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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Little quake near Heber Springs


Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 2.1
  • 28 Sep 2013 06:03:20 UTC
  • 28 Sep 2013 01:03:20 near epicenter
  • 28 Sep 2013 00:03:20 standard time in your timezone
Location 35.402N 92.201W
Depth 0 km
  • 18 km (11 mi) WSW of Heber Springs, Arkansas
  • 41 km (25 mi) NNE of Conway, Arkansas
  • 45 km (27 mi) WNW of Searcy, Arkansas
  • 50 km (31 mi) NNW of Cabot, Arkansas
  • 73 km (45 mi) N of Little Rock, Arkansas
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 1.4 km; Vertical 2.7 km
Parameters Nph = 15; Dmin = 15.3 km; Rmss = 0.20 seconds; Gp = 140°
Version = A
Event ID nm 092813a 

What's happening in the Village this Fall

Put on your dancing shoes and polka the night away at the upcoming Hot Springs Village Oktoberfest celebration, Thursday, Oct. 17. The event, which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., on the Coronado Community Center Patio, features live Polka music, games, traditional Oktoberfest fare with a flair and a full bar with German and domestic beer. Tickets, which are $5.00 in advance and $10 at the door, are on sale at

Other events include:
Oct. 1: HSV Cham­ber of Commerce’s Wine and Roses event, Ponce de Leon Center
Oct. 5: Showcase of the Arts, Ponce de Leon Center
Oct. 10: Ouachita Speaker Series featuring Sandy Byrd, Ouachita Activities Building, Ponce de Leon Center
Oct. 12: Fire De­partment Open House, Cortez Fire Station and Village-Wide Fill the Boot Campaign
Oct. 13-19: Golf Week
Oct. 17: Oktoberfest, Coronado Com­munity Center patio
Oct. 22-25: The 60s Show, Woodlands Auditorium.
Oct. 26: Children’s Halloween Carnival, Ponce de Leon Center
Nov. 2: “Zombie” 4-Mile Run and Trail Tour
Nov. 8: Kopy Kats concert, Coronado Community Center
Nov. 9: Heifer Living Gift Event, Coronado Community Center
Nov. 11: Veterans’ Day celebration, Veterans’ Memorial, Ponce de Leon Center
Nov. 12-14: Highwaymen concert, Wood­lands Auditorium
Nov. 21-24: Village Players musical “Annie,” Woodlands Auditorium
Nov. 23: Fall Arts and Crafts Fair, Coro­nado Community Center

Nov. 30: Colt and the Old 45s concert, Wood­lands Auditorium

Join the GM for coffee

Make plans to attend the Village GM Planning Coffee with COO/GM David Twiggs, set for 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Coronado Community Center.

Coffees are scheduled for Thursdays following the board work sessions at 3 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. For more information, call 922-5530.

Kayak fishing tournament next weekend

Land a big one in the first annual Village Kayak Fishing Tournament, set for Saturday, Oct. 5, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Lake Coronado. This FREE event is open to the public. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. For more information, call David Harper at 922-5524 or 922-5528.

Coffee with the Village GM this Thursday

Make plans to attend the GM Planning Coffee with COO/GM David Twiggs, set for 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Coronado Community Center.

Coffees are scheduled for Thursdays following the Board Work Sessions at 3 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. For more information, call 922-5530.

Halloween carnival in Village

With games, candy, a haunted house and more, the Hot Springs Village Children’s Halloween Carnival, set for Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Ponce de Leon Center promises an afternoon of chills, thrills and maybe even squeals. The event, for ages 12 and under, will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Jump in the moon bounce, wear your favorite Halloween costume, and maybe even win a prize playing one of the carnival games. For more information, call 922-4231. 

Thanksgiving in the Village

Spend Thanksgiving in Hot Springs Village and play championship golf at affordable rates. From Wednesday, Nov. 27 - Sunday, Dec. 1, family members and visiting guests (playing with an HSV member), will be able to play golf at member rates. For more information, call 501-922-2858.

Rock out to the sounds of Colt and the Old 45s, on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodlands Auditorium. The performance features a special tribute to Neil Diamond. Tickets, which are $20, are selling fast. Purchase your ticket today at or call 922-4231.

Sharing the trails for prizes

Share the great outdoors with your friends by inviting them to join you on Hot Springs Village trails. Throughout the month of October, the Hot Springs Village Trails Committee is inviting members to “Take a Friend” to the Trails.

Not only do you have the oppor­tunity to get out and enjoy the gor­geous weather, you could also win a prize. Simply invite a friend to walk on one of the trails, fill out a green form and have your friend fill out a yellow form. Forms are available in all trail boxes. Drop both complet­ed forms in the marked envelope also in the trail box. That’s it!

Hosts and friends will be registered in a drawing to win a prize and winners will be notified by telephone.

For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 922-0322.

Be clear on Village sanitation rules

The Hot Springs Village Department of Public Works reminds residents to abide by the following procedures related to trash pickup.

 Residential Solid Waste:
·        All household waste must be placed in a heavy-duty plastic bag that does not exceed 40 pounds including contents.
·        Residential waste must be placed at the street edge in front of the residence no later than 8 a.m. on the day of collection.
·        Residential trash cans are provided by the property owner, except in certain townhouse areas. Residential cans can be no larger than 42 gallons.
·        No yard waste, special collection items, or building materials will be collected or mixed with any regular household waste.
·        Residential customers are limited to a maximum of four (4) waste cans.
·        For an additional fee, special service may be provided for at house collection of solid waste. All at-house collection must be placed within 100 feet of the edge of the pavement.

Items accepted in household waste include food products, plastic products, non-recyclable paper products
none-recyclable metal containers, paint cans with dried paint, and light bulbs.

Items not acceptable for pick up include chemicals, motor oil, anti-freeze, dirt and rocks, construction material (carpet, lumber, paint), batteries, and logs.

For a complete list of sanitiation rules, go to

Register Village pets

The Property Owners’ Association reminds residents to register and vaccinate all household pets as soon as they arrive in your household. The registration fee is $10.50 per animal and requires proof of valid rabies vaccination from a licensed veterinarian. To print a pet registration form online, go to Pets may be registered at the POA administration office at 895 DeSoto Blvd., weekdays from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For questions, call 922-5556.

Beware of mowers in the Village

Mowing is currently underway along major roadways in Hot Springs Village.

Please remember to use caution around machinery and crews. Drivers should be aware of and keep a safe distance from the mower if it is moving. When able to do so, the mowers will pull over to allow vehicles to pass safely.

For more information, contact the Public Works at 922-5524 or 922-5528.

