Wednesday, November 25

Griz Bear Comments Hunting, Somehow It’s Gotten Into My Blood

posted: 11/25/2009 7:08 p.m.

With fall here, I can’t help but want to spend time out in the field hunting. It’s an urge I feel each year when the leaves turn and the cool winds begin to blow through the trees and rustle the fallen leaves on the ground.

Many schools offer holiday week off

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner doesn’t change much from year to year, but the number of days public school students take off for Thanksgiving is changing.

WEEKLY DEVOTION Why Do People Not Come To Jesus?

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

No one likes to have his deeds exposed as evil and wrong. Rather, we would prefer to justify our actions and keep our sins and shortcomings hidden and out of sight.

Jolly Good Times Club Makes Plans For Christmas Event

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with four members and one guest, Charlie Griffin, present.

DECATUR COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Dinner The Decatur Assembly of God will be offering free Thanksgiving meals from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on Thanksgiving Day.

Wellness Secrets welcomes new staff

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Wellness Secrets in Decatur welcomes a new director, Mary Fisher, and a new registered nurse, Anne Marie Scott, to its staff.

Flint Creek Power Plant honored with business Golden Paddle Award

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Flint Creek Power Plant was honored with a Golden Paddle Award at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s annual stakeholders meeting Nov. 10 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.

Committee OKs addition to jail

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

An addition to the Benton County Jail will provide space for 144 prisoners and lessen overcrowding issues. The project involves construction of a minimum security barracks.

Turkey questions?

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Although Americans are eating more turkey, for many roast turkey is still a once-a-year meal and a lack of familiarity with the bird can lead to questions about cooking.

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Doyle Meloy Barnett, 92, died Nov. 3, 2009, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla, Wash.

Bisbee talks building plans for county

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee expects two meetings next week will lay groundwork for initiating a building plan for the county.

Letters to the Editor

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Dear Editor: My son, Luke Garrett, who lives in Centerton, has been collecting toys and other items to take to the Navajo reservation in Arizona in December.

School district countersues:

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The Decatur School District filed a counterclaim to former superintendent Dave Smith’s lawsuit against the district on Sept. 24, according to court records.

Gleamers 4-H Holds Banquet

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

On Monday, November 9, the Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club had their annual awards banquet and monthly meeting at the Gravette Upper Elementary.

A Walk in the Park Resolving a 30-year Conflict at Deer Camp

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

I don’t have to tell those of you who keep up with such things that a recent weekend marked the opening of modern gun deer hunting season.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

We’ve been having lovely clear days and cold nights with a heavy frost Thursday morning and a light rain on Friday.

Officials eye lowering millage by 1/10th of a mill

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Benton County justices of the peace approved a millage change during Thursday night’s Quorum Court meeting that will result in a one-tenth of a mill decrease in taxes collected in 2010.

Gentry overpowers Decatur on the court

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The Gentry Pioneers dominated the court Friday night in a decisive 85-32 victory over the Decatur Bulldogs.

Off The Cuff

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

THIS is the week IT usually starts. “It” is the Battle of the Bulge. And “This” is Thanksgiving week, the week that begins the holiday season which extends into and past Christmas.

Students Food Pantry Project

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The Third Grade Student Ambassadors are surrounded by boxes of food collected during the food drive at Gravette Upper Elementary School.

School - City Cooperation Is Lauded

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette City Council Thursday night took no official action on agenda items other than referring them to the next meeting of the Committee of theWhole scheduled December 3.

Nations Veterans Are Honored At Middle School Assembly

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

On Wednesday, November 11, students, faculty and parents of Gravette Middle School held an assembly to honor our nation’s heroes on Veteran’s Day.

Hospital Old Timers Announce Next Meeting In January

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The Gravette Medical Center Old-Timers met on Wed., November 18, at The Main Cafe in Gravette and as always a good visit was had by all attending. Our special visit was with Dr. Billy Hall, who stopped by for a little while.

Senior Center Report

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Just a reminder, we will be closed this Thursday and Friday to give our employees and volunteers time off to spend with their families in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Start Making Plans For Christmas Parade

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Churches, organizations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to plan floats and entries in Gravette’s annual Christmas parade.

Maysville News

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

We are having nice November weather but it may change soon.

Hiwasse News

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Ladies Win Over West Fork; Boys Drop Game

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

West Fork had problems getting going during a foulplagued first half, but the Tigers had no trouble in the second half Monday night.

Tethered dogs could be outlawed

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The property and building code enforcement committee is recommending that a new ordinance be drafted banning the keeping of dogs tethered in a fixed location.

When mold grows in homes:

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

One disadvantage of modern construction is our predilection for airtight facilities.

