S Mullen new city of Gravette fire chief

GRAVETTE — Gravette has a new fire chief. Lonnie Mullen has headed the Gravette fire department only a little more than a month and, even though he is a world traveler, he says he and his wife are looking forward to settling down, becoming a part of the community and getting to know the people. Mullen has been a firefighter almost all his life. A California native, he is from Big Bear Lake, in San Bernardino County. He graduated from high school in the small mountain community of Big Bear Lake. He joined the Marines about a year after graduation and spent two years in the military before returning to California where he says he "just sort of fell into" a job at the fire station. Mullen's career as a firefighter began over 30 years ago.... Continue Reading »

S Gentry Public Library plans Friday library celebration

GENTRY — The Gentry Public Library and the Gentry Public Library Association will host a public reception on Friday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to celebrate the library's anniversary. Ten years ago, the library moved into the renovated former Carl's Hardware Store building. Before then, the library was housed in a small building on Main Street. In 2002, realizing the library had outgrown its building, then library board director James Furguson and librarian Darla Threet began a search for a larger facility. The vacant Carl Hardware store was selected, and award-winning architect Marlon Blackwell was chosen to plan the building's redesign. The library moved to its current location in October 2007. During planning for the building's 10th-anniversary celebration, Threet noticed a building with the heading "Public Library" on a 1916 city map.... Continue Reading »

S Gerner crowned Gravette homecoming queen on Friday

GRAVETTE — Hailee Gerner, a Gravette senior on the Lady Lions volleyball team, was selected as Gravette High School's 2017 homecoming queen. Seniors Isabella Dell and Katie Garrett were runners-up in the competition. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

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S Upper Elementary celebrates library opening, RISE kickoff

GRAVETTE — Friday, Oct. 6, was a red letter day for the students at Gravette Upper Elementary School. They gathered shortly before 10 a.m. on the campus behind the school and surrounded the new library courtyard. They were joined by several adults. Many had balloons. You could feel the excitement in the air as they celebrated the grand opening of the new Upper Elementary library, an event they had eagerly anticipated since the beginning of the school year. The recently constructed Upper Elementary addition added seven new classrooms and almost doubled the size of the school's library. Continue Reading »

S Gentry Medical Center welcomes Dr. Carl Duncan

GENTRY — The providers and staff are proud to announce the arrival of Dr. Carl Duncan. Dr. Duncan is not new to the area. He was on staff at the Siloam Springs Medical Center in Siloam Springs for years. He joins the Gentry Medical Center in Gentry after working for two years for Cherokee Nation Health Services. "I have always felt a calling to serve others and my time at Sam Hider Health Center in Jay allowed me to work in an underserved area and provide quality care for many who are struggling to just get by," Dr. Duncan stated. Specializing in family medicine, he provides a full range of healthcare services spanning from infancy through adulthood, with a particular emphasis on promoting a healthy lifestyle for all ages. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs to celebrate homecoming Oct. 13

DECATUR — "Who will be crowned the 2017 Decatur High School homecoming queen?" This question that will be answered at 6 p.m., Oct. 13, at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. Vying for the top spot this year are senior maids Mathline Jesse, Leticia Fuentes, Jazmine Godines and Cheyanne Malone. Continue Reading »

S Gentry Public Library to hold celebration

GENTRY -- The Gentry Public Library and the Gentry Public Library Association will host a public reception on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 20, in celebration of both the library's 10th anniversary in the refurbished Carl Hardware Store and the intermittent existence for more than a century of a lending library in the city. Continue Reading »

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S It's homecoming week in Gravette

Three vie for homecoming queen title

GRAVETTE — It's homecoming week at Gravette High School and three senior girls are vying for the title of Homecoming Queen 2017 -- Isabella Dell, Katie Garrett and Hailee Gerner -- which will be announced in homecoming ceremonies on Lion Field at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Roman Catholic community declared quasi-parish

DECATUR -- On Sept. 23, Father Stanley Rother, the first official martyr born in the United States, was beatified during a mass attended by more than 20,000 people in Oklahoma City, Okla. He is also the first U.S. priest to be beatified. The following day, Sept. 24, the Decatur Catholic community became the first church in the world to be named in his honor -- The Blessed Father Stanley Francis Rother Mission -- during a mass held at Decatur Northside Elementary School. The Decatur church is a mission of St. Mary Catholic Church in Siloam Springs. Continue Reading »

S Donkeys on the basketball court help raise money for Gentry choirs

GENTRY -- The Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show, hosted by the Gentry Middle and High School choirs, was held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Gentry High School gym. Juniors played seniors in the first game, and parents played against school staff in the second game. Continue Reading »