S Earth Day observered at Eagle Watch

GENTRY — In spite of the misty and rainy weather on Saturday morning, about 30 people - most affiliated with Bloomfield 4-H - came to the Eagle Watch Nature Area on Saturday morning and helped spruce up the pollinator gardens and plant a variety of seeds along the trail to attract butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife. While the older children and adults carried out the harder tasks, the younger children delighted in planting seeds along the creek and in the prairie-grass area of the acres set aside for wildlife.... Continue Reading »

S Students relive bygone days during reunion

DECATUR — Graduates of Decatur High School gathered in the community room (old gym) at Decatur city hall (the site of the second high school) to see old high school friends and to remember days gone by. This year's event honored classes from 1955 and 1956, celebrating their 60th anniversary; 1965 and 1966, celebrating their 50th anniversary; and 1990 and 1991, celebrating their 25th anniversary. Seventy-five alumni began arriving at around 6 p.m. to a room full of history and familiar faces, invoking memories of basketball games, band concerts and high school dances. Continue Reading »

S Bee swarm captured at Teasley Drug

GRAVETTE — Employees at Teasley Drug had some unexpected visitors when they arrived last Monday morning. A large swarm of honey bees had come in over the weekend and attached themselves to an overturned wicker lawn chair in front of the store. Jeffrey Aue, one of the young employees, discovered the swarm when he came to work. Continue Reading »

S New Gravette police officers commissioned

GRAVETTE -- Joshua Greer and Jeremy Rhodes were sworn in as members of the Gravette Police Department's reserve component last Thursday evening by circuit judge Tommy Smith. The two officers underwent an extensive interview, selection and training process and are now ready to be active members of the Gravette PD's reserve or auxiliary component. Continue Reading »

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S Baber to perform on July 4th

GENTRY — Though July 4 may still seem like a long way off, preparations are underway for the 103rd annual Freedom Festival to be held on Independence Day in the Gentry City Park. In addition to the spectacular fireworks display held each year at dusk, preparations are being made for afternoon and evening entertainment at the annual event. Headlining the evening's entertainment will be Barrett Baber, an Arkansas musician known for his performances on NBC's "The Voice" and for winning the CBS Grammy Gig of a Lifetime in 2014. Continue Reading »

S Maysville EH Club Report

MAYSVILLE -- Thirteen members and one guest met at the Maysville Community Building for the April 28 meeting. Beverly Whiteside was hostess for the meal. The meeting was called to order at 1 o'clock by President Orpha Wardlaw, and Jane Wilber welcomed our guest, Lydia Seiden. We sang "Whistle While You Work," led by Melinda Crawley, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Inspirations were given by Melinda on the Legend of the Wingless Bird and Purpose of Christianity. Orpha read a humorous article on "Why They Hired the Pastor." Continue Reading »

S Local volunteers honored for service to children's shelter

HIGHFILL -- A number of local residents who volunteer at the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter were honored at the Volunteer & Community Partners Appreciation Dinner held on March 31 at the Double Tree Hotel in Bentonville. Continue Reading »

S High school presents humorous plays on Thursday

‘Paper or Plastic?’ and ‘60 Second Singles!’ featured in spring show

GENTRY -- Sponsored by Encore Resale Shoppe and Walmart, "Paper or Plastic?" and "60 Second Singles!" celebrates the craziness of small-town grocery stores and speed-dating reality shows. The spring show, presented by Gentry High School's drama class, premieres at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in the high school auditorium. Continue Reading »

S National Lemonade Day set for this Saturday

GENTRY -- Local kids will be getting a taste of entrepreneurship during National Lemonade Day this Saturday. Students from the Siloam Springs Boys and Girls Club, Siloam Springs High School, Gentry Middle School and local home-school groups will be selling lemonade at six locations throughout Siloam Springs and at the Chicken Coop in Gentry. Continue Reading »

S Council approves lot splits, cleanup liens

GRAVETTE -- In a short meeting last Thursday night, members of the Gravette city council approved two lot splits and cleanup liens for two properties within the city. Continue Reading »

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S Amendment to fix sign laws

Change would prohibit yard-sale signs on public property

GENTRY — As a result of a Supreme Court ruling (Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona), a proposed ordinance amending Gentry code regarding signs and, particularly, yard-sale signs was brought to the Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission on April 21 and, after a required hearing, is expected to be brought to the city council for adoption. In a 2015 ruling, the United States Supreme Court ruled that municipalities could not discriminate in allowing or prohibiting signs based on the content of the signs. In order to comply with the ruling and not expose the city to lawsuits, a proposed amendment was.... Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

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S ER Kids Fair & Health Expo set for May 7

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Siloam Springs Regional Hospital will host its fourth annual ER Kids Fair & Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, on the hospital grounds at 603 N. Progress Ave. Last year, more than 800 people attended this free family event. Continue Reading »