Wednesday, April 28

Five interviewed for top school post

posted: 04/28/2010 11:41 a.m.

Five candidates were interviewed for the position of superintendent of Decatur Public Schools last Friday.

Battle for Hope set for Saturday

posted: 04/28/2010 11:40 a.m.

The Heather Ridley Fleeman Battle for Hope race and family fun walk will be held on Saturday at the Old Tiger Stadium in Bentonville.

Smith appealing decision denying him school pay

posted: 04/28/2010 11:38 a.m.

Former superintendent Dave Smith is appealing Benton County Circuit Court Judge Doug Schrantz’ ruling on Smith’s lawsuit against the Decatur School District.

School to celebrate 'all-things-Arkansas'

posted: 04/28/2010 11:34 a.m.

Northside Elementary School students will celebrate “all things Arkansas” with parents and community members at the upcoming Traveling Through Arkansas festival.

School needs raise issue of millage increase, bond

posted: 04/28/2010 11:31 a.m.

Bids were opened by the school board on April 19 to replace and improve lighting in the high school gymnasium and to install lighting in the student parking lot outside the gym.

Teachers rehired by board

posted: 04/28/2010 11:25 a.m.

Annual contracts were renewed for 115 teachers and staff members of the Gentry School District on April 19 by unanimous vote of the school board, with board member Ted Dorn requesting an executive session to discuss personnel matters as the vote was taken.

Man rescues woman from burning vehicle in Highfill

posted: 04/28/2010 11:23 a.m.

The police department issued a commendation for heroism to Carlos Castillo of Bethel Heights for his life-saving actions on the night of April 15 when he came upon an accident on Arkansas Highway 264 on the east edge of Highfill near the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.


posted: 04/28/2010 11:20 a.m.

Area Happenings reported as of April 28, 2010

Billingsley-Litterst to wed

posted: 04/28/2010 11:18 a.m.

Michelle Catherine Billingsley of Bauxite and Nathan Boone Litterst of Russellville plan to marry at 5:30 p.m.

Convenient-care clinic to open at Wal-Mart in Siloam Springs

posted: 04/28/2010 11:18 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in collaboration with Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital, Community Physicians Group and Northwest Health System announced the Thursday opening of Siloam Springs’ newest offering in health care services - “The Clinic at Walmart.”

Kindergarten enrollment under way

posted: 04/28/2010 11:17 a.m.

Kindergarten enrollment at Northside Elementary School is underway, but new state laws will affect when children with birthdays in August and September can begin school, according to principal Leslie Sharp.

Gentry Intermediate School Shining Stars

posted: 04/28/2010 11:17 a.m.

The Gentry Intermediate School Shining Stars for week of April 19-23 are:

Tax revenue up for Gentry and Highfill

posted: 04/28/2010 11:13 a.m.

Tax receipts were up in Gentry for the month of March, according to figures published in City & Town, the official publication of the Arkansas Municipal League.


posted: 04/28/2010 11:12 a.m.

April 28, 2010

A Walk in the Park | When life leads me to wit's end

posted: 04/28/2010 11:11 a.m.

Last Sunday I got a chance to visit Crystal Bridges at the Massey on the square in Bentonville to view the “Looking at Our Landscape” exhibit.

Griz Bear Comments | A fundamental error in the use of the label "fundamentalist"

posted: 04/28/2010 11:08 a.m.

When I hear how many in the news media and among liberal circles of the general population use the term “fundamentalist,” it’s somewhat of a relief to know they’re not talking about me — well, at least if they’re using the term in its historical setting.


posted: 04/28/2010 11:07 a.m.

In this world, the battle rages between those in the kingdom of darkness and those who are in the kingdom of light. And the battle is fierce as the devil and those allied with him seek to destroy the faith of all who hope in Jesus. With his lies and temptations to turn us away from the truth, he seeks to separate us from Christ Jesus and the mercy and forgiveness Jesus won for us when He lived a holy and sinless life in our stead and then went to the cross to pay in full the penalty for the sins of the world.

Haiti benefit planned

posted: 04/28/2010 11:06 a.m.

A dinner to benefit the people of Haiti will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at the Main Street Pavilion (next door to the Chicken Coop Flea Market) in Gentry.

Teams do well in track

posted: 04/28/2010 11:05 a.m.

Both the junior and senior high track teams had a great season, according to coach Stan Ellis.

Girls fall to Shiloh in double overtime

posted: 04/28/2010 11:04 a.m.

The Shiloh Christian and Gentry girls soccer teams entered Saturday’s showdown nearly identical and played an evenly-matched game for 96 minutes until Tracey Mardis’ golden goal gave the Lady Saints a 2-1 win and the 4A-1 Conference championship.

Lady Pioneers win their final conference game

posted: 04/28/2010 11:01 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers took on the Huntsville Lady Eagles in Gentry Thursday afternoon for their last conference softball game of the season.

Junior high wins conference meet

posted: 04/28/2010 11 a.m.

The Gentry Junior High boys finished a great year this season, pulling off an unexpected win in the conference track meet. The Pioneers outscored the favored Prairie Grove Tigers 162 to 154 for a conference championship.

Highfill Extension Club meets

posted: 04/28/2010 11 a.m.

President Peggy Dillahunty opened the Highfill Extension Club meeting April 19 and showed items from the cultural arts workshop on April 15.

Gentry Primary School Shining Stars

posted: 04/28/2010 10:59 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of April 19-23 are: Kindergarten — Huntlee Wilkerson, Nancy Vang, Andrew Heath, Jee-Nuj Yang, Ty Teeselink and Trenten Sheets; First Grade — Emmi Burgess, Zachary Jarnagan, Edgar Banuelos, Megan McCollum and Braden Evans; and Second Grade — Ruby West, Brandon Jones, Ah-Xai Yang, Sydney Smith, Tyler Luedecke and Azariah Wood.

Tuesday, April 27

Recycling Grant Being Sought For New Local Program

posted: 04/27/2010 10:46 a.m.

The City of Gravette is in the process of applying for a “Recycling Education Grant” from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, according to Allyson Ransom, who is in charge of the grant application.

Several Actions During Short Council Session

posted: 04/27/2010 10:45 a.m.

Gravette City Council meeting Thursday night was brief, slightly more than one hour, but several items of business were addressed. In addition, the Council heard information concerning the wastewater treatment facility’s upgrade replacement. See related story.

GHS End Of School Activities Announced

posted: 04/27/2010 10:44 a.m.

The Gravette High School Calendar of Events for the month of May includes the following activities: GHS drama department presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the public, Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center and Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the PAC.

Public Library’s New Summer Programs

posted: 04/27/2010 10:42 a.m.

Several upcoming activities /projects are announced for the Gravette Public Library, according to Kim Schneider, library manager.

ANSWERS SOUGHT- Council Hears Update On Sewer Project Ideas

posted: 04/27/2010 10:41 a.m.

The City Council during last Thursday night’s meeting heard reports from Junior Hartley, Gravette’s Public Works Operations Manager, and from Council members Byron Warren and Forrest White concerning the much-discussed sewer treatment facility project.

