Gigantic Louisiana sea monster unearthed along Ouachita River

The bones of a gigantic sea monster that lived millions of years ago and that is nearly 100 feet in length and must have weighed 5 to 10 tons has been found along the Ouachita River on a farm about 50 miles south of here, several hundred miles from any ocean. What is it? How did it get here? And, are there more of them?

Judge Henry Bry, wealthy plantation owner and one of the founders of the Monroe settlement, who moved to the Ouachita River Valley soon after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, rescued these bones from a local farmer, last spring.

Hillbilly singer Jimmie Rodgers seeks success in the ‘bigtime’

All of Bristol has been excited for more than a week now, about our visit from a “bigtime” talent scout from New York City.Ralph Peer, a talent scout for the Victor Talking Machine Company (later RCA), the world’s largest phonograph record producer, has been advertising every day about his search for singers here.

Peer says Bristol is just his first stop. When he leaves here, he will hold singing auditions all over the South, looking for what he describes as “hillbilly” singers. Those are the singers the Victor company wants. Hillbillies are people from this country’s hills and plains who write and sing songs about the rural American experience. Just plain country folk who can really feel their music.

Oldest tree in the South finally protected after 3,500 years

It was a 100-year-old tree and growing strong when Moses was born. It was a 1,000-year-old tree and standing tall when Socrates taught the Greeks and Buddha enlightened Asia. It was 1,500 years old when Christ walked among us in Galilee and Judea. When the Roman Empire fell into oblivion, this mighty tree was 2,000 years old. When Columbus sailed the “ocean blue, in 14 hundred 92″ it had survived 3,000 years.

For some 3,500 years, this majestic bald cypress with a penchant for staying alive has withstood the ravages of man, wars, hurricanes, insects, fires and all that nature hurled against it.

It has defeated time on a small plot of land surrounded by swamp in the central area of a peninsula in North America we now call Florida, just outside our small village of Longwood. It is the oldest living thing in the southern United States.

First all black town in Mississippi founded as Mound Bayou

Two former slaves, Isaiah Montgomery, 40, and his cousin, Benjamin Green, 33, have finally realized a dream they have had since childhood – to establish Mississippi’s first all black town complete with social, economic and political freedom.

Yesterday morning, part of their childhood dreams as young slaves became a reality. They founded their all black community of Mound Bayou, some 10 miles north of here.

Both Montgomery and Green fervently believe true black freedom can be realized only in a segregated, all-black environment. The men contend that only under such racially supportive conditions can former slaves realize opportunities for individual advancement living alongside the white Southern society.

Welsh explorer Prince Madoc beat Columbus to new world by 322 years

Welsh explorer Prince Madoc from Wales arrived in what is now Mobile Bay some 322 years before Christopher Columbus discovered the “New World” in 1492.

Historians have argued about the validity of this “Madoc story” for centuries.

The pro-Madoc historians say their research shows Madoc was one of 17 brothers who were in constant battles with each other over who should take the place of their father as King of Wales when he died. The king died in 1169. The fights began.