I just got home from a visit with an old classmate who “migrated” to Arkansas after retirement. I am so glad to say that after seeing the deterioration of the small town of Warren in Bradley County, Ark., our town of Fairfield, with all its empty buildings and trash on the side of the streets, is not so bad.
The Southern hospitality in the small mom and pop restaurants I ate at were beyond comparison, however. I jokingly say, “I ate my way through Arkansas” during my visit. The food offerings were out of this world.
Bradley County is located in the southeastern part of Arkansas. Warren is the county seat of Bradley with a very well-groomed, historic brick courthouse in the middle of town; a typical Southern courthouse.
The downtown area, not so groomed. There are old two-story brick buildings that have been sadly neglected by the owners, causing a hazard to pedestrians who walk by them. The sidewalks are buckled and torn apart. It is sad to see what will never be again: historical architecture.
I am so delighted to walk down our downtown area of our county seat and see restoration and appreciation of the historic buildings being maintained. I recommend anyone to visit these old, small Southern towns and come home to appreciate what our city is doing.
Oh, I also would like to put in a word of appreciation for the work of our city and county law enforcement. One would have to laugh at the “old boy” attitude of Bradley County in getting things done. Ok, I feel better now. I praised our city. Now, back to the norm.