Meeting Set For Farmers’ Market Vendors

posted: 04/27/2010 10:41 a.m.

A pre-season meeting for vendors of the Gravette Farmers Market will be held Monday, May 10, at 4:30 p.m. at Gravette City Hall.

Local Church Group Plans Trip To Haiti; Schedules Fund Raisers

posted: 04/27/2010 10:40 a.m.

Harvest Baptist Church in Gravette announces a group from the church will be involved in a mission trip to Haiti in July of this year.

CCOA Suggests Money Saving Entertainment Tips For Summer Enjoyment

posted: 04/27/2010 10:40 a.m.

Entertainment doesn’t have to be expensive, according to a news release from Bruce Castleberry, Community Outreach Coordinator for CCOA.

Yard Sale To Benefit Jim Starr, Fall Victim

posted: 04/27/2010 10:33 a.m.

Jim Starr, who operates Squeaky Clean Windows, fell from a ladder March 29 and suffered spinal cord injuries. He and his wife are self-employed. Following hospitalization he has been moved to a rehab facility.

Fund Raiser Is Announced For St. Jude’s Hospital

posted: 04/27/2010 10:32 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Marisol Jackson, director of the Gravette Community Garden project, reports daughter Andrea is a patient through St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 04/27/2010 10:30 a.m.

We had a lovely, sunny week and a rainy weekend. The dark purple iris have been joined by a lighter purple variety by the back door. Our garden plants are doing well and lettuce, radishes, onions, potatoes and cucumbers are coming up. April is National Poetry Month and the warm breezes, refreshing rain and therapeutic “digging in the dirt” are enough to make anyone wax poetic. Springtime in the Ozarks is a beautiful time indeed.

Jewell To Entertain At Decatur Celebration

posted: 04/27/2010 10:28 a.m.

Country music artist Buddy Jewell will be the entertainer at the 57th annual Decatur Barbecue which is scheduled on Friday, August 6 this year.

Work Day Announced For Georgia Cemetery

posted: 04/27/2010 10:27 a.m.

The Georgia Flat Cemetery Association will hold their annual meeting and cleanup on Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at the Georgia Cemetery. The mowing schedule and upcoming projects at the cemetery will be covered.

AUTHOR FINDS REWARD- Never Say Never To Accomplishing A Personal Goal

posted: 04/27/2010 10:26 a.m.

Forty-two years after I left school I walked back into a classroom.

Shower Will Honor Brittany McDowell

posted: 04/27/2010 10:20 a.m.

A wedding shower honoring Brittany McDowell, bride-elect of Brad Houtchens, will be held Saturday, May 8, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at the Bentonville Church of Christ Activity Center.

Announce Middle School Students Of The Month

posted: 04/27/2010 10:19 a.m.

The Gravette Middle School announces the following students are “Students of the Month” for April.

Senior Center Report

posted: 04/27/2010 10:19 a.m.

We are seeking plant and seed donations for our garden. The following plants and seeds are needed: Vegetables - tomato, green bell pepper, cucumber, yellow squash and zucchini. Flowers - giant sunflower, marigold and zinnias are needed. All donations can be dropped off at the Senior Center located at 1870 Limekiln Road in Gravette.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 04/27/2010 10:18 a.m.

April 28, 2010

Work Day This Saturday At Bethel Cemetery

posted: 04/27/2010 10:13 a.m.

A work day will be held this Saturday, May 1, at 9:30 a.m. at Bethel Cemetery south of Gravette.

Free Gas/Groceries

posted: 04/27/2010 10:12 a.m.

Members of New Life Church in Centerton were in Gravette Sunday afternoon giving surprised motorists $10 in free gas at the Gravette station and gift cards for groceries at Marvin’s.

Chicken & Noodle Luncheon At Museum

posted: 04/27/2010 10:12 a.m.

The Gravette Historical Museum will serve a “Chicken and Noodles” luncheon Thursday, May 6 from 11 to 1 at the museum located in the historic Kindley House east of the Civic Cener. Tickets are available, including at the News Herald office or may be purchased at the door for $5. Carry-outs will be available.

County OKs grant for phone notification system

posted: 04/27/2010 9:59 a.m.

The Benton County Quorum Court gave approval to use a $100,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase an emergency telephone notification system Thursday.

Former sheriff: Ferguson using truck illegally

posted: 04/27/2010 9:58 a.m.

Former Benton County Sheriff Andy Lee has sent a letter to Benton County Prosecutor Van Stone alleging Sheriff Keith Ferguson is using a public-owned vehicle for campaign purposes.

Court spends $300,000 for juvenile center

posted: 04/27/2010 9:54 a.m.

Members of the Quorum Court voted unanimously to spend $300,000 to develop a bid package to build a new Juvenile Justice Center.

Organizations’ Meetings At Shiloh Are Open To Interested

posted: 04/27/2010 9:53 a.m.

Following are upcoming monthly meetings at the Shiloh Museum in Springdale. The museum is located at the corner of Johnson and Main in downtown Springdale.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 04/27/2010 9:52 a.m.

Days roll along and some of them are just what we expect and others are so much better! I always expect to have a God given day of work, pleasure and try like the dickens to make a buck or two. My attitude is one that has been overhauled so dang many times that it sorta fits in the orbit where it belongs.

These are stories that appeared in the News Herald April 28, 1960:

posted: 04/27/2010 9:51 a.m.

• New sidewalks are being installed on the east Main Street on the Fred Johnson property.

Hiwasse News

posted: 04/27/2010 9:49 a.m.

Sympathy is extended to the Keith and Cover families for the loss of their loved one.

Gravette Lunch Menus

posted: 04/27/2010 9:49 a.m.

Week of May 3 - 7

Mt. Pleasant News

posted: 04/27/2010 9:48 a.m.

This has been a good week for me. Larry Holloway got by and plowed my garden and we have had some good rain. My special blackberries are about in full bloom. I’m hoping for a bumper crop.

Students Learn Many Lessons During “Have A Heart” Coin Drive

posted: 04/27/2010 9:46 a.m.

Gifted and talented students served ice cream to children at the Northside Elementary School in Decatur during a party to celebrate their success with the Have a Heart for Haiti coin drive.

Maysville E.H. Club Report

posted: 04/27/2010 9:45 a.m.

The Maysville E. H. Club met at the Community Center April 22. Sylvia Tucker was hostess for the meal. There was a great variety of delicious foods.

Extension Service Gives Good Tips On Choosing Trees

posted: 04/27/2010 9:43 a.m.

Shade trees foster cooler temperatures underneath their leafy boughs and that can translate to lower utility bills for homeowners, said Jim Robbins, extension horticulture specialist-ornamentals with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

A Basket Filled With $1 000 Bills?

posted: 04/27/2010 9:36 a.m.

They come with regularity. Almost every other week one shows up in my post office box. Forty-five times they arrived during a recent 12 month period.

The History of Mother's Day

posted: 04/27/2010 9:35 a.m.

