Our first week...and we thank you!
It's been a whirlwind first week here at South Arkansas Reckoning with the launch of our site.
Thank you to everyone who has subscribed this week. We appreciate the support more than you know.
So you may be wondering what to expect from reading our site. Or heck, why we undertook such a mission in the first place.
We realize people need an outlet that addresses the issues that uniquely affect South Arkansas but also tells the stories you hear on porches. If you know anything about Southerners it's that we like to talk. For hours. About anything and everything.
Y'all know as well as we do that another planet exists north of towns like Hampton, Rison, Hermitage, Lake Village, Altheimer, Prescott, Junction City, Grapevine or Warren. The list of small towns bypassed goes on and on. That other place is called the Big City. We might like to go there to shop and eat but we don't want to live there.
A lot of us like living a simpler life in God's country where neighbor still helps neighbors, Friday nights from August to November mean football and opening day of deer season is considered a holiday.
We pondered a lot this summer and realized that a news site was needed in South Arkansas that gives readers more than mug shots, rewritten press releases and an events calendar with some news thrown into the mix.
That's not us.
We like the whole story. Good and bad reported with hard black and white facts. We like to go deep on stories, investigating leads and asking questions especially when it comes to our tax-payer dollars. That's why we spent the last few months digging through courthouse documents and using the power of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act to obtain thousands of pages of information no one wants you to see. We will reporting about our findings in the near future.
We may sound serious, and we are. That's because we cannot stand government waste, and we will expose it every chance we get.
So who are we?
South Arkansas Reckoning is a country boy, Richard Owens, and a city girl, Suzi Parker. He's killed anything that walks, crawls, flies or swims at least once. She's never eaten a fried squirrel or hunted a day in her life. But a shared passion for seeking truth, researching in courthouses and shedding light on lies led to us creating the Reckoning.
We both love South Arkansas where our roots run deep and our ancestors homesteaded the land. We yearn for an America that is slowly slipping away along with our constitutional rights.
While the Reckoning will have investigative stories, we will also travel South Arkansas covering the stories no one else will tell. If you've got a tip for us, you can share it confidentially to us at email@example.com.
We wish we could offer free content every day but we can't. For those who have paid for subscriptions, we thank you. For those who have signed up for free, we deeply appreciate you taking the time to read our posts.
We plan to offer the entire site free until Friday, Sept. 1. We will always offer some free content but $8 a month gives you access to all of the content including stories and newsletters just for subscribers. If you want to really support our publication, a $50 subscription goes a long way. If you are really in love with our Reckoning, you can become a founding member for $150 or even more. We will love you forever.
In our first week, we explored the prices of grocery staples. A lot of people are currently struggling financially. Good news here? Eggs are way cheaper than a few months ago. You can read that story here.
Suzi dug out an essay from her archives about her decision to leave Little Rock and return to Rison, which was initially a tad of a culture shock. She's now adjusting quite well though.
Lastly, Suzi, ever the fireball, spent the summer standing up to the Sheridan School Board regarding a Freedom of Information request. Unclear what such a request is? Want to read about her battle with the school over some documents? Here you go.
To end the week, here are some things we have pondered.
Does pickle juice prevent leg cramps? It's an old wives tale but one we've been researching.
Bahia grass. Mow today, rain tonight, more bahia grass? What the hell is it anyway?
The 2024 Farmers Almanac says we are in for a rough winter in South Arkansas.
We’re fascinated with the skyrocketing rise of Oliver Anthony because what he sings is the pure truth.
Stay tuned for more great stories next week! Again, thank you for supporting our endeavor. We hope y'all stick around! Remember, we want to hear from you! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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