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Hot Springs National Park paving project to begin at Gulpha Gorge Campground

 
The project was announced by Josie Fernandez, superintendent of Hot Springs National Park.

The campground and picnic areas will remain open throughout the resurfacing project.

The contract for the work was awarded to Red Stone Paving Company of Little Rock.

For more information, contact Leonard Lawson, Park Chief of Maintenance, at 501-623-7739.

(Source: Hot Springs National Park)

Hot Springs man charged with another murder

Timothy Allen Wells has formally been charged with capitol murder in the shooting death of Madhuben Patel.

Patel was found laying on the sidewalk in front of her family's Lynwood Motel on Park Avenue in Hot Springs.

Wells is currently being held in the Tucker Maximum Security Prison. He is also charged with the murder of Malvern Mayor Steve Northcutt's son.

(Source: Hot Springs Police Dept.)

Hot Springs panel eyes youth sports complex

The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record says a proposal for such a study is on the agenda for a commission meeting on Monday.

If the commission approves the proposal, the panel will ask the Hot Springs Board of Directors to apply to the state for a matching grant to pay for half the cost of the study.

Steve Arrison, CEO of the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the commission would still pay half the cost of the $20,000 study, even if it gets the state grant.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Arkansas Forestry Commission fire report

A fire in Drew County burned more than 1000 acres. AFC personnel have responded to 1373 fires in 2010, with 176 fire responses, so far, in September. On Saturday and Sunday, seven homes were threatened by wildfires. Air tankers made foam drops on fires in Garland, Drew, and Pike Counties. Air tankers made water drops in Dallas, Drew, Lafayette, Little River, Montgomery, Nevada, and Ouachita Counties.

Arkansas residents living in forested areas should begin taking measures to protect their homes from wildfire. Even the smallest steps taken can lead to a huge advantage in ensuring your home will remain standing.

With a high fire danger risk, there are a few things to remember:

Repaving requires lane closures at Hot Springs

A news release from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the closures will begin at 9 a.m. today when sections of the inside eastbound lane will be closed.

The release said sections of the outside westbound lane will be closed as of 9 a.m. Thursday. The agency said those lanes should reopen by 3 p.m. each day. 

On U.S. 70, the agency said the outside eastbound lane near the highway's intersection with the MLK Expressway would be closed from about noon Wednesday until 3 p.m.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Update: Program lets parents check on kids after school

Sue Oliver is never late picking up her grandkids from school in Hot Springs.

She explains, "My kids and my grandkids are my life."

There are sex offenders who live nearby and Oliver fears her little ones could be kidnapped. She says she makes safety her number one priority. "You always have people walking around the neighborhood that does not belong and I always watched out for other people's kids too."

Lt. James Martin with the Garland County Sheriff's Department knows other parents though work late and can't be home when their child gets off the bus.

He explains, "Most parents are having to work now a days. We don't have as many stay at home parents as we used to have and everybody has to work so I figure probably the majority of kids are going home alone."

So they've started an After School Safety Check program, the only one of its kind in Arkansas.