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Burn bans put restrictions on campers

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - If you're planning a weekend camping trip any time soon, you may want to leave the marshmallows at home.

Burn bans are in place at 14 Arkansas State Parks and several other campgrounds across the state. THV11 wanted to know how this is taking the spark out of fall camping.

"I've got a fake campfire ordered for us, so we'll have a campfire," Rusty Hardy.

After spending a week at Lake Catherine State Park without a campfire, Hardy ordered a fake one off of Amazon. A firefighter himself, Hardy gets why the restrictions are in place.

"All of us, we're used to building a campfire every night," said Hardy. "It's just not the same, but we understand it's so dry."

Park Superintendent Richard Boyes explains why Lake Catherine State Park has to take extra precautions when it comes to wildfire danger.

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Alliance Rubber Company hosting students for National Manufacturing Day

Alliance Rubber Company hosting students for National Manufacturing Day

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The world’s largest manufacturer of rubber bands is hosting an event on October 2 in celebration of National Manufacturing Day.

The Alliance Rubber Company is giving the public a chance to see the inner-workings of manufacturing. During the event, sixth graders from Fountain Lake School will have the opportunity to tour the facility, learn about manufacturing and hear about career opportunities in the manufacturing field.

The students will arrive at 9 a.m. on Friday to the Alliance Rubber Company facility located at 210 Carpenter Dam Road in Hot Springs.

Amy Fecher, deputy director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, will be one of the speakers during the event, and Assistant Hot Springs Mayor Rick Ramick will be in attendance. 

Downtown Hot Springs revitalization plan to be revealed

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- For six months, a group has looked for ways to improve downtown Hot Springs. Next Thursday, the economic development group will present those findings and a plan of action to revitalize historic Hot Springs.

This whole process began after the Majestic Hotel fire in 2014. City leaders were left with a mess and saw an opportunity to capitalize on the loss.

Better parking, new hotels and residential development are all improvements that downtown development director for the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Cole McCaskill says could be coming to downtown Hot Springs.

Third suspect arrested in Hot Springs homicide

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A third suspect was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a Hot Springs homicide.

Police found Roy Smith and another man shot at a home on Kenwood Street last Thursday afternoon. Smith later died at the hospital, and the other wounded man was later released.

Kameron Dreshawn Parker, 17, of Little Rock was arrested on a warrant for capital murder. He is charged as an adult and will be held without bond.

Police also arrested Ocoriye D. Wallace for capital murder on Sept. 25 and Abriauna Bell for hindering apprehension.

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Three men, 1 teen arrested in rest stop robbery

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Three men and one teenager have been arrested in connection to a local highway rest stop robbery that happened on Tuesday.

When deputies arrived to the rest area in the 4600 block of Highway 70 East, they spoke with three victims who stated that they were there to meet Javin Cranford to sell a bottle of prescription cough syrup.

The victim said that he and Cranford had gotten into an argument, and another man got out of the suspect vehicle and pointed a handgun at him, demanding that he empty his pockets. The suspect also stole a cell phone and other items from the two other passengers in the car.

The suspects then left the scene heading east on Highway 70.

According to Lt. Jeff Silk, state police stopped a vehicle near the 123 mile marker along I-30 westbound matching the description of the vehicle connected to the robbery.

ASMSA Science and Arts Café lecture series set

ASMSA Science and Arts Café lecture series set

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts 2015-16 Science and Arts Café lecture series will feature Henderson State University professor Dr. Travis Langley and several ASMSA faculty members.

The first lecture on Thursday, Oct. 8, features ASMSA French instructor Bryan Adams, who will present “French Crash Course Using the AIM Method.” AIM stands for Accelerative Integrated Methodology, which uses gestures, music, dance and theater to help students learn a new language. Adams’ lecture will help attendees learn some French using AIM during the session.

Magic Screams at Magic Springs weekends beginning Oct. 11 through Nov. 1

Magic Screams at Magic Springs weekends beginning Oct. 11 through Nov. 1

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Magic Springs is bringing back its annual “Magic Screams” Halloween event. 

Beginning on October 10 and continuing through November 1, the park will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays for the public to experience a good scream for Halloween.  

Several of the park’s rides will be open, including X-Coaster, The Gauntlet, Wild Thang, Big Bad John, Ozark Mountain Taxi Co., Razorback Roundup (enclosed with black light paint), the Carousel and the kiddie rides.

“We have the largest Halloween event in the state, possibly in the region and want our visitors to enjoy every bit of it,” said General Manager Steve Honeycutt.