Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 24, 2016
PHOTO BY: Sam Pierce

Bill Solleder, the founder of Low Key Arts, the organization responsible for the Valley of the Vapors music festival, Hot Water Hills, Arkansas Shorts: a Night of Short Film and KUHS 97.9, was recently named special-events manager for Visit Hot Springs.

A new tune

Visit Hot Springs gets in groove with special-events manager

Two weeks ago, Bill Solleder did something he has never done before — he reported to work at 8 a.m. in a collared shirt. “I’ve always created my own job or worked in unconventional work places,” Solleder said. “I’ve traveled the world as a musician or worked in the music industry. “But for the first time, I had an office, a choice of printers to print from, staple pullers, laminating machines, a staff and a receptionist. This is somethi... READ MORE


Sheridan family works together on farm, receives county honor

Farming is a family project for Chris and Elizabeth Hale and their daughters, Rebekah, 18, and Juliann, 17. They raise a variety of produce, as well as animals, on their 30-acre farm.


    Making a list, checking it for a lifetime

    It’s probably not healthy, but I keep a running mental list of what I did well and what I could have done better in raising my kids. My boys are 26 and 23, and they’ve done well. They both graduated from college, and they’re gainfully employed. Firstborn son is working on his master’s in teaching while working full time, and I’m proud of him. Younger son is working for a coalition against domestic violence, so that’s definitely a worthy... READ MORE


    Henderson has new dean for School of Business

    Blending the best of business and a liberal arts education is a priority for Marc D. Miller, Henderson State University’s new dean for the School of Business. He comes to the small-town university with extensive achievements and accolades, while maintaining a lighthearted attitude. His impression of Henderson thus far has been great, he said. “They have a dedicated and supportive staff. The leadership is awesome,” Miller said. “Between ... READ MORE


    Things to know before buying a new grill

    The barbecue industry is sizzling in 2016, according to a new survey commissioned by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association that reveals consumers are barbecuing more this year, and many plan to purchase new grills. Seventy-five percent of U.S. adults own a grill, and more than a third (37 percent) of those surveyed said they had plans to purchase a new one in 2016. Nearly a third (30 percent) of current owners plan to grill with ... READ MORE



    July 25 Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Workshop BENTON — The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease — a program designed to educate attendees about the difference between normal memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease — will begin at 1 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766. July 26 Library Director Welcome Reception BENTON — Saline County Library patrons are invited to a... READ MORE