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Cue the chorus

FrogWatch members listen for frog calls

Subscriber onlyThe frogs had been calling all evening, but at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, about sundown, the chorus came on full throat. Continue reading...

Go West!

Events planned to build western spirit for rodeo

Subscriber onlyMy grand entry to the Rodeo of the Ozarks came exactly 30 years ago this summer. I was an intern reporter at what was then The Springdale News in the blue brick building on Emma Avenue -- which originally housed the Jones Truck Lines terminal and now holds office space for Tyson Foods. Continue reading...

Battle ready

Workshop brings technology experts to clearing in park

Subscriber onlyGrid by grid. Line by line. Experts in geophysical remote sensing criss-crossed nearly every meter, every centimeter, of the Leetown hamlet and adjacent cemetery site at Pea Ridge National Military Park. Roughly 30 archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and researchers from around the state, nation and world came to the park for a workshop in the latest technology, presented May 15-19 by the Midwest Archeological Center of the National Park Service in Lincoln, Neb. Continue reading...

'Loving God. Loving people'

Friendship Baptist Church celebrates 170 years

Subscriber onlyOn May 29, 1847, nine people gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Meeks, in the Friendship community, three miles south of Springdale. The Friendship United Baptist Church of Christ was formed. Continue reading...

Marshallese community celebrates independence

Subscriber onlyThe community of Springdale that calls the Marshall Islands as their homeland will celebrate the Constitution Day of that country in the South Pacific this weekend. Continue reading...

'Be All That You Can Be'

Guard finds faith in GTMO prison camp

Subscriber onlyTerry Holdbrooks Jr. grew up in a home of substance abuse and neglect. And his story of his conversion to Islam is set in what he referred to as "one of the worst places humanity has to offer." Continue reading...

Park Day highlights landscape preservation efforts

Subscriber onlyIn 2014, the staff of Pea Ridge National Military Park completed a major cultural landscape survey, which included an environmental assessment. The report also included management plans for historic features, modern structures and the vegetation, explained Kevin Eads, park superintendent. Continue reading...

Leetown underground

Archeological research planned for Pea Ridge park site

Subscriber only"I found a ditch," said John Samuelsen, a doctoral student in archaeology at the University of Arkansas and a staff member with the Arkansas Archeological Survey. He spent his spring break walking through grid patterns with a gradiometer at Pea Ridge National Military Park. Continue reading...

Mary Baker Eddy

Search for healing builds enduring church

Subscriber onlyShe still stirs people up,” said Chet Manchester of Mary Baker Eddy. Eddy was the founder of the Christian Science movement, and Manchester shared her history April 21 at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Fayetteville. Manchester, a Christian Science lecturer and former creative director for the Mary Eddy Baker Library in Boston, gave the program for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas. Continue reading...

Considering the Bible

Medieval versions used for oaths, gifts

Subscriber onlyFrans Van Liere opened with an Anglo-Saxon riddle from the 10th century: Continue reading...

'It's a Wonderful World'

Springdale Rotary Club honors Harps for contributions

Subscriber onlyGerald Harp has been known to say, "You can't out-give God," according to his wife Vicki. But many in Springdale might think Harp has come close. Continue reading...

C. Jimmie Carter flies high in early poultry industry

Subscriber onlyRogers has had many prominent and outstanding citizens in all walks of life in its history, but one of the most colorful and adventurous was C. Jimmie Carter. Carter came to Rogers in 1933 from Kansas City. According to an article in the Poultry and Eggs Weekly, Aug. 2, 1958, Carter, during his lifetime, was a farmer, bronc buster, prize fighter, wrestler, magician, radio announcer, judo instructor, timber cutter, ox team driver, night club bouncer, taxi driver, air show promoter, pilot, special policeman, public relations specialist and owner of several businesses. Continue reading...

100 years of yum!

Girl Scouts celebrate centennial of cookie sales

Subscriber onlyThin Mints have always been the favorite. Continue reading...

Meet a Muslim

UA student association shares information about faith

Subscriber onlySixty percent of Americans claim they've never met a Muslim, said Faizullah Asif, a freshman at the University of Arkansas, quoting a 2014 Pew Research Center study. The Muslim Student Association -- with Asif listed as its president -- set out to lower that figure Saturday with a "Meet a Muslim" barbecue at the UA's Chi Omega Greek Theater, attended by several hundred people. Continue reading...

Parents Left Behind

Seminar, support group help when a child dies

Subscriber onlyCameron was blonde. She was extremely smart, had a good memory and loved books -- her favorites were about the adventure of the pig Olivia. Continue reading...