Watch for the Reckoning in Your Town!
Spreading the truth one community at a time
You will soon see the South Arkansas Reckoning newsletter in restaurants, gas stations and rural hubs throughout the state. Be on the lookout for it!
We picked some of our favorite stories to print for readers who may not be online or have discovered us yet especially where the internet is spotty at best.
But how did South Arkansas Reckoning even come into existence in August?
In March the two founders crossed paths because of a superintendent hired in the Cleveland County School District in Rison who had left a neighboring district.
Questions from Rison residents about potential changes to the Cleveland County School District led Suzi Parker, a Pine Bluff native and a national investigative reporter for more than 30 years, to turn her attention to the Sheridan School District. In 2022 the Sheridan school board decided to mutually terminate their superintendent, who is now in Cleveland County.
South Arkansas Reckoning may not have existed had a fake Facebook profile not messaged Suzi the names of parents in the Sheridan School District. She started making contact.
Suzi, who has six-generation roots in Cleveland County, was freelancing for numerous national and local news outlets at the time including investigating Hunter Biden. After sending a Freedom of Information request to the Sheridan School District, she received text messages from an editor.
Suzi smelled blood in the water and soon severed ties with the editor.
That wasn't the first time she had been warned about Sheridan. In fact, in 2022, Suzi had discussed working in Sheridan. No way, she was told.
Now what was hiding in Sheridan?
Suzi reached out to Richard Owens, a parent who had been investigating the Sheridan School District for more than a year, and they began exchanging documents that both had obtained under FOIA.
One page led to another that led to one courthouse to another and soon they had enough information to write a book. So it would seem. Yet, critical documents were missing. With each FOIA request, those same critical documents were missing.
That's illegal by the way.
Like-minded with killer instincts and take-no-prisoners fire, Richard and Suzi decided to create a media organization that would expose corruption, hold accountable those who violate FOIA and expose what local governments do not want you to see.
And they definitely will fight you. Since the Reckoning started in late August, we've had a few entanglements including Suzi having law enforcement called on her in — where else? — Sheridan. Read more below.
Suzi has written thousands of articles and covered the Clinton Administration extensively. She has tackled Democrats and Republicans and written for national and international publications.
But returning to South Arkansas, she has realized that the best stories aren't in Washington or even Little Rock. They are in small towns and on the backroads of Arkansas where our families have been for ggenerations. And where a lot of local newspapers — if a town even still has one — doesn't always report the facts for fear of losing advertisers.
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We don't just tell you a story. We publish audio and documents so you can hear ekected officials in action and see facts.
Even when we cover sports or local culture, our stories tell you more than stats or a regurgitated press releases.
South Arkansas Reckoning is committed to truth. Less bullshit. More transparency.
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