Monday morning at 10 a.m. protesters carried signs outside of Crye Leike Realty demanding the resignation of District 5 City Director Rick Ramick. Protesters feel that Ramick is ineligible for serving as City Director since he resides at a home on Paddock Pointe in proposed Enclave B which is still in the county, not the city. Ramick interviewed with us weeks ago claiming to have dual residency in both a city and a county address. Click on the video to hear the words of those who oppose him.
Dear City of Hot Springs Mayor, Board of Directors and City Manager:
Tonight is a very important night to many of us here in Hot Springs. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and more will line the street to attend our Annual Christmas Parade along famous Central Avenue. Chests will puff with pride and joy. The eyes of children will light up the darkness of the night amidst the colorful lights of the season. It will be a magical night!
Or will it?
Unfortunately, there are many who are struggling with the painful decision to attend the parade or miss it in order to be present at the regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting. The Board of Director’s meeting will address the very controversial issue of “forced annexation” and is the only time that the public can offer comments prior to the Board’s vote. So, we ask, is this intentional?
The Board canceled two regularly scheduled meetings this year due to lack of agenda items. Therefore, the public is aware that cancelations and rescheduling can and does occur.
Is the Board using the scheduling conflict to its advantage? One might think that this is like the Grinch attempting to steal Christmas or in this instance, the Board trying to “steal parts of Garland County” by reducing the number of people who attend and voice their opposition. Is this annexation being imposed to prosper the natural growth of our city or is it an immoral, conscious effort to usurp the power of the people?
Will this be the Board of Director’s Christmas gift to the citizens of Hot Springs and Garland County? Surely not. Remember how the story ends.
And may your hearts grow three sizes tonight!
The registration deadline is Friday, November 18 for participation in the 2016 Oaklawn Rotary Christmas Parade.
Online registration is available at www.HotSpringsChristmasParade.com. The parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Hot Springs, with a rain date of December 6.
This year’s parade theme is “Visions of Christmas Long Ago.” Area groups, businesses and organizations are encouraged to prepare their float entries in accordance with the theme.
The parade entry fee of $50 will be used by the club to support several Garland County charities, including the Project Hope Food Bank. Trophies will be awarded for Best Decorated Float, Best Use of Theme, Best Use of Special Effects, Best Choreographed, and Most Decorated Non-Float.
All entrants are required to send a representative to a mandatory pre-parade meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 27 at the Transportation Depot, 100 Broadway Terrace. Parade lineup numbers and additional information will be distributed at the meeting, and entry fees will be collected.
The official parade entry form and parade rules are available on the new parade website. Inquiries may be directed to HotSpringsChristmasParade@gmail.com.
On May 11, 2016 at approximately 2:25 pm the Hot Springs Police Department received numerous 911 calls in reference to a shooting in the area of Helen Street. Responding Officer’s located one victim near the scene who had been shot and that victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance. Officers secured the scene and located numerous shell casings in the area of 110 Helen Street.
A short time later, HSPD was notified of two other shooting victims at National Park Medical Center. The victims at National Park Medical Center had been driven there by private vehicles. Detectives responded to National Park Hospital and contacted two male victims along with several witnesses. Subsequent to investigation, Jimmy Harris was taken into custody at 110 Helen Street without incident. Harris is charged with three counts of Battery in the First Degree and five counts of Aggravated Assault. Harris’ bond is set at $27,500.
Detectives are currently processing the crime scene and interviewing other persons of interest. All three victims appear to have non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
On Monday May 9, 2016 the Garland County Sheriff’s Office received a snapshot from the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline regarding sexual abuse of a twelve year old female by a known offender, James Sharp of Hot Springs.
On May 10, 2016 the twelve year old female was interviewed at the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center by investigators from the Arkansas State Police and the Garland County Sheriff’s Office. The twelve year old juvenile female disclosed that she and the offender had numerous sexual contacts between the ages of eleven and twelve.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Office received information that James Sharp was planning to flee to the state of Georgia to avoid prosecution. A warrant was issued for James Eugene Sharp (D.O.B. 01/30/1984) on the charge of Rape 5-14-103 a class Y felony.
On Tuesday May 10, 2016 Garland County investigators with assistance from the Hot Springs Police Department were able to locate and apprehend James Sharp at a local Motel on Albert Pike Road at approximately 3:30 P.M.
Mr. Sharp is currently being held on a $0 bond at the Garland County Detention Center.