Lions Ended Season Friday Night

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The fog and a chill in the air at Lion Field may have been prophetic for the Lions Friday night as they dropped their second playoff game to the Heber Springs Panthers 42-7.

Video and consignment shop opened in Decatur

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Chris and Jennifer Bean recently opened Bulldog Video and Consignment Shop on Main Street in Decatur.

Lions and Lady Lions Drop Openers To Siloam Springs

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

With experience, talent and a Division I signee in the post, the Siloam Springs girls basketball team is primed for a big season.

Crop-loss estimates continue to climb

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The estimated crop loss for the rain-damaged 2009 harvest so far has risen to $309 million, not including lost wages of about $83 million due to the decline in nearly 3,000 full-and parttime agriculture-related jobs, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture said.

Land tract division approved

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

The planning and zoning commission gave its approval to a division of land belonging to Nathan Hawkins and located along Arkansas Highway 59, south of Gentry city limits but within Gentry’s planning area.

Mayor to present budget Monday

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

After numerous meetings with the council and council committees looking for ways to pare back the city’s draft 2010 budget, Gentry Mayor Wes Hogue will present his budget to the full council at a special meeting on Monday night.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Many a day I wish I was rich and right instead of so handsome.

Gravette Students Take Awards In Essay Contest

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Two Gravette Middle School students were named winners in the Bella Vista VFW Patriot Pen essay contest.

Pioneer Press revived after 14 years

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

For the first time in 14 years, Gentry High School has published its school newspaper, the Pioneer Press.

GENTRY COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.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.

Blood drive set for Monday

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, at the Church Of God in Christ Mennonite, 10770 N. Bloomfield Road, Gentry.

Adams takes Honor Flight to Memorial

posted: 11/25/2009 6 a.m.

Ray Adams, of Gentry, was one of 91 World War II veterans on board the first Honor Flight to leave the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport on Oct. 17.

Wednesday, November 18

Trash rates to increase

posted: 11/18/2009 6:12 p.m.

In January Decatur residents will see a 3-percent increase on their trash rates as part of the city’s five-year contract with Roll-off Service, Inc.

Decatur Schools said to be ‘unofficially’ off the hook

posted: 11/18/2009 6:11 p.m.

Not only has the Decatur School District as a whole made a financial turn around, the school’s food service department is now operating in the black.

Building inspector, Simmons at odds over inspection issues

posted: 11/18/2009 6:11 p.m.

City building inspector Ray Adams appeared at the Nov. 9 city council meeting to inform the council that Simmons Foods has not submitted complete plans for its Decatur pet food plant, now under construction, and is not cooperating with his attempts to do annual safety inspections on the existing poultry processing plant and hatcheries.

DECATUR COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 11/18/2009 6:09 p.m.

Christmas Parade The annual Christmas parade will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 11.

Staff bonus proposal out of place

posted: 11/18/2009 5:49 p.m.

Proposed bonuses for Gentry school employees were not taken up by the school board on its Monday agenda.

Highfill reviewing budgets for 2010

posted: 11/18/2009 5:48 p.m.

The town council reviewed a proposed budget presented by Highfill Mayor Chris Holland at its Nov. 10 council meeting and held a work session with department heads on Thursday to see if there were other cuts which could be made to the proposed budget before it is brought back to the council at its December meeting.

Coffee still hot in Gentry despite the cool economy

posted: 11/18/2009 5:48 p.m.

Though economic times may be a bit tough, two Gentry gourmet coffee shops are still brewing a variety of specialty coffees for local residents.

GENTRY COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 11/18/2009 5:47 p.m.

City Office Holiday Schedule City Offices will be closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day and on Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gifted and Talented collecting toys for children’s Christmas

posted: 11/18/2009 5:47 p.m.

Students in the Decatur School’s gifted and talented classes are working with the Ozark Guidance Center to collect toys for children in need at Northside Elementary School as a part of the annual Christmas Assistance Program.

WEEKLY DEVOTION Believers Not Condemned

posted: 11/18/2009 5:46 p.m.

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already,because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18 Why is it that some will be saved and have everlasting life in heaven and others will be condemned to everlasting torment in hell?

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 11/18/2009 5:45 p.m.

Ronald Dean Davis, 65, of Edmond, Okla., died Nov. 9, 2009, at Oklahoma City after a brief illness.

Griz Bear Comments Attending the 4-H Awards Banquet

posted: 11/18/2009 5:44 p.m.

I really can’t say enough good things about our local 4-H programs. The 4-H clubs and activities are nothing but a positive influence on the local children and youth who participate, teaching them ethics, work values and skills which will be of benefit to them for a lifetime.

A Walk in the Park Toppled Oak Opens Door to the Past

posted: 11/18/2009 5:44 p.m.

