Wednesday, September 29

Post filled

posted: 09/29/2010 11:50 p.m.

Scott McCollum was selected by the Gentry School Board at a special meeting on Monday to fill the empty Zone-3 seat, vacated when Brenda Willett resigned last month.

Gravette School Board approves education plan

posted: 09/29/2010 11:49 p.m.

The Gravette School Board meeting Sept. 20 was much shorter than normal but on its agenda was an important item of business, the approval of educational goals for the year.

Fall book fair set for next week

posted: 09/29/2010 11:48 p.m.

Gravette High School announced that its annual fall book fair will be held next week, starting Monday, Oct. 4, and continuing through Friday, Oct. 8.

Northside Elementary chosen for Kuder Galaxy pilot program

posted: 09/29/2010 11:48 p.m.

Northside Elementary School in Decatur is one of 53 schools in Arkansas to be chosen to pilot Kuder Galaxy, an interactive career exploration program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Candidate questionnaires

posted: 09/29/2010 11:45 p.m.

Candidate questionnaires are in the mail.

Ghost stories being sought

posted: 09/29/2010 11:44 p.m.

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, KUAF and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers want to hear your ghost story.


posted: 09/29/2010 11:44 p.m.

In last week's issue of the Eagle Observer, in an announcement of the upcoming marriage of Sherie Chamberlain and Paul Mattes Jr., the residence of the brideto-be's grandparents James and Georgene Chamberlain was mistakenly listed as Grove, Okla., when it should have been listed as Colcord, Okla.

Grant completes law enforcement academy

posted: 09/29/2010 11:42 p.m.

Officer Travis Grant of the Gravette Police Department was one of 53 officers who participated in Basic Police Training Class 2010-C at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in East Camden. Graduation ceremonies were conducted Sept. 17 at the SAU Tech Ross Center.


posted: 09/29/2010 11:42 p.m.

Announcements, Meetings and Other Community Events


posted: 09/29/2010 11:41 p.m.

September 29, 2010


posted: 09/29/2010 11:40 p.m.

A bridal shower for Sherie Chamberlain will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Bank of Gravette community room.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS | Illness can remind us of out-of-mind truths

posted: 09/29/2010 11:39 p.m.

There’s just nothing quite like being ill for several days to remind a fellow of the truth that it is indeed God who holds our breath in His hand and not we ourselves. Our lives depend upon Him and not He upon us.

A WALK IN THE PARK | A magical method to column writing

posted: 09/29/2010 11:38 p.m.

By late Thursday evening, I still hadn’t settled on a topic for my weekly column. At that point it was obvious it would take some real magic to get my contribution to the opinion page finished by bedtime so it would be ready for e-mailing to the newspaper office early on Friday morning.

LOOKING BACK | What’s in a name?

posted: 09/29/2010 11:38 p.m.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” I heard this ditty so much while I was growing up. And, name calling does hurt!

OPINION? Everyone Has One | A visit from my close relative's kin

posted: 09/29/2010 11:37 p.m.

It ain’t even duck season, deer season or possum season so I just as well put the rifle back in the case and go buy some more groceries!

Charlotte's Corner | Fall has finally arrived

posted: 09/29/2010 11:36 p.m.

I have always enjoyed September because it goes pretty fast and it is almost always hot.


posted: 09/29/2010 11:35 p.m.

Fall is here with all its possibilities, cooler days, displays of color on these Ozark hills, falling leaves, football.


posted: 09/29/2010 11:35 p.m.

Editor, The first issue of the Westside Eagle Observer, dated Aug. 4, 2010, announced the “Annexation added to Gravette ballot.” That was the day I became aware of the attempt to force part of our property into the city limits.

Hardcastles to celebrate 65th

posted: 09/29/2010 11:34 p.m.

Achel E. Hardcastle, Jr., and his wife Nadean (Ownbey ), of Springdale, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, in the parlor at First Baptist Church in Springdale.

Fall cleanup day set in Gravette

posted: 09/29/2010 11:33 p.m.

The City of Gravette has announced the annual fall citywide cleanup day will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, and citizens are advised early so they may make preparation to take advantage of this free service.

Festival plans big in Gentry

posted: 09/29/2010 11:33 p.m.

Gentry’s Community Fall Festival, sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce and the Gentry United Way, has grown each year since it was rekindled five years ago.

Gentry wins as time expires

posted: 09/29/2010 11:32 p.m.

Austin Millsap slowly walked up to the line and wiped his hands on his pants. With just over three minutes left and trailing by six points, the Gentry quarterback settled under center. His heels touched the goal line.

Decatur teams split against Hackett

posted: 09/29/2010 11:29 p.m.

For the second week in a row, the Bulldogs had a junior high win and a senior high loss.

Decatur students participate in Agricultural Sustainabiliity Field Day

posted: 09/29/2010 11:28 p.m.

Fourteen students from Decatur High School joined teens from three other schools last Wednesday for the Agricultural Sustainability Field Day hosted by the Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences Department at the U of A Agricultural Research Station in Fayetteville.


posted: 09/29/2010 11:28 p.m.

It’s beginning to seem like fall weather. I’m sure I’m not the only one waiting for cooler weather after our hot summer.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 09/29/2010 11:28 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Schools for the week of Sept. 20-24.

