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 18, 2017 5:55 pm
More than $1,000 was stolen in an overnight burglary earlier this week at a Chinese eatery in Little Rock?s Riverdale neighborhood, authorities say.
Jan 18, 2017 5:46 pm
A Mabelvale woman chased after a robber who entered her vehicle Tuesday morning and snatched money out of her hand, according to police.
Jan 18, 2017 5:38 pm
A group of lawmakers voted Wednesday to back a proposal dreamt up by an Arkansas high school student who wants the state to recognize the only dinosaur ever discovered within its borders.
Jan 18, 2017 5:13 pm
An armed gunman demanded money from two cash registers, a safe and a lock box during a robbery inside a Little Rock Church?s Chicken, police say.
Jan 18, 2017 4:01 pm
Former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is praising President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Jan 18, 2017 11:45 am
A Little Rock police officer driving a patrol vehicle hit a pedestrian in southwest Little Rock on Tuesday evening, a Police Department spokesman said.
Jan 18, 2017 11:45 am
A proposal to prevent food-stamp recipients from making unhealthful choices at the grocery store gained support from a House panel Tuesday over the objections of food banks and retail grocers.
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