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ASMSA ‘Coding Arkansas’ Future’ through new program

ASMSA ‘Coding Arkansas’ Future’ through new program

HOT SPRINGS – The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will serve as a leading provider of computer science education and educator training in the state through its “Coding Arkansas’ Future” program.

Coding Arkansas’ Future will provide expanded computer science education courses for schools across Arkansas through ASMSA’s digital learning program. ASMSA will also provide training, support and mentoring to teachers across the state in computer science. Bob Gregory, ASMSA’s dean of academic affairs, announced the new program during the school’s annual Community of Learning Luncheon, which featured Gov. Asa Hutchinson as the guest speaker at the Arlington Hotel on Friday.

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2 arrested for allegedly locking kids in room with no food, water


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A Hot Springs woman and her boyfriend were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly locking three children in their home with no food or water.

"I just think that something needs to be done to get justice for these kids," said a neighbor, who didn't want to be identified.

On Wednesday evening, officers with the Hot Springs Police Department responded to a home on Shady Hills Street in reference to a burglary alarm. Officers spoke to a witness who saw a young boy running from the home.

Police found a 12-year-old boy in some shrubbery on nearby Davidson Drive, and he stated that he was hungry. He reportedly told officers that his two younger brothers were inside the home on Davidson Drive.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett & the Blackhearts set for Magic Springs June 20

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett & the Blackhearts set for Magic Springs June 20

HOT SPRING, Ark. - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett, is set to perform at Magic Springs on Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m. Crash Meadows of Hot Springs will be the opening act at 7 p.m.

Jett is best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, including their hit record "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The group’s other popular recordings include:  "Crimson and Clover", "I Hate Myself for Loving You", "Do You Wanna Touch Me", "Light of Day", "Love is All Around" and "Bad Reputation".

She has three albums certified Platinum or Gold and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of this year.  

Artist website: joanjett.com

The next concert will feature country star Scotty McCreery on Saturday, June 27. 

Coming up at Magic Springs

Coming up at Magic Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Several activities are happening at Magic Springs this weekend, including an award-winning artist performing on the park's stage. 

The theme park will host Family Force 5 on Friday, June 12 and award-winning artist Lecrae on Saturday, June 13. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m. 

The Magic Springs Character Series will continue with "Thor" in the park on Friday. Lunch tickets available at the website and a free appearance at the Pine Cone Theater at 2:00 p.m. for those in the park. 

The Magic Springs Water and Theme Park is open 7 days a week for the summer season through August 16. 

Tickets and more information can be found at the Magic Springs website or call (501) 624-0100. 

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City issues facts on sign ordiance


HOT SPRINGS – In order to inform the public regarding code violation of the city's temporary sign ordinance by an auto dealership at 2443 Albert Pike Road, the following facts exist.

Area car dealers requested, and the City of Hot Springs accommodated, that additional banners and signs be tolerated due to the state of the automotive industry following the economic crash of 2008. This tolerance became official when on April 1, 2014 the Hot Springs Board of Directors adopted an exclusion via Ordinance 6011, "Signs excluded from regulation: Temporary signs and banners until October 1, 2014." From April 2014 until October 2014, no temporary sign regulations were enforced.

Patriotic banners spark controversy


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The City of Hot Springs is telling one man that the red, white, and blue banners in front of his car dealership have to be taken down.

The owner of a Spa City Auto Sales is getting statewide attention after he went on social media saying the city if forcing him to pull the patriotic banners.

Jim Bullard got a letter from the city on Thursday saying he's in violation of the city's sign ordinance. It said you're only allowed to have two of these up but the owner says he's got more than 40 and doesn't plan to take them down.

"I don't know anywhere in the state you'll see this much red white and blue," said Bullard.

On Friday, many honking horns could be heard at the dealership in reaction to Bullard's latest installment of patriotism.

"We just wanted to see how many people were in support of it you know," said Bullard.

Country star and native Son Joe Nichols set for Magic Springs on June 6

Country star and native Son Joe Nichols set for Magic Springs on June 6

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Country star and Rogers native Joe Nichols will take the stage Saturday, June 6, at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs.

The show begins at 8 p.m.  Arkansas native and country music artist Blane Howard will open the show at 7 p.m.

Nichols, born and raised in Rogers, has released eight studio albums: “Joe Nichols,” “Man with a Memory,” “Revelation,” “A Traditional Christmas,” “III,” “Real Things,” “Old Things New” and “Crickets.”

His albums have produced 14 Top 40 singles on the Billboard, Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, including the No. 1 singles "Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," "Gimmie That Girl," "Sunny and 75" and the RIAA-certified Gold single "Yeah.”

The 2015 concert series will run Fridays and Saturdays through August 31.  The next concert weekend will feature Christian artists Family Force 5 on Friday, June 12, and Lecrae on Saturday, June 13.