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ASMSA director participates in Cooke Foundation summit

ASMSA director participates in Cooke Foundation summit

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (ASMSA) - Corey Alderdice, director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, joined school leaders and experts from across the country last week at a summit focusing on the disparity in academic performance between lower-income and higher-income students at advanced levels.

“Closing the Excellence Gap: Advocating for High-Achieving, Low-Income Students” was a two-day summit hosted by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on Feb. 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The Cooke Foundation in a nonprofit organization that offers the largest scholarships in the country to high-performing students who have financial need.

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Controlled burn scheduled for Hot Springs National Park

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Hot Springs National Park and the National Park Service are planning to conduct a prescribed fire.

The controlled burn will happen Sat., Feb. 14 on 12 acres of park service land east of Pullman Avenue, weather permitting. Trails in and near the burn area will be closed.

The National Park Service is asking the public to stay away from the area where the burn is happening for safety reasons.

Firefighter injured in Lake Hamilton condominium fire

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A fire broke out at the Stoneridge Condominiums on Long Island Drive in Hot Springs around 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Both the Hot Springs Fire Department and the Lake Hamilton Fire Department were on the scene.

According to Carlton Scott at the Hot Springs Fire Department, a firefighter from the Lake Hamilton Fire Department was transported to a hospital for injuries.

The extent of his injuries are not known at this time.

No one else was injured in the fire, and a cause has not yet been determined.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department issued a missing person report Tuesday for Michael Ray Isbell.

Isbell, 48, of Benton was last seen Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. at the Birch Tree Organization located at 1502 Mary Kay Lane. According to reports, Isbell has been diagnosed with a mental illness that could possibly impair his judgment. 

He is believed to still be in central Arkansas. Isbell is described as standing six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white sweater, dark jacket, tennis shoes and blue jeans when he allegedly walked away from his volunteer job. 

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Hearing scheduled in Kevin Duck murder trial

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After two delays, there is a chance the trial of Kevin Duck in the 2011 murder of Dawna Natzke could begin Monday.

Kevin Duck, accused in Dawna Natzke murder, out of jail

Duck is accused of killing a Hot Springs Village dispatcher, and then dumping her body in the Ouachita National Forest. He is already serving six years for probation violations out of Hot Spring County.

His Garland County trial was pushed from August to November last year, and then to Monday, Feb. 8, 2015.

Duck has pleaded not guilty.

Oaklawn's increase in purses good news for Hot Springs tourism

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Oaklawn Racing and Gaming announced on Thursday that it will be increasing its live racing purses for the current season.

According to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, the change is great news for Hot Springs tourism.

"Oaklawn is already off to a great start this year," Arrison said, "and the increase in purses will greatly enhance the tourism impact for Hot Springs. Bigger purses mean better horses, and better horses mean more people will visit the city, its lodging and restaurants as part of their Oaklawn experience."

Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - It has been one year since she was named the Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year, and model Faith Laureles is still in shock.

“I still can't believe it,” she said about winning the recognition.

Since receiving the Model of the Year award in Baton Rouge, Laureles was also named the Little Rock Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year last summer and has embarked on a modeling career that continues to surprise her.

With an interest in the fashion industry, Laureles participated in the casting call in 2014 when her mother, Amy Laureles, was looking for a different experience for her daughter. Once announced as the Model of the Year, Laureles was able to advance her modeling career with a contract with talent agency, Oneofakind Talent Inc. The high school sophomore has strolled runways for LRFW, New Orleans Fashion Week, has been featured in photo shoots and has become the face of the second annual OBRFW and seventh annual LRFW.