Wednesday, September 30

Federal stimulus money:

posted: 09/30/2009 5:03 p.m.

School officials are in the process of spending $459,041 in federal stimulus money to ensure better safety, increased student achievement and new technology for Decatur students.

Festival coming together

posted: 09/30/2009 5:02 p.m.

A full-scale carnival with 15 rides is coming to Decatur during the week of the Bulldog Days festival, Mayor Bill Montgomery said at the Sept. 22 Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.

Decatur animal control officer completes training

posted: 09/30/2009 5:01 p.m.

City employee Mike Barnett earned his animal control certification and chemical capture certification through the Arkansas State Animal Control Association on Sept. 18.

DECATUR COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 09/30/2009 5 p.m.

Fall Clean-up Roll-off, Inc., will be picking up bulky waste along with the pick-up on Oct. 8.

Gravette student, football player dies

posted: 09/30/2009 4:59 p.m.

A Gravette High School junior football player died last Wednesday morning from a medical condition not related to football, Gravette Superintendent Andrea Kelly confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Variance granted for child care

posted: 09/30/2009 4:59 p.m.

Planning and zoning committee members voted, at their Sept. 22 meeting, to grant Laura Wright a variance allowing her to operate a child care business in her home located at 1037 Eubanks Street.

Fiscal distress over for Gentry schools

posted: 09/30/2009 4:57 p.m.

Gentry Public School District received word Friday, indicating it had complied with the recommendations and requirements of the Arkansas Department of Education for removal from fiscal distress status and could be removed as early as the State Board of Education's October meeting.

Armed robbery attempt foiled

posted: 09/30/2009 4:57 p.m.

One would-be robber encountered more than he bargained for when he walked into Smith Drug Store on East Third Street in Gentry and demanded narcotic drugs.

Committees discuss city budget

posted: 09/30/2009 4:56 p.m.

A number of Gentry committees met within the last week to outline needs and projects to be included in the 2010 budget preparations for the city.

Gentry negotiating ambulance services

posted: 09/30/2009 4:55 p.m.

The city of Gentry could soon have to pay a fee for ambulance service within its city limits.

GENTRY Community Events

posted: 09/30/2009 4:54 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.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Is there guile in your heart?

posted: 09/30/2009 4:46 p.m.

"Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" John 1:47 (Read verses 43-51 )

Special event planned to honor Cowin for service and sacrifice

posted: 09/30/2009 4:45 p.m.

The community is invited to a celebration of service to honor and recognize SSG Eric Cowin for his service to our country, his sacrifice and his return from Iraq.

Griz Bear Comments: Have We Sold Our Soles to China?

posted: 09/30/2009 4:44 p.m.

Not too long ago, I broke down and went into a local farm store to buy a new pair of work boots.

Capitol Reports

posted: 09/30/2009 4:43 p.m.

A three-judge panel of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis last week heard arguments for and against the constitutionality of methods used in Arkansas to execute inmates.

A Walk in the Park: A steep climb but well worth it

posted: 09/30/2009 4:43 p.m.

Earl and I spent the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend visiting Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock. We didn't have time to explore all the park has to offer, but we did complete an amazing hike.

Charlotte's Corner

posted: 09/30/2009 4:42 p.m.

Wow, what a day. My big trauma came today, around two o'clock, when I decided that I wanted to get a late lunch and drink so I could finish with my work at a local post office.

Juveniles arrested for school bomb threats

posted: 09/30/2009 4:41 p.m.

Three juveniles were arrested Friday in connection with Thursday's threats of a bomb at a Gentry school, and a fourth juvenile is being called "a person of interest." According to a press release from Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith, his department arrested three teen-age boys who dialed Benton County's 911 system at least three times Thursday afternoon, threatening that a bomb would be at the Gentry schools. In the last call, the threat was more specific, with the caller saying the bomb would be at the Gentry Middle School.

Farmington overcomes mistakes to beat Gentry

posted: 09/30/2009 4:40 p.m.

Putting the ball on the ground four times and committing seven penalties in the first half should spell doom for the offending squad, but the Farmington overcame all of that Friday night to beat Gentry 27-6 at Allen Holland Field.

Ten-dollar fee added to Decatur court costs

posted: 09/30/2009 4:39 p.m.

City council members voted at the Sept. 14 meeting to impose an additional $10 fee on defendants who are found guilty of misdemeanor crimes and traffic violations in the Benton County West District Court.

Gentry man sentenced to 22 years in prison for rape

posted: 09/30/2009 4:38 p.m.

A Gentry man was sentenced to 22 years in prison after admitting to raping a girl.

Fall Festival set Oct. 10

posted: 09/30/2009 4:35 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce is continuing to make plans for the upcoming Oct. 10 Fall Festival.

Cooking school coming to area

posted: 09/30/2009 4:34 p.m.

The Siloam Springs Herald-Leader and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will present a Taste of Home Cooking School in Siloam Springs on Nov. 14. The event is co-sponsored by Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.

NWANews downtime

posted: 09/30/2009 2:46 p.m.

he Web sites for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Northwest Arkansas Times, Benton County Daily Record and related publications will be unavailable starting about 10 p.m. today (Sept. 30) and lasting for two to four hours. The sites are being temporarily closed down to allow for scheduled maintenance of the software that operates the sites.

Friday, September 25

Gravette student's funeral set for Monday

posted: 09/25/2009 1:30 p.m.

The funeral for a Gravette High School student who died after developing a staph infection and undergoing surgery is set for Monday.

Wednesday, September 23

Alsup Reelected To School Board Seat

posted: 09/23/2009 4:44 p.m.

Gravette School District voters returned Danny Alsup to his second fiveyear term on the Gravette School Board in the annual school election last Tuesday.

Schedule Announced For Homecoming Activities

posted: 09/23/2009 4:43 p.m.

Gravette High Schol's annual football homecoming this Friday will pit the Lions against the Pea Ridge Blackhawks. Kick-off is 7 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences; Book Fair Scheduled

posted: 09/23/2009 4:43 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are not the only activity scheduled next week at Gravette High School. Conferences will be held Tuesday, September 29.

Library Reopening Will Be Held This Saturday

posted: 09/23/2009 4:42 p.m.

A Grand"Reopening"of the Gravette Public Library will be held this Saturday, September 26, at the library located on Charlotte Street S.E. just east of the Civic Center.

Care & Share Anniversary Celebration Planned; Seek Mementos

posted: 09/23/2009 4:41 p.m.

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

Gravette Announcements

posted: 09/23/2009 4:40 p.m.

