Wednesday, November 24

Decatur's Bulldog Allstars

posted: 11/24/2010 8:21 p.m.

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

Highfill accepts bid for citywide trash service

posted: 11/24/2010 5:57 p.m.

HIGHFILL — Residential trash service will be contracted through the town of Highfill, beginning in January, but some residents are hoping to take advantage of the new service and related cost savings immediately.

Council fails to agree on needed sewer agreement

posted: 11/24/2010 5:57 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Agreeing to an agreement required for the Gravette wastewater treatment facility project to proceed did not occur at a meeting of the city council last Thursday night.

Graduation to be held at Barnhill Arena

posted: 11/24/2010 5:56 p.m.

GENTRY — Graduation ceremonies for seniors at Gentry High School will be held in Fayetteville next May so that there is ample room for those attending and no one needs to be turned away into an overflow room.

Thermal imaging camera locates problem at Sonic

posted: 11/24/2010 5:55 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Gravette Fire Department’s new Thermal Imaging Camera apparently located the cause of a smoke-like odor that resulted in two fire runs to the Gravette Sonic during the past week.

Girl celebrates birthday picking up trash

posted: 11/24/2010 5:54 p.m.

For most people, birthday parties are all about cake, balloons and presents, but 15-year-old Courtney Paige Lawrence is far from average.

OCH has angel tree, coat drive

posted: 11/24/2010 5:53 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette has an Angel Tree in the hospital lobby again this year, Angie King, RN at the hospital, announced.

Artist wins awards

posted: 11/24/2010 5:52 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Local artist Susan Edgmon recently won a number of awards for her paintings. In October, her painting entitled “French Lady” won third place in the Arkansas Pastel Society Art Show in Little Rock, sponsored by the Thea Foundation. On Nov. 13, she was again honored by the Arkansas Pastel Society at its Springdale show, winning first place with “Rose Pink Beauty” and second place with “Flaming Lilly II.” “Flaming Lily II” was also chosen for the postcard award and used to promote the shows. Edgmon will also be hosting an open house at her studio and gallery, located at 16724 Stage Coach Road, Gravette, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. She will offer for sale paintings, prints and cards and plans to serve refreshments to guests and visitors.


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Area Meetings, Events and Announcements


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


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"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." Psalm 100:4-5 We have every reason to take time to come into the house of the LORD and to offer up our thanksgiving and praise. We have every reason to bless His holy name. Why? Because He has been good to us. Not only has He given us life itself, He has blessed us with food to eat, clothes to wear, homes in which to live, our families, our jobs, our schools and everything we need to live in this world. But even more important than providing for our earthly needs, He has shown us mercy and provided a remedy for our greatest need by sending His only-begotten Son into this world to fulfill all righteousness for us and then to suffer and die and bear the just punishment for all our sins that we might be pardoned, forgiven, acceptable to God and have a place in His everlasting kingdom. Indeed, God's mercy tow

Old Timers from GMCH held meeting in Decatur

posted: 11/24/2010 5:47 p.m.

GRAVETTE — The gang from the old Gravette Medical Center Hospital met on Monday, Nov. 15, at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur.

A few more thoughts on key boxes

posted: 11/24/2010 5:46 p.m.

A topic which has generated much discussion at recent Gentry council meetings and which will likely be discussed again at length during the Dec.

Recalling 'The Snake Incident'

posted: 11/24/2010 5:46 p.m.

I don’t like snakes. As far as I am concerned, the only good snake is one I don’t ever see. I know they have their place in nature and some of them are even beneficial but I prefer that they stay far, far away and hidden from sight. In sharp contrast, my son Zack likes the slithering creatures. Not surprisingly, this difference in taste has caused a few issues in the past. When Zack was a kid he asked several times to have a pet snake. My answer was always the same: “Son, when you grow up maybe you will marry a woman who likes snakes and you can have all the snakes you want in your house, but as long as you live in my house, we aren’t going to have a pet snake. How about a hermit crab?” This kept away the pet snakes until sometime during Zack’s college days. He purchased a baby ball python and kept it in an aquarium. During one summertime visit he showed up for a two or three day stay and brought along his “pet.” Against my better judgment I agreed that he could keep the snake in the bedroom just for these fe

Thinking back on preparing my first turkey

posted: 11/24/2010 5:45 p.m.

Every Thanksgiving I think of the first holiday turkey I prepared. My husband Jerry and I had only been married three years and had two babies. We lived in a tiny unfinished cabin way out in the Ozark hills of southwest Missouri. We raised chickens for market — a couple of huge two-story houses with 8,000 clucking birds. Every night, after Jerry arrived home from delivering Purina feed to other growers, we’d start the task of caring for our chickens. We had automatic water troughs but had to handfeed 50-pound sacks of mixed chicken feed. It took all evening. In the fall we tried our hand at raising turkeys instead of chickens. When they were big enough, we let them roam outside their houses. Every time I’d step out the door, those pesky birds would run up to me and begin pecking my legs. I relished the thought of cooking one for our Thanksgiving meal, but I’d never cooked a turkey before. We’d lived with my in-laws for most of our married life and I’d watched my mother pluck hens. It couldn’t be that hard. Th

The things an invitation can do

posted: 11/24/2010 5:44 p.m.

Got an invitation to a wedding anniversary for a couple of friends of ours.


posted: 11/24/2010 5:38 p.m.

James Donald Cook James Donald Cook, 83, of Gentry, died Nov. 21, 2010, at The VA Medical Center in Fayetteville.

AEP Foundation announces IRWP grant

posted: 11/24/2010 5:37 p.m.

GENTRY — The American Electric Power Foundation has announced a $200,000 grant to the Illinois River Watershed Partnership to fund a public education and outreach campaign about watershed management. The Foundation is funded by American Electric Power and its utility operating units, including Southwestern Electric Power Company, which serves 114,000 customers in Benton and Washington counties and other parts of western Arkansas. Flint Creek Power Plant, co-owned by SWEPCO and the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. and operated by SWEPCO, is located on Little Flint Creek, a tributary of Flint Creek and the Illinois River. SWEPCO Lake, the 500-acre cooling reservoir for the power plant, is part of the watershed. “We are pleased to present this three-year gift totaling $200,000 to support the work of the many people who care about this valuable river resource,” said Venita Mc-Cellon-Allen, SWEPCO president and chief operating officer. “Our Flint Creek Power Plant and SWEPCO Lake have been an important part of

Jasper honored on 84th birthday

posted: 11/24/2010 5:36 p.m.

