S Rosetta Fay Watkins

MAYSVILLE — Rosetta Fay Watkins, 73, of Maysville, died June 24, 2017, at her home. She was born March 9, 1944, in West Fork to Mark Farrington and Ethel Talbert Farrington. Continue Reading »

S Roger Dale Harrington

GENTRY — Roger Dale Harrington, 66, of Gentry, died June 19, 2017, at UAMS in Little Rock. He was born July 2, 1950, in Siloam Springs, to Vearl Harrington and Sylvia Hurt Harrington. Continue Reading »

S Boys and Girls Club programs a success

GRAVETTE — According to all those involved, the after-school programs and summer programs offered by the Gravette Boys and Girls Club are a resounding success. Ashley Oosterman, director of the Gravette club, conducts the programs for students in kindergarten through eighth grade with the help of three other staff members. She said that 349 different youngsters were served from June, 2016, to May, 2017. Oosterman cited figures from the After School Alliance, whose studies show that seven in 10 students involved in such programs improve their homework completion and class participation and two in three improve their behavior in class. She said the program provides nearly two million children across the country a safe place after school as well as all the benefits from the summer programs. Continue Reading »

S It's time for planting flowers, haying and family vacations

With mid-June's arrival, the temperatures have been slowly climbing. Our weather reporter showed the thermometer reached into the 90s a few days last week. A chorus of song from the young frogs punctuates the evening, and clouds of fireflies drift lazily upward at dusk. The sweet smell of honeysuckle floats over from the fencerow, and the rose of Sharon beside the lawnmower shed has a lovely display of blossoms. I visited a friend at Cherokee City in late May and she gave me and my companion small vials of coxcomb seed. Most of the flowers in the beds Jim built beside the front porch died out last summer, so about a week later I took my scratcher and worked up the soil there. I planted two rows of the tiny seeds, and already slender shoots are emerging. I rode with Jim to Southwest City early this month and walked into the downtown area while he paid for a window he had ordered at the lumberyard. I noted several changes there. I was dismayed to discover the trading post where I had enjoyed shopping was closed up, as well as the little malt shop in the middle of the next block. I visited with a couple of fellows at the pawn shop and spied a new event center across the street. At least it was comforting to see the Corner Cafe and Main Sweets Bakery with its tasty soups and sandwiches is still thriving. Continue Reading »

S Arrests

GENTRY -- Police arrested Kimberly Brandon, 37, of Gentry, in connection to a misdemeanor third-degree battery incident on June 2 in Gentry. Continue Reading »

S Decatur council passes fireworks ordinance, looks at speed limits

DECATUR -- With the upcoming July 4th holiday only weeks away, the Decatur City Council passed an ordinance that allows the sale and limited use of fireworks within the Decatur city limits. Continue Reading »

S City calls for legislation requiring Internet companies to collect local sales taxes

GENTRY — A resolution was adopted by the Gentry City Council at its June 5 meeting urging state and federal lawmakers to adopt laws requiring local and state sales and use taxes to be collected and paid by companies doing business on the Internet. The resolution also calls on Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to call a special session to pass such legislation. Continue Reading »

S Bennett earns SAU scholarship

MAGNOLIA -- Ethan Bennett of Gravette has been selected to receive the Blue and Gold Scholarship from Southern Arkansas University beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. Continue Reading »

S Highfill approves expenditures for tree trimming and to finish fire station construction project

HIGHFILL — With no old or new business on the agenda, the Highfill City Council on June 13 heard department reports and approved spending money to finish the fire station and to trim and remove trees from the city park. Council members unanimously approved spending up to $1,100 from the city's savings to trim park trees.... Continue Reading »

S Yarbrough places in top 15, earns $1,500 scholarship

GRAVETTE -- Miss Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton was crowned Miss Arkansas 2017 at the 80th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant Saturday night. A sold-out crowd of nearly 2,500 was in attendance at the event at the Robinson Center in Little Rock. Continue Reading »

S GUE students raise money for special bike purchase

GRAVETTE — May 31 was an exciting day for students at Gravette Upper Elementary School. After several rainy days, they were allowed out on the playground that morning to witness an event they had worked toward. It was a display of extreme kindness toward a schoolmate, and it was made possible by their efforts. The event had already been postponed because of rain, and each one was eagerly anticipating the celebration. Continue Reading »

S When resistance becomes armed resistance

Scott Adams is the mastermind behind the Dilbert comic strip, and I have to say that I have a tremendous admiration for Adams. Besides writing a best-selling comic strip, Adams also writes a blog where he expounds his views on various topics. Recently he weighed in on the shooting of Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, by a liberal Bernie Sanders supporter. The main point which Adams makes was that this man, James Hodgkinson, who was a huge Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher fan, had been radicalized by the Main Stream Media. Continue Reading »

S Benton County farm family honored

MAYSVILLE -- Garrett Gittlein grew up farming his family's land in western Kansas, and for the past nine years he has been growing his own family farm in western Benton County. Continue Reading »

S Local students make Crowder dean's list

NEOSHO (Mo.) -- A number of local students were included on the spring semester dean's list at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. Included were Megan Welch of Gentry; Jennifer Shay of Gravette; Amanda Varner of Gravette; Jordan Walkup of Gravette; and Joshua Walkup of Gravette. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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