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May 1st, 2014
Hot Spring County Election Commission recently received a grant from the County Voting System Grant Fund in the amount of $15,212. The grant was used to purchase an ES&S Model 650, an easy-to-use, high-speed central paper ballot counter and vote tabulator that supports a full range of jurisdiction sizes and ballot complexities.
This is Part Two of a three-part series featuring the Malvern and Hot Spring County candidates and the speeches they gave at a recent political rally. Part One was published in the Wednesday, April 30 MDR
In the political rally held Friday, April 25, candidates running for office in the May primary and the November general election were on hand to present their ideas and to introduce themselves to the community.
Malvern Mayor Steve Northcutt says he will take no action regarding the completed investigation of several allegations about Malvern Street Department Superintendent Glenn McCloud. Northcutt said the investigation stemmed from a letter sent to the Arkansas Municipal League by a â€śdisgruntledâ€ť former street department employee who had been terminated. Northcutt said he asked Malvern Chief of Police Donnie Taber to conduct an internal investigation regarding the letterâ€™s allegations.
Rand Scroggins gets his face painted at Malvern Elementary Schoolâ€™s Field Day. Students braved the chilly, windy weather to take part in activities that ranged from a leaky pipe relay to hurdle races to jump ropes and hula hoops. They even had a marble pool, where students removed shoes and socks and had one minute to remove as many marbles as possible with their toes. (Photo by Mi Vaughn available on MDR website)
Malvern and Hot Spring County escaped damaging storms over the weekend, unlike the destruction a Sunday night tornado brought to Vilonia and Mayfllower. Barbara Key, administrative assistant to the Hot Spring County Judge, confirmed that Monday morning reports from personnel across the county indicated no local damage.
Ernie Cox is the incumbent candidate for Hot Spring County Coroner. Â He was born and raised in Hot Spring County and graduated Malvern High School. Â After completing 1 1/2 years at Henderson State University, Cox was drafted into the US Army, serving two years as a medic, Chaplainâ€™s assistant and on the Whitecoat Project of USAMRID (United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases). With an Honorable discharge, Cox returned home to Malvern and worked eight months as an EMT for Hot Spring County Ambulance Service.
The Lions Club meets every Tuesday at Western Sizzlin. For more information, contact President Shanna Stuckey at 501-467-1586.
Current City Attorney James Lucas Graham has announced his candidacy for the Malvern City Attorney position and will be running against Cecilia Ashcraft for the Democratic nomination in the May Democratic Primary. Graham has served as Malvernâ€™s city attorney since January 2013, and owns and operates the Graham Law Firm in Malvern. Graham previously gained experience in the areas of municipal law and governance while working for the Arkansas Municipal League and while serving as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Little Rock.
The Malvern Area Kiwanis hosted the Kelly Miller Circus for two performances on Sunday, March 30. Despite the change of venue from the Malvern Moose Lodge to Sykes parking lot, Susan Lafond, president of Kiwanis was pleased with the turnout. â€śWe believe that the visibility increased attendance. We had to use social media to spread the word about the last minute change. The ringmaster held each show several minutes to allow for those that had not heard about the change of location to find us,â€ť said Lafond.