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The battle for the soul of spa city

The battle for the soul of spa city

April 1, 2021

Vol 45 • No 43

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How politics and religion handicapped Hot Springs in the race to become America’s chief gambling resort

The boom that got away.

Take 'The Vapors' tour

David Hill’s book “The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice” belongs in the pantheon of great Arkansas books. Weaving in his own family’s history in Hot Springs, Hill tells the story of Hot Springs’ gambling heyday, flashy nightlife and criminal underbelly. To take advantage of the book’s popularity, Visit Hot Springs, the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau, assembled a self-guided “Vapors” tour. Here, Hill adds a few additional suggestions.

The pandemic adventures of Nate Powell, comic-writing dad

His new book, ‘Save It for Later,’ confronts this political era.

The movers and shakers of the Central Arkansas condiment world

A survey of some of our local favorites.
Caroline Morgan

Reproductive rights advocate Caroline Morgan, uncloaked

Pocahontas native Caroline Jackson Morgan fled for bluer pastures a few years ago, moving her family to Rhode Island for an East Coast reprieve from the South’s rightward march. While there, Morgan joined the Red Cloak Society and successfully lobbied to codify the legal right to abortion in the state. In 2020 Morgan came back, bringing a rack full of red robes and her fire for reproductive justice with her.

'Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas' is an essential guidebook

It’s springtime, which means you’re probably spending some time outside gazing at the green glory of The Natural State. A delightful new book published by The Ozark Society will help you gaze eruditely.

Cat problems

Whether because of where The Observatory is located — though we haven’t noticed any new canneries or fish markets springing up along Maple Street — or because some felines live to make a nuisance of themselves, The Observatory has been besieged by alleycats of late.

The party of voter suppression

Limiting democracy is the goal of Republicans in Arkansas and beyond.

Inconsequential News Quiz: To Obesity and Beyond! Edition

Play at home while trying to imagine what’s bad enough to scare Hillary Clinton.

A Q&A with Arkansas designer and HGTV star Chris Goddard

Chris Goddard, designer and principal of Goddard Design Group in Springdale, is one of eight contestants on HGTV’s “Design Star: Next Gen.” After three decades of design work, Goddard’s known in the Northwest Arkansas area as much for his personal aesthetic as he is for being able to shape the look of a space in his clients’ image.

Scores from the Little Rock estate sale scene

Finders, keepers.