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Rail Links and Relationships

By Don Roth   The only portion of the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad in operation was the western division between DeValls Bluff and Little Rock. Two trains ran daily…

Janet Carson to Speak at PCC on Feb. 1

Do you enjoy garden-fresh vegetables but you are not able to produce them for yourself? If so, you will want to come out and hear Janet Carson as she speaks…

Common Food and Fitness Mistakes

By Ana Hollis, County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences It’s the first month of this New Year and many resolutions to eat healthier and exercise may be well…

Kevin’s Korner

  2014: The Year of the Horse   So on January 31st the Chinese New Year begins. A.K.A. the Chinese Spring Festival, A.K.A. the Lunar New Year, this traditional holiday…

Arkansas State Taxes

While Arkansas state tax and federal returns are not due until April 15, we know thousands of Arkansans may be filing soon in anticipation of a refund.  This year, the…

Civil War Sesquicentennial Series: Refugee Problem at Fort Smith

By Don Roth   When Fort Smith was taken over by Federal forces in September, 1863, the town quickly became a haven for refugees. Most of the people found it…

The Second Confederate Congress

The Second Confederate Congress

By Don Roth The second Confederate Congress convened at Richmond on December 7, 1863. Among those in attendance from Arkansas were Senator Robert W. Johnson of Pine Bluff and three…

Recovering from Holiday Overspending

As this year begins, the holidays may now be in the past but many Americans are feeling the fallout from holiday overspending. For many, the joy of the Christmas season…

Execution of a Boy Martyr

Execution of a Boy Martyr

By Don Roth   On a frigid afternoon on January 8, 1864, a crowd assembled in front of St John’s College at Little Rock to witness the hanging of 17…

Civil War Sesquicentennial 1864: Frozen!

By Don Roth Winter weather over Arkansas was brutal at this time 150 years ago. Area newspapers across the state reported a severe snowstorm at Fort Smith on December 30.…