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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 18, 2014 10:42 pm
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says it is now illegal to import firewood into the state's wildlife management area
Dec 18, 2014 8:02 pm
A three women were charged Thursday with conspiracy to fraudulently obtain federal money from a feeding program, officials say.
Dec 18, 2014 7:55 pm
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will offer a free screening for peripheral arterial disease Jan. 5 in Maumelle, the university said Thursday.
Dec 18, 2014 7:43 pm
A Little Rock woman accused of billing the state Medicaid program for more than $92,000 worth of speech-therapy services that were reportedly never provided pleaded no contest Thursday and was sentenc...
Dec 18, 2014 6:51 pm
Arkansas State University System President Charles Welch said Thursday that Julie Bates has been promoted to executive vice president and Brad Phelps to university counsel in the system office.
Dec 18, 2014 5:51 pm
Thirty-four students were treated against whooping cough after a single case was reported at a local middle school, North Little Rock School District officials said Thursday.
Dec 18, 2014 5:01 pm
Conway police are searching for a man they say robbed the Target pharmacy in Conway on Wednesday afternoon.
Dec 18, 2014 4:37 pm
More rain is headed for a large part of the state Friday, but weather officials believe the brunt of the precipitation will be out of the state by Saturday.
Dec 18, 2014 1:23 pm
Railroad work will require the partial closure of Arkansas 367, also known as Arch Street, in Little Rock starting Saturday, state highway officials said Thursday.
Dec 18, 2014 1:19 pm
Members of a newly formed panel say they're unlikely to say whether Arkansas' elected officials deserve a pay raise in an initial review that's due in less than two months.
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