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Laurinda Joenks

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'Beauty' of Teenage Girls Shines During Retreat

Subscriber onlyA sleepover with a fashion show, makeup hacks and plenty of "swag" sounds like a night out with the Mean Girls. Continue reading...

Been There

Rapha Center Offers Free Counseling to Restore Women’s Lives

Subscriber onlyYou are not alone. Continue reading...

Rising from the depths

Monte Ne memories surface at Shiloh Museum

Subscriber onlyWith snow on the ground, a promise of more to come and wind chills dipping low, it might seem ironic anyone would come to the Ozarks to cool off. But that’s what many did in the early 20th century. Continue reading...

Workshop offers church musicians time for learning, refreshment, renewal

Subscriber onlyWithout music, it would be a "dry, dry world," said the Rev. Becky Purcell, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Prairie Grove. "It's there when we are driving, listening in our cars. It carries us -- and that's especially so in a worship service." Continue reading...

Still dapper and determined

Nolan Richardson coaches kids on success

Subscriber only"If it's to be, it's up to me." Continue reading...

Fan fan

To put it simply, Deborah Weddle of Fayetteville is a fan of fans -- folding fans -- antique folding fans. Continue reading...

Sign of the times

Christians enter season of reflection, reconciliation, forgiveness

God sent Jonah to Ninevah, to warn the citizens of God's anger and urge them to repent -- for God loved Ninevah. But Jonah did not want his enemies to escape God's wrath, so he hid from God. Continue reading...

Newly chartered church in Fayetteville

Emmanuel Lutheran Church offers worship Ash Wednesday and beyond

Tom Stockland witnessed the most moving event of his life Monday night. He and 117 other people gathered at Fayetteville’s Butterfield Trail Elementary School and passed a resolution to start Emmanuel Lutheran Church, associated with the North American Lutheran Church. They signed a charter and elected a governing council. At the end of the meeting, something special happened. Continue reading...

Road to recovery

Hope Cancer Resources always ready to roll

The elevator at the Highlands Oncology Group building in Rogers slides open, and a walker is set out. Next comes Rowena Smith, 82, in a bright pink top. Smith just finished her weekly session of chemotherapy, and Richard Embry is there to drive her home to Holiday Island. Continue reading...

Round and round and round

Rounders don’t stop even after the Springdale rodeo

While most folks watched the Super Bowl with friends Sunday, nearly 20 girls gave up chicken wings and cheese dip in support of their team: the Rodeo of the Ozarks Rounders. As they do every Sunday evening, the Rounders practiced for their performance at the Springdale rodeo July 1-4. The indoor arena of Isuba Valley Horse Park near Siloam Springs and the body heat from the horses provided warmth for the girls before the temperature plummeted into the 20s and snow fell outside. Continue reading...

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