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S Gentry holds graduation ceremonies

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Almost 100 Gentry seniors crossed the stage in the Bill George Arena to receive their diplomas on Saturday night. Graduating seniors, in maroon caps and gowns, marched into the arena to "Pomp and Circumstance," performed by the Gentry High School band. Ethan Barnes led the invocation and Alex Ellis welcomed the many families, friends and other guests who filled the arena on the campus of John Brown University. Continue Reading »

S Large class graduates from Gravette High

SILOAM SPRINGS -- It was standing room only in the Bill George Arena in Siloam Springs as members of Gravette High School's senior class (with 131 seniors listed) crossed the stage and received their diplomas on Saturday morning. The ceremonies were moved from the football field in Gravette to the indoor arena on Friday due to the high possibility of rain showers on Saturday morning. Graduates marched into the arena to "Pomp and Circumstance," played by the high school band under the direction of James Hendrix. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Lady Pioneers earn spot in finals

GENTRY -- Sophomore Amber Ellis scored two goals and goalkeeper Chastery Fuamatu notched her second consecutive shutout to lead Gentry to a 3-0 win over Episcopal Collegiate in the Class 4A state soccer semifinals Saturday afternoon at Maumelle. Ellis gave the Lady Pioneers (11-6-1), the No. 2 seed from the 4A-1 Conference, the lead early in the first half. She scored again in the second half and junior Brieann Ward added another. Continue Reading »

Community

S Memorial Day program set for Gravette

GRAVETTE — Gravette American Legion Post 25 is hosting the May 25 Memorial Day program at Hillcrest Cemetery. All veterans, their families and the community at-large are invited to attend and participate in this program to remember and honor those who have served in this nation's Armed Services and those who are still serving. Featured speaker will be State Senator Jim Hendren, who is also a USAF officer. The Girl Scouts will present the Colors and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Gravette High School band will provide patriotic music throughout the program. Continue Reading »

S Lane featured entertainer for Freedom Fest

GENTRY -- Chris Lane, from Kernersville, N.C., will be the featured entertainer at this summer's July 4 Freedom Festival in Gentry City Park. Lane began to play live shows after his college baseball career ended and, over the last few years, he has played in more than 500 shows, opening up for Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert, among others. Lane has also been featured on Lee Brice's "The Otherside Tour" and will continue to be on select dates with Florida Georgia Line throughout the year, according to his website. Continue Reading »

S School facilities survey creates dilemma

GENTRY -- If the Gentry School Board was hoping for clear direction and guidance in pursuing a facilities plan which would provide more modern space for the Gentry Intermediate School, what they received from an online survey which ended Sunday was a dilemma, with the majority of survey takers indicating they wanted the board to pursue the building of a new high school but would not be willing to pay for it. Continue Reading »

S Annexation issue added to Springtown June agenda

SPRINGTOWN -- The issue of whether to annex into the town the property of several Springtown-area residents will again be on the agenda at next month's regular meeting of the town council. A motion made by councilwoman Linda Taylor, just before the close of the May 12 meeting, asked that the item be put back on the agenda at next month's meeting. Her motion passed, with Taylor, Don Jech and Chuck Guess voting in favor of the measure. Karee Barrett abstained and Terri Glenn voted no. Continue Reading »

Opinion

S So what's wrong with gambling?

Is gambling wrong? What does the Bible say? So, what is wrong with gambling and playing the lottery? Many ask this question when they hear preachers say the Bible condemns it. They argue that it's just innocent fun and doesn't hurt anyone! But is that true? The reason gambling and even buying lottery tickets runs against what is taught in the Bible pretty much boils down to the reasoning behind it. Continue Reading »

S It's time to be planting garden corn

When I was a young boy, we would always put up corn in the summer. Of course, growing up in Louisiana, we raised field corn to eat, and I still prefer it to sweet corn. Field corn seems to go better than sweet corn with fried okra, purple hull peas, lima beans and garden-fresh tomatoes. Continue Reading »

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