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Springdale Advent

Church celebrates 103 years of history

Subscriber onlyIn June 1844, a freight train rolled into Springdale, population 500. Among the unloaded freight were two tents from Michigan -- a 40-foot circular tent and a small family tent. Dr. D.A. Wellman and his wife and J.W. Scoles and his wife had already arrived from Battle Creek, Mich. Continue reading...

True Islam: Muslim community works to introduce principles of faith

Muslim community works to introduce principles of faith

Subscriber onlyThe violent narrative of groups such as ISIS and the Taliban thrives on ignorance of Islam, said Qasim Rashid, a lawyer and spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Continue reading...

Local Girl Scout troop active with Marshallese members

Subscriber onlyMy mom gave me a nickle. Continue reading...

Marathon: Volunteers spend week reading aloud from Bible

Volunteers spend week reading aloud from Bible

Subscriber onlyFour children from the Cooper family of Green Forest sat in a row at a table on the Great Passion Play grounds in Eureka Springs. They were protected from the rain of April 29 by a portico of the Great Hall, and jackets kept them warm. Three protective adults, self-proclaimed "adopted grandparents," huddled over them. Continue reading...

VIDEO: Students study stream for presence of organisms

Middle school students study stream for presence of organisms

Subscriber onlyCollecting data doesn't have to be boring -- a lesson learned by citizen scientists from the EAST program at J.O. Kelly Middle School in Springdale. The sixth- and seventh-graders waded in on an early April morning, using nets, trays and more to capture mud puppies, various species of flies and a respectable number of crawfish. Continue reading...

Florida bishop speaks on God's creation

Florida bishop speaks on creation

Subscriber onlyOur God is the divine author, the master designer, the giver of life," said Bishop Kenneth Carter, who leads the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He spent last weekend in Northwest Arkansas, the featured speaker for the biannual Lewis Lecture Series at First United Methodist Church in Rogers. Continue reading...

Open for worship: New synagogue welcomes people of all faiths

New synagogue welcomes people of all faiths

Subscriber onlyRobert Lennick attached a mezuzah to the front door frame of a house in rural Lowell. Continue reading...

Conversion: Historic record supports stories in New Testament, author says

Historic record supports stories in New Testament, author says

Subscriber only"Paul of Tarsus is the second most important person in Christianity," stated the Rev. Paul Maier, a best-selling author and professor of ancient history at Western Michigan State University in Kalamazoo. "He's the co-founder of Christianity." Continue reading...

Connecting through time and place

Subscriber onlyThe staff and volunteers arrived giddy. It was the third day of a weeklong archaeological survey of Ruddick's Field at the Pea Ridge National Military Park, possible through a partnership between the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the National Parks Service. Continue reading...

Archaeologists, historians, volunteers differ on 'coolist' finds

Subscriber only"Everybody always wants to know what was the coolest piece we found," said Jamie Brandon, state archaeologist based at the University of Arkansas with the Arkansas Archeological Survey. "But archaeologists find the really cool things in patterns. Continue reading...

VIDEO: Artifacts uncovered at Pea Ridge add context to Civil War battle

Subscriber onlyKevin Eads, superintendent of Pea Ridge National Military Park, stood speechless, surrounded by hundreds of tiny red flags. Continue reading...

Changing tradition: Springdale's Rodeo of the Ozarks changes dates

Subscriber onlyA new tradition sits in the chutes for the Rodeo of the Ozarks. Continue reading...

Boone remembered as builder of Springdale

Subscriber onlyJoseph Sanford "Sandy" Boone, a man credited by many for building Springdale, died Thursday at 93. Continue reading...

Police: Suspect in Virginia bus station shooting dead; 3 others hurt

RICHMOND, Va. — A gunman shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were hurt, though it was not clear if they had been shot. Continue reading...

Jewish soldiers celebrate Passover in camp

Subscriber onlyAmong those fighting the Civil War -- for both the North and the South -- were Jews, said Cynthia Douthit, director of the Jewish-Christian Studies Center in Springdale. She spoke Monday night in a "Learn About Local History" session at the Elm Springs heritage center. Continue reading...

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