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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...

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...

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...

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...

Hope for healing

Bella Vista church helps to end human trafficking

The statistics are sobering: An estimated 7 million people are enslaved in the world today — roughly the 2010 population of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming. An estimated 1,200,000 thousand children are trafficked — a population the size of Dallas. Continue reading...

A dog's life

Literacy hounds help humans read

Gabriel Stewart leaned forward and was literally nose to nose with Banjo. "I touched his wet, black nose," the 4-year-old announced excitedly. Continue reading...

Hope at work

Local clergy return to site of Indian tsunami 10 years later

The Right Rev. Leo Michael described a typical day in the small coastal villages in southern India -- villages that were devasted by a tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004. Continue reading...

Local Woman Represents Arkansas On National Rodeo Scene

Kelsey Parmenter started her new year with an early wake up call. Continue reading...

Collectors, collected

Shiloh Museum gathers artifacts, enthusiasts for open house

Ronald Pile of Lowell held up a small piece of stone crockery. His mother-in-law, Olive Swank, handed the piece to her daughter, Helen Pile, when Helen was a young teen. "(Helen) said, 'I don't know why I would want this ugly, old thing,'" Pike related his wife's story. Continue reading...

Ah-Ha

Christ Revealed To All At Epiphany

Subscriber only... The star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Continue reading...

Commentary: Locally Produced E-Magazine Brings Old West To Contemporary Readers

Subscriber onlyCome and gather around the campfire, "where stories of the West come to be told." Continue reading...

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