Wednesday, October 27

Solutions to yard sale signs sought

posted: 10/27/2010 6:05 p.m.

Yard sale signs, where they may and may not be posted and how long they may be posted was the main topic of a joint Gentry Police Committee and Street and Alley Committee meeting on Friday.

When the ambulance comes, who pays for the service?

posted: 10/27/2010 6:05 p.m.

It’s two o’clock in the morning and you waken to the sound of a siren screaming by. Thankfully, it drifts out of hearing as you turn back to slumberland.

Polls to open Tuesday

posted: 10/27/2010 6:04 p.m.

Polling places for the General Election next Tuesday, Nov. 2, have been announced by the Benton County Election Commission.

Gravette mayoral forum held

posted: 10/27/2010 6:03 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Almost 100 persons attended the American Legion sponsored Mayoral forum held last Tuesday night at the Gravette Civic Center.

City given money for pool repair

posted: 10/27/2010 6:01 p.m.

The city of Gravette has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Arkansas Rural Services “General Improvement Fund” (GIF) to assist with repair of the city’s municipal swimming pool.

Tour visits Colcord museum

posted: 10/27/2010 6:01 p.m.

COLCORD, Okla. — On Wednesday, Sept. 29, employees of the Commerce Department, Cherokee Nation Headquarters, in Tahlequah, Okla., participated in a bus tour of the north route of the Cherokee Hills Byway.

Burrow celebrates 90th birthday

posted: 10/27/2010 6 p.m.

Lena Burrow celebrated her 90th birthday on Monday, Oct. 25.


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Area Announcements, Upcoming Events. and Meetings


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How should we come to God in prayer?


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Carol Carter Carol Rose Carter, 66, of Colcord, Okla., died Oct. 19, 2010, at Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, Okla. She was born Feb. 28, 1944, in Colcord, Okla., to Fred Kirby and Irene King Kirby. She was a farmer and a member of the First Baptist Church of Colcord. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Carter, on May 15, 2010; and one sister, Joyce Mott. Survivors include one son, Brett Carter of Kansas, Okla.; one grandchild; two brothers, Charles Kirby and Donnie Kirby, both of Colcord; and two sisters, Marsha Kirby and Janet Arnold, both of Colcord. Graveside services were Oct. 22 at Row Cemetery, Colcord, with Larry Ellis officiating. Arrangements were by Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs. Robert Hatfield Robert M. Hatfield, 52, of Pinellas Park, Fla., formerly of Gravette, died Oct. 18, 2010. He was born Nov. 28, 1957, in Abbeville, Ala., to Gipsy and Jimmy Hatfield. He moved to Gravette where he attended junior and senior high school and graduated from Gravette High School in 1975. He wa

Many running for clerk, treasurer's post

posted: 10/27/2010 5:51 p.m.

GENTRY Johnetta Bilby, 60, resident of Gentry for 59 years.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS So, maybe I do see a few things that go bump in the night!

posted: 10/27/2010 5:50 p.m.

I’ve heard it said that newspaper editors don’t die; they just run out of ink. In this computer age of building newspapers where editors seldom have to get ink on their hands at the press, perhaps it would be better to say, “Newspaper editors don’t die; they just run out of words.” Of course, there are plenty of other fitting substitutes, such as running out of random access memory or RAM.

A WALK IN THE PARK Proof of what we knew all along: Forest bathing is good for you

posted: 10/27/2010 5:50 p.m.

Recently I read about something called “forest therapy” in a newspaper article. This was my first introduction to the fairly new term, but obviously this particular kind of “therapy” is nothing new. I would venture to say it has been around forever. I mean, really forever.

OFF THE CUFF Things are really in a mess

posted: 10/27/2010 5:48 p.m.

After watching the inspiring rescue of miners who spent more than two months in a mine in Chile, a turn over to the Larry King Live show surely would continue the uplifting words that were being spoken worldwide by every conceivable source.

OPINION? EVERBODY HAS ONE Accidents do happen

posted: 10/27/2010 5:47 p.m.

The rest of the story is about to explode from the lips of my close relative and it will not be a pretty sight! Her eyes are bulging, her lips are pursed and her fists are clinched. I would rather be back in the deep mud and muck of a cold January windblown day with four flats and no help coming than run full face with the lady of the house today!


posted: 10/27/2010 5:46 p.m.

Editor, We have again had men from the Benton County inmate work program helping us in Sulphur Springs.

Many vie for alderman seats

posted: 10/27/2010 5:40 p.m.

