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Bryant citizens can voice opinions on park improvements

BRYANT, Ark., —The Bryant Parks Department is now offering citizens the opportunity to prioritize their city park improvements via an online survey. The information will be gathered through the end of the year in order to establish a priority list for future parks improvements.  Utilizing the suggestions of multiple community organizations and Bryant citizens, the survey is comprised of over 50 multiple choice questions that rank each assessed need using a Likert (ranked average) scale of the comprehensive results. The data resulting from this survey will be compiled from now until December 31 at 11:59 p.m. Each survey must be completed in its entirety to be accepted as a qualifying survey.

Hot Springs police chief announces retirement


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Nov. 2, 2015) -- In a letter sent today to the members of the Hot Springs Police Department, Police Chief David Flory announced his retirement from the City of Hot Springs, effective November 30.

Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs National Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations the week of November 2, weather permitted.

“Weather conditions permitting, prescribed fires will be completed along West Mountain Drive and Sugarloaf Mountain in the Cedar Glades Road area,” said Josie Fernandez, park superintendent.  West Mountain roads will be closed during burn operations and commuters need to plan for alternate routes.

Old-growth forest restoration, exotic species reduction and fuels reduction are the primary reasons for conducting prescribed fires.

“Fire is a natural process, and has been a part of Arkansas landscapes for thousands of years,” said Fernandez.  “Prescribed fire is a way for land managers to restore ecosystems in a carefully planned manner, using very specific weather and personnel guidelines to protect public safety while achieving resource management objectives.”

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Hot Springs National Park welcomes Artist-in-Residence Mark David

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs National Park and the National Park Service is going to welcome photographer Mark David as the newest member of the 2015 Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Program on Sunday, Nov. 1.

The AIR program provides professional two-dimensional visual artists, photographers, sculptors, craft artists, video/filmmakers, performers, writers, poets, and composers the opportunity to be in residence at a national park, provide public programming for visitors and produce artwork for the national park’s permanent collection.

Project HOPE Food Bank receives $2K grant

Project HOPE Food Bank receives $2K grant

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Project HOPE Food Bank was selected by General Improvement Funds to receive a $2,000 grant. 

Arkansas ranks second highest in the nation for the number of children facing food insecurity.  To combat child hunger, in our community the food bank has developed a Backpack Assistance Program. Project HOPE Food Bank started the Backpack

Assistance Program at the request of area schools seeing an increase in the number of children struggling with hunger.   In 2014, a grant from the Giving Circle through the Arkansas Community Foundation established our program.  This grant provided funding to partner with area non-profits, business and individuals to provide backpacks to children in need.  

Update: Man arrested in Hot Springs woman's death


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Hot Springs police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting death that happened Sunday night.

On Tuesday evening, police arrested 28-year-old Kendrion Gulley for the murder of 28-year-old Felicia Mikel.

According to Lt. Duane Tarbet, the shooting happened around midnight on the 200 block of Oak Street. Mikel was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering a single gunshot wound to her upper torso.

Detectives said they believe the shooting was the result of an argument over personal property.

Detectives with the Hot Springs Police Department developed information on a vehicle Gulley was driving, and patrol officers located the vehicle parked at 305 Vista Street in Hot Springs.