Morris and Linda Jackson will celebrate their 50th anniversary September 27 when they will be honored at a reception at the Hiwasse First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Donivan Church Plans Anniversary October 3

posted: 09/23/2009 4:39 p.m.

The DonivanChurch,north of Hiwasse, will celebrate its 75th anniversary, Saturday, October 3, with singing and fellowship at 1 p.m.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 09/23/2009 4:38 p.m.

Leda Bell White Young, 98, of Gravette, died Monday, September 21, 2009, at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette.

Senior Center Report

posted: 09/23/2009 4:38 p.m.

In recognition of National SeniorCenterMonththeCenter is having a different guest speaker each Wednesday at 11 a.m. Attorney Dan Yates will speak September 23.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 09/23/2009 4:36 p.m.

It is once again time for my kind offer to take my close relative out for the afternoon and evening. I try at least once a year to help her out by allowing a couple of meals away from her kitchen because that is the kind and gentlemanly person I am. And it is time to attend the county fair.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 09/23/2009 4:35 p.m.

September days are passing quickly and two-thirds of the month is already gone.

Columnist Says: Writing Is Hard Work!

posted: 09/23/2009 4:35 p.m.

I love to read and read about one book a week. My passion for books probably began in about the third or fourth grade. In my classroom at Southwest City, Missouri, there was a library in our room. I read every book on those shelves.

New Doctor Joins OCH Hospital Staff

posted: 09/23/2009 4:34 p.m.

Rheumatologist J. Jarek, M.D. will be coming to Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette starting next Thursday, October 1, and will see patients the first Thursday of each month.

Maysville

posted: 09/23/2009 4:32 p.m.

This has been a rainy week. Guess we can expect that on fair week. It was nice Sunday afternoon.

Mt. Pleasant

posted: 09/23/2009 4:31 p.m.

Our annual ice cream supper was held in August. We had a house full. Everyone had a great time eating homemade ice cream and visiting.

Gravette Hiwasse News

posted: 09/23/2009 4:29 p.m.

Regina Keith's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Logan, have spent some time visiting Larry and Regina this week.

Decatur Seeks Grant For Parking Lot For New Plant

posted: 09/23/2009 4:28 p.m.

Simmons Foods and the City of Decatur are seeking a $232,000 grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Program for construction of a parking lot at the new Simmons pet food plant in Decatur.

Arkansas Teens Have High Prescription Drug Abuse

posted: 09/23/2009 4:27 p.m.

According to a recent study, prescription drug abuse by Arkansas teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 is higher than prescription drug abuse by teens in any other state in the nation.

Gravette Lunch Menus

posted: 09/23/2009 4:25 p.m.

Sept. 28 - Oct. 2 Breakfast Pre-K - 12th Monday: French toast bites, fruit juice, milk.

Humming Birds Are Making Their Last Stand Before Flying South For The Winter

posted: 09/23/2009 4:23 p.m.

As summer winds down in the Ozarks, a common sight is an increase of hummingbirds that visit backyard feeders.

Land Owner Field Day This Saturday At Witter

posted: 09/23/2009 4:23 p.m.

A Landowners Field Day for persons interested in programs available to learn about how to attract wildlife through food plots, prescribed burning, timber management, etc. Managing furbearers will also be discussed.

Satellite Health Clinic Opens In Siloam

posted: 09/23/2009 4:22 p.m.

The new satellite Benton County Health Clinic in Siloam Springs opened at its new location at 101 West University after the former clinic closed in that city in January, 2007.

Gravette Schools Participate In Statewide "Together We Read" Program

posted: 09/23/2009 4:21 p.m.

On Friday, September 11, the Gravette Upper Elementary participated in Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe's statewide program "Together We Read" .

Broomcorn Making Comeback

posted: 09/23/2009 4:19 p.m.

Our society is in a constant state of flux, casting off the old for a new and improved version of the future.

Ivan Duncan Set The Standard For Bermuda Hay Growers In Area

posted: 09/23/2009 4:19 p.m.

The late Ivan Duncan of Decatur used an old single row corn planter fitted with the bottom half of a 55-gallon barrel to hold sprigs to establish his first bermudagrass planting "too many years ago to remember".

Milk Price Trends Wreak Havoc For Dairy Farmers

posted: 09/23/2009 4:18 p.m.

When it comes to gasoline, the public has a good grasp on price trends, thanks to the widely reported price of a barrelofcrude.However,tracking milkpricesisnotsoeasy,even if prices paid to producers for raw milk are at a 40-year low, said Dr. Wayne Kellogg, professor and educator for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Beef Cookoff Contestants Wanted

posted: 09/23/2009 4:17 p.m.

The Arkansas Cattlewomen's Association announces entries are being accepted for the 2009 Beef Cookoff which will be held October 31 at Conway.

Tree Identification Booklet Available

posted: 09/23/2009 4:17 p.m.

The Arbor Day Foundation announces a booklet is available from the foundation which will make it easier to identify trees in Arkansas.

Lion Revenge: Top Wellington 21-14; Lions Ready For Pea Ridge Friday Night

posted: 09/23/2009 4:15 p.m.

The 200-plus mile trip home from Wellington, Kansas, Friday night was a positive, celebrating time after the Lions defeated the Kansas team 21-14 on the Crusaders' field.

Fall festival set Oct. 10

posted: 09/23/2009 4:14 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce is continuing to make plans for the upcoming 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.; Softball tournament; Poker run; Quilt show; Kyla Horton concert; Pumpkin painting; Wrestling show; Turning Point worship concert; Tug-a-fire-truck contest; Food and games; Inflatable rides; Safari rides and petting zoo; Talent show; Wagon rides; Balloons; Entertainment by Meagan White; Food booths and game booths hosted by Gentry United Way agencies; Commercial booths; Televised Razorback game; and a Blast from the past concert.

Commission discusses signs, stock

posted: 09/23/2009 4:11 p.m.

The Planning and Zoning Commission granted a sign variance and took up questions regarding the city's animal and sign ordinances.

School board approves bond restructuring bid

posted: 09/23/2009 4:10 p.m.

The Gentry Public School District School Board organized itself at Monday's meeting, appointing a new president, vice president and secretary.

GENTRY COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 09/23/2009 4:09 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.

New school board members win election

posted: 09/23/2009 4:06 p.m.

The unofficial results of the 2009 school board elections in Benton County showed that Bentonville has a new female board member, Rogers has the same board members, and Pea Ridge will have a runoff.

School board elections:

posted: 09/23/2009 4:05 p.m.

Chances are fair that the Decatur School District will hold school board elections next fall, and the community needs to begin considering people who could serve in those positions, superintendent LeRoy Ortman said at Monday's Town Hall Meeting.

Good showing made at Benton Co. Fair

posted: 09/23/2009 4:04 p.m.

Ten Decatur 4-H members entered projects, from livestock to arts and crafts, in the Benton County Fair last week.

Bulldog Days:

posted: 09/23/2009 4:03 p.m.

Bulldog Days will be held Oct. 9 and 10 in Veterans Park and will include a car and corvette show, a carnival, musical entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors and possibly hot air balloons, the parks and recreation committee concluded.

TeachSmart system comes to Northside

posted: 09/23/2009 4:03 p.m.

On Monday morning a group of eager students in Debra Weingar's pre-kindergarten class sat on a colorful rug in front of a new SMART Board.

DECATUR COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 09/23/2009 4:01 p.m.

Northside Elementary: The Northside Elementary school is holding a literacy night for parents of students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade from 6 to 7 p.m., Sept. 28.

Senators approve $3 million for I-540

posted: 09/23/2009 4 p.m.

The U.S. Senate has approved some $3 million for Interstate 540 improvements, Arkansas' U.S. senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor announced in a news release on Sept. 17.

Siloam Springs man sentenced to 8 years

posted: 09/23/2009 3:59 p.m.

A Siloam Springs man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after admitting to sexually abusing a girl.

Management, ticket sales key to lottery future in Arkansas

posted: 09/23/2009 3:58 p.m.

State Sen. Kim Hendren and other Arkansans are hoping for the new state lottery's success as it prepares to get under way.

Billups, Reed to wed

posted: 09/23/2009 3:57 p.m.

Chelsie Billups and Cory Reed, both of Colcord, Okla., announce their engagement and upcoming wedding on Oct. 10, 2009 at 4 p.m. at Landmark Baptist Church in Siloam Springs, Ark.

Decatur Obituaries

posted: 09/23/2009 3:57 p.m.

Ronald Dale Boldra, 69, of Gentry, Ark., died Sept. 15, 2009, at his home.

A Walk in the Park

posted: 09/23/2009 3:53 p.m.

A few evenings ago I rediscovered one of the keys to a happy marriage. I am glad to report that it is right here in the Gentry community and it's free!

Capitol Reports

posted: 09/23/2009 3:52 p.m.

Retired teachers recently got an average increase of $51 a month in benefits, thanks to a resolution passed by the Board of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System.

DECATUR WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 09/23/2009 3:51 p.m.

"Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!"

Griz Bear Comments

posted: 09/23/2009 3:50 p.m.

Where will it all lead? That's a question which often crosses my mind. It's hard to imagine a dissolution of the United States of America, but the possibility that it could happen is probably a lot more real than anyone cares to think.

Gentry defeats Pea Ridge

posted: 09/23/2009 3:47 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers volleyball team lost to Berryville 22-25, 16-25 and 16-25 on Sept. 15, but but came back to beat Pea Ridge 25-9, 25-14 and 25-19 on Thursday.

Panthers overpower Pioneers, win 38-7

posted: 09/23/2009 3:46 p.m.

Siloam Springs quarterback Bryan Adair set the tone with eight straight completions and the Panthers overpowered the Gentry Pioneers 38-7 here Friday night.

Decatur junior high team wins

posted: 09/23/2009 3:46 p.m.

The Junior Bulldogs won their first home game of the season against Western Yell County last Tuesday night by a score of 38-0.

Whitten to play state golf match

posted: 09/23/2009 3:45 p.m.

Kelsea Whitten finished as the fifth-place medalist at the Valley View Country Club last week and will play in the state finals next week at Eagle Mountain in Batesville.

Gentry busses crossing into Decatur's school district raises more complaints

posted: 09/23/2009 3:44 p.m.

School employees and community members expressed frustration at Monday's town hall meeting about the Gentry School District's policy of sending buses inside the Decatur School District to pick up students who have filed school choice forms.

Kinders to perform at Decatur's Northside Elementary School

posted: 09/23/2009 3:43 p.m.

Children's concert artists Brian and Terri Kinder are coming to the Northside Elementary School for a special performance at the Sept. 24 character assembly.

Local man killed in truck roll-over near Decatur

posted: 09/23/2009 3:42 p.m.

Joseph Lee Folk, 35, of Gravette, was killed in a single vehicle crash on Arkansas Highway 102 East of Decatur on Thursday morning.

Health Department unit opens in Siloam Springs

posted: 09/23/2009 3:41 p.m.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, as members of the Benton County Health Department gathered outside of the new satellite office here for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a woman walked up and asked the group about scheduling an appointment.

Decatur Announcements

posted: 09/23/2009 3:39 p.m.

Keisha Dell of Siloam Springs, Ark., and Larry Blair Jr., of Gentry, Ark., announce their upcoming wedding.

Around the Farm: Local producers seek 10th hay title

posted: 09/23/2009 3:38 p.m.

The late Ivan Duncan of Decatur used an old single-row corn planter fitted with the bottom half of a 55-gallon barrel to hold sprigs to establish his first Bermuda grass planting "too many years ago to remember." Ivan (Sept. 6, 1919, to Aug. 12, 2009) was considered the patriarch of quality Bermuda-hay production in Benton County. As a final tribute, the Quality Forage Producers agreed to name their annual event the "Ivan Duncan Invitational Bermuda Hay Contest." One of the first producers to recognize the importance of good management, Ivan's Bermuda advice was often sought by others.

Gentry man faces two sex-related charges

posted: 09/23/2009 3:37 p.m.

A Gentry man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges accusing him of raping and sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

JBU enrollment up

posted: 09/23/2009 3:37 p.m.

John Brown University's total enrollment for the 2009-2010 academic year rose to 2,073 students according to the "11th Day Report," an assessment all institutions of higher education must file annually with the Arkansas Department of Education.

Judge reduces bond in HIV case

posted: 09/23/2009 3:36 p.m.

A local circuit judge agreed to reduce the bond for a Siloam Springs teen accused of exposing four girls to HIV through sexual contact.

Genealogical society to hear about Trail of Tears route

posted: 09/23/2009 3:35 p.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28, at the Bentonville Public Library.

Hale earns the Advanced Placement Scholar Award

posted: 09/23/2009 3:33 p.m.

Christ Hale, a 2008 graduate of Gentry High School, has earned an Advanced Placement Scholar Award in recognition of his exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

FNA expanding Decatur operations

posted: 09/23/2009 3:32 p.m.

From raw materials to finished product, the FNA Group factory in Decatur will now be manufacturing high pressure hoses in addition to the pressure washers it has been producing since May.

