Antoinette Grajeda

KUAF host and contributor of "Ozarks at Large"

Antoinette Grajeda is a producer and reporter for Ozarks at Large. She began her professional career as a print journalist in 2007 and joined the KUAF staff in 2009. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Since 2007, Antoinette has participated in the NWA Gridiron Show, which raises money for scholarships. She has also volunteered with the Lemke Journalism Project since 2008. This six-week program teaches high school students about journalism and encourages them to pursue higher education.

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Early voting starts today in Springdale where residents will decide if the city can sell bonds to finance capital improvements. The special election will feature six individual ballot questions. If all pass, mayor Doug Sprouse estimates the bonds will generate around $224 million for a variety of projects including road improvements and construction of a new animal shelter.

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Developed by the Tate Modern in London, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power highlights the contribution of black artists to an important period of American art and history. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is one of only two U.S. venues to host the exhibit. The show, which features 164 works from 60 artists, is on view through April 23.

Achi is a new, Oklahoma-based band playing a new age style of folk music. The duo recently stopped by our studio to discuss their music and perform for us.

courtesy: University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

The Blue & You Foundation has awarded $2.3 million to 40 organizations across the state to support various health initiatives. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is using its $30,000 grant to provide dental care to children in need through its After School Smilz program. The free clinics are scheduled for Feb. 6, March 6 and April 3. Parents can schedule appointments by calling 479-788-7270.

On today’s special edition of Ozarks at Large, we mark the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive. Tet is a Vietnamese holiday celebrating the lunar new year. During this period in 1968, North Vietnamese and communist Viet Cong forces launched a coordinated attack against several targets in South Vietnam. The U.S. and South Vietnamese militaries sustained heavy losses before repelling the assault.