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Ritz Theater debuts film by Malvern native

Ritz Theater debuts film by Malvern native

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - A film written by former Oaklawn Jockey and Malvern native is set to debut at the Ritz Theater on Friday. 

Otto Thorwarth is the writer of Cowboys and Jesus, which will be played at the Ritz Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24. Thorwarth will also be starring in the film, along with Scott McClard from McClard's BBQ in Hot Springs along with a group of other local actors. 

To see the trailer to the film, click here

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Marines to conduct Memorial weekend, 60-mile hike

Marines to conduct Memorial weekend, 60-mile hike

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The United States Reserve Marines has a special mission for this 2015 Memorial Day weekend. 

This unit, which is based at Camp Pike in North Little Rock will be hiking from Hot Springs to Little Rock on May 24 and 25.  This 60-mile hike will begin at 5 a.m. Sunday and is expected to end by 5 p.m. Monday. The starting point will be at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hot Springs and will end at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. 

This event is an India Company tradition dating back to the late 1940s. It is used to raise awareness while commemorating India Company's history and testing the physical and mental endurance of Marines. 

ASMSA commencement ceremony

ASMSA commencement ceremony

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (ASMSA) - The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will hold its 2015 commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23.

The ceremony will be held in Horner Hall at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

ASMSA will recognize 102 students in the Class of 2015. Eric Jackson, the general manager of Oaklawn Park, will be the commencement speaker. Alumni from various classes will be recognized during the ceremony, including the Class of 1995, the first graduating class from the school that is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year.

Country star Randy Houser to appear Magic Springs

Country star Randy Houser to appear Magic Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Magic Springs) - Country star Randy Houser will open the concert season on Saturday, May 30, at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs.

The show begins at 8 p.m.  Luke Williams Band, fronted by a Arkansas native and now based in Nashville will open the show at 7 p.m.  Williams has been performing since he was 10 years old and has taken the stage with Brad Paisley at Verizon Arena.

Houser  most known for his hit "Anything Goes."  It was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country singles chart, and was the title track to his debut album.

He reached number one and received  RIAA Platinum certifications with "How Country Feels," the title track to his third album, and with "Runnin' Outta Moonlight.”

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Basketball tournament to benefit local youth organizations

Basketball tournament to benefit local youth organizations

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - Boys and girls of all ages will hit the basketball courts on June 6 not only for the competition, but also for a good cause. 

Chick-fil-A off Reynolds Road in Bryant is teaming up with Landers of Benton and Team USA to host a Chick-fil-A Connect 3ON3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, June 6. The event will be held at Bishop Park in Bryant and will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Bryant and Team USA.

"We are very grateful for our growing customer base and believe strongly in giving back to the community where ever we can. It's a must," said Guy Parker, owner/operator of Bryant Chick-fil-A and sponsor of the tournament. The Chick-fil-A Connect 3ON3 Basketball Tournament will be a great way to provide fun and entertainment, while raising money for...two organizations that help ensure great futures for our local youth."

Hot Springs National Park to implement fee increase

Hot Springs National Park to implement fee increase


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs National Park is increasing their fees for utility hook-up sites and establishing a fee at the Park Museum located at the Fordyce Bathhouse.

The full utility hook-up sites fee will increase from $24 per night to $30 per night beginning Friday, May 15. There will also be a $5 fee put in place at the Museum for adults only starting October 2016 to allow time to work out details of separating the visitor service activities and moving them out of the Fordyce Bathhouse to another location on Bathhouse Row.

The revenues generated from the locally-charged fees remain in Hot Springs National Park to offer more opportunities for visitors to engage with park interpreters to discover the "heyday" of the bathing industry in Hot Springs.


Debris leaves behind mess on Lake Hamilton


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Approaching one of Hot Springs' most profitable seasons, businesses on Lake Hamilton are worried about losing thousands of dollars after heavy rains.

The owner of Knollwood Lodge on Lake Hamilton said within the next two weeks he'll lose more than $10,000.

They are kicking off their summer season next weekend and said because of the debris he worries a lot of the families will most likely cancel their stay at the lodge.

The debris and logs are items you usually wouldn't find in Lake Hamilton.

"If you would have come here last Sunday before the rain…that was all clean- there wasn't one stick in there."

"I don't think we have the ability to clean this up, in a week- I don't know how this is going to be done, without a lot of help," said Philip Kastner.

More than six inches of rain came in about two hours.