Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun August 20, 2017
PHOTO BY: Mark Buffalo

New Bryant Middle School principal Jason Hay stands outside the front of the building prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year. The Bryant School District is the only district where Hay has worked in his education career, starting as a special-education teacher and coach in January 2000.

‘A heart for kids’

New Bryant Middle School principal has education in his blood

Jason Hay was born into a family of educators. Early on, he knew it would be his calling. Hay, 41, is the new principal at Bryant Middle School. He started his teaching career at Bryant following graduation from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in December 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in special education and a minor in physical education. Hay replaces Todd Sellers, who was promoted to deputy superintendent. “My whole famil... READ MORE


Hot Springs artist shows works in fiber art exhibit

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Fiber art by Hot Springs artist Barbara Cade is on display in a new show, the All-Women Fiber Arts Exhibition, at the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock.


    Rudy versus possum causes commotion

    The other night, I heard our little dog, Rudy, barking incessantly in the backyard. Normally quiet until nighttime, it’s not unusual for him to be losing his mind over a beetle or toad in the dark. I got my high-powered flashlight that my daddy gave me to use in emergencies, and I went to investigate. I was barefoot, and I walked in the dark through spider webs on the path from the patio to the yard, which freaked me out. I hate spiders... READ MORE


    Newly appointed VFW inspector general honored to serve

    William “Bill” Backes of Hot Springs is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He joined the organization in 1985. “I was looking for an opportunity to serve fellow veterans and help out where I could,” he said. Since 1985, Backes, 66, has served in elected and appointed positions at district and department levels. He now serves on the national level as inspector general. “It is an honor to serve,” said Backes, a native of W... READ MORE



    Aug. 20 Novice and Intermediate Bridge Tournament HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Card Club’s American Contract Bridge League’s tournament for novice and intermediate players will continue at 10 a.m. in the Village Card Club at the Ponce De Leon Center. For more information, call (501) 915-0000. Aug. 21 Total Eclipse Viewing BENTON — People of all ages are invited to watch the solar eclipse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld... READ MORE