Laurinda Joenks

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Tombstones talking

Taphophile enjoys time spent in cemeteries

Subscriber only"I'd rather be in a cemetery," said Abby Burnett of rural Kingston. "I talk tombstones. They are my people." Continue reading...

25 years later

Students remember rocky road home

Subscriber onlyTwenty-five years. A quarter of a century. Two and a half decades. No matter how you frame it, it deceives you by sounding like a long time. Continue reading...

Can't go wrong

Hikers share favorite locales for fall color

Subscriber only"You can't go wrong in Northwest Arkansas," said Jan Casebere of Bella Vista. A member of the Hill 'N Dale Hiking Club, Casebere joined the group's "trail boss," Bev Munstermann, last week on her front porch outside of Jane, Mo. They were sharing places where they've experienced the Ozarks' beautiful fall foliage on their hikes. Continue reading...

Operation Christmas Child

Orphan remembers own shoe box of hope

Subscriber onlyIt all started with a yo-yo and a box full of hope. Continue reading...

VIDEO: Front row seat

B-29 bomber crewmen share history from World War II

Subscriber onlyShe squeaked and squalled, bumped and lurched. But Fifi, with the pull of Betty, Rita, Mitzie and Ingrid, made it off of the ground. Not bad for a 72-year-old. Continue reading...

VIDEO: Changing the story

UA archeology class uncovers 100 years of farm life

Subscriber onlyBreanna Wilbanks laid stretched out in the dirt, her head resting in her hand. It's not the typical pose of an archaeologist, but it was working for this college student. Continue reading...

Building Bridges

Center offers safe place for children

Subscriber onlyCaitlyn Davis recalled visitation days at a Northwest Arkansas office of the Department of Human Services. Her three young cousins had been removed from the custody of their parents by DHS. The parents were allowed to visit the children only with a DHS official present to supervise. Continue reading...

Rusted But Not Old

Siloam Springs artist uses unique medium

Subscriber onlyJoel Armstrong finds inspiration for his art in stories. Continue reading...

Beyond the books

Fayetteville library dedicated to sustainability

Subscriber onlyThe sun shone bright and hot last week, so the 20 or so students in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute took shelter in the shadow of a giant solar panel on the roof of the Fayetteville Public Library. Continue reading...

VIDEO: 'Becoming Greater'

Sunday school lessons derived from movie, life of Burlsworth

Subscriber only"Cheesecake." "Lunchbox." "Walk-on." Continue reading...

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