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Interim City Manager announces selection of Utilities Director

Interim City Manager announces selection of Utilities Director

HOT SPRINGS – Interim City Manager Bill Burrough announced the selection of Monty Ledbetter, current Public Works Director for the City of Bryant, Arkansas, as Hot Springs’ new Utilities Director, beginning December 14.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

Magic Springs partners with Project Hope Food Bank

Magic Springs partners with Project Hope Food Bank

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A popular local attraction is teaming up with a charity organization to help those who need it the most. 

Lasting through the month of October and into the first of November, Magic Springs is working with Project Hope Food Bank of Hot Springs on several events. 

On Saturday, October 24 from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m., employees with Magic Springs are hosting a Monster Yard Sale and Blood Drive at the entrance of the park. The yard sale is open to the public and 10 percent of the proceeds will be given to Project Hope. A discount coupon to anyone who makes a purchase at the Yard Sale will also receive $10 off Magic Screams admission- making it $19.99.   

“It’s something our employees wanted to do for themselves, and they want to give back to the community at the same time,” said Steve Honeycutt, general manager of Magic Springs.