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Magic Springs season extends to include weekends in September

Magic Springs season extends to include weekends in September

Magic Springs Water and Theme Park will extend its season beyond its normal closing date. The last days of the regular season will be Monday, September 1 and Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7. 

The water park will reopen for weekends only, beginning Sunday, September 14, Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, and the final weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the park will be reduced to $15 per person for the extended dates.

Regular general admission to the park before September 11 starts at $29.99. Children 3 years of age and younger receive free admission. Complete pricing information can be found at the park’s website, magicsprings.com, or by calling 501-624-0100.

Local racing fixture, Don Grisham, dead at 84

Local racing fixture, Don Grisham, dead at 84


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - There are people who walk this earth who contain an inner light, a spark, a glow. Some call it a vibe, and when you meet these people, you instantly like them.

Unfortunately, we have lost one of those people.

Don Grisham was a native of Hot Springs, a graduate of Henderson State, and spent most of his career writing for the Daily Racing Form.

He witnessed some legendary horses at Oaklawn. One of them we met for the first time together: Smarty Jones.

Oaklawn GM Eric Jackson said today of Don that there wasn't anyone anywhere who didn't like him.

Grisham was 84 years old.


AWARD WINNING COUNTRY ARTIST RODNEY ATKINS TAKES THE STAGE AT MAGIC SPRINGS AUGUST 2

AWARD WINNING COUNTRY ARTIST RODNEY ATKINS TAKES THE STAGE AT MAGIC SPRINGS AUGUST 2

Award-winning country singer and former Male Vocalist of the Year Rodney Atkins will take the stage at Magic Springs on Saturday, August 2, 8:00 p.m. Opening the concert at 7:00 p.m. is Arkansas country singer Blane Howard. Howard released the single “ Arkansas Ya’ll,” a finalist in the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism's Song of Arkansas contest. 

The park will host a pre-concert party at 3:00 p.m. at The Hideaway.  The $20 party ticket includes live entertainment by Luke Williams of Beebe, Ark., appetizers from Trejo's, two drinks, early entry into concert venue and a chance to win a Meet-n-Greet with Rodney Atkins.

Atkins charted his first single on the Billboard country chart in 1997, but did not release an album until 2003's Honesty, which included the number 4 hit "Honesty (Write Me a List)".

Skillet Continues International Tour at Magic Springs on July 26

Skillet Continues International Tour at Magic Springs on July 26

Grammy-nominated and multiple Dove Award winners Skillet will perform at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park on Saturday, July 26. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Timberwood Amphitheater.

Skillet, an alternative rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, consists of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar).

The band has released eight albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and ComatoseAwake has been certified Platinum and debuted on No. 2 on the Billboard 200, with Comatose certified Gold by RIAA.

They have sold over 2 million albums in the U.S. alone and are known for their relentless touring schedule, which garnered them a top five ranking in the Hardest Working Bands of 2011 by Songkick.com. They refer to their fans affectionately as “panheads.”

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Little Rock, AR – The registration deadline for Camp iRock has been extended to July 11. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) will host the fourth annual all-girl fitness and nutrition camp, Sunday, August 10 through Saturday, August 16. The experience will take place at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, 1720 Ferncliff Road in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Designed exclusively for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, Camp iRock offers fun educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, physical activity and self-confidence. Forty girls from across Arkansas will be selected to attend the camp free of charge. To apply or to learn about camper criteria visit, www.campirock.com.

My Town Hero: Basketball coach becomes father figure to athletes

My Town Hero: Basketball coach becomes father figure to athletes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Tonight's My Town Hero is a legendary Little Rock basketball coach. He's accomplished some remarkable things on the court over the years, but it's what the Arkansas Sports Hall of Famer is doing off the court that makes him so worthy of being called a Town Hero.

This man needs no introduction. Just take a look at the plaques along his wall, and you'll know right away you're in the presence of greatness. Charles Ripley, Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Director at Arkansas Baptist College, wears many hats, but the most significant pertains to meeting the needs of his young athletes.

Hot Springs Village man still racing at 83

Hot Springs Village man still racing at 83

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark.(KTHV) - They say age is just a number, and a Hot Springs Village man is proving just that. In his mid-80s, John Hollansworth is still putting the pedal to the metal.

As a child, John Hollansworth always had a thing for cars. Eventually he says that passion turned into a need for speed.

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"I could tell you what every car was, I could tell you what the cars were by the sound of the exhaust."

The Kansas City native, who now lives in Hot Springs Village, still loves cars to this day. At 83-years-old, the longtime car enthusiast said he's still building and racing cars.