One of the neat results from our zigzagging across the state to see all the parks is that I have become more familiar with names of small Arkansas towns.

Capitol Reports Arkansas Works Provides Career Coaches to High Schools

posted: 11/18/2009 5:43 p.m.

Beginning in January, high school guidance counselors in 58 Arkansas school districts will get a helping hand from career coaches.

A Second Opinion I Hate to Think It Could Close

posted: 11/18/2009 5:43 p.m.

Every time the issue of closing the city swimming pool comes up in city council, I can’t help but write an editorial.

Flat-rate on agenda for Highfill’s water

posted: 11/18/2009 5:42 p.m.

The way in which the town of Highfill calculates charges for its water customers may soon change if a new ordinance is passed when it comes back to the council at its December meeting.

Highfill purchases mini-tractor, patrol truck

posted: 11/18/2009 5:42 p.m.

Town council members approved two major purchases for Highfill at the Nov. 10 council meeting — a compact tractor with attachments and a new police vehicle.

Christmas lighting contest start soon

posted: 11/18/2009 5:41 p.m.

All Gentry businesses, schools and government offices are being invited to participate in this year’s Christmas lighting contest. The Gentry Chamber of Commerce will present $100 to the best decorated business.

AEP, NWTF form partnership to improve more wildlife habitat

posted: 11/18/2009 5:40 p.m.

Approximately 60,000 acres of wildlife habitat in 11 states will improve thanks to a partnership between American Electric Power and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Committee hears need for drug -treatment facilities

posted: 11/18/2009 5:40 p.m.

Testimony on Friday centered around the need for drug-treatment facilities and the difference they make in the lives of recovering addicts.

Wellness-focus carrying some weight

posted: 11/18/2009 5:39 p.m.

Like so many other employers across the country, Benton County officials saw their health-care costs skyrocketing several years ago and knew something had to give.

Smith is new director for Migrant Education Program

posted: 11/18/2009 5:38 p.m.

Clara Smith is the new director of the Migrant Education Program at the Decatur School District.

NWACC reaching goals

posted: 11/18/2009 5:37 p.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Community College is making progress in meeting its two-year goals for the student community, the college’s board heard Monday.

Every apple has a flavor all its own

posted: 11/18/2009 5:36 p.m.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” or so the old saying goes.

Arkansas County added to federal fire ant quarantine

posted: 11/18/2009 5:36 p.m.

Arkansas County in southeast Arkansas is now part of the federal fire ant quarantine, bringing to 34 the number of quarantined counties in state.

Results of Tip-Off Classic

posted: 11/18/2009 5:34 p.m.

Both the Pioneers and the Lady Pioneers are off to a strong start on the basketball court, each team picking up three wins at the Pioneer Tip-off Classic held in Gentry last week.

Meet the Bulldogs event held in Decatur on Friday

posted: 11/18/2009 5:34 p.m.

A meet the Bulldogs night was held on Friday to introduce the seventh and eighth grade, junior and senior high girls and boys basketball teams to the community.

Calls In The Wild:

posted: 11/18/2009 5:32 p.m.

The buck deer trotting across a rural highway near Hogeye is the trophy of hunters’ dreams and the reason Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Wildlife Office Kevin Eubanks was on patrol early Saturday morning, the opening day of modern gun deer season.

Stunt pilot crashes in Siloam Springs field

posted: 11/18/2009 5:31 p.m.

A pilot of a stunt plane was injured when it crashed into a field next to a model airplane airstrip in south Siloam Springs on Nov. 10.

Local Home Sales Rally

posted: 11/18/2009 5:29 p.m.

Local home sales rallied in October as first-time buyers rushed to close deals ahead of the federal tax credit expiration previously set for November.

Long-range planning:

posted: 11/18/2009 5:28 p.m.

Members of the Benton County Long Range Planning Committee for Real Estate voted to move forward on a building plan Thursday.

Cargill to vaccinate sows

posted: 11/18/2009 5:27 p.m.

Cargill plans to vaccinate 120,000 sows primarily in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma against the H1N1 virus, according to company spokesman Mark Klein.

Cornish game hen sales dampened

posted: 11/18/2009 3:52 p.m.

John Robert Hart of Prairie Grove makes his living raising Cornish game hens for Tyson Foods, in addition to operating a small dairy farm.

Bloomfield 4-H holds awards banquet

posted: 11/18/2009 3:52 p.m.

On Monday, Nov. 9, the Bloomfield 4-H Club held its annual 4-H Achievement Banquet in the Gentry High School Cafeteria, with approximately 100 members and guests in attendance.

Firm a victim of lies, Simmons chief says

posted: 11/18/2009 3:51 p.m.

The chairman of Simmons Foods on Nov. 9 said his company’s portrayal of itself as a good environmental steward helps “combat the folks who are lying about us.”

