Police find missing Gentry girl

GENTRY — Bryanna Johnson, 15, of Gentry, reported as missing, has been found due to the efforts of the Gentry Police Department. According to police, Bryanna Johnson was reported as missing and a possible runaway. She was thought to possibly be in the company of Jacob Piguet and anyone who had seen Johnson or Piguet was asked to contact the Gentry Police Department. Police confirmed she was located in Madison County and taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m. today. Continue Reading »

S You shall not murder

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire." Matthew 5:21-22 Are you guilty of murder? Most of us would answer that question with a resounding, "No!" But, as we see from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, God's commandment, "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13), encompasses more than just the act of killing another human being without just cause; it has bearing upon our words as well as upon the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts! Continue Reading »

S Gravette museum, commission chair celebrate 20 years

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Historical Museum is celebrating its 20th year of existence and, at the same time, the museum commission's chairman is celebrating his 20th year of membership on the commission. John Mitchael remembers how the idea for the museum first developed. Back in 1993, local barber Johnny Varner wanted help to build a model of the town for Gravette's centennial celebration. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

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S Springtown looking into adding more speed bumps

SPRINGTOWN -- Little official action was taken at Springtown's Aug. 18 meeting but a number of items were discussed, with future action anticipated. Continue Reading »

S School board to purchase minivan

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, on Aug. 17, approved the purchase of a mini-van for use to transport students to therapeutic day treatment centers. The state bid price for the Dodge Grand Caravan is $21,003, according to Jason Barrett, Gentry School district's transportation and maintenance director. Continue Reading »

S Withdrawal request came too late

GENTRY -- A decision to withdraw from the Gentry School Board race was too late to stop the election, and the names of incumbent Clarence Kreger and contender Nikki Rayburn-Still will both be on the ballot for the Sept. 15 school election. According to Randy Barrett, Gentry School District superintendent, he received notification on the afternoon of Aug. 17 from Nikki Rayburn-Still of her desire to withdraw from the race for the Zone 3 post (a five-year term). Continue Reading »

S Another section of Bella Vista Bypass officially opened Friday

HIWASSE -- A few sprinkles from an overcast sky Friday morning didn't faze officials opening the newest section of the Bella Vista Bypass, which will be a part of Interstate 49. Dick Trammel, Arkansas highway commissioner, and other local dignitaries gathered below the newest Arkansas 74 overpass, just west of Hiwasse, and cut a blue ribbon using a huge pair of scissors. A couple of trucks blew their horns in salute as they passed above. Most of the cars in sight belonged to those attending the event. Continue Reading »

S OCH welcomes new psychiatrist

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital has welcomed board-certified psychiatrist Lloyd Spencer, M.D., to the medical staff. Continue Reading »

S Benton County eyes new septic system ordinance

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County planners got its initial look Wednesday at a proposal to regulate on-site wastewater treatment systems. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Charter School Meeting - A public meeting will be held at the Gentry High School auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to discuss the public school conversion charter application. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. This public meeting is a mandatory application requirement for the state charter process. The school district is applying for a conversion charter school to better prepare students for the workplace upon graduation. Colcord Chamber - The Colcord Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a special meeting to elect officers at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 at the Church of Christ, Colcord. Those living in the Colcord area, in town or outside, are invited. The chamber is looking for a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. For more information, call Connie Amos at 479-238-5079. Continue Reading »

S Maysville News

This is wonderful weather for August. Rain and cooler temps, what more could we ask for? Patti King of Lowell visited her parents, Jack and Sylvia Tucker, on Saturday and spent the night. She spent the day Sunday with Ron and Debbie Sims, then went back to her parents' home to spend the night before returning home on Monday. My sister, Frances Sims of Bentonville, and my nephew, Artie Vick, and friend Shelly of Springdale visited me one day last week. Continue Reading »

S Meeting held to promote vocational ed

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette School District hosted a legislative discussion regarding vocational opportunities for students in Northwest Arkansas on Aug. 18. School representatives and officials met to discuss the districts' efforts to provide vocational opportunities that will benefit the students in the future and provide them with job-skills training to better equip them for employment following high school. The topics included funding for career of vocational trade programs and how the Workforce Initiative Act will help serve small schools in the rural parts of Arkansas. Continue Reading »

S Students enjoy last pool party of season

DECATUR -- It was the last pool party for the Decatur City Park pool as it closed down for the season. The Decatur Middle School held the last fling of the summer for its grade 6-8 students and teachers Aug. 21, as students completed their first full week of school. A total of 70 students and six teachers frolicked in the warm waters of the City Park pool. Continue Reading »

S Elders to celebrate 60th

Jack and Ruth Elder will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 30, at the VFW Post, 830 S. Lincoln, Siloam Springs. Please RSVP to Von Elder at 214-458-8667 if planning to attend. Jack is a real estate broker at Tall Star Realty in Gentry, and Ruth is a retired school teacher and homemaker. Continue Reading »