Mother's Day is a holiday that is celebrated across the country and around the world. However, have you ever thought about the tradition behind the day?

GHS Band Performs At Disney World

posted: 04/27/2010 9:05 a.m.

The 40-plus members of the Gravette High School Marching Lions did just that — paraded down the streets at Disney World in Orlando, FL, during spring break.They are shown above relaxing in the “Jungle King Room” .

Kiwanians Will Hear About Operation of Decision Point

posted: 04/27/2010 9:04 a.m.

Gravette Kiwanis Club members will learn about the operation of Decision Point, a Bentonville rehabilitation agency, at the club meeting Friday at 7 a.m. at the Main Cafe.

Lions Drop Game To Mustangs

posted: 04/27/2010 9:03 a.m.

Alex Arntfield pitched a three-hitter and helped himself at the plate with a double and a triple to drive in three runs to lead the McDonald County team to an 8-2 win over the Gravette Lions April 22.

City-wide Yard Sale Planned This Week End At Sulphur

posted: 04/27/2010 9:02 a.m.

A citywide yard sale is being planned in Sulphur Springs this Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1, according to a spokesperson.

DISTRICT MEET AT GRAVETTE- Ladies Are Champs; Lions Runners-up

posted: 04/27/2010 9 a.m.

Shiloh Christian coach Rod Washington knew his boys track team would start the day behind last Friday at the 4A-1 meet at Lion Field.

Wednesday, April 21

Three to go to state track meet

posted: 04/21/2010 2:06 a.m.

Three Decatur High School students took first place in Monday’s district track meet at Fort Smith Southside, qualifying them to compete in the state track meet to be held April 30.

Decatur's Gallery Cafe adds banquet room

posted: 04/21/2010 2:03 a.m.

The Gallery Café has expanded its services to include a Banquet Room next door to the restaurant in the former Bulldog Video building.

Football to be revived at high school

posted: 04/21/2010 2:02 a.m.

School officials have decided to revive Decatur High School’s varsity football team next fall, superintendent LeRoy Ortman said at Monday’s town-hall meeting.

Poker run set for May 1

posted: 04/21/2010 2:01 a.m.

Firefighters and Bikers will be having a good time while raising money to help children during the first annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run on May 1.


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Reported as of April 21, 2010

Academy opens graphic-design business

posted: 04/21/2010 1:56 a.m.

Students at Ozark Adventist Academy may soon have the option of fulfilling their work-study requirements on campus at Skyline, a new graphic-design business being operated on the Gentry campus.

Teacher pay raise receives initial approval

posted: 04/21/2010 1:55 a.m.

Teachers and staff at Gentry Schools could get a pay raise next year if a proposed salary increase is approved by the school board next month.

Procedures outlined for building code enforcement

posted: 04/21/2010 1:54 a.m.

A procedure for dealing with properties in violation of city building codes was presented by city building inspector David McNair and Gentry Mayor Wes Hogue at Thursday’s Building and Property Code Enforcement Committee meeting.


posted: 04/21/2010 1:52 a.m.

Reported as of April 21. 2010

Gravette Museum Receives Grant

posted: 04/21/2010 1:09 a.m.

The Gravette Historical Museum has been awarded a $25,000 grant.

Kiwanians To Learn About Children’s Shelter

posted: 04/21/2010 1:09 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter will be the topic of discussion at the Gravette Kiwanis Club meeting Friday at 7 a.m. at the Main Cafe.

Council To Meet

posted: 04/21/2010 1:08 a.m.

Gravette City Council will meet April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. Among items that may be considered are:

Area Cities Receive March Sales Tax Receipts

posted: 04/21/2010 1:07 a.m.

Area cities’ sales tax receipts for the month of March as reported in the April issue of “City and Town” , the magazine the Arkansas Municipal League, include the following amounts.

Attend State Event | April Abiera Going To Nationals

posted: 04/21/2010 1:07 a.m.

Students from Gravette High School SkillsUSA student organization competed on April 13-14 in the Arkansas SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Championships held at the Convention Center in Hot Springs. SkillsUSA is a United States career and technical student organization serving more than 307,000 high schools, college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations.

Spaghetti Dinner Sunday At Sulphur Will Benefit Park

posted: 04/21/2010 1:06 a.m.

An “All You Can Eat” Spaghetti Dinner will be held Sunday, April 25, in the Old School Cafeteria in Sulphur Springs.

Holiness School Sets Spring Fling

posted: 04/21/2010 1:05 a.m.

The Gravette Holiness Bible School will hold a Spring Fling Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the school campus, located at 606 Atlanta SE (Highway 72 east). “Everyone is welcome,” according to Don Callaway, principal.

Bridal Shower Will Honor RaShel Sikes Saturday

posted: 04/21/2010 1:04 a.m.

A bridal shower in honor of RaShel Sikes, bride-elect of Zachary Poulter, will be held this Saturday, April 24, at the Church of Christ, 202 Irving Street S.W. in Gravette.

Daniel Poemoceah To Play With Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

posted: 04/21/2010 1:03 a.m.

Gravette High School band percussionist Daniel Poemoceah will be performing with the Ozarks Philharmonic Youth Orchestras in concert this Sunday, April 25, at the Arend Arts Center at Bentonville.

Skaggs - Edwards Wedding Plans

posted: 04/21/2010 1:03 a.m.

Jennifer M. Skaggs of Gravette and John H. Edwards III of New Madrid, MO, plan to marry April 24, 2010, at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in BellaVista.

Book Study Group’s First Meeting Is This Saturday

posted: 04/21/2010 1:02 a.m.

A new book study group has been organized and its first meeting will be this Saturday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the Gravette Presbyterian Church on Hwy. 72 East.

McKee rewarded for jobs

posted: 04/21/2010 1:02 a.m.

McKee Foods Corporation’s Gentry Plant received a $357,885.92 check from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission on April 13 for thriving participation in the Create Rebate program.

Arkansas Craft Guild Is Coming To Bentonville

posted: 04/21/2010 1:01 a.m.

The Arkansas Crafts Guild will host a showcase of members and invited guests’ work in the Atrium of the Clarion Hotel in Bentonville, May 13, 14 and 15.

Blood drives set for next week in Gentry Decatur

posted: 04/21/2010 1:01 a.m.

Two local Community Blood Center of the Ozarks blood drives are set for next Wednesday, April 28, in the Gentry and Decatur area.

Clean-Up Day Scheduled At Daniel Cemetery

posted: 04/21/2010 1:01 a.m.

Cleanup day at Daniel Cemetery, 1 1/2 miles north of Mt. Pleasant Church, will be held Saturday, April 24.

JGT Club Will Meet Wednesday

posted: 04/21/2010 1:01 a.m.

The regular monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club will be held next Wednesday, April 28, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center.

Senior Center Report

posted: 04/21/2010 1 a.m.

Thursday, April 15, 2010, was Live United Day. A group of employees from the Wal-Mart Realty office came to the center and volunteered their time to help spring clean the flower beds, pick up rocks and till the vegetable garden, paint a fire lane on the curb and install a clothesline pole. We thank them very much for the fantastic jobs they did.


