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the Village Walk for Cancer.

If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Recreation at 922-0322.

Opportunity to review Village budget

The Hot Springs Village POA Board of Directors will conduct a review of the proposed 2012 fiscal year budget with POA management staff in three sessions.

The three review sessions will be held at Ponce Center from 4 to 6:00 p.m on:
Wednesday- September 7
Monday- September 12
Monday- September 19

The sessions are open to the public. POA members are encouraged to attend any or all of the budget review sessions.

Would you like to be a Village ambassador

The POA Ambassador program is seeking additional volunteers.

Volunteers are split into two shifts, from 8:30 a.m. until noon and noon until 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Volunteers receive training that assists them in aiding property owners and guests who visit the POA Administration Building, 895 Desoto Blvd.

Volunteers assist approximately 30,000 + members and guests annually. Anyone interested
in volunteering should call Mary Cotton, 922-5534.

Labor Day schedule for trash pickup in the Village

The Hot Springs Village Administration building will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2011 for the Labor Day holiday. The lobby will be open on Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. for property owner services, including ID cards, golf coupons, etc. The POA offices will reopen on Tuesday morning, September 6th at 8:00 a.m.

If you have any questions contact Property Owner Services at 501-922-5556.

The following schedule will be used for trash and recycling pick up for the holiday.
Monday- September 5th- No trash pickup
Tuesday, September 6th- Trash will be picked up as scheduled
Wednesday, September 7th- Trash will be picked up for Monday, September 5th customers. There will be no yard waste pickup.

The recycle center will be closed on Monday, September 5th.

If you have any questions about trash pickup, please contact the Public Works Department at 922-5524.

Villagers sign up for e-blasts

The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association has created an Email Information System (E-Blast) to keep property owners, visitors, guests and others interested in news from Hot Springs Village.

Users of the system can choose the kinds of information they want to receive from the POA. There are seven categories to select from:

• Board Action: Board meeting recaps and votes
• Closings and notices: Facility closings, inclement weather announcements, public works news regarding street closings, etc.
• Community Events: Information regarding upcoming community calendar events.
• Lot Auctions: Information on upcoming lot auctions in Garland & Saline counties
• POA News: General news and announcements for Hot Springs Village including press releases from the POA.
• Recreation News: News regarding tennis, outdoor recreation, fitness, community center, performing arts center, family recreation area, etc.
• Special Offers: Information on Special Offers.

To sign up, go to and click on ‘subscribe to our mail lists’ and follow the steps. Users choose their categories and subscribe. An email confirmation will be sent to confirm their sign up. Sign up today and begin receiving information about Hot Springs Village.

Village town hall meeting

The Hot Springs Village Ad-hoc Declarations Committee has scheduled town hall meetings in Hot Springs Village to present information regarding a proposed change to the Hot Springs Village Declaration.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ponce De Leon Center.

Under our current declaration property owners can only vote to approve a special assessment lasting no more than one year. The POA management and the Board of Directors believe that modifying this section to give the property owners the right to vote on specific projects, to be paid over a period of time greater than one year, will result in much more feasible funding options for capital projects.

This proposed change to the Declaration will allow for a longer time period for payment of special assessments. The specific project, the time, and the amount still must be approved by a majority of the property owners.

Warning regarding scams


This scheme involves scammers calling a customer’s phone, letting it ring once or twice and then disconnecting the call so that the number remains on your call log. Sometimes they might leave a voicemail. The number shows up as a missed call and is typically a normal three-digit area code that would appear to be a U.S. number, but it’s actually an international number. For example, 809 is the Dominican Republic, 876 is Jamaica, 284 is the British Virgin Islands, and so on. When you return the call, you’re automatically routed to an international adult entertainment or chat line in a non-U.S. Caribbean island location, where you can quickly rack up expensive charges. While major wireless companies work to block suspicious numbers on their networks, and most have consumer education systems in place to identify and combat these threats, these scams originate outside the reach of U.S. regulators and wireless providers.

Tips to Keep You Safe:
• Always check the area code before returning a missed call to ANY unknown caller.
• Be skeptical about area codes you don’t recognize.
• Be aware that there are numerous three-digit area codes (mostly in the non-U.S. Caribbean Islands) that connect callers to an international phone number.
• Don’t respond to text messages or calls from unknown sources. Delete them immediately.
• If you don’t regularly make international calls, ask your wireless carrier to block international calling.


This scheme is called ‘Smishing’, which is a combination of ‘Short Message Service’ text messaging and email ‘Phishing’. It involves your responding to what appears to be a legitimate text message you received, even though it’s from a number you most likely don’t recognize. Doing this can place yourself at greater risk for identity or information theft at the hands of crafty cyber thieves. This simple bait-and-hook fraud allows crooks to use auto-dialing or roll-texting computer programs to text you on your wireless device. The message encourages you to click a link or call the number back (the bait). The message often is based on some urgent action, such as “NOTICE! Hurry, your credit card has been deactivated or suspended. Go to this link for help!” Maybe you’re in a hurry, or maybe the message looks like it’s from a trusted source such as your bank. However, when you visit the website (the hook), you’ve unwittingly given the criminals access to your device, and they can attach dangerous spyware, malware, viruses, or spam to your device that gives them control of it and instant access to your personal (possibly financial) data.

Who's Looking Out for You and What Should You Do?
• The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has consumer advisories on international and text message scams.
• The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also provides information on phone scams and spam.
• The National Fraud Information Center (NFIC) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) say these scams can potentially cost victims lots of money, and continue to monitor these illicit activities.
• All major U.S. wireless companies invest substantial resources developing and implementing spam blocking technologies so you can safely use your device with your personal and financial data secure. But as SMS and MMS messaging usage continues to increase, they recommend to always use caution when you see a suspicious message or unknown contact pop up.
• If you believe you’ve unwittingly been a victim of a scam like this, contact your carrier immediately. You should also file a complaint with the FCC and/or FTC, and report the activity to the NFIC and BBB to help save other consumers from becoming wireless call/text scam victims.

Arrests in Garland County

On Wednesday the 24th day of August, Investigators with the 18th East Drug Task Force, the Hot Springs Police Department Street Crimes Division and the Arkansas State Police executed two Search Warrants in Garland County. The first Search Warrant was executed at 1526 North Pearcy Road at approximately 7:30PM and the second was executed at 212 Cindy Street at approximately 8:17 PM. Investigators utilized the Garland County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Response Team and Sheriff’s Investigator’s for entry and to secure both of the residences.

At the North Pearcy Road address, the Tactical Team encountered three adults and one minor child inside the residence. Two females and one child were taken into custody without incident and Casey Garner was taken into custody after he pointed a loaded firearm (.380 handgun) at one of the tactical team members as they made entry into the residence. Among the items located during the search were: Ten Methadone tablets, approximately three grams of suspected Black Tar Heroin, a Stevens 12 ga. Shotgun, a Ruger .44 Magnum revolver, a High-Point .380 caliber semi auto pistol, assorted ammunition of various calibers, numerous drug paraphernalia items, a small amount of suspected marijuana, five cell phones that contained evidence of narcotics trafficking. The 18th East DTF seized a 2005 Ford Taurus registered to Garner because of its use in transporting narcotics. Casey Garner was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Maintaining a Drug Premise, Unauthorized use of Another Persons Property to Facilitate Certain Crimes, Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of a Schedule I or II controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

At the 212 Cindy Street address two occupants were located inside the residence, Deborah Lee and William Lee, mother and son, and they were taken into custody without incident. Inside the residence Investigators located 11 plastic straws, 17 syringes, 4 metal spoons with residue and a spiral notebook that contained prices for pills. Also located in the residence were three smoking devices, three plastic pill grinders, one metal grinder, three small containers each containing suspected marijuana and one plastic straw used to ingest narcotics.

