S "Shelter from the Storm"

GRAVETTE -- Warmer weather has arrived and we are now at the peak of tornado season. It's important to have a shelter from the storm in case of an emergency. The residents of North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette Senior Complex and nearby neighbors are able to seek shelter in the safe room at the complex, located at 700 S.W. Irving Street in Gravette. Immediately after a severe weather warning, the room is open and provides protection from winds up to 250 miles per hour, to include a tornado with F-4 magnitude. Anybody who is near the complex when the siren sounds is welcome to seek protection inside this safe room. The construction of the safe room was made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, with the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas covering the remainder of the cost. Continue Reading »

Gravette Legion elects new officers

GRAVETTE -- John E. Tracy Post 25, American Legion, in Gravette met April 19 to elect new officers for 2017. Officers elected are David Malczymski, commander; Will Crose, first vice-commander; Mark Russow, second vice-commander; Mike Carnahan, adjutant; Al Blair, finance officer; Rose Crose, chaplain, historian and reporter; Louis Kirby, judge advocate; and Glenn Duffy Jr., child welfare. The Legion post operated a booth on Main Street at the First Saturday events May 7 and distributed patriotic stickers, bookmarks and information about the organization. They also did judging Saturday on the Stamp Out Drugs poster entries submitted by fifth-graders at Gravette Upper Elementary School. Luke Coffee was first-place winner in the poster contest and Riley Schmitt was second-place winner. Their entries will now be sent to state competition. Gravette Legion members invite all veterans to join them at their meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Gravette Civic Center. They also ask anyone who has worn out flags to take them to city hall or Care and Share to be picked up for disposal at the post's annual flag-burning ceremony. Continue Reading »

S Arvest One Million Meals Campaign reaches halfway point

Arvest Bank’s hunger initiative provided 522,681 meals to date

GRAVETTE -- On April 4, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its sixth annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing at least one million meals to those in need. On May 2, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or halfway to its goal. Continue Reading »

S Boling named Bumpers College outstanding alumna

FAYETTEVILLE -- Kerri Boling was named a 2015-16 distinguished alumna of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Boling was recognized by the Bumpers College Alumni Society as the Outstanding Young Alumna and addressed graduates at commencement. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Gentry seniors awarded $700,000 in scholarships

GENTRY -- On Monday, May 2, Gentry High School seniors were awarded scholarships and other awards at the high school's annual scholarship night. The ceremony took place at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. A reception also took place after the awards were presented. Continue Reading »

S Sophie's Boutique open on Gravette Main Street

GRAVETTE -- Sophie's Boutique opened May 4 on Main Street in Gravette. Are you having a family picnic on Memorial Day weekend? Planning a short vacation when the kids get out of school? Have a June wedding to attend? Sophie's is the perfect place to find just the right outfit for any occasion. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Lions Club members attend State Convention

GRAVETTE -- Four members of the Gravette Lions Club attended the 98th Arkansas Lions State Convention on the campus of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. The meeting, on Saturday, April 30, was held in the Rogers Conference Center. Gravette Lions attending the state meeting were Bill Mattler, zone chairperson, of Hiwasse; Jeff Davis and Susan Holland, president and vice-president of the Gravette Lions Club; and member Melissa Williams. Continue Reading »

S Thompson, Tucker wed

Amanda Paige Tucker became the bride of Randall Joseph Thompson on Saturday, May 7, at the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library. Kristina Warren officiated at the double-ring ceremony. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Gravette Farmers' Market - Gravette farmers' market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Old Town Park. Offerings include locally-grown fruits and vegetables, beef and pork, eggs, a variety of plants, baked goods, jams and jellies. Local crafts will also be featured. Market vendors set up booths in the covered pavilion at the park. The market accepts WIC vouchers and senior market produce coupons issued by the Area Agency on Aging. Gentry Farmers' Market - The farmers' market in Gentry will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the south-side (Arkansas Highway 12) parking area of Gentry City Park. Farmers may set up between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Letter Carriers' Food Drive - The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual letter carriers' food drive Saturday, May 14. Postal patrons are asked to place nonperishable food items in a bag beside their mailbox for pickup by their carrier on that day. A bin will also be available in the lobby of the Gravette post office where food may be placed. All donations will be delivered to the local food bank. Continue Reading »

S Kimbel, House wed

Haley Kate House became the bride of Matthew Robert Kimbel on Friday, April 8, at the Barn at the Springs in Springdale. Sam Hannon officiated at the double-ring ceremony. Parents of the bride are Dony and Michelle House, and her grandparents are Rickie and Lavon Stark, all of Gravette. Parents of the groom are Rob and Cheri Kimbel, of Springdale. Matron of honor was Chelsea Dillon of Gravette, sister of the bride; and maid of honor was Kelsi Crooks, of Lubbock, Texas. Bridesmaids were Whitney DeWitt and Tanner Bryson, both of Gravette, and Miranda Lucas of Mesa, Ariz. Best man was Gus Vitt. Groomsmen were Caleb Kimbel, Kanten Pullen, Brock Dassero and Alex Schemel, all of Springdale. Continue Reading »

S Musical set Thursday at Gentry Intermediate School

GENTRY -- Gentry Intermediate School music classes are presenting the musical, "Character Street," under the direction of music teacher Trella Yates. Performances will be at the Gentry High School Auditorium on Thursday, May 12, at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Continue Reading »

S Parade, outhouse races draw crowds in Southwest City

SOUTHWEST CITY (Mo.) -- Main Street in Southwest City was a busy place on Saturday and parking was scarce as people prepared for the annual Old Timers' Day Parade and a new favorite in recent years, the outhouse races. Continue Reading »

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S Haley Burden receives $1,000 Farm Credit Scholarship

DECATUR -- Haley Burden, a 2016 Decatur High School graduate, was one of 20 western Arkansas students awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship from Farm Credit of Western Arkansas. Continue Reading »