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April 21, 2010

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 04/21/2010 1 a.m.

APRIL 22, 2010

Band to hold sale Saturday

posted: 04/21/2010 12:59 a.m.

The Gentry Marching Band and band boosters will hold a yard sale and car wash at Marvin’s Foods on Saturday, April 24, to raise money to help send students to summer band camp. The sale will include many new items donated by the Wal-Mart warehouse, as well as many personal donations.

New Animal Control Officer

posted: 04/21/2010 12:59 a.m.

Danny Dodge, 35, is the new animal control officer and code enforcement officer for the city of Gentry.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 04/21/2010 12:59 a.m.

We had a variety of weather this week. Warm, sunny weekdays were followed by rain and cooler weather on the weekend.

Griz Bear Comments | The Resurrection: Hoax or Historical Fact

posted: 04/21/2010 12:58 a.m.

The following is continued from last week's column arguing that the resurrection of Jesus is indeed a well-documented historical fact with farreaching implications for all.

The Census Is Important To YOU!

posted: 04/21/2010 12:57 a.m.

The importance of returning the census form you received several weeks ago is being stressed at all levels of government. And it can’t be too overemphasized.

A Walk in the Park | A little friendly competition can make visits more memorable

posted: 04/21/2010 12:57 a.m.

I’m usually not real competitive, but recently my husband and I have developed a little friendly rivalry over which of us can capture the best nature photographs. For a while I was sure I had an edge, but it seems now that he might be catching up.

Off The Cuff

posted: 04/21/2010 12:57 a.m.

Have you ever wondered how Gravette’s population has increased in recent years?


posted: 04/21/2010 12:56 a.m.

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-4

These are stories that appeared in the News Herald on April 21, 1960:

posted: 04/21/2010 12:56 a.m.

• The Gravette City Council appropriated $300 per month to sponsor a youth recreation program during the summer months. Coach Bernard McAbee has been hired to direct the program which will include swimming classes, softball and baseball activities.

Balloon rides

posted: 04/21/2010 12:55 a.m.

Students at Gentry Middle School who sold 10 or more packages of cookie dough in the school's fund-raising project were rewarded with rides on a hot-air balloon on Tuesday morning.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 04/21/2010 12:55 a.m.

I have seen about every wreck that can happen with being in the cattle business. Having been on the receiving end of many wrecks, I can attest that most of them are dire and some fatal. I have seen a 900 lb. steer try to jump a fence that was tall enough to keep antelope corralled and it was on a Sunday. He hung up, one leg dangled and we knew this was a fatal wreck immediately.

All-state bowler

posted: 04/21/2010 12:55 a.m.

Kaitlin Sixkiller, a sophomore at Gentry High School, finished in the top 10 percent of bowlers at the state bowling tournament held in Jonesboro. She bowled a 513 series and finished ninth overall. This is her second year to bowl for Gentry. The bowling team is coached by Marty Edmiston.

Second Annual Yard Sale This Friday/Saturday At County Fairgrounds

posted: 04/21/2010 12:55 a.m.

The second annual County-Wide Garage Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, at the Benton County Fairground exhibit hall.

Librarian Thanks Helpers Who Made Event A Success

posted: 04/21/2010 12:54 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Janna Sharp, Library Media Specialist at the Gravette High School, expresses her thanks to the community and volunteers who made the recent Community Book Giveaway a success. This is her report:

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 04/21/2010 12:54 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary and Intermediate Schools for the week of April 12-16

Hiwasse News

posted: 04/21/2010 12:53 a.m.

Apparently my leaf rake decided to go on a trip. If you happen to see it out there wandering up and down the road, looking lost, please direct it to my house Howard and Cathleen Spears, Novella Carlton and I attended an election training class in Bentonville on Saturday morning.

Lady Pioneers win two, lose one

posted: 04/21/2010 12:53 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers traveled to Berryville on April 12 and picked up another hardfought conference win over the Lady Bobcats.

Announce Planting Day For Community Garden In Gravette

posted: 04/21/2010 12:53 a.m.

Saturday, May 8, has been designated the official Gravette Garden Planting Day and Barbecue.

All-American Wrestlers

posted: 04/21/2010 12:53 a.m.

Gentry seniors Cody Stewart and Robert Henderson earned medals in national wrestling competition on April 2-4 in Kansas City, Mo. Eight Gentry wrestlers traveled to the competition: Tyler Easter, Barney Cheney, Kolby Rankin, Cody Stewart, Shawn Johnson, Jeff Philpott, Robert Henderson and Derrick McCain. Stewart and Henderson each placed eighth in their divisions, winning them the All-American awards.

Benefit Burger And Hot Dog Dinner Scheduled Sunday

posted: 04/21/2010 12:52 a.m.

A benefit hamburger and hot dog “dinner” will be served Sunday, April 25, following morning worship at Northwest Christian Center in Gravette. The meal will consist of burger, chips, drink and dessert.

Driver’s Ed Class Offered By GHS

posted: 04/21/2010 12:52 a.m.

A Driver’s Education Class/Driving will be offered this summer to persons interested, according to an announcement Tuesday from the Gravette High School.

Gentry soccer teams finishing well

posted: 04/21/2010 12:52 a.m.

The girls' soccer team won a friendly match 4-0 against Siloam Springs junior-varsity team last Thursday, in the team's only action of the week.

TIRED IRON OF THE OZARKS Tired Iron show grows

posted: 04/21/2010 12:51 a.m.

It was again a busy weekend at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks show grounds south of Gentry last weekend in spite of the rain showers which dampened things during portions of the day on Friday and Saturday.

Bigfoot Sighting Near Jay Is Termed A Hoax

posted: 04/21/2010 12:50 a.m.

Reports of sighting “Bigfoot” in Delaware County turned out to be a prank instigated by a group of boys, according to County Sheriff Jay Blackfox.

Bullying! Gravette School Addresses The Problem

posted: 04/21/2010 12:50 a.m.

Bullying. We hear, see and read a lot about that subject these days, mostly involving teens, preteens and elementary students. Sometimes even adults are involved.

Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club Has Had Busy Three Months

posted: 04/21/2010 12:49 a.m.

Editor’s Note: What’s been going on with the Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club? Brooke Belts, club reporter, provides the following report on activities during the first three months of the year.

Honor Roll Announced For Glenn Duffy Elementary

posted: 04/21/2010 12:48 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the third quarter at Glenn Duffy Elementary School has been released by school administrators. Students on the Honor Roll include the following:

Groundbreaking Announced For New Library At Southwest City

posted: 04/21/2010 12:47 a.m.

Groundbreaking for a new library in Southwest City, the Anne Croxdale Memorial Library, will be held Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the library site.

Conservation Scholarship Available For County Student

posted: 04/21/2010 12:46 a.m.

The Benton County Conservation District will sponsor a Benton County student to attend the “2010 Youth Conservation Workshop” camp which will be held at Camp Clearfork Campgrounds near Mt. Ida, AR, June 27- July 2.

