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Who’s the Boss? We Are (Editorial)

Citizens who spoke up about the often-delayed I-30 widening project appear to have gotten results. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Industry / Transportation

I-30 Expansion Project Eyes December Finish After Delays, Complaints From BusinessesLock Icon

Work on the project in Saline County has picked up significantly since ARDOT said it was considering holding contractor Johnson Bros. in default of contract. read more >
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Broyles Award Ceremony to Move to Oaklawn

Leaders of the Broyles Foundation say they will move its annual Frank Broyles Award ceremony to Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs starting w read more >
These apps allow sports wagering from a mobile device, laptop or desktop computer from anywhere in Arkansas.
Government & Politics / Tourism

Mobile Betting Taking Off in ArkansasLock Icon

Though still in its infancy, the future of mobile sports betting in Arkansas looks promising as more casinos gain approval and launch apps. read more >
Tourism

Wayne Smith Marks 5 Years as Oaklawn’s General Manager

Smith is the sixth general manager in Oaklawn’s 115-year history. He has worked for Empire City Racing & Gaming in New York and Penn Gaming in Illinois. read more >
Featuring a new hotel and expanded casino, Oaklawn got off to an early start this season with December racing.
Tourism

Oaklawn Expands Agreement With Sportsbook Provider for Mobile Wagers

The betting platform developed by Kambi Group PLC will launch under the brand "Oaklawn Sports." read more >
Government & Politics / Legal / Media & Marketing / Tourism

Mobile Sports Bets May Be Just a Tap AwayLock Icon

The state has three glittering gambling halls and a fourth on the drawing board, but Arkansas sports bettors could soon have a mini-casino in their pockets: their cellphones. read more >
Featuring a new hotel and expanded casino, Oaklawn got off to an early start this season with December racing.
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Arkansas Racetracks Take Opposite TurnsLock Icon

Greyhounds will stop running at Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis. In contrast, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs is running an expanded horse meet that began in December with a near-record 66 race days scheduled. read more >
The long anticipated $100 million expansion of Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, which includes a 200-room high-rise hotel, a 14,000-SF event center and 28,000 SF of new gaming space, is now complete.
Construction / Restaurants & Food

Oaklawn Marks Grand Opening of $100M Expansion

A global pandemic delayed but couldn’t stop the $100 million expansion of Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs. read more >
Oaklawn General Manager Wayne Smith says sports betting will be an amenity at his racetrack, “but if we didn’t have it, we would have operated Oaklawn without it.”
Restaurants & Food / Tourism

Oaklawn to Reopen Casino Monday Morning

Oaklawn announced Wednesday that it plans to reopen its casino at 9 a.m. Monday. read more >
Oaklawn opened its newly remodeled Race & Sports Book in the north end of the casino on Monday.

Oaklawn Becomes First to Offer Sports Wagering

Oaklawn became the first place in Arkansas to offer sports wagering Monday, when it opened ts newly remodeled Race & Sports Book in the north end of the casino. read more >
Louis CellaPresident of the Oaklawn Jockey Club
Tourism

Oaklawn Announces Name Change Ahead of Full Casino License

Oaklawn Racing and Gaming announces that it will now be known as Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. read more >
Aerial view of the $100 million expansion Oaklawn plans to begin after the 2019 racing season. Rendering by HBG Design of Memphis.
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Oaklawn, Southland Plan Soaring Hotels, Bigger Gaming AreasLock Icon

Both Oaklawn and Southland have nine-figure plans for new casino space and soaring hotels, but they’re taking opposite approaches. read more >
Oaklawn General Manager Wayne Smith says sports betting will be an amenity at his racetrack, “but if we didn’t have it, we would have operated Oaklawn without it.”
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Bet on the Hogs? Soon, Sports Gambling Will Be Legal in Arkansas

Sports wagering is coming to Arkansas although its final form and true impact remain unknown. read more >
Wayne Smith, general manager of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs
Media & Marketing / Tourism

Wayne Smith Says Balance the Key to Keeping Oaklawn On Track

Wayne Smith was named general manager in March, becoming Oaklawn’s sixth general manager. read more >
Wayne Smith
Tourism

Oaklawn Names Wayne Smith As General Manager

Oaklawn Racing & Gaming announces that Wayne Smith will be its sixth general manager, as longtime leader Eric Jackson steps down. read more >

Wayne Smith Starts as New Oaklawn Assistant GM (Movers & Shakers)

Wayne Smith has been hired as assistant general manager of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs. read more >
Wayne Smith
Tourism

Oaklawn Names Wayne Smith to Management Position

Oaklawn President Charles Cella announced today the addition of Wayne Smith as assistant general manager, a position designed to better the gaming and racing facility for the future read more >
Former Texarkana, Arkansas, Mayor N. Wayne Smith, left, with Dennis Young and Tom Cabaniss at Crossroads Business Park in Texarkana.
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Texarkana Directors Feel Misled on Land Deals Made by City Manager

In the wake of a state audit, a criminal probe, a whistleblower lawsuit and an investigation by private citizens, the former mayor of Texarkana has concluded that he and other city directors were rooked. read more >
In the center of Texarkana’s controversial funding issues is the Arkansas Convention Center at Crossroads Business Park.
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Liens, Looming Audit Put Texarkana Business Park Under More Scrutiny

Since Texarkana rehired its controversial city manager, the financial problems dogging Harold Boldt’s economic development projects have only deepened. read more >