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Public asked to implement voluntary water conservation measures

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (May 11, 2015) – Hot Springs Municipal Utilities customers are asked to implement voluntary water conservation measures over the next few days, following a severe weather event last night and into the early morning involving large amounts of rainfall.

Extended periods of heavy rain can stir up sedimentation in the river and lake. The resulting turbidity at the Ouachita Treatment Plant intake site can make it difficult to filter the raw water for the treatment process. Collective voluntary water conservation efforts can help minimize the impact on the city's water system during extreme weather events.

Water customers can help by taking voluntary measures such as limiting shower length, postponing washing clothes, and identifying and repairing leaks in faucets and toilets. Private and commercial customers with irrigation timers can check to be sure the timers are off during rainy periods.

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Update: Last buffalo secured but later found deceased

HOT SPRINGS – As a final update to the six buffalo that escaped a Shady Grove Road farm on April 16, the sixth and final buffalo was found yesterday in the early evening hours by its owner, Tony Bettis.

The buffalo, a female with the gentlest behavior of the six, was in the corral set up by the owner in the same Whispering Hills area where the other buffalo had been sighted for the last few weeks. The corral was stocked with food in an effort to attract the animal. However, this morning when the owner went to the corral to check on the animal, it was found to be deceased.

The buffalo that was hit by a car on the day that the six escaped was returned to the owner's farm but passed away a few days later. Another buffalo was found deceased in a ravine last week by the owner, leaving three buffalo that have survived.

Update: Water service restored, but boil order still in effect for Crystal Springs area

HOT SPRINGS – Municipal Utilities crews restored water service to the Crystal Springs area at approximately 3 p.m. today, but a boil order is still in effect for residents and businesses on the following streets: North Crystal Springs Road, Dogget Drive, Crystal Place, Cordell Drive, Cordell Terrace, Dudley Circle, Kelso Lane, Cordell Trail, Cordell Court, Hickory Nut Mountain Road, Crystal Campground Road and Safari Way.

The boil order was issued this morning following a water main which was washed away due to flooding during last night's heavy rainfall. The area, mostly residential, involves less than 100 utility customer addresses.

Water park opens Saturday at Magic Springs

Water park opens Saturday at Magic Springs

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Cash prize for tagged fish in Hot Springs

Cash prize for tagged fish in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas Game and Fish is awarding cash prizes to those who catch a fish and return their tag. 

According to Arkansas Game and Fish, staff member Andrew H. Hulsey Hatchery recently tagged and released 60 sport fish of various species in Lake Catherine and Lake Hamilton as part of Visit Hot Springs' annual Hot Springs Fishing Challenge. 

People who catch a tagged fish is asked to return the tag in exchange for a cash prize. The amount will range from $500 to $10,000. 

One fish was caught the first weekend in May and was worth $5,000. 

Visit the Hot Springs website for more information. 

One of the rogue buffalo found dead

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - One of the rogue buffalo on the loose in Hot Springs was found dead on Tuesday.

City officials say the owner found the buffalo dead in a ravine near the neighborhood where it was last seen roaming.

The owners are hopeful the last buffalo will be enticed into an open cage they've left with food inside.

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Update: Two buffalo still loose in Hot Springs

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run near Hot Springs

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas State Police are currently investigating a hit-and-run incident that happened in Garland County.

According to police reports, Jennifer Willett, 36, of Hot Springs, was hit and killed by an unknown vehicle on Highway 270 near Henning Lane just after midnight Thursday.

Apparently Willett was walking along the northbound shoulder of the highway when the vehicle crossed over on the shoulder and struck her before continuing westbound.

A suspect has not been named.