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OPINION: REX NELSON: Those ridiculous rankings

posted: 07/22/2018 1:49 a.m. Comment 1

Another one of those silly lists came out recently, placing Arkansas' two largest cities among the 50 worst cities in America. These types of subjective rankings are designed to drive traffic to websites. The best thing business and civic leaders in Arkansas can do is to ignore them--both the positive and negative lists.

OPINION: REX NELSON: The cut man

posted: 07/21/2018 2:42 a.m. Discuss

The temperature will top out at 100 on this Sunday afternoon. The streets appear empty in downtown North Little Rock. The parking lot outside the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame at Verizon Arena is crowded, however. Inside, the small theater adjacent to the Hall of Fame's museum is packed with people attending a screening of a documentary that the Arkansas Educational Television Network has done on the life of Ray Rodgers.

OPINION: REX NELSON: The new Eureka Springs

posted: 07/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

As I was checking in at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, I picked up copies of the Lovely County Citizen and the Eureka Springs Independent to read in the room. I've long been fascinated by the brand of politics practiced in this small town (population 2,073 in the 2010 census) where the top industry has always been tourism. It's the most gay-friendly community in Arkansas. It's a place where buses from evangelical Christian churches show up to watch The Great Passion Play. It's a town that traditionally has attracted artists, writers and aging hippies. It's an interesting and sometimes volatile mix.

REX NELSON: Chicken City 2.0

posted: 07/15/2018 1:56 a.m. Discuss

I was a high school student in the 1970s when the citizens band radio craze was at its height. C.W. McCall came out with his song "Convoy" in 1978. Television programs such as The Dukes of Hazzard in 1979 and movies such as Smokey and the Bandit and Breaker! Breaker! in 1977 helped fuel the CB craze.

OPINION: Emma's makeover

posted: 07/15/2018 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Tom Lundstrum was quick to admit that he and business partner Brian Moore weren't sure exactly what they were getting into when they purchased the building that had once housed the Apollo Theater on Emma Avenue in downtown Springdale.

OPINION: REX NELSON: Peach time in Arkansas

posted: 07/14/2018 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Once more, they'll celebrate Arkansas peaches in Clarksville. The annual Johnson County Peach Festival is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday of next week, continuing a tradition that began in the community of Ludwig on June 26, 1938. Several thousand people showed up for that first festival, including Gov. Carl Bailey. The festival was sponsored by the Johnson County Fruit Growers Association.

OPINION: REX NELSON: The Berry Man

posted: 07/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

In March, I had the honor of serving as emcee for the annual Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame induction banquet. One of the inductees was John Clark, a distinguished professor at the University of Arkansas who's probably the world's foremost expert on blackberries. I simply referred to him that day as the Berry Man.

OPINION: REX NELSON: Putting out the paper

posted: 07/08/2018 1:53 a.m. Discuss

I pulled out from the University of Arkansas' Fruit Research Station north of Clarksville, where I had gathered column material, and began the winding drive up Arkansas 21 to Berryville. My ultimate destination was Eureka Springs for the annual meeting of the Arkansas Press Association.

OPINION: REX NELSON: A city's commitment

posted: 07/07/2018 2:31 a.m. Comments 2

Last year, urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak completed a book titled The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism.

OPINION: REX NELSON: A fierce Fourth of July

posted: 07/04/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Heat and humidity are the hallmarks of an Arkansas summer. The summer of 1863 was no different. Union troops stationed at Helena described it as "hell in Arkansas."

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