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Brenda Hawkes leads new nonprofit to assist cancer patients

Brenda Hawkes leads new nonprofit to assist cancer patients

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Mar.

Simmons First welcomes new director to board

Simmons First welcomes new director to board

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D., Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the University of Arkansas has been named to the Simmons First National Corporation board of directors.

According to J. Thomas May, chairman and chief executive officer, Gaber became provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas in 2009.

Rep. Ross moves Hot Springs office

Rep. Ross moves Hot Springs office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott announced his Hot Springs office has moved to the Federal Building in downtown Hot Springs National Park and invited the public to use his office as a resource.

“This is not my office, it’s your office.  It is here to serve you and to help you cut through the red tape of the federal government to get the help you need,” said Ross.  “One of the most important parts of my job is taking care of people, many of whom have nowhere else to turn, and that’s exactly what we will continue to do in this new location.  Whether you are dealing with a federal agency, having trouble getting your Social Security or VA benefits or if you’re a student looking to apply to a U.S.

ASMSA student performs at Carnegie Hall

ASMSA student performs at Carnegie Hall

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Brooke Brehm of Hot Springs participated in the American High School Honors Performance Series, Feb. 16-20 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“It was really amazing,” said Brooke, a junior at Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts. “Carnegie Hall was beautiful.”

Mark Langley, her former chorus teacher at Lakeside High School, nominated her for the choir and she auditioned in October by submitting a CD of her singing “Think of Me” and “Ombra Mai Fu.” More than a thousand students auditioned and approximately 200 were selected for the choir, which presented a concert on Feb. 19.

While in New York, the students received recognition on “The Early Show” on CBS, NBC’s “Today Show,” saw a Broadway performance, and went sightseeing. Like many of the students, this was Brooke’s first trip to New York.

Mike Ross discusses development

Mike Ross discusses development

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott will address members of local Chambers of Commerce Thursday, Feb. 24.  In a roundtable discussion, Ross will listen to their concerns, discuss job creation opportunities for small businesses and discuss ways the public and private sectors can better work together to foster economic development.

Pine Bluff – 9 a.m., The Alliance Board Room, 510 Main Street

Malvern – 11 a.m., Malvern Chamber of Commerce, 213 West 3rd Street

Hot Springs – 1 p.m., Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, 659 Ouachita Avenue

New doctor serves patients at St. Joseph's Mercy

New doctor serves patients at St. Joseph's Mercy

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Pulmonologist Eyad Abochale, MD, has joined St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic and is available to see new patients.

“I really like the way the work is structured here. We have one week in the ICU, one week in the hospital, and one week in the clinic,” Abochale said. “St. Joseph’s Mercy has a very good electronic health record system. It really makes it easier to take care of patients and communicate with healthcare providers.”

Abochale grew up in Syria but has lived in and around central Arkansas since 1998. He did his pulmonary critical care training at UAMS in Little Rock and has worked in Stuttgart, Brinkley and Hazen.

“My four children were all born in central Arkansas. We consider ourselves to be Arkansans,” Abochale said.

Abochale is a pulmonologist, also known as a pulmonary disease specialist. A pulmonologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating disorders related to the lungs and respiratory system.

Jockey champion, pitching ace among hall of fame inductees

Jockey champion, pitching ace among hall of fame inductees

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Two-time Oaklawn Park leading rider Calvin Borel, winner of three out of the last four Kentucky Derbys, will be recognized both locally and abroad for his riding accomplishments in the coming days.

Friday night Borel joins Philadelphia Phillies pitching ace Cliff Lee, of Benton, Ark., and nine others as 2011 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Borel will take part in a ceremony in Little Rock.

Monday, Borel leaves for the Middle East where he will represent the United States in the Meydan Masters jockey competition February 17-18 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Borel, who has been riding at Oaklawn since the early 90s, earned his first riding title at the Hot Springs track in 1995, ending Hall of Famer Pat Day’s streak of 12 consecutive titles in the process. His second title came in 2001. More recently, Oaklawn has been a stepping stone for two of Borel’s best mounts.