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S Truck accident closes Arkansas Highway 59 south of Gravette

Highway closure was expected to last until lateTuesday night

GRAVETTE — Two tractor-trailer rigs collided just south of Gravette on Arkansas Highway 59 Tuesday afternoon, causing the highway to be closed for hours while the accident was worked and a spilled load of dog food was being cleaned up. Continue Reading »

S School district receives Partnership funding approval

GENTRY -- Approval for the proposed Gentry Intermediate School classroom Partnership project has been given the Gentry School District by the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation. The approval means the state could contribute approximately $1.2 million toward the building of a new classroom facility on the intermediate school campus.... Continue Reading »

S Second accident with a week occurs near Crystal Lake

DECATUR -- A three-vehicle accident near Crystal Lake Road in Decatur Aug. 17 resulted in non-life-threatening injuries for three area residents. The accident occurred at 12:17 p.m. at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 59 and Crystal Lake Road, one mile north of Decatur. Continue Reading »


S Gentry fans meet the Pioneers

GENTRY -- Parents and Pioneer fans were given a chance to meet the Pioneers at a special event on Friday night in Pioneer Stadium. Coaches and team members were introduced on the edge of the football field prior to a short football scrimmage and a meal at the stadium. Teams introduced included golf, cross country, volleyball, cheer squads and football teams. The bands were also introduced and played for the occasion. As their names were called out over the public address system, the students stepped forward or waved to the crowd. Continue Reading »


S In a Strait Betwixt Two

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you." Philippians 1:21-24 As Christians, we are in a strait betwixt two and, if the choice were ours, it would be hard to choose. On the one hand, we long to leave this life and be with Christ Jesus, our Savior, where there will be no more sin, sorrow or death (cf. Rom. 7:18ff.; 8:22ff.; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 7:9ff.). On the other, there is work to be done in this world that others might hear God's Word and come to know Christ and that believers might be preserved in the true faith in Christ Jesus as our Savior (cf. Luke 24:46-48; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Benefit bake sale set for Friday - A bake sale, offering baked goods and silent-auction items, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, in the Bank of Gravett lobby. All proceeds will go to benefit Lane Killion, a 15-year-old Gravette High School student who is battling leukemia. Lane recently underwent a bone marrow transplant at Children's Hospital in Houston. His father recently suffered several broken ribs in an accident and has been unable to work. The family would appreciate your support. For more information, contact Kathy Bass at Bank of Gravett, 479-787-5251, ext. 5626. Decatur Youth Soccer registration underway - Fall soccer registration for Decatur Youth Soccer is going on now. Forms are available at the Decatur Middle School office or by contacting Rose at 479-586-6706, Stacy 479-790-7171 or Amy at 479-790-5774. The fee will be $50. Sponsorships may be available upon request and approval. Anyone willing to sponsor a child is asked to call as well. Baked potato supper on fundraiser menu - The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center will hold a baked potato supper fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Servings of baked potato, toppings, dessert and beverage will be at the Center, 1870 Limekiln Road in Gravette. Cost of the meal is $8, and proceeds will benefit the center's Meals on Wheels program that serves Gravette, Decatur, Sulphur Springs, Hiwasse and Maysville. Takeouts will be available. Continue Reading »

S Boys & Girls Club may be coming to Gentry

School board discusses use of school facility for after-school program

GENTRY -- A Boys & Girls Club may be coming to Gentry to provide after-school activities and care for children at the Gentry Primary School. Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools, suggested to the school board on Aug. 15 the idea of a Boys & Girls Club at the primary school campus to help meet the needs of parents Continue Reading »

S Special council meeting considers library repairs

Library closed two weeks for work to be completed

GRAVETTE -- A special city council meeting was held last Friday to discuss renovations to the Gravette public library. The east side of the library was filled with citizens and several had to remain standing during the meeting. Continue Reading »

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S Eye protection critical in sports

Your budding baseball star steps to the plate hoping to whack the ball, but sometimes the ball whacks back. Each year, thousands of children suffer sports-related eye injuries, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association. Sports is the leading cause of school-age children's eye injuries, but most of those injuries are preventable. The AAO, the AOA and the American Academy of Pediatrics say all kids in organized sports should be encouraged to wear appropriate eye protection. Continue Reading »

S The illustrious Mr. Benton County is my friend

It's not every day you get a chance to eat lunch with Mr. Benton County and live to tell about it. But that is exactly what I did last week and, in fact, I do it most every week. Only I didn't realize I was hobnobbing with such a celebrity until the recent Benton County Fair. You see, my good friend, Bill Mitchell, won the contest for Mr. Benton County this year. This was no big surprise since Bill is not only well-known in the area, but very popular as well. I sometimes think he knows, not only everybody and his brother, but their sisters as well. Continue Reading »