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In the Land of Self-Defeat
"What a fight over the local library in my hometown in rural Arkansas taught me about my neighbors’ go-it-alone mythology — and Donald Trump’s unbeatable appeal."
politics  arkansas  op-ed 
8 days ago by jimmykduong
Arkansas' Phillips County remembers the racial massacre America forgot | Facing South
> ... the Elaine Massacre, perhaps the single deadliest instance of racist violence against African Americans to ever take place in the United States. The murder of hundreds of black farmers, sharecroppers, and businesspeople — men, women, and children — took place in the cotton fields of Elaine and the surrounding rural towns of Phillips County in the Arkansas Delta in late September and early October of 1919.

> Constantly shortchanged by the white planters, black sharecroppers and tenant farmers formed the Progressive Farmers and Household Union, which had chapters in the Phillips County towns of Ratio and Hoop Spur as well as Elaine. As the price of cotton skyrocketed from 1915 to 1919 and black landownership rates increased by 40 percent, the union determined it was time to demand fair prices and hired a white lawyer to take the case against the planters to court.
racism  violence  arkansas  jim-crow  mass-graves  unions  history 
12 days ago by tarakc02
New 1171-mile Arkansas High Country Bicycle Route announced - Rivaling Missouri's Katy/Rock Island/Butterfield systems 1079 miles, but the Butterfield mileage will soon be increased by 260 miles . . . | Adventure Cycling Association
Sparkling streams, hills and hollows, shady rivers, mountain views, waterfalls, swimming holes, historic sites, bustling cities – the Arkansas High Country Route has it all. An Arkansawyer might tell you, “That route don’t go no where — It just runs around everywhere!” Indeed, this route is designed to connect many of the interesting places in west-central and northwest Arkansas.

The route is comprised of three large adjacent loops: the South Loop, the Central Loop, and the Northwest Loop. The South Loop, on map section 1, begins and ends in Little Rock. The Northwest and Central Loops, on map section 2, begin and end in Bentonville and Russellville, respectively. A cyclist can choose to ride one or more of the loops, or ride the perimeter of all the loops – it’s up to you.

An additional choice on the South Loop features two singletrack options, using the entire Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT), and the southern portion of the Womble Trail. Both are International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) EPIC trails.

Since the routing on the three loops is roughly 50% gravel and 50% pavement, and the climbs/descents can reach gradients between 17 - 21%, choose your bike carefully. Riders who are in a hurry will choose a race geometry gravel bike. Those who choose comfort over speed will elect for full suspension or fat tires to pad the ride. Much of the gravel roads are easily ridden, but there are sections with washboards and cathead boulders. A minimum of 37mm tires with some tread is highly recommended. A wide variety of road conditions exist. National Forest roads can have rough surfaces with loose gravel.

The route passes near multiple designated wilderness areas, including the Flatside, Caney Creek, Upper Kiamichi River, Black Fork Mountain, Poteau Mountain, Dry Creek, Upper Buffalo and Buffalo, and Richland Creek wildernesses. No bikes are permitted in any designated wilderness area.

MoBikeFed comment: Note that a few miles of the route reaches into southwest Missouri near Seligman.

We would be more jealous of this amazing new 1171-mile route here in Missouri, if we had not just recently announced our own seamlessly connected 1079 route system, encompassing the Katy Trail/Rock Island Trail trail system (369 miles of interconnected trails), and the Butterfield Stage Experience (250 miles main route plus 460 miles of connector and loop routes).

Additionally, the Butterfield Stage Experience gravel/trail route will soon connect with this new Arkansas High Country Route, as well as the Razorback Trail, on its way to a low-traffic, low-stress, mostly gravel or trail connection from Jefferson City all the way to Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The full Butterfield Stage Experience main route will be about 482 miles in length, meaning that the complete Katy/Rock Island/Butterfield system will be somewhere over 1300 miles.

https://mobikefed.org/rock-island-trail-western-connections
https://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience
https://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/LocalRouteOptions
butterfieldstage  butterfieldstageexperience  arkansas  arkansashighcountryroute  katytrail  rockislandtrail  nwarkansas  swmissouri 
may 2019 by mobikefed
Walmart's new headquarters inspired by McDonald's and Apple - Business Insider
Walmart is in dire need of a new home. The company's more than 14,000 corporate employees based in Bentonville, Arkansas, are now spread across 21 buildings.
corporate-headquarters  walmart  arkansas  Around-the-web  this-week-454 
may 2019 by areadevelopment
Apr 13 2019 The Arkansas Derby
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april 2019 by snapeplus
Arkansas Senate Rejects Bill Requiring Bible Class in School If 15 Kids Want It
A month ago, Arkansas State Rep. Joe Cloud and State Sen. Bob Ballinger, both Republicans, sponsored a bill (HB 1626) that would force public school districts to offer a Bible class if 15 students said they wanted to take it.

Mind you, districts in Arkansas already have the ability to offer elective, secular classes on the Bible. But this bill would require them to offer the class if some local Christian activist rounded up a handful of kids.
politics  religion  arkansas  christianity  education 
april 2019 by jtyost2
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RT : Reports of neo-Nazis chanting "six million more" today in . Great look for the and t…
LittleRock  Arkansas  Hiwaymen  from twitter_favs
march 2019 by kitoconnell

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