Wednesday, January 27

Meeting Scheduled To Discuss Sewage Options For Gravette

posted: 01/27/2010 1:20 a.m.

Because Gravette, like many other cities, is under mandate by the federal government to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, options for solving the problem have been under consideration for several months.

County Closing Several Area Polling Locations

posted: 01/27/2010 1:20 a.m.

The Benton County Election Commission will close four polling locations this year.

Departments Respond To Fire At Key Home

posted: 01/27/2010 1:19 a.m.

Fire departments from Gravette, Maysville and Decatur responded to a fire at the Scott Key home Friday night when wood trim around a fireplace insert became ignited.

Gravette Basketball Homecoming

posted: 01/27/2010 1:19 a.m.

Gravette Lions Basketball Homecoming is this Friday, January 29, with several activities planned before the coronation ceremony that evening.

Budget Is Major Issue At City Council Meeting

posted: 01/27/2010 1:18 a.m.

Gravette City Council will meet this Thursday, January 28, at 7 p.m. at the Gravette Civic Center. Among the items on the agenda will be final consideration of the 2010 city budget.

Exotic Bird Fair Is Planned At Tulsa

posted: 01/27/2010 1:17 a.m.

An Exotic Bird Fair “Spring Fling” will be held Saturday, March 6, at the Green Country Event Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Gravette Students Receive UofA Scholarships

posted: 01/27/2010 1:17 a.m.

Two University of Arkansas students from Gravette have received scholarships awarded by the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Scieances for the 2009-2010 academic year, according to Fred Miller, U of A Division of Agriculture.

Postmaster Urges Caution When Backing Up

posted: 01/27/2010 1:16 a.m.

Recently, local statistics have shown several accidents involving customers backing into a Postal Vehicle from their driveways, said Gerald, Garner, Gravette Postmaster.

Highfill To Get New Town Hall

posted: 01/27/2010 1:15 a.m.

Construction on a new town hall for Highfill will begin soon following approval of the $249,700 bid by Adams Investments.

It’s Very Important To Teach Children To Give

posted: 01/27/2010 1:15 a.m.

It’s never too early to teach children how to give, said Robbie McKinnon, Pike County extension agent.

GMCH Old Timers Enjoy Get Together

posted: 01/27/2010 1:14 a.m.

The Gravette Medical Center Hospital “Old Timers” met Wednesday, January 13, at the Main Cafe in Gravette.

Senior Center Menu Report

posted: 01/27/2010 1:13 a.m.

SENIOR CENTER MENU Week of February 1 - 3

Gravette Lunch Menus

posted: 01/27/2010 1:12 a.m.

Week of February 1 - 6 Lunch Menus

Youth Softball Tryouts Scheduled This Saturday

posted: 01/27/2010 1:11 a.m.

Youth age 16 and under who are interested in playing softball during the upcoming summer season are advised there will be tryouts this Saturday, January 30 at the old gym in Gravette.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 01/27/2010 1:10 a.m.

This week has been one for the books. I’ve been here a long time, more than a few years, and I have never seen so much mud. The dirt roads will be at least 6 inches lower due to the carrying off of tons of mud stuck to tires. What does the motto of the United States Postal Service say? Something about rain, snow and the dark of night, but not a word about life sucking mud!

GHS Second Quarter Honor Roll Announced

posted: 01/27/2010 1:09 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the second quarter at Gravette High School has been released by school administrators. Students on the Honor Roll include the following: Ninth Grade A Whitney Dewitt, Robert Heald, Rachael Morris, Rebekah Morris, Sierra Murphy, Russell Sharp, Matthew Vanotterloo, Skyler Warren, Monica White, Destaney Wishon.

Time To Correct A Mistake

posted: 01/27/2010 1:09 a.m.

The Benton County Election Commission has ample time to rectify its ill-conceived action taken last week when it announced it will close four polling precincts in the county this year— three of the four are in northwestern Benton County.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 01/27/2010 1:09 a.m.

The first month of 2010 is almost gone and over a month of winter is behind us. January has given us a mixed bag of weather; even this last week offered quite a variety.

Maysville News

posted: 01/27/2010 1:08 a.m.

The weather man says we may have snow toward the weekend. Let’s hope it isn’t a repeat of what we just had.


posted: 01/27/2010 1:07 a.m.

Editor, Arkansas governor Mike Beebe and the Arkansas State Board of Education have proclaimed the week beginning Jan. 24, 2010, as Arkansas School Board Member Recognition Week.

Prairie Grove, Siloam Springs Receive Grants From Stimulus

posted: 01/27/2010 1:06 a.m.

The City of Prairie Grove has been awarded $4.8 million in grants and loans and Siloam Springs will receive $4 in principal forgiveness bonds to help build new sewer plants in those cities.

Gleamers 4-H’ers Have Busy Meeting

posted: 01/27/2010 1:05 a.m.

On January 11, Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club held their monthly meeting. They started by reciting the pledges to the U. S. and 4-H flags and then our songleaders, Hanna and Haley Graves, led us in a 4-H song. Next they introduced the visitors and new members and welcomed them to join.

Benton County On Flood Disaster List

posted: 01/27/2010 1:03 a.m.

Benton County is one of 32 counties in Arkansas that have been designated “primary disaster areas” due to the excessive rainfall and extensive flooding that occurred from September 1, 2009, and continuing.

Pee Wee Basketball Results

posted: 01/27/2010 1:01 a.m.

