Thursday, October 29

Highfill Education Club meets

posted: 10/29/2009 4:32 p.m.

The Highfill Education Club met Oct. 19 at 1221 E. Main in Gentry

Decatur’s new wastewater plant

posted: 10/29/2009 4:07 p.m.

The new wastewater treatment plant, which has been up and running since June, uses state-ofthe-art equipment and new technology to turn raw sewage into clean creek water.

City considering belt-tightening measures for 2010 budget

posted: 10/29/2009 4:05 p.m.

Though in better shape than many cities, Gentry council members meeting as the finance committee are looking for ways to do some belt-tightening on the city’s 2010 budget.

Merger approved:

posted: 10/29/2009 4:04 p.m.

The merger of the two largest newspaper operations in Northwest Arkansas will be completed Sunday.


posted: 10/29/2009 4 p.m.

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

Writers’ group meeting at the Decatur library

posted: 10/29/2009 3:55 p.m.

A new writers group, Creators Café , will be meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Iva Jane Peek Library on the first Thursday of the month starting on Nov. 5.

First annual Pioneer Pride Party to benefit Gentry School Bands

posted: 10/29/2009 3:54 p.m.

The first annual Pioneer Pride Party is a community event presented by the Gentry Band Boosters and is set for 4:30 until 9:30 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31, at the new Chicken Coop Pavilion in Gentry.

Cheerleaders win first competition

posted: 10/29/2009 3:52 p.m.

Gentry High School Cheerleaders opened up their competition season with a win Saturday at Bentonville High School.

Capitol Reports State Government Budget Cut

posted: 10/29/2009 3:51 p.m.

State government’s budget for the current fiscal year has been cut 2.2 percent because tax revenue has slowed during the current economic recession.

A Walk in the Park How do brooms do that? A phenomenon for this time of year

posted: 10/29/2009 3:32 p.m.

“Can I take a look at your broom?” my son-in-law David asked Friday evening just after he, Andrea, and the boys had arrived at our house for dinner.

Griz Bear Comments Canoeining in the Moonlight: A Fall Story by Griz Bear

posted: 10/29/2009 3:32 p.m.

During the time I spent in northern Minnesota — now many years ago — I gained a love for canoeing, though I must admit that I haven't had the opportunity much since leaving Minnesota because I don't own a canoe.

Pioneers get needed win on homecoming

posted: 10/29/2009 3:27 p.m.

Coach Brian Little told his players to break the season into three parts and his Gentry Pioneers started that third phase with a bang.

Amendment to keep pocket knives legal

posted: 10/29/2009 3:26 p.m.

An amendment U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor helped add to a Homeland Security appropriations bill will keep pocketknives from being classified as switchblades, he said.

Arise, Cry Out event set for Nov. 14 near Cherokee City

posted: 10/29/2009 3:22 p.m.

Arise! Cry Out! a world-wide prayer event sponsored by Moms in Touch International, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 14, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, west of Gentry, near Cherokee City.

Wet weather affecting area’s fall-born calves

posted: 10/29/2009 3:20 p.m.

The prolonged wet weather is causing calf scours to become a problem in fall-born calves, according to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Scours is a broad, descriptive term referring to diarrhea. It’s not a specific disease with a specific cause, but rather a clinical sign of a disease complex with many possible causes.

Arkansas lottery tickets thwart potential cheaters

posted: 10/29/2009 3:01 p.m.

Last week’s arrest in Little Rock of a Camden woman accused of trying to cash a doctored lottery ticket simply reinforced for Arkansas Lottery Commission Executive Director Ernie Passailaigue what he called a simple truth: The tickets are smarter than criminals.

Homespun advice from a veteran county agent

posted: 10/29/2009 2:36 p.m.

Forage producers continue to maneuver equipment between spastic rainfall patterns, cooler temperatures and the first killing frost in an attempt to salvage the last hay harvest. Other than frost, the other hurdles have been present all season, making this one of the most unusual years on record.

Winners named in the flower arranging contest at state fair

posted: 10/29/2009 2:36 p.m.

Adults and young people from across Arkansas gathered Oct. 10 in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Arkansas State Fair to compete in the Floral Express Flower Arranging Contest.

Fall Festival Is Scheduled At Grade School

posted: 10/29/2009 2:34 p.m.

The annual Fall Festival at Glenn Duffy Elementary School will be a special event this Friday evening, October 30, at the school.

Smith Returns As Fire Chief

posted: 10/29/2009 2:33 p.m.

David Smith, a one-time Chief of the Gravette Volunteer Fire Department, was again named Chief at a meeting of the City Council Thursday night. He had formerly served several years as Chief.

Bible Missionary Church Announces Revival

posted: 10/29/2009 2:33 p.m.

The Bible Missionary Church of Gravette announces revival services beginning Friday, October 30, and continuing through Sunday, November 8, with Evangelist Wayne Stracener, missionary to the Philippines, as speaker.

Sulphur Chamber Announces Events For Halloween

posted: 10/29/2009 2:33 p.m.

Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce will sponsor “Halloween in the Park” for kids and other events Saturday, October 31. Activities will start at 5 p.m.

Farmers’ Market Is Closed But Some Vendors May Be Present

posted: 10/29/2009 2:29 p.m.

