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Pryor: Polk County to receive $1.1M in FEMA funds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Senator Mark Pryor says Polk County will receive $1.1 million in disaster-relief funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Pryor announced the funding Thursday and said it's to help the county recover from damage caused by winter storms in 2013. The funding is included in an omnibus appropriations bill.

FEMA said the funding will be provided to Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative in Mena to repair its damaged distribution center.

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The Arkansas Foodbank announces new summer feeding sites

The Arkansas Foodbank announces new summer feeding sites

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program this summer by sponsoring two Summer Feeding sites.

The sites will serve two meals per day (breakfast and lunch) from June through August to about 500-600 children a day. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-10:00 a.m. and lunch will be served from noon-1:30 p.m., Monday -Friday. All meals will be provided without charge.

Participating sites will be Paul Bewie Boys and Girls Club in Hot Springs Village and Saline County Boys and Girls Club in Benton.

Shoe company laying off 56 in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A shoe company says more than half its workforce at a Hot Springs manufacturing facility will be laid off, leaving 56 people out of work.

Munro & Co. says the first round of layoffs will happen in June with a second round occurring in July. The company produces the Munro American line of women's footwear and also imports shoes.

Last year, Munro & Co. closed its Mount Ida facility, putting 85 people out of work.

CEO Bruce Munro says the company has moved some operations to the Dominican Republic to remain competitive.

The Sentinel Record reports (http://bit.ly/1qTuNuP ) that after the layoffs, Munro will have 80 employees at its Hot Springs facilities, which include administrative positions. The company will also have more than 120 workers at its Clarksville plant.

Hot Springs shoe manufacturer reducing workforce

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Bruce Munro, Chief Executive Officer of Munro & Company, a domestic shoe manufacturer and importer headquartered in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has announced that the company will be permanently reducing its workforce at their Lake Catherine Footwear facility in Hot Springs over the next six months.

Approximately 56 employees will be affected by the permanent layoffs. The first separations are expected to take place no sooner than June 16, 2014, with a second round of separations in July, 2014. It is expected that by September 2014 the company's Lake Catherine facility will employ approximately 30 employees. An estimated 11 jobs will be transferred to the Company's Clarksville, Arkansas facility.

Munro said, "Economic forces in the international shoe industry have forced us to move some components of our operations to the Dominican Republic to remain competitive."

HSU leases building in downtown Hot Springs

HSU leases building in downtown Hot Springs

ARKADELPHIA , Ark. (HSU) – Henderson State University today announced it has leased the Landmark Building in downtown Hot Springs where it will offer upper level courses towards degrees in business and education. The building at 201 Market St. will house several traditional classrooms, seminar rooms, a computer lab, and office space for the director and faculty.

“We have been working towards this for many years, but were unable to make it happen until we got the state appropriation in support of this initiative,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Henderson.

The development extends the partnership with National Park Community College, and brings Henderson’s presence to downtown Hot Springs.

“The ability to lease a building and hire a director has turned our efforts from just a ‘hope and dream’ to a reality,” Sommer said. “This is a very exciting time for both Henderson and the Hot Springs community.

Magic Springs opens for 2014 season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One of Arkansas' most popular tourist spots is back open for business in Hot Springs!

Saturday morning, Magic Springs opened for the 2014 season, and thousands of people came through the gates for the nearly two dozen attractions and rides. For the next four weekend, admission will be $15, and Crystal Falls—the water park—opens next month.

The park plans on opening a new attraction soon.

"We have a new attraction that's coming in just a couple of weeks. Not quite ready, but we're going to roll out Sky Shark in a couple of weeks, and it's going to be one of our newest, tallest thrill attractions we're going to have in the park," revealed Dana Whisenhunt, marketing manager.

Learn more about Magic Springs at magicsprings.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:


Garland County

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Acres: 699