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S Pool, splash pad the coolest place in town

GRAVETTE -- While little was going on outdoors in most places Sunday afternoon due to temperatures in the 90s, that was not the case at Gravette's city pool and splash pad. Continue Reading »

S Highfill fills alderman post, rezones properties

HIGHFILL -- City council, at its regular July 10 meeting, appointed Jayme Thompson to fill the Ward 1, Position 1, position vacated by Trevyr Lester. Thompson was sworn in by Mayor Michelle Rieff immediately after her appointment by the council, allowing her to be seated on the council midway through the meeting. Continue Reading »

S Decatur FCCLA team experiences national conference in Atlanta

DECATUR -- Four Decatur High School students traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to attend the weeklong Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. Continue Reading »


S Sports memorabilia display opens at Decatur City Hall

DECATUR -- From 1939 to 1970, high school students from grades nine through 12 once graced the halls in what is now Decatur City Hall. On the back side of the building was the gym where the basketball Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs gathered for practices and games for 31 seasons. A new display celebrating the rich Decatur sports heritage was opened on the first floor near the city office June 15. In 1970, the high school moved to its present location on Stadium Drive in eastern Decatur. Soon afterward, the Bulldog sports program moved into its new home at Peterson Gym where the tradition of great sports continues today. Part of the move involved transferring all trophies and plaques housed in a display case on the second floor of the old high school to a set of new cases at Peterson gym.... Continue Reading »


S Watkins gives first superintendent's report

DECATUR -- After accepting the superintendent's position June 26, Steve Watkins was at the helm when the Decatur School Board convened its first meeting marking the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Watkins' first order of business in his new post was an update on the progress of the new gym at Decatur Middle School. The new gym is nearing completion, with the office, nurse's station, restrooms and concession stand areas ready for occupancy by Aug. 1, two weeks before the start of the new school year. Continue Reading »

S Dentist Art Evans retires after 47 years

GRAVETTE -- Arthur Evans, "Art" to most of his patients and friends, has retired after 47 years of practicing dentistry in Gravette. A retirement reception was held in his honor Saturday, July 7, at the Bank of Gravett community room. The dental office in the OCH health clinic building will not be closing, however, as Evans has sold the practice to a pair of Gentry dentists. Alan Lamb and Scott Stubbs, who operate Gentry Family Dentistry, have purchased Evans' practice. They are doing some remodeling now and expect to be open to see patients at the Gravette office in a couple of weeks. They will continue to operate their office on Main Street in Gentry, as well. Continue Reading »

S Crystal Lake Farms to close its Decatur and Jay (Okla.) operations

DECATUR -- The final piece of Lloyd Peterson poultry legacy, Crystal Lake Farms will cease operations in Decatur in September, according to an announcement made my Gerald Lessard, president of the Decatur-based free-range poultry company. Continue Reading »

S Woman testifies against her accused rapist

Rickman found guilty, given life sentences

BENTONVILLE -- Eyes in the courtroom turned to her as she entered the room and, with a little help, walked on her prosthetic legs to the witness stand. Bandages covered the ends of her amputated arms. The woman smiled before Carrie Dobbs, deputy prosecutor, started asking her questions. Continue Reading »

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S There are questions which challenge faith, but God's Word has answers

There are questions which challenge faith but God's Word has answers. Following are a few common questions people ask which challenge faith along with Biblical answers. If there is a good and loving God, how could He allow so much evil in the world? That is a question often asked by Christian and non-Christian alike, especially at times when loved ones die or terrible evils and tragedies occur. Is there an answer? While the wisdom and workings of God are often hidden from our eyes, He has revealed to us in the Scriptures what we need to know. Continue Reading »

S Life's many mysteries

The mystery is solved! Well, not completely. Several years are unaccounted for. But a final chapter is finally being written. The mystery began sometime during World War II, 1944 to be exact. It was a hot birthday in August when the first mystery arrived at the Evans residence. Your author can't remember who was responsible for the gift I received -- a mystery. And that is the cause of this latest mystery. Continue Reading »