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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Duck Out

Judge John Homer Wright lowered alleged murderer Kevin Conway Duck's bond from $250,000 to $150,000 with no stipulations. Duck made bond December 31, exactly two years after the body of his alleged victim, Hot Springs Village police dispatcher Dawna Natzke was discovered in the Ouachita National Forest area. Natzke died of blunt force trauma and drowning. Duck was the last known person to see Natzke alive.

The next court date in this matter is February 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the Garland County Courthouse. In the meantime, Duck will be staying with his mother on Rynders Road in Jessieville.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Duck hearing today, still no decision on bond reduction

Deputy prosecuting attorney Joe Graham presented Garland County’s case against bond reduction for the alleged murderer of Hot Springs Village Police dispatcher Dawna Natzke, Kevin Conway Duck. Duck’s bond is currently $250,000 in Garland County and $25,000 in Hot Spring County.

There were two fact witnesses in this matter, Corporal Michael Wright with the Garland County Sheriff’s Department and Luther Duck, father of the accused. Wright testified as to first meeting Duck when he was extradited from Louisiana on a probation violation in 2012. Wright was assigned to the case on December 31, 2011 when Natzke’s body was found in the Ouachita National Forest area. She had been brutally beaten and drowned.

Wright added, Duck was recently arrested in Burlington, Colorado for the alleged murder of Natzke but was also in violation of his probation out of Hot Spring County. He testified Duck is using a Louisiana drivers’ license with a bogus Maurice, Louisiana address. Vermillion Parish officials checked the address and said there is no such address.

Luther Duck testified that Kevin Conway Duck has three children with no parental rights at all on two of the children and he is only allowed to see the third child with adult supervision. Duck’s parents share custody of the third child.

Duck’s attorneys, Clay T. Janske and Brian Johnson, argued they needed Duck out of prison and working on pipeline, a lucrative job, in which the funds would be needed to mount his defense in the murder case. They are asking his Garland County bond be reduced to $50,000.


Judge John Homer Wright took the matter under advisement and will issue a written decision in the next few days.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

KVRE's Hot Springs Village Police highlights

December 17

A Campo Way woman’s back gate was found open and her dog along the side of the house outside the fence. She reported seeing unusual lights coming from Mandarena. She thinks someone opened the back gate.

December 18

A Balboa Cove woman was caught trying to eat her lunch while driving. She felt embarrassed.

A Turquesa Place man declined to bail a friend out of jail but did go to her house and leave food and water for her dog.

A Fineza Way man objected strongly to vehicles tailgating through unmanned gates.

An Arjona Way man had a bat behind his stove. Officers assisted as he sucked the bat out with a shop vac and then released it outside.

A Villager complained his wife did not get the car-detailing she paid for.

A Reddina Lane man said gas is missing from his golf cart. The chain securing his golf cart had been cut in order to get to the gas.

A South Pego Way woman called officers for assistance with a wayward brother. Her mother declined help from the police.

December 19

A Frontera Circle woman was concerned when a truck pulled in front of her house and the occupant walked around her property to the house behind. Officers told her the man from the truck lives in the house behind hers.

A DeSoto Boulevard man found a barbeque grill on the roadway at the east end of the Village.

A Villager thought his wife might be the victim of an internet scam but as it turned out, some items she ordered from the internet were just on back order.

December 20

A Perralena Way woman said someone entered her residence while she was sleeping. Her door was unlocked. The woman’s dog was in the room with her but did not bark when she thought she saw the intruder.

An officer spotted a tent off Amarillo Lane. Upon closer inspection it looked like a child’s fort or a hunting stand. Also, it was not a part of Village property.

A woman was caught speeding on DeSoto Boulevard near Brota Lane. She was ticketed for speeding and for fictitious tags. She was given a Saline County Court date. Her license plate was confiscated.

A Dulzura Lane woman reported shots fired near her backyard. Her backyard backs up to non-Village property. The pasture has a hunting blind facing away from her home.

A Loyola Drive woman reported the fraudulent use of her credit card.

A Princessa Lane man spotted a SUV nose down in a ditch on Ponce de Leon at Balearic. No damage was done to the vehicle. A wrecker had to tow is out of the ditch.

While talking to the gentleman involved in the one car accident above the officer witnessed another accident. A car came over the hill, slammed on its brakes and slid down the embankment. The wrecker pulled that car out as well. There were no injuries.

A Constantina Circle woman complained of a man driving a truck dumping leaves at the empty lot across from her home.

December 21

A Divino Lane man admitted to drinking alcohol before driving his pick up into a ditch on DeSoto Boulevard. He was charged with DWI first, refusal to submit, driving on a suspended drivers’ license and violation of a protection order. He was given a court date and transported to the Garland County detention center.

An El Espinar Circle man thought he heard five gun shots.

There was a tree down blocking the roadway at Alava Way. Officers with chain saws cleared the roadway.

There was a tree down in the area of Monterrey and Mazarron. Officers cleared the roadway.

A Golada Lane woman dialed 911 and hung up. It was an accident but officers went to the house to see if there was anything wrong. When you dial 911 by mistake, stay on the line and tell the operator it was a mistake and the police won't come to your home.

A Tomino Way couple had a domestic distrubance.

There was a tree down in the roadway at Delgado Way off Sur De Curso. The chainsaw was brought out and the roadway was cleared.

An officer removed a brush pile from Coronado Drive west of Minorca.

Officers provided traffic control while a Maderas Drive resident was unloading a moving truck.

Officers assisted a man whose car was in a ditch at DeSoto Boulevard and Castellon Way. He and the car were not hurt.

A car partially rolled out of a driveway on Alicante. Officers propped rocks behind the rear tires once the car was back in its driveway.

December 22

There was a tree in the roadway on Jardinero Drive. Officer removed the tree without incident.

An Arjona Way man said two dogs ran out from a Santistaban Way drive and barked at him in an aggressive manner. Officers asked the Santistaban Way resident to put the dogs on a leash or they must respond to voice commands.

A Palencia Lane man thought his car had been followed home.

December 23

There was a two car accident at DeSoto Boulevard and Highway 5. A minor without a drivers license borrowed the family car to buy a Christmas gift. He was cited with failure to yield right of way and no valid drivers license. The family in the other car drove themselves to the emergency room to get checked out.

An officer assisted at the PRO guard shack at the Highway 5 gate due to high volume calls and traffic.

A car hit a deer in the area of DeSoto Boulevard between Andorra Drive and Terlingua Drive.

A Sergio Drive woman said she heard a heavy truck or four wheeler driving around her front yard. There were tire treads in her front yard.

