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S Krewson crowned queen at Gravette homecomng ceremonies

GRAVETTE — Three seniors from Gravette High School were escorted onto the field at Lion Stadium, each with hopes of being crowned homecoming queen for the 2016 homecoming ceremonies. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs celebrate homecoming with parade, pep rally, coronation

DECATUR — Friday started with blue skies and warm temperatures as the sun rose over Decatur. As the day progressed, the excitement level at Decatur High School began to build in anticipation of homecoming festivities slated to begin at 1 p.m. with a parade through downtown Decatur. Continue Reading »

S Gentry School District showcases EAST Initiative

GENTRY — Students, parents and community members were invited out on Thursday night to learn about and see first hand the new EAST Initiative classroom recently set up at Gentry Primary School for students in the second through the fifth grades. And a good number attended the event. Continue Reading »


S Prairie Grove runs over Gentry

GENTRY — Prairie Grove jumped to a 20-0 lead and never looked back Friday night, disposing of Gentry 62-28 at Pioneer Stadium. The Tigers (8-0, 5-0 1-4A) scored on their first three possessions to take command of the game. "We have gelled together well," Prairie Grove Coach Danny Abshier said. "Early this season, nobody knew how good anyone was going to be. And you don't know how good you are. You just take each step." Kyle Sam, Demarkus Cooper, Clay Fidler and Issac Disney each scored touchdowns for Prairie Grove before Gentry (2-6, 0-5) could respond. The Pioneers closed the scoring gap to 28-8 when junior quarterback Jon Faulkenberry escaped pressure and raced 22 yards to the end zone. Continue Reading »


S Staying safe on Halloween night

Halloween can be a time of excitement, adventure and, of course, treats for little ones. But it's also a time to talk about safety when they venture out for a night of trick-or-treating. Picking the right costume is a major decision for a child. For parents, there are a few things to look for to ensure a safe evening. The No. 1 cause of injuries on Halloween is accidental falls from tripping on costume hems, curbs, steps or unseen objects. Costumes should be short enough so children won't trip and fall and the child should be able to walk normally. Well-fitted and sturdy shoes are recommended as well. Continue Reading »

S Gentry School District gives annual report to the public

GENTRY — The annual report to the public was presented at a special Oct. 17 meeting of the Gentry School Board at the Pioneer Activities Complex at Gentry High School, with Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools; Judy Winslett, assistant superintendent; and Terrie Metz, federal curriculum and district test coordinator, presenting information on the school district's finances, test scores and successes to the public. Barrett reported the district to be in sound financial condition, with an ending balance at the end of the last fiscal year of approximately $1.7 million in the operating fund. He reported a budget of more than $15.45 million for the current school year, with teacher and staff salaries and benefits amounting to nearly $11 million. Due in part to enrollment numbers, this year's expenditures are expected to exceed incoming revenue, something Barrett said would not be a problem unless it is repeated in upcoming years. The ending legal balance for the current fiscal year was estimated to again be in the $1.5 to $1.7 million range. Continue Reading »

S Gravette HVAC course prepares students for employment

GRAVETTE — Students in Matthew Coleman's HVAC class filed into the classroom on a recent school day and went right to work on the various pieces of heating and air equipment scattered throughout the room. With several hours of textbook study behind them, Coleman turned them loose to dismantle the pieces of equipment.... Continue Reading »

S Destructive beetle detected in Delaware County, Okla.

WESTSIDE — A pest that has caused the loss of tens of millions of ash trees across the nation was recently discovered in Delaware County in northeastern Oklahoma in an emerald ash borer survey trap set by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The emerald ash borer, a non-native, wood-boring beetle, is a significant threat to ash trees across the state. Continue Reading »

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S Weekly Devotion

How should we come before God?

"Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." Luke 18:10-14 Continue Reading »

S Indecisiveness causes long lines for early voters, ballot change proposed

Spinning the News

SILOAM SPRINGS -- If the first day of early voting on Monday was any indication of how voting will go on Nov. 8, voters may expect long lines at the poling places because of undecided voters who just cannot make up their minds on how to vote in the presidential election. Continue Reading »