Thursday, May 27

Annual Decatur fishing derby set for June 12th

posted: 05/27/2010 3:27 a.m.

The Seventh Annual Community Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Decatur Assembly of God Big Fisherman/ Little Fisherman Community Fishing Program, will be held on June 12 at Crystal Lake.

Wednesday, May 26

A Great Graduation Day

posted: 05/26/2010 9:49 p.m.

At the wind-swept Lion Stadium Saturday morning, 114 Gravette High School graduates received their diploma marking the end of 13 years of public school studies.

Farmers’ Market Kicks Off This Saturday May 29

posted: 05/26/2010 9:45 p.m.

Allyson Ransom, coordinator of Gravette Farmers’ Market, announces the Grand Opening of the Market will be held Saturday, May 29, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Old Town Park.

Runoffs June 8 For Senate, Judge, and JP Positions

posted: 05/26/2010 9:40 p.m.

Gravette voters will return to the polls Tuesday, June 8, in a runoff election involving races for U. S. Senate, Benton County Judge and District 11 Justice of Peace.

Memorial Service At Hillcrest Cemetery

posted: 05/26/2010 9:39 p.m.

A Memorial Day Service at Hillcrest Cemetery will be held Monday, May 31, at 10 a.m. near the flagpole in the center of the cemetery.

City Calls Public Meeting

posted: 05/26/2010 9:37 p.m.

A public meeting to hear comments from citizens regarding Gravette’s sewer upgrade project will be held at 6 p.m. this Thursday at the Gravette Civic Center.


posted: 05/26/2010 9:35 p.m.

On August 4, the Gravette News Herald will merge with the Decatur Herald and the Gentry Courier-Journal into a combined edition named the Westside Eagle Observer.

No School Monday

posted: 05/26/2010 9:32 p.m.

Gravette schools will not be in session next Monday, May 31, because of Memorial Day.

Girls Scouts Give Cookies To Center, Police, Fire Depts., Then Enjoy Camping Trip

posted: 05/26/2010 9:30 p.m.

Pictured are members of Girl Scout Troop 5497 in Gravette who recently donated Girl Scout cookies to the Billy V. Hall Senior Center and the Gravette police and fire departments.

Live On Stage Presents Scholarships To Several Area Senior Graduates

posted: 05/26/2010 9:27 p.m.

On May 16, at Arend Arts Center in Bentonville, Live On Stage in NWA! presented their third annual music scholarship awards to Benton County graduating high school seniors.

Lovells Will Renew Vows At Fiftieth Reception

posted: 05/26/2010 9:24 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Lovell of Maysville will be honored with a reception to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary, as they renew their vows. Friends and family are invited to attend the event from two to four in the afternoon, Sunday, June 6, at the Maysville Community Building. A picture and expanded story will be published in next week’s News Herald.

Berean Bible School Dates Are Announced

posted: 05/26/2010 9:22 p.m.

Berean Ministries in Gravette announces its Vacation Bible School will be held June 1-18 from 9 a.m. to noon each day, for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Dick and Judy Triestram will return as speakers for this year with more information announced later.

Quilting/Crafts Class Meets Saturday Afternoon

posted: 05/26/2010 9:20 p.m.

A free quilting and craft class will be held this Saturday, May 29, at the Gravette Church of Christ. The class will begin at 1 p.m. in the church anne. Lou Ellen Romine, class instructor, invites anyone interested to attend. Bring quilts or craft projects for show and tell and a snack to share. “These monthly meetings are a fun time of socializing and an opportunity for a tasty meal and a chance to learn new skills in quilting and crafts,” said a spokesperson.

Birthday Reception Will Honor Marion Roberts

posted: 05/26/2010 9:15 p.m.

A reception honoring Marion Roberts to celebrate his 88th birthday will be held next Monday,

Kayla Boling Awarded Scholarship

posted: 05/26/2010 9:11 p.m.

Kayla C. Boling of Gravette is the recipient of the Brandon Burlsworth Memorial Scholarship at the University of Arkansas, according to Garrick Hildebrand, Academic Scholarship spokesperson.

Middle School Students Tapped For May Recognition

posted: 05/26/2010 9:08 p.m.

The Gravette Middle School announces the following students are “Students of the Month” for May. From the left, sixth grader Bryce Moorman; in the center, seventh grader Danielle Slate and, on the right, eighth grader Noah Smith. —photo submitted

Morrison Recipient Of Scholarship From VFW Ladies

posted: 05/26/2010 9:02 p.m.

Gravette High School Senior Makayla Morrison received a $500 scholarship from the Ladies VFW Auxiliary of Bella Vista during awards ceremonies at Gravette High School.

Bands Concerts Thursday Evening

posted: 05/26/2010 9:01 p.m.

The Gravette Middle School advanced band and sixth grade band will present concerts this Thursday

Larry Ben, Former Coach, New Super At Decatur

posted: 05/26/2010 9 p.m.

Dr. Larry Ben was been named Superintendent of the Decatur School system and will take over that position on July 1. On that date LeRoy Ortman, who has served as the state-appointed superintendent, will step down. Ben was a coach at the Gravette High School during the early 1990s and has been a coach, teacher and assistant principal in the Rogers system the past several years.

Early Deadline For Ads, News Next Week

posted: 05/26/2010 8:56 p.m.

Because of the Memorial Day holiday Monday, May 31, the deadline for the next week (June 2) News Herald is this Thursday, May 27, at 4 p.m. This deadline is for all advertisements and news items. “Your cooperation in helping us meet our publication deadlines is appreciated,” said Dodie Evans, editor.

Gravette Obituaries

posted: 05/26/2010 8:54 p.m.

May 26, 2010

Senior Center Report

posted: 05/26/2010 8:51 p.m.

Friday, June 4, the Bank of Gravett will be having a Hamburger Fry fundraiser beginning at 11 a.m. with proceeds going to help the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center and its Meals on Wheels program. The meal will consist of a hamburger on bun, chips, soft drink and dessert for $5.

Items Are Missing; Look For Them Next Week

posted: 05/26/2010 8:47 p.m.

Because there are so many activities during the last two weeks of school, several articles and pictures are omitted. They will be published in the weeks ahead as space is available. Thank you for your understanding.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 05/26/2010 8:46 p.m.

We started the week with a cool, foggy morning and ended it with a warm, sunny weekend and temperatures near 90, a vivid reminder that it will be summer in less than a month.

The Musical Wiggins Family

posted: 05/26/2010 8:45 p.m.

My father always wanted a large family and a family band. He got both. Back during the Depression he had been in the Samaritan band and likely wore his uniform when he marched all the way to Washington, D.C.

These items appeared in the Gravette News Herald May 26, 1960:

posted: 05/26/2010 8:44 p.m.

Miss Gerre Poat, RN at the Gravette Medical Center, will represent Gravette in the Decatur beauty pageant. Mrs. Gilbert Studyvin will represent Gravette in the cooking contest. Besides Robert Virden, valedictorian, and Jerry Miley, salutatorian, honor graduates were Cecil Garman and Jeannette Roberts. Their pictures were on page 1. Some form of public assistance went to 73,160 persons or 4.2 percent of Arkansas’ population during the month of April. “The Sick Need The Best” , All prescriptions filled by registered pharmacist Albert Dunagin. Ideal Rexall Playing at the Ozark Theater in Noel: “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Mrs. Condrey Swindell wrote, “A large crowd attended the Memorial Day Service at the Mt. Pleasant Church.” Maude Evans wrote from Sulphur Springs: “Dodie Evans was in Siloam Springs Monday night where he was a judge in the Miss Siloam Beauty Pageant.” Rita DeShazer and Barbara Lynn will represent Sulphur at Girls State and Arlie Burge will attend Boys State

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 05/26/2010 8:43 p.m.

My close relative was screaming for me to get out of the rain and into the house.

Letters To The Editor

posted: 05/26/2010 8:42 p.m.

Dear Editor, The Gravette Athletic Boosters wish to thank the following sponsors who made the Lions Golf Classic a success:

Gravette Vote Totals

posted: 05/26/2010 8:41 p.m.

Of the 2,025 voters in Gravette Precinct 3, only 662 cast ballots in last Tuesday’s elect on. This was a 32.69% turnout.

Maysville News

posted: 05/26/2010 3:55 p.m.

We have had rain for several days which stopped the lawnmowing for a few days.

Hiwasse News

posted: 05/26/2010 3:53 p.m.

