S Former Gravette teacher pleads not guilty

BENTONVILLE — A former Gravette teacher pleaded not guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a student last year. Harry Don Almond, 62, of Bella Vista is charged with second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony punishable with a prison sentence ranging from five to 20 years. Almond entered his plea at an arraignment before Circuit Judge Brad Karren. Almond was arrested Oct. 29 and is free on $30,000 bond. Continue Reading »

S Students share EAST Initiative projects with council

GENTRY -- Patrick Lanford, Gentry School District EAST Initiative instructor, and middle school students Joshua Jones, Jarrod Westrick and Martha Smith-Gomez presented features of the Gentry School District's new EAST program to the city council on Feb. 1. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Gravette Chamber Banquet - The third annual Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce community banquet will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Horton Farms. This year's banquet features a Mardi Gras theme. Steven Martinez will cater the meal and a beer tasting will be provided by Core Brewery. Chamber officers invite everyone to attend for an evening of good food, networking, door prizes and a fun time. Tickets are $40 and tables are available at $275 for persons interested in obtaining tickets for a full table of guests. Tables can be purchased at Arvest Bank, Bank of Gravett, City Hall and Ozarks Community Hospital. Continue Reading »

S Audubon Society visits Eagle Watch

GENTRY -- Eagle Watch Nature Area was a busy place Saturday morning with 60 or more members and guests from the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society visiting and watching for bald eagles and other birds along the trail and lake and at the observation platform at the end of the quarter-mile walking trail. Continue Reading »

S Bever's Hardware urges customers to shop local and see the value

GENTRY -- With the recent closing of Gentry's Walmart and the closing of a long-time Gentry business, Park's Lumber, Randy Bever, owner of Bever's Ace Hardware on Gentry's Main Street, issued a plea to Gentry-area residents to shop local first lest other Gentry businesses also disappear. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

Lois Mae Hutchens Continue Reading »

S Bank of Gravett announces career changes

GRAVETTE -- Rick Pollreis, CEO and president of Bank of Gravett, recently announced career advancements for four tenured employees, saying, "It's always a pleasure to see long-time employees work hard and advance in an organization. It's good for them, the bank -- and our customers! Join me in congratulating Brenda Bridge, senior vice-president; Mike Mayberry, vice-president; Jackie Lambert, assistant vice-president; and Patty Marchbanks, assistant cashier." Continue Reading »

S Council votes to keep lights on

Approves street-light contract with Empire and service contract with Chamber

GENTRY -- City council, on Feb. 1, approved a street light service agreement with Empire District Electric Co. and passed an ordinance entering into an agreement with Main Street Gentry Chamber of Commerce for economic development services for the city. Continue Reading »

S Northside presents second-quarter honor awards

DECATUR -- Decatur Northside Elementary announced its second quarter honor roll. The honor roll is divided into two classifications, All A and AB. Northside Elementary also gives out a Citizenship Award for each grade level. Those making the list include: First Grade All A - Larea Echeverria, Ruby Belle Frye, Leslie Hernandez, Myles Hobbs, Bristol Hook, Sara Lydon, Tiffany Martinez, Allen Medel, Aubrey Roach, Dallas Smith, Ricky Thor, Carson Courtney.... Continue Reading »

S Scifres on SBU honor's list.

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Southwest Baptist University released its fall 2015 honor roll lists for undergraduate students and Kailey Scifres of Gravette was on the honor's list. Continue Reading »

S Glenn Duffy Honor Rolls


S Senior Center Menus

Week of Feb. 15-19 Continue Reading »

S Benton County officials OK court needs study

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials agreed Thursday to spend $80,000 to study the proposed new justice center. Continue Reading »

S Health Inspections

DECATUR Continue Reading »

S PAWS Awards presented at Glenn Duffy

GRAVETTE -- Six students at Glenn Duffy Elementary were honored last week as PAWS Students of the Month for February. The Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise Students) program incorporates character education and positive behavior into the school community. Each month, PAWS skills are chosen and discussed in classroom guidance in relation to character education. Honest is the word for this month. This is defined simply as telling the truth. Grandmother Willow from the movie Pocahontas tells us, "Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one." Continue Reading »