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Fellowship Bible Church: Springdale congregation celebrates 50 years of fellowship and Bible

Subscriber only"Our name says it all: Fellowship Bible Church," said the Rev. Brad Arnold, pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Springdale. "We're big on fellowship, and we're big on the Bible." Continue reading...

Life in the Neighborhood: Role of child living in poverty filled with hardships, emotion

Role of child living in poverty filled with hardships, emotion

Subscriber onlyMeet Francesca Fuentes. The 14-year-old lives with her mother, Felicia, and her 17-year-old brother Franco. Her father abandoned the family with $10, two bus passes and nothing else -- not even a word. Continue reading...

Muslims mark Islam's holiest month by fasting, giving

Subscriber onlyMuslims in Northwest Arkansas and around the world looked toward the skies this week -- looking for the crescent moon that signaled the start of Ramadan in their locations. Continue reading...

Popcorn theology: Neighbors share movie, talk about God

Neighbors share movie, talk about God

Subscriber onlyThe superheroes were in the house! Soon, they were squealing and running with their capes flying behind them. And the floor was littered with popcorn. Member families of The Neighborhood Church in Bentonville gathered on a recent dark and stormy Friday night to watch the movie "The Incredibles" (2004, Disney Pixar) as part of the church's regular Popcorn Theology series. Continue reading...

Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium cared for 70,000 patients in 63-year history

Tuberculosis sanatorium changed 70,000 lives

Subscriber onlyHarlan Lounday thought he was seeing ghosts. Patients were sitting under the trees on the lawn of the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Booneville. Continue reading...

Son's Chapel: Iconic chapel owes long history to pioneering group of women

Iconic chapel owes long history to pioneering group of women

Subscriber only"Baby quilts for sale." Continue reading...

Monster Trucks Go Head to Head, Wheel to Wheel

Monster trucks go head to head, wheel to wheel

Subscriber only"It's just an oversized golf cart," Devin Jones affectionately describes his truck. Continue reading...

Faithful transition: Unitarian Universalists share stories of transgender individuals

Unitarian Universalists share stories of transgender individuals

Subscriber only"The Unitarian Universalists have always been on the edge of social justice," said the Rev. Jim Parrish, who will be installed May 30 as the pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Fayetteville. The Unitarian Universalists supported the fight for civil rights in the last century, with a large contingent marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C., Parrish said. Continue reading...

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...

Project underway, but no timeline set

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

'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...

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