Bill Clinton, Ricky Norton and me

posted by rexnelson on March 8th, 2018

It’s basketball tournament time. That means it’s time to remember the spring of 1980 and a story about Bill Clinton, Eddie Sutton and two Clark County boys — Ricky Norton and me.

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Downtown Little Rock: Some thoughts

posted by rexnelson on March 2nd, 2018

It’s time for a status report on downtown Little Rock. If the capital city is to add jobs in the future, downtown will have to lead the way. It’s the goose that can lay the golden egg.

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The end of the road

posted by rexnelson on February 22nd, 2018

We leave Newton County and enter Boone County. It will be the final county on our Highway 7 trek.

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The wilds of Newton County

posted by rexnelson on February 20th, 2018

Our trip up Arkansas Highway 7 takes us through Newton County in the Ozarks. It’s one of the smallest counties in the state as far as population is concerned, but it has a special vibe.

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Russellville to Jasper

posted by rexnelson on February 14th, 2018

It’s time to leave Russellville and head north on Arkansas Highway 7 to Newton County, the heart of the Arkansas Ozarks.

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Ola to Russellville

posted by rexnelson on February 9th, 2018

We cross the Petit Jean River just north of Ola as we make our way out of the Ouachita Mountains and into the Arkansas River Valley. We’ll spend the night on Mount Nebo and have breakfast the next morning at the Old South in Russellville before heading into the Ozarks.

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Hot Springs to Ola

posted by rexnelson on February 6th, 2018

We head north on Arkansas Highway 7 out of Hot Springs and into the heart of the Ouachita Mountains.

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The Spa City

posted by rexnelson on January 22nd, 2018

The fire that destroyed much of the Majestic Hotel in the winter of 2014 was a wake-up call for Hot Springs. In the four years since the fire, downtown has seem 86 businesses open or expand. As we drive up Central Avenue, the progress downtown is evident.

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Arkadelphia to Hot Springs

posted by rexnelson on January 15th, 2018

As we head north out of Arkadelphia, we stop for the walk to what we simply referred to as The Bluff when I was a boy.

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Arkadelphia: Athens of Arkansas

posted by rexnelson on December 29th, 2017

Arkadelphia once promoted itself as the Athens of Arkansas. This college town certainly has a history that can support such a claim.

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