Wednesday, December 29

Gentry targets window tint

posted: 12/29/2010 1:55 p.m.

Police in Gentry will begin checking for window tint violations beginning Jan.

Gravette Museum expansion project nearing completion

posted: 12/29/2010 1:54 p.m.

Editor’s Note:Work continues on an addition to Gravette Historical Museum. The following article is submitted by Steven Mitchael, a member of the Museum Commission.


posted: 12/29/2010 1:53 p.m.

See related story: "Gentry targets Window Tint" (a) It shall be unlawful to operate a vehicle on the public highways if after-market tinting material, together with striping material, has been applied to any windows of the vehicle or if letters or logos larger than onequarter inch (1/4") have been applied to the windows of the vehicle.

Shooting team gains board OK

posted: 12/29/2010 1:52 p.m.

Trap shooting will be an official school-sponsored sport in Decatur. School board members voted to approve the activity at the Dec. 20 meeting.

Refinancing school bonds saves Decatur district $120,000

posted: 12/29/2010 1:50 p.m.

The Decatur School District will save $120,645 over the next 18 years by refinancing a $3.9-million construction loan for the Northside Elementary School.

Watershed grant deadline near

posted: 12/29/2010 1:50 p.m.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service set a new deadline for landowners in the Illinois and Eucha-Spavinaw watersheds to apply for $3.75 million in grant money.

National group honors Gravette teacher for service

posted: 12/29/2010 1:49 p.m.

Angela Scott, the Health Science Technology Instructor at Gravette High School, was honored recently by the National Association for Career and Technical Education.

Decatur council approves change to health benefits deductible

posted: 12/29/2010 1:48 p.m.

Employees of the city of Decatur will benefit from a new health insurance policy that will cover their deductible while saving the city money on insurance premiums at the same time. City council members voted to approve the new insurance policy at the Dec. 13 meeting.

Wilson receives scholarship from Williams Baptist

posted: 12/29/2010 1:48 p.m.

Abby Wilson of Hiwasse has been awarded a President’s Select Scholarship to attend Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark.


posted: 12/29/2010 1:46 p.m.

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14 (Read John 1:1-14 ) God did a most amazing thing: we, being totally dead in our sins and unable to please God or come to Him, God sent His Son (the eternal Word, true God with the Father and Holy Spirit, the Creator of all things visible and invisible) into His own creation as a man to redeem mankind and give us life!


posted: 12/29/2010 1:45 p.m.

December 29, 2010

Eagle Observer CORRECTION

posted: 12/29/2010 1:44 p.m.

The Dec. 22 edition of the Westside Eagle Observer incorrectly reported that Virginia Brown retired from the position of president of Decatur’s Iva Jane Peek Public Library Board.


posted: 12/29/2010 1:43 p.m.

Gravette Week of January 3 - 7

Two Bulldogs earn All-Conference spots

posted: 12/29/2010 1:40 p.m.

Decatur had two young men make the All-Conference team this year.

11 Lions named to State, Conference teams

posted: 12/29/2010 1:39 p.m.

Eleven members of the Gravette Lions football team have been tapped for State or All-Conference honors, according to Coach Bill Harrelson.

Pioneers place 6 on All-Conference team

posted: 12/29/2010 1:39 p.m.

Six members of the Gentry Pioneers football team received All-conference honors with the announcement Dec. 15 at the annual Pioneer awards banquet.

Summer baseball, softball registration coming in January

posted: 12/29/2010 1:38 p.m.

Registration for Gravette’s summer baseball/softball program begins Jan. 1, online at www.

Lady Pioneers net 3 wins at Danville

posted: 12/29/2010 1:38 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers picked up three more wins last week in non-conference play at the Danville Tournament.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS One gift left unopened

posted: 12/29/2010 1:37 p.m.

Now that the Christmas celebration is over and all the gifts are unwrapped, are you sure there isn't yet one gift left unopened?

SUSAN SAYS Honoring the amazing black-eyed pea

posted: 12/29/2010 1:36 p.m.

We’ve all heard the legend that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day helps ensure good luck in the coming new year.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE The importance of having space

posted: 12/29/2010 1:35 p.m.

Blessed, that’s what this country, and my family in particular, is. Blessed with freedom, food, shelter, health and some of us have space. Space is a very important commodity to some of us old fellers and we like lots of it. We demand our space, want others out of it, fight for it and sometimes we even win.

THERE'S NO I IN MOM Is Santa really real?

posted: 12/29/2010 11:51 a.m.

“My friends at school say that Santa Claus is real and Grandma says he’s not — who’s telling the truth?” my 4-year-old asked after we finished decorating the Christmas tree.

Wednesday, December 22

Raises not approved

posted: 12/22/2010 12:46 a.m.

With two members of the Gravette City Council absent, an ordinance that would have increased salaries of council members, the mayor and court staff failed to win approval.

Remediation needed

posted: 12/22/2010 12:46 a.m.

Most Decatur High School seniors graduate without being ready to take college-level courses, joining 5,615 Arkansans who took a college entrance exam and failed to score high enough to avoid remediation in math or reading, according to a 2010 report from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Little Debbie collects smiles

posted: 12/22/2010 12:44 a.m.

It may seem an impossible task to collect smiles, but that's what McKee Foods Corporation is doing through its Million Smile Mission, and that mission came to Gentry's Little Debbie Store on Thursday.

Boston named wastewater operator of the year for his work in Decatur

posted: 12/22/2010 12:44 a.m.

