El Dorado’s Renaissance

By Mel White | Photography by James Smith Readers of the El Dorado Sunday News on Sept. 29, 1929, couldn’t miss the double-page announcement for the opening of the $250,000 Rialto Theatre, a vaudeville venue with 1,400 seats, the latest in fireproof construction and the “Most Expensive and Perfect Sound Equipment in the World.” The Rialto’s owners…

American Idol is Coming to Little Rock

American Idol is coming to Arkansas this summer. The hit ABC show will return to the state’s capital, according to a Wednesday press release. The singing competition will visit Little Rock on Sept. 12 for live auditions. The official start time and location of auditions have not yet been announced. Tryouts have previously taken place…

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Inside Arkansas’ Maddening Mental Health System

By Alex Gladden Photography by Meredith Mashburn Arkansas, a state with a consistently poor reputation for its handling of mental health issues, is undergoing major changes at almost every level of its mental health care system. Mental Health America ranks Arkansas the 35th-worst state in terms of its mental health care for 2017, worse than its position of 41st in 2016 and 47th the year…

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Caring for the Caregiver: The Mental Health of Therapists

By Howard M. Turney, Ph.D. Therapists, like the general population, come in all shapes and sizes. They are represented in the fields of psychiatry, social work, psychology, counseling and marriage and family therapy. Therapists operate in a variety of work environments that include agencies, hospitals, clinics and private practice. Just like the general population, therapists suffer from depression, anxiety, grief or any of the other diagnoses enumerated in the Diagnostic and…

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Broken Families, Broken Lives

By Sydne Tursky In Anna Karenina, writer Leo Tolstoy posits that “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” But perhaps the quote’s popularity masks its truth; as family estrangement becomes more prevalent in society, the myriad ways that families are unhappy seem to increase unceasingly, according to Little Rock-based family counselor Rebecca Ward. Families…

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The Human Cost of Addiction

By Steve Straessle, Principal of Catholic High Photography by Jamison Mosley The tapping of ink pens provides a drumbeat for the lesson. If the pens are in motion, I know they’re paying attention. They twirl the blue or black instruments, chew on them or continue that incessant tapping that used to infuriate me, but now is…