Courtesy / Shiloh Museum of Ozark History / Mrs. Craig Tucker Collection

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is hosting its monthly Shiloh Saturday Series event this weekend. Saturday's virtual program will focus on Essie Ward, a folk artist often referred to as “Grandma Moses of the Ozarks.”

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Governor Asa Hutchinson was in Springdale Wednesday morning to meet with regional city and county officials, school administrators and business community leaders. The governor also made stops in Benton and Jonesboro this week ahead of an address to Arkansans this evening at 7 p.m. A group of unmasked protesters stood outside the Jones Center to express their opposition to state mandates.

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The J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center opens to the public Dec. 11. The grand opening Dec. 10 will be livestreamed on Facebook. The new center features exhibits, indoor classrooms, an indoor archery and airgun range, pavilions, trails and 25 acres of restored prairie.

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Some two dozen George's poultry workers staged a walkout Tuesday morning in Springdale to protest a management decision to stop staggering shifts so that workers were not packed into a hallway as they were clocking in and out. That protocol was put into place as a COVID-19 pandemic precaution. Venceremos, an Arkansas workers’ justice organization, helped facilitate the protest and was on hand to support workers.

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Two days before the Thanksgiving holiday, the superintendent of the Springdale School District announced all schools would be pivoting to remote learning until Dec. 7. Superintendent Jarred Cleveland said there were too many staff who had tested positive for COVID-19 or had to be quarantined due to possible exposure that they weren't sure there would be enough substitute teachers to fill those roles for a number of days.

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As city and county governments across Arkansas receive reimbursements from the state's allotment of CARES Act funding, Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse explains what the city will do with its nearly $2.9 million share. He says a discussion about purchasing a firing range for the police department got incorrectly mixed up with a discussion about the federal funds.

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The Walton Family Foundation's Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program has provided grants to three projects this autumn in Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. Foundation leaders say public space design is a matter of importance now and for the post-pandemic future.

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Kevin Flores made history this week in Springdale as the first person of color to get elected to the City Council. After immigrating from El Salvador in the mid-1990s as a child, Flores grew up in Springdale, went on to serve in the Marine Corps, and is now an attorney. He beat incumbent Rick Evans with 57 percent of the vote.

According to data published by the Northwest Arkansas Council, the region's diverse populations have increased from making up less than five percent of the overall population in 1990 to nearly 30 percent in 2019. In Springdale, more than half the city's population consists of non-white residents. A person of color has yet to be elected to a city government role, but this election cycle three candidates of color are running for seats on the City Council.

Courtesy / Faith Laukon

Faith Laukon's father, Adelbert, died on July 20, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. He was one of the more than 50 Marshallese community members who passed away during the height of the coronavirus outbreak in Northwest Arkansas this spring and summer. Laukon says the pandemic has left behind a devastating legacy in the tight-knit community.