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Update: City directors condemn Majestic Hotel


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - It's been more than a year since the historic Majestic Hotel burned down in Hot Springs.

The rubble from the fire still sits virtually untouched in the middle of downtown and now the city is taking matters into its own hands. But it is a sticky situation, while people in Hot Springs are anxious to get the mess cleaned up, they don't want to get stuck with the bill.

"It's private property," said Hot Springs Assistant City Manager Lance Spicer. "That's one of the things that we keep running into is: we only have so much authority that we can do when we're dealing with a private property owner."

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Majestic condemnation back on board Agenda


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Monday, the Hot Springs City Board could could once again decide to condemn the old Majestic Hotel property, the part that was not burned down in a fire more than a year ago.

Previous efforts have been tabled, while the property owner negotiated with city and state officials on a clean-up plan.

But tomorrow may be different. A deadline to begin removing debris from the site expired last week without any action.


American Pharaoh wins Oaklawn "Rebel Stakes"


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Despite the rain, people attended the big race at Oaklawn Saturday to see if a horse named "American Pharaoh" would live up to the hype.

Owner, Ahmed Zayat, nervously watched his heavily favored colt American Pharaoh to take on the sloppy track at Oaklawn for the Rebel Stakes.

Victor Espinoza rode Pharaoh home on top. It's the fifth win in the last six Rebel Stakes for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. An incredible run of dominance for the California-based trainer.

And for Zayat, a chance to exhale.

"I'm just tickled pink that he's back and healthy. And he showed us he can relax and enjoy what were very hard circumstances," said Zayat.

After rough weather, Oaklawn looking ahead


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - It's been quite the season so far at Oaklawn. The track has lost seven days due to rain, ice and snow, including opening weekend.

But the track isn't losing hope, and with a month and half left of the season, this weekend marks a turning point for Oaklawn.

A little rain Friday didn't stop race fans from coming out to place a bet.

"The weather doesn't bother us one way or the other," said Paul Rhodes.

Rhodes and a few of his friends make the trip to Hot Springs each year, a fun road trip that's become something of a tradition.

While the weather out of the gate has cost them days, Director of Racing, David Longinotti, says with the Rebel Stakes this weekend, and big tourism events just a few days away, the track is staying positive.

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Re-Fashion Bash to feature students' recyclable designs

Re-Fashion Bash to feature students' recyclable designs

BENTON, Ark. - Saline County students will be showcasing their recycled material fashion designs. 

On Saturday, April 11 at 5 p.m., be a part of Re-Fashion Bash “Where Green is the New Black.” It will be held at the Benton Event Center. This event will highlight Saline County students of all ages walking the runway turning trash to treasure. Come out and support your students on this memorable red carpet night.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District Office located at 114 W. Sevier Street in downtown Benton. Top recycled designs will receive prize money, with first place receiving $500, second place $250, and third place $100.

Missing person out of Benton

Missing person out of Benton

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Police released a missing person report Friday for 39-year-old Pamela Tucker of Benton. 

Oaklawn close to cancellation record


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - It's been a record-setting year at Oaklawn with all the money the track has been offering for the top horses competing there.

But the Hot Springs track is hoping to avoid setting a record for how many times they haven't competed this year.

The recent snow forced the 7th cancellation at Oaklawn this season. One more, and it would tie the record of eight missed days set in 2011.

Track officials caught a break with above-freezing temperatures on Thursday, allowing them to get the snow off the track, and giving them a fighting chance to race on Friday.