Hot Springs

The Miss Arkansas pageant is moving to Little Rock after spending nearly six decades in Hot Springs.

The Garland County attorney says he doesn't expect that a challenger to Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney will be able to prove that problems with last month's election were so great that the results should be overturned.

County Attorney Ralph Ohm told the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record that City Director Pat McCabe would have to prove errors were willfully made.

Majestic Hotel
Save Her Majesty: Restore The Majestic Hotel Facebook Page

A plan to clean up and remove hazardous waste at the site of the former Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is under review by officials at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Possible asbestos, an unused fuel storage tank and a pile of debris have not left the former site of the hotel’s “Yellow Building”, which burned to the ground on February 27th .

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has announced its new programming director.

Film critic and journalist Lauren Wissot will join the festival and collaborate with festival executive director Courtney Pledger to bring documentary films from across the world to Arkansas.

This year's film festival will take place Oct. 10-19 at the Arlington Hotel in town.

The film festival is an Academy Award-qualifying festival and is attended by documentary film lovers, filmmakers and noted special guests.

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On the one hundredth day since Hot Springs’ historic Majestic Hotel went up in a fiery blaze, citizens of the Spa City plan to hold a rally supporting the preservation of other downtown buildings and new revitalization efforts. It's set for Saturday afternoon.

The rally comes shortly after the Hot Springs Downtown Game Plan Task Force presented recommendations to the city on Wednesday asking for new preservation and economic development policies.

Officials in Hot Springs are marking the start of work by a documentary filmmaker who is to depict the history of spring training baseball in the Spa City.

Documentarian Larry Foley is to discuss the project at a Thursday event. The film is to show the city's role as a spring training site in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Starting in 1886 and into the 1940s, teams that included the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Highlanders - later the New York Yankees - got ready for the season in Hot Springs.

The administrative offices of the Hot Springs Housing Authority have been raided by federal agents with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General.

The Sentinel-Record reports that agents could be seen searching different offices, removing boxes and searching some vehicles in the parking lot.

Majestic Hotel
Save Her Majesty: Restore The Majestic Hotel Facebook Page

City leaders in Hot Springs have approved the condemnation of the Majestic Hotel building that was destroyed in a fire last month.

The move Tuesday by the Hot Springs Board of Directors allows the city to request the full demolition of the remainder of the historic hotel. The complex was partially razed for safety reasons after the Feb. 27-28 fire.

Oaklawn, Planning Commission Work On Expansion

Jun 16, 2013

City planners in Hot Springs have imposed a set of conditions on Oaklawn Park's planned expansion of its casino-style gambling operation.

The thoroughbred race track wants to expand its number of tables and machines by about 50 percent.

The city's Planning Commission has stipulated that all changes to vehicular and pedestrian traffic have to be approved by the state highway department. Those permits have to be in place before work starts.