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S Moorman family of Gravette named Benton County Farm Family of the Year

BENTON COUNTY — The Moorman family of Gravette was named Benton County Farm Family of the Year on Friday. "We were pretty surprised and honored," Tracy Moorman said of the recognition. Tracy and Jennifer Moorman operate a 335-acre beef and poultry farm near Gravette, according to Jim Singleton, chairman of the selection committee. Continue Reading »

S NWA Riding Club finally has a home

DECATUR — NWA Riding Club has realized its dream of building its own home arena in Decatur. The club recently reopened for the season and began holding biweekly play days in its new location after a year's break to build the arena, according to Vicky Graves, who founded the non-profit organization along with her husband Tom. Continue Reading »

S Gentry becomes Tree City, holds Arbor Day celebration

GENTRY — Though tree planting was delayed numerous times due to wet weather, four new red maple trees were planted in Gentry City Park, a planned Arbor Day observance was held and a Tree City proclamation was read on May 17, officially making Gentry a Tree City USA. Continue Reading »


S Gentry girls finish second in state soccer tournament

FAYETTEVILLE — Central Arkansas Christian exacted some revenge in the Class 4A state girls soccer final Saturday afternoon at Razorback Field. The Lady Mustangs scored less than nine minutes in and never looked back en route to a 4-1 victory over Gentry in a rematch from a year ago. Senior Lynley Childress, who earned most valuable player honors, scored two goals - one late in the first half and another late in the second half as the Lady Mustangs (16-4-1) bottled up the Gentry offense. Childress said the quick start was key for the Lady Mustangs. "I think we just knew we had to come out with intensity, ready more mentally and knew what we had to do and got it done," Childress said. "We wanted to score early so we would have a little control of the game and we did that." CAC Coach Carter Lambert said his team played well together. "We have a lot of young players," Lambert said. "Of course, you never know what you're gonna get in a final with sophomores and freshmen, but they were awesome ... Gentry has two outstanding players and an outstanding coach. He's a gentleman and we really enjoy playing them." Continue Reading »


S Kristen Flesner of Gentry studies abroad

SEARCY — Kristen Flesner of Gentry departed May 11 for a six-week study abroad in Florence, Rome, Vienna and London with Harding University. As part of the curriculum, Flesner, a vocal music education major, will explore major cultural centers in Europe while learning of connections among music, art and history. Students explore the birthplace of opera, Florence, Italy, during the Maggio Musicale music festival. Trips to Pisa, Sienna and San Gimignano are also expected. Students have a full course load available to them, taught by visiting Harding professors. Continue Reading »

S Teeds to celebrate 50th

Fred and Violet (Witt) Teed will celebrate 50 years of marriage with a reception and open house to be hosted by their children from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Sac Osage Electric Coop Community Room, 4815 E. Hwy. 54, El Dorado Springs, Mo. No gifts are requested other than the pleasure of your company. As teenagers, Fred and Violet attended Gravette Holiness Bible School, where they met and fell in love. They later taught at GHBS, and Violet also taught for many years at Christian schools in Fort Scott, Kan, and in El Dorado Springs, Mo. In addition to working as a farmer, Fred was an employee at Witt Printing for more than 40 years. Fred and Violet were married at the Blackjack Church of God (Holiness) on June 4, 1966, and are still an active part of that church community. Continue Reading »

S Decatur police make arrest in two separate incidents

DECATUR — wo separate incidents within a three-day period landed two Decatur residents in the Benton County lockup. In the first incident, Decatur Police officer Randy Deason was parked on the corner of Grant Ave. and Charley St. running radar when he noticed a grey van driving at a high rate of speed. Continue Reading »

S Highfill to consider half-cent sales-tax increase for roads

HIGHFILL — Under consideration by the Highfill City Council and discussed at the council's May 10 meeting are proposed ordinances asking for a half-cent increase in the city sales and use tax and to put the proposed tax increase on the November ballot. The proposed tax increase would be specifically for road and street maintenance and improvements in Highfill and would sunset after five years. Continue Reading »

S Gentry, Gravette Middle Schools earn monetary rewards

WESTSIDE — Two west-side schools - Gentry Middle School and Gravette Middle School - received monetary awards due to student performance under Arkansas Code ยง6-15-2107, which authorizes rewards in an amount up to $100 per student who attends a public school or public charter school in the top 5 percent of all Arkansas public schools in.... Continue Reading »


S Spinning the News

Last day of school causes depression in students, teachers

WESTSIDE — The end of classes at area schools last week was cited as the cause of severe depression in both students and teachers, with some students being forced to leave the school and go to their homes for the summer in large yellow buses. "I can't believe it's over," said Robert, a teary-eyed seventh-grade boy, as he was forced to stand in line and board a bus to be taken back home. "I just wanted to stay and do some more math problems and read history," he said. Teachers, too, were sad and depressed when the last day of school came to a close. Many were left wondering how they would cope over the long summer break without breaking up quarrels and trying to keep their students' attention while they taught the details of their course curricula.... Continue Reading »

S It's ungrateful to gripe about the rain

Good weather and lots of grass cause beef producers to smile and walk around with a swagger. We are usually regular fellers but, at this time of the year, we are boldly sassy! Those of us who have not had to hit the hay fields yet due to the wet weather are cockier than the rest, and that is a bunch! A neighbor about 10 miles away cut, raked and baled without a drop of rain hitting his hay.... Continue Reading »