Wednesday, June 30

Gravette, Sulphur Springs Activities Scheduled For Independence Day

posted: 06/30/2010 8:09 p.m.

Sulphur Springs is gearing up for its annual Independence Day Celebration which will be held Saturday, July 3, in the big shady park in that city.

Shooting Fireworks Is Legal On Only Two Days In Gravette

posted: 06/30/2010 8:09 p.m.

Gravette residents are reminded that discharge of fireworks inside the city limits is prohibited except during certain hours and only on two designated days.

All Seasons Owner Will Speak At Kiwanis Meet

posted: 06/30/2010 8:09 p.m.

Jim Floyd from All Seasons Lawn Equipment, a new business in Gravette, will speak at the Gravette Kiwanis Club Friday, July 2.

New Westside Eagle Staff Now In Gravette

posted: 06/30/2010 8:08 p.m.

The newspaper office in Gravette welcomed new staff members Wednesday of last week. This is part of the process of combining Gravette, Gentry and Decatur newspapers into a new publication, “The Westside Eagle Observer” .

Siloam Author Will Sign Books At Master Gardeners Meeting

posted: 06/30/2010 8:07 p.m.

Dawn Denton of Siloam Springs will be signing her new book, “Ruby and Rocket” , at a meeting of the Benton County Master Gardeners, Tuesday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Bentonville Public Library.

Quilt Entries Are Sought

posted: 06/30/2010 8:06 p.m.

Entries are being accepted for the 33rd Ozark Quilt Fair which will be held September 11 at the Shiloh Museum in Springdale.

Christian Singers Will Perform At Springdale

posted: 06/30/2010 8:06 p.m.

Two talented Christian music families, The Talley Trio and The Williamsons, will be featured in a concert at the Phillips Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Springdale, Friday, July 9.

Senior Center Report

posted: 06/30/2010 8:05 p.m.

REMEMBER. . . . June 30 is the deadline for submitting recipes for our community cookbook. Read our request below and help us with the fund raiser which will benefit the Meals on Wheels project. Also, we know you’ll enjoy trying the recipes your friends and neighbors submit when the book is published.

New Student Enrollment Date

posted: 06/30/2010 8:05 p.m.

New student enrollment at Glenn Duffy Elementary will be on Tuesday, July 13, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. As goodbyes are said to children moving on to third grade, teachers are eager to meet new students who are new to the area and those who may be eligible for kindergarten through second grade.

JGT Club Holds June Meeting At Old Town

posted: 06/30/2010 8:04 p.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Wednesday, June 23, in Old Town Park with five members and one guest, Charlie Griffin, present. Member Eda Montag and her husband Harlan joined the group for lunch. President Jeanne Hubbard opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance to the flag and led the group in singing “Lazy River”.

Hobbs Announces Children’s Camp

posted: 06/30/2010 8:03 p.m.

A summer day camp for children ages 9-12 who are interested in nature will be held at the Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area July 20-22. All types of nature-related activities will be held. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Horseshoe Pitchers Club Invitation

posted: 06/30/2010 8:03 p.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Horseshoe Pitching Club in Fayetteville meets each Monday at Walker Park in that city. Persons interested are invited to attend/ join. The meetings are late afternoon. Club membership is $8 per year, with juniors offered a reduced rate. A state sanctioned tournament will be held July 24. If you want information about the club and/or sport contact Howard Scott, 479-871-4948, or Jim Anderson, 479-521-0479.

What’s It All About?

posted: 06/30/2010 8:02 p.m.

Let me introduce myself.

Off The Cuff

posted: 06/30/2010 8:02 p.m.

America pauses this week end to celebrate the birth of our nation. What a momentous achievement put together by a group of men who had foresight and wisdom to create what can be termed the greatest governmental achievement in this, the history of mankind.

These stories appeared in the Gravette News Herald June 30, 1960:

posted: 06/30/2010 8:01 p.m.

City Marshal Earl Hammontree issued a warning for motorists to use caution as lots of bikers would be on the roads during the upcoming holiday.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 06/30/2010 8:01 p.m.

It’s been a hot, dry week and we had to water the garden at midweek but a thunderstorm moved in Sunday night and brought a nice rain with much-needed moisture.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 06/30/2010 8 p.m.

You fellers know that feeling when you figure you aren’t ever gonna make a dent in the work you have started. Things like digging a water line in rock on June the 24th with the sun doing it’s job on your head, hauling in bales of hay that are so many you can’t count them without losing track and visiting with your close relative’s cousin from NYC.

Special Events Planned At Musuem In Little Rock

posted: 06/30/2010 8 p.m.

Everyone will step in line this Independence Day at Historic Arkansas Museum’s annual Frontier Fourth of July celebration, Sunday, July 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., featuring an oldtime patriotic parade at 3 p.m. The public is invited to the free event which also includes living history performances and refreshments.

Organizations Will Hold Meetings At Shiloh

posted: 06/30/2010 7:59 p.m.

The following organizations will be meeting at the Shiloh Museum in Springdale during the month of July. LifeWriters, for people interested in writing stories about their families, etc., meets Monday, July 5, and Monday, July 19, at 10 a.m. N. W. Arkansas Chapter of the Civil War Roundtable will meet Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m.

Kid’s Day Is Planned At Mt. Pleasant Church

posted: 06/30/2010 7:59 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, located five miles east of Gravette on Highway 72, will hold Kid’s Day on Saturday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children ages three through high school are invited. There will be classes for all ages of children with Bible lessons, crafts, games, food and puppets. All children are invited to attend. For more information call 787-5958. White Mouse Puppet Ministries will perform at 1 and the public is invited. This presentation will be enjoyed by all ages.

Maysville Extension Homemakers Meet

posted: 06/30/2010 7:58 p.m.

The Maysville Extension Homemakers Club met June 24 at the Community Center Jewel Lukens was hostess for the noon luncheon.

Hiwasse News

posted: 06/30/2010 7:58 p.m.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July. Personally I’ll be glad when the fireworks are all shot. They are as upsetting to 49er as a thunderstorm.

Mt. Pleasant News

posted: 06/30/2010 7:57 p.m.

On Saturday, June 12, Vern and Gloria Laughlin went to the Laughlin family reunion in Powell, MO. Gaylene and Butch Hall had a family reunion on Saturday, June 12, at Roaring River.

Haying In The Ozarks

posted: 06/30/2010 7:56 p.m.

Cumulus clouds, thunderheads and haying are all part of the Ozarks in the summertime, as evidenced by these photos taken near Maysville several days ago. Even though the first cutting of hay was somewhat late this year, it is mostly baled.

Gravette Banks Help HOSA

posted: 06/30/2010 7:56 p.m.

Arvest Bank and the Bank of Gravette partnered together to cook hamburgers for over 250 people in the Gravette community for a fundraiser on Friday, May 28.

Supporters Of FFA Hold Meeting

posted: 06/30/2010 7:56 p.m.

The Gravette FFA Supporters met at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8. The meeting was started by reading and approving the Treasurer and Secretary’s reports.

Kids Learn At Goat Showmanship Clinic

posted: 06/30/2010 7:55 p.m.

Almost 20 4-H youth attended a Goat Showmanship Clinic held last Saturday at the farm of John and Cheryl Pickering near Maysville. The Pickerings raise Boer Show Goats.

Birth Of America’s Independence Was Not An Easy Happening

posted: 06/30/2010 7:55 p.m.

What event do Americans celebrate on the Fourth of July each year? The Declaration of Independence and how it came to be a document giving birth to a new nation?

Appliance Money Is Still Available

posted: 06/30/2010 7:53 p.m.

It’s an unwelcome moment faced by many homeowners : the washer noisily spins with an ominous and noisy thud, before giving out for good. Or, in an even more startling inconvenience, you are faced with a frigid morning shower, not realizing that the old hot water heater in your basement decided to burst sometime during the night. An appliance purchase can put a dent in any wallet - especially when it’s not expected. However, there is help available, and it just got better.

Hot Training

posted: 06/30/2010 7:51 p.m.

Gravette firefighters recently spent a warm evening in a training exercise at a partially burned house on Dallas Street S.W. Chief David Smith was pleased with the results.

Take a safari close to home:

posted: 06/30/2010 7:45 p.m.

It’s not every day that a person can pet a baby tiger or hold a wolf cub or baby baboon. And how about touching a baby porcupine or seeing a joey peek out of its mother’s pouch?

Filing deadlines for school board nearing

posted: 06/30/2010 8:21 a.m.

Since the Decatur School District has recovered from fiscal distress and will be regaining local control, all five school board positions will be up for election in September.

Korean War Veteran remembers service on 60th anniversary

posted: 06/30/2010 8:20 a.m.

June 25 marked the 60th Anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War.

Linam announces his plans to run for mayor

posted: 06/30/2010 8:19 a.m.

Charles Linam recently announced his plans to run for the office of Mayor.

Council and mayor positions up for election

posted: 06/30/2010 8:18 a.m.

Filing deadlines are nearing for those interested in running for a seat on the city council or for the office of mayor.


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Local Upcoming Events and Announcements

Bids within city budget

posted: 06/30/2010 8:14 a.m.

Bids to build a skate facility in Gentry’s city park were opened Friday afternoon, with four companies submitting bids for the project.

Groundbreaking held for new McDonalds

posted: 06/30/2010 8:12 a.m.

The world’s newest McDonald’s Restaurant broke ground in Gentry on Thursday.

Full day of activities planned for Saturday Freedom Fest

posted: 06/30/2010 8:11 a.m.

The Gentry Freedom Festival will be observed on Saturday, July 3rd, this year, with a day filled with activities and entertainment in the Gentry City Park. Following are a few of the activities planned for Saturday: Co-ed softball tournament games will be played all day at ball diamonds in the city park.


posted: 06/30/2010 8:10 a.m.

Local Upcoming Events and Announcements

Bizama receives award

posted: 06/30/2010 8:08 a.m.

Leandro Bizama, music teacher at Ozark Adventist Academy in Gentry, was recognized with a 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southwestern Union Conference of Seventhday Adventists.

Morretti, Snow exchange vows

posted: 06/30/2010 8:07 a.m.

Samantha Morretti and Bryan Snow of Gentry were married in a double-ring ceremony Saturday at Natural Falls State Park in West Siloam Springs, Okla.

Police seek purse snatcher

posted: 06/30/2010 8:06 a.m.

Police are looking for a person or persons who allegedly took two purses from the break room at the Gentry Dollar General Store.

Decatur/Gentry OBITUARIES

posted: 06/30/2010 8:04 a.m.

June 30, 2010


posted: 06/30/2010 8:03 a.m.

Speak all the Words of this Life – Acts 5:20 “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.” Acts 5:20 (Read Acts 5:17-42 ) Before our Lord Jesus ascended into heaven to His position of authority at the right hand of God the Father, He commanded His disciples: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16 ). He told His followers, to the end of this world: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:18-20 ).

Griz Bear Comments | Something to think about before you light the fuse

posted: 06/30/2010 8:02 a.m.

Before you let your children go and shoot off all those fireworks again this year — the sales of which may actually help the Chinese government fund the building of some much bigger rockets and fireworks aimed at U.S.

A Walk in the Park | Owning a pet has healthy benefits

posted: 06/30/2010 8:01 a.m.

Lately, I spent some time browsing Web sites that discuss the benefits of having a pet. Several sites reference studies that say spending time with a furry companion can promote better health by lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and heart disease, and even help to prevent depression and other illnesses. Pet owners tend to have increased physical activity and they also make fewer doctor visits, resulting in lower medical costs.

Insights from Bill

posted: 06/30/2010 8 a.m.

You fellers know that feeling when you figure you aren’t ever gonna make a dent in the work you have started — things like digging a water line in rock on June the 24th with the sun doing its job on your head, hauling in bales of hay that are so many you can’t count them without losing track, and visiting with your close relative’s cousin from New York City. Thank the good Lord, I was hauling in hay, but I thought it would never end. That was yesterday and today is not much better.

A Second Opinion | Take time to make memories

posted: 06/30/2010 7:59 a.m.

A family friend, Dale Crawley, shared a letter his grown son sent him for Fathers Day. It was a really nice letter and it puts in perspective what the important things are in life.

Town to meet on park needs

posted: 06/30/2010 7:58 a.m.

A public meeting will be held in Springtown’s town hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, to identify potential outdoor park and recreation needs and priorities in the town for 2011.

Charlotte’s Corner

posted: 06/30/2010 7:57 a.m.

OK, loyal readers, about the best thing one can do in this heat is sit in a cool corner and read. A book would be nice, but if all else fails, reading this corner in a corner would be a close second.

Newspaper office in new location

posted: 06/30/2010 7:51 a.m.

The Gentry office of the Courier-Journal and the Decatur Herald moved to Gravette last week, with a merger of the Decatur, Gentry and Gravette newspapers set for Aug. 4.

Gentry UMC welcomes new pastor

posted: 06/30/2010 7:50 a.m.

The United Methodist Church in Gentry is welcoming a new pastor and his family.

4-H youth learn to show goats at showmanship clinic near Maysville

posted: 06/30/2010 7:50 a.m.

MAYSVILLE — Almost 20 4-H youth attended a goat showmanship clinic held last Saturday at the farm of John and Cheryl Pickering near Maysville. The Pickerings raise Boer show goats.

Anderson completes Navy basic training

posted: 06/30/2010 7:49 a.m.

Navy Seaman Recruit Brad D. Anderson, son of Tina J. Moragn of Holland, Texas, and David D. Anderson of Gentry, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

JBU honors advanced degree students

posted: 06/30/2010 7:48 a.m.

The following students have been named to John Brown University’s President’s and Dean’s List of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program. Each student is a member of the Northwest Advance Program.

East displays dominance

posted: 06/30/2010 7:48 a.m.

Bryant girls soccer coach Julie Long thought her East All-Stars might be the underdog if their lack of intensity from last Monday’s practice carried into Tuesday’s game It didn’t.

Gentry team in league tournament

posted: 06/30/2010 7:47 a.m.

The top two teams in the Northwest Arkansas Senior Babe Ruth League hadn’t met this summer.

Newspaper wins awards

posted: 06/30/2010 7:46 a.m.

The Gentry Courier-Journal was honored at the joint Arkansas-Mississippi Press Associations' convention in Tunica with four awards and an honorable mention.

Hemlock a growing problem in northwest Arkansas area

posted: 06/30/2010 7:34 a.m.

The tall plants with lacy white flowers that fill many ditch banks and fields around Decatur and Gentry may look innocent, but they have a sinister side.

State could ban K2

posted: 06/30/2010 7:31 a.m.

The Arkansas Board of Health on Friday will consider adopting a rule that would ban the sale of K2 and other synthetic marijuana products, the state Health Department announced Monday.

SWEPCO’s decision on power plant has risks

posted: 06/30/2010 7:30 a.m.

The road that Southwestern Electric Power Co. is taking to get its $2.1 billion coalfired plant, which is being built in Hempstead County, to interstate “merchant” status stands to have some bumps.

Real estate developer donates Price Cutter building to JBU

posted: 06/30/2010 7:29 a.m.

A chance meeting between a Little Rock real estate developer and JBU members of a mission team in Guatemala two years ago led to a major donation to fund the university’s scholarship endowment.

Scholarship recipient

posted: 06/30/2010 7:28 a.m.

Robbie Myers, a 2010 graduate of Siloam Springs High School, received a certificate as the recipient of the first annual scholarship awarded by Tired Iron of the Ozarks, a Northwest Arkansas antique tractor and engine club.

Full day of activities planned for July 3

posted: 06/30/2010 7:27 a.m.

The Gentry Freedom Festival will be observed on Saturday, July 3rd, this year, with a day filled with activities and entertainment in the Gentry City Park. The following is a schedule of some of the day’s activities: All-day – Co-ed softball tournament games will be played all day at ball diamonds in the city park and at McKee Foods Corporation. For more information on taking part in the softball tournament, call 790-8988.

Earl’s Garage to perform

posted: 06/30/2010 7:25 a.m.

Earl’s Garage, a northwest Arkansas band with keyboard player Dr. Alan Lamb and drummer Kevin Bonner, from Gentry, will provide entertainment at this year’s Freedom Festival. Information on the band follows:

The Declaration of Independence:

posted: 06/30/2010 7:24 a.m.

What event do Americans celebrate on the Fourth of July each year? How much do you know about The Declaration of Independence and how it came to be a document giving birth to a new nation?

Wednesday, June 23

Jacy Alsup To Exhibit Cattle At National Angus Show

posted: 06/23/2010 6:25 p.m.

Jacy Alsup of Gravette will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2010 National Junior Angus Show at the National Western Stock Show Complex in Denver, CO, July 11-17, reports Robin Ruff, director of activities for the American Angus Association. Jacy, a junior member of the National Angus Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, MO, is one of 613 young Angus breeders entered in the show.

Pools closed for summer

posted: 06/23/2010 4:36 p.m.

School is out and summer vacation is in full swing, but both the Gravette and Decatur city swimming pools sit quietly, with gates locked and heavy covers over the water.

Council considers replacing breathalyzer machine

posted: 06/23/2010 4:35 p.m.

The breathalyzer machine at the Decatur Police Department will soon be obsolete and will need to be replaced or done away with, police chief Terry Luker said in his report at the June 14 city council meeting.

Police: Some fireworks allowed on July 3 and 4

posted: 06/23/2010 4:35 p.m.

With the Fourth of July Holiday just around the corner, police chief Terry Luker would like to remind residents of Decatur’s fireworks laws.


posted: 06/23/2010 4:33 p.m.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Newspaper office moving to Gravette

posted: 06/23/2010 4:33 p.m.

The Gentry office of the Courier-Journal and the Decatur Herald will be moving to Gravette this week, with a merger of the Decatur, Gentry and Gravette newspapers set for Aug. 4.

Child dies in Highfill fire

posted: 06/23/2010 1:51 p.m.

A 6-year-old boy died in a mobile home fire Saturday morning at Highfill, fire and police officials said Sunday.

Gentry man injured in Sunday motorcycle crash

posted: 06/23/2010 1:49 p.m.

A Gentry man received multiple injuries and was taken to the hospital by air ambulance after his motorcycle collided with a car entering Arkansas Highway 59 on Sunday afternoon.

'Bubble Fun' topic of library reading programs this week

posted: 06/23/2010 1:48 p.m.

A Thursday afternoon session from 4 to 5 p.m. is open to all ages and will include bubble fun this week and rock painting next week.

Newspaper office relocating

posted: 06/23/2010 1:47 p.m.

The Gentry office of the Courier-Journal and the Decatur Herald will be moving to Gravette this week, with a merger of the Decatur, Gentry and Gravette newspapers set for Aug. 4.

Police make DWI arrests at safety checkpoint

posted: 06/23/2010 1:46 p.m.

Gentry police arrested a number of intoxicated drivers in connection with a safety checkpoint along Gentry Blvd. on June 5 and 6.

Golf cart drivers could be ticketed

posted: 06/23/2010 1:25 p.m.

Drivers of golf carts using public roadways in Gentry may soon find themselves ticketed by police and going to court for driving an unauthorized vehicle on a public road or highway.


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Announcements and Upcoming Events

Applications accepted for Barbecue pageants

posted: 06/23/2010 1:21 p.m.

Pageant coordinators are taking applications for the 57th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival tiny-tot and queen contest.

Two blood drives set for Monday

posted: 06/23/2010 1:20 p.m.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold blood drives at both Gentry and Decatur on Monday, June. 28.

Board to look at cleaning services

posted: 06/23/2010 1:18 p.m.

The school board went into executive session toward the close of its meeting on June 14 to discuss personnel matters and returned to approve a $2,500 annual salary increase to the district superintendent’s salary.

Fox, Rosato to wed

posted: 06/23/2010 1:17 p.m.

Bonnie Fox of Gentry and Cardino Rosato of Ada, Okla., have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Decatur/Gentry Area OBITUARIES

posted: 06/23/2010 1:16 p.m.

Area Obits June 23, 2010

Eatons celebrate 50th anniversary

posted: 06/23/2010 1:11 p.m.

Robert and Ruby (Seibert) Eaton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Gentry on Saturday.

WEEKLY DEVOTION God's judgment upon hypocrisy

posted: 06/23/2010 1:10 p.m.

What was the sin of Ananias and Sapphira? What did they do wrong that was so great that the apostle Peter rebuked them and God took their lives from them on the spot? Was it that they sold a possession and kept back part of the price for themselves instead of giving it all to the Lord for the care of their fellow believers in Jerusalem?


posted: 06/23/2010 1:08 p.m.

Isabella Marie Earley Brandon and Jessie Earley of Gentry announced the birth of a daughter, Isabella Marie Earley, born March 26, 2010, at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital in Johnson.

Griz Bear Comments | We may be moving, but we're not!

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

As this issue reaches the news stands and mailboxes on Wednesday, the Gentry news office of the Courier-Journal and Decatur Herald will be moving to its new location in the office of the Gravette News Herald. After Wednesday, the Gentry office will be closed and phone calls to the two papers will be automatically forwarded to the new location by Thursday or Friday. How will the closing of the Gentry newspaper office affect local coverage? Will it mean less coverage of local events or more?

A Walk in the Park | Compton Gardens: A gem within reach

posted: 06/23/2010 1:05 p.m.

Recently I spent a peaceful morning strolling through Compton Gardens in Bentonville.

Cripps honored for being excellent student

posted: 06/23/2010 1:04 p.m.

Loren Cripps, who will be a senior at Gentry High School in the fall, was nominated and has been recognized by the United State Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in speech and drama.

Jimmy and Shirley Leach to celebrate 50th on June 28th

posted: 06/23/2010 1:04 p.m.

Jimmy and Shirley Leach of Gentry will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 28.

