S Gravette father, son found dead in auto shop

SPRINGDALE — A father and son died in an auto shop last week, likely from generator emissions, police said. Emergency responders found the bodies of Travis Walls, 35, and his adolescent son (Traver Walls) Friday at 4262 S. Thompson St., said Lt. Jeff Taylor of the Springdale Police Department. Absolute Auto Glass is listed as being at that address. Continue Reading »

S Wendt honors grandfather's memory, runs in 5K event

DECATUR — "On April 11 (2016), my desire to run in track or cross country came to a crashing halt. The one person that gave me 100 percent of support in my running was gone," Rebekah Wendt recounted in a letter she read to the 75-plus participants, volunteers and spectators during the opening ceremony of the first annual Gayland Van Dyke Memorial 5K Run at Veterans Park in Decatur May 13. Lifelong Decatur resident Gayland Van Dyke was always proud of his family, his friends and the community he lived in his entire life. He was particularly proud of his granddaughter Rebekah and would always attend as many of her sporting events as he could. He was her cheering section. His presence always made Rebekah try a little harder. Continue Reading »

S Sports focus of Decatur School Board meeting

DECATUR -- The Decatur School Board convened May 15 for its regular session in the media center at Decatur Middle School. Topping the agenda was the Decatur athletic director's report presented by John Unger. Continue Reading »

S Not getting enough sleep a health risk

Healthy Living

Don't lose sleep — Not sleeping well is more than an inconvenience. Are you counting sheep or the items on tomorrow's "to do" list all night? If so, you may want to examine your overall health. It takes more than a morning cup of coffee to recover from the effects of lack of sleep. While you sleep, your body does a lot of essential chores: it repairs damaged tissues, secretes hormones and pulls the day's experiences together into long-term memories. Without enough sleep, your physical and mental well-being can suffer.... Continue Reading »

S News-blues, highway news, with other projects on the side

A couple of weeks ago I decided it was time to do a little critique of the cable TV news networks, just listen to all of them a bit, just long enough to let their prognosticators have enough time to convince me they are the real experts who have all the answers to solve our nation's problems. What a challenge. There are hundreds of those know-it-all experts who always seem to preface what they say with, "the fact is...." and then drift off into never-never land. Continue Reading »

S First they came....

Back in the first half of the 20th century, German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller wrote a poem entitled "First They Came..." which tells how the Nazis came for different groups of people while German intellectuals rationalized away any opposition to Hitler's programs until they themselves were taken and no one was left to speak out on their behalf. First it was the socialists, then the trade unionists, then the Jews, and no one spoke out. Then, he writes, they came for me and there was no one left to speak out. Continue Reading »

S The woes of the world can rest heavy on a feller if you let them

OK, I bought the flowers and I dug up the bed and I carried all the pots. Now I am free to go to work! This yard stuff is the pits and I am not going to be around for any more of it. My close relative has used up all my reserve and now she is going to need to depend on the slave labor of grands or offspring. I departed the area as fast as a tumbleweed in the West Texas wind and won't be back until I see her sitting on the porch drinking tea! Continue Reading »

S Gentry man is arrested in connection to bomb threat

GENTRY -- Police arrested John E. Saathoff, 24, of Gentry, in connection with a bomb threat allegedly made to McDonald's Restaurant, located at 467 South Gentry Blvd., in Gentry, on Jan. 21. Continue Reading »

S Lions Golf Classic raises more than $7,000

GRAVETTE -- The annual Lions Golf Classic was held Saturday, May 6, at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. More than $7,000 was raised to benefit various programs at Gravette High School, including drama, vocal music, instrumental music, athletics, cheerleading, academic awards and the arts. Continue Reading »

S Jesus has not abandoned us

Weekly Devotion

"If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." John 14:15-18 Continue Reading »

S Rain causes damage, but rural living has its joys

We've had some rainy days this month but, so far, it looks as if May will end quite a bit drier than did April. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Samaritan's Feet hosts shoe distribution

GRAVETTE -- Samaritan's Feet, in cooperation with leaders in Gravette and surrounding communities, will host a shoe distribution event on Saturday, July 29, at the Gravette Civic Center, located at 407 Charlotte Street, S.E. Continue Reading »

S Arrests

GENTRY -- Kyle Lee Holt, 30, of Gentry, was cited and released May 9 in connection to three misdemeanor counts of manufacture of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Continue Reading »

S KCS to make repairs to local lines

KANSAS CITY (Mo.) -- Kansas City Southern announced on May 16 that its subsidiary, the Kansas City Southern Railway Company, is investing approximately $24.6 million in 2017 on construction and improvement projects on its Pittsburg, Heavener and Shreveport Subdivisions. Continue Reading »

S Seniors take St. Louis trip

ST. LOUIS (Mo.) -- Senior sponsors Elaine Christman, James Garner, and Jessi Castagna took a group of 19 Decatur High School seniors to St. Louis, Mo., for a senior trip on April 18 and 19. Continue Reading »

S Local students named to Harding dean's list

SEARCY -- More than 1,300 students were included on the Harding University dean's list for grades achieved during the spring 2017 semester. Among them were the following Gentry students: Continue Reading »

S Austin and Bingham named to SWOSO's spring dean's list

GRAVETTE -- Nicholas Paul Austin and Levi Bingham of Gravette were named to the spring semester dean's list at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for academic work during the 2017 spring semester. Continue Reading »

S Adler on dean's list at Belmont University

NASHVILLE (Tenn.) -- Dylan Adler of Gentry qualified for the spring 2017 dean's list at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 30 percent of Belmont's 7,700 students qualified for the spring 2017 dean's list. Continue Reading »

S Planning, zoning commission approves subdivision plat, recommends new ordinance

GENTRY -- The planning and zoning commission, on Thursday night, approved a special use permit, a lot-line adjustment and a tract split at its regular meeting in the city council chambers. The commission also will recommend to city council an ordinance changing the way subdivisions must be built and approved in the city. Continue Reading »


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