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S K9 to be added to Decatur Police Department

DECATUR — For well over 100 years, canines have been used for a wide variety of functions including search and rescue, drug intervention and explosives detection by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies around the world. Soon a new K9 officer will be added to the Decatur Police Department. Continue Reading »

S Gentry powerlifters receive championship rings

GENTRY — Gentry High School’s powerlifters received their championship rings on July 12 and showed them off in a group photo at the high school. The team competed March 25-26 in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the 33rd annual NASA High School National Powerlifting Championships against 220-plus lifters from 11 states. Continue Reading »

S Gravette council members approve agenda items

GRAVETTE — Gravette city council members, at their committee of the whole meeting Thursday, July 13, considered a lot split for Matt Marrs for property on Baker Street, N.W., and replatting of the north part of the old bus barn property for David Marrs. Ordinances approving both actions will be on the agenda for the July 27 council meeting. An ordinance approving and adopting a planning jurisdiction map will also be on the agenda for that meeting. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Gravette Lions participate in Siloam Springs football camp

SILOAM SPRINGS — The football team camp hosted by Siloam Springs on Thursday night proved to be a big hit. The Panthers hosted Benton County neighbor Gravette and Washington County's Farmington for a two-hour evening workout session at Panther Stadium on Thursday. The teams had to deal with warm temperatures at the start of the team camp but, by the time it was over, the sun had dipped behind the press box and shade enveloped a good bit of the field. "It was pretty hot at 6 (p.m.) when we started, but it's a pretty good deal," said Siloam Springs head coach Bryan Ross. "We've got most of our kids here. A few people could show up and watch and it's a good deal." Gravette head coach Bill Harrelson was particularly impressed with the football facility in Siloam Springs, which will be entering its third season of operation. "We've got great weather and an unbelievable facility," Harrelson said. "This is the first time I've been in this stadium. I think it's my favorite stadium. It's really nice, and we really appreciate (Siloam Springs) Coach (Bryan) Ross having us over here, and we're getting a lot of reps and it's a lot of fun for our kids." Continue Reading »

Community

S Decaur holding fall enrollment

DECATUR — In less than four weeks the summer break ends and a new school year begins. To prepare for the 2017-18 school year, Decatur High and Middle Schools will hold their annual enrollment week beginning July 24. Students from the fifth through eighth grades attending Decatur Middle School and students from ninth through 12th grades attending Decatur High School will meet in the high school office/commons area to pick up their schedules, get locker assignments, fill out enrollment papers and tour both campuses. The early enrollment should take only 2o minutes on average to complete. Parents and guardians will need to accompany the students if possible. Parents or guardians with multiple family members in both the high school and middle school can enroll at the same time. The early enrollment allows the students, parents and teachers the chance to set schedules, resolve any conflicts that may arise without loss of valuable class time and get emergency contact information in place before the school year starts on Aug. 14. Fifth-12th grades enrollment schedule is as follows.... Continue Reading »

S Library offering book fine amnesty

GENTRY — Gentry's public library is offering to pardon and forgive fines and penalties for overdue books and library materials if they are returned on Saturdays. No matter how long overdue, if items are returned to the Gentry Public Library between 5:01 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Monday, all fines will be excused. Patrons may also bring items into the library from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays or slide them into the drop box located on the west side of the library building during the amnesty times. When items are returned on Saturdays, all fees will be pardoned and good-library standing will be restored, a library press release stated.... Continue Reading »

S Filing period closes for local school board seats

Two contested races in Gravette, no candidates position in Decatur, Gentry

WESTSIDE — Petitions to run for local school board seats in Gravette, Decatur and Gentry were due in at county clerks' offices by noon on July 11, with elections set for Sept. 19. Two of Gravette's seats are contested, with James Brown Jr. opposing incumbant Jay Oliphant for Postition 1 and Reagena Davis and Jodi Moore vying for the Position 2 seat.... Continue Reading »

S Council approves water department purchases, holds off on police vehicle purchase and repair to road

HIGHFILL — City council on July 11 approved the purchase of a line locator for the water and sewer department and remote monitoring software for the water department but declined to approve the purchase of a pickup truck to replace a totaled police department patrol vehicle and held off on any expenditures for repairs of a section of Aubrey Long Road where culverts wash out every time it rains. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S Here's a summertime gardening update

Last week some of the grandchildren came over to help us dig potatoes. They also helped us plant a few raised beds to cowpeas. Our favorite variety is the California pinkeye purple hull. We prefer them for fresh eating and for putting up in the freezer. The day before, Linda and I had driven over to Sleepy Hollow store to pick up a small bag of pea seed. Everything was ready when the grandchildren came the next day. I always enjoy watching the grandchildren dig potatoes. First, they helped me pull all the dead and dying potato plants to get them out of the way. Then.... Continue Reading »

S How should Christians worship, contemporary or traditional?

Many Christians continue to debate over the question of which form of worship is best, traditional or contemporary. And, as some point out, what is traditional today may once have been considered contemporary when compared to some of the worship forms described in the Bible. For example, a reading of the Scriptures reveals a variety of instruments used in worship. Psalm 33:1-3 says: "Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy." Psalm 150 speaks of.... Continue Reading »