Gentry students took ...

Photo by Randy Moll

S 'One Upon a Time' Gentry prom thme

GENTRY — Gentry High School’s annual prom was held Saturday night at the Cypress Barn, located just outside Siloam Springs, and Gentry students and their dates gathered for an evening of dancing, games and entertainment. Couples, solos and groups arrived and registered, and many paused for a photo together taken by Patrick Lanford, EAST facilitator at the high school and also a photographer. The girls wore evening gowns and the guys, suits, ties and tuxedos for the event. Continue Reading »

S Veterans tour memorials during O&A; Honor Flight

HIGHFILL — At 5:30 a.m. April 19, three buses carrying a cargo more precious than gold or silver arrived at the front entrance to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). On board was a group of men and women who once proudly served this country in the name of freedom. Seventy-five military veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, along with their guardians and volunteers, made their way into the airport.... Continue Reading »

S Decatur boy has Make-A-Wish Disney World trip come true

DECATUR — Since its conception in 1955, children from around the world have dreamed of going to one of the most iconic theme parks in the world, a magical place called Disneyland. Riding on the success of Disneyland, Walt Disney decided to open an even bigger theme park near Orlando, Fla., and on Oct. 1, 1971, Walt Disney World was opened. And, for one Decatur child and his family, the dream of seeing Disney World became a reality on April 20. Continue Reading »


S Gravette sweeps 4A-1 Conference track championships

Gentry's Cripps closes in on his promised height

PEA RIDGE — Gravette claimed both conference titles, but it had to come from behind to do such a feat. In the girls division, the Lady Lions compiled 171 to 142 edge over second-place Pea Ridge, but they didn't enjoy the lead until the 800-meter run. Gravette claimed a one-two finish in that event as Sally Bird turned in a winning time of 2 minutes, 46.97 seconds, followed by teammate Gracie Berger at 2:47.36 while Tori Foster finished seventh. The Lady Lions placed three runners in the 200 and two more in the 3,200, then capped it by winning the 4x400 relay with the team of Teagan Dixon, Kyrstin Branscum, Bird and Berger in 4:37.17.... Continue Reading »


S Earth Day focused on pollinators, birds of prey

GENTRY — The rains stopped just in time on Saturday morning to do a little work in the flower beds and along the trail at the Eagle Watch Nature Trail in observance of Earth Day. In spite of the rain and the mud, close to 20 local 4-H club members and adults came out to pull weeds and plant flowers for the bees and butterflies later this spring and summer. And following the work, those in attendance were treated to an explanation of the work of Morning Star Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Gravette by Lynn Sciumbato, owner and rehabilitator. The center takes in injured birds and animals and nurses them back to health when possible for release into the wild. The facility is licensed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to carry on the service. Morning Star focuses its work on native Arkansas species, including raptors, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Lions Club sponsoring Live and Learn Day

GRAVETTE — Members of the Gravette Lions Club are finalizing plans for a day of fun and learning scheduled Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, which they are calling the Lions Live and Learn Day, will offer classes tailored to the interests of persons of all ages. It will be held at the Gravette Civic Center, located at the corner of Charlotte Street, S.W., and Third Ave., S.E. Sessions, designed to be both instructive and entertaining, will be offered in five time slots. Each session will last about 45 minutes. Persons attending the free event will be able to select from presentations in five areas of interest during each time slot, running from 9 to 9:45 a.m. to 1 to 1:45 p.m. All sessions are free and no advance registration is required. Class topics and presenters cover a wide range of subjects. Topics include Basic Ukelele Lessons, Mary Bourne; Caves and what you find in them, Paul Linscott, owner of the Spanish Treasure Cave; Friends and Family CPR, Gravette Fire Dept.; Eagles, Joan Reynolds, NWA Master Naturalist; Gravette History, Dodie Evans, John Mitchael and Bob Kelley, long-time Gravette residents; Digital Photography, Jeff Davis; 9-1-1 for Kids, Benton County Emergency Management Team; Fire Wise fire prevention, Gravette Fire Dept.; Food Safety, Benton County Farm Bureau; Upcoming Solar Eclipse, Rick Marshall, Sugar Creek Astronomical Society; Reducing Garden Pests Naturally, JB Portillo, Benton County Master Gardener; and Regrow Vegetables from Scraps, Sheryl Dalke, Benton County Master Gardener.... Continue Reading »

S School board rehires teachers, approves policy changes

GENTRY — The school board, on April 17, renewed the contracts of Gentry teachers for the 2017-2018 school year and approved several policy changes for the new year, as well. According to lists provided at the board meeting, 120 teachers were offered new contracts for the new school year. Also approved were coaching assignments for the new school year with few changes from the current school year. Continue Reading »

S Gravette police officer cited in connection to Gentry accident

Gentry police seeking DWI charges

GENTRY — Todd Shannon, a Gravette Police officer, crashed the pickup truck he was driving into two parked vehicles and damaged the Gentry Motel on Arkansas Highway 59 on Sunday, according to a news release by Sgt. Clay Stewart of the Gentry Police Department. Continue Reading »

Eagle Observer Photo Galleries

To view more photos from the Westside Eagle Observer, please visit our photo galleries at the following links: Continue Reading »


S Rain and mockingbirds are sure a good thing for us to enjoy

I was drinking my first cup of life-giving brew and it was a very still morning, too early for the birds and the rain had just ended, when I noticed a tiny little sound. I thought about it for a second or two and then I knew I was sure enough right! I could hear the grass growing! Now don't get to thinking I am making this up. Some folks never can hear it, and some of us are just super sensitive to sounds pertaining to our business! Daylight came on quick and my close relative started rattling the skillet. That is another one of my favorite sounds. We had sausage and hot cakes with plenty of cow butter and thick sweet syrup.... Continue Reading »

S Sanctuary city movement is open rebellion

By declaring their resistance to federal law regarding the prosecution of those here illegally, so called "sanctuary cities" are, in effect, trying to secede from the Union. They are taking a stand against the rule of law and for the unlawful protection of those who have willfully broken the law in order to come to the United States. By declaring their independence from the Union they are setting themselves up as entities that are either outside the reach of federal law or somehow above the law.... Continue Reading »