S Finis F. Wilmoth

CONROE, Texas — Finis F. Wilmoth, of Conroe, Texas, died unexpectedly on May 7, 2018, at the age of 62. He was born in Siloam Springs to Thomas Edward Wilmoth Sr. and Grace Ellen Phillips. Continue Reading »

S Virginia Joyce Whitney

Virginia Joyce Whitney, 78, of Gravette died July 12, 2018, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She was born August 12, 1939, in Redrock to Wilburn Eugene Shatswell and Dorothy Smith Shatswell. Continue Reading »

S Watkins gives first superintendent's report

DECATUR -- After accepting the superintendent's position June 26, Steve Watkins was at the helm when the Decatur School Board convened its first meeting marking the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Watkins' first order of business in his new post was an update on the progress of the new gym at Decatur Middle School. The new gym is nearing completion, with the office, nurse's station, restrooms and concession stand areas ready for occupancy by Aug. 1, two weeks before the start of the new school year. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

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S Arrests

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S Dentist Art Evans retires after 47 years

GRAVETTE -- Arthur Evans, "Art" to most of his patients and friends, has retired after 47 years of practicing dentistry in Gravette. A retirement reception was held in his honor Saturday, July 7, at the Bank of Gravett community room. The dental office in the OCH health clinic building will not be closing, however, as Evans has sold the practice to a pair of Gentry dentists. Alan Lamb and Scott Stubbs, who operate Gentry Family Dentistry, have purchased Evans' practice. They are doing some remodeling now and expect to be open to see patients at the Gravette office in a couple of weeks. They will continue to operate their office on Main Street in Gentry, as well. Continue Reading »

S Kemp named Gravette parade Grand Marshal

GRAVETTE -- Lura Mae Kemp, 94, has been named Grand Marshal of the Gravette Day parade to be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 11. Continue Reading »

S Landyn Perrine competes at national Little Britches event

GRAVETTE -- Nine-year-old Landyn Perrine competed last week in the 2018 National Little Britches Finals Rodeo, held July 10-15 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. She has been competing in Little Britches Rodeo events since October 2017 to be able to attend the finals this month. Landyn competes in pole bending, barrel racing, goat untying and flag racing. This is her fourth trip to the National Little Britches competition. She was fourth in the world in the All-Around race going to the finals. Continue Reading »

S Crystal Lake Farms to close its Decatur and Jay (Okla.) operations

DECATUR -- The final piece of Lloyd Peterson poultry legacy, Crystal Lake Farms will cease operations in Decatur in September, according to an announcement made my Gerald Lessard, president of the Decatur-based free-range poultry company. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Summer Fest planned at Falling Springs Church Continue Reading »

S Local students graduate from University of Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE -- The following students from the Eagle Observer coverage area graduated from the University of Arkansas at the end of the Spring 2018 semester: Continue Reading »

S Enrollment time again at Decatur schools

DECATUR -- With school less than a month away, it is time for the annual Decatur Middle and High School enrollment period. Continue Reading »

S Woman testifies against her accused rapist

Rickman found guilty, given life sentences

BENTONVILLE -- Eyes in the courtroom turned to her as she entered the room and, with a little help, walked on her prosthetic legs to the witness stand. Bandages covered the ends of her amputated arms. The woman smiled before Carrie Dobbs, deputy prosecutor, started asking her questions. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Decatur FCCLA team experiences national conference in Atlanta

DECATUR -- Four Decatur High School students traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to attend the weeklong Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. Continue Reading »