DECATUR There are two contested alderman races in Decatur, both in Ward 3: Position 1 Dona Jennings, 42, of Decatur, single, with four children.

Spooks come back!

posted: 10/27/2010 5:39 p.m.

If your heart needs a jolt and you wish to experience the horrors of the Halloween season, there is no shortage of places to go to do just that.

Gentry downs Berryville in big win

posted: 10/27/2010 5:38 p.m.

Tanner Coy scored on two long runs as Gentry (5-3, 3-2 1-4 A) defeated Berryville (1-7, 0-5 ) Friday by a score of 28-7.

Gravette jumps ahead but then pounded by Shiloh Christian

posted: 10/27/2010 5:37 p.m.

Peyton Rose looked up just in time to see the pass coming directly into his chest. And the Gravette sophomore held on like a seasoned defensive back.

JBU students awarded

posted: 10/27/2010 5:36 p.m.

Several area students have been named to John Brown University’s President’s and Dean’s List of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program.

Decatur students tour fire trucks smoke trailer

posted: 10/27/2010 5:36 p.m.

also learned what a firefighter in full bunker gear looks and sounds like so they won’t be frightened and hide from their potential rescuers should their home catch on fire.

Old cell phones help troops call loved ones

posted: 10/27/2010 5:35 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Gravette residents can turn old cellular telephones into something valuable and at the same time help a serviceman or woman call home to their loved ones.

Local men graduate from basic training

posted: 10/27/2010 5:34 p.m.

GENTRY — Air Force Airman Andrew L. Carter graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Council approves weapons purchase

posted: 10/27/2010 5:32 p.m.

The town council approved the purchase of weapons for the police department and turnout gear for the fire department at its Oct. 14 meeting.

Gravette's mayoral candidates respond

posted: 10/27/2010 5:31 p.m.

GRAVETTE — Following are brief summaries of answers to questions during the Mayoral Forum held last week. The summaries are not detailed and some are longer and more detailed than others depending upon answers provided.

Decatur man arrested in connection with rape

posted: 10/27/2010 5:30 p.m.

Police arrested a man in connection with the report of a rape and the resulting pregnancy of a 14-year-old girl, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday with the Benton County prosecuting attorney’s office.

Summer Ball Season Winds Down

posted: 10/27/2010 5:29 p.m.

Editor’s Note: The following report on Gravette’s summer baseball and softball program reveals how important these programs are for hundreds of area youth and reveals how so many dedicated volunteers contribute to its success.

OCH Gravette Clinic Open House Well Attended

posted: 10/27/2010 5:24 p.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette which recently assumed ownership of the medical clinic in Gravette held an Open House and Harvest Festival recently to introduce residents to the facility and how it has been improved to better serve the people of Gravette and the region.

Denman earns degree from UCA

posted: 10/27/2010 5:24 p.m.

CONWAY — Megan Denman of Gentry was among the more than 500 graduates who were conferred degrees on Aug. 13 during Summer Commencement at the Farris Health and Physical Education Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.She received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Maysville polls closed after more than 100 years of service

posted: 10/27/2010 5:22 p.m.

MAYSVILLE — Voters in and around the oldest community in Benton County — Maysville — will not be able to cast ballots in next Tuesday’s General Election at the location that has served them for more than a hundred years.

Gravette Kiwanis Club installs new officers

posted: 10/27/2010 5:21 p.m.

Installation of officers for the Gravette Kiwanis Club was held at its annual banquet at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center, the evening of September 30.


posted: 10/27/2010 5:16 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant will be having a garage/yard sale on Saturday, October 30, at the Bank of Gravett parking lot northeast of the bank. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Don’t forget to vote. Early voting is now underway. General Election is Tuesday, November 2.


posted: 10/27/2010 5:14 p.m.

We had a good rain this week. The temperature has been good. Maybe the yard mowing is over.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 10/27/2010 5:13 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate and Primary Schools for the week of Oct. 18-22 are:

Gravette school celebrates Red Ribbon Week

posted: 10/27/2010 4:43 p.m.

Gravette Upper Elementary School is observing “Red Ribbon Week” this week, October 25 - 30, according to Jaymey Boston, GUE Counselor.

Kaci Starkley crowned OJRA Rodeo Princess

posted: 10/27/2010 4:43 p.m.

Kaci Starkley, of Gentry, was recently crowned the 2011 Ozark Junior Rodeo Association Princess at Parsons Arena.

GHS students named to honor roll

posted: 10/27/2010 4:42 p.m.

Shannon Mitchell, GHS Counselor, announces the following students are named to the Gravette High School Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.

