Wednesday, August 26

Grass, weeds and unsafe buildings:

posted: 08/26/2009 8:55 p.m.

Numerous properties were discussed at the Thursday meeting of the Building and Property Code Enforcement Committee, and progress is being made to clean up unsafe homes and buildings in the city.

Does Gentry need a comprehensive plan?

posted: 08/26/2009 8:54 p.m.

Two variances were granted by the Planning and Zoning Commission at a Thursday night appeals board hearing, and the commission helped define goals for the city's drainage study.

Little Debbie Store reopens remodeled, bigger and better

posted: 08/26/2009 8:54 p.m.

The Little Debbie store in Gentry is open again after a brief closing for remodeling purposes.

Trammell saying 'Good-bye' to Decatur friends

posted: 08/26/2009 8:50 p.m.

After 11-years, the Gallery Cafe is changing hands and owner Denise Trammell is saying good-bye, not only to the business that she has built but to the community she has grown to love.

Poker run to support Decatur food pantry

posted: 08/26/2009 8:49 p.m.

Christians In Action, an outreach of the Decatur United Methodist Church, is sponsoring a poker run on Oct. 3 to raise money for the Decatur CIA Food Pantry.

Schools could get $12,000 of undispersed tax money

posted: 08/26/2009 8:49 p.m.

The Decatur School DistrictÃ-s portion of the more than $1.4 million in undistributed Benton County Property tax is approximately $12,000, according to superintendent Leroy Ortman.

Thompson in charge of Decatur's Post Office

posted: 08/26/2009 8:48 p.m.

Justin Thompson is serving as the new Officer in Charge of the Decatur Post Office.

Bus mix-up not a 'big deal'

posted: 08/26/2009 8:47 p.m.

Brief confusion occurred last Friday when some Decatur students accidentally boarded a school bus bound for Gentry schools.

Annual school elections set for Sept. 15

posted: 08/26/2009 8:46 p.m.

Annual school elections are set for Sept. 15 in Gentry, with a number of items on the ballot for voters.

OBITUARIES

posted: 08/26/2009 8:44 p.m.

David Edmond Garner David Edmond Garner, 86, of Watts, Okla., died Aug. 20, 2009, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab.

WEDDINGS: Vows Spoken at Aug. 9 ceremony

posted: 08/26/2009 8:43 p.m.

Mark Barnes, of Jackson, Tenn., Steve and Sherry Coursey, and James and Barbara Whisenant of Gentry, announce the wedding of their children, Cynthia Barnes and John Whisenant.

Blood drives set for Gentry and Decatur

posted: 08/26/2009 8:43 p.m.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 31, at the Gentry branch of the Arvest Bank, 320 E. Main Street, Gentry; and from 2 to 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, at the Decatur Medi Clinic, 346 N. Main Street, Decatur.

BIRTHS

posted: 08/26/2009 8:42 p.m.

Jake Anthony Dill Harris Jesse and Meagan Harris of Decatur, Ark., announce the birth of a son, Jake Anthony Dill Harris, born Aug. 11, 2009, at Mercy Health Center in Rogers, Ark.

WEEKLY DEVOTION 'Of His fullnes we have all received'

posted: 08/26/2009 8:41 p.m.

"And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

Griz Bear Comments

posted: 08/26/2009 8:40 p.m.

With school starting up again, I know some of you kids are wishing you didn't have to go. You just don't want to give up those leisurely days of summer to get back into the hard work of studying.

A Walk in the Park

posted: 08/26/2009 8:39 p.m.

Although there have been some kinks, the government's Cash for Clunkers program, designed to help consumers get up to $4,500 for their old vehicles when they trade them in for new, more fuel efficient ones, has seen a lot of takers. The program guidelines stipulate that the trade-ins, a.k.a "clunkers," cannot be resold but must be crushed or parted out once the engine is destroyed.

Capitol Reports

posted: 08/26/2009 8:39 p.m.

Earlier this year the legislature approved additional resources for the state child-welfare system. The governor ordered a top-to-bottom review of the agencies that provide services for children from broken families.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 08/26/2009 8:38 p.m.

Regarding Death of Ivan Duncan Editor, This past week a man passed away and received no respect from the city he helped to build. The man was very instrumental in the building of the city and its industry and contributed a lot of funds and time. He supported its school system. He was a very strong Christian man and believed in the youth and their upbringing.

Numbers climb at XNA

posted: 08/26/2009 8:37 p.m.

Finally, a sense of normalcy.

Hunter education offered

posted: 08/26/2009 8:36 p.m.

A hunter education course - required of all hunters born after Dec. 31, 1968 - will be offered at the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area Visitor's Center on Saturday, Aug. 29. The course begins at 8 a.m. and will last until 8 p.m. (Children under the age of 16 may hunt without the course as long as they are under the direct supervision of a licensed adult, age 21 or older.) Steve Dunlap, Education Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will present the class.

Huls completes Navy basic

posted: 08/26/2009 8:36 p.m.

Navy Seaman Recruit Chester C. Huls, son of Relda A. Cunningham of Siloam Springs, Ark. and Chester D. Huls of Colcord, Okla., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Hope for the future

posted: 08/26/2009 8:34 p.m.

On Monday, 17 junior high football players were hard at work practicing for the upcoming football season.

Gentry golf faring well

posted: 08/26/2009 8:34 p.m.

Both Gentry High School teams took first place at a home match played at the dawn Hill Country Club on Aug. 18. It was a three-team golf match between Gravette, Pea Ridge and Gentry and the first match of the year in which the entire boys' golf team competed together.

Gentry follows lead of Weeks

posted: 08/26/2009 8:33 p.m.

The mohawk? It's a Nick thing.

Sounding Off: Eathen Ramsey, junior linebacker

posted: 08/26/2009 8:32 p.m.

Is it tough being the younger brother? Not really. (Older brother and Gentry senior quarterback) Caleb supports me and helps.

School Enrollment Is Near 1,900

posted: 08/26/2009 7:37 p.m.

Gravette schools enrollment increased almost 100 students this year when compared with last year's opening enrollment. Dr. Andrea Kelly, superintendent of schools, said enrollment as of Friday, August 21, the third day of school, reached 1,873.

Council Talks About Insurance, Officers, Stimulus Money

posted: 08/26/2009 7:36 p.m.

At the recent City Council Committee of the Whole meeting the group continued discussion of insurance for the Kindley House which houses the Historical Museum. The discussion will continue when final appraisals are completed as to cost to insure the building and contents. Police Chief Trent Morrison said he needs to hire additional part time help since one officer has retired, one has quit, one is recovering from injury and two are returning to the schools as resource officers.

Boosters Charter Bus For Game In Kansas

posted: 08/26/2009 7:35 p.m.

The Gravette Athletic Boosters are organizing a charter bus for the September 18 high school football game at Wellington, Kansas. Seating is on a first come basis with a cost of $25 per person. Payment is due at the time of sign-ups. Sales will continue until the bus is filled. Forms are available by contacting Mary Strzelecki at 787-5699. Approximate time of departure on game day will be noon, with return immediately following the game. Persons under 18 must have parental consent and anyone under ninth grade level must be accompanied by a parent.

Set Final Soccer Registration

posted: 08/26/2009 7:35 p.m.

Final registration for Gravette Soccer Association's fall season will be held Thursday evening, August 27, and Saturday, August 29. Boys and girls wishing to participate in the recreational soccer league should sign up on one of these dates. There will be at least three age divisions this season, under 6 years old, under 9 years old and under 12 years old. Participants must not be 12 years of age prior to August 1, 2009. Registration fee is $25 per child. Registration will be Thursday, August 27, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gravette High School Gym beside the old football field. If you have questions contact Terry Roberts, 787-6421, or John Fielek, 633-2505.

Park Fountain Project Receives Big Boost From Council Members

posted: 08/26/2009 7:34 p.m.

A project to install a drinking fountain in Kindley Memorial Park took a big step forward last week when two members of the City Council made donations to the project. HenryUtechtandHelenOwen are attempting to raise $3,000 to install the first-ever kids drinking fountain in the park. Council members Kurt Maddox, second from left, and Brent Cannon are shown with Junior Hartley, director of public works, left, and Utecht and Owen on the right. The Council members each donated $800. Donations may be made at City Hall.

School Board Candidates Will Speak At Friday Kiwanis Meeting

posted: 08/26/2009 7:34 p.m.

