Wednesday, December 30

A White Christmas; Not A Record

posted: 12/30/2009 5:31 p.m.

Christmas Day, 2009, was not the coldest ever experienced in Gravette and, although as many as six or seven inches of snow was on the ground in places, that too was not a record.

Chili, Bingo Night Planned At S.S.

posted: 12/30/2009 5:30 p.m.

A chili supper and bingo night will be held Saturday, January 23, at the old Sulphur Springs schoolhouse cafeteria.

Children Invited To Library Story Time

posted: 12/30/2009 5:30 p.m.

All children age three through five are invited to attend Children’s Storytime each Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Gravette Public Library.

Gravette Police Aid In Search For Decatur Child

posted: 12/30/2009 5:29 p.m.

Area police and the sheriff’s department aided in the search for a two-yearold boy who was reported missing from his home in Decatur last week.

School Starts January Fifth

posted: 12/30/2009 5:28 p.m.

Gravette schools will resume their regular schedule class next Tuesday, January 5.

Fair Board Announces Major Fair Date Change

posted: 12/30/2009 5:27 p.m.

The Benton County Fair will start a month earlier in 2010.

Care and Share Receives Donation From Village POA

posted: 12/30/2009 5:26 p.m.

The Bella Vista Property Owners Association recently presented a cash donation to a nonprofit organization aimed at helping people in need.

Williams Is Graduate Of Harding U At Searcy

posted: 12/30/2009 5:25 p.m.

Patricia Williams of Gravette was among more than 350 students who received diplomas at commencement exercises at Harding University in Searcy, AR, on December 19.

Senior Center

posted: 12/30/2009 5:25 p.m.

SENIOR CENTER MENU Week of January 4 - 8 Lunch Monday: Taco salad, pinto beans, seasoned spinach, lemon bar.

XNA Airport Shows An Increase In November Boardings

posted: 12/30/2009 5:24 p.m.

Boardings at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport showed an increase during November, according to Scott VanLaningham, airport executive officer.

Quilt/Crafts Class Cancels Meeting; Is Rescheduled

posted: 12/30/2009 5:23 p.m.

The meeting of the quilt/crafts class which was scheduled for this Saturday has been canceled, according to hostess Cleta Whitman. “We are calling it off because of bad weather and sickness,” she said.

Donivan Church Announces Service

posted: 12/30/2009 5:23 p.m.

The monthly service at Donivan Church will be held this Saturday, January 2, at 7 p.m. Wesley Robbins of Anderson, MO, will be the speaker.

Pet Owners May Have Option For Rabies Shots

posted: 12/30/2009 5:22 p.m.

Pet owners will soon get a break on vaccinations for their four-legged pals. On December 1, the Arkansas Department of Health announced changes to the Rabies Control Act — passed by the Arkansas Legislature — allowing veterinarians and pet owners the ability to choose whether or not to use a one-year vaccine or a three-year vaccine for the rabies virus.


posted: 12/30/2009 5:21 p.m.

Everyone have a safe New Year’s Eve and may the new year be a good one for all.

Gentry Man Is Called A Hero After Incident On Cruise Ship In Granada

posted: 12/30/2009 5:20 p.m.

According to a report in the Gentry Courier-Journal, a Gentry man was a hero during a recent incident on a cruise ship.

Gravette Gleamers 4-H Members Made Crafts For Christmas

posted: 12/30/2009 5:20 p.m.

On Monday, December 14, Gravette Gleamers 4-H held their monthly club meeting. At this meeting they made Christmas crafts. They made bead Christmas trees, Christmas cards and snowmen jars. They all had a great time.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 12/30/2009 5:19 p.m.

Folks who like a white Christmas certainly couldn’t complain this year. We got over six inches of snow on Christmas Eve, covering the earth with a fluffy white blanket and drifting higher in places. It was a beautiful sight even though it made travel a bit hazardous and some had to abandon plans for holiday get-togethers. Opal Rogers Lynn once described a snowfall at her home as “fluffy clumps of white eiderdown” drifting lazily earthward. Beyond her picture window the snowflakes made patterns “like old-fashioned lace curtains softly billowing in a breeze” but steadily the pattern tightened and the tempo accelerated as ours did Thursday evening.


posted: 12/30/2009 5:18 p.m.

The old trader stood still, hands on his hips and looking at the toes of his boots. He was wallering the cud of tobacco in his jaw from one side to the other. I was enjoying every move he made, eating out of his hand, so to speak. He had me completely mesmerized. The very odor of him cattle, chewing tobacco, slight sweat, made me think of things long past.

Off The Cuff

posted: 12/30/2009 5:17 p.m.

I need to get my act together. It happens every week about this time (five o’clock Tuesday morning) as the 11 a.m. publication deadline bears down on me to finish the paper for the week.

GHS Career Day

posted: 12/30/2009 5:16 p.m.

Students at Gravette High School recently were exposed to what adult life is all about in relation to careers, etc., during Career Day, an event organized by Bob Johnson.

Gravette Lions Named To 2009 All-Northwest Football Team

posted: 12/30/2009 5:16 p.m.

When the going got tough, the Gravette football team looked to coach Bill Harrelson for leadership.

Seniors Say:

posted: 12/30/2009 5:15 p.m.

THANK YOU By Jamie Wolfinbarger From pre-school to a senior in high school.... wow, time zooms right by! The final semester of my senior year has finally arrive and like all of the seniors I am excited to walk across the stage and accept my diploma for all of the hard work I have put in for thirteen years. However, I have realized there are a few things I need to do in order to prepare myself for the end of this exhausting school life. I am going to strive to excel academically in the classrooms and try to raise my grades from great to excellent. I would also like to spend more time with my friends because I may not get to see them after high school. We will all go our certain way and we can only hope that we will run into our “old” friends in the future.


posted: 12/30/2009 3:52 p.m.

