Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun February 18, 2018
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Brandon Pettit, 12, plays a game of Trouble with his occupational therapist, Cristina King. Pettit, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at a young age, is a seventh-grader at Bauxite Middle School. He enjoys studying science, playing video games and going to movies with his dad.

‘Huge heart’

Bauxite student striving, despite difficulties

Brandon Pettit, a seventh-grader at Bauxite Middle School, is a typical 12-year-old boy. He enjoys playing video games, watching YouTube videos and spending time with his family. “He watches a lot of YouTube. He is kind of obsessed, but that’s what he likes to do,” said Ray Pettit, Brandon’s dad. “He’s awesome. He is a blessing to everyone he is around. “He has a huge heart, and me and him are two peas in a pod.” Brandon was diagnosed... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Look who’s coming to breakfast

    When I go to someone’s home to do an interview, I never know what I’m walking into. To get the real story, it’s best to interview people at their homes, and sometimes the story is about a collection they have or a hobby that requires me to see them in their setting. I like to see people where they live. It gives a writer a much better insight into their personalities. That freaks people out sometimes, so I meet them at a restaurant or c... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Sheridan science teacher named Secondary Teacher of the Year

    Karen Burnett, the recipient of this year’s Sheridan School District’s Secondary Teacher of the Year award, never really considered becoming a teacher. The job just kind of fell into her lap. “Growing up in Montana, I was constantly outside, as the natural world has always fascinated me,” Burnett said. “I wanted to do something that would be science-based. I wanted to do grasses, soil, etc. “I wanted to do land recognition work.” Her ... READ MORE

TRI-LAKES OUTDOORS

    These hot spots serve up great crappie fishing

    Crappie can be caught year-round in Arkansas. My favorite fishing season, however, is the prespawn period in late February and early March. Crappie are preparing to invade the shallows to reproduce this time of year, and they gather in sometimes astounding numbers along bottom creek channels and other structures that lead them from deep winter haunts to near-shore nesting areas. I’m usually getting the fishing itch after winter’s cold m... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE TRI-LAKES AREA

    Feb. 18 and 19 Painting the Roses Red ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Baptist University Department of Theatre Arts will continue its presentation of Painting the Roses Red, a student-written prequel to Alice in Wonderland, as part of the annual Muse Project. Shows will be at 2:30 p.m. today and at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Verser Theatre. Purchase tickets, at $8 each, at the Jones Performing Arts Center Box Office from 1-5 p.m. weekdays or b... READ MORE