S Why do Christians celebrate Easter?

While some are quick to criticize Christians for celebrating Easter and point to ancient pagan observances in spring and to worldly customs involving such things as Easter eggs and the Easter bunny, Christians celebrate Easter for none of these things. They have an entirely different reason to observe the festival and to celebrate. Christians observe Easter to remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day following His crucifixion just outside the walls of Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

S Spring is here and life gets a little easier

I am irritable because my fingers feel like they are frozen! I got up early and did chores in a warm climate and now the wind is blowing and cold. Continue Reading »

S Except a kernel of wheat die....

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." John 12:24-25 Continue Reading »

S A Walk in the Park

As I sit down to write this, a storm front is moving through the area. Should I keep calm and carry on or stop everything and go turn on the television? I am home alone at the moment and I don't like stormy weather. I call a friend to see what she is doing. I interrupt the good movie she is watching and she informs me she hasn't noticed anything going on with the weather. I must gather information and act on my own. Continue Reading »

S Corn cribs, pig pens and mulberry trees

I know there are days when we all long for the simpler times of our youth, when our biggest worry was whether or not it would rain and confine us to the house for the day. Continue Reading »

S Two die in Saturday wreck near Gentry

BENTON COUNTY -- Two 19-year-old men died in a one-vehicle accident near Gentry on Saturday, Gentry Fire Chief Vester Cripps said Sunday. Continue Reading »

S DECA students visit universities

GRAVETTE -- On April 2, Gravette High School students visited Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. The purpose of the trip was to attend competitive events and tour different career areas. Continue Reading »

S Gravette grabs lead, holds it in close game against Stilwell

GRAVETTE -- The Lions grabbed the lead in the fourth inning of a defensive ballgame when Ethan Vanderpool scored on an RBI double to left field by Matthew Stelting and built on that lead in the fifth when Cody Fields drove in Wyatt Gibbons with a ground ball double to left. Continue Reading »

S Pea Ridge gets by Gentry in first inning

GENTRY -- Though the Lady Pioneers out batted the visiting Pea Ridge Lady Blackhawks on April 8, they were unable to get a runner across the plate and overcome the 3-0 deficit inflicted on them in the first inning of the game. Continue Reading »

S Lions make most of hits, outscore Hillbillies

GRAVETTE -- Though both teams had eight hits in the game, the Lions capitalized on theirs to bring home a 6-3 victory over the Ozark Hillbillies on Friday. Continue Reading »

S LaBrecque suffers injury

GRAVETTE -- The status of Lindsee LaBrecque, stellar pitcher for the Gravette Lady Lions' softball team, remains uncertain after she was injured while at practice last Friday. Continue Reading »

S Concession stand nears completion

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S Rankin named Teacher of the Year

DECATUR -- It is always an honor to be recognized by your peers for your hard work and dedication to teach young children the wonders of the universe. One such teacher was recently honored for her dedication to the advancement of young minds. Continue Reading »

S Highfill to make road repairs

HIGHFILL -- Council members approved the expenditure of up to $40,000, to be added to two General Improvement Fund grants totalling $30,000 the city expected to receive from local state lawmakers, in order to make repairs to approximately 4 1/2 miles of Digby and Peterson Roads and apply a chip and seal surface. Continue Reading »

S Board expels student

GENTRY -- A ninth grade student was expelled for the remainder of the year by the Gentry School Board for making threatening remarks to another student and for being in possession of a knife at school. Continue Reading »

S Sulphur Springs council holds April session inside the city's fire station

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- During the city's April 10 regular council session held inside the city's fire station, a number of ordinances and city codes were changed. Also, the city's attorney discussed his filing of the city's lawsuit, the mayor gave an update on the city's financials and council members brought up concerns about cleanliness on city property to include the inside and outside of city vehicles. Continue Reading »

S Gentry loses to Lincoln in ninth

GENTRY -- Gentry's Lady Pioneers lost a heartbreaker in the ninth inning to the Lincoln Lady Wolves on Thursday when Lincoln picked up two runs in the top of the inning and Gentry was only able to answer with one. The final was 8-7, Lincoln. Continue Reading »

S Decatur baseball, softball teams fall short

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs baseball and softball teams traveled south April 11 to take on the Leftwich Rattlers at Magazine in a double-header. Continue Reading »


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