These two warrants were a combined effort by the area law enforcement agencies into a month long investigation in the sale and distribution of Heroin. Without the combined effort of all the participating agencies the warrants would not have been a success.

Beebe appoints 43

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following judicial appointment:

Ronald A. Hope, Little Rock, as Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court for the case styled CR00-803 Timothy Lamont Howard v. State of Arkansas. Replaces Justice Donald L. Corbin, who has disqualified himself from this case.

Governor Mike Beebe also announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Todd Allen, West Memphis, reappointed to the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Appointment expires June 30, 2013.

Margaret Alsbrook, Springdale, to the Washington County Quorum Court. Appointment expires December 31, 2012. Replaces Gary Carnahan.

Solon Anthony, West Memphis, reappointed to the Mid-South Community College Board of Trustees. Appointment expires July 1, 2017.

James Batts, Malvern, reappointed to the Arkansas Abstractors' Board. Appointment expires July 1, 2017.

Tommy Bond, Jacksonville, reappointed to the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Appointment expires July 1, 2015.

Teresa Bullock, Bryant, to the State Board of Sanitarians. Appointment expires June 30, 2016. Replaces Earnest Swearingen.

Charles Butler, Malvern, reappointed to the State Fire Prevention Commission. Appointment expires July 18, 2014.

Wayne Camp, Mountain Home, reappointed to the State Board of Private Career Education. Appointment expires April 15, 2018.

Clayton Castleman, Ashdown, reappointed to the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board. Appointment expires August 1, 2015.

Gaylene Deere, Prairie Grove, reappointed to the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park Advisory Commission. Appointment expires June 13, 2016.

Donna Edgmon, Springdale, reappointed to the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Appointment expires June 30, 2014.

Robert Fitzgibbon, Jr., Little Rock, to the Arkansas Independent Living Council. Appointment expires February 1, 2013. Replaces Jerry McNeely.

Dr. Emogene Fox, Searcy, reappointed to the Medical Ionizing Radiation Licensure Committee. Appointment expires July 14, 2014.

Julie Greathouse, Little Rock, reappointed to the Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children. Appointment expires July 20, 2014.

Rich Hillman, Carlisle, reappointed to the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board. Appointment expires June 30, 2013.

Sara "Beth" Hunt, Sherwood, to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness. Appointee serves at the Will of the Governor.

Robert Jordan, Hot Springs, reappointed to the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy. Appointment expires July 1, 2014.

Marc Lowery, Harrison, reappointed to the State Fire Prevention Commission. Appointment expires July 18, 2014.

Linda Lowry, El Dorado, reappointed to the Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers. Appointment expires July 31, 2014.

Dr. Rebecca Ludwig, Little Rock, reappointed to the Medical Ionizing Radiation Licensure Committee. Appointment expires July 14, 2014.

Jim Massey, Searcy, reappointed to the Arkansas Athletic Commission. Appointment expires July 15, 2013.

Kimberly Miller, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Board of Health Education. Appointment expires July 31, 2014. Replaces Jon Richter.

Hershel Owens, West Memphis, reappointed to the Mid-South Community College Board of Trustees. Appointment expires July 1, 2017.

Russell Owyoung, Little Rock, reappointed to the Perfusionists Advisory Committee. Appointment expires July 14, 2014.

David Oyler, Rogers, reappointed to the Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers. Appointment expires July 31, 2014.

Terry Paul, Rison, reappointed to the Grade "A" Milk Program Advisory Committee. Appointment expires July 13, 2017.

Dr. Kathy Pillow-Price, Batesville, to the Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children. Appointment expires July 20, 2014. Replaces Debbie Murphy.

Frank Scalia, North Little Rock, reappointed to the Perfusionists Advisory Committee. Appointment expires July 14, 2014.

Harold Scifres, Marion, reappointed to the Mid-South Community College Board of Trustees. Appointment expires July 1, 2017.

The Honorable Preston Scroggin, Vilonia, to the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board. Appointment expires August 1, 2015. Replaces Jerry Hunton.

Charles Singleton, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Veterans' Commission. Appointment expires October 15, 2013. Replaces Rodney Dunn.

Mike Stephenson, West Memphis, reappointed to the Technology Equipment Revolving Loan Fund Committee. Appointment expires June 30, 2014.

Blake Swears, Carlisle, reappointed to the Arkansas Wheat Promotion Board. Appointment expires June 30, 2013.

Dr. Matthew Taylor, Mountain Home, reappointed to the Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers. Appointment expires July 31, 2014.

Eunice Thrasher, Little Rock, reappointed to the Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children. Appointment expires July 20, 2014.

Robert Tillman, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy. Appointment expires July 1, 2014.

Dr. Shannon Turner, Little Rock, reappointed to the Medical Ionizing Radiation Licensure Committee. Appointment expires July 14, 2014.

Frank Vozel, Little Rock, reappointed to the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Appointment expires July 1, 2015.

Darin Walton, Trumann, to the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Appointment expires June 30, 2013. Replaces Anne George.

Mitch Walton, Pocahontas, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #3. Appointment expires January 14, 2015. Replaces Paula Breckenridge.

Darla York, Salem, to the Ozarka Technical College Board of Trustees. Appointment expires July 1, 2018. Replaces Barbara Perryman.

David Zakrzewski, Little Rock, to the Petroleum Storage Tanks Advisory Council. Appointment expires December 31, 2012. Replaces Steve Ferran.

Cassady talks homicide

Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady ruled the August 8, 2011 shooting death of Calvin Keith Brown in Bryant, by Jajuan Legate a justifiable homicide. An investigation by the Bryant Police Department revealed that Brown and Legate had a previous relationship. On July 27, Brown took Legate to Pinnacle Mountain where he threatened her with a gun and told her that he was going to kill her. Legate was eventually able to retrieve the gun and leave. She reported the incident to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

On the day of the shooting, Legate and a passenger in her vehicle drove into her driveway in Bryant. As the car stopped, Brown appeared armed with a .270 rifle. He ordered the passenger to leave and Legate to get back into the vehicle. Brown drove away from the scene with Legate. Brown pointed the rifle at Legate as he drove. Brown told her to call her friend and she pretended to look in her purse for her phone. According to Legate, she pulled a gun from her purse and shot Brown multiple times. The car stopped and Legate ran from the scene. Witnesses stated that Brown got out of the car with the rifle and appeared to be pointing it at Legate as she ran. He later got back into Legate’s car where he died shortly after.

Officers responding to the scene found the rifle next to Brown in the car, and the .38 gun used by Legate in the passenger floorboard. Investigators later found a suicide note among Brown’s effects. Casady stated, “There is no doubt that the facts of this case are tragic, but the evidence shows that Ms. Legate was justified in using deadly force to protect herself.”

Sanders warns of burglaries

Community Message from Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders:

A rash of Breaking and Entering cases are surfacing once again in the Marion Anderson and Majestic Lodge Road areas, as well as sporadic areas throughout the County, where citizens are leaving their car doors unlocked and windows rolled down when unattended.

In nearly every case items such as laptops, music players, GPS's, wallets and other assorted valuables are being left in the vehicle, in plain site, and are being stolen.

Not only does the theft of electronics cause inconvenience, replacement cost concerns and headaches to the victim, items such as laptops, smart-phones and wallets also pose an even larger loss due to identity theft, fraudulent credit card charges and banking information being compromised.

I would like to remind everyone to be vigilant about removing valuables, rolling up your windows and locking your doors when leaving your vehicle unattended.

Hot Springs road closure

Throughout the day on Monday, August 29, intermittent single lane closures will occur on Central Avenue in Hot Springs in front of the Oaklawn Jockey Club for work being done by Entergy of Arkansas. The outside southbound lane at Henderson Street will be closed for a short period for overheiad electrical work. Then, the northbound outside lane will later be closed for overhead work. Each lane closure will occur independently and in sequence. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in the area.