Sulphur Springs' Little Green Building Has Quite A History; Undergoes Major Repair

posted: 10/27/2010 4:41 p.m.

A small historical building in the park at Sulphur Springs is being restored to its’ original condition. And it’s “going green.”

Recent Scenes Around Gravette

posted: 10/27/2010 4:40 p.m.

Photos of Gravette

Longan to pastor Gravette FCC

posted: 10/27/2010 4:39 p.m.

GRAVETTE — The congregation of the First Christian Church of Gravette recently announced that Terry Longan will serve as their new senior pastor.

Wednesday, October 20

Kevin Smith appointed to school board's Zone 3 position

posted: 10/20/2010 7:27 p.m.

Kevin Smith was appointed to the vacant Zone 3 school board position on Monday night by a vote of the four recently elected school board members.

TOY Awards presented to Gentry teachers

posted: 10/20/2010 7:21 p.m.

Teacher of the Year awards for each campus were presented Monday night at the Gentry School Board meeting.

'No Annexation' group holds second meeting

posted: 10/20/2010 7:20 p.m.

About 40 people were in attendance at the second “No Annexation” meeting held at the Boling Farm on Thursday.

Council holds on to unexpected cash

posted: 10/20/2010 7:19 p.m.

The Gravette City Council in its committee meeting Monday night faced an unexpected problem: What to do with an extra $200,000. That’s the “problem” the city of Gravette faced after they received its sales tax check from the state for the month of September. The check was for $250,728, about $200,000 more than is usually received each month. Wisely, the City Council voted to put the extra $200,000 into the city’s reserve fund because... well, because the state may want all or some of it back.

Writer offers help to families by writing memoirs

posted: 10/20/2010 7:18 p.m.

So often it happens that generations of loved ones pass and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren know little about the lives and experiences of their ancestors, but one Gravette writer is hoping to change that by helping people leave behind a written and recorded account of their memoirs for family members to read and enjoy for generations to come.

Gravette's public library named 'American Star Library'

posted: 10/20/2010 7:12 p.m.

Gravette’s public library recently was named an “American Star Library.” The announcement comes from a national publication, The Library Journal, which calls Gravette’s library “top rated.”

Gentry Lions Club takes on new project with old computers

posted: 10/20/2010 7:11 p.m.

With computers now playing a big part in every child’s education, the Gentry Lion’s Club is launching a new service project to help provide computers to families of school age children who otherwise would not be able afford them.

Peterson Farms sells male genetic breed line

posted: 10/20/2010 7:09 p.m.

Heirs of local poultry pioneer, Lloyd Peterson, continue to sell assets of the family poultry business based in Decatur.


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Quilling Class Offered Quilling classes will be offered at the Gentry Public Library at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.


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October 20, 2010


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Adelle Boyle — 103rd Birthday


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“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:1-4 (Read 3:14 – 4:5)

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS I kept it quiet last night

posted: 10/20/2010 7:02 p.m.

Some have asked me to share more stories from my days in law enforcement and I found this old “tongue-in-cheek” poem I wrote during those days, poking fun at handling the dilemma of avoiding overtime and budget deficits while patrolling a 900-square-mile county alone at night. Perhaps others in law enforcement can relate.

A WALK IN THE PARK Attending a creative writer's conference

posted: 10/20/2010 6:57 p.m.

When my niece Sharon recently encouraged me to go to a creative writer’s conference with her, I wondered if it could be a hint. Since she has read some of my articles in the past, I thought she might be implying that I could use help. Applying the same logic that says never decline a breath mint when offered, I accepted her invitation to tag along.

SUSAN SAYS . . . October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

posted: 10/20/2010 6:55 p.m.

I have a mammogram scheduled this week.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE What will become of our legacy?

posted: 10/20/2010 6:54 p.m.

How pretty things are depends upon the eye looking at them. I have been known to say, “That sure is pretty,” about some things that would be yucky to others in different professions, or even in a culture that was far from ours. A friend, really just an acquaintance, told me how wonderful it was to look out over the city at night to see all the lights.


posted: 10/20/2010 6:52 p.m.

Editor, Normally, I dislike the negativity of the media. However, this time I feel the citizens of this area need to know what’s really happening in their towns … whether it’s Decatur, Gentry or Gravette.

A SECOND OPINION More Dolly drama

posted: 10/20/2010 6:48 p.m.

Several months ago, I wrote about the value of a small, cloth dolly when my 1-year-old lost her most beloved toy for several hours.


posted: 10/20/2010 6:46 p.m.