Pool makes impact for Rogers Heritage team

posted: 06/23/2010 1:03 p.m.

Ashlye Pool, who transferred from Gentry to Rogers for the last school year, hit.486 as a freshman and helped Rogers Heritage claim its first Class 7A State Tournament berth in softball this season.

All-Star game caps season

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

Gentry’s Adora Lee and Ausha Griffin claimed postseason awards for stellar senior soccer seasons.

Boyd selected for inclusion on All-Northwest Soccer Team

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

Gentry High School junior forward Kendra Boyd was selected by the area sports writers from Northwest Arkansas Newspapers for the All-Northwest Arkansas Girls’ Soccer Team.

Millsap settles in as Pioneers’ quarterback

posted: 06/23/2010 12:59 p.m.

Gentry will have a new quarterback for the second time in Brian Little’s tenure at the school, but the transition has been a smooth one.

Foster named to American Southwest Conference All-Academic team

posted: 06/23/2010 12:58 p.m.

Kaci Foster, of Decatur, was the only University of the Ozarks softball player to be named to the 2010 spring American Southwest Conference All-Academic team.

Middle school announces honors

posted: 06/23/2010 12:57 p.m.

Decatur Middle School announced its 2009-2010 Academic Honors. Names of those receiving the honors follow. La Vonn Foreman’s Science: Sixth grade — Teddy Clements and Haley Burden.

Intermediate school releases honor rolls

posted: 06/23/2010 12:56 p.m.

Gentry Intermediate School has released its fourth quarter honor rolls.

GIS releases list of students with outstanding attendance

posted: 06/23/2010 12:55 p.m.

GENTRY Gentry Intermediate School announced its outstanding attendance lists for the school year.

Gentry family gets county farm honor

posted: 06/23/2010 12:54 p.m.

Kent and Carol Swinney of Gentry were named Benton County Farm Family of the Year on June 15.

WHAT ABOUT NEXT YEAR?: Pools Are Closed In Gravette And Decatur

posted: 06/23/2010 2:01 a.m.

School is out and summer vacation is in full swing, but both the Gravette and Decatur city swimming pools sit quietly, with gates locked and heavy covers over the water.

Gravette Mayor Escapes Injury

posted: 06/23/2010 2 a.m.

Gravette Mayor Bill Howard escaped injury last Tuesday afternoon when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident at Centerton. Howard’s car left the road and struck a vehicle in the parking lot at the Centerton Inn Cafe. He suffered minor bruises but was back at City Hall the following morning. Cause of the accident was not immediately determined.

Fireworks Are Planned July 5

posted: 06/23/2010 1:59 a.m.

Will Gravette have a fireworks display this year to celebrate Independence Day? That was the question facing Mike von Ree, who has championed the project annually for many years. Monday of this week Mike had his answer. “Yes, there will be a fireworks show in Gravette the evening of Monday, July 5, at Pop Allum Park starting about 9 p.m.” Other area towns had previously scheduled their celebrations but the halfhour long aerial display which attracts hundreds of people will be enjoyed a day after the Fourth. In case of rain, the show will go on the following evening, Tuesday, July 6, von Ree said. Gravette’s fireworks show has been a tradition since 1993, the year the city celebrated its 100th birthday. That was the first year a display was held in Gravette. A crew from J & M Display, a firm located in Yarmouth, IA, will supply the fireworks and conduct the show, von Ree said. He added that donations to fund the event are still needed and will be welcomed. Call him, 787-7138, to offer your support.

Council Changes Meeting To June 29

posted: 06/23/2010 1:58 a.m.

The regular meeting of the Gravette City Council scheduled this Thursday, June 24, has been rescheduled, according to Mayor Bill Howard. The Council will meet at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, July 29, at the Civic Center. Persons interested are advised of the change.

Paula Benson Retires From HIPPY Program

posted: 06/23/2010 1:57 a.m.

Paula Benson, who had been a coordinator with the Boston Mountain Educational Coop HIPPY Program, has retired after 19 years of service. “As coordinator she was a dedicated and loyal promoter of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters in the Gravette area,” said Judy Smith, HIPPY coordinator. Benson supervised seven home-based educators who work in Gravette, Pea Ridge, Decatur, Gentry, Lincoln and Siloam Springs. The HIPPY program is now enrolling qualified three and four year olds for the 2010-2011 school year at the schools including Gravette but the office will now be located in Siloam Springs. Call the Boston Mountain Educational Coop, 479-839-3038, in West Fork for enrollment information.

Flag Ceremony Postponed

posted: 06/23/2010 1:55 a.m.

The ceremony to retire old and tattered American flags, which was scheduled last Tuesday evening, June 15, was postponed.

Ann Honderich Will Speak At Kiwanis Club Meeting

posted: 06/23/2010 1:53 a.m.

Ann Honderich, a director of the “Feed My Sheep” food pantry/program which serves the area, will be speaker at the Gravette Kiwanis Club, Friday, June 25, at 7 a.m. at the Main Cafe. Persons interested are welcome to attend.

Crowd Attends Craig Family Reunion June 13

posted: 06/23/2010 1:52 a.m.

A reunion of the Craig Family was held Sunday, June 13, at the home of Virginia Todd in Gravette.

Ladies Assemble Emergency Kits

posted: 06/23/2010 1:51 a.m.

More than 200 emergency kits were assembled recently and will be provided persons who use the services of emergency shelters in the area. Bert Ballmann explained: “Everything needed for a shower is in each kit, a washcloth, soap, toothbrush and paste, shampoo and a comb. These were items that were donated by businesses and individuals John Thorne, dentist; Kent Leonard, dentist; pharmacist Ron Teasley and the Ozarks Community Hospital. Washcloths were donated by many people and plastic bags by Stephanie Thomas and Care and Share, where many items were donated. The ladies at Maysville Fun Day assembled the washcloths and soap in small plastic bags and the final assembly was done by 4-H Club member Kate Stidham, Wendy Stidham, a former 4-Her and Diane Graham, 4-H leader. “We still have enough of some of the items to assemble about 200 more kits,” Ballmann said. “Items we need include washcloths, combs and toothpaste as well as sandwich, quart and larger plastic bags. I hope we can assemble more kits soon,” she

Quilt Class Is Scheduled This Saturday

posted: 06/23/2010 1:50 a.m.

A free quilt class will be held this Saturday afternoon at the Gravette Church of Christ, 202 Irving St. S.W. The class, which begins at 1 p.m., meets in the church annex. Anyone interested is welcome. “Come out and beat the heat by joining us for refreshments and exchange of quilting patterns,” said a class spokesman. Those attending should bring quilt or craft projects for “show and tell” and bring a snack to share.

Martha Eldred Will Celebrate Birthday

posted: 06/23/2010 1:47 a.m.

Mrs. Martha Eldred, long time resident of the Sulphur Springs area, will be celebrating her 98th birthday on the Fourth of July.

Repair Begins On War Eagle Bridge

posted: 06/23/2010 1:46 a.m.

The War Eagle Bridge located south and east of Rogers is being closed for a construction project to restore the historic bridge near War Eagle Mill. The bridge will be closed from June 24 until September 30, according to a press release from County Judge Dave Bisbee’s office. The bridge has been the subject of many stories and much discussion in an attempt to save the bridge because of its historic presence and because it serves a large rural population in the area. Cost of the project is more than $800,000. Because the bridge closing will result in delayed emergency and law enforcement response time, Sheriff Keith Ferguson announced that mutual aid by Washington County paramedics, deputies and firefighters will be responding to the area until Benton County personnel can reach the required destinations.

Students Named To UA Fort Smith Honor Roll

posted: 06/23/2010 1:44 a.m.

The following area students were named to the Dean’s Honors List at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith for the fall semester. Students with * designation received a 4.0 grade point average. Stephanie Horton of Decatur Merissa Wiand* of Gentry Derek Estep* of Gravette Kouhoua Yang of Maysville Sue Yang* of Sulphur Springs

Quartet Will Sing At Holiness Church In Gravette

posted: 06/23/2010 1:42 a.m.

The Church of God (Holiness ) in Gravette will host the Heritage Quartet from God’s Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the Fourth of July. The service will begin at 6 p.m. at the church and the public is invited to attend.

Center Senior

posted: 06/23/2010 1:41 a.m.

SENIOR CENTER MENU Week of June 28 - July 2 Lunch Monday: Tater tot casserole, hominy, tossed green salad, brownie. Tuesday: Chicken breast w/mushroom sauce, oven potatoes, green beans, wheat bread, mixed fruit. Wednesday: Cook’s choice. Thursday: Roast beef w/gravy, new potatoes, green beans, white bread, strawberry cobbler. Friday: BBQ pork on bun, potato salad, creamy coleslaw, oatmeal cookie. Meals are subject to change. Meals at Center served with choice of 2% milk, buttermilk, coffee, tea or orange juice. Diabetic desserts are available.

A Belated Fathers’ Day Letter-

posted: 06/23/2010 1:39 a.m.

Dear Editor, This year I had the pleasure of spending some long-overdue time with my dad. Later in the evening when my son and I were eating dinner I realized just how much quality time I’ve let pass by me by talking instead of listening to my father. I know that I’ve taken for granted this man whom as a child was my first idea of what I still believe a man should be like today. My father has always been a protector, a provider, teacher, disciplinarian and role model to his children and now his grandchildren. So many thoughts came to mind when I didn’t always agree or understand him as I matured. Now I see it wasn’t really rebellion either of us were dealing with, but it was my lack of knowledge and experience. I once looked upon my dad as “too old” or strict when he was just facing the same fears and hopes for his family that I now do as a parent. I must admit I still enjoy calling my dad to ask a simple question I most likely can find the answer to myself. His opinion and approval matter more to me than I’v

Going Home Memories

posted: 06/23/2010 1:38 a.m.

They say, “You can’t go home again.” But our family does. Every time we have a reunion in June. One special time we “went home again” was the year we all met at my brother Paul’s in Watango, Oklahoma. He lived in a two-story white frame house. Paul’s house was modern, with a nice kitchen with running water and a bathroom. Other than those differences, it was much like the farmhouse we grew up in west of Gravette. The year we gathered at Paul’s was 1998. All my brothers and sisters were there except Bobby and Max, who had died. Mom was also gone. There were many nieces and nephews who joined us and we had a great time. When we drove up that year in our motorhome, we parked in his huge lawn with big trees, just like I remembered our farm in northwest Arkansas. We immediately got on horses for a trail ride. I actually got a horse all by myself. When we were growing up, there were so many of us kids we had to share horses and I don’t remember ever riding alone. But this time, as I walked my horse past a huge gard

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 06/23/2010 1:37 a.m.

So go ahead, hang me from that tall oak tree.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 06/23/2010 1:36 a.m.

