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Laurinda Joenks

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In Case of Emergency

Area Mormons Help Community Prepare for Disaster

Subscriber onlyThe world today boils with turmoil. Add to that, Mother Nature's forces, and it might be a recipe for disaster. Continue reading...

S'mae? Rogers Episcopalians Study Welsh Language to Connect With Family History

Subscriber onlyWales boasts more than 600 castles. The country is the (literal) birthplace of England's Tudor dynasty. King Arthur, his knights and magician Merlin romped through the lush landscape. Even the word "Britain" is a Welsh term. Continue reading...

Commentary: Cherokee Group Traveled Through Fayetteville

Subscriber onlyCapt. John Benge, a Cherokee court judge, led a group of 1,200 Cherokees from Wills Valley, Ala. (near present-day Fort Payne) to their new home in Indian Territory -- the area now part of Oklahoma. They started Sept. 28, 1838. Continue reading...

Working With The Railroad

Local Officials Offer Tips for Car-Train Safety

Subscriber onlySee tracks? Think train! Continue reading...

Commentary: Trail Of Tears History Marches On

Subscriber onlyThe National Parks Service dubbed the Trail of Tears the "Journey of Injustice." From 1837 to 1839, the U.S. military forcibly removed from their homes -- sometimes a gunpoint -- Cherokee Indians from their home lands in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Continue reading...

Art Show Every Day

Grace Point Church Opens Art Gallery

Subscriber onlyIn the beginning, there was art. Continue reading...

Commentary: Marshallese Students Cross Cultures To Learn, Help

Subscriber onlyA.J. Attan sat at a picnic table under the shade of a tree Tuesday at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. Continue reading...

All Aboard

Silver Dollar City Boasts Historic Steam Locomotives, Romantic Ride on the Rails

Subscriber onlyChug-a, chug-a, chug-a, chug. Continue reading...

Springdale's Ruiz Helps Kids Like Him Get To College

Subscriber only"Don't be afraid to dream. You can't outgrow yourself or outlearn yourself. Success is determined individually, person by person. There's no harm in dreaming. There's no harm in trying." Continue reading...

Standing Proud

Pea Ridge Park Displays Bullet, Coat With Bullet Hole

Subscriber only"Only think of Artillery charging Infantry!" reads an interpretive panel at Pea Ridge National Military Park, quoting a March 12, 1862, letter from J.R. Green of the 2nd Ohio Light Artillery to his father from a camp near Sugar Creek. "We drove them upwards one half mile when they made a stand in a piece of woods and opened a tremendous fire upon our battery and the gallant 2d (2nd Missouri Infantry). Continue reading...

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