The Westside Eagle Observer invites and encourages letters from its readers. All letters must include the author’s complete name and an address and telephone number for verification purposes. Letters must not contain libelous or slanderous statements or profanity. The editor reserves the right to edit or condense letters as required by space limitations and to reject any letter deemed unworthy of publication.

Meet the candidates: Hotly contested races to be held for mayors' posts

posted: 10/20/2010 6:38 p.m.

Review of the Mayors' Races

Grant Helps Finance Gravette Exhibit Hall- Museum Project Progressing

posted: 10/20/2010 6:30 p.m.

With the walls up on a new exhibit hall for the Gravette Historical Museum, a crew from Walmart Design Division and local volunteers on a recent Friday completed rafter work at the building and the following day added decking and black tar paper on the roof. Members of the group work with Steve Mitchael, who heads the Division.

DECATUR HOMECOMING Junior Bulldogs continue winning streak

posted: 10/20/2010 6:28 p.m.

The junior high Bulldogs won their fifth straight game in a row on Friday against Western Yell County by a score of 36-0.

Pioneers shut out Blackhawks on Friday

posted: 10/20/2010 6:27 p.m.

A sluggish first-half performance had Gentry coach Brian Little challenging his Pioneers during halftime of their homecoming game against Pea Ridge.

Lady Pioneers on winning streak

posted: 10/20/2010 6:26 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers had a winning streak last week, with wins over Pea Ridge on Senior Night, Oct. 4, 3-0, and Berryville, on Oct. 5, by a score of 3-2.

Saints prove unstoppable in Pioneer Stadium

posted: 10/20/2010 6:26 p.m.

Shiloh was dominant from the first snap Friday night in Pioneer Stadium as Garrett Harper raced 68 yards after bouncing off several would-be tacklers.

Gravette downs Farmington

posted: 10/20/2010 6:24 p.m.

Gravette’s offense took a long time to get going Friday but its defense made sure it had all the time it needed.

Decatur and Gravette principals chosen for National Board Certification program

posted: 10/20/2010 6:23 p.m.

Several area principals, including Leslie Sharp of Decatur’s Northside Elementary School and Zane Vanderpool of Gravette’s Glenn Duffy Elementary, will join other administrators from across the country in a pilot program for a National Board Certification for Principals.

Gravette FCCLA gathering coats for children's shelter

posted: 10/20/2010 6:22 p.m.

A coat drive for area children is being sponsored during the remainder of October by the Gravette High School FCCLA, according to Nichole Mannion, Family, Career & Consumer Science teacher/advisor.


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Larry Holloway is back in rehab at Fayetteville. Mary was called to Nebraska on Thursday by the serious illness of her mother. I received word Wednesday night that my daughter-in-law Linda in Texas had lost her father. I had a telephone call from Dorene Wills this week. She had spent some time in the hospital but was home and feeling much better.

Christmas parade plans announced

posted: 10/20/2010 5:56 p.m.

Plans for the Gravette and Decatur Christmas parades have been announced.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 10/20/2010 5:55 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary and Intermediate Schools for the week of Oct. 11-15 are:

Benefit planned for Sims family

posted: 10/20/2010 5:52 p.m.

A benefit for the family of Frank Sims, of Gravette, who recently lost his life in a battle against cancer, will be held Saturday, October 23, at the Harbor House of Praise, 8543 West McNelly in Bentonville.

Forever House presented Oct. 23

posted: 10/20/2010 5:52 p.m.

Heritage Baptist Church in Gravette will present their annual “Forever House” Saturday, October 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. This year the event, whose theme is “Letters from Eternity” , will be held at the Boys and Girls Club.

Education Foundation holds annual meeting

posted: 10/20/2010 5:51 p.m.

Decatur Education Foundation members discussed scholarship funds at their annual meeting on Monday afternoon.


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We are having good weather if we can get some rain which we are in need of.

Singletons celebrate 50th

posted: 10/20/2010 5:50 p.m.

MAYSVILLE — Gary and Gwen Singleton of Maysville, Ark., were honored with a 50th wedding anniversary party at the home of Neil Singleton and family of Siloam Springs.

DHS seniors night

posted: 10/20/2010 5:21 p.m.

A special night for the parents of Decatur High School Seniors is planned for 6 p.m., Oct. 25 in the high school library.

Procedures for issuing wastewater bonds explained to Gravette Council

posted: 10/20/2010 5:17 p.m.

A conference call to the Gravette City Council Monday evening explained the procedures for issuing bonds to pay for the city’s waste-water treatment project. Ryan Bowman, spokesperson for Friday, Eldridge and Clark, Little Rock bond firm, spoke by phone to council members at the special meeting at City Hall at 5 p.m.

