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S Council hears citizen complaint, sees new air packs

GRAVETTE — Jimmy Denver spoke during the public comment period at the beginning of the city council committee of the whole meeting Thursday, March 8 and asked council members to take a close look at the planning commission and its procedures, saying that city planning has long been an issue. Continue Reading »

S City of Decatur makes improvements to sign, cemetery

DECATUR — When driving into Decatur from the south, motorists often ignore the Grand Savings Bank billboard and an old sign that, over time, was covered by two cedar trees. A change to this area is about to transform it into a welcome mat to visitors to the Decatur community. Continue Reading »

S Gentry Chamber gives awards at annual banquet

GENTRY — After a meal prepared by the Wooden Spoon staff, with turkey donated by Cargill, awards were distributed to local individuals and businesses by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards banquet on Thursday. Continue Reading »


S Boys win, girls lose in Gentry soccer last week

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers' only score against the visiting Airedales of Alma on Friday came in the second period when Haley Hays got the ball to Katie Ellis and Ellis put the ball into the net. The Lady Pioneers lost the match, 3-1, with Alma getting one goal in the first period and two in the second. Continue Reading »


S Friendly Neighbors celebrate 60 years

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The year was 1958. Sunday evenings on television, Ed Sullivan had acts such as the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly on his show. The average worker's wage was $2.20 an hour. A gallon of gas cost 25 cents. It was in 1958 that an exclusive club for women held its first meeting in Sulphur Springs. The ladies called themselves Friendly Neighbors. Until this day, it is more likely an angler in Beaver Lake will catch a shark than any man has ever held a true account of what goes on behind a closed-door meeting of the Friendly Neighbors Club of Sulphur Springs. That is unless a man asks the children who passively attended the meeting with their mothers when the club first got its start. Continue Reading »

S Celebrating seven years in business

GRAVETTE — Larry "Grumpy" Jones, owner and operator of Grumpy's Coffee Shop on Arkansas Highway 59 in Gravette, held a birthday party Saturday, March 3, to celebrate his seventh year in business. The small shop was crowded most of the morning and early afternoon as many customers and friends came by to wish "Grumpy" well. Festive banners and balloons decorated both the outside and the interior of the building. Drawings were held for door prizes. Continue Reading »

S Council declares property unsafe, nuisance

GENTRY — City council, on March 5, took the first steps toward nuisance abatement and possible condemnation for a house located at 320 N. Giles in Gentry when it passed a resolution declaring the property a nuisance due to an unsafe and vacant structure on the property. Continue Reading »

S Affidavit alleges students heard threats to shoot up school

GENTRY — According to an affidavit of probable cause filed March 5 in the juvenile court of Benton County, a number of students interviewed stated that they heard a 16-year-old male student at Gentry High School say, "If I could hate, there would not be a school anymore," and, "If I had a rifle, this school would be over." He is also alleged to have said.... Continue Reading »

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S American empire is most powerful in world history

As a college professor for more than 40 years specializing in the Constitution and current events, I have been deeply troubled by our nation's tendency to become easily involved in the problems of other nations and, once militarily involved, we seldom leave. For years, I presented students a handout published by U.S. News and World Report, Jan. 19, 1998, showing a military presence in 31 foreign countries, 53 years after World War II. These included Germany (65,080), Japan (41,460), Italy (11,785) and even the United Kingdom (11,380). Continue Reading »

S Why do people reject the light of God's Word?

Weekly Devotion

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3:19-21 Continue Reading »