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S Ribbon cut at new Gentry Career and Technical Education Center

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Rep. Steve Womack address crowds

GENTRY — The ribbon was cut on Aug. 8 at the new Gentry Career and Technical Education Center, opening the new facility just one week before classes were to begin at Gentry High School Conversion Charter. The facility houses a diesel mechanic classroom and lab, a nurse aide classroom and lab and a computer lab and includes state-of-the-art equipment and training tools. Continue Reading »

S Decatur library gets book donation

DECATUR — The Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur received several new children's books from the Arkansas State Library in Little Rock on Aug. 3. "The Arkansas State Library is pleased to provide the Decatur Public Library with the enclosed books, which were a part of the Publisher's Exhibit." Continue Reading »

S "Trains, Planes and Main Street" 2017 Gravette Day theme

GRAVETTE — The weather cooperated beautifully to make Gravette Day 2017 a resounding success. Some light raindrops fell during the afternoon, but the heavier showers held off until evening when the day's events had concluded. "Planes, Trains and Main Street" was chosen as the theme of this year's celebration, and Mayor Kurt Maddox and area officials held a ribbon cutting for the recently completed Main Street improvements at midday. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Gravette football coach reports lower numbers

GRAVETTE — Gravette coach Bill Harrelson is fighting the same issue a lot of schools across the state are — low numbers. The Lions opened practice earlier this month with about 36 players, which Harrelson said is about 15-16 fewer than what the program normally has. "We're normally at 50-52 players," Harrelson said. "Last year we had 52, but even that was down." Harrelson said he could not pinpoint one particular reason why the participation numbers are lower, but cited several factors as likely causes. "Football is not for everybody," he said. "We all know that. I feel like we sugar-coat it as much as we can, but we've got what we've got." The fear of concussions and the potential for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy are factors that many coaches across the country are saying is driving down the number of high school football players. But Harrelson said he does not believe that is the case at Gravette.... Continue Reading »

Community

S Hometown Events

Blood drive to be held in Gentry Continue Reading »

S Isabella Dell crowned Miss Gravette 2017

GRAVETTE — Isabella Dell was crowned Miss Gravette 2017 at the competition held Saturday in Kindley Park. She also earned the title of Miss Congeniality. She received a $250 cash prize, a crown, sash, flowers, and bag of gifts. AnnaBeth Wilkerson, 20, was first runner-up and Darlene McVay, 17, was second runner-up. Mackenzie Stewart was crowned Miss Teen Gravette and received a $100 cash prize. Mackenzie, 14, is the daughter of Paul and Marlena Russell of Gravette. Isabella Holloway, 13, was first runner-up and Tiffany Wheeler, 15, was second runner-up. A total of nine pageants were held during the Gravette Day competition, with judging in age groups for Pretty Baby (age 11 months and under) all the way up to Miss Gravette. Crowns for pageant winners 13 and under were sponsored by Peek-a-Bootique in Gravette. Following is a list of winners in the various divisions.... Continue Reading »

S Epting Funeral Home now open in Gravette

GRAVETTE — With the opening of the Epting Funeral Home in the former Farmers' Supply building at 209 Second Avenue S.W., near the intersection of Arkansas Highways 59 and 72, Gravette once again has a funeral home in town. The business offers funeral services for families everywhere in western Benton County and has a funeral chapel on site. Continue Reading »

S Highfill Council takes up road projects, patrol truck purchase

HIGHFILL — City council on Aug. 8 asked that specs for road repairs and for a new police pickup truck be put out to bid, with a planned bid opening and decisions to be made at a special council meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. But, that special meeting was canceled and a special meeting was set for Tuesday, Aug. 15, at which money for the projects was approved. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S Right fuel important for young athletes

Exact calorie requirements vary by weight, height, gender and sport, but growing teen athletes may need to eat as many as 5,000 calories each day, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The return to school means a return to sports for many middle- and high-school students.... Continue Reading »

S God forbids all forms of adultery

Weekly Devotion

"You shall not commit adultery." Exodus 20:14 — While we might commonly think of adultery only in the narrowest sense of being unfaithful to the marriage vow by engaging in a sexual relationship outside of marriage, this commandment of the LORD God really applies to all perversions of — all adulterating of — God's original design and intent for the marriage relationship described for us in Genesis 2:18ff. Thus, a person commits adultery when he or she is unfaithful to the marriage vow and has a sexual relationship outside of marriage; but a person also commits adultery through divorce, evil thoughts, pornography, fornication, sexual immorality, homosexuality, and any other sexual perversion.... Continue Reading »