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Former Majestic Hotel structurally deficient

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - City officials in Hot Springs say the vacant Majestic Hotel has major structural defects and is in violation of the city's vacant structure ordinance.

The downtown hotel was closed in 2006 after 124 years of operation and the nonprofit group Arc Arkansas has been working to convert it into a combination residential apartment complex with retail businesses.

Officials with Arc Arkansas and with investor-developer Garrison Hassenflu, of Kansas City, Mo., could not be contacted for comment.

Hot Springs Neighborhood Services administrator Bart Jones told The Sentinel-Record (http://bit.ly/JZIH8u) that the problems include a leaking roof, broken and missing doors and winds, stagnant water in the swimming pool, mold, mildew and loose bricks.

The city says a detailed plan to "secure and stabilize" the building is needed.

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Broadway Cabaret inspired by 'Moonlight, Dreams and Love'

Broadway Cabaret inspired by 'Moonlight, Dreams and Love'

The Muses Creative Artistry Project and The Congregation House of Israel present “A Broadway Cabaret” on Saturday, May 12, the Hale Bathhouse in downtown Hot Springs.  The cabaret will feature songs from "Le Mis," "South Pacific," "Camelot," "Guys & Dolls," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Sound of Music," "Pippin," "Cats," and more, performed by vocalists Jeanne Bennett and Deleen Davidson and pianist Louis Menendez.  

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a jazz reception featuring trombonist Steve Suter and keyboardist Clyde Pound.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and dessert will be available for listeners' enjoyment at the reception. 

Jeanne Bennett is spouse of Congregation House of Israel’s Rabbi Richard Chapin.  Of the performance, Rabbi Chapin said, “We are very glad for the community to come together for this festive event.  It’s a great way to give back to Hot Springs.”  

Consumer Alert: Save on summertime utility bills

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 8, 2012) - Unseasonably warm temperatures have Arkansans cranking up their home air conditioners earlier than usual this year. And warmer weather means higher electric bills for residents of the Natural State, where cooling accounts for about a quarter of all utility costs.

Before utility costs put a chill on summertime fun, though, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has issued a Consumer Alert to offer advice on energy efficiency and how Arkansans can save money.

"There are several simple and affordable ways to stay cool and comfortable this summer without having to break the bank to do so," McDaniel said. "Just changing the filter in the air conditioner, closing the drapes or setting the thermostat a degree or two higher can make a major difference in consumer electricity costs."

Top 10 list of 'Arkansas' Most Endangered Places'

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The top ten list of Arkansas' Most Endangered Place is out for Arkansas. The list recently came out from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.

The list has everything from an old school-house that was part of a national effort to educate African American youth to what was once the tallest building in the state. Today they are all mostly vacant and in need of serious repairs Here's a look at a few of them. 

There is no doubt you'll find history along Central Avenue in Hot Springs. And part of it the old Medical Arts Building.

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Man wanted for alleged kidnapping, assault

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A man is wanted out of Garland County for the alleged kidnapping and assault of a 22-year-old woman.

Deputies say 36-year-old Jason Ripley is wanted out of Garland County. They have active warrants on him for battery of the first degree in reference to this case.

According to the report, the victim told authorities that Ripley got mad at the her while they were at a friend's house on Turtle Creek Road. Their relationship is unknown.

Deputies say the victim told authorities that Ripley covered her face with a shirt and drove her to a camper.

The victim told authorities that over the course of two days Ripley tortured her in a number of ways, including burning her with cigarettes and hitting her over the head with a 1 gallon jug containing frozen water. She also told authorities that he tortured her with a stun gun, forced her to take pills, and possibly raped her. She says she was unconscious for some time.

Church hosts 'homecoming'

Church hosts 'homecoming'

The Old Marble Missionary Baptist Church of Jessieville would like to invite the public for a "Home Coming" on May 27 at 10 am. Bring your families for lots of singing and good food! For more information call Jimmy Dale Johnson at (501) 984-5406.

Mom's Outdoor Oasis Contest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - We are announcing our Mom's Outdoor Oasis contest. It's your chance to win a $2,500 yard makeover from Chris Olsen and Botanica Gardens.

Here are the highlights but see the rules below for complete details:

  • Nominate your mom to win the prize.
  • Send us a letter with your name, address phone number and a 100 word essay describing why your mom deserves the makeover.
  • Include pictures.
  • You have until May 24th.
  • Chris will select the winner and we will broadcast live from your house on May 30th to showcase the work going on.
  • open to people in 12 counties in central Arkansas (see rules for eligible counties).

Mom's Outdoor Oasis Contest