Much happened in Gentry during 2009. The following paragraphs give a brief overview of lead stories during the first half of the year.

Library volunteers lauded

posted: 12/30/2009 3:51 p.m.

Library volunteers were honored Dec. 21 at a special Library Volunteer luncheon, which was sponsored by the city of Gentry and the Gentry Library Board of Directors.


posted: 12/30/2009 3:50 p.m.

Local Meetings and Recycling

2009 in review

posted: 12/30/2009 3:44 p.m.

Following last week’s review of the first half of 2009, it’s time to take a look at the second half of the year. Here are a few highlights taken from the headlines of The Decatur Herald from July to December.

Decatur’s white Christmas

posted: 12/30/2009 3:44 p.m.

A winter storm that stretched from Texas to the upper midwest, blanketed northwest Arkansas with up to four inches of snow and brought Decatur a white Christmas.

Talks on Bulldog Days 2010, ATV Rodeo continue

posted: 12/30/2009 3:42 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Committee members met Monday night to continue forming plans for next summers Bulldog Days and ATV Rodeo.

Council adopts 2010 budget

posted: 12/30/2009 3:40 p.m.

City council members adopted the 2010 budget at the Dec. 14 meeting.


posted: 12/30/2009 3:38 p.m.

Van service is available to children and adults who need transportation to Sunday morning and evening church services and Wednesday evening services at the Assembly of God Church in Decatur.

Wind Project headed in right direction

posted: 12/30/2009 3:36 p.m.

The Red Barn Wind Project’s Triton Sonic Wind Profiler has been measuring wind speeds above a field near Browning Road since August, and the results are better than expected, according to Nathan Wilson, founder and manager of Winds of Change Leaseholding LLC.


posted: 12/30/2009 3:35 p.m.

Who is the Child born in Bethlehem two millennia ago? Though there be those who still believe and teach that Christ Jesus is somehow less than Jehovah God Himself, this ancient prophecy of Isaiah, spoken some 700 years before Messiah’s birth leaves no doubt about the truth.

Senior Activity Center open weekdays

posted: 12/30/2009 3:33 p.m.

Gentry Senior Activity Center, at 121 East Main Street (just east of the Gentry Public Library) is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Griz Bear Comments I Predict Trends Will Continue in New Year

posted: 12/30/2009 3:32 p.m.

Well, another new year is upon us, and people are making all sorts of wild guesses and predictions about what this new year might bring.

A Walk in the Park 2009 Reflected in Memories and Photographs

posted: 12/30/2009 3:30 p.m.

As the current year draws to a close and the new one is poised to make its entry, it seems only natural to spend a bit of time reflecting.

Capitol Reports Canada’s Legacy Lives On in Legislation

posted: 12/30/2009 3:27 p.m.

Senator Bud Canada of Hot Springs was best known as the moral force behind efforts to eliminate the sales tax on groceries.

Bill and Delia Haak crowned Farm Family of the Year

posted: 12/30/2009 3:26 p.m.

Monday started out like many other days for dairyman Bill Haak. He woke up, milked his 100 dairy cows, watched as one of his cows gave birth to a calf, and gave an IV to the mother to help her get through the milk fever she had after delivering the newest addition to the Haak dairy farm.

Gentry team places in Make-A-Wish top 5

posted: 12/30/2009 3:24 p.m.

Gentry High School’s cheerleaders were among the top five teams in the United States receiving honors and recognition from the National Cheerleaders Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Hunters aim to end hunger

posted: 12/30/2009 3:20 p.m.

With Nearly 500,000 Arkansans in need, U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., is supporting “Hunters Feeding the Hungry.” Arkansas has third highest incidence of hunger in nation, and the “Hunters Feeding the Hungry” program has provided more than one million meals to Arkansans since 2000.

Coon named HR Professional of the Year

posted: 12/30/2009 3:19 p.m.

Darrin Coon, business and human resource manager at John Brown University, was named Human Resource Professional of the Year by the Northwest Arkansas Human Resource Association (NOARK).

JBU recognizes Advance Program students

posted: 12/30/2009 3:18 p.m.

The following students have been named to John Brown University’s President’s and Dean’s List of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program. Each student is a member of the Northwest Advance Program cohort group number 06 working toward a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

Northside Elementary December Up List

posted: 12/30/2009 3:16 p.m.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Math — Luis Carceres, Dylan Frydrychowski, Skyler Henson, Shaney Lee, Selora Collins, Christian Frost, Payton Mallia, Bracy Owens, Cameron Shaffer, Kayla Logan, Leng Lee, Jesus Naranjo, Jafett Puga, Isabel Rodriguez, Bryce Frost, Jordan Johnson, Lyndon Miller, Payton Sargent,and MaiLee Xiong.


posted: 12/30/2009 5:20 a.m.

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

Wednesday, December 23

Old Time Christmas Observed At Gravette Church

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

The idea started last Christmas at the First Christian Church in Gravette.

Gentry man becomes hero aboard cruise ship

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Jeff Black of Gentry became a hero when he and his wife Liz were on a Princess Cruise aboard the ship Ruby earlier this month.

Garrett, Perryman take marriage vows

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Kristina Jean Perryman and Daniel Newton Garrett were united in marriage on Oct. 17 at Greene Chapel in Conway.

Fire Destroys Area Home; Fund Opened For Family

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Christmas will be bleak for an area family whose home was destroyed by fire Sunday night.

Sen. Kim Hendren Commits To Race

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

State Senator Kim Hendren of Gravette said last week that he is in the race for a seat in the U. S. Senate by signaling his commitment.

Pee Wee Basketball Report For Last Week

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

The 4th Grade B Girls got in the win column at Lincoln Saturday, beating the Wolves 14-8. This moved their record to 1- 2 at the Christmas break.

