S Gravette sweeps 4A-1 Conference track championships

Gentry's Cripps closes in on his promised height

PEA RIDGE — Gravette claimed both conference titles, but it had to come from behind to do such a feat. In the girls division, the Lady Lions compiled 171 to 142 edge over second-place Pea Ridge, but they didn't enjoy the lead until the 800-meter run. Gravette claimed a one-two finish in that event as Sally Bird turned in a winning time of 2 minutes, 46.97 seconds, followed by teammate Gracie Berger at 2:47.36 while Tori Foster finished seventh. The Lady Lions placed three runners in the 200 and two more in the 3,200, then capped it by winning the 4x400 relay with the team of Teagan Dixon, Kyrstin Branscum, Bird and Berger in 4:37.17.... Continue Reading »

S Clark saves best throw for last

FORT SMITH -- Mason Clark saved his best for last during the McDonalds Relays. The Gentry junior threw the discus 146 feet on his final attempt and won the event during Thursday's meet at Jim Rowland Stadium. The throw was almost 4 feet further than his previous best this spring, and it came after two of his first three attempts were scratched. "My first three attempts were bad," Clark said. "I went out there and decided to just take this easy. I've done it a thousand times, so just do it again.... Continue Reading »

S Earth Day focused on pollinators, birds of prey

GENTRY — The rains stopped just in time on Saturday morning to do a little work in the flower beds and along the trail at the Eagle Watch Nature Trail in observance of Earth Day. In spite of the rain and the mud, close to 20 local 4-H club members and adults came out to pull weeds and plant flowers for the bees and butterflies later this spring and summer. And following the work, those in attendance were treated to an explanation of the work of Morning Star Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Gravette by Lynn Sciumbato, owner and rehabilitator. The center takes in injured birds and animals and nurses them back to health when possible for release into the wild. The facility is licensed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to carry on the service. Morning Star focuses its work on native Arkansas species, including raptors, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Continue Reading »

S 'One Upon a Time' Gentry prom thme

GENTRY — Gentry High School’s annual prom was held Saturday night at the Cypress Barn, located just outside Siloam Springs, and Gentry students and their dates gathered for an evening of dancing, games and entertainment. Couples, solos and groups arrived and registered, and many paused for a photo together taken by Patrick Lanford, EAST facilitator at the high school and also a photographer. The girls wore evening gowns and the guys, suits, ties and tuxedos for the event. Continue Reading »

S Commission approves conditional- and special-use permits, takes up planning for taller buildings

GENTRY -- Gentry's planning and zoning commission approved a special use permit for Gentry Early Learning Academy and a conditional use permit for Gilbert Ulibarri at Thursday's meeting in the Gentry Council Chambers. Continue Reading »

S Century Farm applications due May 31

ARKANSAS -- The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) is now accepting applications for 2017 Arkansas Century Farm Inductees. Century Farm families have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. This program honors Arkansas' rich agricultural heritage and since the beginning in 2012 has certified 341 farms and families. Applications are available at aad.arkansas.gov. Continue Reading »

S SSRH celebrates National Healthcare Volunteer Week

Every April is a special time across the country and especially at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. It is a time to recognize, appreciate and thank the volunteers that make the hospital so special. This year, National Healthcare Volunteer Week is being celebrated April 23-29 in hospitals across the country. Continue Reading »

S Rain, goats, a bear and ???

Since Eagle Observer area may be getting three or four inches of rain during the next few days (this is being written late Thursday), ponds may be filled and a good cutting of hay may be in the works -- quite a contrast from how last year ended. The NOAA gauge at Gravette showed more than a seven-inch deficit of precipitation in 2016. This year we're already a few inches on the plus side, which should make the gardens grow. The lawn mowers are probably going to get a good workout, too. Continue Reading »

S The old gears are grinding and probably need oil

The old gears are grinding and probably need oil. I'm talking about the wheels and gears in my head when I'm trying to understand more than I have capacity to fully grasp. What I'm trying to figure out is this: Is economic growth always a good thing? Or, could it be bad? Continue Reading »

S Trump attack on Syria violated international law

Please understand, I am no fan of the United Nations, the globalist pipe dream for world government supported by every president since its inception except Ronald Reagan and possibly Donald Trump. Still, it was created in San Francisco, is housed in Rockefeller donated property in New York City and we were signatories of its charter which prohibits what Trump just did to Syria. This begs the question. Continue Reading »

S Do you have gallstones?

Do you have gallstones? If you experience these symptoms, you may need to seek help. Continue Reading »

S Health 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 'Conduct Yourselves in Fear'

Weekly Devotion

"And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."1 Peter 1:17-19 (Read 1 Peter 1:13-21) Continue Reading »

S Highfill EHC

The Highfill Economic Homemakers Club met April 17 in the Gentry Library. Jeanie Hittson called the meeting to order. We had no guests. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Our song was "Let the Sun Shine In." Continue Reading »

S Lions lose three games last week

GRAVETTE -- In a rough week of baseball, the Lions fell to Siloam Springs on Thursday, Huntsville on April 19 and West Fork on April 18. Scores were 14-7, Siloam Springs; 9-3, Huntsville; and 8-6, Westfork. Continue Reading »

S Pinter signs with Grand View University

GRAVETTE -- Stephanie Pinter, a senior at Gravette High School, signed Friday, April 21, to play volleyball at Grand View University, a liberal arts university in Des Moines, Iowa. Continue Reading »

S Junior track teams take first in 1A district meet

DECATUR -- In its first appearance in the 1A junior high district track meet, the Decatur Bulldog team made its presence known as it walked away with both the boys' and girls' championships. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

Week of May 1-5 Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Free Barbecued dinner offered in Sulphur Springs Continue Reading »

S Gentry coach ejected asking for consistency

Gentry coach ejected asking for consistency

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Gentry head baseball coach Justin Ledbetter was ejected after asking the home plate umpire for consistency in determining the strike zone April 13. Continue Reading »


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