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S Decatur landmark gets facelift

DECATUR -- Since its removal from a century-old home near the Simmons feed mill in the early 1990s, an old log cabin has become the symbol of endurance for a city that nearly went extinct. Continue Reading »

S Governor Asa Hutchinson returns home for Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner

GRAVETTE -- The commons area at Gravette High School was filled with guests Tuesday evening, Oct. 9, who came out in full force for the annual county Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Day dinner. State representative Kim Hendren was master of ceremonies for the event which was attended by about 225 guests. Reverend James Brownell gave the invocation to open the meeting, followed by members of the Gravette High School select choir who sang the national anthem. Continue Reading »

S Meek crowned Decatur Homecoming queen, parade draws large crowd

DECATUR -- The weather had been sunny, with average daytime temperatures in the mid-80s, near perfect weather. As the day opened on Oct. 12, the temperature took a nosedive while students at Decatur Middle and High School prepared for a day of pageantry, parades, pep rallies and football. Continue Reading »

Sports

S Lions overcome by Bobcats at Berryville

GRAVETTE -- Sophomore quarterback J.D. Smith ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Berryville rolled past Gravette and picked up its first 4A-1 Conference win of the season, 42-7. Tajae White scored in the first quarter for Gravette on a 90-yard kickoff return. Bob Barrios kicked the point after to make it a 13-7 game with five minutes left in the first quarter, but that was the end of Gravette's scoring for the night. Berryville picked up another touchdown in the second quarter, two in the third and another in the fourth for the win. Continue Reading »

Community

S 'A Novel Occasion' gala is planned for Gentry library

GENTRY -- A gala to support the work of Gentry Public Library is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Gentry Middle School cafeteria. While the library building is owned and maintained by the city of Gentry and the library staff is paid by the city, the books, ebooks, computers and programs are funded through The Gentry Public Library Association, a local 501(3)c organization which supports the library and its programs, and profits from the gala will be used to provide materials and programs at the library. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Lions Club schedules human foosball games Saturday

GRAVETTE -- Human foosball games, sponsored by the Gravette Lions Club, will be held Saturday morning, Oct. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the foosball court in Pop Allum Park. Matches have been scheduled between a Lions team and a team from the Gravette Kiwanis Club. Staff members of the Bentonville and Bella Vista Boys and Girls Clubs have also been invited to field teams. These exhibition games are designed to introduce area residents to the relatively unknown sport and acquaint them with the joys of playing the game. It is hoped youth and adults from area churches, students from local schools and members of clubs and organizations will come out and watch and familiarize themselves with the sport. They can then take advantage of the opportunity to add a new sport to their list of recreation activities. Continue Reading »

S Benton County, Northwest Health Emergency Medical Services announce agreement

Agreement places three Advanced Life Support ambulances in west side of Benton County

WESTSIDE — Benton County, the cities of Gentry and Decatur and Northwest Health Emergency Medical Services announced on Wednesday a new collaboration to serve western Benton County residents. The new agreement will place three Advanced Life Support ambulances in the west side of Benton County while saving Benton County residents more than $195,000. Continue Reading »

S Renovated civic center opens; ribbon cut

GRAVETTE -- A ribbon cutting was held at the newly renovated Gravette Civic Center at 5 p.m. Thursday evening, Oct. 11, just preceding the evening's city council committee of the whole meeting. Continue Reading »

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Opinion

S Do righteous ends justify sinful means?

Apparently, the proponents of Issue 4 on the 2018 Arkansas ballot have little good to say about casino gambling itself because, instead, to promote the measure, they speak only of the increased revenue kept or coming into the state to do things like fix roads and highways. No mention is made of the economic and social problems such gambling brings upon many an individual or family because of those who foolishly gamble away their paychecks in a false hope of getting rich. No mention is made of the destroyed lives or impoverished children or of the enormous and unearned profits to be made by the casino owners. Continue Reading »

S Lining pockets is not gonna happen here!

The transition has begun. I am not ready for it, and I can't do one thing about it. Here it comes and today it is going at full speed. The leaves are struggling to hang on at least until they turn colors, and plastic sacks line the fences between here and town. My close relative has sheets on the clothesline and they are whipping out the wrinkles. The temperature is high, and so is the humidity, so it is not the most comfortable kind of weather to work in. I have been on the working end of a shovel all morning cleaning out the pens in which we had calves to doctor. Continue Reading »