Both candidates seeking election to the Gravette School Board in the September 15 election will be present at the Gravette Kiwanis Club meeting Friday, August 28, at 7 a.m. Incumbent Danny Alsup of Gravette and Carol Kaufmann, vying for the five year position, will introduce themselves and there will be a time for questions and answers. All interested are welcome to attend the breakfast meeting at the Main Cafe.

Annual Payne Family Reunion Held Here

posted: 08/26/2009 7:33 p.m.

The annual Payne Family Reunion kicked off on Friday, August 7, 2009, at the home of Sue Rice with a hamburger fry. Lanny Garrett was the grillmaster. Our thanks to Arvest Bank for the loan of the big grill to feed 50 plus people. On Saturday, the 8th, about 60 "TheGrassisGreenerinGravette" clad people were on our float or walking. That night we enjoyed pizza and a swim at the Gravette Pool and the Civic Center. Sunday was our big day of food, cards, games and visiting at the Civic Center. There were five generations represented in over 70 people who attended one function or the other.

County Fair Board Announces Special Mega Pass Option

posted: 08/26/2009 7:32 p.m.

The Benton County Fair Board is working to make sure this year's fair is a memorable one. Scheduled for Sept. 15 through Sept. 19, the county fair promises to have thrilling carnival rides, fairway munchies and competitions from the agricultural community. While the official entertainment schedule for the fair is still being finalized, there will be one new component to the fair - a mega pass.

Whisenant - Barnes Exchange Wedding Vows

posted: 08/26/2009 7:31 p.m.

Mark Barnes of Jackson, TN, Steve and Sherry Coursey, James and Barbara Whisenant of Gentry, formerly of Gravette, announce the wedding of their children, Cynthia Barnes and John Whisenant. The couple recited vows August 9, 2009, at Siloam Springs City Lake. The father of the groom, Jim Whisenant, officiated at the double ring ceremony. A small reception was held at the First Christian Church of Gentry.

Community Bible Study Announced

posted: 08/26/2009 7:30 p.m.

A Community Bible Study, "Why Godly People Do Ungodly Things" , will begin Tuesday, Sept. 8 and will meet every other Tuesday at the Church of Christ Fellowship Hall. Workbooks are approximately $14.12 each, individually or by calling Sheryl McAfee, 479-936-1947, or Effie Ross, 479-903-2361. Some scholarships are available. For information contact the above members.

Heritage Baptist Announces Start Of Two Programs For Area Youth

posted: 08/26/2009 7:29 p.m.

Heritage Baptist Church announces two youth programs will begin soon. Kingdom Kids for children grades K-5 will begin Sept. 2 and will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For rides call 787-0098 or 787-7156. Praise Kids for children Pre-K will begin Sept. 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The church bus will pick up kids at school. Permission slips are available at the church, 307 Fourth Ave. S.E. or at school.

Quilt/Craft Class Will Meet This Saturday

posted: 08/26/2009 7:29 p.m.

A free quilt and craft class will be held this Saturday, August 29. The class, which begins at 1 p.m., will meet in the Gravette Church of Christ annex. Instructor Lou Ellen Romine invites anyone interested to attend. Please bring needlework projects or crafts you are working on and a snack to share with the group.

Senior Center Report

posted: 08/26/2009 7:28 p.m.

We would like to thank Delta Trust & Bank for sponsoring the Annual Community Golf Tournament this year and all of the participants and volunteers who helped with it.

Cowboy Cafe Opens Next Monday In Sulphur Springs

posted: 08/26/2009 7:27 p.m.

Judy Becker announced the opening of her new business in Sulphur Springs Monday of this week. Cowboy Cafe on Hibler Avenue (Sulphur's Main Street) will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 to 11. Ms. Becker has many years of experience in the restaurant business including at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur. The business number is 298-3779.

Lunch Menus

posted: 08/26/2009 7:27 p.m.

Week of Aug. 31 - Sept. 4 Breakfast Pre-K - 12th Monday: Breakfast hot pocket, fruit juice, milk. Tuesday: Pancake on a stick, syrup, fruit juice, milk. Wednesday: Biscuit & gravy, sausage patty, fruit juice, milk. Thursday: French toast bites, fruit juice, milk.

Veteran Park Groundbreaking Is Scheduled At Centerton

posted: 08/26/2009 7:26 p.m.

A ground breaking ceremony for a Veteran's Park Memorial at Centerton Park will be held September 1 at 1 p.m. The park is located behind City Hall on North Main Street and all are invited to attend the half hour program. The program with patriotic activities will include singing, prayers and a keynote speaker. The Veterans Color Guard of Bella Vista will participate.

Summer Baseball Group Sets Meeting

posted: 08/26/2009 7:25 p.m.

The Gravette summer baseball organization will meet September 7 at 7 p.m. at the Arvest Bank Community Room. Officers selected for next year will be announced. Approval of the nomination and election will be held the following month, October 5 at 7 p.m., when the organization will meet at the Gravette Civic Center.

Off The Cuff

posted: 08/26/2009 7:24 p.m.

During the recent Michael Jackson episode the word "icon" kept being repeated as the tube-ers jawed continually for a week. They still are.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 08/26/2009 7:23 p.m.

Sure wish my Sainted Mother was around to make me a pot of beans and a pan of 'slapped' biscuits. You know what I mean, bacon grease on the bread pan and each biscuit slapped down and turned over in it to make it all shiny and slick. The little tiny specks of whatever that is in bacon grease sticking to each globe of wonder makes my mouth water just to remember it. And the beans, the beans with the juice so thick you can almost eat it with a fork.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 08/26/2009 7:22 p.m.

We've had some lovely sunny days this week, combined with cooler temperatures that carry a hint of fall. The berries on the vine at the corner of the drive are a pleasing purple hue and sister Nancy has promised me some cornstalks for fall decorating. The grandkids and great-nephew Austin are back in school and all are enjoying the return to the classroom. Even little Matthew is enrolled in pre-K and relishes being a student along with his big brother and sister.

Hiwasse News

posted: 08/26/2009 7:21 p.m.

There will be no polls open in Hiwasse for the upcoming school board election. Maxine Holloway spent Saturday night and Sunday in Garfield helping her daughter Carolyn Taylor celebrate her birthday. Those having lunch with me on Sunday were Ward and Paula Carrier, Gabe Carrier, Alyssa and Zack Allen, Brian and Diane Carrier, DaleLynn Carrier, Lamarise Carrier and Amy Brooks. There was another onevehicle rollover accident on Hwy. 279 North on Thursday morning. One person was transported to the hospital. We all enjoyed the nice rain and cooler weather this week.

Maysville News

posted: 08/26/2009 7:20 p.m.

We are sure having nice August weather, a good rain and the temperature as low as it is. I'm sure we will have more hot weather but I'm enjoying this like we are having.

Rules Announced For Fair Pageants/Contests

posted: 08/26/2009 7:19 p.m.

Miss Benton County The Miss Benton County Fair Pageant will be held on the opening night of the fair at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Benton County Fair Auditorium.

Area 4-H'ers Take Honors At Recent State 4-H Orama

posted: 08/26/2009 7:18 p.m.

Twenty-eight Benton County 4-Hers participated in the State 4-H Orama held recently on the UA campus in Fayetteville and many were recognized and received awards. During the 2009 Awards of Excellence Banquet Chelsea House of ACE 4-H received the CA & Joy Vines $1,000 scholarship. Among the 4-Hers who received $1,500 Arkansas 4-H journal scholarships were Margie Hoke of Maysville 4-H, Jordan Singleton, ACE 4-H, and Chelsea House, ACE 4-H.

Tolls Will Be Required To Build Bella Vista Bypass

posted: 08/26/2009 7:17 p.m.

The message delivered over and over again last Thursday was that for those wondering if the Bella Vista bypass will ever by built, be patient - it is coming. More than 100 people - including federal, state and locally elected officials, political appointees, businessmen and women and educators - attended a luncheon at the Bella Vista Country Club to hear the latest on the highway.

Free Hunter Education Course Will Be Held This Saturday

posted: 08/26/2009 7:16 p.m.

Persons born after December 31, 1968, must complete a Hunter Education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas. Children under 16 may hunt without hunter education as long as they are under the direct supervision of an adult who is at least 21 years old and has a valid hunting license.

Reception At Senior Center Honors Robbie Roberson For Community Service

posted: 08/26/2009 7:15 p.m.