A celebration was held in honor of Lowess Jasper on the occasion of her 84th birthday Sunday, Nov. 14.

Thanksgiving Dinner serves more than 450

posted: 11/24/2010 5:35 p.m.

More than 450 people were served at the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner held last Saturday at the Gravette High School Cafeteria.

Local residents could have tax refund

posted: 11/24/2010 5:34 p.m.

According to a news release from the IRS office in Oklahoma City, 99 Benton County residents are listed among almost 900 in the state who are owed refunds by the IRS. Two of the names on the list are Steven Duncan and Troy D. Keech, both of Gravette, and John M. Crane, Jr., of Decatur. For information, log on to and click on Where’s My Refund?

Gravette senior center receives award

posted: 11/24/2010 5:33 p.m.

The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center in Gravette was awarded the “Arkansas Senior Center Best Practice Award” at the recent 30th annual Aging Conference held in Hot Springs.

Woman attacked by man with knife

posted: 11/24/2010 5:20 p.m.

DECATUR — Steven Engleman, 47, is on the run after assaulting a woman with a knife on Wednesday evening.

Girls winning, boys losing on the court

posted: 11/24/2010 5:20 p.m.

The Pioneers (0-3 ) dropped two more games in play on the basketball court last week, losing to Rogers Heritage on Friday and to Elkins on Tuesday.

Lady Pioneers starting strong

posted: 11/24/2010 5:14 p.m.

GENTRY — The Lady Pioneers (3-0 ) came away with a confidence-building win Friday in non-conference play against Rogers Heritage.

Bandits conclude season

posted: 11/24/2010 5:13 p.m.

The NW Benton County Bandits Fall Softball team had a productive and fun fall season. The Bandits started practicing in late August and just finished their season the end of October. The team was comprised of Gravette and Gentry girls, 8-10. They competed in 10U Softball in the Bentonville Fall League and also played IFA tournaments in Joplin and compiled a 9-7-1 record. Many of the girls were new to player pitch this year and they made a nice transition from machine pitch. Many community volunteers assisted the team. Girls in Gravette may start as early as 4 years old in T Ball and move up to machine pitch at seven.

GPS releases honor awards

posted: 11/24/2010 5:12 p.m.

Gentry — Honor awards were recently released at the Gentry Primary School for the first quarter of the current school year. The honors follow. First Grade: Principal’s Honor roll — Brianna Alexander, Jaden Ames, Kelsey Barber, Cora Bass, Liberty Brannon, Isaiah Butler, Isabella Ciampoli, Hailey Clark, Tyler Curry, Jonathan Digby, Chloey Donohew, Hailee Ellis, Reagan Farmer, Noah Folger, Whitney Fox, Luke Frye, Zoe Garza, Lauren Gatlin, Marcus Graves, Lucas Guinn, Dalen Hardbarger, Caroline Hamm, Gabrielle Harris, Ivan Hernandez, Alley Jackson, Georgia Lashley, Gao Lee, Leroy Lee, Bailey Lemke, Jordan Lyle, Breanna Massengale, Seth Mc-Ghee, Aidan McKinley, Zongca Moua, Natalie Ochoa, Sonny Owens, Sydnee Parks, Will Pyburn, Eli Rajsombath, Dawson Rayburn, Kaitlyn Reeves, Tyler Roberts, Trevon Rock, Austin Sanders, Trenten Sheets, Stradley Smith, Carson Stell, Jimmy Steward, Stephen Taylor, Michelle Torres, Jessica Turner, Chenyeng Vang, Rita Vang, Bryson Walker, Kailey Ward, Kyleigh Wheaton, Lilly White, Huntle

DHS announces honor roll

posted: 11/24/2010 5:09 p.m.

DECATUR — The Decatur High School recently released a list of the students who were named to the Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2010-11 school year.

Sharp All-American Scholar

posted: 11/24/2010 5:06 p.m.

GRAVETTE — The United States Achievement Academy announced Russell Alexander Sharp, from Gravette, has been named an All-American Scholar.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 11/24/2010 5 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for the week of Nov. 8-12 are: Third Grade — Grace Harvey (absent), Kacey Pettit, Isaac Higgs, Lorenzo Moreno, Jordan Church and Rangler Leroy; Fourth Grade — Brooke Henson, Damon Phillips, Rikki Mitchell, Makayla Reed, Cheyenne Maze and George Pollard; and Fifth Grade — Tyler Upton, Jakob Austad, Sara Brady, Abi Powlowski, and Mia Still. The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for the week of Nov. 15-19 are: Third Grade — Azariah Wood, Carissa Goessens, Wendy Avendano, AnnDee Holt (absent), Ben Nelson and Haley Hancock; Fourth Grade — Bailey Harrington, Kenny Setser, Alyssa Smith, Ayden Smartt, Megan Witt and Ciera Spence; and Fifth Grade — Adrienne Turner, Sarah Elliott, Tanner Christie, Will Smith and John Long. The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Nov. 15-19 are Kindergarten — Chilong Vang, Jakob Cox (absent), Brendan Adams, Laken Arnold, Steele Edwards and Cameo Stacy; First Grade — Corey Hornberger, Dylan Denny, Nancy Vang, St

GDE announces honor roll

posted: 11/24/2010 4:59 p.m.

GRAVETTE — The Honor Roll for the first nine weeks’ grading period at Glenn Duffy Elementary School has been released.

Local students receive scholarships

posted: 11/24/2010 4:58 p.m.

