Bouncing back in Cleveland County

posted by rexnelson on March 28th, 2017

A key to economic development in the 21st century is creating a quality of life good enough that those natives who go elsewhere for college might return to start small businesses and raise their families. There may be fewer than 10,000 people in Cleveland County down in the pine woods of south Arkansas, but its business and civic leaders appear to have figured that out.

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More hall of famers

posted by rexnelson on March 24th, 2017

Jacques & Suzanne’s. Purple Cow. 1620. Alouette’s. Their roots go back to four men.

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Arkansas now has a Food Hall of Fame

posted by rexnelson on March 14th, 2017

Arkansas now has its own Food Hall of Fame. And the first three restaurants inducted, along with the other nine finalists, all are classics.

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The weekend drive

posted by rexnelson on March 8th, 2017

Make the drive to St. Mary’s Mountain one Saturday morning. Enjoy the view. Admire the inside of the church. Make sure to leave a small cash donation. Have lunch nearby and perhaps bring home some Arkansas wine. By all means, do your part to revive that old Arkansas tradition known as the weekend drive.

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A room with a view

posted by rexnelson on March 3rd, 2017

With the new view from the renovated Thompson Building, a visitor to Hot Springs gains a renewed sense of the city’s rich history.

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Radio news

posted by rexnelson on February 22nd, 2017

Radio news isn’t dead just yet in Arkansas, it seems.

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March in the Spa City

posted by rexnelson on February 15th, 2017

With the development of the Thompson Building in downtown Hot Springs, the first domino has fallen. It will be interesting to see if others follow in the Spa City.

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Land of ducks

posted by rexnelson on February 14th, 2017

From Ernest Hemingway to Jimmy Carter to Dick Cheney to chef Dickie Brennan, famous Americans have been lured to Arkansas for decades by its duck hunting culture.

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Thoughts turn to baseball

posted by rexnelson on February 9th, 2017

Pitchers and catchers are about to report to Florida and Arizona, and thoughts turn to baseball.

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Hunting with Hemingway: Part 2

posted by rexnelson on February 3rd, 2017

On one glorious January weekend, we did our best to relive the days when Ernest Hemingway would hunt quail in the far northeast corner of Arkansas.

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