Lunch Menus - Gravette

posted: 04/21/2010 12:46 a.m.

Week of April 26 - 30

Arson Fires Reported At Pea Ridge

posted: 04/21/2010 12:45 a.m.

Recent fires to structures on the Harvey Keene farm near Pea Ridge were arson, according to Will Hanna, Benton County Fire Marshal.

New Requirements For Contractors Involving Lead

posted: 04/21/2010 12:31 a.m.

Beginning later this month, federal law will require that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 must be certified in the new EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) and follow specific work practices to reduce human exposures to lead.

Hospital Health Fair | Scenes From The Health Fair

posted: 04/21/2010 12:30 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital held its second annual Health Fair Saturday. The event was a success, offering free health screenings to all attendees, health and safety information from 20 local vendors and games and activities for children.

Notification Coming On Arkansas Academic Scholarship Awards

posted: 04/21/2010 12:29 a.m.

Students waiting to be notified of Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship awards should begin receiving word from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) within a month, according to Dr. Jim Purcell, ADHE director.

Gravette Boy Is Heart Association Survivor

posted: 04/21/2010 12:29 a.m.

Editor’ Note: Remember the picture in the paper was published in The News Herald last February. That is Eli Misenheimer with his first deer kill. Now read the story below about the young man. The photo, and Eli, take on a new, special meaning.

Issues Box Bashing Warning

posted: 04/21/2010 12:27 a.m.

Postmaster Gerald Garner has issued a warning that persons who are vandalizing rural mail boxes face the possibility of fines or imprisonment or both.

Gravette Public Schools 2010-2011 Calendar

posted: 04/21/2010 12:27 a.m.

This version has the required 10 PLD days scheduled.

Jacy Alsup Wins Angus Awards

posted: 04/21/2010 12:24 a.m.

Jacy Alsup, of Gravette, has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA’s ) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Robin Ruff, American Angus Association director of junior activities.

Camps Available For Military Kids Through Partnered 4-H Project

posted: 04/21/2010 12:23 a.m.

April is the month of the military child in Arkansas. This distinction recognizes the more than 18,000 youth in Arkansas coping with stresses they experience while their parents serve in the military.

Lions At The Gentry Track Meet

posted: 04/21/2010 12:22 a.m.

Both Boys And Girls Teams Placed Second In The Meet Held In Gentry Last Week. See photos by Randy Moll in the printed Gentry Courier-Journal

Wednesday, April 14

Clean Up Day Announced At Daniel Cemetery

posted: 04/14/2010 2:43 p.m.

Cleanup day at Daniel Cemetery, 1 1/2 miles north of Mt. Pleasant Church, will be held Saturday, April 24.

Boozman Aide Discusses Sewer Project Finances

posted: 04/14/2010 1:58 p.m.

Gravette city officials met with a representative from Congressman John Boozman’s office last week to discuss financing Gravette’s wastewater treatment facility.

Kiwanians Speaker Friday Will Discuss Peel Mansion

posted: 04/14/2010 1:57 p.m.

A speaker representing the Peel Mansion and Gardens in Bentonville will be a guest at the Gravette Kiwanis Club meeting this Friday, April 16.

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS- Applicants Sought For Scholarships

posted: 04/14/2010 1:56 p.m.

All 2010 seniors interested in applying for one of four $1,000 scholarships provided by the Gravette Athletic Boosters, Inc. should pick up a GHS scholarship form from Shannon Mitchell, High School Counselor.

Alumni Data Base Is Being Compiled

posted: 04/14/2010 1:55 p.m.

Creation of a data base of Gravette High School alumni for the past 60 years is a project being undertaken by the Gravette Community Foundation.

Hospital Health Fair Scheduled This Saturday

posted: 04/14/2010 1:54 p.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette will hold a free Health and Safety Fair this Saturday, April 17, at the hospital.

Plant Donations Sought For Parks

posted: 04/14/2010 1:53 p.m.

The Gravette Parks Department is again accepting donations of plants for the current growing season, said Allyson Ransom, spokesperson for the city.

Senior Center Potato Bake Will Be Held This Friday

posted: 04/14/2010 1:52 p.m.

Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center in Gravette will host a Baked Potato Supper this Friday, April 16, at the Center located on Lime Kiln Road south and east of the hospital.

War Eagle Appreciation Celebration Will Be An Event Of May 15

posted: 04/14/2010 1:51 p.m.

The fourth annual War Eagle Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, May 15, at Withrow Springs State Park.

RaShel Sikes Will Be Feted At Bridal Shower

posted: 04/14/2010 1:49 p.m.

A bridal shower in honor of RaShel Sikes, bride-elect of Zachery Poulter, will be held Saturday, April 24, at the Church of Christ, 202 Irving Street S.W., in Gravette.

Sikes - Poulter

posted: 04/14/2010 1:49 p.m.

Announcement is made of the engagement of RaShel Lenea Sikes of Bentonville to Zachary Dane Poulter of Gravette.

Wedding Shower Will Honor Kim Schneider

posted: 04/14/2010 1:49 p.m.

A wedding shower in honor of Kim Boldt and David Schneider will be held this Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m. at the Gravette United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Schneider - Boldt

posted: 04/14/2010 1:49 p.m.

In a ceremony officiated by Bill Adams on Friday afternoon, April 2, Kim Boldt of Gravette became the bride of David P. Schneider of Bentonville.

Nehring Will Present Power Point At Shiloh

posted: 04/14/2010 1:48 p.m.

Gravette author Radine Trees Nehring will be at Harps in Centerton this Saturday, April 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. signing copies of her book, “A River to Die For” .

Savvy Swappers Group Is Started By Gravette Ladies

posted: 04/14/2010 1:47 p.m.

A group of ladies have begun meeting in Gravette once a month to share homemaking tips and enjoy a potluck evening meal.

Senior Center Report

posted: 04/14/2010 1:46 p.m.

Once again it is time for our annual fundraiser push. This is the thirteenth year, during the months of March and April, the Feinstein Foundation will give away one million dollars in a campaign to fight hunger. The more donations we receive from donors like you, the more money we will receive to fight hunger locally.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 04/14/2010 1:45 p.m.

April 14, 2010

Jack Reeves Band Will Perform In Gravette PAC This Saturday Evening

posted: 04/14/2010 1:44 p.m.

Jack Reeves and Band will be special artists at an Ozarks Classic Country concert at the GHS Performing Arts Center Saturday evening, April 17. The program will be held at 7 p.m.

Museum Will Hold Chicken And Noodle Luncheon

posted: 04/14/2010 1:43 p.m.

The Gravette Historical Museum announces it will hold a “Chicken and Noodles Luncheon” on Thursday, May 6, at the museum, which is located in the historic Kindley Home.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 04/14/2010 1:42 p.m.

