Term Limits, Constables, & Loco Bonita Ranch

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May 042016
 

Tim Jacob  – 2016 Term Limits Petition “The way they gain real power is by attaching themselves to long-term incumbents …” (Tim Jacob speaking of lobbyists and bureaucratic organizations) Tim Jacob addressed the Hot Springs Village TEA Party on May 3, 2016 regarding the current term limit petition applicable to Arkansas legislators. If successful the measure will […]

HSV Town Hall – U.S. Senator Tom Cotton

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Apr 022016
 
HSV Town Hall - U.S. Senator Tom Cotton

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton appeared before a receptive audience at a Town Hall Meeting at the Coronado Community Center in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas on April 1, 2016. Senator Cotton spoke at some length about the “threat of Islamic terrorism” and the threat of the “Islamic State”, before addressing a number of other subjects. The […]

Meet Your Election Commission Chairman!

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Mar 172016
 
Meet Your Election Commission Chairman!

Hot Springs Daily did a video interview with Garland County Election Commission Chairman, Gene Haley, on March 16, 2016. Chairman Haley addressed a number of topics including: An after the Primary Election report. The deadline and the process for an independent or 3rd party candidate to get on the Arkansas ballot for the November 8th […]

Garland County Quorum Court Approves June Special Election

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Mar 152016
 
Garland County Quorum Court Approves June Special Election

by Clay Herrmann In an 11 to 2 vote at the March 14, 2016 meeting of the Garland County legislature, the Quorum Court approved presiding County Judge Rick Davis’ call for a Special Election to be held on June 28, 2016 for a 0.625% county sales tax, to pay off bonds to be issued “in […]

5/8% Sales Tax for MLK Bypass – Committee Hearing & Vote

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Mar 032016
 
5/8% Sales Tax for MLK Bypass - Committee Hearing & Vote

by Clay Herrmann The Public Health, Welfare & Safety Committee of the Garland County Quorum Court met on February 29, 2016. The major issue under consideration was County Judge Rick Davis’ proposal for another “temporary” 5/8% sales tax, this time to raise approximately fifty million dollars. Approximately thirty million would be for cost-sharing with the […]

Feb 262016
 
Imaginary Interview with Sheriff McCormick

by Clay Herrmann Why an imaginary rather than a real interview? In this case it is primarily because I thought an imaginary interview would be much more fun. Hopefully Sheriff McCormick will have a good sense of humor about this, and think so too. With just a few days remaining before the March 1st Primary, […]

HSVPOA BOD January 20, 2016 Meeting

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Jan 212016
 
HSVPOA BOD January 20, 2016 Meeting

by Clay Herrmann The house was packed for the January 20th, 2016 Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association Board of Directors Meeting at the Ponce de Leon Center in Hot Springs Village. HSV Realtors turned out en-masse along with other property owners concerned about an announced intent to impose a new 0.85% of sales price […]

April Fools Day Proposal Not a Joke

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Jan 192016
 
April Fools Day Proposal Not a Joke

by Clay Herrmann  word-of-the-day ra·pa·cious [rəˈpāSHəs] – aggressively greedy or grasping –  – always wanting more money, possessions, etc. –  – wanting more than is needed or deserved – e.g. “Government’s rapacious nature is par for the course.” It was scheduled to take effect April 1, 2016. The Hot Springs Board of Realtors was notified of the […]

Champion Christian College

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Dec 272015
 
Champion Christian College

by Clay Herrmann National Park College is not the only institution of higher learning headquartered in Garland County, Arkansas. Founded a decade ago, Champion Christian College is located at 600 Garland Avenue in Hot Springs on a campus and grounds adjacent to Gospel Light Baptist Church. Students moving on from high school who may not be interested in […]

San Bernardino and Pearl Harbor

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Dec 072015
 
San Bernardino and Pearl Harbor

by Clay Herrmann This article is much more personal than most that I write. The thoughts may seem a little disconnected at first, but hopefully will cohere for you to some extent by the time you reach the end. Mom and Dad grew up in Garland County, Arkansas, but I was born in San Bernadino, […]

“A WHOLE NEW MIND” for a Different Kind of School

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Dec 062015
 
"A WHOLE NEW MIND" for a Different Kind of School

by Clay Herrmann Corey Alderdice, Director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts was featured speaker at the Ponce de Leon Center in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. His presentation was the last program in the Ouachita Speaker Series for the 2015 calendar year. Looking at the topic of why and how we […]

Board or Borg – Annexation or Assimilation?

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Dec 042015
 
Board or Borg - Annexation or Assimilation?

by Clay Herrmann (image from http://acidrayn.com/2013/01/page/2/) Former Garland County Judge and current Hot Springs District 4 City Director Larry Williams spoke out passionately in support of the annexation measure under consideration on December 1, 2015. (Above video of Director Willams is only 3 minutes 11 seconds. Full video below is 1:51:03.) Mayor Ruth Carney abstained […]

Storm Damage – Garland County Title Company

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Nov 172015
 
Storm Damage - Garland County Title Company

by Clay Herrmann Hot Springs Fire Chef Ed Davis credited the pictured damage to the Garland County Title Company building located on the corner of Ouachita and Orange Street to “high winds” (November 17, 2015). Thankfully, to the best of our knowledge, no persons were injured when the mass of bricks fell from the top […]

GGGG Meeting – Annexation, Taxes, Candidates, Water, and More

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Nov 162015
 

by Clay Herrmann Justice of the Peace for District 13 candidate Ralph Edds makes a brief introduction to the Garland Good Government Group (http://ggggnews.com/) at the Garland County Library on November 12, 2015. Renee Westfall, candidate for Hot Springs City Director, addresses the Garland Good Government Group (http://ggggnews.com/) at the Garland County Public Library on […]

City Property Tax Removed From Agenda

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Nov 042015
 
City Property Tax Removed From Agenda

by Clay Herrmann The Public Comment Opportunity allowed after the BOD meeting is not currently televised, nor is it included in the city YouTube archive … but is available here: City Directors unanimously agreed with Interim City Manager Bill Burrough request to remove three items of new business proposing new Ad Valorem Property Taxes for city […]