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S Little Free Library comes to Decatur

DECATUR -- A new twist on the traditional summer reading program is making its way to communities across the United States. It is called "Little Free Library." Now Decatur has one of these libraries in a box. The little free library began in Hudson, Wis., in 2009, when Todd Bol built a model of an old school house to honor his mother who was a long-time teacher and advocate for reading in the United States. Continue Reading »

S Freedom Festival Schedule of Events

This year's festival - which kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 4th, in Gentry City Park, with some events starting earlier in the day - certainly ranks up there with top-notch entertainment. The featured entertainer of the evening is Chris Lane, an up-and-coming country singer from Kernersville, North Carolina, where he began to play live shows after his college baseball career ended. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Legends Equestrian Center hosts show in Decatur

DECATUR -- While the first triple crown winner in 37 years, American Pharaoh, was parading before a crowded grandstand at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., another sporting event involving horses was taking place in Northwest Arkansas. Legends Equestrian Center held its annual Northwest Arkansas Hunter-Jumper show at its facility on Arkansas Highway 102 near Decatur on June 6 and 7. Seventy riders, ranging in age from 12 to 60-plus, competed in this two day event. Continue Reading »

Community

S Students compete at MSSU, tour PSU campus

GRAVETTE -- Seventeen students in the DECA Club at Gravette High School traveled to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and Pittsburg State University in Kansas on April 8. Students competed in various business competitions, toured the campuses and visited the PSU Technology and Vocational Center. They were accompanied by DECA advisor Bob Johnson. Continue Reading »

S Gravette High career day event

GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School held the annual Career Day on May 21. This year's Career Day featured two keynote speakers in the Performing Arts Center in the morning. Students were then able to select four of the 13 speakers to hear and gain some insight into the world of work and other post-secondary options. The two keynote speakers, who addressed the entire student body, were.... Continue Reading »

S July 4th celebration planned in Gravette

GRAVETTE --The Fourth of July in Gravette promises to be its usual bang-up celebration, with fireworks in the evening at Pop Allum Park, but several other activities will be featured at this year's event. The day's activities will begin at 10 a.m. with a dedication ceremony for the Gravette "Heroes Wall," a service project sponsored by the local Lions Club. The mural, several months in the making, depicts scenes.... Continue Reading »

S Police make juvenile arrests, solve string of crimes

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry have arrested numerous juveniles and solved multiple cases of criminal mischief and vandalism within the city. According to police, they received seven or more reports in the months of February through June of various crimes ranging from spray-painting vulgar symbols on sidewalks, playground equipment, fences and vehicles to commercial burglaries at the park concession.... Continue Reading »

Opinion

We knew it was coming, but it was still a sad day for America

I think we all knew it was coming. But that didn't take away from the sadness and extreme disappointment when the 5-4 decision of the Supreme Court was announced Friday, declaring state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. As I said, it was no surprise. Our nation, which was once founded on Christian and Biblical principles, has abandoned its roots. Continue Reading »

S Home is the most wonderful place to be

How on earth is a man supposed to sleep with a clock ticking two foot from his ear and a nightlight shining in his barely closed eyes? That is the question of the day or night, and I am not a rested feller today. We spent the night with our female offspring, and there is plenty to say about the episode. Continue Reading »

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