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S Rains dampen ground but not Tired Iron show

GENTRY — Rains dampened the 26th annual spring show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks last weekend -- a frequent occurrence at the spring shows each April -- but the wet weather did not keep club members from showing off their antique tractors and engines and giving visitors a taste of how things were done years ago. Continue Reading »

S Lions begin work on human foosball court

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club held a work day Saturday, April 21, and began construction on the city's new human foosball court at Pop Allum Park. Plans were to begin the project in early March; but several weekends of cold, rainy weather interfered, then the paving of the front parking lot at the park blocked access to the court's site for a few weeks. Continue Reading »

S City changes location of recycle trailers

DECATUR -- Decatur area residents dropping off recyclables after 2 a.m. prompted the Decatur City Council to reconsider the location of the two recycle-bin trailers during its April 9 meeting at city hall in Decatur. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Gentry girls win, boys slpit on soccer field

GENTRY --The Gentry girls defeated Danville, 5-0, on Friday. Katie Smith kicked in two goals for Gentry. Katie Ellis, Ariel Nix and Abi Powlowski each scored one. Nix and Lily Lor each were credited with assists in the game ... At Huntsville on April 16, Gentry scored two goals in the first half and another in the second for the 3-0 shutout game. Katie Smith kicked in all three of Gentry's goals. Lily Lor was crdited with an assist in the match. Continue Reading »

Community

S OCH open house celebrates hospital's 10th anniversary

GRAVETTE — Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette held an open house Thursday, April 12, to celebrate the hospital's 10th anniversary of serving Gravette and surrounding communities in northwest Arkansas. Door prizes were given, including a couple of special prizes available only to those taking the tour. Refreshments, prepared by the OCH food service staff, were served. Guests were taken on tours of the facility and were able to visit the inpatient and swing-bed services; the specialty clinic, which features wound care, pain clinic, podiatry and orthopedic services; the surgery department, including a new preop area; the Living Well Holistic Center; the sleep lab; the newly remodeled physical, occupational and speech therapy department; lab services; the 24/7 emergency department; and radiology services. Continue Reading »

S Buddy Day set for Glenn Duffy Elementary students

GRAVETTE -- The 11th annual "Buddy Day" for the students of Glenn Duffy Elementary school in Gravette will be held Friday, May 4. Buddy Day is for students in kindergarten through second grade and conducted in a carnival-type atmosphere. Buddy Day is a fun-filled, non-competitive day earned by the students for all of their hard work throughout the school year. The homeroom teachers divide their students into pairs or "buddies." The students wear a lanyard and are provided a list of stations in which they can "compete" with their buddy or another set of buddies. There are approximately 20 stations on the playground and the "Lion Theatre" in the gym for students' and their buddies' entertainment. Students stay with their buddy throughout the day, which teaches, not only peer communication and collaboration, but also teamwork. Continue Reading »

S HOSA trip approved, Mitchell new high school principal

GRAVETTE -- Robin Hilger, HOSA Club sponsor at Gravette High School, and two of her HOSA students, Amy Whiteside and Kade Jarvis, attended the April 16 meeting of the Gravette school board. Whiteside and Jarvis led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Hilger reported that HOSA students did well at state competition in Hot Springs and 12 qualified for nationals.... Continue Reading »

S Gentry school board offers contracts to teachers

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board offered new contracts to teachers and accepted athletic assignments for the 2018-2019 school year at its April 16 meeting. According to the listing provided to the school board, contracts were approved for 119 teachers in the district. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S I suspect paying taxes is not such raw a deal

I went to see the CPA, armed with my checkbook and a pen I hoped was out of ink! Actually, I knew it would be expensive and I had already grieved considerably, so I was sorta prepared for the worst of the news. Now don't misunderstand that, I am never ready to just shell out cash and I am always afraid our Uncle will be holding out his hand. The tax rules are so complicated a regular feller can't do his own, and so a CPA earns every penny he charges to keep our skins out of jail. Continue Reading »

S President has no constitutional authority to bomb Syria

Syrian civilians were reportedly gassed in April 2017, killing 80, and again in April 2018, killing 70. President Trump responded to the first with 60 Tomahawk missiles on one location. And to the second bombing, three separate locations said to have been development or storage sites were targeted. In neither of the two gassings are we indisputably certain that Assad was responsible for the attacks? Continue Reading »