Grady Manning and Southwest Hotels Inc.

posted by rexnelson on July 12th, 2017

Monday’s sale of the Arlington Hotel at Hot Springs marked the end of hotel ownership for Southwest Hotels Inc., a company founded by H. Grady Manning.

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The Arlington: Relief and anxiety

posted by rexnelson on July 11th, 2017

The Arlington isn’t just another hotel. It’s the most iconic privately owned building in Arkansas. With this purchase comes certain obligations to the 3 million people of Arkansas. Please don’t disappoint us, Mr. Rajabi.

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The great disasters

posted by rexnelson on July 6th, 2017

Arkansas counties that were among the richest in 1927 are among the poorest, and those that were the poorest are the richest. How did this happen? Look no further than the Great Flood of 1927, the Great Drought of 1930-31 and the Great Flood of 1937.

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Crisis in Little Rock

posted by rexnelson on July 3rd, 2017

Mayor Mark Stodola is a former county prosecuting attorney. Gov. Asa Hutchinson is a former federal prosecutor. It’s imperative that they lead the way before Little Rock begins losing its population and economic vitality.

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Portland of the South

posted by rexnelson on June 29th, 2017

Portland is the Hipster Capital of America. Could Hot Springs become the Hipster Capital of the South?

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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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