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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
Dec 20, 2014 10:12 am
Eight Arkansas hospitals, including UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, will face reduced Medicare reimbursement rates after a federal agency determined they had higher rates of patient infections and...
Dec 20, 2014 9:24 am
The mental evaluation for the Jacksonville man accused of killing a real estate agent is back on after the presiding judge reversed his earlier ruling that canceled the examination, reporting that bot...
Dec 20, 2014 9:23 am
At the end of an eight-year run as governor and a decades-long role as a player in Natural State politics, Gov. Mike Beebe is leaving behind a lasting image of his time in office.
Dec 20, 2014 9:21 am
The Legislative Council on Friday asked a subcommittee to reconsider its recommendations to award $600,000 to the family of a mentally disabled woman who died as a result of negligence at a state faci...
Dec 20, 2014 9:20 am
The Arkansas Ethics Commission issued a letter of caution and fined the ballot initiative group Let Arkansas Decide $250 Friday for not properly filling out campaign disclosures.
Dec 20, 2014 9:18 am
A 30-year-old Jacksonville man has accepted a 40-year prison sentence for killing a 69-year-old man found naked and shot to death by the side of the road in North Little Rock.
Dec 20, 2014 9:17 am
Dear Mahatma: Driving to Lonoke on Interstate 40 recently, I came upon a car being driven somewhat erratically. Passing, I looked over at the driver and saw him scratching off lottery tickets in the c...
Dec 20, 2014 9:16 am
A patient of the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs hospital was exposed to Legionella bacteria sometime within the past year, the hospital reported Friday.
Dec 20, 2014 9:15 am
Little Rock asked a federal judge Friday to throw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new city ordinance that prevents a mother and son from keeping their pet Vietnamese potbellied pi...
Dec 20, 2014 9:15 am
One of four teenagers arrested in connection to carjackings in which women were tricked into giving their assailants a ride saw the charges against her transferred to juvenile court after an appeal fr...
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