Computer Club meeting

The Hot Springs Village Computer Club Breakfast Meeting is Fri., Sept. 9. This is an informal gathering to share new information, gadgets, tips, etc. Come to Debra's (DeSoto and Carmona) at 8 a.m. for fellowship, food, and information. Please make a reservation by going to the website:, Breakfast Meeting, and clicking on the Reserve button.

Operation clean sweep in Hot Springs

City residents, take note: Operation Clean Sweep will soon be in the Pleasant Street neighborhood. In a multi-departmental effort to address code violations in target neighborhoods, Operation Clean Sweep begins Monday, September 5 in the neighborhood bordered by Reserve Street, Coy Street, Sims Street, West and East Grand Avenues and Central Avenue, which falls within city district 3. The three-step program includes education, cleanup and enforcement.

Throughout the first week, 2-person teams from the city’s Neighborhood Services Division will go door-to-door dropping off informational packets. These packets contain important information concerning various city services offered during and after Operation Clean Sweep. The packets will also include a notice of violation for properties identified as having violated the city’s residential property maintenance ordinance.

During the second week, beginning on Monday, September 12, cleanup will begin. The Sanitation Department’s CAPS (Clean, Attractive Property Service) truck will visit the neighborhood daily, collecting items placed curbside by residents. The city street sweeper will also be used, and Alternative Service workers from Hot Springs District Court will augment the cleanup efforts.

Beginning the week of September 19, Neighborhood Services inspectors will follow up on the notices of violation issued in week one. Inspectors will revisit the area, writing tickets to addresses with remaining violations. The Police Department will provide additional patrols in the neighborhood, targeting drug activity. Animal Services will assist with any animal issues arising from door-to-door visits and inspections. For more information, contact Neighborhood Services, 321-6857.

Garvan Woodland Gardens workshop Aug. 30

Magnolia Room
Topic: "Invasive Species: A Growing Problem in Arkansas" - 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon
Topic: "Succeed with Proven Winners and Succulents in Arkansas - 1 to 3 p.m.

Invasive pests of plants pose a current and potential threat to the environment that Arkansans enjoy. David Mason with the Arkansas State Plant Board will look at the importance of identifying and surveying for these pests in hopes of addressing the problem. Dr. Steve Vann from the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service will discuss invasive plant diseases and provide insight on those that gardeners deal with daily. Richard and Andrea Cleaver, co-owners of Culbertson Greenhouse specializing in premium annuals, perennials, and "Proven Winners," will give insights into this year's best performing succulents.

Gardening 101 sessions are free to Garden members and previously registered volunteers; regular Garden admission applies to non-members. Advance reservations are recommended. Call the Gardens at 501-262-9300 / 800-366-4664.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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Spay/neuter clinic in September

The HSV Animal Welfare League's next low-cost spay/neuter clinic is at the Jessieville Volunteer Fire Station on Sept. 6 and 7. To make an appointment to have your family pets sterilized, call Chari at 501-922-5269. Appointments are required-no walk-ins. Sponsored by the HSV Animal Welfare League and Arkansans for Animals, Dr. Joanna McManus, DVM.

Letter from Rep. Mike Ross

Our nation is dealing with some tough issues right now, from jobs and the economy to our national debt. These issues aren’t exclusive to Washington – they impact all of us. They impact how we support our families, how we care for our seniors, how we educate our young people and how we secure the future of this great country.

Now, more than ever, I believe our leaders need to stop listening to the political fringes, stop listening to the special interests and lobbyists and start listening to the American people. Listening to you has always been one of my top priorities as your Congressman and it always will. That’s why I continue to host town hall meetings throughout our entire congressional district – to listen to you and to take your concerns back to our nation’s capital.

In August, I will be continuing my town hall tour across Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District by hosting 14 more town hall meetings, building off a series of town hall meetings already held this year. I believe it’s absolutely critical for members of Congress to get out of Washington, come home and listen to the people they represent. That’s why I never moved to Washington and why I come home every weekend and during August to listen to you.

These public forums are also in addition to the series of monthly telephone town hall meetings I’ve been hosting throughout the year for those who can’t make these meetings in person, such as working families, parents of small children and senior citizens who have trouble leaving their homes.

These telephone town halls are an easy and convenient way for you to get answers from your congressman and to share your thoughts and concerns from the comfort of your own home. The next telephone town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. CT.

To see a full schedule for my upcoming town hall meetings and to learn how you can join my telephone town halls, visit, log on to Facebook at or on Twitter at As always, you may also call my Washington office toll free at 1-800-223-2220 for more information.

As your United States Congressman, listening to you and traveling across the 29 counties in our congressional district is an important part of my job and has always been my pledge to you – a pledge that I will continue throughout my time in Congress.

Help Friends of the Arts

The Freinds of the Arts will be applying for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding under the "Public Services" category. CDBG is a federal program that is administered at the local level. The national objective for CDBG is to benefit low and moderate income persons. The link below connects to a survey that will establish the local spending priorities for 2012.

Please take a moment and complete the survey at

The Survey must be completed by August 31.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the mission and programming of The Foundation of Arts.

The Foundation of Arts
115 East Monroe
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Sister City reception this afternoon

WHO: Deputy Consul-General Shigenobu Kobayashi, Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville (TN); members of the Hot Springs Sister City citizen and student delegations that will travel to Hanamaki from September 3-11; State Senator Bill Sample; State Representative John Vines; and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Hot Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission, City of Hot Springs and Hot Springs National Park Sister City Program

WHAT: Reception celebrating upcoming journey to Hanamaki by Sister City citizen and student delegations

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: H.S. Convention Center, Room 201

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: A reception for the 2011 Sister City Program citizen and student delegations that will represent Hot Springs when they travel to Hanamaki, Japan, Hot Springs’ sister city, from September 3-11, will feature special guest Deputy Consul-General Shigenobu Kobayashi, Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville (TN).

Kobayashi is visiting Hot Springs to acknowledge the long-running, very active Sister City relationship between Hot Springs and Hanamaki, and to personally thank citizens for their contributions to Japan relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan earlier this year. Other special guests attending will include State Senator Bill Sample, State Representative John Vines and City Manager Lance Hudnell. Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Hot Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission and Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation will also be present.

A & P opening in Hot Springs

Applications for a volunteer opening on the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission will be accepted until noon on Friday, September 19. This four-year position is available to any applicant who is a qualified elector in the City of Hot Springs and an owner or manager of a hotel, restaurant or tourism business located within the city limits.

The seven-member commission administers the collection and expenditure of the city's 3% tax on prepared food and lodging for the purpose of promoting Hot Springs. The commission also oversees operation of the Convention Center and the Hot Springs Mountain Tower. Applications are available at the executive offices of the Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Boulevard, via fax or e-mail. For more information, contact Leysa Lowery at 321-2027, ext. 6123, or

Community action meeting in Hot Springs

At 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, August 24, at Phil's Family Restaurant, 400 West Grand Avenue, Hot Springs, there will be a community action meeting on Water Pollution caused by UMEDCO/ADEQ. Community action members believe UMEDCO has been polluting streams running into Lake Catherine and on into the Ouachita River. This pollution has caused great concern in Garland County.

Rotary doings

Rotary District Governor Gaylan Shuck receives a hospitality gift from Oaklawn Rotary President Karolyn Fankhouser, accompanied by club members Jackie Arrison and Chuck Hanna, at the end of Oaklawn Rotary’s regular meeting on Monday, August 22 at the Austin Hotel.

Shuck provided the club with details about the district’s annual fall conference; a district-wide work service project; and the meaning behind Rotary International’s annual theme, “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.” He gave Fankhouser an official 2011-2012 Rotary club banner.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians who are members of more than 29,000 Rotary Clubs in 168 countries.