Gravette Pee Wees took 7 of 12 games this week against Farmington Red. The day started out promising. 4th Grade B Girls had the lead for most of the game until Farmington hit a jumper with 24 seconds left for a 13-11 win.

Pea Ridge School Gets FEMA Grant For Safe Room

posted: 01/27/2010 1 a.m.

A “safe room” is one step closer for the Pea Ridge School District with the approval of $679,500 in funding coming from the U. S. Dept. of Homeland Security FEMA grant.

Holiness School Chili Supper

posted: 01/27/2010 12:59 a.m.

Gravette Holiness Bible School Parent-Teacher Fellowship will sponsor a chili supper this Friday, January 29, at the school cafeteria located at 606 Atlanta S.E.

Indian Taco Dinner Will Raise Funds For Mexican Mission Trip

posted: 01/27/2010 12:58 a.m.

An Indian Taco mission fundraiser will be held this Sunday, January 31, at the Old School Cafeteria in Sulphur Springs.

Prairie Grove Just Too Much

posted: 01/27/2010 12:58 a.m.

The Prairie Grove Tigers started strong and finished stronger in their 68-52 4A-1 Conference win Friday against Gravette, building a big lead early and stifling a Lions comeback with a big push late.

Upper Elementary Honor Roll List

posted: 01/27/2010 12:57 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the second quarter at Gravette Upper Elementary School has been released by school administrators.

Gravette High School Basketball Results

posted: 01/27/2010 12:56 a.m.

The Gentry girls didn’t need their rhythm to record a 61-43 win against rival Gravette last Tuesday.

New thermostats paying big dividends for schools

posted: 01/27/2010 12:53 a.m.

New light-sensitive thermostats, installed in the Decatur High School last November, are already saving the district big bucks and are on track to pay for themselves in just a few months.

Colors Day ceremonies held

posted: 01/27/2010 12:52 a.m.

What follows is the Decatur High School’s 2010 Colors Day Court, as presented during Friday’s ceremonies.

Islands cause of parking problems

posted: 01/27/2010 12:51 a.m.

Islands in the middle of Meadowbrook and Cederbrook Drives in the Grant Springs subdivision are creating parking problems for residents, police chief Terry Luker told the city council at the Jan. 18 meeting.


posted: 01/27/2010 12:50 a.m.

DECATUR COMMUNITY EVENTS published January 27, 2010

An urban forester coming to Gentry

posted: 01/27/2010 12:48 a.m.

An urban forester is coming to Gentry Feb. 1 to do a tree count and help the city with plans to work toward becoming a Tree City USA.

Council approves money for raises

posted: 01/27/2010 12:47 a.m.

An amendment to Highfill’s 2010 budget was passed on Jan. 12 which could increase employee pay by 3 percent if the mayor and department heads approve the individual raises.

School board post vacant

posted: 01/27/2010 12:47 a.m.

A formal resignation letter from the Gentry School Board was received from Le’Ann Watanabe on Jan. 22.


posted: 01/27/2010 12:46 a.m.

GENTRY COMMUNITY EVENTS published January 27, 2010

Gentry recycling center closes

posted: 01/27/2010 12:44 a.m.

Recycling has suffered another setback in the Gentry and Decatur area with the closing of the Gentry collection facility along Dawn Hill Road on the south side of the city.

Trash pick-up changes could come to Gentry

posted: 01/27/2010 12:43 a.m.

In case anyone has been wondering about all the trash bins setting on city property along Dawn Hill Road East, the bins are temporarily located there while Allied Waste Services, the city’s trash contractor, changes out old trash dumpsters with new front-load dumpsters to make it easier and faster to pick up trash from commercial customers in town.


posted: 01/27/2010 12:43 a.m.

Obituaries for January 27, 2010

WEEKLY DEVOTION - How Are We to Worship?

posted: 01/27/2010 12:42 a.m.

“The woman saith unto him,Sir,I perceive that thou art a prophet.Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.Jesus saith unto her,Woman,believe me,the hour cometh,when ye shall neither in this mountain,nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:19-24 After Jesus revealed His knowledge of this woman’s life – having had five husbands and now living together with one who was not her husband – she perceived that He was a prophet and changed the subject away from herself and her own sin and need of a Savior to a more generic question which had been disputed between the Samaritans and the Jews for several centuries: Where should

Griz Bear Comments - Roe v. Wade Decision Darkest Day in American History

posted: 01/27/2010 12:41 a.m.

Last Friday marked the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade United States Supreme Court decision.

A Walk in the Park - A Bigger-than-life View of Reality

posted: 01/27/2010 12:40 a.m.

I got exactly what I asked for, so there is no one to blame but myself. Now I am being reminded daily that the truth is not always pretty.

Capitol Reports - Budget Constraints Restrict Salary Increases

posted: 01/27/2010 12:39 a.m.

State legislators will not receive any raises in salary next fiscal year, under spending recommendations approved by the Joint Budget Committee.

Tell Us What You Think?

posted: 01/27/2010 12:38 a.m.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? We would really like to know.

Highfill Extension Club holds meeting

posted: 01/27/2010 12:34 a.m.

The Highfill Extension Club met Monday, Jan. 18, with president Peggy Dillahunty presiding.

Benfit planned for Johnson

posted: 01/27/2010 12:33 a.m.

A chili supper and auction to benefit Decatur Chamber of Commerce president Royce Johnson is planned for March 13.

County to buy emergency phone notification system

posted: 01/27/2010 12:30 a.m.

Benton County will have an emergency telephone notification system before the spring storm season starts this year, County Judge Dave Bisbee said Friday.

Graham mobilized for deployment

posted: 01/27/2010 12:28 a.m.

Army Reserve 1st Lt. Amber V. Graham has been mobilized and activated for a future deployment overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Girls beat Gravette

posted: 01/27/2010 12:26 a.m.

The Gentry girls didn’t need their rhythm to record a 61-43 win against rival Gravette on Jan. 19.

Jones leads resurgence

posted: 01/27/2010 12:25 a.m.

Tim Rippy got a good look last week at just how far Gentry has come this season. The Lady Pioneers coach hopes that look is also a possible glance into the future, as well.

Gentry loses two at Farmington

posted: 01/27/2010 12:24 a.m.

Conlan Efurd sat in the stands Friday night and watched from a few rows up as several of Gentry’s basketball teams played Farmington.

Passenger numbers down in 2009

posted: 01/27/2010 12:23 a.m.

Fewer passengers last year at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport are not grounding plans to attract more airlines.

Four polling locations will close to save money

posted: 01/27/2010 12:22 a.m.

The Benton County Election Commission will close four polling locations this year.

Colors Day a special celebration this year

posted: 01/27/2010 12:20 a.m.

There was an extra spark of celebration in the air during Decatur High School’s 2010 Colors Day.

Arkansas Western Gas Is Installing New Metering System

posted: 01/27/2010 12:09 a.m.

Installation of new Electronic Reading Transmitters, commonly referred to as E.R.T.s, are being installed on Arkansas Western Gas Company meters throughout the company’s service area.

Tuesday, January 19

AFTER GASOLINE LEAK- Station Partially Open

posted: 01/19/2010 10:47 p.m.

How a leak of gasoline from Shop and Go Service Station infiltrated a Gravette sewer line is still being investigated, it was learned Monday.

Kids Storytime At Library Every Tuesday

posted: 01/19/2010 10:46 p.m.

Gravette Public Library patrons are reminded that Children’s Storytime for ages 3 through 5 is each Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m., with free stories and activities, said Kim Boldt, library manager.

Ambulance And Fire Dues Are Now Due

posted: 01/19/2010 10:45 p.m.

Ambulance Membership dues for the City of Gravette and its service area are now being accepted.The city issued the following statement: “We encourage all residents, who have not already done so, to pay their annual ambulance membership dues: $40 per family or $25 for an individual.

New Streets Provide Access To Schools

posted: 01/19/2010 10:44 p.m.

Traffic management around the Gravette school downtown campus will be easier with the completion of two new access streets to the campus.

PAWS Students Recognized

posted: 01/19/2010 10:43 p.m.

Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary who have been named PAWS (”Pawsitive” and Wise) students for January are, Ronnie Thompson, Aliyeah Giordano, Jimmy Duncan, Emma Foster, Tanner Martin and Jacob Williams.

New Stripes

posted: 01/19/2010 10:42 p.m.

Visitors to Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette will find the hospital parking lot has bright new striping, compliments of RonTeasley andTeasley Drug, said Carrie Richardson, director of communications for OCH.

Wendy Stidham Receives BS Degree From Oklahoma State

posted: 01/19/2010 10:40 p.m.

Wendy Graham Stidham recently received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science/Business from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

Program Announced Concerning Preservation Of Historic Properties

posted: 01/19/2010 10:40 p.m.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program historians will be in Benton County during the week of January 25 seeking historic properties associated with city services to the public, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced.

Stephanie Boling Recognized For Work In Collector’s Office

posted: 01/19/2010 10:39 p.m.

Stephanie Boling, of Gravette, Deputy County Collector at the satellite office in Gravette, was recognized recently by County Collector Gloria Peterson for her ten years of “dedicated service to Benton County.” Peterson, on the left, made the presentation of a certificate to Boling recently at the Gravette office which opened in 2003 “when Stephanie was chosen as the employee to work there,” Peterson said.

Local Man Will Be Leaving For Haiti

posted: 01/19/2010 10:39 p.m.

A Gravette man is expecting to spend a week in Haiti as part of a missionary project of the Church of Christ.

JGT Club Meets Next Wednesday

posted: 01/19/2010 10:38 p.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club will be held next Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Senior Activity Center. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in the computer room.

Arbor Day Offers Trees To New Members

posted: 01/19/2010 10:36 p.m.

Arkansas residents will receive 10 free flowering trees when they join the Arbor Day Foundation during January. The trees, 6 to 12 inches, will include dogwoods, crabapples, redbuds and golden raintrees.

Quilt Class Sets Tentative Meeting Date

posted: 01/19/2010 10:36 p.m.

The quilt class holiday party planned for this month will not be held in January, it has been announced. Hostess Cleta Whitman said the outing is tentatively set for Saturday, February 6, at her home.

Students On ATC Dean’s List

posted: 01/19/2010 10:35 p.m.

The following Gravette students enrolled at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville were named to the fall semester Dean’s List.

Senior Center Menu

posted: 01/19/2010 10:34 p.m.

Senior Center Menu Week of January 25 - 29

High School Announces Activities

posted: 01/19/2010 10:32 p.m.

Jo Ellen Hastings, principal at Gravette High School, has issued the following information concerning upcoming events at GHS during the next several weeks. There is also an advisory concerning GHS policy concerning Valentine’s Day flowers/gifts.

Gravette Schools Menus

posted: 01/19/2010 10:31 p.m.

Gravette Schools Menus Week of January 25, 2010

N. W. Christian Youth Center Announces Indian Taco Fundraiser

posted: 01/19/2010 10:30 p.m.

An Indian Taco fundraiser will be held Sunday, January 31, at the Old School Cafeteria in Sulphur Springs.

The Past Holds Many Memories

posted: 01/19/2010 10:30 p.m.

My husband Jerry bemoans the fact that so many people have passed on that could have told him about history. Their records died with them. Now we are the older generation. There’s few around to question our words about the past.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 01/19/2010 10:29 p.m.

Every old cow thinks her calf is the blackest, at least around here. I have a close relative who fits that category to a tee. She loves to show and tell about her Grands to just anyone who will listen and some who won’t stand still, she falls in formation and follows around. Not that I don’t think she should, I’ve always been close by and poked my chest out, grinning and nodding in agreement. It’s the other folks that I wonder about, those who think their Grands are smarter, cuter or better singers than ours! Do we agree that the truth can be stretched paper thin concerning some of these tales? OF course it can be and of course we must take some of the anecdotes with a grain of salt. But I am about to tell you one that is too cute to keep to myself.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 01/19/2010 10:26 p.m.

After a couple of weeks in which we endured single digit temperatures and highs which barely made it to the freezing mark we really enjoyed this week’s warming trend. The mercury climbed into the 40’s and 50’s and we thought we were having a real heat wave. A heavy blanket of fog hung in the air Thursday morning and Friday a light rain fell and melted the last of the snow lingering in the fencerows. A few misshapen snowmen still stood in the neighborhood but gradually they too melted away, leaving no trace of our wintry storm.

Lions Lead But Lose To Shiloh

posted: 01/19/2010 10:12 p.m.

Morgan Bayley’s 3-pointer late in the first quarter was the Lady Lions’ only first quarter score as Shiloh Christian ladies led 16-3 at the start of the second quarter last Friday night. Shiloh hounded Gravette at the game in Springdale and forced 24 turnovers in a 61-38 victory. The score was 34-15 at the start of the second half.

Lady Lions Fight But Lose To Farmington

posted: 01/19/2010 10:11 p.m.

For about 8 minutes last Tuesday night, nothing could go wrong for Farmington.

Chili Supper, Bingo Party At Sulphur Will Benefit Museum

posted: 01/19/2010 10:10 p.m.

A chili supper and bingo night will be held this Saturday, January 23, at the old Sulphur Springs schoolhouse cafeteria to raise funds for the Sulphur Springs Community Museum.

Poultry Growers Registration Reminder

posted: 01/19/2010 10:09 p.m.

A reminder is issued that persons in Arkansas who own or operate a Poultry Feeding Operation where 2,500 or more poultry are housed are required to register annually and pay a $10 fee for each operation.

Elkins Police Department Receives $$$

posted: 01/19/2010 10:08 p.m.

Elkins Police Department received a $13,450 donation from Walmart to replace the city’s breathalyzer machine which measures alcohol consumption percentage and which needs to be replaced.

Baseball/Softball Sign Up Schedule Reminder Issued

posted: 01/19/2010 10:07 p.m.

Gravette Baseball/Softball registration is this Saturday, January 23, at the Old Gym from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and February 14 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Pee Wee Basketball Report

posted: 01/19/2010 10:06 p.m.

Gravette Pee Wee teams won 7 of 12 games against the visiting Greenland Pirates. Gravette 4th Grade B Girls hung on for a 7-6 win and are 2 and 4 for the season. 4th Grade A Girls bounced back this week after suffering their first loss last week, defeated the Pirates 13-7 and upped their record to 5-1.

Break-Ins Reported In Decatur Recently

posted: 01/19/2010 10:05 p.m.

Decatur continues to be hit by a rash of break-ins, including one January 7 at Timber’s Taxidermy Shop on Main Street when a window was broken. Apparently nothing was missing.

School Board: Special meeting called to consider renewal of superintendent contract

posted: 01/19/2010 9:57 p.m.

School board members will meet tonight at 6:30 to vote on whether or not to renew the contract of superintendent Dr. Randy Barrett for next year.

Town hall bid accepted

posted: 01/19/2010 9:57 p.m.

Construction will soon begin on a new town hall for Highfill, following the council’s approval on Jan. 12 of the $249,700 bid of Adams Investments to put up the new building.

School Calendar adjusted

posted: 01/19/2010 9:56 p.m.

The Gentry School Board approved a revised calendar Monday night to help make up for the five instructional days lost at the beginning of January due to snow-packed and icy roads and extreme cold.

Chamber launches membership drive

posted: 01/19/2010 9:55 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce / Main Street Association is currently holding its annual membership drive and city directory ad sales campaign.


posted: 01/19/2010 9:53 p.m.


Highfill’s water rates:

posted: 01/19/2010 9:53 p.m.

The way Highfill’s water customers are charged for water usage was officially changed at the Jan. 12 town council meeting.

Shotgun fired at car

posted: 01/19/2010 9:52 p.m.

Police received reports of a gunshot, fired from a passing car on Pine Street, at about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

No More Fiscal Distress!

posted: 01/19/2010 9:48 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Arkansas State Board of Education voted to officially remove the Decatur School District from fiscal distress and begin the process of handing control back to a local school board.

Council resets salaries to reflect amount paid

posted: 01/19/2010 9:47 p.m.

City council members voted to update an ordinance defining the mayor’s and city recorder’s salary at Monday night’s meeting.

City positions up for election in November

posted: 01/19/2010 9:45 p.m.

The office of mayor and all six city council positions will be up for election next November.


posted: 01/19/2010 9:44 p.m.


Gravette could pipe its sewage to Decatur plant for treatment

posted: 01/19/2010 9:43 p.m.

City officials in Gravette and Decatur are considering the possibility of piping Gravette’s sewage to Decatur’s new wastewater treatment plant.

Henderson announces his run for county judge

posted: 01/19/2010 9:40 p.m.

Tim Henderson, Sr., of Gentry announced his bid for Benton County Judge on Friday.

Official initiates inquiry

posted: 01/19/2010 9:40 p.m.

A Benton County justice of the peace has asked Benton County Prosecutor Van Stone to investigate the county’s bidding processes dating back to debris cleanup from the ice storm last January.

Fire destroys home

posted: 01/19/2010 9:38 p.m.

An early morning fire completely destroyed the home of Garvin and Ila Reid at 13588 Gailey Hollow Road, Siloam Springs (in the Highfill Community ), on Friday.

January 20, 2010 OBITUARIES

posted: 01/19/2010 9:37 p.m.


WEEKLY DEVOTION - Jesus Knows Everything About Us

posted: 01/19/2010 9:36 p.m.

“The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.” John 4:15-18 Is anything hidden from the eyes of the LORD God? Is there any sin or shortcoming in our lives of which our Lord Jesus does not know?

Griz Bear Comments - Finally, Spectacles that Work!

posted: 01/19/2010 9:34 p.m.

I still remember when I turned 40-something and noticed my eyesight wasn’t quite as good as it used to be. Reading was a bit tougher — the letters were a bit fuzzier and harder to distinguish — and though it was slight, I also noticed when on patrol duty that I had to get a little closer to the cars in front of me to read the license plate numbers.

A Walk in the Park - A Visit to Two Close-by Museums

posted: 01/19/2010 9:31 p.m.

I recently found a source listing several more places to visit in the coming months. I picked up a brochure that included the museums of Washington and Benton counties. I was surprised to see 21 sites listed.

A Second Opinion - Are there Mountain Lions in Arkansas?

posted: 01/19/2010 9:30 p.m.

I have to admit I have a big imagination and I like mystery and intrigue. So when I heard another report a couple of weeks ago of a mountain lion being seen in the Decatur area, my curiosity was spiked.

Capitol Reports - Belt Tightening Expected in State Budget

posted: 01/19/2010 9:30 p.m.

Legislators spent last week writing next year’s budget for state government, a process that will require serious belt tightening in state agencies, institutions of higher education and school districts.

Gentry girls drop big game to Prairie Grove

posted: 01/19/2010 9:28 p.m.

Gentry had an answer for almost everything Prairie Grove threw at it Wednesday night.

Girls win and boys lose against Huntsville

posted: 01/19/2010 9:27 p.m.

Lady Pioneers came from behind and beat Huntsville in conference play by a single basket on Jan. 12 at the Gentry High School gymnasium.

Gentry boys fall to Berryville, girls win

posted: 01/19/2010 9:26 p.m.

Berryville used a 10-0 run in the second quarter and an 11-0 run in the third to lift it to a 49-38 victory over the Gentry Pioneers in 1-4 A Conference play Friday night at Bobcat Arena.

Colors Day ceremony planned in Decatur

posted: 01/19/2010 9:25 p.m.

This is spirit week at the Decatur High School and all the festivities and fun will lead to Colors Day on Friday.

The Steve Tuckers Will Be Speakers At Romance Conferences

posted: 01/19/2010 9:16 p.m.

Steve and Susan Tucker, founders of Eagle Family Ministries, will be speakers at Valentine Making Room for Romance Conferences scheduled at Tulsa Renaissance Hotel, February 12-14, and at Branson’s Hilton Promenade, February 19-21.


posted: 01/19/2010 5:19 p.m.

The Cancer Support Home will be offering free clinical breast exams performed by a licensed medical professional from 9 a.m.- 4 p.. m. this Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Fayetteville location (1101 N. Woolsey Ave.). Appointments are required. Follow-up diagnostic imaging is available for those who qualify.

Wednesday, January 13

News Herald On-line Access Now Available; Free For All Subscribers

posted: 01/13/2010 12:26 a.m.

Beginning this month, online-access to the full content of the Gravette News Herald requires a subscription.

State Schools: Gravette Seeking Federal Grants

posted: 01/13/2010 12:25 a.m.

Schools in Arkansas, including Gravette, are waiting for word that the state will receive its share of hundreds of millions of dollars of federal stimulus money.

Middle School Awards Assembly

posted: 01/13/2010 12:23 a.m.

Gravette Middle School end-of-semester Awards Assembly will be held this Thursday, January 14, at 11:00 a.m. in the competition gymnasium.

Remember Upcoming Registration Dates For Summer Ball Programs

posted: 01/13/2010 12:21 a.m.

Gravette Baseball/Softball registration will be held January 23 at the Old Gym from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and February 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. Registration forms will be available at Bank of Gravett, Arvest Bank and Delta Bank and Trust on January 15.

Rural Fire Dues Are Now Due

posted: 01/13/2010 12:20 a.m.

All property owners in the rural Gravette Fire District are reminded that annual dues for the calendar year 2010 are now due.

Simplified Scholarship Applications Possible

posted: 01/13/2010 12:19 a.m.

Arkansas citizens seeking education beyond high school will now find the scholarship application process more user-friendly than ever before, thanks to the Universal Scholarship Application, developed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.Theonlineversion of the Universal Scholarship Application, launched on January 1, matches students to potential scholarships in a matter of minutes.

Crystal Bridges Exhibits Planned For This Year

posted: 01/13/2010 12:19 a.m.

Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art announces scheduled exhibits in 2010 at the museum’s temporary gallery space in downtown Bentonville. The gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Massey Hotel, 125 West Central Avenue.

Decatur May Close Swim Pool Next Summer

posted: 01/13/2010 12:18 a.m.

Decatur Mayor Bill Montgomery told members of the City Council at its December meeting the city swimming pool will be closing unless someone can come up with a way for the city to pay for it.

Senior Center News

posted: 01/13/2010 12:15 a.m.

SENIOR CENTER MENU Week of January 18 - 22

Gravette Area Obituaries

posted: 01/13/2010 12:14 a.m.

Gravette Area Obituaries published January 13, 2010

Lunch Menus

posted: 01/13/2010 12:12 a.m.

Gravette Lunch Menus Week of January 18 - 22

Carroll County Residents Receive Free Seed Packs

posted: 01/13/2010 12:11 a.m.

Carroll County residents and organizations may pick up their share of 60,000 packages of free flower and vegetable seeds which were obtained from the America the Beautiful Fund.

Off The Cuff

posted: 01/13/2010 12:08 a.m.

I saw a picture the other day which brought back a tragic memory. It also is my reason for relating an event that occurred on a cold, snowy night more than 60 years ago.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 01/13/2010 12:07 a.m.

I am very aware of the pioneers that came west to settle this country. Even more so this morning as I hustled to the old hay truck, got out the battery charger, worked for half an hour to get things hooked up and then waited for the truck to actually start. I fed Snip and checked his water, shamed old Dog for laying in the hay while I was working out in the cold and, by that time, the truck did start.

New Toy Firearm Law Is Explained

posted: 01/13/2010 12:06 a.m.

Editor’s Note: James “Rusty” Rusterholz has more than 12 years experience as an Arkansas law enforcement officer. If you have questions, contact him at arklawinfo01@cox. net. The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not represent legal advice.


posted: 01/13/2010 12:04 a.m.

Last Week: Have you learned to write 2010 yet?

Pee Wee Teams Results

posted: 01/13/2010 12:03 a.m.

Gravette had another rough Saturday. The visiting Cardinals won game one 8-7 over the 4th Grade B girls. Our 4th Grade A girls fell short of a 5-0 record, losing 10-7. Fourth B boys lost 16-2 but the A team won 19-12.

Please Note: News Herald Online

posted: 01/13/2010 12:02 a.m.

Subscribers to the Gravette News Herald have free online access to the News Herald and other NAN LLC weekly newspapers.

Seniors Say:

posted: 01/13/2010 12:01 a.m.

The News Herald asked Gravette High School Seniors to write their resolutions for the new year, their last semester, OR their wishes for the future. This is the third and final installment of their wr

Tuesday, January 12

One of the Joys of Winter!

posted: 01/12/2010 11:59 p.m.


The Eagles Have Landed . . . .

posted: 01/12/2010 11:58 p.m.

The eagle has landed. Or, more appropriately, the eagles have landed.

Parent Involvement Critical For Students

posted: 01/12/2010 11:58 p.m.

Parents plus schools equal student success, Dr. James Marshall, assistant professor of family life with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Fire Destroys Home In Gravette

posted: 01/12/2010 11:57 p.m.

Fire last Tuesday night, January 5, destroyed a frame home located at Fifth and Dallas Streets S.W. in Gravette, occupied by Justin Wilmoth who was not at home at the time.

Youth Softball Team Tryouts January 30

posted: 01/12/2010 11:56 p.m.

Youths age 16 and under who are interested in playing competitive softball during the upcoming summer season are advised there will be tryouts Saturday, January 30, at the old gym in Gravette.

Ice Cold, Snow, Put Skids on Many Local Activities

posted: 01/12/2010 11:34 p.m.

While no records were set, the area experienced snow, ice and colder-than normal temperatures last week, closing schools and many businesses.

Genealogical Society Will Meet Next Monday; Open To The Public

posted: 01/12/2010 11:32 p.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society will meet Monday, January 25, at 6 p.m. at the Bentonville Public Library. The public is invited to attend.

Stimulus Money:

posted: 01/12/2010 11:32 p.m.

School board members unanimously agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Arkansas Department of Education at a special meeting on Jan. 6. The signed memorandum would make the school district eligible to receive a large but unspecified sum of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act money should the state application be accepted and a grant awarded.

When strangers come knocking

posted: 01/12/2010 11:31 p.m.

With a survey taker going door-to-door for Research Triangle Institute to conduct a survey on drug use and health, Police Chief Keith Smith offers the following tips to Gentry residents when survey takers or salespersons knock on their doors:


posted: 01/12/2010 11:29 p.m.

Gentry Community Events published January 13, 2010

Schools get new mascot

posted: 01/12/2010 11:24 p.m.

A new mascot — in the form of an 18-week-old, male English Bulldog — was donated to the Decatur School District.

Snow, ice and arctic air sweep into Decatur, close schools

posted: 01/12/2010 11:23 p.m.

A blast of arctic air kept snow on the ground and children out of school last week.

