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July 19th, 2013
Thursday morning Hot Spring County Judge Bill Scrimshire said he would probably know by Friday if he would issue a burn ban for the county. After Thursday's thunderstorms moved through, that decision became easier.
â€śI talked to people and everybody I talked to said they got some rain at their house,â€ť Scrimshire said Friday. â€śI just wish we hadn't got some storms. It really downed some trees.â€ť
Scrimshire said he hadn't heard much about damage around the county but a billboard on his property was damaged.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” State highway officials are updating lawmakers on the road projects that will be funded with a half-cent sales tax that took effect this month.
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett is scheduled to appear Thursday before a legislative committee to talk about the new road projects. Voters last year approved the tax, which will raise about $1.8 billion during the next decade for the state's highway needs. The half-cent tax increase is set to expire by 2023.
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Kristyn Sheets, the agricultural education and FFA teacher at Magnet Cove, is teaching more than farming and ranching. Sheets is teaching self-sufficiency and community service.
â€śHunger doesnâ€™t take the summer off so neither are members from the Magnet Cove FFA Chapter,â€ť said Sheets.
For the full story, see Thursday's Malvern Daily Record.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Authorities say an SUV driven by a man who was fatally shot by Little Rock police wasn't actually stolen, although officers thought it may have been stolen shortly before the driver was killed.
Little Rock Police said Monday that an SUV driven by 26-year-old Deon Williams appeared to match the description of a stolen vehicle.
However, Little Rock Police spokeswoman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said Tuesday that the vehicle wasn't actually stolen.
Authorities say Williams fled from police and produced a gun before an officer shot and killed him.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Pulaski County authorities have arrested a man for the strangling death of a woman whose body was found in a wooded area.
Officials say 36-year-old James Clyde Martin is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Robbin Gore.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Martin confessed to striking Gore and fatally strangling her with a belt.
Officials say the body was dumped in woods near the Dixon Manor Mobile Home Park.
A fisherman found the body on Friday. Relatives told authorities that Gore hadn't been heard from since July 4.
JONES MILL â€” A disturbance was reported to the Hot Spring County Sheriffâ€™s Office Friday afternoon at the Remmel Dam Landing in the Jones Mill area.
Deputies on the scene said a fight between two men had heated to the point that one hit the other with a baseball bat.
The men apparently didnâ€™t know each other but got into a confrontation near the pier on Lake Catherine
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Drought conditions are returning to Arkansas as hot, dry weather settles into the state.
Data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 18 percent of the state is now in a moderate drought and more than 75 percent of the state is considered abnormally dry. A week ago, only 13 percent of the state was considered abnormally dry, with the rest of the state reporting no drought conditions at all.
The areas covered in the moderate drought classification include Madison, Newton, Searcy, Johnson, Pope and Van Buren counties in the north.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Weather forecasters say Arkansas is showing signs of a developing drought and the state Forestry Commission is warning of a heightened fire danger.
After ample rainfall in the cooler months, precipitation levels have fallen below normal in recent weeks. The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued an advisory that moisture levels in vegetation have dropped to the point that the danger of wildfires is heightened.
The Forestry Commission lists all of the state except northeast Arkansas at a moderate danger of wildfires.
It might not be everyday, but somewhere somebody is looking over Hot Spring County and thinking about all the good reasons to live here.
Editorial writers across this country more often than not throw out a few lines to get people fired up about something.
Thatâ€™s so easy to do. Write something about a neighborhood that needs to be cleaned up or an area of town that could use a bucket of paint here and there and a lot of people will jump on board.
Thatâ€™s all well-and-fine. In fact, itâ€™s good. People care about the appearance of the place they call home, as they rightfully should.