Tethered dogs:

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Tethering dogs was on the agenda of Thursday’s Building and Property Code Enforcement Committee meeting, with new suggestions proposed for an ordinance to restrict the practice within Gentry city limits.


posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

“Behold,a virgin shall conceive,and bear a son,and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Gravette Letters To Santa Claus

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Dear Santa, My name is Isaiah. I am 10 years old and for Christmas this year I would like to have a Wii game system, Madden 10 NFL video game, a new bike and a WWF Action figurine.

Lions, Lady Lions Topple Greenland At Lion Fieldhouse

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

The Gravette Lady Lions led only once last Monday night, but it was at the right time — the end.

Pioneer Holiday Classic held Friday, Saturday in Gentry

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Place Winners Weight:

A lost-child story with happy ending

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

A two-year old boy gave his baby-sitter and police a scare when he seemed to disappear from his home at the Hidden Springs apartments on Monday.

Issues with Simmons resolved

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

At the Dec. 14 council meeting, Mayor Bill Montgomery reported he had visited with city inspector Ray Adams and settled the inspection issues that were raised at the November city council meeting.


posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

City Holiday Schedule City offices will close at noon on Dec. 24 and will be closed on Dec. 25.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

I love this time of year when we receive greetings from friends and family near and far and catch up on everyone’s news.

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Monica Alcorn, 47, of Gentry, died Dec. 18, 2009, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.

Letters from Local Children to Santa Claus

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Northside Elementary Leslie Thompsonís Kindergarten class Dear Santa, How are you? I am 5 years old. I have been good. I would like a Wii game.

Children share in giving

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

A total of 225 toys will be distributed to 120 children in 46 families, thanks to a toy drive sponsored by the Northside Elementary School gifted and talented students.

Candlelight Services At Area Churches

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Christian Church Service Is Wednesday Evening A pre-Christmas Eve service will be held Wednesday, December 23, at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Gravette.

Senior Center Report

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

The Christmas holiday gives us time to reflect on what is important to us and what we should be thankful for.

Off The Cuff

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

I wasn’t going to write an “Off the Cuff” this week.

Judge Bisbee Hopes County May Install Emergency Notification System By February

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Benton County will have an emergency telephone notification system as early as January.

Jury Finds Bullard Guilty; Imposes Life Sentence

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

It took a jury a little more than an hour last Thursday to find Joel Bullard guilty of first-degree murder.

Choirs join, perform Christmas musical

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Four Gentry Middle School choirs combined to present three performances of the musical “Norh Pole Star” Dec. 8.

A Walk in the Park Writing Those Christmas Letters

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Have you ever written one of those end-of-the-year Christmas letters to family and friends?

2009 in Review:

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

As 2009 draws to a close, it’s interesting to look back and see just how much has happened in Decatur over the past year.

Council OK’s Bonuses And New Sidewalk

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

The City Council held a short meeting Thursday evening and approved several measures which had been discussed at its most recent Committee meetings.

Jolly Good Timers Enjoy Christmas Program At Center

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

The December meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Friday, the 18th, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with five members present.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

We have seen the light! Yep, the house is full of blinking red and green lights, strung up and around everything.

Griz Bear Comments How Much Do You Really Know About Christmas?

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Why do we celebrate Christmas? And what is Christmas really all about?

Gravette/Decatur Music Instructor Receives National Certification

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Teacher Kristen Legler recently earned her National Board Certification in early- and middle-school music.

Area Couples Enjoy Tour In Ireland; Share Their Experiences

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Howard and Cathleen Spears and their friends Norm and VaLinn Covey recently enjoyed a tour in Ireland. The following is a report of their itinerary and the highlights of their trip.

Teams Come Up Short Against Elks

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Elkins had all the chances in the world and finally took advantage of them in the last 3 minutes.

Budget without raises adopted by Highfill

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

A budget for the new year was adopted by the town council at its regular meeting on Dec. 15, but it did not include raises for the town’s employees.

Blood drive set for Highfill

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will be holding a blood drive from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at the Village Market and Grille, 14939 W. Arkansas Highway 12, in Highfill.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Geraldine “Gerry” Bass, 68, of Bentonville, died Wednesday, December 16, at Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale.

Gravette Letter to the Editor

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Dear Editor, This last weekend my mother celebrated her birthday.


posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

The Gentry City Council holds regular meetings in the city court room at 6:30 p.m., the first Monday of each month.

Hiwasse News

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

I wish you every one a very merry Christmas.

Remembering Gravette And Area Christmas Parades

posted: 12/23/2009 6 a.m.

Christmas parades always happen on the coldest night (or day).

Wednesday, December 16

Schools are burglarized second time

posted: 12/16/2009 8:11 p.m.

Thieves broke into the Decatur High School administration office over the weekend, shattering two windows and taking $41 from a safe.

Pay raises, bonuses approved for city employees

posted: 12/16/2009 8:11 p.m.

City employees will get a 5 percent cost of living and merit raise in 2010 in addition to Christmas bonuses in 2009.

Council approves $7 million industrial bond for Simmons Foods

posted: 12/16/2009 8:10 p.m.

After a short public hearing on Monday night with no comment from the public, city council members voted to pass an ordinance approving a $7 million industrial development bond issue for Simmons Foods, Inc.


posted: 12/16/2009 8:10 p.m.

Assembly of God Van Service Van service is available to children and adults who need transportation to Sunday morning and evening church services and Wednesday evening services at the Assembly of God Church in Decatur.

High School adds trap shooting to sports offerings

posted: 12/16/2009 8:09 p.m.

Trap shooting will be added to the competitive sports opportunities available to students at Gentry High School, beginning in the new year.

McKee Foods receives Benton County’s first StormReady Supporter designation

posted: 12/16/2009 8:08 p.m.

