Health and Medical
South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.
Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.
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Jan 21, 2017 9:51 am
Hillary Clinton looked on from fewer than 10 seats away as Donald Trump took the oath of office. She was fulfilling the role of a former first lady instead of becoming the first woman to be inaugurat...
Jan 21, 2017 9:43 am
Before standing on the U.S. Capitol lawn to watch Friday's inauguration, scores of Arkansans had a pre-dawn breakfast with their congressmen.
Jan 21, 2017 9:25 am
A study conducted at C&H Hog Farms found no evidence of a hog manure leak at the farm 6 miles from the Buffalo River, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality concluded this week.
Jan 21, 2017 9:23 am
Nine Hope High School students face rioting, battery and disorderly conduct charges after a fight in the school office Tuesday, police said.
Jan 21, 2017 9:22 am
Although rains have soaked much of the state this month, three western Arkansas counties are considered to be in "extreme drought" and farmers are nervous that dry conditions will hinder spr...
Jan 21, 2017 9:21 am
North Little Rock School Board members elaborated Friday on their relationship with Superintendent Kelly Rodgers after a board member's motion to extend Rodgers' contract by a year die...
Jan 21, 2017 9:20 am
Dear Mahatma: Can you tell me why the city places those red, eight-sided road signs in west Little Rock? It has something to do with traffic. Where do drivers go to find out what they are good for? --...
Jan 21, 2017 9:19 am
A judge on Friday delayed until next month a hearing on three teenagers' request to transfer their murder cases from adult to juvenile court after their lawyers said they would need a week or ...
Jan 21, 2017 9:18 am
A $3,500 increase approved by the St. Francis County Quorum Court will raise the county coroner's annual budget to $10,501, but it's still not enough to do the job, Chief Deputy Corone...
Jan 21, 2017 9:18 am
The Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre ladled out the yummy first of three performances of Stone Soup on Friday night in Little Rock.
So, the time is right and you are actively considering a move to a retirement community. For some, the idea may be exciting. To others, the mere thought is stressful or frightening. Either way, it is a significant life decision and one that needs to be th Read more...