More bad luck for Villager Sherry Phillips

Village resident Sherry Phillips' home was struck by lightening and totally destroyed Saturday evening as a fierce thunderstorm passed through the Village. Hot Springs Village fire and police personnel responded to the fire. The fire started when a lightening-struck blazing tree behind the house fell on the house.

Come hear the sound of trumpets

Local trumpeters Bill Scholl, Larry Gatchel and Conrad Wilson will be featured in a Arkansas Jazz Experience concert. Much can be said about these fine players and if you haven’t heard them now is your chance to enjoy their unique styles.

Bill Scholl plays the old standards with verve and tenderness. He has been a guest of the JazzCats events, the Hot Springs Jazz party in January and was a member of the Hot Springs Village Big Band.

Larry Gatchel and the JazzCats were the Sunday night entertainment at the Hot Springs Brau Haus for 13 years. He has performed in many venues in this area, including the Jazz Society membership party and was a feature at the Pocket Theater music series. Gatchel’s flugle horn style is soothing and soulful.

Conrad Wilson was a founding member of the Stardust Big Band in 1982 and still performs with them. He is jazz solo chair. Conrad toured for many years across the nation with the big bands of the 60s and 70s and still has his jazz chops, that’s musician lingo for “he’s good”. He is still one of the best improvisers musically in the state.

The Quapaw Bath House & Spa, 413 Central, is the setting for the Hot Springs Jazz Society sponsored Arkansas Jazz Experience, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 26. The AJE combo includes pianist Clyde Pound, bassist Bill Huntington, drummer Jay Payette and vocalist/emcee Chauvin. The admission is $10 and includes light snacks. A beverage bar is available. For information call: 501-767-0211

Help place someone in a Habitat for Humanity home

If you, or someone you know, is interested in owning a home thru Habitat for Humanity's Homeownership Program, please attend the Homeowner Application Meeting* on Wednesday, August 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Saline County Public Library, 1800 Smithers Drive; Benton.

*All applicants must attend an Application Meeting in order for their application to be considered.

Marine Patrol assists in arrests

Two area men were arrested Saturday night in Garland County after allegedly stealing a local man’s boat, and items from another boat owned by a Little Rock man, on Lake Hamilton.
Timothy Frey Madison, 23, who lists an address of 240 Nickens St. in Hot Springs, and Frank Allen Madison, 23, of Bismarck, were both taken into custody shortly after 7 p.m. and charged with two felony counts of theft by receiving, one punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and one by up to six years in prison.

Frank Madison, who was also wanted on a warrant for three counts of failure to appear, was being held on $15,000 bond, while Timothy Madison, who is on probation from a felony conviction earlier this year, was being held on $7,500 bond.
Both are set to appear Sept. 6 in Hot Springs District Court.

According to Garland County Sheriff’s Department reports, deputies John Schroeder and Joshua Cannon received a call shortly before 6:30 p.m. to advise a local resident, 50, who lives on Bayside Road, that his 2010 Bennington party barge was illegally docked in the 100 block of Woodstock Drive, located off Bayside Road.
The deputies made contact with the resident, who stated his boat should be in a locked garage boat shed at his residence. The resident and deputies looked and discovered the boat was missing and the stall door was “torn up.”

The deputies went to the area where the boat had reportedly been docked on Woodstock and spoke to a resident, 55, who stated he had seen two unknown white males who had driven the boat away after walking up on his property.

Marine patrol deputies later located the stolen boat and the two suspects, identified as Frank and Timothy Madison, in the 200 block of Overview Circle, off Woodstock, and detained them until Schroeder and Cannon arrived and took them both into custody without incident.

The boat was later returned to its owner. A CD player and radio were located in the boat which were found to have been stolen from a boat at a lake house on Timberlake Drive in Royal.

The homeowner, 62, who lives in Little Rock, later positively identified the stolen items, resulting in the second theft by receiving charge against the suspects.

Dine at Wildwood's fundraisers

Wine & Dine at Wildwood Park's 14th Annual Wine and Food Festival on September 9.

Wildwood Park for the Arts
Friday, September 9, 2011
6:30 p.m.
$75 per person

Prepare to be deliciously overindulged at Wildwood Park's 14th Annual Wine & Food Festival! With more than 150 specially selected wines and 15 of Little Rock's best chefs and restaurants, what's not to enjoy?

Culinary participants include Lulav Eatery, Acadia, Ashley’s, Capriccio Grill, Ferneau, Boscos: the Restaurant for Beer Lovers, Bravo! Cucina Italia, Chenal Country Club, ZaZa’s, The Blue Cake Company, and more!

With an international selection of wines from well-known and new producers, enjoy an evening of unique entertainment including a grape stomping and silent auction in a lively, cocktail party setting, or visit the Wildwood wine cellar for a chance to win a bottle at the Festival’s cork pull.

Have a group of 10 or more? Group discounts are available!

Musical talents for Wine and Food Festival include styles inspired by cultures from around the globe. The Meshugga Klezmer Band and its Eastern European-influenced folk melodies will have guests dancing the night away on stage in the Cabe Theatre, and The Itinerant Locals will lead grape stomping activities outside in Wildwood’s unique botanical gardens.

Always wanted to become a member of Wildwood? Join now to receive a special Festival discount just for you!

Arrive at the 14th Annual Wine & Food Festival in style! Complimentary shuttles provided by Ellis Infiniti will tranport guests to and from Denny Road.

Don't miss another opportunity to enjoy an evening of extraordinary wines and an elegant five course meal with pairings at the Wine Reserve Dinner, a component of the Annual Wine & Food Festival, the following Friday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m at the Grand Hall of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion! $150 per person.

The Wine Reserve Dinner and the Wine and Food Festival can both be enjoyed for $200!

Sponsors Include: Glazer's Distributors, Rush & Linda Harding, Arvest Bank, Ellis Infiniti, Rejuvenation Clinic and Day Spa, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of the department of Arkansas Heritage.

Breast care advisory board meeting

WHO: BreastCare Advisory Board members, Arkansas Department of Health staff and other interested parties

WHAT: BreastCare Advisory Board, regularly scheduled meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Arkansas Department of Health Central Office, 4815 West Markham, 5th floor Briefing Room, Little Rock, AR 72205

WHY: The focus of the meeting will be general business of the BreastCare program in Arkansas.

Hot Springs Village town hall meetings

The Hot Springs Village Ad-hoc Declarations Committee has scheduled two town hall meetings in Hot Springs Village to present information regarding a proposed change to the Hot Springs Village Declaration.

The first meeting was today, August 23, at 3 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center.

The second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, at 6 p.m. at the Ponce De Leon Center.

Under our current declaration property owners can only vote to approve a special assessment lasting no more than one year. The POA management and the Board of Directors believe that modifying this section to give the property owners the right to vote on specific projects, to be paid over a period of time greater than one year, will result in much more feasible funding options for capital projects.

This proposed change to the Declaration will allow for a longer time period for payment of special assessments. The specific project, the time, and the amount still must be approved by a majority of the property owners.

Hot Springs town hall in district three

District Three Director Cynthia Keheley will host a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30 at the Quapaw Community Center, 500 Quapaw Avenue. Discussion will include public safety and the proposed new county jail.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Arrest made

Garland County Investigator's have completed their investigation and were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Chase McGowan. McGowan was arrested Friday evening for Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident, both felonies.

The charges stem from an incident at Smyly's Crab Shack where McGowan ran over Dautartas.