Reward jumps for missing women

posted: 11/18/2009 3:50 p.m.

The family of two women missing since June increased a reward for information about their whereabouts, a family member said Monday.

County’s stray dog problems continue

posted: 11/18/2009 3:50 p.m.

Stray dogs in Benton County are a huge problem, County Judge Dave Bisbee said. And the county isn’t quite sure how to tackle it.

GHS Band Is A Winner

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette’s Marching Lions Band continues to entertain the crowds at Gravette football games. And these performances have not been their only activities during the past several months.

Christmas Parade Will Be Held December 12

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette’s annual Christmas parade will be an event of Saturday, December 12, according to the Chamber of Commerce which sponsors the annual event.

AG Issues Advisory On Internet Drug Purchases

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert last week warning Arkansans of the risks of buying H1N1 (swine flu) treatments over the Internet.

R & R Solutions Remembers Veterans On Their Special Day

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

The dozens of employees at R & R solutions in Gravette gathered around the display of ser vice flags last Wednesday to honor veterans who have served our nation.

Holiness Bible School Plans Gravetteopoly Fund Raiser Project

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

The Holiness Bible School in Gravette announces a new fundraising project: Creation of a board game, “Gravetteopoloy” , which will be “all about our town,” said April McCall, a Bible School spokesperson.

Thanksgiving Dinner At Maysville This Saturday Evening

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

Residents of Maysville and the area will celebrate Thanksgiving with a community-wide Thanksgiving dinner this Saturday evening, November 21, at the Maysville Community Building.

A Canadian Adventure

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

Jerry and I went on a 10-day trip to eastern Canada in September.

KCS Holiday Express Is Coming To Siloam Springs

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

In its ninth annual run, Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express train will bring Santa Claus and his elves to Siloam Springs Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. at the railroad tracks on Jefferson Street. Access to the Holiday Express train is free and open to the public.

Senior Center Report

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

There is still time to donate to our “You CAN Make a Difference” fundraiser.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

We had another full week of warm, sunny weather before rain returned on the weekend.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

How many times have you told your ‘younger’ to be careful when they are tagging calves? Did they listen to the wise old wisdom from their learned and leathery patriarch? And you are shaking your head in a negative, aren’t you?

Hiwasse News

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

Sympathy is extended to the Hutcheson- Keith families in the loss of their loved one.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

Michael Gibson Michael Eugene Gibson, 58, of Gravette, died Friday, November 13, 2009, in Gravette. He was born May 20, 1951, in Neosho, MO, the son of Elton and Pauline Vance Gibson.

Maysville News

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

We sure got the rain Sunday. It rained hard all afternoon. Guess it won’t hurt anything. Suppose to be a cold front moving in.

The Toe’s The Thing!

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

Bill Harrelson had a feeling his defense would step up after a disappointing loss last week.

Benton County 4-Hers Receive Many Awards At Annual Banquet

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

The Benton County 4-H Foundation held their annual 4-H Achievement Banquet recently at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

Glenn Duffy Elementary Nine Weeks Honor Roll Members Announced

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the first nine weeks at Glenn Duffy Elementary School has been released by school administrators.

Gravette Letter To The Editor-

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

Dear Editor, For some reason I was thinking about that old and famous quote, “Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you.” I believe this is not true - and I’m speaking from only personal experience.

Cheerleaders Plan Drop-Off

posted: 11/18/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette High School Cheerleaders will hold a “Daycare Dropoff” on Friday, November 27, from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Thursday, November 12

Decatur teachers celebrate success

posted: 11/12/2009 6 a.m.

Teachers at Northside Elementary school received T-shirts from the Decatur Education Foundation as a reward for the hard work they did to raise the school’s math and literacy scores.

Local projects make progress

posted: 11/12/2009 6 a.m.

In recent years, anxious for the completion of some highway public-works projects that promise to make driving easier and/or safer, many county residents have learned to virtually recite a list of road projects the state has worked on in Benton County.

County’s first convenience center opens

posted: 11/12/2009 6 a.m.

If it was an exam day, then Benton County officials would receive high marks for the county’s first convenience center.

Authorities: County jails free of H1N1 virus

posted: 11/12/2009 6 a.m.

Neither the Benton County Jail nor the Washington County Detention Center has had any cases of H1N1, authorities said last week.

Wednesday, November 11

GENTRY COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

City Office Holiday Schedule City Offices will be closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day and on Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bill announced to honor U.S. Cold War Veterans

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine ), Jim Webb (D-Va.), and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) introduced the Cold War Service Medals Act of 2009, bipartisan legislation to authorize the secretaries of the military departments to award Cold War Service Medals to American veterans.

