S Dorothy Alice Berridge Shockey

GENTRY — Dorothy Alice Berridge Shockey, 88, of Nenana, Alaska, and longtime resident of Gentry, died Feb. 26, 2017, at her home in Gentry. She was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Sweet Springs, Mo., to Walter Elsner and Edith Maxey Elsner. Continue Reading »

S Angela Leigh Antrobus

KANSAS, Okla. — Angela Leigh Antrobus, 37, of Kansas, Okla., died surrounded by her family, Feb. 22, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center, Springdale. She was born June 1, 1979, at Creve Cour, Mo., to Howard Antrobus and Johneea Jane Baker. Continue Reading »

S May Lane Andrews

GENTRY — May Lane (Campbell) Andrews, 80, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the Highlands Health and Rehab Facility in Bella Vista. She was born to Harry S. and Minnie J. (Wilson) Campbell on Jan. 15, 1937, in Helena. Continue Reading »

S New 4-H club in the works for Highfill

HIGHFILL — A new 4-H club is in the works for Highfill, according to information Marisha Gardisser shared with the Highfill City Council on Feb. 14. An informational/interest meeting is planned for 6 p.m., March 13, at Highfill's city hall. Gardisser said she grew up in 4-H, beginning as a Cloverbud in the Highfill 4-H club. Due to low member numbers, the previous Highfill club was discontinued in the late 90s. Now, with two young sons involved in 4-H, Gardisser said she would like to see a club started back up in Highfill, a club which would focus on serving the Highfill and Gentry communities. Logan 4-H, led by longtime 4-H volunteer, Jackie Griffin, will continue to meet at the Logan Community Building and serve the Siloam Springs community. Continue Reading »

S Gravette girls fall to Berryville, beat Pea Ridge

GRAVETTE — After a heart-breaking loss to Berryville on Friday, the Gravette Lady Lions came back, and back from behind, to defeat the Lady Blackhawks of Pea Ridge in Saturday's consolation round. The Lady Lions were in the game against the Lady Bobcats of Berryville on Friday all the way up to the end. The game was tied at 14 at the end of the first quarter. It was 32-31, Berryville up, at the half. At the end of the third quarter, it was tied again at 49 all, But, in the final quarter, the Lady Bobcats pulled away and took a 68-61 lead to the bank for the win and then on to take the conference championship. Continue Reading »

S Its already time to watch out for Sneaky Snake

Do you fellers remember that I am not a brave man when it comes to the old Sneaky Snake variables found in feed rooms and every place on the rock pile I call my home? I am not a coward when it comes to facing tornadoes, snow storms, storming women, and can say I have never run away from a child throwing a fit! I figure I am able to face what the world slings at me about as well as the next feller my age! We all grin when we see the green starting to show in the pastures.... Continue Reading »

S Are simple math and making change a lost art in the modern era?

I do sometimes wonder what children are taught in schools these days. When I look at the names of subjects students take in high school, it appears that education has greatly improved since I was in school. But then I look at the results: students (and sometimes teachers) who can barely read and write and many who seem to be clueless when it comes to basic math skills necessary for everyday life. Continue Reading »

S New food pantry to open Monday in Gentry

GENTRY — GFA Food Pantry will be opening on Monday at the First Assembly of God, located at 821 E. Main Street in Gentry. For several years the church had a small food pantry, serving 5-10 families a month on an as-needed basis. The church's new pastor, Michael Powers, had a vision for a large food pantry that will serve hundreds of families per month, so the church partnered with the NWA Food Bank and Convoy of Hope's Rural Compassion to receive food to be given away as part of the only certified food bank in Gentry. Several other Gentry churches plan to partner with the new pantry. A special meeting was to be held on Tuesday (after press time) at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Gentry to further involve other area churches, organizations and individuals in the food pantry. Continue Reading »

S Gravette's new ladder truck brought home

GRAVETTE -- Fire chief Rob Douthit reported at last Thursday's Committee of the Whole meeting that four Gravette firemen had gone to Hartford, Conn., and driven the department's new ladder truck back to Gravette. The vehicle is now the tallest ladder truck in Benton County. He said they are working now to get it ready for service. Continue Reading »

S Planning Commission recommending zoning changes, grants variance

GENTRY -- The Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday approved a variance request and sent three zoning changes on to the city council for final approval. Continue Reading »

S Lady Lions punch ticket to Regional Tournament

Gravette beats Prairie Grove, 48-35

BERRYVILLE -- With Gravette (19-9) leading, 36-35, the Lady Lions missed a shot and Prairie Grove (8-16) grabbed a defensive rebound but couldn't find an outlet. Continue Reading »

S Gentry girls end season at tourney

BERRYVILLE -- Turnovers and problems defending lobs into the post contributed to Gentry's first-round, 46-30, loss to Pea Ridge in the District 4A-1 girls' basketball tournament held Feb. 15 at Berryville's Bobcat Arena. Continue Reading »

S Gentry wrestlers compete at state

GENTRY -- Several of Gentry High School's wrestlers placed in the state wrestling tournament held this past weekend. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Lions eliminate Gentry Pioneers

Hester enjoys community

BERRYVILLE -- Gravette concentrated at the foul line, making 13 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to defeat rival Gentry, 53-42, at the 4A-1 District tournament. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Historical Committee looking for info for next forum

DECATUR -- The Decatur Historical Committee is looking for information, photographs and artifacts pertaining to any movie theaters in the Decatur area. This information will be shared during the next forum topic March 1 at 5 p.m. in the committee room at Decatur City Hall. Continue Reading »

S Health Inspections

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S Drones slow wildfire response and ground firefighting aircraft

STATEWIDE -- With the first of two primary Arkansas wildfire seasons upon us (February through April), officials at the Arkansas Forestry Commission are preparing for an increase in wildfire frequency across the state. In January, wildland firefighters were responding to a fire in Ashley County when it was reported that a drone or unmanned aircraft system was flying over the wildfire parameter. Flying a drone near a wildfire creates a serious safety hazard for firefighters and stops the assistance of any firefighting aircraft. Continue Reading »

S Decatur finishes season with loss in district tournament

DECATUR -- It was a tough end to a season that had more downs than ups as the Decatur Bulldogs boys' basketball team finished its 2016-17 season with a loss to the Lead Hill Tigers in the first round of the 1A district 1 tournament. Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldogs end their 2017 season with loss to Lady Tigers

DECATUR -- For senior Cameron Shaffer, the Feb. 13 basketball game marked the end of her four-year high school career with the Decatur Lady Bulldogs. But it was not quite the end she hoped for as the Lady Bulldogs lost the contest at the hand of the Lady Tigers in the first round of the 1A District 1 tournament at Lead Hill. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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