A reception to honor Robert Roberson, and wife Judy, was held last Wednesday evening at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. The couple are moving from the area. Roberson was presented a plaque of appreciation by Al West, director of the Office of Human Concern, for Robbie's work as a member of the OHC board which is a sponsoring participant of the Activity Center.

Wednesday, August 19

Lion Pride Night Will Be Held This Friday

posted: 08/19/2009 8:41 p.m.

Friday night, August 21, is a big night at Gravette High School: It's Pride Night when students and fans kick off the upcoming Lion football season, with recognition for all high school sports. Festivities start at 5:30 with a $5 hamburger dinner which includes baked beans, potato chips, dessert and a bottle of water, said the Gravette Athletic Boosters Club. Everyone purchasing a meal will have a chance to win an autographed football from the 2008-09 New Orleans Saints.

Tone/Goals Set For School Year

posted: 08/19/2009 8:40 p.m.

Dr. Andrea Kelly, superintendent of Gravette schools, welcomed back teachers and staff for the new school year at a meeting in the Performing Arts Center at GHS. It was part of the four-day in-service for teachers held last week. Kelly's remarks set the tone for the coming nine months which should see construction start on new school buildings. She noted the school is in very strong financial condition and that increasing student achievement is a bottom-line objective. After thanking the attendees and introducing school board members, she continued with her remarks:

Sports Admission Prices

posted: 08/19/2009 8:38 p.m.

The following season admission prices for Gravette athletic events, and football game admission prices were announced this week. They include the following: Football Adult, $24; Student, $18; Family, $66; Single Parent Family, $42. Volleyball Adult, $27; Student, $20; Family, $74; Single Parent Family, $47. Basketball Adult, $54; Student, $40; Family, $148; Single Parent Family, $94. Baseball/Softball Adult, $30; Student, $22; Family, $82; Single Parent Family, $52. All Sport Passes Adult, $100; Student, $75; Family, $275; Single Parent Family, $175.

Luncheon Thursday Will Help Show Support For Bella Vista Bypass

posted: 08/19/2009 8:38 p.m.

Members of the Highway Commissions from Missouri and Arkansas will meet in Bella Vista to show support for the proposed Bella Vista Bypass. The luncheon, hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Council, will be held Thursday, August 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the Bella Vista Country Club. Officials and members of the Congressional delegations from both states are expected to attend. Local elected officials and community leaders will also be invited.

Maysville News

posted: 08/19/2009 8:37 p.m.

My visitors on Monday afternoon were Joy Guentert and granddaughter Amy Braaflodt of Roseville, CA. They had been here for the Tucker reunion and were doing some visiting before leaving on Thursday to go home. The thunderstorm came up while they were here. They said it had been a while since they had been in one of those. It was Amy's first time in Arkansas. She said it was different but she was enjoying her time here.

GHS Class Of 1984 Seeking Members For Its' Reunion

posted: 08/19/2009 8:36 p.m.

The Gravette High School Class of 1984 is planning a reunion September 25-26 to coincide with thehighschoolfootball homecoming game on September 25 against Pea Ridge. Organizers said, "In order to make sure everyone is included we are trying to locate the following class members: Janette White Foreman, Mike Webster, Rick Spears, Kristi Bonner, Sheryl Crown, Theresa Smith Thomas, Charles England, Kenneth McBryde, Elisa Porter and Dianna Wright." If you have information on these class members contact or have them contact Melissa Bertschy Smith, 787-6701, or Jimmy Denver, 787-6147.

Gravette Twins And Niece Are Visited By Old Family Friends

posted: 08/19/2009 8:35 p.m.

Merle Estes of Tulsa, OK, and her son, Jack Estes of Broken Arrow, OK, were in Gravette last Thursday visiting Merle's sisters, Leda Young, Leta White and Orpha Douglas. Visitors in Leda and Leta's home on Friday were old family friends Barbara (Brannon) Rush of Payson, AZ, and her sister Merrian (Brannon) Bell of Cedar Rapids, IA, and the twins' niece, Susan Holland of Gravette. The sisters were on their way to Little Rock to visit their cousin, Dick Brannon.

Genealogical Society Will Meet; Hear From Historical Explorer

posted: 08/19/2009 8:35 p.m.

Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society will meet August 24 at 6 p.m. at Bentonville Public Library. Bryce A. Chandler, drummer boy re-enactor, historian and author, will appear in costume telling what life was life during the 1860's. He will give a speech, "If My People: America's Quest for Liberty" , about the similarities between the Revolution and the Civil War. Another feature will be the heart rending sound of the historical six-hole fife and the inspiring cadence of a replica snare drum. The public is welcome.

Jolly Good Times Club Will Meet Wednesday

posted: 08/19/2009 8:34 p.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club will be Wednesday, August 26, at the Billy V. Hall SeniorCenter. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. Eda Montag will give the program at the August meeting. The potluck meal will feature sandwiches by Betty, salads by Chia and Susan, a pickle/relish tray by Eda and desserts by Mary and Jeanne.

Hiwasse News

posted: 08/19/2009 8:33 p.m.

Those enjoying lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Ward Carrier on Sunday were Mike Carrier, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Carrier, Amy Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Lofty Carrier, Lamarise Carrier, Trevor Blevins and myself.

Maysville News

posted: 08/19/2009 8:32 p.m.

In last week's article I failed to add Brother Ernest Lastovica as helping hand out water on Gravette Day. Howard and Cathleen Spears hosted a birthday lunch for Darrin Phillips on Sunday. Those helping Darrin celebrate were Christi, Matt and Hollyann Phillips. Hollyann brought her friend Dustin and Matt brought Kelsey. Also attending was Lisa Spears and friend Jennifer. Darrin had requested a "garden" lunch. This consisted of stuffed bell peppers, corn, green beans and new potatoes, fried squash, okra, cornbread and rolls.

Lunch Menus

posted: 08/19/2009 8:31 p.m.

Week of August 24 - 28 Breakfast Pre-K - 12th Monday: Pancake on a stick, syrup, fruit juice, milk. Tuesday: French toast bites, fruit juice, milk. Wednesday: Biscuit & gravy, sausage patty, fruit juice, milk. Thursday: Breakfast pizza, fruit juice, milk. Friday: Cereal, toast & jelly, fruit juice, milk. Lunch Pre-K - 12th Grade Monday: Hamburger on bun, sandwich salad cup, French fries, peaches, milk. Tuesday: Beef taco w/salsa, refried beans, fresh orange, cinnamon roll, milk. Wednesday: Spaghetti w/ meat sauce, garden salad, hot roll, Jell-O w/fruit, milk. Thursday: Smoked turkey sandwich, tri taters, fresh veggies w/dip, sherbet, milk. Friday: Max pizza sticks, cheese sticks w/dipping sauce, garden salad, pears, marshmallow square, milk.

Senior Center By Mary Kay Kelley

posted: 08/19/2009 8:30 p.m.

SENIOR CENTER MENU Week of August 24 - 28 Lunch Monday: Baked potato w/ bacon & cheese, fresh veggies, wheat bread, peach slices. ??????? : Turkey sandwich, Spanish cabbage salad, pineapple & coconut. Wednesday: Brown sugar pork chop, green beans, sour cream whipped potatoes, dinner roll, fresh fruit. Thursday: Turkey penne pasta, fresh vegetable salad, fresh fruit, gingerbread. Friday: Cook's choice. Meals are subject to change. Meals at Center served with choice of 2% milk, buttermilk, coffee, tea or orange juice. Diabetic desserts are available.

Off The Cuff

posted: 08/19/2009 8:29 p.m.

They love me. I'm not sure why because I'm not a lovable person. I'm stubborn, opinionated, impatient, etc., etc., etc., but they still love me.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 08/19/2009 8:28 p.m.

Four times in the last three months I have had to haul off a dead bovine. This is beginning to be costly; well, it is already costly. First it was the one old cow that didn't make the process of calving, then two lung damaged calves that had pneumonia during some very wet and cold weather and now a lightning struck heifer.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 08/19/2009 8:27 p.m.

We had a good rain last Monday which cooled the air nicely but temperatures soon climbed again and we were having a heat wave by the weekend. A few rose of Sharon blossoms are visible near the old building and the ends of the lilac branches are trying to bloom but it is too shaded to do well. The heat has discouraged most of the flowers but colorful poke berries in the fencerow bring back fond memories of how we used them to tint our "Kool-Aid" when playing house as kids.