Christian Church Announces Plans For Cookie Walk December 6

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Ladies of the First Christian Church in Gravette will hold their first Cookie Walk Sunday afternoon, December 6, starting at 12:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

Plans Progress For Sulphur’s Special Events

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Everyone in Sulphur Springs is invited to help plan two special upcoming events sponsored by the Sulphur Springs Special Events, Inc. committee.

City pool:

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

According to financial reports, the Decatur city swimming pool lost $9,463 this summer, a drain on the budget that council members are not sure the city can afford next year.

Hiwasse News

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

DaleLynn and Lamarise Carrier were in Wichita, KS, on Saturday visiting with Belle Puryear and her granddaughter Tiffany who was visiting from California.

Decatur schools seeing few flu-like cases since vaccines

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

There have not been a lot of absences in Decatur schools due to flu-like symptoms in the past several weeks, according to school nurse Jackee Eaton.

Arise! Cry Out! event set for Saturday

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Arise! Cry Out!, a worldwide prayer event, sponsored by Moms in Touch International, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Magazines Are Being Collected For Service Personnel

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Collection of magazines to send to service personnel in Afghanistan is underway, a project started by Charlene Burbee of Bella Vista.

Civil War Heritage Trail Meeting Is Scheduled

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The N. W. Arkansas Civil War Heritage Trail will meet November 16 at 7 p.m. at the Latta Barn at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park.

School Receives Check

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette Public Schools recently received a $5,000 check from the Bentonville Wal-Mart Transportation Office, which is part of Wal-Mart’s commitment to education.

Genealogical Society To Meet

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society will meet Monday, November 16, at 6 p.m. at the Bentonville Public Library.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

I made a trip back to my old stomping grounds, but not for pleasure.

Hunting Season Information

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Following are the 2009-1010 deer season hunting dates for Zone 1, which includes all of Benton and parts of Carroll, Washington and Madison Counties, and Zone 1A, parts of Washington and Carroll Counties.

Area Residents May Be Due IRS Tax Refunds

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The names of 73 Benton County residents are on the IRS list of “undelivered” income tax refund checks, according to David Stell, IRS spokesperson for Arkansas, stationed in Oklahoma City.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

God’s Salvation from Certain Death “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

OAS packs Christmas shoeboxes

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Ozark Adventist School in Gentry celebrated its fall festival Thursday, Oct. 29, by packing 100 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse.

Committee discusses combining festivals

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Solutions for Bulldog Days and ideas for a truckand-tractor pull and ATV Rodeo were discussed at Monday’s Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.

A Walk in the Park Needed Plan, New Year at Hand

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

A few months back, I wrote about six-word stories and asked readers to write their own and send them to me.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

I love my little town of Gentry, Ark.

ADEQ will fine Decatur for its sewer overflows: The only question is: How much?

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The city of Decatur will face fines from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality because of sewer line overflows after heavy rains in October, Mayor Bill Montgomery reported at Monday’s city council meeting.

DECATUR COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

City Office Holiday Schedule City Offices will be closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day and on Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Season Over

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Gentry defeated. Mission accomplished for Huntsville.

Gravette Letters To The Editor

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Dear Editor, We would like to say a big thank you to everyone in the community involved with the hospital fall festival trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Maysville News

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

We have sure had nice weather temperature wise.

Arrests Are Made In Local Armed Robbery

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Authorities have arrested two men in connection with a July armed robbery in Gravette.

Northside Elementary Up Lists for months of September and October

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The Northside Elementary School Up List for September and October includes students who have done exceptionally well academically.

Winning streak snapped:

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Colcord saw its four-game winning streak snapped at home last Friday against Tahlequah Sequoyah, however a new season awaits the Hornets on Friday.

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Floyd Freddie Keigley Floyd Freddie Keigley, 83, of Colcord, Okla., died Nov. 5, 2009, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Decatur hires new police officer

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

A new officer, Chuck Eggbrecht, recently joined the Decatur Police Department.

Pioneer Pride Party deemed a big success

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The Gentry Band Boosters’ first annual Pioneer Pride Party was a big success, thanks to sponsors, parent volunteers, participating band students and the community.

Chamber sets Christmas Parade, Santa visits, contests

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

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

Hadley Thanks All Who Made Grandparent’s Day A Huge Success

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Grandparents Day was observed recently at the Gravette schools and several grandparents gathered at the Upper Elementary School to enjoy breakfast with their grandchildren.

Mt. Pleasant News

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Last week we at Mt. Pleasant had a revival and what a great four days it was.

Senior Center Report

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Several fundraisers are in progress to benefit the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center.

Lions Ready For Play-off With Valley View; Game At Lion Field Starts At 7:30 p.m.