BENTON COUNTY — Gravette, Gentry and Decatur students were among more than 30,000 Arkansas students that received Arkansas Academic Scholarships this fall from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, according to a release from the Department. Benton County students received 873 of the scholarships, ranking the county second in the state behind Pulaski County where 1,575 students received stipends. Washington County was third with 762, Sebastian with 645 was fourth and Faulkner ranked fifth with 588 students. Graduates from Gravette, Gentry and Decatur, the schools primarily served by the Eagle Observer, received a share of the county total, according to Elyse Price, Program Coordinator of the Scholarship program. Price said that of the nine Decatur students who applied, eight have accepted the award. At Gentry 37 students applied with 28 accepting scholarships. A total of 61 Gravette students submitted applications with 34 accepting. Counselors at the three schools provided the following information. Th

Purcell visits Gravette Schools

posted: 11/24/2010 4:56 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Jim Purcell, Director of the Arkansas System of Higher Education, visited the Gravette Public Schools last Friday as a guest of State Senator Kim Hendren. Hendren is a member of the Senate Education Committee. Purcell, who is an appointee of Governor Beebe, also met with school officials including school board member Jim Hendren and Andrea Kelly, superintendent of Gravette School District. While touring the high school facilities complex last Friday, Purcell discussed the issues regarding the relationship between public schools and higher education, with an emphasis on curriculum.


posted: 11/24/2010 4:55 p.m.

The weather hasn’t been bad for this time of year. We are still in need of rain.

Gravette woman burglarizes home, is reported and caught by police

posted: 11/24/2010 4:28 p.m.

GRAVETTE — A mileand-a-half foot chase through woods and along the Kansas City Southern Railroad tracks ended with the arrest of a Gravette woman last Wednesday morning, Nov.17.

Christmas choir to rehearse

posted: 11/24/2010 4:27 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Rehearsals are underway for the Christmas musical drama, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” said Gabra Stewart, director of the choir. The program will feature many of the Christmas favorites in a dramatic setting with the interplay between cast members in keeping with the Christmas season.


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I wish every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.


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GRAVETTE — The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Billy V.


posted: 11/24/2010 4:21 p.m.

Army Pvt. Nicholas C. Christensen graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is the son of Joy Christensen of Gentry and a 2010 graduate of Gentry High School.


posted: 11/24/2010 4:20 p.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENU Week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 Monday: Beef brisket, squash casserole, 3-bean salad, dinner roll, peanut butter cookie. Tuesday: Cook’s Choice. Wednesday: Sliced pork w/gravy, scalloped potatoes, green peas w/pimento, dinner roll, chocolate chip cookie. Thursday: Ham & pinto beans, okra & tomatoes, cornbread, apple crisp. Friday: Oven fried chicken, chicken gravy, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, wheat bread, poke cake. Meals are subject to change. Meals at Center served with choice of 2% milk, buttermilk, coffee, tea or orange juice. Diabetic desserts are available.


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MAYSVILLE — The Maysville E. H. Club met at the Community Center at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov.

Gravette Senior Center Receives State Award

posted: 11/24/2010 4:18 p.m.

The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center in Gravette was awarded the “Arkansas Senior Center Best Practice Award” at the recent 30th annual Aging Conference held in Hot Springs.

Wednesday, November 17

Rate hike sought for electricity

posted: 11/17/2010 11:57 p.m.

Customers of Empire District Electric Company in Gravette, Decatur, Gentry and Sulphur Springs, and the firm’s service area are facing a possible rate increase as a result of a request filed with the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

Runoff election set for Tuesday

posted: 11/17/2010 11:54 p.m.

Runoff elections are set for Tuesday, Nov. 23, in Gentry, Gravette and Highfill.

Sirens to be bought

posted: 11/17/2010 11:53 p.m.

Three storm alert sirens will soon go up in the town of Highfill, thanks to GIS Community Enhancement Grant money received by the town.

Schools look to refinance

posted: 11/17/2010 11:52 p.m.

School board members voted, on Monday night, to begin the process of refinancing the Decatur School District’s $3.9 million bond for construction of the Northside Elementary School for a projected savings of $110,000.

Teacher becomes a student again

posted: 11/17/2010 11:51 p.m.

A snapshot shows a class of the Lauro Aguirre Kinder in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. Twenty kindergarten students are smiling and fidgeting. They are gathered in front of a blue sign reading Ninos Unidos por la Paz, “Children United for Peace.” Standing proudly behind the students is their teacher, Ms.

Project addition

posted: 11/17/2010 11:50 p.m.

Buster Allcorn begins dirt work on Monday for the construction of a wave sidewalk adjacent to the new skate park in Gentry.

Valuations could impact schools

posted: 11/17/2010 11:48 p.m.

Gentry’s School District remains in good financial shape, but with future funding less than certain, care and caution is being urged for future expenditures.

Churches welcome their new pastor

posted: 11/17/2010 11:47 p.m.

The Gravette and Sulphur Springs United Methodist Churches welcomed their new pastor, Phil Sturdy, and his wife Susan, after his appointment to the two charges.


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Area Announcements, Upcoming Meetings and Events

Conservative budget in the works for 2011

posted: 11/17/2010 11:43 p.m.

Members of the City Council’s finance committee, along with other council members, the mayor and department heads, are working on a city budget for 2011. With incoming tax revenue on a slow but steady increase, Gentry Mayor Wes Hogue urged conservative budgeting again for the upcoming year. Though sales taxes are looking slightly better, Hogue expressed concern over county taxes coming into the city, which have functioned as the city’s cash reserves. The amount the city has been able to retain in reserves and carry over has declined and is down to $100,000 this year Hogue said. He said he anticipated the city would have to be very conservative, at least until the remainder of the 5-year note on the fire department improvement is paid off. Committee members reviewed the proposed police department budget for next year, making only a few minor adjustments. In addition to some items necessary for maintaining secure police records, the department has requested money be budgeted for a new police car in 201

Blood drive set for Tuesday at R&R

posted: 11/17/2010 11:43 p.m.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will conduct a blood drive from 8 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at R&R Solutions in Gravette. For information, call August at 787-7005.

Community Thanksgiving dinner set for Saturday at Gravette High School cafeteria

posted: 11/17/2010 11:42 p.m.

The second annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Gravette High School Cafeteria.


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What will happen in the last days?

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS A young man trapped in an old man's body

posted: 11/17/2010 11:35 p.m.

Mrs. Griz, a nurse, often tells me that it can be upsetting to Alzheimer’s patients to have a mirror in their rooms because they don’t recognize themselves at their real age but remember themselves as much younger.

A WALK IN THE PARK A challenge to my child-raising skills

posted: 11/17/2010 11:34 p.m.

I have plenty of time for writing this evening since my kitchen is completely out of commission.

OFF THE CUFF Some thoughts on the election

posted: 11/17/2010 11:34 p.m.

