S Charles Wayman Dearing Jr.

SILOAM SPRINGS — Charles Wayman Dearing Jr., 54, of Siloam Springs, died Aug. 16, 2017, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. He was born May 20, 1963, in Colorado, to Charles Wayman Dearing Sr. and Nancy Darling. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Blood drive to be held in Gentry Continue Reading »

S Bob Parish

Noel, Mo — Bob Parish, 56, of Noel, Mo., died Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., following a brief illness. He was born Nov. 16, 1960, in Pineville, Mo., to John and Mary Jean (Potarf) Parish. Continue Reading »

S Rex Lee Allen

COLCORD, Okla. — ex Lee Allen, 83, of Colcord, Okla., died Aug. 14, 2017, at his home. He was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Delaware County, Okla., to Albert Lee Allen and Emma Rutherford Allen. Continue Reading »

S Isabella Dell crowned Miss Gravette 2017

GRAVETTE — Isabella Dell was crowned Miss Gravette 2017 at the competition held Saturday in Kindley Park. She also earned the title of Miss Congeniality. She received a $250 cash prize, a crown, sash, flowers, and bag of gifts. AnnaBeth Wilkerson, 20, was first runner-up and Darlene McVay, 17, was second runner-up. Mackenzie Stewart was crowned Miss Teen Gravette and received a $100 cash prize. Mackenzie, 14, is the daughter of Paul and Marlena Russell of Gravette. Isabella Holloway, 13, was first runner-up and Tiffany Wheeler, 15, was second runner-up. A total of nine pageants were held during the Gravette Day competition, with judging in age groups for Pretty Baby (age 11 months and under) all the way up to Miss Gravette. Crowns for pageant winners 13 and under were sponsored by Peek-a-Bootique in Gravette. Following is a list of winners in the various divisions.... Continue Reading »

S Decatur Middle School designated School of Innovation by ADE

DECATUR — Arkansas Department of Education recently approved the innovation plan submitted by Decatur Middle School, naming it a School of Innovation. Schools of Innovation design new and creative alternatives to traditional teaching methods in order to better serve students. The designed programs focus on improving academic performance and ensuring that all students are given the best opportunities to succeed. Decatur Middle School is one of fewer than 60 schools across the state of Arkansas to receive this designation. "As a staff, we are very excited about the opportunities we now have to serve our student body as a whole," said Joli Sotallaro, an eighth-grade teacher at Decatur Middle School. Continue Reading »

S Gravette football coach reports lower numbers

GRAVETTE — Gravette coach Bill Harrelson is fighting the same issue a lot of schools across the state are — low numbers. The Lions opened practice earlier this month with about 36 players, which Harrelson said is about 15-16 fewer than what the program normally has. "We're normally at 50-52 players," Harrelson said. "Last year we had 52, but even that was down." Harrelson said he could not pinpoint one particular reason why the participation numbers are lower, but cited several factors as likely causes. "Football is not for everybody," he said. "We all know that. I feel like we sugar-coat it as much as we can, but we've got what we've got." The fear of concussions and the potential for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy are factors that many coaches across the country are saying is driving down the number of high school football players. But Harrelson said he does not believe that is the case at Gravette.... Continue Reading »

S Free community health fair for all ages set for Sunday

GENTRY -- "Go Healthy" is a program that helps a person take charge of his or her health and enjoy the better life style that the Community Family Health Fair is offering. Free tests such as glucose, blood pressure, fitness, body-fat analysis, health age, dental, vision, medical, nutrition (with food samples), oxygen flow-meter and more will be available. Hair cuts are offered. too. Continue Reading »

S Harris to speak at First Baptist Church revival services

GENTRY -- Bro. Ron Harris will be the guest speaker at First Baptist Church in Gentry for a three-service revival scheduled for Sunday and Monday, Aug. 20-21, at the church. Services will be held at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday and at 6 p.m. on Monday. Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldog volleyball set to begin Aug. 22.

DECATUR -- The 2017 Decatur Lady Bulldog volleyball team spent the summer months honing skills in order to prepare for the second full conference season. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

Week of August 21 - 25 Continue Reading »

S El Paso Street to be closed two weeks

GRAVETTE -- Though open for the start of school this week, El Paso Street S.E. in Gravette is under construction and will be closed Thursday, Aug. 17, until completion -- estimated to be in about two weeks. Continue Reading »

S Cave Springs city council votes not to appeal judge's ruling on millage

CAVE SPRINGS -- City Council voted to not appeal a decision costing the city $400,000. The council voted, 4-2, not to appeal Judge Barry Moehring's ruling to Benton County Circuit Court. Moehring on Monday denied the city's request to collect $400,000 in property tax revenue. He ruled in favor of the three county officials withholding the money: Treasurer Deanna Ratcliffe, Collector Gloria Peterson, and County Clerk Tena O'Brien. Continue Reading »

S Board approves food vendor, student transfers, staff changes

GRAVETTE -- Bill Hayford, business manager for the Gravette School District, gave a preliminary budget report at a special meeting of the board Thursday, Aug. 3. He reported that a telephone update had been done which was expensive but should result in substantial savings on future phone bills. Hayford said that 82 percent of the operating budget goes for employee salaries and benefits. Continue Reading »

S Decatur schools ready for new year

DECATUR -- It was a busy week for administrators, faculty, staff, and for students as the Decatur School District prepared for the opening of the 2017-18 school year with a breakfast and an open house. Continue Reading »

S Pot Rasslers win Dutch oven cook-off

GRAVETTE -- Pot Rasslers, the brother and sister team of Jesse Beeks and Jane Beeks from Farmington, was the first place overall winner and won $150 in the fifth annual Gravette Day Dutch oven cook-off. The team also took first place in the main dish category with its chicken cordon bleu, second place in breads with its Italian rolls and second place in desserts, preparing both apple dumplings and Kentucky bourbon cake. Continue Reading »

S Decatur hires three coaches for football program

DECATUR -- The future of the Decatur High School football program looks a little brighter this coming season with the hiring of a new head coach and two assistants. Still, the program is plagued with the lack of numbers, something the coaches hope to change. Continue Reading »

S Gentry project a model for state, governor says

GENTRY -- Employers across the state hope the School District's new Career and Technical Education Center becomes a model, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday at the center's opening. Continue Reading »

S Council members hear reports, set agenda

GRAVETTE -- City Council members heard reports from several department heads at their committee of the whole meeting Thursday, Aug. 10, at city hall. Continue Reading »

S Cows come and go, but grands are the diamonds in this life!

Never trust a visitor to close a barn door or shut a gate. Visitors are not usually farm folks and they just don't understand the problems caused by such things. You can spend many hours redoing what was undone by the simplest thing, you know, like looping the chain around the post. The grands have the run of the place and they are careful about such things, but their friends are "visitors." Continue Reading »


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