James Boston, Decatur’s public services director, was named wastewater operator of the year for towns with a population less than 5,000 by the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association.

Wanted felon leads Gravette officer on foot chase, caught

posted: 12/22/2010 12:30 a.m.

A Siloam Springs man was arrested Friday evening after fleeing from a Gravette police officer.


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Area Announcements and Upcoming Events

Energy assistance applications to be accepted in January

posted: 12/22/2010 12:29 a.m.

The Office of Human Concern will be accepting applications for the 2011 Regular and Crisis Winter Home Energy Assistance Program, beginning on Jan. 11.


posted: 12/22/2010 12:28 a.m.

Area Meetings

Eagle Observer OBITUARIES

posted: 12/22/2010 12:27 a.m.

December 22, 2010

Decatur correction facility escapee arrested

posted: 12/22/2010 12:26 a.m.

A man who walked away from a correction facility in Decatur was arrested Thursday after about an hour and a half on the run, according to a news release from the Benton County Sheriff ’s Office.

Gentry man admits hitting brother-in-law in death case

posted: 12/22/2010 12:25 a.m.

A Gentry man admitted to hitting his brother-in-law three times hours before his death, according to court documents filed Friday.

Gentry council adopts budget, but no pay raises

posted: 12/22/2010 12:25 a.m.

In a special Dec. 14 meeting, the Gentry City Council amended the 2010 budget and adopted a budget for 2011 which included no pay increases for city employees.

Gentry grapplers finish in fourth place in Pioneer Holiday Classic

posted: 12/22/2010 12:23 a.m.

The Gentry Pioneers took fourth place in the Pioneer Holiday Classic wrestling tournament held at Gentry High School last weekend.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS | What is the reason for the season? Do you know?

posted: 12/22/2010 12:23 a.m.

Test yourself: What do you know about Christmas?

OPINION? Everybody Has One | Thoughts on buying culled reindeer

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

Some things set me to wondering about how to use them in my operation of raising beef. The ads on TV this week have been full of reindeer flying through the air pulling a sleigh. Wow, flying deer, that is venison, sky high! What if you had a deal with Santa and all the fawns who didn’t work out as replacement team members were qualified culls you could buy?

A WALK IN THE PARK My Christmas want list

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

A family member asked me a while back what I wanted for Christmas. I was stumped by the question.


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

I want a Doll, a BeD, a GAMe, a lePstr Game. I love you Santa I Will MAke U lots uv Kookez.

The Christmas Present

posted: 12/22/2010 12:20 a.m.

For my Christmas column, I'd like once again to use a story written by my sister Gay Comboy.

Yates attends training

posted: 12/22/2010 12:19 a.m.

Daniel Yates, Gravette attorney-at-law, was among certified public accountants and attorneys who attended the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants 49th annual Federal Tax Institute held earlier this month in Little Rock.

Gentry student among UCA grads

posted: 12/22/2010 12:19 a.m.

Megan Denman of Gentry was among the more than 500 graduates who were conferred degrees on Aug. 13 during Summer Commencement at the Farris Health and Physical Education Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.She received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Jarvises celebrate 50th

posted: 12/22/2010 12:18 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jarvis of Gravette are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary with a Caribbean cruise. Jim Jarvis and Earlene Terhune were married Dec. 23 1960, in Bentonville. They have four children, Susan Sherman and husband Bob of Bentonville, Jimmy Jarvis and wife Rhonda of Hiwasse, Ron Jarvis and wife Wendy and Michael Jarvis, all of Gravette; fi ve grandchildren, Jeris Jarvis, Christina Sherman, Kenny Sherman, Taylor Jarvis and Tyler Jarvis

WEEKLY DEVOTION The Angel’s Message to Joseph

posted: 12/22/2010 12:17 a.m.

“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21 As the angel Gabriel announced to Mary (Luke 1:26ff.), she had conceived by the miraculous working of the Holy Ghost and carried in her womb God’s Son and her Savior.

Gravette considers how to spend Education Jobs Funds

posted: 12/22/2010 12:17 a.m.

The Gravette school board Monday night heard three proposals on how to spend $337,687 the district is expected to receive from the Education Jobs Fund Program. That money is from federal funds the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is distributing to schools throughout the state. Jake Haak, District Business Manager, provided the alternatives recommended by the district Facilities Committee.

Gravette FFA supporters meet

posted: 12/22/2010 12:16 a.m.

Members of the Gravette FFA Supporters met Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The main order of business was going over paperwork required by the IRS to work toward completion of the Form 1023.

Decatur uses its Education Jobs Funds for staff bonuses, salaries

posted: 12/22/2010 12:16 a.m.

Teachers and school staff in Decatur will receive a $500 bonus, thanks to the $93,382 from the Education Jobs Fund Program the Decatur School District has been allotted. School board members decided how to spend the federal funds, distributed by the Arkansas Department of Education, at Monday’s meeting. They voted to give all 78 building level employees a $500 bonus, totaling $47,443. The remaining $40,464 will be used to pay existing salaries, so they will not have to be paid out of the school’s operating fund. Decatur received a relativley small amount of money, compared to its neighboring districts because the funds are distributed based on enrollment numbers, superintendent Larry Ben explained.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 12/22/2010 12:15 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary and Intermediate Schools for the week of Dec. 13-17

Holloway on JBU President's list

posted: 12/22/2010 12:14 a.m.

Vicki Holloway, of Gravette, has been named to John Brown University’s President’s List of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program. Holloway is a member of Northwest Arkansas cohort group 06 working toward a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. The Advance Program is a degree completion program that allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree by attending classes one night a week. Classes are designed for working adults 23 years of age or older who have at least two years of prior college credit and relevant work experience. Students progress through their studies as a group, taking courses in an established sequence.

Long and Boss win GIS spelling bee

posted: 12/22/2010 12:13 a.m.

The winners for the Gentry Intermediate School spelling bee on Thursday were: John Long, fifth grade, first place; and Hannah Boss, fifth grade, runner-up.

Gentry boys and girls teams bring home wins from Danville Tourney

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

Both Gentry Boys and Girls basketball teams brought home wins from tournament action Monday night at Danville as the Pioneers toppled England 53-42 and the Lady Pioneers outmuscled Booneville 54-32.

Rape case dropped

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

Prosecutors have dropped the case against a Decatur man arrested in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

Brown, Martin resign from Iva Jane Peek Public Library board

posted: 12/22/2010 12:11 a.m.

The resignations of Virginia Brown and Normen Martin from the Iva Jane Peek Public Library Board were announced at the Dec. 13 city council meeting.


posted: 12/22/2010 12:10 a.m.

Where do I begin? It has been quite some time since I have written. I think I will start with the last of October. We had our annual fall hayride and wiener roast on the 30th. Lots of kids and food. Then on Sunday, the 31st, we had our fifth Sunday singing. We all had a great time with lots of special music.

Bradshaw completes Navy basic training

posted: 12/22/2010 12:10 a.m.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Tyler C. Bradshaw, son of Jeneatte R. and Ronald C. Bradshaw of Gentry, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.


posted: 12/22/2010 12:09 a.m.

I’m wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/22/2010 12:09 a.m.


Grant hearings held

posted: 12/22/2010 12:08 a.m.

With only three of the five council members present, the town council held two hearings on grant funding, adopted one ordinance and approved an emergency resolution authorizing continued payment of utilities and wages until a budget is adopted for the 2011 fiscal year.

JGT Club holds meeting

posted: 12/22/2010 12:08 a.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with five members and one guest, Charlie Griffin, present.

Volunteering Pays

posted: 12/22/2010 12:07 a.m.

Walmart driver Kenny Threet, based out of Bentonville, presents a $250 check to his wife and Gentry librarian Darla Threet for his hours of volunteerism at the Gentry Public Library. The donation to the library was through Walmart's Volunteerism Always Pays program. Walmart associates volunteer their own time at community organizations such as food pantries and educational facilities and apply for a charitable contribution to the organization from Walmart. In 2009, more than 1.5 million volunteer hours reported by Walmart associates translated to more than $11 millions in grant contributions to eligible organizations.

Wednesday, December 15

School staff to get bonus

posted: 12/15/2010 9:14 p.m.

School board members voted unanimously on Monday to give each staff member of the district a $1,000 bonus, with money for the teacher and school employee pay coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and money for the bonus for the six employees in the central administrative office coming from operating funds.

Gravette council to consider pay raises for elected officials

posted: 12/15/2010 9:13 p.m.

A tentative agenda for the December meeting of the Gravette City Council includes several yearend items of business to be addressed.

Montgomery honored at final meeting as Decatur's mayor

posted: 12/15/2010 9:11 p.m.

City attorney Tom Smith presented Mayor Bill Montgomery with a plaque at Monday’s city council meeting, thanking him on behalf of council members and city employees for his years of service Montgomery has served as Decatur’s mayor since 1996 and as an alderman since 1982. In addition to the plaque, Smith also gave Montgomery the minutes from the meetings in which he was installed councilman and mayor and recalled some of the experiences they have faced together.

Love Lights A Tree

posted: 12/15/2010 9:10 p.m.

The American Cancer Society tree was lighted on Friday at a special ceremony in Gravette.

Authority seeks tax jurisdiction

posted: 12/15/2010 9:10 p.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Mobility Authority was created to help finance expensive road programs planned for Benton and Washington counties.

Discrimination law suit settled

posted: 12/15/2010 9:09 p.m.

Mayor Bill Montgomery reported at Monday’s city council meeting that an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit had been brought against the city of Decatur.

Arrests made in Gentry

posted: 12/15/2010 9:08 p.m.

Three arrests were reported in Gentry over the last two weeks, according to the Gentry Police Department.

Pierce achieves National Board Certification

posted: 12/15/2010 9 p.m.

High school math teacher Jennifer Pierce was honored by Gentry School District superintendent Randy Barrett and the Gentry School Board for pursuing excellence in education and obtaining her National Board Certification.


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Decatur School Board The Decatur School Board meets at 6 p.m., on the third Monday each month, in the professional development room of the former middle school building next to the high school cafeteria.


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Decatur Schools Holiday Schedule Decatur Schools will let out for Christmas break on Dec. 22. School will resume on Jan. 3. High school students will have semester exams on Dec.

Local roper strikes pay dirt in competition

posted: 12/15/2010 8:58 p.m.

Brad Amos of Gravette/Sulphur Springs and his roping partner, Blake Larmon from Jay, Okla., struck pay dirt last Tuesday at the World Series Team Roping Championship competition held at Las Vegas.

Art contest getting under way

posted: 12/15/2010 8:58 p.m.

Students in grades 9-12 are again being encouraged to participate in the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Patriotic Art Contest.