There’s been a brief cooling off since the election a couple of weeks ago. I decided to let things calm down a bit before putting my two cents into the hopper.


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Thank God for dirt. I have spent the better part of my life paying for dirt. My close relative spends the better part of every day cleaning up dirt. Plowed dirt smells so good, not as good as mowed alfalfa, but good.

LOOKING BACK A fall trip through the Ozarks

posted: 11/17/2010 11:32 p.m.

“I’d love to take a trip and view the fall foliage,” I mentioned to no one in particular.


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November 11, 2010

SUSAN SAYS . . . Talking about nuts

posted: 11/17/2010 11:31 p.m.

This time of year many folks are busy baking cookies, pies and breads and making candies for the upcoming holiday season. Kitchens throughout the area are filled with tempting smells.

CHARLOTTE'S CORNER It's November already and soon will be a new year

posted: 11/17/2010 11:31 p.m.

And I am late writing my column, because I am getting old, I guess. I seem to think I have this, that and other things to do, and sometimes the column gets behind. Sorry if you missed me last week.

Beals inducted to Hall of Fame

posted: 11/17/2010 11:30 p.m.

The late Charley Beals (1918-1994 ) was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on Oct. 24, 2010.

Cloud, Roberts to wed

posted: 11/17/2010 11:29 p.m.

Margo and Reuben Barnes announced the engagement and upcoming wedding of their son, Travis Cloud, to Ashley Roberts.

Gravette PTO to host Miss, Mister Pageant on Sunday

posted: 11/17/2010 11:28 p.m.

The Gravette High School Parent Teacher Organization would like to extend an invitation to the Mister and Miss Gravette High School Contest to be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, in the GHS Performing Arts Center.

Lions fall to Wildcats in playoff opener

posted: 11/17/2010 11:26 p.m.

The rain was cold and wet and perhaps that was a foretaste of things to come for the Gravette Lions as they hosted the Trumann Wildcats in the opening round of state playoffs Friday night.

Gentry's hopes of advancing in state play dashed

posted: 11/17/2010 11:25 p.m.

Going into Friday’s first-round Class 4A playoff game against Nashville, Gentry coach Brian Little said the Pioneers would have to run the ball effectively and contain the Scrappers’ speed.

Lions finish third in state tournament

posted: 11/17/2010 11:23 p.m.

After a two year absence, the Gravette Lady Lions 4A volleyball team returned to state tournament action held last month in Harrison.

Smith shares strategy as Bulldogs' basketball kicks off

posted: 11/17/2010 11:22 p.m.

Consider it a changing to the guard. Decatur coach Donnie Smith will be relying heavily on his back court players - mainly out of necessity - if the Bulldogs want to turn things around this season.

Lions basketball began Tuesday

posted: 11/17/2010 11:21 p.m.

Gravette senior boys and girls were to open their 2010-11 basketball season Tuesday night of this week when they were to travel to Decatur to meet the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. \

High School Basketball Schedule

posted: 11/17/2010 11:21 p.m.

Decatur, Gentry and Gravette schedules

Love Lights a Tree fundraiser planned

posted: 11/17/2010 11:19 p.m.

The fifteenth annual “Love Lights a Tree” project will be held this year in Gravette, according to Ruth Foster, who has chaired the event since its inception.

Local family delivers kits to Salvation Army

posted: 11/17/2010 11:19 p.m.

The Ballmann family of Maysville recently delivered 200 emergency kits to the Salvation Army unit in Siloam Springs to assist in humanitarian efforts.

Council approves green lighting

posted: 11/17/2010 11:18 p.m.

Council members decided, at a Nov. 5 meeting, to use a $1,500 Walmart grant to upgrade the lights in the community room to brighter energy-saving models.

Senior Center Menus

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Learning about rocks and minerals

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After weeks of studying materials that make up the earth, Mrs. Hill’s third and fourth grade classes were ready for a field trip.

DHS Students of the Week

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Decatur High School students of the week.

Gentry Shining Stars and T-shirt Winners

posted: 11/17/2010 11:15 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School and Character T-shirt winners at the Intermediate School

Coloring Contest Winner

posted: 11/17/2010 11:12 p.m.

Farm Bureau Women’s Committee held an Ag In the Classroom Coloring Contest for grades kindergarten through second grade and the county winner was chosen from Ms. Ivey’s class at the Gentry Primary School.

Carroll Electric joins in NWTF wildlife program

posted: 11/17/2010 11:11 p.m.

Carroll Electric Cooperative recently became the newest member of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Energy for Wildlife program and could help improve thousands of acres of wildlife habitat in Arkansas and Missouri.


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We got a much needed rain this week along with cooler weather. Sunday the sun was shining and it was in the 70’s. It was a nice day.


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Last Sunday Novella Carlton, Ginger Hopkins and Joyce Thompson were in Rogers, where they attended the visitation for Odessa Wilmoth. Sympathy is extended to the family.

Phamacy week observed

posted: 11/17/2010 11:10 p.m.

Both local drugstores, Teasley Drug and Austin Drug, observed National Pharmacy Week by inviting area residents to “Meet the Pharmacist” on Friday. Both Ken Austin of Austin Drug and Ron Teasley and Lindsay Watford of Teasley Drug served refreshments and visited with customers during the day.

Indian-White Man Thanksgiving Dinner to be held at Maysville

posted: 11/17/2010 11:10 p.m.

The annual Indian-White Man Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Maysville Community Building, according to Kay Roberts, who helps organize the event.

Fire chief suggests cleaning chimneys

posted: 11/17/2010 11:09 p.m.

As the weather grows colder more people will be lighting their fireplaces and wood stoves, and Decatur fire chief David Flynt would like to remind residents to clean out their chimneys and check the batteries in their smoke alarms.


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Area Soldiers Honored

'A' honor roll released

posted: 11/17/2010 11:08 p.m.

Community Christian School at Gentry announced that Kaleb Shook, Liliana Navarrete and Kimberly Hodge were named to the first semester “A” Honor Roll, according to secretary Lisa Goodyear.

Veterans Honored At Gravette High School Assembly

posted: 11/17/2010 11:05 p.m.

November 11, 2010

Thursday, November 11

Decatur PD to carry tasers

posted: 11/11/2010 1:47 p.m.

Decatur police officers will be carrying tasers, starting this week, after city council members voted on Monday to update the police policy manual to include procedures for the use of electronic control devices.

