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Hot Springs considers purchase of Majestic Hotel property

Hot Springs considers purchase of Majestic Hotel property

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.— The City of Hot Springs, on Thursday, July 2, will consider approving purchase of the site of the historic Majestic Hotel, part of which was destroyed by fire February 27-28, 2014.

“The property, which is the entryway to Hot Springs from the north and which serves as the gateway to the city’s historic downtown district, is key to ongoing plans for the redevelopment of the downtown area,” said David Watkins, Hot Springs’ city manager. “Acquisition of this property presents an enormous array of great opportunities on several fronts.”

The rubble of the destroyed portion of the hotel has remained since the night of the fire. Ongoing talks with owner Gary Hassenflu of Kansas City had proven unsuccessful in getting the rubble cleared and remediating the unsafe condition of the remaining portion of the buildings. The Hot Springs Board of Directors condemned the property in March of this year.

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The Charlie Daniels Band to celebrate July 4 at Magic Springs

The Charlie Daniels Band to celebrate July 4 at Magic Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Southern country legend Charlie Daniels will be celebrating the Fourth of July with his band at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs. 

Performances will begin at 3 p.m. with country singer Blane Howard followed by Hot Springs native Aaron Owens at 7 p.m., leaving the Charlie Daniels Band at 8 p.m.

Charles Edward "Charlie" Daniels is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his contributions to country and southern rock music. He is best known for his No. 1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again.” He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. Daniels won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which reached No. 3 on the Hot 100.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics:

 

THV in Your Town for Brickfest

THV in Your Town for Brickfest

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - The annual Malvern Brickfest is set to kick off on Friday, June 26, and THV11 wants to join in on the festival fun. 

THV11 is holding its monthly THV in Your Town in Malvern during the month of June. Some of the newsroom team will be joining in on the Brickfest festivities as part of our visit. Be prepared for some interactive props and Craig O'Neill's standup comedy. 

Brickfest is a family-friendly event full of activities including face painting for the kids and shopping for the adults. There will also be live entertainment including Diamond Rio, followed by live bull riding at the rodeo arena. 

Join the THV11 team and the Malvern community for a fun night at the 2015 Brickfest. 

 

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Ouachita River Bridge groundbreaking ceremony

Ouachita River Bridge groundbreaking ceremony

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - Members of the Arkansas State Highway Commission will gather on Friday for the Highway 51 Ouachita River Bridge Groundbreaking ceremony. 

At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, officials will gather on S. 1st Street in Arkadelphia to begin the construction of the Ouachita River Park Amphitheater. 

All of the public is welcome to attend. 

Directions to the location are as follows:

From downtown Arkadelphia, travel Highway 51 East and turn right on to South 1st Street. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett & the Blackhearts set for Magic Springs June 20

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett & the Blackhearts set for Magic Springs June 20

HOT SPRING, Ark. - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett, is set to perform at Magic Springs on Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m. Crash Meadows of Hot Springs will be the opening act at 7 p.m.

Jett is best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, including their hit record "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The group’s other popular recordings include:  "Crimson and Clover", "I Hate Myself for Loving You", "Do You Wanna Touch Me", "Light of Day", "Love is All Around" and "Bad Reputation".

She has three albums certified Platinum or Gold and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of this year.  

Artist website: joanjett.com

The next concert will feature country star Scotty McCreery on Saturday, June 27. 

Alligator sightings expected to increase in Arkansas


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) -- They're big, they're scaly, and they've been seen scurrying near Caddo Valley.

Alligators are here in Arkansas and experts say run-ins with them will only get more common.

On Sunday night, one was found wandering around Highway 67 near the border of Arkadelphia and Caddo Valley. Game and Fish as well as Arkadelphia police quickly responded and apprehended the reptile, moving it into a safe area.

"Yeah it was a shock," said William Burke, who owns a store right near the spot where the alligator was seen. "It's been the talk."

"You know males, they'll cross dry ground going pond to pond looking for females, which they're doing right now," added Game and Fish state alligator coordinator Mark Barbee.