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S Classes open at Decatur schools

DECATUR — It was a day for new beginnings as Decatur area students returned from summer vacation ready for the start of the 2017-18 school year. Just before dawn on Aug. 14, teachers arrived at Decatur Pre-K, Northside Elementary, Decatur Middle and High Schools in anticipation of the coming onslaught of students one hour later. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Day car show has numerous winners

GRAVETTE — Fifty vehicles were entered in the 2017 Gravette Day car, truck and bike show. Bruce McCreery, of Bella Vista, won the best of show award with his 1993 Harley Sportster motorcycle. Don Butz, of Bella Vista, won the trophy for the kids' choice award with his 1950 Mercury coupe. Continue Reading »

S Solar eclipse viewed at area schools

GENTRY — Students gathered outside of Gentry classrooms on Monday, donned with special filtered glasses, to watch the solar eclipse (one child called it a solar apocalypse) come and go without cataclysmic events. A few brought homemade pinhole viewing boxes (similar to pinhole cameras) for safe viewing. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Gravette football coach reports lower numbers

GRAVETTE — Gravette coach Bill Harrelson is fighting the same issue a lot of schools across the state are — low numbers. The Lions opened practice earlier this month with about 36 players, which Harrelson said is about 15-16 fewer than what the program normally has. "We're normally at 50-52 players," Harrelson said. "Last year we had 52, but even that was down." Harrelson said he could not pinpoint one particular reason why the participation numbers are lower, but cited several factors as likely causes. "Football is not for everybody," he said. "We all know that. I feel like we sugar-coat it as much as we can, but we've got what we've got." The fear of concussions and the potential for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy are factors that many coaches across the country are saying is driving down the number of high school football players. But Harrelson said he does not believe that is the case at Gravette.... Continue Reading »

Community

S Mystery dinner to benefit Gravette Public Library

GRAVETTE — Is it Patsy Cline? Perhaps it's Fred Astaire. Could it be Marilyn Monroe? Guests will be challenged to solve a "who-dun-it" at a gala event to be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Gravette High School Commons. Guests arrive and find that the event host has been murdered. As the evening progresses, clues will be gathered, official reports read, and guests will strive to solve this interactive mystery titled "Celebrity Celebrations" by Merri Mysteries. Correct guesses will be entered into a prize drawing. Guests may, at their option, attend as a celebrity character. The character choices include music legends and film stars from the 1950s and '60s. Although not required, costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for best male and female costumes. A social media photo booth will be available. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Day car show has numerous winners

GRAVETTE — Fifty vehicles were entered in the 2017 Gravette Day car, truck and bike show. Bruce McCreery, of Bella Vista, won the best of show award with his 1993 Harley Sportster motorcycle. Don Butz, of Bella Vista, won the trophy for the kids' choice award with his 1950 Mercury coupe. Continue Reading »

S Sulphur Springs has new clerk and new office hours

SULPHUR SPRINGS — Changes are coming to the city clerk's office in Sulphur Springs. Codi Bates was appointed to be the new city clerk at the town's August council meeting. Bates is a local resident who recently worked at Glenn Duffy Elementary School for 2 ½ years as a paraprofessional in special education. Continue Reading »

S Highfill Council takes up road projects, patrol truck purchase

HIGHFILL — City council on Aug. 8 asked that specs for road repairs and for a new police pickup truck be put out to bid, with a planned bid opening and decisions to be made at a special council meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. But, that special meeting was canceled and a special meeting was set for Tuesday, Aug. 15, at which money for the projects was approved. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S It amazes me how intolerant people have become!

It amazes me how intolerant people have become! They preach tolerance, tolerance and more tolerance but seek to silence and squelch anyone who might hold a different view than their own. I write this column because I just received an editorial column on tolerance which calls upon parents and children to be advocates for tolerance in their communities. It offers advice and suggestions for promoting tolerance in the home, at school and at church. It encourages children and parents to organize clubs and promote tolerance through public awareness events, activities and marches. But, it's hypocrisy at the highest level! Continue Reading »

S Why some fear going to college

Student unrest in many colleges last spring demonstrated what is becoming obvious: institutions of higher learning are becoming radicalized and project intolerance for anything but a liberal view. Too few permit conservative or libertarian speakers and far fewer a constitutional speaker. I was not surprised, some years ago, to hear a mother share with me her son's fear that he did not wish to attend college because he did not wish to be politically indoctrinated. Continue Reading »