Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun January 25, 2015
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Benton Mayor David Mattingly speaks to the large crowd gathered at the Benton Event Center for the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

‘Day of service’

Hundreds gather to honor slain civil-rights leader

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

Hundreds gathered Monday morning at the Benton Event Center to celebrate the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have been 86 this month. Billed as “A Day of Service: A Day On, Not a Day Off,” the event was sponsored by the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. The day featured vendors set up in the entryway, classic cars and motorcycles on display outside the center and a free lunch following the program.... READ MORE


    Family’s dog loves football

    [Editor’s note: The following column originally ran in 2008, but with all the talk about football, she wanted to get in on the action with a nod to the sport this week, even though it’s just through her dog’s name.] Ask and you shall receive — a dog. The day my last column came out talking about pet names and my growing desire to have a dog — a little, bitty one — there was a knock at my door after supper. It was a neighbor who had been... READ MORE


    Radio personality prizes family, career and the outdoors

    Bob Spears has been on the radio since he was in junior high school. Now he goes by the name Bob Robbins, a moniker he picked up in his early days at KSSN. Though his life has been marred by tragedy, he has found lasting happiness with a highly rated morning show in Arkansas that has spanned decades and with a family that keeps him grounded. Robbins’ mother died on Christmas Eve when he was 10, soon after moving from his birth home in A... READ MORE


    Hunter finds happiness in ‘out-of-the-way haven’

    I met him in the winter of 1987. “Let’s get together this weekend and go rabbit hunting,” my friend Lewis said. “One of my clients invited us. Sounds like he has some good dogs. Says they had a good hunt yesterday.” So it was that two days later, Lewis introduced us — The Rabbit Man and me. He had no pretensions about him. “Nice meetin’ ya,” The Rabbit Man said, extending a callused hand. “Now, if we’re done with the pleasantries, maybe... READ MORE



    Jan. 26 Diamond Squares Western Square Dance HOT SPRINGS — The Diamond Squares Western Square Dance Club will host a new-dancer program at 6:30 p.m. and the club’s mainstream program at 8 p.m. at Lake Hamilton Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 2891 Airport Road. Admission is $4 per person. For more information, call (501) 922-0803. Jan. 26 and 29 Cooking Class BENTON/BRYANT — Join registered dietitian Kay Ammons for a cooking class focu... READ MORE