Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 21, 2014
PHOTO BY: Rusty Hubbard

Patti Reed, Sleep Center coordinator at Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County in Malvern, shows the readouts from the monitoring equipment that patients wear while they sleep at the facility. Sleep Center staff will check patients for problems on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Seeking some shut-eye

Hot Spring County hospital opens ‘state-of-the-art’ sleep center

Doctors have said a lack of restful sleep can be more serious than patients just feeling tired in the morning. According to information issued by Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County, sleep disorders and the sleep deprivation that results can cause problems with brain function and heart rate and have a negative effect on other body systems. Poor sleep habits or disorders can interfere with a person’s ability to work, drive an... READ MORE


Cut taxes or not? Mayor awaits AG ruling on proposed slash

BENTON — Benton Mayor David Mattingly said he has found a way to cut taxes paid by city residents, but before taking the proposal to the Benton City Council, he is waiting for a ruling from Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to see if the idea is allowed by state tax laws.


    Hindsight: What can go wrong?

    I thought it was a smart idea at the time. My mother gave me some nice drinking glasses, made by Noritake, to put in my garage sale. I’d bought them for my mother at some point, but she’d rarely used them. They were an older pattern, and I bought them online at a place that specializes in discontinued patterns. These were in perfect condition, and when I looked online, they were selling for $25.99 each. Instead of putting them in my gar... READ MORE


    OBU’s leader of the band for more than 30 years

    It really isn’t all that surprising, but the Tiger Marching Band at Ouachita Baptist University is trying something different for its halftime performances at Cliff Harris Stadium in Arkadelphia this year — gospel music. “We are doing something no public school could do,” said Craig Hamilton, director of bands at OBU. “We were trying to find something that would resonate with the students beyond your everyday kind of band music. Dr. Rya... READ MORE


    Conway artist creates interactive sculpture exhibit

    CONWAY — It has been a long time coming, but Conway ceramicist Barbara Satterfield, 63, is finally creating an art project she has wanted to work on since graduate school. “I’ve been thinking about it for years,” Satterfield said with a laugh during a recent visit to her home studio. “I retired to do this.” It’s been three years since she retired as director of the Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway... READ MORE


    Balsamic Marinated Stuffed Flank Steak

    Flank steak is a fairly popular cut of beef, and for good reason — it’s flavorful, inexpensive and incredibly versatile! Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of tough ones over the years; the lean meat almost seems to overcook if you just look at it the wrong way. Thankfully, this recipe for balsamic flank steak stuffed with prosciutto and cheese has renewed my faith in the often-too-tough meat. I first had a variation of this recipe a... READ MORE



    Sept. 21 The Grapes of Wrath Anniversary Celebration HOT SPRINGS — Join a 75th anniversary celebration for John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath at 1 p.m. at the Garland County Library. Nannette Crane-Post will lead a discussion of the classic novel, and door prizes will be presented. There are a limited number of copies of the book available at the library on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is recommended for the event. ... READ MORE