City Lake project nearly complete

posted: 09/23/2009 3:31 p.m.

The City Lake project is nearly completed after more than six months of waiting for the pumps to work.

Fly-in: Annual fly-in held at Cherokee Strip

posted: 09/23/2009 3:27 p.m.

Don and Lorrie Amos again had friends over for a Saturday lunch, but instead of driving down the lane to their home along the Arkansas-Oklahoma border, a good number of their guests landed on Cherokee Strip - the couple's private air field.

Wednesday, September 16

DECATUR HERALD Community Events

posted: 09/16/2009 1:44 p.m.

The Decatur Northside Elementary Parent Teacher Organization is holding a meeting and potluck dinner at 6 p.m., Sept. 17, in the elementary school library.

Special Music Program At Sulphur Spgs. Baptist Church

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

WayneWipt from Spearfish, SD,willbeministeringinsongs at the First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, Sunday, September 20,at11a.m.

Allegiant Air adds stop in Orlando

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

When the calendar turned to 2009, lowcost carrier Allegiant Air was nowhere on the flight schedule at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. Come Nov. 16, Allegiant will have a third service destination - this one Orlando - from XNA.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Foggy mornings and cool, crisp days and nights remind us again that fall is almost here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

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

Electronic voting putting paper ballots out to pasture

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Electronic voting got off to a rocky start in Benton County because of controversy that arose around the 2006 election.

Highfill approves funding for city hall

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

A new city hall is in the works for the town of Highfill, with council members approving $250,000 to complete the project.

CORRECTION Lee not leaving:

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

An e-mail news release sent by the U.S. military said Siloam Springs resident Darren Lee had been "mobilized overseas to a forwarding base in support of Operation Enduring Freedom." The only problem is that Lee is not leaving overseas and is quite happy at his local business, Lee Chiropractic.

Council considers curfews, flags, policies

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

City council members on Monday approved making flu shots available to city employees, firemen and council members at no charge.

Gallery Cafe changes owners

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Stacy and Amy Brooks, longtime residents of Decatur, purchased the Gallery Cafe from Denise Trammell on Sept. 9.

Gentry Obituaries

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Bonnie Maxine Ahrens, 77, of Anderson, Mo., died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Freeman Hospital East in Joplin, Mo.

Gallaway celebrates her 80th birthday

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Thelma Gallaway will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m., Sept. 26, at the Masonic Hall in Gentry. Friends and family are welcome and invited to help her celebrate.

Corn maze advocates 'right choices'

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Not wanting to retire and do nothing and also desiring to join a love for agriculture with a Christian ministry, Galen Manning, together with his brothers Gary and David, have turned a family farm into a wholesome place for young and old alike to visit.

Hendren looks at conditions inside East Arkansas prison

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Longtime state Sen. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, and some other lawmakers met Tuesday at Tucker Correctional Facility near Pine Bluff.

'Blast from the Past' coming to Gentry

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Featured entertainers at the Gentry Fall Festival on Oct. 10 include Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley - well, almost.

Stimulus money coming to Decatur

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

More than $1.4 million of federal stimulus money will be spent in Decatur to update 24 low-income housing units at the Garden Walk Apartments on Stadium Avenue, the Arkansas Development Finance Authority announced last week.

Barbecue returns profit for Chamber

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

The 56th Annual Decatur Barbecue made around $3,000 for the Chamber of Commerce, treasurer Amy Brooks reported at Monday's meeting.

Lions present check:

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Representing the Gentry Lions Club, club president Leoti Cox presented a check from the club to Lions World Services for the Blind in Little Rock last month.

FFA members learn leadership skills at camp

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Three members of the Gentry FFA Chapter went to the Arkansas Leadership Conference at Camp Couchdale in Hot Springs during July.

Swine Flu Reported In Berryville School

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

At least six confirmed cases of influenza A have been reported in Green Forest School and two dozen students were sent home from Berryville School last week.

Ex-OAA teacher gets probation in sex case

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

A former teacher at the Seventh-day Adventist Academy in Gentry admitted to engaging in sexual activity with a female student.

Gator Days At Eagle Rock This Saturday

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Promised Land Zoo at Eagle Rock, MO, will hold its fifth annual "Gator Days" Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mitchaels Enjoy Celebration

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Jan and Clayton Thurman of Derby, KS, hosted a Labor Day Celebration at their future home on Fifth Street in Gravette.

LUNCH MENUS

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

PEA RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mon., Sept. 21 - Burrito, salad, orange slice, chips and salsa.Breakfast - French toast sticks. Tues., Sept. 22 - Chicken taco, Mexican corn, refried beans, chips and salsa. Breakfast - Cereal and toast. Wed., Sept. 23 - Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with country gravy, green beans, roll.Breakfast - Pizza. Thurs., Sept. 24 - Nachos with cheese and meat, corn, juice bar.Breakfast - Cinnamon toast. Fri., Sept. 25 - Pizza, tossed salad, fruit, cookie.Breakfast - Biscuit with gravy. Salad bar and ala carte offered in junior high and high school. Milk served with all meals. All breakfasts are $1. Elementary and upper elementary lunches are $1.50; junior high and senior high lunches are $1.75. GARFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS Breakfast Grades K-5 Mon., Sept. 21 - Cereal, donut, juice, milk. Tues., Sept. 22 - Pizza, cereal, yogurt cup, juice, milk. Wed., Sept. 23 - cereal, graham crackers, French toast sticks, juice, milk. Thurs., Sept. 24 - Pizza, cereal, yogurt cup, grape juice, milk. Fri.,

Simmons, city apply for grant

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Simmons Foods and the City of Decatur could receive a $232,000 grant through the Arkansas Economic Development Program for the construction of a parking lot at Simmons' new pet food plant in Decatur.

Fountain Project Nears Goal As Donation Received

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Members of the Boys and Girls Club in Gravette collected $62 which was presented to Helen Owen and Henry Utecht who are sponsoring the project to install a Lion drinking fountain in Kindley Memorial Park.

Hiwasse News

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Last Week I apologize for having no news last week. Guess I'm just getting old and slow. I can't seem to make an early deadline.

Former GMCH Employees Meet Monday

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

The "old" Gravette Medical Center Hospital (GMCH) Gang will meet Monday, September 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Main Cafe to fellowship and reminisce, according to Snooky Garrett.

Bulldog Days:

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Though there will definitely be a carnival, hot air balloons and car show during the Bulldog Days Festival Oct. 9, 10 and 11, the rest of the event is up in the air.