Hearing set for transfer station near Gentry

posted: 12/15/2010 8:57 p.m.

The Benton County Solid Waste District has scheduled a public hearing on an application from Energy Source for development of a solid waste transfer station near Gentry.

OFF THE CUFF A gum-ball marketing scheme

posted: 12/15/2010 8:56 p.m.

It hit me on the noggin the other day. “It” was one of those pesky sweet gum seed balls that litter the ground after the tree drops its leaves each autumn.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Do I show my love? Her way or mine

posted: 12/15/2010 8:55 p.m.

Though Mrs. Griz and I are much alike in many, many ways, there are also quite a number of ways in which we are opposites, which brings me to the topic of this column: getting her a gift for Christmas.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE Enjoying work under adverse conditions

posted: 12/15/2010 8:55 p.m.

Cold weather is good to wake a feller in the mornings, or anytime, I suppose. If at midnight you open the door and step out into the world, the cold will bring you to your senses!

Susan Says | Food is a big part of the holidays

posted: 12/15/2010 8:54 p.m.

‘Tis the season with a focus on food. The cover story on this month’s Relish magazine was “Sugar and Spice Make the Holidays Nice,” and other publications all have food feature stories. Everywhere we turn someone is hosting another event where they regale you with food.


posted: 12/15/2010 8:53 p.m.

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” James 5:7-8 (read 7-11 ) In this world, Christians suffer. Those who place their faith and confidence in the shed blood of Jesus and, as a fruit of that faith, hold fast to the teaching of God’s Word suffer hatred and persecution in this world (cf. 2 Tim. 3:12; Matt.

Gentry balloons travel to Missouri, Michigan

posted: 12/15/2010 8:53 p.m.

Balloons released from Gentry High School during a send-off for the football team which was headed to the state playoffs in Nashville were found in neighboring states, with one traveling more than a 1,000 miles to Michigan.


posted: 12/15/2010 8:52 p.m.

Editor, Isn’t it wonderful to have good Samaritans in our communities? We have several in Sulphur Springs that do a lot of good but don’t want recognition for it. This time I think we need to give David Barber and his helpers a big “thank you” for the job they did to get the lighted cross on the hill east of Sulphur Springs bright and shining on the city again.

When there's nothing else to give

posted: 12/15/2010 8:51 p.m.

Mary Lara, an area resident, submitted a suggestion for those who wish to give a gift to a loved one but cannot afford to do so this year.

Peewee Cheer

posted: 12/15/2010 8:51 p.m.

The Gravette Peewee cheer squad placed first in its division in competition held at Gentry last Monday.

Wrestling grows steadily in state

posted: 12/15/2010 8:46 p.m.

The growth of wrestling in Arkansas is coming slowly, much like the change of the perception of the sport, Arkansas Wrestling Association president Greg Hatcher said.

Gentry girls break open game

posted: 12/15/2010 8:45 p.m.

Gentry girls basketball coach Tim Rippy wanted to see effort, and he liked what he saw Monday night. The Lady Pioneers dominated the backboards and broke the game open in the third quarter en route to a 57-34 nonconference victory over Lincoln.

Gravette splits at Greenland

posted: 12/15/2010 8:44 p.m.

Gravette’s Lady Lions first quarter against the Greenland Lady Pirates Monday night ended with a 10-10 tie, but a let down by Gravette in the second period which carried over to the third quarter saw the host team taking a 37-21 lead into the final period. It was then the Lady Lions put on a 15-4 scoring burst which almost pulled out the game before finally dropping the 41-36 heartbreaking decision.

Childress inducted into Hall of Fame

posted: 12/15/2010 8:43 p.m.

Dan Childress, former teacher and coach in Gentry, will be inducted into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame at special ceremonies in Baton Rouge on Jan. 26, 2011.

Decatur's Christmas Parade 2010

posted: 12/15/2010 8:43 p.m.

Photos of the Parade

Gentry braves wintry blast to carry on Christmas tradition

posted: 12/15/2010 8:42 p.m.

In addition to the usual "Ho, ho, ho," Santa could be heard shouting, "Cold, cold, cold!" from his lofty position in the bucket of a fire engine during the Saturday night Christmas parade on Gentry's Main Street.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 12/15/2010 8:41 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary and Intermediate Schools for the week of Dec. 6-10 are:

GHS art students parody famous "American Gothic" painting

posted: 12/15/2010 8:40 p.m.

Students in Mollie Hendricks’ Art-2 class at Gravette High School are shown with an assignment they completed earlier this year: creating a parody of American artist Grant Woods’ famous painting “American Gothic” .

Gravette School Band Christmas concerts planned for Saturday

posted: 12/15/2010 8:40 p.m.

The Gravette School bands will present their annual Christmas concerts at three separate performances this year, according to Mike Johnson, GHS band director.

Gravette PAWS

posted: 12/15/2010 8:37 p.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary School PAWS (Pawsitive and Wise Students) for the month of November are:

Decatur's Bulldog Allstars

posted: 12/15/2010 8:37 p.m.

Decatur Northside Elementary School’s Bulldog Allstar Students for the week of December 2, 2010 were:

Decatur council votes to lease heavy equipment

posted: 12/15/2010 8:35 p.m.

City council members voted at Monday's meeting to approve the lease of two new backhoes for the water and street departments. The city only has one working backhoe that is shared between the water department and the street department, and the wastewater department also needs a backhoe on occasion. There is often a conflict because the departments need the backhoe at the same time and have to waste time waiting to use it, Mayor Bill Montgomery said.

