S 'I'm going to be the boss of it'

Recently we added another granddaughter to the family circle. So now there are 13 granddaughters and six grandsons. That makes 19 altogether, which I happen to think is a pretty good number. But 20 must be better since my youngest daughter is due towards the end of October. She and her husband like to be surprised, so we do not know if the baby will be a boy or a girl. Personally, I don't lean one way or the other. Well, I may be hoping for a girl since they currently have two sons and a daughter, but I'm always glad for whatever comes and especially thankful if they are healthy. Continue Reading »

S Tired Iron show set for Sept. 9-11

GENTRY — It's almost time once again to come on out to the showgrounds of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks in Gentry to see the old tractors and engines fired up and showing off how they were used in the region during the last century or two. The show, which is free to the public, opens Friday, Sept. 9, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 11. The three-day event will feature antique tractors and farm implements, old engines and tools, working sawmills, a blacksmith shop, entertainment, food and more. This 25th annual fall show will also feature a flea market all weekend. Continue Reading »

S Gentry Lions welcome new member

GENTRY — Members of the Gentry Lions Club and neighboring clubs in Siloam Springs, Gravette, Centerton, Bella Vista and Bentonville welcomed a new member to the Gentry club at the regular Gentry meeting on Monday, Aug. 22. Received into membership was Kimberly Alberty. Kimberly Parton was also scheduled to be received but was unable to be present. Former district governor Ken Swanson conducted the induction ceremony following a special meal in honor of new members. Alberty was blindfolded when led to the front of the community building at the library and then the blindfold was removed for her induction. Continue Reading »

S Decatur student gets to pitch at St. Louis Cardinals' Busch Stadium

DECATUR — Some boys dream of flying in space, while others dream of exploring ocean depths. But most boys dream of becoming a professional athlete, be it football, basketball, soccer or baseball. For one Decatur High School student, the dream of making it to the major leagues came one step closer to reality this past summer. Jay Porter, son of Decatur baseball coach Jason Porter, tried out for a pitching position with the Midwest National 17-year-old baseball team early last May. A week later, Porter received word from the Midwest National coaches that he was named to the 17U Blue team. "Making this team gave me new opportunities to play baseball this summer," Porter said. "The experience was amazing." The Midwest Nationals, based in Springfield, Mo., were founded in 2001. The team was started to help top baseball players in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma "achieve their goals of playing college or professional baseball. Since 2001 every player that has played with the Nationals has had the opportunity to play college baseball," according to the Midwest Nationals website. Continue Reading »

S What is the Lord's Supper? How are we to observe it?

There is much confusion about the Lord's Supper in churches today. Human explanations and interpretations have crept in because it is difficult for people to understand what the Lord's Supper is all about and what really takes place and few actually believe and teach what the Bible teaches on this important and faith-strengthening means of grace. What does the Bible teach? In Matthew 26:26-28, we read.... Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S NWACC president urges connections with students

BENTONVILLE -- Faculty and staff members can help students succeed by making stronger connections with them, the president of Northwest Arkansas Community College told employees Aug. 19. Continue Reading »

S Gentry girls one and one in preseason play

Lady Lions fall in preseason play

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers were one and one in preseason play at press time on Tuesday, losing three straight sets to Pea Ridge on Aug. 18 and winning over Chouteau-Mazie in three sets on Aug. 22. Continue Reading »

S Siloam Springs police looking for driver involved in hit-and-run

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Police are looking for a driver who struck and injured a teen on U.S. 412 early Sunday, according to Siloam Springs police. Continue Reading »

S Local police will be watchful for impaired drivers over Labor Day weekend

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Numerous law enforcement agencies across northwest Arkansas will partner with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stem drunken driving over Labor Day weekend. Continue Reading »

S 'Let this mind be in you....'

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Philippians 2:5-8 Continue Reading »

S Arrests

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S Decatur loses to Mountainburg in benefit scrimmage

DECATUR -- After two months of uncertainty, the Decatur football program finally kicked off its 2016 season with a benefit scrimmage against the Mountainburg Dragons Aug. 23 at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs win first volleyball conference game

DECATUR -- The Decatur senior high volleyball team had reason to celebrate Aug. 25 when it won its first conference match ever against the Eureka Springs Highlanders at Peterson Gym in Decatur. Continue Reading »

S Truck accident closes Arkansas Highway 59 south of Gravette

GRAVETTE -- Two tractor-trailer rigs collided just south of Gravette on Arkansas Highway 59 Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23, causing the highway to be closed for hours while the accident was worked and a spilled load of dog food was being cleaned up. Continue Reading »

S Planetary near miss causes concern for Oklahomans

Spinning the News

WESTSIDE -- Close encounters and near misses are commonplace on highways in northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma. They happen everyday. Cars and trucks travelling near 60 miles per hour meet on a two-lane highway with only a foot or two, and sometimes only inches, between them. We see them often. But another kind of close encounter and near miss could be seen by all on Saturday night in the sky looking west over Oklahoma. Venus and Jupiter almost collided. Continue Reading »

S New babies welcomed at Payne family reunion

Another Payne family reunion has come to an end. 2016 was a tough year for our family. Losing our youngest brother, Rick, and our oldest nephew, Dan, made the addition of five new great-great-nephews and one great-great-niece all the sweeter. Getting to meet and hold for the first time two-week-old Brantley Dean Payne and three-month-old Theodore (Theo) Audo made some new precious memories and that's what a family reunion is all about, new and old memories that we all share. Continue Reading »

S Benton County election officials seek new vote machines

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County election officials said Friday they'll ask the county to set aside money for new voting equipment in 2017, but how much money is uncertain. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Benefit Indian Taco Dinner set for Sept. 10 Continue Reading »

S Board tightens budget, approves classroom project

GRAVETTE -- A reception for new teachers was held preceding the Aug. 15 meeting of the Gravette school board. Refreshments were served in the high school commons and each teacher introduced himself and told about how his first day of school went. Continue Reading »


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