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S Safari land seizure goes to appeals court

No due process, wildlife park argues

LITTLE ROCK — The owners of a wildlife reserve weren’t allowed their due process rights when a utility company took part of their land using eminent domain, the owners’ attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Sandy McMath asked state Court of Appeals judges to reverse the eminent domain case and send it back to the Benton County Circuit Court for “proper proceedings.” Continue Reading »

S Lady Pioneers fall in regional debut

POTTSVILLE -- The Lady Pioneers ended their basketball season with a loss to the Ozark Lady Hillbillies in the opening round of play for the two 4A schools last week. Kylie Ladd had 20 points and Ozark bounced back from a sluggish start in order to roll past Gentry in Wednesday's girls' game. The Lady Hillbillies (29-3) outscored Gentry (10-14) by a 17-4 margin in the second quarter and turned a four-point lead into a comfortable 26-9 halftime cushion. Continue Reading »


S Bulldogs edged out in regionals

COAL HILL -- After losing a tough game to an official's call last week, the Decatur Bulldog senior boys traveled to Coal Hill for the first round of the 2A West regional playoffs Feb. 26. They faced the same team that eliminated them in the first round last year, the Bigelow Panthers. Decatur gained a 4-point lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter. But Bigelow quickly took control of the remainder of the first half. A long 3-pointer by Pelham beat the halftime buzzer for the 13-point lead, 36 to 23. The Panthers made five of six 3-point attempts in the first half. Continue Reading »


S Hometown Events

Gentry's Annual Awards Night will be Thursday, March 5, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The event is reserved seating only, $25 a seat. For more information, call the Chamber office at 736-2358 or email to ... The Highfill United Methodist food pantry will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information, call the church at 479-736-1275 ... An open house for the new safe room and community room at North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette is set from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the facility located at 700 Irving Street, S.W. the community is invited ... Submissions to Hometown Events may be emailed to Continue Reading »

S Who Betrayed Jesus?

"Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, "Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me." And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, "Is it I?" And another said, "Is it I?" He answered and said to them, "It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish. The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born." Mark 14:18-21 Who betrayed Jesus? Who is responsible for handing Him over to His enemies that He might be condemned, crucified and put to death? Yes, it was Judas. But are you and I also guilty? The Scriptures tell us: "Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me" (Psalm 41:9).... Continue Reading »

S Town-hall meeting set for April 13 to discuss school direction

GENTRY -- With the approval of the school board, the Gentry School District has scheduled a town-hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 13, at the city council chambers on Gentry's Main Street (adjacent to the police station), to hear the thoughts of the community on the direction the school district should take in regard to a charter school, facilities plans and its mission statement. High on the town meeting's agenda will be the possibility of establishing a charter school within the Gentry School District to better equip students to obtain employment after high school. The school district is seeking community input to determine possible avenues for such a school. Continue Reading »

S DHA turns corner, on track again

DECATUR -- With the departure of Debbie Weston and the organization under new management, the Decatur Housing Authority has cleaned up its act and is conducting meetings in accordance with Arkansas Code. Gone are the locked doors and closed meetings. Gone is the intimidation of an overzealous manager and board president. In its January meeting, the authority elected new board officers and nominated a new board member. Continue Reading »


S Newspapers present an 'abundance' of information

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette recently unveiled its well-deserved Northwest Arkansas edition. Of course, the change is an evolving process. The paper is continuing three crossword puzzles along with other regular features, comics, sports, state, national and international news. I mention the crossword puzzles because I like to solve their challenges. No, I don't use a ball point pen like the late Dr. Billy V. Hall. I use the old No. 2 pencils which include add-on erasers. I can struggle through at least a couple of the puzzles, but the New York Times puzzle is a bummer. Those folks think differently than I. Let's just say they think? Continue Reading »

S We had a good winter up until February

Greetings from north Siberia. We are having a heat wave and it is now hovering around a minus 40 degrees. I am pleased to announce we have no ground cover of snow, but all the dirt is frozen solid and it is difficult to walk in the lot where the earth was churned by a hundred head of raunchy steers. There is now not one smooth spot. Dressed in layers, I am an experienced puller-offer of clothing as I try to walk across the place to feed and put out flakes of hay. Continue Reading »

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