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First downtown “game plan” meeting scheduled for Mon., March 31

First downtown “game plan” meeting scheduled for Mon., March 31

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (GHSCC) – The first of a scheduled four hearings by the downtown Hot Springs “Game Plan” Task Force will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 31 in the Board of Directors Chambers at Hot Springs City Hall.   The panel will hear presentations from City Manager David Watkins, Fire Chief Ed Davis, Deputy City Manager Bill Burrough, Chief Building Official Mike Scott, Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce President Jim Fram and Visit Hot Springs CEO, Steve Arrison.

The meeting is open to the public and will be televised on the city’s public access Resort Cable Channel 12.  Questions, comments or suggestions from the public may be submitted in writing at the meetings or via a blog set up at the City of Hot Springs web site.  Go to  hotsprings.net and choose City Blog under the Our Community tab.  

The nine community leaders who make up the task force are:

Former attorney, brother wanted in 2012 shooting death

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A former Hot Springs attorney and her brother are both facing charges in the death of a man in 2012.

Saline County prosecutor Ken Cassidy was appointed special prosecutor. Saline County deputy prosecutor Brian Clary told THV 11 the warrants for Andrea Davis and her brother Matthew were issued Monday afternoon.

The warrant for Andrea is for one count of manslaughter and use of a communication device, both felonies. For Matthew the warrant is for one count of manslaughter.

My Town Hero: Bonita Garrabrant

My Town Hero: Bonita Garrabrant

DEWITT, Ark. (KTHV) – Leysa Lowery believes Bonita Garrabrant is the epitome of a town hero. 

According to Lowery, Garrabrant works tirelessly to help the homeless; feeds the hungry; finds clothes, furniture, housing for those in need; and talks to teens who are lost and need someone to listen.  When she’s not helping people in Hot Springs, she’s off to Africa to help those in need there.  She does all of it while also caring for a teenage son.

Garrabrant is also very active in her church, but Lowery was quick to point out that she’s not the typical Christian.  Garrabrant’s husband is a tattoo artist; she has plenty of ink herself and shows her faith through her heart and spirit. 

“Bonita is one of a kind,” said Lowery. “I know I’m only touching the surface of this amazing woman – she’s unique, an original.”


Meeting scheduled to update AHTD bicycle, pedestrian plan

Meeting scheduled to update AHTD bicycle, pedestrian plan

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has announced it will hold a series of Public Involvement Meetings across the state to obtain input from the public as it works to update the Arkansas State Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Legends Room of the Jack Stephens Center (UALR Trojans basketball arena) on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A formal presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will focus on Central Arkansas issues.

The second meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Sam’s Club Community Room of the Arvest Ballpark (enter through front gate) in Springdale. A formal presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will focus on West and Northwest Arkansas issues.

Filming of documentary to begin in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Filming of a documentary on the town of Hot Springs' role in the beginnings of spring baseball is scheduled to begin later this week.

The film, "The First Boys of Spring," is due to start shooting Thursday.

Emmy-winning documentarian Larry Foley is shooting the film, which will document the town's role as the birthplace of spring baseball in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Officials with the Hot Springs Convention Center plan to show a trailer of the documentary to kick off filming, as well as artwork and posters for the film.

Woman escapes custody in Garland County

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Police are still searching for a female inmate who escaped custody last week in Garland County.

Deputy Scott Hinojosa said that Mandy Rose Cavanaugh, 25, was put into custody by circuit court bailiffs for contempt of court March 18.

Just after 4 p.m., the bailiffs were escorting inmates from the circuit courtroom to the Garland County Detention Center when Cavanaugh slipped out of her handcuffs and ran to a black Chevy pickup. She then jumped in the bed of the truck and fled the scene.

Hinojosa said the truck was being driven by Cavanaugh's husband Sean Michael Dickson, 32. The truck has the license plate 334 SFC.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Mandy Cavanaugh and Sean Dickson, they are asked to call 911 or our anonymous tip line at 501-622-3674.

Hearings set for third Hot Springs murder trial

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A hearing in a third murder trial for Randy Gay is set to begin Monday.

Gay is accused of killing 49-year-old Connie Snow, of Hot Springs, and allegedly dumped her body in the Ouachita National Forest in May 2011.


Criminal history of Randy Gay

This trial had originally been set for August 2013 but was delayed until April. A motion hearing is scheduled for Monday morning in Garland County Court.

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