Drama team to present 'Fools'

posted: 11/11/2010 1:47 p.m.

The Gravette High School drama department will present the Neil Simon production “Fools” Saturday evening, Nov. 13, and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14, at the Gravette High School Performing Arts Center.

Benton County sets 11 runoffs Nov. 23

posted: 11/11/2010 1:46 p.m.

Nine mayoral candidates, 10 city council candidates and two city clerk candidates are headed for the Nov. 23 runoff election in Benton County.

Gentry vet finally recognized

posted: 11/11/2010 1:38 p.m.

Local Korean War veteran Bart Nelson, 80, suffering from multiple sclerosis and leukemia, was without veteran’s benefits and without his veteran’s pension and unable to buy medicines, food and keep up his home, but thanks to another veteran, good neighbors and Choice Hotels, Nelson is receiving the care he needs and his home is being renovated to make it safe and livable for him.

Gravette residents get creative, open new business

posted: 11/11/2010 1:38 p.m.

In tough economic times, a Gravette craft lover and her husband took a creative approach to a new Main Street business.

Gentry youth dies of self-inflicted burns

posted: 11/11/2010 1:38 p.m.

A Gentry youth died Thursday of injuries sustained Wednesday after he allegedly set himself on fire at the fuel pumps of the Gentry E-Z Mart.

Council establishes street fund

posted: 11/11/2010 1:37 p.m.

Council members voted to set aside money for street repair in a separate fund, at a special meeting on Oct. 19. In July the council voted to cap the contingency fund at $300,000 and start saving for a street repair fund. Several years ago the city was using contingency funds to help pay the bills, but because of the council’s adjustments the contingency fund is doing very well, according to Mayor Bill Montgomery. The city is able to put about $5,000 per month into the contingency fund, he said. City Attorney Tom Smith told the council at the July meeting that he usually recommends a city keep 20 to 25 percent of its annual budget in contingency, which the city had already exceeded.

Foxx withdraws, Warren and Foxx pledge to work together

posted: 11/11/2010 1:37 p.m.

Gravette’s candidates for the mayoral position, who were expected to face each other in a runoff election Tuesday, Nov. 23, dropped a bombshell on the community late Monday afternoon.


posted: 11/11/2010 1:36 p.m.

Gravette American Legion Post 25 will be posting the “Avenue of Flags” in Hillcrest Cemetery in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The flags will be raised at 8 a.m.

Election brings changes to local city governments

posted: 11/11/2010 1:35 p.m.

Election results (preliminary and unofficial), as posted by the county clerk at 1:55 a.m. on Nov. 3, for contested races on the west side in the Nov. 2 election follow (winners are marked with and runoff contestants with *): Decatur Mayor Charles Linam —113 votes or 53.3 percent Bill Montgomery — 99 votes or 46.7 percent Decatur W3-P 1 David Sutton — 116 votes or 58.59 percent Dona Jennings — 82 votes or 41.41 percent Decatur W3-P 2 Raegena Davis — 100 votes or 48.54 percent Nan McClain — 106 votes or 51.46 percent Gentry Mayor * Wes Hogue — 267 votes or 38.09 percent Roy C. Beeler — 34 votes or 4.85 percent Jason Barrett — 157 votes or 22.4 percent * Kevin D. Johnston — 243 votes or 34.66 percent Gentry City Clerk * Jo Ellen Martin — 287 votes or 41 percent Karen Land — 84 votes or 12 percent * Tamela J. Weeks — 158 votes or 22.57 percent Johnetta Bilby — 124 votes or 17.71 percent Kristin Norman-Ferguson — 27 votes or 3.86 percent Cindy Edwards — 20 votes or 2.86 percent Gentry W1-P 2 Jim Kooistr

I just don't like being fenced out

posted: 11/11/2010 1:25 p.m.

The creek was up last week from the rain we got and I drove over the bridge on the way to the coffee emporium in the next town.

Appreciating the values and characteristics instilled in me by my mother

posted: 11/11/2010 1:25 p.m.

Our family is planning to hold a special celebration on Saturday. We will gather for a party to honor my mother as she reaches a milestone, her upcoming 80th birthday.

SUSAN SAYS Sounding the praises of squash

posted: 11/11/2010 1:24 p.m.

Now that we’re well into November, every publication I see on the newsstand or receive in the mail seems to have a focus on food.

Life is full of trouble, but there's hope

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

It was another tragic week in Gentry with the death of 19-yearold Logan Norris — an event which many, and especially his family, find hard to understand. And it is indeed so sad when a young life is lost in such a manner. My condolences go out to Logan’s family at this most difficult time. I did not know Logan but cried over him and prayed for him, just the same. And I am empathetic for the pain his family and friends must be suffering.

Breakdowns slowed voting

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

A backlog of more than 200 voters were waiting to cast ballots last Tuesday when the polls closed at 7:30 p.m. at the Gravette Civic Center, according to Julian Hendren, sheriff at the polling site.


posted: 11/11/2010 1:18 p.m.

“Through thy precepts I get understanding : therefore I hate every false way." Psalm 119:104 Do you want to be wise? Do you want to have understanding? If so, let God teach you through His own Word, the Bible!

New Web site launched

posted: 11/11/2010 1:17 p.m.

A new Web site has been completed for the city of Gravette, according to Allyson Ransom, the city’s communications and resource efficiency director. The site can be accessed at It will be updated periodically, said Ransom, who designed the site.

Key box solution reached

posted: 11/11/2010 1:15 p.m.

After much discussion, council members and committee members attending a joint meeting of the Fire and Safety Committees may have come up with a solution to the key box ordinance issue which is pleasing to all parties.

Ozark Shocks Gentry With Late TD

posted: 11/11/2010 1:14 p.m.

Ozark’s players rushed the field after their 32-27 victory Friday night, celebrating like they had just won a playoff game.

Lions roll over Prairie Grove

posted: 11/11/2010 1:13 p.m.

Prairie Grove survived poor play for the first 1 1/2 quarters against Gravette, but it couldn’t survive its own mistakes Friday.

Decatur finishes season, honors seniors

posted: 11/11/2010 1:12 p.m.