Decatur FCCLA raises $415 for childrens' hospital

posted: 09/29/2010 11:27 p.m.

FCCLA members raised $415 for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in five days with a football fundraiser.

GSD presents Arts in the Park

posted: 09/29/2010 11:26 p.m.

More than 200 persons lined the shores of Loch Lomond in Bella Vista the evening of September 18 when what is planned to be an annual “Arts in the Park” celebration was held in Tiree Park.

Gravette FFA raising scholarship funds

posted: 09/29/2010 11:25 p.m.

During the past school year the Gravette FFA Supporters raised over $5,000 toward scholarships for graduating seniors who have declared for schools of higher education and leadership training grants for deserving undergraduates in the 2010-2011 school year. Four scholarships were awarded and Mr. William Tapp, vo-ag teacher, will be selecting students to attend leadership training courses in the current school year.

All ready to compete

posted: 09/29/2010 11:25 p.m.

The Gentry Octoberfest Pageant and the Miss Gentry Pageant is scheduled for Oct. 2, 2010, at the Gentry High School Auditorium.


posted: 09/29/2010 11:24 p.m.

Sympathy is extended to the Giezentanner family. A lot of us remember when Dr.


posted: 09/29/2010 11:23 p.m.

Week of October 4 - 8

Gravette student awarded Farm Bureau scholarship

posted: 09/29/2010 11:23 p.m.

The Arkansas Farm Bureau has awarded scholarships of $2,200 each to 10 students in Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

Walmart donates $2 500 to DNE

posted: 09/29/2010 11:22 p.m.

Walmart’s Jewelry Warehouse in Bentonville donated $2,500 to the Northside Elementary School and treated staff and teachers to lunch on Friday.

Jolly Good Times Club meets

posted: 09/29/2010 11:22 p.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with six members and one guest, Charlie Griffin, present.

Maysville Extension Club meets to discuss annual fundraiser

posted: 09/29/2010 11:21 p.m.

The Maysville Extension Club met Sept. 23 at the Community Center. Twelve members and three guests were present. The visitors were Jean Catlett, Barbara West and Meral Ford. We enjoyed a good dinner hosted by Orpha Wardlaw.

Gentry FFA well represented at Benton County Fair

posted: 09/29/2010 11:20 p.m.

The Gentry FFA Chapter was very well represented at the Benton County Fair this year. Multiple members participated in the pageant, talent show, as entertainment, and in the various livestock shows.

Gravette blanks Pea Ridge for third shutout

posted: 09/29/2010 9:16 p.m.

Most of Gravette’s defensive starters stood on the sideline during the final few minutes of their 4A-1 Conference game Friday night.

Care and Share donations to be collected at arts fest

posted: 09/29/2010 12:15 p.m.

The staff of the Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival, sponsored by the Village Art Club, are proud to announce that during this year’s 42nd annual event, Care and Share of Gravette will have a tent and receptacles available for visitors to bring items to donate.

Watercolorist to present workshop

posted: 09/29/2010 11:11 a.m.

Award-winning artist Duane Hada will lead a watercolor workshop Oct. 6-9 at Edgmon Art, 16724 Stagecoach Road in Gravette.

Gravette Care and Share to have booth at craft festival

posted: 09/29/2010 12:45 a.m.

The Village Art Club announces that Care and Share in Gravette will have a booth at the 42nd annual Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival scheduled October 14 - 16.

Wednesday, September 22

Gentry board approves new $1.5 million bonded debt

posted: 09/22/2010 9:03 p.m.

The School Board at a special meeting on Sept. 13 authorized a $1.5 million construction bond and approved the low bid of Ross, Sinclaire & Associates at an interest rate of 4.75 percent.

Decatur closes one chapter, opens another

posted: 09/22/2010 9:02 p.m.

On Monday night the Decatur School District closed a chapter in its history, only to take another big step toward the future on Tuesday.

Gravette council approves wastewater treatment plan

posted: 09/22/2010 9 p.m.

The city's waste-water treatment plant project took a giant step toward staying on track at a meeting of the Gravette City Council Thursday night.

New business opens

posted: 09/22/2010 8:58 p.m.

A new hair salon opened its doors last week in Gentry with an open house on Monday. Salon Revelation, owned and operated by April Hendren, is located at 217 S. Gentry Blvd. (Arkansas Highway 59), Suite B — across the highway from Marvin’s Foods in Gentry.

Decatur approves $7.2 million bond for its sewer plant

posted: 09/22/2010 8:53 p.m.

Refinancing the $7.2 million in municipal bonds for the new waste-water treatment plant could save the city in excess of $300,000 over the life of the loan, Bob Wright, of Crews and Associates, told city council members at the Sept. 13 meeting.

Highfill approves trash ordinance

posted: 09/22/2010 8:52 p.m.

Residential trash service for those living within the corporate limits of the town of Highfill will be contracted through the city beginning Jan. 1, 2011.


posted: 09/22/2010 8:49 p.m.

Area Events, Meetings and Announcements. September 22, 2010

Hey, I'm your long-lost relative!

posted: 09/22/2010 7:12 p.m.

It wasn’t but a week or so ago when a brother-in-law of mine shared the good news that his family was related to Jesse James. I’ve heard from others, too, of family ties to Billy the Kid and other famous Western outlaws and I’m wondering what’s so great about having an outlaw in the family.


posted: 09/22/2010 4:35 p.m.