McGowan is being held in the Garland County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

Friday, August 19, 2011

County prayer breakfast

The 22nd Annual Garland County Leadership Prayer Breakfast is planned for Tuesday, September 27 and will take place at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Horner Hall at 6:20 a.m. The program titled “A Fisher of Men” will be presented by keynote speaker and Top National Angler, Mark Davis. Individual tickets may be purchased for $20.00 per person or a table of 8 for $150.00. The deadline for purchasing a sponsorship table is Tuesday, September 20th. For ticket and sponsorship information please call Gary Welch at 624-5788 or visit the event website at

Trauma advisory council meeting

WHO: Arkansas Valley Regional Trauma Advisory Council

WHAT: Scheduled Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Saint Edward Mercy Medical Center, 7301 South Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901

WHY: This is a scheduled meeting of the Arkansas Valley Trauma Regional Advisory Council as we work to build a trauma system in Arkansas.

Note: The meeting is open to the general public. If you have any questions or need directions please contact the Trauma Section at 501-671-1428.

Hot Springs looking for volunteers for planning commission

The City of Hot Springs is currently accepting applications for two volunteer advisory positions on the Planning Commission. Currently, there are two vacancies on the commission, which meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at City Hall, 133 Convention Boulevard. Planning Commission members are appointed by the Hot Springs Board of Directors.

Applicants must be qualified electors of the City of Hot Springs; one applicant must be a resident of City Board District 2, and the other must be a resident of City Board District 5. Applications are available in the city clerk’s office at City Hall; by fax on request; or online at . For more information, contact City Clerk Lance Spicer, 321-6815.

Town hall meeting in Hot Springs

The City of Hot Springs will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 in Rooms 102-103 at the Hot Springs Convention Center to receive citizen input on priorities for the 2012 city budget. City staff and elected officials will be in attendance.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Heifer needs volunteers

In an effort to get a Heifer Community Volunteer group started in Little Rock, I’m looking for a few group leaders. These leaders will help to recruit new volunteers, help plan meetings/gatherings/trainings, and develop a set of plans for our presence in Little Rock. Please, if you are interested in leading this effort or have some time to help—let me know. I’m so grateful for all that you have contributed and cannot wait to see where our group growth will take us!

In the meantime, we have a couple of upcoming presentations and events. Let Valerie Kimbrough know if you can sign-up to help:

1.) August 18, Thursday: Drive Fore Hunger at 1:30pm at the Country Club of AR in Maumelle. Volunteers welcome to help at event. Players can sign up to play for a fee of $70 each. Contact Shayna Bower Faulkner at 870.373.1771

2.) September 10, Saturday: EcoFest 10:00am-4:00pm in Laurel Park in Conway, AR. The Conway Community Volunteer group is in charge of Heifer’s presence at this event but we will need more help at the booth—please contact Wanda Eason if you can join!

3.) September 17, Saturday: Juvenille Diabetes “Walk to Cure Diabetes” booth---7:45am-11:45am volunteers needed to help at booth and interact with children there for the walk/festival. Contact Valerie Kimbrough at (501) 907-2990 for more information.

4.) September 19, Monday: United Methodist Women’s meeting in Prescott, AR at 6:00pm. Speaker requested for general Heifer overview. Contact Valerie Kimbrough at (501) 907-2990 for more information.

5.) September 27, Tuesday: Russellville Rotary Club presentation at 6:30 am in Russellville, AR. Speaker requested for general Heifer overview. Contact Valerie Kimbrough at (501) 907-2990 for more information.

Road closure in Hot Springs

Construction on the Belding Street crosswalk at the bridge between Valley Street and Shady Grove Road in Hot Springs will extend until Friday, August 19. The crosswalk connects different portions of the Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail. One of the lanes may be closed periodically during daytime hours for street striping and crosswalk marking. Signs will be posted, and motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in the area.

Knights of Columbus rummage sale

The Knights of Columbus are holding a giant rummage sale Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3045 E. Spring Street in Hot Springs. All proceeds go to benefit local charities. Food will be available.

Saline County Arts Project open house

The Saline County Arts Project

Arts Open House
Saturday, August 20th
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
4037 Boone Road

Come meet our faculty and watch them demonstrate their talents at our Arts Open House. Not sure what area of the Arts you may be interested in? That's ok, we're happy to answer all of your questions about our organization and how we can help you find the artist within.

Meeting cancelled in Hot Springs

The regular Historic District Commission meeting, scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 18, has been cancelled due to lack of an agenda.

Be weather prepared with NOAA

NOAA is launching a comprehensive initiative to build a “Weather-ready” nation to make America safer by saving more lives and protecting livelihoods as communities across the country become increasingly vulnerable to severe weather events, such as tornado outbreaks, intense heat waves, flooding, active hurricane seasons, and solar storms that threaten electrical and communication systems.

NOAA is also announcing that the United States has so far this year experienced nine separate disasters, each with an economic loss of $1 billion or more — tying the record set in 2008. The latest event to surpass the $1 billion price tag is this summer’s flooding along the Missouri and Souris rivers in the upper Midwest. This year’s losses have so far amounted to $35 billion.

“Severe weather represents a very real threat to public safety that requires additional robust action,” said Jack Hayes, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “The increasing impacts of natural disasters, as seen this year, are a stark reminder of the lives and livelihoods at risk.”

In partnership with other government agencies, researchers, and the private sector, the National Weather Service is charting a path to a weather-ready nation through:

· Improved precision of weather and water forecasts and effective communication of risk to local authorities;

· Improved weather decision support services with new initiatives such as the development of mobile-ready emergency response specialist teams;

· Innovative science and technological solutions such as the nationwide implementation of Dual Pol radar technology, Integrated Water Resources Science and Services, and the Joint Polar Satellite System;

· Strengthening joint partnerships to enhance community preparedness;

· Working with weather enterprise partners and the emergency management community to enhance safety and economic output and effectively manage environmental resources.

The National Weather Service is also planning innovative, community-based test projects across the country, ranging in focus from emergency response to ecological forecasting, to enhance the agency’s preparedness efforts to better address the impacts of extreme weather. Test projects will initially be launched at strategic locations in the Gulf Coast, South and mid-Atlantic.

“These test projects serve as tangible examples of how the National Weather Service is trying to address the impact of weather-related disasters,” said Hayes. “Ultimately, these projects will provide the specific action plans necessary for us to adapt to extreme weather events and represent an important step in building a weather-ready nation.”

In the past 30 years, the United States has experienced a total of 108 weather-related disasters that have caused more than $1 billion dollars in damages. Overall, these disasters have resulted in three-quarters of $1 trillion in standardized losses since 1980, according to NOAA records.

According to Munich Reinsurance America, one of the top providers of property and casualty reinsurance in the U.S., the number of natural disasters has tripled in the last 20 years and 2010 was a record breaker with about 250. Average thunderstorm losses have increased five-fold since 1980. For the first half of 2011 there have been $20 billion in thunderstorm losses, up from the previous three-year average of $10 billion.

This increase in weather-related disasters coupled with population growth and density in high-risk areas, has moved NOAA and its partners — from the emergency management community and across America’s weather enterprise — from concern to action.

“Building a Weather-ready nation is everyone's responsibility,” said Eddie Hicks, IAEM USA president. “It starts with National Weather Service and emergency managers, like the U.S. Council of International Association of Emergency Managers, but it ends with actions by individuals and businesses to reduce their risks. The more prepared communities are for destructive weather, the less of a human and economic toll we'll experience in the future, and that's a great thing for the country.”

“The partnership between the government, private, and academic sectors, all represented in the professional membership of the American Meteorological Society, is extremely strong and is essential in achieving this vision,” said Jonathan Malay, president of the AMS. “Given the resources to grow our scientific understanding of our complex environment through observations and research and to apply this knowledge in serving society, we can do amazing things together.”

NOAA's National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Visit us online at and on Facebook.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook , Twitter and our other social media channels.