Tires slashed in Decatur

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Vandals slashed tires on 12 vehicles along Jerry Street and Valley Street during the early hours of Friday morning, causing more than $1,700 in damage. Some of the tires that were destroyed were valued at up to $300. One household had one tire on all four of its vehicles slashed.

Decatur FFA members getting ready for the fair

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Twelve members of the Decatur FFA are showing a variety of hogs, cattle, sheep and goats in the Benton County Fair this week.

Changes announced for Oct. 3 poker run

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

The Christians in Action Group at the Decatur United Methodist Church has made some scheduling changes for the Oct. 3 Poker Run, planned to raise money for the Decatur CIA Food Bank.

Contract Approved For New Field House And Music Complex

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Construction should begin soon on two new buildings for Gravette Public Schools. The Board of Education last Thursday evening approved construction contracts for a new field house at the school and a new music complex for the middle school.

Arvest Amends City Hall Lease Agreement

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

After hearing reports from various city departments : public safety, library, streets and utilities and planning department, the Gravette City Council discussed several items.

Gravette Public Library Sets Grand Reopening

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Saturday, September 26, will be a "black and white and red all over" day for the Gravette Public Library. The library, whichhas beenclosed for several weeks for remodeling, will hold its "Grand Reopening" , said Kimberley Gibson, library manager.

Arletta Wallace Is Awarded PhD Degree

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Arletta S. Wallace of Gravette, above, was the recent recipient of her Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Capella University.

JGT Club Will Meet Next Wednesday

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in the computer room at the Center.

Senior Center Report

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

In recognition of National Senior Center Month, the Center will be having a different guest speaker each Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Jon Dale Dueker, 61, of SulphurSprings,diedSeptember 10, 2009, at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette. He was born Feb. 27, 1948, inTopeka, KS, the son of Alton and JoyWoodworth Dueker.

Village Players Will Present Comedy During Early October

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

The Village Players will present the classic comedy "Arsenic & Old Lace" , a classic comedy written by Joseph Kesselring, Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 11, at 2 p.m.

Maysville News

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Sunday was sure a nice September day. We are supposed to get more rain this week also.

Storm Spotter Course Is Offered At High School

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette High School will host a Storm Spotter Course Monday evening, September 28.

New Tractor Supply Coming To Siloam

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Siloam Springs. It is tentatively set for completion in February of next year.

PSAT Test Will Be Administered At GHS October 14

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Juniors at Gravette High School will have the opportunity to take the PSAT test Wednesday, October 14, according to Shannon Mitchell, counselor at GHS.

FFA Boosters Plan Meeting Next Tuesday At School

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

All persons interested in forming 2010 Future Farmers of America Boosters are invited to attend a planning meeting, Tuesday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the GHS agri department.

Interactive Study Group First Meeting Is Next Tuesday

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

The first study session of the nondenominational interactive study "When Godly People Do Ungodly Things" will be held Tuesday, September 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ Fellowship Hall in Gravette.

Information For Vets Next Week At Rogers Store

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

The Disabled American Veterans' mobile service office will be at the Pig Trail Harley-Davidson store in Rogers Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26.

Check School Election Results In Daily Record

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Results of the annual school election yesterday, Tuesday, were not available at press time Tuesday. Look for results in today's (Wednesday's ) Benton County Daily Record. Results will be published in next week's News Herald.

Water, sewer rates to rise in January

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Rates for Gentry's water and sewer customers will go up again, beginning with the bill due in January 2010.

OPINION?

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

I love these September calves. They hit the ground growing by leaps and bounds, don't have cold weather to deal with and the fall rain makes for nice green grass for their Mammies. Milk just pours into the little beef machines and I grin all over! This September is real nice, not too hot and dry, and I appreciate it. But I am watching real close for blow flies.

Hendren May File For U.S. Senate

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Throughout the summer, Kim Hendren's apparent indecision about whether to run for the U. S. Senate has been more apparent than real.

Gentry falls to 3A champs

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Breakdowns on two special teams plays allowed host Charleston to beat Gentry on Friday.

Lions Rein In McDonald County; Head For The Land Of Oz This Friday

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Suffering no side effects from a mild concussion suffered a week ago, it was Gravette's Colt Moorman who left McDonald County (MO) with a big headache Friday night.

Living in the 'movie generation'

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Truly, this generation is a "movie generation." Kids today watch far more movies than I ever knew were in existence. And to someone as old as me, it's kind of hard to believe that anyone, much less a whole generation, could be so obsessed with such things.

WEEKLY DEVOTION Behold! The Lamb of God:.

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Capitol Reports Credit scores and insurance rates

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Consumers' credit scores influence the premiums they pay for most of the insurance policies written in Arkansas for motor vehicles and homes.

Archeological parks in Arkansas

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

Although several of our state parks focus on historical figures and events, there are three that specifically preserve archeological collections and sites that commemorate those who inhabited this land many, many centuries before us.

Off The Cuff

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

It happened with an abruptness that jars a person back to reality. It was unexpected. Surprising.

Lady Pioneers take third in district golf tournament

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

It was a great day for Gentry at the Scottsdale Country Club in Bella Vista. The senior high girls' team took third place overall at the district match.

Pioneers take second place in district play

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

The Pioneers forged their way to a secondplace finish Sept. 3 at the Scottsdale Country Club in Bella Vista.

Orange-Black Game Scheduled

posted: 09/16/2009 6 a.m.

The Gravette Youth Football annual "Orange-Black" game will be held Saturday, September 19, at 5 p.m. at Lion Stadium at Gravette High School. There is no admission but donations will be appreciated.

Wednesday, September 9

Letters to the editor

posted: 09/09/2009 7:09 a.m.

Vote to support a new FHS As a teacher at Fayetteville High School, I feel that I have a responsibility to not only provide the best education possible, but also provide a safe environment for our students. At the present time in the present facility, it is nearly impossible for me to do that.

Senator Hendren Wants To Improve Contract State Law

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

State Sen. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, would like state lawmakers to look at and improve a new state law enacted this year concerning superintendents' contracts.

OPINION?

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Lord knows we need rain, rain every day a little at a time, just to keep things watered would not be too much. Keeping things washed and fresh would be just great and you gotta know the fresh grass would make better beef from the beginning. But, and there is that little word, why does it have to rain in the early mornings?

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

"I am 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Make straight the way of the LORD,"' as the prophet Isaiah said." John 1:23 (Read 19-28 ) Who was John the Baptist? He confessed that he was not the Christ, not Elijah, nor the Prophet promised by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15ff.

Leslie Foster Receives Scholarship From IAF

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Leslie Foster of Gravette has received a $1,000 scholarship from Imagine America Foundation (IAF), according to Robert Martin, president of the organization which aids "students who demonstrate a commitment to their education in breaking down barriers between themselves and their dreams."