Summer officially arrived on Monday but summer’s oppressive heat had come a week earlier. Temperatures in the 90’s and heat indexes in the triple digits made the paint job Jim and grandson A. J. were doing in Hiwasse most disagreeable. They just had to take frequent breaks and drink lots of liquids. The Queen Anne’s lace in the nearby field is flourishing despite the heat, the creamy hydrangeas are still blooming and the rose of Sharon beside the old building has begun to blossom. Blackberries in the fencerow have started to ripen and I’ve picked a few to top my morning cereal. We began the week with a nice rain Monday which watered the garden and helped cool the air. I’d left my car windows down Sunday, so had to take a towel to soak up moisture in the seat but that was a minor inconvenience. Tuesday was cloudy and threatening showers but Jim went to Hiwasse and trimmed trees and brush around a house he was preparing to paint. Niece Laura and her son Austin came in Wednesday morning and visited until her dad

These stories appeared in the Gravette News Herald June 23, 1960:

posted: 06/23/2010 1:35 a.m.

Albert Dunagin was installed new president of the Gravette Lions Club. Other officers were Royce Nease, Bernard McAbee, Julian Hendren, Gib Studyvin, Bob Bayley, Richard Meade, Bill Meade and John Richard Meade. Miss Zanetta Reed, a student at the State Teacher’s College at Conway was recently a member of the 37 voice state Baptist choir. During the recent visits of the mobile x-ray unit, 2,295 x-rays were given in the county and 18 cases of TB were discovered. Three Gravette men were pictured in their U. S. Air Force uniforms: Howard Dean Kerr, Richard L. Puryear and Franklin Lock. All completed basic training. The City Council passed the Green River Ordinance which governed doorto--door salesmen in the community. Airman 3rd Class Eddie Galyean was home on furlough before reporting for service at San Angelo, Texas. Mike Austin TV and Radio Service. Day or Night. Zenith TV agent. On East Main. Ph. ST 7-2201. Bro. H. C. Dixon of Jamaica will be at the annual Northwest Arkansas Camp at the Holiness Bible School

Bella Vista Postpones Street Dept.

posted: 06/23/2010 1:34 a.m.

The Bella Vista City Council is expected to approve delaying creating a city street department until January, 2012. Official action is expected at its June 28 meeting.

Lost: A Special Ball Glove

posted: 06/23/2010 1:34 a.m.

What is the worst thing that could happen to a young baseball player?

UA Co-op Extension Service Schedules Growers Workshop

posted: 06/23/2010 1:31 a.m.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service Food and the state Agriculture Department will host workshops across the state to address concerns of specialty crops farmers who market produce to the public.

Hiwasse News

posted: 06/23/2010 1:31 a.m.

Friday, June 25, is National Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Maysville News

posted: 06/23/2010 1:28 a.m.

Well, we have the hot weather. Hope we get some relief from it soon. It rained at Bentonville and Bella Vista on Saturday but we sure didn’t get any. Several of Billy Lovell’s children gathered in the home of Billy and Violet Lovell. They were celebrating Father’s Day. Jack and Sylvia Tucker, Les and Jean Martindale went to Cotton-Eyed Joe’s in Noel on Saturday to eat. Maysville E. H. Club members, this Thursday is regular club day. Jewel Lukens is hostess for the lunch. We pay dues and select our topics for the coming year. June 30 is the end of our year. The secretary has to have all officers and members’ names turned in to the county extension office by July 1, 2010. Shelly Bishop visited her grandparents, Jack and Sylvia Tucker, two different times this week. They always enjoy her coming by. Sylvia Tucker visited me one afternoon this week. I always enjoy her coming by to visit. I need news. If anyone has some call me, 479-787-5712, or mail it to me at P. O. Box 1504, Gravette, AR 72736. I guess everyone

Middle School Awards Presented At Assembly; Honor Rolls Announced

posted: 06/23/2010 1:26 a.m.

The following studen were recopgnized at the Middle School end of school awards assembly COMMUNITY AWARDS Levi Franks, Jim Friesen Youth Excellence - Kiwanis Club CURRICULUM AWARDS LANGUAGE ARTS (ENGLISH) 6th Grade: Sydney Hicks, Highest Academic Achievement; Austina Lee, Second Highest Academic Achievement 7th Grade: Jay Donham, Highest Academic Achievement; Rian Austin, Second Highest Academic Achievement 8th Grade: Amber Ortmann, Highest Academic Achievement; Carson Alsup, Second Highest Academic Achievement MATHEMATICS 6th Grade: Sydney Hicks, Highest Academic Achievement; Spencer Heald, Academic Achievement 7th Grade: Jay Donham, Highest Academic Achievement; Lindsee Labrecque, Academic Achievement 8th Grade: Brian Smithers, Highest Academic Achievement, Pre-Algebra ; Joshua Lockhart, Academic Achievement, Pre-Algebra ; Amber Ortmann, Highest Academic Achievement, Algebra I; Carson Alsup, Academic Achievement, Algebra I SCIENCE 6th Grade: Sydney Hicks, Highest Academic Achievement; Austina Lee, Academic

Live On Stage Announces Program Schedule

posted: 06/23/2010 1:25 a.m.

Live On Stage in NWA has announced concerts for its 35th year of providing musical entertainment to Northwest Arkansas residents. The concerts are held Sundays at 2 p.m. at Arend Arts Center in Bentonville and include the following performances. (Ticket information appears at the end of this article.) October 3: Dallas Brass which Michael Levine founded in 1983 features a unique blend of traditional brass instruments and a complement of drums and percussion. November 14: John Davidson, a television, theater, film and Broadway star, will give a vocal and banjo performance of his favorite songs. He has issued 13 albums, starred on Broadway and has hosted TV shows. February 27: The New Christy Minstrels, a classic American folk ensemble. The seven member ensemble began more than 40 years ago and has won numerous awards, produced gold records and entertained at the White House. April 3: Daniel Narducci and Sherri Seiden sing songs of forbidden love. Narducci, a baritone, and Seiden, a soprano, are versatile artis

Cave Springs Receives Water Loan

posted: 06/23/2010 1:24 a.m.

The City of Cave Springs has received a $309,000 loan from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to relocate and upgrade the water lines in the downtown Cave Springs area. The loan is for 20 years at five percent interest.

Gravette High School Second Semester Honor Roll

posted: 06/23/2010 1:23 a.m.

The following students were named to the second semester Honor Roll at Gravette High School: Ninth Grade “A” Quincy Curtis, Whitney Dewitt, Zachary Heald, Keysha Heaton, Rachael Morris, Rebekah Morris, Sierra Murphy, Russell Sharp, Austin Thompson, Madison Turner, Matthew VanOtterloo, Jacob Wages, Skyler Warren, Monica White.

Hobbs State Park Conservation Area-A New Jewel For Northwest Arkansas Residents

posted: 06/23/2010 1:21 a.m.

Although it has been an state park for 31 years, relatively few northwest Arkansans really knew much about Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area until the park’s visitor center opened a year ago, courtesy of the 1/8 cent conservation tax passed by the voters in 1996. The park is located on Highway 12 east of Rogers. Since the advent of the center, the 17,500 sq. ft. facility has quickly become known as a source of enriching educational opportunities and pride for every Arkansan who visits. Over 35,000 local and international visitors have strolled through the doors with 63% of those visitors coming from Arkansas. Teachers, principals, school superintendents and parents alike have discovered that the center’s exceptional displays are an important learning experience for their students and children. Touch screen computers provide detailed information about local plants, animals and geology (in Spanish as well as in English). Taxidermy abounds in the center, adding amazing realism to the learning experience. You

Wednesday, June 16

Gentry softball tournament set for July 3rd

posted: 06/16/2010 9:29 p.m.

Gentry’s Annual Freedom Festival adult co-ed softball tournament will be held in the Gentry City Park on Saturday, July 3rd.

Mobile Mammogram Unit Visits Gravette This Saturday

posted: 06/16/2010 1:06 p.m.

The Boys and Girls Club of Western Benton County (Gravette Unit) is partnering with the Community Clinic to bring the N. W. Health System mobile mammography unit to Gravette.

Museum Announces Building Plan

posted: 06/16/2010 1:03 p.m.

Construction of a new 2,400 square foot exhibit hall at the Gravette Historical Museum is expected to begin soon. That announcement comes from John Lee Mitchael, Chairman of the Gravette Museum Commission, which operates the museum in the historic Kindley House, located on Charlotte Street SE.

Athletic Booster Club Sets Meeting

posted: 06/16/2010 1:02 p.m.

The Athletic Booster Club will meet Monday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at the High School Health Room. New officers will be elected and anyone interested in joining the club and members are encouraged to attend.

Gravette School Board Honors Four Teachers Of The Year

posted: 06/16/2010 1:01 p.m.

Four teachers in Gravette Schools were recognized as “Teachers of the Year” by the Gravette Board of Education. They are, from the left, Carol Sumter, pre-K teacher at Glenn Duffy Elementary; June Murray, third grade teacher in Gravette Upper Elementary; Roger Sharp, Counselor in Gravette Middle School; and Jaron Porter, Civics, Government and German teacher at Gravette High School.

Runoff Election Results

posted: 06/16/2010 1 p.m.

Runoff elections for both the Republican and Democratic primaries were held last Tuesday with Maysville and Gravette precincts voting at the Civic Center in Gravette.

No Tax Statement? Contact The County Collector!

posted: 06/16/2010 12:59 p.m.

Persons who have not received personal and/or real estate tax statements this year are advised to contact the office of the County Tax Collector.

Sentenced On Robbery Charges

posted: 06/16/2010 12:59 p.m.

A Gravette man was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in an armed home invasion that occurred in July last year in Gravette.

Anderson Has New Mayor; First In About Thirty Years

posted: 06/16/2010 12:57 p.m.

Anderson, MO, has a new mayor. John Sellers, former long-time Anderson public works director, defeated Bob Corcoran, who has been mayor of the McDonald County town about 30 years.

Schoolmates Part Directions After More Than 20 Years

posted: 06/16/2010 12:55 p.m.

Kendra Boling, daughter of Danny and Becky Boling, and Nathan Tapp, son of William and Vickie Tapp, graduated in May from the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Food and Life Sciences.

Mackenzie Wallace Receives Scholarship From Southern Arkansas University

posted: 06/16/2010 12:54 p.m.

Mackenzie Wallace, a senior at Gravette High School, has been selected to receive a Blue and Gold Scholarship from Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia. According to Jeremy Langley, Assistant to the President for special projects, the scholarship includes $2,550 per semester and has a four-year value of $20,000. Mackenzie is the daughter of Wayne and Susie Wallace of Gravette.

Nehring’s Latest Area Novel Now Available

posted: 06/16/2010 12:51 p.m.

What do trains, steamboats and murder have in common? You’ll have to read Journey to Die For by Radine Trees Nehring to find out! Master mystery writer Nehring has written another suspenseful page-turner.

Local Students Are Named To Deans List At Harding U

posted: 06/16/2010 12:44 p.m.

Four students from Gravette who are attending Harding University in Searcy, AR, were named to the Dean’s List for grades achieved during the spring semester. The students recognized for their achievement are: Bradley Houtchens, senior, nursing student. Colby Roberts, senior, marketing student. Kimberly Roesch, junior, leadership and management program student. Amy Roberts, sophomore, social science with teacher licensure student.

Free ATV Safety Rider Courses Are Offered

posted: 06/16/2010 12:43 p.m.

Free ATV rider courses to learn more about ATV safety are being scheduled at various locations throughout the state. The courses are funded by the National 4-H Council as part of the 4-H ATV Safety program.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 06/16/2010 12:10 p.m.

June 16, 2010

Summer Energy Assistance Program Begins

posted: 06/16/2010 12:08 p.m.

The Office of Human Concern (OHC) will be accepting applications for the FY 2010 Summer Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), beginning on July 12. This program is for Cooling only.

Annual Holiness Camp Meeting Is Scheduled

posted: 06/16/2010 12:07 p.m.

A tradition that has spanned more than 80 years continues this year with the convening of the Church of God (Holiness ) Camp Meeting in Gravette.

Senior Center Report

posted: 06/16/2010 12:06 p.m.

We still need recipes!

Library Announces Amnesty Week

posted: 06/16/2010 12:05 p.m.

Gravette Public Library announces an “Amnesty Week” for persons who have fines and books/ materials out, according to library manager Kim Schneider.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 06/16/2010 12:05 p.m.

Summer begins next Monday but summer heat has already arrived. We’ve had to water the garden a few times as showers have not been frequent enough to provide moisture for our growing plants.

Blast From the Past

posted: 06/16/2010 12:04 p.m.

These stories appeared in the Gravette News Herald June 16, 1960:

Off The Cuff

posted: 06/16/2010 12:03 p.m.

Weather extremes in recent days and to an extent in recent years always spur conversation which brings to mind an extreme weather “event” in Gravette and the area.

Gravette Letters To The Editor-

posted: 06/16/2010 noon

Dear Editor, We at the Gravette Public Library would like to thank all those who helped us make our Hamburger Fry Fundraiser a successful event.

Gravette Educator Receives Award

posted: 06/16/2010 11:55 a.m.

Celeste Michaud of Gravette, a first-year eighth grade science teacher in McDonald County, MO, schools, was recently recognized as Female Teacher of the Year for Rural Schools in Missouri in the Troops to Teacher Program.

Maysville News

posted: 06/16/2010 11:54 a.m.

We are having summer weather today, Sunday, but it is supposed to change in a couple of days. Maybe we will get some rain and cooler temps.

Hiwasse News

posted: 06/16/2010 11:53 a.m.

To all you Daddies out there, “Happy Father’s Day” . Most any male can be a father but it takes a real man to be a Daddy.

New Thrift Store Is Now Open Saturdays At County Fair Ground

posted: 06/16/2010 11:52 a.m.

A new thrift store — the Fairgrounds Thrift Store — is now open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds which is located through the entrance on Highway 12 (NW Regional Airport Blvd.) in Vaughn.

Longer Season Announced For Arkansas Squirrel Hunters

posted: 06/16/2010 11:51 a.m.

Squirrel hunters in Arkansas now have a longer hunting season, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Marie Kane Rejoins Staff At OCH Hospital

posted: 06/16/2010 11:50 a.m.

Nurse Practitioner Marie Kane joins the Ozarks Community Hospital team, assisting with inpatient care on the medical floor and in the emergency room.

Gentry Seeking Grants For Sidewalks

posted: 06/16/2010 11:45 a.m.

Gentry Mayor Wes Hogue informed that city’s Council that a new Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) enhanced grant cycle is now available with an 80/20 formula. The City Council authorized money to hire a professional to make application for a $100,000 grant for sidewalks and lighting on South Collins Street.

Gentry Gets Grant For Skate Park

posted: 06/16/2010 11:44 a.m.

The City of Gentry has received a $40,000 grant for construction of a skate facility in that city’s park. The city will match the grant which will allow improvements to the adjoining playground area.

Area Cities Sales Tax

posted: 06/16/2010 11:43 a.m.

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

Three-Quarter Million In Scholarships Are Awarded To Seniors

posted: 06/16/2010 11:40 a.m.

Gravette High School graduates were awarded almost three-quarter million dollars in scholarships offers, according to information provided by Shannon Mitchell, high school counselor.

Autumn Buchite Is ASMSA Graduate

posted: 06/16/2010 11:39 a.m.

Autumn Dawn Buchite (Gravette High School) was one of 88 students who were awarded diplomas at a commencement ceremony at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts.

Cruises Offered On Beaver Lake

posted: 06/16/2010 11:09 a.m.

Cruises on Beaver Lake are offered on selected days sponsored through Hobbs State Park, east of Rogers. Some are morning cruises; others are evening.

Reunion For Children’s Home Residents Planned By Former S.S. Resident

posted: 06/16/2010 11:06 a.m.

A former resident of Sulphur Springs, Sarah Hudson Pierce is author of a book, “Turley Children’s Home Stories” , and will host a reunion and book signing June 19 at 1 p.m. at the Delta Cafe in Tulsa, OK.

Sulphur Springs School Alumni Reunion

posted: 06/16/2010 11:03 a.m.

About 30 alumni and spouses were present recently at a school reunion held in the park at Sulphur Springs.

Upper Elementary Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

posted: 06/16/2010 11:02 a.m.

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

Highfill Receives Fire Dept. Grant; Other Cities May Qualified For $$

posted: 06/16/2010 10:59 a.m.

The Highfill Fire Department received a $50,000 rural services block grant which will purchase 23 sets of turn-out gear for the Highfill Fire Department. Governor Mike Beebe made the presentation in Little Rock, one of the 12 grants to rural departments totaling almost half a million dollars. Incorporated towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas with less than 3,000 population that are 51% or above on the low-to-moderate income scale are eligible to apply for the grants through their mayor or county judge.

Gravette High Fourth Quarter Honor Roll Listed

posted: 06/16/2010 10:57 a.m.

Gravette High School announces the following students were named to the fourth quarter honor roll: Ninth Grade “A” Whitney Dewitt, Zachary Heald, Rachael Morris, Rebekah Morris, Sierra Murphy, Russell Sharp, Austin Thompson, Madison Turner, Chelsea Vang, Matthew VanOtterloo, Skyler Warren, Monica White.

GHS Students Receive Recognition At Athletic Banquet

posted: 06/16/2010 10:56 a.m.

Recognition was given to the following Gravette High School athletes at the 2010 Athletic Awards Banquet held recently at the GHS Commons and Performing Arts Center:

Discussion Session At Kiwanis Meet

posted: 06/16/2010 10:49 a.m.

There will be no featured speaker at the Friday, June 18, meeting of the Gravette Kiwanis Club. The group will hold a “just discussion” session, according to the program announcement. The club meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at the Main Cafe. Visitors and prospective members of this community-oriented organization are welcome.

Lauren and Cole Leonard Take 4-H Talent Trophies

posted: 06/16/2010 10:47 a.m.

Lauren and Cole Leonard participated in the recent Benton County 4-H Performing Arts Contest literally sweeping the instrumental competition! They received so many awards, they had to enlist the assistance of their grandmother, Opal Leonard, to carry their trophies out of the auditorium.

New Water Charges For B.V. Water Customers

posted: 06/16/2010 10:46 a.m.

Bella Vista residents whose water is turned off because of non or late payment will be charged a $29 fee to restore water service on the first offense. Second or later re-turnon fees will be $81 per offense with same-day service costing $151.

No land, no livestock

posted: 06/16/2010 9:03 a.m.

An ordinance requiring residents to have at least one acre of land in order to keep livestock inside the city limits will not be changed to accommodate 4-H and FFA members, city council members decided at Monday's meeting.

Fishing derby nets smiles

posted: 06/16/2010 9:02 a.m.

The banks of Crystal Lake were lined lawn chairs, tackle boxes, picnic lunches and lots of smiling children during the Seventh Annual Community Fishing Derby on Saturday morning.

Council approves plans for new church facility

posted: 06/16/2010 9:01 a.m.

City council members voted to approve construction plans for a new church facility on North Main Street, at Monday’s meeting.

Stable hosts horse show in Decatur

posted: 06/16/2010 9:01 a.m.

Legends Equestrian Center, east of Decatur, hosted a Hunter Jumper Horse Show on Saturday and Sunday.


posted: 06/16/2010 8:59 a.m.

Upcoming Area Events

Clinard visits Chamber

posted: 06/16/2010 8:58 a.m.

Bob Clinard, the Republican candidate for Benton County Judge, visited the Decatur Chamber of Commerce on June 7, the night before the run-off election.

Bids approved for HVAC work and bleachers

posted: 06/16/2010 8:56 a.m.

School board members unanimously approved two bids on Monday night, one to repair the heating, vent and air-conditioning system at the Gentry Intermediate School and a second to replace the visitors’ bleachers in Pioneer Stadium.

Police to ticket violators

posted: 06/16/2010 8:55 a.m.

With fireworks stands opening in the city and surrounding areas, Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith is reminding residents of laws concerning fireworks within city limits in the hopes of preventing dangerous activities and code violations.

Highfill council meets in newly built city hall

posted: 06/16/2010 8:53 a.m.

Town council members held their first meeting in the new city hall last week and picked Michelle Rieff to fill the Position 4 council seat vacated by James Wiand when he accepted a position as head of the town’s road and street department.


posted: 06/16/2010 8:51 a.m.

Area Upcoming Events

Clinard expected big win

posted: 06/16/2010 8:48 a.m.

Bob Clinard of Rogers wasn’t surprised with his big victory over incumbent Dave Bisbee in the Republican runoff for Benton County judge.

Prosecutors will review case of man casting two ballots

posted: 06/16/2010 8:47 a.m.

A Benton County man may soon find himself in legal hot water for apparently voting twice in the recent runoff election.

Observing 90th

posted: 06/16/2010 8:46 a.m.

Sybil Harper will be celebrating her 90th birthday with an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, at the home of Eddy and Sandra Thompson, 407 N. Nelson in Gentry. All friends and family members are welcome and invited to drop in to wish Sybil a happy birthday.

Gentry/Decatur OBITUARIES

posted: 06/16/2010 8:45 a.m.

June 16, 2010

Dickhauts observe 49th anniversary

posted: 06/16/2010 8:44 a.m.

Leroy and Janet Dickhaut celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on April 16.


posted: 06/16/2010 8:43 a.m.

“This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12 St. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth: “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11 cf. Isaiah 28:16; Psalm 118:22). And yet many would set aside Jesus and His redemptive work and build upon another foundation — whether that be the foundation of good works, human will, sovereign election or something else.

Jean, Blankenship to wed

posted: 06/16/2010 8:43 a.m.

Samantha Jean of Beaumont, Texas, and Casey Blankenship of Lumberton, Texas, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Griz Bear Comments | Another case of older is better

posted: 06/16/2010 8:42 a.m.

