S Mullen new city of Gravette fire chief

GRAVETTE — Gravette has a new fire chief. Lonnie Mullen has headed the Gravette fire department only a little more than a month and, even though he is a world traveler, he says he and his wife are looking forward to settling down, becoming a part of the community and getting to know the people. Mullen has been a firefighter almost all his life. A California native, he is from Big Bear Lake, in San Bernardino County. He graduated from high school in the small mountain community of Big Bear Lake. He joined the Marines about a year after graduation and spent two years in the military before returning to California where he says he "just sort of fell into" a job at the fire station. Mullen's career as a firefighter began over 30 years ago.... Continue Reading »

S Jesse, Lee named Decatur homecoming queen and king

DECATUR — Under a beautiful setting sun, the 2017 Decatur High School homecoming court, escorts and guests walked toward the visitor sideline of Bulldog Stadium ready for the 2017 homecoming coronation. After the junior-high football game, the eight-member court gathered at the 50-yard line with their escorts, ready for the long walk to the center of the field. Continue Reading »

S State pet-projects grants ruled illegal

ARKANSAS -- For the third time in a little over a decade, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 5 in favor of a lawsuit by former state Rep. Mike Wilson of Jacksonville to stop lawmakers from funneling millions of dollars in state surplus money to local pet projects. Continue Reading »

S A season for healing

Pumpkin patch helps teacher find healing after her father’s death

GENTRY -- Melissa Bond, a teacher at the Gentry Middle School and local church youth group leader, wasn't a gardener and didn't even have houseplants, but when she visited a pumpkin patch last fall she thought, "You know, I think I'm just going to grow my own pumpkins." Continue Reading »

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S Gentry Arrest

GENTRY -- Police arrested Wade Bailey, 52, of Gentry, on Oct. 8, in connection to domestic battering in the third degree, a misdemeanor offense. Continue Reading »

S Gentry Public Library plans Friday library celebration

GENTRY — The Gentry Public Library and the Gentry Public Library Association will host a public reception on Friday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to celebrate the library's anniversary. Ten years ago, the library moved into the renovated former Carl's Hardware Store building. Before then, the library was housed in a small building on Main Street. In 2002, realizing the library had outgrown its building, then library board director James Furguson and librarian Darla Threet began a search for a larger facility. The vacant Carl Hardware store was selected, and award-winning architect Marlon Blackwell was chosen to plan the building's redesign. The library moved to its current location in October 2007. During planning for the building's 10th-anniversary celebration, Threet noticed a building with the heading "Public Library" on a 1916 city map.... Continue Reading »

S Council gets good news on old Head Start building, Burden newest member of DHA

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council received a bit of good news during its regular Oct. 9 session. Continue Reading »

S Springtown petitions to nullify 2014 ordinance

Seeks way to reopen narrowed street and close Aubrey Long Road

SPRINGTOWN — According to a petition filed by the town of Springtown on Friday, the town is seeking to have an ordinance which was passed on October 10, 2014, declared invalid and void. The ordinance in question narrowed a short north-south section of Bredehoeft Road.... Continue Reading »

S Kelly Miller Circus returns to Decatur Oct. 20

DECATUR -- Two years ago, the circus rolled through Decatur, taking people back to the times of circus trains, famous clowns such as Emmett Kelly and lots of exotic animals. That same circus, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, returns to Decatur Oct. 20 at Veterans Park for two big shows. Continue Reading »

S City council votes to rezone Arvest property

GRAVETTE -- In a special council meeting at the beginning of the Oct. 12 committee of the whole meeting, Gravette city council members voted to rezone property on First Avenue S.E., owned by Arvest Bank, from R-1, single family residential, to C-2, highway commercial. Continue Reading »

S Fall Recipes

Shorter fall days, with a bit of a chill in the air, serve to sharpen our appetites. We look for heartier dishes to satisfy our hunger. But they don't have to be heavy or high in fat and sodium. We can still eat healthy with salads and vegetable-based casseroles. These dishes work well for family dinners or for feeding unexpected drop-in guests. Continue Reading »

S Decatur celebrates homecoming with parade, pep rally

DECATUR -- It was a day of celebration on Oct. 13 when the entire student population of the Decatur School District gathered along Main Street to begin the 2017 Decatur High School homecoming parade. Continue Reading »

S Fall colors to peak soon

WESTSIDE — With peak fall colors expected in the area the last few days of October and the first few days of November, it's time to plan visits to local parks and scenic areas to view the fall foliage. And where to go might be a question to consider now, before the color peaks and the leaves fall. Continue Reading »

S Highfill to consider water-line expansion and bond refinancing

HIGHFILL — The city of Highfill will further discuss options to expand its water lines to the north and east side of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport at a special meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at city hall. Two plans were shared with the council on Oct. 10. Continue Reading »