S State of City address delivered by Gentry mayor

GENTRY — Following is the full text of the Gentry State of the City address delivered by Gentry's mayor, Kevin Johnston, during the March 2 city council meeting: "It is, once again, my pleasure to present you with the 2015 State of the City address. "Together, we have seen many changes over the past four years. With the help of our citizens, employees, volunteers, elected officials, corporate partners and regional and state agencies, we have been able to accomplish many goals. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Gentry's Annual Awards Night will be Thursday, March 5, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The event is reserved seating only, $25 a seat. For more information, call the Chamber office at 736-2358 or email to info@gentrychamber.com ... The Highfill United Methodist food pantry will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information, call the church at 479-736-1275 ... An open house for the new safe room and community room at North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette is set from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the facility located at 700 Irving Street, S.W. the community is invited ... Submissions to Hometown Events may be emailed to eagleobserver@nwadg.com. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Wesley Gale Graduates from Fire Training Academy

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S I'm not ready for spring

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S Snow, for the Birds

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S ... About town

March is highlighted this year as "Animal Control Month." Over the past several years, a huge addition has been completed to our animal control facility. In 2011 the city was operating an animal shelter in a small facility and your city leadership has worked diligently to built a state-of-the-art animal shelter. Today that facility, located at the wastewater plant, is a very functional facility, providing a safe, warm and secure building for lost dogs. Our facility is central heated and air-conditioned. Continue Reading »

S Utility's land seizure goes to appeals court No due process, Gentry wildlife park argues

LITTLE ROCK -- The owners of a wildlife reserve weren't allowed their due process rights when a utility company took part of their land using eminent domain, the owners' attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Sandy McMath asked state Court of Appeals judges to reverse the eminent domain case and send it back to the Benton County Circuit Court for "proper proceedings." The judges heard oral arguments Wednesday from McMath and Bill Greenhaw, an attorney for Southwest Arkansas Utilities Corp., but did not make a decision on the matter. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

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S PETA seeks to block renewal of Safari's captive-bred permit

GENTRY -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, commonly known as PETA, has submitted official comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service calling on the agency to deny the renewal of a captive-bred permit applied for by Gentry's Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari. Continue Reading »

S Who Betrayed Jesus?

"Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, "Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me." And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, "Is it I?" And another said, "Is it I?" He answered and said to them, "It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish. The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born." Mark 14:18-21 Who betrayed Jesus? Who is responsible for handing Him over to His enemies that He might be condemned, crucified and put to death? Yes, it was Judas. But are you and I also guilty? The Scriptures tell us: "Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me" (Psalm 41:9).... Continue Reading »

S Gravette's city council holds short but busy meeting

GRAVETTE -- Several items of business were quickly dispatched in a half-hour meeting of the Gravette City Council last Thursday night. All council members and city attorney David Bailey were present. Continue Reading »

S Town-hall meeting set for April 13 to discuss school direction

GENTRY -- With the approval of the school board, the Gentry School District has scheduled a town-hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 13, at the city council chambers on Gentry's Main Street (adjacent to the police station), to hear the thoughts of the community on the direction the school district should take in regard to a charter school, facilities plans and its mission statement. High on the town meeting's agenda will be the possibility of establishing a charter school within the Gentry School District to better equip students to obtain employment after high school. The school district is seeking community input to determine possible avenues for such a school. Continue Reading »

S Gravette's ESL Coordinator is leaving, more staff and training are recommended

GRAVETTE -- School board president Jay Oliphant gave an update on the HOSA showcase project at last Tuesday's school board meeting. He reported that the club had raised about $500 toward the cost of the showcase. Funds have been set up at the Bank of Gravett and at Arvest Bank where anyone can make contributions for the project. Continue Reading »

S DHA turns corner, on track again

DECATUR -- With the departure of Debbie Weston and the organization under new management, the Decatur Housing Authority has cleaned up its act and is conducting meetings in accordance with Arkansas Code. Gone are the locked doors and closed meetings. Gone is the intimidation of an overzealous manager and board president. In its January meeting, the authority elected new board officers and nominated a new board member. Continue Reading »