S Dorothy Alice Berridge Shockey

GENTRY — Dorothy Alice Berridge Shockey, 88, of Nenana, Alaska, and longtime resident of Gentry, died Feb. 26, 2017, at her home in Gentry. She was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Sweet Springs, Mo., to Walter Elsner and Edith Maxey Elsner. Continue Reading »

S Angela Leigh Antrobus

KANSAS, Okla. — Angela Leigh Antrobus, 37, of Kansas, Okla., died surrounded by her family, Feb. 22, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center, Springdale. She was born June 1, 1979, at Creve Cour, Mo., to Howard Antrobus and Johneea Jane Baker. Continue Reading »

S May Lane Andrews

GENTRY — May Lane (Campbell) Andrews, 80, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the Highlands Health and Rehab Facility in Bella Vista. She was born to Harry S. and Minnie J. (Wilson) Campbell on Jan. 15, 1937, in Helena. Continue Reading »

S New 4-H club in the works for Highfill

HIGHFILL — A new 4-H club is in the works for Highfill, according to information Marisha Gardisser shared with the Highfill City Council on Feb. 14. An informational/interest meeting is planned for 6 p.m., March 13, at Highfill's city hall. Gardisser said she grew up in 4-H, beginning as a Cloverbud in the Highfill 4-H club. Due to low member numbers, the previous Highfill club was discontinued in the late 90s. Now, with two young sons involved in 4-H, Gardisser said she would like to see a club started back up in Highfill, a club which would focus on serving the Highfill and Gentry communities. Logan 4-H, led by longtime 4-H volunteer, Jackie Griffin, will continue to meet at the Logan Community Building and serve the Siloam Springs community. Continue Reading »

S New food pantry to open Monday in Gentry

GENTRY — GFA Food Pantry will be opening on Monday at the First Assembly of God, located at 821 E. Main Street in Gentry. For several years the church had a small food pantry, serving 5-10 families a month on an as-needed basis. The church's new pastor, Michael Powers, had a vision for a large food pantry that will serve hundreds of families per month, so the church partnered with the NWA Food Bank and Convoy of Hope's Rural Compassion to receive food to be given away as part of the only certified food bank in Gentry. Several other Gentry churches plan to partner with the new pantry. A special meeting was to be held on Tuesday (after press time) at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Gentry to further involve other area churches, organizations and individuals in the food pantry. Continue Reading »

S Students seeking community help to gather stories, artifacts from Gentry Intermediate School building

GENTRY — A group of young Gentry students is putting technology to work to memorialize a school facility which will soon be going away. Using technology made available to them through EAST Initiative, seven fifth-grade students are at work to gather history and memories related to the current classroom and student center facility at the Gentry Intermediate School, a building slated to be demolished to make room for a new classroom facility. Continue Reading »

S Decatur council approves renovation plans

DECATUR — During its Feb. 13 meeting in the conference room at city hall, the Decatur City Council approved the renovation of the community room, the main entrance and city offices at the Decatur Municipal Building. Continue Reading »

S Van Noy new museum curator

GRAVETTE — Once again the Gravette historical museum has a new curator. Randi Van Noy took over the position earlier this month after the former curator resigned to pursue other interests. Van Noy says she is excited about her new job since she loves the museum, the town and its people. Continue Reading »

S Gravette's new ladder truck brought home

GRAVETTE -- Fire chief Rob Douthit reported at last Thursday's Committee of the Whole meeting that four Gravette firemen had gone to Hartford, Conn., and driven the department's new ladder truck back to Gravette. The vehicle is now the tallest ladder truck in Benton County. He said they are working now to get it ready for service. Continue Reading »

S Board votes to seek $3.1 million second-lien bond

GENTRY — The Gentry School Board, at its special meeting on Feb. 13, unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Stephens, Inc., as the school district's fiscal agent, to file an application with the Arkansas Board of Education to issue second-lien bonds in the estimated amount of $3.1 million to help pay for school construction projects which have been approved by the Board.... Continue Reading »

S Planning Commission recommending zoning changes, grants variance

GENTRY -- The Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday approved a variance request and sent three zoning changes on to the city council for final approval. Continue Reading »

S Gravette seniors rock at sock hop

GRAVETTE — Several seniors came out to "rock around the clock" at a sock hop last Friday evening at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center. Those who attended enjoyed an evening of music and dancing, games and food. They were welcomed by Mary Kay Kelley, director of the Center. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Historical Committee looking for info for next forum

DECATUR -- The Decatur Historical Committee is looking for information, photographs and artifacts pertaining to any movie theaters in the Decatur area. This information will be shared during the next forum topic March 1 at 5 p.m. in the committee room at Decatur City Hall. Continue Reading »

S Health Inspections

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S Drones slow wildfire response and ground firefighting aircraft

STATEWIDE -- With the first of two primary Arkansas wildfire seasons upon us (February through April), officials at the Arkansas Forestry Commission are preparing for an increase in wildfire frequency across the state. In January, wildland firefighters were responding to a fire in Ashley County when it was reported that a drone or unmanned aircraft system was flying over the wildfire parameter. Flying a drone near a wildfire creates a serious safety hazard for firefighters and stops the assistance of any firefighting aircraft. Continue Reading »