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THV11's Phil Buck places his first bets at Oaklawn

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Crowds of people took advantage of the beautiful weather on Friday to attend Oaklawn's opening day, and that includes THV11's Phil Buck, who was visiting for his first time.

With Craig O'Neill on vacation during the opening weekend at Oaklawn, Phil Buck got the chance to take his place and experience what this Hot Springs hot spot is all about. 

Buck started out his day with a shoe shine from some of the Oaklawn employees. One of them has been with the business for 14 years. Buck wanted to know what drives him to always return to the races. 

"The fans, the excitement that the horses bring and I just love meeting people," said David.

Phil of course had to try one of the famous corn beef sandwiches being sold at the Oaklawn concession stand. His review? 

New Civil War Museum to open in Hot Springs

Body of missing Hot Springs man identified

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The body of a man that was found on Jan. 7 has been identified as a missing Hot Springs man.

The body of 29-year-old James Allen Brown was found just north of a shopping center located at 1540 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs last Thursday morning.

Brown was reported missing by his father on Sept. 11, 2015. The last known contact that Brown reportedly had was a phone call he made to his mother during the late hours of September 6.

According to police reports, witnesses who were with Brown just prior to his disappearance stated that he had recently used illegal narcotics. 

At this time, the Hot Springs Police Department does not expect any arrests in this case. There is no indication of foul play in regards to Brown’s death.  

Which city is first in the Top 10 Most Stressed Cities in Arkansas?

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. (KTHV) – Zippia.com recently release a list of the Top 10 Most Stressed Cities in Arkansas.

Which made first? Hot Springs Village.

Zippia created the list based on job availability, comfort, and balance of lifestyle.

City of Hot Springs approves Majestic Hotel cleanup

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The city of Hot Springs has officially signed off on allowing cleanup efforts to begin on the Majestic Hotel site.

The city signed off on a contract to allow Spirtas Wrecking Company out of St. Louis begin cleanup on the abandoned hotel destroyed by a fire in February of 2014.

The city purchased the building for $600,000 from the previous owner last summer. This cleanup contract will cost $288,000.

According to the Hot Springs Mayor, Ruth Carney, it will take around six weeks to complete the cleanup. 


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


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Changes and hype surrounding Oaklawn 2016 season

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- After last year's cancelations from ice storms, Oaklawn is hoping for a smoother, warmer and bigger start to this season.

Presale tickets for this year's Arkansas Derby are nearly sold out, but more tickets will be released on Derby Day. 

Oaklawn plans to play off this fresh hype and offer some new things opening weekend. "Something this massive, he weighs 1,286 pounds and can run about 40 something miles per hour. He's that strong, but he's this cool," said Ron Moquett, a trainer, who has several horses at Oaklawn, including 'Right To Vote,' "He's usually popular in an election year."

Moquett is excited for this season, and a chance for his horses to run well.

"We all believe we have a derby horse, so fans get to come out and grab ahold of a horse and follow it all the way through," said Moquett.