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A push to save historic Hot Springs buildings

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Almost a year since burning down in a massive fire, the rubble from the historic Majestic Hotel still covers a block in the middle of downtown Hot Springs.

Now, some worry it may happen to other historic buildings in the area, and one resident is getting creative to bring attention to the problem.

The Wade Building was declared unsafe by the fire here marshal last March. Just down the block are the remains of the Majestic Hotel, which looks pretty much untouched since in burned down last year.

Across the street is the historic Medical Arts Building, which some fear could suffer the same fate as the Majestic if nothing is done.

"These aren't just structures. These are buildings with history. Gangsters, movie stars, presidents…"

Scott McClard is co-owner of the iconic McClard's BBQ in Hot Springs.

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Traffic to be rerouted for work on Hot Springs Mountain

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Traffic on Hot Springs Mountain Road to the Hot Springs Mountain Tower and other destinations in the area will be rerouted for about three months beginning next week.

Traffic will be diverted starting Monday as crews stabilize and rehabilitate one-third of a mile of historic rock walls.

Highway officials say the walls have become unstable through the years and are pushing away from the mountainside. Water runoff also is undermining the road surface.

Workers will remove the rocks, reinforce the mountainside and rebuild the walls using the same stones in the original place where they once stood.

Messages left to show distaste for Majestic rubble

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - There have been displays of disapproval towards the destruction left behind of what was the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs.

In February of 2014, part of the hotel went up into flames. Officials that were on the scene at the time of the fire said there wasn't much they could do to save the building, because it had already been deemed an unsafe location.

There were many speculations made by investigators on how the fire started, but they never came to a solid resolution.

Crews began tearing down what was left of the Majestic Hotel in March of 2014, and now all that is left of the hotel is brick and rock piled next to the street. Someone has decided to express their distaste towards the debris, because there are spray painted messages sitting on top of the rubble reading 'Shame on Hot Springs' and 'You're Better Than This'.

Superior Bathhouse Becomes First Brewery Inside A National Park

Hot Springs, Ark. (KTHV) - The country's first national park is now home to the first brewery inside a national park.

Superior Bathhouse Brewery opened in 2013, but until now has only sold beer from other breweries. This week they debuted their own beer, made with thermal hot spring water. "I thought it would be a great idea for someone to open a brewery and use the hot spring water in their beer," recalls owner and co-brewer Rose Schweikhart. "A lot of people think we're nuts, but it's fun. It's real."

Schweikhart leased the bathhouse from the national park in 2011. She says the thermal water is low in minerals making it easier to customize the beer flavor. "Like when you add salt when you're cooking, we can add various salts and minerals to make the water resemble whatever water we'd like it to be," she added. "Depending on what style of beer we're brewing."

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Arkansas company receives prestigious industry award

LAKE VILLAGE, Ark., (Jan. 20, 2015) – The Paul Michael Company, a furniture retailer and manufacturer headquartered in Lake Village, Arkansas, has been awarded the prestigious ARTS Award in the Home Accent Store category for the Midwest/Southwest region.

ART and Dallas Market Center, co-founder and producer of the ARTS Awards, announced the winners at the 26th annual Arts Awards gala held Friday, Jan. 16, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program for the home industry honoring designers, manufacturers, retailers, and sales representatives, and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.

Lakeside HS will conjoin with National Park for free education

Lakeside HS will conjoin with National Park for free education

HOTSPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A press conference will be held Friday, Jan. 23 by Lakeside School District Superintendent Shawn Cook who will announce a partnership between the school district and National Park Community College. 

Lakeside School District plans for the conjunction to offer a two year associate degree for their students at no cost to their family. 

The conference will be held at the Lakeside High School auditorium, Friday at noon. 

Hot Springs player triumphs at Pokémon City Championships

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (PCI) - After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles, Dalton Loy took first place in the Masters Division at the 2014/2015 Pokémon City Championships in Texarkana, TX. Along with the coveted title and City Championship trophy, Dalton earned valuable Championship Points that count toward a potential invitation to compete at the 2015 Pokémon World Championships. In addition, players that achieve a top Championship Points ranking after the 2015 Spring Regional Championships in May will earn Travel Awards to compete at the 2015 Pokémon U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis next summer.