Cotton country

posted by rexnelson on June 28th, 2016

At the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza, they grow a couple of rows of cotton to show visitors. It’s a sign of the times in Arkansas.

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The hydroelectric battle

posted by rexnelson on May 17th, 2016

Few Arkansans remember Clyde Ellis. But he was the man who handed Arkansas Power & Light Co. a rare political defeat while bringing government-subsidized hydropower to a poor, rural state.

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Anita Davis and the South Main renaissance

posted by rexnelson on May 12th, 2016

These days, there are plenty of food, shopping and entertainment options along South Main Street in Little Rock, thanks in large part to a lady who remembers what it was like to grow up in Murfreesboro.

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Arkadelphia rising

posted by rexnelson on May 9th, 2016

Arkadelphia appears to be south Arkansas’ shining star, living up to a prediction made by President Clinton in those dark days following the March 1, 1997, tornado.

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Greeks in Arkansas

posted by rexnelson on May 5th, 2016

Opa! More on the fascinating history of the Greeks in Arkansas.

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The Greek connection

posted by rexnelson on May 4th, 2016

It’s May, and that means it’s time for the International Greek Food Festival in Little Rock. It’s one of my favorite events of the year.

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HAM: Celebrating our state’s past

posted by rexnelson on April 27th, 2016

The history of our state hangs heavily over the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. Colorful Arkansans such as Louise Loughborough, Edwin Cromwell and Parker Westbrook have played key roles at this museum through the decades.

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John Gould Fletcher: Part 2

posted by rexnelson on April 22nd, 2016

John Gould Fletcher returned home to Arkansas from England in 1933. The Pulitzer Prize would follow six years later.

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The troubled life of John Gould Fletcher

posted by rexnelson on April 19th, 2016

It’s a safe bet that few people who enter the John Gould Fletcher Library in Little Rock know anything about the man for whom the facility is named.

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The Village Academy Beavers

posted by rexnelson on April 6th, 2016

The Village Academy Beavers live on. It was one of the best pranks in modern Arkansas history.

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