Special townhouse meeting this morning to discuss trash pick-up

The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the townhouse administration building on Perralena Lane.

Please find below a summary of the meeting with Scott Randall, Randy Knowles, Brent Gray, Glenn Zarpaylic and Bob Peterson concerning the HSVTHA trash pickup service.

After much discussion and debate the final solutions approved by the POA are as follows:

Option 1
Leaving the trash pickup at 2 times a week as is now with an additional $11.00 increase. This would bring the trash pickup service to a total of $25.00 a month in total. The current at home pick up service would be an additional $4.00 increase with the at home service pick up being a total of $29.00 a month.

Option 2
Going to once a week pick up service at $1.00 increase. The monthly pick up service total would be a total of $15.00 with the following mandatory items:

Each unit will have to use a new trash container that will be provided by the POA. The containers are 32 gallon, 64 gallon and a 96 gallon container. All of these trash containers will be picked up at curb side by a mechanical truck. Therefore the townhouse owners not being serviced by a communal trash corral will be responsible for his/her trash container to and from the curb side and also maintaining a storage area to house the trash container out of the public view. Also this brings forth the possibility of having to reconfigure the current trash corrals to house the new larger containers.

We all ask the POA to listen to our problems and concerns and they did. These solutions incorporate all the emails and input we got from the townhouse owners. The POA is willing to go with either solution being court wide. To clarify this statement each court may go with the option of their choice but it has to be by majority vote for that court.

The THA Board will address the voting process and additional information will be sent out. The POA is requesting if at all possible we get the court results to them by September 15th so they can continue with their budgeting process.
Thanks to all involved with their efforts to help better the HSVTHA.

Bob Peterson
On behalf of the HSVTHA

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Try Mountain Express in Hot Springs

The Mountain Xpress, a free shuttle bus that takes visitors through portions of Hot Springs National Park, Magic Springs & Crystal Falls theme and water park, and the downtown historic and arts district, will operate through Labor Day, Monday, September 5. The National Park Service, the City of Hot Springs and Visit Hot Springs have partnered to repeat the popular service for the second year.

The buses run at 30-minute intervals between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September 5. To date, ridership has increased more than 50% over the first year.

The Mountain Xpress is an environmentally friendly park-and-ride solution for visitors who want to enjoy sightseeing, touring, shopping and other activities, while letting Intracity Transit do the driving.

The buses are comfortable and air conditioned. Bike racks enable bikers to travel a portion of the route by bike, and the rest by bus.

The buses travel up Hot Springs Mountain to the Mountain Tower, back through downtown Hot Springs, out to Magic Springs, into Gulpha Gorge Campground and back to downtown. The drivers will provide information about the areas through which the buses travel.

Visitors can park their cars free and board the buses at the Hot Springs Convention Center parking lot on Convention Boulevard; Transportation Plaza, 100 Broadway Terrace; and at the Exchange Street Parking Plaza on Central Avenue, where parking on the top two floors is free, and riders can board the bus at Central Avenue in front of the Plaza. Signs along Bathhouse Row and in the central business area indicate where the buses will stop to pick up passengers. Hotels with pickup stops include the Austin Hotel & Convention Center, Embassy Suites Hot Springs, Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Park Hotel, Hot Springs Hotel, Travelier Inn, Grand Comfort Inn and the Red Roof Inn.

For more information, call Hot Springs Intracity Transit, 321-2020.

Jazz, jazz, jazz

Hot Springs JazzFest, September 13 - 18 is scheduled with 5 full days of JAZZ. The music is sure to please everyone. Kicking off with a Gala Event at the Arlington Hotel to the free outdoor concerts Sat. "Jazz in the Streets", there is a venue for everyone during the week. For further information go to or call 501.767.0211

Free pickleball session in Hot Springs

Free pickleball sessions will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. beginning Saturday, September 10 at the George Caristianos Tennis Facility at Kimery Park, 331 Kimery Lane. “This is a great way to learn the fastest-growing sport in America, exercise and meet new friends,” said Recreation Superintendent Nathan Neighbors.

Pickleball is a scaled-down version of tennis, or like a playing ping pong while standing on the table. Participants are encouraged to wear loose clothing and gym shoes. For more information, contact Jim McPherson, 501-915-3512.

Trauma meeting

WHO: Southwest Arkansas Trauma Regional Advisory Council

WHAT: TRAC Scheduled Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lifesmart Center, 1005 N Jackson, Magnolia, AR 71753

WHY: This is a scheduled meeting of the Southwest Arkansas Trauma Regional Advisory Council as we work to build a trauma system in Arkansas.

Note: The meeting is open to the general public. If you have any questions or need directions please contact the Trauma Section at 501-671-1428.

Blood draw in Malvern

Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) thanks those who take time to save lives through blood donation during summer months. Malvern-area residents have an opportunity to donate blood 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 30 at College of the Ouachitas on One College Circle.

Each blood donation at the College of the Ouachitas drive will save up to three lives. All donors will receive a “feel strong,” zoo-themed T-shirt and health screenings.

“With less than 10% of the eligible population actually donating blood, we are grateful for groups such as College of the Ouachitas that help us keep an adequate blood supply in the difficult summer months,” said Dr. John Armitage, ABI President and CEO.

August is the final month for blood donors to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by forgoing the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving blood. In turn, ABI will make a monetary donation of similar value to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s a chance to ‘doubly give’ for Arkansans with these blood disorders - through the gift of life-saving blood - and support of research and treatment initiatives.

Arkansas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 16 hospitals in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma thanks to its volunteer donors. Since 1958, those needing blood in the area have counted on mobile blood drives and donor centers in Fort Smith and Hot Springs to ensure there is an adequate blood supply. In October, it became an affiliate of Oklahoma Blood Institute after previously partnering with United Blood Services. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, independent nonprofit blood center in the nation. Arkansas Blood Institute was formed at this time to reflect the local commitment to providing for people in the region.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Arkansas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visit us at

August 22 Hot Springs Concert Band concert

Music of the American West is the theme of the Hot Springs Concert Band’s sixth summer concert.

Reflecting the wide-open space of the western frontier, the Concert Band will take the audience on a journey of freedom, openness and adventure. In keeping with tradition, the band will close it's concert with Stars and Stripes Forever.

The concert will be in Whittington Park this Monday, August 22 at 6 p.m.

In case of rain or extremely hot weather, the band will perform in the gymnasium at National Park Community College, with the change posted by 4 p.m. on the band's web site the day of the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

For more information, please call the band contact line at 984-1678 or log on to

Genealogical Society meeting

On Thursday, September 1, Russell Baker will be the speaker at the Village Genealogical Society. He will present the program “In Search of the Blue and Gray: Looking for Civil War Ancestors.” The American Civil War had a profound historical, economical, and psychological impact on America and Americans, especially those living in the states of the Old South. Brother did fight against brother. Records of this vast conflict constitute a vast treasure trove of often underutilized or misunderstood local history, genealogy, and family history information. This lecture till explore the records of this great war.

The Village Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each month (except July and August) at the Coronado Center, Room 6, at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in family research is welcome to attend. Please call Bill Patterson at 922-6965 or Valerie Hartnett at 922-6922 for details.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reaching out to educate

To address society’s increasing vulnerability to extreme weather amid a “new reality,” NOAA’s National Weather Service will announce a comprehensive initiative to build a “Weather-Ready” nation to make America safer by saving more lives, protecting livelihoods and supporting economic vitality.

This year’s severe weather, including deadly tornadoes, record flooding and extreme heat, call for the weather enterprise and emergency managers to collectively pursue new dimensions to enhance public safety through improved forecasts and collaboration.

Among the immediate actions to be taken, the National Weather Service will be launching innovative community-based pilot projects across the country to enhance the agency’s preparedness efforts to better address the effects of extreme weather.

