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Running of the buffalo? Hot Springs planing celebration of April escape

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – The roaming buffalo of Hot Springs made such an impression on the town, they might just get their own celebration.

According to Steve Arrison of the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city is planning “Buffalo Days” for some time in April 2016 to commemorate the period of time which six buffalo broke loose from their enclosure and ran through the city from April 16 to May 1.

“It was such a big deal and the timing was so great for our tourism season this year, we wanted to celebrate it next year as well,” said Arrison.

Arrison added that there will most likely be a street party with people selling hats and t-shirts. The CVB is asking the public to submit suggestions, with one idea being a “Running of the Buffalo” with people in costume.

Mid-America Skywalk exhibit up for award

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs has an exhibit that is up for grabs for a people's choice award.

It's called the skywalk and has science in every nook and cranny.

Skywalk itself is one large exhibit that showcases the natural splendor that surrounds the entire museum. It's part of the renovations to the museum.

"It's the only skywalk in the state, we're 40 feet above the ground, it's so interactive…enough going on that science is displayed above, below, and in between this above ground deck," said Jim Miller, the director of the museum.

"It's a California cedar that it's built with."

Miller showed THV11 around and pointed out all there is to do and the science behind it.

"It's one of most popular spots in here at the sky walk is the circular net – it operates like a trampoline."

Knight wins professional bass fishing's Forrest Wood Cup

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Aug. 23, 2015) – Professional angler Brad Knight of Lancing, Tenn. crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday to claim the title of Forrest Wood Cup Champion at the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita presented by Walmart.

Knight, with a four-day total of 20 bass for 51-12, won by a 3-pound, 15-ounce margin over Ramie Colson Jr., of Cadiz, Kentucky, and won the $500,000 top award in professional bass fishing's world championship that featured 50 of the best professional anglers in the world casting for the sport's largest prize.

Alleged drunk driver hits and kills pedestrian in Hot Springs

Alleged drunk driver hits and kills pedestrian in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A drunk driver hit and killed a pedestrian on Central Avenue Wednesday night.

Police responded to a vehicle-pedestrian accident at around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the driver of a 1996 Acura Integra, James Goff. According to reports, Goff was traveling down Central Avenue, when he hit a pedestrian crossing between the Crosswalk Bar and Oaklawn Race Track. 

Officials stated that the victim's injuries appeared severe, so he was transported to St. Vincent Hospital. He succumbed to his injuries while in the emergency room. 

When asked if he had been drinking, Goff responded with "couple of beers earlier." When tested with a portable breathalyzer, the results showed a .364. Goff was then taken into custody for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was tested again at the Garland County Jail, where his test results came back as a .318 blood alcohol level. 

Hot Springs National Park says goodbye to Champion Trees Exhibit

Hot Springs National Park says goodbye to Champion Trees Exhibit

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Springs National Park is bidding farewell to the “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist Journey” and welcomes the public to a special reception on September 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to honor artist Linda Williams Palmer at the Cultural Center on Bathhouse Row.

Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of Hot Springs National Park.  The Cultural Center is located at the former Ozark Bathhouse and it is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The final day of the Champion Trees exhibit is September 20.

According to the National Park Service, more than 2,400 visitors have browsed and enjoyed the Champion Trees exhibit since its opening in January 2015.

Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo' to headline Hot Springs Blues and BBQ Festival

Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo' to headline Hot Springs Blues and BBQ Festival

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The Hot Springs Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by Budweiser, will be headlined by the Los Lonely Boys Saturday, Sept. 19 and Keb’ Mo’ Sunday, Sept. 20. The event, hosted jointly by Oaklawn and the Spa City Blues Society, will take place in Oaklawn’s infield, and will also feature some of the region’s best barbeque.

“We are very excited to bring the Los Lonely Boys and Keb’ Mo’ to Hot Springs,” said Rob Pratt, President of the Spa City Blues Society. “Partnering with Oaklawn has really allowed us to take this event to a whole new level.”

Majestic Hotel purchase postponed until further notice

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – The purchase of the Majestic Hotel has been postponed until further notice.

According to Hot Springs City Attorney Brian W. Albright, the purchase was postponed until further notice because of a court judgment.

Albright said the title company pulled a Notice of Filing of Foreign Judgment from the Garland County records Thursday.