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S Tornado causes damage in Decatur

DECATUR — The 2016 tornado season roared into Decatur a little early as a line of tornadic thunderstorms moved through the area April 26-27, prompting a series of tornado warnings that extended from eastern Oklahoma into Benton and Washington counties. Tornado warnings were posted for Delaware and Adair Counties in Oklahoma 30 minutes prior to the storms crossing the border into Arkansas. Continue Reading »

S Bee swarm captured at Teasley Drug

GRAVETTE — Employees at Teasley Drug had some unexpected visitors when they arrived last Monday morning. A large swarm of honey bees had come in over the weekend and attached themselves to an overturned wicker lawn chair in front of the store. Jeffrey Aue, one of the young employees, discovered the swarm when he came to work. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Gentry takes boys' team title

Gravette girls finish in second place

GRAVETTE — Strong performances by Cole Cripps and Bryan Harris led Gentry to the boys' team title, while Vanessa Wing flew high in leading Pea Ridge to the girls' team title at the 4A-1 District Track Meet on Tuesday. Cripps won the triple jump and repeated as district champ in the pole vault by clearing 13-6, but it was Harris who earned high-point honors by winning the 100 meters (11.33 seconds) and finishing second in the 110 hurdles, high jump and long jump. The senior also picked up a fourth-place finish in the triple jump to add to the Pioneers' overall team total of 164. Continue Reading »

Community

S Earth Day observered at Eagle Watch

GENTRY — In spite of the misty and rainy weather on Saturday morning, about 30 people - most affiliated with Bloomfield 4-H - came to the Eagle Watch Nature Area on Saturday morning and helped spruce up the pollinator gardens and plant a variety of seeds along the trail to attract butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife. While the older children and adults carried out the harder tasks, the younger children delighted in planting seeds along the creek and in the prairie-grass area of the acres set aside for wildlife.... Continue Reading »

S Students relive bygone days during reunion

DECATUR — Graduates of Decatur High School gathered in the community room (old gym) at Decatur city hall (the site of the second high school) to see old high school friends and to remember days gone by. This year's event honored classes from 1955 and 1956, celebrating their 60th anniversary; 1965 and 1966, celebrating their 50th anniversary; and 1990 and 1991, celebrating their 25th anniversary. Seventy-five alumni began arriving at around 6 p.m. to a room full of history and familiar faces, invoking memories of basketball games, band concerts and high school dances. Continue Reading »

S Amendment to fix sign laws

Change would prohibit yard-sale signs on public property

GENTRY — As a result of a Supreme Court ruling (Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona), a proposed ordinance amending Gentry code regarding signs and, particularly, yard-sale signs was brought to the Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission on April 21 and, after a required hearing, is expected to be brought to the city council for adoption. In a 2015 ruling, the United States Supreme Court ruled that municipalities could not discriminate in allowing or prohibiting signs based on the content of the signs. In order to comply with the ruling and not expose the city to lawsuits, a proposed amendment was.... Continue Reading »

S Baber to be lead performer at Freedom Fest

GENTRY — Though July 4 may still seem like a long way off, preparations are underway for the 103rd annual Freedom Festival to be held on Independence Day in the Gentry City Park. In addition to the spectacular fireworks display held each year at dusk, preparations are being made for afternoon and evening entertainment at the annual event. Headlining the evening's entertainment will be Barrett Baber, an Arkansas musician known for his performances on NBC's "The Voice" and for winning the CBS Grammy Gig of a Lifetime in 2014. Continue Reading »

Opinion

S Welcome to the Byrnes Farm!

Well, Linda and I did it ... we bought a couple of sheep and a couple of goats. We are now the proud owners of two American Blackbelly ewes. One of the ewes, the one we call Rosie, has twin lambs, a male and female. Linda named the other ewe Sweet Pea. Sweet Pea is due to lamb sometime in October. Blackbellys are a handsome breed that remind me a little of deer. And they can jump like a deer too. They are mostly a dark tan with a black underbelly. Continue Reading »

S How did life and all things begin?

Who is the Creator?

The Biblical doctrine regarding creation is a crucial to the Christian Faith. Though there are many who claim to be Christian who no longer believe the Genesis account, I would have to question why they would even lay claim to being Christian. If God did not create the heavens and the earth as described in the first two chapters of Genesis, then why would one place his or her faith in Christ Jesus, God the Son and Maker of all who came into this world to redeem us from sin and the judgment of God upon us by dying on a cross? If God did not create us, what authority would He have to give us commandments and be our judge? And, if God will not be our judge, why do we need Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice for sin? Continue Reading »

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