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Event schedule for St. Patty's Day in Hot Springs

 Event schedule for St. Patty's Day in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - If you are feeling the luck of the Irish on Thursday then downtown Hot Springs is where you need to be. 

On March 17, four-leaf clovers and anything green will cover the streets of Hot Springs, Ark. This is all in celebration for St. Patrick's Day.

The city is known for having the world's shortest parade celebrating this irish holiday. Their schedule of events leading up to the historic parade, include:

4:30 p.m.- Blarney Stone Kissing Contest at Arkansas Blarney Stone

5:30 p.m. - Festivities kick off with special guests at Bridge Street

6:25 p.m. - Measuring of the parade route at Bridge Street

6:30 p.m. - World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade at Bridge Street

Following the parade will be a free concert by The Bacon Brothers.

UAMS to offer free legal assistance for cancer patients

UAMS to offer free legal assistance for cancer patients

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Local attorneys are going to offer free legal assistance to those in cancer treatment or have completed treatment in April. 

On April 6, lawyers will be at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) giving free advise on important personal documents. Those include preparing wills, powers of attorney and living wills.

This will all be done in the Patient Support Pavillion on the first floor of the UAMS Cancer Institute. 

Appointments will be made at one-hour intervals. To make a reservation for your spot, call the UAMS Cancer Institute Social Work Department at (501) 603-1612 or email wilsonavisf@uams.edu. 

Free parking for the event will be available in parking deck 3 at the corner of Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue.

 

Oaklawn cancels Thursday's races

Oaklawn cancels Thursday's races

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Oaklawn management made the decision to cancel Thursday’s nine-race card after more than five inches of rain left the track too saturated for racing.

“The safety of the horses and riders is always our first concern,” said Director of Racing David Longinotti. “The rain began about 3 p.m. Tuesday and has barely stopped since.”

Oaklawn remains open for gaming and simulcast racing. The game room will remain open until 3 a.m. 

Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday with a 1:30 p.m. first post. 

Garland Co. organization speaks out against suicide

Garland Co. organization speaks out against suicide

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting an event that will promote local artists and raise awareness for a silent but deadly disease that is affecting millions across America. 

The United Way of Garland County and the Arkansas Department of Health is hosting Hot Springs' first Suicide Prevention Art Exhibition Showcase. In 2014, Garland County was reportedly rated as the 3rd highest suicide county in Arkansas. On March 10, officials with the "Cracked, Not Broken Suicide Prevention Conference" are hoping to decrease those numbers. 

On March 10, the Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition will present internationally recognized speaker Kevin Hines, who after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder of the age of 19 jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, to speak about how he continues to fight the mental battle. He is one of only 34 to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. 

BNPD in full force for month of March

BNPD in full force for month of March

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Speeding might be a small concern for some travelers, but for the Benton Police Department, it's a problem that needs to be handled. 

The Benton Police Department is constantly creating new ways to ensure the safety of those they were hired to protect. A new initiative they are conducting is “NØ Need to Speed.” Throughout the month of March, Benton officers will be out in full force to make sure motorists are maintaining the appropriate speed limits, especially within school zones. 

Not only will officers be raising awareness to speeding in a school zones, but they also want to make it known that it is illegal to use a cell phone while passing a school building. According to state law (House Bill 1049), it is illegal for a driver of a motor vehicle to use a handheld wireless telephone while passing a school zone during school hours and when children are present.

ASMSA hosts annual science fair

ASMSA hosts annual science fair

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is holding the West Central Regional Science Fair and Senior Research Symposium during the last full week of February.

The Science Fair and Research Symposium is the culmination of almost a year-long project for ASMSA students. Every ASMSA student must complete a Fundamentals in Research Methods (FIRM) project during their senior year. They begin working on the project during the second semester of their junior year. Students may pick a STEM or humanities emphasis for their project.

Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - From February 1 to February 17, officers with the Benton Police Department have made 11 DWI arrests. 

As part of the "Be Someone's Sweetheart and Rethink Your Drink" initiative, Benton police are trying their best to keep intoxicated drivers off city streets. 

According to the Benton Police Department, every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. In Arkansas in 2013, of the 499 fatality accidents, 41 percent – 203 fatality accidents - involved alcohol and/or drugs.

The most current arrests include: