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Freedom Festival set for July 3

Gentry will old its annual Freedom Festival in the city park on Saturday, July 3, with one of the largest area fireworks displays planned for dusk. Events for all ages will be held throughout the afternoon and evening hours. They include a softball tournament, car show, antique tractor and machinery show, lots of food, music by a number of bands and local entertainers, inflatable houses and slides for children 12 and under, a rock climbing wall and a large slide for older children, arts and craft booths, games, free tractor-pulled wagon rides, all followed by an outstanding fireworks display at dusk. There is no charge for the live entertainment or the fireworks display. The event is sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce.

Report cards and diplomas

Report cards are ready at Gentry High School and can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. Diplomas for the 2010 graduates are also ready to be picked up at the high school.

Free summer meals at the school

Gentry Public Schools will be serving free breakfast and lunch to children, ages 18 and under, through July 30. Children do not have to be Gentry students to participate in the meal program. They can be from other districts or visiting relatives from out of the area. Adults may eat with the children for $3 per meal. Meals will be served in the Intermediate School Cafeteria, located at 302 West Second Street in Gentry. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m., Monday through Friday. Lunch will be served from noon until 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call Betty Harrington at 736-2666, Tammy Snell at 736-2263, or Pam Harrelson at 736-2253.

Class of ‘73 info needed

Addresses and contact information are needed for the Gentry High School Class of 1973 to make contact list for the September all-school reunion. Anyone with addresses and contact information for 1973 graduates is asked to e-mail Marla Feemster England at

School Choice applications

The Gentry Public School District will receive Public School Choice applications until June 30. An information sheet and an application may be downloaded at or picked up in person at the superintendent’s office during office hours.

Gentry City Council

The Gentry City Council holds regular meetings in the city court room at 6:30 p.m., the first Monday of each month. The Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission meets in city hall at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, but will hold its June meeting on Thursday night, June 24.

Gentry School Board

The Gentry School Board holds regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in the school district board room.

Springtown Council

The Springtown Council meets at 6 p.m., on the second Tuesday of each month, in the new community building.

Town of Highfill

Highfill’s next council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, at the Highfill Community Building. The planning commission meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 29.

Gentry Lions Club

The Gentry Lions Club meets from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The club is now meeting in the Gentry Public Library’s community room. Visitors are always welcome.

VFW Meetings

The Gentry/Decatur VFW Post meets on the first Tuesday of each month - at 7:30 p.m. New members and guests are welcome. The facility is 3 miles east of Decatur on Arkansas Highway 102, right on Tilly’s Hill Road, and the first building on the right.

Pickin’ in the Park

Pickin’ in the Park is held at 6:30 p.m., the last Saturday of each month in the city park. Musicians and music lovers are invited to come and join in or just sit back and enjoy the music.


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News, Pages 2 on 06/23/2010


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