Congratulations to all graduates.

Maysville Vote Totals

posted: 05/26/2010 3:52 p.m.

Only 37 of 370 eligible Maysville precinct voters traveled to Gravette to cast ballots in the primary election.

Sulphur Springs Vote Totals

posted: 05/26/2010 3:51 p.m.

Of the 577 registered voters in Sulphur Springs Precinct, 180 cast ballots, or 31.20%. Of these 180 were Republican, 28 Democrat and 1 nonpartisan. Below are the totals for various races: Sulphur Republican U. S. Senate: Hendren, 42; Reynolds, 6; Alexander, 3; Boozman, 59; Coleman, 2; Holt, 39; Ramey, 0; Baker, 0.

Singers To Perform At Andante Meeting

posted: 05/26/2010 3:49 p.m.

The Andante Music Club at Bella Vista will hold its monthly meeting June 1 at 1 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church located on the corner of Cooper Road and Hwy. 279. The program will be the young opera singers from Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs, AR. The singers will give a preview of the upcoming opera season at OIO. The event is free, open to the public and refreshments are served after the program. The Andante Music Club is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Professor Advises Wear White While Working With Bees

posted: 05/26/2010 3:46 p.m.

Small farmers depend upon nature for pollination, but sometimes nature needs a little help.

Funds Are Sought To Add To Cemetery

posted: 05/26/2010 3:42 p.m.

The Regional National Cemetery Association is seeking funds to expand the National Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Judge Candidates To Speak To Kiwanians

posted: 05/26/2010 3:39 p.m.

County Judge Dave Bisbee and Bob Clinard, who are facing each other in the June 8 runoff for that position, will be speakers for the Kiwanis Club meeting this Friday, May 28. The meeting will begin at 7 a.m. at the Main Cafe. It is open to all persons interested in hearing these candidates and thier ideas for the office they seek.

Bella Vista Receives Grant

posted: 05/26/2010 3:35 p.m.

The City of Bella Vista fire department is the recipient of a $230,389 grant from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will be used to purchase basic communications systems for the city’s fire stations as well as mobile radios, portable personnel radios and also radios to access the Arkansas Information Network System.

A Whole Lot of Shakin’ In Benton County Last Thursday As Second Tremor Felt Here

posted: 05/26/2010 3:34 p.m.

The second time in less than a month, Benton County was “all shook up” last Thursday evening when a minor earthquake was felt throughout the area.

GHS Athletic Banquet Will Be Held Saturday Evening At High School Commons

posted: 05/26/2010 3:30 p.m.

The annual Gravette High School Athletic Awards Banquet will be held this Saturday evening, May 29, at the GHS commons.

Gentry Seeks Grant

posted: 05/26/2010 3:27 p.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.

Early Deadline For GNH Next Week

posted: 05/26/2010 3:26 p.m.

Because of the Memorial Day holiday Monday, May 31, the deadline for the next week (June 2) News Herald is this Thursday, May 27, at 4 p.m. This deadline is for all advertisements and news items. “Your cooperation in helping us meet our publication deadlines is appreciated,” said Dodie Evans, editor.

Ball Tournament Is Scheduled Next Week At Pop Allum Park

posted: 05/26/2010 3:25 p.m.

Gravette will be hosting its own city tournaments for T Ball Major, Boys’ Machine Pitch and Boys’ Minor League.

Pack of Dogs Maul Woman At Decatur

posted: 05/26/2010 3:23 p.m.

A Decatur woman was mauled by a pack of dogs while walking in Veterans Park in Decatur recently.

New Free State Highway Maps Are Now Available

posted: 05/26/2010 3:18 p.m.

The 2010 Arkansas State Highway Map is now available from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), according to AHTD Director Dan Flowers.

Cattle Prices Are Drifting Upward

posted: 05/26/2010 3:17 p.m.

Fewer cattle and a higher demand for beef are helping send cattle prices higher, said Dr. Tom Troxel, associate department director-animal science for the U of A Division of Agriculture.

Three westside papers to merge

posted: 05/26/2010 4:12 a.m.

On Aug. 4, this newspaper will merge with the Decatur Herald and the Gravette News Herald to form a combined edition named Westside Eagle Observer.

More parking could be required

posted: 05/26/2010 4:09 a.m.

Home builders in Gentry may soon have to provide an additional parking space per housing unit if the council approves a recommendation made by the planning and zoning commission at its Thursday meeting.

GHS principal takes new post

posted: 05/26/2010 4:08 a.m.

School board members approved a list of personnel changes at their May 17 meeting, including the transfer of high school principal Judy Winslett to the position of federal curriculum coordinator. Another board meeting is tentatively set for 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss the hiring of a new high school boys’ basketball coach and a transfer request from assistant high school principal Brae Harper to fill the principal’s position at the high school.


posted: 05/26/2010 4:07 a.m.

Athletic Booster Club chicken dinner The Gentry High School Athletic Booster Club will have a chicken dinner fundraiser today, Wednesday, May 26, from 3 to 7 p.m., in the high school lobby. 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 www. or picked up in person at the superintendent’s office during office hours. Coupon Class The Total Life Community Center will be hosting a free coupon class at 7 p.m., May 26. Jessica Tharp will be teaching the techniques of using coupons, where to obtain them and how to get the maximum benefit from them. Some have saved between 30 to 50 percent on their grocery bill. The class will be held at the TLCC on Highway 59 south of Gentry. For more information, call 736-8231. Fairmount Cemetery meeting The annual Fairmount Cemetery potluck luncheon, with a business meeting to follow, will begin at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, May 30, a

Building code enforcement policy discussed by city code committee

posted: 05/26/2010 4:06 a.m.

Members of the Building and Property Code Enforcement Committee reviewed and voiced approval of the city’s policy for dealing with violations of the city’s building codes.

Siloam Springs senior dies in crash, second youth hurt

posted: 05/26/2010 4:05 a.m.

A Siloam Springs youth was killed a day after his 18th birthday and another teen was in serious condition after a car crash south of Siloam Springs last Wednesday.

Man dies in logging accident last week

posted: 05/26/2010 4:04 a.m.

Samuel Starnes, 21, of Huntsville was killed in a logging accident near Coon Hollow Road west of Decatur the morning of May 18, according to the Benton County Sheriffs Office.

Old Settlers' Day again to be observed at Colcord museum

posted: 05/26/2010 4:03 a.m.

Talbot Library and Museum will again be taking part in the observance of Old Settlers’ Day in Colcord on Saturday, June 5.

Seniors compete at games in Harrison

posted: 05/26/2010 4:01 a.m.

On Friday, May 7th, Edith James, Cleon Schirmer, Inez Long, Carol and Leroy Jordan, Richard Sletten, and Jackie Bader traveled to Harrison for the 26th annual Senior Games.


posted: 05/26/2010 4 a.m.

Ida Jean Bryant Ida Jean Bryant, 85, of Highfill, died May 20, 2010, at her home.


posted: 05/26/2010 3:58 a.m.

From confusion to clarity “Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.” Genesis 11:7-8 (Read v. 1-9 ) “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilæans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judæa, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of

Yes, I disturbed the peacefulness of the prairies once again

posted: 05/26/2010 3:56 a.m.

I write this column from northern Kansas, in Phillips County and in the little town of Stuttgart (population about 40 or maybe less) where I lived before moving to Arkansas.

Listeners play active roll in communication

posted: 05/26/2010 3:55 a.m.

The following was written in collaboration with my co-worker, friend and fellow speech-language pathologist Mary Droho.

What ever happened to Croc-style shoes

posted: 05/26/2010 3:54 a.m.

Granted, the shoes could probably win an award for the ugliest ever invented. Yet, from a mom’s perspective, they are the perfect footwear. Under $10 a pair for the knock-offs, they are nearly indestructible. They are as comfortable and easy to put on as sandals but sturdy enough to serve as What ever happened to Croc-style shoes? It seems they have become so unfashionable that I can’t even buy them at the Dollar Store anymore. tennis shoes. They’re made of plastic so they can also serve as water shoes. They don’t have to be tied or fastened. They don’t even require socks, so little ones can put on their own shoes. They come in fun, kidfriendly colors and some are even decorated with cartoon characters — what’s not to love?

GHS Girls' soccer has exceptional 2010 season

posted: 05/26/2010 3:53 a.m.

It was a great season for Gentry girls’ soccer, said Gentry girls coach Dan Childress.

Decatur athletes recognized at annual awards banquet

posted: 05/26/2010 3:52 a.m.

Middle and high school athletes were recognized at the Athletic Awards Banquet last Tuesday night.

Gentry seventh graders in Duke talent search

posted: 05/26/2010 3:48 a.m.

Three Gentry Middle School seventh grade students, Ethan Barnes, Ashley, Trimble and Derek Wood, recently participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

No small catch

posted: 05/26/2010 3:47 a.m.

Kelsey and Haley Borgeteien-James show fish they caught last month at Beaver Lake. Kelsey’s weighed 18 pounds and was caught in the morning Haley’s weighed 15 pounds and was caught in the evening. They were both using top-water lures on lightweight spinning tackle.

Decatur restores baccalaureate service tradition for graduates

posted: 05/26/2010 3:46 a.m.

The Ministerial Alliance rekindled a tradition and hosted the first Baccalaureate service to be held in Decatur in many years on May 19. Graduating seniors and their parents were honored at the service held at the First Baptist Church. Parents and students ate dinner and followed a special program.

New phase of life

posted: 05/26/2010 3:44 a.m.

Gentry Primary School teach Sandra Long was honored at a retirement party at the school on Monday afternoon. In addition to cake and punch, a special video was made in her honor to add to her memories and to make her smile. She, accompanied by her husband Rick, opened gifts at the open house.

Thirty-two graduated Friday night

posted: 05/26/2010 3:42 a.m.

Thirty-two students graduated from Decatur High School on Friday night during a ceremony held in the Lloyd Peterson Gymnasium.

Diplomas awarded

posted: 05/26/2010 3:38 a.m.

Graduating seniors — 112 were listed in the program for the event — received their diplomas Friday at commencement ceremonies for Gentry High School’s 101st graduating class.

Department of Education receives $9.8 million grant

posted: 05/26/2010 3:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Education learned that it has been awarded a $9.8 million grant for the design and implementation of a statewide longitudinal data system.

‘Triple Crown’: Bisbee begins second leg

posted: 05/26/2010 3:31 a.m.

County Judge Dave Bisbee used a horse-racing analogy when describing this election season and his coming trial.

Metheny to open at Barbecue Festival

posted: 05/26/2010 12:25 a.m.

The Chamber of Commerce announced that country singer Ashlyn Metheny will be opening for Buddy Jewell at the 57th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival on Aug. 6.

Thursday, May 20

Graduation Is Saturday At Stadium

posted: 05/20/2010 10:42 p.m.

Gravette’s 2010 graduating seniors will participate in the annual “Rite of Commencement” Saturday morning at Lion Stadium when the pomp and ceremony will mark the end of their local high school experience. The 10 o’clock ceremony will begin with the long march of seniors to their places of honor at midfield as family and friends fill the east side stadium seats.

Weather Damage Occurs

posted: 05/20/2010 10:42 p.m.

Strong winds, which had many of the earmarks of a small tornado, swept through the region early last Thursday, uprooting trees and damaging poultry houses and other small structures. T

Public Meeting Announced Concerning Sewer Project

posted: 05/20/2010 10:41 p.m.

Gravette City Council at its Thursday night meeting announced plans for a public meeting to hear input concernng the upcoming wastewater treatment facility project.

Be A Winner Graduation Will Be Next Thursday

posted: 05/20/2010 10:41 p.m.

The annual “Be A Winner ” graduation exercises will be held Thursday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at the Gravette Upper Elementary School cafeteria.

Library Plans Burger “Sack” Lunch Friday

posted: 05/20/2010 10:39 p.m.

The Gravette Library Commission will sponsor a “Hamburger Sack Lunch” fundraiser this Friday, May 21, at the library, which is located just east of the Civic Center on Charlotte SE. Serving of a hamburger, chips, drink and dessert will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $5. Pre-orders for the hamburger fry may be made by calling 787-6955. The library will also be holding a used book sale which will include hardbacks and paperbacks at real bargain prices.

CPR To Be Kiwanis Club Meeting Topic

posted: 05/20/2010 10:39 p.m.

T. R. Hines from Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette will be guest speaker at the Gravette Kiwanis Club meeting this Friday. The club meets at 7 a.m. at the Main Cafe. Hines’ topic will be “CPR Basics” which will be helpful information but, hopefully, never needed. Persons interested are invited to attend.

Farmers’ Market Grand Opening Set Saturday, May 29

posted: 05/20/2010 10:38 p.m.

Allyson Ransom, coordinator of Gravette Farmers’ Market, announces the Grand Opening of the market will be held Saturday, May 29, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Old Town Park. This is the third year for the market which will operate each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Durham - Salkill Wedding Plans Told

posted: 05/20/2010 10:38 p.m.

The wedding of Peggy Jean Durham and Willard Eugene Salkill, Jr. will be solemnized Saturday afternoon, May 22, at their home northeast of Gravette. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Peggy Prosser and the adopted daughter of R. E. and Tammy Simmons of Broken Arrow, OK. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Willard E. Sr. and Gloria Salkill of Gravette. The couple are parents of Melissa Salkill, Kiara and Kayevonna Durham of Gravette, Desire Salkill of Jay, OK, and their late son, Danny Lee Salkill. After the invitation only wedding the couple will continue to make their home at Gravette.

Jolly Good Times Club Plans Meeting

posted: 05/20/2010 10:37 p.m.

The regular monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club will be held next Wednesday, May 26, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. The meeting will begin at 10:30 in the computer room. New members and guests are always welcome. Chia Greer will present the program for the May meeting. The potluck meal will feature chicken by Chia, veggies by Eda, salad by Susan, bread by Betty and desserts prepared by Mary and Jeanne.

Gambles Will Celebrate Fifty

posted: 05/20/2010 10:37 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Gamble of Scott City, Kansas, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, May 20, 2010.

Students Graduate From MSSU At Joplin

posted: 05/20/2010 10:36 p.m.

Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO, will hold their annual Commencement exercises Saturday, May 22. Those completing courses of study include 584 May graduates and 694 July graduates. They include : Whitney Moorman of Sulphur Springs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science. Nathan Tucker of Bella Vista, Associate Degree in Law Enforcement, Otp. A.

S.W. City All-School Reunion Announced

posted: 05/20/2010 10:36 p.m.

The Southwest City All-School Reunion will be held Saturday, May 29, at the school, according to Dale and Shirley Holly. Persons are asked to come at 9:30 and bring finger foods. The bank furnishes doughnuts and pop and tea and coffee are also furnished. Activities will be held until 2:30 p.m.

Genealogical Society Will Meet Monday

posted: 05/20/2010 10:35 p.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society will meet Monday, May 24, at 6 p.m. at the Bentonville Public Library. Society president Myra Baker will present a program on “Finding Genealogy Clues in Unexpected Places” . She will share portions of a journal written by her great-great-grandmother during the 1800’s that helped her fill in some gaps in her family history. Anyone interested in genealogy research is welcome.

Marion Roberts To Be Honored On Birthday

posted: 05/20/2010 10:35 p.m.

A reception honoring Marion Roberts to celebrate his 88th birthday will be held Monday, May 31, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Friends and family are invited to drop in between the hours of 1 and 3 in the afternoon.

Day - Smith Wedding Plans Are Announced

posted: 05/20/2010 10:34 p.m.

Sharon Elizabeth James of Newman, GA, announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Kimberly Dawn Day, to Herman “Tray” Donald Smith III, son of Herman Donald and Elizabeth Ann Smith II of Hiwasse, AR.

Gravette Classic Is A Success; Results Listed

posted: 05/20/2010 10:33 p.m.

One hundred fifty-two golfers participated in the eighth annual Gravette High School “LIONS” Golf Classic held recently at Scottsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. Sponsored by Gravette High School Boosters, the classic provides support for the athletics, drama, vocal and instrumental music departments, cheerleaders and HOSA students as well as funding for academic achievement awards.

Gravette Age 13-14 Ball Team Racks Up Great 5-1-1 Record

posted: 05/20/2010 10:33 p.m.

The Gravette 13-14 year old baseball team, which is sponsored by SportsWired in Gravette, has a good jump during the first part of the 20-game season.

Gravette Lunch Menus

posted: 05/20/2010 10:32 p.m.

Week of May 24 - 28

Blood Drive At Hospital On May 27

posted: 05/20/2010 10:32 p.m.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will hold a blood drive at the Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette next Thursday, May 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Senior Center Report

posted: 05/20/2010 10:31 p.m.