McKee Foods Corporation has been recognized by the National Weather Service in Tulsa as a “StormReady Supporter.”


posted: 12/16/2009 8:08 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.

Committees work to resolve differences

posted: 12/16/2009 8:07 p.m.

In response to the Chamber of Commerce’s request to designate leaders, Parks and Recreation Committee members named Trip Lapham as committee chairman and Rick Tilly as co-chairman at Monday’s meeting.

WEEKLY DEVOTION If You knew the Gift of God ....

posted: 12/16/2009 8:06 p.m.

“When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,(Though Jesus himself baptized not,but his disciples,)

Griz Bear Comments Call Your Congressman: Support Free Competition in Currency Act

posted: 12/16/2009 8:05 p.m.

I hope you will call your U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senators and tell them to support House of Representatives bill 4248, the “Free Competition in Currency Act:

A Walk in the Park A Visit to Two More National Park Sites

posted: 12/16/2009 8:05 p.m.

There are six National Park sites in Arkansas, and we have made it a point this year to include a visit to each one.

Capitol Reports

posted: 12/16/2009 8:04 p.m.

Arkansas was among the first states to receive federal stimulus grants for expanding access to broadband Internet services.

Charlotte’s Corner December’s Here Already

posted: 12/16/2009 8:04 p.m.

It’s time again for a little corner of the paper that is dedicated to my thoughts and revelations. Not that there is much I can reveal, but my thoughts are at least a little entertaining.

Students recognized for study in JBU’s advanced degree program

posted: 12/16/2009 8:03 p.m.

The following students have been named to John Brown University’s President’s and Dean’s List of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program.

Decatur teams drop games at Lincoln last week Tuesday

posted: 12/16/2009 8:03 p.m.

Arriving for a game with only six healthy players is a bad sign, especially going up against the defending conference champions.

Gentry, Greenland split wins

posted: 12/16/2009 8:02 p.m.

Gentry teams split a win and a loss in play against Greenland on Friday night.


posted: 12/16/2009 7:53 p.m.

Claudia Mae Duncan, 97, of Gentry, died Dec. 13, 2009, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital, Siloam Springs.

Arkansas names new offensive coordinator

posted: 12/16/2009 7:19 p.m.

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino didn’t waste any time naming his next offensive coordinator.

Crop loss estimate remains $309 million

posted: 12/16/2009 7:13 p.m.

As Arkansas producers near 100 percent completion of their harvest, the estimated losses from this year’s rain remains at $309.3 million, according to a report issued by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture economists.

Haak Family of Gentry named Arkansas’ Farm Family of Year

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

Bill and Delia Haak of Gentry are Arkansas’ 2009 Farm Family of the Year. The Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Committee announced the award Dec. 11 at a luncheon honoring the county and district Farm Families of the Year.

Staying warm and safe in case of a heating emergency

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

When severe winter storms put home heating systems out of commission, families should be equipped to stay warm — safely, said Doug Petty, Miller County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

County officials levy 2009 taxes

posted: 12/16/2009 7:11 p.m.

Justices of the Peace passed an appropriation ordinance levying 2009 tax rates on to the Quorum Court during last week’s Committee of 13.

Projects come up for vote

posted: 12/16/2009 7:10 p.m.

More than $9 million in building projects will be decided during Thursday night’s meeting of the Quorum Court.

Benton County emergency director resigns position

posted: 12/16/2009 7:10 p.m.

Marshal Watson, director of Benton County’s Department of Emergency Management resigned Tuesday after seven years with the county.

Foreclosure activity mixed in Northwest Arkansas area

posted: 12/16/2009 7:09 p.m.

Foreclosure activity continues to slow in Benton County — down 28.7 percent in November compared to a year ago — while Washington County reported 41.9 percent more foreclosure filings during the same period, according to Realtytrac.

Colcord boys, girls off to slow starts

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

The ongoing basketball season is proving to the coaches at Colcord High School that their players are shaping up and learning from past mistakes.

Engineers sprint past Foyil

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

The Watts Engineers continued to their hot start to the 2009-2010 season Monday with a convincing 66-48 win against Foyil, Okla.

Council Committees Discuss Many Topics; Face Budget Challenge

posted: 12/16/2009 7:06 p.m.

The Gravette City Council Committee of the Whole met Thursday evening, December 10, and discussed the following items:

Baptist Church Community Dinner Is This Sunday

posted: 12/16/2009 7:06 p.m.

First Baptist Church in Gravette announces they will hold a Community Christmas Dinner Sunday, December 20, at the church located on Highway 72 west, 305 Main S.W., in Gravette.

Bullard Murder Trial Continues This Week

posted: 12/16/2009 7:06 p.m.

The trial of Joel Bullard who is accused of killing his half-brother, Darrell Bullard, in late summer, 2006, continues this week in Bentonville.

Some Surprises In Favorite Tunes For Christmas

posted: 12/16/2009 7:05 p.m.

A recent poll taken by pollster Zogby International ranked the favorite Christmas tunes selected by more than 2,300 persons polled.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 12/16/2009 7:04 p.m.

Charles Sandlin Charles K. Sandlin, 67, of Bentonville, died Monday, December 7, 2009, in Fayetteville. He was born December 14, 1941, in Hiwasse, the son of Edward and Daisy Thomas Sandlin.

JBU Receives High Mark From American Enterprise Institute

posted: 12/16/2009 7:04 p.m.

The “Brown Bulletin” , a publication of John Brown University, reports the American Enterprise Institute ranks JBU with “the highest graduation rate in the state of Arkansas among colleges and universities in the “Competitive” or above categories.

Senior Center Report

posted: 12/16/2009 7:03 p.m.

There are many homebound seniors who receive Meals on Wheels.

Off The Cuff

posted: 12/16/2009 7:02 p.m.