An Escosia Lane woman said she was the victim of a telephone scam offering to fix her firewall on her computer for $176. Approximately $1,200 was missing from her bank account. Never give your personal information to someone you don't know over the phone.

Someone without credentials tried to enter the East Gate.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

KVRE's highlights from the Hot Springs Village Police

December 2

Officers were sent to Sabiote Way on a policy violation. The woman resident complained of a lawn company dumping branches on her adjacent vacant property.

Officers responded to a call of a hitchhiker at Santa Maria Lane and Calella Road. The hitchhiker was charged with public intoxication and given a court date.

December 3

There was a complaint of loud music on Fronterra Circle.

December 5

A Frontera Circle man said someone had taken his wallet out of his unlocked car.

Multiple unlocked cars on Frontera Circle had items missing.

A Delavega Circle woman said her debit card had been compromised to the tune of $1,700.

December 6

A Hot Springs woman reported a tree in the road way on DeSoto Boulevard near Monovar Lane.

December 7

Officers provided traffic control while a car was removed from the ditch on DeSoto Boulevard near Balearic.

Officers on patrol found a car stuck on Fresno Hill between Carmona Road and Alicante. Officers helped the man back down the road and turn around without incidence.

A Castano Way woman needed a ride to pick up her medication.

Children were discouraged from sledding on the 8th fairway of Ponce de Leon Golf Course. The course was closed.

December 8

Two Hot Springs men were extricated from a car on DeSoto Boulevard near Barcelona Road, the passenger was transported by Air Ambulance to an area hospital. The driver was transported by ambulance. The driver was unfamiliar with the terrain and ran a stop sign causing the accident with another car. The other driver was not hurt. Both cars were totaled in the accident. The passenger was in intensive care but expected to survive.

Icy roads resulted in a car in a ditch at Fresno Road east of Carmona Road.

There was a car in the ditch on DeSoto Boulevard near the DeSoto pool.

December 9

A Banda Place woman reported a fraud against her name. A collection agency was trying to collect on a Direct TV bill that was not hers in West Helena.

A Badalona Circle woman’s car broke down on DeSoto Boulevard near Fuego.

Upon arrival at a North Sanchez Court home officers observed heavy smoke coming from the area. Officers had difficulty making the male homeowner understand he needed to get out of the burning garage. The homeowner assaulted one of the officers and was taken to the ground and escorted away from the burning home. First Electric turned off the electricity once the fire was extinguished.

A Santa Maria Lane woman complained about her allegedly drunk son. Officers found him at El Jimador Restaurant and arrested him for public intoxication. His court date is December 19 in Garland County.

A car slipped off the road at DeSoto Boulevard and Calella Road.

A car slid off the roadway and into the trees at DeSoto Boulevard near Sierra Drive.

December 10

A Joya Lane woman’s car had a flat tire in the area of Camino Road and Alicante Way.

A car making a left turn was rear-ended by another car on DeSoto Boulevard and San Fernando Road.

A Cevico Trace woman’s wallet was found at a business on Highway 5.

A deer hit a car on DeSoto Boulevard near Poema Lane.

The driver of a white pick-up poached two doe in the Village off Cortez Road and Dark Corners Road.

A woman’s car slid off Fresno Road near Ponferrada. Someone had moved the barricades blocking the dangerously icy Fresno Hill.

A Loyola Way woman smelled smoke but there was no fire.

A Castano Drive man’s car got stuck on DeSoto Boulevard near Sierra Drive.

December 11

A Doscientos Way woman said she was missing jewelry from her jewelry cabinet with an estimated value of $3,060.

A Caceras Way man said his watch was missing.

Officers controlled traffic while a POA crew changed the traffic light at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Drive and Magellan Golf Course.

A Vereda Lane man found a brown wallet while raking leaves in his front yard.

An Alina Lane man reported a car with possible fictitious tags.

Officers were dispatched to a Palma Lane home where a bird had flown inside. A woman said she was letting her dog out when the bird flew in. An officer was able to catch the bird in the woman’s bedroom and release it outside.

A black Labrador retriever dog was reported for running loose in the area of Murcia Way and East Villena Drive. Officers never saw the dog.

December 12

A San Sebastian Way man doesn’t want his adult daughter in his house unsupervised.

A representative of Levi Hospital in Hot Springs reported a possible suicidal man in the Village.

A flat tire may have caused a one car accident at the intersection of DeSoto Boulevard and Promesa Drive.

An Alina Lane woman reported a possible intruder.

A check was found at the Village Shell.

December 13

A car on DeSoto Boulevard did not stop and the car hit another car waiting to turn onto Clubhouse Drive. The turning car had approximately $800 in damages. The non-stopping car had approximately $2,000 in damages.

A Charnela Lane woman said her car was missing several items. She then checked her husband’s car and it was also missing several items. Both cars had been left unlocked.

A Divino Lane woman needed a ride home after a little too much to drink at Patsy’s Bar and Grill.

A Frontera Circle woman complained of her neighbor’s loud music.

December 14

A Calanas Lane man said someone was entering a storage unit at the edge of his property. He was missing a few items valued at $600.

Officers served a summons on a Santona Way man for Garland County Circuit Court.

Someone found a wallet at the Cranford’s parking lot and dropped it at the West gate. The wallet owner was contacted and picked up his wallet.

An Arturo Lane woman reported a bird had flown into her utility room. Officers freed the bird.

December 15

A Gallacia Lane woman called 911 and then hung up. Officers went to her home to see if there was a problem. There was nothing out of the ordinary.

An Altiplano Circle man was involved in a one car accident on DeSoto Boulevard at Minorca Road.

December 16

Both bathrooms at Cortez Beach were vandalized.

Officers provided traffic control on Barcelona Lane to assist the Hot Springs Village Fire Department.

A Villager turned himself into the police on an outstanding warrant for a DWI first. He was transported to the Garland County Detention Center.

An officer cleared the roadway at the Danville Bridge on DeSoto Boulevard where a dead doe blocked the roadway. Animal Control was notified to pick up the deer off the side of the road.

An E. Novelda Way woman said her car hit the above doe. Her car sustained approximately $1,500 in damages.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Duck hearing moved to December 30

Under the advice of his attorneys Clay T. Janske and Brian Johnson, Kevin Conway Duck pled not guilty to the murder of Dawna Natzke, Hot Springs Village police dispatcher. Duck faces a possible sentence of 10 to 40 years or life in this matter.


Also, Duck claimed a hardship in paying the current bond of $250,000 and requested a lowering of the bond. The hearing to consider lowering the bond has been moved to December 30 at 10 a.m. at the Garland County Courthouse.

