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S Decatur High School holds graduation

DECATUR — For 27 Decatur High School seniors, the long road from childhood into adolescence arrived at a fork, one road leading into the vocational field, the other to a college education and a lifetime career in a professional field. Continue Reading »

S Texas man looking for relatives of baseball teammate kiled in 1966

GRAVETTE — A Texas man is looking for relatives of Robert Gwartney, Jr., who died at the age of 12, along with his family, in a horrific traffic accident near Poteau, Okla., on June 29, 1966. Robert Gwartney, Jr., was the son of Robert Gwartney, Sr., a dentist in Kilgore, Texas, who was from Gravette and was returning to Gravette with his family on the first leg of a vacation to visit family members here. Continue Reading »

S Graduation ceremonies held Saturday in Gravette

GRAVETTE — For 126 seniors at Gravette High School, Saturday was a day to celebrate a milestone in their hard work as they walked across the stage in Lion Stadium and received their diplomas, handshakes and congratulations as high school graduates. Continue Reading »


S Lady Lions fall in state semifinals to Pottsville

GRAVETTE — After a bye in the first round of state tournament play and shutting out Crossett, 3-0, on Saturday in the quarterfinals, the Lady Lions' season ended on Monday when they were shut out by Pottsville in the semifinals, 4-0, at Lonoke High School. Cally Kildow, freshman pitcher for Gravette, struck out six Pottsville batters, walking only one, but Pottsville managed seven hits and put four runs on the board while holding the Gravette girls scoreless on two hits, by Kildow and Jaki Chalk. Pottsville score a run in the first, two in the sixth and another in the seventh. The Lady Lions beat Pottsville during the regular season, 1-0, in an away game on May 6.... Continue Reading »


S Peculiar pregnancy problems

Even if you've done your research, some pregnancy symptoms may surprise you. You've probably heard all about morning sickness and swollen ankles. Here are some symptoms of which you may not be aware. Tag, you're it — Skin tags are very small growths the color of your skin. They tend to appear on the underside of your arms, beneath your breasts or on your neck. Skin tags are more annoying than indicative of a health problem. Some mothers will see them subside after delivery. If yours hang around and are bothersome, talk to your dermatologist about having them removed....A tangled web — During pregnancy, your body produces more progesterone than usual. This hormone can cause your veins to open wider, which can lead to varicose veins. When you are pregnant, your total blood volume increases by about 50 percent. This also can cause your veins to enlarge, potentially resulting in varicose or spider veins.... Continue Reading »

S 'The Walking Man' is also 'The Library Man'

GENTRY — Rick Herron, sometimes known around town as "The Walking Man," should really be known as "The Library Man." Often during his daily walks, Rick comes into the library. He reads the newspaper, accesses the world through the public computers and indulges his passion for history with the library's selection of nonfiction chronicles. But the main reason he should be known as "The Library Man" is because of the generous monetary contributions he makes to the Gentry Public Library. Rick has given to the library many times. He earmarked his most recent contribution specifically for the purchase of books for the library, which library director Darla Threet was delighted to do. Continue Reading »

S Judy Winslett resigns as assistant superintendent in Gentry

GENTRY — Judy Winslett, assistant superintendent of the Gentry School District, submitted her letter of resignation on Monday, May 15, and, after June 30, will be working full-time as an assistant professor in the graduate education program at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, where she will teach classes in education and in school counseling. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Fire Department receives 20 sets of turnout gear

GRAVETTE — The city of Gravette Fire Department received 20 sets of turnout gear valued at $9,717 at an award ceremony Tuesday, May 9, at the Firehouse Subs restaurant in Bentonville. The gear was received through a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Money for these grants is raised year-round at more than 1,060 Firehouse Subs restaurants across the nation. Continue Reading »

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S Spring cleaning time is upon us once again

Glory be! Sunshine and ticks seem to be the order of the morning! I only had seven of the happy little blood suckers on my legs after feeding the barn cats and mice. Yes, the mice eat more of the cat food than the cats. Well, I do not know where I walked through a village of ticks, but it was pretty obvious that I did. I felt the critters crawling and headed for the house in a hurry. Continue Reading »

S Let's redeem the time we have left!

"Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries." 1 Peter 4:1-3 The biggest regret in my life is wasted time — time spent on my own selfish pursuits.... Continue Reading »