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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 17, 2013 10:58 pm
WEST MEMPHIS Arkansas State Police say a 2-year-old girl who was reported kidnapped in Georgia has been recovered by a trooper in West Memphis.
May 17, 2013 7:31 pm
Lt. William Tapley of the Conway Police Department spoke fondly of his fallen comrade, Officer Will McGary, at Friday's 32nd annual State Peace Officers' Memorial Service. And as he wr...
May 17, 2013 6:29 pm
Police are looking for an 18-year-old student at JA Fair High School who was reported to be having "suicidal thoughts" before she disappeared.
May 17, 2013 5:46 pm
Eureka Springs School District Superintendent Curtis Turner has been tapped to lead the financially troubled Mineral Springs School District, the state Department of Education said Friday.
May 17, 2013 5:25 pm
Pavement repairs on Interstate 530 will necessitate lane closures in Pine Bluff starting next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has said.
May 17, 2013 5:06 pm
Work on U.S. 270 in Jefferson County will require alternating lane closures starting next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Friday.
May 17, 2013 4:53 pm
LITTLE ROCK Arkansas' two U.S. senators are participating in an online discussion with small business owners about the Internet and economic development.
May 17, 2013 4:09 pm
After a 10-month makeover, the amphitheater at Riverfront Park was dedicated in a Friday morning ceremony.
May 17, 2013 2:38 pm
Hot Springs' Central Avenue will undergo a lane closure Monday as the city replaces a transformer at the Fordyce Bathhouse, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has said.
May 17, 2013 1:10 pm
LITTLE ROCK House Speaker Davy Carter said Friday that he won't run for Arkansas governor next year, passing on an uphill fight for the Republican nomination made steeper by his support for a...