Duck hearing

Doris Smith, mother of Village murder victim, police dispatcher Dawna Natzke, contacted several members of the press late last week to make them aware there was a hearing this morning concerning her daughter’s murder. All the central Arkansas television stations were there. Local newspaper and radio reporters were also in attendance. The gallery was full of people there to support Smith, many were friends of Natzke’s.

The hearing this morning was to address two issues, to hear Kevin Conway Duck’s plea to the first degree murder charge and to hear his request for a lowering of his bond. Bond in this matter was set for $250,000. To bond out he must pay 10-percent, $25,000 and put up collateral for the $250,000. He said this was a hardship and requested bond be lowered.

Duck was the last prisoner to enter the courtroom at 8:28. He was dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit and sat as far from the gallery as possible. He leaned left against the chair’s arm and propped his right hand on his right hip. His head was up and he was focused on the Judge’s desk. Duck was the first prisoner called before Judge John Homer Wright at 8:30.


Duck, his attorney, a representative of the prosecuting attorney’s office and Judge Wright spoke in whispered tones at the Judge’s desk. Duck returned to his seat, arms next to his body, head down and looking away from the gallery. The Judge’s decisions will be made public later today.

Duck hearing this morning

30 year old Kevin Conway Duck, alleged murderer of HSV police dispatcher Dawna Natzke, is sceduled for a bond reduction hearing today at 8:30 a.m. in room 300 at the Garland County Courthouse.

Duck's bond is currently $250,000 for alleged first degree murder.

There will be a plea arraignment at the same hearing as the bond reduction hearing. Judge John Homer Wright will preside.

Duck was the last person seen with Natzke before she disappeared and her body was discovered in the Ouachita National Forest area on New Year's Eve two years ago.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Huge power surge bumped KVRE off the air

KVRE is temporarily off the air after a huge power surge caused by an outage at the Highways 5 and 7 junction. Fountain Lake School has no power along with 660 Entergy customers. We are working with our equipment to get back on the air as soon as possible.

Update 8:10 a.m. there are now 980 Entergy customers without power. Power is expected to be restored by 10 a.m.

8:50 a.m. all but 90 odd households have power.

Our computer expert is here working on the system and our engineer is on the way.

9:10 We are back on the air - giving away prizes as always.

Duck back in Garland County

Kevin Duck, alleged murderer of Hot Springs Village police dispatcher Dawna Natzke, is now in residence at the Garland County Detention Center.

The 30 year old Duck was the last person seen with Natzke before she disappeared and her body was discovered in the Ouachita National Forest area on New Year's Eve two years ago.

Garland County Sheriff's Department investigators received information that Duck was in the area of Burlington, Colorado. That information was passed along to the Kit Carson County Sheriff's Office in Colorado and it was able to confirm Duck was in the area. Duck turned himself in on the evening of November 26.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HSV Police blotter highlights from KVRE

December 2

A Caceres Way man said he believed a couple of his family members are committing fraud in another state by taking donations for a bone marrow transplant through a website HelpHopeLive.org.

Officers believe the Townhouse Storage at 199 San Fernando Lane should be secured as a safety hazard. Someone has stripped all the copper out and is in and out of the buildings after dark.

December 3

A Frontera Circle woman complained about loud noise form an adjoining neighbor’s home. This is the third complaint in the two months the new neighbors have lived there.

Officers served an arrest warrant on a Lindsey Lane man for failure to pay a fine and operating while suspended for DWI. He was also charged with fleeing on foot.

There was a family disturbance on Collado Way.

There were two rolls of carpet in the roadway on DeSoto Boulevard between the POA administration building and Minorca Road.

December 4

A Sergio Way woman reported a possible fraud when an unauthorized individual attempted to remove money from her brokerage account.

Officers investigated a barking dog complaint on Almazon Way. They never heard a barking dog.

December 5

An officer found a wheel chair abandoned at the Cortez Pavilion. There were no signs of foul play.

An unlocked car in its Realeza Court driveway was missing approximately $1,500 in personal items.

There was a vicious dog complaint on Romero Lane. The dog’s owner was warned to keep his dog under control.

A Sallent Lane woman backed out of her driveway and into a ditch.

A Sierra Drive man has a lot of guns and allegedly a lot of anxiety. Officers confiscated the guns and sent the man for evaluation.

December 6

Officers on patrol came across a small tree in the roadway at Carmona Road and Austrias. The roadway was cleared.

A Malaga Circle man said there was a four wheeler driving in the area, a policy violation.

A Hot Springs resident lost control of her car in the Village. The car sustained approximately $2,000 in damages.

A Cifuentes Way woman reported fraudulent charges on her debit card.

A Temerario Place woman said there was a Husky dog in her backyard. Officers did not see the dog.

An Arkansas Gazette paper carrier was stranded when his car became stuck on a hill.

A Charnela Lane man said someone taken things out of both of his unlocked cars. One car was missing $60 worth of items and the other $100.

There was a car stuck in the roadway at East Villena Drive and Villena Circle.

An officer found a wallet belonging to a man that had been in an auto accident earlier.

Officers offered a Good Sam’s worker a ride home when they saw him walking on DeSoto Boulevard to Arias Way.

There was a car in the ditch at Minorca Road and Cortez. The car sustained approximately $6,000 in damages. No one was hurt.

An Innovacion Lane man called Animal Control, he said there was a deer with a broken leg in his backyard. It wasn’t there when police arrived.

There was a car in the ditch on Balearic Road near the RV park.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Black ice taking over Village

Right now, the Village is closed. There is black ice all over the roadways and at least 20 slide-offs. POA public works employees are out sanding DeSoto Boulevard and some of the well-known trouble spots but today, unfortunately, everywhere is a trouble spot.

The Coronado Fitness Center is closed. All churches are sending out notices of closure and if you haven't received a notice call before going anywhere.

If the temperatures rise above freezing or if the sun comes out and melts some of the black ice, we may be able to get out and about later today, but for now, stay home and stay safe.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

HSV Police highlights from KVRE

November 22

An Oliete Lane couple were having difficulty communicating with Fayetteville police regarding identity theft. HSV officers assisted.

There was a report of a truck littering pipe supplies on the roadway of DeSoto Boulevard near Carmona Road. Officers did not see the truck but did pick up felt from the roadway west of Toledo Drive.

Officers provided traffic control while Entergy repaired a line at Barcelona Road and Salmancia.

A Los Lagos apartment manager said there were several items missing from a unit to be cleaned, a vacuum cleaner, towels and cleaning supplies.

A Sereno Place woman received terroristic threats by voice mail.

A Caceres Lane woman let officers know she will be out of the Village for a while but is not abandoning her husband or her home.

