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May 13th, 2014

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.

Vehicle theft ring suspected

May 12, 2014

The recent thefts and altered color of several vehicles in the Bismarck area have prompted Hot Spring County Sheriff’s investigators to believe they are part of a theft ring.

Irwin Road residents express concerns

May 12, 2014

Residents of Irwin Road contacted both the county judge and 911 on a Sunday in March, when their road was impassible due to an abundance of mud that developed from highway department dumping. The county sent workers out to repair the road to passable conditions. The residents complaining of all the dust, mud and damage to cars met with Hot Spring County Judge Bill Schrimshire and representatives from the highway department on Thursday, May 8.

Tourney practice

May 12, 2014

The Malvern Senior Adult Center’s bean bag baseball team spent Friday morning practicing for an upcoming tournament. Bonda Cranford, right, strategically tosses the bean bag toward the target while Sharon Logue, Marguerite Cranford and Russell Cranford watch. The team will play in a tournament on Monday, May 12 in Arkadelphia. (Photo by Ronna Pennington available on the MDR website)

May 8th

Moving marbles

May 8, 2014

Malvern Elementary School kindergarten teacher Karen Clements guides her class through the experiments on display at the school’s annual science fair. (Photo by Ronna Pennington available on the MDR website)

Russell awarded state Court Clerk of the Year

May 8, 2014

Melba Russell, Chief Deputy Clerk for the District Court in Hot Spring County, was recently named the Arkansas Court Clerk of the Year by the Arkansas District and City Court Clerks’ Association (ADCCCA). She received the award at their conference held in Rogers on April 25. “I sure do appreciate the recognition, but I’m one of those people who prefer to stay in the background. It was very nice, though,” said Melba.

Merchants apply for revitalization in A.D.N. program

May 8, 2014

Malvern merchants are in the process of becoming a member of the Arkansas Downtown Network (ADN). The application process is competitive and Malvern will soon make its presentation to the deciding board. The ADN is part of the Main Street Arkansas network, but the ADN serves a broader base of communities in Arkansas that are honing in on revitalizing their historic commercial core.

County storm shelter log; good for authorities

May 8, 2014

Do you have an underground storm shelter or safe room?
A concerned citizen saw a report on KARK Channel 4 about a woman and two children trapped in a storm shelter after a tree had fallen on the door. This promoted a call to the Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Office to check to see if the county had a list of residents with storm shelters or safe rooms.

Students speak up for skate park

May 8, 2014

Dottie Tarlton, left, looks back to local students and parents who expressed interest in having a local skate park at Monday night’s parks committee meeting. Others pictured include (front row, from left) Amy Mann, Billie Mann, Kenny Mann and Austin Mann; (second row) Terri Bryant, Timber Silvas and Brooke Braasch. Malvern Fire Chief Jeremy Harper looks on from the back row. (Photo by Ronna Pennington available on the MDR website)

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