Historical Gems: Grant County Museum

[dropcap]The[/dropcap] Grant County Museum is a testament not only to that county’s history, but also to rural and small-town life just about anywhere. It’s also a testament to one of Arkansas’ most powerful people of the 20th century, W.R. “Witt” Stephens. So, maybe it’s fitting that an article about this exceptional repository begins and ends…

Final Thought

[dropcap]Summer[/dropcap] dampens my running. I do well to run 80 miles per month in warm weather. By contrast, last November I ran 132 miles as I prepared for December’s Three Bridges Marathon. In July, in highly humid Arkansas, a good time to run is around sunrise. Once the sun is up, running is akin to…

Final Thought

[dropcap]Arkansas[/dropcap] is blessed with interesting places. Team Rhodes visited quite a few of them during a whirlwind spring break trip. In a five-day, four-night span, Julie, Abby and I learned some things about our state’s past, observed wildlife, dug for diamonds and beheld spectacular views. Our trip, which Julie dubbed an ARKcation, began roughly at…

Historical Gems: Reflecting on Rohwer

Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration   [pullquote]Above Photo: People were tagged with their identification number and the relocation center to which they were being sent.[/pullquote] [dropcap]The[/dropcap] tiny Desha County community of Rohwer sits alongside Arkansas Highway 1 amid the lush green farmland and murky swamps of the Mississippi River Delta. Traveling…

Final Thought

[dropcap]It’s[/dropcap] commencement season. At graduation ceremonies far and wide, speakers will look to inspire tomorrow’s leaders. And what will tomorrow’s leaders be doing? A few may be hanging on to every word, but I imagine many will be squirming from cellphone withdrawal, fingers twitching as they prepare to take tons of selfies with their diplomas.…

Final Thought

[dropcap]Call[/dropcap] me a pack rat. You can also say I’m sentimental and fairly disorganized. For instance, right now I’m sitting at my office desk, and near my elbow is last month’s copy of AY, just begging to be put away neatly on a shelf. If I did that, though, that copy would leave behind the…

Final Thought

There’s something about March. Big things seem to happen this month.   [dropcap]There[/dropcap] was that Ides of March incident way back in 44 B.C. with Julius Caesar meeting an untimely end. Speaking of untimely endings, come this March 8 standard time will end, and we’ll lose an hour of sleep, thanks to daylight saving time.…