We are preparing a tastetempting community cookbook featuring favorite recipes from members of our community. We would like people to submit three or four of their favorite recipes so that they can be represented in our memorable collection. We ask, when submitting your recipes, that you print your name on the recipes so that they may be included with each recipe. The deadline for submitting recipes is June 30, 2010. Information was included in last week’s News Herald and will be published again in early June.

Music/Mission Program Scheduled

posted: 05/20/2010 10:31 p.m.

Don Todd, founder of Memphis Inner City Outreach, Inc., will present a service on missions, music and message Sunday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Gravette. The Outreach was founded in 1989 to reach homeless, poor and prisoners in the Memphis area and has been extended to several foreign mission fields, including those in Haiti. Todd, who is a singer, songwriter, minister and pastor, will present the program. An offering will be received at the close of the service.

These are the stories that appeared in the Gravette

posted: 05/20/2010 10:30 p.m.

News Herald May 19, 1960: Gravette’s population slipped by 44 persons during the decade from 1950 to 1960. Gravette’s current population was 850. Benton County population declined about 2,000 with the present population being 35,795.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 05/20/2010 10:30 p.m.

The weather has been good for growing grass and weeds, sure am proud of that grass part. I would like to take this time to announce I am willing to enter my great crop of thistles in any contest in the country. They are bigger, better fleshed, greener and blooming earlier with huge flowers than anyone else’s in this neck of the woods! I would surely be a winner in any category.

Kent Marts Named New Publisher Of Area Weeklies

posted: 05/20/2010 10:29 p.m.

John Dilmore, who has worked as publisher of the Gravette News Herald for the past two years, has accepted a job as publisher of the Alpine Avalanche, in Alpine, Texas. His last day as publisher of the News Herald will be Friday.

Gravette Letter to the Editor

posted: 05/20/2010 10:28 p.m.

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Susan Says . . .

posted: 05/20/2010 10:28 p.m.

We certainly can’t complain about the garden being dry anymore as we’ve had rain several days this week. I read somewhere recently that if it rains on Monday it will rain three more days that week. Well, it proved true this week. It rained Monday and not three, but four more days!

Hiwasse News

posted: 05/20/2010 10:27 p.m.

Did you get your griping rights in? Remember if you didn’t vote you have no right to gripe. Dorene Wills of Neosho, MO, visited briefly with me on Tuesday morning. She will soon be moving to Jenks, OK. The short but vicious storm that passed through our area about daylight Thursday morning left several trees down, blocking the roads, and other damages. Ward and Paula Carrier hosted a family lunch on Sunday to help their son Mike celebrate his birthday. Others helping him celebrate were his children Alyssa, Zack and Gabe, his brother Brian and Diane Carrier, his sister Amy and Tom Brooks, aunt DaleLynn Carrier, cousin Lamarise and myself, Grandma Carrier. Michael Purdam was guest speaker at the Hiwasse Church of Christ Sunday morning. He was accompanied by his wife and children. On Sunday the Northwest Community Church was enjoying a cookout until the rains came. Karen Burns and Vickie Thomas were in Rogers on Saturday to see their friend Sally Albright receive her registered nurse pin. Karen Burns and Vickie

Mt. Pleasant News

posted: 05/20/2010 10:27 p.m.

We have certainly been blessed with rain. If my seeds didn’t wash away my garden should start growing. On Sunday, May 2, Phyllis Burnett and Wilma Fladager had lunch with Johnny Duncan and A.B. and Lora (Daniel) Stewart.

This Is Mailbox Improvement Week

posted: 05/20/2010 10:26 p.m.

The U. S. Postal Service is asking all Gravette and area homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes this week, May 16 - 22, during Mailbox Improvement Week, said Gravette Postmaster Gerald Garner.

Maysville News

posted: 05/20/2010 10:25 p.m.

We sure got rain this weekend. There will probably be a lot of lawnmowers working this week. My lawn sure needs it.

IE Students Score Wins At State Finals

posted: 05/20/2010 10:25 p.m.

Two student teams from Gravette Middle School traveled to the University of Arkansas recently to compete in the finals of the IE (Industrial Engineering) Challenge sponsored by the UA Engineering Department.

FCCLA Winners Will Attend Nationals After State Triumph

posted: 05/20/2010 10:23 p.m.

Seven Gravette High School students will be traveling to Chicago in July to represent the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) at its national competitions and conferences.

Shelby Newell’s State Performance Just Inches Short

posted: 05/20/2010 10:23 p.m.

Shelby Newell’s triplejump performance at the statewide Meet of Champs held recently at Lake Hamilton High School was an outstanding 37 feet, 4 inches. \

Students Awarded Scholarships By FFA Gravette Supporters

posted: 05/20/2010 10:23 p.m.

Four Gravette High School students are the recipients of scholarships awarded by the Gravette FFA Supporters. The announcement of the honorees was made at a meeting of the group Monday, April 12.

Free Shredding This Saturday

posted: 05/20/2010 10:22 p.m.

Residents of northwest Arkansas can have their confidential documents destroyed by Shred-it Arkansas while lending a hand to hunger relief. The Identity Theft Prevention Community Shred Event, sponsored by Mike Russell & Associates and Metro Market Business Complex, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 22, at the complex at South Walton and 28th Street in Bentonville. The event is free; however, participants are asked to donate one nonperishable food item or $1 per bag or box of paper to be shredded. Proceeds will benefit the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, which serves residents of Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties. Staples, paper clips and binder clips do not need to be removed from the paper. Binders, cardboard, plastics, computer hard drives, disks and floppies will not be accepted by Shred-it.

McDonald’s Announces Plans For New Restaurant In Elkins

posted: 05/20/2010 10:21 p.m.

The City of Elkins may be the location for a new McDonald’s restaurant.

DECA Students Attend, Win Awards At MSSU Competition

posted: 05/20/2010 10:21 p.m.

Students from DECA (an Association of Marketing Students) from Gravette High School attended the high school business competitions at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin recently.

Students Take Part In Adventure Course At Jones Center

posted: 05/20/2010 10:20 p.m.

Connie Curry, Family and Consumer Science teacher and director of the Lion Pride Academy at Gravette High School, recently took about 15 of her students to Springdale to participate in the Team Adventure Course (TAC) at the Jones Center.

Kiwanians, Key Clubs Walk For Children’s Hospital

posted: 05/20/2010 10:20 p.m.

The Gravette Kiwanis Club, assisted by its two school clubs, the High School Key Club and the Middle School Builders Club, held a walk-a-thon Saturday, May 8., at the high school track field.

Decatur Announces Celebration Plans For August Event

posted: 05/20/2010 10:19 p.m.

The Decatur Barbecue and Bulldog Days celebrations will be held back-toback this year on August 6 and 7 and will officially be called the 57th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival.

Wednesday, May 19


posted: 05/19/2010 11:16 p.m.

Memorial Day Flowers Memorial Day Flowers placed at the Decatur City Cemetery will be allowed to remain 14 days after the holiday Flowers will then be removed and recycled unless they are attached directly to the grave stone.

Academic Awards Students awarded for academic excellence

posted: 05/19/2010 11:16 p.m.

High school students were presented with academic awards and scholarships during a ceremony on Monday night.

Graduations set for this weekend

posted: 05/19/2010 8:40 a.m.

High School graduations are set for Friday and Saturday nights in Gentry. Gentry High School graduation ceremonies are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Pioneer Stadium with more than 100 seniors to participate in the special event — Gentry’s 100th class to graduate from the school. A decision will be made by 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on whether the ceremonies will be moved indoors to the auditorium because of rainy weather and a soggy football field, according to high school principal Judy Winslett. “If inside, each senior will be given eight tickets for family and friends to be seated in the auditorium,” Winslett said. “Overflow seating will be in the cafeteria. Both areas will be air conditioned,” she said. The school district’s computer technician Craig Millsap has linked the events in the auditorium to the cafeteria so that those in the cafeteria will be able to see the ceremonies.

New publisher takes newspapers' helm

posted: 05/19/2010 8:39 a.m.

John Dilmore, who has worked as publisher of The Gentry Courier-Journal for the past two years, has accepted a job as publisher of the Alpine Avalanche, in Alpine, Texas.

Board applies for stimulus bond to improve facilities

posted: 05/19/2010 8:38 a.m.

