S Earth Day focused on pollinators, birds of prey

GENTRY — The rains stopped just in time on Saturday morning to do a little work in the flower beds and along the trail at the Eagle Watch Nature Trail in observance of Earth Day. In spite of the rain and the mud, close to 20 local 4-H club members and adults came out to pull weeds and plant flowers for the bees and butterflies later this spring and summer. And following the work, those in attendance were treated to an explanation of the work of Morning Star Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Gravette by Lynn Sciumbato, owner and rehabilitator. The center takes in injured birds and animals and nurses them back to health when possible for release into the wild. The facility is licensed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to carry on the service. Morning Star focuses its work on native Arkansas species, including raptors, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Continue Reading »

S 'One Upon a Time' Gentry prom thme

GENTRY — Gentry High School’s annual prom was held Saturday night at the Cypress Barn, located just outside Siloam Springs, and Gentry students and their dates gathered for an evening of dancing, games and entertainment. Couples, solos and groups arrived and registered, and many paused for a photo together taken by Patrick Lanford, EAST facilitator at the high school and also a photographer. The girls wore evening gowns and the guys, suits, ties and tuxedos for the event. Continue Reading »

S Gravette police officer cited in connection to Gentry accident

Gentry police seeking DWI charges

GENTRY — Todd Shannon, a Gravette Police officer, crashed the pickup truck he was driving into two parked vehicles and damaged the Gentry Motel on Arkansas Highway 59 on Sunday, according to a news release by Sgt. Clay Stewart of the Gentry Police Department. Continue Reading »

S Commission approves conditional- and special-use permits, takes up planning for taller buildings

GENTRY -- Gentry's planning and zoning commission approved a special use permit for Gentry Early Learning Academy and a conditional use permit for Gilbert Ulibarri at Thursday's meeting in the Gentry Council Chambers. Continue Reading »

S Century Farm applications due May 31

ARKANSAS -- The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) is now accepting applications for 2017 Arkansas Century Farm Inductees. Century Farm families have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. This program honors Arkansas' rich agricultural heritage and since the beginning in 2012 has certified 341 farms and families. Applications are available at aad.arkansas.gov. Continue Reading »

S SSRH celebrates National Healthcare Volunteer Week

Every April is a special time across the country and especially at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. It is a time to recognize, appreciate and thank the volunteers that make the hospital so special. This year, National Healthcare Volunteer Week is being celebrated April 23-29 in hospitals across the country. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Lions Club sponsoring Live and Learn Day

GRAVETTE — Members of the Gravette Lions Club are finalizing plans for a day of fun and learning scheduled Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, which they are calling the Lions Live and Learn Day, will offer classes tailored to the interests of persons of all ages. It will be held at the Gravette Civic Center, located at the corner of Charlotte Street, S.W., and Third Ave., S.E. Sessions, designed to be both instructive and entertaining, will be offered in five time slots. Each session will last about 45 minutes. Persons attending the free event will be able to select from presentations in five areas of interest during each time slot, running from 9 to 9:45 a.m. to 1 to 1:45 p.m. All sessions are free and no advance registration is required. Class topics and presenters cover a wide range of subjects. Topics include Basic Ukelele Lessons, Mary Bourne; Caves and what you find in them, Paul Linscott, owner of the Spanish Treasure Cave; Friends and Family CPR, Gravette Fire Dept.; Eagles, Joan Reynolds, NWA Master Naturalist; Gravette History, Dodie Evans, John Mitchael and Bob Kelley, long-time Gravette residents; Digital Photography, Jeff Davis; 9-1-1 for Kids, Benton County Emergency Management Team; Fire Wise fire prevention, Gravette Fire Dept.; Food Safety, Benton County Farm Bureau; Upcoming Solar Eclipse, Rick Marshall, Sugar Creek Astronomical Society; Reducing Garden Pests Naturally, JB Portillo, Benton County Master Gardener; and Regrow Vegetables from Scraps, Sheryl Dalke, Benton County Master Gardener.... Continue Reading »

S School board rehires teachers, approves policy changes

GENTRY — The school board, on April 17, renewed the contracts of Gentry teachers for the 2017-2018 school year and approved several policy changes for the new year, as well. According to lists provided at the board meeting, 120 teachers were offered new contracts for the new school year. Also approved were coaching assignments for the new school year with few changes from the current school year. Continue Reading »

S Decatur boy has Make-A-Wish Disney World trip come true

DECATUR — Since its conception in 1955, children from around the world have dreamed of going to one of the most iconic theme parks in the world, a magical place called Disneyland. Riding on the success of Disneyland, Walt Disney decided to open an even bigger theme park near Orlando, Fla., and on Oct. 1, 1971, Walt Disney World was opened. And, for one Decatur child and his family, the dream of seeing Disney World became a reality on April 20. Continue Reading »

S Veterans tour memorials during O&A; Honor Flight

HIGHFILL — At 5:30 a.m. April 19, three buses carrying a cargo more precious than gold or silver arrived at the front entrance to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). On board was a group of men and women who once proudly served this country in the name of freedom. Seventy-five military veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, along with their guardians and volunteers, made their way into the airport.... Continue Reading »

S Health Inspections

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness. Continue Reading »

S Highfill EHC

The Highfill Economic Homemakers Club met April 17 in the Gentry Library. Jeanie Hittson called the meeting to order. We had no guests. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Our song was "Let the Sun Shine In." Continue Reading »

S Lions Golf Classic scheduled May 6

GRAVETTE — The 15th annual Lions Golf Classic is planned for Saturday, May 6, at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. Organizers of the event remind golfers that entry deadline for the tournament is Monday, May 1. Entry fee is $65 per person or $82 per person including golf fee. Participation is open to both male and female golfers and will be limited to the first 144 entries. Play will be held, rain or shine. The tournament, sponsored by Gravette High School Boosters, will begin at 8 a.m. Prizes will be given for closest to the pin, longest drive and holes in one. A lunch for all participants will be served at the close of the tournament at the Highlands United Methodist Church. This annual event was organized to benefit Gravette High School and proceeds from the tournament will benefit various GHS activities including athletics, drama, vocal and instrumental music, cheerleaders, academic achievement awards and the arts. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Gentry Shining Stars

GENTRY — The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of April 21 are: Continue Reading »