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Golf ball sized hail shatters car window in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Golf ball sized hail damaged homes and business and shattered car windows in Hot Springs Sunday night.

Josh Mills got home from his son's football practice just moments before the storm hit. "It came down pretty hard for a good five to seven minutes," Mills told THV11. "It did a lot of damage to my house."

Mills' wife's car window was completely destroyed by the hail. His quick thinking next door neighbor had her daughter keep a few stones in the freezer to prove just how large they really were. "Once I finished taking in the dog it started hailing," recalled Faith Leblanc. "They were the size of golf balls."

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Day two in search for rogue Hot Springs buffalo

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Two buffalo are still running loose in Hot Springs after five managed to break free into a suburban neighborhood on Thursday morning.

Sheriff's deputies, police, and concerned residents have been searching all day. They haven't spotted anything yet but say they're confident they will in the coming days.

Despite the presence of three one-ton creatures. Deanwood Estates was about as normal as it could've been on Friday. That is until Joan Teague and her husband Carl showed up.

The two own the 40 acres the three buffalo are roaming and they had only one thing on their minds.

"We know they're there because we've been told by several people so we just have to believe it."

Update: Two buffalo still loose in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A herd of buffalo were on the loose on Thursday in Hot Springs.

Dozens of animal control and law enforcement officers spent the afternoon working to contain the animals, but it proved to be a very difficult task.

By Thursday evening, one buffalo was captured, three were tranquilized and contained to a field, and two are still on the loose.

It was the last thing Hot Springs Animal Control officers expected to see in this subdivision. Six buffalo, grazing in the woods, running through peoples' back yards.

"We have had an occasional cow escape within the city limits but this is my first experience with a buffalo issue," said Corporal Sonia Luzader with the Hot Springs Police Department.

Corporal Luzader kept the media informed throughout the day as the stubborn beasts refused to cooperate with anyone.

Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Believe it or not, Mother's Day is right around the corner, and for some, it will the first of many. That means new tips and gadgets.

Ginger Daril with Verizon stopped by THV11 This Morning to share some high tech ways to help moms take care of their little ones.

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New Garland County jail solves overcrowding

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After four years of discussing the jail overcrowding issue, THV11 has the first look into the new Hot Springs Detention Center.

The only jail currently in Hot Springs was built in 1986, almost three decades ago. The initial jail had space for 88 beds. Their new capacity is 200.

According to Garland County Deputies, they have had to add double and triple bunk beds to have enough space.

"They're kind of mini-housing units, in a housing unit," said Captain Ronnie Branstetter with the Garland County Sheriff's Department.

He said that they plan on housing 346 inmates. They are dividing the groups in eight sub-houses depending on a classification related to issues such disciplinary action and medical need. This type of separation helps deputies have more control over the inmates.

Magic Springs opens theme park for the season

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Magic Springs opened the gates for the start of its season Saturday, April 11.

The theme park welcomed visitors who were ready to line up for the roller coasters and other thrill rides.

"It's been a beautiful spring day. So, we've seen so many guests that we've missed, and even new guests that we're getting to know coming out and have a really fun day with us at Magic Springs," said Magic Springs Marketing Manager Dana Whisenhunt.

The Crystal Falls water park is scheduled to open Saturday, May 9.

For more information on park pricing or to purchase a season pass, visit MagicSprings.com or call (501) 624-0100.

City awards bid for sidewalk clearing; work expected to begin tomorrow

HOT SPRINGS – The City of Hot Springs awarded the contract Thursday for clearing the debris in front of the "yellow" brick portion of the Majestic Hotel on Park Avenue.

Weather permitting, mobilization is planned to begin Thursday evening, with work beginning on Friday and completed by that evening or Saturday. Motorists and nearby pedestrians are advised to use caution when traveling near the project area.

The city reviewed bids from five local excavating companies, and awarding the contract to W.J. Smith Excavating as the lowest bidder at $4,450. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has been notified of the work schedule. The project cost will be billed to the property owner.