House fire starts in kitchen

GENTRY — Gentry Fire Department, as well as other departments from neighboring communities, responded to a house fire at 406 S. Collins Ave., Gentry, on Thursday shortly after 3 p.m. The fire, according to Gentry police, started in the kitchen. No one was reported injured in the fire, which was quickly extinguished. According to police, the home's resident reported the fire started in the kitchen where he had been cooking. Continue Reading »

Past Global Warming Predictions Mostly Hot Air

Billed as the storm of the year, and perhaps of the decade or 21st century, tens of millions of people from Philadelphia to Boston scurried home before the 50 to 75 mph snow-blowing icy winds overtook them. Authorities banned travel on all streets in New York City and violators, who lingered too long, could be fined $300. City Mayor, Bill de Blasio warned, “This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City.” Continue Reading »

Gentry wins two against Berryville

Boys' two-team system helps Gentry in win

GENTRY — Coach Sean Price's new strategy of playing with a two-team system appears to be working. It certainly surprises Gentry opponents when a whole new squad comes in to substitute and plays a whole new style of game, moving and passing the ball around the court until one of the players finds an opening and breaks for a shot under the goal. The Gentry boys did that last night against Berryville. Though it appeared Berryville had the upper hand early in the first quarter, the tactics of the new squad quickly put the Pioneers back in the game when Cole Cripps broke through the defense to shoot and score under the basket. Continue Reading »

Going fishing six and a half days a week

"And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men." Luke 5:10 (Read 1-11) I remember when I was contemplating studying for the ministry, an uncle of mine jokingly told me being a pastor was a great job because you only had to work a half day a week and you could go fishing the rest of the time. To be honest with you, it's even better than that. A pastor's job allows him to go fishing every day of the week. And, of course, the same is true for every Christian.... Continue Reading »

Perhaps Springtown should surrender its charter

Springtown, located at the headwaters of Flint Creek, is a pretty place to visit and has much historical significance to Gentry and the surrounding communities, with many of Gentry's original businesses locating there first and then moving to Gentry when the railroad plotted its course through Gentry rather than in neighboring communities to the east or the west. However, for a small town with a population of less than 100, the political climate remains sharply divided, with accusations flying and officials resigning following the November election and a change in power. Continue Reading »

Otters at City Lake

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Gentry man arrested in domestic incident

GENTRY -- Police arrested Richard Alex Martinez, 23, of Gentry, in connection with a Jan. 22 domestic violence incident on S. Little Ave., in which he is alleged to have punched his wife two times in the face, knocking her down on top of her baby, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Continue Reading »

Savor the fruits of each season

The last Sunday in January was a gloomy one. The weather was cloudy all day and a gusty wind sent clusters of dry leaves tumbling through the air. Temperatures remained in the 40s most of the day, but it seemed cooler when we ventured outside. Continue Reading »

A day with only a few troubles is a good day!

I am the early bird around the place today. I fixed the coffee and made a tour of the yard at just daylight. That is a pretty awesome time of the day and I miss it during the cold months, and on purpose usually! I sure have enjoyed the reprieve we have had with the days of warmer weather and strong sunshine. Continue Reading »

Council approves 2015 budget

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council gave unanimous approval to the proposed 2015 budget at their regular monthly meeting Thursday night. The approval was given after the addition of $1,500 to cover the closing costs for the proposed purchase of the Duffield's building on Main Street. Continue Reading »

Board extends Barrett's contract, makes Winslett assistant superintendent

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, on Jan. 19, extended the contract of Randy Barrett, district superintendent, one year and transferred Judy Winslett from her current position as federal programs and curriculum coordinator to a new position as assistant superintendent of schools for the Gentry District. Continue Reading »

Santos honored as outstanding board member

GRAVETTE -- Susan Santos, of Bella Vista, was honored at the beginning of the Jan. 19 Gravette School Board meeting as an outstanding board member and given a pin from the Arkansas School Board Association. Richard Page, superintendent of Gravette schools, presented the pin. Page announced that January is School Board Appreciation Month and presented certificates to all Gravette School Board members. All were present except Dan Yates. Continue Reading »

Lincoln Wolves sweep Lions

LINCOLN -- The Wolves boys' and girls' basketball teams both held home-court advantage with the boys winning 61-51 and girls also beating Gravette, 60-47, on Friday. Continue Reading »

Bulldogs earn eighth conference win

DECATUR -- After narrowly averting their first loss on the road against Magazine Leftwich on Jan. 20, the Decatur Bulldogs returned home to the Dawg Pound Jan. 22 to take on the Johnson County Westside Rebels from Coal Hill. Continue Reading »

Council pays off court loan

DECATUR-- A new mayor sat at the head of the table as Bob Tharp presided over his first official meeting of the Decatur City Council Jan. 13 in the city hall meeting room. Two reappointed city council members were sworn in. David Sutton and Sandy Duncan took the oath of office from Tena O'Brien, Benton County clerk. James Jessen, who ran unopposed for the council seat vacated by Tharp, was introduced just before the opening moments of the meeting. Jessen is a Decatur firefighter and the current chairman of the Decatur City Planning Committee. Jessen had taken his oath of office a few days prior to the Monday night meeting. Continue Reading »

Bulldogs announce colors day court for Friday

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Northside Elementary announces 2nd quarter honor roll

DECATUR -- Decatur's Northside Elementary announced the second quarter honor roll Jan. 16. Students that made the list were presented with a certificate during a morning assembly for first and second grades and an afternoon assembly for third, fourth and fifth grades. Continue Reading »

Springtown has first meeting of year

SPRINGTOWN -- The town council met for its first meeting of the new year Jan. 9, with its new mayor and new council members. Continue Reading »

Gentry schools recommended for accreditation

GENTRY -- According to a draft report shared with the Gentry School District and School Board, the AdvancEd accreditation team which visited the school district and schools Nov. 9-12, 2014, is recommending the Gentry School District receive AdvancEd accreditation for another five years. Continue Reading »


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