We’ve had some lovely spring weather this week with warm, sunny days and mild nights. The blooms on the plum trees have shattered and the forsythia and hyacinths are fading but the redbud and flowering almond have come into full bloom. The clumps of peonies are growing taller and fat buds on the iris promise a sea of blooms soon. Tiny blades of gladiola leaves are pushing through the ground out by the garden shop.

Spring Showers Sometimes Bring More Than Flowers

posted: 04/14/2010 1:41 p.m.

I don’t remember the flowers much, that were the result of April showers. But I sure remember those spring rains we used to get at our farm west of Gravette.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 04/14/2010 1:40 p.m.

You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille, tax papers spread all over the dash of the truck, kitchen table and cookstove! I guess I can call her Lucille if I want to. My close relative hates for me to use that name to get her attention but it sure works. And, yes, she did leave me, she went to take the Grands to a ballgame and won’t be home till it is all said and done.

Gravette Letter to the Editor

posted: 04/14/2010 1:39 p.m.

Dear Editor, Due to a recent accident my grandmother, Katherine Tucker, has suffered a broken right hip. After undergoing emergency surgery to repair it she is recovering at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville.

Stories in the News Herald 50 years ago, April 14, 1960:

posted: 04/14/2010 1:39 p.m.

• The mobile x-ray unit will be at the Gravette Fire Station April 21 and all persons over 16 will be x-rayed. This is the first visit by the Tuberculosis Association unit since 1958.

Bible School Students Excel At Regional Competition

posted: 04/14/2010 1:38 p.m.

Students from the Holiness Bible School in Gravette recently participated in the 2010 ACE Regional Student Convention in Springfield, MO. The week-long competition involved about 30 Christian schools from the four-state area.

Hospital Employees Raise Funds For Coworker’s Child

posted: 04/14/2010 1:37 p.m.

The Ozarks Community Hospital recently raised more than $1,000 from employees to purchase an insulin pump for a coworker’s child.

Voter Registration Deadline Announced

posted: 04/14/2010 1:36 p.m.

Next Monday, April 19, is the deadline to register to be eligible to vote in the May 18 Primary Election.

Kindergarten Registration Information

posted: 04/14/2010 1:35 p.m.

Pre-enrollment and registration information for kindergarten and prekindergarten at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette is announced by school officials as follows: Kindergarten Children who live in the Gravette School District and who will reach the age of five on or before August 15, 2010, m ay be registered for kindergarten at the Glenn Duffy Elementary.

Registration Open For Next ACT Test

posted: 04/14/2010 1:34 p.m.

Registration is now open for the June 12 ACT achievement test. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register before May 7.

Free Electronics Recycling This Week At Springdale

posted: 04/14/2010 1:33 p.m.

Residents of Northwest Arkansas will be able to recycle their electronic waste at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 15, 16 and 17. The service is free.

Dog Has Found Home; Others Need Homes

posted: 04/14/2010 1:33 p.m.

A brown stray dog that many people wanted to help but which evaded capture for several weeks was finally caught by Officer Handle and now a couple are ready to adopt her.

ATV Rodeo At Decatur

posted: 04/14/2010 1:32 p.m.

The Decatur Parks and Recreation Department announced the fifth annual ATV Rodeo will be held June 12 on the Bruce Bates property on Y-City Road south of Decatur.

Happy Birthday Ladies

posted: 04/14/2010 1:32 p.m.

Mrs. Dorothy Aue and Mrs. Sue Stumbo Celebrate

AARP Sets Driver Safety Program At Senior Center

posted: 04/14/2010 1:31 p.m.

An AARP Driver Safety Program class has been scheduled at the Billy V. Hall Senior Center in Gravette next Monday, April 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sally Shorter Concert To Benefit Food Pantry

posted: 04/14/2010 1:30 p.m.

Sally Shorter of Gravette, who several months ago released a CD of gospel songs, will present a benefit concert Sunday, April 18, at the First Christian Church in Gravette.

Mt. Pleasant News

posted: 04/14/2010 1:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant had our week at Care and Share the week of March 30 through April 3. As usual we had a great time and worked hard.

Hiwasse News

posted: 04/14/2010 1:29 p.m.

This came in too late for last week’s news. After attending Easter sunrise services at the Baptist Church in Hiwasse, several went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Smith for Easter lunch. Those attending lunch were their daughter Trish Smith from Fayetteville, their son Trey, his fiancee Kim Zacary and JoAnna from Gravette, David and Terry Pruitt and Justin from Gravette, Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Graves, Ty, Hannah and Haley from Gravette, Bertina Freeman from Rogers, Margaret and Johnny Cowgur from Bentonville and Fred and Linda Bunch from Hiwasse.

Training Required For Child Care Providers In State

posted: 04/14/2010 1:23 p.m.

Childcare providers need 10 hours of training each year to remain in compliance with the Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development System. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture family and consumer sciences specialists have made it more convenient for providers to receive five of those 10 hours through the Best Care Connected online program.

Pee Wee Cheerleaders Sign Up Date Listed

posted: 04/14/2010 1:22 p.m.

PeeWee Cheerleading will hold sign-ups Saturday, May 1, at the Arvest Bank community room in Gravette from noon until 4 p.m.

Arbor Day Foundation Offers Ten Free Trees

posted: 04/14/2010 1:21 p.m.

National Arbor Day, which is observed the last Friday of April each year, will be observed Friday, April 30.

Lions Topple Farmington

posted: 04/14/2010 1:21 p.m.

Gravette took advantage of eight Farmington errors and overcame eight errors of its own to hold on for a 13-11 win in baseball action on Thursday in Farmington.

April PAWS Students

posted: 04/14/2010 1:20 p.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS (”Pawsitive” and Wise) Students of the Month for April are:

Gravette Lunch Menus

posted: 04/14/2010 1:19 p.m.

Week of April 19 - 23

Jayni Mitchael Is Member Of Winning Meet Relay Teams

posted: 04/14/2010 1:17 p.m.

Jayni Mitchael, of Gravette, is a member of the Providence Classical Christian Academy track team that placed first in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay races held recently at the Pulaski County Flames Invitational.

JBQ team takes first at state

posted: 04/14/2010 1:11 p.m.

Students on the Decatur Assembly of God’s Junior Bible Quiz team won first place in the silver division at the state championship on Saturday.

Local residents paricipate in annual NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquet

posted: 04/14/2010 1:10 p.m.

More than $6,500 was raised to help conserve wild turkey habitat and increase education about the outdoors at the 10th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on April 2.

Committee will choose from 18 to head schools

posted: 04/14/2010 1:08 p.m.

Local and state hiring committees will have 18 applicants to choose from when searching for the next superintendent of the Decatur School District.


posted: 04/14/2010 1:08 p.m.

Reported as of April 14, 2010

Tree care: It's in the planning stages

posted: 04/14/2010 12:20 p.m.

Preparing a tree management plan which would establish guidelines for the planting, care and removal of trees — especially on public property — within the city was the main topic of the Parks Committee Meeting on Monday.

Filling out those U.S. Census forms

posted: 04/14/2010 12:19 p.m.

