S Benton County planners hear tiny-homes concept

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County planners had their first look at a proposed "tiny home" Thursday and said the county would treat such a project like a mobile home park as the most comparable kind of development. Continue Reading »

S Benton County officials to see personnel budget changes

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials say the 2019 budget process appears to be off to a good start, with just one new position requested. Continue Reading »

S County nears contract for west-side ambulance service

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County is close to a new three-year contract to provide ambulance service to the rural areas in the west side of the county. Continue Reading »

S Decatur after-school programs ride once again

DECATUR -- Decatur Public Schools will continue the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program again this year. Students in grades kindergarten through 12 are invited to attend from 3-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Continue Reading »

S Extraordinary efforts taken to save the monarch

GENTRY -- While many may not know it, milkweed plants are critical to the numbers and survival of the monarch butterfly -- the large butterflies with brilliant orange and black wings seen in our area in the warmer months. And the decline in milkweed due to farming practices and urban development is thought to be directly related to the decline in numbers of monarch butterflies across North America. Continue Reading »

S Council votes to seek water-tower funding

GENTRY -- In addition to approving the tax-abatement plan for McKee Foods Corporation at its Sept. 10 meeting (see the Sept. 12 issue of the Eagle Observer), the Gentry council, after a public hearing on the topic, also approved a resolution to seek United States Department of Agriculture funding to build a new water-storage tower to serve the east side of Gentry's water-service area, including the new Simmons poultry processing plant, now under construction. Continue Reading »

S Hiwasse Fall Festival scheduled Sept. 29

HIWASSE -- The annual fall festival is scheduled in the Hiwasse Community Saturday, Sept. 29. Activities will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hiwasse Park, 13690 Fire House Lane, and Hiwasse residents invite everyone in the area to plan on attending. Hamburger or hot dog meals, including chips, drink and a dessert, will be offered for $5 each. Area vendors will have booths set up selling a variety of locally-grown fresh produce and handmade craft items. Games, a bouncy house and the popular pumpkin painting booth will all be available for the kids' enjoyment. Continue Reading »

S Volunteers sought for upcoming fall festival

GRAVETTE -- The annual Gravette Community fall festival, trunk or treat and chili cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Ozarks Community Hospital, with all activities set up on the front parking lot at the hospital. Volunteers who have helped with past events, or newcomers who would like to assist, are urged to contact Chamber officials and offer their services. With the big event coming up in just over a month, Amanda Gittlein, Chamber secretary, is seeking vendors to set up booths and help make the evening a success. Vendors may sell items, but each booth must feature a game with candy or prizes for visitors. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

Bobby Lewis Backer Continue Reading »

S Gravette Christian Church celebrates 120th anniversary

GRAVETTE -- Members of the First Christian Church in Gravette are celebrating their 120th year in existence. They invite all in the area to help them mark the occasion at a birthday party on Saturday, Sept. 29. Cake and punch will be served in the church fellowship hall, beginning at 3 p.m. The church is located at 301 First Ave. S.W. Continue Reading »

S Obituary

Annie 'Ellie' Eloise Donell-Robinson Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

Week of Sept. 24-28 Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Sulphur Park Cleanup Continue Reading »

S Gravette couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary, ministry anniversary

A Gravette couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, as well as the 70th year of their ministry, this August. Winfield Poe and Laura Fern Heathman met when he enrolled in a Church of God Holiness School after returning from service with the Army transportation corps in Germany. It happened in a small rural community outside Ava, Mo., called Mt. Zion. When he arrived, Laura, who was teaching there, was heard to say, "I hope that he isn't in any of my classes." Considering the fact that he was older and had military experience, she thought that he would be a troublemaker. When she realized that he was there to learn, she took him under her wing. Continue Reading »

S Benton County nears ambulance contract for west side

BENTONVILLE — Benton County is close to a new three-year contract to provide ambulance service to the rural areas in the west side of the county. The Committee of the Whole heard an update on ambulance service Tuesday from County Judge Barry Moehring. He said the proposal with Northwest Health System being considered would cost $292,000 per year over three years. Continue Reading »

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