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Midnight Bisou edges Escape Clause for Apple Blossom win

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Favorite Midnight Bisou demonstrated her championship potential by grinding out a narrow win over the hard-fighting Escape Clause in Sunday’s $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1). It was the seventh Apple Blossom for Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who won it twice with Zenyatta


REX NELSON: When everything changed

The rural Ouachita Mountains area west of Hot Springs was poor for for much of the 20th century, as I note in the story on the cover of today's Perspective section. What was known as the Big Cut from the 1880s until the 1930s brought jobs to the area. Out-of-state interests established sawmills and


Man faces 5 years in jail after sixth DWI; victim wants more time on sentence

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. -- "I think there definitely needs to be stricter laws and harsher punishment. We need consequences," April Baker said. How much jail time is enough time for a 6th DWI offense?


Newton County sheriff reports busy weekend

Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler reported the weekend was busier than normal with several major incidents taking place. In addition to the more common patrol activities, calls for service and the medical and fire emergencies his office dispatched, Wheeler highlighted the more serious calls.


Arkansas Derby odds, predictions 2019: Legendary expert who nailed Triple Crown races gives best picks

Kentucky Derby hopefuls hit the dirt at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs on Saturday for the 2019 Arkansas Derby, a $1 million prep race featuring 11 top horses. The group will run from the starting gate at 7:43 p.m. ET. It's raining ahead of post time, and the latest Hot Springs weather is calling for m


Nearly 2,500 outages reported due to storms

Nearly 2,500 Entergy Arkansas Inc. customers were without service, including around 1,900 in the Jessieville area where two broken utility poles were reported, Saturday evening after storms brought high wind gusts to the county.


Candy Ride’s Pyron Remains Perfect in Hot Springs

PYRON (c, 3, Candy Ride {Arg}–Tapatia, by Tapit) took his record to two-for-two with a first-level allowance score in the slop at Oaklawn Saturday. Breaking on top, the chestnut settled in a close-up third, just a neck off the dueling leaders through a first quarter in :22.07. Sticking his nose in f


Drawn together: artists connect to find support, share knowledge

Sandra Sell was looking in 2016 for something she didn't have in her creative life. "I really missed having people to talk to about processes, ideas, collaboration," says Sell, an artist who creates expressive wood sculptures. "In the Army, you always had a group of people around you. Even if you we


Stormy And Muddy Arkansas Derby Expected

RACE TIME – 6:43PM CDT. A lot of the rain will start to taper off by the race’s start, but with heavy rain all day prior to the event, everything will be soaked. Severe storms are also likely in the area, especially just south and east of Hot Springs. A Level 4 out of 5 (Moderate) severe risk is in


Arkansas Derby 2019 Results: Omaha Beach Holds Off Improbable for Big Win

On a sloppy track at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Omaha Beach held off Improbable to win the 2019 Arkansas Derby on Saturday. Omaha Beach entered the Arkansas Derby as a slight 8-5 favorite over Improbable at 9-5, and by virtue of his win, Omaha Beach earned 100 Kentucky Derby points and f


Landowners petition to close Saline River access

Everything old is new again on the Saline River near Benton. In 2006, landowners tried to persuade the county to close a section of Peeler Bend Road between several parcels of private property and the river's edge. Doing so would have privatized a public road and closed access to that part of the mo


Omaha Beach Storms Home Gamely In Arkansas Derby

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach made a surprisingly early move down the backstretch but still had more than enough left in the stretch run to storm home gamely over a tough Improbable to win Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.


Entries open for annual World Championship Running Of The Tubs

Visit Hot Springs is now accepting entries for the annual Stueart Pennington World Championship Running Of The Tubs, which will slosh down Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs starting at 9 a.m. June 1.


Community works to keep cheer program for kids with disabilities alive

BENTON, Ark. — About a thousand people flocked to the Benton Event Center Sunday to support hundreds of cheerleaders. But, one team in particular got extra love: Empire Inspire.


Crackdown to focus on distracted drivers

As part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, Garland County sheriff's deputies will have extra patrol units out "looking specifically for those who would choose to endanger others on the road by using their mobile devices to text while driving," the department said in a news rele


Quip's neck longest in tight pack

HOT SPRINGS -- The 73rd running of the Oaklawn Handicap lacked a heavy favorite, a big name from last season's Triple Crown series or a star from the Breeders' Cup. What it did have was a neck-and-neck finish.


Master Gardeners dig hosting plant sale

AVILLA — Saline County Master Gardeners have been hard at work for the past several weeks getting ready for their annual plant sale. A group was found recently working with plants in one of the hoop houses at the Avilla-Zion Community Garden.


Our View Senseless propanhandling rulings continue

Fed up with the panhandlers begging in West Memphis, particularly on the service roads and North Missouri Street? Don’t blame city leaders for allowing this frustrating annoyance because as badly as they want to eliminate this distraction they along with other city leaders throughout the state are b


Blood drives planned during coming week

Arkansas Blood Institute will conduct blood drives at the following times and locations this week:. • 8 a.m. to noon -- Room 6, Coronado Center, 150 Ponderosa Lane, Hot Springs Village.