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S Gravette HOSA attends state competition

GRAVETTE -- Fifty-two Gravette High School students traveled to Hot Springs on March 11 for the HOSA state competition. HOSA is a club designed for high school students in ninth through 12th grades interested in pursuing careers in the medical professions. While in Hot Springs, the students competed in many different medical categories, including forensics, medical ethics and law and dental assisting, to name a few. Many of the events included a knowledge test, followed by a practical skills test in the afternoon. More than 600 students from across the state competed. Continue Reading »

S Mayor holds town-hall meeting

DECATUR -- The city of Decatur hosted the first of what is expected to be many town-hall meetings in the community room at city hall on March 19. Fifteen area residents and civic leaders attended this inaugural event which was organized by Mayor Bob Tharp. "I wanted to hear from the citizens of Decatur, and I feel the best way to accomplish this task was through a town meeting," Tharp said. "This way I can talk face-to-face with Decatur residents about issues that concern them." Continue Reading »


S Lady Pioneers capitalize on hits, take early lead over Lady Tigers

GENTRY -- A strong first two innings gave the Lady Pioneers the runs they needed to beat the visiting Lady Tigers from Prairie Grove on March 17 at the Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex in Gentry. The Lady Pioneers answered a stolen solo Lady Tiger run in the top of the first by putting three runners across the plate in the bottom of the inning. Jaime Pierce and Sabra Phillpott both made it home on a Brooke Boston single to center. Shamere Corter, who was walked, stole home just before the close of the inning. In the second, Baeley Metz reached on an error, made it to second on a sacrifice by Christina Barber and scored when Pierce hit a fly ball to center for a single.... Continue Reading »


S Hometown Events

80th Birthday — The children of Mary Crawley would like to invite the community of Maysville and Gravette to join them in celebrating Mary Crawley's 80th birthday. The party will be held on Sunday, March 29, at the Maysville Community Building. Bring a covered dish to the potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. or drop in between 1 and 5 for an afternoon of fellowship and surprises. Your attendance is the only gift requested. Taco Fundraiser — Harvest Baptist Church is sponsoring an "Indian Taco" fundraising event, with all of the proceeds going towards mission work. The church will make and deliver Indian Tacos locally on Friday, March 27, during lunch time.... Continue Reading »

S How can we cleanse our ways?

"How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word ... I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. ..." Psalm 119:9, 15 (Read Psalm 119:9-16) Are you looking for direction in your life? Do you wonder how you can ever get back on track and going the right way? Psalm 119 tells us how to cleanse our way: "How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word." Jesus says it this way: "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!" (Luke 11:28). God's Word calls upon every one of us to repent of our selfish and sinful ways and to turn unto the LORD for His mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus.... Continue Reading »

S Wilks serving in strike fighter squadron

LEMOORE, Calif. -- A 2012 Gentry High School graduate and Siloam Springs native is currently serving with the U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron 122, also known as the "Flying Eagles," stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Airman Makayla Wilks is an aviation electrician's mate with the squadron, which the Navy designates as VFA-122, and works with the Navy's most lethal and versatile strike fighter aircraft, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Continue Reading »

S Haak to lead Arkansas River panel

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama appointed Delia Haak of Gentry to be chairman of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission. The appointment came on March 10. The commission administers a compact that the Arkansas and Oklahoma legislatures and Congress agreed to in 1970. The commission determines how much water from the Arkansas River and its tributaries each state can use, monitors pollution levels and coordinates between the water-quality agencies in both states. Continue Reading »


S Is there bias in the news?

In the news business, we try to be very careful not to show bias in our reporting of the things which happen in our communities and around the world. We try, as it were, to check our baggage at the door and fairly report all sides of an issue without showing favoritism toward or discrimination against any one person, group or organization. But is that even possible? Can a person divorce himself from his views and opinions and give an honest and unbiased report on every issue? Continue Reading »

S A Tale or Tails of Cats

Readers of the 'cuff down through the years will remember mention was made several times of the experiences with cats in the Evans household. Their (the cats') antics mentioned often drew comments from readers who owned cats. There was often a comment about not being fair to dogs. We did adopt a couple of dogs, one of which was with us almost 15 years. And, when our daughter was at home, we went through the usual list of pets, ranging from goldfish to.... Continue Reading »

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