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Hunter trapped by rising water in Malvern

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - A main road in Malvern near the Acme Brick factory was blocked off by high water on Saturday.

The Malvern Swift Water Rescue Team had to launch from the area near Chapman Creek after water flooded onto Grigsby Ford Road near South Walco Road.

According to officials, a hunter had become trapped by rising water near this intersection earlier in the evening of November 28.

Hot Spring County has set up barricades warning drivers away from the area. Joey Norwood, an Assistant Chief with the Malvern Fire Department said that the hunter called the department after he realized the water had isolated him on some high ground. The victim knew he wouldn't be able to get his truck through the rising water.

The team launched a boat and managed to get him out safely.

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.

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

Silver Alert no longer issued for Malvern man

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Silver Alert has been deactivated for a man out of Malvern.

According to Arkansas State Police, the Silver Alert has been cancelled for Claud Douglas McMillan. 

No other details were released. 

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.