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Sculpture from Spain commissioned for Siloam Springs church

Subscriber onlyMembers of St. Mary Catholic Church in Siloam Springs might feel just a little bit closer to their Christ this week. The church unveils three sculptures that will be dear to the hearts of members. Continue reading...

Don't go to the light!

Northwest Arkansas to experience 90 percent of eclipse

Subscriber onlyOne of the greatest phenomena in the universe, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many people, occurs Aug. 21. A full solar eclipse will track through the middle of the United States, just a few hours north in Missouri. Continue reading...

Breakfast club

Presbyterian men celebrate 900th meeting

Subscriber onlyDee McCarthy hovered around the table like a ghost. She surreptitiously took the breakfast orders and replaced coffee pots as nearly 20 men gathered at the Village Inn in Fayetteville. Continue reading...

Cash crop

Childhood house in white recalls man in black

Subscriber onlyHouse No. 266 on Road 3 in Dyess, a small white frame house with green shutters, stands by itself, surrounded by crop-filled fields, seemingly far from everywhere. But this humble home helped shape the life and music of an American legend. Continue reading...

VIDEO: Just float

Snorkeling reveals underwater world of Beaver Lake

Subscriber only"There's no swimming required. You can just float." Continue reading...

Remember the removal

VIDEO: Cherokee bike riders stop locally, following footsteps of ancestors

Subscriber onlyOn Dec. 23, 1837, a group of 356 Cherokee Indians stopped in a field that now is part of Pea Ridge National Military Park. They had traveled the Trail of Tears from Georgia, headed for their new lands in Indian Territory. Continue reading...

Checking out, checking up

Schools’ mobile libraries more than just books

Subscriber onlyBreetany Garcia came running out of her ground floor Springdale apartment, her black hair flowing behind her, her snaggle-tooth smile beaming from across a grassy lawn. Continue reading...

Fayetteville resident records town's history

Subscriber onlyOn a late afternoon in 1819, a herd of buffalo grazed on thickets of grass sweeping across a broad, open expanse of prairie, hemmed in by mountains on the south side of what is now Fayetteville," writes Charles Y. Alison in this year's A Brief History of Fayetteville, Arkansas (The History Press). Continue reading...

Madison County man marks 73 years of rodeo in Springdale

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Frank Fitch has seen a lot of rodeos -- most of them from the same seat. Continue reading...

Baptist church celebrates 160 years on Spring Creek

Subscriber only"I tell them every Sunday, 'God is great, and we still need him as much as we ever did,'" said Jimmy Tollison, pastor of Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Springdale. Continue reading...

Springdale rodeo seeks best stock for cowboys

Subscriber onlyRodeo cowboys say Scott Burruss supplies some of the best bulls in rodeo. Burruss credits God with providing them to him. Continue reading...

Harrison to Springdale

Wagon train makes 40th trip to Rodeo of the Ozarks

Subscriber onlyThe members of the John Henry Shaddox Memorial Wagon Train -- nearly 100 people riding in eight wagons and on horseback -- made it across the Ozarks for the 40th time. The wagons and riders left Friday morning from Harrison and arrived Wednesday in Springdale, in time to join the 73rd annual Rodeo of the Ozarks Parade. Continue reading...

Cue the chorus

FrogWatch members listen for frog calls

Subscriber onlyThe frogs had been calling all evening, but at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, about sundown, the chorus came on full throat. Continue reading...

Go West!

Events planned to build western spirit for rodeo

Subscriber onlyMy grand entry to the Rodeo of the Ozarks came exactly 30 years ago this summer. I was an intern reporter at what was then The Springdale News in the blue brick building on Emma Avenue -- which originally housed the Jones Truck Lines terminal and now holds office space for Tyson Foods. Continue reading...

Battle ready

Workshop brings technology experts to clearing in park

Subscriber onlyGrid by grid. Line by line. Experts in geophysical remote sensing criss-crossed nearly every meter, every centimeter, of the Leetown hamlet and adjacent cemetery site at Pea Ridge National Military Park. Roughly 30 archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and researchers from around the state, nation and world came to the park for a workshop in the latest technology, presented May 15-19 by the Midwest Archeological Center of the National Park Service in Lincoln, Neb. Continue reading...

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