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AHTD suspends some projects due to uncertainty in funding

AHTD suspends some projects due to uncertainty in funding

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has withdrawn ten construction projects from its planned list of projects scheduled for award in April as a result of the uncertainty of Federal-aid reimbursements available from the Federal Highway Trust Fund.  

The United State Department of Transportation has projected that the Federal Highway Trust Fund will run short of funds as early as July of this year without Congressional action.  Because of this uncertainty, the AHTD has evaluated State and Federal funding that will be available and reduced the number of construction projects planned because of the possible inability of the Federal Highway Trust Fund to provide timely and full reimbursements to Arkansas.

The ten Federal-aid projects that have been pulled from the Department’s April bid letting total approximately $60 million and include:

Chicot – Hwy 165; Rehabilitation of 4.3 miles

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Let us help you with your yard sale!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Having a yard/rummage/garage sale? We want to help!

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$450 raised for Mountain Pine Elementary School

$450 raised for Mountain Pine Elementary School

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (MPE)  – Tim Parker Chrysler helped raise $450 in funding for Mountain Pine Elementary School with Chrysler brand’s Drive for the Kids® program. The fundraising event was held on Thursday, February 27th in conjunction with the school Parents Meeting.

“Drive for the Kids is a mutually beneficial program. We are pleased to support our local schools, and enjoy demonstrating a terrific, world class product,” said Shannon Carr, Manager of the Southwest Business Center for Chrysler Group LLC. “Parents are genuinely interested in testing our 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with all of the advanced safety, technology, and economy features, and we are happy to help raise extra dollars for the school. Drive for the Kids allows us the opportunity to work together for the kids and everyone has a great time!” 

Hot Springs OKs condemnation of Majestic Hotel

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - City leaders in Hot Springs have approved the condemnation of the Majestic Hotel building that was destroyed in a fire last month.

The move Tuesday by the Hot Springs Board of Directors allows the city to request the full demolition of the remainder of the historic hotel. The complex was partially razed for safety reasons after the Feb. 27-28 fire.

The Sentinel-Record reports that rubble from the building has been piled along Park Avenue since the fire. The condemnation resolution approved Tuesday allows the city to re-enter the site and remove the remaining debris, if necessary.

Authorities say they don't know for sure what caused the fire at the abandoned hotel, but the fire chief says the blaze may have been started by a homeless person or "urban explorer."

Hot Springs board votes to condemn part of Majestic Hotel

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Action is being taken to clean up a historic hotel after a fire ripped through part of it. Tuesday night, the Hot Springs Board of Directors voted to condemn part of the Majestic Hotel.

"I don't think you can do it 30 days. I don't it can be done," said Ray Owens Jr. as he was making a closing argument to buy more time for his client.

Owens is representing the owner of the Majestic Hotel, Gary Hassenflu.

"I know that if you started with trucks immediately tomorrow morning trying to haul the debris off, it probably isn't going to be done in 30 days."

City attorney Brian Albright said it doesn't have to be completely cleaned up in that timeframe, but they need to get started on removing the debris and the safety hazard.

He said, "It's very important to get it cleaned up for the health, safety, and welfare of people."

GCSO looking for clues in 2012 murder

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – The Garland County Sheriff's Office is looking into the 2012 murder of a Pearcy man.

According to investigators, 45-year-old Frank Huneycutt was found March, 29, 2012 at his home on Addison Road; police believe he had been dead for around five days before he was found by a friend who had been trying to contact him for several days.

"There were no immediate signs of foul play and the extended period that Mr. Huneycutt had been deceased did not offer visible signs of trauma," GCSD Lt. James "Corky" Martin said during the initial investigation.

According to deputies, Huneycutt had been shot multiple times and several items were missing from his home. There were no signs of forced entry or signs of a struggle, which police believe could indicate that Huneycutt knew the shooter.