S Boys and Girls Club programs a success

GRAVETTE — According to all those involved, the after-school programs and summer programs offered by the Gravette Boys and Girls Club are a resounding success. Ashley Oosterman, director of the Gravette club, conducts the programs for students in kindergarten through eighth grade with the help of three other staff members. She said that 349 different youngsters were served from June, 2016, to May, 2017. Oosterman cited figures from the After School Alliance, whose studies show that seven in 10 students involved in such programs improve their homework completion and class participation and two in three improve their behavior in class. She said the program provides nearly two million children across the country a safe place after school as well as all the benefits from the summer programs. Continue Reading »

S It's time for planting flowers, haying and family vacations

With mid-June's arrival, the temperatures have been slowly climbing. Our weather reporter showed the thermometer reached into the 90s a few days last week. A chorus of song from the young frogs punctuates the evening, and clouds of fireflies drift lazily upward at dusk. The sweet smell of honeysuckle floats over from the fencerow, and the rose of Sharon beside the lawnmower shed has a lovely display of blossoms. I visited a friend at Cherokee City in late May and she gave me and my companion small vials of coxcomb seed. Most of the flowers in the beds Jim built beside the front porch died out last summer, so about a week later I took my scratcher and worked up the soil there. I planted two rows of the tiny seeds, and already slender shoots are emerging. I rode with Jim to Southwest City early this month and walked into the downtown area while he paid for a window he had ordered at the lumberyard. I noted several changes there. I was dismayed to discover the trading post where I had enjoyed shopping was closed up, as well as the little malt shop in the middle of the next block. I visited with a couple of fellows at the pawn shop and spied a new event center across the street. At least it was comforting to see the Corner Cafe and Main Sweets Bakery with its tasty soups and sandwiches is still thriving. Continue Reading »

S Bennett earns SAU scholarship

MAGNOLIA -- Ethan Bennett of Gravette has been selected to receive the Blue and Gold Scholarship from Southern Arkansas University beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. Continue Reading »

S Yarbrough places in top 15, earns $1,500 scholarship

GRAVETTE -- Miss Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton was crowned Miss Arkansas 2017 at the 80th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant Saturday night. A sold-out crowd of nearly 2,500 was in attendance at the event at the Robinson Center in Little Rock. Continue Reading »

S GUE students raise money for special bike purchase

GRAVETTE — May 31 was an exciting day for students at Gravette Upper Elementary School. After several rainy days, they were allowed out on the playground that morning to witness an event they had worked toward. It was a display of extreme kindness toward a schoolmate, and it was made possible by their efforts. The event had already been postponed because of rain, and each one was eagerly anticipating the celebration. Continue Reading »

S Local students make Crowder dean's list

NEOSHO (Mo.) -- A number of local students were included on the spring semester dean's list at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. Included were Megan Welch of Gentry; Jennifer Shay of Gravette; Amanda Varner of Gravette; Jordan Walkup of Gravette; and Joshua Walkup of Gravette. Continue Reading »

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S Foster takes over at GSAC manager

GENTRY — The Senior Activity and Wellness Center in Gentry has a new manager. Maxine Foster took over at the Center on June 1. She replaces Jackie Bader, who was instrumental in getting the senior center started up in Gentry. Foster was hired by the Office of Human Concern, which manages the Center for Gentry. And Foster, who has been active in the work of the Center for some time, seemed to be a logical choice. "I've been active here and taught the PEPPI classes and health program," Foster said. "I talked to God about it," she added and felt she should "go do it" and apply for the position. When offered the job, she said she "liked the Center" and decided "to give it a try and do the best [she] can" to rebuild the Center and make it successful in serving the needs of area residents. Continue Reading »

S Gittleins chosen as Farm Family of the Year

MAYSVILLE — Garrett Gittlein grew up farming his family‚Äôs land in western Kansas, and for the past nine years he has been growing his own family farm in western Benton County. Gittlein, 32, with his wife, Amanda, 31, and sons Mason, 6, and Colson, 3, were recognized Tuesday as the 2017 Farm Family of the Year for Benton County. Continue Reading »

S Thairapy Hair Salon now open

GRAVETTE — The Thairapy Hair Salon, owned by stylist Hilarie Dodd, opened early in May at 901 First Avenue, S.W. Dodd is a graduate of the Academy of Professional Cosmetology in Rogers and has been licensed since 2010. She has worked at Great Clips in Bella Vista and True Colors Salon in Centerton, but this is her first time in her own shop. The shop, just south of the state revenue office, has been remodeled and new ceiling tile installed. Dodd held a ribbon cutting and open house there Tuesday, June 6. Dodd is also a first-time homeowner. She moved to Gravette two months ago from Bentonville. She is a Bentonville native and a 1997 graduate of Bentonville High School. Continue Reading »

S Library News

GENTRY -- On June 5, the Gentry Public Library held its first of seven BUILD A BETTER WORLD Summer Reading Program events. These events are scheduled for each Monday from 2 to 4 p.m., with no program on July 3 and the last being on July 24. Continue Reading »

S Tractor Suppply to host pet adoptions on Saturday

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Tractor Supply Company in Siloam Springs, at 3480 Highway 412 East, will host pet and livestock adoptions on Saturday, June 17. During the event -- which is held in celebration of pet and livestock owners -- families will have the opportunity to visit with adoptable animals and are also invited to interact with adoption volunteers to learn more about the joys and responsibilities associated with owning anything from cats and dogs to rabbits, goats, pigs, horses and more. Continue Reading »

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