Florida Educator Shares Tips For Anger Management

posted: 08/19/2009 8:26 p.m.

When Nancy Blackwelder served as assistant principal at a Florida high school, she was shot by an angry student an incident that not only rocked the educational community but her own personal world.

Seasonal Flu Shots Will Be Offered To All School Children

posted: 08/19/2009 8:25 p.m.

With funding provided by the tobacco tax passed during the recent legislative session and federal monies, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Education and local school districts statewide will offer the seasonal flu shot to all school children in grades K-12 beginning in mid-October. "It has been shown that vaccinating our children is the best way to protect other age groups from the flu as well, especially the elderly population, which is more vulnerable to the most severe effects of the flu," Dr. Paul Halverson, Health Department director and state health officer, said in a news release.

No Junior High Games With Shiloh Christian Starting Next Year

posted: 08/19/2009 8:24 p.m.

Athletic directors of the 4A-1 Conference of which Gravette is a member voted last week to not play Shiloh Christian's junior high team beginning with the 2010 season. All seven public schools supported the vote. The games for the upcoming 2009 season will not be affected nor will the senior high games this year or in the future. A vote recently by the Arkansas Activities Association placed restrictions on transfers to private schools in the future that offer financial aid.

High School PTO Seeks Members And Announces Projects

posted: 08/19/2009 8:23 p.m.

The Gravette High School Parent-Teacher Organization announces its membership drive and fundraiser information, according to Peggy Galyean, president of the organization. "We encourage parents to join PTO which assists in various activities and programs that benefit our students and teachers," she said. "Our goals for this year include providing quarterly recognition to students for their academic achievements, providing two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors, sponsoring the Mr. & Mrs. GHS pageant and purchasing picnic tables for the commons area. Membership forms will be sent out with the student packets this week.

Final Soccer Registration Is This Thursday Afternoon

posted: 08/19/2009 8:23 p.m.

Final registration for Gravette Soccer Association's fall season will be held Thursday, August 20. Boys and girls wishing to participate in the recreational soccer league should sign up then. There will be at least three age divisions this season, under 6 years old, under 9 years old and under 12 years old. Participants must not be 12 years of age prior to August 1, 2009.

Flights On Rebound At XNA Airport

posted: 08/19/2009 8:22 p.m.

Through its first 10 years of operation, the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport posted incredible numbers. Passenger counts were constantly on the up and the Highfill-based facility appeared invincible. But reality took hold in a big way to start 2009. XNA not only saw its numbers plummet but, heading into the annual Wal-Mart Stockholders Meeting here in May, passenger counts were down a whopping 18.17 percent year-to-year. But a couple months ago the numbers all of a sudden started climbing again. "It's really felt good around here the last couple months," said Kelly Johnson, XNA director.

Free Career Fair Will Be Held At UP of NWA

posted: 08/19/2009 8:21 p.m.

University of Phoenix - Northwest Arkansas will host a free career fair August 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 903 N. 4th Street, Barrington Centre II Ste. 400, in Rogers. One workshop will be on writing resumes, the other on how to dress for success.

Free Dogwood Trees Available From Arbor Day

posted: 08/19/2009 8:20 p.m.

Everyone who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. Membership is $10 to Ten Dogwoods, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410.

Cheerleaders Excel At UofA Camp

posted: 08/19/2009 8:20 p.m.

Gravette Varsity Cheerleading squad attended a cheerleading camp at the University of Arkansas recently where they received several awards. Their superior trophy qualifies them to perform at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, FL, on NewYear's Day. The girls received the Camp Champs award, second place in Extreme Routine and first place in Home Pom routine, which was choreographed by the senior squad members.

A Towering Task

posted: 08/19/2009 8:19 p.m.

It wasn't a house raising or barn raising that Gravette residents watched unfold last Tuesday. It was a one-day tower raising in the northeast part of town. Steele Communications erected a 210 foot communications tower in one day at the site of the old water tower that was dismantled several weeks ago. The new mono-pole structure towers above the city and a day after its erection the aircraft warning light was connected. The five-section tower was trucked in on two vehicles.

Schools on right track

posted: 08/19/2009 8:15 p.m.

Gentry School District ended its fiscal year "in good fashion," district superintendent Dr. Randy Barrett reported at Monday's school board meeting.

Gentry man arrested for raping 9-year-old

posted: 08/19/2009 8:14 p.m.

Police arrested Miguel Maldonado Hernandez for allegedly raping a 9-year-old girl.

Business burglaries are still a mystery

posted: 08/19/2009 8:13 p.m.

Police are investigating five cases of burglary and theft which occurred in Gentry in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 6.

Springtown pay raises on again, off again

posted: 08/19/2009 8:12 p.m.

Town Council members and the town mayor will not be receiving a retroactive pay raise after all - well, at least not yet.

Zeros designed in America

posted: 08/19/2009 8:07 p.m.

In his 96 years, Byron Bristol of Sulphur Springs, has seen and made quite a bit of history. One of his most interesting memories is the story of how an American company designed and built the Japanese Zero fighter plane.

City approves bond

posted: 08/19/2009 8:05 p.m.

City council members voted July 10 to approve the issuance of $947,000 in water and sewer revenue bonds to finance design and construction corrections to the new wastewater treatment plant.

Decision on football final

posted: 08/19/2009 8:05 p.m.

The decision not to field a high school football team in Decatur is final, superintendent LeRoy Ortman and athletic director Bobby King told a crowd of parents and students at MondayÃ-s town-hall meeting.

Tornado siren to be in place soon at elementary school

posted: 08/19/2009 8:04 p.m.

Work to install one of three donated tornado sirens near the Northside Elementary School is underway.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 08/19/2009 8:03 p.m.

Decatur Youth Sports Decatur Youth Sports is will be holding sign-ups for football, cheerleading and basketball for children in grades three through six. Sign-ups will be held at the middle school open house, from 6:30 to 7:30, on Aug. 13, and the elementary school open house, from 6 to 7 p.m., Aug. 18. Football practice will begin at the high school football field at 7 p.m., Aug. 13. Children do not have to attend Decatur Public Schools to participate in the programs.

$1.4 million:

posted: 08/19/2009 8:02 p.m.

More than $1 million in undistributed taxes have been discovered in five bank accounts, according to Benton County Tax Collector Gloria Peterson.

City tax revenue down again

posted: 08/19/2009 8:01 p.m.

City and county sales and use tax receipts were again down for the month of July, according to the latest figures published in the August issue of City and Town Magazine, the official publication of the Arkansas Municipal League. Gentry's municipal levy receipts for July were $52,553, down from $80,097 last year. County sales and use taxes for Gentry during July were $40,666, down from $43,420 last year.

Former teacher's trial reset:

posted: 08/19/2009 8:01 p.m.

The jury trial for a former teacher accused of having sexual contact with a student has been rescheduled.

Roberts receives degree

posted: 08/19/2009 8 p.m.

Laurie Roberts of Decatur was among the nearly 250 graduates who received diplomas in commencement exercises at Harding University July 25.

Griz Bear Comments Do I believe in global warming?

posted: 08/19/2009 7:58 p.m.

Do I believe in global warming? That is an interesting question.

A Walk in the Park A reunion with the past

posted: 08/19/2009 7:57 p.m.

The start of a new school year means summer vacation has come to a screeching halt. A recent weekend trip to Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View served as the grand finale for my summer park tours.

Capitol Week in Review

posted: 08/19/2009 7:56 p.m.

Last year 28,295 seniors graduated from Arkansas high schools and 63.4 percent of them went on to attend an Arkansas college or university in the fall.

WEEKLY DEVOTION What is the Focus of Our Witness?

posted: 08/19/2009 7:55 p.m.

"John witnesses concerning Him, and has cried out, saying, This One was He of whom I said, He coming after me has been before me, for He was preceding me." John 1:15 What should be the focus of our witness? Should it be on us and our faithfulness? Should it be about our church and all that we are doing? Or, should it be on Christ and what He has done for our salvation?

'Hard day' finally arrives in Decatur

posted: 08/19/2009 7:54 p.m.

As a former high school football standout at Little Rock McClellan, Bobby King has a great understanding of how special high school football is.

Area ADs say Shiloh Christian retaliation ill-advised

posted: 08/19/2009 7:53 p.m.

