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S Gravette homecoming is Friday

Three seniors vie for queen title

GRAVETTE — It's homecoming week in Gravette and homecoming ceremonies are set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct 21, in Lion Stadium, with three Gravette seniors vying for the title of homecoming queen for 2016: Zoe Betz, Alex Krewson and Halle Webb. Continue Reading »

S Flint Creek Nature Area now open to visitors

GENTRY — With the exception of a bridge over the dam and spillway, the paving of trails is finished at the Flint Creek Nature Area on the south side of Gentry; and the trails give park visitors the opportunity to take a walk along the spring-fed fishing ponds and streams and through the woods near Flint Creek without making a pathway through weeds and brush. Continue Reading »

S Rep. Womack holds 'Coffee with Congressman' event in Gentry

GENTRY — U.S. Representative Steve Womack, Republican representing Arkansas' Third District, visited with constituents in Gentry on Monday, holding one of his Coffee with the Congressman events in the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library and then going on to visit other sites in Gentry, including the Gentry High Conversion Charter School. Continue Reading »


S Lady Bulldogs lose final conference game to Lady Elks

ELKINS — In the final conference matchup of the 2016 season, the Decatur senior girls traveled southeast to take on the Elkins Elks in the gym at Elkins High School on Oct. 13. Elkins retained its number four slot in the 3A North conference, while the loss to Prairie Grove bounced the Bulldogs out of fifth place into the sixth position going into this match. As has been the case all season, Decatur started slowly, falling behind Elkins in the first two sets, 25 to 9 and 25 to 10. After a good pep talk by Jessi Castagna, Decatur volleyball coach, the Bulldogs came back in the third set to take as much as a seven-point lead in the opening minutes of play. After a timeout by the Elkins coach, the Bulldogs began to lose their momentum and the Elks fought back to within two points at the halfway mark in the set. Then Elkins found its second wind and overtook the lead from Decatur. Continue Reading »


S Skaggs named new Gravette police chief

GRAVETTE — Sergeant Charles "Chuck" Skaggs was chosen to be the new police chief for the city of Gravette last week, according to an announcement made by Mayor Kurt Maddox. Skaggs has been serving as the interim police chief and last Wednesday was offered the permanent position. He accepted the position and has assumed command. Skaggs underwent an extensive investigation by a search committee made up of several community members and city officials. He was one of seven candidates interviewed. The committee indicated they were proud to recommend Sergeant Skaggs as one of their top picks. Continue Reading »

S Gravette artists paint Rogers mural

GRAVETTE — Gravette artists Andy and Holly Wallace were recently commissioned to complete a wall mural on the side of a business building in historic downtown Rogers. The couple's art work, called "Bleu Girl" was created for the Urban Bleu Hair Salon at 113 W. Elm Street. They completed the mural project in a little less than 12 hours on Sunday, Oct. 9. Andy also made a video of the mural process and currently has just under 1,000 views. Andy and Holly are encouraged about the art installations being done in the downtown Fort Smith area and hope to see more of these coming to northwest Arkansas. Andy had done one mural in Springdale years ago but none since. Continue Reading »

S Ordinance to permit golf carts, ATVs being considered

GRAVETTE — A proposed ordinance to permit and regulate the use of golf carts and two- and four-seat all terrain vehicles on the public streets of Gravette was the only item of new business discussed at last Thursday's city council committee of the whole meeting. After a brief discussion, council members asked City Clerk Mike von Ree to add the phrase "must have Arkansas sticker" to the vehicle requirements. The ordinance will be on the agenda for the Oct. 27 council meeting. Continue Reading »

S Decatur council passes wastewater rate hikes

DECATUR — After a public hearing lasting nearly 90 minutes, the Decatur City Council passed the wastewater rate increase ordinance during its regular meeting in the conference room at Decatur City Hall on Oct. 10. Continue Reading »

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S Krewson crown queen at Gravette homecomng ceremonies

GRAVETTE -- Three seniors from Gravette High School were escorted onto the field at Lion Stadium, each with hopes of being crowned homecoming queen for the 2016 homecoming ceremonies. Continue Reading »

S Having a garden partner makes life interesting

Twice a year Linda takes a few days off to attend a quilting retreat with some of her friends. The retreat starts on a Thursday and ends on the following Sunday, a four-day intensive immersion in everything even remotely related to quilts and quilting. Last week, the day before she left, I had some work to do in the garden in order to get the raised beds in shape for the winter. I thought it would be fun to have my grandson Landon come over to help me.... Continue Reading »