Murray, Wallace to marry

posted: 10/20/2010 5:15 p.m.

Mindy Lyn Murray and Alexander Paul Wallace, both of Gravette, announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

Gravette Chamber meets to discuss plans

posted: 10/20/2010 5:14 p.m.

At its most recent meeting, held October 6, the Gravette Chamber of Commerce completed plans for its City Council Candidate Forum which was held last Thursday night and con ducted other business. Meeting at the Ozarks Community Hospital, the Chamber also discussed the annual Gravette Christmas parade. The date for the parade will be announced later. The group learned that Old Tyme Tutors is seeking a location where that service can be provided Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. For information contact Dan Yates, Chamber president. Bryan Johnson was named chair of a committee to discuss how best to present Gravette’s story to the world. Other committee members are Damon Wallace, Christy Green, Ken Foxx, Jim Singleton and Jayna Cardetti. Yates opened discussion on how the perception of Gravette can be improved, including code enforcement (citizens keeping their properties clean and neat), creating jobs to bring people to the area and partnering of the Chamber with the City. Andrea Kelly was named chair

WESTSIDE Senior Center Menus

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Can-Do Hardware Grand Opening

posted: 10/20/2010 5:12 p.m.

The Gravette Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Can-Do Hardware and Lumber on Oct. 9.

Drug arrest

posted: 10/20/2010 5:07 p.m.

Two persons were arrested early Monday and charged with possession of a controlled substance, after Gravette Police Sergeant John Dunham responded to a call at 902 Fourth Avenue S.W. involving a runaway juvenile.

Gentry photographer wins awards in Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society contest

posted: 10/20/2010 5:06 p.m.

Annette Rowe, of Gentry, received awards for her photographs from the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society.

KBVA celebrates 20 years on air

posted: 10/20/2010 1:02 a.m.

Gayla McKenzie received her undergraduate degree in music education at the University of Arkansas.

Wednesday, October 13

City searches for affordable sewer solution

posted: 10/13/2010 9:18 a.m.

Gravette City Council members, at a special meeting held last week, were told that redesigning the city’s wastewater treatment system to transport effluent to Decatur is not a feasible money-saving solution and in fact could result in long-term environmental hazards.

Decatur Barbecue to be moved to Saturday

posted: 10/13/2010 9:17 a.m.

For the first time ever, the Decatur Barbecue will be held on a Saturday.

Gravette's KCS caboose added to National Register of Historic Places

posted: 10/13/2010 9:16 a.m.

The Kansas City Southern Railway Caboose #383 located at Gravette in Benton County is one of eight properties that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced last Wednesday.

New park is step closer

posted: 10/13/2010 9:14 a.m.

A new city park along the Flint Creek near Arkansas Highway 59 moved a step closer to reality on Oct. 4 when city council members unanimously approved surveying city-owned property along Flint Creek if sufficient money remains in the 2010 budget for the work.

New skate park facility opens

posted: 10/13/2010 9:12 a.m.

As soon as the construction barricades came down, Gentry’s new skate-spot skate park became a busy place with area skateboarders and bike riders testing it out.

Gravette council candidates offer answers at forum

posted: 10/13/2010 9:11 a.m.

Turnout at the City Council Candidate Forum last week could be termed disappointing, with about 30 citizens, several from outside the city, present to hear six candidates express their opinions.


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Announcements, Meetings and Upcoming Events


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“But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” Acts 15:11 (Read chapter 15) Many, even today, would have us believe that we cannot saved unless we keep the laws given to the children of Israel through Moses. They say trusting in Jesus’ perfect righteousness and His innocent sufferings and death in our stead is not enough. You must be circumcised; you must observe the Sabbath and other Old Testament holy days; and you must follow the Old Testament dietary laws, they say.


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October 13, 2010

Mayoral forum set for next week

posted: 10/13/2010 9:02 a.m.

A public forum for Gravette Mayoral Candidates will be held next Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Gravette Civic Center.

Early voting in General Election begins Monday

posted: 10/13/2010 9:01 a.m.

Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election will begin next Monday, Oct. 18, according to Tena O’Brien, Benton County Clerk.

Griz Bear Comments | It's time for a revival of words

posted: 10/13/2010 8:57 a.m.

There are some words which have fallen into disuse which just deserve to be revived. Their renewed use would make our language so much richer, so much more enjoyable to speak, and so much more memorable to read.

A Walk In The Park | Another beautiful place to visit, and so close to home!

posted: 10/13/2010 8:57 a.m.

