Laurinda Joenks

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Back in the swing

Baseball fans share memories with ‘Hot Stove League’

Subscriber onlyThere are two seasons: Winter and baseball. Continue reading...

50 Years Of Dirt

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band circles back to NWA

Subscriber only"American Dream," "Fishin' in the Dark" and other songs by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have served as part of the soundtrack to life for many. Continue reading...

Island time

UAMS creates unique program for Pacific Islanders

Subscriber only"The Marshallese have one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the world," reads a press release from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. "[The condition] affects as many as 50 percent of Islanders living in Northwest Arkansas. The Marshallese also suffer disproportionately from Hepatitis B, tuberculosis and Hansen's disease, as well as high rates of cancer, heart disease and obesity." Continue reading...

Center's co-director displays 'insatiable passion'

Subscriber only"Dr. Riklon and I are here to plan a center," said Nia Aitaoto, co-director of the Center for Pacific Islander Health, a program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest in Fayetteville. Continue reading...

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...

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