Laurinda Joenks

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Madison County man marks 73 years of rodeo in Springdale

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Frank Fitch has seen a lot of rodeos -- most of them from the same seat. Continue reading...

Baptist church celebrates 160 years on Spring Creek

Subscriber only"I tell them every Sunday, 'God is great, and we still need him as much as we ever did,'" said Jimmy Tollison, pastor of Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Springdale. Continue reading...

Springdale rodeo seeks best stock for cowboys

Subscriber onlyRodeo cowboys say Scott Burruss supplies some of the best bulls in rodeo. Burruss credits God with providing them to him. Continue reading...

Harrison to Springdale

Wagon train makes 40th trip to Rodeo of the Ozarks

Subscriber onlyThe members of the John Henry Shaddox Memorial Wagon Train -- nearly 100 people riding in eight wagons and on horseback -- made it across the Ozarks for the 40th time. The wagons and riders left Friday morning from Harrison and arrived Wednesday in Springdale, in time to join the 73rd annual Rodeo of the Ozarks Parade. Continue reading...

Cue the chorus

FrogWatch members listen for frog calls

Subscriber onlyThe frogs had been calling all evening, but at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, about sundown, the chorus came on full throat. Continue reading...

Go West!

Events planned to build western spirit for rodeo

Subscriber onlyMy grand entry to the Rodeo of the Ozarks came exactly 30 years ago this summer. I was an intern reporter at what was then The Springdale News in the blue brick building on Emma Avenue -- which originally housed the Jones Truck Lines terminal and now holds office space for Tyson Foods. Continue reading...

Battle ready

Workshop brings technology experts to clearing in park

Subscriber onlyGrid by grid. Line by line. Experts in geophysical remote sensing criss-crossed nearly every meter, every centimeter, of the Leetown hamlet and adjacent cemetery site at Pea Ridge National Military Park. Roughly 30 archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and researchers from around the state, nation and world came to the park for a workshop in the latest technology, presented May 15-19 by the Midwest Archeological Center of the National Park Service in Lincoln, Neb. Continue reading...

'Loving God. Loving people'

Friendship Baptist Church celebrates 170 years

Subscriber onlyOn May 29, 1847, nine people gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Meeks, in the Friendship community, three miles south of Springdale. The Friendship United Baptist Church of Christ was formed. Continue reading...

Marshallese community celebrates independence

Subscriber onlyThe community of Springdale that calls the Marshall Islands as their homeland will celebrate the Constitution Day of that country in the South Pacific this weekend. Continue reading...

'Be All That You Can Be'

Guard finds faith in GTMO prison camp

Subscriber onlyTerry Holdbrooks Jr. grew up in a home of substance abuse and neglect. And his story of his conversion to Islam is set in what he referred to as "one of the worst places humanity has to offer." Continue reading...

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