Although the Gravette Farmers’ Market has officially closed for the season, vendors who have pumpkins and other seasonal items may have their wares for sale at the market Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Gravette Halloween Events

posted: 10/29/2009 2:27 p.m.

A Fall Festival including a free chili supper will be held Saturday afternoon, October 31, at the Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette.

Krueger-Jordan - Garrett Exchange Wedding Vows

posted: 10/29/2009 2:26 p.m.

Ashlie Lorane Krueger-Jordan and Blake Andrew Garrett were united in marriage Saturday, October 10, 2009, at the Decatur Community Center. Rev. Lowell Bradley, great-uncle of the groom, officiated.

Lunch Menus

posted: 10/29/2009 2:24 p.m.

Week of November 2 - 6 Breakfast Pre-K - 12th Monday: French toast bites, milk, fruit juice.

Phone And E-Mail Scam Advisory

posted: 10/29/2009 2:24 p.m.

Rogers Police issued warnings on two possible scams Monday, both asking for bank card numbers.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 10/29/2009 2:24 p.m.

Clayton Taylor, Sr. Clayton Daniel Taylor, Sr., 43, of Sulphur Springs, died Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born August 23, 1966, in Oahu, Hawaii, the son of Jack and Gladys Rotrammel Taylor.

Senior Center Report

posted: 10/29/2009 2:23 p.m.

The Center will hold a “You CAN Make A Difference ” food drive and raffle to benefit the Center.

Letters To The Editor-

posted: 10/29/2009 2:21 p.m.

Dear Editor, An Open Letter to our Local, State and Federal Representatives We the People put you in office.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 10/29/2009 2:20 p.m.

I had to call the Fish and Game Dept. this morning to inquire as to the bag limit of snakes.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 10/29/2009 2:19 p.m.

We are on a steady march from autumn into winter and subtle changes in the weather forewarn us of the transition.

Off The Cuff

posted: 10/29/2009 2:19 p.m.

Now that the recovery seems to be perking along (that’s according to the socalled experts) we should all be able to relax and get back into the swing of “everything’s rosy; there’s a chicken in every pot.” Duh!

Postmaster Urges Drivers To Use Care To Prevent Accidents With Postal Vehicles

posted: 10/29/2009 2:18 p.m.

Gravette postmaster Gerald Garner reports the U. S. Postal Service is concerned about a recurring problem of postal patrons hitting postal vehicles.

Sports Schooting Program Is Considered At Gentry School

posted: 10/29/2009 2:18 p.m.

The possibility of Gentry school adding a sports shooting program was given the nod of approval by the school’s board of education.

Taylor Eaton Is State Poster Winner; Other Local Winners Are Announced By Legion

posted: 10/29/2009 2:17 p.m.

Gravette American Legion Post announces winners in its annual “War on Drugs” poster contest. The Post also announced a poster by a Gravette student placed third in state competition.

Hiwasse News

posted: 10/29/2009 2:17 p.m.

There are two events coming up this weekend.

Mt. Pleasant News

posted: 10/29/2009 2:16 p.m.

Vern and Gloria Laughlin spent the weekend of October 18 in Carrollton, TX, with daughter Kasey States and family.

Maysville E. H. Club Meeting Report

posted: 10/29/2009 2:16 p.m.

The October 22 meeting of the Maysville E. H. Club was called to order by the president, Orpha Wardlaw.

Local FFA Students Host Leadership Conference

posted: 10/29/2009 2:15 p.m.

Gravette High School Future Farmers of America Chapter recently hosted a Leadership Workshop with State FFA President Mike Norton and FFA Officer Candidate Steven Hutter as guest presenters at the all-day event.

Parents Urged To Help Teens Learn Safe Driving Skills

posted: 10/29/2009 2:14 p.m.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year-olds in the United States — and in Arkansas the statistics are even more dismal.

Joshua Lockhart’s 4-H Project Aids School

posted: 10/29/2009 2:14 p.m.

Joshua Lockhart, an eighth grader at Gravette Middle School, is shown presenting supplemental learning materials for use in Glenn Duffy Elementary, Gravette Middle School and Gravette Upper Elementary.

There Are Spooks Galore In This 4-H Haunted House At Hiwasse

posted: 10/29/2009 2:13 p.m.

A Haunted House located off Galyean Stable Road near Hiwasse is sponsored by the Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club.

New Bridge Scheduled For Benton County Road

posted: 10/29/2009 2:12 p.m.

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has opened bids for improvements to a roadway in Benton County, according to Commissioner Dick Trammel of Rogers and Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee.

Miscues Figure In Friday Night Loss To Shiloh Christian

posted: 10/29/2009 2:12 p.m.

What was supposed to be a game to decide supremacy in the 1-4 A Conference turned into another Shiloh Christian blowout win on Friday night.

New Gravette Water Bill Information Released; Will Not Be Used Until November Billing Date

posted: 10/29/2009 2:11 p.m.

Gravette water customers will soon be receiving their monthly statements in a new format, according to Mayor Bill Howard.

Honey Creek Wind Turbine Power Project Two Year Data Study Nearly Half Completed

posted: 10/29/2009 2:10 p.m.

The transmission infrastructure already exists for a proposed wind farm in western Benton County, which means its Kansas-based developers shouldn’t have a problem shipping energy generated there, according to the project’s developer.

Wednesday, October 28

WEEKLY DEVOTION: How is one born again?

posted: 10/28/2009 3:25 p.m.

“... Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God... Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:3,5

Assessors monitoring property tax appeal

posted: 10/28/2009 3 p.m.

Jeff Wyant’s persistence helped convince the Benton County Equalization Board to lower his real estate’s value from $301,150 in 2005 to its current $100,300.

Schools are $400,000 ahead of last year

posted: 10/28/2009 1:33 p.m.

Financial statements show the Decatur School District is about $400,000 ahead of where it was in September of 2008.


posted: 10/28/2009 1:32 p.m.

Creators Cafe Creators Cafe, a creative writing group, will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m., on the first Thursday of the month, beginning Nov. 5, in the Iva Jane Peek Library. Activities will include reading and writing poetry, discussions of famous poets and their work, challenges, slam and stand up, and contests and prizes. For more information, contact Lisa Brown at 212-0311.

Building permits to be required in Springtown

posted: 10/28/2009 11:22 a.m.

Building permits will be required in Springtown to erect a new building or make modifications to existing buildings within the town’s limits.

Highfill Education Club meets and attends sewing workshop

posted: 10/28/2009 11:21 a.m.

The Highfill Education Club met Oct. 19 at 1221 E.

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 10/28/2009 11:20 a.m.

Alice Lorena “Babe” Hester, 100, of Gentry, died Oct. 21, 2009, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab.

Monday, October 26

Justice Department concludes investigation into newspaper merger

posted: 10/26/2009 6 p.m.

The merger of the two largest newspaper operations in Northwest Arkansas will be completed Sunday.

Department of Justice approves newspaper merger

posted: 10/26/2009 6 p.m.

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

Wednesday, October 21

Flu shots given at schools

posted: 10/21/2009 3:17 p.m.

Students in the Decatur High School were the first in Benton County to receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccinations on Monday.

Council adopts emergency plan

posted: 10/21/2009 3:16 p.m.

City council members voted to approve a resolution adopting the Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan of Benton County Arkansas at the Oct. 12 meeting.

Overflowing sewers cause stink for city

posted: 10/21/2009 3:16 p.m.

Sewer line overflows, like the one that occurred in Decatur last week, are fairly common after a large rainfall, according to Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality spokesperson Aaron Sadler.

First Baptist Church to celebrate 140th

posted: 10/21/2009 3:15 p.m.

On Oct. 7, 1869, thirteen members of the United Church of Corner Springs formed the Corner Springs Baptist Church.


posted: 10/21/2009 3:14 p.m.

Creators Cafe Creators Cafe, a creative writing group, will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m., on the first Thursday of the month, beginning Nov. 5, in the Iva Jane Peek Library.

Schools could add shooting program

posted: 10/21/2009 3:12 p.m.

School Board members on Monday night gave their nod of approval for the district to further investigate the feasibility of adding shooting sports to the school’s activity offerings.

Highfill policing to collect sales taxes

posted: 10/21/2009 3:11 p.m.

The town of Highfill is beginning to police for the proper collection of sales and use taxes on products delivered within the city.

Arts, crafts fair held in Gentry

posted: 10/21/2009 3:11 p.m.

While arts and crafts fairs were being held across the region, a new fair was held right here in Gentry. Numerous crafters and vendors showed and sold their work in the large barn-shaped pavilion next door to the Chicken Coop Flea Market in Gentry.

Local man injured in crash with with Wal-Mart truck

posted: 10/21/2009 3:09 p.m.

A pickup truck and a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer rig had a head-on collision Thursday evening in Gentry.


posted: 10/21/2009 3:09 p.m.

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

Raffle winners drawn at Gentry’s library

posted: 10/21/2009 3:08 p.m.

Winners of the six themed baskets and one handmade quilt were drawn Oct. 16. The baskets and quilt were in the library’s booth at the fall festival on Oct. 10 and displayed in the front window of the library last week.

Gentry woman arrested on drug charges and for endangering her unborn child

posted: 10/21/2009 3:07 p.m.

Police arrested Melanie Oppenheimer, 20, of Gentry, on drug-related charges after responding to a suspicious circumstances call near her home at 200 South Giles Street on Thursday.

Gentry School Board approves the final step of bond restructure plan

posted: 10/21/2009 3:07 p.m.

The school board on Monday unanimously approved a resolution for the final step of the district’s bond restructuring program in an effort to save the district money and improve its cash flow.

Local sales taxes fall again in September

posted: 10/21/2009 3:06 p.m.

Sales and use taxes were down again in Gentry last month.

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 10/21/2009 3:05 p.m.

Addie Bluebell Adams Addie Bluebell Adams, 83, of Gentry, Ark., died Oct.


posted: 10/21/2009 3:04 p.m.

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Fire department to celebrate 30th

posted: 10/21/2009 3:03 p.m.

The Highfill Fire Department is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special catered dinner on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Griz Bear Comments: Questioning the cost for a visit to the doctor

posted: 10/21/2009 3:03 p.m.

What ever happened to the days when a doctor would bind up a fellow’s wounds and fix up his ailments and then be satisfied with a load of firewood, a chicken or two, or a quarter of a hog as payment?

A Walk in the Park: A visit to Prairie Grove’s battlefield and to Judge Parker’s courtroom

posted: 10/21/2009 3:02 p.m.

