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Oaklawn completes phase 1 of expansion



HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Oaklawn) – Oaklawn is a step closer to the completion of its $20 million expansion after opening a key section of its new gaming area this morning.

The new area that opened today includes the new main entrance, foyer, gift shop, Silks Bar, approximately 18,000 square feet of gaming space and substantial back of house support facilities.

Oaklawn will now begin reconstruction and modification of part of the existing gaming area.


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Oaklawn breaks ground on expanded gaming center

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Park rangers offering reward on deer poaching case


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Hot Springs National Park Rangers are offering a reward for anyone who can share information leading to an arrest of poachers in the area.

According to the National Park Service, $500 is being offered for information leading to the conviction of anyone responsible for a deer poaching incident on West Mountain over the weekend. A deer had apparently been badly injured by a bolt from a crossbow; it was bleeding severely and had to be put down; visitors in the park were the first to find the injured animal.

NPS said the incident was believed to have happened sometime during the day Friday or the night before. An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission corporal determined that the deer had been shot near a hiking trail off of West Mountain Drive and not far from a parking area on West Mountain, which is obviously in close proximity to hikers and other travelers.

Judge delays trial in Garland County slaying


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A judge has delayed the trial of an Arkansas man charged in the killing of a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.

Kevin Duck was set to go to trial this week in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke. But the case has been pushed back until Feb. 10 at the request of defense attorneys, who said they needed more time to review documents received in the discovery process.

Duck has pleaded not guilty in the death of Natzke, who was last seen with him at a Christmas party. Searchers found her body several days later and an autopsy says she died from blunt force trauma and drowning.

A medical examiner said the mother of three died within three to four hours of leaving the holiday party.

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Hot Springs Halloween road rage victim speaks


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- After spending five months in a wheelchair and only just recently learning to walk again on her own, Jennifer Rowton spent Halloween with kids and grandkids, but this year they'll just collect candy at a local church.

Rowton is a victim of a road rage incident involving Twila Watson, who was arrested last Halloween for speeding through a Hot Springs neighborhood, running into parked cars, and crashing into a tree all with her two children in the back seat. She then backed up and ran over Rowton. "I'm not going to say we haven't been kind of nervous this week leading up to it but we're doing pretty well," she said. "I still have a few surgeries ahead of me and different things but a year later I'm thankful to be alive."

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U.S. Postal Service shares dates for best Christmas delivery times

U.S. Postal Service shares dates for best Christmas delivery times


The U.S. Postal Service is gearing up to help customers ship some 15 and a half billion cards, letters and packages in time for Christmas.

It's also aiming to cash in on the holiday by offering festive stamps, packaging and even gift cards.

To make sure your package is delivered on time, the agency suggests sending gifts a little early.

Taking advantage of the postal services online postage and free package pick-up may help as well.

To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

Dec. 2 - First-Class Mail International

Dec. 2 - Priority Mail International

Dec. 10 - Priority Mail Express International

Dec. 15 - Standard Post

Dec. 17 - Global Express Guaranteed

Who’s ready for a haunting? See list of haunted houses, forests, hay rides

Who’s ready for a haunting? See list of haunted houses, forests, hay rides

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Halloween is getting close, and nothing screams fall more than getting chased through dark halls by zombies and ax-wielding ghouls.

Check out our list of haunted houses, forests, hay rides and more:

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#1 ANNUAL ARKANSAS NIGHT TERRORS 13

Dates: Oct 10 & 11, Oct. 16-18, Oct. 22-25, Oct. 26-31, Nov. 1

Time: 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m. during the week, 7:30 p.m. to midnight or later on the weekend.

Location: 11200 West Markham; Little Rock (Behind Colonial Wine and Spirits)

Number: (501) 398-FEAR (3327)

Tickets: $15; $1 off admissions available at Colonial Wine and Spirits

Website: http://hauntingarkansas.blogspot.com/

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ARKANSAS' REAPER HAUNTED HOUSE

Dates: Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 16-31; Nov. 1

Time: 7 p.m. - ???

Location: 6016 Crystal Hill Rd.; North Little Rock

Woman confirmed dead after Hot Springs apartment fire


GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- A woman has been confirmed dead after an apartment fire in Garland County.

According to officials with the Hot Springs Fire Department, a call was received around 5 p.m. Sunday about smoke pouring out of an apartment on Hickory Street. They reportedly arrived in under two minutes.

The Garland County coroner confirmed that one woman was found dead. Her name has not been released, and her cause of death has not been released.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Stay with THV11 for more on this developing story.