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Discovering Arkansas: Census Bureau Estimates Show Rising PopulationLock Icon

More than half of Arkansas’ 75 counties have seen their populations grow since 2020, and the state’s population is growing at close to 2%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. read more >
Education

Stephanie Tully-Dartez Named Next President of South Arkansas College

Tully-Dartez, who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech University, joined South Arkansas College in 2009. read more >
Construction / Manufacturing / Public Companies

Canfor to Acquire Domtar Lumber Mill in El Dorado for $73M

The publicly traded Canadian company said it's planning $50 million in upgrades for the mill. read more >
Banking & Finance / Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Real Estate

Oil & Gas Commission to Revisit Lithium Royalties at April MeetingLock Icon

Companies working to extract commercial lithium products from underground brine are looking for price clarity. read more >
Energy / Manufacturing

A History Lesson in Drilling

Robert Reynolds gives a living history of the oil and gas industry in south Arkansas, where the roots of his pioneer family reach back six generations. read more >
Energy / Manufacturing / Public Companies

Standard Lithium Boasts Test Plant Results Near El Dorado

The publicly traded Canadian company said two tests show that its lithium extraction process is "ready to scale." read more >
Energy / Manufacturing / Public Companies / Real Estate

Hints for Landowners On Lithium Royalties

Some of the people paying closest attention to the birth of a lithium industry in south Arkansas are the landowners with mineral rights leased out for their underground brine. read more >
Construction / Energy / Manufacturing / Public Companies

$365M Lithium Plant Plans Move Ahead for El Dorado

Vancouver-based Standard Lithium predicts commercial production will start in 2026. An even bigger project could come soon afterward. read more >
Energy / Public Companies

Koch Industries Veteran David Park Joins Standard Lithium in Arkansas Projects

He'll be a senior strategic adviser to Standard, which has two pilot plants deriving lithium products from underground brine streams in El Dorado. read more >
Health Care

Arkansas Hospice Takes Over LifeTouch Hospice

The two organizations said the relationship will "strengthen the ability of both provider to carry on their nonprofit missions in light of the evolving healthcare market and massice changes anticipated in how Medicare covers and pays for hospoce care over the next few years." read more >
Energy / Public Companies

BNP Paribas to Handle Debt Financing for Standard Lithium Plant

BNP Paribas is the European Union’s leading bank and key player in international banking. read more >
Energy / Public Companies

Standard Lithium, Koch Affiliate in Deal to Speed Commercial Development

The deal, in which the companies will share data and together develop and commercialize lithium brine processing flow sheets for Standard’s use in the region, forges another bond with subsidiaries of Koch Industries of Wichita, a significant investor in the project. read more >
Dr. Cam Patterson, chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Government & Politics / Health Care / Nonprofits / Public Companies

UAMS Gets $12M in State Funds to Support South Arkansas Hospital

The funds will cover operational expenses associated with the acquisition of South Arkansas Regional Hospital in El Dorado. read more >
Robert Mintak, CEO of Standard Lithium Ltd.
Energy / Public Companies

Standard Lithium Shareholders to Meet in El Dorado April 4

The company, based in Vancouver, has been refining battery-ready lithium products at two test plants in El Dorado. read more >
Andrew Clyde
Public Companies / Retail / Transportation

Murphy USA’s Andrew Clyde Tops $10.3M in Total Compensation

His pay rose from $8.6 million as the company's profit soared in 2022. read more >
Standard Lithium's drill rig at the well re-entry site in Lafayette County. The drill rig has since demobilized from the site after reaching a total measured depth of 8,940 feet, and has been replaced by a workover rig to complete perforations, final testing and sampling.
Energy / Public Companies / Transportation

Standard Lithium Begins Drilling in Lafayette County

The project is a key milestone for the Vancouver company and goes hand in hand with a project at a Lanxess bromine filtering operation in El Dorado. read more >
The corporate headquarters of Murphy USA is still in El Dorado at 200 E. Peach St.
Energy / Public Companies / Retail / Transportation

Murphy USA Profit Soars 70% in 2022

Fourth-quarter results were solid, but fell short of Wall Street expectations. read more >
Energy

Standard Lithium Announces 2 New Independent Directors

The new board members, experienced energy executives Claudia D’Orazio and Anca Rusu, are expected to provide additional expertise in project management and financial and human resources for the south Arkansas project. read more >
Energy / Nonprofits / Public Companies

Murphy USA Donates $25M to its Charitable Foundation

The foundation funds the company’s matching gifts, including its annual United Way campaign, in addition to all other charities that Murphy USA employees choose to support. read more >
Energy / Public Companies

Koch Company Wins Contract With Standard Lithium

OPD LLC of Katy, Texas, specializes in engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of commercial facilities. read more >