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Officials: Hot Springs city manager dies after fall at home


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Hot Springs officials say City Manager David Watkins has died after sustaining injuries from an accidental fall at his home. He was 61.
The city said in a statement that Watkins died early Monday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. It said that Watkins' family would appreciate the thoughts and prayers of the community and asks for privacy at this time.
City spokeswoman Terry Payne told The Associated Press that she didn't have further details about how Watkins fell on Saturday.
Watkins had been city manager since 2012. Payne said Deputy City Manager Bill Burrough has been appointed interim city manager for the time being.

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13 alligators stolen from Hot Springs tourist attraction

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo is asking for help after more than a dozen alligators were stolen from its facility early Saturday morning.

Thirteen alligators are now missing, and security footage shows that it happened in matter of minutes. The owners of the farm hope that by spreading the word, they can somehow get what was taken from them back.

"These doors were shut, and they just kicked them in," said Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo Manager Jamie Bridges. . "They both jumped over the fence, the wall, you could see them putting gators in a bag."

Twelve of the alligators were less than a year old and ranged from 8 inches to 12 inches in length, but one was seven years old and three feet long. Each were valued at $100.

"Whoever did this, I feel like had been here before," suggested Bridges.

Professional bass fishing's Forrest Wood Cupset to return to Lake Ouachita

Professional bass fishing's Forrest Wood Cupset to return to Lake Ouachita

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (July 30, 2015) – The Forrest Wood Cup, presented by Walmart, will return to Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Ark. August 20-23 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2015.

Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards of $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.

A Recap of LRFW 7

By: Tabitha Cooke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark - Not even a nearly record-breaking hot day could prevent the excitement around the show and entertainment behind the outdoor event on the 4th block of Main Street in downtown Little Rock at the Big Night.

Little Rock’s very own native and TV news personality, Keristen Holmes, returned home to host Big Night, presenting returning designers and new designers as they showcased their clothing lines while models strutted in the designer’s collection on the runway at the seventh annual Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW).

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Final concert of the season at Magic Springs August 15

Final concert of the season at Magic Springs August 15

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Christian rockers Red and Thousand Foot Krutch will take the stage Saturday, August 15 at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs.

The first show begins at 7 p.m.  The “Celebrate the Word” weekend marks the final concert of the 2015 Magic Springs concert series.


Red (also stylized as R3D) is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tenn., which incorporates sounds such as rock, alternative rock, alternative metal, hard rock, heavy metal and post-grunge.

To date, Red has released five studio albums: “End of Silence,” “Innocence & Instinct,” “Until We Have Faces,” “Release the Panic,” and their latest album, “Of Beauty and Rage.” The first two albums earned the group Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Gospel Album, while “Until We Have Faces” had a No. 2 debut on Billboard 200. The group has won six GMA Dove Awards.

'Vacation' movie takes a jab at Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - One of the summer's big comedies in movie theaters has a popular scene set in Arkansas, but it doesn't exactly portray the state in a very good light.

One of the most talked about scenes in Warner Brothers' latest installment of the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise features the main characters making a stop in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Spoiler alert: it doesn't go well.

Extreme will take the stage on Saturday, August 8 at Magic Springs

Extreme will take the stage on Saturday, August 8 at Magic Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Chart topper Extreme will take the stage on Saturday, August 8 at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Extreme, an American rock band, is headed by frontmen Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt.

The band has released five studio albums, two EPs and two compilation albums since their formation and has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and achieved their greatest success with their album Pornograffitti, which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200, and was certified gold and double platinum. That album featured the acoustic ballad single "More Than Words", which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Artist website: extreme-band.com

The final concert of the season features Red and Thousand Foot Krutch on August 15A Magic Springs Season Pass, priced at $74.99, allows for unlimited visits to the park and the concert series.