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Lakeside School District administrator named Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Richard Abernathy, executive director for the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA), presented the award to Mrs. Vaught at a special meeting of the Lakeside Board of Trustees on October 25. The award was a surprise to Vaught, who had not been notified previously.

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by ARAMARK Education, ING and AASA, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation's public schools.

Candidates are judged on the following criteria: leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Each State association of school administrators selects a State Superintendent of the Year.

These superintendents are then in the running for National Superintendent of the Year and will be recognized and honored at the AASA National Conference on Education in February in Denver, Colorado.

Hot Springs passport center opens public window

A citizen applying for an expedited passport at a post office still has to wait up to two weeks, even though the rush order costs $60. The office at the Arkansas Passport Center in Hot Springs will be able to provide a rush passport the same day, though the $60 charge will still apply.

The center opened in 2007 has about 230 workers. It is operated by the State Department with CGI Federal Inc.

The closest passport office is in Dallas, thus opening the public counter in Hot Springs can save Arkansas travelers a much more convenient location.

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

Friday, kick off to weekend packed with Halloween activities

Here is a list of haunted houses in the area.

If you know of other haunted houses or fun activities going on this weekend, leave your comment with the necessary information so folks can attend.

17th Annual Haunted Cathedral - Little Rock
Open until October 31
Located: EMOBA's Cultural Center - 1208 Louisiana Street
Saturday $15 admission, Sunday $20 admission - there are group rates.
You will walk through kid friendly haunted mazes. Outside there are food vendors.
(501) 372-0018

Hola! Arkansas "Dia de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) at Magic Springs
Saturday: 4-8     Sunday 4-6
Located: 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 624-0100 

Hot Springs National Park paving project to begin at Gulpha Gorge Campground

The project was announced by Josie Fernandez, superintendent of Hot Springs National Park.

The campground and picnic areas will remain open throughout the resurfacing project.

The contract for the work was awarded to Red Stone Paving Company of Little Rock.

For more information, contact Leonard Lawson, Park Chief of Maintenance, at 501-623-7739.

(Source: Hot Springs National Park)

Hot Springs man charged with another murder

Timothy Allen Wells has formally been charged with capitol murder in the shooting death of Madhuben Patel.

Patel was found laying on the sidewalk in front of her family's Lynwood Motel on Park Avenue in Hot Springs.

Wells is currently being held in the Tucker Maximum Security Prison. He is also charged with the murder of Malvern Mayor Steve Northcutt's son.

(Source: Hot Springs Police Dept.)

Hot Springs panel eyes youth sports complex

The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record says a proposal for such a study is on the agenda for a commission meeting on Monday.

If the commission approves the proposal, the panel will ask the Hot Springs Board of Directors to apply to the state for a matching grant to pay for half the cost of the study.

Steve Arrison, CEO of the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the commission would still pay half the cost of the $20,000 study, even if it gets the state grant.

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

Arkansas Forestry Commission fire report

A fire in Drew County burned more than 1000 acres. AFC personnel have responded to 1373 fires in 2010, with 176 fire responses, so far, in September. On Saturday and Sunday, seven homes were threatened by wildfires. Air tankers made foam drops on fires in Garland, Drew, and Pike Counties. Air tankers made water drops in Dallas, Drew, Lafayette, Little River, Montgomery, Nevada, and Ouachita Counties.

Arkansas residents living in forested areas should begin taking measures to protect their homes from wildfire. Even the smallest steps taken can lead to a huge advantage in ensuring your home will remain standing.

With a high fire danger risk, there are a few things to remember: