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S Van Noy new museum curator

GRAVETTE — Once again the Gravette historical museum has a new curator. Randi Van Noy took over the position earlier this month after the former curator resigned to pursue other interests. Van Noy says she is excited about her new job since she loves the museum, the town and its people. Continue Reading »

S Decatur council approves renovation plans

DECATUR — During its Feb. 13 meeting in the conference room at city hall, the Decatur City Council approved the renovation of the community room, the main entrance and city offices at the Decatur Municipal Building. Continue Reading »

S Students seeking community help to gather stories, artifacts from Gentry Intermediate School building

GENTRY — A group of young Gentry students is putting technology to work to memorialize a school facility which will soon be going away. Using technology made available to them through EAST Initiative, seven fifth-grade students are at work to gather history and memories related to the current classroom and student center facility at the Gentry Intermediate School, a building slated to be demolished to make room for a new classroom facility. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Gravette girls fall to Berryville, beat Pea Ridge

GRAVETTE — After a heart-breaking loss to Berryville on Friday, the Gravette Lady Lions came back, and back from behind, to defeat the Lady Blackhawks of Pea Ridge in Saturday's consolation round. The Lady Lions were in the game against the Lady Bobcats of Berryville on Friday all the way up to the end. The game was tied at 14 at the end of the first quarter. It was 32-31, Berryville up, at the half. At the end of the third quarter, it was tied again at 49 all, But, in the final quarter, the Lady Bobcats pulled away and took a 68-61 lead to the bank for the win and then on to take the conference championship. Continue Reading »

Community

S New 4-H club in the works for Highfill

HIGHFILL — A new 4-H club is in the works for Highfill, according to information Marisha Gardisser shared with the Highfill City Council on Feb. 14. An informational/interest meeting is planned for 6 p.m., March 13, at Highfill's city hall. Gardisser said she grew up in 4-H, beginning as a Cloverbud in the Highfill 4-H club. Due to low member numbers, the previous Highfill club was discontinued in the late 90s. Now, with two young sons involved in 4-H, Gardisser said she would like to see a club started back up in Highfill, a club which would focus on serving the Highfill and Gentry communities. Logan 4-H, led by longtime 4-H volunteer, Jackie Griffin, will continue to meet at the Logan Community Building and serve the Siloam Springs community. Continue Reading »

S New food pantry to open Monday in Gentry

GENTRY — GFA Food Pantry will be opening on Monday at the First Assembly of God, located at 821 E. Main Street in Gentry. For several years the church had a small food pantry, serving 5-10 families a month on an as-needed basis. The church's new pastor, Michael Powers, had a vision for a large food pantry that will serve hundreds of families per month, so the church partnered with the NWA Food Bank and Convoy of Hope's Rural Compassion to receive food to be given away as part of the only certified food bank in Gentry. Several other Gentry churches plan to partner with the new pantry. A special meeting was to be held on Tuesday (after press time) at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Gentry to further involve other area churches, organizations and individuals in the food pantry. Continue Reading »

S Board votes to seek $3.1 million second-lien bond

GENTRY — The Gentry School Board, at its special meeting on Feb. 13, unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Stephens, Inc., as the school district's fiscal agent, to file an application with the Arkansas Board of Education to issue second-lien bonds in the estimated amount of $3.1 million to help pay for school construction projects which have been approved by the Board.... Continue Reading »

S Gravette seniors rock at sock hop

GRAVETTE — Several seniors came out to "rock around the clock" at a sock hop last Friday evening at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center. Those who attended enjoyed an evening of music and dancing, games and food. They were welcomed by Mary Kay Kelley, director of the Center. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S Its already time to watch out for Sneaky Snake

Do you fellers remember that I am not a brave man when it comes to the old Sneaky Snake variables found in feed rooms and every place on the rock pile I call my home? I am not a coward when it comes to facing tornadoes, snow storms, storming women, and can say I have never run away from a child throwing a fit! I figure I am able to face what the world slings at me about as well as the next feller my age! We all grin when we see the green starting to show in the pastures.... Continue Reading »

S Are simple math and making change a lost art in the modern era?

I do sometimes wonder what children are taught in schools these days. When I look at the names of subjects students take in high school, it appears that education has greatly improved since I was in school. But then I look at the results: students (and sometimes teachers) who can barely read and write and many who seem to be clueless when it comes to basic math skills necessary for everyday life. Continue Reading »