Six Decatur senior players and their parents were honored during Friday’s game against Magazine. Seniors Blake Wilkins, Taylor Pickup, Brady Graves, Cody Ben, Steven Nixon and David Castaneda were all recognized in a ceremony before Friday’s game — the final game of the season for Decatur. “I can’t say enough good things about our graduating seniors... We’re going to miss those young men. They worked hard for us,” said head coach Stan Ellis. The Bulldogs played a clean game and gave a good performance Friday night, according to Ellis. But even so, they were no match for Magazine, ranked No. 4 in the state. The Rattlers won the game 56-0.

Gravette volleyball players given recognition

posted: 11/11/2010 1:12 p.m.

Gravette High School volleyball coach Robin Cannon announced that the following Lady Lions received recognition for the 2010 volleyball season: Outside hitter Taylor Kean received 4-A All-State recognition and was named to the 4-A State All-Tournament Team; Setter Shelby Frey received 4-A All-State recognition.


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

A good number turned out to vote in Hiwasse on Tuesday. It was good to see Larry Holloway out after his accident and George Cowger after his knee surgery. They were both getting along very well with the aid of their walkers and their wives.

Golf teams finish with good season

posted: 11/11/2010 1:10 p.m.

The Gravette High School Golf Teams finished a successful season with a new coach, Ken Johnson. The teams played seven tournaments before going to district.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 11/11/2010 1:07 p.m.

Week of November 15 - 19 Monday: Polish sausage, seasoned butter beans, steamed cabbage, cornbread, peaches. Tuesday: Roast turkey w/gravy, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, pumpkin pie. Wednesday: Chicken & noodles, green peas, tossed salad w/ dressing, cornbread, orange wedges. Thursday: Beef & mac casserole, green beans, tossed salad w/dressing, wheat bread, oatmeal cookie. Friday: Turkey tetrazzini, Harvard beets, wheat roll, spiced peaches.


posted: 11/11/2010 1:07 p.m.

The weather has been on the cool side this week. We did get frost that stopped the lawnmowing. We are in need of rain. Maybe we will get some soon.

Police urging caution

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

Police were notified of a caller who was raising money and used the name of the Gentry Police Department.

Pie auction planned Nov. 13

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

Falling Springs Church will be holding a pie auction Saturday, Nov. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at the church.

Thanksgiving Dinner set

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

Gravette area churches are combining their efforts to sponsor the second annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The free event will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Gravette High School cafeteria. Serving will be from noon to 2 p.m. that afternoon.


posted: 11/11/2010 10:22 a.m.

Knock knock The Bella Vista City election isn’t over. On Nov. 23, Bella Vista citizens have a very important vote to make. Bella Vista City Council candidates, James D. Shrum and Julie Hull will be in a run-off election for alderman. Election rules say that a candidate must receive 50 percent of the vote plus one additional vote to be elected. Neither Shrum nor Hull did that. They were in a virtual dead-even heat from the Nov. 2 election. Dead-even does not mean both are equally qualified to serve. James D. Shrum brings years of city government management experience to the table. Julie Hull none. Yes, I understand that Mrs. Hull is a nice person. Folks this election isn’t a popularity contest based on niceness, gender or age. It is based on experience and vision. The future of Bella Vista must be in the hands of experienced, qualified alderman. As your alderman, Mr. Shrum brings to our city: experience, integrity, and fresh ideas. Your city’s future is in your hands and James D. Shrum is the alderman that can


posted: 11/11/2010 12:56 a.m.

J. Lee Hendrix J. Lee Hendrix, 91, of Siloam Springs, died Nov. 2, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his daughters and caregivers.

Wednesday, November 3

Police arrest four in twin arson cases

posted: 11/03/2010 2:08 p.m.

GENTRY — Police have identified and arrested one adult and three juveniles for allegedly setting fire to two unoccupied homes in Gentry.

Gravette pursuit leads to recovery of car-jacked vehicle

posted: 11/03/2010 2:08 p.m.

GRAVETTE — A high speed chase from Gravette through western Benton County Saturday night ended on Country Club Road near Siloam Springs with the recovery of a vehicle stolen in Texas.

Decatur refinancing $7.4 million

posted: 11/03/2010 2:06 p.m.

DECATUR — City council members passed an ordinance refinancing Decatur’s $7.4 million wastewater treatment plant bonds at a special meeting on Oct. 19. Refinancing the bond will save $310,000 in interest over the next 25 years, thanks to historically low interest rates, without extending the length of the loan or the amount of money financed according to Michael Moyers attorney with Friday, Eldredge and Clark. After a brief public hearing with no public comment, aldermen Raegina Davis, Linda Martin, David Sutton and Sandy Duncan voted to pass Ordinance 10-05, establishing the maturity schedule for the city’s water and sewer refunding revenue bonds, ratifying and confirming the sale of the bonds, and confirming the existing water and sewer rates. Aldermen James Jessen and Trip Lapham were not present.

Book fair deemed 'a great success'

posted: 11/03/2010 2:05 p.m.

By Dodie Evans GRAVETTE — “The Gravette High School Scholastic Book Fair was a great success,” said Janna Sharp, librarian. “And what helped make it a success was a poster contest in which Mollie Hendrick’s art students participated. “Volunteer judges had a hard time selecting the best from all the creative poster entries,” the librarian added. Cally Irvin took first place; Stormi Pierce, second place; and Taylor Kean and Hailey Kara tied for third-place awards. The posters were displayed in the Lion Gallery and Library Media Center for Parent-Teacher Conference Day and parents and community members had the opportunity to view them.

Council approves inspection fee ordinance

posted: 11/03/2010 2:05 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Gravette City Council on Thursday approved, on three readings, a new inspection fee ordinance which also repealed an ordinance enacted in 2007.


posted: 11/03/2010 2:04 p.m.

Key Club blood drive The Gravette High School Key Club is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, at the High School parking lot. If there are enough donors, there will be an opportunity for a student to receive a scholarship, according to Jayna Cardetti, Communications Coordinator at Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette.


posted: 11/03/2010 2:03 p.m.

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” Hebrews 11:4 (Read Genesis 4) Both Cain and Abel offered gifts to the LORD God, Abel from his flocks and herds, and Cain from the fruits of the ground. Why was it that God accepted Abel and his sacrifice but rejected Cain? Hebrews 11:4 tells us the answer: “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” Abel offered his sacrifice in faith. He trusted in the LORD God to accept him and his sacrifice for the sake of the promised Seed of the woman, that promised Messiah and Savior who would redeem him and all mankind from sin and the just condemnation of God’s law. Cain, on the other hand, though he too offered up a sacrifice to the LORD, did not offer it up in the confidence of God’s me


posted: 11/03/2010 2:02 p.m.