Lake draw downs begin October 14

The Hot Springs Village Department of public works will draw down Lake Coronado and Lake Isabella a total of six feet each, beginning Oct. 14, at a rate of approximately one inch per day depending on rainfall. The lakes will remain at the lowered level until February 2014, when the valve will be closed for the lake to begin refilling.

A lake draw down improves the water quality, allowing for maintenance and silt removal. Public works would like to coordinate with land front property owners, to give them an opportunity to maintain lakefront seawalls and other structures.

A permit is not required for routine maintenance but is required for construction of seawalls and boat docks as well as a shaping under and around boat docks. Permits are issued by the Hot Springs Village permitting and inspections department. For more information, call 922-5562.

For more information on scheduled lake draw downs, please call Public Works at 922-5524 or 922-5528.

Looking for volunteers for the ad hoc health services committee

The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association is soliciting interested applicants with a background in health services or related areas for the Ad Hoc Health Services Committee. The committee, formed by the HSV Board of Directors at the Sept. 18 Board Regular Meeting, will identify and make recommendations to optimize Hot Springs Village health services, development of resources and health services improvement strategies for Hot Springs Village members. To view the Ad Hoc Health Services Committee Charter, go to

Property owners who are interested in serving on this committee may download an application at Click on Governance | Committees and scroll down to the Committee Application. Please turn in applications to the POA General Manager’s Office.

Golf week in the Village

Golf Week is coming soon! The weeklong event, will include tournaments on HSV golf courses.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, Oct. 9, so schedule your participation now.

Golf Week Schedule of Events
Sunday, Oct. 13: Golf Week Kickoff Couples Tournament, Cortez Golf Course
Couples* that sign up will be paired with another couple from the Couples Golf Group (CGG). Great opportunity to meet CGG couples before 2014 season. Burgers and fries for all after play, provided by HSV Golf Department! 12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start – Two-person Scramble. *Limited to the first 32 non-CGG couples that sign up.

Monday, Oct. 14 - Tuesday, Oct. 15: MGA, Ponce de Leon & Cortez Golf Courses

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Flag Golf Tournament, Balboa Golf Course
Open to Men and Women. Make your own tee times through normal processes and play with your regular groups! See the Flag Tournament flyer for more details. Tee Times beginning at 7:56 a.m. - $ 10 Entry Fee

Thursday, Oct. 17: Men’s Golf Tournament, Magellan Golf Course
2-Man Best Ball, Pick Your Own Partner- Shotgun start at 9:30 am - $20 Entry Fee per team

Friday, Oct. 18: Ladies Golf Tournament, Isabella Golf Course
A free short game clinic will be held at 9:00 am. 2-Woman Best Ball, Pick Your Own Partner - Shotgun start at 10:30 AM - $20 Entry Fee per team

Saturday, Oct. 19: Couples Golf Tournament, Granada Golf Course
2-Person Scramble - Shotgun start at 11:00 am – $20 Entry Fee per team

For more information, including Golf Week Flyer, Flag Golf Tournament information and the Golf Week entry form, go to

Cortez Fire Station open house coming soon

Check out the Hot Springs Village Fire Department AND give a donation to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Burn unit on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The Cortez Fire Station Open House, set for Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., includes family fun activities including touring the fire station, training tower, fire engine and rescue truck. Games, activities and goody bags available for children; hot dogs and refreshments will be provided. “We are excited about our upcoming Open House,” said Jason Miller, HSV Fire Chief. “Come on out and join in all the fun.”

The Cortez Fire Station is located at 110 Cortez Rd. in Hot Springs Village. This event is sponsored by Sam’s Club in Hot Springs.

Give a donation to help children in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Burn Unit during the Volunteer Fire Fighters “Fill the Boot” Campaign, on Saturday, Oct. 12. Volunteers will be collecting donations that day at the East Gate, West Gate, Balboa Gate and the Cortez Fire Station. All proceeds benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital Burn Unit and local families in need.

For more information, call 922-2210.

Holiday parties and family reunions right here in the Village

The holiday season is just around the corner so schedule your event today. From the E. Faye Jones-designed DeSoto Club to the Ponce de Leon Center, indoor and outdoor pavilions and rooms to seat a few or a crowd, HSV facilities fit the bill. HSV facilities are designed to meet your needs, whether you are holding an outdoor event, wedding, dance or holiday party.

Enjoy the natural beauty of HSV lakes by reserving one of two outdoor pavilions. Balboa Pavilion, located on Lake Balboa, and Cortez Pavilion, on Lake Cortez, offer amazing outdoor views and access to lake activities with the convenience of charcoal grills, rest rooms and picnic tables.

HSV’s indoor rental facility, the DeSoto Multipurpose Hall, offers the convenience of a pavilion without the weather worries. The facility is located at the DeSoto Recreation Area. Complete with a kitchen featuring a microwave, sink and refrigerator, the Pavilion is a unique place to hold parties, reunions, dances, and more. It has the added convenience of being close to DeSoto Pool and other outdoor amenities.

From casual to elegant, the DeSoto Club, overlooking the DeSoto Golf Course, provides the perfect destination for your special occasion. With seating capacity of up to 250, it is the perfect place to host weddings, banquets, garden parties, dinners or more formal events. Choose from individual dining rooms or rent the entire facility.

Host your upcoming meetings or special events, both large and small, at the Coronado Community Center.
The Center offers a comfortable space for just a few or a whole lot more. The auditorium, with stage, lighting and sound, is a great place for large events, including weddings, anniversaries, dances, proms, card parties, and dinners. The Center also has meeting rooms that accommodate small and medium events including meetings, dinners, seminars, classes and more.

With a unique combination of indoor and outdoor space, the Ponce de Leon Center, located in the heart of HSV, is a great event destination. Wine tastings, art shows, weddings, dinners, ice cream socials, meetings, seminars, and classes are all just across from HSV’s performing arts center, the Woodlands Auditorium.

It’s never too early to begin planning your special event, so make the “right” choice – choose an HSV facility today.

For more information, check out the Facility Guide at

 To schedule an event, email or call 922-5050.

Need a permit?

Village homeowners are you planning to install new siding, build a swimming pool, replace a water heater, or update outdoor landscaping? Did you know you need a permit for these and other home improvements?

The Permitting and Inspections Department has provided the necessary permit forms and other information related to home improvements as well as construction and additions online at | Services | Planning and Inspections | Permit Forms and Information.

For more information, call the Permitting and Inspections Department at 922-5562.

Annie cast

ANNIE auditions were held Sept. 7, 8, and 9 with a very talented group of people to choose from. Director Roger Cannell is pleased to announce the cast of ANNIE.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 21, 22, 23, and the 24th a matinee at 2 p.m.

