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Hot Springs police searching for 16-yr-old runaway

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs police are searching for a 16-year-old runaway, that was last seen Tuesday, Feb. 24 at his Hot Springs residence.

Tanner Bates, 16, is described as standing at 5'7" tall weighing 140 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes. Bates was last seen wearing a gray shirt and a black jacket.

According to police, Bates is believed to still be in the Hot Springs area, but they also suspect him to be in Little Rock/Pulaski County area.

Anyone with information on Bates' whereabouts is asked to contact Detective P. Langley at (501) 321-6789, ext. 6717.

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Eureka Springs ordinance to be overridden this summer

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Eureka Springs city council won't be able to enforce its anti-discrimination ordinance come late June or early July.

This is because the state law banning civil-rights ordinances will make it unenforceable 90 days after the end of the legislative session.

The city council passed the ordinance unanimously earlier this month before a state bill banning it, became law.

The ordinance bans discrimination against the LGBT community when it comes to issues like employment and housing.

"We wanted to get it in before the state law was enacted so we would have it in place, we had heard that it was in, that it was coming, we just wanted to make sure something that would protect the civil liberties of everyone, including our gay citizens," said Mayor Butch Berry.

Antique cars, parts stolen from Garland County garage

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Garland County Sheriff's Department is asking for help in locating stolen antique cars and other parts.

The cars were reportedly stolen from a garage near McClendon Road in Hot Springs.

The missing cars include a 1915 dark blue Chevy model 490, a 1925 black 2 door model T truck with homemade wooden box seats, a 1933 dodge 2-door sedan (front left fender is damaged), a Pierce Arrow V12 engine, numerous antique brass and steel radiators, wooden and steel spoked wheels, and a 1911 Ford T Towing engine.

If you have any information about these vehicles, you are asked to contact deputies at 501-622-3660.

*Note: The photos in the gallery are examples of what were reportedly stolen.

Juvenile escapees captured after officials failed to lock doors

Juvenile escapees captured after officials failed to lock doors

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After a lengthy investigation, officials found that deputies with the Garland County Juvenile Detention Center failed to lock the security doors, which aided in the escaped of two juveniles on Feb. 10.

According to Sheriff Mike McCormick, six employees with the Juvenile Detention Center have been suspended without pay and one shift supervisor was terminated following the incident. 

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Winter weather brings academic difficulty

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A couple inches of snow fell in Garland County Wednesday. It made for pretty scenery and plenty of fun for children.

School officials in Hot Springs and Garland County had to play a waiting game for the latest storm. Some districts have already lost a week's worth of classes because of planned days off. So, they waited until as late as they could before deciding whether to cancel school again.

That call came in around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, leading to some groggy groans from parents and sleepy fist pumps from kids. By mid-morning, it was pretty clear they'd made the right call. The snow on the ground would have made transportation to and from class very difficult Wednesday.

Now, the question is how much snow there will be Thursday morning when school officials have to again decide whether to extend this winter vacation.

Arkansas Guard prepares teams to assist state police on highways

Arkansas Guard prepares teams to assist state police on highways

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas National Guard) - The Arkansas National Guard on Wednesday again answered the call to support the Arkansas State Police with teams of Guardsmen at area troop headquarters across South Arkansas.

As winter storm Remus began dumping significant snowfall on a majority of the southern half of the state the Arkansas National Guard received a tasking from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management for several teams to assist the Arkansas State Police with transportation and possible assistance to stranded motorists along the highways.

The support missions were assigned to elements of the Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.  Currently the Guard has three teams standing by to provide assistance.  The teams are made up of two HMMWVs and four Soldiers at each location working 12-hour shifts with the troopers.  Missions thus far total 14 Guard members and six vehicles.

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The best spellers in the state will come together to compete at the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, which could take the winner to nationals in Washington D.C.

The competition will be held Feb. 28 in the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and the competition will begin at 9 a.m. 

The competition will consist of 60 county spelling bee winners in second through eighth grade that will be competing for an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in May. 

The other prizes will be Kindles for the top three finishers, Amazon gift cards and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionaries.