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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.

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Hidden Hot Springs: A tunnel of secrets


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Below the hustle and bustle of the Spa City, lies a secret many longtime residents don't even know about.

"You know, it's incredible. It's been here since the 1880's. It's amazing how few people actually know about this, and the ones that do haven't been down here," said Max Sestili, Stormwater Manager for the City of Hot Springs.

Once an open, flowing creek bed, the Hot Springs Creek Tunnel was built over 130 years ago and was designed to hold excess water from the bathhouses on historic Bathhouse Row.

"The oldest part is 14 feet high, 17 feet wide, and that fills totally up," said Sestili.

Some say the tunnel once served another purpose.

Mid-America Science Museum reopens


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Mid-America Science Museum is a major source of learning and fun for the community of Hot Springs since opening its doors in 1979.

The museum has officially reopened after spending $7.8 million on renovations, and just in time for the summer.

THV11's Craig O'Neill spoke with the museum's Executive Director Diana Lafollette about the changes people should be excited to see.


Dinosaur exhibit to visit Hot Springs

Dinosaur exhibit to visit Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Discover the Dinosaurs, a hands on exhibit featuring museum quality dinosaur replicas and Ice Age mammals, will stomp its way into the Hot Springs Convention Center June 5, 6 and 7.