September 22, 2010

A WALK IN THE PARK Things we can own even when we don't

posted: 09/22/2010 4:30 p.m.

Since writing about some of my favorite quotes a few weeks ago, it seems that more really good one-liners have been jumping out at me everywhere I turn.

OPINION? Everybody has one - Keeping a civil tongue can prevent a black eye

posted: 09/22/2010 4:29 p.m.

When picking on a feller about his speech patterns, are you giving that particular person a compliment or are you being mean spirited and hateful?


posted: 09/22/2010 4:28 p.m.

Editor, Today, I learned that this ordinance was discussed five years ago, but the council hadn’t moved on it. Last week I learned that this ordinance is going into effect next May.

Scholarship finalist

posted: 09/22/2010 4:27 p.m.

Gravette High School senior Kaitlynn Britton has been named a Merit Scholarship finalist. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Britton of Gravette.

Chamberlain, Mattes to exchange vows

posted: 09/22/2010 4:26 p.m.

Sherie Kolene Chamberlain and Paul Joseph Mattes Jr. will be united in marriage at the Assembly of God Church in Gravette on Oct. 16, 2010.

Gatton to celebrate 95th

posted: 09/22/2010 4:24 p.m.

Gladys Gatton, of Gravette, will be honored at a reception in honor of her 95th birthday, Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, which is hosting the reception.


posted: 09/22/2010 4:21 p.m.

“And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming … And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:44-45, 48 (Read 44-52 )

Fly-in held Saturday

posted: 09/22/2010 4:14 p.m.

Don and Lorrie Amos again hosted a fly-in at their home, west of Cherokee City, on Saturday, and a good number of their guests came by plane, landing on their private air field named the Cherokee Strip.

Finish is near perfect

posted: 09/22/2010 4:10 p.m.

A perfect homecoming day at Gravette High School ended Friday night with the Lions’ 13-zip victory over the visitors from Poteau, Okla.. The win was the Lion’s third in a row, a pre-season victory string, which puts them in an enviable spot as they travel to Pea Ridge Friday night to open the conference season.

Bulldogs win one, lose one

posted: 09/22/2010 4:09 p.m.

The Bulldogs faced the Mountainburg Dragons last week, for a junior high win and a senior high loss.

Pioneers shut out by Panthers

posted: 09/22/2010 4:06 p.m.

It wasn’t a clinic on execution, but Siloam Springs got the job done on Friday at Glenn W. Black Stadium.

Gravette Library installs Literacy Station

posted: 09/22/2010 4:04 p.m.

Gravette 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.


posted: 09/22/2010 4:03 p.m.

On Saturday several members of Mt. Pleasant Church participated in the Walk For Life. Those walking Saturday morning were Gaylene Hall, Darlene and Louise McVay and Linda Sanders. Saturday afternoon those walking were Cathleen Spears, Margaret Martin, Mary Jo Lastovica, Brother Ernest Lastovica and John Philliber. Thanks to all for a good turnout.

Martinez completes basic training

posted: 09/22/2010 4:02 p.m.

Navy Seaman Recruit Trevor L. Martinez, son of Joseph L. Martinez, of Gravette, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 09/22/2010 4:01 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Sept. 13-17 are Kindergarten — Kelcie Henderson, Brooke Smith, Allie Ward, Mateo Cox, Dylan Poindexter and Cameo Stacy; First Grade — Rita Vang, Damien Fowler, Kailey Ward, Georgia Lashley and Carson Stell; and Second Grade — Brooke Blevins, Faith Howie, Bobby Harris, Gavin Pettit and Cameron Reilly.


posted: 09/22/2010 3:59 p.m.

Due to lack of candidates there is no school election being held in the district this year.

Decatur's mayor reviews audit report

posted: 09/22/2010 3:58 p.m.

Mayor Bill Montgomery presented the results of the Arkansas Legislative Joint Auditing Committee’s 2008-2009 audit of the city and a private audit of the Water and Wastewater Departments at the Sept. 13 city council meeting.

Local police participate in national Prescription Drug Take-Back-Day

posted: 09/22/2010 3:57 p.m.

Area police departments are joining in a nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back-Day this Saturday, Sept. 25. This announcement comes from Chief Zeb Rone of Sulphur Springs, Trent Morrison of Gravette, Terry Luker of Decatur and Keith Smith of Gentry.

September PAWS announced

posted: 09/22/2010 3:54 p.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary School has announced Positive and Wise Students (PAWS) for the month of September, according to Principal Zane Vanderpool.

Fund-raising efforts for Gravette's Animal Shelter are progressing

posted: 09/22/2010 3:52 p.m.

Efforts to raise funds to install a heating system for the animals at Gravette’s Animal Shelter are progressing, according to Eda Montag, a member of the Gravette JGT Club.

Gentry planning and zoning committee approves lot split

posted: 09/22/2010 3:51 p.m.

The city’s planning and zoning commission approved a lot split on one property and dissolved a lot line on another during its Thursday meeting.

Man charged with battery after fight

posted: 09/22/2010 3:50 p.m.

John Reed, 30, of Siloam Springs, was charged with battery in the second degree after allegedly breaking another man’s jaw on Sept. 5.

