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Improvements to Highway 270 will require lane closure

Improvements to Highway 270 will require lane closure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AHTD) Improvements to Highway 270 (Albert Pike Road) will require a lane closure in Hot Springs, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be resurfacing Highway 270 (Albert Pike Road) at the intersection of Thornton Ferry Road, just west of Lake Hamilton.  The work will require closing the eastbound outside lane on Highway 270 at that location.

The lane closure will be Thursday, August 14th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

Bank of Little Rock Mortgage adds new branch in Hot Springs

Bank of Little Rock Mortgage adds new branch in Hot Springs


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (BLRM) — Bank of Little Rock Mortgage (BLRM) has opened a new branch in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The location will offer services to homebuyers, people looking to refinance or customers interested in home equity loans.

“I’m very excited to be joining BLRM,” said Gary Westerman, Hot Springs branch manager. “We are bringing experienced residential lending and great customer service to this community. The entire county and surrounding areas will experience the mortgage loan experience, from application to closing as it should be. Communication, service, and results are our commitment to our realtor partners and clients.”

The branch is located at 1401 Malvern Avenue in Suite 110. To celebrate the grand opening of the new branch, Westerman announced that BLRM will offer free appraisals for customers through the month of September.

My Town Hero: Program helping children become better readers

My Town Hero: Program helping children become better readers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – One man in Little Rock has started a program designed to help children become better readers. Second Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock started the MLK Reads program a year ago with the help of Minister Chris Ellis.

"We looked around and felt that third grade reading levels were connected to drop out rates, poverty rates, and incarceration,” explained Ellis. "We didn't want to just put a Band-aid on something. We wanted to get to the root causes."

According to a recent report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, about 16 percent of children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade do not graduate from high school on time. That number rose to 35 percent for children who were also poor, putting them at a major disadvantage when it comes to their education.

Magic Springs season extends to include weekends in September

Magic Springs season extends to include weekends in September

Magic Springs Water and Theme Park will extend its season beyond its normal closing date. The last days of the regular season will be Monday, September 1 and Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7. 

The water park will reopen for weekends only, beginning Sunday, September 14, Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, and the final weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the park will be reduced to $15 per person for the extended dates.

Regular general admission to the park before September 11 starts at $29.99. Children 3 years of age and younger receive free admission. Complete pricing information can be found at the park’s website, magicsprings.com, or by calling 501-624-0100.

Study: Hot Springs visitors spent $523M in 2013

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A study by a tourism research company shows visitors to Hot Springs spent more than $520 million last year.

The Sentinel-Record reports (http://bit.ly/1osyLwz) senior vice president Michael Erdman of Longwoods International presented the company's report Monday at the Hot Springs Convention Center. About 4.9 million trips were taken to Hot Springs in 2013. That includes 2 million overnight trips and 2.9 million day trips.

Erdman says overnight visitors spent money in lodging and food, while daytime tourists use money for shopping.

CEO Steve Arrison of Visit Hot Springs says it's been more than a decade since the group requested an industry analysis on the central Arkansas city.

Arraignment scheduled for Hot Springs murder suspect

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - In Hot Springs, a plea and arraignment hearing is expected for one of the two parolees charged with killing 26-year-old Mayela Mata and seriously injuring her 20-month-old daughter.

Steven Swanigan has been in jail since May, charged with capital murder after allegedly going to Mata's apartment and shooting Mata, her child, and another man on April 30 at an apartment complex on Springwood Road.

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Swanigan surrendered after police surrounded his apartment a week later.

Hearing scheduled Monday for 2012 double stabbing

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Monday in Hot Springs for a brutal 2012 stabbing attack that left a woman dead and her boyfriend badly hurt.

Fielding Kimery, 40, is accused of killing 21-year-old Latisha Pilgrim and nearly killing 42-year-old Armen Crawford and allegedly throwing acid in the victim's faces before repeatedly stabbing them.

STORY: Man in custody after Hot Springs double stabbing (http://on.kthv.com/1sDWEzm)

Kimery faces life in prison without parole and has been charged with one count of first degree murder, one count of first degree criminal attempt at murder, and one count of first degree battery.