What: Media teleconference on building a Weather-Ready nation

When: Wednesday, August 17, 11am EDT

Who: Jack Hayes, director, NOAA’s National Weather Service Eddie Hicks, president, International Association of Emergency Managers Jon Malay, president, American Meteorological Society

How: Dial: 1-888-454-6808; passcode: 4287455

Adopt a pet today

Pogo is a four month old neutered male, very playful, has short hair.

Blake is a 12 week old neutered male orange tabby full of energy.

Sylvester is a three year old neutered male with short hair. Sylvester loves to be petted. Sylvester's calm, and overall wonderful boy.

Willie is a two year old neutered male black Lab mix. Add tennis balls and water and you've got one happy dog.

Rowan is a four year old neutered male, a beautiful silver pit bull. Rowan is friendly, loves people and has nice manners.

All of the above are available at the Village Animal Shelter. For more information call the Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League at 915-9337.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New pilot project at Workforce

Governor Mike Beebe and his Workforce Cabinet will participate in the announcement of a pilot project focused on science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM).

Date: August 16, 2011

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Molex, 801 Murphy Drive, Maumelle


If you are travelling from Little Rock, take I-40 West to Exit 142 (Morgan/Maumelle).

Turn left on Highway 365 North (Maumelle Boulevard), and continue through the first set of stoplights. You will then be on Highway 100.

At the next stoplight, turn left on Murphy Drive.

Follow Murphy Drive to Casey Drive, and turn right.

Go to the end of Casey Drive, and you will see the Molex parking lot on your left. Turn left, and there will be a blocked-off parking area on your left in front of the building, where the event is to be held.

A photo ID will be required to enter the facility.

Today flags at half mast

Pursuant to federal law, Governor Beebe has issued proclamations declaring that the United States and Arkansas flags be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, August 16, in honor of Air Force Tech Sergeant John W. Brown of Siloam Springs and Navy Master Chief Tommy Ratzlaff of Green Forest.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Boil water and no fires

The burn ban for Garland County has been extended through today. Joy Sanders of the Department of Emergency Management said the recent rains have been helpful but until the North Garland County Regional Water District is 100-percent the ban will stay in effect today. The ban will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
The boil water order for North Garland County Water District will continue through Wednesday. By then the water system should be back to normal.

Message from Congressman Mike Ross

Ross Says Congress Should Focus on Boosting American Manufacturing, Creating Jobs

In America, we’ve always been proud of the products we make. Our strong tradition of working hard, being productive and encouraging innovation is what has helped build the world’s strongest middle class and the most prosperous country in world. Now, at a time when millions are still out of work, it’s our responsibility to build on that tradition to create jobs, strengthen the middle class and secure our nation’s leading place in the world economy.

As your Congressman, I remain committed to American manufacturing and helping to keep and create more jobs here at home. That’s why I’m proud to join a legislative effort in Congress called “Make it in America” where we focus on making more goods in America, stop shipping our jobs overseas and start creating more private-sector jobs here are home.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturing stimulates more economic activity than any other sector—and manufacturers are responsible for two-thirds of all research and development in America. It’s also important to know that a significant portion of that activity comes from our small businesses, with 99 percent of manufacturers employing fewer than 500 people.

Unfortunately, over the past decade, our nation has lost millions of jobs to foreign countries through a combination of outsourcing, bad trade deals and flawed tax policies. In fact, the number of Americans involved in producing goods is still near its lowest point since World War II. Unless we act now, we will continue to see our jobs shipped overseas and a decline in American manufacturing. For these reasons, we’ve got to examine and change our nation’s tax code and trade policies to stop rewarding companies who ship our jobs overseas.

I’ve already voted for and helped pass in the House several bipartisan “Make it in America” bills that are now law. These laws have sped up the patent process, invested in science and math education, encouraged small businesses to grow with tax cuts and loans, and much more.

More specifically, I voted for and helped pass the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act – already signed into law – which includes tariff reductions and suspensions for American companies that help them expand, stay competitive and create more jobs. It also makes it cheaper for American companies to get the materials they need to produce more goods.

Also, I was proud to support the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, which has also been signed into law. This new law cuts taxes by over $4 billion for working families and is fully paid for by closing the tax loopholes that big businesses have exploited to ship jobs overseas. It also allows more in college tuition deductions, extends the research and development (R&D) tax credit for businesses and helps rebuild American roads and bridges.

These bills are only the beginning. We have a lot of work to do. As your voice in our nation's capital, I will continue pushing for commonsense economic policies that help hardworking Arkansans get back on their feet, help small businesses and manufacturers to grow and help our local economies become stronger than ever before.

American innovation and work ethic are the reason why the label "Made in America" is admired around the world. For Arkansas, "Make it in America" means making sure that success isn't simply a proud part of our history, but the foundation of our future.

Pryor events in Arkansas

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today said that he will continue his travels throughout the state to find out what companies, large and small alike, need to survive and expand in today’s global economy.

On Tuesday, August 16th at 9:15 a.m. CT, Pryor will discuss economic development with executives at AirTech Supply, Inc. a sheet metal company that supports the aerospace industry. The company is located at 3058 Highway 209 in Hot Springs.

At noon, Pryor will speak about current events and his job creation initiatives with members of the De Queen Lion’s Club. The luncheon will take place at Fat Chances Buffet, located on 607 W. Collin Raye Drive in De Queen.

At 2:00 p.m., Pryor will meet with employees and tour Domtar’s paper mill. The facility is located at 285 Hwy 71 South in Ashdown.

At 3:30 p.m., Pryor will join the Red River Valley Association to discuss infrastructure projects that would boost economic development opportunities for the region. The meeting will occur at 305 E. 5 th Street in Texarkana.

On Wednesday, August 17th at 10:00 am CT, Pryor will tour Nucor-Yamato and discuss local and federal initiatives to help the domestic steel industry. The company is located at 5929 E. AR-18 in Blytheville.

At 11:15 a.m. CT, Pryor will meet with company officials at IPSCO’s pipe mill to discuss how federal legislation and regulations affect the industry. The facility is located at 5460 N. State Highway 137 in Blytheville.

At 1:30 p.m. CT, Pryor will join the staff at Frito Lay for a tour, conversation about federal initiatives to help manufacturers, and a snack. The facility is located at 2810 Quality Way in Jonesboro.

At 2:45 p.m. CT, Pryor will be given an overview of St. Bernard’s hospital operations. The meeting will take place at 225 East Jackson in Jonesboro.

At 4 p.m. CT, Pryor will meet with members of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce to discuss current events, job creation and other issues that affect northeast Arkansas. The meeting will take place at the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, 2810 Quality Way in Jonesboro.

At 7:30 p.m. CT, Pryor will join members of the Association of Arkansas Counties to enjoy the fish fry. The fish fry will take place at the River Market Pavilions in Little Rock.

On Thursday, August 18th at 9 a.m. CT, Pryor will tour and hear from SeaArk officials about issues affecting the boat industry. SeaArk is located at 404 N. Gabbert Street in Monticello.

At 10 a.m., Pryor will meet with local officials and the Monticello Economic Development Board about federal resources for economic development. They will tour the newly restored Ridgeway Hotel, a project partially funded by the Economic Recovery Act. The Ridgeway Hotel is located at 206 E Gaines Street in Monticello.

At 11:30 a.m. CT, Pryor will join Ashley County local officials for lunch to discuss the local economy and infrastructure projects. The event will take place at Sawyers Steak House, located at 100 North Mulberry Street in Hamburg.

At 1 p.m. CT, Pryor will tour Pinnacle Biofuel to discuss how the federal initiatives can foster growth and create more jobs in the alternative fuels arena. The company is located in the Crossett Industrial Park, 117 Mac McGoogan Drive in Crossett.