Annie — Emily Johnson

Warbucks — Ken Goodman

Grace — Carolyn Bodensteiner


Pepper — Melissa Romero

Duffy — Isabel Butler

Tessie — Salem Twiggs

July — Elleigh Lowery

Kate — Emma Hill

Molly — Ce Ce Twiggs

Jo — Daisy McPheron

Hannigan — Lydia DeSambourg

Rooster — Brad Bassett

Lily - Holly DeSambourg

Bert Healy — Jack Larsen

Lt. Ward — Herm Dobscha

Drake — Bill Lamoureaux

Ensemble taking many parts:

Sophie & Mrs. Greer — Cheryl Robertson

Annette & Star-To-Be — Ravyn Clark

Servant & Boylan Sister — Mary Langston

Mrs. Pugh — Lynn Petti

Cecille & Boylan Sister — Bethany Bassett

Servant & Soundman — Bill Jervis

Bundles & Fred McCracken — Gary Peeks

Apple Seller, Servant & Masked Announcer - Tom Gallagher

President Roosevelt - Glen Robertson

President’s Cabinet:

Ickes — Gary Peeks

Morganthau — Tom Gallagher

Hull — Bill Jervis

Perkins — Mary Jean Cannell

And, of course, Sandy (the dog), played by Bayley.

Organ concert this afternoon

Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church invites you to a continuation of its 25th Anniversary Celebration!

Fall Music Festival

Come for an afternoon of beautiful organ music including classical pieces, hymns and patriotic music performed on Christ of the Hills' state of-the-art Rodgers "Trillium Masterpiece" organ.

Ruth Clemens - Organist, Woodlands Presbyterian Church
Barb Greenman - Organist, Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines Church
Ellen Nagode - Organist, Village United Methodist Church
Nikki Saltmarsh - Organist, Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church

Sunday, September 29, 3:00 p.m.

No admission charge.
Reception and refreshments to follow concert.

PRO-10 facts from the creators or the idea to donate $10 a month to the POA for special projects

A Voluntary Revenue Enhancement Program

“Fact Sheet”
Q:  What is PRO-10?
A:  PRO-10 stand for “Pro-Village” and “$10 a Month”.   It is a grass roots program that offers all property owners the opportunity to voluntarily contribute $10 a month – or $120 for 2014 -- toward enhancements that can add value to their financial investment in Hot Springs Village.

Q:  Why do we need PRO-10?
A:   As the largest gated private community in the U.S., our only source of operating revenue is our Monthly Assessment and amenity usage fees.  With over 500 miles of roads, our own police and fire protection, our own water and sewer treatment facilities, and 40+ years of wear and tear, those two revenue sources are not enough.  PRO-10 will help fill the gap, and reinforce our personal financial investments in HSV.

Q:  How does PRO-10 work?
A:  During November and December, all HSV property owners – resident and non-resident, alike – will be invited to pledge $10 a month for calendar year 2014, starting in January.  That pledge can be met monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or in a lump sum.  Lump sum payments can be made by personal check, credit card, or electronic fund transfer (EFT).  Periodic payments (monthly, quarterly or semi-annually) require electronic fund transfer.

Q:  Where will the PRO-10 Monies go?
A:  All contributions will be deposited in a special PRO-10 account, and tracked separately from General Revenues.   The HSV General Manager will determine how the dollars are spent, with the condition they go toward “enhancements that add value to the Members’ financial investment in Hot Springs Village”.  Enhancement projects funded by PRO-10 will be communicated back to the Members in the quarterly Advocate, and on the HSV Web site.

Q:  What is in it for me, as a HSV Member?
A:  Most importantly, PRO-10 reinforces our financial investment in the Village---through enhancements that make our daily lives more enjoyable, while also attracting new residents to the Village.  PRO-10 contributors who want their support to be known can request a “PRO-10” window decal to be placed next to their 2014 HSV vehicle decal.  They will also be recognized by name in the quarterly Advocate magazine.  Anyone who prefers to remain anonymous can simply request on the pledge form that their name not be published.

Q:  Is PRO-10 a one-year program?
A:  The “Grass Roots Task Team” (named below) envisions that PRO-10 will be offered annually, until such a time that a more permanent solution to our revenue needs can be found. 

Q:  How do I sign up for PRO-10?
A:  Starting in late October, PRO-10 pledge forms will be available at key locations throughout the Village.   PRO-10 invitations will also be inserted in the November mailing on 2014 amenities (primarily to residents) and the December mailing on 2014 membership cards (primarily to non-residents).   Participating in PRO-10 – and supporting our Village – is as easy as completing and returning the one-page pledge form.

Where the HeArt is art auction for Habitat

Habitat for Humanity is hosting their 3rd Annual Home is "Where the Heart is," Art Auction. "Home is Where the Heart is" is one of Habitat for Humanity of Saline County's largest annual fundraisers. All proceeds will go to end poverty housing in Saline County.

Join us for Live and Silent Auctions, Cocktails and Bites. Musical Guest will be Josh Green.

Tickets will be $35.00

The Live Auction will start promptly at 8:00 pm.

Saturday, October 5, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Fatima, Catholic Church, McGinnis Hall 818 West Cross St., Benton

NPMC Invests in Property, Plans for Expansion

Clearing has begun on the nearly 9 acres that NPMC recently purchased with intentions of expansion to meeting the growing healthcare needs of the Hot Springs community.

National Park Medical Center recently began clearing and preparing almost 9 acres of land adjacent to their current location for the purpose of completing some key expansion initiatives by the end of 2014.  The expansion space is located to the west of the hospital between the HSCC golf course and Hollywood Avenue.  “We are looking forward to expanding some key service lines, and continuing our mission to meet the growing healthcare needs of the Hot Springs region,” said Jerry Mabry, Capella Healthcare’s Arkansas Market President. 

Detailed building plans are not yet ready for public release, but expanded service lines are expected to include a self-contained expanded Cardiology Center of Excellence, medical imaging, emergency services, outpatient services, surgery and women’s services.  Other key services will be phased in over the next 2-3 years.  “Architectural plans are in the works and we look forward to sharing detailed building schematics as they become available” said Mandy Golleher, NPMC’s director of marketing and volunteer services.  “The most recent architectural estimates indicate the projects could be in the range of a $40-45 million dollar investment when all stages are complete” said Mabry.

NPMC is planning updates to the current building and property which will include new flooring, furnishings, corridor updates, cosmetics and a new chapel.  

“We have been extremely appreciative of the outpouring of support from physicians, patients and the community especially in the past year and a half.  We have been very busy continuing to pursue our mission of what’s required to deliver the very best short and long-term healthcare solutions to this region.  Our commitment to this process has never wavered and is stronger today than ever” said Mabry.

