S Staying safe on Halloween night

Halloween can be a time of excitement, adventure and, of course, treats for little ones. But it's also a time to talk about safety when they venture out for a night of trick-or-treating. Picking the right costume is a major decision for a child. For parents, there are a few things to look for to ensure a safe evening. The No. 1 cause of injuries on Halloween is accidental falls from tripping on costume hems, curbs, steps or unseen objects. Costumes should be short enough so children won't trip and fall and the child should be able to walk normally. Well-fitted and sturdy shoes are recommended as well. Continue Reading »

S Gentry School District gives annual report to the public

GENTRY — The annual report to the public was presented at a special Oct. 17 meeting of the Gentry School Board at the Pioneer Activities Complex at Gentry High School, with Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools; Judy Winslett, assistant superintendent; and Terrie Metz, federal curriculum and district test coordinator, presenting information on the school district's finances, test scores and successes to the public. Barrett reported the district to be in sound financial condition, with an ending balance at the end of the last fiscal year of approximately $1.7 million in the operating fund. He reported a budget of more than $15.45 million for the current school year, with teacher and staff salaries and benefits amounting to nearly $11 million. Due in part to enrollment numbers, this year's expenditures are expected to exceed incoming revenue, something Barrett said would not be a problem unless it is repeated in upcoming years. The ending legal balance for the current fiscal year was estimated to again be in the $1.5 to $1.7 million range. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Family Fall Festival planned at Heritage Baptist Church Continue Reading »

S Gentry Primary Honor Rolls

GENTRY -- Gentry Primary School announced its honor awards for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year. The awards are as follows: Continue Reading »

S Imagine sponsors coat giveaway

GRAVETTE -- Imagine Before and After School Care hosted a coat, hat, scarf and glove giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 15. More than 100 coats were handed out to persons in need. Continue Reading »

S Skaggs named new Gravette police chief

GRAVETTE — Sergeant Charles "Chuck" Skaggs was chosen to be the new police chief for the city of Gravette last week, according to an announcement made by Mayor Kurt Maddox. Skaggs has been serving as the interim police chief and last Wednesday was offered the permanent position. He accepted the position and has assumed command. Skaggs underwent an extensive investigation by a search committee made up of several community members and city officials. He was one of seven candidates interviewed. The committee indicated they were proud to recommend Sergeant Skaggs as one of their top picks. Continue Reading »

S Gravette artists paint Rogers mural

GRAVETTE — Gravette artists Andy and Holly Wallace were recently commissioned to complete a wall mural on the side of a business building in historic downtown Rogers. The couple's art work, called "Bleu Girl" was created for the Urban Bleu Hair Salon at 113 W. Elm Street. They completed the mural project in a little less than 12 hours on Sunday, Oct. 9. Andy also made a video of the mural process and currently has just under 1,000 views. Andy and Holly are encouraged about the art installations being done in the downtown Fort Smith area and hope to see more of these coming to northwest Arkansas. Andy had done one mural in Springdale years ago but none since. Continue Reading »

S Gentry students qualify for all-region choir

GENTRY -- Audra Weathers, Alex Savage, Jennifer Adams, Haylee Pyburn, Jonathan Brinkley, Tim Swearingen, Colton Little, Hunter Mills, Andrew Reynoso and Ben Nelson qualified or are alternates to sing in the all-region choir. The Gentry choir students auditioned at Harrison on Oct. 8. Continue Reading »

S Bright Futures breakfast kicks off nonprofit's efforts

GRAVETTE -- Bright Futures Gravette kicked off last Tuesday in a big way. A kickoff breakfast was held at the Bella Vista Assembly of God Church Oct. 11 with 100 people in attendance. During the breakfast, faith-based organizations, businesses, city officials, civic organizations, parent groups, school personnel and community members came together to learn how they can pledge their time, talents and treasures to children in need. Continue Reading »

S Gravette homecoming is Friday

Three seniors vie for queen title

GRAVETTE — It's homecoming week in Gravette and homecoming ceremonies are set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct 21, in Lion Stadium, with three Gravette seniors vying for the title of homecoming queen for 2016: Zoe Betz, Alex Krewson and Halle Webb. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

Week of October 24-28 Continue Reading »

S Where to go for Halloween activities