At 2 p.m. CT, Pryor will visit with staff at Georgia-Pacific and discuss ways to help the company continue growing its operations. The company, which employs more than 2,000 workers, has a chemical operation, two plywood plants and a procurement facility in Ashley County. The tour will begin at 108 East 1st Avenue in Crossett.

At 5:30 p.m. CT, Pryor will attend the Grady Lion’s Club Fish Fry. The event will take place at the Hardin Farm and Pumpkin Patch, Highway 65 in South Grady.

On Friday, August 19th at 10 a.m. CT, Pryor will speak to the Edward Coleman Leadership Institute Class, a class created by the S.T.A.N.D. Foundation to promote economic opportunities, social progress, and community development. The event will take place in the Senate Chamber of the State Capitol in Little Rock.

At 11:15 a.m. CT, Pryor will tour Arkansas Baptist College, located at 1621 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Little Rock.

At the September Gallery Walk in Hot Springs

The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs will show the results of the Diamond National Competition Exhibit for the month of September. This is a juried show and awards will be given during Gallery Walk on September 2nd, at 5:30 p.m. There were 97 submissions and 40 pieces of art were juried into the show. The awards are sponsored by the Ralph Michaelis Memorial Foundation. For further information contact the Fine Art Center at 624-0489.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Adult fall softball league registration

Team registration for fall adult softball leagues will be held through August 30, or until leagues are full at the Hot Springs Parks & Recreation office, 111 Opera Street, Suite A.

Registration fees are $450 per team. Men's lower league will begin play on September 6, co-ed play begins on September 7, and men's middle/upper league will start on September 8. For more information, call 321-6871.

Fox Pass Cutoff closed

The entire length of Fox Pass Cutoff between Park Avenue and Highway 7 North is currently closed to through traffic and will be closed Saturday, August 13. City crews are assisting North Garland County with a temporary tie-in to the city water system to supplement the system fill for the county.

Known leaks in North Garland County’s system have been repaired. However, due to system demand and operational issues, the city volunteered to help in recovering and reestablishing full operational capability. Signs will be posted, and motorists will need to seek an alternate route.

Arkansas Community Theater Association meeting

The ARCTA annual meeting is set for Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main Street, North Little Rock.

Come to a day of workshops, networking, food, and sharing valuable information and resources to take back to your own organization. Workshops will include such topics as risk management, writing a play about your community, grant writing, developing youth programs, fundraising, and more.

The registration fee includes all the workshops, lunch at the Starving Artist Café and other activities. A Flyer and Registration Form are attached to share with other folks in your organization. For more information, go to the website at or contact us at

The annual meeting is sponsored by Argenta Arts Foundation, Argenta Community Theater and THEA Foundation.

ARKTA c/o Rialto Community Arts Center, PO Box 176, Morrilton AR 72110.

Art exhibit at airport

The public is invited to an art exhibit opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 at Hot Springs Memorial Field, 525 Airport Road. The exhibit will feature the works of Traditional Art Guild member Bruce Cook.

Cook is a retired and decorated veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. The display will feature paintings of land and seascapes that make use of strong colors. Many of his paintings were inspired by a recent cruise taken by Cook and his wife, Diana, to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

The third Saturday of every month throughout the year, the airport will host a new art exhibit by a TAG member, beginning with an opening reception. For information on TAG membership, contact Kathryn Curry, Traditional Art Guild president, at 760-0897.

Road closing

Construction on the Belding Street crosswalk in Hot Springs at the bridge between Valley Street and Shady Grove Road will begin Monday, August 15 and continue through Wednesday, August 17. The crosswalk connects different portions of the Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail. One of the lanes may be closed periodically during daytime hours while the contractor pours concrete. Signs will be posted. Motorists may encounter delays and are asked to use caution when traveling in the area.

New date for Heifer club meeting

The Heifer Club has changed its meeting from August 24 to August 31 at the Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines. Sarah French is the guest speaker. The meeting will be in Hoffius Hall. The steering committee will meet at 1:15 and the general membership meeting is at 2 p.m.

Muses news

One of the year’s most memorable and entertaining musical events will be presented on Friday, September 23 in Hot Springs, Arkansas as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute" is presented at The Muses Creative Artistry Project's fourth annual Opera Gala. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a wine reception at the new “3 Arts Café,” the downtown home of the Muses, in the lobby of the Hale Bathhouse on beautiful Bathhouse Row. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a lovely stroll through Arlington Lawn to the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa’s Crystal Ballroom for heavy hors d’oeuvres and the performance of “The Magic Flute."

The Muses’ presentation marks the 220th anniversary of the debut of “The Magic Flute,” Mozart’s enchanting last opera, which premiered in Vienna in September 1791. It is in the form of a “singspiel,” a popular form that includes sung and spoken dialogue. The opera will be sung in both German and English, with narration in English to complement the amazing variety of vocal selections. More than 20 singers, instrumentalists, actors, and dancers from across the country will tell Mozart’s tale of myth, magic, and music to deliver the life-affirming message: love conquers all.

The Muses Creativity Artistry Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving classical art and music through performance, education, wellness and music therapy. Classically-trained soprano Deleen Davidson, whose broad-based liberal arts education includes history, fine art, music and German, leads the project as president and principal artist. Based on nature’s four seasons, The Muses offers a regular series of concerts, art exhibits and creativity seminars designed to enhance the cultural life of the region and to grow the arts-based economy.

Gala tickets, $75 each or $750 for a table of ten, and can be purchased online at or by contacting The Muses, 501.463.4514. Event sponsorships, which include a table for ten, an exclusive sponsor’s concert and recognition throughout the year, are also available, along with other patron levels. Concert proceeds fund The Muses' educational programming throughout the coming year. For more information, contact Davidson, 463-4514,

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Earthquake in northern Arkansas

Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 2.5 Md
Date-Time 11 Aug 2011 04:53:01 UTC
10 Aug 2011 23:53:01 near epicenter
10 Aug 2011 22:53:01 standard time in your timezone

Location 35.976N 93.311W
Depth 3 km
Distances 12 km (7 miles) WSW (252 degrees) of Jasper, AR
34 km (21 miles) SSW (211 degrees) of Harrison, AR
34 km (21 miles) SW (224 degrees) of Bellefonte, AR
136 km (84 miles) S (181 degrees) of Springfield, MO
401 km (249 miles) SW (224 degrees) of St. Louis, MO

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 1.0 km; Vertical 2.9 km
Parameters Nph = 15; Dmin = 66.0 km; Rmss = 0.17 seconds; Gp = 93°
M-type = Md; Version = A
Event ID NM 081111a

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Emergency Management stepping in to aid residents

Earlier this week a few customers of the Garland County Regional Water District lost water at their homes and business. As the week went on, more and more customers lost water. As of today all of Fox Pass Cutoff, most of Fountain Lake, customers in Saline County up Highway 5 to Owensville and businesses and residents up Highway 7 to the Village gates do not have water.

The Water District knows the water tower on Fox Pass Cutoff is empty. There is a leak somewhere in the system but workers have been unable to pinpoint the problem. The water outage has no end in sight.

Wednesday Garland County Judge Rick Davis stepped in to help suffering residents. A Declaration was signed asking the state to free assets to pay for water and basic services. Joy Sanders of Garland County Emergency Management opened two sites to aid residents.

Both sites are on Highway 7, one at the corner of Fox Pass Cutoff and the other at the Teen Challenge facility. Portable toilets, including handicap facilities, and hot showers are now at both sites. Potable water is being distributed at both sites. Residents are asked to bring their own jugs for water.

There is a fire truck at each location to distribute non-potable water for use at homes to flush toilets, etc.

Emergency Management will keep both sites open until the problem with North Garland County Regional Water District is resolved and water service is restored. There is a boil water in effect for most of the Water District's customers.