NPCC Summer 2013 Dean’s List

National Park Community College recently named area students to its Dean’s List for the 2013 Summer Semester. Students must maintain a 3.25 semester GPA and have a 3.25 cumulative GPA to make the list. Those named include:

Charlyne Hatton

Courtney Cloninger, Angeline Kolbicka

Hot Springs
Ana Alvarez, Angela Anderson-Rodgers, Jennifer Bell, Rebecca Brown, Ashley Brunston, Catherine Cevela, Matthew Chaput, Leah Comerma, Robin Cook, Benjamin Cox, Dawn Culbert, Christopher Elliott, Kelsie Frati, Tristen Gaulden, Tasha Gibson, Amy Gros, Corinna Hall, Perry Harris, Ildiko Kordik, Gregory Lemons, Michael Lesher, Jeremy Long, Loren Manning, Rebekah McConnell, Traci Miramontes, Makenzie Mixon, Cheyanne Morris, Kathy Murders, Tejal Patel, Amanda Pearson, Sandra Rogers, Terry Rowton, Shannon Sarka, Terry Stracener, Justin Swboni, Krystal Throgmartin, Ashley Waters, Gregory Wendland, Bobbie Willis, Michael Yeargan

Hot Springs Village
Amber George

Elizabeth Mitchell, Jessica Smith, Kaylee Wood

Jessica Hargrove

Lake Hamilton
Sheree Jones

Sharla Polke

Mount Ida
Brandon Tubbs

Christopher Bishop, Aimee Lopez-Salter, Chelsa Sorensen, Helen Young

Pine Bluff
Harrison Hollingsworth

Ticia Cox, Blandina Perez, Catherine Sexton

Tammie Thompson

Whitehouse, Texas
Brittany Taylor

Statement by Senator Mark Pryor On the Continuing Resolution

Friday U.S. Senator Mark Pryor released the following statement regarding his vote to keep the government open.

Today the Senate came together to pass a responsible measure that will keep our government open. A government shutdown would be irresponsible and would put our nation’s economic security and credit rating in jeopardy. The American people are tired of the reckless “my-way-or-the-highway” politics. I’m confident that reasonable members of the House will pass the Senate’s common-sense bill so we can continue to move our nation forward.

Fourth anniversary of Arkansas Lottery yesterday

Yesterday, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery marked its Fourth Anniversary since launching ticket sales. The Lottery’s most important accomplishment in 48 months has been the delivery of more than $375 Million in scholarships for Arkansas students. The scholarships are distributed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Many others have also benefited. Lottery players have won more than $1.15 Billion ($1,150,000,000) in prizes. Sales have totaled in excess of $1.8 Billon, generating over $103.7 million in commissions for about 1900 Arkansas businesses that are Lottery retailers located in all 75 counties. The Lottery currently offers for sale both instant and online tickets through these retailers, without whom not a ticket would be sold or a dollar earned for scholarships.

The history of the Arkansas Lottery began in November 2008 when 63 per cent of state voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing the creation of a lottery whose proceeds all go benefit citizens of our state who attend Arkansas colleges. The General Assembly in 2009 passed the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act, creating the agency and setting up the structure for a 9-member Commission appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. The legislation was signed by the Governor, becoming law, on March 26, 2009.

The Commission met in May 2009, and staffers began working in June 2009, resulting in the offering of the first four instant tickets in late September 2009. In October, Powerball rolled out and within months the Lottery was offering a full range of instant and draw tickets. The purpose of the ASL is to provide scholarships and grants to Arkansas residents enrolled in public and private nonprofit two-year and four-year colleges and universities within the state.

Exact figures through September 26 (unaudited)
Total Scholarships: $375,745,086, Total Sales: $1,847,300,376,
Total Commissions: $103,707,998, Prizes Awarded: $1,154,362,513

More than just zombies

Register Now - 4-Mile Run Will Leave You Screaming For More
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas is hosting a special weekend for the outdoor enthusiast, headlined by the first annual Dusk Scare - a 4-mile competitive run through the Ouachita Mountains. This competitive run, presented by Village Home Center, set for Nov. 2, begins at 2:30 p.m. from Cortez Pavilion on Hernando Trail West; it is a challenging trail with lots of natural beauty. Participants walk or run the secluded tree-lined path while trying to avoid killer Zombies, tasked with snatching participants' life flags. (Life or health flags are worn on belts similar to those used in flag football). Runners try to stay one step ahead and keep their life lines intact. However, this is a competitive run; the winner will be declared on his/her performance time regardless of the number of life lines stolen during the event. (No one is disqualified even if ALL of his/her life lines end up in the hands of Zombies.) Walkers may participate for fun; but walking is not a competitive event. Click here to register now.
Bird Watching Eco Walk - 8:00 a.m. - Magellan Beaver Dam Trail
Join members of the HSV Audubon Society for this Bird Watching Eco Walk from 8 to 10 a.m. Volunteers will hand out trail maps and offer helpful tips on spotting birds and other native wildlife. Walk along Magellan Beaver Dam at your leisure to enjoy the natural beauty and catch a glimpse of our feathered friends. What better way to get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors! Event is free.
Geocaching Walk - 9:00 a.m. - Cedar Creek Trail
Discover hidden treasures in the Geocaching Walk on Cedar Creek Trail from 9 to 11 a.m. Use your Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device to look for caches (small plastic containers) filled with trinkets and treasures hidden along the trail. Once a cache is found, take and keep a treasure and sign the logbook. Pick up your Geocaching treasure map at the trailhead; it will have the GPS coordinates you'll need to get started. The fun is in the hunting - so let the games begin! Parking will be at Parking Lot A or across the street at the old florist parking lot. A volunteer will be on hand to help as needed and hand out flyers. Event is free.
Cycling Fun Tour - 9:00 a.m. - Hernando Trail
The Cycling Fun Tour is a scenic bike ride on Hernando Trail from 9 to 11 a.m. This is NOT a race, but a leisurely trek so bikers can enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The ride begins at the Village's POA building going east. Riders have a choice on how far they ride from 5 miles up to 11.2 miles. A trip to and from Ponce de Leon will be an 11.2-mile ride, or riders can turn around at the bridge over Danville Road for a 5-mile ride. Riders are cautioned to be aware of two-way trail traffic and street crossings. Riders must sign-up upon arrival giving their name, address, phone and emergency contact information to participate. A volunteer will hand out flyers and release riders in small groups allowing time between groups for adequate spacing. Enjoy the beauty and exhilaration of a bike ride along a secluded Hot Springs Village natural trail. Event is free.
Dog Costume Parade - 10:00 a.m. - Desoto Spillway Trail - Register Now!
Bring your four-legged friend out to play and join in the Dog Costume Parade from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on the DeSoto Spillway Trail. Dress your dog in his/her favorite costume and enter to win. First place trophies will be awarded in three dog categories - large, medium and small. Dogs (and their owners) will parade down a portion of DeSoto Spillway Trail and back again so judges will have two opportunities to view costumes. (Please note this is a leashed event.) After judging, dogs and owners will parade to the Dog Park for the award ceremony. Pre-registration is required and the registration deadline is Oct. 31. To register, please email Sharon Bowen. Space is limited, so register today! Event is free.
Golf Cart Decoration Contest & Parade - 10:00 a.m. - Balboa Spillway Trail - Only First 25 Entries Accepted - Register Now!
Get into the spirit of the day - enter your golf cart in the Halloween-themed contest and join in the parade. The Golf Cart Decoration Contest and Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Balboa Spillway Trail. Entries will decorate their golf cart (no mules or ATVs please) in a Halloween theme. The golf cart, driver and passenger must be in a Halloween costume. Golf carts will parade down a portion of the Balboa Spillway Trail. Golf carts will check-in upon arrival and will be given a number to display on their cart for judging. As the golf carts are staged for the parade, three judges will review each cart. First, second and third-place prizes, crafted by HSV Woodworkers, will be awarded at the end of the parade. Winners will be selected based on the Halloween-theme decorations that are considered the most original and creative. (The age, brand and condition of the cart will not be considered.) Participates must be registered BEFORE November 1. Send your name, email address, phone number and indicate if you will need to park a trailer the day of the event. (Carts that have not pre-registered will NOT be permitted on the trail during the event). Send your entry to Dale Webb, lead coordinator. She will get back to you with your registration number and details of the event. Only the first 25 entries will be accepted, so hurry to register! No entry fee required.
Segway Trail Tour - 11:00 a.m. - Desoto Marina Trail - Register Now!
Learn more about the unique and exciting operation of the Segway Personal Transporter on the DeSoto Marina Trail from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.!  Segway of Arkansas will have several units on hand for demos and test rides. The ride will be along a short section of the DeSoto Marina Trail. The staging area will be announced before the event. Participants MUST pre-register by contacting Ralph Butler, lead coordinator. Registrants will be given a time slot and should arrive 15 minutes early. Since parking and Segway Personal Transporters are limited, pre-registration is critical. Event is free.