Mrs. Griz thinks I’m a bit foolish and has even threatened to throw away or hide my old Motorola cell phone, but once again I’m arguing in favor of a little older technology because it works well for its designed purpose.

A Second Opinion | In case you want to bathe your cat

posted: 06/16/2010 8:41 a.m.

It was almost bedtime and I was trying to convince a very grubby little boy to come inside and take a bath. I ended his resistance by chasing him down, grabbing him up and giving his ribs a good tickle.

A Walk in the Park | Communication easier said than done

posted: 06/16/2010 8:41 a.m.

Just three weeks ago, this column relayed some ideas about communication. In conjunction with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s designation of the month of May as “Better Hearing and Speech Month,” my colleague Mary Droho and I worked on a piece together to discuss the topic.

Summer reading program under way

posted: 06/16/2010 8:32 a.m.

“Make a Splash — Read!” is the theme for this summer’s reading program at the Gentry Public Library.

Charlotte’s Corner | An important milestone

posted: 06/16/2010 8:32 a.m.

This is Arkansas epitomized — cold weather, and then summer. Spring is sort of lost in between a couple of weeks there.

Capitol Reports | State's prison growth not sustainable

posted: 06/16/2010 8:31 a.m.

The growth of the state prison system is not sustainable, the governor and the chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court said during an announcement of a farreaching study of methods to change sentencing laws.

Venders still sought for festival

posted: 06/16/2010 8:30 a.m.

Arts, crafts and general merchandise dealers are invited to take part in Gentry’s annual Freedom Festival celebration to be held Saturday, July 3, In the Gentry City Park.

Cheerleaders earn awards at Little Rock cheer camp

posted: 06/16/2010 8:30 a.m.

Gentry High School’s cheerleading squad received numerous awards at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock cheer camp ran by NCA- National Cheerleaders Association earlier this month.

Newspaper office moving next week

posted: 06/16/2010 8:29 a.m.

The newspaper office for the Gentry Courier-Journal and the Decatur Herald, located on Arkansas Highway 59 in Gentry, will be moving to its new location on Main Street in Gravette on June 24.

Children in poverty numbers growing

posted: 06/16/2010 8:28 a.m.

The number of Northwest Arkansas children living in poverty is growing faster than the area’s overall population, a report issued by the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says.

Wednesday, June 9

Flag Retirement Ceremony Scheduled

posted: 06/09/2010 4:07 p.m.

The Gravette American Legion Post 25 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony Tuesday, June 15, behind the pool area at the Gravette Civic Center.

Flags Will Fly This Weekend In Hillcrest Cemetery

posted: 06/09/2010 4:07 p.m.

In observance of Flag Day, June 14, the American Legion will raise the Hillcrest Cemetery Avenue of Flags at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 12. They will remain flying until 5 p.m. Monday when they will be lowered. Volunteers will be appreciated and welcomed in performing this patriotic action, the Legion said. The Post also reminds persons to fly their flags at home on Monday to honor our National Colors.

Sulphur Makes Plans For Big Celebration

posted: 06/09/2010 4:06 p.m.

Plans are in progress for the annual Independence Day Celebration in Sulphur Springs which will be held in the Sulphur Springs park Saturday, July 3.

Cancer Survivors And Victims To Be Honored By Luminary Display

posted: 06/09/2010 4:05 p.m.

Luminaries will brighten the night at the Benton County Fairgrounds the evening of Friday, June 18, as the American Cancer Society Relay for Life unites the area against cancer.

Dinner Tuesday For Cancer Survivors

posted: 06/09/2010 4:05 p.m.

Cancer survivors are invited to the Relay for Life of Bentonville Survivor Dinner next Tuesday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at the Bentonville Church of Christ Activity Center.

Civil War Flags Is Program At Historical Society Meet

posted: 06/09/2010 4:04 p.m.

John Burrows, Assistant Director of the Rogers Historical Museum, will present the program “Rally Around the Flag” , about Civil War battle flags, when the Benton County Historical Society meets Sunday, June 13, at 2:30 p.m. in the Conference Centre at Compton Gardens in Bentonville. An ice cream social will follow the program.

Organizations Will Meet At Shiloh

posted: 06/09/2010 4:04 p.m.

Numerous organizations hold their monthly meetings at Shiloh Museum in Springdale. All are open to persons interested. Listed below are several. Boston Mountain Chapter, National Railway Society, June 17 at 7 p.m. LifeWriters, which meets twice a month, will hold its next meeting June 21 at 10 a.m. N. W. Ark. Civil War Roundtable, June 24 at 7 p.m

GMCH Old Timers Plan Supper Meal July 22

posted: 06/09/2010 4:01 p.m.

G.M.C.H. Old Timers met on Wednesday, May 19, at The Main Cafe.

Handprints Highlighted Graduation Of Gravette Kindergarten Class

posted: 06/09/2010 4:01 p.m.

Following are the names of the 126 kindergarten students who participated in the graduation ceremonies Friday morning at the Performing Arts Center.

Zach Poulter Is Graduate At John Brown University

posted: 06/09/2010 4 p.m.

John Brown University announces the graduation of Zachary Dane Poulter of Gravette with a Bachelor of Science with concentration in Youth Ministries. Poulter is the son of David and Virginia Poulter of Gravette. He graduated from Gravette High School in 2006.

Berean Bible School Is Next Week In Gravette

posted: 06/09/2010 4 p.m.

Berean Ministries Vacation Bible School will be held the week of June 14-18 at the church located one block northwest of the Boys and Girls Club in Gravette.

Brittany Nims Is Awarded Scholarship At UofA

posted: 06/09/2010 3:59 p.m.

Brittany C. Nims, who is pursuing a degree in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded the Frank Newell Memorial Scholarship to pursue her education.

Donations Sought For Upkeep Of Gamble Cemetery

posted: 06/09/2010 3:59 p.m.

Persons who have relatives buried at Gamble Cemetery may send donations for upkeep of the cemetery to Marie Curtis Garrison, 1716 Shelby Ave., Springdale, AR 72762 or Betsy Keith Meek, 20658 West Hwy. 72, Gravette, AR 72736.

Gravette Senior Center

posted: 06/09/2010 3:58 p.m.

SENIOR CENTER MENU Week of June 14 - 18

Free Tree Booklet Available

posted: 06/09/2010 3:58 p.m.

A fun, easy-to-read tree identification booklet is available from the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation. The booklet, “What Tree Is That?”, helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 06/09/2010 3:54 p.m.

Warm weather dominated the week, with temperatures at or near 90° several days. A balmy south breeze made the weather bearable but we’ve started using fans and dug pairs of shorts out of the dresser drawers.

Off The Cuff

posted: 06/09/2010 3:53 p.m.

Having been around newspapers most of my life I suppose it’s natural there are parts of the publications that really appeal to me more than others.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 06/09/2010 3:53 p.m.

My old Dog is getting so fat and lazy, can’t or won’t chase any of the yard rabbits or squirrels and the dang things are eating up my close relative’s garden. We had one big mess of lettuce and then the rows were cleaned out. All the tops of radishes were nibbled to death as soon as they peeked up out of the dirt. Go figure, the green onions survived!

A Blast from the Past

posted: 06/09/2010 3:52 p.m.

The following stories appeared in the Gravette News Herald June 9, 1960:

Gravette Letter To The Editor-

posted: 06/09/2010 3:51 p.m.

Dear Editor, The City of Gravette is facing a monumental problem with the discharge from the Gravette Waste Water Disposal Plant.

Yes! Love Is . . . .

posted: 06/09/2010 3:51 p.m.

June is not only the month of Father’s Day but also the month Jerry and I got married. On June 26 we will celebrate our wedding anniversary – 58 years. So I thought a former column would bear repeating. I wrote the following June 17, 1998, for the Rogers Hometown News: Jerry and I sat on a bench at the bottom of the hill, far away from everyone, silently engrossed in the scenery.

Hiwasse News

posted: 06/09/2010 3:50 p.m.

Oops! I missed the early deadline last week. I’m sorry. However I think everyone was too busy to make any news anyway. With the weather finally warming up, everyone is busy trying to get the hay in and other chores done between showers.

Maysville News

posted: 06/09/2010 3:49 p.m.

We are sure having summer weather even though it isn’t summer yet.

Mt. Pleasant News

posted: 06/09/2010 3:48 p.m.

Turnout was very low for “Decoration Day” at Mt. Pleasant on Sunday the 23rd. I can remember as a child and young adult the crowds of folks out at the church and cemetery. I guess it doesn’t mean much anymore to pay respects to those who have gone on one day a year. It’s quite sad really.

Fishing Derby At Crystal Lake

posted: 06/09/2010 3:45 p.m.

The seventh annual Decatur Community fishing derby will be held June 12 at Crystal Lake for children ages 1-14. There will be five different age categories.

Wildlife Refuge Schedules Pow Wow

posted: 06/09/2010 3:45 p.m.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, located seven miles south of Eureka Springs on Highway 23, will host its Native American Pow Wow June 18-20. It will include craft booths, tribal dances, singers, storytellers, artists, wildlife exhibits and food and drink will be available. No alcohol, drugs or firearms are permitted. Daily admission is $5; weekend, $10. Proceeds help build habitats for the big cats of Turpentine Creek. For info call 479-253-3790.

Awards Presented At Gravette High Assembly

posted: 06/09/2010 3:45 p.m.

Awards presented at the recent GHS Awards Assembly included the following : National Honor Society 2010 Inductees - Dallas Banta, Stephen Robert Benson, Breanna Damron, Brittany Desjarlais, Stephanie Dillon, Chloee Duncan, Kelsey Gregory, Holly Halpin, Conner Houtchens, Brandon Meek, Eden Morris, Briana Panos, Eric Rambadt, Ashley Steenberger, Darrick Strzelecki, Ishtar Vang, Holly Wells.

Students Thank FFA Supporters For Scholarships

posted: 06/09/2010 3:43 p.m.

The Gravette FFA Supporters met at 6:30 p.m.

Buddy Day

posted: 06/09/2010 3:42 p.m.

Monday, May 17, was a special day for students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School. It was “Buddy Day” .

History Of Public TV Program Set

posted: 06/09/2010 3:37 p.m.

A program on the history of public television in Northwest Arkansas will be held Wednesday, June 16, at noon at Shiloh Museum in Springdale. The program, by Richard Drake, will show the station, which has been in existence more than 30 years, and its impact on the area. The program is free.

Funds Are Missing; PTA Treasurer Quits

posted: 06/09/2010 3:37 p.m.

A special meeting of the Berryville PTA was called when it was discovered that the PTA Treasurer had allegedly used as much as $13,000 of PTA fund for her personal use.

Cheer Camp Sign-up Dates Announced For Kids Grades K-7

posted: 06/09/2010 3:36 p.m.

Sign up for a cheer camp for grades K-7 will be held June 17 and 18 from 5:30 to 8 and June 19 from 12 to 4 at the Arvest Bank Community Room.

Found Boxer

posted: 06/09/2010 3:33 p.m.

