Laurinda Joenks

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Marshallese community celebrates independence

The 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.

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'Be All That You Can Be'

Guard finds faith in GTMO prison camp

Terry 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."

Park Day highlights landscape preservation efforts

In 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.

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Leetown underground

Archeological research planned for Pea Ridge park site

"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.

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Mary Baker Eddy

Search for healing builds enduring church

She 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.

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Considering the Bible

Medieval versions used for oaths, gifts

Frans Van Liere opened with an Anglo-Saxon riddle from the 10th century:

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C. Jimmie Carter flies high in early poultry industry

Rogers 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.

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'It's a Wonderful World'

Springdale Rotary Club honors Harps for contributions

Gerald 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.

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100 years of yum!

Girl Scouts celebrate centennial of cookie sales

Thin Mints have always been the favorite.

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Meet a Muslim

UA student association shares information about faith

Sixty 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.

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