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S Local teen sets high-in-the-sky goal

GRAVETTE — Flying a plane has been a dream of Dane Hilger, now a junior at Gravette High School, since he was in the seventh grade. And he is well on his way to realizing that dream. Dane's grandmother, Marsha Heiser, who lives in Prescott, Kan., has a good friend who is a retired airline pilot and a flight instructor. This connected Dane with Clarence Easley of Pleasanton, Kan., and Easley has been giving Dane lessons since Dane turned 13. Continue Reading »

S Harps now open in Gentry

Ribbon cutting and opening draws large crowd

GENTRY — The ribbon was cut and the doors are now open at the new Harps Food Store in Gentry. The parking lot was full and shoppers were in every aisle last Wednesday morning as local residents came to check out the new food store and buy their groceries - for the first time in months without driving out of town. A large crowd was on hand Sept. 21 as Amber Parker, manager of the new store, cut the ribbon. Continue Reading »

S Millage passes for Gentry Schools

New facilities, improvements planned

GENTRY — Voters in the Gentry School District agreed to a 3.1-mill increase in their taxes Tuesday, with 250 voting for it (68 percent) and 118 voting against it (32 percent). The money will support a $9.5 million bond for an addition at the intermediate school, a career and technical education building, electrical upgrades at Gentry High School and at the vocational agriculture building, and lighting and sound upgrades in the auditorium.... Continue Reading »


S Decatur loses to Mountainburg in conference opener

MOUNTAINBURG — It was a tough night for the Decatur Bulldog football team when it traveled to Mountainburg Sept. 23 for the first conference game of the 2016 season. This meeting was the second for both teams this season. The first was a benefit game at Bulldog Stadium Aug. 23. Mountainburg took the victory in that outing. The Dragons were one and one coming into this matchup and were looking for their second conference victory. The Bulldogs were looking for their first victory when they took the field at Mountainburg. Unlike the previous game, the Bulldog defense held back the running play, stopping the Dragon offense from scoring on the first possession of the game.... Continue Reading »


S Gravette council approves ambulance agreement, passes capital improvement resolution

GRAVETTE — Members of the Gravette city council, at their regular meeting Thursday, approved an agreement for ambulance billing services and passed a resolution of intent regarding capital improvements. Both actions were by unanimous vote. The ambulance service agreement is the same agreement now in place and will renew the billing service for three years. The document was approved, with only minor changes from the original draft, to allow for changing the venue for adjudicating a dispute or disagreement from McCracken County, Kentucky, circuit court to Benton County Circuit Court. The resolution of intent declares that the city plans to advance its own funds to pay the costs of street improvements, park and recreation improvements, sewer improvements and sidewalk improvements prior to the issuance of bonds and to repay itself from proceeds of the respective bonds. In other action.... Continue Reading »

S Gentry High School announces homecoming plans for next week

GENTRY — With homecoming week coming up and homecoming ceremonies at Gentry High School set for Oct. 7, plans are underway for activities at the school and for the homecoming football game. Theme for this year's homecoming is "Pioneers Take Gold" (an Olympics theme). he Gentry Pioneers will take on the Huntsville Eagles in Pioneer Stadium on Friday, Oct. 7. Game time is 7 p.m. Prior to the game, at 6:30 p.m., coronation ceremonies are planned and a new homecoming king and queen will be crowned. Students are encouraged to participate in dress-up days during Homecoming Spirit Week, Oct. 3-7, the week of homecoming, to promote Pioneer spirit. Dress-up days include.... Continue Reading »

S Search for possible train victim turns up nothing but cowboy hat

DECATUR — A search for a possible victim of a collision between a train and a person on the tracks turned up nothing but a cowboy hat on Saturday night though multiple agencies joined in the search for a possible victim. Continue Reading »

S Donald Miller now Christian Church pastor

GRAVETTE — Donald Miller is the new pastor of the First Christian Church in Gravette. He accepted the position as permanent pastor June 1, after serving as interim pastor since April. His first Sunday as interim pastor was Easter Sunday. Continue Reading »

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S Woes suffered by one feller can be a joy to another

We check fences all the time. I mean we really look at and repair fences every day. I cannot afford to let cattle get out on a road and be the cause of an accident. The traffic is building up monthly around our area, and people drive like they are running from a zombie attack! Saw a commercial talking about that! A cow weighing a good 15 to 16 hundred pounds can do tremendous damage to a vehicle going 60 miles an hour. Continue Reading »

S Why do old men wear suspenders?

There are a lot of things I just didn't understand when I was younger, but now I do. One of those things was the wearing of suspenders by old men. Why, I wondered, do old men wear suspenders? But now I know. I had always assumed it was because of styles when that older generation grew up. Weren't suspenders the style in the first half of the 20th century? Continue Reading »