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Laurinda Joenks

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Hidden History: Pea Ridge site sees more than just three days of battle

Pea Ridge site sees more than just battle remnants

Subscriber onlyOff the beaten path of the park tour road, beyond the preserved battlefields, behind the brush and brambles of a summer woodland, Pea Ridge National Military Park conceals many features unseen by most guests. Those secrets tell a story not only of the battle but of life in the Ozarks before and after those fateful March days in 1862, when Federal forces during the Civil War won control of Missouri for the Union. Continue reading...

Local ministries taken for granted

Subscriber onlyAlthough not quite as formal, ushers in Northwest Arkansas churches play an important role in weekly worship services. Continue reading...

15-year-olds travel to Texas with hopes for the diamond

15-year-olds swing for the diamond

Subscriber only"On 3 and 2, what are we going to do? We want a ground ball so we can get him out, not walk him." Continue reading...

Happy trails!

Rodeo leaves memories in its wake

Subscriber onlyEvery summer a boom town pops up in Springdale. Cowboys, rodeo contractors and a posse of local folks park their campers, their horse trailers and their pickup trucks just south of the rodeo grounds for the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks. Continue reading...

All bull: Stock superintendent shares facts about Springdale rodeo's baddest boys

Rodeo of the Ozarks continues at Parsons Stadium

Subscriber onlyThe bulls are some of the biggest and baddest in professional rodeo. Brought to Springdale by Stace Smith Pro Rodeos, the bulls held the lead at the 71st annual Rodeo of the Ozarks -- only two cowboys made qualified eight-second rides as of the second night of rodeo action at Parsons Stadium. The rest of the cowboys met the arena dirt face to face. The final performance of the rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. today. Continue reading...

Saddle up! Cowboys, familes hitch on to Corner Post church

Cowboys, familes hitch on to Corner Post church

Subscriber onlyThe baptismal is a stock tank. The choir, a bluegrass band. The sanctuary, a shop building. Continue reading...

Rodeo counts on Kingston teen for Mutton Bustin' sheep

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- When it comes to the Rodeo of the Ozarks, Spencer Cline is sheepish. It's his job. Actually, it's his career. Continue reading...

Before our independence

Magna Carta set standard for freedom

Folks around Northwest Arkansas join the rest of the United States Saturday to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the United State's declaration of independence from England. But the rights we embrace and protect weren't the original ideas of the Founding Fathers. Rather, they were inspired by a British document that celebrates its 800th anniversary this year: The Magna Carta. Continue reading...

Appearance at Springdale rodeo puts feathers in cowboy hats

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- There's something special about Springdale, something special about the Rodeo of the Ozarks. The cowboys know it. The fans know it. The animals probably know it, too, considering they offer peak performances here. Continue reading...

Fellowship Bible Church: Springdale congregation celebrates 50 years of fellowship and Bible

Subscriber only"Our name says it all: Fellowship Bible Church," said the Rev. Brad Arnold, pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Springdale. "We're big on fellowship, and we're big on the Bible." Continue reading...

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