Millsaps to observe 55th anniversary

posted: 12/15/2010 8:33 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. David Millsap of Gentry are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary.


posted: 12/15/2010 8:32 p.m.

Sympathy is extended to Shannon Bush and her family for the loss of their loved one.


posted: 12/15/2010 8:32 p.m.

We were sure getting winter temps over the weekend and it was supposed to be even colder Monday morning. I’m sure it will be colder before winter is over.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/15/2010 8:29 p.m.


Christmas just isn't Christmas without a parade

posted: 12/15/2010 8:29 p.m.

The sun broke through the clouds as Gravette celebrated with her annual Christmas parade and Santa's visit last Saturday, December 11.

GHS art students parody famous "American Gothic" painting

posted: 12/15/2010 8:20 p.m.

Students in Mollie Hendricks’ Art-2 class at Gravette High School are shown with an assignment they completed earlier this year: creating a parody of American artist Grant Woods’ famous painting “American Gothic”.


posted: 12/15/2010 8:02 p.m.

December 15, 2010

Community Christmas Card

posted: 12/15/2010 7:12 p.m.

Those wishing to donate to the Community Christmas Card may mail or hand deliver their donation to The Weekly Vista, 313 Town Center West, Bella Vista, AR 72714.

Gentry cheer squad headed for state competition

posted: 12/15/2010 12:58 a.m.

Gentry High School cheerleaders competed five times this season and will compete in state competition this weekend. The Gentry cheerleaders took the following awards during their regular season :

Wednesday, December 8

Combination is changing

posted: 12/08/2010 11:02 p.m.

With a choice of three ordinances dealing with key boxes, the city council passed two on their first reading, one striking the 2006 ordinance requiring key boxes on all business buildings by next spring, and a second requiring the key boxes on commercial buildings with sprinkler systems or alarm systems.

Culinary arts program given 'Hot 100' status

posted: 12/08/2010 10:57 p.m.

The Gravette High School Culinary Arts Department was named one of the “Hot 100” Secondary School Culinary Programs in the United States for the 2010-2011 school year.

AT A GLANCE - How to Give

posted: 12/08/2010 10:56 p.m.

Individuals wishing to donate to the Community Christmas Card may mail or deliver donations to any Northwest Arkansas Newspapers office, including both daily and weekly newspapers.

Parades set Saturday

posted: 12/08/2010 10:55 p.m.

The Decatur Christmas parade, with the theme, “A Country Christmas” will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 10. Participants will line up at city hall. The school or nonprofit organization with the best float will be awarded $200, with the second-place winner receiving $100.

Locals join Rebels in Battle at Prairie Grove

posted: 12/08/2010 10:53 p.m.

Soldiers in blue and gray wool built smoky fires and readied artillery to face off at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on Saturday and Sunday. While many of the spectators wrapped in blankets agreed the overcast 40-degree weather was chilly, the December morning was mild compared to the cold that the Union and Confederate soldiers fought in 148 years ago on the same site.


posted: 12/08/2010 10:51 p.m.

Santa at Gentry Library Hot chocolate and coffee will be served at the Gentry Public Library Community Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 11, before the Christmas parade.

Forbis, Hignight to wed

posted: 12/08/2010 10:49 p.m.

Morgan Elizabeth Forbis, of Marion, and Daniel Allan Hignight, of Conway, announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

WEEKLY DEVOTION He that cometh after me….

posted: 12/08/2010 10:49 p.m.

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:11-12


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Area Upcoming Meetings

Breast unit coming

posted: 12/08/2010 8:28 p.m.

The mobile breast unit will be at the Gravette Public Library parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9.

OFF THE CUFF There must be a better way!

posted: 12/08/2010 8:27 p.m.

A battle between 2.9 vs. $7,000,000 is being waged by Gravette’s city leaders. And the outcome of the battle could hold the future of the town and its citizens for the next 20 years.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE! A lesson on being bullheaded

posted: 12/08/2010 8:25 p.m.

This is one of the days I live for, to go out and gather cattle that are part mine and part my neighbor’s and both of the so named bulls fighting for rights to father all the cattle in the world.

A WALK IN THE PARK Shedding light on wintertime blues

posted: 12/08/2010 8:23 p.m.

The winter season is here and brings with it fewer daylight hours, more gray skies and colder, sometimes downright miserable weather.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Starting a fire in my pocket

posted: 12/08/2010 8:20 p.m.

It’s only happened to me a few times, but the occurrences have made me a little more careful about what I carry in my pockets, because not being careful could cause some serious embarrassment and possibly even an injury.

Riding club holds banquet

posted: 12/08/2010 8:18 p.m.

The NWA Riding Club hosted its 2010 awards banquet on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Decatur Community Center. High point winner for 2010 was Brady Graves, who also won high point in the 18 and over class. Skyler Harrington was high point winner in the 14-17 class.

Club plans cowboy breakfast

posted: 12/08/2010 8:10 p.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Riding Club will be holding a pancake cowboy breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m., Dec. 11 at the Decatur Community Building.

Westsude Christmas programs scheduled

posted: 12/08/2010 8:01 p.m.

Programs and events — including those of school groups — for the Christmas season in Gravette include the following: December 10 — Love Lights a Tree Ceremony, 7 p.m., at Centennial Park.


