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Update: Hot Springs missionaries delay West Africa trip

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The First Baptist Church in Hot Springs has decided to delay its mission trip to West Africa.

At first, the church had decided that despite the current Ebola outbreak fears, they were going to continue with their trip. Two people, Pastor Michael Pounders and Dr. Jack Porter, would have been traveling with Nashville's Baptist Church to Senegal next month.

"We do missions because we feel that we're called to do so," said Dr. Porter when asked about the mission trips the church organizes. "We're providing medicine to those who wouldn't have access any other way."

In a statement released by the church Friday morning, it states, "Out of an abundance of caution and concern regarding the Ebola crisis, First Baptist Church of Hot Springs has elected to delay a church sanctioned mission trip to Senegal West Africa."

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A look inside Paintball Arkansas Zombie Hunt

A look inside Paintball Arkansas Zombie Hunt

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – Out on the outskirts of Conway, contagion has spread, the dead are walking, and the only safe house left in the country has been compromised. Through the emergency exit, you’re left with no choice but to jump on a ride through the woods with nothing but the weapons you’re given and your own fear.

Paintball Arkansas Zombie Hunt has opened for its second year and offers a frightful ride on the Zombie Annihilation Vehicle, 100 rounds of glow-in-the-dark ammo, and a tour through a labyrinth of horrors. The 25 to 30 minute tour is $25 per person and includes all of the above plus sideshow acts by PaulPrater.com.

Thursday was opening night and tours run to Nov. 8 on Thursdays through Saturdays. Gates open at 7 p.m.

Something's Brewing in Argenta

Something's Brewing in Argenta

Join us for the 3rd Annual Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival presented by Edwards Food Giant, benefiting the Argenta Arts District, October 24, 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy All-You-Care-To-Taste sampling of over 250 American Craft Beers from 50 Brewers. Arkansas Ale House (Diamond Bear), Bravo, Crush, Cregeen's, Butcher & Public, The Fold, Whole Hog NLR, Bossa Nova, Old Chicago NLR, and Edward's Food Giant will be providing delicious food samples to compliment the beer sampling at no additional charge.

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AMHC, Arkansas Cancer Coalition to offer free health screenings at State Fair Oct. 16

AMHC, Arkansas Cancer Coalition to offer free health screenings at State Fair Oct. 16

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Join the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and the Arkansas Cancer Coalition at the Arkansas State Fair on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. These two organizations have partnered to offer free health screenings. Fair goers can stop by the Hall of Industry for preventive health checks including blood pressure, pulse, glucose, cholesterol and BMI (Body Mass Index).

Exhibitors will offer information on health, wellness, fitness and lifestyle improvement.

College Night, sponsored by 100.3 the Edge, is Thursday. There’s free gate admission for college students with valid school I.D. from 6 p.m. to close.

Historic Hot Springs hotel put on auction block

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A real estate auctioneer says the Majestic Hotel complex will be for sale until next month.

A large fire ripped through the historic hotel in February, prompting the city to raze part of the complex and condemn the rest. Rubble has piled along Park Avenue since the blaze.

Don Erler with Sperry Van Ness tells The Sentinel-Record they were approached by Garrison Hassenflu, who's the manager of a company that owns the Majestic Hotel complex. Erler says Hassenflu wants to offer the Majestic Hotel properties with a starting bid of more than $1.2 million.

Erler says the auction of the 5.2-acre site will end on Nov. 12.

The state's department of environmental quality has approved a cleanup plan for the site. Work is expected to begin later this month.

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Hot Springs man killed in crash near Bismarck

BISMARCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say a Hot Springs man was killed in a head-on collision involving three vehicles on State Highway 7 near Bismarck.

A state police report says 49-year-old Jeff Durand Smith died in the three-vehicle collision on Friday.

The report says Smith was southbound when a northbound vehicle crossed the centerline of the highway and collided with the vehicle Smith was driving and another southbound vehicle.

The report says Smith was dead at the scene while the driver of the northbound vehicle was taken to a Little Rock hospital in undisclosed condition and the driver of the third vehicle was not injured.

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