Local residents have been getting U.S. Census forms on their doors or in the mail. Filling them out and returning them promptly as the law requires takes only a few minutes but has long-lasting effects for Gentry and northwest Arkansas for numerous reasons.

Highfill to expand seats on water and sewer committees

posted: 04/14/2010 12:18 p.m.

Two ordinances which would expand the size of the town’s water committee and sewer committee passed on a first reading at Highfill’s town council meeting on Thursday.

Spring show begins Friday

posted: 04/14/2010 12:17 p.m.

Once again it’s time to crank up those old engines and start those antique tractors because it will soon be show time at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks show grounds.


posted: 04/14/2010 12:16 p.m.

Reported as of April 14, 2010

Booked for Lunch at Gentry Public Library

posted: 04/14/2010 12:14 p.m.

Janie Parks gave tips on organic gardening and answered questions on Monday as part of the Booked for Lunch at Gentry Public Library program.


posted: 04/14/2010 12:12 p.m.

April 14, 2010

Griz Bear Comments | The Resurrection: Hoax or Historical Fact?

posted: 04/14/2010 12:08 p.m.

Christians around the world recently celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. And, indeed, the resurrection of Jesus is the key doctrine of the Christian Faith upon which all depends.

A Walk in the Park | Two interesting and nearby places to visit

posted: 04/14/2010 12:06 p.m.

Spring has sprung, finally! Not only is the landscape changing daily, but there seems to be a lot more events going on around us, too.

Highfill receives block grant

posted: 04/14/2010 12:05 p.m.

The Highfill Fire Department was the recipient of a $50,000 Rural Services Block Grant and is using the money to purchase 23 sets of turn-out gear with harnesses for use by Highfill firefighters.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 04/14/2010 12:04 p.m.

Gentry Primary and Intermediate School Shining Stars

Riding club holds its season opener

posted: 04/14/2010 12:02 p.m.

The NWA Riding Club held its 2010 season opener of play-day rodeo on Saturday, with adults and children participating in the events held in the enclosed arena at the Luca-Don Equestrian Center west of Gentry.

Girls' soccer team 6-0

posted: 04/14/2010 12:01 p.m.

We another great week of soccer last week, winning three conference games.

Lady Pioneers pick up two wins

posted: 04/14/2010 noon

The Lady Pioneers softball team hosted the Pea Ridge Lady Blackhawks April 5 to score another conference win.

Posey, Rotramel to wed

posted: 04/14/2010 11:59 a.m.

William Posey of Lowell, Mass., and Carol Posey of Memphis, Tenn., announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Carey, to the Rev. Mark Rotramel.

Wednesday, April 7

Decatur Woman Arrested For Identify Theft

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

A Decatur woman was jailed recently after allegedly using another woman’s identity for three years. According to Decatur Police, a woman who initially told police her name was Rosa Cortez was arrested after investigation revealed the woman was using the name of Gloria Sanchez of Edinburg, Texas.

Owl Program Scheduled At Hobbs State Park

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area will be holding its first ever old fashioned hay ride aboard a tractor-pulled wagon in the lovely War Eagle Valley at 6 p.m. Friday, April 16. The group will stop at a designated spot to build a campfire to roast their own hotdogs. and marshmallows.

Maysville News

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

This has been a beautiful Easter Sunday. Hope everyone had a nice Easter.

Judge Announces Satellite Road Facility For Gravette Area

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

Benton County officials hope to have a satellite road department opened by the end of the year.

Lions And Lady Lions Win Local Meet Track Titles

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

Both the Gravette Lions and Lady Lions brought the trophies home, or rather kept the trophies at home, last Tuesday at the Lion Invitational Track Meet held at Lion Stadium.

Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten Registration Information And Dates Announced

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

Pre-enrollment and registration information for kindergarten and prekindergarten at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette is announced by school officials as follows : Kindergarten Children who live in the Gravette School District and who will reach the age of five on or before August 15, 2010, may be registered for kindergarten at the Glenn Duffy Elementary.

Report Lists Activities Of Students In Capitol

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

and 16 parent-chaperones spent a memorable spring break in Washington, D.C. The five-day education trip “was arranged by Mrs. Robin Morris who worked very hard to coordinate a very full and meaningful trip for the kids.” It was not a “Builder’s Club” trip as the caption (in last week’s News Herald) indicated. Mrs. Morris utilized the services of Educational Travel Consultants.

Third Quarter Upper Elementary Honor Roll Announced

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

The Honor Roll for the third quarter at Gravette Upper Elementary School was recently released by school administrators.

Letter To The Editor-

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

Dear Editor, Glenn Duffy Elementary would like to thank everyone who attended our annual Family Fun Night.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

Our weather has finally become more springlike with temperatures reaching the 70’s and even the low 80’s a couple of days. The forsythia and japonica are still beautiful and the plum trees in the back yard have burst into bloom. The yard is dotted with tiny bluets and scattered dandelion blooms and I spotted a flowering redbud tree in the fencerow. Warm weather and recent rains should bring up the morels soon so we’ve alerted friends to keep their eyes open for the tasty mushrooms. Brother Richard has promised to bring us a batch if he finds some.

Bella Vista Sales Tax Collection Began Last Thursday, April 1

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

Collection of a one-cent sales tax began in Bella Vista last Thursday, April 1.

Bella Vista Gets New Drug Dog

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

The Bella Vista Police Department has a new drug dog, Hannah, a Belgian Malinois which is in training at an academy in Little Rock.

Lunch Menus

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

Week of April 12 - 16 Breakfast, Pre-K - 12th Monday: Pancake on a stick, milk, fruit juice.

Senior Center Report

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who purchased hot rolls for Easter and helped with this fundraiser.

Hiwasse By Peggy Carrier

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

49er and Tippy both made their annual trip to the fire station last Monday afternoon and received their rabies shots.

Gravette News Herald Obituaries

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

Floyd Cooper Floyd Cooper, 81, of Gravette, died April 4, 2010, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. He was born January 28, 1929, in Poplar Dell, FL, the son of Odie Lee Carnley and Ellis T. Cooper.

Gentry Holding Discussion On Bldg. Permits

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

A topic of discussion by the Gentry City Council is the issuance of building permits to remodel older homes with ground clearance of less than 12 inches.

Wedding Shower Will Honor Couple

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

A wedding shower in honor of Kim Boldt and David Schneider will be an event of Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m. at the Gravette United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Gem, Mineral Show Will Be Held At Siloam

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society will hold their spring show April 10 and 11 at the Siloam Springs Community Building located at 110 N. Mt. Olive in that city.

Presbyterian Church Announces “Fasting” Study For Community

posted: 04/07/2010 11:04 p.m.

A new book study group has been organized and its first meeting will be Saturday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the Gravette Presbyterian Church on Hwy.

Devon Tucker Is Ambassador For Community College

posted: 04/07/2010 11:03 p.m.

Devon Tucker, a 2009 honor graduate of Gravette High School, has been selected as a member of the Student Ambassador and Activities Board (SAAB) of Northwest Arkansas Community College.

