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S Safari faces allegations of violating Animal Welfare Act

Latest inspection reveals only one deficiency in animal care

GENTRY — Cars were lined up out into the road to get into the Wild Wilderness Safari on Thursday afternoon, and everywhere adults and children were enjoying the animals and their time in the animal park. Either no one knew or no one cared about the most recent complaint filed against the popular attraction in Gentry. Continue Reading »

S Vietnam veterans to be honored at Jay ceremony

JAY, Okla, — When United States service members returned home from the Vietnam War, many did not receive a hero's welcome and few were thanked for the time spent in the military during the conflict. Continue Reading »

S Council approves two property adjustments

GRAVETTE — In a brief meeting Thursday night, the Gravette city council passed two ordinances and one resolution. An ordinance was passed rezoning property at 210 6th Avenue, S.E., belonging to Tom Barber, from R-1 to R-2. A second ordinance was passed approving.... Continue Reading »

Sports

S Cold wind blows puts chill on Gravette track meet

GRAVETTE — With overcast skies and temperatures hovering around the 50-degree mark, 16 teams from Northwest Arkansas and one from Eastern Oklahoma gathered at Lion Stadium March 16 for the Gravette High School Invitational Relays track meet. The athletes faced brisk 15-20 mile-an-hour west winds which dropped temperatures to the upper 40s by sunset and forced some athletes to resort to some strange means to stay warm. One resourceful young athlete kept his warm-ups on during his high jump attempt, which failed. Overall, the athletes endured the conditions and performed very well during their events. Bentonville West won both the boys' and girls' meets. The host team, Gravette, placed third in the girls' competition behind strong performances by Anne Jorgensen, who placed second in the shot put, and in the girls' 4x800-meter relay (with team members Tori Foster, Berenice Garcia, Sally Bird and Gracie Berger). Continue Reading »

Community

S Fifteenth annual Lions Golf Classic planned

GRAVETTE — Plans are being made for the 15th annual Lions Golf Classic. The event, sponsored by Gravette High School Boosters, will be held Saturday, May 6, beginning at 8 a.m., at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. It has been organized to benefit Gravette High School and proceeds from the tourney benefit various GHS activities including athletics, drama, vocal and instrumental music, cheerleaders, academic achievement awards and the arts. Entry deadline for the tournament is Monday, May 1. Entry fee is $65 per person or $82 per person including golf fee. Participation will be limited to the first 144 entries. Both men and women golfers are welcome. Play will go on, rain or shine. The tournament features 8 a.m. shotgun play, four-person scramble and automatic 2 putt. Prizes will be given for closest to the pin, longest drive and holes in one. A lunch for all participants will be served after play ends, at the Highlands United Methodist Church. Continue Reading »

S Gentry Public Library hosts Spring Fling Boredom Buster Thursday

GENTRY — The Gentry Public Library will host a Spring Fling Boredom Buster, Thursday, March 23. Please plan to attend any or all of our free, no-reservation-required spring break events. Everyone is welcome. 2 p.m. -- A recognition of National Puppy Day with Mark Smithson, Gentry Code;Enforcement/Animal Control; 2:30 p.m. -- A mock stained glass activity for children and adults; 3:30 p.m. -- Bookface Contest; 4 p.m. -- Hot dogs; 4:30 -- 6 p.m. -- Viewing "The Secret Life of Pets" and popcorn.... Continue Reading »

S Decatur council hires new police chief, restricts street to one way

DECATUR — The City of Decatur will soon have a new police chief to replace Terry Luker, who is retiring after 28 years of service to Benton County, Gravette and Decatur police departments. Continue Reading »

S Board approves administrative contracts, buys tractor

GENTRY — The school board, on March 13, opened bids and accepted the low bid of Countryside Farm and Lawn in Springdale for the purchase of a John Deere tractor and front-end loader, pallet forks, box blade and brush mower for the school district at a cost of $45,185, approximately $5,000 less than the National Joint Powers Alliance.... Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S An Inspiring Visit to Monticello

After Linda and I left Ashville in North Carolina, we headed up to Charlottesville in Virginia. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia which was founded by Thomas Jefferson. It is also where the nation's third president lived, at the home he built, Monticello. Monticello, which means "little mount," was a large plantation house built on top of a large hill overlooking Jefferson's beloved university. Continue Reading »

S March weather varied; finally spring is here

March has brought us a variety of weather. Finally, a few days before midmonth, we got our first snow of the season. It was only a dusting but, with the accompanying light freezing rain that evening, Jim had to scrape some icy particles off the windshield before we headed out to church the next morning. I didn't like the weather getting so cold but it was nice seeing a few snowflakes fly. After all, we haven't had much of a winter at all. Continue Reading »