1-4 A Conference athletic directors in Benton County say Shiloh Christian's varsity football team has nothing to gain by retaliating against the public schools because of a vote they took this week to expel the private school's junior high teams from the conference.

Decatur changing up its grade configuration

posted: 08/19/2009 7:52 p.m.

The fifth graders in the Decatur School District will have a new home this school year, as the district reconfigured its grades as a money-saving procedure.

Normal a good thing in Gentry

posted: 08/19/2009 7:51 p.m.

It's business as usual in the Gentry School District as teachers and students prepared to return to class today.

Professor to research the aurora

posted: 08/19/2009 7:51 p.m.

John Brown University Assistant Physics Professor Dr. Daniel Main has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for his upcoming study of the structure of the northern and southern lights - aurora borealis and aurora australis.

Whitten takes first in golf play

posted: 08/19/2009 7:50 p.m.

Kelsea Whitten showed strength, holding off Haley Sweigart of Prairie Grove, and winning the first place medal on Aug. 4.

Lady Pioneers finishing well

posted: 08/19/2009 7:50 p.m.

The senior high Lady Pioneer Basketball team went to Heritage High School in Rogers on July 21 and played three games back-to-back against 7A schools.

Storie invited to Hot Springs school

posted: 08/19/2009 7:49 p.m.

Maryia Storie of Gentry has been invited to attend the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs as part of the class of 2011.

Passenger counts find XNA climbing

posted: 08/19/2009 7:48 p.m.

Finally, a sense of normalcy.

Gentry man arrested for stealing two rifles

posted: 08/19/2009 7:47 p.m.

Police arrested Jason James, 35, of Siloam Springs, August 12, on charges of breaking into his father's home office and stealing guns.

Drug ring members sentenced

posted: 08/19/2009 7:47 p.m.

Twelve members of a large Northwest Arkansas methamphetamine ring broken up last year received prison sentences ranging from 12 years, seven months to three years, five months.

Committee forwards reverse 911 and dive-team merger

posted: 08/19/2009 7:46 p.m.

Two of Benton County's more contentious issues of late are heading to the Quorum Court with little fanfare.

Pierre Chastain Family Association reunion set

posted: 08/19/2009 7:46 p.m.

The Pierre Chastain Family Association will hold its annual reunion Sept. 24-26 at the Quality Inn in Siloam Springs. All Chastain descendants are welcome. Association records will be available for research.

County missed grant

posted: 08/19/2009 7:45 p.m.

On Aug. 7, Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee was visited by Claire Bailey, director of information systems for the state of Arkansas; and David Maxwell, director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Energy committee to examine issues in northwest Arkansas

posted: 08/19/2009 7:44 p.m.

Plans are in the works to bring a state Senate committee to Benton or Washington county to talk about the cost of retrofitting a coal plant in Gentry and other energy issues, said state Sen. Kim Hendren, RGravette.

Benton County 4-H'ers Shine at Arkansas 4-H O'Rama

posted: 08/19/2009 7:01 p.m.

Twenty-eight 4-H'ers from Benton County participated in the State 4-H Orama held July 22-24 on the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville. Highlights included competitions, awards banquets and state officer elections. Sarah Connolly from the Battlefield 4-H Club was elected as the 2009-2010 Arkansas 4-H President. Dustin Dixon of the Bloomfield 4-H Club in Gentry was named the 2009-2010 Northwest District Vice President. They are among the nine newly elected state officers.

Obituaries

posted: 08/19/2009 3:59 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Saturday, August 15

Erica Leeman Named One of Arkansas' Outstanding Scholars

posted: 08/15/2009 8:09 a.m.

Erica Leeman, a 2009 graduate of Gravette High School, has been named one of 75 outstanding high school seniors chosen to join the eighth class of Honors College Fellows at the University of Arkansas. Leeman, the daughter of Frank and Donella Leeman, was one of 493 applicants for the 75 coveted awards. She graduated from GHS with Distinguished High Honors. Erica had previously received the Governor's Distinguished Scholarship, was named a National Merit Scholar and was awarded he Kit Murphy Memorial Scholarship. She is the granddaughter of Corene Reynolds of Gravette and Jeanne Leeman of Decatur.

Wednesday, August 12

Council preparing for new and tighter budget

posted: 08/12/2009 7:31 p.m.

City ordinances regarding animals - particularly farm animals - within city limits are not specific enough, Gentry Mayor Wes Hogue told council members at the August 3 meeting.

Light 'em if you got 'em:

posted: 08/12/2009 7:30 p.m.

Thirty days from today, Benton County residents will be able to apply for permits to burn dilapidated structures and rotting chicken houses on their property.

SAC receives money for kitchen improvements

posted: 08/12/2009 7:29 p.m.

Gentry's Senior Activity Center was notified it would receive $46,000 from the state of Arkansas to make improvements to its kitchen.

$40 million wind farm:

posted: 08/12/2009 7:28 p.m.

Together with area business and government leaders, as well as investors and landowner partners, local renewable energy company, Winds of Change Leaseholding, LLC, formally announced on Monday its intention to transform over 500 acres in Benton County, Arkansas into a community wind farm.

Winds of Change blowing:

posted: 08/12/2009 7:17 p.m.

Grasping for the wind may not be vanity in the case of a group of local residents with plans to harness the wind's power and convert it into energy for the region. And that's exactly what the Red Barn Wind Project and Winds of Change plan to do on the hills between Gentry and Decatur.

City surrenders its wind-farm planning authority to county

posted: 08/12/2009 7:17 p.m.

City council members voted at Monday's meeting to hand over the planning authority for a new wind energy project south of Decatur to Benton County.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/12/2009 7:16 p.m.

Decatur Youth Sports Decatur Youth Sports is will be holding sign-ups for football, cheerleading and basketball for children in grades three through six. Sign-ups will be held at the middle school open house, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Poultry suit:

posted: 08/12/2009 7:14 p.m.

Setbacks for Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson in his federal lawsuit against poultry companies operating in Arkansas have done nothing to restart long-stalled settlement negotiations.

County planning board uses matrix to prioritize jobs

posted: 08/12/2009 7:13 p.m.

In an attempt to streamline the county's planning projects, the Benton County Planning Board unveiled a working matrix of how to determine which proposed building projects are to be considered large-scale developments.

Property-tax alert not sent out by the county

posted: 08/12/2009 7:12 p.m.

Some residents became alarmed when they received letters informing them that their property taxes were due and that Benton County would sell their houses if the taxes were not paid by Aug. 27.

Bishop, Keith to exchange vows

posted: 08/12/2009 7:11 p.m.

Aric and Lisa Keith of Siloam Springs, Ark., announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Arica Keith to Joshua Bishop, of Colcord, Okla.

Griz Bear Comments: So, I think a little differently

posted: 08/12/2009 7:09 p.m.

Mrs. Griz sometimes makes fun of me for being a "onetracker." It seems I like to do one thing at a time and finish it before moving on to something else - even to the point of sometimes finishing one food on my plate before moving on to the next. And if I have too much to do and am pulled in too many directions at once, I feel like settling the contest for my time by doing nothing at all.

A Walk in the Park: New parks and improved parks

posted: 08/12/2009 7:08 p.m.

A recent article in the Northwest Arkansas section of the Democrat-Gazette stated that a new 550-acre state park is being developed in Lee and Phillips Counties and will be located inside the St. Francis National Forest. The writer referred to it as "the first-ever state park along the Mississippi River." I immediately thought of Lake Chicot, a park in the extreme southeast corner of the state, and wondered why its location would not be considered "along the Mississippi River." The lake, after all, is a 20-mile long oxbow of Old Man River.

Legislative issues: Use of tobacco settlement money

posted: 08/12/2009 7:07 p.m.

Since Arkansas voters in 2000 approved a plan for spending revenue from a legal settlement with tobacco companies, the state has received about $446 million.

Weekly devotion The Eternal Word Became Flesh

posted: 08/12/2009 7:06 p.m.

"And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and of truth." John 1:14 (MKJV) This is an amazing thing: the Eternal Word the only-begotten Son of God, who was in the beginning with God, who is true God with the Father and the Spirit, the Creator of all things, the Life and Light of men became flesh true man and dwelt among us!

Meet the Pioneer Night planned for August 24

posted: 08/12/2009 7:04 p.m.

The Gentry Athletic Booster Club will be having a "Meet the Pioneer Night" at 6 p.m. Monday, August 24, outside the Gentry Football Field.

