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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...

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...

Local Woman Represents Arkansas On National Rodeo Scene

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

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Girls Young and Older Remember Favorite Dolls

Subscriber onlyFirst comes the stocking of little Nell. Continue reading...

Sharing the Seasons

Religious Identities Blurred Throughout History

Subscriber only"When we got married we decided our family would be Jewish," said Barbie Greer. She was raised Jewish, and her husband Bill was raised a Christian. Their children celebrate Christmas each year with his mother, but the Greer home is Jewish, with multiple Menorahs lighted in the house. Continue reading...

Religious Freedom

Eight Candles Commemorate Miracle Of Burning Oil

Subscriber onlyFor Barbie and Bill Greer, family is the most important part of Hanukkah. Continue reading...

Commentary: Springdale Students Head Out For Hands-On History

Subscriber only"We the people ..." Continue reading...

Waiting, Longing, Hoping

Advent Season Prepares Christians for Coming of Christ

Subscriber onlyOne year, the Rev. Kurt Boggan, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bentonville, received an empty jar for Christmas. The jar was decorated, but held nothing inside. Attached to the jar was a tag that told him the jar contained the peace, joy and quiet of Christmas. He unscrewed the lid of the empty bottle and heard ... silence. Quiet for contemplation among the bombarding sounds of Christmas songs, cash register bells and all manor of rushing through the secular preparations for Christmas. Continue reading...

Turkey Tidbits

Trivia of Thankgiving’s Traditional Treat Turns to Table Talk

Subscriber onlyPulling the turkey's wishbone is a Thanksgiving tradition. Two people grasp each end of the wishbone. After making a silent wish, they pull their ends. Whoever gets the joint portion gets their wish. Continue reading...

Interfaith Alliance Plans Community Thanksgiving Service

Subscriber onlyA new interfaith organization in Bentonville plans a community Thanksgiving service for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the WaterWay campus of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Bentonville. Continue reading...

Thompson Hopes This Year's Christmas Parade Float Is A Winner

Subscriber onlyA roller-skating Grinch. A burned Christmas tree. What will Will Thompson send up Emma Avenue this year? He's not telling. Continue reading...

Praying for Peace

Local Taize Services Offer Place of Refuge, Safety, Healing

Subscriber onlyI will see peace. Continue reading...

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