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Vivian Joyce Allen Vivian Joyce Allen, 87, of Rogers, died Nov. 30, 2010, at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers.


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WIndividual children’s letters to Santa Claus may be submitted to the Westside Eagle Observer by dropping them off at the Gravette news office or sending them by United States Postal Service. Select letters will be printed in the Dec. 15 and 22 issues.

Area teams play in tournament

posted: 12/08/2010 7:59 p.m.

Elkins held off a late Gravette rally Wednesday night to defeat the Lions 56-51 in the Northwest Arkansas Invitational Tournament.

Wheels keep on turning

posted: 12/08/2010 7:57 p.m.

Since its completion earlier this fall, the new skate-spot skate park in Gentry City Park has been a busy place, even on cool days

ADE Standards Team visits Decatur School District

posted: 12/08/2010 7:55 p.m.

The Standards Team from the Arkansas Department of Education visited the Decatur School District on Nov. 17 as part of the school’s accreditation process.

Watson wins 14 championship titles at local and state fairs

posted: 12/08/2010 7:54 p.m.

Lensey Watson, a junior at Decatur High School, was very successful showing her sheep at the Benton County Fair, Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair and Arkansas State Fair this year, winning a number of awards, including two purple circle awards and more than 14 championship titles.

Decatur gets new animal control truck

posted: 12/08/2010 7:53 p.m.

Mike Barnett, Decatur's animal control officer, stood next to the dog box on the city's new animal control truck on Friday morning.

JBU to hold candlelight service

posted: 12/08/2010 7:51 p.m.

The 68th annual John Brown University Candlelight Service will once again celebrate the Christmas season with traditional melodies, time-honored classics and inspirational readings on Thursday, Dec.

Study session for wastewater plant planned in Gravette

posted: 12/08/2010 7:48 p.m.

An informal work session by Gravette City officials with representatives from McGoodwin, Williams and Yates was scheduled to be held Tuesday evening at Gravette City Hall.


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Rain before church on a Sunday in December means rain all week. Sympathy is extended to Leon and Doug Bertschy and other family members for the loss of their sister, Vivian Allen.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 12/08/2010 7:43 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 are: Allee Sweeten, Melissa Acord, Brennie Shoup (absent), Brandon Swinney, Ethan Xiong and Kaya Mason; Fourth Grade — Brook Henson, Amber Hickman, Colton Hankins, Tamika Taylor, Trevor Green and Natalee Easley; and Fifth Grade — Michaelah Evans (absent), Tommie Lor, Kaylynn Daneker, Katelyn Brinkley and Scott Lopez.

Decatur High School Student of the Week

posted: 12/08/2010 7:42 p.m.

Ger Vang, an eighth grade student at Decatur High School, was named student of the week for being an all around good student. Vang was nominated by the social studies department, but sets the bar for everyone else in all of his classes and volunteers as a tutor for his peers, said principal Bobby King.

Westside Senior Menus

posted: 12/08/2010 7:40 p.m.

GENTRY and GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTERS Week of December 13 - 17

Alumni, powder-puff games set for Saturday in Decatur

posted: 12/08/2010 7:39 p.m.

The annual Decatur alumni football game and powder-puff flag football are planned for this Saturday.

Gravette responds to flue fire

posted: 12/08/2010 7:38 p.m.

Gravette Fire Department Monday night responded to a flue fire at a residence on Rader Lane about two miles northeast of Gravette.

Benefit planned for victims of house fire

posted: 12/08/2010 7:37 p.m.

Money, clothing and household items are being accepted to assist the Alexander family, following the destruction of their home by fire on Nov. 24.

Decatur flutist honored

posted: 12/08/2010 7:36 p.m.

Ger Vang, an eighth grade flutist in the Decatur High School band, was named to the Junior High All-Region Band after auditioning at George Junior High in Springdale on Saturday.

Mayor presents tight budget to council

posted: 12/08/2010 12:11 a.m.

Mayor Wes Hogue presented a proposed 2011 city budget to the council at a special meeting on Nov. 30, though additional changes are likely, according to Hogue.

Gentry camels make nativity scene

posted: 12/08/2010 12:11 a.m.

No Name and For Sale are ready for their cameo.

Wednesday, December 1

Meth lab discovered

posted: 12/01/2010 9:47 p.m.

Police Chief Jack Sanders, assisted by Officer Jeremy Wall, located a meth lab and arrested its alleged owner on Nov. 5.

Mayors' races now decided

posted: 12/01/2010 9:47 p.m.

New mayors were elected in Gentry and Highfill, according to unofficial results; and a council seat in Gentry was also decided in last week’s runoff election.

Gallery Café featured on TV

posted: 12/01/2010 9:46 p.m.

The Gallery Café has long been a landmark in Decatur, but the restaurant recently drew attention from across the state when it was featured on an Oct. 23 episode of Arkansas Flavors. Arkansas Flavors is a television show that airs on Fox 14 Fort Smith/Fayetteville and Fox 16 Little Rock and spotlights a different independently-owned restaurant served by U.S. Foodservice each week. During the 30-minute shows, host “That Guy” Joel Pruitt goes behind the scenes to see how favorite dishes are prepared and gives an overview of what the restaurant offers.

Gravette's voters decide council post

posted: 12/01/2010 9:44 p.m.

Melissa Smith, Gravette resident for 16 years and employed fulltime at Northwest Arkansas Community College, defeated David Shields, resident for 35 years and a former city council member, for the Ward 1, Position 2 seat on the Gravette City Council.

