Thinning the herd to 24 begins on Idol tonight

American Idol finally gets serious at 7 p.m. today on Fox with Round 4 of Hollywood Week. Continue reading...

Singer Mavis Staples to christen new auditorium

Singer Mavis Staples is 76 years old, but still remembers vividly the first time she ever performed with her family in public. Continue reading...

Friends need to discuss recent post-wedding estrangement

DEAR CAROLYN: Friend recently got married and seems totally uninterested in spending time with friends, what's going on in our lives, etc. (We are a mid-30s mix of married/single/otherwise coupled, kids/no kids.) Friend- will give reasons she is busy before we've even suggested something, or, when we finally do something, comment how it has "been forever" despite our invitations on an almost weekly basis. It started pre-wedding but we chalked it up to the time it takes to wedding-plan. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: Well, it seems some of you don't flip-flop on wearing flip-flops in the shower while at home. Some had safety concerns generated from their experiences. Good point, if you have a medical condition that makes you unstable and might cause dizziness. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Personal aims and professional goals bring out your tenacity. However, you will be open-minded about love, letting Cupid lead with his whimsy, unwilling to force anything. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Does the Bible say how we're supposed to pray -- for example, on our knees, or with our heads bowed? I don't want to offend God by praying in the wrong way. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Science

1. What figure resembles an egg or an ellipse in shape? Continue reading...

Uruguay: History, beaches make South American country worth visit

History, beaches, more make South American country worth visit

Subscriber onlyBetween Argentina and Brazil lies a country not much bigger than Arkansas in both population and geographical area. Not surprisingly, Uruguay attracts far fewer North American visitors than its much larger neighbors. But its interesting history, beautiful beaches, fine cuisine and stable government make it well worth a visit. Continue reading...

Remembering Rogers: Four depots serve bustling railroad town

Subscriber onlyThe first train arrived in the area that became Rogers on May 10, 1881. At that time, there was no Rogers, but only local communities such as Escalapia Hollow, Silver Springs (Monte Ne), War Eagle and Cross Hollows. Just 18 days later, the new town of Rogers was incorporated on May 28, 1881. Almost immediately, a depot was built at the location today of Fire Station No.1 at the corner of First and Chestnut streets. This first depot accommodated both passengers and freight. Continue reading...

Column: Education, living in material world

Education, living in material world

Subscriber onlyIn case you haven't heard, this January the Bentonville school board approved moving forward with putting advertisements on the back of buses. In a policy move championed by school superintendent Michael Poore to create a new revenue stream to help pay for transportation costs, Poore thinks the ads could generate up to $250,000 per year. While not official yet, the board voted to move ahead with the bidding process before committing to the ads. As one observer was quoted after the meeting, "Any way you can supplement schools for a lack of funds is a great idea, and it's not hurting anyone -- I mean it's a great way for local businesses to get the word out there ..." Continue reading...

Commentary: Cold forecast for superintendent's program to fight hunger

Subscriber onlyWe like to think hunger is not much of a problem in Northwest Arkansas. But it is. Continue reading...

Commentary: New test identifies challenges

Subscriber onlyI am constantly reminded of how important partnerships are in the day-to-day operation of the Springdale school system. Continue reading...

Commentary: Focused plan for the future

400 involved in settting district direction for next five years

Subscriber onlyBefore I became superintendent of Fayetteville Public Schools, I taught educational leadership at the University of Arkansas. In my leadership seminar, my students read several books on leadership, discussed commonalities then developed their own paradigm of what they believed leadership to be. One factor that came through universally was "focus." Large organizations can easily fall into a trap in which they lose focus about what it is they are trying to do. Jim Collins calls this a "hedgehog" in which you choose one thing and attempt to be the best in the world. Continue reading...

Wine Opener returns, benefiting cystic fibrosis research

Subscriber onlyThe ninth annual Northwest Wine Opener to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Arkansas Chapter, is set for Feb. 26 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. The evening will include wine tastings, samplings from area restaurants and caterers, a VIP reserve tasting option, wine and spirit pull and dancing afterwards with DJ Derrick. Continue reading...

The Rockwood Files: Tummy Time

The struggle is real

Subscriber onlyWhen you bring a baby home from the hospital, all the baby books say you should do something called "tummy time." It means you should let the baby spend a little time on his tummy when he's awake. Tummy time helps the baby strengthen the muscles in his neck, shoulders and upper body -- muscles he'll use to sit up on his own one day. There's only one problem with tummy time: Babies hate it. Continue reading...

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