The arrival of autumn is a crisp reminder that 2009 will soon be over. With this in mind, Earl and I chose to use last Saturday to continue our year-long quest to visit all state parks and national historic sites here in the Natural State.

Capitol Reports: Student performance in Arkansas

posted: 10/21/2009 3:02 p.m.

Arkansas students scored close to the national average in mathematics on a nationwide standardized test.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Does Jesus entrust Himself to You?

posted: 10/21/2009 3:01 p.m.

“Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

Saints roll past the Pioneers

posted: 10/21/2009 2:59 p.m.

The only milestones Shiloh Christian coach Josh Floyd cares much about are state championships, but the Saints still reached a significant mark Friday.

Band advances to finals competition

posted: 10/21/2009 2:59 p.m.

The 21st annual Three-State Invitational Marching Contest, normally held at Huntsville, was held at Heritage High School in Rogers on Oct. 10, and the Gentry Pioneer Pride Marching Band was among the top six bands to advance to the finals competition.

From the coaches’ office

posted: 10/21/2009 2:58 p.m.

The Pioneers managed to play a respectable game with a very talented Shiloh team. As always, the players never gave up and continued to work on ways to improve. With Shiloh now behind us, our focus turns to Berryville. The Bobcats have just one win thus far, and according to Coach Bishop, are struggling to keep numbers up and players healthy.

Decatur Education Foundation will award 10 scholarships to 2010 Decatur graduates

posted: 10/21/2009 2:57 p.m.

Ten $500 scholarships will be available to 2010 Decatur High School graduates, members of the Decatur Education Foundation decided at their annual meeting on Oct. 14.

Flu vaccinations to be given on Oct. 30

posted: 10/21/2009 2:56 p.m.

Flu shots given during mass-dispensing clinics on Oct. 30 will be free to the public.

State seeks to get insurance reimbursement for flu shots

posted: 10/21/2009 2:55 p.m.

The state will be filing to seek reimbursements from the health insurance companies of parents who give consent for their children to get flu shots at a new flu vaccination program through public schools.

Several programs available for returning veterans

posted: 10/21/2009 2:49 p.m.

With the nation at war in Afghanistan and Iraq, making sure the troops are properly equipped and supported is an important part of the job of a federal lawmaker.

Gentry Engagements

posted: 10/21/2009 2:48 p.m.

Martin-Cunningham to wed Susan Cunningham and Alex Martin, both of Springdale, Ark., announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.

Breaking park rules could be trespassing in Highfill

posted: 10/21/2009 2:47 p.m.

Passed on its first reading by the town council was a proposed ordinance making it criminal trespass for any person to violate the park rules while in the city park.

Boozman speaks in support of immigration enforcement

posted: 10/21/2009 2:47 p.m.

In a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week, U.S. Rep. John Boozman, R-Ark., repeated his support for 287(g), the immigration-enforcement program used in northwest Arkansas.

Decatur car show results

posted: 10/21/2009 2:46 p.m.

Despite the soggy weather a number of automobile enthusiasts participated in the Bulldog Days Car Show. Following is a list of results. Corvette Show Best of show — Eric Elliot and his 2005 Corvette.

Schools report on progress

posted: 10/21/2009 2:45 p.m.

Dawn Stewart, curriculum specialist for the Decatur School District, presented the school’s annual report to the public at Monday’s town hall meeting.

Maysville News

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

We got that frost Saturday night. I’m thinking it finished my lawn mowing and I hope it did.

Student Flu Shots Scheduled

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Students in Gravette Public Schools are scheduled to receive flu shots November 9 and 10, according to Loy Bailey, director of the Benton County Health Department.

Gravette Letter To The Editor

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Dear Editor, I normally don’t write about the weather but recently I discovered, at 41 years of age, there are a lot of times that I don’t have to look out of my window to know what the clouds are saying.

Many Challenges Face Small Towns In Today’s Economy

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Recently there has been much discussion in the public arena about the effectiveness and viability of small towns.

Gambler: Use Your Head!

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Most people engage in legalized gambling for fun and entertainment without developing a gambling problem, says Rita Conley, Cooperative Extension Program family resource management specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Several from the area attended graveside services at the Bentonville Cemetery wherelittleAdrianManrriquez was laid to rest Tuesday.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Where in the world did the sunshine go and why are the trees turning colors?

Senior Center Receives Grants From State Fund

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Two checks, totaling almost $15,000, were presented to the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center by legislators from the Gravette area.

Pee Wee Basketball Sign-Up Information

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Parents who have fourth, fifth and sixth grade boys and girls who wish their children to participate in pee wee basketball may contact the following persons to sign up:

Senior Center Report

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Cooler weather is finally here.

Bah! It’s A Marvelous Technological Age!

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

I went into the computer age kicking and screaming.

Old Gymnasium Taking On New Life At Sulphur

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

One of the best kept secrets of Northwest Arkansas received national attention this past summer.

Maysville 4-H Club Has Busy Meeting

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Kate Stidham called the October 12 meeting of the Maysville 4-H Club to order. Eight members and seven adults were present.

Heritage House Will Be Held This Week At The Heritage Baptist Church

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Heritage Baptist Church in Gravette will present “Forever House” Thursday, October 22, and Saturday, October 24, between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. and invites the public to a free viewing.