An Arturo Lane man said there were aggressive dogs running free on Sobresalir Lane. The owner of the dogs said the dogs just wanted to play. The woman tried to call her dogs but they ignored her. An argument ensued between the complainer and the dog owner.

Officers stopped a car on DeSoto Boulevard for no license plate. The car owner was able to show he just bought the car and had insurance on it.

A late night fisherman was advised to leave the DeSoto Marina area.

November 23

A Doscientos Way man said he heard three different mysterious noises. Officers stuck around for a while but did not hear anything.

There was marital strife on Lonjeta Lane. This was one of several calls over several days.

A driver stopped on Barcelona Road near Segovia was cited for Fictitious Vehicle License and No Vehicle Tags. He was given a court date of December 23 at 9 a.m.

Dogs from outside the Village came in and did about $50 damage to a front yard on Argomaniz Way.

A driver was stopped on Ponce de Leon Drive for speeding, and fictitious tags. The driver was given a court date, December 23 at 1 p.m.

There was a cow in the roadway on Mazarron Drive near the Glazier Peau Gate.

An ambulance driver accidentally took out a mail box on Antigua Lane when turning around to get to another address.

Officers on patrol noted a roll of paper towels scattered across DeSoto Boulevard near Fuego Way.

November 24

A neighbor complained of a loud party on Frontera Circle. Residents refused to come to the door for police.

Officers received a report of an injured deer on ElCano. Someone allegedly sped up to hit a fawn.

A subcontractor for AT&T tried to enter the east gate without the proper paperwork.

Another AT&T contractor was working late at night so as not to interrupt customer’s service.

November 25

There was a traffic accident at DeSoto Boulevard and Emperado Way. One car sustained approximately $2,500 in damages, the other car sustained approximately $1,000 in damages. One driver was cited for Following to close and was given a court date of December 24 at 9 a.m.

An Isabella Way woman said she hit a deer at Ponce de Leon Drive. Her car sustained approximately $2,000 in damages.

A Verian Lane woman said she heard noises downstairs. Officers couldn’t find a source of a noise.

November 26

An Alina Lane woman said she thought she heard a man growling outside her window.

A Gava Lane man driving on Tomino Way hit a dog causing approximately $100 damage to his car.

A Galicia Lane woman obtained several restraining orders.

A Marinero Way woman reported a possible identity theft.

A tree was down in the roadway on Castano Drive blocking Girasol Lane. Officers moved the tree.

November 27

Officers on patrol found a light in the roadway of Balearic Road.

A Frontera Circle resident said there was loud music coming from a nearby home. Officers requested a man turn down his music. And he did.

A cell phone was found at the recycling center on Cloaca Lane. After calling the owner he came by to pick up his phone.

There was a warrant for a misdemeanor for harassing communication on a Murcia Way woman.

November 28

There were two smashed pumpkins in the parking lot of the DeSoto Pool.

A Badalona Circle woman said there was a dog running loose in the neighborhood.

November 29

A Frontera Circle woman said there was a dog barking in the area for several hours. A neighbor was issued a warning citation for barking dog left alone all night on back porch.

An Altura Way Lane woman said there were three dogs running freely in the neighborhood.

November 30

A Frontera Circle woman said there was loud music coming from a neighbors unit. This is the second time officers had been called to the same house on a noise complaint.

A Segovia Drive man had a little too much to drink and was cited for public intoxication and arrested.

A Pandilla Way man said a neighbor let her dogs run loose in the neighborhood.

A Magellan Circle woman does not want her family to move her to a nursing facility.

A Frontera Circle woman allegedly left her two year old child alone at home.

An Ona Lane woman reported a burglary at a neighbor’s home.

A Charnela Lane man said there was a bat in his residence. Officers caught it and got it to Animal Control for testing.

December 1

Village Bible Church said there was a man, woman and child going church to church asking for gas money.

A Dulzura Lane woman said there was a pitbull- mastiff older dog loose in a yard on Barcelona Lane. The owner was new to the area and unaware of policy. And it was an English Bulldog.

HSV police officers assisted in clearing an armed robbery at the Valero Station on Highway 7. Suspect described as a Hispanic male with a red bandana, red hoody, black jeans and a black handgun. He was last seen running on foot south of the Valero Station into a wooded area. A W. Glazier Peau road resident said she heard noise in the basement of her home.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Almost two years and justice will be done for Dawna Natzke

Garland County investigators on November 25, with the assistance of the prosecuting attorney’s office, completed an arrest affidavit, for the charge of Murder 1st Degree, for KEVIN CONWAY DUCK, in reference to the disappearance and murder of Hot Springs Village police dispatcher Dawna Natzke in December 2011.

The arrest warrant was signed late yesterday afternoon in Garland County Circuit Court. Bond has been set at $250,000.00.

Investigators are working with local authorities in another jurisdiction, Louisiana, to bring Duck into custody.

The murder of Hot Springs Village dispatcher DAWNA NATZKE was first investigated by Hot Springs Village Police and then turned over to Garland County's Sheriff's Department and the Arkansas State Police once Natzke's body was found in the Ouachita National Forest on New Year's Eve of 2011. Investigators followed numerous leads, but quickly exhausted most of them.

The facts and evidence garnered through the investigation revealed there were no other persons of interest, other than the last known person to see her alive after leaving former Hot Springs Village POA general Manager Scott Randall's home, her boyfriend, Kevin Duck.

Since February 2012, investigators were in contact with special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Garland County investigators received assistance from the FBI in analyzing evidence, specifically electronic data, e-mails and text messages, obtained during the course of the investigation. The effort by the FBI was ongoing and investigators waited a long time for additional analysis to complete the technical portion of the investigation.

Once this information was received and reviewed, investigators again meet with the prosecuting attorney to discuss the facts of the case and determine the next course of action. The case languished on the prosecuting attorney's desk for nearly six months before a warrant was finally issued.

A reward, in the amount of $11,000, total, was offered for any information that would assist in the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for this murder.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

POA statement regarding today's dog mauling

Date: November 21, 2013
Contact: Lisa Watson, Communications Specialist
lwatson@hsvpoa.org or 501.922.5565


HSV Resident Dies of Injuries After Being Attacked and Mauled by Neighbor’s Dog

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE – A Hot Springs Village resident was attacked and mauled by a neighbor’s dog in Hot Springs Village early on the morning of Nov. 21. The victim, Joan Kappen, 75, was transported to Mercy Hospital but later died of injuries sustained in the attack. 

Kappen was attacked by at least one dog, a bull mastiff, as she was walking. The dog’s owner is Emily Coy, of Hot Springs Village

Hot Springs Village police, fire, and LifeNet personnel responded to the scene.

The dog was picked up by Hot Springs Village Animal Control and later euthanized at a local animal clinic. 

