House fire starts in kitchen

GENTRY — Gentry Fire Department, as well as other departments from neighboring communities, responded to a house fire at 406 S. Collins Ave., Gentry, on Thursday shortly after 3 p.m. The fire, according to Gentry police, started in the kitchen. No one was reported injured in the fire, which was quickly extinguished. According to police, the home's resident reported the fire started in the kitchen where he had been cooking. Continue Reading »

Going fishing six and a half days a week

"And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men." Luke 5:10 (Read 1-11) I remember when I was contemplating studying for the ministry, an uncle of mine jokingly told me being a pastor was a great job because you only had to work a half day a week and you could go fishing the rest of the time. To be honest with you, it's even better than that. A pastor's job allows him to go fishing every day of the week. And, of course, the same is true for every Christian.... Continue Reading »

Otters at City Lake

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Gentry man arrested in domestic incident

GENTRY -- Police arrested Richard Alex Martinez, 23, of Gentry, in connection with a Jan. 22 domestic violence incident on S. Little Ave., in which he is alleged to have punched his wife two times in the face, knocking her down on top of her baby, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Continue Reading »

Council approves 2015 budget

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council gave unanimous approval to the proposed 2015 budget at their regular monthly meeting Thursday night. The approval was given after the addition of $1,500 to cover the closing costs for the proposed purchase of the Duffield's building on Main Street. Continue Reading »

Board extends Barrett's contract, makes Winslett assistant superintendent

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, on Jan. 19, extended the contract of Randy Barrett, district superintendent, one year and transferred Judy Winslett from her current position as federal programs and curriculum coordinator to a new position as assistant superintendent of schools for the Gentry District. Continue Reading »

Do area schools inflate grades?

WESTSIDE -- Do high marks in school necessarily mean a student is achieving? That may depend on whether grades are inflated or if they accurately reflect a student's proficiency in required subjects. In a document shared last week with the Gentry School Board, Arkansas school districts were graded on their grading, with some school districts listed as giving out higher grades than deserved. The 17-page document compares the numbers and percentages of students getting grades of A or B in algebra and geometry.... Continue Reading »

Santos honored as outstanding board member

GRAVETTE -- Susan Santos, of Bella Vista, was honored at the beginning of the Jan. 19 Gravette School Board meeting as an outstanding board member and given a pin from the Arkansas School Board Association. Richard Page, superintendent of Gravette schools, presented the pin. Page announced that January is School Board Appreciation Month and presented certificates to all Gravette School Board members. All were present except Dan Yates. Continue Reading »

New PA joins Medi Clinic

DECATUR -- The Decatur Medi Clinic announced the addition of a new physician assistant to its clinic located on 346 N. Main Street in Decatur. Jesse Stafford, M.S. PA-C (master of science physician's assistant -- certified), will join forces with Dr. Kim Mitchell-Silver to provide Decatur area residents with the best medical service possible. Continue Reading »

Hometown Events

A breakfast will be served at Highfill United Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 8 until 10:30 a.m. Payment would be appreciated in the form of a food or money donation to the church's food pantry ... "Simply Fun with Cooking" is the name of a special cooking seminar to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Gentry United Methodist Church. The cooking class, sponsored by the Gentry Senior Activity and Wellness Center, will feature chef Janet Covey Novotny. She will speak and demonstrate preparing a four-course meal. Registration for the seminar is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Senior Center's meal program. Door prizes will be given away. To preregister, contact Jackie Bader at the Gentry Senior Center, 479-736-0378. Continue Reading »

Council pays off court loan

DECATUR-- A new mayor sat at the head of the table as Bob Tharp presided over his first official meeting of the Decatur City Council Jan. 13 in the city hall meeting room. Two reappointed city council members were sworn in. David Sutton and Sandy Duncan took the oath of office from Tena O'Brien, Benton County clerk. James Jessen, who ran unopposed for the council seat vacated by Tharp, was introduced just before the opening moments of the meeting. Jessen is a Decatur firefighter and the current chairman of the Decatur City Planning Committee. Jessen had taken his oath of office a few days prior to the Monday night meeting. Continue Reading »

Bulldogs announce colors day court for Friday

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Northside Elementary announces 2nd quarter honor roll

DECATUR -- Decatur's Northside Elementary announced the second quarter honor roll Jan. 16. Students that made the list were presented with a certificate during a morning assembly for first and second grades and an afternoon assembly for third, fourth and fifth grades. Continue Reading »

Springtown has first meeting of year

SPRINGTOWN -- The town council met for its first meeting of the new year Jan. 9, with its new mayor and new council members. Continue Reading »