S Locomotive damaged by vandals

DECATUR -- One of the most iconic symbols of Decatur, the D-7 train engine parked adjacent to Arkansas Highway 59, was damaged in an act of vandalism. Continue Reading »

S July 4th celebration planned in Gravette

GRAVETTE --The Fourth of July in Gravette promises to be its usual bang-up celebration, with fireworks in the evening at Pop Allum Park, but several other activities will be featured at this year's event. The day's activities will begin at 10 a.m. with a dedication ceremony for the Gravette "Heroes Wall," a service project sponsored by the local Lions Club. The mural, several months in the making, depicts scenes.... Continue Reading »

S Gravette pool now open

GRAVETTE -- After some delays, the Gravette pool is now open for business and swimmers, young and old, are enjoying the refreshing waters. Continue Reading »

S Decatur pool offers way to beat the heat

DECATUR -- With the beginning of summer at hand and the threat of temperatures reaching the century mark by mid-July, people are flocking to rivers, lakes and pools in an effort to beat the heat. Continue Reading »

S Students compete at MSSU, tour PSU campus

GRAVETTE -- Seventeen students in the DECA Club at Gravette High School traveled to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and Pittsburg State University in Kansas on April 8. Students competed in various business competitions, toured the campuses and visited the PSU Technology and Vocational Center. They were accompanied by DECA advisor Bob Johnson. Continue Reading »

S Gravette High career day event

GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School held the annual Career Day on May 21. This year's Career Day featured two keynote speakers in the Performing Arts Center in the morning. Students were then able to select four of the 13 speakers to hear and gain some insight into the world of work and other post-secondary options. The two keynote speakers, who addressed the entire student body, were.... Continue Reading »

S Council awards contract for Veterans Park paving project

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council met in special session June 8 to consider four items which needed immediate action. This included the paving project at Veterans Park, a new truck for the street department, an animal ordinance amendment and land acquisition. Continue Reading »

S Decatur FFA receives awards at state convention

DECATUR --The Decatur Future Farmers of America chapter received several honors at the 88th Arkansas FFA State Convention held at Camp Couchdale near Hot Springs June 3-5. Continue Reading »

S Coffee wins first place with agricultural photo

FAYETTEVILLE -- Brittany Coffee of Gentry, a junior agricultural communications major in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Science at the University of Arkansas, earned top honors in a national photography contest. Continue Reading »

S Freedom Festival Schedule of Events

This year's festival - which kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 4th, in Gentry City Park, with some events starting earlier in the day - certainly ranks up there with top-notch entertainment. The featured entertainer of the evening is Chris Lane, an up-and-coming country singer from Kernersville, North Carolina, where he began to play live shows after his college baseball career ended. Continue Reading »

S Fire Station 29 Pub and Grill now open

GRAVETTE -- There's a new eating place open on Gravette Main Street, just in time for treating your Fourth of July guests. If you choose to have a picnic the weekend of the Fourth, the folks there can help you with sandwiches and sides to pack in your basket. Continue Reading »

S School board votes to buy Chrome Books, sell bus

GRAVETTE -- A comment period was held at the opening of the June school board meeting to allow for discussion of the sale of school property for which the city has submitted a bid. Most citizens spoke in support of selling the property to the city. Continue Reading »

S Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?

Gentry has been celebrating Independence Day for more than 100 years -- this year formally marks the 102nd city celebration, though records indicate celebrations going back to 1896 and possibly earlier. Early celebrations were downtown on Main Street. More recent celebrations have been in the city park and include enjoyable activities for all, entertainment and remarkable fireworks displays. Continue Reading »

S Blessed are the merciful

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Matthew 5:7 Continue Reading »

S Police make juvenile arrests, solve string of crimes

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry have arrested numerous juveniles and solved multiple cases of criminal mischief and vandalism within the city. According to police, they received seven or more reports in the months of February through June of various crimes ranging from spray-painting vulgar symbols on sidewalks, playground equipment, fences and vehicles to commercial burglaries at the park concession.... Continue Reading »