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Observation tower in Hot Springs to get new operator


    
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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, http://www.hotsr.com

 

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Changes and hype surrounding Oaklawn 2016 season


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- After last year's cancelations from ice storms, Oaklawn is hoping for a smoother, warmer and bigger start to this season.

Presale tickets for this year's Arkansas Derby are nearly sold out, but more tickets will be released on Derby Day. 

Oaklawn plans to play off this fresh hype and offer some new things opening weekend. "Something this massive, he weighs 1,286 pounds and can run about 40 something miles per hour. He's that strong, but he's this cool," said Ron Moquett, a trainer, who has several horses at Oaklawn, including 'Right To Vote,' "He's usually popular in an election year."

Moquett is excited for this season, and a chance for his horses to run well.

"We all believe we have a derby horse, so fans get to come out and grab ahold of a horse and follow it all the way through," said Moquett.

Hot Springs PD discover body near shopping center


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs Police Department discovered a body just north of the shopping center located at 1540 Malvern Avenue Thursday morning.

Hot Springs police released a report stating that at approximately 8:51 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, they responded to the 1500 block of Malvern Avenue to investigate a report of a deceased person being located. When they arrived to the scene, they did find a body, but it was badly decomposed. Police were able to identify the body as a male, but were unable to determine the identity. The cause of death has yet to be released. 

The body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more updates. 

 


Facelift coming for iconic Hot Springs building


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The skinny white brick building at Central Avenue and Bridge Street is a familiar sight to millions of Hot Springs visitors, but for 40 years, the old First Federal building on the route of the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade has been gradually decaying.

"It was actually the city's first skyscraper," said Cole McCaskill, the Downtown Development Director for the Hot Springs Metro Partnership. "Rumor has it the original contractor went bankrupt mainly because he spared no expense."

Being solidly built using now impossible to find Tiffany brick may be why this seven-story structure doesn't look more rundown, despite being vacant since 1978 when First Federal Mutual and later Citizens Bank cleared out.

Now, owner Jason Taylor has big plans for the landmark.

City of Hot Springs begins adding fluoride to water supply


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The city of Hot Springs has started adding fluoride into its water supply.

City officials said Tuesday that the process of introducing fluoride began Monday at the city's Ouachita Water Treatment Plant.

The Sentinel-Record (http://bit.ly/1ZC0QRu) reports a law enacted by the state Legislature in 2011 requires certain municipalities, based on population, to use fluoride during water treatment. Based on the requirement, the Hot Springs plant implemented a plan to install equipment needed to introduce fluoride in the water.

Larry Merriman, major capital projects manager for the city, says Arkansas Department of Health officials were on hand to help calibrate devices.

Rabies confirmed in bat found near Hot Springs apartment


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Hot Springs officials say a bat found outside city limits has tested positive for rabies.

Animal Services Director Dan Bugg says a woman who lives in an apartment found the bat earlier this week when she went outside to walk her dog. An animal control officer safely captured the bat, and officials say there was no evidence of human exposure to the bat.

The Arkansas Department of Health has recorded 73 confirmed cases of rabies in animals so far this year. Most of those are in skunks, but there are also 16 bats, two cows, one dog and one fox that have tested positive.

The department says Pulaski County has the highest number of rabies cases at 12.

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Hot Springs' website wins Ark. Business' Distinction Award

Hot Springs' website wins Ark. Business' Distinction Award

HOT SPRINGS – Members of the Hot Springs Board of Directors accepted Arkansas Business’ 2015 City of Distinction Technology Advancements Award for cities over 20,000 in population at an awards ceremony during the recent Arkansas Municipal League Fall Conference.

The award was given to Hot Springs for the development of its website. It is featured in a full-page article within an Arkansas Business special report.