A new preservation ethos

posted by rexnelson on January 16th, 2014

Raised in a small home near Dyess in the cotton fields of Mississippi County, Joanne Cash Yates made it clear last Friday night at the Clinton Center that she’s proud to be from Arkansas. You might have heard of Joanne’s older brother. He was known in his adult years as Johnny and played a little music.

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Grapette: A legendary Arkansas brand

posted by rexnelson on January 10th, 2014

The nondescript metal building is on Industrial Drive in Malvern, just a mile or so from busy Interstate 30. There’s a small sign out front, but most of those who drive by likely don’t know that it’s now the home of one of the country’s iconic soft drink brands, Grapette.

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Curtis King: Arkansas’ legendary coach

posted by rexnelson on January 8th, 2014

Sometimes you strike a chord with people. I did that with my weekly newspaper column when I wrote about Coach Curtis King, who was the coach at Augusta High School from 1944-73.

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All aboard the Gus Bus

posted by rexnelson on January 3rd, 2014

Do you want to understand what makes Gus Malzahn tick? Well, don’t spend the weekend in Pasadena. Don’t head to east Alabama to visit Auburn, either. Drive instead through the rice, soybean and cotton fields of the Arkansas Delta and visit the poor farming community of Hughes.

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War Memorial Stadium memories

posted by rexnelson on December 23rd, 2013

I look forward to the first two weekends of December. It has become a tradition of mine to spend large parts of those weekends at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, watching the state high school championship games. This year, Mother Nature did her best to ruin that tradition.

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Cliff Harris Stadium: A family affair

posted by rexnelson on December 18th, 2013

When they dedicate Cliff Harris Stadium in Arkadelphia next fall, I have no doubt that O.J. “Buddy” Harris and Margaret Harris will be there in spirit. I also have no doubt that Cliff will be thinking about them that day.

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College football: Week 14 (the gray edition)

posted by rexnelson on November 25th, 2013

I realize I’m past the age of 50. I realize I’m a traditionalist. I realize that I probably don’t understand what young athletes want today. But this native Arkansan has a sincere plea for the folks in Fayetteville.

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Rex’s Rankings: The final edition

posted by rexnelson on November 25th, 2013

Strange things can happen in football when it rains. It rained Friday night. And it was cold. Yes, strange things happened.

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College football: Week 13 (cold weather edition)

posted by rexnelson on November 22nd, 2013

It’s going to be cold at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning when the Razorback game begins. With duck season starting and Thanksgiving just a few days away, Arkansans will have plenty of excuses to miss a contest between a 3-7 team and a 4-6 team that are a combined 1-11 in Southeastern Conference play. But I’ll be there, just as I have been at so many other games at War Memorial Stadium during the past 50 years.

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Rex’s Rankings: The playoffs continue

posted by rexnelson on November 18th, 2013

One week down in the high school football playoffs. What do we know? In Class 7A, we know that Fayetteville (which had started the season 8-0) proved to be a pretender rather than a contender. Cabot, Bentonville, North Little Rock and Conway all have the talent necessary to win the title.

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