Civil discourse on Petit Jean

posted by rexnelson on June 27th, 2017

There have been bumps in the road since the establishment of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain. But I believe the late Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller would be proud, especially now that the institute that bears his name has found its focus.

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Pine Bluff proud

posted by rexnelson on June 16th, 2017

Finally, the people of Pine Bluff said “enough.” Enough of the race baiting. Enough of the scare tactics. Enough of the politics of division.

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Driving through the south Arkansas pines

posted by rexnelson on June 13th, 2017

A Saturday in June. Perfect for an excursion through the pine woods of south Arkansas to read civil war markers.

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Dr. Everett Slavens

posted by rexnelson on June 5th, 2017

Yes, Everett Slavens could see. What he could see was the potential in his students at Ouachita Baptist University.

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Home again

posted by rexnelson on May 31st, 2017

At age 57 — almost 36 years since my first stop there — I’m about to be back in the building at Capitol and Scott. It’s good to be home.

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After the flood

posted by rexnelson on May 25th, 2017

Downtown Pocahontas sits high above the Black River and wasn’t adversely affected by this month’s flood along the Black River. For those who love history, it’s a special place.

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Spring on the Spring

posted by rexnelson on May 15th, 2017

Rural Arkansas serves up surprises around every turn. The Spring River country around Mammoth Spring and Hardy is particularly attractive.

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Cafeteria fare

posted by rexnelson on May 11th, 2017

Locally owned cafeterias are becoming hard to find. Bryce’s in Texarkana is but a memory. Here’s hoping that Franke’s in Little Rock will flourish for many years to come.

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The pizza man

posted by rexnelson on May 8th, 2017

“We’re lucky to have gotten that guy,” a Hot Springs civic leader told me. “That guy” happens to make pizzas on Park Avenue.

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The farkleberry

posted by rexnelson on May 4th, 2017

In Little Rock, the fruit of the farkleberry — and memories of George Fisher and Orval Faubus — live on.

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