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Police located person of interest in Hot Springs homicide

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Police have found the man that they believed to be a person of interest in a homicide that happened last week in Hot Springs.

Police said Steven Moore, 58, was found dead at the intersection of Linwood Ave. and Garland St. on Oct. 8 around 3:15 a.m.

Officials announced earlier on Friday, that they had developed a person of interest. As of 9:30 p.m. that same day, they had located and identified the man.

The investigation is ongoing.


Central Park Fusion Cuisine hosts HS Wine & Food Fest

Central Park Fusion Cuisine hosts HS Wine & Food Fest

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Central Park Cuisine will host the Hot Springs Wine & Food Fest Saturday.

The festival is the leading fundraiser for Project HOPE Food Bank, with a goal of raising money to fight food insecurity in the community. 

The event will be held on October 17 at Central Park Fusion Cuisine.  Doors open at 2 p.m. with gourmet hors d'oevre prepared by Chef Matt Fuller and pared with fine wines.  There will also be live music and a silent auction. 

All proceeds from the silent auction, raffle and table sponsorships will benefit the food bank.

“Our first event was a wonderful success and the proceeds fed many in our community that would have otherwise gone hungry” said Food Bank Director Ted Thompson.

24th annual film festival kicks off in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) --The 24th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival kicked off on Friday, Oct. 9 and will continue until Sunday, Oct. 18.

The event is the oldest nonfiction festival in North America, and has recently become an Academy-qualifier for Documentary Short Subjects. It takes place at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa on Central Avenue in Hot Springs.

General admission is $7.50.

For a look at the film lineup and event schedule, click here.

For tickets and more information, click here.

Hot Springs reveals plan for future development

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- After much anticipation and community involvement, the city of Hot Springs unveiled its future on Thursday in front of more than 300 people.

Ideas about transforming downtown began after the Majestic Hotel burned down more than a year and a half ago. The plan is ambitious in that it hopes to change the way people view downtown. Eighteen stores have opened in the area since the Majestic fire and the city hopes it's just the tip of the iceberg.

“We have a rich history here,” said Downtown Development Director with the Hot Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Cole McCaskill.

The thing about revitalization is it usually suggests rebuilding, but not in Hot Springs. In Hot Springs, it means taking what's there and making it better.

Posh hotel fits Spa City preservation plans

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- An improving economy and perhaps some roaming buffalo have tourism in Hot Springs booming.

Now, officials say that a building that was once considered a landmark is set for renovation.

The new owners of the Thompson building hope to bring more 'boutique' to Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs.

The 100-year-old building is about to be renovated into what's called a boutique hotel.

Former doctors offices will become guest rooms in an Ascend hotel, the upscale brand for choice hotels best known for Comfort Inns and Econolodge.

For architect and developer Anthony Taylor, it's the latest step in a 30-year process.

His partners Bob Kempkes and Robert Zunick have a history here.

National Park Service seeks bid for Mountain Tower concession

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs Mountain Tower could see a change soon.

The National Park Service owns the property and up until now, the city ran it.

The Hot Springs Mountain Tower sits 1,256 feet above sea level, overlooking 140 miles of beautiful Arkansas countryside.

"We've had a good run with it."

Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs says the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission voted recently to allow the National Park Service to return the tower to private management.

"There's a lot of other entities that want to bid on it, which would be great for our community to bring in another business and allow us to step away and take our money and do something else with it."

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.