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S Fall colors to peak soon

WESTSIDE — With peak fall colors expected in the area the last few days of October and the first few days of November, it's time to plan visits to local parks and scenic areas to view the fall foliage. And where to go might be a question to consider now, before the color peaks and the leaves fall. Continue Reading »

S Jesse, Lee named Decatur homecoming queen and king

DECATUR — Under a beautiful setting sun, the 2017 Decatur High School homecoming court, escorts and guests walked toward the visitor sideline of Bulldog Stadium ready for the 2017 homecoming coronation. After the junior-high football game, the eight-member court gathered at the 50-yard line with their escorts, ready for the long walk to the center of the field. Continue Reading »

S Gerner crowned Gravette homecoming queen on Friday

GRAVETTE — Hailee Gerner, a Gravette senior on the Lady Lions volleyball team, was selected as Gravette High School's 2017 homecoming queen. Seniors Isabella Dell and Katie Garrett were runners-up in the competition. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Lions dominate Bobcats, pick up homecoming win

GRAVETTE — The Lions scored a touchdown, point after and a field goal in the opening quarter, picked up 20 more points on three TDs and two PATs in the second quarter and added another goal and PAT in the final quarter for a big 37-7 win over the visiting Berryville Bobcats on homecoming night in Gravette's Lion Stadium. Gravette senior Austin O'Brien scored all five of Gravette's touchdowns, picking up 195 rushing yards in the game. Senior kicker Chris Childress added seven points with a field goal and four PATs in the game. Berryville's only score came on a touchdown and point after in the third quarter.... Continue Reading »

Community

S Mullen new city of Gravette fire chief

GRAVETTE — Gravette has a new fire chief. Lonnie Mullen has headed the Gravette fire department only a little more than a month and, even though he is a world traveler, he says he and his wife are looking forward to settling down, becoming a part of the community and getting to know the people. Mullen has been a firefighter almost all his life. A California native, he is from Big Bear Lake, in San Bernardino County. He graduated from high school in the small mountain community of Big Bear Lake. He joined the Marines about a year after graduation and spent two years in the military before returning to California where he says he "just sort of fell into" a job at the fire station. Mullen's career as a firefighter began over 30 years ago.... Continue Reading »

S Gentry Public Library plans Friday library celebration

GENTRY — The Gentry Public Library and the Gentry Public Library Association will host a public reception on Friday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to celebrate the library's anniversary. Ten years ago, the library moved into the renovated former Carl's Hardware Store building. Before then, the library was housed in a small building on Main Street. In 2002, realizing the library had outgrown its building, then library board director James Furguson and librarian Darla Threet began a search for a larger facility. The vacant Carl Hardware store was selected, and award-winning architect Marlon Blackwell was chosen to plan the building's redesign. The library moved to its current location in October 2007. During planning for the building's 10th-anniversary celebration, Threet noticed a building with the heading "Public Library" on a 1916 city map.... Continue Reading »

S Springtown petitions to nullify 2014 ordinance

Seeks way to reopen narrowed street and close Aubrey Long Road

SPRINGTOWN — According to a petition filed by the town of Springtown on Friday, the town is seeking to have an ordinance which was passed on October 10, 2014, declared invalid and void. The ordinance in question narrowed a short north-south section of Bredehoeft Road.... Continue Reading »

S Highfill to consider water-line expansion and bond refinancing

HIGHFILL — The city of Highfill will further discuss options to expand its water lines to the north and east side of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport at a special meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at city hall. Two plans were shared with the council on Oct. 10. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S A knock on the door changed the world

Though Halloween is often associated with knocks on the door and children's voices saying "trick or treat," there was one Halloween knock on the door -- Halloween was then called All Hallows Eve, the evening leading into All Saints Day -- which was heard around the world. It happened a long time ago, 500 years, to be exact. The knock on the door wasn't just on any door but on the church door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, located in Saxony (part of modern-day Germany). And the knocking wasn't to get someone to answer the door. Continue Reading »

S Did I miss the clues of oncoming illness?

Have I been floating along on a dream stream instead of knowing that real life is just not that easy? I guess so! This morning I saw all the scours and snotty noses a feller could take, and they are on that nice bunch of fall calves -- not every calf, but six of them and ears hanging down and mattery eyes. I know I didn't see anything to warn me when I checked the herd yesterday morning. Maybe I missed it, maybe it came during the night, but I sure didn't see anything wrong yesterday. Continue Reading »