Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 23, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Jennifer Harklau, executive director of the Saline County Court Appointed Special Advocates, holds tickets to the hottest cook-off event in Benton. The third annual Chili Beans and Blue Jeans cook-off will take place Friday at Northside Church of Christ, with all proceeds benefiting the child-advocacy organization.

Just a little chili

Fundraiser spices it up for Saline County CASA

Now in its third year, Chili Beans and Blue Jeans, a chili cook-off benefiting Saline County Court Appointed Special Advocates, has the makings to be the nonprofit’s signature fundraiser, Executive Director Jennifer Harklau said. CASA has served Saline County since 1997. Its mission is to provide trained community volunteers to represent the best interests of abused or neglected children in court while seeking a safe, permanent home for... READ MORE


Zombie-themed race rallies runners to Hot Springs

An upcoming running event in Hot Springs might be a dream for fans of The Walking Dead. The second annual Zombie Fun Run 5K will have participants scurrying to avoid being snatched by a “zombie” and to survive to the finish line.


    Who’s that coming in the cat door?

    I had an uninvited guest in my house the other night. As anyone who reads this column knows, my husband and I have a 21-pound orange cat, Ashton, aka Fat Cat. Therefore, we have a cat door on the door going into our garage. Ashton is so fat that he would prefer that we open the door for him to go out so he doesn’t have to squeeze through the cat door. Sometimes, if he sits and meows long enough, we will. He usually comes back in by him... READ MORE


    Bryant softball coach enters UCA Sports Hall of Fame

    The first young woman from Arkansas to sign a softball scholarship for a state college is still adding exceptional accomplishments to her repertoire as an adult. She’s a mother, an award-winning Bryant High School softball coach and still holds the NCAA record for the most doubles in a game. For these accolades and more, Lisa Dreher was inducted into the University of Central Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Dreher, along with the six othe... READ MORE



    Oct. 23 – Oct. 25 Senior Art Exhibit ARKADELPHIA — Kendra Franklin’s senior art exhibit, Human Nature, will be available for viewing through Tuesday on the second floor of Henderson State University’s Huie Library. For more information, call (870) 230-5178. Oct. 23 and Oct. 28 – Oct. 30 Presentation of 13 BENTON — The Young Players Second Stage will present 13 at 2 p.m. today; at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and at 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at th... READ MORE