You see the words on this page practically every week: “Let Us Hear From You” . And, it’s true, we really like to get letters.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 12/16/2009 7:02 p.m.

Our cold weather has continued. We even had a few snow flurries Wednesday morning. Some of our winds feel as if they’re blowing straight off the North Pole.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 12/16/2009 7:01 p.m.

How come some folks seem to just float through bad times and others, me, have to flail around, call paramedics and pay the vet?

Letter To The Editor-

posted: 12/16/2009 7:01 p.m.

Dear Editor, When it comes to competitive sports, we can easily get so caught up in winning that we forget about something more important than the final score: displaying good sportsmanship.

Mom’s Home Cooking Sets The Standard

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

Editor’s Note: Although Thanksgiving has come and gone and this column by Marie Putman appeared in the Rogers Hometown News at that time, the subject of food is always appropriate, so we’re reprinting it.

Hiwasse News

posted: 12/16/2009 6:59 p.m.

We extend sympathy to the Sandlin family. Charles grew up in Hiwasse and attended school in Hiwasse and Gravette.

Mt. Pleasant News

posted: 12/16/2009 6:59 p.m.

On November 21 the Edgmon kids, Phyllis, Bill, Linda, Wilma, Edie, Beverly, Scott, Paula and Julie spent the weekend in Mossville, AR, at our great-uncle Jess Edgmon’s place.

Contestants Sought For State Beef Ambassador

posted: 12/16/2009 6:58 p.m.

The Arkansas Cattlewomen’s Association announces its 2010 Arkansas Beef Ambassador Competition for youth between the ages of 9 and 20.

Bella Vista PTO Adopts New Slogan For New City

posted: 12/16/2009 6:57 p.m.

Bella Vista Property Owners Association has announced its new slogan: “Bella Vista Village. . . . Embrace the Good Life.” The slogan was selected from 419 ideas submitted by residents. The submissions had been narrowed to 57 and later to four.

Bryce Graves Is Honored As OCH Employee of the Year

posted: 12/16/2009 6:57 p.m.

Bryce Graves has been named 2009 Employee of the Year at Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette.

Prairie Grove Just Too Much

posted: 12/16/2009 6:56 p.m.

There is a method to the frenzied Prairie Grove pressure defense, even if it looks out of control at times.

Extension Agent Gives Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes During Frigid Winter Weather

posted: 12/16/2009 6:56 p.m.

Frozen or broken water pipes can cause damage to homes during extreme cold and homeowners should take stepstoensuretheirplumbing is safe, said Doug Petty, Miller County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Maysville News

posted: 12/16/2009 6:44 p.m.

We have sure had cold, wet weather this week. At least we had sunshine for part of Sunday afternoon. Weather man says a cold blast is coming in for a few days.

Wednesday, December 9

Dinner Theater:

posted: 12/09/2009 10:39 a.m.

The Decatur Assembly of God Sixth Annual Dinner Theater, featuring the comedy “The Money in Uncle George’s Suitcase,” will begin on Dec. 11.

Parade set for Friday

posted: 12/09/2009 10:38 a.m.

Santa Clause is lined up, and candy, apples and oranges are ready and waiting to be passed out to children at Friday’s Christmas Parade, Chamber of Commerce president Royce Johnson said at Monday’s meeting.

FFA funds stolen

posted: 12/09/2009 10:38 a.m.

Approximately $3,500 to $4,000 — the proceeds of the FFA sausage, bacon and chicken fundraiser — was stolen from the Decatur High School agricultural building over Thanksgiving break, according to police reports.

Legler earns certification

posted: 12/09/2009 10:37 a.m.

Teacher Kristen Legler recently earned her National Board Certification in early- and middle-school music.

Joint committee to plan Barbecue, Bulldog days

posted: 12/09/2009 10:36 a.m.

Chamber of Commerce members and Parks and Recreation Committee members agreed to appoint a committee of three persons from each organization to further discuss the possibility of combining the Decatur Barbecue and Bulldog Days into a two-day event.


posted: 12/09/2009 10:36 a.m.

The Decatur High School FCCLA will be passing a Christmas stocking at the Dec. 12 junior high basketball game to collect money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Grant received to manage trees in cities of Gentry, Springtown

posted: 12/09/2009 10:35 a.m.

Gentry and Springtown will be the beneficiaries of a $15,000 matching grant obtained by the Illinois River Watershed Partnership through the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

Council restrains action to outlaw tethering of dogs

posted: 12/09/2009 10:34 a.m.

A proposed ordinance restricting the restraint of dogs to stationary objects was returned to committee by the city council Monday after a motion to suspend the rules and read by heading only for passage of the ordinance was withdrawn.

City budget approved

posted: 12/09/2009 10:34 a.m.

City council members on Monday amended the 2009 budget to reflect 2009 expenditures and adopted a new budget for 2010.

Council amends police taser policy

posted: 12/09/2009 10:33 a.m.

City council members on Monday night unanimously approved a resolution amending the city’s policy regarding the use of tasers by the Gentry Police Department.


posted: 12/09/2009 10:32 a.m.

Gentry Christmas Parade “A Christmas to Remember” is the theme of this year’s Gentry Christmas parade set for 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12.

Local health care CEO speaks out:

posted: 12/09/2009 10:32 a.m.

As the CEO of a local health care system, including Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette, Paul Taylor has a unique perspective on health care reform and, more specifically, the need for a public option.

WEEKLY DEVOTION Do You Trust the Son?

posted: 12/09/2009 10:31 a.m.

“After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 12/09/2009 10:30 a.m.

Susie Barnes, 67, of Colcord, Okla., died Nov. 28, 2009, in Colcord.

A Second Opinion A Palin Adventure

posted: 12/09/2009 10:29 a.m.