Schools may be released from fiscal distress, state control

posted: 01/12/2010 11:22 p.m.

At its Jan. 19 meeting, the Arkansas State Board of Education will consider removing the Decatur School District from its fiscal distress list and releasing the district from state control by Oct. 1.

Decatur students place in poster contest, now go on to compete on national level

posted: 01/12/2010 11:21 p.m.

Three Decatur students placed at the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts’ 2009 poster contest and will be headed on to national competition.


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Show car stolen in West Siloam

posted: 01/12/2010 11:19 p.m.

Investigators of Delaware County Sheriff’s Office continue to search for a $200,000 show car that was reported missing from a West Siloam Springs, Okla., body shop Nov. 24.

County tax revenue continues to decline

posted: 01/12/2010 11:18 p.m.

October marked the 11th consecutive month of sales tax revenue decreases for Benton County.

City revenue picture mixed

posted: 01/12/2010 11:16 p.m.

GENTRY / DECATUR — The incoming tax revenue picture was mixed for the month of December in the cities of Gentry and Decatur, with county tax revenue down for both.

Genealogical society to meet

posted: 01/12/2010 11:13 p.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan 25, at the Bentonville Public Library. Troy Banzhaf, Pea Ridge National Military Park Ranger, will speak about the many changes taking place at the park, with a focus on the museum remodel. The public is invited.

Nominations now being sought for chamber awards

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

Gentry Chamber of Commerce is currently taking nominations for the 2009 community awards.

Jesus Offers Living Water

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

“The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:11-14 What was it that Jesus wanted to give to this Samaritan woman? She didn’t understand, for she thought of water to quench her earthly thirst and wondered how Jesus would be able to give her living water with nothing with which to draw it from the well. She asked Jesus if He was greater than Jacob who dug the well and drank from it.

Schrock arrested

posted: 01/12/2010 11:06 p.m.

Arley Wayne Schrock, 23, of rural Gentry was arrested in Gentry just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday by the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Gentry Police.

Getting the Right Anniversary Gift for My Honey

posted: 01/12/2010 11:04 p.m.

Mrs. Griz and I observed another wedding anniversary last week. It seems like only yesterday that we plighted our troth but, on the other hand, it seems like we’ve always been together.

Remaining Positive While Waiting for Warmer Weather to Arrive

posted: 01/12/2010 11:03 p.m.

The new year did not start exactly as I had anticipated. I thought by now my mission would be underway to visit local sites in and around the area. However, I am still waiting for the weather and road conditions to cooperate.

Global Warming: Is It Really True?

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

What happened to global warming? I’m freezing! Sitting at my desk with fingers that are almost too cold to type, I feel like I could use a little global warming.

County Work Raises Questions

posted: 01/12/2010 10:59 p.m.

Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee used his company to perform more than $15,000 worth of remodeling work on the county assessor’s and collector’s offices at 300 W. Poplar St. in Rogers.

Scherer posts big gains for Gentry Pioneers

posted: 01/12/2010 10:57 p.m.

Kevin Scherer endured an adjustment period during his sophomore season, but Gentry coach Conlan Efurd said the 6-foot-6 post man has taken some of those lessons to heart this year.

Gentry Basketball update

posted: 01/12/2010 10:56 p.m.

The Gentry Pioneer basketball team has already equaled its number of wins from last season, and coach Conlan Efurd says maturity is a big reason why.

Former Gentry school employees have reunion on New Year’s Day

posted: 01/12/2010 10:53 p.m.

Former Gentry School lunchroom employees reunited over coffee at the home of Jerry and Bonnie Bartlett on Jan. 1.

Sikes earns honors during fall semester

posted: 01/12/2010 10:50 p.m.

Bailey Sikes, of Gentry, was listed on the J. William Fullbright College of Arts and Sciences Chancellor’s List and Dean’s List in recognition for her scholastic performance during the Fall 2009 semester.

Gentry students on dean’s list at Russellville

posted: 01/12/2010 10:46 p.m.

Saeng Chan Lee and Christine Kay Schwerin of Gentry were included on the Arkansas Tech University Dean’s List for undergraduate students on the main campus in Russellville for the fall 2009 semester.

John Denver’s house must not have been very energy efficient

posted: 01/12/2010 10:42 p.m.

In “Goodbye Again” John Denver sang, “There’s frosting on the window pane, and sorrow in your eyes….” I am sure John’s sweetheart may have been sad that he was leaving her for a while, but she was likely also saddened when she got the electric or gas bill because she was likely going to be paying a lot of money for heating their house only to have the heat leak out of the window that John hadn’t caulked or tinted (tinting works well in winter to keep the heat in and in the summer to keep the heat out), sealed around the edges with a rolled up a towel or gotten rid of the problem altogether by upgrading to new Energy Star rated windows (which are now eligible for a tax credit).

One-step Application for State Scholarships

posted: 01/12/2010 10:22 p.m.

The state of Arkansas offers 21 different scholarships, and now students can apply for all of them in one single process.


posted: 01/12/2010 10:22 p.m.

Area Obituaries for January 13, 2010

Susan Says . . .

posted: 01/12/2010 12:10 a.m.

Our frigid weather continues so most of our snow cover is still on the ground. Temperatures have dropped to zero and even below so it’s been mighty hard to keep our big old house warm.

Thursday, January 7

Gentry and Decatur Obituaries

posted: 01/07/2010 1:25 p.m.