Sew with Cotton contest announced

posted: 09/22/2010 3:49 p.m.

The Benton County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee will hold their annual “Sew With Cotton” contest for adults and youth ages 14-19 on November 7, according to Janice Shofner, County Extension Agent/4-H Youth Development.

Wednesday, September 15

Old draws out new

posted: 09/15/2010 11:25 a.m.

Teaching a new generation how things were done in generations past is what the Tired Iron of the Ozarks antique engine and tractor club is all about.

Few attend wastewater meeting

posted: 09/15/2010 11:21 a.m.

Fewer than a dozen Gravette citizens, other than city officials and employees, attended a public meeting last Tuesday night to voice opinions about the Gravette wastewater treatment plant project.

New school board to be elected

posted: 09/15/2010 11:17 a.m.

School Board elections will be held on Sept.

New fire department substation could be in Gentry's near future

posted: 09/15/2010 11:14 a.m.

A new substation may be on the agenda for the Gentry Fire Department, according to information reported to the city council by Fire Chief Vester Cripps on Sept. 7.

Gentry council toughens city procedures when dealing with animal bites

posted: 09/15/2010 11:12 a.m.

A new ordinance governing procedures for dealing with animal bites was adopted unanimously by the city council at its Sept. 7 meeting, with rules suspended, on three readings with a single vote and with an emergency clause attached, placing the ordinance into effect immediately.

Hay Daze is set for Saturday in Highfill

posted: 09/15/2010 11:05 a.m.

Hay Daze will be held Saturday in the Highfill City Park.

Gentry taking court action to block unapproved subdivision

posted: 09/15/2010 11:03 a.m.

By unanimous vote, the Gentry City Council passed a resolution to take legal action to block a subdivision of property within Gentry’s planning jurisdiction in which a plat was not submitted and approved by the city’s planning and zoning commission.

Hat maker welcomed

posted: 09/15/2010 11:02 a.m.

J. W. Brooks, owner of Brooks Custom Hat Company, is welcomed to Gravette by Jayna Cardetti and Lindsey Watford, representing the Gravette Chamber of Commerce. B


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Area Announcements, Upcoming Meetings and Events


posted: 09/15/2010 10:30 a.m.

September 15, 2010

WEEKLY DEVOTION Why Believe in Jesus?

posted: 09/15/2010 10:29 a.m.

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15 Why do I believe in Jesus? Why do I follow after Him and continue in His Word? I believe in Jesus because I am a sinner and because Jesus came into the world to save sinners.


posted: 09/15/2010 10:28 a.m.

James P. Taylor Army National Guard Pvt. James P. Taylor graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.


posted: 09/15/2010 10:27 a.m.

A wedding shower in honor of Whitney Moorman and Jeremy Sharp will be held Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at the home of Effie Ross, 305 Irving Street SW in Gravette.

Decatur close to taking control

posted: 09/15/2010 10:27 a.m.

The fund-raising bake sales and car washes are behind them.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS | Trying to make sense of my wildest dreams

posted: 09/15/2010 10:25 a.m.

I had read of near-death experiences while in college and was skeptical of their legitimacy until last week when I had my own.

A WALK IN THE PARK | Learning what I didn't know about nature

posted: 09/15/2010 10:23 a.m.

Even after a few Google searches, I cannot determine who gets credit for first saying, “The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know.” But I imagine the statement — or some version of it — was first spoken by a wise person a very long time ago.

Lingering effects of summer

posted: 09/15/2010 10:22 a.m.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the hot dry summer we were enduring, and since there wasn’t space in the paper that week, I’m tempted to update the story since we had that great 2-plus inch rain recently.

OPINION? Everybody Has One | Count your blessings and breathing cattle

posted: 09/15/2010 10:20 a.m.

I knew Johnson grass was in the heifer pasture and that the girls were always hunting for a bite of something green and juicy but I did what some do. I sorta let it slip out of my thought pattern for a day or two.

THERE'S NO I IN MOM Why can't someone tell me to go to bed at 8?

posted: 09/15/2010 10:19 a.m.

I wish — and I know I’m not the only mom that feels that way — someone would come along and force me to go to bed at 8 p.m.


posted: 09/15/2010 10:18 a.m.

We’re enjoying the cooler weather and the rains that have blown up as recent tropical storms moved inland.


posted: 09/15/2010 10:17 a.m.

Editor, I want to thank Paulette Austin for the several hours of volunteer help she recently provided in Centennial Park. Along with park’s employee Tim Dewitt, they weeded and trimmed in excessive heat to make the park ready for Gravette Day. Their efforts are greatly appreciated. Allyson Ransom Gravette

LOOKING BACK Living through the hot summers

posted: 09/15/2010 10:16 a.m.

Most of us had a favorite teacher. Mine was Oma Denton. We called her Miss Oma.

Mayor asks ANRC for more time

posted: 09/15/2010 10:15 a.m.

Mayor Bill Howard Monday of this week wrote the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) requesting an extension of the cut-off date for a $9 million loan the ANRC has been reserving for the city of Gravette.

City indecisive on sewage issues

posted: 09/15/2010 10:14 a.m.