Clinton to speak at 50th anniversary of Greers Ferry Dam dedication

Jill M. Rohrbach, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver remarks at the 50th anniversary of the Greers Ferry Dam Dedication set for 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 3 at the John F. Kennedy Overlook in Heber Springs.

The Army Corps of Engineers Greers Ferry Project Office is celebrating the anniversary of the dedication, made Oct. 3, 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. It was one of his last public appearances before his assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

At the original event, Kennedy said, “I know that 10 years from now, if we come back again, flying as we did over the land that we will see an even richer State, and I think you can take pride and satisfaction in what you have done.”

The benefits of the dam have, in fact, been substantial. It has provided flood control, recreation, power generation and water supply for those in the valley of the Little Red River. This resources’ annual value to the region is $1 million in flood damage prevention, $8 million in electricity revenue, seven million visitors to Greers Ferry Lake, and a boom in tourism revenue to the area.

Nestled in the Ozark foothills between Clinton and Heber Springs, Greers Ferry is among the state's five largest lakes. It is also tops in providing great fishing, water sports, boating and camping. The award-winning reservoir serves as the national model for environmental cleanliness. Corps of Engineers campgrounds and commercial parks are available, along with first-class lodging, lakeside resorts and fine restaurants. Shopping and historical sites are other attractions around the lake.

The Corps began construction in March of 1959. It took hundreds of workers and $46.5 million to build Greers Ferry Dam.

Clinton will give his remarks from the same podium used by Kennedy in the original dedication. Other speakers for the anniversary event include Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula. Just as it did 50 years ago, The 106th Army Band will perform.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to come early to view more than 25 exhibits, many of which showcase the history of Greers Ferry Dam and Lake. Park gates open at 9:30 a.m. The ceremony is planned to last one hour. The overlook is located just north of the dam.

Seating is limited so those attending should bring a lawn chair if possible. The Heber Springs Fire Department will shuttle anyone needing assistance from the parking area to the seating area. Additional parking is available at Dam Site Park Day Use Area with shuttle service provided to the ceremony site beginning at 9:30 a.m. Southwestern Entergy will provide free bottled water.

Current exhibitors include: the Army Corps of Engineers, the Arkansas National Guard, Southwestern Power Administration, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce, Greers Ferry Chamber of Commerce, Clinton Chamber of Commerce, GAR-BRO Manufacturing Company, U.S. Postal Service, Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Association, Heber Springs Fire Department, Save Greers Ferry Lake; Rotary Club of Cleburne County, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture-Cleburne County Extension, Cleburne County 4H, Arkansas State University-Heber Springs, South Fork Nature Center, Clinton Rotary, Clinton Advertising and Promotion Commission, artist Ellen Hobgood and author Karen Murphy.

Check out the fall color updates

How do I find out about Arkansas Foliage?

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism has a network of fall color spotters in every region updating weekly. This information is reported, and available by 5 p.m. Central Time each Thursday for nine weeks. Arkansas provides this information so travelers can make plans to see the foliage on the weekends. Reports are available by calling 1-800-NATURAL (answered live 24 hours a day) or (501) 682-7777 (normal business hours only). You can also order an Arkansas Vacation Planning Kit by calling either of these numbers. Check our Web site: for updates and a wealth of other travel information. And plan a stop at one of the 13 Arkansas State Welcome Centers.

What are the Fall Foliage Regions?

Foliage changes in these three regions are described: northwest/north central Arkansas (Ozarks), central Arkansas/Ouachita Mountains and southern/eastern Arkansas. We report specific areas and highways during peak color times.

Where are the Best Locations in Arkansas to see the brilliant hues of autumn?

The Natural State has a variety of scenic drives that afford great viewing. They are located all over the state and are denoted on the official Arkansas State Highway Map with a yellow highway symbol. Picturesque town squares; the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains; city, state and federal parks, plus the Ozark, St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests also provide terrific vantage points for viewing the oranges, reds, greens, yellows, and bronzes of fall.

Why Do Leaves Begin to Change?

There are three primary factors responsible for the color changing process in the fall. The first is how the leaves produce food. The leaves use sunlight via photosynthesis, carbon dioxide, water and other nutrients from the soil to provide the tree with food. The different trees’ leaves react differently and have different pigments including carotenoids (yellows and oranges), anthocyanin (deep reds to purples to blues) and chlorophyll (greens). Chlorophyll is the second factor. The shortened amount of sunlight in the days slows down the chemical change in the production of chlorophyll, which gives leaves their green color during spring and summer. When the days grow shorter, the chlorophyll lacks the sunlight needed so it breaks down into sugars allowing the red, yellow and orange hues to show through. The third and last factor that affects fall foliage is the weather.

