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Preservation rally for historic downtown area

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - There's an effort underway to secure the future of historic downtown Hot Springs.

When it comes to property maintenance, Hot Springs has seen many changes during these last couple of years. It's a part of the town's present that's pushing to preserve its past. People in Hot Springs organized a rally Saturday to bring attention to the matter.

"After the majestic fire back in 2014, there became a passion to preserve our historic buildings in Hot Springs, which are some of the most historic architecturally significant buildings, in the entire mid-south," said Hot Springs City Manager David Watkins.

Rally to preserve historic Hot Springs buildings

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - An effort is underway to preserve some of downtown Hot Springs' most historic structures.

Several are in shambles, and others have sat vacant for decades.

Some members of the community are holding a rally on Saturday, hoping to bring attention to the fate of these buildings so they can be used for years to come.

"Most of these buildings have something going on on the first floor, but once you get past that there's nothing," said co-organizer of the "Save Our Past" Rally, Robert Taylor. "A lot of the interior of the buildings are crumbling and in disrepair."

In an effort to raise awareness about the need for revitalization, Robert Taylor and others are hosting the rally on Saturday, encouraging the community what the future of Hot Springs could look like with a little effort.

Hot Springs prays for healing

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Neighbors in Hot Springs joined hands on Thursday evening in an effort to heal.

Many in the community are still processing the tragic death of an 18-month-old child last week. The message at St. Luke's Episcopal Church was to stop placing blame and start forgiving.

"This particular family and other families need peace and grace and an opportunity to not be beat on," said Reverend C.B. Baker.

"It's been very hard I think for all of us who know and love the members of this community to deal with," said Allison Johnson.

Based on their preliminary investigation, the Hot Springs Police Department believes the child died from excessive heat. Baker said he's heard many negative comments in person and on social media about the tragedy. And judgment is not what the family needs right now.

Arkansas teachers learning new skills for the new year

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Starting this coming school year, all high schools in the state are required to offer computer science education courses to students.

The requirement is part of Governor Asa Hutchinson's initiative that computer science be a fundamental part of every high school student's education.

This week, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, which has more than 20 years of experience teaching computer science, is holding a workshop for more than a dozen teachers, educating them on the details of computer science and how to code.

Dance-off festival in downtown Malvern

Dance-off festival in downtown Malvern

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Spring County Youth Council is hosting the 2015 Malvern Street Fest and Dance on August 15. 

This event happening on West Third Street will span from the back of the Panache building all the way down to the Chamber of Commerce. It will also span into the Mayor's Office parking lot. 

All of the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m. There will be a karaoke hour, games, rides, inflatables for children and a major dance-off happening in the middle of it all. Included in the fun, will be a large assortment of merchandise and food vendors.

There are still spots available for any vendor that is interested. It is free for any booth that would like to set up. They will need to arrive for check-in and set up between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. that Saturday. Vendors will have to provide their own tents and tables. 

JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

UNDATED, Ark. (KTHV) - One option to take advantage of for some back-to-school shopping and during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year could be your local JCPenney store . From denim and school uniforms to dorm gear and backpacks, JCPenney is a one-stop shopping destination for all their back-to-school needs. For a limited time, kids will receive $10 haircuts at jcp salons [Valid July 15 – Aug. 31, while appointments last] and $29.99 eyeglasses at all JCPenney optical stores [Valid July 5 – Sept. 15]. 


July 17 - 18 – Tax holiday

*Extended store hours*


Local JCPenney stores. (Go to jcpenney.com and click on “find a store” for nearest location.)

Hard rock icon Bret Michaels brings “True Grit” tour to Magic Springs August 1

Hard rock icon Bret Michaels brings “True Grit” tour to Magic Springs August 1

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Rock icon and media start Bret Michaels will bring his “True Grit” tour to the stage on Saturday, August 1 at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs.

The show begins at 8 p.m.  

Bret Michaels is a man of many hats including the one he wears on stage. He is a singer-songwriter, musician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer and reality television personality.

He first gained fame as the lead vocalist of the metal band Poison, selling more than 45 million records worldwide and 15 million records in the United States alone. The band charted 10 singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the number-one single, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."