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Silver Dollar City Boasts Historic Steam Locomotives, Romantic Ride on the Rails

Subscriber onlyChug-a, chug-a, chug-a, chug. Continue reading...

Springdale's Ruiz Helps Kids Like Him Get To College

Subscriber only"Don't be afraid to dream. You can't outgrow yourself or outlearn yourself. Success is determined individually, person by person. There's no harm in dreaming. There's no harm in trying." Continue reading...

Standing Proud

Pea Ridge Park Displays Bullet, Coat With Bullet Hole

Subscriber only"Only think of Artillery charging Infantry!" reads an interpretive panel at Pea Ridge National Military Park, quoting a March 12, 1862, letter from J.R. Green of the 2nd Ohio Light Artillery to his father from a camp near Sugar Creek. "We drove them upwards one half mile when they made a stand in a piece of woods and opened a tremendous fire upon our battery and the gallant 2d (2nd Missouri Infantry). Continue reading...

Commentary: Airport Screening Reveals Discomfort

Subscriber onlyI loaded all my stuff in bins, emptied my pockets, took off my shoes, put my feet on the yellow marks on the floor, raised my arms above my head and stood for a screening by the Advanced Imaging Technology Machine. Continue reading...

Springdale Rodeo Details Take Long Hours

Subscriber onlyBy Monday afternoon, only three horse trailers were left in the little village that sprang up behind Springdale's Parsons Stadium. Continue reading...

Border Collies Corral Sheep In Springdale Rodeo Mutton Bustin' Event

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Frizz darted left then right, running in a black-and-white border collie blur. Continue reading...

Commentary: U.S. Law Details Proper Ways To Display Flag

Subscriber onlyTake a late-night (or very early morning) ride around Springdale. Not many cars, but plenty of neon-bright signs. Unfortunately, some important places remain dark. Continue reading...

Long Trail: Springdale's Rodeo Creates Memories

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- "I think we're ready," David Dodd said Monday. Continue reading...

Rodeo Of The Ozarks Board Works To Renew Event For Future

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Cowboys from various ranches, in days gone by, gathered to show their skills in what was the inception of the American sport known as "rodeo." Continue reading...

Today's Primitive Baptists Follow in Footsteps of Early Settlers

Today’s Primitive Baptists Follow in Footsteps of Early Settlers

Subscriber only"Our hope and peace rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary," said Carl Staten, elder of Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church. "He did not make salvation a possibility or probability, but a reality and sure to all for who it is ordained. ... Our Lord said it best, 'It is finished!'" Continue reading...

In On The Act

Rodeo’s youngest buckaroos cowboy up

Subscriber onlyBawling bulls, nickering horses and even bleats from sheep join rodeo announcer Boyd Polhamus in the cacophony of sounds at the Rodeo of the Ozarks each year. This year, other livestock join the chorus. Continue reading...

Speaker remembers Butterfield Overland Mail Route

Subscriber onlyFirst the Osage Indians used the trail for hunting game. The trail evolved over time, and the military marched it and fought for it during the Civil War. Later, the telegraph wires followed the road. In the early 1880s, the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway laid its rail from Monet, Mo., to Fort Smith along a very similar route. And today's Interstate 49 follows the path. Continue reading...

Arkansas Methodists Gather in Rogers for Annual Meeting

Subscriber onlyOnce a year, representatives of all Methodist churches in Arkansas gather to do the business of the church. This year, the Arkansas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church meets in Rogers. All United Methodist Congregations in Benton County act as hosts, helping with things like parking, shuttle buses, ushering, greeting and praying over delegates. Continue reading...

Open To Interpretation

Public invited to consider Pea Ridge Park’s future

Subscriber onlyFifty-eight years after the park was formed, the staff at Pea Ridge National Military Park finds plenty to do. One hundred fifty-two years after the Battle of Pea Ridge, there's still plenty for them to find, too. Continue reading...

Ropin', Ridin', Rememberin'

Fort Smith Museum lassos history of River Valley rodeo

Subscriber onlyAs Springdale gears up for the 70th Rodeo of the Ozarks, the Fort Smith Museum of History pays tribute to the 80-year-old Old Fort Days Rodeo with an exhibit titled "Ready to Rodeo." Continue reading...

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