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S Fishing derby held Monday at nature park

GENTRY — Though the weather was hot and sunny, near 90 degrees, on Monday, that didn't stop a good number of youth, along with parents and siblings, from coming out to the new Flint Creek Nature Area to try their luck at fishing in the spring-fed pond. Continue Reading »

S Sulphur Springs becomes Purple Heart City

SULPHUR SPRINGS — The July 14 Sulphur Springs City Council meeting began with an introduction by Mayor Greg Barber of a special guest speaker. The speaker was there to make an announcement, a proclamation on behalf of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Charles W. (Chuck) Adkins, Jr., senior vice commander of the order, came from Fayetteville to present to city officials a plaque and a letter designating Sulphur Springs as a Purple Heart City. Continue Reading »

S Hay baling was tough to get done last week

This week promises to be better

WESTSIDE — While the rains last week made the grasses grow, cutting, drying and baling was a bit tough to fit in between the numerous thunderstorms and downpours. This week promises to be different. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Gentry veteran throws first pitch at Naturals' game

SPRINGDALE — Burl Lyons, a Gentry Navy veteran and former player on the semi-pro Gentry Baseball Team, threw out the first pitch at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale at the game between the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Springfield Cardinals on Wednesday, July 13. Lyons, who played in the outfield on the former Gentry baseball team, wound up and threw the ceremonial pitch to the catcher before a large group of Gentry residents in attendance at the game on Gentry night in Arvest Ballpark. He wore a dark-blue Navy veteran's cap and had his shoes shiny enough to pass uniform inspection. He was applauded by all in attendance. It was during the 1950-51 seasons that Lyons played baseball on the Gentry team, a traveling team which played other semi-pro teams in the region. He played outfield, mostly in centerfield, he said. Lyons then served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1974 and later worked for Walmart. Continue Reading »

Community

S Decatur awards soccer-field construction contract, looks at well system

DECATUR — Two items topped the agenda as the Decatur City Council met for its monthly meeting in the conference room at city hall July 13. Before the meeting started, Bob Tharp, Decatur Mayor, expressed his appreciation to Decatur Police Chief Terry Luker and the entire police force for their dedication to duty in keeping Decatur safe. Tharp also observed a moment of silence for the five Dallas police officers killed in the line of duty July 8. The Veterans Park soccer field, the subject of the last three council meetings, once again topped the agenda. After the June meeting, the city put the project up for bids to find a contractor for the project. Four bids were received and were presented to the council for consideration. Continue Reading »

S Contestants sought for Gravette Day pageants

GRAVETTE — Contestants are now being sought for nine pageants which will be held during the afternoon on Gravette Day, Saturday, August 13. Nine separate pageants, for entrants up to age 21, will be held as a part of the Gravette Day activities. These pageants are Pretty Baby, 0-11 months; Tiny Tot, 12-23 months; Little Miss Toddler, 2-3 years; Little Miss Petite, 4-5 years; Little Miss, 6-7 years; Miss Tween, 8-10 years; Miss Preteen, 11-13 years; Miss Teen Gravette, 14-16 years; and Miss Gravette, 17-21 years. Pageants will begin at 3 p.m. and continue through 7 p.m. on the main stage in Kindley Park. Miss Gravette contestants must live in the Gravette School District and either be enrolled at Gravette Public Schools or be home schooled the prior semester. GHS graduates may compete as long as they are under 21. Contestants must have never been married.... Continue Reading »

S Gravette council approves annexation, permit for day care center

GRAVETTE — Members of the Gravette city council, in a special meeting preceding the regular committee of the whole meeting Tuesday night, passed an ordinance annexing property belonging to Jeff Hendren into the city. They also voted to approve granting a special use permit for JoAnne Manovsky to operate a day care center in a residential area in Patriot Park. Continue Reading »

S Shortage of cash, tight budget influence council decisions

Police car purchase delayed, new tax sought

HIGHFILL — A shortage of funds and a tight budget were key factors in decisions made at the Highfill Council meeting on July 12. A police car purchase was put on hold and an ordinance was passed in an effort to increase funding for road upkeep and repairs in the city which is large in size but small in population. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S They're lowering the flag again, for what?

I was surprised to hear the American Flag flying would be lowered to half staff for the victims of the most recent terror attack in France, not because I take what happened lightly but because I take lowering the flag seriously. It shouldn't be done except in special circumstances. If I understand correctly, the flag was lowered after the Orlando shooting and lowered again after the shooting of police officers in Dallas. I expect it will be lowered in honor of the fallen officers in Baton Rouge, unless it is still down because of the French tragedy. Continue Reading »

S 'Arkansas Slim,' a talented comedian and musician

Several times I have considered writing a 'cuff about "Arkansas Slim," the man I mentioned recently. Lloyd "Slim" Andrews was born in December, in a house overlooking Spavinaw Creek, not too far from Bethel Cemetery, just south of Gravette. Lloyd was the seventh son of George Willis and Norma Andrews. His twin brother died in infancy. Lloyd grew tall and slender, hence the nickname "Slim" which followed him in a lifelong career of slapstick comedy, movies and entertainment until his death, April 3, 1992, just a few miles from his place of birth. His life story is one of hard work, lucky breaks.... Continue Reading »