Though survey results on a possible millage increase were mixed and indecisive, school board members voted unanimously at Monday’s meeting to apply for a Qualified School Reconstruction Bond for improvements to the district’s athletic and academic facilities.


posted: 05/19/2010 8:37 a.m.

Upcoming Events

McKee Foods recognized for its work-life balance

posted: 05/19/2010 8:37 a.m.

McKee Foods was a winner of the Governor’s Work-Life Balance Award and was recognized at a luncheon at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock.

Hollands, Sullivans to celebrate their wedding anniversaries

posted: 05/19/2010 8:36 a.m.

The children and grandchildren of Loy and Sue Sullivan and Bruce and Mary Ellen Holland are pleased to announce the celebration of their parent’s wedding anniversaries.

Colcord band to perform in Silver Dollar City contest

posted: 05/19/2010 8:35 a.m.

The Flint Hill Ramblers will sing and strum stringed instruments while showcasing their skills in creating bluegrass sounds during a national competition at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 OBITUARIES

posted: 05/19/2010 8:34 a.m.

John Henry Carter, 73, of Colcord, Okla., died May 15, 2010, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital in Siloam Springs.


posted: 05/19/2010 8:33 a.m.

Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.


posted: 05/19/2010 8:32 a.m.

Carson Drake Owl Joseph and Vanessa Owl, of Gentry, announce the birth of a son, Carson Drake Owl, on May 9, 2010, at the Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital in Siloam Springs.

Griz Bear Comments Let's be honest and tell our graduates the truth

posted: 05/19/2010 8:31 a.m.

Well, it’s graduation time once again, and large numbers of seniors are about to take that huge step out into the world — whether it be going away to a college or technical school, entering the job market, serving in the military or getting married and starting a new family.

A Walk in the Park | Veterans may qualify to receive diplomas

posted: 05/19/2010 8:30 a.m.

We attended an annual event a couple of Saturdays ago just as we have nearly every year at this time since 1982.

Witcher on president's list

posted: 05/19/2010 8:29 a.m.

Marcus Witcher, of Centerton and a former graduate of Decatur High School, is on the president’s list for the spring semester at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Grove.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 05/19/2010 8:27 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for the week of May 10-14 are:

Burglar comes face-to-face with a rifle

posted: 05/19/2010 8:25 a.m.

A wouldbe burglar was surprised Tuesday, according to the Benton County Sheriff ’s Office.

Pattersons celebrate 40 years

posted: 05/19/2010 8:24 a.m.

Maudine and Darl Patterson of Siloam Springs, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 15, with a backyard reception. The couple married in 1970 in Miami, Okla. Darl is originally from Locust Grove, Okla., and Maudine is from Decatur. The couple has four children: Shellie Kindy and husband Dennis, Marena Harmon and husband Dude, Darl Patterson, and Martha Whittington and husband Wade.

Woman on walk in park attacked by vicious dogs

posted: 05/19/2010 8:23 a.m.

A local woman, Sue Etris, was mauled by a pack of dogs while walking on the track in Veterans Park on Thursday. Etris was taken to the hospital by ambulance after five dogs attacked her and pulled her to the ground, according to a report from the Decatur Police Department. She had lacerations on her foot and leg, and possibly a broken shoulder, the report said. Julie Oaks, who witnessed the attack, told police she was parked on the north side of the park when the attack occurred. Oaks said she drove her car to where the dogs were and tried to scare them away for Etris. Oaks said when she began throwing rocks at the dogs they turned and began to growl at her. According to the report, a neighbor, W.T. Landwehr, had noticed several large dogs chasing his cats and then heard his neighbor’s dogs barking. He grabbed his pistol and went outside to see what was going on and found Etris sitting on the track with Oaks standing over her, according to the report.

Ben to take reins, lead school district

posted: 05/19/2010 8:22 a.m.

Almost two years to the day after the Decatur School District began its journey through fiscal distress and state control, the school will make an important step towards independence. On July 1, state-appointed superintendent LeRoy Ortman will hand over the reins to Dr. Larry Ben. Ben said his first goal is to get to know the community and become a part of it. “I’m excited; I’m anxious to get started. I want to go ahead and start meeting people,” Ben said. Ben already has a history in the western part of Benton County. He worked at the Gravette High School as a football coach in the early 1990s, and still has a Gravette address although Ben and his wife Dana actually live in the Bentonville School District. Ben was raised in Oklahoma and graduated from the Tahlequah High School and then Northeastern State University. He went on to teach in the Tahlequah School District and then came to Gravette to coach football. In 1993 Ben moved to the Rogers School District where he served as assistant principal

Business license could be required

posted: 05/19/2010 8:20 a.m.

Businesses in Decatur may soon be required to have city-issued licenses to conduct business in the city.

Chamber recognizes students

posted: 05/19/2010 8:18 a.m.

Seven Decatur High School students were recognized for their academic achievements at the annual Chamber of Commerce honors banquet held at the Gallery Cafe on Monday.

Expenditure approved for sewer line expansion

posted: 05/19/2010 8:16 a.m.

Getting more for less was part of the reason the town council passed a resolution appropriating $15,000 from the town’s cash management fund to expand Highfill’s sewer system with a road bore across Arkansas Highway 12 near Walker Street.

Football making big comeback in Decatur

posted: 05/19/2010 8:14 a.m.

Athletic director Bobby King announced that Stan Ellis will be the senior high school head football coach next year.


posted: 05/19/2010 5:22 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Friday, May 14

Drama Department To Present Shakespeare Play At Gravette High

posted: 05/14/2010 6:10 p.m.

The Gravette High School drama department will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, at the Performing Arts Center.

Lightning Damages Home

posted: 05/14/2010 6:09 p.m.

A lightning bolt Sunday night damaged the chimney and possibly the electrical circuitry in the home of Darla McGarrah on Second Avenue S.W. in Gravette The Gravette fire department responded and after checking the residence determined that no fire resulted and an all-clear was issued.

Exchange Students Will Speak To Kiwanis Club

posted: 05/14/2010 6:09 p.m.

Foreign exchange students attending Gravette High School will be at the Gravette Kiwanis Club meeting this Friday, May 14, at 7 a.m. at the Main Cafe.

Area Women Foil Abduction Attempts

posted: 05/14/2010 6:09 p.m.

Gravette Police Department issued a warning Monday afternoon for persons, especially women, to be cautious if they are out alone at night.

Local Students Earn Arkansas Achievement Awards From ACT Council

posted: 05/14/2010 6:08 p.m.

Twelve high school students received the “Arkansas Student Achievement Award” from the Arkansas ACT Council for their performance on the PLAN (Pre-ACT Assessment ).

Culinary Arts Dinner Served Saturday Eve. At High School

posted: 05/14/2010 6:07 p.m.

The Culinary Arts Department at GHS will serve a specially prepared dinner Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at the GHS commons, preceding the Drama Department play.

Library Announces Burger Fry

posted: 05/14/2010 6:07 p.m.

A hamburger fry will be held at the Gravette Public Library next Friday, May 21. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library. Cost for the meal (hamburger, chips, dessert and drink) will be $5.00.

Arkansas Guild Spring Craft Show Will Be At Bentonville

posted: 05/14/2010 6:06 p.m.

The Arkansas Craft Guild Spring Showcase will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Bentonville May 13, 14 and 15.

Martin - Reynolds Wedding Plans

posted: 05/14/2010 6:06 p.m.

Katie Chism Martin of Gravette announces her approaching nuptials to James R. Reynolds of Bella Vista.

Senior Center Report

posted: 05/14/2010 6:05 p.m.

We are preparing a taste-tempting community cookbook featuring favorite recipes from members of our community. We would like people to submit 3 or 4 of their favorite recipes so that they can be represented in our memorable collection. We ask that when submitting your recipes that you print your name on the recipes so that they may be included with each recipe. The deadline for submitting recipes is May 31, 2010.

UofA Band Camps Scheduled

posted: 05/14/2010 6:05 p.m.

The University of Arkansas is offering three music camps this summer: Junior High Band, July 11-16 ; Senior High Band, July 18-2 ; and Junior/Senior High Orchestra, July 18-23.

GMCH Old Timers Will Meet

posted: 05/14/2010 6 p.m.

The Gravette Medical Center Hospital “Old Timers” will meet Wednesday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Main Cafe in Gravette.

Westside: Lunch Menus

posted: 05/14/2010 6 p.m.

Week of May 17 - 21

Westside: Births

posted: 05/14/2010 6 p.m.

