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Arkansas Guard prepares teams to assist state police on highways

Arkansas Guard prepares teams to assist state police on highways

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas National Guard) - The Arkansas National Guard on Wednesday again answered the call to support the Arkansas State Police with teams of Guardsmen at area troop headquarters across South Arkansas.

As winter storm Remus began dumping significant snowfall on a majority of the southern half of the state the Arkansas National Guard received a tasking from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management for several teams to assist the Arkansas State Police with transportation and possible assistance to stranded motorists along the highways.

The support missions were assigned to elements of the Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.  Currently the Guard has three teams standing by to provide assistance.  The teams are made up of two HMMWVs and four Soldiers at each location working 12-hour shifts with the troopers.  Missions thus far total 14 Guard members and six vehicles.

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) – The central Arkansas community still needs the help of lending hands following April’s deadly tornado. One organization is working in coordination with the Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance and the Faulkner County Long-Term Recovery Board to get volunteers out to these devastated areas of the state in an effort to help finish rebuilding what the storm left behind.

Inter-Faith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance (IPDRA) is made up of several faith-based and voluntary organizations that are working together to secure volunteers, material resources, and funding to meet the needs of others living in Faulkner County and beyond.

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 18, 2014) – When the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission collects fines from game law convictions, the money goes back to the county where it was collected. During Thursday's monthly Commission meeting, the agency approved a grant of more than $679,100 to the Arkansas Department of Education as a result of fines collected during the 2014 fiscal year.

The money is used to fund educational programs focused on fish, wildlife and conservation in the counties where the offenses occurred. The highest amount of fine money went to Drew County with just over $28,000. The next highest amount went to Arkansas County with more than $25,900 in fines.

Hearing set in case over Hot Springs water issue

Hearing set in case over Hot Springs water issue

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A judge has scheduled an emergency hearing for Monday on a complaint that seeks to force a local water issue onto the November ballot.

Two identical petitions filed this week sought to have an ordinance placed on the ballot to direct Hot Springs officials to stop taking water from DeGray Lake and build a new water treatment plant.

City officials say they rejected the petitions due to missing language they say is required by Arkansas law.

The hearing is planned for 3 p.m. Monday before Garland County Circuit Court Judge Marcia Hearnsberger.

Hot Springs City Attorney Brian Albright declined to comment to The Sentinel-Record (http://bit.ly/1pOSbpV ) on the petitions but says he's hopeful there's a ruling soon in the case.

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Hot Springs gets half-million in federal grants

Hot Springs gets half-million in federal grants


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Two federal grants worth more than $500,000 will be awarded to promote economic growth and housing rehabilitation in Hot Springs.

Arkansas U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman made the announcement Monday. The West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District will receive a $200,000 planning grant from the Economic Development Administration. That grant will be used to develop a strategy to stimulate business development and job growth in Hot Springs' historic district and surrounding areas.

The city of Hot Springs will receive more than $355,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support housing rehabilitation, public service projects and local infrastructure improvements.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America's largest trail celebration, is slated for June 7. Events throughout the U.S. will join this nationwide observation of America's wealth of trail types and experiences while encouraging the public to enjoy a trail. According to State Trails Coordinator Mike Sprague, "The kick off to Arkansas's celebrations will begin a week earlier on Saturday, May 31, with trail events of all kinds in Little Rock and North Little Rock. A schedule of the events slated for May 31 in the metro area is posted on the Arkansas Trails Council website at: http://www.arkansastrailscouncil.com/.

Prescribed fire notice for Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Prescribed fire notice for Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

UNADTED (USDA) - National forest fire managers are currently conducting prescribed burns in areas across the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. 

Prescribed burns expected to occur today, Friday, April 11, 2014 include:

Ouachita National Forest:

Jessieville/Winona/Fourche                                       

Garland County

Vicinity:  Fannie                                                          

Acres: 699