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Thomas Soehner scored three times and Prairie Grove returned two interceptions for touchdowns late as the Tigers stunned the Gravette Lions 44017 on Friday in 4A-1 Conference action.

MORE CUTS:

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The mayor and city council have been going line-by-line through the mayor’s draft budget for 2010 and cutting expenses where they can to come up with a budget which not only stays within projected incoming revenue, but allows a little room for the unexpected.

Griz Bear Comments Stop the world; I want to get off!

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Does anybody else out there ever feel like saying, “Stop the world; I want to get off” ?

Abnormal rains cut into bottom line for farmers

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

A wetter-than-normal growing season has cut into Arkansas’ farm receipts by more than $224.8 million as of Nov. 1, according to a preliminary report issued by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

County fire vehicle assessment to begin

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Starting early this week, all of the county’s fire engines will be evaluated as the county develops a plan for purchasing new engines, said Marshal Watson, director of the Department of Emergency Management.

Pageants Saturday At Gravette High

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette High School’s reigning Mister and Miss GHS will relinquish their titles this week at a pageant to be held on Saturday. Miss GHS, Kaitlynn Britton, is a junior and the daughter of Jim and KellyBritton.Mr.GHSLincoln Parker is a senior and the son of Doug and Tammy Parker.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

We’ve had a week of warm, sunny weather, a welcome change after our unusually wet summer.

Capitol Reports Budget Cuts and Adoptions

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The state Board of Correction has imposed $6.3 million in spending cuts, which will postpone the opening of a unit for inmates with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.

Hospital has quit testing for H1N1

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

The 2009 H1N1 flu has become prevalent enough that Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital no longer tests everyone who might have the virus.

Garlic: Plant, eat and enjoy

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

With Halloween gone and the danger of vampires presumably past, fall is prime time for planting garlic.

Fall leaves mean extra work

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Fall foliage is beautiful — until it has to raked or removed from the gutters.

Rain raises worries about hay’s quality

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

There’s been too much of a good thing for the state’s hay producers: water.

Schools promoting reading with new electronic readers

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Students in Decatur High School’s Advanced Placement English class are the first in the district to try new Sony Readers, allowing students to read digital e-books for their class assignments instead of traditional paper books.

Meet the Bulldogs Night:

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

A Meet the Bulldogs Night, to introduce the 2009-2010 Decatur basketball teams starting with seventh grade, followed by the junior and senior high team, is set for 6:30 p.m., Nov. 13.

NONSUPPORT: Judge sets her sights on nonsupporting parents

posted: 11/11/2009 6 a.m.

Circuit Judge Robin Green had a simple message Thursday for parents accused of failing to pay child support.

Thursday, November 5

Mr./Miss Pageants Scheduled At GHS

posted: 11/05/2009 6 a.m.

The Gravette High School Parent-Teacher Organization announces plans for the annual Mr. and Miss GHS Pageant which will be held Saturday, November 14, at the Performing Arts Center.

Thespians To Present Alice In Wonderland

posted: 11/05/2009 6 a.m.

A cast of 19 players will present Lewis Carroll’s family classic “Alice in Wonderland” this weekend, November 7 and 8, at the Gravette High School Performing Arts Center.

Hiwasse News

posted: 11/05/2009 6 a.m.

Sympathy is extended to the VanHorn family. They formerly lived in Hiwasse.

City of Decatur Issues Sewer Bonds To Cover Leak Problem

posted: 11/05/2009 6 a.m.

The City of Decatur has voted to approve issuance of $947,000 in water-sewer revenue bonds to finance design and construction corrections in their city’s new wastewater treatment plant. The action was taken by the City Council at a recent meeting.

Wednesday, November 4

Football season ends with sigh

posted: 11/04/2009 3:19 p.m.

The Decatur Junior Bulldog football season ended with a sigh.

New tire shop open in Decatur

posted: 11/04/2009 3:19 p.m.

A new business, Decatur Tire and Auto, recently opened on Main Street here.

Decatur Barbecue and Bulldog Days could be combined

posted: 11/04/2009 3:18 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Committee members attended Monday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting to discuss the possibility of combining Bulldog Days and the Decatur Barbecue into one festival.

Chamber make plans for coming Christmas parade

posted: 11/04/2009 3:18 p.m.

This year’s Christmas parade, planned for Dec. 11, will feature a float-decorating contest for school organizations and $200 in prize money for the best float.

Revival set for Baptist Church

posted: 11/04/2009 3:17 p.m.

The Decatur First Baptist Church will be holding revival meetings with guest evangelist Pastor Mitch Jackson Nov. 7 through 11.

It’s time to clean chimneys

posted: 11/04/2009 3:14 p.m.

Fire chief David Flynt would like to remind residents to clean their chimneys and check their smoke alarm batteries.

