Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 16, 2018
PHOTO BY: Staci Vandagriff

Bill Volland, director and founder of the annual Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival, stands behind the memorabilia counter at the Central Theater in Hot Springs. The festival will begin Thursday.

Horror fest

Film festival brings scares, bikers to Hot Springs

Bill Volland, the director and founder of the annual Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival, or HSHFF, said everybody has a particular horror movie that just relates to something happening in one’s life. “It just affects you,” Volland said. “I’ve always liked the thriller and sci-fi or psychological movies, not so much the slasher genres. “I like the ones with a little bit of plot and story to them, not just a monster walking ... READ MORE


Fandom diversity a plus for annual Spa-Con

HOT SPRINGS — Jonathan Westmoreland has been attending comic conventions since the 1980s, and he said they always try to do two things — either base the event on the location of the convention or set it around a certain theme, which “kind of limits things.”


    Goodbye to my dear friend Fred

    To know Fred was to love him. We said goodbye at a service last week to our 100 1/2-year-old friend. I add that half because every day after 100 is a little miracle. When my husband and I moved to Conway in 1990 to work at a newspaper, Fred was already there, weaving his words into the fabric of the community. For people who didn’t know him, let me explain: He was a wordsmith, and he was known for using “big” words, like vicissitude and... READ MORE


    New school-board member has ‘deep roots’ in Bryant

    Kim Billingsley has a passion to serve others. Whether it is with her church, her job or her newly appointed position as a Bryant School Board member — she believes God calls her to be a servant. “My whole life, I have been really involved in lots of areas,” Billingsley said. “I wouldn’t call it overwhelmed, but I don’t have a lot of extra time for extra fluff. “My husband and I wear lots of different hats. We want to teach our kids th... READ MORE



    Sept. 16 Pipes and Pageantry at Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines, 275 Asturias Drive, will celebrate the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans, a tribute to its Scottish heritage, at 10 a.m. at the church. Everyone is invited to attend. The Lyon College Pipe and Drum Band from Batesville will escort Kirk members carrying the tartan of their family clan into the Kirk for worship, which will include a blessing... READ MORE