New Hogs Push for Minutes

Tailback Chase Hayden, receiver Koilan Jackson, and defensive backs Chevin Calloway and Kamren Curl have emerged as freshman sensations of the Arkansas Razorbacks training camp and appear headed for quality playing time this fall, Coach Bret Bielema said.

That quartet — along with graduate transfer running back David Williams and three highly regarded transfers in tight end Jeremy Patton, and receivers Jonathan Nance and Brandon Martin — highlight the newcomers expected to make an impact for the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville this season.

Bielema said of the top freshmen after Saturday’s scrimmage: “I’m not going to sit them.” He reiterated Wednesday new players can work their way up the depth chart.

He also mentioned linebacker Hayden Henry and offensive tackle Ty Clary as other freshmen who could contribute, as well as junior college transfer linebacker Gabe Richardson.

Hayden has had two strong scrimmage performances, running mostly with the second offense, and continued his good work in practice.

Bielema said sophomore Devwah Whaley, the senior Williams and Hayden are essentially running neck and neck on the depth chart.

City Orders Arkansas Largest Hotel to Make Repairs or be Shut Down

The city of Hot Springs has ordered Arkansas’ largest hotel to make repairs to the recently purchased property or it could shut down this fall, according to the Sentinel-Record.

The newspaper reported, citing a letter from chief building official Mike Scott to Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa General Manger Bob Martorana, that the hotel would be forced to close by Nov. 8 if it was not found in compliance.

Forty-seven rooms with identified safety violations have been ordered unusable until issues are corrected, the letter states. The hotel has 478 rooms.

Among the violations listed during an Aug. 8 inspection were faulty ground-fault-circuit interrupters that protect against electrical shock, and the use of extension cords.

Hotel management was also informed that it has less than a month to correct fire code violations, including more than 20 egress and fire doors that don’t fit their frames properly.

“The Arlington is almost 100 years old, and it’s at a point now where the level of maintenance that is going on isn’t keeping up with the deterioration,” Fire Chief Ed Davis told the Sentinel-Record.

Also of concern is the building’s exterior, which reportedly has cracked plaster that could cause water to get behind and freeze as temperatures drop later this year. That, in turn, could cause portions of the exterior to come lose.

The Arlington was purchased in July by Sky Capital Group LP of Little Rock in a private deal with Southwest Hotels Inc., who had owned and operated the hotel since 1954.