Sulphur Chamber Plans Halloween For Kids

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce will sponsor “Halloween in the Park” for kids and other events Saturday, October 31. Activities will start at 5 p.m.

Sheriff’s Food Drive Barrel Located At Marvin’s Grocery

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

An annual food drive sponsored by Benton County Sheriff Keith Ferguson and his department kicked off this week with a goal to fill several green barrels that have been placed at various locations in the county.

Second Half Defense Was The Difference In Farmington Game

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Defense has been a cornerstone in Gravette’s 7-0 start this season.

Farmington Falls, 27-13, But Not Without A Fight; Shiloh Christian Just Ahead

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

With his running game going nowhere against Farmington, Gravette coach Bill Harrelson decided to switch tactics Friday night.

Upcoming Census Is Important For All Towns

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Next year, 2010, will be the year for the official U. S. Census, which is required every ten years and April 1 is the official U. S. Census date.

Gravette Notes

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette Farmers’ Market in Old Town Park will be open this Saturday, October 24, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., according to Allyson Ransom, director.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Another week with several cloud days, some rain and drizzle has meant the solar lights beside the fish pond don’t soak up much sunshine.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

Dora Boschini Dora Esther Boschini, 81, of Gravette, diedTuesday, October 13, 2009, at Northwest MedicalCenterinBentonville. She was born May 3, 1928, in Pedro, Ohio, the daughter of Basil and Sarah Ann Middleton Collins.


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It’s “Spooktacular” . That’s the best way to describe the Kelly and Keith Morgan home located on North Fork Drive, southwest of Gravette.

Off The Cuff

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

After the heavy frost Sunday morning, it followed that during the warm-up Sunday afternoon I would check out the remains of last summer’s garden.

Many Choices Are Available For Favorite Apples

posted: 10/21/2009 6 a.m.

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

Wednesday, October 14

It’s official:

posted: 10/14/2009 1:48 p.m.

It’s official. Gentry School District has been released from the fiscal distress status invoked by the Arkansas Board of Education a year and a half ago.

Flu shots coming to Gentry schools

posted: 10/14/2009 1:47 p.m.

Flu shots will be coming to Gentry schools on Oct. 26 and 27.

Light turnout but still a great day!

posted: 10/14/2009 1:47 p.m.

Though attendance may have been down a bit compared to last year, Gentry’s annual fall festival was still an enjoyable day for the many who came out for the special event.

Board expels students for 911 bomb prank

posted: 10/14/2009 1:46 p.m.

Two Gentry students were expelled from school by action of the school board at a special meeting on Monday because of a role the students are alleged to have played in the 911 calls reporting a bomb at the Gentry Middle School.


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

Flu vaccines coming to schools

posted: 10/14/2009 1:43 p.m.

The H1N1 flu vaccines will be available for the Oct. 19 and 20 flu clinics at the Decatur School Districts, but the quantities may be limited.

Mom fends off pit bull attack

posted: 10/14/2009 1:42 p.m.

When two pit bulls attacked Lisa Brown’s 12-year-old dog “Girlee,” Brown managed to defend her dog and kill one of the attackers with her bare hands.

Tia’s Office provides service to residents

posted: 10/14/2009 1:41 p.m.

DECATUR — Tia’s Office, a new Decatur business, will offer customers everything from faxes and copies, to computer classes and Spanish/English translation.


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140th Anniversary The First Baptist Church will celebrate its 140th anniversary with a special program at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25.

Vicious dogs topic of council

posted: 10/14/2009 1:39 p.m.

Lisa Brown, Leianne Harr and Sharon Brown appeared at Monday’s city council meeting to appeal for tougher restrictions on vicious dogs.

H1N1 flu vaccine arrives in Arkansas

posted: 10/14/2009 1:38 p.m.

Arkansas began receiving its first batches of the H1N1 flu vaccine last week, said Dr. James Phillips, chief of the infectious disease branch of the Arkansas Department of Health.

Proposal would cut tax revenue for cities

posted: 10/14/2009 1:37 p.m.

A proposed shift in Benton County tax levies could result in lower taxes for property owners and more money for county government. But cities in the county would receive less money as a result.

Rogers library to host German P.O.W. exhibit

posted: 10/14/2009 1:36 p.m.

The triumphs of World War II have been well documented. From “Sands of Iwo Jima” to “Saving Private Ryan,” cinemas have freely highlighted the glory of victory, the tragedy of defeat, and the epic struggle between the Allies and the Axis with a backdrop of horrific genocide now called the Holocaust.

Weekly Devotion: What Would Jesus Cast Out?

posted: 10/14/2009 1:35 p.m.

“And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

Decatur Obituaries

posted: 10/14/2009 1:34 p.m.

Elijah Daniel Bennett Elijah Daniel Bennett, 4, of Westville, Okla., died Oct. 4, 2009, in Siloam Springs, Ark.

Griz Bear Comments: Moral absolutes remain absolute, even if rejected

posted: 10/14/2009 1:33 p.m.

It always amazes me that people can be so foolish as to think they have the authority to determine what is morally right and acceptable and to speak out against and attempt to silence any argument to the contrary.

A Walk in the Park: A visit to our National Parks in house slippers

posted: 10/14/2009 1:32 p.m.

The trips we’ve made this year to visit state parks have left me with a much deeper appreciation for this great state in which we live.