Michaela Bean and Jeremy Spockman of Gravette announce the birth of a 7 pound, 1 ounce daughter, Bailey Kylen Spockman, April 16, 2010, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.

Return for Dedication

posted: 05/14/2010 5:59 p.m.

Dr. A. P. Vohs of Siloam Springs returned to the First Christian Church of Gravette on April 25, 2010, to perform Grace Elizabeth Finley’s baby dedication.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 05/14/2010 5:59 p.m.

We had some lovely sunny days this week with temperatures in the 80’s but cooler, windy weather arrived on the weekend. The neighborhood is getting slicked up as the field north of our house and the yard up at the corner have been mowed this week. We still have several iris blooming and the bright yellow border plant adds a welcome touch of color around the front porch. The mock orange on the north fence and the wisteria on the cellar have begun to blossom and scent the air with their pleasing fragrance. The peonies have opened too, adding their beauty to the scene.

Going To The Movies At The Cozy Theatre

posted: 05/14/2010 5:58 p.m.

At one time Gravette had a theatre. My husband Jerry remembers when his brother Vance ran the projector.

These are the stories that

posted: 05/14/2010 5:58 p.m.

News Herald May 12, 1960: Kit Phillips was elected president of the Gravette Jaycees. J. Hillman Byram was first vice president; Gib Studyvin, second vice president; Arlee Blankinship, secretary-treasurer ; and Ray Tucker and R. Dodie Evans, directors.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 05/14/2010 5:57 p.m.

I am looking for the coon hunt I have heard about since I was knee high. I want to go on one of the prolonged outings where you hear tales, smell of wood smoke and listen to the dogs with deep baying voices call men to a for certain in the hole varmint. I want to see the dogs, maybe ten or twelve of them, trying to climb up a tall tree, muscles straining and slobbers flying in the lantern light.

Ozarks Funeral Customs Program At Shiloh Museum

posted: 05/14/2010 5:57 p.m.

“Gone to the Grave,” a program on funeral customs of the Ozarks from 1850 to 1950, will be presented by independent researcher and author Abby Burnett Wednesday, May 19, at noon at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. Burnett was recently featured in Silent Storytellers, a documentary produced by the Arkansas Educational Television Network about the history and culture of Arkansas cemeteries.

Hiwasse News

posted: 05/14/2010 5:56 p.m.

Welcome back, Katherine Tucker. We missed you.

Maysville News

posted: 05/14/2010 5:56 p.m.

The weather stayed nice for Mother’s Day. Hope all mothers had a great day.

The Swimming Pool Will Not Open This Year . . .

posted: 05/14/2010 5:56 p.m.

The Pool History — For the first time in 40 years the Gravette swimming pool will not be opened this year.

Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program For Seniors

posted: 05/14/2010 5:54 p.m.

A Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is announced by the Office of Human Concern and other agencies including the N. W. Arkansas Farmers ’ Market Alliance, Ark. Department of Aging and Adult Services and USDA.

Emily Buffer Is Grad At NEO College

posted: 05/14/2010 5:54 p.m.

Emily Buffer of Gravette has earned her Associate in Applied Science Degree from Northeast Oklahoma A & M College in Miami, OK.

Results of Track Teams Efforts At 4-A Track Meet At Pocahontas

posted: 05/14/2010 5:53 p.m.

Gravette’s Lady Lion track team brought home the second place trophy they won at the Class 4-A state track meet held recently in Pocahontas.

Ozark Hill Hikers Announce Events

posted: 05/14/2010 5:53 p.m.

On May 20 is the monthly Ozark Hill Hikers Club meeting. The Ozark Hill Hikers walking club meets the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m., Village Insurance community meeting room, 2828 Bella Vista Way, Bella Vista.

Wednesday, May 12

Students travel through Arkansas without ever leaving their school

posted: 05/12/2010 8:45 p.m.

More than 200 people attended the Traveling through Arkansas night at the Northside Elementary School on Thursday.

Saturday benefit planned for Donna Clark Aman

posted: 05/12/2010 8:45 p.m.

A chili supper and auction to benefit Donna Clark Aman, who is in urgent need of a heart transplant, is planned for May 15 at the Northside Elementary School Cafeteria.

State fills top post

posted: 05/12/2010 8:44 p.m.

Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell selected Larry Ben of Gravette to serve as the next superintendent of the Decatur School District, according to a press release from the Arkansas Department of Education.

Water requested for Rootville club

posted: 05/12/2010 8:43 p.m.

Ed Smith, of Tulsa, appeared before the city council on Monday night to request that city water lines be extended to a private hunting and fishing club on Spavinaw Creek.


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Area Events reported as of May 12, 2010

Tree planting could become law in Gentry

posted: 05/12/2010 8:39 p.m.

Planting shade trees and ornamental trees and shrubs would be required in new housing and commercial development within the city if the provisions of a preliminary study ordinance are incorporated into the city’s new tree ordinance.

Review assesses regional economy

posted: 05/12/2010 8:38 p.m.

It’s no secret much of Northwest Arkansas’ economic success is rooted in entrepreneurship from poultry pioneers, trucking moguls and a retail giant.

Rail overpass not in scope of work

posted: 05/12/2010 8:37 p.m.

It was reported in last week’s issue that the city council approved an agreement for professional services from Civil Engineering of Siloam Springs with an amendment to include services for technical assistance for a grant application for a federally-funded Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department enhancement grant.


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Area Events reported as of May 12, 2010


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Comfort in Tribulation — John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation : but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Life in this world is full of trouble and heartache. In addition to the sickness, pain and death which all face, there is the persecution and suffering which those who follow Christ Jesus can expect in this world from those who continue in impenitence and rebellion against the LORD God who created and redeemed them.

Applications being accepted for July 3rd Miss Gentry pageants

posted: 05/12/2010 8:35 p.m.

Applications are being accepted for the annual Miss Gentry and Little Miss and Mister Gentry pageants to be held during the Freedom Festival celebration in the park on Saturday, July 3rd.

Haiti Benefit Dinner

posted: 05/12/2010 8:34 p.m.

Young ladies from the Gentry Mennonite Church served those who came out to support relief work in Haiti at a special benefit dinner held in Gentry on May 1. The dinner, sponsored by the Gentry Mennonite Youth to benefit the people of Haiti, was held under the Main Street Pavilion in Gentry.

Gentry/Decatur OBITUARIES

posted: 05/12/2010 8:33 p.m.

May 12, 2010

A Walk in the Park | Going out to a ball game

posted: 05/12/2010 8:32 p.m.

Spring has to be the best season of the whole year!

Griz Bear Comments | Taking the pain out of computing

posted: 05/12/2010 8:32 p.m.

For a guy who spends lots of time sitting in front of a computer screen at the office, I spend a lot of time in front of the computer screen at home too.

Lee on JBU president’s list

posted: 05/12/2010 8:31 p.m.

Xue Lee of Gentry was on the president’s list of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program at John Brown University in Siloam Springs.


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Gentry senior Marly Pierce stands by a table with photos of her accomplishments during her years as a student in Gentry High School.

Art honors

posted: 05/12/2010 8:30 p.m.

Jesse Lee, a senior at Decatur High School, was recognized for his participation in the annual Artistic Discovery High School Art Contest.

Young Riders

posted: 05/12/2010 8:29 p.m.

Paige Pruitt, 12, leads Avery Prince, 4, on a pony named Little Man at the NWA Riding Club's play-day rodeo event held at the Luca-Don Equestrian Center west of Gentry on Saturday night.

Shining Stars

posted: 05/12/2010 8:28 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary and Intermediate School for the week of May 3-7 are:

Wednesday, May 5

Early Primary Vote Information Is Announced

posted: 05/05/2010 1:20 p.m.

Early voting for the May 18 primary election began Monday of this week and will end May 17, according to the Benton County Election Commission.

Polling Sites And Candidate Lists Provided

posted: 05/05/2010 1:19 p.m.

The following polling sites for the May 18 Preferential Primary election are listed for precincts in this area. Voters in both political parties will cast ballots at these places.

Tremor Felt In County

posted: 05/05/2010 1:18 p.m.

Benton County experienced what apparently was its’ first recorded earthquake in recent times when a 2.5 tremor occurred about 11 a.m. last Thursday.

Siren Test Scheduled

posted: 05/05/2010 1:17 p.m.

Weather permitting, Gravette’s storm warning sirens will be tested this Wednesday at noon.

