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Posted on: March 2, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine updates and information

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The COVID-19 Vaccine portal offers updates and information about vaccine distribution in Garland County, including links to online waiting lists.

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

COVID-19 information and updates

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The COVID-19 portal has the most recent COVID-19 press releases and updates from the City, the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force and the State of Arkansas, as well as other helpful links and information.

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

2020 State of the City Report

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City Manager Bill Burrough presented the State of the City
Report at the Board of Directors Meeting on Feb. 23, 2021. See the report, which includes City accomplishments and awards from 2020.

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News Flash

Posted on: March 5, 2021

Cherry Blossom Festival set for March 21

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Come “Journey Through Japan” at the Hot Springs Convention Center on Sunday, March 21, 2021, from 1-4 p.m. at the Fourth Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, hosted by the Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation.

From the moment guests arrive at the ev...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Burrough re-elected president of water alliance

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Hot Springs City Manager Bill Burrough was re-elected to a third term as president of the Mid-Arkansas Water Alliance (MAWA) in January 2021.

Burrough has been on the MAWA Board of Directors since 2012. MAWA is a not-for-profit, Arkansas public benefit mem...

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Posted on: March 4, 2021

City’s 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report honored

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The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Hot Springs by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2021

Operation Clean Sweep planned for areas of Valley St. and Shady Grove Rd.

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The City’s first Operation Clean Sweep of 2021 is scheduled for Monday, March 8, through Friday, March 26, to include approximately 350 structures in the area of Valley Street and Shady Grove Road, between West Grand and Hollywood avenues, to Malvern Aven...

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Mitigation efforts, now guidelines, will continue

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson changed the statewide COVID-19 directives to guidelines on Feb. 26, yet he and Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero said it is essential that individual behaviors regarding wearing masks, socially distancing and washing hands continue. ...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: February 26, 2021

City seeks applicants for 32 board and committee positions

The City of Hot Springs will accept applications until noon on Friday, April 2, 2021, for a total of 32 volunteer positions on various City advisory boards and committees.

Applicants must be registered voters of the City of Hot Springs, unless otherwise sp...

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Posted on: February 25, 2021

Planning Commission Public Hearing on Mar. 11

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 11, in the Board Chambers at City Hall, 133 Convention Boulevard, to consider the following:

 

  • End of Five Points Road and Aberina Street – Preliminary subdivi...
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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Conservation efforts aid in water system recovery

With the recent winter storm and extreme cold temperatures, Hot Springs residents have been busy coping with frozen pipes. Because of the high number of broken services, Hot Springs Utilities has been working night and day to keep up with demand for water...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: February 24, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Low testing numbers due to weather skews statistics

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The week of Feb. 14-22 had the lowest total of COVID-19 test results recorded for Garland County since August due to the winter weather, but Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby is still pleased by the continued downward trajectory of the county&...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Water levels critical – ‘Please conserve’

The Hot Springs Utilities water system is at critically low levels, according to Utilities Director Monty Ledbetter. He is asking residents who might run their faucets tonight to do so at no more than slow drip, and for everyone to be in conservation mode...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Weather inhibits COVID testing

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Cold temperatures most likely led to a lower number of COVID-19 testing being done the week of Feb. 8-14, and the continued effects of inclement weather will likely skew the pandemic outlook for weeks ahead, according to Garland County Health Officer Dr. ...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Only slight drip needed to prevent pipes from freezing

The City of Hot Springs Utilities is asking residents who are keeping faucets running due to cold temperatures to be mindful of the amount of water being used, as only a slight drip is needed.

“We are making all the water we can and are losing gr...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: February 15, 2021

Entergy Arkansas Responding to Outages from Winter Storm

Approximately 1,600 customers remained without power Sunday evening after about 7,000 were disrupted earlier in the day as winter weather blew across the state. Forecasts call for even more extreme temperatures, sleet, and snow this week, with an unpreced...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Cases increase, but positivity rate and active cases hold steady

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Although the week of Jan. 31 – Feb. 7 saw a 64% increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Garland County from the previous week, a higher number of test results kept the positivity rate steady and the number of active cases fell b...