At a special meeting of the Gravette City Council last Thursday night, the Council appointed former Council member Tena Crose to fill the Ward 3, Position 2, which was vacated by Kurt Maddox who recently moved to Rogers.

Committee, council approve lot split, substation plans

posted: 09/15/2010 10:14 a.m.

Planning and zoning committee members voted on Thursday to recommend plans for a new Empire Electric substation to the city council and took up a lot-split The committee voted to recommend a lot split for Angie Laney, allowing her to divide her property, near the intersection of Arkansas Highway 59 and Jerry Street, into two lots.

Employees partner in hope

posted: 09/15/2010 10:12 a.m.

Bank of Gravette employees recently joined forces with “Partners in Hope” fund-raising efforts for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, Tenn.

Bulldogs start strong

posted: 09/15/2010 10:10 a.m.

After a year long break, the Bulldogs made a strong start to the football season with two wins in the first week.

Pioneers bag Tiger win at Charleston

posted: 09/15/2010 10:09 a.m.

The Pioneers picked up a big win — considered by many an upset — in Charleston on Friday night.

Gravette gears up for homecoming Friday

posted: 09/15/2010 10:09 a.m.

Gravette High School is gearing up for its annual football homecoming scheduled this Friday, September 18. It will include the traditional pep rally, homecoming parade and a game pitting the Lions against a team from Poteau, Okla.

Lions pick up second win

posted: 09/15/2010 10:07 a.m.

Gravette started sluggishly for the second straight week at Friday night’s game at Mc-Donald County (Mo.) A long touchdown pass by Colton Davis fueled the Lions’ season-opening victory over Jay (Okla.). On Friday night, however, a defensive play sparked Gravette to a 38-7 nonconference win over the Mustangs.

Pee Wee Basketball sign-ups are on Saturday in Gravette

posted: 09/15/2010 10:06 a.m.

It’s Pee Wee Basketball sign-up time, according to John Pollreis. “Even though football is just getting started, parents are starting to call about the basketball program,” he said.

Local talent needed for Gravette choir's Christmas musical

posted: 09/15/2010 10:05 a.m.

Community members are invited to attend the Gravette Community Choir’s preview of this year’s Christmas musical selection at 7 p.m., Sept. 21, at the Assembly of God Church on Arkansas Highway 102 West in Gravette.

Gravette School's first ever 'Arts in the Park' celebration planned for Sept. 18

posted: 09/15/2010 10:04 a.m.

The first-ever Gravette School District “Arts in the Park” celebration featuring the high school band, choirs and art and drama departments will be held this Saturday, September 18.

Polls will be closed in Gravette next Tuesday

posted: 09/15/2010 10:03 a.m.

Voters in Gravette School District 20 will not be going to the polls next Tuesday in the annual state-wide school election.

Decatur FCCLA raising funds for Childrens Miracle Network

posted: 09/15/2010 10:02 a.m.

Classes in the Decatur High School are competing to see how much money they can raise between Sept. 13 and 18 for the Children’s Miracle Network as part of a FCCLA project.

Watson named to National FFA Band

posted: 09/15/2010 10:02 a.m.

When the lights are dimmed and a hush descends upon the audience of more than 54,000 at the nation’s largest annual student convention this Oct. 20 through Oct.

New program allows Gravette parents to access grades online

posted: 09/15/2010 10:01 a.m.

Parents in Gravette School District may access their student’s grades on the Internet through the EDLINE system, according to Janna Sharp, Parent Involvement Coordinator at Gravette High School.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 09/15/2010 10 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary and Intermediate Schools for the week of Sept. 6-10.

Evans, Skaggs exchange vows

posted: 09/15/2010 9:59 a.m.

Deanna Gale Skaggs of Lowell and John Archie Evans of Gentry were united in marriage at a 6 p.m. wedding on Saturday, August 21, at the Evans Farm in Gentry. Mark Evans officiated at the ceremony.

57th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival proclaimed a success

posted: 09/15/2010 9:59 a.m.

The 57th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival on Aug. 6 and 7 was an overall success, Chamber of Commerce president Royce Johnson reported at the Sept. 6 meeting. This was the first year the Decatur Barbecue and the Bulldog Days were held back to back as one festival.

G.M.C.H. Ole Timers meet

posted: 09/15/2010 9:57 a.m.

The G.M.C.H. Ole Timers met on Thursday, July 22, at the Main Cafe at 5 p.m. The supper event was well attended so we’re going to try again on Thursday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the same location, said Snooky Garrett.


posted: 09/15/2010 9:56 a.m.

Labor Day is past, time to put up your summer clothes and white shoes.


posted: 09/15/2010 9:56 a.m.

We received a good rain and cooler temperature and the grass has really got green which is good. Hope we have nice fall weather.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 09/15/2010 9:55 a.m.

GENTRY AND GRAVETTE CENTERS Week of September 20 - 24

Air ambulance

posted: 09/15/2010 9:53 a.m.

An AirEvac helicopter was called to the Gentry ball diamonds along Main Street on Sunday evening after a 17-year-old Gentry youth was injured in a friendly game of tackle football.

Health Fair planned in Gentry

posted: 09/15/2010 9:52 a.m.

Gentry Medical Center will be holding a free informational health fair from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Medical Center facility.

Decatur man, juveniles arrested for burglary

posted: 09/15/2010 9:51 a.m.

