Spring in the Spa City

posted by rexnelson on March 24th, 2016

So far, it has been a spring to remember in Hot Springs. During one remarkable 10-day period in March, tens of thousands of people made their way to the city.

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Chris Beard and the UALR Trojan miracle

posted by rexnelson on March 18th, 2016

Not everybody in Little Rock was happy when Chris Beard was hired as the new UALR basketball coach last spring. They wanted Joe Kleine or Darrell Walker. And they took their frustration out on the UALR athletic director, Chasse Conque.

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The breakfast club

posted by rexnelson on March 16th, 2016

Talking politics over breakfast is still a tradition at some spots in Arkansas, although the number of such spots is dwindling as people’s lifestyles change. We visit some of those spots.

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Mr. Downtown Little Rock

posted by rexnelson on March 14th, 2016

Jimmy Moses, the person considered by many to be Mr. Downtown Little Rock, told an interviewer in 2014: “I’d like to keep doing this for another 25 years.” Two years after making that comment, he’s busier than ever.

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The sportswriter

posted by rexnelson on March 11th, 2016

The story of how a former sportswriter came to head the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

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The boy from Billstown

posted by rexnelson on March 8th, 2016

Glen Campbell once sang about “Pike County’s sandy loam.” These days, that sandy loam has led to pine plantations, pastures for cattle and a state park where visitors can still search for diamonds.

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Down in southwest Arkansas

posted by rexnelson on March 4th, 2016

In some ways, southwest Arkansas is the forgotten part of our state. But it has its charms.

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The 1836 Club

posted by rexnelson on February 25th, 2016

There’s new life for the Packet House in the area of Little Rock once known as Carpetbaggers’ Row.

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Lenten thoughts on NOLA

posted by rexnelson on February 11th, 2016

A new New Orleans has evolved in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. And it’s worth a visit.

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Fat Tuesday musings

posted by rexnelson on February 9th, 2016

On this Fat Tuesday, there’s much to celebrate for those of us who know what it means to miss New Orleans.

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