DECATUR COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 11/04/2009 3:14 p.m.

Revival Meetings The Decatur First Baptist Church will be holding revival meetings presented by Pastor Mitch Jackson on Nov. 7-11. The schedule of services will begin on Nov. 7 with a youth indoor olympics at 3 p.m., followed by a mini-concert at 6:30 p.m.

Council approves more tuck-pointing at library

posted: 11/04/2009 3:13 p.m.

City council members on Monday approved the budgeted expenditure of $19,600 to tuck-point the westside wall of the renovated Gentry Public Library building.

Two wrecks in a week:

posted: 11/04/2009 3:12 p.m.

The curve on Arkansas Highway 12 at East Dawn Hill Road, just east of Gentry, was the scene of two accidents in less than a week involving tractor-trailer rigs.

Solution sought to unwanted papers

posted: 11/04/2009 3:11 p.m.

City council members on Monday directed city attorney Jay Williams to look into ways the council could take action to prevent companies from throwing non-subscription advertisement papers into yards and driveways within the city.

GENTRY COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 11/04/2009 3:10 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.

Microchips to be made available to Gentry pet owners

posted: 11/04/2009 3:10 p.m.

A microchip identification program will be made available to pet owners in the city of Gentry.

Fall book fair, yard sale set at TL&M

posted: 11/04/2009 3:08 p.m.

Talbot Library and Museum, 500 So. Colcord Ave., Colcord, Okla., will be hosting a Fall Book Fair and Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. There will also be bluegrass music by the well-known Flint Hill Ramblers Band from noon to 2 p.m. Chili dinners will be for sale as well.

Gentry City Council approves final plat, parking restrictions and three new street lights

posted: 11/04/2009 3:08 p.m.

City council adopted an ordinance accepting the final plat of the Matthews Investments, LLC, addition to the city of Gentry.

Trial for dad who fired shots pushed back to later date

posted: 11/04/2009 3:07 p.m.

George David Reed’s jury trial didn’t take place last week.

Turner enlists in National Guard

posted: 11/04/2009 3:06 p.m.

Private Payton Turner of Gentry recently enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard.

Quorum Court could add 2 in 2012

posted: 11/04/2009 3:06 p.m.

In 2012, the Benton County Quorum Court will likely add two members with the certification of the 2010 census.

Many U.S. Senate candidates already running for office

posted: 11/04/2009 3:05 p.m.

Numerous U.S. Senate candidates have already announced for Arkansas’ 2010 U.S. Senate race.

Doctors Caucus weighs in on health-care debate

posted: 11/04/2009 3:04 p.m.

In a GOP Doctors Caucus hearing last week, U.S. Rep. John Boozman, RArk., an optometrist, and other Republican House members in the healthcare profession offered their knowledge of health care.

Veterans training bill headed to House

posted: 11/04/2009 3:04 p.m.

The Veterans Affairs Committee passed the Veterans Retraining Act of 2009, introduced in February by U.S. Rep. John Boozman, R-Ark.

WEEKLY DEVOTION How Can These Things Be?

posted: 11/04/2009 3:03 p.m.

“Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 11/04/2009 3:02 p.m.

Leonard L. Hilterbrand Leonard L. Hilterbrand, 90, of Grove, Okla., formerly of Gravette, died Oct. 28, 2009, at the Grove General Hospital in Grove. He was born June 9, 1919, in Kansas to James Hilterbrand and Maude King Hilterbrand.

Gentry Births

posted: 11/04/2009 3:02 p.m.

Brayden Wayne Atchison Carissa and Nick Atchison of Westville, Okla., announce the birth of a son, Brayden Wayne Atchison on Oct. 22, 2009, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital in Siloam Springs.

Agriculture’s women ask the best questions

posted: 11/04/2009 3 p.m.

After local producers received a recent newsletter regarding management practices dealing with fescue toxicity, it’s no surprise that I received a few questions about it.

JBU renewable energy instruction expanded

posted: 11/04/2009 3 p.m.

John Brown University added a renewable energy concentration for engineering majors beginning fall of 2009.

Agreement reached to open China market to U.S. pork

posted: 11/04/2009 2:59 p.m.

China agreed Thursday to reopen its market to U.S. pork and live swine, remove barriers for American firms to China’s growing clean energy market, and clamp down on Internet piracy at the 20th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Hangzhou, China.

ADEQ encouraging backyard composting

posted: 11/04/2009 2:58 p.m.

Have a rake and a yard full of leaves? Then start composting.

Griz Bear Comments Changes at the Newspaper and Carrying a Big Stick

posted: 11/04/2009 2:57 p.m.

So, how will the big newspaper merger in northwest Arkansas affect the Gentry and Decatur papers? That’s a question I’ve heard from a number of readers over the past week.