Gentry and Decatur Obituaries

Wednesday, January 6

Maysville Postpones First Senior Fun Day

posted: 01/06/2010 1:56 p.m.

Maysville E. H. Club is sponsoring a Senior Fun Day the first and third Thursday of each month this winter but due to the bad weather it has been canceled this Thursday.

A Look Back at 2009

posted: 01/06/2010 1:55 p.m.

Editor’s Note: Several persons said they “missed the recap of 2009” events in Gravette so here are just a few of the stories making headlines during the year just ended.

Softball Competitors Are Sought

posted: 01/06/2010 1:55 p.m.

Persons who are interested in playing competitive softball during the upcoming summer season are advised there will be tryouts Saturday, January 30, at the old gym in Gravette.

No School

posted: 01/06/2010 1:54 p.m.

Gravette schools, which were to resume classes Tuesday following the Christmas break, were cancelled because of icy roads.

Winter Home Energy Applications Will Be Accepted Monday

posted: 01/06/2010 1:40 p.m.

Starting next Monday, January 11, the Office of Human Concern will begin accepting applications for the Winter Home Energy Assistance Program for 2010. Applications for the Crisis Program will be accepted beginning January 25.

Recent Cold Days

posted: 01/06/2010 1:36 p.m.

With the temperature predicted to dip below zero later this week, a check of the past 15 years’ records show the last time it hit below zero was December 22, 1998, when the mercury plunged to minus 3.

Hospital Old Timers To Meet

posted: 01/06/2010 1:35 p.m.

The Gravette Medical Center Hospital “Old Timers” will meet Wednesday, January 13, at the Main Cafe in Gravette at 1:30 p.m.

Poker Run

posted: 01/06/2010 1:31 p.m.

Plans are underway for the first annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run, set for May 1.

Plans to combine Decatur festivals moving forward

posted: 01/06/2010 1:26 p.m.

After a multitude of meetings in November and December, the Chamber of Commerce and the Parks and Recreation Committee have worked out many of the details involved in holding the Decatur Barbecue and Bulldog Days backto-back on August 7th, 8th and possibly the 9th.

City pool to close if not rescued

posted: 01/06/2010 1:23 p.m.

The city swimming pool will be closing unless someone can come up with a way for the city to afford it, Mayor Bill Montgomery said at the Dec. 14 city council meeting.


posted: 01/06/2010 1:22 p.m.

Stop Smoking Seminar The Breathe Free Plan to Stop Smoking seminar will be presented at the Total Life Community Center on Arkansas Highway 59, south of Gentry, at 7 p.m., Jan.7. The seminar is free and open to the public. Please call 233-9119 for reservations. Assembly of God Van Service Van service is available to children and adults who need transportation to Sunday morning and evening church services and Wednesday evening services at the Assembly of God Church in Decatur. For more information, contact Stacy Brooks at 790-7171. Creators Cafe Creators Cafe, a creative writing group, meets from 5-6 :30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the Iva Jane Peek Library. Activities include reading and writing poetry, discussions of famous poets and their work, challenges, slam and stand up, and contests and prizes. For more information, contact Lisa Brown at 212-0311. Town Hall Meetings The Decatur School District holds regular town hall meetings in place of school board meetings at 7 p.m., the third Monday

Vandals hit concession stand

posted: 01/06/2010 1:21 p.m.

Vandals broke into the concession stand at the Edmiston Ball Fields over the weekend.

SSMH staff members recognized

posted: 01/06/2010 1:19 p.m.

Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital recognized three of its staff members during the annual Employee Holiday Lunch on Dec. 16.

Gentry picks up non-conference wins

posted: 01/06/2010 1:18 p.m.

Gentry High School basketball teams picked up wins over the Christmas break in nonconference games against Lincoln and Colcord, Okla.

Subscription required to access online newspapers

posted: 01/06/2010 1:17 p.m.

GBeginning with this issue, online-access to the full content of the Gentry Courier-Journal and the Decatur Herald requires a subscription.

How Do You Respond to Jesus?

posted: 01/06/2010 1:15 p.m.

“And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary His mother, Behold, this Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35 Once again we have heard the account of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. We have heard the good news that He is the LORD God born into this world a true man that He might be our Savior from sin and everlasting punishment. We know and have heard of His holy life in our stead, and of His innocent sufferings and death for our sins. But how do we respond to Jesus?

Beeman, Spencer wed

posted: 01/06/2010 1:15 p.m.

Justin Thomas Beeman and Holly Michelle Spencer were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, in an outdoor ceremony at the couple’s home.

Taking a Vacation, Trained by a Dog

posted: 01/06/2010 1:14 p.m.

Yes, for the first time since beginning to edit and lay out the Gentry Courier-Journal and the Decatur Herald three and a half years ago, I took a week off and was gone on press day last week. Making that possible was the editorial staff of the Weekly Vista — I much appreciate their help in putting together the newspapers for me last week.

Adversity Turned Adventure

posted: 01/06/2010 1:11 p.m.

My cousin Wayne and his wife Lucy travel frequently both within the U.S. and abroad. They share interesting stories, relating experiences they have had while visiting many locations throughout the world. However, some stories reveal that simply getting to their destinations has also been adventurous at times.

Happy New Year 2010!

posted: 01/06/2010 1:10 p.m.

How many of you were wondering if we would drop off the face of the earth just 10 years ago when we were turning to the year 2000? And here it is, a decade later, and we don’t even think about those things. We only think about how this decade has fairly flown.