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My Town Hero: The Motivator

My Town Hero: The Motivator

JACKSONVILLE Ark. (KTHV) - Every now and then, we find ourselves stuck in a rut. One man in the city of Jacksonville has made it his duty to inspire just about everyone he encounters. It's one of many reasons he was nominated for My Town Hero.

When James Bolden is on the move, he's bound to light someone on fire with enthusiasm.

"He makes people feel motivated by his demeanor, his behavior, personality everything about him," said Jill Ross, Jacksonville human resource director. Internationally, he's known as The Motivator, but Ross also knows him as a city alderman. When employee morale was down, she knew exactly who to turn to. "He spent 15 hours of his own time training 300 city employees.”

She said Alderman Bolden spent an hour teaching them how to handle stress and stay motivated during tough economic times.

Grandfather shoots grandson in Garland County


GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - According to the Garland County Sheriff's Office, a grandfather shot his grandson in the abdomen on Tuesday evening.

Lt. James Martin said that upon arrival, deputies learned that a 26-year-old and his 68-year-old grandfather were arguing in the kitchen.

The young man reportedly threatened his grandfather with a knife and then charged at him. The grandfather is said to have then shot his grandson once in the abdomen area. He was air-lifted to a local hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

At this point, no charges have been filed, however, the investigation is on-going.

More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.


Minimum Wage Group Given 30 Days to Collect More Signatures

Minimum Wage Group Given 30 Days to Collect More Signatures

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the group attempting to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour did not meet the required number of valid signatures. The group has until Aug. 18 to gather 15,107 more valid signatures... Read More

Trial set for man charged in Hot Springs dispatcher's death


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A judge has rescheduled the first-degree murder trial for a man accused of killing a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

The trial for Kevin Duck was set to begin Tuesday, but a judge in Garland County has delayed the trial until November at the request of prosecutors. Duck is accused in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke, who worked as a police dispatcher and was a mother of three.

Authorities say Natzke was last seen with Duck at a Christmas party, and searchers found her body days later. An autopsy says Natzke died from blunt force trauma and drowning.

Duck has a pretrial hearing set for Nov. 3, with a four-day trial set to begin Nov. 4.

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Skillet Continues International Tour at Magic Springs on July 26

Skillet Continues International Tour at Magic Springs on July 26

Grammy-nominated and multiple Dove Award winners Skillet will perform at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park on Saturday, July 26. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Timberwood Amphitheater.

Skillet, an alternative rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, consists of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar).

The band has released eight albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and ComatoseAwake has been certified Platinum and debuted on No. 2 on the Billboard 200, with Comatose certified Gold by RIAA.

They have sold over 2 million albums in the U.S. alone and are known for their relentless touring schedule, which garnered them a top five ranking in the Hardest Working Bands of 2011 by Songkick.com. They refer to their fans affectionately as “panheads.”

Deputy injured in fire released from hospital


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A Hot Springs deputy who was injured while helping residents to safety from a burning apartment building has been released from the hospital.

Earlier this week, a blaze ignited at the Village Square Apartments. Sgt. Roy Williams with the Garland County Sheriff's Department suffered first- and second-degree burns after pieces of a burning ceiling fell on him. He was taken to a local hospital, but has since been released.

The Sentinel-Record reports (http://bit.ly/1wDIqiL ), Williams will visit an Arkansas burn center for follow-up treatments.

At least 45 residents were displaced by the fire, and American Red Cross volunteers have helped in finding food, clothing, and shelter for them.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Hot Springs apartment fire called "accidental"


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Lake Hamilton Fire Department believes an apartment fire that forced 45 people from their homes was accidental.

Police are still investigating what could have caused the fire. As for the Garland County deputy who suffered 2nd degree burns while helping save apartment residents, he is said to be resting while recovering from his injuries.

The Village Square apartment complex in Hot Springs caught fire early Wednesday morning.

Twenty-four units were affected and of those 12 were destroyed.

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