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Fishing tournament reels in big business for Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.(KTHV)- The Forrest Wood Cup is professional bass fishing's biggest tournament.

The championship event will begin this Thursday on Lake Ouachita with a huge fishing expo at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The Forrest Wood Cup attracts the top anglers in the country, and there is $500,000 on the line.

But, perhaps the biggest winner from this tournament will be the city of Hot Springs.

CEO of the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau Steve Arrison says for Hot Springs, having a big bass tournament like the Forrest Wood Cup means a chance to reel in the profits.

"The economics of it are incredible for us. "

Arrison says the city has hosted the tournament before, but they're glad to have it back.

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New details: 13 gators stolen from Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Two thieves are still on the loose after stealing 13 alligators from the Hot Springs alligator farm over the weekend.

The gators are each valued at $100 a piece and the Game and Fish Commission says the thieves may be using them as a bartering tool.

"Our video camera is right over there up on the wall and it showed them kicking the door in."

It took all but 45 seconds. All 13 baby alligators at the Hot Springs farm and petting zoo were gone after two unknown people stole them Saturday morning.

"I just think somebody thought it would be neat to have them and broke in and got them."

Manager Jamie Bridges thinks the pair wanted them as pets, but game and fish think something larger could be at work. 

Officials: Hot Springs city manager dies after fall at home


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Hot Springs officials say City Manager David Watkins has died after sustaining injuries from an accidental fall at his home. He was 61.
The city said in a statement that Watkins died early Monday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. It said that Watkins' family would appreciate the thoughts and prayers of the community and asks for privacy at this time.
City spokeswoman Terry Payne told The Associated Press that she didn't have further details about how Watkins fell on Saturday.
Watkins had been city manager since 2012. Payne said Deputy City Manager Bill Burrough has been appointed interim city manager for the time being.

13 alligators stolen from Hot Springs tourist attraction

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo is asking for help after more than a dozen alligators were stolen from its facility early Saturday morning.

Thirteen alligators are now missing, and security footage shows that it happened in matter of minutes. The owners of the farm hope that by spreading the word, they can somehow get what was taken from them back.

"These doors were shut, and they just kicked them in," said Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo Manager Jamie Bridges. . "They both jumped over the fence, the wall, you could see them putting gators in a bag."

Twelve of the alligators were less than a year old and ranged from 8 inches to 12 inches in length, but one was seven years old and three feet long. Each were valued at $100.

"Whoever did this, I feel like had been here before," suggested Bridges.

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Professional bass fishing's Forrest Wood Cupset to return to Lake Ouachita

Professional bass fishing's Forrest Wood Cupset to return to Lake Ouachita

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (July 30, 2015) – The Forrest Wood Cup, presented by Walmart, will return to Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Ark. August 20-23 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2015.

Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards of $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.

A Recap of LRFW 7

By: Tabitha Cooke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark - Not even a nearly record-breaking hot day could prevent the excitement around the show and entertainment behind the outdoor event on the 4th block of Main Street in downtown Little Rock at the Big Night.

Little Rock’s very own native and TV news personality, Keristen Holmes, returned home to host Big Night, presenting returning designers and new designers as they showcased their clothing lines while models strutted in the designer’s collection on the runway at the seventh annual Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW).

Final concert of the season at Magic Springs August 15

Final concert of the season at Magic Springs August 15

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Christian rockers Red and Thousand Foot Krutch will take the stage Saturday, August 15 at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs.

The first show begins at 7 p.m.  The “Celebrate the Word” weekend marks the final concert of the 2015 Magic Springs concert series.


Red (also stylized as R3D) is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tenn., which incorporates sounds such as rock, alternative rock, alternative metal, hard rock, heavy metal and post-grunge.

To date, Red has released five studio albums: “End of Silence,” “Innocence & Instinct,” “Until We Have Faces,” “Release the Panic,” and their latest album, “Of Beauty and Rage.” The first two albums earned the group Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Gospel Album, while “Until We Have Faces” had a No. 2 debut on Billboard 200. The group has won six GMA Dove Awards.