Blood Drive Wednesday At R&R

posted: 05/05/2010 1:17 p.m.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood collection drive in Gravette next Wednesday, May 12, at R & R Solutions in Gravette.

Smart Core Meet For Parents & Students

posted: 05/05/2010 1:16 p.m.

A meeting for sixth grade students and their parents will be held May 13 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at the Middle School cafeteria to discuss SMART CORE.

Childrens’ Hospital Reps. Will Speak To Kiwanians

posted: 05/05/2010 1:16 p.m.

A representative from the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Hospital will be guest speaker at the meeting of the Gravette Kiwanis Club this Friday, May 7.

Boosters Set Meeting

posted: 05/05/2010 1:14 p.m.

The Gravette Athletic Boosters will hold their general monthly meeting next Monday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at the High School.

Chicken/Noodle Dinner Thursday At Museum

posted: 05/05/2010 1:12 p.m.

The“Chicken and Noodle” dinner at the Gravette museum will be held this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Assessments Are Due By May 31

posted: 05/05/2010 1:11 p.m.

Benton County residents must assess their personal property with the County Assessor’s office before May 31 to avoid paying a late fee.

Jolly Good Time Club Votes Donation To Gravette Museum

posted: 05/05/2010 1:11 p.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Wednesday, April 28, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with six members and two guests, Charlie Griffin and Waneta Hemphill, present.

Wedding Shower Will Honor Brittany McDowell

posted: 05/05/2010 1:10 p.m.

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

Houtchens Is Delegate To National Convention

posted: 05/05/2010 1:10 p.m.

Brad Houtchens, of Gravette, a student at Harding University at Searcy, AR, was a delegate to the National Student Nurses’ Association convention held in Orlando, FL, April 7-11.

McDowell-Houtchens Wedding Plans

posted: 05/05/2010 1:09 p.m.

Brittany McDowell of Jupiter, FL, and Brad Houtchens of Gravette will be married May 28, 2010 at Jupiter Beach Resort in Jupiter, FL.

Reception Will Honor Alexanders 50th

posted: 05/05/2010 1:08 p.m.

Wendell Dean and Willa Alexander of Gravette will be honored at a reception celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary Saturday, May 15, at the Gravette Civic Center.

Kaitlynn Britton Honored By U. S. Achievement Academy

posted: 05/05/2010 1:07 p.m.

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Kaitlynn Britton, a junior at GHS, has been recognized by the Academy as a student of excellence in mathematics.

Senior Center News

posted: 05/05/2010 1:07 p.m.

SENIOR CENTER MENU Week of May 10 - 14

Gravette Obituaries

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

May 5, 2010

Westark Scouts To Celebrate 100 Years

posted: 05/05/2010 1:03 p.m.

Westark Area Boy Scout Council will hold a 100th Anniversary special event at Camp Orr, a high adventure base camp located on the Buffalo River, north of Jasper, AR, on June 17. This is event is one of the activities being celebrated in the 17-county Boy Scout Council that will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Scouting in the United States and the 90th Anniversary of Scouting in Westark Area Council.

Offer Astronomy Workshop May 15 At Hobbs Park

posted: 05/05/2010 1:02 p.m.

The Hobbs State Park Conservation Area is offering a hands-on Astronomy/ Solar System Workshop, Saturday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m. Participants will build full-scale working models of the telescope used by Galileo 400 years ago, learn scientific investigation principles by doing science experiments and discover patterns in the night sky in the EMPACTS traveling planetarium.

Susan Says . . .

posted: 05/05/2010 1:01 p.m.

We had a little cooler weather this week so the garden is growing slowly. Cucumbers, radishes and onions are coming up thick so we have visions of tasty salads in the future. The grass in nearby pastures is getting taller and the field just north of our house is dotted with blooms of purple vetch.

Off The Cuff

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

So. . . . Benton County has never had an earthquake, eh? Well, that all changed last Thursday, didn’t it? A 2.50-er centered somewhere in the Centerton /Bella Vista area.

OPINION? Everybody Has One!!

posted: 05/05/2010 12:59 p.m.

I cannot stand a man who would gripe because he loaned tools to a neighbor and the tools have not been returned! That is a small man, the feller who would gripe about a few tools. You know the neighbor is worth a whole bunch more than the tools! What does a hand saw, a set of ratchets and an air tank cost, anyway? You just know the neighbor is priceless and the tools can be replaced.

Looking Back in Gravette

posted: 05/05/2010 12:58 p.m.

These are stories that appeared in the News Herald May 5, 1960:

Gordon Hollow Road Project, Cooperative Job, Nears Completion

posted: 05/05/2010 12:57 p.m.

Gordon Hollow Road, which connects Bella Vista into McDonald County, MO, is nearing completion.

Arkansas Balloon Found In Canada

posted: 05/05/2010 12:57 p.m.

A balloon, launched October 29 from St. Paul School student Destinee Stark during National Drug-Free Week was found in Rouyn-Noranda, a town in Quebec, Canada.

Maysville News

posted: 05/05/2010 12:56 p.m.

Editor’s Note: Welcome home, Katherine.

Hiwasse News

posted: 05/05/2010 12:54 p.m.

Saturday is the postal employees food drive. Hang a can or two of nonperishable food items on your mailbox for your carrier to pick up for the food bank.

Hiwasse Saddle Club Meeting Is Announced

posted: 05/05/2010 12:53 p.m.

The Hiwasse Saddle Club will meet Monday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at the Tri-State Propane office, according to John Holloway, president.

Dogs Need A Home

posted: 05/05/2010 12:53 p.m.

These two dogs are at the Gravette pound and may be claimed by their owners. If not claimed they will be available for adoption.

Oklahoma AA Meeting Scheduled At Tulsa

posted: 05/05/2010 12:52 p.m.

The Oklahoma State Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held May 14 - 16 at the Southern Hills Marriott Hotel on East 71st Street in Tulsa.

Celebrating Mother's Day throughout History

posted: 05/05/2010 12:52 p.m.

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

Gravette Juniors Are Boys’ State Delegates

posted: 05/05/2010 12:50 p.m.

Tyler M. Griffin and Jeremy H. Houtchens have been selected as delegates to attend Boys State at the University of Central Arkansas later this spring.

Fifth And Sixth Graders Take Prizes At Science Olympiad

posted: 05/05/2010 12:50 p.m.

Gravette fifth and sixth grade students participated in the Elementary Science Olympiad April 20, bringing home three second place awards and three third place awards.

Gravette Lunch Menus

posted: 05/05/2010 12:49 p.m.

Week of May 10 - 14

Gravette Students Excel At Olympiad

posted: 05/05/2010 12:38 p.m.

The Gifted and Talented Education group from Gravette Middle School participated in the Middle School Science Olympiad on Tuesday, April 27, at the Jones Center. Gifted students from nine school districts competed.

Harvest Baptist Car Wash Will Benefit Mission Trip To Haiti

posted: 05/05/2010 12:37 p.m.

Harvest Baptist Church in Gravette will hold a fundraiser car wash this Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Steve’s Pit Stop Lube on Highway 102 in Centerton.

New Meters Help To Document Water Leaks

posted: 05/05/2010 12:36 p.m.

Gravette City Council recently authorized the purchase of 100 water meters to replace older electronic-read meters as they become inoperative.

Gentry Discusses Millage Increase To Aid School

posted: 05/05/2010 12:36 p.m.

Gentry school superintendent Randy Barnett has recommended that citizens in that school district be asked to approve a 1.1 millage increase. It would enable the district to sell a $1,500,000 bond to make major improvements in a 10 year master’s facilities plan.

Community Garden Is Taking Shape

posted: 05/05/2010 12:35 p.m.

Marisol Jackson, Gravette Community Garden coordinator, said that the operation is still in need of garden supplies (tools, hoses, etc.) A particular need is a storage building in which to store items and if you can assist in supplying any of these items, please call her at 479-899-7290.

Tyler Glenn Receives Youth Excellence Award

posted: 05/05/2010 12:34 p.m.

Tyler Glenn, pictured above, a junior at Gravette High School, was honored recently at the annual Youth Excellence Awards Dinner sponsored by the Bentonville Kiwanis Club.

Teacher Heritage Workshops Announced

posted: 05/05/2010 12:33 p.m.

The Department of Arkansas Heritage will offer a series of free professional development workshops for teachers K-12 through July. The theme will be “Rural Gems Along the Journey” .

Unrestrained Dog Problem Graphically Told

posted: 05/05/2010 12:33 p.m.

