S Harps store now open in Gentry

Ribbon cutting, opening draw large crowds

GENTRY — The ribbon was cut and the doors are now open at the new Harps Food Store in Gentry. The parking lot was full and shoppers were in every aisle this morning as local residents came to check out the new food store and buy their groceries — for the first time in months — without driving out of town. Continue Reading »

S New aquaponic system installed at Gentry High School

Students will have opportunity to learn, hands-on, the farming method

GENTRY — Students enrolled in Gentry School District’s agriculture classes and members of the Gentry FFA will soon have opportunity to learn, hands-on, a unique and growing-in-use closed-system farming method called aquaponics. The system hardware was being installed Thursday morning in the high school’s greenhouse by Symbiotic Aquaponic, a company which sells and installs the system. Growing beds, fish tanks and a water system which included a reservoir and filtration system, along with plastic pipes and valves, were being installed Thursday by Kaben Smallwood, CEO of Symbiotic Aquaponic, and his staff. Students, teachers and administrators were stopping in to observe the process. Continue Reading »

S PAWS awards given at Glenn Duffy Elementary

GRAVETTE — PAWS award winners were honored at an assembly last week at Glenn Duffy Elementary School. PAWS Students of the Month for September are Georgia Cantrell of Sulphur Springs, Noah Everett of Bella Vista, Landon Handle of Gravette, Natalie Holland of Sulphur Springs, Blain Middleton of Sulphur Springs and Marley Rose of Bella Vista. PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise Students) awards are given in the classroom, hallway and cafeteria as an incentive for students to practice the PAWS skill for the month. Students are recognized at monthly Rise and Shine assemblies. PAWS Student of the Month T-shirts are sponsored by the Glenn Duffy Elementary PTO. The Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS 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. Continue Reading »

S Millage passes for Gentry Schools

New facilities, improvements planned

GENTRY — Voters in the Gentry School District agreed to a 3.1-mill increase in their taxes Tuesday, with 250 voting for it (68 percent) and 118 voting against it (32 percent). The money will support a $9.5 million bond for an addition at the intermediate school, a career and technical education building, electrical upgrades at Gentry High School and at the vocational agriculture building, and lighting and sound upgrades in the auditorium.... Continue Reading »

S Billy V. Hall Senior Center celebrates 40th year

GRAVETTE — Mary Kay Kelley, director of the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center, welcomed several guests who came out last Thursday to commemorate the center's 40th year of operation. Several patrons came for lunch and lingered after the meal and others showed up just for the reception, but most in attendance commented on how thankful they were for the center and its services and how grateful they were to have it in the community. Continue Reading »

S Threets celebrate 25th

An anniversary dinner was held for Kenny and Darla Threet, in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary, at the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library, with approximately 50 relatives and friends of the Threets in attendance. Continue Reading »

S Welding catches on in Gravette

GRAVETTE -- Mirielle Still likes the challenges she encounters in welding class, but she admits to getting some satisfaction out of "showing up all the boys" when it comes to practicing the skill. Continue Reading »

S Highfill accepts police vehicle transfer, bid on community building windows

HIGHFILL -- In addition to rezoning a large portion of Highfill to industrial, the council approved resolutions accepting the transfer of a Dodge Durango from the Bentonville Police Department, accepting a bid for replacing windows in the community building, and heard from a representative of Republic Services regarding a trash contract bid with the city. Continue Reading »

S Benton County officials spar over courts building

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials remain divided on where to put a courts building and how any new building should be designed. Continue Reading »

S Gentry planners, discuss sidewalks, swinging signs and zoning changes

GENTRY -- Sidewalks and swinging signs were on the Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for Thursday night. Continue Reading »

S Decatur council considers water-rate increases, parking at city parks

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council considered several ordinances during the Sept. 12 regular council meeting in the meeting room at Decatur City Hall. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Gentry expands career options through charter status

GENTRY -- A desire to prepare graduates for jobs led to programs offered as part of the high school's new status as a district-run charter school, the superintendent said. Continue Reading »

S Two missing Benton County children found

GENTRY -- Two missing children from the Gentry area were reportedly found safe in Mountain Home on Saturday morning, according to information released by the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Continue Reading »

S Rutledge praises Fourth Circuit decision upholding constitutionality of ceremonial prayers Says, 'this victory helps protect lawmaker-led prayer to open meetings in cities and counties across our ...

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today praised the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for rejecting a district court decision and upholding the constitutional right of lawmakers in deliberative bodies to open meetings with a ceremonial prayer. The district court concluded that lawmaker-led prayer was not protected under the Constitution. Continue Reading »