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Hot Springs recognized as "Thriving Community" by Ark. Coalition for Obesity Prevention

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The city of Hot Springs was recognized as a "Thriving Community" by the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention for its Growing Healthy Communities work during the past year.

Thriving Community, the highest designation awarded by ArCOP, is based on the city's efforts to become a healthier community through data collection, environmental changes and policy changes. Hot Springs was among eight communities in Arkansas to receive the top award. In addition, 12 Arkansas communities received the Blossoming Community designation, and 17 received Emerging Community status.

Henderson professor to talk heroes, superheroes at ASMSA lecture

Henderson professor to talk heroes, superheroes at ASMSA lecture

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Henderson State University psychology professor Dr. Travis Langley believes comic book superheroes have the ability to teach us about heroes in real life.

Langley will share some of his knowledge about the subject at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts Science and Café Lecture on Thursday. He is the featured speaker at the event, which will be held at 7 p.m. at Kollective Coffee and Tea, 110 Central Ave. He will speak on “Psychology and Superheroes,” including how superheroes are good stand-ins for the study of what makes real-life heroes.

His lecture will focus on several particular superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain America and Batman. He called them some of the most down-to-earth superheroes, because they don’t have superpowers. They have very human qualities that make them more relatable to real-life individual, according to Langley.

Garland County man pleads not guilty in double killing

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. (AP) - A Garland County man accused of fatally shooting his wife and daughter in has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

The Sentinel-Record reports that Eric Allen Reid entered his plea in Garland County Circuit Court on Monday. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

All case proceedings have been stayed until a mental evaluation of Reid is completed at the Arkansas State Hospital.

According to authorities, deputies responded to Reid's Hot Springs Village home on Oct. 20 after reports of shots fired. Police say they discovered the bodies of Reid's wife, 57-year-old Laura Reid, and his daughter, 32-year-old Mary Ann Reid.

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.

Police: Remains found in Hot Springs may belong to missing Ark. man

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – The Garland County Sheriff's Department investigators announced that skeletal remains were found last Thursday near Turpen Lane in Hot Springs.

Police say that the remains are believed to be those of 21-year-old Cameron Hudson who had reportedly not been seen since September.

The remains have been sent to the medical examiner's office for identification.

At this time, police say that no foul play is suspected, however the investigation is ongoing.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more details as they become available.

MTV reality show personality dies in crash on Highway 70 in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Chris Carney, former MTV reality show personality and the son of the mayor of Hot Springs, was reportedly killed in a car accident on Friday morning, along with one of his childhood friends.

State police were called to the single-vehicle crash along U.S. Highway 70 East around 1:40 a.m.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the driver was identified as 37-year-old Ezekiel Blanton. Both Blanton and Carney were pronounced dead at the scene.  Carney's family said Blanton was a childhood friend.

“Chris and Zeke were really good friends. They had been friends for a long time,” said Ralph Ohm, District Judge for Garland County. 

Ohm has known the family for more than 10 years, and he like the rest of the community were devastated to hear the news. 

Skunk killed in Garland County is confirmed as rabid

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Health says a skunk killed recently in Garland County has been confirmed as rabid.

The health department says the skunk was killed by a homeowner west of Hot Springs after it was noticed wandering around a pond and appearing disoriented. The skunk was then submitted to Hot Springs Animal Services and sent for testing, which proved positive for rabies.

The health department says there appears to be no human or animal exposures to the rabid skunk.

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