GMCH Old Timers Enjoy Get Together

posted: 04/07/2010 11:03 p.m.

Gravette Medical Center Hospital “Old Timers” met Wednesday, March 24, at the Main Cafe in Gravette.

Senior Center Baked Spud Fund Raiser Is Scheduled

posted: 04/07/2010 11:03 p.m.

Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center will host a “Baked Potato Supper” Friday, April 16, at the Center located on Lime Kiln Road.

OCH Health Fair Set For April 17

posted: 04/07/2010 11:03 p.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette will hold a free Health and Safety Fair Saturday, April 17, at the hospital.

BIG ITEMS, CURBSIDE- Trash Pick Up Is Next Tuesday In Gravette

posted: 04/07/2010 11:03 p.m.

Gravette residents will be able to take advantage of a special “trash pickup” next Tuesday, April 13, during the city’s annual Spring Cleanup.

Sheriff’s Office Is Upgrading Data Base For Sex Offenders

posted: 04/07/2010 11:03 p.m.

Benton County residents and law enforcement agencies will soon have a better way to track convicted sex offenders.

DECA Students Win Honors At Recent State Conference

posted: 04/07/2010 11:03 p.m.

Gravette High School DECA students came home with numerous honors after attending the state competition held recently in Rogers.

Literacy tutoring center coming to Decatur

posted: 04/07/2010 7:02 p.m.

People who want to learn to understand, speak, read and write English will soon have a tutoring site in Decatur, thanks to sponsorship by the Dogwood Literacy Council of Siloam Springs and the Literacy Council of Benton County.

Jewell to be Barbecue entertainer

posted: 04/07/2010 7 p.m.

Country music artist Buddy Jewell will be the entertainer for the 57th annual Decatur Barbecue on Aug. 6, the Chamber of Commerce announced at Monday’s meeting.

Decatur night to be held at Arvest Ball Park

posted: 04/07/2010 6:57 p.m.

Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals minor league baseball team, will host a Decatur Night on July 18, Amy Brooks reported at Monday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting.


posted: 04/07/2010 6:56 p.m.

Community Calendar April 7, 2010

ATV Rodeo set for June 12

posted: 04/07/2010 5:13 p.m.

The fifth annual ATV Rodeo is set for June 12 on Bruce Bates’ property on Y-City Road south of Decatur, according to an announcement made Thursday during the Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.

Council votes to allow some purging by fire

posted: 04/07/2010 5:10 p.m.

An ordinance which could make it possible for property owners within the city to burn down unsafe and dilapidated structures passed on its first reading at Monday’s city council meeting.

Egg hunt enjoyed by hundreds

posted: 04/07/2010 5:09 p.m.

Hundreds of children lined up behind police tape on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon at Gentry’s city park, waiting for that moment when they would be allowed to go find and pick up some of the hundreds of plastic Easter eggs distributed around the south side of the park.

Couple killed in weekend accident

posted: 04/07/2010 5:08 p.m.

Two Gentry residents were killed when a pickup truck crossed the center line and hit their motorcycles head-on Saturday evening.


posted: 04/07/2010 5:07 p.m.

Community Calendar April 7, 2010

Council requests to review job description

posted: 04/07/2010 4:51 p.m.

Concerns were raised Monday night by a few council members over the job description for a combined city position which includes duties as an animal control officer, code enforcement officer and community service supervisor.

School-sanctioned shooting sports on target at Gentry High School, the aim of Decatur

posted: 04/07/2010 4:49 p.m.

A group of Decatur youth have formed a community trap shooting team with the hope that trap shooting will become a schoolsanctioned sport next year.


posted: 04/07/2010 4:48 p.m.

Gentry and Gravette Obituaries April 7, 2010

Griz Bear Comments - What’s Wrong with America?

posted: 04/07/2010 4:46 p.m.

What’s wrong with America ? What changed the nation’s course and led us down a path which makes our nation — our society — almost unrecognizable to those who still remember another America?

A Walk in the Park - Visit to the upper Buffalo

posted: 04/07/2010 4:45 p.m.

I mentioned a while back my intention to spend some time visiting and writing about places within a fifty mile radius of home. I do, however, recall giving myself an “out” by stating that I might occasionally include a really neat place located a little farther than fifty miles away. I will make that exception this week.


posted: 04/07/2010 4:44 p.m.

“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” 1 Cor. 15:17-20 On Sunday, Christians from around the world celebrated the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, following His crucifixion.

Moving-up achievment: Northside Elementary School

posted: 04/07/2010 4:43 p.m.

Students for the month of March

Lady Pioneers win one, lose one in conference play

posted: 04/07/2010 4:34 p.m.

The Gentry Lady Pioneers hosted the Farmington Lady Cardinals in their first conference game on March 30.

Girls extend their conference winning streak to nine games

posted: 04/07/2010 4:31 p.m.

The Gentry girls’ soccer team played a great match last week to kick off the second half of the season, defeating Berryville in a hard fought 4-0 match.

Gentry finishes fifth in Gravette Relays

posted: 04/07/2010 4:31 p.m.

Following are Gentry girls results at the Gravette Relays: Kaylin Cripps — fifth place in triple jump and sixth place in pole vault; Courtney Millsap — second in 100 meters and second in 200 meters; Loren Cripps — seventh place in 300 hurdles Gentry’s boys’ track team competed in the Lion relays in Gravette and finished fifth out of 17 teams, scoring 52 pts. Scoring for the Pioneers: were Caleb Ramsey — 13 1/2 points, first in the discus and sixth in high jump; Eathen Ramsey — 13 points, second in discus and fourth in shot put; Nick Weeks — 10 1/2 points, second in 300 hurdles and seventh in 110 hurdles; Robert Henderson five points, fourth in triple Jump; Austin Milsap — five points; fifth in pole vault Brandon Poole — four points, fifth in shot put.

Hospital, Siloam Springs face malpractice lawsuit

posted: 04/07/2010 4:29 p.m.

A pretrial hearing in a malpractice lawsuit against By Jeff Della Rosa Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital is set for May 11, with the civil case to be heard in Benton County Circuit Court.

Students do independent projects in Quest program

posted: 04/07/2010 4:28 p.m.

GENTRY — In conjunction with Quest, the gifted and talented program, Gentry Middle School students have taken their studies one step beyond and worked on independent projects related to their classroom work.

Quest seeks nominations

posted: 04/07/2010 4:27 p.m.

Every year the gifted and talented program in the Gentry School District, Quest, seeks nominations from students, parents and other interested parties for names of students who could benefit from this program.


posted: 04/07/2010 11:56 a.m.

Did anyone here hear someone calling my name? I guess it was the wind blowing and count me gone to the mailbox to check on the delivery of today’s essential junk. I might just take off from there to town.

Green River Ordinance proposed for Gentry

posted: 04/07/2010 1:02 a.m.

Mayor Wes Hogue on Monday suggested the city council consider the possibility of drafting and adopting a Green River Ordinance, prohibiting or limiting door-to-door sales within the city.