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17-year-old dies after crashing car into home

17-year-old dies after crashing car into home

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A 17-year-old female died early Thursday morning after crashing her vehicle into a home located near Northshore Drive Wednesday night. 

The Benton Police Department responded to an accident around 11:14 p.m. Wednesday, July 29. According to reports, the girl driving the car was traveling west on Northshore Drive, when the vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into the rear end of a home on Jasmine Drive. 

The girl was quickly transported via med flight to a hospital in Little Rock. At around 3 a.m., police received word that the girl had succumbed to her injuries and passed away.

This incident is still under investigation. Stay with THV11 for more updates. 

 

Dance-off festival in downtown Malvern

Dance-off festival in downtown Malvern

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Spring County Youth Council is hosting the 2015 Malvern Street Fest and Dance on August 15. 

This event happening on West Third Street will span from the back of the Panache building all the way down to the Chamber of Commerce. It will also span into the Mayor's Office parking lot. 

All of the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m. There will be a karaoke hour, games, rides, inflatables for children and a major dance-off happening in the middle of it all. Included in the fun, will be a large assortment of merchandise and food vendors.

There are still spots available for any vendor that is interested. It is free for any booth that would like to set up. They will need to arrive for check-in and set up between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. that Saturday. Vendors will have to provide their own tents and tables. 

JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

UNDATED, Ark. (KTHV) - One option to take advantage of for some back-to-school shopping and during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year could be your local JCPenney store . From denim and school uniforms to dorm gear and backpacks, JCPenney is a one-stop shopping destination for all their back-to-school needs. For a limited time, kids will receive $10 haircuts at jcp salons [Valid July 15 – Aug. 31, while appointments last] and $29.99 eyeglasses at all JCPenney optical stores [Valid July 5 – Sept. 15]. 

WHEN:

July 17 - 18 – Tax holiday

*Extended store hours*

WHERE:

Local JCPenney stores. (Go to jcpenney.com and click on “find a store” for nearest location.)

Hard rock icon Bret Michaels brings “True Grit” tour to Magic Springs August 1

Hard rock icon Bret Michaels brings “True Grit” tour to Magic Springs August 1

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Rock icon and media start Bret Michaels will bring his “True Grit” tour to the stage on Saturday, August 1 at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs.

The show begins at 8 p.m.  

Bret Michaels is a man of many hats including the one he wears on stage. He is a singer-songwriter, musician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer and reality television personality.

He first gained fame as the lead vocalist of the metal band Poison, selling more than 45 million records worldwide and 15 million records in the United States alone. The band charted 10 singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the number-one single, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

The Ritz Theater at risk of losing first-run releases


MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - The Ritz Theatre in Malvern is one of the only historic theaters in the state that offers new release movies on their opening day.

But after the latest "Terminator" film flopped in ticket sales, Paramount Pictures is keeping a closer watch on the theater.

The theater is the second oldest theater in the state, and after opening in 1938, it has provided opening day movies for multiple generations across the state.

"The Ritz is a very important part of our culture," said Nikki Launius, with the Malvern Chamber of Commerce.

It's history that the city of Malvern would hate to lose.

"It's nostalgic," said theater owner Marla Nix, who even met her husband at the theatre.

"We always kind of joked of it as 'love at the Ritz,'" said Nix.

Loverboy and Lita Ford set for July 25 at Magic Springs

Loverboy and Lita Ford set for July 25 at Magic Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Loverboy and Lita Ford will take the stage on Saturday, July 25 at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs. The show begins at 8 p.m.

LOVERBOY

Loverboy is a Canadian rock group who accumulated numerous hit songs, earning four multi-platinum albums and selling millions of records.

The band's hit singles, particularly "Turn Me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend," have become arena rock staples and are heard on classic rock and classic hits radio stations  today. They are currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Artist website: loverboyband.com

LITA FORD

Lita Ford is a British-American rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 1970’s before embarking on a solo career in the 1980’s.

Month long railroad safety initiative in central Arkansas

Month long railroad safety initiative in central Arkansas

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Members of Central Arkansas Operation Impact Traffic Enforcement Group will conduct a month long traffic initiative focusing on railroad crossing safety and pedestrians trespassing on railroad property in August. 

According to national non-profit organization Operation Lifesaver, a vehicle or person is hit by a train every three hours in the U.S. Arkansas was ranked number 15 in a list of states that have the highest percentage of rail grade collisions in the United States. These same statistics show that 73 percent of all highway-rail crossing fatalities for 2014 occurred in just 15 states, again with Arkansas in the list ranked at 14. 

For the month of August, officials will be enforcing the rules regarding railroad safety. Lt. Curtis Wood with Central Arkansas Operation Impact Traffic Enforcement stated that anyone who tries to risk their life trying to beat an approaching train they will be cited.