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bill compton

United States

#1 Oct 22, 2012
Not too far from being a ghost town.
buck hunter

Ennis, TX

#2 Jan 31, 2013
salem ant dead it just needs a dam wal-mart and a kfc with a few other stores to come here
slumber

Mountain Home, AR

#3 Jan 31, 2013
The churches and the drug store is the hot spot if you catch them at the right time.Anybody driving around here at night is potential police revenue.
jmplsnt

Brockwell, AR

#4 Jan 31, 2013
If the chain stores come here it will have exactly the same effect as everywhere else--to kill off all the small businesses that built this town.

I haven't really had to deal with the police here but compared to the amount of "business" I see them doing I don't find them heavy-handed or trying especially hard to write tickets for the sake of writing them. I'm no huge police fan, just calling it like I see it.

If people would quit getting in their cars and driving the 20 miles to Ash Flat or 35 miles to Mountain Home and keep their business local as much as possible I think they would be pleasantly surprised to learn how much better service they recieve from the knowledgeable people running the local businesses versus being run through the Big Box Job-Killers like so many cattle through the slaughterhouse.
Gas X

Mountain Home, AR

#5 Feb 20, 2013
Go wet! Things will get better.
Dixie Guy

Mountain Home, AR

#7 Feb 20, 2013
Mountain Home thanks you for your sales tax revenue, also if I lived in the Salem area I would also go elsewhere to shop too.
surprised

Mountain Home, AR

#8 Feb 21, 2013
That is why salem is a 'ghost' town.......because of chain stores.Chain stores won't go up until their 'scouts' secure for them the concept of how much money they shall acrue if and when they open a store. I choose to shop local. Local for me is either horshoebend or franklin.I use B and B instead of Home Depot , the wife uses Fresh Mart \instead of WALL MART HOMR OF THE PLASTIC LETTUCE which you cannot wash off.Sure it prolongs shelf life but I do not want it in my body as it is cancer causing .........
Perspective

Columbia, MO

#9 Feb 22, 2013
jmplsnt wrote:
If the chain stores come here it will have exactly the same effect as everywhere else--to kill off all the small businesses that built this town.
Wrong. Twenty years ago, Ash Flat/Highland wasn't any bigger than Salem. Walmart looked into putting a store in Salem but local business owners blocked it, notably a furniture store.

Now it's 20 years later and look how much Ash Flat/Highland has grown in that time, and how much Salem has stagnated and decayed.
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#10 Feb 24, 2013
Barney lives in Salem how can this place be dying?
shopper

United States

#11 Feb 27, 2013
Perspective wrote:
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Wrong. Twenty years ago, Ash Flat/Highland wasn't any bigger than Salem. Walmart looked into putting a store in Salem but local business owners blocked it, notably a furniture store.
Now it's 20 years later and look how much Ash Flat/Highland has grown in that time, and how much Salem has stagnated and decayed.
Look at their nearby population base. In the city limits of Ash Flat you have 1,000+, Highland 1,000+, Hardy 800, Cherokee Village 4,500, and then Horseshoe Bend is another 2,000. Cherokee and Horseshoe have pensioned seniors to depend on. Are there enough Salem ara shoppers to support a small Wall-Mart? Melbourne or Calico Rock don't have one. Only 12,000 in Fulton Co. extreme west are going to Mountain Home, extreme east to Ash Flat, NE to Thayer (which doesn't have super center), extreme north central to West Plains.
Ashlet

Bexar, AR

#12 Mar 1, 2013
This town is a ghost town because the people choose this life, the mayor does nothing to bring jobs to the area or the county judge, they collect paychecks from tax payers, This town is supported by cops and the crook plumblee making charges and collecting fines a lot of it stupid stuff. Town needs a complete make-over in there officials. Pretty bad when u can go 100 miles north and fulton county has a reputation for drugs and crooked town. All stores in town don't carry what people need or the prices, smart people shop else where.
Barbie

Melbourne, AR

#13 Mar 2, 2013
Can't bring in jobs when you people buying everything made in china.
Roger

Bexar, AR

#14 Mar 2, 2013
This country sold out to Mexico,China,Korea and Japan years ago, American people sat on there ass let it happen. This town brings in Mexicans to work farms instead hiring local or high school kids. So Ms.Barbie guarantee you don't buy all American made.If we had descent county judge an mayor they would get some small factories in here. Every town around us grows, only thing we grow in is welfare receipents and drugs.
GUEST

