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Mohandas joins Mercy

Mohandas joins Mercy

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Bhavna Mohandas, MD, has joined the Mercy Heart and Vascular Center as an Invasive Cardiologist after completing her residency and fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock.

“I liked St. Joseph’s Mercy and the Cardiology Clinic when I came here to see everyone. The cardiology group is excellent and I felt that it would be a perfect fit for me,” she said.

Dr. Mohandas grew up in India and attended the medical college at Trivandrum University of Kerala. After earning a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Ohio, she completed her medical training in Arkansas.

She is an invasive cardiologist, a doctor who specializes in using diagnostic and therapeutic tools inserted directly into the patient’s body to treat heart disease.

Friday forecast 7/15

High pressure aloft will build over the region over the next couple of days. High heat and humidity will once again plague the region.

Slight chances of showers and thundershowers today with dry and hot weather Saturday.

Friday: Partly Cloudy, 20% T'Storms, H igh 95. Wind NE/SE 5-10.

Hillary Clinton's designer named LRFW fashion icon

Hillary Clinton's designer named LRFW fashion icon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --  Little Rock Fashion Week is proud to announce that it has named Martha Dixon as its 2011 LRFW Fashion Icon of the Year.  Martha Dixon was selected for the Fashion Icon of the Year Award because of her remarkable talents as a premier fashion designer, and her selfless contributions to the local community and national fashion industry. Dixon, a 65 year old Clark County resident, gained international recognition for designing elegant gowns for former first lady Hillary Clinton in the late 80s and 90s. Dixon designed the dazzling red satin and beaded gown that Clinton wore at the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Gala.

"Mrs. Dixon is a fashion legend within the community, and her story is one of triumph. She's in a unique category in Arkansas history that should be recognized and celebrated for many, many years.  I look forward to sharing her story with my future kids." Brandon D.

Oaklawn hires Jamie Richardson as new track superintendent

Oaklawn hires Jamie Richardson as new track superintendent

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – After a nationwide search that included input from Oaklawn Park-based horsemen and respected racing officials from across the country, Oaklawn Park has selected Jamie Richardson as its new track superintendent. Richardson, who will assume the year-round position June 20, comes to the Hot Springs track with nearly 25 years of experience, working in similar roles at Pimlico and Laurel racetracks in Maryland.

What began as a summer job after graduating high school for Richardson, became his career. He was promoted to track superintendent at Pimlico in 1989 and remained in that position until Laurel and Pimlico consolidated their track maintenance departments in 2008. In addition to his work in Maryland, he was instrumental in the installation of the dirt and turf courses at Colonial Downs in 1997. He developed his love of horses and horse racing through his father, the late Jimmy Richardson, who bred and trained Thoroughbreds primarily in Maryland.

Robert Summerville receives Rural Advocate Award

Robert Summerville receives Rural Advocate Award

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. —Rural Fire Administrator Robert Summerville of Greenbrier received the Rural Advocate of the Year award at the Arkansas Rural Development Conference held May 24–26, in Hot Springs. The Rural Advocate of the Year award is one of the most prestigious awards in the state and recognizes Arkansans who provide exemplary service to rural areas. The Rural Development Commission selects an honoree each year, and past recipients of the award include Senators David Pryor and Dale Bumpers, former state legislators James Scott and Phil Jacobs, and former members of the ARDC, Bruce Leggitt and Senator Larry Teague.  In addition to be honored with the Rural Advocate Award, Summerville, participated in the Rural Development Conference as a speaker on the “Strengthening Rural Fire Departments” panel.

Summerville has been over the Rural Fire Defense Program since 1993.

Remembering 'the gentle, humble actor From Malvern'

Remembering 'the gentle, humble actor From Malvern'

For more than 20 years, Rick Dial was known as the "Voice of the Malvern Leopards." Locals remember him as the public address announcer for the Malvern Leopard Football Stadium and the basketball field house.

But Rick attracted national attention as an actor, working with Arkansas filmmakers such as Harry Thomason and Billy Bob Thornton, as well as Hollywood regulars Robert Duvall, John Travolta, Jeff Bridges and more.

I had the pleasure of working with Rick Dial in 1996 on the movie set of "Sling Blade." I worked in the wardrobe department, and one of my main responsibilities was to spray Rick with water before cameras rolled, giving his character a "sweaty" appearance. He never knew my real name - just knew me as "Sweat Girl." As I took my job seriously, I was determined that my sweat continuity was going to be perfect for each scene, and this always made him chuckle.

Muses host poetry reading by NPS resident artist

Muses host poetry reading by NPS resident artist

HOT SPRINGS - The Muses Creative Artistry Project presents the poetry of Shin Yu Pai, artist-in-residence for the National Park Service, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 at the Three Arts Café in the Hale Bathhouse.   The Hale is located on Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs.

Shin Yu Pai has authored several poetry books: Adamantine (White Pine Press), Haiku Not Bombs (Booklyn), Sightings: Selected Works (1913 Press), Works on Paper (Convivio Bookworks), The Love Hotel Poems (Press Lorentz), Unnecessary Roughness (xPress(ed)), Equivalence (La Alameda), and Ten Thousand Miles of Mountains and Rivers (Third Ear Books).

She has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, The Ragdale Foundation, The Centrum Foundation, Provincetown Fine Arts Works Center, Soul Mountain, and Taipei Artist Village.