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Posted on: February 8, 2021

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Cases declining; vigilance should remain

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Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby told the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force at the meeting on Monday, Feb. 1, that the county has seen across the board improvement this past week. He warned, however, that there is a long road ahe...

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

On a vaccine waiting list? Be sure to answer your phone

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Those in Garland County who have registered to be on a COVID-19 vaccine waiting list are encouraged to answer their phone as vaccination clinics continue to be scheduled. 

Those involved in vaccine distribution are using the waiting lists to conta...

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Posted on: January 26, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: COVID numbers trending downward as vaccinations continue

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Although a significant number of active COVID-19 cases remain in Garland County, the trend of new cases is on a downward slope as vaccinations continue for Phase 1-A groups and the start of Phase 1-B – education workers and those 70 and older.

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: High COVID numbers continue, but may be nearing peak

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The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Garland County for the week of Jan. 10-17 of 815 was a record high for the third-straight week, but with the holidays behind us, Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby is hopeful that the county is at or...

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Posted on: January 12, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Record-setting trend continues to strain hospitals

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The drastic upward trend of new COVID-19 cases in Garland County following the Christmas and New Year’s holidays is continuing, putting a strain on local hospitals.

“We have a surging, deadly pandemic that is getting worse here. The cha...

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Posted on: January 6, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Cases and hospitalizations continue post-holiday rise

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Although the start of the vaccine rollout offers hope, it will still likely be months before doses of the vaccine are available for the general public. In the meantime, record-level COVID-19 statistics for Garland County, including rising hospitalizations...

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Hospitals at highest levels as task force dissuades COVID fatigue

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At the virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force on Dec. 28, representatives from CHI St. Vincent and National Park Medical Center shared their anxiousness about a likely increase in cases in the weeks following the Christmas h...

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Posted on: December 23, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Garland County begins inoculating healthcare providers

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As the active cases in Garland County continue to rise, the beginning of the phased distribution of COVID-19 vaccines was a primary topic of discussion at the Dec. 21 virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force.

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: Garland County COVID-19 numbers ‘off the charts’

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Several COVID-19 statistics for the week of Dec. 6 – 13 in Garland County far exceeded previous record highs, according to Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby at the Dec. 14 virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County Covid-19 Ta...

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Posted on: December 9, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Shorter quarantine guidelines for non-symptomatic close contacts

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Representatives on the Hot Springs/Garland County Covid-19 Task Force are bracing for what may be a rise in post-Thanksgiving cases this week while preparing for a change in quarantine guidelines and upcoming vaccine deliveries.

During the Dec. 7 virtual t...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Hospitals in Hot Springs seeing their highest numbers of pandemic

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Even though Garland County’s COVID-19 statistics remain on a plateau since the rise in cases ending around Nov. 15, the hospitals in Hot Springs are experiencing what they say are some of their highest numbers of the pandemic as they are treatin...

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Task force urges adherence to recommendations this holiday

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Over the past week, Garland County’s COVID-19 statistics plateaued from the previous weeks’ upward trajectory, but health officials continue to urge area residents to be vigilant this Thanksgiving holiday.

Even though case numbers have stabilized, the coun...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: More pandemic records set locally; ‘it’s everywhere’

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“The virus has continued to spread throughout our community, our county, with no particular source; it’s everywhere,” said Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby at the Nov. 16 virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force.

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Past week's new case count total all-time high

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As area nursing home COVID-19 cases begin to decline from the spike in recent weeks, community spread is keeping the number of new cases and the active case count at or near record high levels.

At the Nov. 9 meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Cases and deaths in area expected in increase due to COVID-19

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With the active cases in Garland County at an all-time high for the second straight week and the greatest percentage of cases being in the most vulnerable population, Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby fears that COVID-related deaths in the cou...

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Posted on: October 27, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: Active cases reach all-time high

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Garland County has risen to its highest number since the start of the pandemic at 247, according to Garland County Health Office Dr. Gene Shelby at the Oct. 26 virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Garland County’s active cases and COVID-19 deaths rise in past week

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Following a downward trend for COVID-19 cases in Garland County, the week of Oct. 11 – 18 saw a higher number of new cases, active cases and deaths, while there was a decrease in the number of tests performed.

