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July 30, 2014

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Ritter finds way from farm to big leagues

It’s a long way from Hot Spring County to Cleveland. In Reggie Ritter’s case, perhaps farther than the geographic 900-plus miles. Before he and his wife, Susan, raised three sons who played a collective 13 consecutive seasons for Lakeside teams, Ritter made an improbable trek from his parents’ farm and Babe Ruth-league baseball to the majors. He returned to Arkansas after retiring from baseball in 1990, moving to Hot Springs a year later. The now 54-year-old Ritter’s 19 game career as a Cleveland Indians reliever, interrupted in 1987 by a line drive to his face, began four years after he graduated from Bismarck High School, which — like most Arkansas schools at the time — did not field a baseball team. “It was a pretty fantastic ride,” Ritter said of his journey through Henderson State University and the Indians’ minor-league system, plus a comeback from a rough 1988 that appeared to have him headed back to the big leagues.

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Two blood drives planned this week

Arkansas Blood Institute will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. today at Ouachita Job Corps, 570 Job Corps Road, Royal, and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hot Springs Mall, in the Sears court.

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Performance panel of WCA meets today

The West Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board Performance Committee will meet at 10 a.m. today at West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, 1000 Central Ave.

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Wednesday's Sheriff's log

July 25 Karen Porter, Hot Springs, reported the loss of a cellphone at Hill Wheatley Park. July 26 Gary Kandlbinder, Mountain Pine, reported a burglary at 129 Brianwood Road in Mountain Pine. Missing were a backpack blower and electric pole saw.

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Chamber head invited to White House

Jim Fram, president and CEO of The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and Hot Springs Metro Partnership, has been selected to participate in a White House Business Council Forum on Economic Development.

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New programs add value to Village's appeal

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of interviews with Hot Springs Village Property Owners' Association Chief Operating Officer and General Manager David Twiggs concerning financial development in the Village.

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