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S Siloam Springs overpowers Gravette at Lions' Fieldhouse

GRAVETTE -- Siloam Springs settled down and starting executing in the second half of its season-opener on Thursday and went on a 19-0 run in the third quarter to turn a closely played game into a 66-40 mercy rule win at Lion Gymnasium. "Gravette did a good job of speeding our kids up and playing real physical," said Siloam Springs head coach Tim Stewart. Continue Reading »

S Council amends error in minutes, adopts regional trail plan

DECATUR -- Decatur City Council had a full agenda at its regular meeting in the conference room at city hall Nov. 9, including a new plan for recording meetings and approval of a regional bike and pedestrian trail plan. Decatur's mayor, Bob Tharp, and city recorder, Kim Wilkins, devised a new plan to keep records of city council meetings as a result of the mislabeling of an item in the minutes.... Continue Reading »


S Decatur loses two to Haas Hall

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Decatur senior boys' and girls' basketball teams traveled south to take on the Haas Hall Mastiffs at the Fayetteville Christian gym on Nov. 17. The boys took an early lead in the first quarter. But Haas Hall finally got on the board at the 5:30 mark and took the lead away from Decatur on a free throw, making it a 3-2 Mastiff game. Decatur regained the lead at the 2:30 mark and held on until a shot in the closing second of the quarter put Haas Hall up by one point, 10-9. The Mastiffs continued to dominate throughout the second quarter, leading by as much as nine points. The Bulldogs mounted a brief comeback.... Continue Reading »


S Lambert-Fisher married

Allyson N. Fisher of Bristow, Okla., and Zack E. Lambert of Gentry were married Oct. 25 at Fisher Farms in Slick, Okla. The bride is the daughter of David and Sherry Fisher of Bristow, Okla. She is a graduate of Ozark Adventist Academy in Gentry and Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She works as a large animal veterinarian on Fisher Farms. The groom is the son of Kenny and Karen Lambert of Gentry.... Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Yard Waste Pickup — The fall yard waste pickup in Gentry will be Wednesday, Dec. 2. Organic yard and garden refuse such as tree, shrub and brush trimmings, grass clippings, leaves and other plant material (but not tree limbs) must be bagged and placed next to the blue polycart at the curbside by 7 a.m. Pickup will be one day only. ... Christmas Bazaar — The Decatur United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas Bazaar on Friday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lunch will be soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage for $5. There will also be a bake sale, vendor tables and a "twice but nice" table to enjoy. Everyone is invited to join the church for great food and fellowship. All proceeds will go to local charities. ... Christmas Lighting — The annual Gentry Christmas Lighting contest will be held this year for both residential and business properties. For residential properties, a first place prize of $100 in Gentry bucks will be awarded and a second place prize of $50 in Gentry bucks will also be given. In the business division, a first place prize of $100 will be given. Please call the Gentry Chamber of Commerce office at 479-736-2358 and leave your address to be sure your Christmas display is not missed in the judging. Judging will be done sometime the week prior to the annual Christmas parade on Dec. 12.... Continue Reading »

S Leaky roof issues put damper on school board meeting

GENTRY -- Members of Gentry School Board heard a plea for action to deal with the leaky roof issues at the Gentry Intermediate School at their Nov. 16 regular meeting, and school officials said they would look into the matter and obtain the needed repairs. During the public comments section of the meeting, Charla Whitaker, a parent, presented photographs to the board showing buckets and pans scattered around the Intermediate School to catch water which was leaking through the roof after recent rains. Continue Reading »

S Conversion charter recommended for Gentry

GENTRY — A conversion charter school is another big step closer to reality following Wednesday’s hearing before the Charter School Authorizing Panel in Little Rock. In a Thursday email, Judy Winslett, assistant superintendent for the district and the school official who was charged with working toward establishing a conversion charter school in connection with the high school, informed the Eagle Observer that the authorizing panel approved of Gentry’s charter application and would recommend approval by the Arkansas Board of Education. Continue Reading »


S Do we know and thank our Maker?

"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand...." Psalm 95:1-7a In Hosea 8:14, we read that "Israel hath forgotten his Maker." Continue Reading »

S We took off on a cattleman's adventure

When I was a youngster, my Pappy sang a song about a cowboy that was gonna go home when the work was all done in the fall. It was a sure sad little ditty, the lonesome drawn-out chords made a kid have chill bumps as the words declared the poor feller's need to go see his dear mother. The death of the feller could draw a tear from a wizened old cowpoke, let alone a youth. I remember the words, every one of them. Continue Reading »

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