Capitol Reports: Report on jobs and economy in state

posted: 10/14/2009 1:31 p.m.

Last year the Arkansas Economic Development Commission signed incentive contracts with 95 companies that will create almost 7,000 jobs.

Gentry turns to reserve, runs to beat Blackhawks

posted: 10/14/2009 1:30 p.m.

With its gunslinger on the bench the entire second half with a possible concussion, Gentry turned to a reserve quarterback and its running game to beat rival Pea Ridge 24-7 in a 1-4 A Conference game here Friday at waterlogged Blackhawk Stadium.

Bulldogs Days survive rain

posted: 10/14/2009 1:29 p.m.

Even though torrential rain put a damper on Friday’s Bulldog Days events, when the sun came out on Saturday, there were plenty of fun-filled family activities for the community to enjoy.

Contempt for text messaging

posted: 10/14/2009 1:28 p.m.

A Gentry attorney was recently found in contempt of court for using his cell phone in the courtroom.

Decatur Announcements

posted: 10/14/2009 1:28 p.m.

Davis-Mackey to wed Saturday Pamela Kay Mackey of Siloam Springs, Ark., and Matthew Rogers Davis of Decatur, Ark., have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Off The Cuff

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Although last week was National Newspaper Week and we wrote our comments about that subject two weeks ago while on vacation, the above cartoon caught my attention.

Students And Parents Invited To Family Night To Explain Agricultural Offerings At University

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

High school students and their parents are invited to a “family night” event at the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

New Water Tank Is Being Filled

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette residents will soon be drinking water from the city’s new million gallon water tank.

Gravette Lunch Menus

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Week of October 19 - 23 Breakfast Pre-K - 12th Monday: Breakfast burrito, milk, fruit juice.

City Council Committee Tackles Many Issues

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette City Council Committee of the Whole Thursday night confronted several topics, some of which will be addressed at the next Council meeting October 22.

Gravette Features

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Sally Sings With A Song In Her Heart “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said as she fingered the plastic case that contains a disc of her voice harmonizing inspirational gospel music.

Gravette Letters To The Editor

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Dear Editor, The Gravette Upper Elementary is proud to announce that 97% of our students’ parents were contacted during the fall parent-teacher conference.

Farmington, Shiloh Next For Lions

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

As good as a 6-0 start for the Gravette Lions is, coach Bill Harrelson knows the real work — playoff positioning — will likely be determined in the next two weeks.

Lions Run Win Streak To Six; Beat Eagles 28-19

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette’s two-headed quarterback became a wrecking crew Friday night at Lions Stadium.

Work Begins On Northwest Armed Forces Reserve Center

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

If nothing else, the military is good at not being seen. Through development of various camouflages, the various branches have nearly perfected the art.

PAWS Students Recognized At Glenn Duffy Elementary

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary “Pawsitive” (PAWS) and Wise students of the month, pictured above, are Dallas Wallace, Austin Ramey, Bella Holloway, Kaylee Rollo, Alyssa Holland and Trisha Gutierrez.

Gravette Community News

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Bomb Threat Causes Alarm At Schools At Gentry Three juveniles were arrested recently in Gentry after threats of a bomb in that city’s school.

County Considering Planning Changes

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

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

Maysville News

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

We sure got rain this weekend. We are to get more this week and cooler weather.

Hiwasse News

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

A large group of friends and family gathered at the Bertschy home last Sunday to help Leon celebrate his birthday.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

October will soon be half over and we are hurtling toward that favorite holiday of children, Halloween.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

The rats ran like, well, like rats, yesterday as I brush hogged two small traps close to the barn. Old Dog had his work cut out for him as he scampered around trying to catch one of the little fat furry varmints. I guess the feed being close and water trough available makes the vermin happy and they move in.

Storm Spotter Class Held Recently At Gravette High

posted: 10/14/2009 6 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Jamie Smith, staff writer for the Daily Record, attended the recent Storm Spotters class held at Gravette High School.

Wednesday, October 7

Manhunt ends in Gravette

posted: 10/07/2009 9:10 p.m.

A weeklong manhunt for felon on the lam Terry Hayes ended in Gravette early Friday morning.

Naked toddler found walking downtown

posted: 10/07/2009 9:09 p.m.

A two-year-old was found wandering alone, unclothed, through the intersection of Main Street and Roller Avenue in downtown Decatur around 6:15 a.m. on Sept. 29.

Fire departments train with AirEvac

posted: 10/07/2009 9:08 p.m.

Firefighters from the Decatur, Gravette and Maysville Fire Departments learned to be ready for anything while training with AirEvac paramedics at the Decatur Fire Department on Sept. 29.

Bulldog Days begin Thursday

posted: 10/07/2009 9:07 p.m.

Parks and recreation members met in Veterans Park on Sept. 29 to make final plans for the Bulldog Day festival on Oct. 9 and 10 and the carnival on Oct. 8 through 11.


posted: 10/07/2009 9:05 p.m.

Decatur Public Schools Parent teacher conferences will be held district-wide from 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 20 and 22. Schools will be closed on Oct. 23 for teacher inservice.

Chamber gearing up for Fall Festival

posted: 10/07/2009 9:04 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce is making plans for the Oct. 10 Fall Festival. Included in the planning are the following activities and events: Miss Octoberfest; Sky divers from Sky Ranch in Siloam Springs; Car show sponsored by Gentry Fire Dept...

