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Does bigger always mean better?

Does big always mean better?

Subscriber onlyI'm inviting Northwest Arkansas readers into a thought experiment. Most of us know our region is changing. It's changing because it's growing and diversifying. If you live in our region, you experience both the joys and challenges of such growth. On the one hand, we have access to more community resources than ever before, and we enjoy a lot of economic and cultural vitality that attends such growth. On the other hand, commutes are longer, and we are all affected by the growing pains of development. Continue reading...

Favorite verses of community philanthropist shared

Favorite verses of community philanthropist shared

Subscriber only"Pat Walker loved God and was a child of God who loved the community," said Rick Grace, pastor of SpringCreek Fellowship in Springdale. Walker was a longtime member of SpringCreek, previously First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Springdale. Continue reading...

Mount Zion Free Will Baptist celebrates anniversary

Mount Zion Free Will Baptist turning 150

Subscriber only"It's home," said Willie Ann Puryear of Mount Zion Free Will Baptist Church near Hindsville. "It's folks we know." Continue reading...

Girl Scout brings traditions of Marshall Islands to Shiloh Museum

Subscriber onlyIt's official. The culture of the Marshall Islanders who have moved to Springdale is now a recorded part of the city's history, thanks to a 14-year-old Girl Scout. Continue reading...

'Let Us Pray'

Museum exhibit highlights Rogers’ earliest churches

Subscriber only"As pioneer settlers moved into Northwest Arkansas in the 1830s and 1840s, they brought with them their religious beliefs" reads a sign that begins the exhibit "Let Us Pray" at the Rogers Historical Museum. Continue reading...

Sacred work: Celebrate spiritual aspects of life everyday

Celebrate spiritual aspects of job every day

Subscriber onlyLabor Day is coming in a week, and I wanted to take this opportunity to explore the concept of "sacred work." Labor Day was originally created to celebrate the labor movement, as well as to honor the accomplishments and contributions made to our country by workers in the labor unions. More recently, Labor Day -- like so many holidays -- has been commercialized with Labor Day sales, barbeques and beer. Somehow, the notion of work and its contribution to society has been lost. Continue reading...

Army chaplain turns journal entries into book of devotions

Army chaplain’s journal becomes book of devotions

Subscriber onlyThe United States Military is engaged in a great and noble task in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sadly, as of yet, it has not progressed as many had hoped it would. The best intentions have resulted in many deaths and not the progress or restoration of justice that was expected. Continue reading...

On the list: Berryville town square named to historic register

Subscriber onlyBruce Plumlee remembers time he spent on the Berryville square as a teenager. Fifteen or 20 teens would hang out there most of the night -- until 4 or 5 a.m., he recalled. Continue reading...

Cheese monger

Local cheese maker shares characterisitics of cheese

Subscriber onlyJessica Keahey really likes cheese. Continue reading...

Mom toes the line

Mom gets an unlucky break

Subscriber onlyOn the last day of our summer vacation, we went to a water park in Kansas City. When we arrived, we dropped our beach towels on lounge chairs and took off for one of the smaller slides, so we could "warm up" before we tackled the big scary ones. The first slide was a brisk but gentle ride on an inner tube through a series of twists and turns. Continue reading...

American dream: Springdale tailor hangs up needle

Subscriber onlyOne day, Javier Yanez went to the dry cleaners. While waiting, he saw a customer throw a pair of pants at a clerk. Continue reading...

University offers fall class in Jewish languages

University offers fall class in Jewish languages

Subscriber onlyHasta la vista! A Spanish term for goodbye, literally translated as "until the next sighting." Continue reading...

Service planned to memorialize couple's ministry

Subscriber onlyJ.W. Depew and his wife, Ethel, donated family inheritance and land to build a new church in the 1980s in Greenland. Today, membership of that congregation -- which has evolved into Grace Evangel Chapel -- will celebrate the couple's life of ministry. Ethel (Fulbright) Depew died in 2013 at age 85. J.W. died in February at 96. Sunday would have been their 70th wedding anniversary. Continue reading...

Happy birthday!

Eureka Springs celebrates with ‘stroll’ past historic homes

Subscriber onlyDr. Alvah Jackson discovered the "healing" springs in 1856, but history records Eureka Springs as formally founded on July 4, 1879, when Levi Best Saunders built the first house. Continue reading...

Cowboy tough: Head injuries 'part of it,' cowboys say

Subscriber onlySpeckled Buck was not kind to Markus Mariluch on Wednesday night. The 2-ton bull sent the Daingerfield, Texas, cowboy flying. Mariluch hit his head, sat upright but unconscious for about 3 seconds and fell to the floor of Parsons Stadium in Springdale. Continue reading...

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