LUNCH MENUS

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

PEA RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mon., Sept. 14 - Chicken sandwich, tator tots, lettuce and pickle, banana pudding.

Edna Hopkins Will Observe Ninety-Third Birthday This Week

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Edna Hopkins of Sulphur Springs will be celebrating her 93rd birthday this Wednesday, September 9, and her daughter, Elaine Manildi, invites friends to drop in to wish her a happy birthday.

Junior high Pioneers get past the Bulldogs

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Gentry Junior High had its first football game Tuesday and beat Decatur 26-14.

Jones Trust offers new location for county Health Department

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Members of the Jones Trust presented Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee with two proposals for the county to relocate the Health Department to the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers.

Former Gentry player leader on Watts team

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

For the 2009 high school football season, the quarterback for the Watt's Engineers is junior Dylan Edens.

Not all students heard Obama's noon address

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Students in the Decatur School District didn't watch President Obama's controversial address to the nation's school children during their lunch hour yesterday, but that doesn't mean they won't ever be watching it.

Decatur Head Start receives grant

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play announced Northwest Arkansas Head Start as one of 351 recipients of a $5,000 grant to improve the outdoor play space at the Decatur Head Start Center.

Gym to be open for Friday-night basketball

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Starting on Sept. 11, the Lloyd Peterson Gym at Decatur High School will be open on Friday nights for students to play basketball, cheer their friends on or just hang out.

County loses first battle:

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Benton County lost its motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by TNT Dirtworks seeking $1.4 million for work the company performed during January's ice storm.

Goat show results

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The Bloomfield 4-H and the Gentry FFA held a goat show at Gentry High School on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Talent show added to Gentry's Fall Festival

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Gentry's Got Talent will be part of the Gentry Fall Festival held in the Gentry City Park on Oct 10.

County sends in last reimbursement request to FEMA

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

On Aug 31, Benton County officials sent in their last request for reimbursement to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Greuel, Casuscelli to wed in Indiana

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Michael and Janet Casuscelli of Traverse City, Mich., and Brian and Jane Greuel of Gentry, Ark., announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Kimberley Casuscelli and Nathan Greuel, both of Fishers, Ind., The bride is the granddaughter of Bet Crosier and Louis Casuscelli, both of North Adams, Mass., and the late Harry and Kak Chronister. She is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Ind., with a bachelor's degree in business marketing. She is employed as a design and sales consultant at The Tile Shop in Indianapolis, Ind.

Superintendent contracts:

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

State Sen. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, would like state lawmakers in 2011 to look at and improve a new state law enacted this year concerning superintendents' contracts.

Jech ranks third at Valley View

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Jessica Jech finished third at Valley View on Sept. 1 in a golf match against Farmington, Prairie Grove, Gravette and Lincoln.

A Walk in the Park Life's not quite the same without Dad: What I miss most ....

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

After my father's death last April, I attempted to pay tribute to him in one of my columns. At that point, it was too soon to realize how life would change without him. Although I had no trouble listing several admirable qualities, I think I remember writing then that I would miss his humor the most. I have changed my mind. I can say now that what I miss most is not any particular characteristic, but Dad himself - the man, the friend, the father.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

It's still a couple of weeks till the first day of fall but the golden days of autumn have already arrived. A shower of leaves has been dropping from the walnut trees and sumac in the fencerows are taking on shades of red and orange. We've had several nice showers this week but the rainy days alternate with foggy mornings that develop into clear days with brilliant sunshine.

Lions Win Season Opener With 28-8 Victory Over Jay Bulldogs

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette coach Bill Harrelson always likes to have two quarterbacks ready to play - just in case.

Henson new school nurse

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Kathy Henson, the new nurse at Decatur High School, has more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse and a special place in her heart for children.

Allison Hall Graduates From Combat Training

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Army Reserve Pfc. Allison E. Hall, daughter of Gordon and Janie Hall of Bella Vista, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

Gravette Students Had Option To Hear President's Speech

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Editor's Note: This story is written and The News Herald published prior to President Obama's address to students in schools throughout the nation which was held Tuesday, September 8.

Fire department shown night-vision equipment

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Air-Evac helicopters are now equipped with night-vision technology which makes it possible for Air-Evac to fly more safely and in more situations, pilot Howard Anderson told Decatur Firefighters.

School Pride Days big success at GIS

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

School Pride Days took place this summer at Gentry Intermediate School, with the following items accomplished : Student center was painted with a bright yellow ; The boys and girls restrooms were painted and made more kid friendly; The bulletin boards were redecorated; Vinyl letters were used in the student center and on the entrance doors; Furniture was moved in the student center; Office bathrooms were painted; Banners were relocated to the bus tunnel; The front flower bed was replanted; A new flower bed was created around the old oak at the circle drive; The front of the building and concrete slab were power-washed.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Disappointed in school decision

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Editor, I am very disappointed in the Gentry Public School systems. On Sept. 8, 2009, President Obama spoke to our children in schools across our great nation by video.

Openings Still Available In Study Class At Gravette Church

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

A non-denominational interactive study by Beth Moore entitled "When Godly People Do Ungodly Things" is still open to persons interested in attending.

Chris Becker With American Salers Junior Association

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Chris Becker of Maysville willserveasecondtermonthe American Salers Junior Association for the 2009-10 year.

OSHA awards Star Program designation to McKee Foods Operations in Gentry

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

McKee Foods Corporation was awarded the Star Program designation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a special ceremony on Sept. 1 The Star Program designation indicates that McKee Foods has achieved the highest level of compliance possible through OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program. Companies in the Star Program have exemplary safety and health management systems and have achieved injury and illness rates at or below the national average of their respective industries. These sites are self-sufficient in their ability to control workplace hazards.

Reunion of families set for Saturday at the Fairmount Community Building

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Four women from northwest Arkansas are researching their ancestry in the Gentry and Springtown area and are planning a reunion of family members at the Fairmount Community Building this weekend.

Capitol Reports Arkansas-Grown Web site developed

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Many farmers use sophisticated machinery to grow their crops and modern communications technology to market them.

Wozniak To Retire As Bella Vista Police Chief

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Bella Vista Police Chief James "Jim" Wozniak will retire September 30 after serving 32 years with the Bella Vista Police Department. He previously served seven years as a patrol officer in Menomonie, WI.

County Assessor Moving Office To New Location; Move Scheduled Dec. 31

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The Benton County assessor will move the appraisal office from 110 W. Central Ave. to 306 N.E. Blake St. on Dec. 31.