Daniel Cruz, 19, and two other juveniles were arrested for allegedly breaking into a home on Midway Avenue in Decatur and stealing more than $400 in cash and a piece of gold jewelry.


posted: 09/15/2010 9:51 a.m.

Benton County high school students Kaitlynn Britton, right, and Tyler Awe, of Rogers, recently participated in the Medical Application of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camp at the Northwest Arkansas Health Education Center in Fayetteville.

Wednesday, September 8

Schools to launch new alert system

posted: 09/08/2010 10:13 p.m.

A new school district-wide communication system that will link Gravette Public Schools with parents and staff is being launched.

City seeks answers to fund wastewater treatment plant

posted: 09/08/2010 10:10 p.m.

Several Gravette city officials met last Wednesday morning with a representative from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Authority to search for additional funding to assist in paying for Gravette’s planned wastewater treatment facility project.

Gentry link sought

posted: 09/08/2010 10:07 p.m.

Police are not identifying a piece of evidence found at the Arizona campsite which could link John McCluskey, 45, and Casslyn Welch, 44, to the Aug. 11 robbery of the Gentry Kut and Kurl salon.

Library receives saddlebags of early Decatur physician

posted: 09/08/2010 10:06 p.m.

Dr. Felix G. Eubanks’ saddlebags, still packed with medicine and supplies, give a glimpse into a different era when doctors made house calls on horseback.

Clinic reopens in Gravette on Sept. 1

posted: 09/08/2010 10:05 p.m.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Ozarks Community Hospital officially opened the doors at the OCH of Gravette Clinic.

Police investigate accident

posted: 09/08/2010 10:04 p.m.

Alicia Mejia, 29, of Decatur, was cited for driving without a license or insurance after an alleged hit-and-run accident on Aug. 20.

Old engines, tractors to come back to life

posted: 09/08/2010 10:02 p.m.

Tired Iron of the Ozarks is gearing up for its 19th annual fall show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the club’s show grounds at 12244 Taylor Orchard Road in Gentry.


posted: 09/08/2010 10 p.m.

Area Announcements, Meetings and Events

Hall retires after serving 38 years as K-12 educator

posted: 09/08/2010 9:57 p.m.

Longtime Decatur teacher and librarian JoAnne Hall celebrated her retirement with friends, family and colleagues at the Highlands Restaurant in Bella Vista on Wednesday.


posted: 09/08/2010 9:52 p.m.

Living in denial of the truth has implications for everyone. While I usually try to keep this column on the lighter side, there are times when the serious side of me just can't help but point out the fallacies in the way people are thinking and living. This is one of those occasions.


posted: 09/08/2010 9:51 p.m.

| Here we go again, another new month. And aren’t we excited that it’s September, because it should cool down a little!


posted: 09/08/2010 9:50 p.m.

There's just so much to love about fall. Just about the time it feels as though the summer heat will last forever, a flirt of cooler weather dances through the air to remind us that real change is not far behind. Here comes fall and I am ready!

OPINION? Everybody had one

posted: 09/08/2010 9:49 p.m.

My close relative and I loaded up her car and went south yesterday about noon. I wanted to look at a new baler and she just wanted to look.

Hay Daze set

posted: 09/08/2010 9:46 p.m.

Hay Daze is just over a week away in the Town of Highfill, with the annual community celebration set for Saturday, Sept. 18, in the town’s park.

Memory Walk on Saturday

posted: 09/08/2010 9:45 p.m.

A “Dr. Billy V. Hall” team from Gravette will be participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Arvest Ball Park in Springdale.


posted: 09/08/2010 9:43 p.m.

We have a change in temperature that is welcome It’s suppose to be nice the rest of the week. I’m sure everyone will enjoy it.


posted: 09/08/2010 9:42 p.m.

It’s still a couple of weeks until the first day of fall but we’re having a taste of fall weather. A storm system moved in Thursday and brought with it rain and cooler temperatures. Falling leaves carpet the front yard and the days are growing noticeably shorter.


posted: 09/08/2010 9:42 p.m.

Regina Keith has spent a few days with her mother in Aurora, Mo.


posted: 09/08/2010 9:41 p.m.

September 8, 2010

Why is the flag at half-staff?

posted: 09/08/2010 9:40 p.m.

As required by state law, Arkansas flags throughout the state are lowered to half-staff each time a member of the Armed Forces of the United States from Arkansas is killed in action while on active duty.


posted: 09/08/2010 9:39 p.m.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.... ” Deuteronomy 30:19, Read 15-20

Hunting allowed in agricultural zones

posted: 09/08/2010 9:38 p.m.

Gravette City Council considered items other than the wastewater treatment plant project during its meeting Aug. 26.


posted: 09/08/2010 9:37 p.m.

Moorman, Sharp and Bailey, Barlow

Farmers' market continues

posted: 09/08/2010 9:36 p.m.

The Farmers’ Market will continue to operate in Old Town Park each Saturday through September 23, according to Allyson Ransom, director of the project. Local vendors will be at the Market Building each Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with locally grown produce, as well as other locally produced items.

Lions roar past Jay in opener

posted: 09/08/2010 9:36 p.m.

