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S Gittleins chosen as Farm Family of the Year

MAYSVILLE — Garrett Gittlein grew up farming his family‚Äôs land in western Kansas, and for the past nine years he has been growing his own family farm in western Benton County. Gittlein, 32, with his wife, Amanda, 31, and sons Mason, 6, and Colson, 3, were recognized Tuesday as the 2017 Farm Family of the Year for Benton County. Continue Reading »

S School board approves demolition contract

Barrett, Winslett, Barnes thanked for their years of service

GENTRY — The board unanimously approved a guaranteed maximum price document for the demolition work at the Gentry Intermediate School for a total of $474,837. The price includes some asbestos removal and the demolition of the current classroom facility in preparation for the construction of a new two-story classroom facility on the site. Continue Reading »

S GUE students raise money for special bike purchase

GRAVETTE — May 31 was an exciting day for students at Gravette Upper Elementary School. After several rainy days, they were allowed out on the playground that morning to witness an event they had worked toward. It was a display of extreme kindness toward a schoolmate, and it was made possible by their efforts. The event had already been postponed because of rain, and each one was eagerly anticipating the celebration. Continue Reading »


S Bulldogs return to Colcord for second week of summer league

COLCORD, Okla. — The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team returned to Colcord, Okla., for the second week of the Colcord High School summer basketball league. Since the Warriors from Oaks, Okla., were unable to attend this week's session, the Bulldogs and Hornets played the same contest as last week, a series of eight-minute scrimmage periods, six in all. Because of a scheduling conflict with the new gym at Colcord High School, the scrimmages were moved to the old gym near the middle school. Built in 1955, the old gym is much smaller than Decatur's Peterson Gym, with only three feet clearance between the bleacher faces and the sideline and six feet on either end. But this gym has two unique design features that, in its heyday, were used in buildings where space was a premium. Continue Reading »


S Boys and Girls Club programs a success

GRAVETTE — According to all those involved, the after-school programs and summer programs offered by the Gravette Boys and Girls Club are a resounding success. Ashley Oosterman, director of the Gravette club, conducts the programs for students in kindergarten through eighth grade with the help of three other staff members. She said that 349 different youngsters were served from June, 2016, to May, 2017. Oosterman cited figures from the After School Alliance, whose studies show that seven in 10 students involved in such programs improve their homework completion and class participation and two in three improve their behavior in class. She said the program provides nearly two million children across the country a safe place after school as well as all the benefits from the summer programs. Continue Reading »

S It's time for planting flowers, haying and family vacations

With mid-June's arrival, the temperatures have been slowly climbing. Our weather reporter showed the thermometer reached into the 90s a few days last week. A chorus of song from the young frogs punctuates the evening, and clouds of fireflies drift lazily upward at dusk. The sweet smell of honeysuckle floats over from the fencerow, and the rose of Sharon beside the lawnmower shed has a lovely display of blossoms. I visited a friend at Cherokee City in late May and she gave me and my companion small vials of coxcomb seed. Most of the flowers in the beds Jim built beside the front porch died out last summer, so about a week later I took my scratcher and worked up the soil there. I planted two rows of the tiny seeds, and already slender shoots are emerging. I rode with Jim to Southwest City early this month and walked into the downtown area while he paid for a window he had ordered at the lumberyard. I noted several changes there. I was dismayed to discover the trading post where I had enjoyed shopping was closed up, as well as the little malt shop in the middle of the next block. I visited with a couple of fellows at the pawn shop and spied a new event center across the street. At least it was comforting to see the Corner Cafe and Main Sweets Bakery with its tasty soups and sandwiches is still thriving. Continue Reading »

S City calls for legislation requiring Internet companies to collect local sales taxes

GENTRY — A resolution was adopted by the Gentry City Council at its June 5 meeting urging state and federal lawmakers to adopt laws requiring local and state sales and use taxes to be collected and paid by companies doing business on the Internet. The resolution also calls on Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to call a special session to pass such legislation. Continue Reading »

S Highfill approves expenditures for tree trimming and to finish fire station construction project

HIGHFILL — With no old or new business on the agenda, the Highfill City Council on June 13 heard department reports and approved spending money to finish the fire station and to trim and remove trees from the city park. Council members unanimously approved spending up to $1,100 from the city's savings to trim park trees.... Continue Reading »

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S Living with Alzheimer's

In 2017, more than 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. By the year 2050, it's estimated that number may be as high as 16 million, and anyone with a brain is at potential risk. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and is a disease which is often misunderstood. The month of June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, and Americans are encouraged to "Go Purple" for better awareness and an eventual cure for this deadly disease. In July, Siloam Springs Regional Hospital will start an Alzheimer's support group on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The group will meet at 6 p.m. on July 11 and 25 inside the hospital's Classroom 2. There is no charge to be part of the group and anyone is welcome to attend. Continue Reading »

S City folks have the right to buy land and cattle but....

My cattle and your cattle are together and I want mine back! That is what I want to say, but I will try to be a bit more diplomatic and even smile as I state the news. My neighbor is pretty new to this part of the world and I don't know him very well. He doesn't come to my church, hang out at the feed store or the coffee emporium and seems to rush in and out of the post office. He also has an earring and wears those tight-legged pants with little cuffs rolled up. What I am trying to say is that I am dreading the encounter. But I do want my cattle back. Continue Reading »