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BNPD in full force for month of March

BNPD in full force for month of March

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Speeding might be a small concern for some travelers, but for the Benton Police Department, it's a problem that needs to be handled. 

The Benton Police Department is constantly creating new ways to ensure the safety of those they were hired to protect. A new initiative they are conducting is “NØ Need to Speed.” Throughout the month of March, Benton officers will be out in full force to make sure motorists are maintaining the appropriate speed limits, especially within school zones. 

Not only will officers be raising awareness to speeding in a school zones, but they also want to make it known that it is illegal to use a cell phone while passing a school building. According to state law (House Bill 1049), it is illegal for a driver of a motor vehicle to use a handheld wireless telephone while passing a school zone during school hours and when children are present.

ASMSA hosts annual science fair

ASMSA hosts annual science fair

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is holding the West Central Regional Science Fair and Senior Research Symposium during the last full week of February.

The Science Fair and Research Symposium is the culmination of almost a year-long project for ASMSA students. Every ASMSA student must complete a Fundamentals in Research Methods (FIRM) project during their senior year. They begin working on the project during the second semester of their junior year. Students may pick a STEM or humanities emphasis for their project.

Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - From February 1 to February 17, officers with the Benton Police Department have made 11 DWI arrests. 

As part of the "Be Someone's Sweetheart and Rethink Your Drink" initiative, Benton police are trying their best to keep intoxicated drivers off city streets. 

According to the Benton Police Department, every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. In Arkansas in 2013, of the 499 fatality accidents, 41 percent – 203 fatality accidents - involved alcohol and/or drugs.

The most current arrests include:

Board to look at Oaklawn parking lot proposal


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The city of Hot Springs and Oaklawn are at odds over parking.

THV11 spoke with Oaklawn representatives and residents about what they thought about the empty lot on Alpine and Bell streets possibly becoming a parking lot.

"It's going to be all parking lot, it really makes an eye sore for us."

Those are the words that some neighbors around Oaklawn are saying about the new empty lot that could become a parking lot for the track.

With the rezoning request that will be heard by the Hot Springs Board of Directors, some people don't want a parking lot there. They say it could be dangerous crossing busy Central Avenue on race day.

What's next for Judge Wade Naramore?


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A community is now showing concern about the fate of one of their own, Judge Wade Naramore.

"I do feel sorry for the family,” said Roberta Joseph, Hot Springs resident. "I'm just glad there's an answer."

After six months of waiting, a decision regarding Judge Naramore was announced on Thursday, February 11. 

“Negligent homicide is what the facts fit,” said Scott Ellington, special prosecuting attorney in this case.

Hot Springs residents react to Naramore's charges


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After nearly seven months, a decision was made on Thursday regarding charges of a circuit court judge whose child died from being left in a hot car in July of 2015. 

Once the arrest warrant was issued for Judge Wade Naramore, THV11's Marlisa Goldsmith went to McClard's Bar-B-Q in Hot Springs to find out the residents' opinions. At McClard’s, you would be hard pressed to find a person who did not know about Wade Naramore. 

Roberta Joseph asked, “Who hasn’t?”

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington discusses Naramore's charge

New fellowship emphasizes summer service learning project

New fellowship emphasizes summer service learning project

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — A new fellowship at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will assist students conducting summer service learning projects, benefitting their home communities.

The ASMSA Trustees’ Service Fellowship is awarded to a rising senior each year. The student selected for the fellowship will receive a $600 grant toward their service project. The project must be completed during the summer between their junior and senior year at ASMSA. The student will give a public presentation on their project during their senior year.