I have a confession to make. I went to Sarah Palin’s book signing at the Fayetteville Sam’s Club on Thursday with hopes of actually meeting her and maybe getting her picture.

A Walk in the Park A Rowe Thanksgiving through Bo-Bo’s Eyes

posted: 12/09/2009 10:29 a.m.

(Note: This week’s column was written (well, sort of) by our chocolate lab, Bo; AKA, Bo-Bo, Bo Boy, Bo-Rowe, and Sonny Bo No.) I have been part of the Rowe family for less than a year, so last weekend was my first experience with their big annual family Thanksgiving celebration.

Griz Bear Comments Modern Day Parable of Sorts: He Who Has Ears to Hear ....

posted: 12/09/2009 10:28 a.m.

From time to time I receive e-mail messages which truly are to the point and hit the nail on the head, so to speak.

Thermostats approved, county imaging costs

posted: 12/09/2009 10:27 a.m.

At the recommendation of Gentry Mayor Wes Hogue, council members approved the expenditure of up to $2,000 from $12,000 in unspent budgeted funds to replace and install new programmable thermostats in the renovated Gentry Public Library to better regulate heating and cooling and, hopefully, reduce utility costs in the building.

Lowe, Cozens to wed in January

posted: 12/09/2009 10:27 a.m.

Natasha Lynn Lowe and Andrew Paul Cozens, both of Conway, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Lady Pioneers fall to Lady Panthers

posted: 12/09/2009 10:26 a.m.

When it comes to the Benton County Invitational, Siloam Springs has been pretty automatic for a while now.

Siloam Springs beats Gentry in game two

posted: 12/09/2009 10:26 a.m.

After getting bounced by Farmington 53-31 in a nonconference game Tuesday at Panther Arena, the Siloam Springs Panthers returned to their home court and knocked off previously undefeated Gentry 60-41 in the boys semifinals of the Benton County Invitational.

Local players make all-tournament

posted: 12/09/2009 10:25 a.m.

Gentry senior high boys finished in third place in the Benton County Tournament held in Siloam Springs last week.

Gravette outscores Decatur girls

posted: 12/09/2009 10:24 a.m.

A big second quarter from Gravette allowed the Lady Lions to pull away from the Decatur Bulldogs 60-44 in a senior girls game Monday at the Benton County Invitational at Panther Arena.

Cheerleaders take second at state

posted: 12/09/2009 10:23 a.m.

The senior high cheerleading squad took second place in the 4A school division at state competiton in Hot Springs on Saturday.

Siloam woman recalls ‘Day of Infamy’

posted: 12/09/2009 10:22 a.m.

The sound of feet running down the hall roused Jackie Siering from her sleep.

County health offices plan 2nd set of flu clinics

posted: 12/09/2009 10:22 a.m.

County health units in Northwest Arkansas are among state Department of Health affiliates statewide that are gearing up for a second round of mass flu clinics despite an anticipated shortage of volunteers.

Amphitheater coming to area

posted: 12/09/2009 10:21 a.m.

A longplanned outdoor amphitheater will be built next year between Tontitown and Siloam Springs, the operations manager said Friday.

Dual personalities:

posted: 12/09/2009 10:21 a.m.

Arkansas is home to two animals that share the name daddy longlegs, but are very different creatures, said John Hopkins, extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Time to order, plant fruit and nut trees running out

posted: 12/09/2009 10:20 a.m.

If you are planning to add fruit or nut trees or small fruits (blueberries, blackberries or muscadines) to your garden, time is rapidly running out, says Dr. Obadiah Njue, Extension horticulture specialist with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Cooperative Extension Program.

U of A Division of Ag trains National Guard for project to rebuild Afghan farms, economy

posted: 12/09/2009 10:19 a.m.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture teamed with the Arkansas National Guard to train a Guard Agricultural Development Team in advance of a year-long mission to help Afghanistan rebuild its farms and economy after decades of conflict.

2009 harvest nearly complete

posted: 12/09/2009 10:19 a.m.

The 2009 harvest in Arkansas is nearly complete, with growers gathering in more than half their soybeans and more than three-quarters of their cotton from the fields since the start of November.

Flu shots to be offered Friday

posted: 12/09/2009 10:18 a.m.

Everyone can receive a vaccine for the H1N1 swine flu and seasonal flu this Friday, until supplies run out.

Job fair coming to Siloam Springs

posted: 12/09/2009 10:17 a.m.

More than 1,000 jobs will be sought after during the upcoming job fair Dec. 18.

Parade Is Saturday

posted: 12/09/2009 10:16 a.m.

The Gravette High School Marching Band, the Color Guard, floats and other entries are readying for the annual pre-Christmas parade which will kick off at noon this Saturday, December 12.

Roads to Learning

posted: 12/09/2009 10:15 a.m.

The accompanying photos show work progressing on two new roads at the Gravette downtown school complex.

Local Students Receive Foundation Awards At UofA

posted: 12/09/2009 10:15 a.m.

Two students from Gravette who are students in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas have been awarded scholarships by the Arkansas Farm Bureau for the 2009-2010 school year.

Senior Center Report

posted: 12/09/2009 10:14 a.m.

Congratulations to Tammy Bass! Tammy won the beautiful handmade Gravette Lions afghan that was crocheted and donated by Sue Rice.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 12/09/2009 10:13 a.m.

Carroll Lowe Carroll Lowe, 83, of Gravette, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Quail Ridge Living Center in West Siloam Springs, OK.

Off The Cuff

posted: 12/09/2009 10:12 a.m.

The sky was hidden with a gray blanket; there was an unusual crispness in the air; a breeze, not especially strong, stroked the flesh but delved deeper into the bones.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 12/09/2009 10:12 a.m.