Free Trees Available

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Everyone from Arkansas who becomes a member of the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation's Trees for America campaign.

Mystery Tree Program Scheduled Next Tuesday At Hobbs State Park

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

At 7 p.m. September 15 at the new Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area visitor center, Don Wells, president of the Mountain Stewards of Jasper, Georgia, will present a program on "The Mystery of Trees".

Are newspapers dying?

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Are newspapers dying? Roy Ockert, editor of the Jonesboro Sun, has been working in the newspaper business for nearly 50 years. He started at a newspaper in Hot Springs while he was in high school and has seen quite an evolution in the world of communication. He's heard people suggest newspapers are dying before, and he's hearing it again.

McKee Bakery Moving Some Tennessee Lines To Facility In Gentry

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Snack cake baker McKee Foods Corp. is closing a bakery in Chattanooga and shifting the work to plants at Collegedale, TN, and Gentry, AR.

Agent Lists Variables In Setting Rental Price For Farm Land

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

When asked, "What's the going rate for renting land?" I decide that it may well be one of the Top 10 most difficult questions to answer. More recently the caller is usually a landowner with no rural rental acreage experience.

Old Town Steps: Are A Done Deal

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Thanks to donations from many individuals, businesses and supporters, many from out of town, and from Gravette alumni classes, the Old Town Steps will soon be completed.

Sulphur Springs Mayor Asks For Cut In Salary

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

On June 11 the Mayor of Sulphur Springs, Bobby Simon, asked the City Council to approve a change in his salary. In a world of business and political figures who seem to continually be seeking more and more money, Bobby's request was a breath of fresh air. He wanted his salary to be reduced to $5 a year. Considering all of the sacrifices Bobby has made for the city of Sulphur Springs, I was inspired to publicly recognize his dedication.

Tea Party Organizers Making Plans For Future Including "Brush Arbor" Scheduled This Thursday

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

This summer Benton County enthusiasts for the TEA Party - it stands for "Taxed Enough Already" - held Fourth of July and other rallies in the county.

Delinquent Property Sale Nets Nearly $500,000 In Revenue

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Twenty-two parcels of land in Benton County were purchased during the recent sale of tax delinquent properties conducted by Commissioner of Lands Mark Wilcox.

Diversity Conference Scheduled Thursday

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association (NOARK) will kick off its Third Diversity Conference with an opening general session focusing on Thursday, September 10, at 8 a.m. The theme is Diversity & Inclusion: A Business Priority.

Newspaper competitors reveal proposed merger

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas media landscape changed dramatically Thursday as the two newspaper companies competing against each other in the region announced a proposed merger.

Salon goes green at new location

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Tanglez Salon has opened at a new location west of Gentry and is going green, with certfiably organic hair products.

County Submits Final Request For Funds From FEMA

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

On Monday, Benton County officials sent in their last request for reimbursement to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Eightieth birthday reception planned

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The family of former Gentry resident Joy Dailey Gordon is having a reception in honor of her 80th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Griz Bear Comments President's address to students both unconstitutional and unlawful

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

On Tuesday, the President spoke to children in school classrooms across the nation urging them to stay in school, set goals, study hard and accomplish much. And it is certainly important for our young people to do just that. Parents, family members and teachers should be doing all in their power to educate and motivate students to learn and continue to study and learn throughout their lives.

Area Newspapers Seek Approval For Proposal Seeking Joint Venture

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The parent company of The Benton County Daily Record and the parent company of The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas announced last Thursday a proposal to create a joint venture between the firms in northwest Arkansas.

We "Made Do" During The Good Old Days

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Recently, I began thinking of all the changes I'd seen in my life. So many things I can't live without now, at one time I did live without.

Area Cities Receive Sales Tax Receipts

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Area cities' sales tax receipts for the month of July as reported in the August issue of "City and Town", the magazine of the Arkansas Municipal League, include the following amounts. The first figure is local sales tax receipts; the second, each city's share of the county one-cent sales tax.

County Loses Motion To Dismiss T-N-T Lawsuit

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Benton County lost its motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by TNT Dirtworks seeking $1.4 million for work the company performed during January's ice storm.

JBU Receives $5 Million For New Arts Center; Holds Ground Breaking

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs for a new performing arts center.

Feasibility Study Underway For Wind Farm Near Decatur

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Research is underway to determine if a wind farm project is feasible in an area between Decatur and Gentry.

Benton County Fair Is Scheduled Next Week

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The annual Benton County Fair, arguably one of the best county fairs in Arkansas, starts next Tuesday, September 15, at its location: 7640 S.W. Regional Airport Blvd., near Vaughn.

LIHEAP Is Cancelled

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The Office of Human Concern is no longer accepting applications for their LIHEAP (low income energy assistance program), they announced last Thursday.

Retired General Will Speak At Legion Meeting

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

etired Air Force Brigadier General Bernie Skoch will be guest speaker at a meeting of the Gravette American Legion Post 25 next Tuesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Lifeline Now Offers Cordless Phone Service To Citizens In N. W. Arkansas

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Lifeline of Northwest Arkansas has announced a new medical-alert service integrated into a cordless phone.

USS Decatur supporting U.S. troops in ongoing war on terror

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The USS Decatur is designed to operate with expeditionary strike groups and carrier strike groups in high-threat environments. She can also provide essential escort capabilities to Navy and Marine Corps amphibious forces, combat logistics ships and convoys.

Jay, Oklahoma Class of 1979 Announces Reunion Plans

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The Jay, Oklahoma, Class of 1979 will hold its 30-year reunion October 2 and 3 and all fellow classmates are being sought to attend the event which will include many activities starting with a tailgate party Friday evening.

Volunteer Training Program Planned At Gravette High

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Janna Sharp, coordinator of volunteers at Gravette High School, will hold a volunteer training program Thursday, September 10, at 3:30 p.m. at the GHS commons.

Senior Center Report

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

MENU Week of Sept. 14 - 18

Together We Read To Be Observed At Upper Elementary

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Gravette Upper Elementary has set aside Friday, September 11, as a day to celebrate volunteerism and literacy. First Lady Ginger Beebe is leading this statewide service project.

County Historical Society Will Meet Sunday

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Monte Harris will be special speaker at a meeting of the Benton County Historical Society Sunday, September 13, at 2:30 p.m. at the Conference Centre at Compton Gardens in Bentonville.

Athletic Boosters Will Meet Sunday

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

The Gravette Athletic Booster Club will hold their regular meeting Sunday, September 13, at 3 p.m. at the Health Room at Gravette High School.

