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Kickin' Up Dirt

Chutes locked and loaded for Old Fort Days

Subscriber only"The Best Show on Dirt" brags the website of Old Fort Days Rodeo. And some cowboys are destined to end up in that dirt. Continue reading...

Human trafficking affects Magdalene women

Subscriber only"I really love that the community has not given up on us," said Regina Mullins, a former prostitute addicted to marijuana and heroin, said. "So many people have the attitude that 'they got what they chose.'" Continue reading...

'Love Heals': Magdalene Fayetteville established to support sex trade victims

Magdalene Fayetteville established to help women

Subscriber onlyAbout five years ago, an Episcopalian man from another part of the state contacted the Rev. Lowell Grisham, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. The man asked Grisham to take the Holy Eucharist to his daughter, who was serving a sentence at the Northwest Community Correction Center in Fayetteville, part of the state's prison system. Continue reading...

Project underway, but no timeline set

Subscriber onlyMagdalene Fayetteville already has its first resident. Continue reading...

'May God bless and keep this church'

Walnut Grove Presbyterian closes after 187 years

Subscriber onlyThe final Amen was uttered Sunday as members and former members of Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church said goodbye. The church -- located between Farmington and Prairie Grove -- held its final service and the congregation disbanded after 187 years. Continue reading...

'The world's a good place'

Area youth recognized with ‘Good Heart’ awards

Subscriber onlyWhen Gabi Nelson entered sixth grade at Sonora Middle School in Springdale, she was not a social young lady, reported her teacher Jackie Schmidtke. She was shy and kept to herself and on bad days she sometimes threw tantrums. But those days are behind her. A seventh-grader, Gabriella "Gabi" Nelson was honored with the "Good Heart" award, one of the 2015 Youth Excellence Awards, by her school and the Fayetteville Sequoyah Kiwanis. Continue reading...

Museum of the Bible

Hobby Lobby president introduces family’s Green Collection to Northwest Arkansas

Subscriber onlyThe line stretched back to the entry doors of the Student Ministries Building at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. Nearly 1,000 church members and city residents waited in the queue to see tablets of cuneiform, the earliest-discovered form of writing. Continue reading...

Citizens Gather for National Day of Prayer

Subscriber onlyYet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. Continue reading...

Pages from the past

Family Bibles more than just God’s word

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Is Islam in Crisis? Imam: Muslim Terrorists Don't Know What Allah Has Given Them

Imam: Muslim Terrorists Don’t Know What Allah Has Given Them

Subscriber onlyNaseem Mahdi issued a salam -- a greeting -- "from God, who is the source of peace and security." Continue reading...

Emma, We Love You

Springdale served as market for Northwest Arkansas

Subscriber onlySpringdale and its Emma Avenue once were the centerpiece of commerce in Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading...

Freedom

Missionary from Jews for Jesus demonstrates seder for Christian congregation

Subscriber onlyThe 10th plague was the worst. Hail, locusts and frogs had not convinced Pharaoh to free God's chosen people from slavery in Egypt. Continue reading...

Hosanna

Jesus’ trimphal entry set in motion week’s events leading to Passion

Subscriber onlyPalm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, area clergy state simply. It celebrates Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem. Continue reading...

Forgotten history

Students learn about Arkansas internment camps

Subscriber onlyAn overlooked and even forgotten chapter of American history played out in Arkansas during World War II. The American government established two Japanese relocation centers in southeast Arkansas. Continue reading...

Lord's majesty offers room for all who seek peace

Subscriber onlyA man slipped while walking along the rim of the Grand Canyon. He grabbed a branch sticking out of the rocks. Hanging on for dear life he prayed: "God, I'm not a religious person. I try to do the right thing. I'm a good father and husband. I give to charity and live by the Golden Rule. I don't want to die. Help me!" He awaited an answer ... silence. Continue reading...

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