Twenty compete in Fun-Run races

posted: 08/12/2009 7:03 p.m.

More than 20 people got up early Friday morning to compete in the 56th Annual Decatur Barbecue Fun Run. The fun run began at 7 a.m. and featured a 2K, 5K and 10K race. Following are the race results : 2K Ãi 12 and under ó Amanda Duncan, first place.

Decatur Football:

posted: 08/12/2009 7:02 p.m.

Decatur athletics director Bobby King said Monday that a decision regarding the Decatur High School football season will likely be made Thursday morning.

AAA votes not to divide HS playoffs

posted: 08/12/2009 7:01 p.m.

Private schools in Arkansas won't have their own championship brackets but will have a transfer deadline.

Jigs useful for all types of fish

posted: 08/12/2009 6:59 p.m.

Jigs are tried and true utensils for catching fish of many species in Arkansas, from trout requiring tiny jigs to lead-heavy ones used for striped bass.

Hunter-education class offered in Bentonville

posted: 08/12/2009 6:59 p.m.

On Aug. 15, the Benton County Chapter of Quail Unlimited will host its annual hunter-education course.

Billing error:

posted: 08/12/2009 6:57 p.m.

A misread electric meter has brought the city of DecaturÃ-s water department an unexpected $142,845.06.

State, schools to offer flu vaccinations for children

posted: 08/12/2009 6:56 p.m.

With funding provided by the tobacco tax passed during the recent legislative session and federal monies, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Education and local school districts statewide will offer the seasonal flu shot to all school children in grades K-12 beginning in mid-October.

Decatur test scores good

posted: 08/12/2009 6:55 p.m.

Recently released Benchmark Exam scores show the Decatur School District is generally improving in mathematics and literacy.

Stewart to improve academics

posted: 08/12/2009 6:54 p.m.

Since the Decatur School District is on stable ground financially, superintendent LeRoy OrtmanÃ-s next focus is improving the districtÃ-s academic programs.

Reverse-911:

posted: 08/12/2009 6:52 p.m.

After viewing Monday's demonstration of reverse 911, Benton County officials seemed enthusiastic about the possibilities of adopting the technology.

Highfill planning 'Hay Daze' events

posted: 08/12/2009 6:51 p.m.

Highfill Hay Daze will be Saturday, Sept. 12, in the Highfill City Park located at the corner of South Main and Fourth Street.

Barbecue turns out well done

posted: 08/12/2009 6:51 p.m.

From beginning to end, the 56th Annual Decatur Barbecue on Aug. 7 was a day of fun and celebration. The day began with a fun run at 7 a.m., beginning at the Edmiston Ball Fields. More than 20 people participated in the 2K, 5K and 10K races. For the team of people preparing chicken dinners the day began much earlier. Following Decatur tradition more than 2,500 chicken dinners were barbecued in Veterans Park. Chicken dinners were sold all day in both Veterans Park and at the Decatur General Store.

John Conlee a hit at Decatur's Barbecue

posted: 08/12/2009 6:49 p.m.

VeteranÃ-s Park in Decatur was packed with an unprecedented number of people on Friday night for John ConleeÃ-s performance at the 56th annual Decatur Barbecue. Fans traveled to the Decatur Barbecue from as far away as Washington State, Colorado and Monterey, Mexico to hear Conlee sing. Conlee told the crowd it was his goal to perform as many favorites as he could over the hour and a half show. And with 30 hits over the years, there was plenty to choose from.

Light 'em

posted: 08/12/2009 6:39 p.m.

Thirty days from today, Benton County residents will be able to apply for permits to burn dilapidated structures and rotting chicken houses on their property.

Makayla Morrison Miss Gravette 2009

posted: 08/12/2009 8:13 a.m.

Makayla Morrison, above, a senior at Gravette High School, was crowned Miss Gravette 2009, a highlight of the Gravette Day celebration. She is the daughter of Natalie and Doug Morrison. The coronation was held Saturday evening in Kindley Park. The pageant contest was held at the GHS Performing Arts Center the preceding evening. Third runner up was Kyndra Meeker; second runner up, Stormi Pierce; and first runner up, MacKenzie Wallace.

Upper Elementary Students Are Encouraged To Register

posted: 08/12/2009 8:12 a.m.

Gravette Upper Elementary School is still open for enrollment of new students to the district, it was announced. It was also noted that class lists will be posted August 13 and students can meet their teacher that evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. "When school begins, car riders can be dropped off and picked up at the back entrance, entering and exiting from Dallas Street in front of the Middle School," the school advised.

ANNUAL BIRTHDAY PARTY-Gravette Day Is History

posted: 08/12/2009 8:12 a.m.

It's history! Gravette's 116th birthday party Saturday, August 8, was a pleasant day for hundreds of persons who attended the annual celebration. Following the usual good Gravette Day parade at noon, the park was overflowing with revelers and celebrants came and went throughout the day. They attended the car show in Old Town Park, results of which will be published when available. They visited the Gravette Historical Museum.

Sibley Road To Be Closed This Wednesday

posted: 08/12/2009 8:11 a.m.

The Benton County Road Department announces Sibley Road, northwest of Sulphur Springs, will be closed this Wednesday, August 12, for bridge repair. The road will reopen Thursday, August 13, the announcement said.

Billfold Is Found

posted: 08/12/2009 8:10 a.m.

A billfold, containing no identification, was found on Gravette Day and has been turned in to the News Herald office. The Owner may identify and claim it at the News Herald office.

GHS Class of 1964 Holds Reunion

posted: 08/12/2009 8:08 a.m.

Thirteen members of the GHS Class of 1964 enjoyed a 45-year reunion get-together Saturday night, August 8, at All-Star Pizza. Class members and their spouses attending included Phyllis (Edgmon) Burnett, Kathy (Hart) and Lynn Duncan, Oliver and Mary Jo Duncan, Glenda (Galyean) Eldred, Susan (Douglas) Holland, Sandy (Parnham) and Bob Kelley, Marcia (Ward) and Jerry Pritchard, Max and Shirley Wallace, all of Gravette. Attending from out of town were Darrell Coffee of Springdale; Donald and Nancy Payne, Herman and Liz Smith, all of Bentonville; Murel (Black) Collins of Pineville, MO; and John and Judy Sanders of Jay, FL.

Cheerleaders Earn Many Trophies At Camp At U of A

posted: 08/12/2009 8:06 a.m.

The Gravette Junior High Cheer Squad kicked off their 2009-10 season with a trip to cheer camp at the University of Arkansas conducted by Universal Cheerleaders Association. Squads were required to arrive with a prepared "Home Pom" routine which they performed before judges, parents and other squads. All squads spent four days learning new cheers, builds and dance routines upon which they were judged. Four high school and four junior high squads were in attendance.

Berean Ministries Patch The Pirate Club Resumes Sessions

posted: 08/12/2009 8:05 a.m.

Patch the Pirate Club begins Wednesday, August 19, at Berean Ministries. Children in grades kindergarten - 6th grade are invited to attend. Some of the activities at Patch include singing, crafts, refreshments, Bible lessons, competitions, awards, themed parties and end of the year Awards Banquet and water party. The club meets every Wednesday throughout the school year from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. one block northwest of the Boys and Girls Club in Gravette. For information or a ride contact Hope Duke, 787-5628.

Youth Groups At Berean Ministries Will Meet Wednesdays

posted: 08/12/2009 8:04 a.m.

Berean Youth Group, for teenagers in 7th-12th grades, will begin meeting on Wednesday, August 19. All teens are invited to attend for food, fun and fellowship followed by a Bible study. There will be special outings and events. The group will meet throughout the school year from 6 to 7 p.m. at Berean Ministries one block north of the Boys and Girls Club. For information or a ride call Hope Duke, 787-5628.

Senior Center Report

posted: 08/12/2009 8:03 a.m.

We would like to thank everyone who purchased Lunch Box meals during our July fundraiser. We would also like to thank everyone who helped out with donations and our awesome kitchen staff with preparing the meals.

Mason Valley Church Will Celebrate Birthday 130

posted: 08/12/2009 8:03 a.m.

Mason Valley Baptist Church will celebrate its 130th anniversary with special activities Sunday, August 16. The church was established August 15, 1879, and is located on Highway 12 one and one-half miles west of the XNA airport entrance. All day activities include a fellowship dinner, speakers, music, etc. Everyone is invited to attend and help celebrate. For information call 752-3933 or 795-2866.

