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Ouachita ranks No. 5 in the nation in Forbes’ 2015 #MyTopCollege campaign

Ouachita ranks No. 5 in the nation in Forbes’ 2015 #MyTopCollege campaign

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—For the second year in a row, Ouachita Baptist University has earned a national Top 10 finish in Forbes’ #MyTopCollege social media campaign.

With students, alumni, faculty and staff posting comments and photos about why Ouachita is #MyTopCollege, Ouachita finished this year’s competition ranked No. 1 in the seven-state Southeast region and No. 5 nationally, moving up three spots from last year’s No. 8 finish.

A series of outdoor scenes by Sarah Waymire, a 2012 Ouachita graduate, was featured on forbes.com among Forbes’ favorite #MyTopCollege photos. Waymire’s tweet noted that “@Ouachita is #MyTopCollege because it’s surrounded by Arkansas’ beautiful outdoors.”

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JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

UNDATED, Ark. (KTHV) - One option to take advantage of for some back-to-school shopping and during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year could be your local JCPenney store . From denim and school uniforms to dorm gear and backpacks, JCPenney is a one-stop shopping destination for all their back-to-school needs. For a limited time, kids will receive $10 haircuts at jcp salons [Valid July 15 – Aug. 31, while appointments last] and $29.99 eyeglasses at all JCPenney optical stores [Valid July 5 – Sept. 15]. 

WHEN:

July 17 - 18 – Tax holiday

*Extended store hours*

WHERE:

Local JCPenney stores. (Go to jcpenney.com and click on “find a store” for nearest location.)

Hard rock icon Bret Michaels brings “True Grit” tour to Magic Springs August 1

Hard rock icon Bret Michaels brings “True Grit” tour to Magic Springs August 1

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Rock icon and media start Bret Michaels will bring his “True Grit” tour to the stage on Saturday, August 1 at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs.

The show begins at 8 p.m.  

Bret Michaels is a man of many hats including the one he wears on stage. He is a singer-songwriter, musician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer and reality television personality.

He first gained fame as the lead vocalist of the metal band Poison, selling more than 45 million records worldwide and 15 million records in the United States alone. The band charted 10 singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the number-one single, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

Loverboy and Lita Ford set for July 25 at Magic Springs

Loverboy and Lita Ford set for July 25 at Magic Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Loverboy and Lita Ford will take the stage on Saturday, July 25 at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs. The show begins at 8 p.m.

LOVERBOY

Loverboy is a Canadian rock group who accumulated numerous hit songs, earning four multi-platinum albums and selling millions of records.

The band's hit singles, particularly "Turn Me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend," have become arena rock staples and are heard on classic rock and classic hits radio stations  today. They are currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Artist website: loverboyband.com

LITA FORD

Lita Ford is a British-American rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 1970’s before embarking on a solo career in the 1980’s.

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CADC accepting applications for summer LIHEAP program

BENTON, Ark. (CADC) - Central Arkansas Development Council is currently accepting applications for the summer regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days that begin July 6, 2015.

Celebrate The Word Weekend features top Christian acts July 10 and 11

Celebrate The Word Weekend features top Christian acts July 10 and 11

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Magic Springs) - Sidewalk Prophets and Newsong will perform Friday, July 10, and Newsboys will take the stage Saturday, July 11, at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs. The shows begins at 8 p.m.

Friday, July 10

Sidewalk Prophets is a contemporary Christian music band from Nashville, Tennessee. Their album “These Simple Truths” contained the single "The Words I Would Say", which is also featured on WOW Hits 2010 and WOW Hits 2011. The group won the 2010 GMA Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.

Artist website: sidewalkprohets.com

Newsong is an American contemporary Christian music group founded in 1981, at Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia. They have had eight GMA Dove Award nominations. They are the founders of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, the United States' largest annual Christian music tour.

Saturday, July 11

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.