S Rosetta Fay Watkins

MAYSVILLE — Rosetta Fay Watkins, 73, of Maysville, died June 24, 2017, at her home. She was born March 9, 1944, in West Fork to Mark Farrington and Ethel Talbert Farrington. Continue Reading »

S Roger Dale Harrington

GENTRY — Roger Dale Harrington, 66, of Gentry, died June 19, 2017, at UAMS in Little Rock. He was born July 2, 1950, in Siloam Springs, to Vearl Harrington and Sylvia Hurt Harrington. Continue Reading »

S Boys and Girls Club programs a success

GRAVETTE — According to all those involved, the after-school programs and summer programs offered by the Gravette Boys and Girls Club are a resounding success. Ashley Oosterman, director of the Gravette club, conducts the programs for students in kindergarten through eighth grade with the help of three other staff members. She said that 349 different youngsters were served from June, 2016, to May, 2017. Oosterman cited figures from the After School Alliance, whose studies show that seven in 10 students involved in such programs improve their homework completion and class participation and two in three improve their behavior in class. She said the program provides nearly two million children across the country a safe place after school as well as all the benefits from the summer programs. Continue Reading »

S Arrests

GENTRY -- Police arrested Kimberly Brandon, 37, of Gentry, in connection to a misdemeanor third-degree battery incident on June 2 in Gentry. Continue Reading »

S City folks have the right to buy land and cattle but....

My cattle and your cattle are together and I want mine back! That is what I want to say, but I will try to be a bit more diplomatic and even smile as I state the news. My neighbor is pretty new to this part of the world and I don't know him very well. He doesn't come to my church, hang out at the feed store or the coffee emporium and seems to rush in and out of the post office. He also has an earring and wears those tight-legged pants with little cuffs rolled up. What I am trying to say is that I am dreading the encounter. But I do want my cattle back. Continue Reading »

S I'm in a refresher course on child rearing

It's Father's Day and I'm in the midst of a refresher course and reminder of what it was like when my children were very young because we now have a pair of young grandchildren, 3 and 6, residing with us. Continue Reading »

S Rose growers beware! Witches' broom here

If someone asked you to name your favorite flower, what would your answer be? Would it be an iris, a carnation, a sweet smelling lilac, or perhaps a gardenia, an orchid or even a black-eyed Susan? Although these are all eye catching and/or likeable, each would probably get a few votes. But the odds are pretty great that the flower name that would first pop into your mind and off your tongue is the one that grabs attention from a vast majority of American people. The majority consequently, or even subconsciously, would probably say, "Rose." Continue Reading »

S Pray for laborers in the harvest

Weekly Devotion

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Matthew 9:36-38 Continue Reading »

S Decatur council passes fireworks ordinance, looks at speed limits

DECATUR -- With the upcoming July 4th holiday only weeks away, the Decatur City Council passed an ordinance that allows the sale and limited use of fireworks within the Decatur city limits. Continue Reading »

S Bennett earns SAU scholarship

MAGNOLIA -- Ethan Bennett of Gravette has been selected to receive the Blue and Gold Scholarship from Southern Arkansas University beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. Continue Reading »

S Yarbrough places in top 15, earns $1,500 scholarship

GRAVETTE -- Miss Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton was crowned Miss Arkansas 2017 at the 80th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant Saturday night. A sold-out crowd of nearly 2,500 was in attendance at the event at the Robinson Center in Little Rock. Continue Reading »

S When resistance becomes armed resistance

Scott Adams is the mastermind behind the Dilbert comic strip, and I have to say that I have a tremendous admiration for Adams. Besides writing a best-selling comic strip, Adams also writes a blog where he expounds his views on various topics. Recently he weighed in on the shooting of Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, by a liberal Bernie Sanders supporter. The main point which Adams makes was that this man, James Hodgkinson, who was a huge Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher fan, had been radicalized by the Main Stream Media. Continue Reading »

S Benton County farm family honored

MAYSVILLE -- Garrett Gittlein grew up farming his family's land in western Kansas, and for the past nine years he has been growing his own family farm in western Benton County. Continue Reading »

S Local students make Crowder dean's list

NEOSHO (Mo.) -- A number of local students were included on the spring semester dean's list at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. Included were Megan Welch of Gentry; Jennifer Shay of Gravette; Amanda Varner of Gravette; Jordan Walkup of Gravette; and Joshua Walkup of Gravette. Continue Reading »

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S GUE students raise money for special bike purchase

GRAVETTE — May 31 was an exciting day for students at Gravette Upper Elementary School. After several rainy days, they were allowed out on the playground that morning to witness an event they had worked toward. It was a display of extreme kindness toward a schoolmate, and it was made possible by their efforts. The event had already been postponed because of rain, and each one was eagerly anticipating the celebration. Continue Reading »

S Highfill approves expenditures for tree trimming and to finish fire station construction project

HIGHFILL — With no old or new business on the agenda, the Highfill City Council on June 13 heard department reports and approved spending money to finish the fire station and to trim and remove trees from the city park. Council members unanimously approved spending up to $1,100 from the city's savings to trim park trees.... Continue Reading »

S City calls for legislation requiring Internet companies to collect local sales taxes

GENTRY — A resolution was adopted by the Gentry City Council at its June 5 meeting urging state and federal lawmakers to adopt laws requiring local and state sales and use taxes to be collected and paid by companies doing business on the Internet. The resolution also calls on Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to call a special session to pass such legislation. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs return to Colcord for second week of summer league

COLCORD, Okla. — The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team returned to Colcord, Okla., for the second week of the Colcord High School summer basketball league. Since the Warriors from Oaks, Okla., were unable to attend this week's session, the Bulldogs and Hornets played the same contest as last week, a series of eight-minute scrimmage periods, six in all. Because of a scheduling conflict with the new gym at Colcord High School, the scrimmages were moved to the old gym near the middle school. Built in 1955, the old gym is much smaller than Decatur's Peterson Gym, with only three feet clearance between the bleacher faces and the sideline and six feet on either end. But this gym has two unique design features that, in its heyday, were used in buildings where space was a premium. Continue Reading »


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