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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 23, 2013 10:11 pm
Arkansas Medicaid officials say the state will submit its request to use federal money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents by August.
May 23, 2013 6:37 pm
Little Rock police are responding to a report of a shootout between two men in Little Rock.
May 23, 2013 4:30 pm
An Arkansas sheriff who was convicted in 1979 for possessing stolen hens is ineligible to serve in office, the state's highest court ruled Thursday.
May 23, 2013 4:27 pm
The Law Enforcement Torch Run raised more than $750,000 this year, organizers said at a kickoff event for one leg of the annual relay race for Special Olympics.
May 23, 2013 4:05 pm
The University of Arkansas' 11 campuses are opting out of a new state law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.
May 23, 2013 1:21 pm
FORT SMITH An historic building in downtown Fort Smith that appeared to be headed for demolition is now to be renovated by a transportation and warehouse company.
May 23, 2013 1:16 pm
TEXARKANA A former Texarkana-area youth baseball coach who crossed state lines to sexually abuse young children was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday.
May 23, 2013 12:54 pm
The nation's record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government re...
May 23, 2013 12:40 pm
Arkansas' two largest university systems are considering proposals to opt out of a new state law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.
May 23, 2013 12:38 pm
HOT SPRINGS The former Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is up for sale.