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S Bever's Ace Hardware to buy shuttered Walmart Express in Gentry

GENTRY — The J.R. Bever Company, operating as Bever's Ace Hardware, announced it has entered into an agreement with Harps Food Stores to purchase its property at 905 S. Gentry Boulevard, formerly home to a Walmart Express store. The purchase and subsequent relocation of Bever's Ace Hardware will enable Bever's Ace Hardware to expand its extensive selection and provide a more pleasant, less confusing environment for shoppers. Continue Reading »

S Truck driver killed in Highway 43 crash

CHEROKEE CITY — Harold Gene Ellis, 58, of Bernice, Okla., was killed on Thursday when the truck he was driving overturned on Arkansas Highway 43 just south of the Spavinaw Creek Bridge and slid into the west ditch. Two others in another vehicle were injured in the crash. Continue Reading »

S Benton County planners delay Simmons poultry plant decision

BENTONVILLE -- After a two-hour meeting, Benton County planners on Dec. 6 delayed plans presented by Simmons Food Products for a new poultry production plant near Gentry. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Gravette Lions dominate the Lincoln Wolves in play last week

LINCOLN -- Kelton Trembly did his best to wear out the rims at Lincoln, dunking on the Wolves six times during Gravette's 62-40 win in the Lincoln gym Dec. 5. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior is an explosive leaper. The Lions have started more than one conference game over the past two seasons with a lob from the top-of-the-key to Trembly roaming the baseline. The intent is to give him an alley-oop. While those plays haven't always been successful, the very attempt served notice. Opponents better protect the rim. Trembly is also a threat to shoot the jumper, as illustrated by an 18-point outing he had as a sophomore against Lincoln. He runs the floor well and can handle the ball. His skill-set combined with athleticism gives opponents trouble. Continue Reading »

Community

S Large crowd comes out to see Gravette's Christmas parade

GRAVETTE -- The weather cooperated beautifully and mild temperatures greeted folks who came out to enjoy Gravette's "Dreaming of a White Christmas" parade on the evening of Dec. 2. Taking advantage of the mild December day, a large crowd of area residents lined the streets to watch the annual holiday event. Several people attended an open house at the Gravette public library, held during the hour preceding the parade. Hot-spiced cider, a cheese ball and crackers and cheesecake squares were served; and youngsters were allowed to make candy-cane tree ornaments to take home. They could also select a snowman from the library's tree. Continue Reading »

S Pioneers host Gentry Cheer Classic

GENTRY -- Junior- and senior-high cheer teams from across northwest Arkansas gathered at Pioneer Gym in Gentry Dec. 4 to participate in the annual Gentry Cheer Classic. Junior-high teams from Washington and Lincoln, Bentonville, Shiloh Christian and Lakeside, as well as their senior-high counterparts from Shiloh Christian, Ozark, Decatur, Gravette, Siloam Springs, Bentonville, Springdale, Farmington and Gentry, all participated in the evening event. Stunt teams from Gentry, Gravette and Siloam Springs participated in the stunt division. The stars of the competition were the Elite Cheer Team members, girls and boys, ages 6 and up, who put on four exhibition routines that at times brought spectators to their feet. Continue Reading »

S Council selects professionals for water storage, wastewater projects

Cell-tower ordinance passes on first reading

GENTRY -- The Gentry City Council chose engineering professionals on Dec. 4 for planning work on two major projects the city anticipates it will need to complete in the not-too-distant future, a new water storage facility and a new wastewater treatment facility. Continue Reading »

S Gravette council members hear department reports

GRAVETTE -- Gravette City Council members heard reports from several city department heads at their monthly committee of the whole meeting Thursday, Dec. 7. Chuck Skaggs, police chief, reported the police department had responded.... Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S Let's take off the dollar-sign glasses and take a realistic look at what growth may bring

I've been known to go against popular opinion on numerous issues. Most have been moral issues based on Biblical principles, so I have always felt I had good backing -- from heaven -- for stating what I knew to be the truth even when a good part of the world was headed in the opposite direction. However, on this one, I claim no divine direction, not even the certainty I'm right, just a feeling in my gut that tells me that current popular opinion might not stay so popular in the future. Continue Reading »

S We sometimes think something else would be better

I get a magazine free each month -- about farming mostly. I guess I bought something like weed killer or fertilizer and they got my name and address. I am not a good farmer and never want to be because it would never fit me. Sorta like milking cows, I just ain't built that way! But the magazine's sure worth reading and I usually do learn something every month. The folks write to the editor and some of the letters are printed.... Continue Reading »