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Laurinda Joenks

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All bull: Stock superintendent shares facts about Springdale rodeo's baddest boys

Rodeo of the Ozarks continues at Parsons Stadium

Subscriber onlyThe bulls are some of the biggest and baddest in professional rodeo. Brought to Springdale by Stace Smith Pro Rodeos, the bulls held the lead at the 71st annual Rodeo of the Ozarks -- only two cowboys made qualified eight-second rides as of the second night of rodeo action at Parsons Stadium. The rest of the cowboys met the arena dirt face to face. The final performance of the rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. today. Continue reading...

Saddle up! Cowboys, familes hitch on to Corner Post church

Cowboys, familes hitch on to Corner Post church

Subscriber onlyThe baptismal is a stock tank. The choir, a bluegrass band. The sanctuary, a shop building. Continue reading...

Rodeo counts on Kingston teen for Mutton Bustin' sheep

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- When it comes to the Rodeo of the Ozarks, Spencer Cline is sheepish. It's his job. Actually, it's his career. Continue reading...

Before our independence

Magna Carta set standard for freedom

Subscriber onlyFolks around Northwest Arkansas join the rest of the United States Saturday to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the United State's declaration of independence from England. But the rights we embrace and protect weren't the original ideas of the Founding Fathers. Rather, they were inspired by a British document that celebrates its 800th anniversary this year: The Magna Carta. Continue reading...

Appearance at Springdale rodeo puts feathers in cowboy hats

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- There's something special about Springdale, something special about the Rodeo of the Ozarks. The cowboys know it. The fans know it. The animals probably know it, too, considering they offer peak performances here. Continue reading...

Fellowship Bible Church: Springdale congregation celebrates 50 years of fellowship and Bible

Subscriber only"Our name says it all: Fellowship Bible Church," said the Rev. Brad Arnold, pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Springdale. "We're big on fellowship, and we're big on the Bible." Continue reading...

Life in the Neighborhood: Role of child living in poverty filled with hardships, emotion

Role of child living in poverty filled with hardships, emotion

Subscriber onlyMeet Francesca Fuentes. The 14-year-old lives with her mother, Felicia, and her 17-year-old brother Franco. Her father abandoned the family with $10, two bus passes and nothing else -- not even a word. Continue reading...

Muslims mark Islam's holiest month by fasting, giving

Subscriber onlyMuslims in Northwest Arkansas and around the world looked toward the skies this week -- looking for the crescent moon that signaled the start of Ramadan in their locations. Continue reading...

Popcorn theology: Neighbors share movie, talk about God

Neighbors share movie, talk about God

Subscriber onlyThe superheroes were in the house! Soon, they were squealing and running with their capes flying behind them. And the floor was littered with popcorn. Member families of The Neighborhood Church in Bentonville gathered on a recent dark and stormy Friday night to watch the movie "The Incredibles" (2004, Disney Pixar) as part of the church's regular Popcorn Theology series. Continue reading...

Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium cared for 70,000 patients in 63-year history

Tuberculosis sanatorium changed 70,000 lives

Subscriber onlyHarlan Lounday thought he was seeing ghosts. Patients were sitting under the trees on the lawn of the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Booneville. Continue reading...

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