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S Extraordinary efforts taken to save the monarch

GENTRY -- While many may not know it, milkweed plants are critical to the numbers and survival of the monarch butterfly -- the large butterflies with brilliant orange and black wings seen in our area in the warmer months. And the decline in milkweed due to farming practices and urban development is thought to be directly related to the decline in numbers of monarch butterflies across North America. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Christian Church celebrates 120th anniversary

GRAVETTE -- Members of the First Christian Church in Gravette are celebrating their 120th year in existence. They invite all in the area to help them mark the occasion at a birthday party on Saturday, Sept. 29. Cake and punch will be served in the church fellowship hall, beginning at 3 p.m. The church is located at 301 First Ave. S.W. Continue Reading »

S Decatur after-school programs ride once again

DECATUR -- Decatur Public Schools will continue the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program again this year. Students in grades kindergarten through 12 are invited to attend from 3-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Pirates fight back from first-half shutout to beat Pioneers

GENTRY -- It looked like the Pioneers would win their first football game of the season in their first home game of the season, being up 17-0 at the half, but that was not to be. The Greenland Pirates came back to steal the game by holding the Pioneers scoreless in the second half and putting 28 points on the board. Greenland overcame a 17-0 halftime deficit to earn a nonconference victory over Gentry, 28-17. Gentry quarterback Brandon Atwood completed 12 of 21 passes for 157 yards and threw touchdown passes to Zach Jarnagan and Dylan Kilgore. Jarnagan, a sophomore, had five catches for 85 yards and a score and 72 yards rushing on just two carries. Kilgore caught four passes for 34 yards. Continue Reading »

Community

S Hiwasse Fall Festival scheduled Sept. 29

HIWASSE -- The annual fall festival is scheduled in the Hiwasse Community Saturday, Sept. 29. Activities will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hiwasse Park, 13690 Fire House Lane, and Hiwasse residents invite everyone in the area to plan on attending. Hamburger or hot dog meals, including chips, drink and a dessert, will be offered for $5 each. Area vendors will have booths set up selling a variety of locally-grown fresh produce and handmade craft items. Games, a bouncy house and the popular pumpkin painting booth will all be available for the kids' enjoyment. Continue Reading »

S Volunteers sought for upcoming fall festival

GRAVETTE -- The annual Gravette Community fall festival, trunk or treat and chili cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Ozarks Community Hospital, with all activities set up on the front parking lot at the hospital. Volunteers who have helped with past events, or newcomers who would like to assist, are urged to contact Chamber officials and offer their services. With the big event coming up in just over a month, Amanda Gittlein, Chamber secretary, is seeking vendors to set up booths and help make the evening a success. Vendors may sell items, but each booth must feature a game with candy or prizes for visitors. Continue Reading »

S Benton County nears ambulance contract for west side

BENTONVILLE — Benton County is close to a new three-year contract to provide ambulance service to the rural areas in the west side of the county. The Committee of the Whole heard an update on ambulance service Tuesday from County Judge Barry Moehring. He said the proposal with Northwest Health System being considered would cost $292,000 per year over three years. Continue Reading »

S Council votes to seek water-tower funding

GENTRY -- In addition to approving the tax-abatement plan for McKee Foods Corporation at its Sept. 10 meeting (see the Sept. 12 issue of the Eagle Observer), the Gentry council, after a public hearing on the topic, also approved a resolution to seek United States Department of Agriculture funding to build a new water-storage tower to serve the east side of Gentry's water-service area, including the new Simmons poultry processing plant, now under construction. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S Do you know the love of Christ for you?

Weekly Devotion

"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." Ephesians 3:14-19 Continue Reading »

S This is as bad as being in jail for robbing a filling station and only getting a dusty bags of peanuts

I am not gonna tell you a big hairy tale about my problem. I got skunk juice on me because it just happened. That is all I am gonna say about that. Well, I could add that the dang thing made me stink or, as my close relative says, reek! I will eventually become unstunk, and I know that is not a word that your mind will accept but, if you could smell me, you would be glad for me to become unstunk because right now I stink! Not just me, the truck got it, too. And poor old Dog unloaded and ran back to the house like an antelope with a lion after it. I guess it was like that; I can't say I ever saw it, personally. Continue Reading »