River Valley

The Heart of the River Valley

By Joe David Rice   After years of traveling from one corner of Arkansas to the next and giving this matter considerable thought, I’ve concluded that Russellville is arguably the best-situated city in the state. “Russellville?” You ask. Here’s why.   It’s conveniently located in west-central Arkansas on Interstate 40, almost exactly halfway between Little Rock…

UFOs

Arkansas Backstories: UFOs

By Joe David Rice   I’ve  never seen a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) in Arkansas, or anywhere else for that matter. Part of me says surely other intelligent beings exist across the vast, incomprehensible reaches of the universe, and a visit to Earth from an outside civilization could be remotely conceivable — especially with news…

Arkansas Backstories: Okra

By Joe David Rice   What do cacao, cotton and hibiscus plants have in common? They’re all related to okra. And, for the most part, they’re held in much higher regard than their misunderstood and maligned cousin.   Okra often generates negative reactions, especially among those who have limited experiences with this versatile vegetable. I’ve…

My Sweet Mountain Home

by Joe David Rice Not many Ozark communities can claim that slaves named the town. That’s just one way that Mountain Home is unique among Arkansas cities. The first white pioneers moved into the region around today’s Mountain Home well over 200 years ago. Maps of early Arkansas from that era show a village known…