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Responders honored for rescue one year later

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) -- One year later, Elesa Cooper-Jones honors the two Malvern firefighters, who rescued her one-year-old daughter Nevaeh, and recovered the body of her 28-year-old son Jonathan Cooper.

"We just do our job. We're thankful they did this for us, but they don't owe us nothing," said Capt. Heath Loy, one of the first responders.

A bad storm hit Malvern around October of 2014. Lightning struck a tree outside Cooper-Jones' house. The tree crashed through the roof. Malvern fire captains Loy and Jonathan Farber crawled through the debris, finding Cooper's body and 1-year-old Nevaeh, unharmed.

"When we got her out, I was thinking about my little girl as well, and I didn't know whether to cry or jump for joy. It was a very emotional deal," said Loy.

On that day, October 2, 2014, recovery and rescue was not a quick process.

Alliance Rubber Company hosting students for National Manufacturing Day

Alliance Rubber Company hosting students for National Manufacturing Day

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The world’s largest manufacturer of rubber bands is hosting an event on October 2 in celebration of National Manufacturing Day.

The Alliance Rubber Company is giving the public a chance to see the inner-workings of manufacturing. During the event, sixth graders from Fountain Lake School will have the opportunity to tour the facility, learn about manufacturing and hear about career opportunities in the manufacturing field.

The students will arrive at 9 a.m. on Friday to the Alliance Rubber Company facility located at 210 Carpenter Dam Road in Hot Springs.

Amy Fecher, deputy director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, will be one of the speakers during the event, and Assistant Hot Springs Mayor Rick Ramick will be in attendance. 

ASMSA Science and Arts Café lecture series set

ASMSA Science and Arts Café lecture series set

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts 2015-16 Science and Arts Café lecture series will feature Henderson State University professor Dr. Travis Langley and several ASMSA faculty members.

The first lecture on Thursday, Oct. 8, features ASMSA French instructor Bryan Adams, who will present “French Crash Course Using the AIM Method.” AIM stands for Accelerative Integrated Methodology, which uses gestures, music, dance and theater to help students learn a new language. Adams’ lecture will help attendees learn some French using AIM during the session.

Magic Screams at Magic Springs weekends beginning Oct. 11 through Nov. 1

Magic Screams at Magic Springs weekends beginning Oct. 11 through Nov. 1

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Magic Springs is bringing back its annual “Magic Screams” Halloween event. 

Beginning on October 10 and continuing through November 1, the park will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays for the public to experience a good scream for Halloween.  

Several of the park’s rides will be open, including X-Coaster, The Gauntlet, Wild Thang, Big Bad John, Ozark Mountain Taxi Co., Razorback Roundup (enclosed with black light paint), the Carousel and the kiddie rides.

“We have the largest Halloween event in the state, possibly in the region and want our visitors to enjoy every bit of it,” said General Manager Steve Honeycutt.

Garland County hosts Zombie Fun Run 5k

Garland County hosts Zombie Fun Run 5k

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - United Way of Garland County is hosting a Zombie Fun Run 5K on October 31, 2015 at Cedar Glades Park located at 461 Wildcat Road.

The Fun Run is sponsored by Shop Oh Snap! Boutique, Bennett’s Auto Service, FBC Fitness and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. The route will involve a few walls to climb over, a log to jump over, zombies to avoid and a variety of elevations.

Early registration is $25 per person and ends on September 30, 2015. Late registration will end October 28, 2015 and is $30 per person. The check in will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:30 a.m. The first 250 who register will receive a goody bag and a t-shirt.

Prior to the race, the Hot Springs Beauty College will do zombie make-up for $5.00 per person. However, if an individual has their make-up done by the HSBC then they will be excluded from the costume contests.

Now you can brunch like the royals at Castle on Stagecoach

Now you can brunch like the royals at Castle on Stagecoach

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A restaurant in Little Rock is allowing the public to travel back in time for a brunch with royalty. 

Nestled on 100 acres of land on Stagecoach Road in Little Rock sits a castle fit for a queen or king and now, open to the public for events. The Castle on Stagecoach has been offering the venue for rentals suitable for all types of events including weddings, corporate parties, bridal showers, holiday dinners and so much more.  

The owners decided it was time to start a monthly event in an effort to allow anyone in the public to come enjoy a champagne brunch, tour of the grounds and enjoy live music.

"The food and experience is wonderful.  Everyone should experience this," said guest, Rance Golden.

Malvern Chamber breakfast at College of the Ouachitas

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - The Malvern Chamber of Commerce will host a member breakfast on Thursday. 

The chamber invites all members to join them at the College of the Ouachitas at 8 a.m. for a breakfast catered by Jimmy's Family Restaurant. 

Tony Gatlin, owner of Strictly Art Photography, will be giving a personal experience presentation starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 11 a.m. 

Courtesy of Farmer's Bank &Trust, all of the food will be provided at no cost to the members and guests.