Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu July 31, 2014
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Bret Brown, 54, started July 1 as the new Heber Springs High School principal. He was most recently an assistant principal in the Jonesboro School District. He grew up in Quitman, and his father lives on a farm nearby. Brown has recorded a country CD and plans to record more songs on a new CD.

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Quitman native hired as Heber Springs High School principal

New Heber Springs High School Principal Bret Brown took a long time to get on the education track, but he said this job “is the last stop on the train.” Brown, 54, who grew up in Quitman, started his new job July 1. Prior to being hired in Heber Springs, he had been an assistant principal at Jonesboro High School for the past four years. He replaced former Heber Springs Principal Justin Johnston, who resigned effective at the end of the... READ MORE


    On my own: Talking to the dog and other issues

    Being on my own for most of the summer, I’ve learned a lot. As my regular readers know (and might be sick of hearing), my husband has been in Mississippi, living in a university dorm and taking classes toward his doctorate. He’s come home most weekends, but last weekend he stayed to study for tests and get papers done as classes come to an end. I’ve missed him, but I have made the following discoveries. • The dog is a good listener. Whe... READ MORE


    Conway artist paints murals and more

    Describing Tim Morris as an artist is painting him with broad strokes, and that’s the way he likes it. Morris, 76, sat in the ballroom of the Conway Senior Wellness and Activity Center’s new location, holding a slim paintbrush in his right hand, brushing and dabbing imaginary paint on the table as he talked. A retired University of Central Arkansas art professor, Morris was taking a break from painting a mural in the former event-center... READ MORE


    Everything you need to know about night-fishing lights

    Night fishing can be an exhilarating experience, full of mystery and expectation. When will something take the bait? What will it be? Will I overcome it, or will it overcome me? If you hook something big, you hope it’s a trophy fish. But you’re never really sure. You don’t know what’s down there, and you won’t know for certain until you reel it up from the depths. That’s what draws a hard-boiled fraternity of anglers to this witching-ho... READ MORE


    Move grilled sandwiches indoors on the hottest summer days

    Just like that, summer’s heat can go from hot to too darn hot. The time of year we’re now entering is known as the “dog days,” a name that originated with the ancient Romans, paying tribute to Sirius, the “dog star,” which shines brightly at this time of year. But most people, I think, associate the name today with days when the weather is just so sultry that even the most active dogs lie panting in whatever shade they can find. Dedicat... READ MORE


    This week's events in the River Valley & Ozark area

    July 31 Arkansas Notary Workshop RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present two sessions of the Arkansas Notary Workshop on Thursday at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Sessions will be from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Notaries verify signatures on legal and business documents to deter fraud and ensure the proper execution of these documents. The Arkansas Secretary of ... READ MORE