Applications accepted for Gentry Quilt Show

posted: 10/07/2009 9:03 p.m.

With the Fall Festival fast approaching, it’s time once again to enter quilts in the annual quilt show.

Former OAA school employee gets probation and time in jail

posted: 10/07/2009 9:02 p.m.

A former assistant dean at the Ozark Adventist Academy in Gentry was placed on five years’ state-supervised probation after admitting to having sexual contact with a female student.


posted: 10/07/2009 9:01 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.

Cripps earns PhD

posted: 10/07/2009 9 p.m.

Going the extra mile and making sure he is well qualified for his position and capable of carrying out his duties is certainly a goal of Gentry Fire Chief Vester Cripps. Though no college degrees are currently required for the Gentry fire chief position, he has continued his studies and recently earned his doctorate in fire science.

Poultry case will be heard by jury

posted: 10/07/2009 8:59 p.m.

A jury will decide whether Arkansas poultry companies violated Oklahoma’s public nuisance law, but the judge will rule on five other claims in the federal lawsuit.

Poultry seminar planned

posted: 10/07/2009 8:59 p.m.

Poultry growers in northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas are invited to attend a special financial seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Gentry Public Library, 105 East Main Street.

Weight management classes set for Sept. 14

posted: 10/07/2009 8:58 p.m.

Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with John Brown University, will start weight management classes on Sept. 14.

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 10/07/2009 8:57 p.m.

Mary Lou Koeller Mary Lou Koeller, 81, of Siloam Springs, Ark., died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, in Van Buren, Ark.

Flu season discussed

posted: 10/07/2009 8:55 p.m.

If there are no further delays, the vaccine for the H1N1 flu will likely be here next month, Loy Bailey, county health director, said during a meeting of the Benton County Community Coalition on Thursday.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Want to know God? Know Jesus!

posted: 10/07/2009 8:54 p.m.

“No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” John 1:18 Do you want to know God? Do you want to see the Father’s face? But how can sinful human beings like you and me know or see the almighty and holy God?

Griz Bear Comments

posted: 10/07/2009 8:53 p.m.

It sometimes seems there ought to be a law limiting the number of new laws.

Charlotte’s Corner

posted: 10/07/2009 8:53 p.m.

Finally, we are about to get a holiday. It has been two months since we have had any excuse to not go to work, so hopefully everyone will have a wonderful Labor Day.

A Walk in the Park

posted: 10/07/2009 8:52 p.m.

I’d like to wander off my usual path a bit and write about a park that, although located very close to the hometown area, is actually out of state.

Capitol Reports

posted: 10/07/2009 8:51 p.m.

The outcome of the Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit is important to every school district in Arkansas for financial reasons.

Little sees good, bad in benefit vs. West Fork

posted: 10/07/2009 8:51 p.m.

Brian Little and Rodney Selph saw both good and bad in Tuesday night’s scrimmage in Gentry.

4-2A Conference:

posted: 10/07/2009 8:50 p.m.

There was little doubt about what Decatur wanted.

Pioneers tame Lions on the golf course

posted: 10/07/2009 8:49 p.m.

Both the boys’ and girls’ golf teams came out ahead of the Gravette Lions at a match there on Aug. 25.

Lady Pioneers drop two matches

posted: 10/07/2009 8:48 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers dropped three games to West Fork on the volleyball court Aug. 27. The scores were 17-25, 9-25 and 13-25.

Schools prep for flu season:

posted: 10/07/2009 8:47 p.m.

Thousands of youngsters will have a chance to receive the flu vaccine as Arkansas funds vaccines for all students through their schools.

Gentry police discuss safety with OAS students

posted: 10/07/2009 8:46 p.m.

Ozark Adventist School was visited by Gentry Police Officer Rachelle Raimer on Aug. 26 to speak to the students about staying safe in their community and using the Internet wisely and safely.

Two area contractors question bid process

posted: 10/07/2009 8:45 p.m.

The county’s effort to bid the Siloam Springs Health Department remodeling project has two contractors complaining about how the county government awarded the bid.

Siloam Springs Health Department open soon

posted: 10/07/2009 8:44 p.m.

After more than two years of waiting, the Siloam Springs will soon see the county Health Department return. A satellite office of the Benton County Health Department, at 101 W. University, will hold its grand opening Sept. 21 after months of criticism and concern over the amount of time spent in getting the facility ready for the public.

Jail fees to go up Jan. 1

posted: 10/07/2009 8:43 p.m.

When Mayor Fred Jacks of Bethel Heights addressed the Benton County Quorum Court on Thursday night, he did so as a mayor and a citizen.

EPA grant funds the development of a solar water heating system

posted: 10/07/2009 8:42 p.m.

With the help of a $10,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), faculty and students at John Brown University are working to improve the water heating options for people in developing countries.

Groundbreaking held at JBU campus for new performing arts center

posted: 10/07/2009 8:42 p.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS — With a thunderstorm looming nearby, a group gathered inside Thursday afternoon on the campus of John Brown University for a ceremonial groundbreaking.

Lawmakers, citizens talk health care

posted: 10/07/2009 8:41 p.m.

Sometimes impassioned, often opinionated, citizens Thursday asked questions and got responses about national health-care plans now being considered in Washington, D.C.

