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Get active with the Arkansas Canoe Club!


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There are many ways to get active in Arkansas this time of year, and one of the most popular ways is canoeing. Members of the Arkansas Canoe Club (ACC), Luke Coop and his daughter, Gracie, stopped by THV11 Saturday morning to talk about the club, upcoming events, and how you can get involved.

Coming up, the canoe club will host an event called Camp Couchdale on Lake Catherine from September 12 to September 14. Rendezvous is offered at no cost to you except for the $5 per person American Canoe Association insurance fee (for non-ACA members), which is passed on to the American Canoe Association. The ACC foots the bill for the entire event and is glad to do so, but, if you would like to contribute something to help defray expenses they would be grateful for your help.

Paralyzed donkey learns to walk again


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A donkey in Hot Springs is learning to walk again after months of treatment with a piece of equipment that sends pulses throughout the body.

The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record reports (http://bit.ly/XpEZlz) that 3-year-old Stormy developed paralysis in his hind legs earlier this year.

Equine therapist Tricia Brophy used an electro acuscope for microcurrent therapy to help Stormy. The acuscope sends pulses at the same frequency the body produces to stimulate and speed up the healing process.

Brophy said Stormy first got movement in his tail back, then his lower posterior and then his legs.

Stormy's owner, Sharlyn Woody, says people used to always tell her Stormy would never walk again and ask she bothered trying to heal him. Now, though, she says everyone asks about how Stormy is going.

Lake Hamilton football players suffers concussion


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- A high school football player in Hot Springs is recovering after a concussion left him seizing on Thursday night. During practice at Hamilton Lake High last night, Jeisen Strickland was tackled. He was running a play and hit his head on the turf.

"I didn't know what happened because I didn't see the hit," said Strickland's mother, Jani Degrasse. "When I saw him lying there, he wasn't moving his feet or anything, he wasn't saying anything. He wasn't opening his eyes."

Strickland was airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital where doctors told Degrasse her son suffered a severe concussion and had a seizure.

Strickland lost mobility of his body for hours, but slowly recovered throughout the night. By 2 a.m., he started regaining mobility. "I'm really glad he started getting better, because we didn't know how bad it could have been."

McClard's BBQ: The secret's in the sauce


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Chances are you've heard of McClard's BBQ in Hot Springs. It's become very well known. But in our 'Made in Arkansas', we tell you what you didn't know about the sauce that's become a favorite of many, including Hollywood stars, a president, and a well- known journalist.

"It's a lot of hard work, but it's a tradition," says Phillip McClard.

Long before the sun comes up, he's busy smoking dozens of pounds of ribs, beef and chicken. He explains, "It's been good to the family."

"It's a joint. It's not a restaurant. It's a joint," says Scott McClard.

Their last name is one of the most recognized in Arkansas. "It all started with a recipe," says Scott.

It's a recipe filled with 86 years of success. That's five generations. He adds, "I know most people think it's a made up story, but it's not a made up story."

Jessieville superintendent to resign September 1st


JESSIEVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Weeks after an Arkansas superintendent was arrested for driving while intoxicated in a work vehicle, parents demanded to know his resignation status. On Wednesday evening, the board decided that Andy Curry will resign as of September 1st. He and the district reached a negotiation settlement.

The settlement includes Curry getting pay for a year and a half, he will get his school truck, his portable computer, and both parties agree to not sue each other.

At tonight's board meeting dozens of parents gathered for an explanation or some sort of answer. Instead, they sat and waited while board members met in a closed room for an executive session that lasted hours.

"That's the biggest problem I think. The board members won't involve the community members at all. It's all about the board members, just make all the decisions."

Improvements to Highway 270 will require lane closure

Improvements to Highway 270 will require lane closure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AHTD) Improvements to Highway 270 (Albert Pike Road) will require a lane closure in Hot Springs, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be resurfacing Highway 270 (Albert Pike Road) at the intersection of Thornton Ferry Road, just west of Lake Hamilton.  The work will require closing the eastbound outside lane on Highway 270 at that location.

The lane closure will be Thursday, August 14th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

Study: Hot Springs visitors spent $523M in 2013


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A study by a tourism research company shows visitors to Hot Springs spent more than $520 million last year.

The Sentinel-Record reports (http://bit.ly/1osyLwz) senior vice president Michael Erdman of Longwoods International presented the company's report Monday at the Hot Springs Convention Center. About 4.9 million trips were taken to Hot Springs in 2013. That includes 2 million overnight trips and 2.9 million day trips.

Erdman says overnight visitors spent money in lodging and food, while daytime tourists use money for shopping.

CEO Steve Arrison of Visit Hot Springs says it's been more than a decade since the group requested an industry analysis on the central Arkansas city.