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Shoe company laying off 56 in Hot Springs


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A shoe company says more than half its workforce at a Hot Springs manufacturing facility will be laid off, leaving 56 people out of work.

Munro & Co. says the first round of layoffs will happen in June with a second round occurring in July. The company produces the Munro American line of women's footwear and also imports shoes.

Last year, Munro & Co. closed its Mount Ida facility, putting 85 people out of work.

CEO Bruce Munro says the company has moved some operations to the Dominican Republic to remain competitive.

The Sentinel Record reports (http://bit.ly/1qTuNuP ) that after the layoffs, Munro will have 80 employees at its Hot Springs facilities, which include administrative positions. The company will also have more than 120 workers at its Clarksville plant.

Hot Springs shoe manufacturer reducing workforce


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Bruce Munro, Chief Executive Officer of Munro & Company, a domestic shoe manufacturer and importer headquartered in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has announced that the company will be permanently reducing its workforce at their Lake Catherine Footwear facility in Hot Springs over the next six months.

Approximately 56 employees will be affected by the permanent layoffs. The first separations are expected to take place no sooner than June 16, 2014, with a second round of separations in July, 2014. It is expected that by September 2014 the company's Lake Catherine facility will employ approximately 30 employees. An estimated 11 jobs will be transferred to the Company's Clarksville, Arkansas facility.

Munro said, "Economic forces in the international shoe industry have forced us to move some components of our operations to the Dominican Republic to remain competitive."

Ouachita Composers Symposium to feature student compositions April 21

Ouachita Composers Symposium to feature student compositions April 21

Several students at Ouachita Baptist University will present their original music compositions on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s Francis McBeth Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The Composers Symposium, which has been part of the OBU music program for more than 50 years, offers students the opportunity to hear their musical works come to life. Different groups within the Division of Music, including choir members and instrumentalists, will perform the pieces created by their peers.

“As a senior, this year’s symposium means a lot to me,” said Kassie Coleman, a senior music composition major from Hot Springs, Ark. “This will be a great opportunity for my instrumentalists to perform for an audience... Read More

HSU leases building in downtown Hot Springs

HSU leases building in downtown Hot Springs

ARKADELPHIA , Ark. (HSU) – Henderson State University today announced it has leased the Landmark Building in downtown Hot Springs where it will offer upper level courses towards degrees in business and education. The building at 201 Market St. will house several traditional classrooms, seminar rooms, a computer lab, and office space for the director and faculty.

“We have been working towards this for many years, but were unable to make it happen until we got the state appropriation in support of this initiative,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Henderson.

The development extends the partnership with National Park Community College, and brings Henderson’s presence to downtown Hot Springs.

“The ability to lease a building and hire a director has turned our efforts from just a ‘hope and dream’ to a reality,” Sommer said. “This is a very exciting time for both Henderson and the Hot Springs community.

Magic Springs opens for 2014 season


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One of Arkansas' most popular tourist spots is back open for business in Hot Springs!

Saturday morning, Magic Springs opened for the 2014 season, and thousands of people came through the gates for the nearly two dozen attractions and rides. For the next four weekend, admission will be $15, and Crystal Falls—the water park—opens next month.

The park plans on opening a new attraction soon.

"We have a new attraction that's coming in just a couple of weeks. Not quite ready, but we're going to roll out Sky Shark in a couple of weeks, and it's going to be one of our newest, tallest thrill attractions we're going to have in the park," revealed Dana Whisenhunt, marketing manager.

Learn more about Magic Springs at magicsprings.com.


Garland, Saline counties to see lane closures

Garland, Saline counties to see lane closures

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Work on Highway 70 will require lane closures in Garland and Saline counties between Hot Springs and Interstate 30, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be performing pavement testing in preparation for widening Highway 70. The closures will be weekdays, Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using cones and flaggers.

The closures will begin on the eastbound lane at Hot Springs just east of the Hot Springs Bypass and continue to I-30. Once testing is complete on the eastbound lane, crews will perform work on the westbound lane, beginning at I-30 and moving toward Hot Springs.

Prescribed fire notice for Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Prescribed fire notice for Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

UNADTED (USDA) - National forest fire managers are currently conducting prescribed burns in areas across the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. 

Prescribed burns expected to occur today, Friday, April 11, 2014 include:

Ouachita National Forest:

Jessieville/Winona/Fourche                                       

Garland County

Vicinity:  Fannie                                                          

Acres: 699