Care And Share Celebrates 25

posted: 10/07/2009 8:38 p.m.

Care and Share in Gravette will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary Saturday, October 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Post Office Window Closes For Noon Hour

posted: 10/07/2009 8:36 p.m.

It’s official. The clerk window at the Gravette Post Office will continue to be closed during the noon hour.

Remember City Clean-up Day Is Next Tuesday

posted: 10/07/2009 8:35 p.m.

Gravette residents are reminded that next Tuesday, October 13, is the annual City-Wide Fall Clean-up for the convenience of disposing of items not normally picked up.

Escapee Caught Near Gravette

posted: 10/07/2009 8:35 p.m.

A man who had been sought by federal and area law enforcement officers for more than a week after he had been convicted of multiple charges in a Washington County Circuit Court trial was taken into custody last Thursday, October 2, near Gravette.

Wedding Plans Announced

posted: 10/07/2009 8:33 p.m.

Ashlie Lorane Krueger-Jordan and Blake Andrew Garrett, both of Decatur, plan to marry at 1 o’clock in the afternoon October 10, 2009, at Old Town Park in Gravette.

JGT Club Members Discuss Immigration

posted: 10/07/2009 8:32 p.m.

The regular monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held September 23 at the Senior Activity Center with six members present. President Jeanne Hubbard led the singing of “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “September Song” and gave the devotion, “Hear Our Prayer” with responses from the members.

Senior Center Report

posted: 10/07/2009 8:32 p.m.

SENIOR CENTER MENU October 12 - 16

Lions Throttle Gentry Pioneers

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

Speedster Michael Croasdell turned the tide for Gravette with touchdown runs of 83 and 25 yards and unbeaten Gravette turned back Gentry’s 1-4 A upset bid Friday night, taking a 30-17 victory against the Pioneers.

AWG Closes Siloam Office

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

This Friday, October 9, is the last day the Arkansas Western Gas Company office in Siloam Springs will be open.

Gentry Fall Festival Scheduled Saturday

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

Gentry’s Fall Festival is scheduled this Saturday.

JBU Gets Good Marks

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

John Brown University moved up to the No. 2 spot in its category in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges list, published lastThursday, a university news release states.

School Seeks Pics Of Veterans For Special Program

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

A slide show of area veterans is being planned for an assembly which will be held on Veterans’ Day, November 11.

Miss Gravette Visits School

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

Miss Gravette 2009, Makayla Morrison, is shown with a group of fourth graders in Kathy Spiers ’ class at Gravette Upper Elementary School.

Dr. Tucker Says . . . Hints To Avoid The Flu

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

I know everyone is worried about the flu. We get, I don’t know how many, calls a day with people asking questions and with concerns. I hope to answer some of those questions and put our mind at ease.

Maysville E.H. Club Plans Fund Raiser

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

Maysville E. H. Club will hold a fund raiser Saturday, October 17, at the Maysville Community Building.

Maysville News

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

It sure was like fall Sunday, cool temperatures and light rain. Some trees are beginning to get fall color.

Hiwasse News

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

Warm October, cold February.

Mt. Pleasant News

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

On Saturday, the 17th of September several of us from Mt. Pleasant joined the Nazarene Church in Hiwasse in an evening of great Southern gospel music. This was presented by The Monies, a family group. They are great. I think we all received a blessing from this event. I know I did.

Off The Cuff

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

I wasn’t here to experience Gravette’s reaction to the loss of high school junior Casey Russell.

Gravette Letters To The Editor

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

Dear Editor, Over last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a local author who I feel is very gifted and successful in her own right. As she discussed the art of writing with me she told me something I had never thought of or even felt that I’ve found to be so true.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

Seems like the nuts are plentiful in some spots and the crop is lean in other areas. I mean, not what you probably think I mean, the real nuts from trees.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

This week, October 4 - 10, is National Newspaper Week and a great opportunity to say how thankful I am to work in the exciting world of the newspaper business. The communications industry has changed drastically since the advent of the computer age and many have speculated that the newspaper is doomed.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

Larry Harris Larry Pearson Harris, 27, of Gravette, died September 26, 2009, at Ozarks Community Hospital. He was born July 23, 1982, in Gravette, the son of James M. and Carol Urchison Harris.

Information Given For Ordering New School Yearbooks

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

Parents and friends have a new option this year for purchasing the Gravette School District yearbook for the 2009-10 school year.

Chick-fil-A Dinner Will Benefit Senior Center

posted: 10/07/2009 4:48 p.m.

Please join the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center, their families and friends at Chick-fil-A of Bentonville, 209 S. Walton Blvd., for a Spirit Night on Wednesday, October 14, from 4 p.m.

No timetable for health care reform, senator said

posted: 10/07/2009 4:19 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln doesn’t expect the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to be working on health-care legislation up until Thanksgiving, but neither is there a timetable for the committee to finish its work on the bill, said Lincoln, DArk.

Jail is full - now what? The Sheriff’s Office is getting creative, but expansion is needed soon.

posted: 10/07/2009 4:19 p.m.

BENTONVILLE — For weeks, the LED sign outside of the Benton County Jail on Southwest 14th Street has notified passersby that the jail population is on the rise.

County convenience center coming soon

posted: 10/07/2009 6 a.m.

Barring any complications or weather delays, the county will open its first convenience center Nov. 7.