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Renewed push to preserve downtown Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS (KTHV) - There's growing momentum right now in Hot Springs to keep all that rich history along Central Avenue, standing long into the future.

It stems from this recent letter from the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce to City Hall (PDF). In it, the chamber urges the city to re-evaluate building codes and beef up inspection. They are specifically targeting those historic downtown gems, largely vacant on the upper floors.  

Downtown Hot Springs offers plenty to see and do from the ground floors. But look up, and in some of the more historic buildings, there's nothing but empty, aging floors.

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Teen runs away in Garland Co.

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A teenage girl has run away in Garland County.

Kayla McCrystal, 17, was reported missing June 5. It is believed she is still in the county. Authorities think she may be with another teenager named Bradley (last name unknown).

McCrystal is 5'1" has braces and a pink cancer ribbon tattoo on her left ankle.

Investigators are seeking anyone who may have any information as to this subject's location. Please contact Inv. Mike Wright at 501-622-3690, or the department's 24-hour hotline at 501-622-3674.

Give Me a Chance Farm helping horses

Arkadelphia, Ark. (KTHV) -- From time to time you'll see a news story involving an abused horse. Oftentimes the pictures of these poor animals are disgusting. While we see them taken off the property of abusive owners, for most of us we never hear what happens next. The hope is that these animals make it to Give me a Chance Farm.

Hero Central: Project Zero

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Many Arkansas children have no family and no place to truly call home. At any given time, over 500 children in Arkansas are in foster care in need of adoption. 

Here at Today's THV we share stories of foster children waiting for a forever home in our Place to Call Home segments.

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Brewery granted access to Hot Springs bathhouse

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The National Park Service has granted limited access for a microbrewery to operate in the Superior Bathhouse.

The Park Service announced in March that it's negotiating a long-term lease with Vapor Valley Spirits. Hot Springs National Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez says the company cannot begin brewing until the lease is finalized.

Under the authorization granted Tuesday, the company can use the bathhouse for special events and retail sales until the lease is signed. The Sentinel-Record reports (http://is.gd/EdEQmu ) the microbrewery plans to open in 2013.

The company hopes to use Hot Springs' thermal waters to brew beer and non-alcoholic drinks. The authorization granted Tuesday does not allow the company to produce spirits.

The Superior Bathhouse, which opened in 1916, offered hydrotherapy and massage services before it closed in 1983.

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

LRFW to give a presentation at Camp iRock

LRFW to give a presentation at Camp iRock

On Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 pm, Little Rock Fashion Week's Brandon D. Campbell, fashion designers, and models will give a presentation at Camp iRock, a free one week fitness and nutrition camp for pre-teen and teenage girls. The event is being held at Ferncliff  Camp and Conference Center, located at 1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72223.

As the keynote speaker, Campbell will discus his experiences in the fashion and entertainment industries, give advice on self-image and on how to be "model" citizens in life. After Campbell's speech, and some prize giveaways, there will be a LRFW 2012 mini-fashion show. It's featuring one-of-a-kind clothes from the previous collections of Grafetti by 14 year-old designer Aaliyah Fisher, J.

Teen arrested for drugs after alleged fight with deputy

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- A 16-year-old Hot Springs boy was arrested late Friday after allegedly selling drugs at a party and later fighting with a Garland County Sheriff's deputy.

The suspect was taken into custody shortly before midnight and charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, marijuana, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

He was being held in the Garland County Juvenile Detention Center and will appear in Garland County Juvenile Court.

The Sentinel-Record follows The Associated Press privacy policies and does not publish the names of juvenile offenders, unless they are charged as adults.