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OPINION: REX NELSON: In Washington County

posted: 10/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

After two hectic days in booming Northwest Arkansas, the stillness at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park and at Cane Hill is welcome. I exit Interstate 49 at Fayetteville on a warm weekday afternoon and head southwest for two stops that will allow me to soak up Arkansas history.

OPINION : Creating a sense of place

posted: 10/15/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Northwest Arkansas is on a roll. As cities across the country were scrambling to compete for Amazon's second corporate headquarters, Wal-Mart announced last month that it will build a new corporate campus at Bentonville. Some real estate experts in that corner of the state predict Wal-Mart will end up spending almost $1 billion on a project that could lead to at least another $500 million in construction elsewhere in Bentonville during the next decade.

OPINION: REX NELSON: The Coles of Piggott

posted: 10/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

"I always wanted to be Atticus Finch, and this is as close as I'm going to get," Joe Cole says as he sits behind the desk at his law office in downtown Piggott.

OPINION: REX NELSON: A downtown reborn

posted: 10/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

It's only 11:30 a.m., and a steady stream of customers already is coming through the door of the restaurant named The Parsonage 322 in downtown Jonesboro. The business at 322 S. Main St. serves lunch Monday through Friday, dinner on Fridays, and brunch on weekends. In January 2016, the ongoing revitalization of downtown Jonesboro attracted John and Ramey Myers from Marion in Crittenden County, where the married couple's restaurant was in a former parsonage.

Constructing a community

posted: 10/08/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Things are bustling on a Wednesday morning at the Highland Pellets plant in Pine Bluff. The $229 million facility manufactures wood pellets for the European market. Due to its modern, efficient production methods, the plant created only 70 full-time jobs. But it's expected to create hundreds of indirect jobs across south Arkansas in the timber industry due to its tremendous demand for pine. When fully operational, Highland Pellets will produce more than 600,000 metric tons of pellets annually with an annual direct financial impact of at least $85 million on the Pine Bluff area.

OPINION: Effort above and beyond

posted: 10/08/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Back in December, Tom Reilley, the man behind Pine Bluff's $229 million Highland Pellets plant, spoke at a graduation ceremony for Southeast Arkansas College.

OPINION: The slot-machine man

posted: 10/07/2017 2:09 a.m. Discuss

It happened 50 years ago this week, and it's a day Tony Frazier will never forget.

OPINION: REX NELSON: An apple-growing tradition

posted: 10/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

There's a reason that the apple blossom is the Arkansas state flower. In the early 1900s, Benton and Washington counties were the two largest apple-producing counties in the country.

OPINION: Moving on up

posted: 10/01/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

When the Arkansas Democrat sent me to Washington, D.C., in 1986 to serve as its bureau chief in the nation's capital, I quickly learned that Southerners who live and work on Capitol Hill tend to hang together. That's how I got to know Bob Mann.

OPINION: From vision to reality

posted: 09/30/2017 3:39 a.m. Discuss

On a recent Thursday night, I went to the Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock to hear Donald Ritchie, the historian emeritus of the U.S. Senate, talk about the influence of women in the Senate since Arkansas voters elected Hattie Caraway in 1932. Caraway wasn't the first woman to serve in the Senate, but she was the first woman elected to a full Senate term.






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