How Does Weather Affect Fall Foliage?

Weather patterns during September and October (in Arkansas) are very important for fall foliage. Leaves produce sugars for food during the day but cooler temperatures at night keep these sugars from moving out of the leaves and into the tree, meaning warm days and cool nights at the beginning of fall are very good for production of red, yellow and orange colors.

When everything comes together at the same time, we enjoy a statewide outbreak of vibrant colors that are always present in one area or another each year. Most years, great color appears in different regions at various times in October and November, and knowing when makes the weekly updates valuable.

Does Rain Affect Fall Foliage?

Rainfall affects fall foliage because it provides us with healthy trees. A drier autumn helps keep the leaves intact on the trees. Sunny days and cool, crisp nights are the best weather conditions to produce fall colors. Frost and freezing conditions can destroy the colorful foliage.

When Do the Leaves Change?

Color change usually begins in the Ozarks of northern Arkansas in late September or early October. The trees in central Arkansas and the Ouachita mountain range of west central Arkansas are changing noticeably by early to mid-October. Southern and eastern Arkansas foliage usually begins changing during mid-October. But most people are more interested in the "peak" of color, the period of a week or so when the foliage in a particular area is at its best. Historically, the peak occurs during late October or early November in the Ozarks, early November in central and western Arkansas and early to mid-November in the southern and eastern regions. This is an average and varies from year-to-year.

What Trees Will I See?

Here’s a short list of foliage that changes early in Arkansas and the color(s) they are likely to display:

· Blackgum (red)
· Hickory (yellow)

· Sassafras (red, orange or yellow)

· Sweetgum (red, yellow or purple)
· Red Maple (red, yellow or orange)

· Dogwood (brownish red)

· Poison Ivy and Poison Oak (red)

· Sumac (red)

· Buckeye (red)

When Should I Go?

Foliage looks great shortly before peak, too. Never wait until the last minute to visit an area of outstanding color. Only fragile stems hold the colorful leaves onto the trees and wind, rain, hail or frost can bring an end to color in an area in a matter of hours. Plan to stay a few days and let the foliage serve as a backdrop for camping, hiking, canoeing, photography, scenic highway tours, craft fairs, fishing and other favorite autumn activities.

Support your performing artists October 5

Hot Springs Village is home to artists of all varieties, from musicians to painters, to photographers and writers. Explore these and other creative arts at the upcoming Showcase of the Arts, set for Saturday, Oct. 5. The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Center, is sponsored by the HSV Arts Council and the Ponce de Leon Center and is free to the public.

Performances and demonstrations will be held throughout the day.

Morning performances: Providence Quartet, Village Big Band, Hot Springs Village Players, Village Writers, Village Strings and Carousel Theater.

Afternoon performances: Village Men’s Chorus, PEO Singers, Village Writers, Village Strings, Carousel Theater, Crystal Chimes Chorus, Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild Scholarship Winners, Hot Springs Village Players and Village Chorale.

Demonstrations: Hot Springs Village Quilt Guild, Hot Springs Village Camera Club (which will be offering $5 headshots), Brush Strokes of Hot Springs Village, Village Art Club and Village Woodworkers.

Stop by and learn more about upcoming shows offered by the Hot Springs Village Concerts Association, Hot Springs Concert Band, Village Community Foundation, Kiwanis of Greater Hot Springs Village and the Woodlands Auditorium.

Melinda’s Coffee Corner will have a coffee bar with sweets available for purchase and Garrett Concessions will be offering plate lunches for purchase. The Woodlands Lobby Bar will have full bar sales available throughout the day and will feature a $1 wine special.

Register to win concert tickets, art, music CD’s and handmade toys.

For more information, call 501-922-4231.

I'll be at the Chorale booth at 10 a.m. and singing with the Chorale in the mid-afternoon.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday's Village paving schedule

Today, Thursday, September 26, Encantado Way will be closed for paving from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please avoid the roadway during this time.

In addition, the following roads will be resurfaced today, Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27: Caparoso Lane, Cervia Lane and Plana Place.

Signs will be posted and home owners in the area will be notified in advance of paving. Please remember to use caution around both machinery and crews and obey all flagger instructions to maintain proper traffic flow.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

John Denver walks, sings and smiles again

It’s hard to believe John Denver died in 1997; he would have been 70 on New Year’s Eve this year. He was only 53 when he passed.

There are many very talented singers paying tribute to John Denver including Villager Roy Rivers, but hands down Ted Vigil is the one that most closely resembles John Denver and sounds like him, too. Vigil is appearing this week as part of the Village Concerts’ Association series at the Woodlands Auditorium.

John Denver started off in folk music in the 1960’s with his hit Leaving on a Jet Plane, recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary. Vigil sang this and many of Denver’s signature songs including Rocky Mountain High, Take Me Home Country Roads, Annie’s Song and Sunshine on My Shoulders.

Vigil was backed up by a Portland band with keyboards and vocals, bass and a multi-talented string wiz playing guitar, fiddle and mandolin. The three band members were a perfect fit for this venue, not too loud.

The audience settled in for a high-energy performance by Vigil. Before too many songs Vigil had the audience singing along to the familiar choruses in the beloved Denver tunes. The audience also clapped along to the more foot-tapping numbers.

Tuesday nights are for the most adventurous Concerts’ Association members. The audience is the first to view the four night run. If the show is good or bad the opening night audience spreads the word and subsequent audiences reflect the spontaneous reviews. Subsequent audiences for this show will be SRO, standing room only. The price of admission is worth it just to see one of Vigil’s smiles, so reminiscent of Denver’s wide-mouth, show all your teeth smiles.

Denver wrote hundreds of songs in many different genres including folk, rock and country. Vigil’s show has something for everyone.

For those of you interested in learning more about Ted Vigil go to his website at Following the show his CD, Sing My Songs is available in the Woodlands’ lobby for $20.

For those of you wanting to get a subscription to the Concerts’ Association series including the John Denver Tribute, This Is The 60s, The Highwaymen, The Texas Tenors and Paganini, call Jim Berdahl at 922-6539. For tickets to just one show or to exchange tickets go to

Monday, September 23, 2013

Village paving schedule

The POA paving contractor will be resurfacing Hartura Way on Monday, Sept. 23 and Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Signs will be posted and home owners in the area will be notified in advance of paving. Please remember to use caution around both machinery and crews and obey all flagger instructions to maintain proper traffic flow.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Burn ban lifted

Garland County Judge Rick Davis has lifted the burn ban on Garland county due to the current rain event.