Sherry Marlene Bauser Sherry Marlene Bauser, 59, of Siloam Springs died Oct. 26, 2010, at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers.

Key boxes unlock debate

posted: 11/03/2010 2:02 p.m.

GENTRY — Key boxes and whether they should be required was the main topic of discussion at the Monday night meeting of the Gentry City Council, with numerous citizens and business owners also weighing in on the matter.

Observing Reformation Day rather than Halloween

posted: 11/03/2010 2:01 p.m.

While most of the world observed Halloween with its ghosts, goblins and practices which have their roots in the pagan beliefs and practices of pre-Christian Europe, a few of us observed October 31 for another reason.

Another visit off the beaten path

posted: 11/03/2010 1:59 p.m.

I decided to follow up last week’s article by telling you about one of the trips Earl and I recently made that definitely qualified as “forest therapy” for us.


posted: 11/03/2010 1:59 p.m.

Editor, Glenn Duffy Elementary in Gravette would like to say thank you to all the parents and guardians that were able to attend parent/teacher conferences on October 5. According to teacher reports, 99 percent of students were represented.

Bovine solution to the world's problems

posted: 11/03/2010 1:58 p.m.

The rain we got was heaven sent, but I guess they all are.

Some thoughts on the fall season

posted: 11/03/2010 1:57 p.m.

October is now over. It was a lovely month.

Home Is Where Mom Is

posted: 11/03/2010 1:56 p.m.

I came from a family of talented writers. Mom sold many of her articles and had a book published when she was 69. It’s hard to believe our papa’s most common expression was, “Children are born to be seen, not heard.” Home Is Where Mom Is By Gay Wiggin Comboy My first journey away from home was at the age of 11. It had been a long, hot summer which I had spent helping my oldest sister Lela with her new baby. I didn’t know how homesick I was until they brought me home. I stood with suitcase in hand at the gate of the white picket fence that surrounded our house. An excitement mounted inside me. I wanted to run up the sidewalk, jump up the step onto the front porch, open the door and holler “Mama!” Instead, I walked slowly so I wouldn’t miss any of the sights of home. The green birdbath still sat beside my climbing tree; a wasp buzzed around the large tree with our tire swing; the metal chairs and swing were on the porch for evening sitting.

Guidelines changed at Care and Share

posted: 11/03/2010 1:56 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Care and Share in Gravette announced this week it has changed its guidelines for those receiving assistance and also that the agency is taking applications for Thanksgiving food baskets. The number of times per year families may receive assistance has increased from two to three times per year.

Toys for Tots drive getting under way in Gravette

posted: 11/03/2010 1:55 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Brandon Wilson, the Edward Jones financial advisor in Gravette, is supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program by using his office as a dropoff location for this year’s toy drive.

'A Storybook Christmas' theme of Gentry parade

posted: 11/03/2010 1:55 p.m.

GENTRY — “A Storybook Christmas” will be the theme of this year’s Gentry Christmas parade, planned for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Council moves forward on park

posted: 11/03/2010 1:53 p.m.

GENTRY — Council members voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal to make city-owned property along Dawn Hill East Road into a park by choosing a professional to design the park and to apply for a grant to do the work.

Planning and Zoning Commission grants appeals

posted: 11/03/2010 1:52 p.m.

GENTRY — The Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission heard and approved two appeals at its Oct. 21 meeting.

Club gathering food

posted: 11/03/2010 1:52 p.m.

GRAVETTE — The Gravette Boys and Girls Club is partnering with the Walmart “Fighting Hunger Together” project, according to Skeeter Daniels, of the firm’s Talent Development Team.

Local roper captures reserve championship

posted: 11/03/2010 1:51 p.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS — Brad Amos, of Sulphur Springs, who lives on Honey Creek Road northwest of Gravette, and his partner Ronnie Carter, of Berryville, were big winners at the National Finals of Team Roping held in Oklahoma City last week.

Christmas plans made in Decatur

posted: 11/03/2010 1:51 p.m.

DECATUR — The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is holding a Christmas light decorating contest this holiday season and will be awarding prize money to the top two homes.

Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School have an exciting October with many special activities

posted: 11/03/2010 1:50 p.m.

Fire Safety demonstration: an important lesson not only for school but also for home The Gravette Fire Department training house, above, gave the children a first-hand look at how to react to fires and safety measures are important to prevent serious injury, etc. (A demonstration showed that even a pan on a stove filled with hot water can be hazardous if its handle is hit, spilling the scalding water on a person).

Gentry going to playoffs

posted: 11/03/2010 1:48 p.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE — Gentry (6-3, 4-2 1-4 A) scored twice in the final four minutes to defeat Prairie Grove (4-5, 2-4 ) by a score of 21-17 and earn its first trip to the playoffs since 1998.

Decatur teams suffer losses to Union Christian

posted: 11/03/2010 1:47 p.m.

DECATUR — Both the junior and senior high Bulldogs lost to Union Christian last week.

Gravette picks up another big win

posted: 11/03/2010 1:47 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Darrick Strzelecki helped Gravette shake off a surprising second-quarter surge from Berryville with a careerbest rushing performance Friday night. And the 48-9 win capped the evening when Seniors and their parents were recognized at mid-field prior to the opening kickoff. The junior running back rushed for 268 yards and four touchdowns and the Lions pulled away from the Bobcats for a victory. Strzelecki did all his damage in the game’s first three quarters as Gravette (8-1, 5-1 4A-1 Conference) clinched a first-round playoff home game. Strzelecki got the Lions off to a fast start, scoring touchdowns of 10 and 5 yards in the contest’s first eight minutes, 14 seconds. But the Bobcats (1-8, 0-6 ) refused to let Gravette cruise to a victory on its Senior Night. After managing only 23 yards on 14 first-quarter plays, Berryville strung a drive together to start the second quarter. The Bobcats drove 90 yards in 14 plays, took 5 minutes, 28 seconds off the clock and cut Gravette’s lead to 14-6 on Pedro Acu

Gravette to host playoff game

posted: 11/03/2010 1:46 p.m.

