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S Decatur students get ready for new school year

DECATUR -- Students enrolled in the four Decatur schools had the opportunity to check out their new surroundings during the district's open house Aug. 9. Students of Decatur Pre-K, Northside Elementary, Decatur Middle and High Schools were able to pick up their class schedule, get locker assignments and meet new teachers during the eight-hour session. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Day 2018, "Looking Back, Moving Forward," draws hundreds of visitors

GRAVETTE -- A brief shower in midafternoon was the only interruption to the 2018 Gravette Day activities. The town's 125th annual celebration brought hundreds of folks to the city to enjoy a variety of events. The theme of this year's celebration was "Looking Back, Moving Forward," and parade floats, window displays and booth decorations all reflected the theme. Continue Reading »

S Ribbon cut, new classroom facility opened on Thursday

GENTRY -- What began in October 2015 was realized on Thursday when the ribbon was cut on the new Gentry Intermediate School classroom facility and even more so on Monday when students began classes in the new school building. Continue Reading »


S Lions still adjusting to new coach

GRAVETTE -- Doug Greenwood was hired as Gravette's new coach May 17, which meant he didn't get to go through spring drills with his new team. That has led the Lions to go through a learning process through the offseason period, and that trend has continued through the start of preseason workouts. "I lived in the office for a while," Greenwood said. "I was trying to get over here and get things taken care of -- learning (to know) the boys, understand them and what was going on in the process. It's been a 'hurry up and try to catch up' situation here at Gravette." Continue Reading »


S McVay, Wheeler crowned winners of Gravette Day pageants

GRAVETTE -- Darlene McVay was crowned Miss Gravette 2018 at the competition held Saturday in Kindley Park. She also earned the title of Miss Congeniality and was first in the evening gown and interview competitions. Kaitlyn Lloyd was first runner-up and winner of the streetwear competition, and Gage Woodcock was second runner-up. Tiffany Wheeler was crowned Miss Teen Gravette. She was also first in the streetwear, evening gown and interview competitions. Isabella Holloway was first runner-up. Madelyn Obert was selected Miss Congeniality and was second runner-up. A total of 11 pageants were held on Gravette Day. Following is a list of winners in each age group: Continue Reading »

S Meek competes in Miss Benton County Fair pageant

DECATUR -- Three days after winning the Miss Decatur Barbecue contest, Desi Meek, a senior at Decatur High School, was back on stage Aug. 7 competing in the Junior Queen division of the Miss Benton County Fair pageant. The pageant, which took place in the auditorium at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Bentonville, saw 60 area girls, ages 13-16 in the junior division and 17-19 in the queen division, vying for the 2018 crown and a chance to compete in the Arkansas State Fair pageant in Little Rock Oct. 11. Meek, the 16-year-old daughter of Tammy and Leonard Meek, was the first Decatur High School girl to win the Barbecue title since Kelsey McClain won it 15 years ago, in 2003. Once Meek won the Miss Decatur Barbecue title, she had the option of competing in the Benton County contest. The Decatur Chamber of Commerce sponsored her in this year's fair event. Continue Reading »

S Council set hearing for McKee Foods tax abatement plan

GENTRY -- The city council in Gentry on Aug. 6, approved a resolution to move forward with plans to give to McKee Foods Corp. up to $160 million in industrial revenue bonds. The council passed a resolution setting a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, immediately prior to the next regular council meeting. Continue Reading »

S Benton County eyes new radio system

New radios would impact small fire, police agencies

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials see the benefits of a new emergency radio and dispatch system, but a change could create problems for other police and fire departments in the county. Continue Reading »

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S Each day is a gift, not a given

We were all at the dinner table when the phone rang. The offspring had been hitting it hard all morning and I had been driving around checking cows and counting calves. My close relative answered the call and handed me the phone. I knew from the look on her face we didn't want to get the message. Continue Reading »

S Do you despise your birthright?

Weekly Devotion

"And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: and Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright." Genesis 25:29-34 We may consider this account of insignificance; but, in fact, it has a message of great significance to every Christian today. Continue Reading »