Laurinda Joenks

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Longtime newspaper photographer remembered by community

Subscriber onlyAs a youngster, Bob Bickford didn't understand his father. Continue reading...

Mid-Century

Local architect’s work recognized on National Register

Subscriber onlyAfter years of working on big projects in New York, Fayetteville architect Ernie Jacks is earning recognition right here in Northwest Arkansas Continue reading...

Genesis members serve those serving others

Genesis members serve those serving others

Subscriber only"Merry Christmas from Genesis Church," said Susan Socia, to the guard manning the front door Dec. 24 at the Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center in Fayetteville. Socia came to the jail to deliver a tray of holiday goodies to the guards and others working on Christmas Eve. Continue reading...

Hanukkah celebrates religious freedom

Subscriber onlyThe Jewish festival of Hanukkah begins at sundown today, Dec. 24, also marked as Christmas Eve by Christians. Continue reading...

Other faiths build traditions around Christian holidays

Other faiths build traditions outside Christian holidays

Subscriber onlyChristians around the world will bow for communion and sing "Silent Night" in churches lit only by the candles held by worshippers. They will celebrate the birth of Jesus, who became their savior, with the retelling of the story from the Gospels of the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and humbly lying in a manger. Continue reading...

Red kettle volunteer plays the banjo, not bells

Carols take on bluegrass twang as musician seeks to drum up donations for charity

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- The temperature hovered in the low 40s, and the sky was gray and dreary. But the cheerful notes of "Jingle Bells" -- bluegrass-style -- pealed out, and busy holiday shoppers entered the Springdale store wearing smiles. Continue reading...

Bluegrass musician picks and peals for Salvation Army

Bluegrass musician picks and peals for Salvation Army

Subscriber onlyThe temperature in Springdale hovers in the low 40s, and the sky is gray and dreary. But the cheerful notes of "Jingle Bells" -- bluegrass-style -- peal out, and busy holiday shoppers enter the store with smiles. Continue reading...

Bella Vista church displays unique collections

Bella Vista church displays unique collections

Subscriber onlyForest Hills Church in Bella Vista offers the community a special gift. "One Bethlehem Night," a free event, is highlighted by the display of about 300 Nativity scenes next weekend. Continue reading...

In the eyes of a child

Springdale church highlights Advent traditions

Subscriber onlyWith a simple but beautiful understanding of the importance of the Christ child, 8-year-old Sallie Morris walked down the aisle, carrying the figure high above her head — “Simba-style,” as she had seen in the movie The Lion King. Continue reading...

Fayetteville police offer tips for safe shopping during holiday season

Fayetteville police offer tips for holiday season

Subscriber onlyIt's official. The Christmas shopping frenzy begins tonight as local stores open for what has been dubbed "Black Friday." Continue reading...

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