Dr. Duong Nguyen prepares a patient for an electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, treatment at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton as registered nurse Mary Burks assists. For some people dealing with behavioral-health issues like thoughts of suicide, ECT treatments can reset the brain and diminish those thoughts.
Resetting the brain
Editor’s note: This is the second of two stories concerning the large number of mental-health cases, including suicide attempts, in Saline County and those who provide help for the patients. M.Y., who is 56 and a single mother of a teenage daughter, is very open about her depression, her attempts to end her life and the treatments she receives. In fact, she was open and brave enough to say that she could be identified by name in this st... READ MORE
HOT SPRINGS — The Mid-America Science Museum, as known and remembered by a couple of generations of Arkansans and others from surrounding states, will close in August. So the museum staff is having a party.
Being on my own for most of the summer, I’ve learned a lot. As my regular readers know (and might be sick of hearing), my husband has been in Mississippi, living in a university dorm and taking classes toward his doctorate. He’s come home most weekends, but last weekend he stayed to study for tests and get papers done as classes come to an end. I’ve missed him, but I have made the following discoveries. • The dog is a good listener. Whe... READ MORE
The recent journey from Columbus, Indiana, to Hot Springs was not the first trip to Arkansas for John Hogan and his family, but this one was different because this time, they were moving to stay. “This must be the most welcoming place in the universe,” said Hogan, who is the new president of National Park Community College in Garland County. “I’ve been lots of places, but I have never received a warmer welcome than we have gotten here.”... READ MORE
Night fishing can be an exhilarating experience, full of mystery and expectation. When will something take the bait? What will it be? Will I overcome it, or will it overcome me? If you hook something big, you hope it’s a trophy fish. But you’re never really sure. You don’t know what’s down there, and you won’t know for certain until you reel it up from the depths. That’s what draws a hard-boiled fraternity of anglers to this witching-ho... READ MORE
Around about now — a good month into summer — many people feel like they’re running short of grilling inspiration. They’ve cooked and eaten their fill of burgers, sausages, steaks and chops, accompanied by all sorts of grilled vegetables. Of course, they’ve grilled some of their favorite seafood, too. And all of these are delicious. But I’ve seen home grillers hit the wall. “Wolfgang,” they’ll tell me, “grilling is really just a cooking... READ MORE
July 31 Crochet: Christmas in July BRYANT — Adults 18 and older are invited to learn how to crochet a Christmas stocking at 6 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library. Crochet hooks will be provided, but participants are asked to bring one or two colors of No. 4 yarn. Attendance is first-come, first-served for up to 15 participants. For more information, call (501) 778-4766. Taste of Bryant BRYANT — The 15th annual Taste of Bryant wi... READ MORE