Weather update

Issued by The National Weather Service
Little Rock, AR

Fri, Sep 20, 2013, 11:10 AM CDT


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Village POA board votes

The Village POA board met Wednesday to vote on several items.

The board threw its full support behind the Village PRO-10 proposal allowing property owners to donate $10 a month to the POA projects budget. The plan is expected to pass next month and the paperwork for the $10 option will be a part of Villager’s annual renewal package.

The Mt. Carmel agreement was passed allowing the 14 Alzheimer’s units to be counted as one assessment.

The All Saints Anglican Church Developer’s Agreement outlining various responsibilities of both the developer and the POA passed.

The creation of the Health Services Ad Hoc Committee passed.

The Jump Start Resolution passed with director Jeff Atkins dissenting. This measure allows the POA to apply for Jump Start money for a denser-housing neighborhood near the Ponce de Leon Center. There were 8 entities applying the same funding.

Villagers interested in acquiring the AT&T U-verse service will want to attend the October 2 board meeting. AT&T will give a presentation on expanding services in the Village including U-verse.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

POA budget meeting

The Village POA board held the first in a series of open meetings Monday afternoon concerning the 2014 budget and the five year plan. This meeting addressed 2014 budget items for recreation, public works and administration. The audience and the board was reminded the process is fluid and items are still being added and eliminated from the written budget. One of administration’s sub-categories getting a lot of attention was the public relations budget of $500,000 for 2014.

There were audience complaints of spending so much for the same old same old in public relations and marketing. But, General Manager David Twiggs and PR and Marketing director Danette Botkin said there will be big changes in the department this year with a big emphasis on marketing unsold POA lots. Sales will become a big part of the marketing effort to bring new residents to the Village.

Twiggs also wants to introduce more allocations, drawing money from sources outside a line item and sometimes outside a department’s budget to finance certain projects. Dredging lakes from the public works budget was one of those items. Twiggs believes that the lakes operational budget is suffering from the overrun cost of dredging the lakes. Dredging would become an allocation with funding pulled from other sources, some within the public works department and some from outside. He said is was far more important to do a thorough job dredging with a team of workers instead of the one man show it had become. This winter Lake Coronado and Lake Isabella are scheduled for dredging. Twiggs would like to include Magellan Pond in the dredging this winter due to the connectivity of Lake Isabella and Magellan Pond.

The Village Lawn Bowling Club was present en masse to protest the re-surfacing of the lawn bowling green’s continuous elimination from the recreation budget. The re-surfacing was originally scheduled year’s ago at a cost of $100,000. The current estimated cost by club members is $70,000. Even with a drop in the cost the re-surfacing is not in the budget. Twiggs has promised a meeting with club officers to discuss this matter.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Earthquake over the weekend


Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 2.5
  • 15 Sep 2013 05:37:53 UTC
  • 15 Sep 2013 00:37:54 near epicenter
  • 14 Sep 2013 23:37:53 standard time in your timezone
Location 35.412N 92.412W
Depth 5 km
  • 5 km (3 miles) N (358 degrees) of Damascus, AR
  • 11 km (7 miles) N (6 degrees) of Twin Groves, AR
  • 12 km (8 miles) NW (324 degrees) of Guy, AR
  • 76 km (47 miles) N (354 degrees) of Little Rock, AR
  • 406 km (252 miles) SSW (209 degrees) of St. Louis, MO
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 3.2 km; Vertical 3.0 km
Parameters Nph = 24; Dmin = 18.1 km; Rmss = 0.34 seconds; Gp = 46°
Version = 5
Event ID us c000jurl 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Immediate weather warning

400 PM CDT THU SEP 12 2013







Wednesday, September 11, 2013

More rabid bats in Garland County

A bat collected on James Street in Hot Springs late last week and a bat submitted early this week both tested positive for rabies, raising the county-wide rabies case count to 17.

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

Tomorrow/s Village paving schedule

The POA paving contractor will be resurfacing the following roads on Thursday, Sept. 12: Romano Lane and Hartura Way.

Signs will be posted and home owners in the area will be notified in advance of paving. Please remember to use caution around both machinery and crews and obey all flagger instructions to maintain proper traffic flow.

The Fantasticks at The Five Star Theatre is very, very good

How can the world’s longest running musical be unfamiliar to so many living right now? I can barely explain why I’d never seen The Fantasticks before. My theatrical experiences have leaned toward big production numbers and flashy sets. The simplicity of The Fantasticks is sweet and endearing.

The Fantasticks, now playing at the Five Star Theatre in Hot Springs is in fact the longest running musical in the world. Part of the reason for the success of its longevity is it can be performed anywhere with a bare wood floor, a cardboard moon, a talented cast, a little magic and imagination. The Five Star Theatre has all of those ingredients to make a successful run of The Fantasticks every Friday and Saturday night from now through October 26. In addition to a memorable show patrons enjoy a wonderful dinner provided by The Porterhouse and Belle Arti.

The bare wood floor is an elevated stage set for every one to see from anywhere in the house. The cardboard moon makes its appearance several times throughout the show. The talented cast surprised me with its consistency, all standout performances, no weak link. The magic was definitely there and I brought my imagination with me as did all the other audience members.

If you don’t know it already, the number one rule when seeing musical theater, or opera for that matter, is to leave your sense of reality at the front door. We don’t go through life singing at the drop of the hat, especially with a deep sense of introspection, so let go and have fun while watching.

The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. The show's original off-Broadway production ran 42 years, yes, 42 years with 17,162 performances. There are about 250 new productions of the musical around the world every year in the United States and 67 other countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. This production is produced by Stacey Castlebury and directed by Elaine Bankston.

The simple story of The Fantasticks involves two fathers wanting to combine their adjoining lands by arranging for their children to marry without knowing it is an arranged marriage. They use the reverse psychology of no by constructing an imaginary wall separating the two properties and an imaginary feud to keep the children apart. Add in an abduction and a rescue for comic relief. The forbidden is so tempting the plan works until the daughter and son discover the truth. Eventually, true love finds a way and the couple comes back together to unite the families for good.

The Fantasticks has one song that is recognizable to most everyone even if the overall musical is not, Try to Remember, no I’m not quizzing you, Try to Remember is the title of the song. The show starts with this number in this case sung by the incredibly talented Ken Goodman. Many of you have seen Goodman perform at his Vienna Theatre and at the Woodlands. He has a booming baritone that has nuance when loud and soft. Goodman appears as the narrator, bandit El Gallo. El Gallo means cocky person. Jerry Orbach originated the role in 1960. The character of El Gallo is the glue that holds the production together and Goodman has the notes and charisma to easily accomplish this task. After appearing in The Fantasticks Goodman will be transformed into Daddy Warbucks for the Village Players production of Annie this November and will perform in his Christmas show at the Five Star Theatre in December.