Free Clothing, School Supplies At Gravette Church of Christ This Saturday

posted: 08/12/2009 8:02 a.m.

Gravette Church of Christ will hold its third annual School Supply and Children's Clothing Give-away, Saturday, August 15, according to pastor Bob Kirkley. There will also be some adult clothing available during the give-away which will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, the pastor said. "The public is invited to attend." The church is located at 202 Irving Street S. W. For information call 787-6459.

"Fiber Folks" Group Makes Plans For Monthly Meeting

posted: 08/12/2009 8:01 a.m.

A "Gathering of Fiber Folks" will be held the second Monday evening of each month for folks who are knitters, spinners, crocheters, embroiderers, etc. The get-together will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Main Cafe in Gravette. "Bring something to work on as we eat and visit," said Crow Johnson Evans. "The next meeting will be September 14 so start making plans to join us for a fun evening."

Brown Bag Seminar Set

posted: 08/12/2009 8 a.m.

The next Brown Bag Seminar at the NWACC College at the Crossing in Bella Vista will feature Bill Danenhauer who will share his experience as a pro football player. Visitors are welcome to the free event at 1801 Forest Hills Blvd. Just bring your lunch with coffee and water provided, Friday, August 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For info call 479-855-1903.

Sulphur Baptist School Supply Give Away Is This Saturday

posted: 08/12/2009 8 a.m.

The First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs will hold a school supply giveaway Saturday, August 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, in the fellowship hall of the church. The supplies are free as long as they last, according to pastor Gairy Osburn.

Quartet Will Appear At First Assembly Of God Church

posted: 08/12/2009 7:59 a.m.

The New Revival Quartet, based in east central Oklahoma, will present a performance of Southern Gospel music at the First Assembly of God Church in Gravette, Sunday, August 16, at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend this special program.

Sunday Is Last Day Gravette Pool Will Operate

posted: 08/12/2009 7:58 a.m.

Sunday, August 16, will be the last day the Gravette Municipal Swimming Pool will be open. The announcement came from Junior Hartley, director of public works.

Beating The Heat Was Different In The Good Old Days

posted: 08/12/2009 7:56 a.m.

Let's talk about the weather. That's a good, safe subject.

OPINION?

posted: 08/12/2009 7:55 a.m.

This is me, Bill, and I hope you can recognize me. I have been through a knot hole backwards and then rode hard and put up wet! I was underfed, underpaid and underappreciated. This is what's left and it is a ragged portion of what was. The total result of being forced to take on tasks that no man should have to live through.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 08/12/2009 7:54 a.m.

It was a busy weekend in Gravette as the town was alive with activities for the annual Gravette Day celebration. The pace was hectic but it was rewarding to see the culmination of the weeks of hard work by the event planners. It's fun to visit with friends and classmates we haven't seen for a year or more. The celebration gives us a chance to show off our town's assets to former residents and other visitors.

Letters To The Editor-

posted: 08/12/2009 7:53 a.m.

Dear Editor, Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) would like to thank all of the city employees who helped with the Gravette Day health fair. We couldn't have done it without you! Dear Editor, These are two items that have been turned into the Gravette Police Department: Found 6-27-09, electric scooter in Gravette city lim-Thanks also to everyone in the community for supporting the hospital. We are proud to call Gravette home. Paul Taylor Carrie Richardson Sammie Bates at OCH its. Found 8-6-09 boys' silver bike in Gravette city limits.

Next Monday Is Deadline For Voter Registration

posted: 08/12/2009 7:50 a.m.

Monday, August 17, is the deadline for persons to register to vote in the annual school election which will be held September 15. Tena O'Brien, County Clerk and Voter Registrar, said applications to register must be received in her office (or postmarked ) no later than August 17. Persons may secure applications at the County/State Revenue Office on Main Street. If you have questions about the status of your voter registration status, such as changing of residence, marriage, etc., contact O'Brien at her office, 271-5704.

Residents Advised Tax Due Letter Is Not From County

posted: 08/12/2009 7:49 a.m.

Some county residents became alarmed when they received letters informing them that their property taxes were due and that Benton County would sell their houses if the taxes were not paid by Aug. 27.

Jail Inmate Cost For Cities May See Slight Increase Soon

posted: 08/12/2009 7:48 a.m.

Earlier this year, the state Legislature voted to increase fines cities can receive for each citation issued by $15. Now Benton County is looking to capitalize on that increase. The county jail currently charges municipalities $32.50 per inmate per day, a rate that has not been increased in 19 years, according to Benton County Sheriff Keith Ferguson. Last Monday members of the county Finance Committee voted to increase the amount cities are charged for housing inmates from $32.50 to $40 per day.

Senator Hendren Says New Annual Legislative Session Will Be Tested

posted: 08/12/2009 7:46 a.m.

State Senator Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, is taking a hopefor-the-best attitude about how a new provision of the state constitution will serve the state. Hendren was opposed to a 2008proposal,nowenacted,that changed biannual state legislative sessions to annual ones. The new amendment will have state lawmakers working on the state budget early in 2010 and could provide a good test of how well the proposal will work, said Hendren, who opposed annual sessions and campaigned against the idea last year.

Mt. Pleasant News

posted: 08/12/2009 7:39 a.m.

Boy, it is summer here. I worked out in my yard one day last week and when I had finished there wasn't a dry spot on me. We have been very fortunate though. A few members of the Mt. Pleasant Church set up along the Gravette Day parade route and handed out free cold water. Those attending were Howard and Cathleen Spears, Becky Denver, John Philliber, Louise and Darlene McVay and Linda Sanders. I believe we gave out nine cases of water.

Ex Water Manager Enters Not Guilty Plea To Theft Charge

posted: 08/12/2009 7:36 a.m.

The former manager of Benton County Water District 1 pleaded not guilty to stealing money from the district. Wayne Allen of Garfield is charged with theft of property, a class B felony punishable with a prison sentence ranging from five to 20 years. He entered his plea last Monday morning during an arraignment before Judge Robin Green. Allen was arrested June 22 after an investigation was launched into the theft of money the water district received from the sale of old brass water meters.

Lunch Menus

posted: 08/12/2009 7:35 a.m.

Week of August 17 - 21 Breakfast Pre-K - 12th Wednesday: Biscuit & gravy, sausage patty, fruit juice, milk. Thursday: Fruit yogurt, cheese toast, fruit juice, milk. Friday: Cereal, toast & jelly, fruit juice, milk. Lunch - Pre-K - 12th Grade Wednesday: Nachos w/ ground beef, lettuce/tomato/ salsa, refried beans, graham crackers, applesauce, milk. Thursday: Fish sticks, baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread, frozen fruit bar, milk. Friday: Cheese pizza, garden salad, marshmallow squares, milk.

Lions Shape Up For Good Season; Quarterback Selection Poses Quandry For Coach Bill Harrelson

posted: 08/12/2009 7:28 a.m.

There are two candidates competing to be named the starting quarterback at Gravette and Bill Harrelson has plenty of confidence in both of them.

Soccer Registration Dates Announced For Youths Under 12

posted: 08/12/2009 7:27 a.m.

Registration for Gravette Soccer Association's fall season will be held Saturday, August 15, and Thursday, August 20. Boys and girls wishing to participate in the recreational soccer league should sign up on one of those dates. There will be at least three age divisions this season, under 6 years old, under 9 years old and under 12 years old.

New County Law Allows Burning Of Old Structures; Permit Is Required

posted: 08/12/2009 7:26 a.m.

Soon, Benton County residents will be able to apply for permits to burn dilapidated structures and rotting chicken houses on their property.

County Sales Tax Is Down

posted: 08/12/2009 7:25 a.m.

Benton County's sales tax revenues for May are in and, for the fifth consecutive month now, the story is not good.

Rep. Boozman Seeks Intern Applications

posted: 08/12/2009 7:24 a.m.

U. S. Rep. John Boozman, R-AR, is accepting internship applications for fall 2009 for his Washington, D.C. office and all of his 3rd Congressional District offices, it was announced Thursday. Besides in Washington, D.C., internships will be available in his northwest Arkansas offices in Lowell, Fort Smith and Harrison. Interns get the chance to gain firsthand knowledge about how a congressional office serves constituents, interacts with the community and serves as a liaison to Boozman's Washington, D.C. office.

