S Gentry Council candidates respond

Candidates answer questions regarding views and plans

GENTRY — Since there is one contested race for a council seat, the Eagle Observer sent a questionnaire to the candidates for the Ward 1, Position 1, post and is publishing below the questions and the candidates unedited answers for our readers to review. Continue Reading »

S Skaggs named new Gravette police chief

GRAVETTE — Sergeant Charles "Chuck" Skaggs was chosen to be the new police chief for the city of Gravette last week, according to an announcement made by Mayor Kurt Maddox. Skaggs has been serving as the interim police chief and last Wednesday was offered the permanent position. He accepted the position and has assumed command. Skaggs underwent an extensive investigation by a search committee made up of several community members and city officials. He was one of seven candidates interviewed. The committee indicated they were proud to recommend Sergeant Skaggs as one of their top picks. Continue Reading »

S Gravette artists paint Rogers mural

GRAVETTE — Gravette artists Andy and Holly Wallace were recently commissioned to complete a wall mural on the side of a business building in historic downtown Rogers. The couple's art work, called "Bleu Girl" was created for the Urban Bleu Hair Salon at 113 W. Elm Street. They completed the mural project in a little less than 12 hours on Sunday, Oct. 9. Andy also made a video of the mural process and currently has just under 1,000 views. Andy and Holly are encouraged about the art installations being done in the downtown Fort Smith area and hope to see more of these coming to northwest Arkansas. Andy had done one mural in Springdale years ago but none since. Continue Reading »

S Highfill approves additional rezoning request

HIGHFILL -- The city council, on Oct. 11, approved the rezoning of 60 acres of land belonging to Sach D. and Codi Oliver from rural-residential to light industrial. The 60 acres was surrounded on three sides by Matthias land rezoned for industrial use last month. Continue Reading »

S Cyclists create stream of color in first annual glow ride

GENTRY -- Bicycles and riders filled a good portion of the north side of Gentry's city park on Saturday night as riders got ready for the first annual glow ride in Gentry. Continue Reading »

S Restaurant Inspections

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness. Continue Reading »

S Portable classroom purchased by school district

GENTRY -- A new portable classroom ordered over the summer arrived and was being assembled last week. Continue Reading »

S Gentry students qualify for all-region choir

GENTRY -- Audra Weathers, Alex Savage, Jennifer Adams, Haylee Pyburn, Jonathan Brinkley, Tim Swearingen, Colton Little, Hunter Mills, Andrew Reynoso and Ben Nelson qualified or are alternates to sing in the all-region choir. The Gentry choir students auditioned at Harrison on Oct. 8. Continue Reading »

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S Bright Futures breakfast kicks off nonprofit's efforts

GRAVETTE -- Bright Futures Gravette kicked off last Tuesday in a big way. A kickoff breakfast was held at the Bella Vista Assembly of God Church Oct. 11 with 100 people in attendance. During the breakfast, faith-based organizations, businesses, city officials, civic organizations, parent groups, school personnel and community members came together to learn how they can pledge their time, talents and treasures to children in need. Continue Reading »

S Ordinance to permit golf carts, ATVs being considered

GRAVETTE — A proposed ordinance to permit and regulate the use of golf carts and two- and four-seat all terrain vehicles on the public streets of Gravette was the only item of new business discussed at last Thursday's city council committee of the whole meeting. After a brief discussion, council members asked City Clerk Mike von Ree to add the phrase "must have Arkansas sticker" to the vehicle requirements. The ordinance will be on the agenda for the Oct. 27 council meeting. Continue Reading »

S Rep. Womack holds 'Coffee with Congressman' event in Gentry

GENTRY — U.S. Representative Steve Womack, Republican representing Arkansas' Third District, visited with constituents in Gentry on Monday, holding one of his Coffee with the Congressman events in the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library and then going on to visit other sites in Gentry, including the Gentry High Conversion Charter School. Continue Reading »

S Cause of Springtown fire remains undetermined

SPRINGTOWN -- The cause of a fire in Springtown which burned a shop building, tools and building supplies belonging to Paul Lemke remains undetermined, according to the Benton County Fire Marshal's Office. Continue Reading »

S Decatur council passes wastewater rate hikes

DECATUR — After a public hearing lasting nearly 90 minutes, the Decatur City Council passed the wastewater rate increase ordinance during its regular meeting in the conference room at Decatur City Hall on Oct. 10. Continue Reading »