Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 15, 2017
PHOTO BY: Sam Pierce

Wanda Posey, left, and Joyce Robinson, co-directors for the 12th annual Spook City in downtown Benton, sit in the gazebo at the Saline County Courthouse. Spook City is scheduled for Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m.

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Spook City returns to ‘haunt’ downtown Benton

Little ghosts, goblins and miniature superheroes will haunt the streets of downtown Benton next week for the 12th annual Spook City. “We will have several characters coming, including the mascots from Chick-fil-A and the Arkansas Travelers,” said Wanda Posey, co-chairwoman of Spook City. “We will even have Santa Claus on hand.” Spook City is scheduled for Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. “Over 60 businesses will be on hand for the kiddos ... READ MORE


The Lion King Jr. to open Friday at The Royal Theatre

BENTON — The Young Players Center Stage and Everett Buick GMC will present Disney’s The Lion King Jr. on Friday through Oct. 29 at The Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St. in Benton.


    Time to fall for plethora of pumpkins

    Anyone who has read this column for any length of time knows I have a slight obsession with pumpkins. I don’t collect them year-round or anything, but I go crazy in October. I love the taste of pumpkin, the smell of pumpkins, the look of pumpkins, all colors. But not the warty ones. I am a purist. I have a shirt that says, “I like pumpkin spice a latte.” I’ve had a few this year, but they are fattening. So is pumpkin pie, but this is th... READ MORE


    Hot Springs oral surgeon leads nonprofit, involved in community

    It wasn’t long after Dr. Daron Praetzel moved to Hot Springs that he saw a need in the community and reacted to it. He readily admits that his time spent in Balad, Iraq, as the only oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the region was challenging and rewarding, but he believes there is a need for his services in the Hot Springs community as well. “There are people I see every day who have some sort of facial deformity that we could help,” s... READ MORE


    Tips that can make anyone a better rabbit hunter

    Some of my fondest childhood memories are of days spent rabbit hunting with my great uncles, Julius Pieri and Pat Murphree of Cherry Valley. I think I was around age 12 when the two elder statesmen started letting me tag along on their frequent cottontail hunts. Neither man owned a pack of beagles, but that didn’t stop us from taking home plenty of rabbits to eat. We’d just “walk ’em up,” kicking through brier patches and brush piles to... READ MORE



    Oct. 16 Faculty Percussion Recital ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Baptist University Division of Music will host Ryan C. Lewis, Ouachita assistant professor of music, in a faculty percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall on Ouachita’s campus. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lewis at lewisr@obu.edu or (870) 245-5421. Lunch and Learn HOT SPRINGS — The Alzheimer’... READ MORE