Kappen’s body has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab to determine exact cause of death.


Hot Springs Village Contact: Police Chief Gary Adams, 501-922-0457.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Get your Annie tickets now

Annie starts this Thursday. I'll be down front working the music computer. Hope to see you there. It's a good show, the children are fantastic. Tickets are available at and through the Woodlands in the Village.

Little earthquake Saturday

M2.1 - ARKANSAS

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 2.1
Date-Time
  • 16 Nov 2013 15:29:33 UTC
  • 16 Nov 2013 09:29:33 near epicenter
  • 16 Nov 2013 09:29:33 standard time in your timezone
Location 35.327N 92.752W
Depth 6 km
Distances
  • 18 km (11 mi) ENE of Atkins, Arkansas
  • 35 km (21 mi) E of Russellville, Arkansas
  • 38 km (23 mi) NW of Conway, Arkansas
  • 60 km (37 mi) NNW of Maumelle, Arkansas
  • 76 km (47 mi) NNW of Little Rock, Arkansas
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 2.4 km; Vertical 4.4 km
Parameters Nph = 11; Dmin = 18.3 km; Rmss = 0.10 seconds; Gp = 172°
Version = A
Event ID nm 111613f 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Highwaymen review

The Highwaymen rode into the Village last night and carried the audience away. Michael Moore, Bob Gill, Philip Bauer and their band of merry men appeared on the Woodlands Auditorium stage as their alter egos – Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, and amazed their viewers with their high level of musicianship and emotion. These three musicians match the styles, voices and mannerisms of the stars they pay tribute to. All of them have long-standing experience individually, but their talents have come together in a perfect blend to create this stellar performance.

From the touching ballad “Always On My Mind” to the spirited and witty “A Boy Named Sue”, the group and their back-up band played a huge body of songs, delighting the audience and receiving heavy applause for each song. As their final number ended, the listeners rose to their feet and were treated to a terrific encore for their enthusiasm.

The most striking aspect of their performance was the emotion they brought out by each number. If you closed your eyes you could feel the lyrics carry you off. Especially touching was Waylon’s recognition of our veterans when he sang his rendition of “America”, which he has performed at the Grammy awards.

The back-up players must be mentioned for their obvious talent and great sound. Big John Condiff added just enough bass guitar and Marcus Hurst kept the drums at just the right level. Lead guitarist Doc Peters, a real virtuoso, was featured by the Highwaymen several times in solo parts, as was keyboard man Scott Keys, who was described as “crazy” - he was a crazy good piano and midi player.

The house had over 400 people attending on Tuesday night, and when word gets out, I expect there will be packed houses for the next three performances. I highly recommend attending this show. It is exciting, emotional, reminiscent, and a good value – they played for 2 and a half hours!

This concert is a part of the Hot Springs Village Concert Association’s 2013/2014 concert series. There will be three more performances on the evenings of November 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available on line, and at the door for cash or checks. Y’all come – this is one really great concert.

This review is courtesy of Melissa H. Sonnen, a member of the Hot Springs Village Writers' Club and the HSV Players.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Single Parent Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee receives two awards from state office


Members of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund (SPSF) of Garland County Committee were recently recognized for their fundraising efforts at the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) Leadership Conference in Little Rock. Ruthanne Hill, ASPSF State Director, presented awards to Karen Garcia, SPSFGC Chair, and Ann Hair, SPSFGC Vice Chair, in recognition of the committee’s 100 percent giving status and for doubling funds raised through their signature event, Style Show for Scholarships, held each year in February.

Garcia applauded the committee for all of their hard work in doubling funds raised at the style show crediting the generosity of sponsors such as Weyerhaeuser, Morris Foundation, Munro Foundation, and Forest Lakes Homes & Condos for making the difference. The SPSF of Garland County seeks to empower single parents to become financially self-sufficient through higher education by providing scholarships to men and women who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in a post-secondary educational course of study leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate of graduation. Established in 1996, SPSF of Garland County has awarded over $178,000 in scholarships since their inception to 370 recipients.

The SPSF of Garland County scholarships can be used for any expenses related to education including transportation, child care, medical expenses, school supplies, books and fees, and housing. Applications for the SPSFGC 2013 fall scholarships can be completed online at aspsf.org/county_garland.html or at National Park Community College’s financial aid office.
For more information about the SPSF of Garland County, contact Jane Yamauchi at NPCCFoundation@npcc.edu or 501-760-6582.
 














Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Garland County Committee members were recently recognized for their fundraising efforts to provide for local scholarships. Pictured left to right: Ann Hair, Sylvia Chudy, Carla Mouton, Amy Whorton, Karen Garcia, Bob Megahan, and Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund representative Suzanne Wiltgen. Committee members not pictured are Helen Bumpus, Charlotte Gold, and Kelli Hall.

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Ann Wilson
Continuing Ed Coordinator
501.760.4155

 

Former lottery deputy director of security sentenced

A federal judge sentenced the Arkansas Lottery Commission’s former Deputy Director of Security, Remmele Mazyck, to serve 37 months in jail and to pay $482,671.93 in restitution for wire fraud and money laundering convictions for stealing and cashing lottery tickets worth close to half million dollars.

“Although I had hoped for the maximum sentence of 47 months under the sentencing guidelines, I am pleased with the Court’s sentence,” Arkansas Lottery Commission Director Bishop Woosley said.  “The amount of money taken was substantial, it was taken over a long period of time, and Mazyck was in a position of trust.  This sentence sends a strong message to everyone in public agencies that a violation of the public’s trust and resources is unacceptable.” 

The lottery is fully insured for the amount of the theft through the Arkansas Fidelity Bond Trust Fund administered by the Arkansas Governmental Bonding Board and a supplemental insurance policy which ALC purchased following start-up.  "We have submitted a claim under our supplemental policy insurance company and hope to find out soon if it will be paid.  Assuming our claim is paid under both policies, the ALC will sustain no monetary loss from this theft.  “I am glad that this chapter in the Lottery’s history is one step closer to being closed.”  Woosley added.

City partners with Wal-Mart Corporation to heighten stormwater quality awareness

Wal-Mart Corporation, having developed one of the strongest corporate stormwater programs in the nation, has agreed to partner with the City of Hot Springs’ Stormwater Division to mark storm drains at their three store locations within city limits.

Cutter Morning Star High School students have volunteered to perform the installation of storm drain markers at the Wal-Mart Superstores on Central Avenue and Albert Pike as well as the Sam’s Club on Higdon Ferry Road.  The markers bear the inscription, “No Dumping – Drains to Lake.”

