Laurinda Joenks

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Mary Baker Eddy

Search for healing builds enduring church

Subscriber onlyShe still stirs people up,” said Chet Manchester of Mary Baker Eddy. Eddy was the founder of the Christian Science movement, and Manchester shared her history April 21 at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Fayetteville. Manchester, a Christian Science lecturer and former creative director for the Mary Eddy Baker Library in Boston, gave the program for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas. Continue reading...

Considering the Bible

Medieval versions used for oaths, gifts

Subscriber onlyFrans Van Liere opened with an Anglo-Saxon riddle from the 10th century: Continue reading...

C. Jimmie Carter flies high in early poultry industry

Subscriber onlyRogers has had many prominent and outstanding citizens in all walks of life in its history, but one of the most colorful and adventurous was C. Jimmie Carter. Carter came to Rogers in 1933 from Kansas City. According to an article in the Poultry and Eggs Weekly, Aug. 2, 1958, Carter, during his lifetime, was a farmer, bronc buster, prize fighter, wrestler, magician, radio announcer, judo instructor, timber cutter, ox team driver, night club bouncer, taxi driver, air show promoter, pilot, special policeman, public relations specialist and owner of several businesses. Continue reading...

'It's a Wonderful World'

Springdale Rotary Club honors Harps for contributions

Subscriber onlyGerald Harp has been known to say, "You can't out-give God," according to his wife Vicki. But many in Springdale might think Harp has come close. Continue reading...

100 years of yum!

Girl Scouts celebrate centennial of cookie sales

Subscriber onlyThin Mints have always been the favorite. Continue reading...

Meet a Muslim

UA student association shares information about faith

Subscriber onlySixty percent of Americans claim they've never met a Muslim, said Faizullah Asif, a freshman at the University of Arkansas, quoting a 2014 Pew Research Center study. The Muslim Student Association -- with Asif listed as its president -- set out to lower that figure Saturday with a "Meet a Muslim" barbecue at the UA's Chi Omega Greek Theater, attended by several hundred people. Continue reading...

Parents Left Behind

Seminar, support group help when a child dies

Subscriber onlyCameron was blonde. She was extremely smart, had a good memory and loved books -- her favorites were about the adventure of the pig Olivia. Continue reading...

Island History

Subscriber onlyMicronesian colonists settled in the Marshall Islands some 2,000 to 4,000 years ago, said April Brown, a history professor at Northwest Arkansas Community College and president of the Marshallese Education Initiative. The group recently offered a class on Marshallese culture and language for area teachers. Continue reading...

A Light on the Hill

Fayetteville church publishes 186 years of history

Subscriber onlyA column leading to the sanctuary of First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville bears three cornerstones. Two -- dated to 1830 and 1904 -- were saved from the early Presbyterian churches that joined together to form today's church. The third marks 1968 as that founding date. Continue reading...

Jeepers peepers

Frog lover hops to help to environment

Subscriber onlyIt was just before dark on Feb. 27 when the four hunters set out. As they approached the banks of Clabber Creek in Fayetteville, they stopped, cupped their hands over their ears and listened. Traffic noise from Interstate 49 at Garland Avenue filled the air. Continue reading...

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