Rogers, AR

#15 Mar 2, 2013
Roger wrote:
This country sold out to Mexico,China,Korea and Japan years ago, American people sat on there ass let it happen. This town brings in Mexicans to work farms instead hiring local or high school kids. So Ms.Barbie guarantee you don't buy all American made.If we had descent county judge an mayor they would get some small factories in here. Every town around us grows, only thing we grow in is welfare receipents and drugs.
Hahahhahahaha not HSB.
yup

United States

#16 Mar 3, 2013
Ashlet wrote:
This town is a ghost town because the people choose this life, the mayor does nothing to bring jobs to the area or the county judge, they collect paychecks from tax payers, This town is supported by cops and the crook PLUMBLEE
I don't doubt that officials in charge have had some effect in the result over the years. Why would a few decent sized bass want the old farm pond to get a higher dam and new stock of hybrid bass to compete with? You can be assured that other towns like Mt. Home, Harrison, Mt. View, Batesville have those in their population that resisted growth and change. In reality, there are many many little towns in rural areas across the united states with the same problem, and there are a few of those towns that did have a few officials that cared about the future and sought growth, and the right things happened. But, globalization has taken its toll everywhere. If you were a big business would you want to build a plant and hire T-shirt sewers or aluminum polishers for $9 an hour and all the federal regulations and obstacles, or put a plant in SE Asia or Pakistan, work them like dogs for 50 cents an hour, and they would work because they needed to eat since they weren't all zoomed out on meth all the time to not show up for work. Additionally, does Salem have other things to offer a business expanding (if there is such a thing) is there infrastructure? NO, there is not an adequate airport, no railroad, no major highway with easy access to the interstate, inadequate water and sewer systems, and no skilled or educated labor force. Not being disrepectful, its reality. There are thousands of small commmunities across that states begging for industry, they they have more to offer. Its impossible competition. Be glad there is at least the need for highway and electrical workers, you can't outsource them, yet.
BILL COMPTON

United States

#17 Mar 13, 2013
yup wrote:
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I don't doubt that officials in charge have had some effect in the result over the years. Why would a few decent sized bass want the old farm pond to get a higher dam and new stock of hybrid bass to compete with? You can be assured that other towns like Mt. Home, Harrison, Mt. View, Batesville have those in their population that resisted growth and change. In reality, there are many many little towns in rural areas across the united states with the same problem, and there are a few of those towns that did have a few officials that cared about the future and sought growth, and the right things happened. But, globalization has taken its toll everywhere. If you were a big business would you want to build a plant and hire T-shirt sewers or aluminum polishers for $9 an hour and all the federal regulations and obstacles, or put a plant in SE Asia or Pakistan, work them like dogs for 50 cents an hour, and they would work because they needed to eat since they weren't all zoomed out on meth all the time to not show up for work. Additionally, does Salem have other things to offer a business expanding (if there is such a thing) is there infrastructure? NO, there is not an adequate airport, no railroad, no major highway with easy access to the interstate, inadequate water and sewer systems, and no skilled or educated labor force. Not being disrepectful, its reality. There are thousands of small commmunities across that states begging for industry, they they have more to offer. Its impossible competition. Be glad there is at least the need for highway and electrical workers, you can't outsource them, yet.
Since I can speak for Batesville, I shall from experience, Batesville is a larger town however, as far as their "industry" goes, imagine this; you want a job at the Salem polishing plant (you can't go there and apply and get hired) you'll have to go to one of the 4 "temporary" employment agencies in town and hope to hell that plant hires u.
Gay Pride

Melbourne, AR

#18 Mar 14, 2013
So back wards can't even hold hands with my boy friend walking down main street.
post this

Farmerville, LA

#19 Jul 7, 2013
what happend to the mayor he wont let any more bizzness move here maybe its time 4 a change people of fulton co think about it
Justsaying

Little Rock, AR

#20 Jul 9, 2013
There actually is some new business around the square and a new gas, food, quick stop on 62'. Think about shopping local and supporting those that are investing in the community when you have the opportunity.
Guest

Jonesboro, AR

#21 Jul 10, 2013
We drive through Salem on our way to our lake house in Mt. Home. You want to know the real reason y'all don't have anything? Your locals are unfriendly. The stores are great. Swingles makes a terrific breakfast, if you can get over the "you don't belong here" glares. We looked at deer land in Salem before we settled in Mt. Home and we learned 2 things.'Locals don't consider it trespassing if the land belongs to an outsider' and 'anyone who hasn't lived here 5 generations is an outsider'. Why would any big business want to deal with those attitudes? Stop blaming your mayor and start looking at how you treat potential new comers when they come to check you out. Places like Mt Home and Ash Flat are welcoming so people want to build there.

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