One of my goals for this year has been to discover (or in some cases, rediscover ) fun and interesting places to visit right here in our hometown area. We don’t always take time to see things nearby when others might travel long distances to get to our area to see the very things we pass by daily without even stopping.

Opinions? Everybody Has One | Smelling the roses thanks to a crazy cow

posted: 10/13/2010 8:54 a.m.

This is a continued story! That special cow deserves special treatment.

Susan Says | Visit to the Gentry Quilt Fair

posted: 10/13/2010 8:54 a.m.

Our quilt class had a delightful outing last Friday. We drove to Gentry and ate lunch at the La Huerta Mexican restaurant where we celebrated the birthday of one of our members, Maxine Paulson.

Looking Back | A tribute to my sister

posted: 10/13/2010 8:52 a.m.

My oldest sister Lela turned 80 this month. I can remember when we had Mom’s 80th birthday celebration. She seemed old. Lela (who was my mother’s namesake) seems young.

Off the Cuff | Bureaucracy strikes again

posted: 10/13/2010 8:51 a.m.

Bureaucracy, it can be a killer — for individuals, for families, for communities, for businesses.

Louie the Lightning Bug coming to Gentry school

posted: 10/13/2010 8:48 a.m.

Louie the Lightning Bug is coming to Gentry Primary School at 10 a.m. Friday, according to a release from Southwestern Electric Power Company.

Gravette tests and repairs city storm sirens

posted: 10/13/2010 8:48 a.m.

The monthly test of Gravette’s storm warning siren system, last Wednesday, revealed one of the city’s five sirens was not operating properly.

Fall Festival couldn't have been much better

posted: 10/13/2010 8:46 a.m.

Things couldn’t have gone much better than they did at this year’s fall festival in Gentry. The weather was perfect, the entertainment was great and the park was just a pleasant place to be on a fall Sunday afternoon.

Gravette holds off Ozark for victory

posted: 10/13/2010 8:38 a.m.

The Gravette defense set up the Lions offense Friday night.

OCH receives $420K for rural hospitals

posted: 10/13/2010 8:37 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) in Gravette will benefit from a $420,000 Recovery Act fund to help 35 of Arkansas critical access and rural hospitals move from paperbased records to electronic health records.

Gravette children study school bus safety

posted: 10/13/2010 8:37 a.m.

As a part of National School Bus Safety Week, October 18 - 22, teachers and building principals are engaging students in an art contest in kindergarten through fifth grades, said Richard Carver, Gravette Schools Transportation Director.

Conway Christian defeats Bulldogs

posted: 10/13/2010 8:35 a.m.

The senior high Bulldogs were defeated 57-12 during Friday night’s home game against Conway Christian.

Schools holding flu shot clinics

posted: 10/13/2010 8:34 a.m.

Flu shot day for children in Gravette and Decatur Public Schools has been announced and parent information is being sent home with each child sometime this week, according to school nurses Karen Kerr and Jackie Eaton.

School makes plans for spirit week

posted: 10/13/2010 8:33 a.m.

A full week of festivities are planned to pump up school spirit for Decatur’s first homecoming game since 2008.

Gatton celebrates 95th

posted: 10/13/2010 8:32 a.m.

A crowd of friends and neighbors attended a reception honoring Gladys Gatton on her 95th birthday, held Sunday afternoon at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 10/13/2010 8:31 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for the week of Sept. 27- Oct. 1 are:

Students attend tech boot camp

posted: 10/13/2010 8:31 a.m.

Nine students from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, including Tait Clements, of Decatur, and Chance Key, of Gravette, attended a Microsoft Boot Camp at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock on Sept. 15.

Senior Center Menus

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Bulldog All Star Students

posted: 10/13/2010 8:28 a.m.

The Bulldog Allstars Students of the Week were chosen for showing the character trait of respect.


posted: 10/13/2010 8:27 a.m.

The weather report calls for rain and cooler temps.


posted: 10/13/2010 8:27 a.m.

Drive carefully! The Arts and Crafts Fairs are this weekend and that always brings extra traffic to the area.

Gravette PAWS students

posted: 10/13/2010 8:26 a.m.

“Pawsitive” and Wise Students (PAWS) at Glenn Duffy Elementary for the month of October are Colton Loveall, Ryleigh Craig, Bobby Alexander, Arissa Smith, Emelia Ericksson and Nathaniel Griffis. PAWS students were chosen for using the character trait of self-control.

DNE receives Walmart donation

posted: 10/13/2010 8:25 a.m.

