S Commission recommends changes for signs, RV parks and accessory buildings

GENTRY -- After public hearings, the Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission approved a variance, two tract splits and a lot-line adjustment before moving on to recommend the council pass ordinances amending city code on signs, accessory buildings and adopting a new ordinance regulating recreational vehicle parks within the city. Continue Reading »

S International Night takes Decatur on tour of world

DECATUR -- Decatur Northside Elementary hosted its annual spring International Night celebration at the school in Decatur May 12. Continue Reading »

S Decatur chamber awards two scholarships to 2016 senior class

DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce held its annual honors banquet in the cafeteria of Decatur High School May 9. Continue Reading »

S Gravette seniors awarded scholarships

GRAVETTE -- Seniors at Gravette High School received 165 scholarships at scholarship night on Tuesday, May 10, at the Performing Arts Center. Scholarships awarded totaled $2,363,816. Students receiving scholarships and their amounts were: Continue Reading »

S "Shelter from the Storm"

GRAVETTE -- Warmer weather has arrived and we are now at the peak of tornado season. It's important to have a shelter from the storm in case of an emergency. The residents of North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette Senior Complex and nearby neighbors are able to seek shelter in the safe room at the complex, located at 700 S.W. Irving Street in Gravette. Immediately after a severe weather warning, the room is open and provides protection from winds up to 250 miles per hour, to include a tornado with F-4 magnitude. Anybody who is near the complex when the siren sounds is welcome to seek protection inside this safe room. The construction of the safe room was made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, with the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas covering the remainder of the cost. Continue Reading »

Gravette Legion elects new officers

GRAVETTE -- John E. Tracy Post 25, American Legion, in Gravette met April 19 to elect new officers for 2017. Officers elected are David Malczymski, commander; Will Crose, first vice-commander; Mark Russow, second vice-commander; Mike Carnahan, adjutant; Al Blair, finance officer; Rose Crose, chaplain, historian and reporter; Louis Kirby, judge advocate; and Glenn Duffy Jr., child welfare. The Legion post operated a booth on Main Street at the First Saturday events May 7 and distributed patriotic stickers, bookmarks and information about the organization. They also did judging Saturday on the Stamp Out Drugs poster entries submitted by fifth-graders at Gravette Upper Elementary School. Luke Coffee was first-place winner in the poster contest and Riley Schmitt was second-place winner. Their entries will now be sent to state competition. Gravette Legion members invite all veterans to join them at their meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Gravette Civic Center. They also ask anyone who has worn out flags to take them to city hall or Care and Share to be picked up for disposal at the post's annual flag-burning ceremony. Continue Reading »

S Arvest One Million Meals Campaign reaches halfway point

Arvest Bank’s hunger initiative provided 522,681 meals to date

GRAVETTE -- On April 4, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its sixth 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. On May 2, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or halfway to its goal. Continue Reading »

S Boling named Bumpers College outstanding alumna

FAYETTEVILLE -- Kerri Boling was named a 2015-16 distinguished alumna of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Boling was recognized by the Bumpers College Alumni Society as the Outstanding Young Alumna and addressed graduates at commencement. Continue Reading »

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S Gentry seniors awarded $700,000 in scholarships

GENTRY -- On Monday, May 2, Gentry High School seniors were awarded scholarships and other awards at the high school's annual scholarship night. The ceremony took place at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. A reception also took place after the awards were presented. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Northside Elementary staffer to retire

DECATUR -- Sue Verser has been a friendly face to all in Decatur. For 30 years she has welcomed parents, students and staff into Decatur schools. In the coming days she will take her last message, make her last intercom call and then call it a career. Verser is retiring at the end of the school year. Continue Reading »

S Conceptional plans for intermediate school revealed at informational meeting

GENTRY -- Though poorly attended (only six parents and one student in addition to school board members, school staff and media), information was presented and questions answered at an informational meeting hosted by the school board on April 9 about proposed plans to request a millage increase and build a new intermediate school classroom facility on the Gentry Intermediate School campus. Continue Reading »

S Clark signs to cheer at NSU

GENTRY -- Lexie Clark, a Gentry senior, signed her letter of intent on May 4 to attend Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and be a part of its cheerleading program. Continue Reading »

S Adkins to play baseball at Lyon College

GENTRY -- Zac Adkins, a Gentry senior, signed a letter of intent on May 3 to attend Lyon College in Batesville and play baseball. Continue Reading »