The mute dancer weaves her way through the show handing out a few simple props while advancing the action. Kodie Brown and Elizabeth Soleder share this role. It is thankless and invisible. When at its best the performance is not noticed it just keeps the flow going and in this production the goal is accomplished admirably.

The two fathers step up and hatch their plans with the delightfully funny Never Say No. Both men are strong tenors and good character actors. Mark Maddux plays Bellamy, Louisa’s father. He brings humor and chemistry to the role. The chemistry is with fellow father actor Thomas Cooper as Matt’s father, Huckabee. Cooper doubles his roles as Henry, one of the actor/bandits. Both men hold their own with these supporting characters.

Natalie Williams appears as the daughter, Luisa. The OBU sophomore has accumulated a lot of musical theater credits at this point and I am sure local audiences will see a lot more of her before she graduates and heads into her professional career as a composer/performer. Williams voice is that of a lyric soprano, high and electric. The character of Luisa calls for naivete and growth into maturity. Williams does both quite well.

Timothy Cooper is the affable Matt. Cooper’s interpretation of Matt very much reminds me of another 60's era character Chuck Baxter from Promises Promises. Another role originated by Jerry Orbach. He is sweet, insecure and lovable. He has a good singing voice and holds his own in the standout cast. He is working with his real life father as his stage father and his real life uncle as the choreographer of the show, Edmond Cooper.

The unsung hero of this production was the keyboard player hidden away in an elevated section of the theater, Janice Maddux. Maddux did a phenomenal job with a tough score. She deserves many kudos.

My recommendation is to run not walk to your computer and get your tickets for a Friday or Saturday night from now through October 26 at You can also call (501) 318-1600 for reservations. The Five Star Theatre is at 701 Central Avenue in historic downtown Hot Springs.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Re-paving schedule for Wednesday

The POA paving contractor will be resurfacing the following roads on Wednesday, Sept. 11: Los Lagos Way, Ligadura Lane, Nudo Lane and Cuerda Way.

Signs will be posted and home owners in the area will be notified in advance of paving. Please remember to use caution around both machinery and crews and obey all flagger instructions to maintain proper traffic flow.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Paving schedule for tomorrow

The Village POA paving contractor will be resurfacing the following roads on Tuesday, Sept. 10: Asturias Lane, Tortoso Lane, Caribe Lane, South Caslas Lane, Ibi Lane, Country Club Drive, and Los Lagos Way.

Signs will be posted and home owners in the area will be notified in advance of paving. Please remember to use caution around both machinery and crews and obey all flagger instructions to maintain proper traffic flow.

Very recent shake


Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 2.3
  • 9 Sep 2013 21:13:56 UTC
  • 9 Sep 2013 16:13:57 near epicenter
  • 9 Sep 2013 15:13:56 standard time in your timezone
Location 35.408N 92.400W
Depth 1 km
  • 19 km (11 mi) N of Greenbrier, Arkansas
  • 35 km (21 mi) N of Conway, Arkansas
  • 59 km (36 mi) NW of Cabot, Arkansas
  • 60 km (37 mi) N of Maumelle, Arkansas
  • 74 km (45 mi) N of Little Rock, Arkansas
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.8 km; Vertical 1.4 km
Parameters Nph = 20; Dmin = 6.3 km; Rmss = 0.14 seconds; Gp = 86°
Version = A
Event ID nm 090913d 

Another trembler


Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 2.4
  • 9 Sep 2013 17:27:18 UTC
  • 9 Sep 2013 12:27:19 near epicenter
  • 9 Sep 2013 11:27:18 standard time in your timezone
Location 35.410N 92.400W
Depth 1 km
  • 19 km (11 mi) N of Greenbrier, Arkansas
  • 35 km (21 mi) N of Conway, Arkansas
  • 59 km (36 mi) NW of Cabot, Arkansas
  • 60 km (37 mi) N of Maumelle, Arkansas
  • 74 km (45 mi) N of Little Rock, Arkansas
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.8 km; Vertical 1.4 km
Parameters Nph = 18; Dmin = 6.3 km; Rmss = 0.13 seconds; Gp = 86°
Version = A
Event ID nm 090913c 

Road money

U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1) and Tim Griffin (AR-2) announced the state will receive a $4,960,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to resurface sections of Highway 92 and replace two weight restricted bridges.

“Investing in our infrastructure is a common-sense way we can attract and expand business in our state,” Pryor said. “This significant injection of funds will allow us to make the upgrades and improvements we need to keep transportation safe and efficient in Arkansas.”

“Upgrades to our transportation infrastructure are vital for Arkansas's continued economic development. As Arkansas grows, our infrastructure must keep pace. This grant will improve this stretch of highway which will help lead to long-term job creation in the surrounding communities,” said Boozman.

“Arkansas’s highways are the arteries of commerce that bring jobs and economic activity to our state. As a Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I will continue fighting for cost-effective ways such as these TIGER Grants to continue maintaining and growing Arkansas’s critical transportation network,” said Crawford.

“Modern infrastructure is critically important for growing our economy and these funds will help modernize a key route in Conway and Van Buren Counties,” Griffin said.

This $4,960,000 grant comes from the Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant program that invests in transportation projects that will have a significant economic impact on the region and nation.

NPCC career day

National Park Community College is hosting the annual Career Day event Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, for more than 700 area high school seniors. Each year this event provides the opportunity for local juniors and seniors from the seven local school districts, as well local Christian schools, to visit with about 75 representatives from various colleges, universities, and businesses.

Career Day is a great resource for students making the decision of where to further their education. This event is being held in the NPCC gym and the community is welcome to attend. For more information contact Holly Garrett Miller at 501.760.4364.

Vendors and schools participating in this event include:

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Arkansas Job Corps-Outreach, Admissions and Career Transitions Services
Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University at Beebe
Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas Workforce Centers
Baptist Health Schools Little Rock
Centerpoint High School
Central Baptist College
Cossatot Community College
Cottey College
Harding University
Henderson State University
Henderson State University-School of Business
Henderson State University-Teachers College
Hendrix College
Hot Springs Beauty College
Imagine Paul Mitchell School
Louisiana Tech University
Lyon College
Mercy Hospital
National Park Medical Center
National Park Community College Talent Search
National Park Community College Workforce Aerospace
Philander Smith College
South Arkansas University Tech
Southern Arkansas University
U.S Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army
U.S. Naval Academy
U.S. Navy Reserve
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
University of Arkansas-Monticello
University of Central Arkansas
University of Central Arkansas
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Williams Baptist College