This young adult male boxer already will walk on a leash and is ready for adoption. He is the only dog at the city pound at this time and would make a nice pet.

Gravette Gleamers 4-H Community Service

posted: 06/09/2010 3:33 p.m.

On May 8 members of Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club went to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery to clean up the new addition to the cemetery.

Fish Free This Weekend; Also Kids Derby Scheduled

posted: 06/09/2010 3:32 p.m.

According to the Game and Fish Commission, license and trout permit requirements are waived this weekend, starting June 11 through June 13. Residents and nonresidents may fish in Arkansas for free. A catfish derby for children 12 and younger will be held June 12 at the Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery at Centerton. Children may use one pole, furnish their bait and must be supervised. Prizes will be given.

Informative Program On Snakes At Hobbs Park

posted: 06/09/2010 3:30 p.m.

David Hummel, northwest Arkansas snake expert, will present a program, “Reptiles of Northwest Arkansas” , Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area Visitor Center. The program is designed for kids and adults alike and there is no charge to attend this part of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series.

Students Are Honored With Bikes For Perfect School Attendance

posted: 06/09/2010 3:29 p.m.

The Glenn Duffy Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) was very supportive of the students at school, said Zane Vanderpool, principal.

Art Students Contribute To New City Letterhead

posted: 06/09/2010 3:27 p.m.

The City of Gravette will soon have a new letterhead to replace the one that has been in use for more than 50 years. Art students at Gravette Middle School submitted original drawings of what they thought Gravette’s “logo” should be, explained Allyson Ransom, City Director of Communications.

Benefit Scheduled This Friday For Aaron Roberts Who Is Bound For Jordan Studies

posted: 06/09/2010 3:26 p.m.

Aaron Roberts, of Gravette, a Biology and Pre-Med student at John Brown University at Siloam Springs, is a member of a team of JBU students who will be spending seven weeks in Jordan later this summer.

Elementary School June PAWS Students

posted: 06/09/2010 3:26 p.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS (Pawsitive and Wise) Students of the Month for June are pictured from left to right: Fisher McKenzie (Gravette), Breanna Beller (Gravette), Adelia Perez (Bella Vista), Ian Hearne (Gravette) and Jacob Phillips (Gravette).

ATV Rodeo set for Saturday

posted: 06/09/2010 9:06 a.m.

The Parks and Recreation Committee met at the site of the upcoming ATV Rodeo on June 2 to make final plans for the event.

Community meets new superintendent

posted: 06/09/2010 9:04 a.m.

Two years after the community became aware of the Decatur School District’s financial troubles, the school is back on solid ground with a million dollars in unrestricted funds.

Planning and Zoning approves plans for new church facility

posted: 06/09/2010 9:03 a.m.

Planning and Zoning Committee members voted to recommend the Decatur Assembly of God’s Moving Forward in Faith building plan for a new youth facility to the city council.


posted: 06/09/2010 9:03 a.m.

Upcoming Area Events

Chamber makes plans for barbecue

posted: 06/09/2010 9:01 a.m.

With less than two months until the 57th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival, Chamber of Commerce members hashed out the details for the event at Monday’s meeting.

Residents urged to lock cars after weekend break-ins

posted: 06/09/2010 9 a.m.

Police chief Terry Luker would like to remind Decatur residents to lock their cars, after a rash of break-ins over the weekend.

Ahoy there, readers!

posted: 06/09/2010 8:56 a.m.

“Make a Splash — Read!” is the theme for this summer’s reading program at the Gentry Public Library.

Training to be Tree City USA

posted: 06/09/2010 8:56 a.m.

Tree specialist Peter Rausch was in Gentry on Monday and in Springtown on Tuesday, teaching classes on tree selection, assessing tree health and proper tree pruning. He also offered training on Jet Stinger willow planting and the steps needed to become a Tree City USA.

More parking required of home builders

posted: 06/09/2010 8:55 a.m.

City council approved three ordinances Monday night — with rules suspended, on three readings with a single vote and with an emergency clause attached — which will have immediate effect on possible future construction in Gentry.

Burning option to remove old structures

posted: 06/09/2010 8:54 a.m.

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

Property owners held responsible

posted: 06/09/2010 8:53 a.m.

City police and code enforcement officials are reminding property owners of their responsibility under the law to keep their lawns and the adjoining streets, alleys and drainage ditches mowed and clear of debris.


posted: 06/09/2010 8:52 a.m.

Upcoming Area Events

Gentry council approves study for police station

posted: 06/09/2010 8:49 a.m.

A study to determine the needs for a future police station in Gentry will go forward, with council members voting to authorize Gentry Mayor Wes Hogue to enter into a contract with Jim Kooistra of Architects Incorporated in Gentry to complete phase one of the study for a cost not to exceed $12,000.

Beal, Van Sickle to wed

posted: 06/09/2010 8:39 a.m.

Shasta Roann Beal and Scott Gordon Van Sickle both of Arvada, Colo., plan to marry at 6 p.m., July 1, at Stonebrook Manor in Thornton, Colo.


posted: 06/09/2010 8:38 a.m.

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord….” Acts 3:19 Few preach repentance and Biblical conversion in our day.

Decatur/Gentry OBITUARIES

posted: 06/09/2010 8:38 a.m.

June 9, 2010

Griz Bear Comments |What do kids do during their summer breaks

posted: 06/09/2010 8:33 a.m.

Schools are now out for summer, giving area youth much more free time to do those things they enjoy.

A Walk in the Park | Fill-in writer offers money-saving energy tips

posted: 06/09/2010 8:32 a.m.

(A great big thanks to Steve Cattaneo for helping me out this week by writing the following): OK, my favorite sister-inlaw — translate: The one that sent a frantic e-mail requesting help — asked me to fill in for her this week while she’s getting ready for the big wedding.


posted: 06/09/2010 8:31 a.m.

The Food Pantry in Decatur has recently been experiencing a low flow of funds to purchase food items and we are in need of funds to maintain this worthwhile program for the people of the 72722 zip code.

Benton County's tax-delinquent land sale set for next Wednesday

posted: 06/09/2010 8:30 a.m.

A public auction for the sale of tax-delinquent land in Benton County will be held at 10 a.m., June 16, at the Embassy Suites in Rogers. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Welch graduates from U of O

posted: 06/09/2010 8:29 a.m.

LOOKOUT POINT, Mo. — Megan Welch, daughter of Michael and Myra Welch of Gentry, graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., during the 2010 commencement exercises on May 9. Welch received a bachelor’s degree in physical education / recreational administration.

Gentry adds former Razorback to staff

posted: 06/09/2010 8:28 a.m.

Sarah Pfeifer doesn’t know much about the town of Gentry or the high school. She does know the basketball there is good and she’s excited to be a part of it.

More go to June All-Star Soccer

posted: 06/09/2010 8:27 a.m.

Two more Gentry girls’ soccer team members will be participating in the 2010 Arkansas High School All-Star Soccer Match.

Intent to wrestle

posted: 06/09/2010 8:23 a.m.

Derek McCain signed a letter of intent last week to attend Central Baptist College in Conway and participate in the college's wrestling program.

Gentry Primary School honors good students

posted: 06/09/2010 8:22 a.m.

The Gentry Primary School announced its honor awards for the 2009-2010 school year.

Students show projects

posted: 06/09/2010 8:21 a.m.

Students in the sixth through eighth grades displayed their science projects for the community on Thursday night.

Outstanding attendance awarded

posted: 06/09/2010 8:19 a.m.

Gentry Primary School announced its outstanding attendance awards for the 2009-2010 school year. To receive the award, students could have no absences and not more than five tardies or early check-outs in any combination.

Decatur schools release honor rolls

posted: 06/09/2010 8:17 a.m.

Honor rolls were released from Decatur Middle School.

GMS announces honor rolls

posted: 06/09/2010 8:16 a.m.

Gentry Middle School announced its honor rolls for the second semester of the 2009-2010 school year.

Local students earn college honors

posted: 06/09/2010 8:14 a.m.

Marcus Witcher, of Centerton, was named on the President’s List at the William’s Baptist College for the 2010 spring semester. The President’s List includes those full-time students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Wednesday, June 2

Veterans Honored, Remembered Monday At Hillcrest

posted: 06/02/2010 11:48 p.m.

A crowd gathered at Hillcrest Cemetery Monday morning to remember and honor veterans who have served our nation throughout its’ history.

City Wide Yard Sale To Be Held This Weekend; No Permit Is Required

posted: 06/02/2010 11:47 p.m.

This weekend, June 4, 5 and 6, is designated the annual Spring Citywide Yard Sale in Gravette. Purchase of Yard Sale Permits will not be necessary for this weekend sale, Mayor Bill Howard said. This will be a good time for persons to hold sales when yard sale patrons will be traveling throughout the city looking for bargains.

Sewer Plant Project Explained To Citizens

posted: 06/02/2010 11:47 p.m.

A small crowd, about 30 persons, interested in the Gravette wastewater treatment facility project, were present at a public meeting Thursday evening at the Civic Center. They heard Jim Ulmer, engineer with Mc-Goodwin, Williams and Yates, explain the project.

School Building Projects Progressing On Target

posted: 06/02/2010 11:46 p.m.

With the end of school fast approaching and planning underway for next school year, students, faculty and staff look forward to the opening of new facilities when they return, said Dr. Andrea Kelly, Superintendent of Schools.

Storm Siren Test Scheduled This Wednesday

posted: 06/02/2010 11:45 p.m.

The regular first Wednesday testing of Gravette’s storm/tornado sirens will be held today, June 2, at noon, weather permitting.

Clothing Give-away At Sulphur Baptist

posted: 06/02/2010 11:44 p.m.

Free clothing giveaway will be held Saturday, June 12, at the First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, according to pastor Gairy Osburn. There will be clothes for all ages and all sizes which will be available at no charge.

Area Students Graduate For College At Miami

posted: 06/02/2010 11:43 p.m.

The following area students were among those who earned degrees from Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College in Miami, OK, for the 2010 spring semester.

JGT Club Meets At Senior Center

posted: 06/02/2010 11:42 p.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Wednesday, May 26, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with six members and one guest, Charlie Griffin, present.

Lovells Celebrate 50th Anniversary

posted: 06/02/2010 11:42 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Lovell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary when they are honored at a reception Sunday, June 6, at the Maysville Community Building.

Heritage Baptist To Install New Pastor Sunday

posted: 06/02/2010 11:41 p.m.

An installation service for Dr. Darrell Kepler, new pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Gravette, will be held Sunday, June 6, at the church located at 307 Fourth Ave. SE.

Rally For Christ Will Be Held At Sulphur Springs, June 12

posted: 06/02/2010 11:40 p.m.

Gairy Osburn, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, and the church family invite the public to a “Rally for Christ” Saturday, June 12, from noon until 5 p.m. in the Sulphur Springs park. There will be music, entertainment by the drama team “For His Glory” and other singing groups will also be present. Everyone is welcome and persons attending are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. If you want information call 479-787-5215.

