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posted: 12/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

They were, for the most part, tough men who came from poor families in rural areas of Arkansas. They were men who hunted rabbits and squirrels throughout the year just to put meat on the table; men who plowed land behind teams of mules in order to plant cotton; men who chopped weeds between the cotton plants by hand in the summer and picked cotton by hand in the fall. From 1933-35, they built many of the roads, bridges and buildings still being used on Mount Nebo in Yell County.

Roaming along Arkansas 7

posted: 12/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Somebody shot the pelican.

OPINION: REX NELSON: Memories that linger

posted: 12/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

My high school alma mater will play for a state football championship for the first time in three decades today.

OPINION: REX NELSON: The sake ambassador

posted: 12/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Ben Bell remembers when he first fell in love with sake, the rice wine that most people associate with Japan. He was working at Colonial Wine & Spirits in Little Rock, one of the largest stores of its type in this part of the country. Colonial's owners take pride in having employees who know what they're talking about.

OPINION: Jobs for Little Rock

posted: 12/03/2017 1:56 a.m. Comments 2

Last Sunday's column focused on what I believe must be five areas of emphasis for Little Rock as leaders of the state's largest city deal with the uncertainties of the modern economy. Those five areas, in order of importance, are public safety, K-12 education, higher education, infill development and quality-of-life amenities such as improved parks and hiking/biking trails.

OPINION: The Friday night fix

posted: 12/02/2017 2:12 a.m. Discuss

If everything goes according to plan, today will be spent at Little Rock's venerable War Memorial Stadium. Bentonville battles North Little Rock at noon for the Class 7A championship. Pulaski Academy takes on Little Rock McClellan at 6:30 p.m. for the Class 5A crown.

OPINION: REX NELSON: Do it Clarendon style

posted: 11/29/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

"We do it Clarendon style," Johnny Ellis says as we eat barbecue for lunch in the metal building that housed J. Ellis & Co. until earlier this year.

OPINION: REX NELSON: The Little Rock Five

posted: 11/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Little Rock received a burst of publicity last month when it let Amazon know (in a wink-wink sort of way) that it wasn't interested in joining dozens of other cities in the competition for the company's second headquarters. Little Rock didn't meet the criteria anyway. The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce took out a full-page ad in the Washington Post for a sort of Dear John letter that read in part, "Hey Amazon. We need to talk. It's not you, it's us."

OPINION: REX NELSON: The Quapaw turns 50

posted: 11/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

I remember the first time I was invited to meet someone for dinner at the Flaming Arrow in Little Rock. I felt as if I had finally become an insider.

OPINION: REX NELSON: Thank you, Arkansas

posted: 11/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. For someone who was raised in Arkansas with a love of eating, visiting with folks and watching football games, it's hard to beat the annual combination of food, family and football.






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