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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.

Arkansas Agriculture Department & Farm Credit announce Arkansas Grown School Gardens of the Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Among 28 school garden contestants from across Arkansas, four have been chosen as Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year contest winners. School garden criteria included any Arkansas school, grades pre-K-12, with a working school garden during the 2014-2015 school year with photo or video documentation of garden activities. 

Winning schools from Marion, Madison, Pulaski, and Hot Spring Counties are as follows:

·         Overall School Garden Winner: Yellville-Summit Schools, Yellville

·         Best Nutrition Education Based School Garden: Kingston School, Kingston (near Jasper)

·         Best Environmental Based Education School Garden: Forest Park Elementary School, Little Rock

Executive Director of Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce resigns

Executive Director of Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce resigns

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - Nikki Launius, Executive Director of Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce, announced that she will resign from the Chamber effective October 30.

Launius plans to travel with her husband, Richard, an engineer who works for an Italian company. She will also handle marketing of a new side venture that she and her husband are starting up.

"I have really enjoyed my 7 years at the chamber," Launius said. "I believe this position allowed me to grow professionally and help my hometown at the same time." she said.

Benton PD searching for driver behind hit-and-run near Junior High School

Benton PD searching for driver behind hit-and-run near Junior High School

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is searching for the driver that hit a 13-year-old on a skateboard Tuesday morning. 

At around 7:26 a.m., officers responded to a hit-and-run accident near the Benton Junior High School. When they arrived on the scene, police made contact with the 13-year-old victim who claimed he was skateboarding near the intersection of Border and North Street when he collided with a truck.  The victim told police that he was unable to stop as he and a truck approached the intersection. The teen reportedly hit the front driver's side of the vehicle, causing him to roll over the hood and land on the pavement. 

The vehicle is described as being a small dark colored truck with red wheel rims and a rusted, roughed up truck bed. 

The victim was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries to his knees, elbows, and head.   

Central Park Fusion Cuisine hosts HS Wine & Food Fest

Central Park Fusion Cuisine hosts HS Wine & Food Fest

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Central Park Cuisine will host the Hot Springs Wine & Food Fest Saturday.

The festival is the leading fundraiser for Project HOPE Food Bank, with a goal of raising money to fight food insecurity in the community. 

The event will be held on October 17 at Central Park Fusion Cuisine.  Doors open at 2 p.m. with gourmet hors d'oevre prepared by Chef Matt Fuller and pared with fine wines.  There will also be live music and a silent auction. 

All proceeds from the silent auction, raffle and table sponsorships will benefit the food bank.

“Our first event was a wonderful success and the proceeds fed many in our community that would have otherwise gone hungry” said Food Bank Director Ted Thompson.

Alliance Rubber Company hosting students for National Manufacturing Day

Alliance Rubber Company hosting students for National Manufacturing Day

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The world’s largest manufacturer of rubber bands is hosting an event on October 2 in celebration of National Manufacturing Day.

The Alliance Rubber Company is giving the public a chance to see the inner-workings of manufacturing. During the event, sixth graders from Fountain Lake School will have the opportunity to tour the facility, learn about manufacturing and hear about career opportunities in the manufacturing field.

The students will arrive at 9 a.m. on Friday to the Alliance Rubber Company facility located at 210 Carpenter Dam Road in Hot Springs.

Amy Fecher, deputy director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, will be one of the speakers during the event, and Assistant Hot Springs Mayor Rick Ramick will be in attendance.