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11 News Investigates: Gauging the pressure on gun rights in Arkansas


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Restrictions towards guns are popping up all across the United States, and THV11 wanted to know how that was affecting gun owners and trade shows in Arkansas.

"I feel like it's tremendously in danger, and it's getting worse every day‎," said Doc Jaggars, of Malvern, while on his way to a gun show at the Garland County Fairgrounds. 

"The government's misunderstanding us as a gun show," said Junior Cliff, one of the vendors inside that show. 

There's frustration among the participants over the way the trends have gone in the last few years, but also frustrations by the way participants have been characterized in the media.

"It's like we're trying to overwhelm people with weapons. We're not," said Cliff, owner of Gee St. Pawn.

Cleanup is city’s focus for Majestic Hotel property


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Cleanup is underway to remove the debris from the old Majestic Hotel site in Hot Springs. 

What's left of the old Majestic Hotel is finally coming down and getting cleaned up.  What's next for that property is still unknown, but city leaders say that growth in Downtown Hot Springs is not slowing down.

The hotel went up in flames nearly two years ago, and what's left of it is finally being removed.

"I'm still going to classify the fire as a tragedy, but it sure did a lot for organizing the community."

Cole McCaskill is the Hot Springs Downtown Development Director. He said the fire ignited a surge of interest in the downtown historic area.

Magic Springs announces Cheap Trick as part of concert series


 

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Feb. 1, 2016) - Magic Springs Water and Theme Park has added Cheap Trick to its 2016 concert series lineup, which begins in June. Cheap Trick will perform Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m.

With more than 5,000 performances spanning four decades and 20 million records sold worldwide, Cheap Trick is one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years.

The band was formed in 1974 and while it has evolved throughout the years, Cheap Trick has continued to reach mainstream and critical success. Hits such as “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police” and “Surrender” have cemented the group as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time.

Board receives findings from performing arts center feasibility study

Board receives findings from performing arts center feasibility study

HOT SPRINGS – The Hot Springs Board of Directors heard a presentation Wednesday regarding a feasibility study for the development of a performing arts center in Hot Springs, Ark.

Dan Martin of Market & Feasibility Advisors, LLC (MFA) of Austin, TX and Chicago, IL, presented their findings in a 104-page study,concluding that the project is “market feasible” but not financially feasible.

The primary measure of feasibility is whether the center’s user groups could pay facility-use charges in full support of the facility’s operating costs, while a blended source of government and philanthropic support would provide the initial capital development costs.

City of Hot Springs provides live video of Majestic cleanup

City of Hot Springs provides live video of Majestic cleanup

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The Hot Springs Public Information Department, in cooperation with the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, has added a live video stream to the city’s website of cleanup activities underway at the Majestic Hotel yellow brick site. 

The “MajestiCam” will be available live on cityhs.net weekdays from approximately 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The Majesticam page can be found in the Departments menu under Public Information or by clicking a portal image located near the bottom of the city’s homepage.  During hours when no live feed is available, previous daily recordings may be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel, also accessible from cityhs.net.

Benton PD searching for card fraud suspect

Benton PD searching for card fraud suspect

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect behind the fraudulent use of a bank card. 

On January 7, a woman informed Benton police that unauthorized transactions totaling to several hundred dollars had been made from her bank account. However, the victim still had possession of the bank card, and she believed the suspect used the bank card numbers.

The victim stated that transactions occurred at a Benton business on Dec. 17, 2015. 

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or information about the incident contact the BNPD by calling (501) 776-5948 or (501) 315-TIPS. 

 

Majestic Hotel cleanup begins a day early


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Cleanup of what's left of the Majestic Hotel started on Monday.

Work on the historic Hot Springs hotel was set to begin on Tuesday, but crews were able to start a day early.

The Majestic was destroyed by a fire in February of 2014.

The city then purchased the building for $600,000 last summer.