The bone-chilling cold of approaching winter has set in and there’s a layer of ice on our outdoor water buckets these mornings but it doesn’t seem to have put a damper on the holiday spirit.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 12/09/2009 10:11 a.m.

Ho! Ho! I’m getting the spirit of the season. If you don’t think we should call the tree we bring into our homes a Christmas tree, you should stop reading here.

Gravette Letters To The Editor-

posted: 12/09/2009 10:11 a.m.

Dear Editor, The Gravette Athletic Boosters would like to thank the volunteers and businesses that helped make the football concessions a success over the past football season. Without their help and support it would not have been possible.

But Now It’s Leaves and Gutters

posted: 12/09/2009 10:10 a.m.

I thought springtime and summer were my busiest months, with gardening, canning and yard work.

Maysville News

posted: 12/09/2009 10:09 a.m.

The weather seems like winter for a few days and it will probably stay that way for a while. After all it is December. We are about ready to start a new year.

Hiwasse News

posted: 12/09/2009 10:09 a.m.

Blake Belts is nursing a broken ankle. We wish him a speedy and complete recovery.

Coach Mobley Inspires His Lions Destructive Crew At Gravette High

posted: 12/09/2009 10:08 a.m.

Editor’s Note: After the successful football year under coach Bill Harrelson, we reprint the following story about the Lions’ defensive coordinator Duke Mobley which appeared in a recent issue of the Benton County Daily Record.

GHS Band Members Take All-Region Orchestra Honors In Fort Smith Competition

posted: 12/09/2009 10:08 a.m.

Three members of the Gravette High School band recently qualified for the North Arkansas All-Region Orchestra.

IN OLD TOWN PARK - Steps Taking Giant Steps

posted: 12/09/2009 10:07 a.m.

Persons who visit Old Town Park are able to see progress on the restoration of the historic steps that lead from the top of the hill near Highway 72 to the bottom in the tree shaded park valley.

FFA Booster Club Elects Officers For The Year

posted: 12/09/2009 10:06 a.m.

A meeting of the FFA Booster Club was held Tuesday, November 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gravette High School Agriculture Department.

Boys, Girls Both Win County Tournament Games

posted: 12/09/2009 10:05 a.m.

Gravette Lady Lions toppled the Decatur Lady Bulldogs 60-44 in the opening round of the Benton County Tournament last Monday at Siloam Springs.

Vultures, Common In Area, Can Cause Many Problems

posted: 12/09/2009 10:04 a.m.

Vulture replicas are more than just a scary Halloween decoration for some Arkansas home- and farm-owners.

Pee Wee Basketball Report

posted: 12/09/2009 10:04 a.m.

Saturday Gravette pee wee teams hosted Gentry. Game one of the day was won by Gentry’s fourth grade B girls, 6 to 4.

Lady Lions Defeat Berryville; Boys Lose

posted: 12/09/2009 10:03 a.m.

Gravette finished with a bang last Tuesday night.

Wednesday, December 2

December Twelfth Christmas Parade Plans Progressing

posted: 12/02/2009 2:24 p.m.

“Join us for the parade!

Library Progress

posted: 12/02/2009 2:23 p.m.

The Gravette Public Library recently entered a new era with an extensive remodeling of the building and the recent hiring of a new library manager.

Council Committee Faces Heavy Agenda

posted: 12/02/2009 2:23 p.m.

Gravette City Council will hold their December Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday, December 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the City Hall.

The Nutcracker Presentations Will Be This Weekend

posted: 12/02/2009 2:22 p.m.

A holiday tradition continues for a fifth year when the Classical Ballet Academy performs The Nutcracker, showcasing the most promising young dancers in northwest Arkansas.

JBU Announces Candlelight Service

posted: 12/02/2009 2:22 p.m.

John Brown University will hold its 68th annual Christmas Season Candlelight Service next Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, December 10, 11 and 12.

Senior Center Report

posted: 12/02/2009 2:21 p.m.

The holiday season is in full swing now.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 12/02/2009 2:21 p.m.

Edmondson Marguerite Marguerite Minerva Edmondson, 93, of Jay, OK, died Tuesday, November 24, 2009, at Grove (OK) Nursing Center.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 12/02/2009 2:20 p.m.

That did it. I am plumb aggravated and it took a bunch to get me here but I am firmly here!

Off The Cuff

posted: 12/02/2009 2:20 p.m.

It’s been longer than we anticipated that we publish a story about the reopening of the Gravette Public Library.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 12/02/2009 2:20 p.m.

We’re heading in to the last month of 2009 and we echo the thoughts of a friend who said Sunday, “My, where has this year gone?”

Letter To The Editor-

posted: 12/02/2009 2:19 p.m.

Dear Editor, The Gravette Church of Christ would like to thank all who helped to make the first annual community Thanksgiving dinner a great success.

Hiwasse News

posted: 12/02/2009 2:18 p.m.

Robert Paul and Amanda Hamilton and children spent Thanksgiving in Ada, OK, with her family.

Maysville News

posted: 12/02/2009 2:18 p.m.

The weather seems to be changing. It was cold Sunday with a rain mist falling. Guess we can expect this. It is the end of November so the winter months are coming.


posted: 12/02/2009 2:17 p.m.

“Hey!” Uncle Ray’s voice was as crisp as the November morning. “You dug your long johns out of storage yet?”

Calf Demonstrations Will Be Held For Beef Cattlemen

posted: 12/02/2009 2:17 p.m.

Beef cattlemen are advised live calf demonstrations will be held at the River Valley Beef Cattle Conference scheduled February 16 at the I-40 Livestock Auction in Ozark, AR.

Library Reopens, Redecorated and Improved; New Library Manager Named

posted: 12/02/2009 2:14 p.m.

A “Grand Reopening” was held at the Gravette Public Library several weeks ago with many activities throughout the day.