Bill Harrelson thrust an index finger into the air as he congratulated his Gravette Lions after their season-opener victory over Jay, Okla.. Gravette (1-0 ) forced five Jay turnovers Friday night at Lion stadium and held the Bulldogs to just 60 rushing yards on 30 attempts.

Gentry upends Colcord in two-day game

posted: 09/08/2010 9:32 p.m.

Mother nature had other plans for Colcord’s season-opening football game against Gentry on Thursday.

Shining Stars

posted: 09/08/2010 9:31 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 are:

Principal Chief Chad Smith announces his re-election bid

posted: 09/08/2010 9:30 p.m.

Chad Smith announced that he would run for re-election as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Back-to-school dance held, another planned

posted: 09/08/2010 9:29 p.m.

Student of the Month and Ambassador hosted a back-to-school dance at the Gravette Civic Center on Aug. 27, and everyone had a great time, according to Janna Sharp, Ambassador sponsor.

Gravette Gleamers learn of Red Cross classes and training

posted: 09/08/2010 9:28 p.m.

Guest speaker David Vang came to speak to the the Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club about the American Red Cross at its July 12 monthly meeting.

Miller accepted as member in NSCS

posted: 09/08/2010 9:27 p.m.

Amanda Miller, of Gentry, has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She will be honored during an induction convocation this fall on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

Water rates go up

posted: 09/08/2010 9:26 p.m.

The town council, at its Aug. 16 regular meeting, raised water rates and approved on a second reading an ordinance which would establish a citywide trash contract for residential solid waste pickup within the city.

Pantry moving

posted: 09/08/2010 9:25 p.m.

The First Christian Church “Feed My Sheep” food pantry in Gravette announced it will be moving to a new location, and a work day is scheduled to help prepare for the move.

Park benches honor donors

posted: 09/08/2010 9:20 p.m.

Three benches in the town’s park were purchased by the Library Association of Highfill and placed in memory of the association’s largest donors.

Senior center menus for next week

posted: 09/08/2010 9:19 p.m.

Gravette and Gentry Centers

Cyclist makes stop in Gravette along journey

posted: 09/08/2010 9:16 p.m.

Danielle Girdano, pictured with her bike, made a brief stop in Gravette last Monday while on her 1,300 mile bicycle ride from Minneapolis to Dallas.

Lockhart wins grand champ at poultry show

posted: 09/08/2010 9:15 p.m.

Joshua Lockhart of Gravette, a member of Town and Country 4-H Club, took Grand Champion honors at the recent Benton County 4-H Pullet Show held at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

DHS artists study optical illusions

posted: 09/08/2010 9:15 p.m.

Students in the Decatur High School’s Art I class proudly showed their recently completed optical illusion art projects on Monday morning.

Senior Center donates $114 to first grade classroom

posted: 09/08/2010 9:14 p.m.

Margaret Martin and her first grade class at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette were presented a gift of $114.39 from residents at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center.

Jones tours Washington D.C.

posted: 09/08/2010 9:13 p.m.

Editors note; Rachel Jones, of Gravette, gave the following report of her trip to Washington D.C. with the People to People program. Rachel is the daughter of Larry and Dr. Nancy Jones and is in the seventh grade at Gravette schools. By Rachel Jones I participated in the People to People Program in Washington D.C. from June 21 to June 26. There were 350 junior high students from around the world. My group and I got to tour many museums, monuments and the U.S. Capitol.

Money donated to pound

posted: 09/08/2010 9:12 p.m.

Members of the Jolly Good Times Club recently made a donation of $50 to benefit the Gravette city animal shelter.

Wednesday, September 1

Mc Donald's to open next week

posted: 09/01/2010 6:37 p.m.

Though construction at the new Gentry restaurant continues, McDonald’s opening date is only a week away.

Decatur adopts new bus policy

posted: 09/01/2010 6:36 p.m.

A new policy at Decatur schools will require parents to sign pre-kindergarten students on and off the school bus as a safety precaution, following an incident in which a three-year-old student was dropped off at the wrong bus stop last week.

Expensive choices put before Gravette council

posted: 09/01/2010 6:35 p.m.

How to finance upgrading Gravette’s wastewater treatment facility to meet new federal/state discharge limits was a major topic at Thursday night’s city council meeting.

Full slate of candidates file for city posts

posted: 09/01/2010 6:34 p.m.

With campaign signs popping up everywhere, it's no secret that the November election is fast approaching. But instead of being a shoo-in election with few contested seats, this year's municipal election will have some hotly contended races.

Gravette grass fire

posted: 09/01/2010 6:29 p.m.

Benton County and most of Arkansas is now under a "burn ban" due to dry weather conditions. Grass fires have been common including this large fire that burned a large field west of Pop Allum park last Tuesday.

Wire-wrapping class to be offered next week

posted: 09/01/2010 6:28 p.m.

A special class teaching how to make twisted-wire art will be presented at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Gentry Public Library.

Jolly Good Times Club met

posted: 09/01/2010 6:27 p.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with five members and two guests present, Charlie Griffin and Harlan Montag.

Fall festival plans finalized in Gentry

posted: 09/01/2010 6:26 p.m.

Plans are under way for Gentry’s annual fall festival, to be held from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Gentry City Park.

Candidates sought for appointment to vacant school board position

posted: 09/01/2010 6:26 p.m.

