Our network

Malvern considers 41 percent water rate hike

The potential move would dig into the pockets of nearly 9,000 residents and significantly increase their water bills.

The mayor says it would be a 41 percent hike a month for the average water user. But he explains that the percentage sounds worse than the actual dollar increase that residents could see on their bills.

When the Malvern City Board inherited the water department in 2004, they also inherited the debt that's forcing the rate increase.

"The council charged me with getting the financing in order," said Mayor Steve Northcutt.

Northcutt says that's why he's made the unpopular decision to raise water rates to bring in more revenue.

"This is something that should have been done 30 years ago but for one reason or another, because of politics it wasn't," he said.

State holiday performances scheduled for Dec. 6-Dec. 17


More than 145 school choirs and dance troupes will fill the Capitol's marble halls with seasonal sounds for the next two weeks.

A traditional part of the Capitol's annual holiday festivities, choral and dance performances are taking place in the second floor rotunda December 6 through 17 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

The most current schedule of performances, as well as group photos, can be found on Secretary of State's website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/holidays2010

The Capitol building will hold special holiday hours through New Year's Day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends to allow visitors extra time to take in the sights and sounds of the season.

Scheduled performances are as follows:

Portion of N. Polk Creek Road closed Dec. 15- April 16 for repairs

A portion of the North Polk Creek Road (National Forest System Road 73) will be closed from around December 15, 2010 until around April 16, 2011 for repairs.  A construction crew will be replacing the existing low water crossing with a box culvert to improve public safety, reduce streambank erosion, and to improve fish passage.  The closed section of Road 73 is approximately ¾ mile south of Highway 8 to the Polk Creek Road (Montgomery County Road 10).

(Source: Ouachita National Forest)

American Red Cross Tinsel and Traditions Brightens Holiday Season

American Red Cross Tinsel and Traditions Brightens Holiday Season

It’s A One Day Extravaganza for Shopping With a Purpose


HOT SPRINGS-December 3, 2010—Shop for the holidays and provide disaster relief for Arkansans at Tinsel & Traditions presented by the Caddo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross,  Saturday, December 4, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Temperance Hill Shopping Mall, Highway 7 South.

“Holiday shoppers can select from a variety of items from jewelry and gift baskets to fashions and home decor,” stated Caddo Area Chapter Executive Director Blair Hannon. “We have lots of surprises in store to delight kids of all ages.”  Admission is free.

 “We do encourage shoppers to make a donation to the Red Cross in between selections”, said Hannon.

Changes ahead for St. Joseph’s Mercy, HealthPark

St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System is applying to the Arkansas Department of Health to change the licensure for St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center at HealthPark. If granted, HealthPark would go from being an acute-care hospital to an outpatient surgery center.

“We anticipate doing most of the same-day surgeries over there,” said St. Joseph’s Mercy President Tim Johnsen. “As technology improves, the need for inpatient stays decrease and the need for outpatient visits increase. We need that facility to serve in that role.”

St. Joseph’s Mercy and HealthFirst Physicians Group announced a multimillion dollar merger earlier this year. As part of the merger, Mercy acquired HealthPark Hospital and the adjacent medical office building and the Hot Springs Village. HealthPark’s average daily census was only five patients. With St.

Trademark board to hear Hot Springs logo dispute

The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record reports the hearing is set for Dec. 9 in Alexandria, Va.

The Interior Department filed an objection in 2008 to the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission's use of its Hot Springs National Park logo.

U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is to decide whether Hot Springs' use of the park's name has become a distinct part of the city's identity.

Hot Springs National Park is unique in that the park encompasses part of the city. Historic bathhouses on Central Avenue are part of the park.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Hot Springs police arrest alleged bank robber in two thefts

Police responded to a call from Hot Springs Bank and Trust, where a description was provided of a suspect Douglas W. Peterson, 58, who also fit the same description of the person who robbed First National Bank on Nov. 9.

Detectives set up surveillance on the Peterson's residence. When detectives identified themselves, he allegedly tried to ram the detectives' vehicle. Police fired on the Peterson's tires as they say he tried to flee. The front tire was shot out.

He has been charged with two counts aggravated robbery, one count theft of property over $2500, one count fleeing and two counts aggravated assault. Peterson is being held at the Garland County Detention Center with no bond.