Importance Of Breakfast Stressed By Nutritionist

posted: 12/02/2009 2:14 p.m.

Studies show breakfast makes better students, according to Dr. Rosemary Rodibaugh, extension nutrition specialist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Bears, Although Rare, Can Pose Serious Problems

posted: 12/02/2009 2:13 p.m.

Black bears, though not common in the immediate area, have been sighted but they are more prevalent in the eastern part of Benton County.

Barbecue, Bulldog Days merger possible

posted: 12/02/2009 1:51 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Committee members agreed at Monday night’s meeting that they would be willing to hold Bulldog Days on Aug. 7, the day after the traditional date for the Decatur Barbecue.

4-H members awarded

posted: 12/02/2009 1:51 p.m.

On Monday Nov. 16, the Decatur 4-H Club held its annual 4-H Achievement Banquet at the Decatur Community Building.

ATV Rodeo:

posted: 12/02/2009 1:50 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Committee members are looking at June 12 as a possible date for next year’s ATV Rodeo, but the committee has not decided if the event will include a truck or tractor pull.


posted: 12/02/2009 1:48 p.m.

Falling Springs Christmas Program The Falling Springs Church will hold its annual Christmas Program at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5.

Blood drive set for Dec. 17

posted: 12/02/2009 1:47 p.m.

A blood drive will be held from 11 a.m., until 5 p.m., Dec. 17 at the Simmons Foods offices in Decatur, located at 250 North Main Street.

Gentry teams beat Lincoln

posted: 12/02/2009 1:46 p.m.

Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams picked up wins at their Nov. 24 non-league contests at Gentry High School.

Little Debbie car visits Gentry store

posted: 12/02/2009 1:45 p.m.

The Little Debbie No. 47 JTG/Daugherty Racing Toyota Camry made a special appearance at the Little Debbie Bakery Store in Gentry.

Firefighters celebrate 30 years

posted: 12/02/2009 1:45 p.m.

The Highfill Fire Department will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special catered dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with all Highfill Fire Department personnel, past and present — along with their families — invited to the event.

Man dies in cycle crash

posted: 12/02/2009 1:44 p.m.

A Southwest City, Mo., man was killed after losing control of his motorcycle and hitting an SUV Saturday night.


posted: 12/02/2009 1:43 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.

Flu vaccinations to be offered

posted: 12/02/2009 1:43 p.m.

Residents of Benton and Washington counties will be able to get H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines Dec. 11 and 12.

‘Christmas to Remember’ theme for annual Gentry parade and entertainment

posted: 12/02/2009 1:42 p.m.

It will be “A Christmas to Remember” on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the annual Gentry Christmas celebration sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce.


posted: 12/02/2009 1:41 p.m.

“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:21

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 12/02/2009 1:41 p.m.

Christopher Cary Asencio, 52, of San Antonio, Texas, died Nov. 22, 2009, at his home.

Griz Bear Comments I’m Not Opposed to Change if I Don’t Have to Deal With It

posted: 12/02/2009 1:40 p.m.

In addition to telling me quite frequently that I am a bit stubborn and set in my ways, Mrs. Griz sometimes tells me I’m just opposed to change. But that’s just not true.

A Walk in the Park On Top of the World at Paris

posted: 12/02/2009 1:39 p.m.

As a follow up to spending my anniversary weekend at deer camp, my husband recently took me to Paris.

Capitol Reports Teaching Arkansas History Taken Up at Capitol

posted: 12/02/2009 1:39 p.m.

A lingering dispute over the teaching of Arkansas history has spilled over from academia to the halls of the state Capitol.

Paper ballots will be on hand for 2010 elections

posted: 12/02/2009 1:38 p.m.

Paper ballots will be available to anyone who wishes to use one during the 2010 elections.

Gifted and Talented program seeks to serve individual needs

posted: 12/02/2009 1:37 p.m.

The programs in the Gentry Public Schools are built on a fundamental belief in serving the needs of all students as unique individuals.

Decatur ‘s Uplist announced

posted: 12/02/2009 1:36 p.m.

Students on the Northside Elementary School’s November Moving Up List were announced at the Nov. 20 Bulldog Pride assembly.

Local census jobs available

posted: 12/02/2009 1:36 p.m.

In preparation for the 2010 Census, the United States Census Bureau is hiring local workers and will be testing applicants in Decatur and Gentry this week.

New Web site launched for newspapers

posted: 12/02/2009 1:35 p.m.

A redesigned Web site and new Internet address was unveiled Tuesday for five daily newspapers and 12 other publications owned by Northwest Arkansas Newspapers LLC.

Holiday sales taxes help cities, counties

posted: 12/02/2009 6 a.m.

City and county officials are hoping strong retail sales during the holiday shopping season boost lagging sales taxes.

Rogers Museum tours to continue through Jan. 2

posted: 12/02/2009 6 a.m.

The sounds of Christmas carols echoed throughout the Rogers Historical Museum on Sunday.

Tax credits encourage weatherizing homes

posted: 12/02/2009 6 a.m.

People can now weatherize their homes and be rewarded for their efforts. According to the Internal Revenue Service, homeowners making energy-saving improvements this fall can cut their winter heating bills and lower their 2009 tax bill as well.

Risk still high for car-deer collisions

posted: 12/02/2009 6 a.m.

They may look cute and appealing as they graze on the roadside, but don’t be fooled — deer can cause injury and even death for Arkansas motorists.

Bentonville parade to follow different route this year

posted: 12/02/2009 6 a.m.

This year’s Bentonville Christmas Parade boasts 94 entries, a few changes and additions, parade officials said.

Lady Bugs:

posted: 12/02/2009 6 a.m.

If large numbers of lady beetles gather around the home, it may be a sign of a multicolored Asian lady beetle infestation, said Dr. John Hopkins, extension urban entomologist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.