Laurinda Joenks

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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...

VIDEO: Bean bag baseball a big hit with area seniors

Subscriber onlyFreddie Aguirre of Elkins shuffled down the bench, giving each of his teammates a high five. Continue reading...

'Hackshaw Ridge': Movie highlights hero's actions, adherance to faith

Movie highlights hero’s actions, adherance to faith

Subscriber only"Help me, Lord, get one more," Army Pfc. Desmond Doss uttered the prayer again and again as the young medic saved fellow soldiers wounded and trapped at the top of the Maeda Escarpment on Okinawa, Japan. Continue reading...

Food pantries need thoughtful donations

Food pantries need thoughtful donations

Subscriber onlyDenise Hill was a stay-at-home mom with three young children. Her husband was the only one working, and sometimes the family just couldn't make ends meet. Continue reading...

Unclaimed remains laid to rest in Fayetteville church garden

Unclaimed remains laid to rest in Fayetteville church garden

Subscriber onlyThe Rev. Lowell Grisham stopped at a small grave site, bowed his head and said aloud, "John William Nash." He moved to the next grave, bowed his head and said, "Brian Boggs." Continue reading...

Arkansas veterans honored for service

Subscriber onlyJames Brun "J.B." Johnson earned the Distinguished Service Cross for actions in a battle that killed him. E. Fay Jones flew against Japanese forces near the Solomon Islands and went on to become an internationally acclaimed architect. Paul Noland served in the Battle of the Bulge and then spent his life serving his community. Continue reading...

Sonora student maps haunted sites in Arkansas

Subscriber onlyReady to be scared by an authentic haunted house? Continue reading...

Museum exhibit considers each of Bella Vista's churches

Subscriber only"It was a lonesome time for the first Catholics who moved to Bella Vista. There was no church, no priest and no parish." Continue reading...

Fayetteville woman, church work to restore peace in poor Delta town

Fayetteville woman, church work to restore peace

Subscriber only"The [1919] Elaine Massacre was by far the deadliest racial confrontation in Arkansas history and possibly the bloodiest racial conflict in the history of the United States," reads the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Yet few people know the story, said Pat Kienzle of Fayetteville. Continue reading...

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