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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.
Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.
News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 18, 2013 4:04 pm
The National Weather Service says Arkansas has repeated chances at seeing severe weather through Wednesday.
May 18, 2013 10:27 am
A federal judge on Friday prohibited the state of Arkansas from enforcing a new law that outlaws most abortions at or after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
May 18, 2013 10:24 am
Gov. Mike Beebe said hes not taking sides in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, although one of his staff members is working part time as a fundraising consultant for gubernatorial candidate and fo...
May 18, 2013 10:23 am
The Arkansas General Assembly quietly ended its 101-day regular session Friday without attempting to override Gov. Mike Beebes vetoes of three election bills sponsored by an outspoken Republican criti...
May 18, 2013 10:20 am
House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, said Friday that he wont seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2014 and that hes accepted a job as executive vice president of Home BancShares in Conway.
May 18, 2013 10:18 am
Dear Mahatma: Cantrell Road used to have a 25 mph school zone between University Avenue and Kavanaugh Boulevard. Now its a school zone when flashing, no reduction in speed required. Why the change? J...
May 18, 2013 10:18 am
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday that all of its regional and field offices will take furloughs on seven selected Fridays as a result of automatic government wide ...
May 18, 2013 10:17 am
The states largest airport continues to struggle to modernize its financial system.
May 18, 2013 10:16 am
With a shrug of his shoulders Friday, 35-year-old Ronnie Lee Canada admitted to burning, fracturing bones and inflicting other injuries on a 2-year-old boy in Little Rock.
May 18, 2013 10:14 am
Eureka Springs Superintendent Curtis Turner Jr. is taking his 26 years of school district leadership experience to Mineral Springs.