Rex Lairdsen Franzen

GENTRY — Rex Lairdsen Franzen of Gentry, Arkansas, was granted his angel wings on October 22nd. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Rex had touched throughout his short, yet very memorable life. He passed away peacefully in his parent’s arms. Continue Reading »

S Gentry disturbance leads to drug arrest

GENTRY — When police responded to a disturbance call involving a husband and wife at 1240 Crafton Place in Gentry, they found more than they expected. Not only did they find a man and the gun he is alleged to have carried while threatening his wife and a stepson, they found marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia. Continue Reading »

S Staying safe on Halloween night

Halloween can be a time of excitement, adventure and, of course, treats for little ones. But it's also a time to talk about safety when they venture out for a night of trick-or-treating. Picking the right costume is a major decision for a child. For parents, there are a few things to look for to ensure a safe evening. The No. 1 cause of injuries on Halloween is accidental falls from tripping on costume hems, curbs, steps or unseen objects. Costumes should be short enough so children won't trip and fall and the child should be able to walk normally. Well-fitted and sturdy shoes are recommended as well. Continue Reading »

S Gentry School District gives annual report to the public

GENTRY — The annual report to the public was presented at a special Oct. 17 meeting of the Gentry School Board at the Pioneer Activities Complex at Gentry High School, with Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools; Judy Winslett, assistant superintendent; and Terrie Metz, federal curriculum and district test coordinator, presenting information on the school district's finances, test scores and successes to the public. Barrett reported the district to be in sound financial condition, with an ending balance at the end of the last fiscal year of approximately $1.7 million in the operating fund. He reported a budget of more than $15.45 million for the current school year, with teacher and staff salaries and benefits amounting to nearly $11 million. Due in part to enrollment numbers, this year's expenditures are expected to exceed incoming revenue, something Barrett said would not be a problem unless it is repeated in upcoming years. The ending legal balance for the current fiscal year was estimated to again be in the $1.5 to $1.7 million range. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs fall in first round of district tournament

DECATUR --In the final matches of the 2016 season, the Lady Bulldog junior and senior high girls' volleyball teams traveled to two separate locations in Arkansas to participate in their first district tournaments since the program began last year. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs take victory during homecoming game

DECATUR -- It was homecoming for the Decatur Bulldogs when they took on the Wolverines of Western Yell County at home on Friday night in Bulldog Stadium. Continue Reading »

S Pesticide disposal available in two easy steps

Here in the United States, it's pretty easy to find a chemical that will make life easier some way or another. Gasoline makes a trip from the Ozarks to the beach possible in a long day's drive. Shampoo and deodorant make it a heck of a lot easier to enjoy your seat at a Razorback football game. If you're an athlete, a hunter, or a hiker, materials such as Gore-Tex, polyester and nylon help you stay dry, warm and comfortable when the weather is bad. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Family Fall Festival planned at Heritage Baptist Church Continue Reading »

S Weekly Devotion

How should we come before God?

"Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." Luke 18:10-14 Continue Reading »

S Arrests

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S Decatur's Veterans Day celebration kicks off with parade, school assembly

DECATUR -- On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, an armistice was signed ending what would be known as "The Great War." More than 38 million civilians and military personnel were killed during World War I. Continue Reading »

S Gentry Primary Honor Rolls

GENTRY -- Gentry Primary School announced its honor awards for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year. The awards are as follows: Continue Reading »

S Gentry receives grant for trails in Flint Creek park

LITTLE ROCK -- Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC executive director Mike Preston, AEDC vice president of operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services director Alex Johnston presented $261,512.35 to 27 rural communities on Thursday, Oct. 13. The communities were selected for Fiscal Year 2017 Cycle I funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program. Continue Reading »

S Indecisiveness causes long lines for early voters, ballot change proposed

Spinning the News

SILOAM SPRINGS -- If the first day of early voting on Monday was any indication of how voting will go on Nov. 8, voters may expect long lines at the poling places because of undecided voters who just cannot make up their minds on how to vote in the presidential election. Continue Reading »

S Imagine sponsors coat giveaway

GRAVETTE -- Imagine Before and After School Care hosted a coat, hat, scarf and glove giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 15. More than 100 coats were handed out to persons in need. Continue Reading »

S Gravette receives Rural Services Block Grant

LITTLE ROCK -- Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC executive director Mike Preston, AEDC vice president of operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services director Alex Johnston presented $971,204.94 to 14 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2017. The grant awards were distributed Oct. 13 at an awards ceremony held in the Governor's Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol. Continue Reading »

S We need seasons and changes even if I'm not ready for them

I have tried to be happy about the coming winter for a couple of weeks. I hauled the almost thousand pumpkins purchased to the headquarters and unloaded them to the precise spot as guided by my close relative and smiled a lot. I did and continue to attend football games, a sure sign of the coming cold. Smiled my way through watching the leaves fly off my favorite shade tree and now I am through! Continue Reading »

S A Trip Out West: Part 1

Linda and I had been wanting to go out west sometime this fall, but my having the shingles interfered with our plans to do it on our anniversary in September. It finally worked out for us to go last week. Linda got home on Sunday, Oct. 9, and we left first thing on Monday morning. I say first thing, but actually we met most of the married children (and grandchildren) at our oldest son's house for an early breakfast on our way out to Red River, New Mexico. Continue Reading »

S Perhaps it's time for a civics lesson

What are the roles of state and federal government?

Perhaps it's time for a refresher course in what used to be taught in high school civics. It was a required course when I went to high school back in the last century. I can't tell you if it's required or even taught in our high schools today. What I can tell you is that most people do not understand the limits the U.S. Constitution places upon federal government. Continue Reading »

S "S" -- More important than politics

What is that old saying, "Don't change horses in the middle of the stream"? Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? But this 'cuff is primed to do just that -- head off in a different direction instead of talking about politics which has been on my mind. And whose mind hasn't been clogged into numbness with the political cycle this year? Continue Reading »


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