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Interim City Manager announces selection of Utilities Director

Interim City Manager announces selection of Utilities Director

HOT SPRINGS – Interim City Manager Bill Burrough announced the selection of Monty Ledbetter, current Public Works Director for the City of Bryant, Arkansas, as Hot Springs’ new Utilities Director, beginning December 14.

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.”

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.

Hot Springs National Park welcomes Artist-in-Residence Mark David

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs National Park and the National Park Service is going to welcome photographer Mark David as the newest member of the 2015 Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Program on Sunday, Nov. 1.

The AIR program provides professional two-dimensional visual artists, photographers, sculptors, craft artists, video/filmmakers, performers, writers, poets, and composers the opportunity to be in residence at a national park, provide public programming for visitors and produce artwork for the national park’s permanent collection.

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.  

Hot Springs police make arrest in murder of 58-year-old

Hot Springs police make arrest in murder of 58-year-old

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs Police Department made an arrest on Wednesday regarding the murder of Steven Paul Moore, which occurred on October 8.

Malcom Jalil Easley, 22, was taken into custody on Wednesday, October 22 for shooting and killing 58-year-old Moore, who was found by police around 3:15 a.m. at Linwood Avenue and Garland Street.

For more information on the discovery of Moore, click here: Police release name of 58-year-old killed in shooting

Easley is charged with Murder Second Degree.