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For an Allegheny uplander, central Arkansas requires an adjustment. Here at home, the woods are always above you — on the ridges and hills, and farmers till the valleys. But think the reverse on the Arkansas prairies. There, forest grows down low, in stream channels and floodplains too wet to farm. Roughly speaking, if a stream channel is broad enough to get lost in, it’s called a bayou, a French word for swampland.

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Colonial 3's Preston Frost was one out away from a complete-game victory, but even though the Brownsville Area High School senior had to leave the game due to pitch-count restrictions, he did more than enough in his team's 5-1 victory over Smithfield-Fairchance on Tuesday in the first round of the Fayette County American Legion Baseball playoffs at Smithfield Ball Field.