James Austin On Honor Roll At University At Weatherford

posted: 06/02/2010 11:39 p.m.

James Austin of Gravette has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll at Southwest Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK, for the spring semester.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 06/02/2010 11:37 p.m.

June 2, 2010

Pea Ridge Planning New Field House

posted: 06/02/2010 11:36 p.m.

The Pea Ridge school board has given an okay to construction of a new field house which would be built with bond funds from the Arkansas Department of Education bond fund and a regular construction bond.

Senior Center Report

posted: 06/02/2010 11:36 p.m.

SENIOR CENTER MENU Week of June 7 - 11

Gravette Letter To The Editor-

posted: 06/02/2010 11:35 p.m.

Dear Editor, The Gravette Public Library wishes to thank John Rambadt, owner of R & R Solutions, for his donation of a hot and cold water cooler for the library and staff. A big thanks to John.

Off The Cuff

posted: 06/02/2010 11:34 p.m.

The fact that the area has been visited by a couple of small earthquakes has been an eye-opener for local residents. Perhaps an ear-opener would be a better way to describe the tremors since they seemed, or sounded, more like the thud that occurs when two cars collide; or the feeling and sound when someone in another room knocks over a bookcase ; or more likely a sonic boom from a passing jet. But seismographs seem to confirm that two small quakes really did occur several days ago.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 06/02/2010 11:33 p.m.

Hay season is in full swing, oh goody! You fellers know I do not enjoy haying, but I do it. It is just like paying taxes; it has to be done. Now, after many years of misery, my male offspring seem to take care of all but the hauling to the barn. They thrive on the smell of oil, grease, tires and sweat as they prepare the machinery, starting in early spring. Not me, and that does not make me a sissy even if my close relative says so.

The following stories appeared in the Gravette News Herald June 2, 1960

posted: 06/02/2010 11:33 p.m.

The Gravette Fire Department was planning a hamburger fry to raise funds for a new alarm siren.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 06/02/2010 11:32 p.m.

Warm, muggy weather has lingered this week and the heat of summer seems to have moved in. Flickering fireflies hover over the field at nightfall and a full moon this week has provided even more illumination.

Gravette Summer School Begins Next Tuesday

posted: 06/02/2010 11:31 p.m.

Summer school at Gravette High School will start Tuesday, June 8, and continue through Friday, June 25, for students who may wish to take English I, Physical Science or Algebra I classes.

Maysville E. H. Members Enjoy Meeting In May

posted: 06/02/2010 11:30 p.m.

Mary Stewart was hostess for the Maysville E. H. Club meeting May 27. A bountiful meal was enjoyed by 12 members. Nikki Crawley called the business meeting to order at 1 p.m. We sang “Over The Rainbow” , led by Melinda Crawley, and pledged allegiance to the U. S. flag.

Run-off Election Will Be Held Next Tuesday; Polling Places Listed

posted: 06/02/2010 11:29 p.m.

Arkansas voters will go to the polls next Tuesday, June 8, in the runoff elections for candidates who did not receive majorities in their party’s primary May 18. Polling places will remain the same.

Relay For Life Fund Raiser Scheduled This Thursday

posted: 06/02/2010 11:29 p.m.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served at the Relay for Life benefit held this Thursday, June 3, at the Teasley Drug parking lot in Gravette.

Pee Wee Cheerleader Registration Is Saturday

posted: 06/02/2010 11:28 p.m.

Pee Wee Cheer sign-up date is Saturday, June 5, at the Arvest community room from noon to 4 p.m., according to Stephanie Parrish. Registration fees are: Kindergarten and first grade, $80; second through seventh grade, $160. Cheer technique camp sign-ups are also held at that time for the camp scheduled July 8-10 from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost is $20. All final payments for pee wees are due at this time. All members signing up for the big squads are eligible to try out for the Gravette Thunder competition squad, Parrish said. Sixth and seventh graders are also eligible to be named captains, pending coach decision.

City Council Tables Action On Several Issues

posted: 06/02/2010 11:27 p.m.

Following the public meeting concerning Gravette’s wastewater treatment project Thursday night the City Council held its regular monthly meeting. The following business was conducted by the Council: Tabled action on an ordinance amending inspection fees.

Elkins Council Bans K2

posted: 06/02/2010 11:26 p.m.

The City of Elkins has joined many others in the area who have banned “Spice” or “K2” as the herbal incense is called. The product is not sold in Elkins but the school resource officer said it is available at some convenience stores. It can cause a “high” similar to smoking marijuana.

Fishing Derby At Decatur Is June 12

posted: 06/02/2010 11:26 p.m.

The seventh annual Decatur Community fishing derby will be held June 12 at Crystal Lake for children ages 1-14. There will be five different age categories.

A Special Day . . . . . . For Remembering

posted: 06/02/2010 11:25 p.m.

Thomas E. Bass, World War II and Korean War veteran, reminded the crowd in Hillcrest Cemetery Monday morning that the Flag is “The greatest symbol of freedom in the world today.”

Student awarded for supporting troops

posted: 06/02/2010 11:13 a.m.

Lensey Watson, a sophomore at the Decatur High School, was recognized by the Decatur VFW at the May 17 academic awards ceremony for sending letters to overseas troops through Any Soldier.

BBQ poker run to benefit 4-H, FFA

posted: 06/02/2010 11:11 a.m.

A benefit poker run to raise money for Decatur 4-H and FFA students will be held on Aug. 7 in conjunction with the 57th Annual Decatur Barbecue.

Carmack retires after 39 years as a teacher

posted: 06/02/2010 11:11 a.m.

Joan Carmack, a fifth-grade teacher at Northside Elementary School, celebrated her retirement with a surprise party at the Gallery Cafe on Monday.


posted: 06/02/2010 11:10 a.m.

Upcoming in the Area

Barbecue Festival is seeking vendors

posted: 06/02/2010 11:08 a.m.

The Chamber of Commerce and the Parks and Recreation Committee are seeking vendors for the 57th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival planned for Aug.

Middle School Blue and Gold Club

posted: 06/02/2010 11:07 a.m.

Sixty middle-school students who earned a spot in the Blue and Gold Club traveled to Branson for a rewards trip in May.

Principal hired for GHS post

posted: 06/02/2010 11:05 a.m.

Brae Harper, currently serving as assistant principal and athletic director, will be the new high school principal in Gentry next year. Harper begins his new duties July 1.

School serving free summertime meals

posted: 06/02/2010 11:04 a.m.

Gentry Public Schools will be serving free breakfast and lunch to children, ages 18 and under, from June 7 through July 30.

Skate park is step closer

posted: 06/02/2010 11:03 a.m.

A new skate park in Gentry’s city park is another step closer to being built with the city advertising for bids on the project and hoping bids come in low enough to make the park a reality.

Softball tournament set July 3

posted: 06/02/2010 11:02 a.m.

Gentry’s annual Freedom Fest adult co-ed softball tournament will be held in Gentry City Park on Saturday, July 3rd.


posted: 06/02/2010 11:02 a.m.

Upcoming in the Area

Colcord schools awarded grant to remodel building

posted: 06/02/2010 10:59 a.m.

Federal grants totaling more than $12 million have been awarded to six Oklahoma schools to provide energy efficient buildings, U.S. Rep. Dan Boren’s office announced May 13. Some districts will build new campuses and others will remodel existing campuses.

Beck receives scholarship

posted: 06/02/2010 10:58 a.m.

Eryan Beck, daughter of Joe Dean and Betty Jo Beck, was presented a $1,175 scholarship by the Democratic Central Committee of Benton County by chairman Leroy Roberts at its meeting May 26.

Cousins graduate together from U of A medical school

posted: 06/02/2010 10:57 a.m.

Cousins Asa Pennel Pharr and Jennifer Shannon Pharr both graduated in May from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Writers hear about Abraham Lincoln

posted: 06/02/2010 10:57 a.m.

Siloam Springs Writers met at Signature Bank Social Room to hear a program by Professor Galen Johnson from John Brown University.

Students make Arkansas Tech dean's list

posted: 06/02/2010 10:56 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE — Local students Alecia Danielle Trentham, of Gentry; Claire Betts, Tera Rachelle Cloud and Julie LeAnn May of Gravette were included on the Arkansas Tech University dean’s list for undergraduate students at the main campus in Russellville for the spring 2010 semester.


posted: 06/02/2010 10:08 a.m.

June 2, 2010

WEEKLY DEVOTION Continuing in Baptismal Grace

posted: 06/02/2010 10:06 a.m.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.” Acts 2:38-39

Griz Bear Comments | Reaction to newspaper merger / Second Amendment rights

posted: 06/02/2010 10:05 a.m.

To be truthful, I expected more reaction from our readers at the announcement that the newspaper office in Gentry will be closing and that the Gentry and Decatur newspapers will be combining with the Gravette News Herald to become a new publication, the Westside Eagle Observer. But most have been understanding of the decision.

A Walk in the Park | Taking on a new role with a daughter-in-law

posted: 06/02/2010 10:04 a.m.

We have some big plans for the coming weekend!

Capitol Reports | Medicaid gets one-time boost

posted: 06/02/2010 9:55 a.m.

The financial outlook for Medicaid improved last month, according to state officials who administer the program.

EPA awards $477,000 to assist NACA in developing a wastewater treatment system

posted: 06/02/2010 9:55 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $477,000 to the Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority (NACA) to develop a wastewater treatment system capable of supporting the Northwest Arkansas region and provide for cleaner and healthier streams in the Illinois River Basin.

Bowman on U of A chancellor's list

posted: 06/02/2010 9:53 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello named 143 students to the chancellor’s list for the spring semester and another 288 students to the dean’s list, according to Debbie Bryant, registrar.

Patterson receives Burlsworth award

posted: 06/02/2010 9:53 a.m.

Elisha Patterson received the Brandon Burlsworth football award on Thursday night for his drive, diligence to school and good moral character while playing on the Gentry High School football team in 2009.

Millsap is now Pioneer starter

posted: 06/02/2010 9:52 a.m.

Three-year starting quarterback Caleb Ramsey is gone, but Gentry football coach Brian Little thinks he’s already found a replacement.

Pioneer Wrestling Camp set for June 16, 17 and 18

posted: 06/02/2010 9:52 a.m.

Pioneer Championship Wrestling Camp for students in grades 4-12 will be held in the Gentry High School gym June 16, 17 and 18.

Price hired to coach basketball at GHS

posted: 06/02/2010 9:51 a.m.

Sean Price was hired by the Gentry School Board Thursday night to be the new head boys’ basketball coach at Gentry High School. Price, who was the assistant boys’ basketball coach at Springdale’s Har-Ber High School, was recommended to the board by a coaches’ screening committee and hired by unanimous vote of the seven-member school board at the special meeting.

Killgore enlists in National Guard

posted: 06/02/2010 9:50 a.m.

Private Nicholas Killgore of Tahlequah, Okla., recently enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard.