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S Decatur Christmas Festival proves fun for all ages

DECATUR -- The streets of downtown Decatur were filled with children of all ages Dec. 12, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the jolly old elf, Santa Claus. Claus and his beautiful wife, Mrs. Claus, slipped in under cover of darkness to participate in the Decatur Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas Festival parade. Continue Reading »

S Christmas parade bigger and better

GENTRY -- With an outstanding combination of theme, lights and music, the Gentry Library and Friends won the Champion award at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade Saturday evening. The float, that depicted "Gentry Merchantile," was representative of the Gentry Library with lights and Christmas songs by Elvis. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Lady Lions unable to bring down Lady Elks, Boys grab big win

ELKINS -- Sometimes wins don't particularly come in glowing fashion. Elkins survived a turnover-filled battle with Gravette, 37-33, in non-conference girls' action Tuesday at Elkins' gymnasium ... Four players, led by Dustin Morgan with 13 points and Cole Turner with 12, sparked a balanced attack, as Gravette (4-3) jumped out in front of Elkins with a high-energy charge out of the gate. Continue Reading »

Community

S 73 years and counting

GENTRY -- A Gentry couple reached a milestone Friday that few ever reach, their 73rd wedding anniversary. Loren and Doris Davis of Gentry were married in Sayer, Okla., on Dec. 12, 1941. Though they had planned to marry, the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7 moved things up. Loren, 96, and Doris, 93, were honored Friday at the Flint Creek Apartments, where they now live. Continue Reading »

S Community Christmas Card

The 2014 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by NWA Media held $11,529 in contributions as of Monday. All donations go to help students in schools in Benton, Madison and Washington counties in Arkansas and in McDonald County, Mo. Donors can designate which school district receives their money. Individuals may deliver tax-deductible donations to any NWA Media office, including daily and weekly publications, until 5 p.m. Dec. 22. Continue Reading »

S Gravette PD search warrant yields bomb scare and drug arrest

GRAVETTE -- A Gravette man was arrested Friday after officers conducted a search of his home and found drug paraphernalia and suspicious devices. Police reportedly saw what they believed to be pipe bombs inside the home but found the devices were not explosives ... The bomb squad from Bentonville Police Department was called in to assist and arrived about noon. They removed the devices from the home using robotics and examined them. X-ray photos showed small round pellets inside, but no means of igniting or detonating them. Breaking into the pipes revealed lead shot but no propellant or explosive. Continue Reading »

S Police arrest pair at hair salon with drugs and shotgun

GENTRY-- Police arrested Bobby Wilmoth, 60, of Gravette, and Sarah Durling, 29, of Siloam Springs, after receiving two calls of a suspicious man and woman at a hair salon on Gentry Blvd., on Dec. 10. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Gentry police received calls just after noon from a neighboring business saying that a woman who appeared to be intoxicated entered Salon Revelations, "mumbling words that didn't make any sense," while the man drove a vehicle around to the back of the building and waited. When the woman came out of the business, they both left, according to the affidavit. Continue Reading »

Opinion

S Pointing People to Jesus

"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." John 1:6-9 ... John did not seek to gain a following for himself, but called upon all people to repent of their sins and trust in the Messiah and Savior who was about to appear. He testified of Jesus, that He is God the Son and the Savior who would take away the sin of the world. When He saw Jesus coming to him, he directed his disciples to Jesus, saying, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (v. 29) ... We too are called to bear witness to Jesus, the Light of the world, that all might place their trust in Him for forgiveness and life everlasting.... Continue Reading »

S The many church nativity scenes should be enough

All the tree leaves in this state are in the yard of my close relative. We have had several deep and serious discussions concerning this particular malady and yet the problem continues to exist. Today I am the feller wearing the pants and I have cattle to take care of and I will be back to this place for my lunch. Then, with a swift exit, I took myself to the truck. My heart rate was about to return to normal when I opened the feed room door and the possum that was on the edge of the feed barrel hissed at me. Continue Reading »

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