Walmart's annual party canceled amid virus crisis Walmart Inc. has canceled its annual employee celebration week and will hold its formal shareholders meeting online, on June 3, the company said Friday. by Serenah McKay, Nathan Owens 40 mins. ago
Schools closed, but facility projects proceed in Northwest Arkansas The covid-19 outbreak hasn't slowed construction and maintenance projects in local school districts. by Dave Perozek 7 hrs. ago
Arkansas' toll climbs to 14 Two more Arkansans died of the coronavirus on Friday as Gov. Asa Hutchinson responded to comments from the federal government's top infectious-disease expert a day earlier suggesting that all states should have stay-at-home orders in place. by Andy Davis 36 mins. ago
No people, no money prompts review of vendor agreements at XNA Airport officials are looking for ways, including negotiating temporary contract amendments, to help vendors and operators survive the financial hit they're taking from the covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. by Ron Wood 42 mins. ago
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Defiant church faces order to halt services A Jonesboro congregation that continued to meet, despite a global pandemic, will be ordered to suspend large group gatherings, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday evening. by Frank E. Lockwood
Efforts afoot to continue Jerusalem Holy Fire rite Israel is working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals -- the Holy Fire ceremony -- is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday. by JOSEF FEDERMAN The Associated Press
Jesus, take the wheel Father Alejandro Puello steps out a side door of the small church and slips a purple stole over his head, colorful and sharp against a simple white vestment. He takes a seat in a folding chair 10 feet from a line of cars idling in single file. The 36-year-old padre gazes kindly at the first in line as the window rolls down. by STORY AND PHOTOS DWAIN HEBDA SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
Leaders get creative with religious meals Over the next several weeks, Americans will conduct virtual Seders, cook Easter brunch for just one or two and break their Ramadan fasts while isolating at home. by PRIYA KRISHNA THE NEW YORK TIMES
Latter-day Saints rush to bring missionaries home to U.S. When Britain Bashore landed back in Utah last week after nearly two years volunteering as a missionary in the Philippines, the 19-year-old was greeted with little of the public fanfare that at any other time would have marked the occasion. by SIOBHÁN O'GRADY THE WASHINGTON POST
Pandemic a legal quandary about Lent, confession Every now and then, while a priest is traveling or out running errands, a stranger will approach and ask: "Father, will you hear my confession?" by Terry Mattingly
Calendar Community Easter Sunrise Service, set for April 12 at First Security Amphitheater, 400 President Clinton Ave., has been canceled.
Church notes: Eureka Springs Methodists reach out First United Methodist Church in Eureka Springs, 195 Huntsville Road, has organized a group calling itself "Answering The Call" to help those who are 65 or older; have severe underlying health conditions; have been medically quarantined; and live in the western district of Carroll County, west of the Kings River.