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Over the weekend, two additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Hot Spring County bringing the total to 32. Thirty have been confirmed and two are probable, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. 

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With Halloween just weeks away several events are planned for the community in Malvern. But this year's spookiest, scariest fun holiday will be celebrated differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Malvern City Council held its monthly council meeting Tuesday via teleconference through the Teamup Microsoft web app online to utilize communication from the Malvern Water Works Building in the boardroom. 

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Arieana Pasley is our student of the week. Arieana is a 3rd grade student at Ouachita Elementary School. Arieana was nominated by her teacher. Her teachers said she always works hard, goes above and  beyond in all of her schoolwork, shows responsibility on a daily basis, and is always eager …

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The Hot Spring County Election Commissioners met recently with County Clerk Sandy Boyette and Liz Pfeiffer, HSC deputy of elections to have its logic and accuracy testing of all necessary software, printer and the ExpressVote machines for the 2020 November General Election at the HSC Electio…

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As of Wednesday, officially 778 absentee ballots have been mailed out for the 2020 November General Election, according to Hot Spring County Clerk Sandy Boyette. She noted, her office staff have received more than 200 ballots back from registered voters.

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The Malvern City Council met for its monthly agenda meeting Monday via teleconference through the Teamup Microsoft web app online to utilize communication with Malvern Mayor Brenda J. Weldon at Malvern Water Works board room.The council voted to place several items of business on the agenda …

A man was found guilty Monday of residential burglary and aggravated assault by a jury in Hot Spring County. For the two felony charges, Garrett Spears, 28, was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction, according to Hot Spring County Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Howell. 

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Kaylee Hathcock, the daughter of Julie and George Hathcock is a very academic young lady.  She has been on the All A honor roll each year since 1st grade. She is ranked 1st in her class and scored a 29 on the ACT. She has taken advanced courses and is in the Gifted and Talented Program at Gl…

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Over the weekend, another COVID-19-related death was reported in Hot Spring County bringing the total to 28. Twenty-six have been confirmed and two remain probable, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. 

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The 2020 November General Election for the state of Arkansas is quickly arriving and is one of the most highly anticipated presidential elections. 

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David Clay Fowlkes, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that James Rhodes, 35, was sentenced Wednesday to 120 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  The Honorabl…

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Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Malvern Downtown Development Corporation has informed the public that the annual Trick or Treat on Main Street event is canceled this year. The organization announced the cancellation Tuesday on its Facebook page.

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The application period for the 2020 Utility Assistance Program will be closing Sept. 30. Individuals who would like assistance need to apply by or before this date, according to the Central Arkansas Development Council. 

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Improvements to the Interstate 30 bridges over DeRoche Creek will require temporary lane closures, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation officials. 

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On September 30, all activities to collect responses for the 2020 Census will end.  Census workers were in the field for less than two months, so the responses from households online or by phone became more important.  The self-response rate for the state of Arkansas is 60.1 percent and Hot …

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Pursuant to legislation passed by Congress, educational institutions receiving federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. This year, students at Malvern Middle Sc…

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Junior Achievement of Arkansas took its annual Legacy Awards Luncheon virtual, livestreaming the event Tuesday. In addition to recognizing students, individuals, the Legacy Awards Luncheon serves as Junior Achievement’s largest fundraiser for the year. 

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Next week is “Mass Flu Week,” and the Hot Spring County Health Unit will be giving free flu shots—drive-through only on September 21 through 25 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The clinic is located at 2204 E. Sullenburger Street in Malvern.  The flu shot is available at no cost and must bring an…

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During the Malvern City Council’s regular meeting Monday, Greg Pumphrey of Pumphrey Architecture, Inc. provided a presentation via teleconference to up date the council members on the sketch plans of remodeling the Fred’s building for a new Malvern Police Station on 110 N Main and the Malver…

Hot Spring County Master Gardeners will host a plant sale at the Hot Spring County Fairgrounds, in the Cattle Barn, behind the Exhibit building on Friday, September 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. (or until plants are sold out if earlier than 1 p.m.) to help gardeners and house plant lovers tra…

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On September 12, 2020 at approximately 0020 hours, officers with the Hot Springs Police Department responded to 1374 E. Grand Avenue, Hot Springs, in reference to a shooting. Read more about the shooting in Wednesdays September 16 MDR newspaper edition.

The Malvern City Council approved two items of new business during its monthly meeting Monday. The council agreed to accept the 2019 audit report from legislative audit and approved extension of water service on Babcock Street. Read more details from the meeting in Wednesdays September 16 MD…

The Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Department notified residents in the county about the arrest of Gary Lee Efird recently. Efird, a level four sexual dangerous suspect was arrested on two counts of rape a Class Y felony. Read more details in Tuesdays September 15 MDR newspaper edition.

Ouachita Elementary School will be having a fundraiser catered by Dorey’s Catering held on September 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and purchased at the Ouachita Elementary School. All tickets are $12 per plate—which includes four pieces of catfish or chicken, fr…

Arkansas saw more than 1,200 new cases of COVID-19 during the weekend, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. On Saturday, the state reported 727 positive cases, while Sunday saw a slight decline with 508. See how COVID-19 numbers fared in Tuesdays September 15 MDR newspaper edition.

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Recently, Arkansas State Trooper First Class Ryne Shelton, 30, of Pike County, was promoted to the rank of sergeant during a meeting of the Arkansas State Police Commission. The recommendation for promotion was made by Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police and approved b…

Miranda Diaz, Virginia Cardin and Joye McCarley-Short are very happy that the Hot Spring County Museum has received a Small Museum Grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage, funded by your 1/8 cent conservation tax, Amendment 75. Read more details in upcoming MDR newspaper editions.

During his daily briefing today, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that Baptist Health System will be assisting the Arkansas Department of Health with testing. He said this will increase the state’s testing capacity by 20 percent. Read more details in Thursdays September 10 MDR newspaper edition.

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Honor our heroes of 9/11 and today with your personalized hand print. Come out Thursday to the parking lot beside the Ritz Theatre from 4:30 to 6 pm to put your hand prints on a board honoring these heroes. The temporary mural will be on location through Monday when it will move to the courthouse.

The Malvern/Hot Spring County Library has several events planned for the month of September. The library has declared September “Sign-up Month, “ and if anyone signs up for a new library card during the month of September, you will be entered in a drawing for a Wonder Woman prize package. Re…