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S Thirty-eight graduate at Decatur High School

DECATUR -- For 38 seniors of Decatur High School's Class of 2018, the epic journey into adulthood began May 13 with a walk across the stage at Peterson Gym to receive their high school diplomas. Continue Reading »

S High school English students write and illustrate books, read them to first graders

GENTRY -- Students from the Gentry High School's pre-advanced-placement English II classes attended first-grade classes at Gentry Primary School on Friday and read books they had written and illustrated to the students in first grade. Continue Reading »

S Gravette seniors honored, receive diplomas

GRAVETTE -- Seniors at Gravette High School -- 141 of them were listed -- received their diplomas in a sunny but very windy Saturday morning graduation ceremony held in Lion Stadium, making it somewhat difficult to hear the words spoken from the podium. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Harrelson resigns as Gravette head coach

GRAVETTE -- Bill Harrelson, who led the Gravette football program to unprecedented heights in 12 seasons, has resigned to take a similar position at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville. Harrelson, who made the announcement last month, will oversee the eighth-grade team at Ramay as well as work with the new seventh-grade football program, which begins in the fall. "It was something I felt like I needed to do for myself," Harrelson said. "I'm getting up in years, and I think the move will help me. Ramay is a good place to work, having been there a couple of years before. So when (Fayetteville coach) Billy Dawson gave me the opportunity, I took it." Harrelson had been at Gravette for 12 years and compiled an 84-54 overall record, including a 52-27 mark in conference games. The Lions went 4-6 his first year in 2006 and missed the playoffs, but they made it to postseason play every year after that. Continue Reading »

Community

S Museum commission accepts $50,000 Care and Share donation

GRAVETTE -- Bo Roberts and Wilma Fladager, representing Care and Share, attended the May committee of the whole meeting and presented a check for $50,000 to the Gravette Historical Museum Commission. John Mitchael, museum commission member, was present to accept the donation which is to help with the restoration of the old home economics building. Karen Benson, the library supervisor, reported the library is seeing increases in patrons, items checked out, ebook usage and computer usage. She said the library website now features a community calendar where area clubs and organizations can add events. The new computer system is now in use and patrons can search the library's holdings and sign up for email and text notifications. Teen Tuesday Maker Space, a summer program, begins June 5. The first project will be to construct two Little Free Libraries, one to be placed by the Hiwasse Community Center and the other by the Gravette swimming pool and splash park.... Continue Reading »

S Sheriff's deputies show appreciation for teachers

GRAVETTE -- Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies relieved teachers from their duties in the car rider lines at Glenn Duffy Elementary School last week, according to Sergeant Shannon Jenkins, public information officer with BCSO. The deputies were on duty at GDE beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 10. This was a part of the department's Teacher Appreciation Week. "They work hard for our children and we wanted to do something for them. Deputies opened doors for the students, kept the traffic flow going and threw out a ton of high-fives!" Jenkins said. Continue Reading »

S Bikes and trikes descend on Decatur for annual benefit

DECATUR -- Suddenly the air was filled with the roar of small engines as bikes and trikes from the four-state area and beyond descended on the sleepy town of Decatur May 5 on a mission of mercy. That mission was to raise money for a worthy charity and to remember a little boy who lost his battle with a terminal illness. Continue Reading »

S Highfill scrambles to fill vacant council post

HIGHFILL -- With no one in attendance at the May 8 meeting expressing interest in filling the vacant Ward 1, Position 1, alderman post, the city council appointed Trevyr Lester, the wife of Toby Lester, to fill the unexpired term of Michelle Rieff. Toby Lester holds the ward's other seat on the council, and Rieff was appointed the mayor at the April meeting to replace Stacy Digby, who resigned in March just prior to an arrest. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S The lack of hay in barns has brought on a hay-cutting frenzy

Sunshine and scours, some good and some bad, helped start the work week around the rock pile. We enjoyed a really calm and nice Sunday, checked everything early and found no problems, went to church and rested the rest of the day. Then this morning I found two calves scouring pretty bad. I believe it is due to too much milk, and yet they are old enough to take a bunch of that and be fine. I got them caught and dosed them with scour medicine and prayed! Continue Reading »

S Jesus will come again in clouds of glory

Weekly Devotion

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." Acts 1:9-11 (Read 1-11). — Thursday was Ascension Day, the day Christians remember the glorious ascension of Jesus to His exalted position of power and glory at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. Continue Reading »