Conrad Miller, general manager of the Walmart transportation department, presented Northside Elementary School principal Leslie Sharp with a check for $1,050 on Oct. 4.

Fabric shop opens for business in Gravette

posted: 10/13/2010 8:25 a.m.

Another new business recently opened at 605 N. First Ave. N.W., a fabric shop.

Hair stylist reopens business in Gravette

posted: 10/13/2010 8:23 a.m.

A new hair styling salon recently opened in Gravette, but it’s not entirely new because the owner operated a salon here before for 12 years. Annette “Reese” Hamilton reopened her salon, called “The Hair Saloon,” at 605 North First Ave., N.W. (Arkansas Highway 59) after truck driving with her husband for five years.

Wednesday, October 6

Board takes over at helm

posted: 10/06/2010 8:27 a.m.

Four newly elected Decatur school board members were sworn in at a special school board meeting on Monday evening and started off their terms by making some weighty decisions.

Landowners oppose Gravette annexation

posted: 10/06/2010 8:26 a.m.

About 50 area residents gathered in a large red building on the Danny and Becky Boling Farm Thursday night to organize an effort to defeat the city of Gravette annexation measure on the November ballot.

Council to reconsider key boxes

posted: 10/06/2010 8:25 a.m.

Council chambers were unusually full in Gentry Monday night when business owners and other citizens came to voice their concerns about the upcoming implementation of a 2006 ordinance requiring commercial buildings in Gentry to have a key box installed by May 1, 2011.

Political forum set

posted: 10/06/2010 8:24 a.m.

The Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce is organizing a City Council Candidate Forum to expand community knowledge of the candidates running for city council posts.

Gravette to reconsider its sewer plan

posted: 10/06/2010 8:19 a.m.

State officials have strongly suggested that Gravette reconsider its plan for upgrading the city’s wastewater treatment facilities to meet environmental requirements.

Fall festival set for this weekend in Gentry park

posted: 10/06/2010 8:18 a.m.

Gentry’s Fall Festival, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Gentry United Way, is this weekend and will offer the widest range of activities ever for the Gentry festival, according to Bev Saunders, executive director of the Gentry Chamber of Commerce.

Reader of the Month

posted: 10/06/2010 8:17 a.m.

Unice Selby of Gravette has been named "Reader of the Month" for October at the Gravette Public Library. \

Swap meet to be held

posted: 10/06/2010 8:16 a.m.

There's no need to travel across the county on craft fair weekend because a swap meet is planned here in Gentry during the Oct. 15-17 weekend.


posted: 10/06/2010 8:15 a.m.

Area Events, Meetings and Announcements


posted: 10/06/2010 8:13 a.m.

“And God said, Let us make man in our own image after our likeness…So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Genesis 1:26, 27 The LORD God created the first man and woman in His own image and after His likeness. Since God is a spirit, the image and likeness spoken of here refers not to a visible likeness, but to a spiritual likeness.


posted: 10/06/2010 8:12 a.m.

October 6, 2010


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

Barbara Howerton Hall and Drexel Hall of Gentry will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., at their home at 1595 Hwy 12 E.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS | Just in case life gets a little flat

posted: 10/06/2010 8:09 a.m.

He arrived Thursday — in a big manilla envelope — and he’s staying for a week. Who is he? He’s a flat Stanley, renamed Flat Riley by our grandson who chose to use his own name for the character drawn on a file folder with crayons rather than his brother Stanley’s name.

A WALK IN THE PARK | An a-MAZE-ing way to spend a fall evening

posted: 10/06/2010 8:08 a.m.

Nothing says fall has officially arrived like a trip through a corn field, a ride on a hay wagon and picking a big orange pumpkin right from the patch.


posted: 10/06/2010 8:08 a.m.

In an article under the headline “Decatur approves $7.2 million bond for its sewer plant” in the Sept. 22 issue of the Westside Eagle Observer, the headline failed to indicate what the article states in its first line: the bond was to refinance an existing $7.2 million bond in order to save the city money. Refinancing the $7.2 million in municipal bonds for the new wastewater treatment plant could save the city in excess of $300,000 over the life of the loan, according to Bob Wright of Crews and Associates.

SUSAN SAYS Thoughts on National Newspaper Week

posted: 10/06/2010 8:08 a.m.

“But I don’t want to lose my paper!” They’re not going to change my paper, are they?” “ It’s too bad our paper has to lose its name.” These are typical of comments heard a few weeks ago when three newspapers were merged to form the Westside Eagle Observer. At least we knew folks were reading their papers!

