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S K9 to be added to Decatur Police Department

DECATUR — For well over 100 years, canines have been used for a wide variety of functions including search and rescue, drug intervention and explosives detection by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies around the world. Soon a new K9 officer will be added to the Decatur Police Department. Continue Reading »

S Gentry powerlifters receive championship rings

GENTRY — Gentry High School’s powerlifters received their championship rings on July 12 and showed them off in a group photo at the high school. The team competed March 25-26 in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the 33rd annual NASA High School National Powerlifting Championships against 220-plus lifters from 11 states. Continue Reading »

S Gravette council members approve agenda items

GRAVETTE — Gravette city council members, at their committee of the whole meeting Thursday, July 13, considered a lot split for Matt Marrs for property on Baker Street, N.W., and replatting of the north part of the old bus barn property for David Marrs. Ordinances approving both actions will be on the agenda for the July 27 council meeting. An ordinance approving and adopting a planning jurisdiction map will also be on the agenda for that meeting. Continue Reading »


S Lady Bulldogs gain valuable experience

LINCOLN -- The off-season can be a time to learn new shooting techniques and work out any kinks in the team's game plan before the start of the regular season in November, and the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Lincoln to participate in the Lady Wolves team camp July 21 with the Greenland Lady Pirates and the host team from Lincoln. Continue Reading »


S Library to host program on Aug. 3 about upcoming eclipse

GRAVETTE -- The Great American Eclipse will cross the United States on Monday, August 21, resulting in a 93 percent partial eclipse over Gravette at approximately 1:11 p.m. The Gravette Public Library will host "Solar Eclipses and NASA's Exploration of the Sun," a presentation by Katherine Auld, on Thursday, August 3, at 7 p.m., at the library. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Filing period closes for local school board seats

Two contested races in Gravette, no candidates position in Decatur, Gentry

WESTSIDE — Petitions to run for local school board seats in Gravette, Decatur and Gentry were due in at county clerks' offices by noon on July 11, with elections set for Sept. 19. Two of Gravette's seats are contested, with James Brown Jr. opposing incumbant Jay Oliphant for Postition 1 and Reagena Davis and Jodi Moore vying for the Position 2 seat.... Continue Reading »

S Council approves water department purchases, holds off on police vehicle purchase and repair to road

HIGHFILL — City council on July 11 approved the purchase of a line locator for the water and sewer department and remote monitoring software for the water department but declined to approve the purchase of a pickup truck to replace a totaled police department patrol vehicle and held off on any expenditures for repairs of a section of Aubrey Long Road where culverts wash out every time it rains. Continue Reading »

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S Lots of fresh veggies, good times with friends

We've arrived at the last week of July and several big events are looming on the horizon. Gravette Day and the first day of school are less than three weeks away. Our neighboring community of Decatur will hold its annual barbecue the weekend after next. And, right around the corner, county judge Barry Moehring is holding a town-hall meeting next Monday at the old Shiloh auditorium in Sulphur Springs. The calendar is filling up fast, so be sure to circle the dates and don't miss any of these important events. Continue Reading »

S People love to complain, too dry or too wet, too hot or too cold, hungry or overfilled

My air conditioner is working great! The great outdoors in my area is now in the throes of real summer, temps running over 90 and heat indexes in the triple digits. I step out for a few minutes -- walking to my pickup for instance -- and my clothes are pretty damp instantly. Then, when I go into the home of my close relative, my dampness changes into a cloak of frozen material! I have not a clue about the setting of the temp on the air conditioner because I have been in dire straits for touching it many times. I just suffer in silence. Continue Reading »