S In a Strait Betwixt Two

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you." Philippians 1:21-24 As Christians, we are in a strait betwixt two and, if the choice were ours, it would be hard to choose. On the one hand, we long to leave this life and be with Christ Jesus, our Savior, where there will be no more sin, sorrow or death (cf. Rom. 7:18ff.; 8:22ff.; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 7:9ff.). On the other, there is work to be done in this world that others might hear God's Word and come to know Christ and that believers might be preserved in the true faith in Christ Jesus as our Savior (cf. Luke 24:46-48; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Benefit bake sale set for Friday - A bake sale, offering baked goods and silent-auction items, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, in the Bank of Gravett lobby. All proceeds will go to benefit Lane Killion, a 15-year-old Gravette High School student who is battling leukemia. Lane recently underwent a bone marrow transplant at Children's Hospital in Houston. His father recently suffered several broken ribs in an accident and has been unable to work. The family would appreciate your support. For more information, contact Kathy Bass at Bank of Gravett, 479-787-5251, ext. 5626. Decatur Youth Soccer registration underway - Fall soccer registration for Decatur Youth Soccer is going on now. Forms are available at the Decatur Middle School office or by contacting Rose at 479-586-6706, Stacy 479-790-7171 or Amy at 479-790-5774. The fee will be $50. Sponsorships may be available upon request and approval. Anyone willing to sponsor a child is asked to call as well. Baked potato supper on fundraiser menu - The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center will hold a baked potato supper fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Servings of baked potato, toppings, dessert and beverage will be at the Center, 1870 Limekiln Road in Gravette. Cost of the meal is $8, and proceeds will benefit the center's Meals on Wheels program that serves Gravette, Decatur, Sulphur Springs, Hiwasse and Maysville. Takeouts will be available. Continue Reading »

S Rutledge urges D.C. Circuit to strike down unlawful firearm law

D.C. refuses to issue public-carry licenses to law-abiding citizens unless the District believes a citizen has a special need for one

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general, urging the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals to strike down a restrictive and unlawful firearm law put in place by the Washington D.C. City Council. Continue Reading »

S Boys & Girls Club may be coming to Gentry

School board discusses use of school facility for after-school program

GENTRY -- A Boys & Girls Club may be coming to Gentry to provide after-school activities and care for children at the Gentry Primary School. Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools, suggested to the school board on Aug. 15 the idea of a Boys & Girls Club at the primary school campus to help meet the needs of parents Continue Reading »

S Special council meeting considers library repairs

Library closed two weeks for work to be completed

GRAVETTE -- A special city council meeting was held last Friday to discuss renovations to the Gravette public library. The east side of the library was filled with citizens and several had to remain standing during the meeting. Continue Reading »

S Board adopts formula to pay charter school instructors

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, at its Aug. 15 meeting, approved a plan based upon pay for licensed teachers for paying charter school instructors not currently licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education. Continue Reading »

S Police looking for man in connection to shoplifting

Accident results in possible knee injury

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry are looking for a man driving a green van who allegedly shoplifted several items from the E-Z Mart store on Main Street in Gentry Aug. 13. Continue Reading »

S Second accident with a week occurs near Crystal Lake

DECATUR -- A three-vehicle accident near Crystal Lake Road in Decatur Aug. 17 resulted in non-life-threatening injuries for three area residents. The accident occurred at 12:17 p.m. at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 59 and Crystal Lake Road, one mile north of Decatur. Continue Reading »

S School district receives Partnership funding approval

GENTRY -- Approval for the proposed Gentry Intermediate School classroom Partnership project has been given the Gentry School District by the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation. The approval means the state could contribute approximately $1.2 million toward the building of a new classroom facility on the intermediate school campus.... Continue Reading »

S Benton County Municipal Filings

BENTONVILLE -- The following candidates filed for municipal office on the west side of Benton County and will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The filing period ended at noon Friday. Continue Reading »

S New report for Northwest Arkansas Council focuses on gaps in training programs for workforce

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Satisfying the demand for workers in business, the trades, manufacturing and production will take time, but a new study offers some hope, a regional workforce expert said. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

Aug. 29 to Aug. 31 Gravette Monday: Lemon caper chicken, green beans, Harvard beets, roll, apple. Tuesday: Baked ham, sweet potatoes, broccoli with cheese, roll, banana. Wednesday: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, steamed cabbage, bread, tropical fruit salad. Meals at Center are served with choice of 2 percent milk, buttermilk, orange juice, coffee or tea. Diabetic desserts are available. Continue Reading »

S Committee of the whole hears views on Main Street project, considers reports

GRAVETTE -- An open public forum was held preceding the Gravette city council committee of the whole meeting Aug. 11 to discuss the proposed Main Street improvement project. Diagrams of four different plans were on display and citizens commented on which they preferred. Continue Reading »

S Social media playing bigger role in Northwest Arkansas jury selection Attorneys say online posts can reveal bias, assist in choosing jurors

BENTONVILLE -- Nothing is left to chance when it comes to selecting a jury that might help convict or exonerate a person. Continue Reading »

S Planning and Zoning Commission takes up swinging signs

GENTRY -- With a short agenda, the Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission discussed elements in an ordinance proposal which would allow for swinging signs within the city. Continue Reading »