Painted rocks spread joy

About a week ago, my Facebook news feed began to look like a colorful gravel pit, full of photos of brightly painted rocks. These rocks are part of a trend that is bringing families, friends and communities together to spread a little joy and brighten others’ day. They are showing up in Warren, Monticello, Star City, Dumas, McGehee, Camden, Crossett, Hamburg, El Dorado, Lake Village, Magnolia, Rison, Fordyce, Pine Bluff and other South Arkansas towns … Continued

Research in Warren Prairie gaining national attention

  Scientific research takes many forms. For Drs. Karen and Marvin Fawley, that means crawling around the Warren Prairie on their stomachs, searching for tiny plants with the unwieldy name Geocarpon minimum, a small leafy plant no more than a quarter-inch tall. The Fawleys call it “belly botany” and while the technique may sound odd – and a little uncomfortable – it’s yielding big results. Geocarpon minimum has been federally classified as endangered and is … Continued

John Hemingway walks in grandfather’s footsteps in Southeast Arkansas

It’s not everyday that the descendant of an American literary giant stops by for a visit, but the grandson of Ernest Hemingway recently visited the Dumas home of Joe and Nancy Wilkin to learn more about his grandfather’s hunting trip to Southeast Arkansas where he was a guest on Wilkin’s father’s houseboat. In late 1932 and early 1933, Ernest Hemingway was the guest of Wilkin’s late father, J.A. Wilkin, a well-known professional duck guide, cattleman … Continued

Path of Destruction: A look back on the February 2007 supercell that spawned the Dumas tornado

  Introduction: On Saturday, February 24, 2007, a series of tornadoes from one parent supercell ripped across Southeast Arkansas. One of the largest, categorized as an EF-3, carried winds exceeding 140 miles per hour. It cut through the heart of Dumas, injuring  28 people and leaving many residents homeless and jobless. It destroyed 25 businesses and 19 homes and damaged 65 others. A community building sustained major damage, as well as a 20-unit assisted living center. … Continued