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Oaklawn cancels Thursday's races

Oaklawn cancels Thursday's races

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Oaklawn management made the decision to cancel Thursday’s nine-race card after more than five inches of rain left the track too saturated for racing.

“The safety of the horses and riders is always our first concern,” said Director of Racing David Longinotti. “The rain began about 3 p.m. Tuesday and has barely stopped since.”

Oaklawn remains open for gaming and simulcast racing. The game room will remain open until 3 a.m. 

Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday with a 1:30 p.m. first post. 

Garland Co. organization speaks out against suicide

Garland Co. organization speaks out against suicide

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting an event that will promote local artists and raise awareness for a silent but deadly disease that is affecting millions across America. 

The United Way of Garland County and the Arkansas Department of Health is hosting Hot Springs' first Suicide Prevention Art Exhibition Showcase. In 2014, Garland County was reportedly rated as the 3rd highest suicide county in Arkansas. On March 10, officials with the "Cracked, Not Broken Suicide Prevention Conference" are hoping to decrease those numbers. 

On March 10, the Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition will present internationally recognized speaker Kevin Hines, who after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder of the age of 19 jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, to speak about how he continues to fight the mental battle. He is one of only 34 to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. 

BNPD in full force for month of March

BNPD in full force for month of March

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Speeding might be a small concern for some travelers, but for the Benton Police Department, it's a problem that needs to be handled. 

The Benton Police Department is constantly creating new ways to ensure the safety of those they were hired to protect. A new initiative they are conducting is “NØ Need to Speed.” Throughout the month of March, Benton officers will be out in full force to make sure motorists are maintaining the appropriate speed limits, especially within school zones. 

Not only will officers be raising awareness to speeding in a school zones, but they also want to make it known that it is illegal to use a cell phone while passing a school building. According to state law (House Bill 1049), it is illegal for a driver of a motor vehicle to use a handheld wireless telephone while passing a school zone during school hours and when children are present.

ASMSA hosts annual science fair

ASMSA hosts annual science fair

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is holding the West Central Regional Science Fair and Senior Research Symposium during the last full week of February.

The Science Fair and Research Symposium is the culmination of almost a year-long project for ASMSA students. Every ASMSA student must complete a Fundamentals in Research Methods (FIRM) project during their senior year. They begin working on the project during the second semester of their junior year. Students may pick a STEM or humanities emphasis for their project.

Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

Benton police continue to make DWI arrests

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - From February 1 to February 17, officers with the Benton Police Department have made 11 DWI arrests. 

As part of the "Be Someone's Sweetheart and Rethink Your Drink" initiative, Benton police are trying their best to keep intoxicated drivers off city streets. 

According to the Benton Police Department, every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. In Arkansas in 2013, of the 499 fatality accidents, 41 percent – 203 fatality accidents - involved alcohol and/or drugs.

The most current arrests include:

New fellowship emphasizes summer service learning project

New fellowship emphasizes summer service learning project

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — A new fellowship at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will assist students conducting summer service learning projects, benefitting their home communities.

The ASMSA Trustees’ Service Fellowship is awarded to a rising senior each year. The student selected for the fellowship will receive a $600 grant toward their service project. The project must be completed during the summer between their junior and senior year at ASMSA. The student will give a public presentation on their project during their senior year.

Board receives findings from performing arts center feasibility study

Board receives findings from performing arts center feasibility study

HOT SPRINGS – The Hot Springs Board of Directors heard a presentation Wednesday regarding a feasibility study for the development of a performing arts center in Hot Springs, Ark.

Dan Martin of Market & Feasibility Advisors, LLC (MFA) of Austin, TX and Chicago, IL, presented their findings in a 104-page study,concluding that the project is “market feasible” but not financially feasible.

The primary measure of feasibility is whether the center’s user groups could pay facility-use charges in full support of the facility’s operating costs, while a blended source of government and philanthropic support would provide the initial capital development costs.