S Two properties offered to city of Gentry

City eyes properties as possible space for park and athletic facility expansion

GENTRY — Two properties were offered to the city of Gentry, according to information shared with council members by Mayor Kevin Johnston at a special working session of the council on July 26. No exact price offers were on the table, but council members were asked if there was interest in further pursuing the offers to negotiate price and possible purchase arrangements for a future council decision. Continue Reading »

S SWEPCO Road paving project underway in Gentry

GENTRY — A road repair and repaving project is currently underway in Gentry from the intersection of SWEPCO Road and Pioneer Lane (next to the high school practice field) to the corner of Taylor Orchard and Marion Lee Roads (at the corner where the Gentry Fire Department substation is located). Benton County is doing the repair and paving work and the city of Gentry is paying for materials for that portion of the roadway inside the city. Continue Reading »

S Highfill hears rezoning request for 1,800 acres near XNA

Some area property owners concerned

HIGHFILL — No action was taken at Tuesday night's planning commission meeting in Highfill on a rezoning request to convert 1,800 acres of land just west of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport from rural-residential zoning to industrial (with 80 acres of it to Industrial 2), but the commission intends to discuss the matter further at its August meeting and then make its recommendation to the city council. Continue Reading »

S Bever's Ace Hardware achieves recognition from ace hardware corporation for exceptional performance

Neighborhood store recognized as a high performing retail location

GENTRY — Ace Hardware Corporation is pleased to announce that Bever's Ace Hardware of Gentry achieved designation as a "Platinum Performance Retailing" store for its outstanding performance. Developed as part of Ace's long-term retail growth strategy, 20/20 Vision, Platinum Performance Retailing is laser-focused on Ace's customers, helping to ensure that Ace stores deliver on its brand promise day in and day out. Continue Reading »

S Barbecue grill catches home on fire

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Fire Department responded just after 5 p.m. on Sunday to a home at 606 Dallas Street, S.W. The firemen were toned out as a result of a grilling incident, according to fire captain David Orr. Continue Reading »

S Gentry mom pleads guilty in death of infant

BENTONVILLE -- A jury believed Jennifer Moss endangered her 6-month-old son's life, but it couldn't reach a decision on whether she was criminally responsible for the boy's death. However, she later pleaded guilty to manslaughter to resolve her criminal case. Continue Reading »

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S Empire District filed a recovery rider for Riverton 12 combined cycle unit

If approved, electric bills will rise

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Empire District Electric Company announced on Thursday that it has filed a request with the Arkansas Public Service Commission to implement a cost recovery rider for the conversion of the existing Riverton Unit 12 to combined cycle operation. With this filing, the APSC will establish a procedural schedule to determine the timeline for the review and effective date of the rider. If approved, the rider would result in an increase of approximately $5.75 a month for residential Arkansas customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. Continue Reading »

S Lakes, pools and rivers popular spots on hot afternoons

WESTSIDE — Lakes, pools and rivers are almost synonymous with keeping cool on the west-side of Benton County on these hot and humid July days and plenty of area residents could be found in the water doing just that. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

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S Decatur's to put new waste water lift station online

DECATUR — During the extreme heavy rain event on Dec. 26, 2015, when more than 12 inches of rain fell in a two-day period, city officials discovered rain water getting into the sewer system. This causes the waste water treatment plant to work at near capacity to treat water that normally would not need to be treated. Continue Reading »

S Open school board seats in Decatur, Gentry fail to draw candidates

WESTSIDE — Superintendent Randy Barrett was surprised when no one filed by the July 12 deadline to run for an opening on Gentry's School Board. Barrett doesn't remember a time in his 24 years with the district when a seat had no candidate in the annual school election, set for Sept. 20 this year. Continue Reading »

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S Gentry truck driver wins first prize at Arkansas Trucking Championship

McKee technician earns runner-up

LITTLE ROCK -- Tyler Brown, a professional driver for FedEx Ground, won first place in the step van division at the Arkansas Truck Driving Championship competition held July 15--16 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. The event is hosted by the Arkansas Trucking Association. Continue Reading »

S Frisbee golf tournament set July 30 in Decatur

DECATUR -- The 59 Flyers Frisbee Golf Club and Discraft will host a Frisbee golf tournament July 30 at Decatur's Veterans Park and Old Town Park Frisbee golf courses beginning at 10 a.m. in the morning and 2 p.m. in the afternoon. A series of two nine-hole rounds will be played at each course. Continue Reading »