S Highfill discusses road problems, takes no action yet on proposed road tax

HIGHFILL — Road problems were discussed during the June 14 council meeting in Highfill, with Mayor Stacy Digby updating the council on events and concerns, but no action was taken on a proposed ordinance to seek a temporary tax to fix the roads. Digby reported complaints received about the terrible condition of Digby and Peterson Roads. Digby also reported receiving several phone calls regarding heavy truck traffic using the roads, which Digby said "shouldn't be happening since those roads are restricted to truck traffic." "Most of those calls involved trucks associated with the poultry industry," Digby reported. Digby also noted that he had received a complaint from a poultry grower outside the city limits who was concerned that a truck leaving his farm had been stopped by police. The truck was not ticketed, Digby said. Continue Reading »

S School district told to cancel prayers at graduations

GENTRY — Among miscellaneous items reported to the board by Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools, was a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation asking the school district to assure the FFRF in writing that it would cease scheduling prayers at high school graduation ceremonies. The June 17 letter, written by Patrick Elliott, staff attorney for FFRF, cites a number of court cases in which school policy allowing or scheduling student-led prayer was allegedly ruled unconstitutional. Cases cited include Lee v. Weisman and Santa Fe Independent School Dist. v. Doe. The full letter is available on the school district's website. The letter alleges that FFRF was contacted by a concerned citizen in regard to prayers scheduled at Gentry High School's graduation, including an invocation and benediction listed in the graduation program. The letter claims that "by scheduling prayers at graduation, the District abridges that duty [to remain neutral in regard to religion] and alienates the 35 percent of young Americans who [FFRF claims] are not religious." It says the school district is not free to allow prayer even if local opinion favors the practice.... Continue Reading »

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S Tevebaugh, Bohannon on list of Arkansas Tech graduates

RUSSELLVILLE -- Toby Justin Tevebaugh, of Gentry, and Kennedy Ann Bohannon, of Gravette, were among this year's graduates at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Continue Reading »

S Jeffrey Smith of Gravette named to dean's list at Olivet

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Jeffrey Smith, of Gravette, was named to the dean's list at Olivet Nazarene University during the recently completed spring 2016 semester. To qualify for inclusion on the dean's list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale. Continue Reading »

S Hubbards to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday

DECATUR — Bob Hubbard and Wilma (Faddis) Hubbard, of Decatur, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Decatur Community Building in Decatur. Friends and family are welcome and invited to stop by and say hello. No gifts, please. Bob and Wilma were married in Bentonville on June 23, 1966. Continue Reading »

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Events and Announcements for Gentry, Gravette and Decatur

Gentry Night July 13 at Arvest Ball Park - A Gentry Community Night has been set for July 13 at Arvest Ballpark. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals will play the Springfield Cardinals, with game time set at 7:05 p.m. A pregame ceremony will honor Gentry officials, volunteers, community members and the Gentry Pride 11U softball team. A community member will throw out the first pitch. Tickets purchased in advance of the game are $8, with half of the proceeds going to the Gentry Pride 11U softball team to help the team with expenses of going to the Softball World Series. Tickets purchased at the ball park will be full price and will not benefit the Gentry team. Advance tickets for individuals or groups are available from the Gentry Chamber of Commerce, 212 East Main Street, or by calling the Chamber at 479-736-2358 or 479-936-1498. Tickets are also available from Clay Stewart at 479-233-2233, or any Gentry Pride player or parent. ... Boozman Mobile Office - Senator John Boozman's Benton County mobile office will be set up from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, June 22, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center, 1870 Limekiln Spur, in Gravette. The public is invited to come visit with Senator Boozman's staff during this walk-in event. Staff members will be available to help with any problems you may have involving any federal agency and listen to your input about legislative issues. For more information, contact Senator Boozman's office in Lowell, 479-725-0400. ... Open House at PD - An open house at the new Gentry Police Station, on East Third Street, is set from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. A forum for Gentry businesses is set from 5:30 to 6 p.m.... Continue Reading »

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