Children and families in need

posted: 12/01/2010 9:36 p.m.

Many children across Northwest Arkansas awoke this morning in a cold, dark house. No gas for heat, no electricity for cooking and no food in the cupboard. People live in poverty in Springdale, Fayetteville and other cities and towns in Northwest Arkansas.

Roper with Southwest City ties leads nation

posted: 12/01/2010 9:35 p.m.

The site is anyplace where a good rodeo is going on.

Candlelight service planned

posted: 12/01/2010 9:35 p.m.

GRAVETTE — A community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24 at the Gravette United Methodist Church.


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DECATUR Decatur School Board The Decatur School Board meets at 6 p.m., on the third Monday each month, in the professional development room of the former middle school building next to the high school cafeteria. Decatur City Council Decatur City Council meetings are held at 6 p.m., the second Monday of the month, in the city council room. For more information, call 752-3912. Decatur Public Library Decatur library hours are 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Decatur Food Pantry The Decatur Food Pantry is open from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The pantry offers free food to Decatur residents. The pantry is located inside the United Methodist Church in Decatur. Participants need to bring identification and a current utility bill in their name with a Decatur address. For more information, contact 752-3551.


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Upcoming Events and Meetings

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Welcoming the cold ... for a little while

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Fall is without a doubt my favorite season of the year. Though the cool fall weather is a little later arriving here than in other places I’ve lived, the result is the same. I get this tremendous urge to go out into the wilderness and just enjoy the cool weather and feel the cold wind blowing on my face.

SUSAN SAYS All about turkey

posted: 12/01/2010 9:31 p.m.

Chances are most folks in the area had a big meal featuring turkey as the main course last week. I was lucky enough to have two, a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at the Senior Center a week before the holiday and a family dinner at home last Saturday.

OFF THE CUFF Lighting and the lack thereof

posted: 12/01/2010 9:31 p.m.

You often read Kent Marts’ columns about light pollution, and I agree that excessive lighting is a waste of money and improperly focused lights disturb people and light-pollute the planet. But there is another type of lighting that has bugged me. It dates to an event when I had a near mishap with another vehicle. Had the crash occurred, it would have been my fault. But if an existing state law were enforceable — it really isn’t — there wouldn’t even have been a near mishap.


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William Fred Doughty William Fred Doughty, 94, of Colcord, Okla., died Nov. 23, 2010, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital, Siloam Springs.

Recycling trailer coming to Gravette

posted: 12/01/2010 9:28 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Residents will soon have access to a recycling center, according to Allyson Ransom at Gravette City Hall, who has been working with the Benton County Recycling Center to locate a unit in Gravette.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE Give thanks today, too!

posted: 12/01/2010 9:28 p.m.

I am worn to a stub, mostly on my right hand and my lap! I have shoveled in more turkey, dressing and gravy with my right hand than any unpracticed man could ever handle and followed it up with pumpkin and pecan pies! My lap is worn plumb smooth by Grands wiggling on it and a few snoozing on it. It is now glossed over with the pure gold of love and joy! I sure do love the holiday of giving thanks and my close relative is a maker of traditions and wonderful food.

House Fire

posted: 12/01/2010 9:25 p.m.

Fire last Wednesday morning heavily damaged the Don Alexander home located about three miles west of Gravette off Highway 72. Firefighters cut holes in the roof to access the blaze which apparently started in a laundry room and spread into the upper structure.


posted: 12/01/2010 9:22 p.m.

Editor, I wanted to tell you about a man I have come to know. His name is Bill Montgomery. He is the mayor of Decatur and has been for 16 years.

WEEKLY DEVOTION It’s time to wake up!

posted: 12/01/2010 9:22 p.m.

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.The night is far spent the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:11-14 It is a sad fact that the Day of the Lord – that Day on which our Lord Jesus Christ returns to judge the living and the dead – will come upon many unaware and asleep. Instead of being found awake and trusting in Christ Jesus, they will be found sleeping spiritually and continuing in unbelief and sin. That day will be for them a day of weeping and sorrow (Rev. 1:7; Mt.

Shelter will be warm

posted: 12/01/2010 9:21 p.m.

Animals at Gravette’s animal shelter will not be “hot dogs” this winter, but they will be warm, thanks to the efforts of Pennie Berry, administrative assistant for the Gravette Police Department, and through donations from individuals and businesses.

Commission approves tract splits

posted: 12/01/2010 9:20 p.m.

GENTRY — The planning and zoning commission approved two tract splits and discussed a variance at its Nov. 18 meeting. Tract splits were granted to Jewel Anderson and to Decatur State Bank. The Andersons brought the commission a new plat with an access road to the back lot from Wesley Road, resolving access concerns. Decatur State Bank requested a lot split in order to sell a portion of land along Peterson Road to two separate parties. Both splits were granted by unanimous vote of members present — Danny Feemster, Jim Kooistra, Wanda Meyer, David Nelson and Mike Parks. Paul Church was absent. Also discussed at the meeting was the possibility of a variance in regard to paving the parking lot of a new Wooden Spoon Restaurant. The Klassens would like to pave only half the lot initially. The commission, by concensus, thought the variance request would not be a problem and suggested the Klassens apply for the variance by required procedures. The commission, when meeting as appeals board on Nov. 18, granted an appe

Gentry picks up wins in lopsided matches

posted: 12/01/2010 9:19 p.m.

