Ruff Hotel Building in Searcy County

Arkansas Backstories: Snowball

By Joe David Rice Photos courtesy of Historic Searcy County   Arkansas Backstories: Snowball   America has slightly more than 25,000 cities, towns and villages scattered across its 3.8 million square miles. Only two in this vast array of human settlements are called Snowball. One’s in central Minnesota, about equidistant between Minneapolis and the Canadian…

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…