Retire in Arkansas: The Natural Choice

By Marla Cantrell | Photos courtesy of Arkansas Parks and Tourism [dropcap]E[/dropcap]very day, 10,000 Baby Boomers retire. Some stay where they’re living now, but others see retirement as an opportunity to find a new place to call home, one that will keep them healthy and happy for years to come Arkansas, with its moderate climate and…

Siloam Springs

By Joe David Rice  |  Photography by Meredith Mashburn Students of the Bible may recall a reference to the Pool of Siloam, an ancient water source near Old Jerusalem. Some 2,700 years after its construction and about 6,725 miles to the west, American pioneers establishing a townsite along an attractive, spring-fed creek in northwestern Arkansas…

Arkansas Backstories: Turkey Scratch

By Joe David Rice Over in East Arkansas, about halfway between Helena and Stuttgart, is a community known as Turkey Scratch. Straddling the Phillips-Lee county line, the unincorporated settlement is what my father would charitably call “a wide spot in the road.” Turkey Scratch has no post office, but visitors will spot a church, a…

El Dorado’s Renaissance

By Mel White | Photography by James Smith Readers of the El Dorado Sunday News on Sept. 29, 1929, couldn’t miss the double-page announcement for the opening of the $250,000 Rialto Theatre, a vaudeville venue with 1,400 seats, the latest in fireproof construction and the “Most Expensive and Perfect Sound Equipment in the World.” The Rialto’s owners…