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S Lakes, pools and rivers popular spots on hot afternoons

WESTSIDE — Lakes, pools and rivers are almost synonymous with keeping cool on the west-side of Benton County on these hot and humid July days and plenty of area residents could be found in the water doing just that. Continue Reading »

S Decatur's to put new waste water lift station online

DECATUR — During the extreme heavy rain event on Dec. 26, 2015, when more than 12 inches of rain fell in a two-day period, city officials discovered rain water getting into the sewer system. This causes the waste water treatment plant to work at near capacity to treat water that normally would not need to be treated. Continue Reading »

S Dr. David Tucker honored after 30 years of practice in Gravette

GRAVETTE — Friends and colleagues of Dr. David Tucker planned a surprise party last week to honor him after 30 years of practice in Gravette and, judging from the look on his face when he walked into the room, they accomplished their purpose -- he was genuinely surprised. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Decatur, Gentry participate at team camp

WEST FORK — In what could be the final league play of this summer, both the Decatur and Gentry senior boys' basketball teams traveled south July 19 and 21 to participate in a team camp hosted by the West Fork High School basketball program. Teams from all over Arkansas participated in the two-day event, including Greenland, Lincoln, Haas Hall, Lamar, Cedarville, Berryville, Mountainburg, Dover, Farmington, Conway St. Joseph, and host team West Fork. Each game consisted of two 15-minute running-clock halves with a minute halftime. In the event of the scores within 6 points at the one minute mark in the game, the clock stops for fouls. All shooting fouls are one shot for two points. Continue Reading »

Community

S Bever's Ace Hardware achieves recognition from ace hardware corporation for exceptional performance

Neighborhood store recognized as a high performing retail location

GENTRY — Ace Hardware Corporation is pleased to announce that Bever's Ace Hardware of Gentry achieved designation as a "Platinum Performance Retailing" store for its outstanding performance. Developed as part of Ace's long-term retail growth strategy, 20/20 Vision, Platinum Performance Retailing is laser-focused on Ace's customers, helping to ensure that Ace stores deliver on its brand promise day in and day out. Continue Reading »

S Empire District filed a recovery rider for Riverton 12 combined cycle unit

If approved, electric bills will rise

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Empire District Electric Company announced on Thursday that it has filed a request with the Arkansas Public Service Commission to implement a cost recovery rider for the conversion of the existing Riverton Unit 12 to combined cycle operation. With this filing, the APSC will establish a procedural schedule to determine the timeline for the review and effective date of the rider. If approved, the rider would result in an increase of approximately $5.75 a month for residential Arkansas customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. Continue Reading »

S Open school board seats in Decatur, Gentry fail to draw candidates

WESTSIDE — Superintendent Randy Barrett was surprised when no one filed by the July 12 deadline to run for an opening on Gentry's School Board. Barrett doesn't remember a time in his 24 years with the district when a seat had no candidate in the annual school election, set for Sept. 20 this year. Continue Reading »

S Policy change on prayer to be considered by Gentry School Board

GENTRY — To be considered on its first reading at the August School Board meeting as a policy change for the Gentry School District are a number of statements relating to prayer in public schools based upon guidance materials published by the U.S. Department of Education. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S Say hello to the dog days of summer

In ancient Rome, when summer days reached their highest temperatures and humidity, they called them "dies caniculares" or "dog days." That's because they associated them with the "dog star" Sirius since it was the brightest star in the Canis Major (Large Dog) constellation. Continue Reading »

S Ugliest Man Constest entry forms being accepted

Spinning the News

DECATUR — An ugly-man contest has been set for Aug. 6 at this year's Decatur Barbecue. Entries will be judged based on their poor physical appearance, lack of public speaking ability and crudeness. The contest will be held on the stage in Veterans Park following the Miss Decatur Barbecue Pageant. Winners will be blown a kiss from the newly crowned Miss Decatur Barbecue - from a distance no closer than 20 feet - and will receive an ugly plaque suitable for hanging someplace in the shop or garage. Continue Reading »