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REX NELSON: Thank you, Arkansas

Subscriber onlyThanksgiving is my favorite holiday. For someone who was raised in Arkansas with a love of eating, visiting with folks and watching football games, it's hard to beat the annual combination of food, family and football. Continue reading...

Arkansas' Grand Prairie

Subscriber onlyMy mother was a native of the Arkansas Grand Prairie. She was born at Des Arc in 1925, two years before the Great Flood of 1927. That flood would inundate much of east Arkansas and bring hundreds of evacuees to live in tents in her hometown. Continue reading...

Duck season dawns

Subscriber onlyAnother Arkansas duck season begins today. While there were far more Arkansans (as many as 500,000 according to some estimates) who participated a week ago on the first day of modern gun deer season, duck season is more associated with Arkansas' history and culture. The state's current deer population is the crowning achievement of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in a state where the deer herd had dwindled in the decades prior to World War II. Continue reading...

REX NELSON: Magnolia blossoms

Subscriber onlyAs a connoisseur of Arkansas place names, I can't help but love the name Frog Level, which seemed fitting for a swampy spot in far south Arkansas. I have to admit, though, that Magnolia sounds a bit more stately for a county seat. Continue reading...

Isn't that cool?

Subscriber only"Isn't that cool?" Kyle Parker asks. Continue reading...

REX NELSON: The ties that bind

Subscriber onlyMy sister retired as a public school administrator several years ago and began what was in essence a new full-time job, cleaning out our family home at Arkadelphia. I wouldn't have been good doing what she did. I would have wanted to read every newspaper clipping. I would have wanted to save those things that really aren't worth saving. Continue reading...

REX NELSON: Battle of the Ravine

Subscriber onlyFor years, Paul Greenberg would write an annual ode to the Bradley County pink tomato. It's a worthy subject, and I speak as a man who could eat his weight in Bradley County pinks. I decided that I needed a similar column that would come around at the same time each year, and what better subject than the Battle of the Ravine football game between Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University at Arkadelphia? Continue reading...

Chaffee Crossing

Where it came from, and where it’s going

Subscriber onlyIt was an important day in the history of western Arkansas. On Sept. 30, 1941, ground was broken between Fort Smith and Barling for what would become Fort Chaffee. Continue reading...

From Elvis to Denzel

Subscriber onlyIt was March 25, 1958, and Elvis Presley was being given a buzz cut at Fort Chaffee after having been inducted into the U.S. Army. Continue reading...

REX NELSON: Clinton wins

Subscriber onlyIt's hard to believe that it has been a quarter of a century. My memories of that week remain vivid. On this date 25 years ago, one of the most famous newspaper front pages in Arkansas history landed on doorsteps across the state. Continue reading...

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