Choco was an inheritance from my mother to my daughter when she passed away over two years ago. I was totally against the idea of a dog in the house but this was something that you just could not say no to. Choco was a small chocolate Chichuahua and just a couple years old. My cats took some adjusting to her but she didn’t really need any adjusting to us.

Girls Are 1-A Champs

posted: 05/05/2010 12:31 p.m.

Gravette Boys and Girls track team members made a good showing at the Class 4A State Track and Field meet held last Saturday in Pocahontas. Official results from the meet were not available at the News Herald deadline, but we understand Gravette girls finished second overall with quite a number of outstanding individual performances.

Tuesday, May 4


posted: 05/04/2010 8:26 p.m.

Chili Supper and Benefit A chili supper and benefit auction is planned for Donna Clark Aman at 5 p.m., May 15, at the Northside Elementary School.

Candles cited as cause of fire, destroying home

posted: 05/04/2010 8:26 p.m.

Fire completely destroyed a home at 201 Austin Avenue in Decatur during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Students attend Science Olympiad

posted: 05/04/2010 8:26 p.m.

Young scientists from Decatur’s middle school participated in the Science Olympiad at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale last month.

Honors banquet set

posted: 05/04/2010 8:26 p.m.

The annual Chamber of Commerce honors banquet, for graduating high school seniors who have excelled academically, will be held on May 17.

Barbecue Festival is new name for combined events

posted: 05/04/2010 8:26 p.m.

The Decatur Barbecue and Bulldog Days will be held back-to-back on Aug. 6 and 7 and will officially be called the 57th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival.

Sheriff candidates spar over jail procedures

posted: 05/04/2010 8:25 p.m.

Republican candidates for Benton County Sheriff sounded familiar themes during a forum sponsored by the Benton County Farm Bureau on Thursday night.

Personal property assessments are due on or before May 31

posted: 05/04/2010 8:25 p.m.

Benton County residents must assess their personal property with the County Collector’s office before May 31 to avoid paying a late fee.

Pressure washers stolen in Decatur

posted: 05/04/2010 8:25 p.m.

Abraham Montes, 19, and Aaron Beaza, 24, were arrested on April 14 after allegedly stealing 21 pressure washer machines from the FNA pressure washer plant in Decatur.

Challengers line up to challenge Bisbee

posted: 05/04/2010 8:25 p.m.

Dave Bisbee’s first term as Benton County judge has been a rocky one, culminating with his arrest April 21 on five misdemeanor charges related to how he awarded county bids.

Pioneers bring home award from state meet

posted: 05/04/2010 8:25 p.m.

The Pioneers finished their season Saturday at the state track meet. The Pioneers finished with 13 points. Competing for the Pioneers in the state track meet were: Caleb Ramsey 4th in the disc 133'7" 12th shot 41'7 Nick Weeks 3rd in the 300 hurdles 41.9 Eathen Ramsey 7th in the disc 126'8 Kevin Parish, Caleb Ramsey, Colby Bryant, and Austin Millsap. 1600 relay 3:44 finished 9th

Shooters learn from match

posted: 05/04/2010 8:25 p.m.

Fifteen Decatur students traveled to Lonoke to participate in the West Regional Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Tournament on April 1 and May 30.

Decatur seniors place at state

posted: 05/04/2010 8:25 p.m.

Two Decatur seniors placed in four events at the 2A state track meet in Mineral Springs on April 30.

Star Pitcher Beck gave team versatility on the mound, in the field

posted: 05/04/2010 8:25 p.m.

Gentry senior Eryan Beck is a three-time all conference star for the Lady Pioneers and is the team’s starting pitcher.

Teams earn high marks at conference meet

posted: 05/04/2010 8:25 p.m.

The high school boys’ track team had a strong finish in the April 23rd conference meet scoring 120 pts and finishing third over all. The Pioneers also qualified six athletes into the state meet.

Motorcyclists ride to help children

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

Seventy motorcycles with 101 riders participated in the First Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial poker run on Saturday, according to fire chief David Flynt.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of April 26-30 are: Kindergarten — Liberty Brannon, Kelsey Barber, Aubrey Higgs, Kyleigh Wheaton, Evie Weeks and Joshua Jay; First Grade — Jacob Jay, Naomi Barinkley, Casey McKirch, Gunner Struble and Ashlyn Little; and Second Grade — Savanah Blackfox, Katie Ellis, Brandon Atwood, Jake Truman, Brennie Shoup and Rangler LeRoy.

Band receives superior rating

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

The Decatur band received a “superior” rating at the Ozark Band Festival held on the College of the Ozarks campus in Hollister, Mo.

Honor awards announced

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

Gentry Intermediate School Honor Awards for the third quarter 2009-2010 were released

Youth lauded, applauded at annual banquet

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

It wasn’t the standard awards banquet.

Williams, Battle plan June wedding

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

Jay and Shirley Williams of Gentry and Mark and Debbie Battle of Churchville, Va., have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children, Jason Williams of Gentry and Meghan Battle of Churchville.

Harlan, Jennen joined in marriage

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

Natasha Harlan of Gentry and Benjamin Jennen of Van Buren were married on April 24, 2010, at The Hideaway Chapel in Eureka Springs, with a wedding dinner following at Devito’s Restaurant in Eureka Springs.

Charlotte’s Corner Thinking of April, May events

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

Did you enjoy May Day? What, you didn’t realize is what a big holiday the first of May is? What about Cinco de Mayo? I am sure a lot of you have heard of that holiday.

A Walk in the Park A flower garden with sentimental value

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

The other day, while taking inventory of the work to be done in my flower garden, I was struck by a more pleasant thought: Many of the plants, bushes and flowers I have accumulated over the years have some sort of sentimental value.

Griz Bear Comments At least my dog loves me - I think

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

There are times when life can seem pretty lonely, like no one else sees things quite like I do. There are times when even Mrs. Griz is a little less than sympathetic to my moods and opinions. In fact, there are some times when she would just as soon not be around me. But when those times come and I feel like no one in this world loves me and wants to be around me, there’s always my dog.

WEEKLY DEVOTION Who teaches us of Jesus?

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:13-14 How is it that a person can truly come to know Jesus and what He has done for all by His innocent sufferings and death upon the cross and His glorious resurrection on the third day? Who teaches and reveals to us the truth of God’s Word and assures us of forgiveness and life everlasting in Christ Jesus?


posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

Ramon Jerry Asencio Ramon Jerry Asencio, 59, of Floresville, Texas, died April 28, 2010, at the Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Health fair set for Saturday

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital will host its annual spring community health fair from 8-11 a.m., Saturday, May 8. The health fair will be in the parking lot across from the hospital under the large white tents.

Simmons Foods donates defibrillator to school

posted: 05/04/2010 8:24 p.m.

Simmons Foods, Inc., donated an Automatic External Defibrillator to the Decatur High School.

Decatur woman arrested for stealing identity

posted: 05/04/2010 8:23 p.m.

Claudia Valdez Lagunas, of Decatur, was arrested on March 30 after allegedly using another woman’s identity for more than seven years.

Seniors may qualify for free farmers' market produce

posted: 05/04/2010 8:23 p.m.

Qualifying seniors can now receive coupons to exchange for locally grown produce offered at the Gentry Farmers Market.


posted: 05/04/2010 8:23 p.m.

Booked for Lunch Booked for Lunch at Gentry Public Library will present “Flower Power” at noon on Monday, May 10.

Senior players take first

posted: 05/04/2010 8:23 p.m.

Anyone walking or driving past the Carl Gym on Saturday night was likely to hear the noise of rooting and cheering inside, but it wasn’t for a hotly contested basketball game even though the cheering and laughter were loud.

Students revisit fairy tales

posted: 05/04/2010 8:23 p.m.

There was no need to travel to a distant theater to see an entertaining performance and fine actors. Both were here on Friday night when the Gentry High School drama team performed “Rapunzel Uncut” and “Jack vs. Jill” in the high school auditorium.

Youths exiting bus struck by SUV

posted: 05/04/2010 8:23 p.m.

Three Gentry area youths were hit by a motorist on West Third Street (Arkansas Highway 12) when they got off a church bus and crossed the roadway in front of the bus just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

New skate park, walks planned

posted: 05/04/2010 8:23 p.m.

Sidewalks, streetlights, a truck turnaround near the rail crossing by the McKee Foods plant and the skate park were on the agenda at Monday’s city council meeting.