The storm drain marking efforts underscore the fact that stormwater, or rainwater, runoff is not filtered or treated prior to entering the nearest stream or lake.  Therefore, any pollutants left outside uncovered or on the ground could be washed away during a rain storm and end up in area streams, creeks or lakes.  The markers will serve to educate store patrons to be mindful of what goes down a storm drain.


The City of Hot Springs is recognized as the first and only Qualifying Local Program in the state by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).  Hot Springs’ stormwater program exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Phase II Clean Water Act guidelines.  For more information, call Stormwater Coordinator Jessica Johnson at 321-6743.

Message from US Senator Mark Pryor

I signed on to the Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act, a common-sense bill that would grandfather thousands of Americans’ health care plans. I’ve urged the White House to fix this administratively, but until that happens, this is the most reasonable solution. As I’ve said many times throughout this process, I will always work to find responsible solutions to fix problems where they exist.

Airport hosts monthly art exhibit














The public is invited to an opening reception featuring the works of Traditional Art Guild Artist Phyllis Anderson from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 16 in the terminal building at Hot Springs Memorial Field, 525 Airport Road. The exhibit will remain on display until mid-December.

Anderson is a retired teacher who lives in Mt. Ida with her husband David.  Their daughter,
son-in-law and two granddaughters live near Fayetteville, Arkansas.  When she retired after 39 years of teaching, she decided to rekindle her interest in painting. Anderson began taking painting lessons at National Park Community College.  All of her paintings are inspired by photographs she has taken in Arkansas.  Landscapes and old buildings are favorite subjects.  She tries to emphasize the beauty and interest of her subjects by using brighter or even unusual colors, even painting on orange or red backgrounds.


TAG sponsors a new exhibit at the airport each month, and meets on the third Thursday of the month from September through May at the Garland County Library.  For membership information, contact President Joanne Kunath, 501-262-2953 or traditionalartguild.com .

NPCC Fall Student Art Sale

The National Park Community College Fall Student Art Sale will be held on Wednesday, November 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the first floor of the Fisher Building on the NPCC campus.


Handmade pottery, paintings, and more will be available for sale. 

Statement by Senator Mark Pryor on Veterans Day

This week, I laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery to honor our service members, veterans, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. It was an experience I’ll never forget.

Since the founding of our nation, our military has remained ever ready to defend our freedoms. With Veterans Day quickly approaching, I want to again thank all those who have put their lives in harm's way to protect our families and our nation. On this day, let us recommit to ensuring that our nation's commitment to our veterans continues after their tour of duty ends.

Terry Wallace will be grand marshal of Christmas parade

Longtime Oaklawn Park track announcer Terry Wallace, known as “The Most Recognizable Voice in Arkansas,” has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 2013 Oaklawn Rotary Christmas Parade, announced Lee Richardson, parade chair.  The parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9 in downtown Hot Springs. 

Wallace served 37 consecutive years as Oaklawn’s track announcer and headed Oaklawn’s Media Relations Department since 1984, while also serving as Simulcast Host during the track’s simulcast season and long-time member of Oaklawn’s senior management team.

Since succeeding famous race caller Chic Anderson in 1975, Wallace called every race at Oaklawn, never missing a day at the track. He called 20,191 consecutive races, ending his legendary streak on January 28, 2011.

One of racing’s most versatile individuals, he has called races at Ak-Sar-Ben, Louisiana Downs, The Great Barrington Fair, River Downs, Horsemen’s Park and numerous other tracks.  As a journalist, he has been a regular contributor for Daily Racing Form and a number of other newspapers and racing periodicals; as a broadcaster, his race calls have become popular on radio and television across the nation.
Wallace has a B.A. degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he majored in modern language.  He also spent a year at The Sorbonne in Paris, France. 

He has been inducted into the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, served on the Board of Directors of the Garland County Literacy Council, and has volunteered his talents for numerous other community activities.  He is a 2010 Man-of-the-Year Award recipient from the Arkansas Division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association.  He also received the President’s Award from the Garland County Hospitality Association, the Diamond Award from the Advertising and Promotion Commission for his efforts on behalf of tourism in the area, the John Woodruff Award, a lifetime achievement award from the International Association of Broadcasters and the Mr. Fitz Award from the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in February, 2012. 

Wallace has also been very involved in the American Cancer Society for many years, helping found Hot Springs’ Relay for Life annual event which has been hosted by Oaklawn Park since 2004.  The event has raised millions of dollars for ACS.

Wallace has a son, Ernie, in domestic management near Cincinnati, Ohio; a son, Jake, band director at Southeast Oklahoma State University; a daughter, Sarah, in the food service business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren. 


This year’s parade theme is “It’s a Wonderful Life – in Hot Springs, Arkansas.” The parade entry deadline is November 22 at 5 p.m.  The entry fee, $50, will be used to support local charities, including the Project Hope Food Bank. Groups and organizations are encouraged to get creative with their parade entries and utilize lights, music noises and animation.  Trophies will be awarded in several categories. Parade entry applications, including parade rules, can be found at www.oaklawnrotary.com and www.cityhs.net .  For information, email christmasparade@oaklawnrotary.com .

Monday, November 4, 2013

Holiday lights go up in Hot Springs















Using Seiz Signs’ bucket truck, Hot Springs Parks Maintenance’s holiday lighting crew recently installed new 6-foot-high lighted wreaths on the upper fa├žade of the Exchange Street Parking Plaza.  For 11 years, Seiz has partnered with the city to provide the height needed for the tallest holiday lighting structures downtown.

Pictured at top right is Parks Maintenance employee Eric Hendricks, with a District Court community service worker to his left.  In the bucket truck are Chris Baber and Keith Brown.


The annual downtown holiday lighting ceremony is scheduled for approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, November 25 at the plaza, following the downtown merchants’ annual Chili Cookoff event. The cookoff proceeds help defray the ongoing costs of the downtown holiday lighting program.

Glenwood Thanksgiving dinner and silent auction

Central Arkansas Development Council Glenwood Senior Activity Center will host a Thanksgiving Dinner and Silent Auction on Sunday, November 17, 11 am until 1:30 pm at the CADC Glenwood Senior Activity Center, 229 Betty Street. The general public is invited to attend.

The meal will include turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, sweet potato casserole, rolls, drinks and dessert. The cost is $7 and to-go trays are available.

The silent auction will include such things as a pool table and kitchen equipment. The kitchen equipment includes a two-burner gas stock-pot range, 1 gas two-basket deep fryer, 1 Univex mixer, and an electric four-well steam table, along with miscellaneous pots and pans. There will be a reserve on the pool table. The equipment and the pool table are available for viewing at the center located at 229 Betty Street in Glenwood, Tuesday thru Thursday, 7:30 am until 3:30 pm or call the center at 870-356-4212 for details.

The silent auction is supported in part by Modern Woodmen of America.

The Glenwood Senior Activity Center is located at 229 Betty Street. The program gives older adults support and encouragement to reach new levels of independence, fostering educational and emotional wellness for persons 60 and older. Activities include exercise, social interaction, nutrition, transportation services, recreational events, book clubs, computer training, and more.



CADC is a private nonprofit community action agency that was formed in 1965 to fight and win the “War on Poverty.” The mission of CADC is to improve the quality of life and build strong communities in Arkansas. For more information, please call Tammy Cogburn at 870-356-4212.

IRS warns of scams

The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.  We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves.  Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail
Other characteristics of this scam include:
  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov.  Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.  This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.

More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.

Sister City exhibit

BE NOT DEFEATED BY THE RAIN – SISTER CITY ART EXHIBIT
November 1 – December 20
The FAC Gallery
Friday, Nov 1 – Gallery Walk at 5 pm – 9 pm
Friday, Nov 14 – Artist Reception at 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Be Not Defeated, an art exhibit that celebrates the 20th anniversary between Sister Cities Hanamaki, Japan and Hot Springs, Arkansas is on display at The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs from November 1 through December 17, 2013.

Selected artists from both cities have created artwork inspired by the poem Me Ni Mo Makezu—Be Not Defeated By The Rain, written by the famous Hanamaki poet Kenji Miyazawa.

The Hot Springs artists that are represented in the exhibit include Robin Hazard-Bishop, Hugh Dunnahoe, Nancy Dunaway, Thad Flenniken, Jeri Hillis, Carole Katchen, Johnce Parrish, Alison Parsons, Gary Simmons, Carol Small, and Richard Stephens. The Hanamaki artists participating are Miki Horisama, Masatoshi Kudo, Kenya Nitana, Eiko Nitanai, Shinro Odashima, Makiko Terui, and Kouko Yachi.

The display includes fourteen haiku poems written by members of Arkansas Haiku Society. Each poem was inspired either by Kenji Miyazawa’s poem or his life. During the month, The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs artists, including Markeith Woods a senior studio art major at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, will create illustrations to be displayed with the haiku poems.

The opening reception for the exhibit is during Gallery Walk, 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday, November. The 3rd Fridays @ FAC event at 6:30 pm, November 15 will feature readings of the haiku poems, Kenji Miyazawa’s poems and short stories. Buddy Case, Arkansas songwriter and guitarist, will give a concert at 7:30 pm. Many of the Hot Springs artists will be at the 3rd Friday event.

This exhibit was possible with the partnership between Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation, Hanamaki International Exchange Association, The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, and Arkansas Haiku Society.

The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs is located at 626 Central Avenue. Contact the center for information at info@hssfac.org or (501) 624-0489. The gallery is open from 10:30 am to 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday.

Preparing for winter

It’s the time of year when Arkansas consumers drag their jackets and coats out of the closet and start to prepare for the winter months ahead.

For many consumers, preparing for cold weather also means stocking up on firewood, filling propane tanks or tuning up furnaces. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today issued this consumer alert to provide advice to consumers who use firewood or liquefied petroleum (LP gas) to help heat their homes..

“State regulations are in place that should ensure that consumers don’t get a bad deal or are not victims of scams when they purchase firewood,” McDaniel said. “And, those consumers who rely on LP gas to heat their homes should have the confidence that they can get their tanks filled and keep the heat on in the event of an emergency.”

Arkansas Bureau of Standards regulations state that firewood may be sold only by the cord, fraction of a cord, or in terms of cubic feet. A full cord is 128 cubic feet of firewood, so, for example, a stack of wood that is four feet high, four feet wide and eight feet long would be considered a cord.
 
It is recommended that consumers measure a cord by placing wood in a line or row with individual pieces touching and parallel to each other. There should be as few gaps as possible between pieces of wood. Some dishonest sellers may attempt to stack logs loosely in efforts to shortchange customers.
 
Wood sold in hard-to-define measurements like “rick,” “truckload,” “pile,” or “face cord,” should be avoided by consumers, McDaniel said.

When purchasing a cord or partial cord of firewood, consumers should get a receipt that shows the price, amount and kind of wood purchased, along with the vendor’s name, address and phone number. Anyone with concerns about his or her firewood purchase can contact the Bureau of Standards at (501) 570-1159.

Consumers should keep in mind that dense woods, like hickory and oak, generate more heat and burn longer than soft woods such as pine or spruce. Dry, seasoned wood is safer and more effective than newly cut green wood, since the higher moisture content in new wood can cause buildup of tar and creosote in chimneys. Stacked wood should be kept away from the home to prevent termites and other pests from entering the house. Use a protective covering like a tarp to keep the wood dry and usable.

For those using LP gas, McDaniel recommended that consumers own their fuel tanks themselves. That allows homeowners to shop around for the best prices from LP gas dealers. Competition compels dealers to offer lower prices to independent buyers.

Most LP gas customers rent their tanks from a gas provider, though, and generally, the provider who owns the tank is the only company allowed to fill the tank. However, McDaniel pointed out a significant exception that aids consumers during winter storms.
 
State law permits other providers to fill a tank if the tank owner and primary provider is unable to make a timely delivery. The law applies during a winter storm when the governor declares a state of emergency and the director of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board issues an order to invoke provisions of the law.
 
In any event, McDaniel said consumers should check their LP gas tank levels regularly and have tanks filled as needed.
 

For more information on consumer issues related to home heating, or for other questions, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 482-8982 or visit the division’s website, www.GotYourBackArkansas.org.

Pryor holds administration nominee until Arkansas State University receives answers on ROTC program

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week said he will hold a U.S. Department of Defense nominee until Arkansas State University receives the justification for the Army’s abrupt decision to shutter its Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program.

“Despite our repeated requests, the Army has yet to provide its justification for closing ASU’s ROTC Program,” Pryor said. “This lack of information is completely unacceptable. I refuse to release this nominee until the Army fulfills its promise and provides a reasonable explanation for its decision. This is a successful program, and I will fight tooth and nail to keep it open.”

In October, the Army announced that ASU’s ROTC program would be discontinued at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Following the announcement, Senators Pryor and Boozman, along with Representative Crawford demanded justification from U.S. Army officials. Despite the Army’s commitment to turn over data and materials, the delegation has yet to receive any information. This week, Pryor placed a hold on the Army’s nomination of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to ensure ASU receives the answers it deserves.

Board of Directors meeting notices

The Hot Springs Board of Directors will hold interviews for city advisory group applicants on Tuesday, November 12 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Board Chambers at City Hall, 133 Convention Boulevard.  An executive session will follow, for discussion regarding the applicants to occur.

The Board of Directors’ last regular agenda meeting of the year will take place at 4 p.m. on Monday, December 30 instead of New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31. The meeting will be held in the Board Chambers at City Hall.

Old guard house on its way out

The old guard building located in the median area of the Highway 7 West Gate entrance to Hot Springs Village is set for removal from Nov. 6-22, weather permitting.

The building has been vacant and in disrepair for a number of years. It is not an E. Faye Jones landmark structure.

Please remember to use caution in the work area around both machinery and crews and obey all flagger instructions to maintain proper traffic flow. Schedule is subject to change.

Fee payment reminder from the Village POA

It’s time to renew vehicle decal and other annual fees. For your convenience, the Property Owners’ Association Accounting Department recently mailed vehicle decal renewal forms to Property Owners who purchased vehicle decals in 2013. Please verify the member information on the vehicle decal renewal forms for accuracy. Complete missing information and clearly mark corrections, additions or deletions.  Please mail in the vehicle renewal forms and a check with the appropriate payment or credit card information to Property Owners Association, 895 DeSoto Blvd., Hot Springs Village, AR 71909.

The 2014 annual fee renewal forms, which were mailed in previous years, will be available online only at www.hsvpoa.org, on Nov. 4.  To access the forms, please click on ANNUAL RENEWAL FORMS located in the KEY LINKS section on the right side of the homepage. This is a direct link to the annual forms.  

The following forms are online: pet registration, private cart and boat registration as well as forms for annual recreation amenities, tennis and GHIN, annual golf fee/cart lease information, library cards and dependent cards. Members may also pick up the forms at the POA Administration Office, located at 895 DeSoto Blvd.

Forms are available in both PDF and Microsoft Word formats. Members have two options for printing the forms online:
·        Print out Microsoft Word form(s) and fill in manually.
·        Fill out the PDF form(s) online, which will calculate the appropriate fees including sales tax, allowing the member to print a completed form. To view the PDF forms, Adobe Reader 10.0 or later must be installed on your computer. To download the latest version of this software, go to http://www.adobe.com/products/reader.html.

Please be aware that you cannot pay these fees online.

Members have two payment options:
·        Mail the forms along with check or credit card information to the Property Owners Association at the address listed above.
·        Bring the documents along with a check or credit card information to the POA Administration Building, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.


For questions, please call 501-922-5519 or 501-922-5556 or email customerservice@hsvpoa.org.

At the HSV Animal Shelter























Adonis is a neutered male, Shepherd/Husky mix, one and one half years old. White/gray, short hair. Very handsome boy, energetic and  ready to learn, play and be a family pet or running buddy.






















Kirby is a neutered male, domestic long hair cat, Tuxedo; unusual mahogany on black color; four years old mature cat, ready for a home and to be your lap cat.

Call today to adopt a forever friend at the Animal Shelter in Hot Springs Village at 915-9337.

At Garvan Woodland Gardens


Autumn with The Muses


Still contrite but getting a handle on life

The Dallas Beaches have headed back home. My Rotarian open house is now behind me. Coming up is the Heifer Living Gift Market this weekend at the Coronado Center and Annie toward the end of the month and then I will have my life back to blog more often. Rehearsals are eating my lunch right now. I will try to get the news out as soon as possible.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Arkansas Highways for free

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has received national recognition for its magazine Arkansas Highways.

The Department won first place in the category of External Newsletter at TransComm 2013, the annual meeting for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Transportation Communications.  Attendees from Departments of Transportation in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia participated in the conference.

The annual skills contest in which the magazine won an award is conducted annually by AASHTO to recognize the outstanding work of its public relations practitioners and to promote an exchange of ideas.  The contest is considered the premier competition in the transportation industry and the awards have become a standard of public relations excellence among state DOTs.  Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning, production, execution and evaluation of results and budget.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by our peers in the transportation industry,” said Scott Bennett, AHTD Director.   “Our magazine represents an opportunity to share our story and give our readers insight into who we are, what we do, and our Department’s accomplishments.”

The AHTD’s winning entry, Arkansas Highways, is published bimonthly for the Department’s employees and an external audience.  The magazine features timely articles on highway projects across the State, the latest in construction technology, travel in Arkansas, national and State transportation issues and more.  It is available free of charge online at www.arkansashighways.com under the “Publications” tab. 

It looks like murder in Hot Springs

On October 24 at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers from the Hot Springs Police Department responded to the Carmike Central City 10 movie theater, 909 Higdon Ferry Road in reference to a shooting in the parking lot. Once on scene, officers discovered a black male with an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died. Detectives and the Hot Springs Police Department crime scene unit were on scene collecting evidence and speaking with witnesses. The victim is identified as Carl D. Anderson, age 29, of Hot Springs.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Statement of Labor Secretary Perez on September employment numbers

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement about the September 2013 Employment Situation report released today:

“The economy added 148,000 total nonfarm jobs in September. With the addition of 126,000 private-sector jobs, that makes a total of over 7.6 million new private-sector jobs over the last 43 consecutive months of growth. The monthly unemployment rate inched downward to 7.2 percent and has been below 8 percent for a full year, following more than three and a half years above 8 percent. Average hourly earnings rose by 3 cents in September, with a 49-cent increase over the last year.  

“The economy continues on the road to recovery, but at a more modest pace than the American people need or expect. President Obama continues to push for an agenda that will kick the recovery into a higher gear. He is asking Congress to pass a budget that invests in important priorities like education, infrastructure and technology, while continuing to reduce the deficit over the long term. And he is stepping up the call to fix our broken immigration system in a way that increases economic growth. These job-creating initiatives should have been the nation’s focus over the last month; instead we were sidetracked by a divisive struggle that inflicted unnecessary wounds on the economy.

“This report comes behind schedule, as the federal government was shut down on the first Friday of this month. It does not reflect the adverse impact of the shutdown on the national economy, something we won’t be able to fully measure until more data are released in the coming months.  

“But we do know that economic uncertainty was already holding back growth even before this latest standoff. The shutdown and the threat to default on our nation’s debt unquestionably set back our recovery. Employers put hiring and investment on hold. Families delayed or cut back on spending. Banks raised the cost of borrowing for homeowners and small businesses. The financial markets reacted negatively, and we lost respect in the eyes of the world. This avoidable confrontation was exactly what an economy on the mend did not need.


“The economy can’t live up to its potential if it’s hijacked every few months. Businesses manufacture jobs, while Congress manufactures crises. Let’s move on to the task that Americans demand of us–working together to create jobs, grow the economy and strengthen the middle class.”