A Walk in the Park Talk with Centurian Makes Her Day

posted: 11/04/2009 2:56 p.m.

Last Sunday we had the fortunate opportunity to sit down and talk with a woman who recently celebrated her one-hundredth birthday.

Capitol Reports Managing Veterans’ Affairs

posted: 11/04/2009 2:56 p.m.

About 260,000 veterans of the Armed Forces live in Arkansas and 50,136 veterans or their spouses receive disability compensation or pension payments.

Pioneer Basketball Tip-Off Classic for 2009 to begin next week

posted: 11/04/2009 2:55 p.m.

The Tip-off Classic is set for next week at Gentry High School. Following is a schedule of games released to the Courier-Journal :

Gentry one step closer to postseason

posted: 11/04/2009 2:54 p.m.

The Gentry Pioneers gave their playoff hopes a major boost Friday.

GIS honor rolls released

posted: 11/04/2009 2:53 p.m.

Gentry Intermediate School has released its honor rolls for the first nine weeks of the 2009-2010 school year.

Parents invited to take survey

posted: 11/04/2009 2:53 p.m.

Parents of Gentry students have been asked to participate in an online survey to gain insight into parents involvement in the schools and the education of their children.

CHARLOTTE’S CORNER

posted: 11/04/2009 2:52 p.m.

This time of the year means slowing down in the lawn mowing department. Of course, all the rain we got this month kept us from mowing lawns, too. One thing I like about this time of the year is that the road department mows the edges of the road all the way to the fences, which makes the roads look so nice. What could be better than that?

Two local women publish story in a devotional book

posted: 11/04/2009 2:51 p.m.

Two local women, Charlotte Robinson and Yer Moua, wrote a short story together that was recently published in a women’s devotional book Sanctuary, finding sanctuary for the soul in the presence of God.

Zonar installed in Decatur buses

posted: 11/04/2009 2:50 p.m.

School officials used federal stimulus dollars to install Zonar, a transportation safety system, in all Decatur school buses.

Lawsuit Filed Against City

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

The City of Gravette is facing a lawsuit filed by Eugene Sawkill, City Attorney Tom Smith has informed the Gravette City Council.

OPINION?

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

The old cow swung her head around and almost knocked the air out of old Dog. He couldn’t help himself, just had to get up close and personal with the stink he thought he could smell on the cow’s shoulder.

Bella Vista Kiwanians And Legion Hear Sales Tax Info

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

Bella Vista Kiwanis Club will meet Thursday, November 5, at 7 a.m. at the Bella Vista Country Club where breakfast is off the menu and is Dutch treat.

The Times: Letter To The Editor-

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

Dear Editor, Gravette American Legion Post 24 will be posting the “Avenue of Flags” in Hillcrest Cemetery on Veterans Day.

Maysville News

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

We are having beautiful weather. Hope it continues for a while.

Jolly Good Times Club Changes Meeting Date For Thanksgiving Dinner

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Wed., October 28, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with three members and one guest, Jean Brawner, present.

Senior Center Report

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

Several raffle fundraisers are in progress to benefit the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. The first one is the “You CAN Make a Difference” fundraiser.

Gravette High DECA Students Attend Fall Leadership Conference Held In Rogers

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

The students’ journey began with a tour of the Wal-Mart distribution center and ended with the students meeting at the Embassy Suites hotel in Rogers.

Lions Win Big At Berryville; Prairie Grove Here This Friday

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette coach Bill Harrelson said a few weeks ago that backup quarterback Colton Davis would help the Lions win a game later in the season.

Reception To Honor Darline Galyean On Ninetieth Birthday

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

A reception in honor of Darline Poe Galyean of Hiwasse, celebrating her ninetieth birthday, will be held Saturday, November 14, at the Hiwasse Christian Church Fellowship Hall.

Merger Of Newspapers Is Finalized

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

The Justice Department has closed its investigation relating to failing newspapers in Northwest Arkansas, clearing the way for a joint venture to move forward, officials of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Inc.

Gravette High Honor Roll Announced

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the first nine weeks at Gravette High School has been released by school administrators.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

Another cloudy, rainy week was capped with a beautiful sunny weekend. Colorful leaves continue to tumble down.

Call Them What They Really Are: They’re Terrorists

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

When I was a kid growing up in the Ozarks everyone knew who our enemies were — Nazis, communists — and it wasn’t illegal or unpopular to point out those living in America who were enemy sympathizers.

Plans Are Shaping Up For Summer Baseball, Softball

posted: 11/04/2009 6 a.m.

Officers for the Summer Baseball/Softball season have been elected and are gearing up for next summer’s program, said Debbie Skinner, communications’ website manager for the organization.