With the resignation of Brenda Willett from the Gentry School Board on Aug. 16, the school district is seeking parties interested in completing the term of the vacant Zone 3 board position.


posted: 09/01/2010 6:25 p.m.

Announcements, Meetings and Upcoming Events

Clinic has new owner today

posted: 09/01/2010 6:20 p.m.

Gravette medical clinic has a new owner and a new name today, Sept. 1.

OCH announces new physical therapist

posted: 09/01/2010 6:19 p.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette announced that physical therapist assistant Damon Hudson will handle direct inpatient and outpatient care, including treatment follow-up appointments and assessing patient programs at the OCH Physical Therapy Department.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS | It seems life is just getting too complicated

posted: 09/01/2010 6:18 p.m.

Sometimes it just seems life is getting too complicated. What was once just a simple task now requires so many steps a fellow hardly wants to take it on.

A WALK IN THE PARK | What were we thinking?

posted: 09/01/2010 6:17 p.m.

What seemed like a good idea in the beginning has left me wondering as of late just what it was that we were thinking.

Political correctness that's incorrect

posted: 09/01/2010 6:17 p.m.

Hooray for “political correctness.” That is now the watchword for America. It has become an every-other-word addition to our vocabulary and a driving forced addition to our Constitution.

OPINION, Everybody Has One | Thinking about the dry, dusty weather

posted: 09/01/2010 6:16 p.m.

I am too busy today to think about what the neighbors are doing with their cash crops. The grass is gone and the creek place I have leased is gonna have to have water hauled in if it gets any worse or if it doesn’t rain within the next ten days. I just wonder again why so many of us are in the cattle business. And then I wander down the fence line to see if it is greener on the other feller’s side.

LOOKING BACK Living through the hot summers

posted: 09/01/2010 6:15 p.m.

Adults who lived in the 50’s can remember the hot summer days — without air conditioning. We didn’t know what it would mean to be cool in the heat, so we didn’t miss it. Instead we found other ways to stay cool.

SUSAN SAYS | Another Busy Week

posted: 09/01/2010 6:14 p.m.

A break in the hot weather at midweek brought us a few cooler mornings and we’ve appreciated being able to turn off the air conditioner and open the windows. Should help lower the electric bill a bit too.


posted: 09/01/2010 6:13 p.m.

September 1, 2010


posted: 09/01/2010 6:11 p.m.

“Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him... And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so.Then said they, It is his angel. But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison.” Acts 12:5, 13-17 (Read Acts 12)

Decatur finally back on the football field

posted: 09/01/2010 6:08 p.m.

For several members of the Decatur football team, Thursday night’s scrimmage at Berryville was their first football action in more than a year.

Pioneers’ offense a work in progress

posted: 09/01/2010 6:07 p.m.

Gentry coach Brian Little came away from Tuesday’s scrimmage against West Fork pleased with his defense.

Decatur sports adds cheer team

posted: 09/01/2010 6:06 p.m.

Football isn’t the only sport making a big comeback in Decatur this fall. The school will have a cheer leading team this season for the first time since 2008.

Passing game in need of improvement before Gravette opener

posted: 09/01/2010 6:05 p.m.

The first noticeable thing Gravette coach Bill Harrelson saw that needs improvement by Friday’s season opener against Jay, Okla., is the passing game.

Griffin has 75 year history at county fair

posted: 09/01/2010 6:03 p.m.

Jerry Hamm of Hindsville smiled big — really big — when she finally found one of the reasons she goes to the Benton County Fair each year.

New Senate district likely

posted: 09/01/2010 6:01 p.m.

Northwest Arkansas’ state senators will spend a lot of time in the near future studying maps.

Gentry picks up wins

posted: 09/01/2010 6 p.m.

Girls’ volleyball teams picked up wins Monday in a matchup against Southwest City, Mo.

Couple arrested for indecency

posted: 09/01/2010 5:59 p.m.

Bobby Calvert, 21, and Breanna Richardson, 22, both of Decatur, were cited for public sexual indecency after an alleged sexual act outside the Hidden Springs apartments in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 22.

Shining Stars

posted: 09/01/2010 5:58 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate and Primary Schools for the week of Aug. 23-27.

Merchant's club supports livestock auction

posted: 09/01/2010 5:52 p.m.

The evening of Aug. 21 was a tension-filled time for approximately 165 young ladies and gentlemen.

Schools announce first week enrollment numbers

posted: 09/01/2010 5:50 p.m.

Gravette schools showed a slight increase in enrollment at the start of school this year, according to information from the administrative office.

WESTSIDE Senior Center Menus

posted: 09/01/2010 5:49 p.m.

Week of September 6 - 10

Employees to take Municipal League class

posted: 09/01/2010 5:48 p.m.

The Arkansas Municipal League will soon conduct a class on employment discrimination for the City of Gravette and its employees, according to Bill Howard, Mayor.


posted: 09/01/2010 5:47 p.m.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Elsie Powell for their loss. The Powells formerly lived in Hiwasse.


posted: 09/01/2010 5:47 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant hosted a bowling party for the young and young at heart earlier this month. We all had a great time.

Local girls among royalty at Benton County Fair

posted: 09/01/2010 5:46 p.m.

Royalty at the recent Benton County Fair Beauty pageants included several girls from Gravette and western Benton County.