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How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – With more winter weather in the forecast, many will soon want to know about road conditions. Here is a look at different ways you can learn about the current road conditions in your area:

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Check out iDriveArkansas.com.

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.”

Four named Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Four outstanding teachers were named 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists at a recognition event today with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key. 

“Selecting just four teachers from an exceptional group of talented educators was a difficult process,” Key said. “The four state finalists chosen, however, have demonstrated leadership, knowledge and the ability to inspire students in the classroom. I congratulate them, as well as their administrators and fellow educators.”

The four state finalists are as follows:

Meghan Ables

11th Grade English/Literacy
Stuttgart High School
Stuttgart School District
Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative 

Brenda Galliher

Roller Coaster Race Coming to Magic Springs on Oct. 17

Roller Coaster Race Coming to Magic Springs on Oct. 17

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Roller Coaster Race announced that registration is now open for its original-concept race coming to Magic Springs in Hot Springs, Ark. on Saturday, October 17.

The race takes place on the second weekend of “Magic Screams,” the park’s Halloween-themed event, and marks Roller Coaster Race’s sixth and final event of its 2015 season.

Tickets to Villagestock now on sale

Tickets to Villagestock now on sale

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE – Celebrate love, peace and music at the second annual Villagestock on Saturday, September 26 at Grove Park.

This event, sponsored by Boomers Rock and Hot Springs Village Recreation, will have non-stop music, food vendors, fun and games. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at HSVTicketsales.com.

The gate opens at 1 p.m., and the music never stops! Moonshine Mafia takes the stage at 1:30 p.m., followed by Crash Meadow at 3:45 p.m. and Doctor/Doctor at 6 p.m. Solar Federation will close out the evening in the 8:15 to 10 p.m. time slot.

“We have two stages set up this year,” said Stacy Hoover, Director of Recreation Operations. “It’s going to be wall to wall music.” While the main stage is setting up for the next headliner band, singer/songwriters will be performing on the side stage. Plus, there will be outdoor games, trivia, a cash bar, raffles, food vendors and more.

Hot Springs National Park says goodbye to Champion Trees Exhibit

Hot Springs National Park says goodbye to Champion Trees Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs National Park is bidding farewell to the “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist Journey” and welcomes the public to a special reception on September 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to honor artist Linda Williams Palmer at the Cultural Center on Bathhouse Row.

Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of Hot Springs National Park.  The Cultural Center is located at the former Ozark Bathhouse and it is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The final day of the Champion Trees exhibit is September 20.

According to the National Park Service, more than 2,400 visitors have browsed and enjoyed the Champion Trees exhibit since its opening in January 2015.