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May 20th, 2014

Weekend graduation ceremonies

May 20, 2014

Three Hot Spring County schools held commencement exercises over the weekend. Above, left, Poyen graduate Destiny Hoyle visits with her dad Bobby and other family members before the ceremony. Center, Ouachita High school graduates have a silly moment before their processional begins. Right, Malvern High School graduates were ready to enter Summit Arena to receive their diplomas. (Photos by MDR staff available on the MDR website)

May 16th

Lawrence to headline Brickfest; only 42 days away

May 16, 2014

In 42 days, Malvern’s City Park will be in full swing with people, arts, crafts, music, bull riding and more.

Bank of the Ozarks to officially take over Summit Bank

May 16, 2014

When Summit Bank opens on Monday, it will officially be Bank of the Ozarks, but local customers should not expect to see many visible changes, according to Brian Coston, president of Malvern’s Summit Bank.

Sirens to sound off on Wednesdays

May 16, 2014

The first Wednesday of each month is now when Malvern residents will hear the city’s early tornado warning alarms. There was a test done on Thursday on the siren at Carmichael Street and it is in working order, as are the other sirens in the city which are maintained by the Malvern Fire Department, according to Fire Chief Jeremy Harper. This alarm system has been in place since the late 1980s to early 1990s, he said.

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Understanding health

May 16, 2014

Phlebotomist Geremy Carroll (right) draws blood from Allissa Thomas for a free blood screening at the Baptist Health Medical Center — Hot Spring County Health Fair held Wednesday at the hospital. (Photo by Gretchen Ritchey available on the MDR website)

May 14th

CADC to distribute USDA commodities

May 14, 2014

Central Arkansas Development Council will distribute USDA Commodities Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23 in Hot Spring County.
Hot Spring County’s distribution will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. at the Malvern Community Center (CADC Malvern Senior Activity Center) at 1800 W. Moline St. For more information, call (501) 332-5374.

May 13th

Local museum gets grant for building repairs

May 13, 2014

Doug Richard, right, manager of Walmart, recently presented a grant check for $1,000 to Janis West, Hot Spring County Museum director. West said the money will be used to make some much-needed repairs to The Boyle House. The museum is also still accepting recipes for its historical cookbook until May 14. Cookbooks will be ready for sale in September. (Photo submitted)

HSC sticks by Amendment 83

May 13, 2014

The Hot Spring County Clerk’s will not be granting same-sex marriage licenses. The class action suit does not apply to Hot Spring County, stated County Attorney Randy Ohm. HSC is still under Amendment 83, which is Arkansas’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions. HSC will wait on the Supreme Court’s decision.

Poll Workers

May 13, 2014

Poll workers (from left) Clarence Wooten, Valerie Helm, Betty Sparks and Molly Wooten were available to help early voters Monday at the Hot Spring County Courthouse. Early voting continues through Friday, 8 am. to 6 p.m. each day and on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, May 10, 11 people cast ballots. To cast an early ballot, registered voters should visit the basement level of the courthouse. (Photo by Mi Vaughn available on the MDR website)

May 12th

Trying to live the life of Bombeck

May 12, 2014

When I was a kid, I read all the Erma Bombeck books I could get my hands on. She was the witty/sarcastic/funny-as-heck mom who wrote syndicated columns and was featured on one of the national morning shows. I thought that being a mom would be just like the tall tales she wrote of in books like If Life’s a Bowl of Cherries Why am I Always in the Pits and The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Septic Tank.
Boy, was I right.

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