S Physical therapy an alternative to prescription pain meds

As awareness to the nation's opioid epidemic continues to gain attention, health care professionals are rethinking how to go about treating long-term pain; and thanks to significant research in recent years, we now understand that chronic pain is complex and varied, so it can neither be easily diagnosed nor solved. As such, doctors must balance a patient's symptoms with medical analysis, weighing the risks and potential benefits of different treatments. The most innovative healthcare providers are transforming singular models of care (like prescription medications) into hybrids that bring together experts such as physical therapists, behavioral health therapists and health coaches with primary care physicians to offer alternatives beyond prescription painkillers. Treatments like physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy -- including relaxation training, guided exercise and biofeedback -- are recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alliance for Health Policy as more cost-effective, results-driven solutions to pain management than opioids. Continue Reading »

S Springtown plans fall festival, hears updates

SPRINGTOWN -- The town council heard of fall festival plans at its Aug. 14 meeting according to draft minutes. The fall festival is planned for Oct. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the town's park. According to draft minutes, donations are being solicited, Tyson Foods will supply the chicken and hot dogs. The festival will feature "About God's Business," a group which sings bluegrass gospel music. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Decatur FFA selling Blue & Gold products Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Benton County planners OK Siloam Springs trail plan

Hearing set for Camp Acacia addition

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County planners on Wednesday approved plans for a trail to connect Siloam Springs to Lake Frances in Oklahoma. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

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S Motts to celebrate 60th

Floyd and Marcella Mott of Colcord, Okla., will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Sept. 15. Continue Reading »

S Teeds celebrate 50th

David and Teresa Teed, of Sulphur Springs, celebrated their 50th anniversary Aug. 18 at the Gravette Holiness Bible School cafeteria. Continue Reading »

S Arrests

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S Benton County panel OKs new radio plan

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace on Thursday recommended spending $3.75 million for a new radio system for the Sheriff's Office, jail and other departments, with a promise to consider more money to help smaller fire and police departments buy needed new radios. Continue Reading »

S Council approves $160 million tax-abatement plan for McKee Foods

GENTRY -- After a brief public hearing on the issue, Gentry City Council, in its regular meeting on Monday, approved a tax-abatement plan for McKee Foods Corporation on three readings with a single vote, and with an emergency clause attached. Continue Reading »

S Northside students treated to magic show with message

DECATUR -- Say the magic word and, PUFF, the magic wand disappears within the pages of a rolled up newspaper. This is what students from Northside Elementary School encountered during a magic show in Decatur Aug. 30. But the assembly in the school cafeteria was more than just a mere magic show; it carried a message about electrical safety. Continue Reading »

S Tired Iron show goes on despite threats of rain

GENTRY -- Last weekend was the 27th annual fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks. And, once again, the show offered the opportunity for young and old to see and learn about old tractors, engines, farm implements and household machines and gadgets which were commonly used as a part of everyday life in the region in years past. Continue Reading »