School Election Is Next Tuesday

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

Voters in Gravette School District 20 will go to the polls next Tuesday, September 15, to elect a member to the Gravette School Board.

Board To Consider Construction Bids

posted: 09/09/2009 6 a.m.

A special meeting of the Gravette School Board will be held this week to consider and accept bids on a new fieldhouse at the High School campus and a new band and choir complex for the downtown campus.

Thursday, September 3

Animal Control, Bypass Discussed By City Council

posted: 09/03/2009 3:08 p.m.

Animal control, dogs in particular, consumed much of the discussion at Thursday night's meeting of the Gravette City Council.

Flu Shots Will Be Available

posted: 09/03/2009 3:06 p.m.

All students in Arkansas, including those in Gravette schools, will be able to receive free flu vaccinations this fall through a program sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Health.

School Election Early Voting Is Now Underway

posted: 09/03/2009 3:05 p.m.

The Gravette School District annual school board election will be held Tuesday, September 15, in which voters will choose a member of the board for a five-year term.

Gravette Farmers' Market Is Going Strong Every Saturday

posted: 09/03/2009 3:04 p.m.

Gravette Farmers' Market, located in Old Town Park each Saturday morning, "is still going strong," said Allyson Ransom, who directs the operation.

Class of 1959 Gives Scholarship

posted: 09/03/2009 3:01 p.m.

Photo and Story By Phoebe Ann Adams The Class of 1959 celebrated their 50th year reunion August 7 by inviting the classes of '58, '59, '60 and '61 to an evening of food, memorabilia, memories and visiting.

JGT Club Members Enjoy Meeting

posted: 09/03/2009 3 p.m.

The regular monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Wednesday, August 26, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with six members and two guests, Charlie Griffin and Harlan Montag, present.

Kit Kane Is Eagle

posted: 09/03/2009 2:59 p.m.

Kristopher (Kit) Kane, of Gravette, recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the son of Kelly and Marie Kane and a member of Boy Scout Troop 117 of Gravette.

Heritage Baptist Youth Programs Announced

posted: 09/03/2009 2:58 p.m.

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

Senior Center Report

posted: 09/03/2009 2:57 p.m.

In recognition of National Senior Center Month, the Center will be having a different guest speaker each Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Holiness Bible School Receives ACE Recognition

posted: 09/03/2009 2:56 p.m.

For the sixth consecutive year, Gravette Holiness Bible School has been recognized as a Model Status school by Accelerated Christian Education.

Key and Beltz Are Students At Arkansas School Of Mathematics

posted: 09/03/2009 2:55 p.m.

Chance Key and Radiance Beltz, both of Gravette, have been invited to attend the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs as part of the Class of 2011.

Sulphur Baptist Revival Is Set Sept. 6-9

posted: 09/03/2009 2:54 p.m.

First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs will hold revival services Sunday, September 6, through Wednesday, September 9, with Richard Green as guest speaker.

Donivan Service Is Saturday Night

posted: 09/03/2009 2:53 p.m.

Donivan Full Gospel Church will hold its monthly service this Saturday, September 5, at 7 p.m.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 09/03/2009 2:53 p.m.

We've had a busy week topped with a productive weekend.

Hay Daze At Highfill Is September 12

posted: 09/03/2009 2:51 p.m.

The City of Highfill will celebrate "Highfill Hay Daze" on Saturday, September 12, in that city's park.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 09/03/2009 2:49 p.m.

There is not one single person in the cattle business who has a cow/calf operation that has not had trouble with a cow taking a calf.

Off The Cuff

posted: 09/03/2009 2:47 p.m.

Gravette School District's annual school election is fast approaching, with the vote scheduled Tuesday, September 15. There is only one question on the ballot: the selection of a board member who will serve a five year term.

New Home Is Almost Ready For County Health Office In Siloam Springs

posted: 09/03/2009 2:45 p.m.

After more than two years of waiting the city will see the county Health Department return.

Hiwasse News

posted: 09/03/2009 2:44 p.m.

A new school year always brings out a round of colds.

Opinion Being Sought Concerning City/County Planning Jurisdiction

posted: 09/03/2009 2:44 p.m.

The Benton County Planning Board will request the opinion of the state's attorney general regarding planning jurisdictions.

Maysville News

posted: 09/03/2009 2:41 p.m.

We are sure having good August weather, rain and cooler temperatures.

Maysville 4-H Club Discusses Fair Booth

posted: 09/03/2009 2:39 p.m.

Kate Stidham called the recent meeting of the Maysville 4-H Club to order and led the review of the 4-H emblem.

Lunch Menus

posted: 09/03/2009 2:38 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch

Arkansas Western Announces New Call Center And Billing Procedure

posted: 09/03/2009 2:33 p.m.

Arkansas Western Gas Company (AWG), a subsidiary of SourceGas LLC (SourceGas) announced Monday the implementation of a new billing system and in-house customer care center (call center) for its Arkansas natural gas customers.

Slinkard Says: Repeal Of Lottery Is Not Likely

posted: 09/03/2009 2:32 p.m.

She doesn't support a proposal that would repeal the law that set up the state lottery, said state Rep. Mary Lou Slinkard, Gravette. The Arkansas Legislative Council recently referred a proposal for an interim study on a repeal proposal to the State Agencies Committee, of which Slinkard is a member. The proposal is by state Sen. Sue Madison of Fayetteville. After the study, Madison wants to bring before the Arkansas Legislature, set for a regular meeting beginning in February 2010, her proposal to repeal legislation setting up the Arkansas Lottery Commission.

FFA Members Are Readying For The Fair

updated: 09/03/2009 2:31 p.m.

Gravette FFA members, along with other FFA and 4-H members from the area, recently participated in a livestock show sponsored by the Decatur FFA chapter.

Lions open season at Jay this Friday night

posted: 09/03/2009 2:29 p.m.

The Gravette Lions kick off their season Friday evening when they travel to Jay, in the season opener at 7:30 p.m.

Jacy Alsup Attends Leaders Conference In California

posted: 09/03/2009 2:20 p.m.

Nine Arkansas youth, including a Gravette junior, represented the state at the 2009 LEAD (Leaders Engaged in Angus Development ) conference held recently in San Francisco, where they learned more about the beef industry, leadership and interpersonal skills.

Seats Still Available For Bus Trip To Game In Wellington, Kansas On September 18th

posted: 09/03/2009 9:43 a.m.

Bus seats are still available for Lion Boosters who want to make the trip to Wellington, Kansas, September 18 when Gravette travels to Wellington to tangle with the Crusaders.

Wednesday, September 2

Obituaries

posted: 09/02/2009 3:44 a.m.

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