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Sheriff's log

July 3 Freddy Rice reported a theft of a cellphone at 102 King Arthur Court. Kaylee Chambers reported a theft of a wallet, cash and ID at Harps, 146 Thornton Ferry Road.

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Up close look

Sheila Malone, left, park interpreter for Hot Springs National Park, holds Spyk, a 5-year-old conure, as Billy Hoda looks on.

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Police log

July 3 Red Roof Inn, 1125 East Grand Ave., reported a break-in. Missing were a wallet, cash, credit card, ID and jewelry. Laquita Loy reported a theft of a chair at 405 Baylee St.

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Fire consumes Winding Ridge home

A fire likely caused by a lightning strike shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday destroyed a multistory brick home in the Eastgate II subdivision despite the efforts of numerous Hot Springs firefighters who battled the blaze for hours in stifling summer weather.

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Rocking out

The Sentinel-Record/Grace Brown Country rock band the ShotGunBillys performs on the stage at Spa Blast, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming's annual Independence Day celebration, on Tuesday.

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Great heights

The Sentinel-Record/Grace Brown Lindsey Jackson, 7, climbs the free-standing rock wall at Spa Blast, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming's Independence Day celebration, Tuesday. The celebration included games, a petting zoo, live music and concluded with a fireworks display at sundown.

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Boating injury

The Sentinel-Record/Rebekah Hedges An unidentified person is placed in a LifeNet helicopter near Entergy Park on Lake Hamilton after being injured in a boating incident at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Garland County sheriff's Sgt. David Martineau said that Garland County marine patrol responded to the incident and the department blocked Carpenter Dam Road near Entergy Park to allow the helicopter to land. No other information was available at presstime.

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Patriotic picnic livens up lawn

Families gathered for what was billed as an "old-fashioned patriotic picnic" Wednesday on Arlington Lawn in Hot Springs National Park. The Red, White & You Picnic in the Park, hosted by Friends of Hot Springs National Park and the National Park Service, was the first of its kind and a tradition the organizations hope to continue annually, according to Roxanne Butterfield, president of the Friends organization. "This is the first time doing an event like this," she said. "We wanted to celebrate the park, we wanted to celebrate independence, and nobody else does anything during the day."

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New driver's licenses, ID cards coming out

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says a newly designed Arkansas driver's license and ID card will be issued beginning July 23 in Hot Springs, with each of the 134 Revenue Offices throughout the state issuing the new card by Aug. 28.

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Sheriff's log

July 2 Michael Miller, 123 Geode Place, reported a theft of a silver 2002 Honda Accord by known suspects. Rex Campbell, 117 Stanage Terrace, reported a theft of a purple 2002 Yamaha 650 motorcycle.

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