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Sixth Anniversary of Arkansas Stories on OnlyInArk.com


There is no better time than now to celebrate the sixth anniversary of OnlyInArk.com. As we are all staying home and life is a bit slower (unless, of course, you are homeschooling), it’s the perfect day to look back on our favorite stories from the past year and beyond.


Top 10 Most-Read Stories of All Time

Some of these stories go all the way back to 2014, and one has been read over 200,000 times. All of them are still relevant and continue to be read six years later.

  1. Unique Getaways in Arkansas by Julie Kohl
  2. Top 8 Flea Markets in Northwest Arkansas by Laurie Marshall
  3. Arkansas Signal Trees by Kimberly Mitchell
  4. Digging Crystals in Arkansas by Julie Kohl
  5. The Junk Ranch by Laurie Marshall
  6. Alligators in Arkansas by Kimberly Mitchell
  7. 15 Unforgettable Date Night Ideas in NWA by Mel Lockcuff
  8. Unknown Baby Girl: In Death She Belongs to All of Us by Julie Kohl
  9. Coolest Arkansas Airbnbs by Tim Reilly
  10. Arkansas Trees by Kimberly Mitchell


Top 10 Most-Read Stories of Year 6

It has been the year of food. And one day soon we will be able to try all of the restaurants again!

  1. 8 Favorite Fried Catfish Spots Around Arkansas by Kevin Shalin
  2. Top 20 Places to Eat in Arkansas by Kevin Shalin
  3. S-S-S-Snakes in Arkansas by Julie Kohl
  4. El Dorado’s Spudnuts Shoppe by Kevin Shalin
  5. The Buttered Biscuit by Kevin Shalin
  6. LeBron James’ Son, “Bronny” James, Goes Off in Bentonville by Evin Demirel
  7. 10 Favorite Desserts in Arkansas by Kevin Shalin
  8. Farmers Casserole is What’s Cookin’ by Lacie Ring
  9. Arkansas Game and Fish Nature Center to Open in Springdale by Laurie Marshall
  10. Guess & Co.: All Things Merry & Bright in Des Arc by Amanda Farris

A Few of My Favorites from this Year

As the publisher of OnlyInArk.com, I read every story and appreciate them all. But a few left long-lasting impressions on me this year. Our story about Mastodons had me daydreaming of elephant-like creatures staring in my second-story office windows for weeks after it was published. And Amanda Farris gave me a whole new perspective on farm life and the importance of passing on agriculture to the next generation.

Amber Walker’s Favorites of Year 6

Amber Walker is the social media marketing coordinator for First Security Bank. She finds unique ways to share our stories on our social media channels. Amber has a love of history, nature and animals above all. Here are a few of her faves.

Scott Brady’s Favorites this Year

Amber and I work with Scott Brady in the Searcy marketing department, and we count on him to give us fresh perspectives on sports and outdoors.

Our 2,300 stories have been read over 7.8 million times since we started on April 21, 2014. We couldn’t have done it without the love and care our writers and editors have given to each of the stories. Stephanie Buckley, aka The Park Wife, does a fabulous job curating our stories from talented writers all over the state. She has been here from the beginning and still makes us look good every single day.

We appreciate our readers the most, and we hope you will continue to visit for at least six more years! We are often asked if there are any more Arkansas stories to tell. But we are just getting started telling the wonderful stories of our great state.

Please share your story ideas in the comments sections below or by messaging us on any of our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Kristi was raised in the Natural State and has lived most of her life in Searcy. She enjoys traveling, reading, drinking girly coffee, taking sewing classes at Make.Do. and volunteering for Main Street Searcy. Otherwise, she is managing OnlyInArk.com and marketing at First Security Bank.

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