Nonleague play between Gentry and Decatur last Tuesday was anything but play between well-matched teams, with the Gentry girls winning 57-8 and the Gentry boys finishing with a 61-4 final score.

Parades planned in Decatur, Gentry and Gravette

posted: 12/01/2010 9:18 p.m.

DECATUR The Decatur Christmas parade will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 10. The theme of this year’s parade will be “A Country Christmas.” The school or nonprofit organization with the best float will be awarded $200, and the second-place prize will be $100.


posted: 12/01/2010 9:17 p.m.

We had all sorts of weather on Thanksgiving Day, rain, freezing rain and snow. It all moved out but the trees were still iced over on Friday. It’s still rather cool.

Weather spotter training

posted: 12/01/2010 9:16 p.m.

GENTRY — A weather spotter training class will be offered at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, in the courtroom, adjacent to the Gentry Police Station. The class is free and open to the public. The class will be taught by Ed Calianese of the National Weather Service in Tulsa.


posted: 12/01/2010 9:15 p.m.

There was a very light turnout in Hiwasse for the runoff election on Tuesday.

Lady Lions get past Elkins

posted: 12/01/2010 9:14 p.m.

The Gravette Lady Lions, seeded fifth in the Northwest Arkansas Invitational Tournament, toppled the Elkins Lady Elks in opening round action Monday night at Pea Ridge.

Community Choir will be presenting Christmas Musical

posted: 12/01/2010 9:13 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Gravette and area residents will have two opportunities to see the Gravette Community Choir musical, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” said Gabra Stewart, who is directing the production. In rehearsal for the past two months, the dramatic production will include numerous speaking parts as well as a choir made up for singers from many of Gravette’s churches. The program will be held Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Assembly of God Church, located on Highway 72 at the west edge of Gravette. A second performance will be held Saturday afternoon, Dec. 11, at 2:30 p.m., at the same location. There is no admission charge for either performance. It has been several years since such a performance has been scheduled by the choir, since recent past performances have been choral only. “This production will enable those attending to be drawn into the real spirit of the Christmas season,” Stewart said. “The cast has worked hard and your attendance is welcomed and encouraged.”

School board considers making trap shooting official school sport

posted: 12/01/2010 9:12 p.m.

Trap shooting is on its way to becoming a school-sanctioned sport in Decatur, after school board members voted to give the team a temporary go ahead during the Nov.

Gravette Library announces plans

posted: 12/01/2010 9:12 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Kim Schneider, librarian at Gravette Public Library, announced several upcoming events during the month of December.

Donations for the 'Love Lights A Tree' fundraiser to fight cancer still accepted

posted: 12/01/2010 9:11 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Donations for the “Love Lights A Tree” to fight cancer are still being accepted according to Ruth Foster, who has chaired the project since its inception 15 years ago.

GUE students collect food for those in need

posted: 12/01/2010 9:10 p.m.

GRAVETTE — While students at Gravette Upper Elementary School enjoyed their Thanksgiving dinner at their cafeteria last Tuesday, members of the city fire and police departments loaded boxes of canned goods and non-perishables for transport to the Feed My Sheep Food Pantry.

Are the child safety seats in your car installed correctly?

posted: 12/01/2010 9:09 p.m.

BENTON COUNTY — Statistics show that more than 80 percent of child safety seats are not correctly installed.


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Week of December 6 - 10 Monday: Lemon baked chicken, garden blend rice, seasoned spinach, dinner roll, cherry whip. Tuesday: Beef tips w/gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, white bread, bananas & strawberries. Wednesday: Choice of potato soup or clam chowder, roast beef sandwich, carrot & celery sticks, orange cake. Thursday: Beef brisket, seasoned butter beans, steamed cabbage, corn bread, peaches. Friday: Hamburger on bun w/lettuce, tomato, onion, steak fries, tangy coleslaw, fruited Jello. Meals are subject to change. Meals at Center served with choice of 2% milk, buttermilk, coffee, tea or orange juice. Diabetic desserts are available.

DNE science students learn about ecology

posted: 12/01/2010 9:06 p.m.

Northside Elementary School fifth grade students spent the day learning about nature and ecology and performing field experiments at Crystal Lake on Nov. 5.

An Icy Thanksgiving Holiday

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Photos around the area

Gravette FFA attends Excel Program

posted: 12/01/2010 9:06 p.m.

The Gravette FFA Chapter loaded up 18 members and two adults on Nov. 3 to head toward the Ferndale Center to participate in the Excel Program.

Roberts inducted into Alpha Chi honor society

posted: 12/01/2010 9:05 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Colby Roberts, of Gravette, was one of 52 students inducted into Harding University’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society this semester.

DHS Student of the week

posted: 12/01/2010 9 p.m.

Ray Haisman was chosen as the Decatur High School student of the week for showing the most consistent improvement in Amy Steel's seventh-grade-math class this semester.

Dalke, Ingle named on JBU honor list

posted: 12/01/2010 8:59 p.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS — Sherry Dalke and Sonia Ingle, both of Gentry, were named to the John Brown University president’s list and dean’s list, respectively, of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program.

Abiera, Clements are part of winning AMSA robotics team

posted: 12/01/2010 8:58 p.m.

WESTSIDE — April Abiera of Gravette and Tait Clements of Decatur were members of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (ASMSA) Robotics team which received four firstplace awards at Robotics Competition held on Nov. 6 in Little Rock.