OPINION? Everyone Has One | Bovine madness on the loose

posted: 10/06/2010 8:07 a.m.

That dang old cow jumped higher than the fence except for her business parts — you know, the calf’s dinner plate.

Too many bumps in the road

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

Ten years ago this month, on Oct. 19, 2000, a meeting was held in the county seeking input for improvements in the state highway system.


posted: 10/06/2010 8:05 a.m.

Editor, I would like to respond to a letter to the editor published in the Sept. 29 Eagle Observer.

Two are injured in recent crashes

posted: 10/06/2010 8:04 a.m.

A three-year-old Gentry child underwent surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock last Thursday after she was injured in a one-vehicle accident south of Gravette.

Open house, harvest festival set

posted: 10/06/2010 7:52 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette announces the OCH of Gravette Clinic Open House and Harvest Festival will be held next Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Lions get past Pioneers in close game

posted: 10/06/2010 7:22 a.m.

The circumstances seemed similar to the previous Friday, when Gentry rallied to beat Farmington with a 96-yard touchdown drive in the final four minutes.

Decatur's junior high wins, varsity loses

posted: 10/06/2010 7:20 a.m.

The senior high Bulldogs lost their first home game of the season, while the junior high team continued their winning streak.

Hornets fall to Tigers

posted: 10/06/2010 7:20 a.m.

COMMERCE, Okla. — The Colcord Hornets fell to the Commerce Tigers 35-14 in a game that was much closer than the score leads on.


posted: 10/06/2010 7:13 a.m.

Pictures of the Pageant

Decatur school bus involved in accident

posted: 10/06/2010 7:12 a.m.

A Decatur school bus collided with a pickup truck on Little John Road while taking children home from school on Wednesday afternoon.

Gravette High School newspaper staff observe National Newspaper Week

posted: 10/06/2010 7:11 a.m.

This week, October 3 - 9, National Newspaper Week is being observed throughout America, not only by daily and weekly publications but also by students who add their efforts to the dissemination of news.

Gentry Library installs new Literacy Station

posted: 10/06/2010 7:10 a.m.

The Gentry Public Library has recently installed a new Bilingual Early Literacy Station, one of 204 such stations supplied to libraries throughout the state from the Arkansas State Library.GENTRY —


posted: 10/06/2010 7:09 a.m.

Week of October 11 - 15


posted: 10/06/2010 7:08 a.m.

Sunday, September 26, was the annual Edgmon Family Reunion in Mossville, Ark. Those attending from our area were Bill and Susan Edgmon, Scott Edgmon, Phyllis Burnett, Wilma Fladager, Beverly Nelson and family, Darlene and Louise McVay, Jordan and Kaleb Burnett and Linda Sanders.

Kendrick Fincher Foundation receives donation

posted: 10/06/2010 7:08 a.m.

Through the interest of Gentry seventh-grade football player Keeten Jones, a gift of $500 was presented to the Kendrick Fincher Foundation on Sept. 29 to assist the organization in educating athletes and coaches on the importance of maintaining good hydration during physical activities and preventing heat-related illnesses on hot days.

Drug program planned

posted: 10/06/2010 7:07 a.m.

A program on “The Abuse of Prescription Drugs Among Teenagers ” will be presented by the Gravette Police Department next Monday, Oct. 11, at the Middle School Library.


posted: 10/06/2010 6:57 a.m.

Due to the 10th being on a Sunday and the 11th being a holiday you have until October 12th to pay your taxes before paying a penalty this year.


posted: 10/06/2010 6:57 a.m.

Guess everyone is enjoying the weather. I think everyone was ready for cooler temps.

GHS juniors may take PSAT test on Oct. 13

posted: 10/06/2010 6:56 a.m.

Juniors at Gravette High School will be given the opportunity to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 13, at 8 a.m., Shannon Mitchell, GHS counselor, announced.

Decatur Character Kids of the month

posted: 10/06/2010 6:56 a.m.

The Decatur PTO recognized students from each grade who have showed respect during the month of September at Thursday's assembly.

Decatur students awarded for excellence

posted: 10/06/2010 6:55 a.m.

Decatur Northside Elementary School students who had excellent scores on last year's state tests were recognized and awarded with a T-shirt at Thursday's assembly.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 10/06/2010 6:53 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Sept. 27 through Oct.

Library to offer quilling class

posted: 10/06/2010 6:52 a.m.

A quilling class will be offered at the Gentry Public Library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Gentry Homecoming Queen Candidates

posted: 10/06/2010 6:51 a.m.

Pictures of Homecoming