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S Three from Decatur, Gentry participate in indoor track meet at University of Ark.

FAYETTEVILLE — "Take your mark, ready, BANG" as the sharp sound of a starter's pistol pierces the air and six high school track athletes begin heat number 15 of the girls 400-meter run Jan. 13. In that heat was 1A state champion Desi Meek, representing Decatur in the Arkansas High School Invitational Track meet at the Randal Tyson Track Center near the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Continue Reading »

S Furniture refinishing available at White Horse Designs by Dawn

GRAVETTE — Planning to give your home a new look for the new year? Looking for someone to refinish some cherished family heirlooms? Dawn Dawson, owner of White Horse Designs by Dawn, would be happy to help with your furniture refinishing. She has recently moved her workshop and display space into a building at 104 Main Street N.E. in Gravette after her renter, Kristen Fisher, moved her Peek-a-Bootique business to Siloam Springs. Continue Reading »

S Deer disease found in Benton, Washington counties

BENTON COUNTY — Chronic wasting disease in deer has been found in Benton, Washington and Sebastian counties. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirms two deer in Benton County tested positive for the disease, which is fatal to deer and elk that become infected. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Bulldogs lose to Yellowjackets, Eagles on the road

DECATUR — The Decatur Bulldogs senior boys' basketball team was on the road Jan. 9 and Jan. 12, traveling first to Kingston then to Omaha for two more of nine remaining conference games of the 2017-18 season. The Bulldogs have yet to win any conference contest, and both the Kingston and Omaha games ended with a continuation of their losing streak. First up, the Kingston Yellowjackets Jan. 8 in the gym at Kingston High School. This is the second time these two teams have met this season. The first was Dec. 5, 2017, at Peterson Gym in Decatur. In that contest, the Yellowjackets took control of the contest early and won that conference matchup, 70-48. In the Jan. 9 game, the Yellowjackets quickly established control of the contest, amassing as much as a 20-point lead throughout much of the contest. But late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs fought back, cutting the Kingston lead to 12 in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Continue Reading »

Community

S PAWS award and other winners honored

GRAVETTE -- Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at the school's Rise and Shine assembly Monday, Jan. 8. School staff and guests were present as Glenn Duffy students were recognized for class and individual awards. Many GDE students were recognized for their perfect attendance for the first semester of school, classroom PAWS awards, Terrific Kids or Box Top awards. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Gentry Revival Services — Jared Horton will be holding revival services at First Assembly of God in Gentry. On Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, the services will only be for students in grades 7-12. On Friday night there will be an after-party with pizza, games and fellowship. Meetings on Sunday, Jan. 21, through Wednesday, Jan. 24, will be for all ages. Sunday services will be at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday service times will be at 7 p.m. The church is located at 821 East Main Street, just east from the Dollar General Store. Pastor Michael Powers and youth pastor Jenifer Smith invite everyone to attend. • Sanctity of Human Life Sunday — Pioneer Church of God (Holiness) will be holding a Sanctity of Human Life Sunday event on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. This service is set aside to focus on the intrinsic value of human life, including the life of unborn children. The church is located just north of the Gentry court building, at 104 North Collins. For more information, please contact Pastor Dan at 626-831-2942. • Musical Concert — Southern Gospel recording artist Terry Campbell will be holding a free concert Sunday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m., at Pioneer Church of God (Holiness). The church is located just north of the Gentry court building, at 104 North Collins. For more information, please contact Pastor Dan at 626-831-2942. • Gravette 2018 Ambulance Dues — Notices for 2018 ambulance dues have been mailed out for the city of Gravette. All residents living within the Gravette ambulance response district, whether inside or outside the city limits, are encouraged to pay the annual ambulance dues. These cover the cost of paramedic services, whether one has insurance or not. Those who have not paid the dues and require paramedic services will be billed at the standard rate. Membership dues are $25 for an individual or $40 per household. Dues may be paid by mail or in person at Gravette City Hall, 604 First Avenue S.E. Those who have Medicaid or Medicare are already covered and do not need to pay ambulance dues. Continue Reading »

S Highfill mayor under investigation by Sheriff's Office

BENTONVILLE -- Highfill's mayor, Stacy Digby, is being investigated regarding the possibility of having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old, according to the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Continue Reading »

S Alderman Smith resigns; council vacancy open

GRAVETTE -- Melissa Smith, alderman for the city of Gravette, has resigned her position on the city council. She announced she and her family are moving out of the area. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S Women: Don't check out and miss your checkup

Your annual well-woman exam is more important to your overall health than you may realize. It's easy to get busy and forget to make an appointment for your annual checkup with your gynecologist. That reminder notice on the fridge doesn't make the call for you.... Continue Reading »

S Our constitutional republic is all but lost?

In an exchange which was recorded by Constitution signer James McHenry in a diary entry that was later reproduced in the 1906 American Historical Review, a Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it." Continue Reading »