Steel Tip Dart Tournament Scheduled

posted: 08/12/2009 7:23 a.m.

The Razorback Open $3,000 steel tip dart tournament sanctioned by the American Darts Organization will be held August 14, 15 and 16 in Drifters, 3615 W. Martin Luther King Boulevard in Fayetteville, AR. Entry fees for each match range from $10 to $15 and anyone with an interest in darts is welcome to participate. For info call Dave Baire, president, 479-301-9145. The Razorback Open is presented by the Northwest Arkansas Dart Association (NWADA).

All Trails In Hobbs Park Now Open

posted: 08/12/2009 7:22 a.m.

All of the trails in Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area are now open after volunteers completed cleaning up debris from last winter's ice storm. The last trail to be cleared was the six-mile War Eagle Loop of the Hidden Diversity Multi-use Trail which features a scenic overlook of War Eagle Creek Valley. Hobbs offers four trails totaling 34 miles and park officials said it would not have been possible to open them this quickly without the help of many volunteers.

Bypass Toll Plan Explained

posted: 08/12/2009 7:21 a.m.

Dozens of persons interested in the Bella Vista bypass highway project attended a hearing Thursday at the GHS Commons. The hearing was to allow the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to hear comments concerning making the bypass a toll road.

Commissioners Are Making Plans For School Election

posted: 08/12/2009 7:20 a.m.

Benton County election commissioners met recently to continue preparations for school board elections.

Public Library Closed For Repairs

posted: 08/12/2009 7:19 a.m.

The Gravette Public Library is undergoing remodeling and inventory in the facility and is closed, according to Kimberley Gibson, library manager. The library will be closed until the early part of September when the project is completed. "We appreciate your understanding and look for you back when we reopen. Announcement will be made in The News Herald," she said.

Cancer Relay for Life Set

posted: 08/12/2009 7:18 a.m.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held this Friday, August 14, when cancer survivors are invited to gather at 6 p.m. at the Rogers Activity Center for a pre-event dinner. Each survivor will receive a commemorative T-shirt and after the dinner survivors will lead the first lap to begin the relay. Entertainment and wholefamily activities will last throughout the night. For info and to register call 619-7029.

In the news

posted: 08/12/2009 4:38 a.m.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO's new secretary general, met with Russia's envoy in Brussels, Belgium, and called for a closer strategic partnership with Russia to tackle security challenges.

Obituaries

posted: 08/12/2009 4:13 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Wednesday, August 5

OBITUARIES

posted: 08/05/2009 7:24 p.m.

Betty Jean Cox Betty Jean Cox, 88, of Bella Vista, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at her home. She was born on April 13, 1921 in Oklahoma to Perry Carlile and Mary Hill Carlile. She moved to Bella Vista 24 years ago from Oklahoma. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista.

Weekly devotion

posted: 08/05/2009 6:53 p.m.

Receiving Christ Jesus the Savior "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

Hometown Events

posted: 08/05/2009 6:53 p.m.

Gentry City Council The Gentry City Council holds regular meetings in the city court room at 6:30 p.m., the first Monday of each month. The Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission meets in city hall at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

IRWP to apply for Gentry, Springtown grant

posted: 08/05/2009 6:53 p.m.

Delia Haak, executive director of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, addressed the Gentry City Council Monday regarding the possibility of applying for a $20,000 grant to be used to help the cities of Gentry and Springtown plant trees along streams and waterways to help prevent erosion and excessive runoff into Flint Creek and its tributaries.

Lions propose to keep flags flying

posted: 08/05/2009 6:52 p.m.

The Lions Club brought a proposal to the city council Monday to keep the American Flags flying on Main Street year-round.

Train horns will play on

posted: 08/05/2009 6:52 p.m.

Any hope of only hearing the rumble of huge diesel engines and of steel wheels carrying heavy loads on rails passing through a quiet zone in Gentry has been put on hold indefinitely because of safety issues and cost.

A name change is all that's changed

posted: 08/05/2009 6:52 p.m.

Main Street Gentry Chamber of Commerce voted at its board meeting Thursday to change its name to Gentry Chamber of Commerce / Main Street, Inc.

Gentry's Wild Wilderness Safari:

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Ask anyone in the region about Gentry, and the one thing they're likely to know is that the Safari is here - and for good reason, because the Wild Wilderness Safari draws hundreds and thousands of visitors to Gentry each week.

Conlee to perform

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

At a time when country music is most in need of vision and focus, John Conlee possesses both wrapped within the framework of one of the most distinctive and recognizable voices in the modern day music industry.

SAC committee formed

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

The newly formed Ambassador Committee of the Gentry Senior Activity Center held its first meeting on Thursday, July 30.

Simpson completes training

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Army Pvt. Corey R. Simpson has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.

Jail fees on the rise:

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Earlier this year, the state Legislature voted to increase fines cities can receive for each citation issued by $15. Now, Benton County is looking to capitalize on that increase.

Fisher reports on mission to orphans in Zimbabwe

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Sixty African orphans have a home and are receiving an education and medical assistance, thanks to a trio of Americans who have a burden for the AIDS-stricken population of an almost bankrupt country of Zimbabwe.

Blood drive set for August 19 in Decatur

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the Simmons Foods offices, located at 250 Main Street in Decatur, from 9 a.m. until noon, and from 4 to 7 p.m., Aug 19.

NWA Heat competes in world series

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

The NWA 13u softball team based out of Gentry traveled to Des Moines, Iowa on July 25 through August 2 to compete in the 13u World Series. The team finished first in their pool, allowing only four runs in the three pool games.

Bulldog football 'iffy' due to lack of players

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

The verdict is still not in on whether or not Decatur will have a high school football team this fall, but the numbers are not looking good.

Gentry Pioneers began practicing this week

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Everyone's speaking the same language and Gentry's football practices no longer resemble a "foreign country," says the Pioneers' third-year coach Brian Little.

Griz Bear Comments: How to get kids to behave in church

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

How does a fellow teach his kids and grandkids to behave in church these days? It seems that they just don't want to sit up and listen but would rather slouch, drop their hymnal and even lay on the floor. Whatever happened to the respect and honor we were taught to show to the Almighty when we came into His house each week?

A Second Opinion:

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Ants have been driving me crazy since early this spring and I've found a weapon that has helped me win the battle.

Charlotte's Corner

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

The July heat almost got to me this year. I have seriously thought of giving up bathing since the sweat probably has washed me completely. Okay, I am not serious!

A Walk in the Park: Eating breakfast with a side of friendly

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

When we decided to visit all the state parks this year, we knew that in doing so, we would see more than the parks themselves.

Births

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Jagger Levi Brown Josh and Casey Brown, of Siloam Springs, Ark., announce the birth of a son, Jagger Levi Brown, on July 31, 2009 at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital in Siloam Springs.

Receiving Christ Jesus the Savior

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:10-13 It is an amazing thing that God the Son, Creator of the world, was in the world and the world did not recognize Him! Jesus Christ, God Himself in human flesh, came into this world and the people of this world did not know or acknowledge Him for who He truly is.

Local Fire Departments train together with AirEvac team

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Firefighters from the Decatur, Gravette and Maysville Fire Departments met in Decatur to train with AirEvac on July 21.

Decatur Barbecue set for Friday

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

A full day is planned for this year's 56th Annual Decatur Barbecue on Friday, August 7.

Life in Gentry Web log to be back online free NWA Web site goes paid today

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Though the online versions of the Gentry Courier-Journal and the Decatur Herald will remain available without charge, access to content in daily papers in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette family at www.nwanews.com will undergo changes Today that will require those with no subscription to the daily papers to pay a fee for online access.

Committee plans Bulldog Days

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Parks and recreation members met on Monday to move forward with plans for Bulldog Days, set for Oct. 9, 10 and 11.

Bank employees to compete in Fun Run

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

A team of 10 employees from the Decatur State Bank is planning to compete in the Fun Run at the Decatur Barbecue this Friday.

Barbecue plans finalized by Chamber of Commerce

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

After months of planning and preparation, chamber of commerce members met on Monday to make sure every last detail is ready for the 56th Annual Decatur Barbecue this Friday.

Youth arrested after stealing service weapon

posted: 08/05/2009 5:39 p.m.

Joshua Yates, 18, of Decatur, was arrested July 31 for allegedly stealing the duty weapon and checkbook of his mother, Decatur police officer Jeannie Yates.