“Unfortunately, last week was not a very good ...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: October 14, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: Continued vigilance needed to keep local COVID curve flat

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Hot Springs and Garland County continue to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, but members of the area COVID-19 task force caution that vigilance is needed to continue to keep down the spread of the virus.

“Our community cannot let our guard down. We have...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: September 30, 2020

State and local health officials dissuade Covid fatigue

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Recognizing that many people are experiencing fatigue in respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby seeks to remind the community of the deadly and communicable nature of this coronavirus.

At the Sept. 28 virtual meetin...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: September 23, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: No jump in cases following latest holiday weekend

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Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby is optimistic about where Garland County stands in the pandemic as two weeks have passed since Labor Day, yet the COVID-19 numbers locally have not increased as they did following Memorial Day and Independence...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Schools seeking prospective substitute teachers/bus drivers

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At this point in the pandemic, school superintendents across Garland County are more concerned that the quarantining of teachers and bus drivers could force a change to virtual learning more so than the threat of positive cases within school districts.

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Superintendents remind families of quarantine guidelines

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If a member of a student’s household tests positive for COVID-19, the student is also required to quarantine rather than continuing to attend school in person. This was the primary message from superintendents during the virtual meeting of the Hot Springs...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Task force seeks to clarify state’s quarantine and isolation guidelines

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During the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force virtual meeting on Aug. 31, school superintendents from across Garland County reported a great first week, with hopes that communication from the task force can help clear up misunderstandings in t...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: Garland County COVID cases and testing numbers are down

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Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby shared at the Aug. 24 meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force that he is pleased with the current numbers for Garland County, but he continues to stress the importance of wearing masks an...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: Garland County COVID trend continues in right direction

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At the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force virtual meeting on August 10, Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby said that the COVID-19 numbers from the week of August 2-9 look better, and that he is pleased with the trend.

There were 171 ...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Garland County virus cases flatten, but positivity rate increases

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COVID-19 numbers from Garland County for the week of July 2 – August 2 do show some “positive aspects compared to the previous two weeks” as new cases seem to be “leveling off,” said Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby at the Hot Springs/Garland...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Garland County virus cases continue on ‘major upward trend’

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Garland County averaged 30 new COVID-19 cases reported daily from July 19 – 26, with a total of 210 new cases for the week, according to Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby at the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force virtual meeting on...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: July 24, 2020

$8.2 million available to Arkansans for electric utility assistance

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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has an additional $8.2 million from the CARES Act to assist Arkansas households struggling with their electric bills.

Distribution of the funding will begin on July 27, and will continue through Sept. ...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Garland County virus cases more than double in past week

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those under investigation more than doubled this past week from 90 on July 12 to 188 on July 19, and the number of active cases went from 65 to 150.

“Garland County is certainly in the mix of this pandemic,” said ...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: July 14, 2020

Garland County positivity rate rises to 6.4%

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Although the number of new and active cases in Garland County has plateaued, the positive rate of infection among the 732 tests done between July 5-12 rose to 6.4%, up from the previous week’s 2.7%.

Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby shared at t...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: July 10, 2020

Garland County positivity rate cut in half from previous week

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There were 48 new COVID-19 cases reported in Garland County from June 28 – July 5, but because of a record number of tests performed, the positivity rate decreased from the previous week’s 5.8% to 2.7%.

Also, thanks to the number of recoveries in Garland C...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Garland County has increase of 50 new active COVID-19 cases

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Following Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force virtual meeting on June 22, where case numbers had stabilized, data from the past week shared at the June 29 meeting showed an upward trend with 50 new cases.

Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene S...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases

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Posted on: March 4, 2021

Prescribed Fire Planned at Hot Springs National Park

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March 5, 2021

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Contact: Fire Specialist, Dwight Newman, 870-365-2772

Prescribed Fire Planned at Hot Springs National Park 

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

Official HSPD Release: Federal Street shooting

On Friday, February 26, 2021 at approximately 10 p.m., officers with the Hot Springs Police Department responded to 105 Federal Street in reference to a call of “Shots Fired.” On their arrival, officers located an adult female (46) and...

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Hot Springs Police Department
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Official HSPD Release: Joint Operation

More than a year ago, the Hot Springs Police Department joined with local, state, and federal partners to address the violent crime in our community. This partnership has included the 18th Judicial District East Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, th...

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