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Jethro might buy Sparks casino for Hillbilly plan
by The Associated Press
Aug 19, 2009 | 886 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<a href= mailto:dreid@dailysparkstribune.com>Tribune file/Debra Reid</a> - Former television star Max Baer Jr., right, met with former Sparks mayor Tony Armstrong, left, and other city officials at the Silver Club Casino in January, 1999. Baer starred as Jethro Bodine in the 1960's television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies.
Tribune file/Debra Reid - Former television star Max Baer Jr., right, met with former Sparks mayor Tony Armstrong, left, and other city officials at the Silver Club Casino in January, 1999. Baer starred as Jethro Bodine in the 1960's television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies.
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RENO — Max Baer Jr. is considering buying a closed hotel-casino in Sparks and turning it into Jethro’s Beverly Hillbillies Hotel and Casino based on the television sitcom he co-starred on during the 1960s.

Sparks Mayor Geno Martini confirmed Baer has met with city officials about the possible purchase of the Silver Club.

The former actor and director who has a home at Lake Tahoe already has approval to build his casino next to a retail complex being built in northern Douglas County about 30 miles south of Reno.

But his spokesman Don Smit says he's exploring other options because the construction of that retail complex has stalled.

Hal Holder Jr., director of real estate for the Silver Club’s current owner Holder Hospitality Group, told the Sparks Tribune, “I have not entered into talks with Max Baer. We don’t have any information regarding that (potential purchase).”
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