Gravette will host a football playoff game, Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at Lion Stadium. Gates will open at 5:45 p.m. By virtue of the Lions' winning record during the regular season, Gravette will be the site of the game against an opponent yet to be named. Admission will be $5 and Gravette season and senior passes will not be accepted. Only AAA passes will be honored at the game.

Pioneer Madness set for Monday

posted: 11/03/2010 1:45 p.m.

The Gentry Middle School and High School Basketball Program will host Pioneer Madness at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, at the High School Gym. A chilli dinner begins at 5:30 p.m, followed by the program at 6 p.m. Teams and coaches will be introduced. The event will also include fund-raising activities to support the basketball program, including silent auctions of items donated from area businesses, as well as games and contests.

Gentry students earn spots on regional honor choir

posted: 11/03/2010 1:44 p.m.

GENTRY — Five members of the Gentry High School Varsity Singer Choir earned spots in the Northwest Arkansas High School All-Region Honor Choir. Kaitlyn White, Jessica Austad, Tre’ Ascensio-Porter, Kaylin Cripps and Jurnee West have all earned spots on the honor choir. Ascencio-Porter also received a high enough scoring to audition for the Arkansas All-State Choir in February. The Gentry students competed against 900 high school students from across northwest Arkansas. The students learned four choral pieces and auditioned for judges at Har-ber High School in Springdale on Oct. 2. All five will participate in the Northwest Arkansas All-Region Choir Clinic on Saturday. Gentry Junior High students Mallory Morris and Emiley Dilbeck also qualified to be a part of the Junior High All-Region Choir. They will participate in the northwest Arkansas Junior High All-Region Choir Clinic on Saturday. The two Gentry students competed against 1,200 junior high students from northwest Arkansas. All of these Gentry students wi

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 11/03/2010 1:44 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Oct. 25-29 are: Kindergarten — Avery Ames, Johan Lee, Austin Holmes, Ethan Smith, Jamie Holt and Wyatt Jackson; First Grade — Brianna Alexander, Bryson Walker, Breanna Massengale, Kelsey Barber and Daniela Saucedo; and Second Grade — Dustin Emerson, Jacob Jay, Taryn Capps, Brennan Crosby and David Lor.


posted: 11/03/2010 1:43 p.m.

Remember Sunday, Nov.


posted: 11/03/2010 1:42 p.m.

The weather is fine fall weather. Fall is my favorite time of the year. The only thing I know is that winter is close. Maysville 4-H Club was represented at the State Fair. Jessica Crawley received Supreme Grand Champion on her milking shorthorn cow. Jessica and Brittany Crawley each received first place in their age group entry of Dairy Frolic. Jessica received first place in flower arrangement and Brittany received fourth place. Congratulations, girls, on a wonderful job. Kate Stidham entered her two dairy goats at the State Fair. She received first and second, honorable mention in showmanship. Good job, Kate. I know you work hard at that. My visitors this week were Gerald Tucker of Gentry and his sister, Sherry (Tucker) Abbott from Arizona, near Phoenix. I sure did enjoy their visit. John Richardson, Kimberly Burrow and daughter Sari Grace from Raleigh, North Carolina, visited with Jim and Berti Ray and family last week. They had a bonfire, roasted weenies and marshmallows and had a pumpkin decorating cont

Decatur Character Kids

posted: 11/03/2010 1:41 p.m.

Students at Decatur Northside Elementary School were recognized for showing the character trait of responsibility throughout the month of October and rewarded with a T-Shirt. Character Kids of the Month were, not in the order pictured, Ryan Shaffer, Jafett Puga, Sterling Yang, Sandra Morales, Talor Thompson, Sam Philpott, Emmy Lee, JetLee Xiong, Stephanie Sandoval, Yermy Gomez, Shelby Bird Saunders, Martha Smith, Deegan Brooks and Ariana Calderon.

Bulldog Allstars

posted: 11/03/2010 1:40 p.m.

Decatur Northside Elementary School students who show good character traits are awarded with "Bulldog Bucks." Once a week, the students from each classroom that earn the most Bulldog Bucks for the week are chosen to be Bulldog Allstars. Bulldog Allstars for the week of October 4 -8 were Jesus Naranjo, Carlos Perez, Jaqueline Herrera, Kaylee Morales, Mayra Flores, Alex Vicente, Rhiannon Bombar, Aly Cordova, Braulio Echeverria, Bryan Ruiz, Camerson Shaffer and Lorinda Miller.

Seniors Honored At Last Home Game

posted: 11/03/2010 1:40 p.m.

Last Friday was Senior Night at Gravette High School when seniors were honored at the last home football game.

Decatur schools accredited

posted: 11/03/2010 1:38 p.m.

DECATUR — All three schools inside the Decatur School District received an accredited status from the Arkansas Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year, according to a release from the district. The Northside Elementary School, comprised of grades kindergarden through fifth, Decatur Middle School, covering grades six through eight, and Decatur High School, including grades nine through 12, all recieved acrredited status, the release stated.

Meteorologist Drew Michaels visits DNE for Red Ribbon Week

posted: 11/03/2010 1:37 p.m.

DECATUR — Northside Elementary School students celebrated making healthy choices during last weeks Red Ribbon Week.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 11/03/2010 1:37 p.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENU Week of November 8 - 12 Monday: Sweet & sour chicken, fried okra, wheat roll, chilled peaches. Tuesday: Veal parmesan w/gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, 5-cup salad. Wednesday: Baked chicken patty, navy beans, seasoned squash, cornbread muffins, chocolate cream pie. Thursday: Swiss steak, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, strawberry shortcake. Friday: Closed - Veterans Day. Meals are subject to change. Meals at Center served with choice of 2% milk, buttermilk, coffee, tea or orange juice. Diabetic desserts are available.

Powder puff football planned

posted: 11/03/2010 1:36 p.m.

GRAVETTE — The DECA Club of Gravette High School (An Association of Marketing Students) will sponsor a Powder Puff football game Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Lion Field with all money received going toward students’ travel expenses to competitions. Hamburger dinners will be for sale before and after the game with serving starting about 5 p.m. The activities and game will start at 5:30 p.m. Besides girls playing, there will be a pass and kick competition and a half-time show. Support for this program will be appreciated.