S Great white egrets viewed at Eagle Watch

GENTRY -- Great white egrets, almost as tall as a blue heron and considerably larger than the snowy egret, can often be seen in the area during the summer and late summer months, as seen in the accompanying photo taken Sunday by local conservationist and wildlife photographer, Terry Stanfill. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

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S Woman arrested in connection with fight with sister

GENTRY -- Police arrested Lydia Whitten, 27, of Gentry, in connection with a Sept. 28 incident of domestic battery in the third degree after responding to a hang-up 911 call. Continue Reading »

S Decatur makes changes to library computer use

DECATUR--The Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur recently changed its policies on the use of the computers at the facility. Continue Reading »

S Benton County officials weigh cleanup costs

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials are preparing for what might be the last of the popular cleanup events. Continue Reading »

S Task force tackles Northwest Arkansas construction education

BENTON COUNTY -- A group of Benton County educators and building industry representatives is working on plans to propel more high school students into construction trades. The Construction Trades Task Force began meeting in May to develop a curriculum preparing students either for a job straight out of high school or additional training beyond that. The group meets once or twice per month. Its next meeting is Thursday. Continue Reading »

S Rep. Hendren visits Gravette High School for 'Take Your Legislator to School Month'

GRAVETTE -- As part of "Take Your Legislator to School Month," Rep. Kim Hendren was scheduled to visit Gravette High School to lead discussions and answer questions for the students who are studying the legislative branch of government in class. Activities were designed to show students how the democratic process works and to heighten awareness of citizen rights and responsibilities. Continue Reading »

S Gravette chosen satellite NTI campus

GRAVETTE -- High school principal Jay Chalk reported at the September school board meeting that the Gravette school has been chosen as a satellite campus for Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale. Board members voted later in the meeting to submit the school's satellite program to the Arkansas Career and Technical Department for its approval. Welding classes will be the first program offered.... Continue Reading »

S Nonprofit take over local health program

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks New Hope, a regional not-for-profit aimed at promoting healthy initiatives, will take over the Gravette Circle Community Health Program this fall. Continue Reading »

S Bank building purchased for police

GENTRY -- The city council on Monday passed an ordinance authorizing the purchase of the Centennial Bank building and property and authorizing the mayor to sign a short-term financing agreement for the purchase of the property. The ordinance, which was passed with rules suspended on three readings and with an emergency clause attached, approved the purchase of the building and property for $550,000 plus closing costs. The ordinance also gave approval to a finance agreement with Centennial Bank.... Continue Reading »

S Arvest One Million Meals Campaign reaches halfway point

Arvest Bank’s Hunger Initiative provided 589,118 meals to date

BENTONVILLE -- In early September, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its fifth annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing at least one million meals to those in need. Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or halfway to its goal. Continue Reading »

S Gentry holds homecoming parade

GENTRY -- Normal traffic on Pioneer Lane, Third Street and Main Street came to a halt for 30 minutes or so on Friday as Gentry High School's marching band and drill team, floats, cheerleaders, football players and members of the homecoming court took to the streets in Gentry's annual homecoming parade. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

EAST Night Out - Gentry Public Schools is inviting the public to EAST Night Out, an event showcasing and celebrating the new Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) program in the district. Students will be on hand to demonstrate some of their current learning projects. The open-house event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the EAST Classroom, Room 202, at Gentry High School. Hiwasse Fall Cleanup - The annual fall cleanup will be held in the Hiwasse community this Thursday, Oct. 8, allowing residents to dispose of some items too large for the regular weekly trash pickup. Curbside pickup of large items will be held that day and persons are encouraged to put them out the preceding day, if possible. Items which will not be accepted for pickup include paint, tires, batteries, chemicals, appliances, electronics and yard waste. Lumber will be picked up only if it is no longer than 4 feet, is tied in a bundle and weighs less than 50 pounds. Persons with questions may call city hall, 787-5757. TPF Fall Festival - Turning Point Fellowship in Gentry will hold a fall festival from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, in the Carl Gym on Main Street in Gentry. The event will feature games for kids, door prizes for all ages, music, refreshments and more. Continue Reading »

S Gravette homecoming set for Oct. 16

Parade time changed to 10 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Homecoming is just over a week away in Gravette and includes a full day of activities on Friday, Oct. 16. Continue Reading »

S Plan underway to preserve historic church building

GRAVETTE --With membership declining and no additional support promised for the church building's upkeep promised, the hisoric Presbyterian Church building in Gravette could suffer the same fate as many old structures when no one is able to keep them up. But, according to a recent Facebook post by the city of Gravette, discussions are taking place to save the structure along Arkansas Highway 72 in Gravette. Continue Reading »