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Man dies in mobile home fire

A local man died late Thursday from injuries he received after a fire erupted in his single-wide mobile home, apparently caused by the victim smoking while using a portable oxygen machine.

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Suspects sought

Hot Springs and Jacksonville police seek information on these suspects, a male and a female, in reference to vehicle break-ins at nursing home parking lots. Stolen credit cards from the thefts have been used in the Little Rock area. Suspects are driving a mid- to late-1990s model Buick LeSabre, possibly gray in color. Anyone with information is asked to contact HSPD Detective Lampinen at 501-321-6789, ext. 6741.

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Engineer honored

Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers President-elect Brad Peterson, left, presented Larry Stephens with the organization's Engineer of the Year Award during a luncheon at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa on Friday. Stephens co-founded Mid-South Engineering Co. in Hot Springs in 1969, which has grown to 135 employees with offices in Hot Springs, Cary, N.C., and Millinocket, Maine.

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Students take aim at archery tourney

Teams from across Arkansas filled Bank of the Ozarks Arena and the Hot Springs Convention Center's exhibit hall Friday for the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program's State Tournament.

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Sheriff's log

March 26 J.W. Dunn, 111 Brittany Drive, reported a theft and identity fraud. Missing were bank checks. Joe Lynn Edwayrds, Bonnerdale, reported a theft at 451 Levi Lane. Missing was a 4-wheeler. Geneva Fleeman, 120 Merganser Trail, reported a burglary. Missing were a handgun and tax information.

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Police log

March 26 Jamieon Katreal Hawkins-Nolen, 241 Autumn St., Apt. 23, reported a theft of a cellphone. Donna Farmer, 125 Morrison Ave., reported a break-in. Missing was a purse with contents.

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Wreck causes outage

A one-vehicle accident in the 400 block of Hammond Drive caused a power outage around noon Friday. The driver of a 2000 Escalade apparently suffered a medical condition that caused him to strike a utility pole, breaking it in half, said Hot Springs police Officer 1st Class Seymour. The driver was transported by LifeNet to a local hospital.

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Man found with 58 grams of marijuana

An 18-year-old man was arrested Thursday evening and charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance with the purpose to deliver, a felony punishable by up to six years in prison, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

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How grandparents can help grandchildren with college costs

As the cost of a college education continues to climb, many grandparents are stepping in to help. This trend is expected to accelerate as baby boomers, many of whom went to college, become grandparents and start gifting what's predicted to be trillions of dollars over the coming decades.

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Agents keep jockeys on schedule

EDITOR'S NOTE: A successful live race meet at Oaklawn Park depends on hundreds of employees working a variety of jobs, from making sure the horses are ready to run to ensuring that customers have a memorable day at the races. The Sentinel-Record today continues its weekly series spotlighting the workers who make Oaklawn a success. Behind every top-winning jockey is an agent keeping track of their schedules and getting them the best possible mounts for each race. Jerry Hissam has been in the business for 46 years and said he wouldn't trade the 7-days a week schedule for anything. "I started as an official at Waterford Park -- now Mountaineer Race Track -- and was an entry clerk, a paddock judge and patrol judge," Hissam said. "I came to Hot Springs in 1968 and since then have only missed two and a half meets here."

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