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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.

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.

All Hot Springs residents encouraged to register for CivicReady

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – All Hot Springs residents are encouraged to register now for text, voice call or email emergency alerts with CivicReady, the city’s new emergency notification provider. 

The City of Hot Springs will officially transition from CodeRED to CivicReady on Thursday, October 15. Whether or not city residents are already registered with CodeRED, they will need to register again for the new system.

Registering for CivicReady takes only a couple of minutes by going to hsready.com and entering contact information along with specific notification preferences. Residents should confirm their subscription immediately after signup by checking their email. During signup or at any time afterwards, residents can provide multiple phone numbers and addresses to be reached in an emergency, including their residence, workplace, childcare facility, and the like.

Forecasters issue heat advisory for Arkansas through Sunday

Forecasters issue heat advisory for Arkansas through Sunday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a heat advisory covering much of the state through the weekend.

Forecasters issued the advisory Saturday for central, eastern and southern parts of Arkansas. It includes the cities of Little Rock, Hot Springs and Pine Bluff.

Temperatures will reach 98 degrees for Saturday and Sunday, and the weather service says the heat index will make it feel more like 107 to 109 degrees outdoors. The advisory expires Sunday evening.

Month long railroad safety initiative in central Arkansas

Month long railroad safety initiative in central Arkansas

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Members of Central Arkansas Operation Impact Traffic Enforcement Group will conduct a month long traffic initiative focusing on railroad crossing safety and pedestrians trespassing on railroad property in August. 

According to national non-profit organization Operation Lifesaver, a vehicle or person is hit by a train every three hours in the U.S. Arkansas was ranked number 15 in a list of states that have the highest percentage of rail grade collisions in the United States. These same statistics show that 73 percent of all highway-rail crossing fatalities for 2014 occurred in just 15 states, again with Arkansas in the list ranked at 14. 

For the month of August, officials will be enforcing the rules regarding railroad safety. Lt. Curtis Wood with Central Arkansas Operation Impact Traffic Enforcement stated that anyone who tries to risk their life trying to beat an approaching train they will be cited.