Wednesday, April 27

And it rained!

posted: 04/27/2011 4:41 p.m.

April of 2011 will go down in history as the wettest April in 85 years, according to records dating to 1926 kept by weather department observers.

Prayer leads to arrest

posted: 04/27/2011 4:39 p.m.

MAYSVILLE — Good police work and prayer led to the capture and arrest of a wanted fugitive near Maysville on April 19.

Nature area opens its own Facebook page

posted: 04/27/2011 4:38 p.m.

Eagle Watch Nature Area launched its own Facebook page on April 20. The new page will include information about the trail, plants and wildlife there and events, along with photographs taken in the area.

Teacher contracts approved in Gravette

posted: 04/27/2011 4:36 p.m.

Re-employment of the classified staff and classified administration employees for Gravette School District was completed at a meeting of the school board last Monday night. This completes most of the staffing for District 20 for the coming school term.

County's new alert system put to the test

posted: 04/27/2011 4:34 p.m.

The Benton County Alert System has had a real workout during the past week with tornado, severe thunderstorm and hail warnings affecting various parts of the county.

Hit-and-run driver caught by Gentry PD

posted: 04/27/2011 4:33 p.m.

With the assistance of Gentry Police, Arkansas State Police corporal Lori Whillock arrested a New Mexico woman in Gentry Wednesday afternoon after she drove her van into another vehicle on Arkansas Highway 59 and fled the scene of the accident.

Decatur Easter egg hunts rescheduled

posted: 04/27/2011 4:32 p.m.

Rain and storms canceled plans for two Easter egg hunts in Decatur last Saturday, but organizers say they are planning to try again this week.

Cokers to celebrate 40th

posted: 04/27/2011 4:31 p.m.

A reception honoring Bud and Linda Coker of Gentry, to celebrate their 40th anniversary, will be held Saturday, April 30, at the Highfill Community Building.


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April 27, 2011

History comes alive!

posted: 04/27/2011 4:25 p.m.

It was again a busy weekend at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks showgrounds south of Gentry on April 15-17 as the antique engine and tractor club held its 19th Annual Spring Crank-up and Swap Meet.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Recollections of a skinny kid learning to play a baritone

posted: 04/27/2011 4:22 p.m.

Back in 1969, this skinny kid I used to know started his freshman year at a small Lutheran high school in Los Angeles and one of his classes — because his parents wanted him to learn to play an instrument — was beginning band.

A WALK IN THE PARK Learning life lessons from my flower garden

posted: 04/27/2011 4:22 p.m.

An added value to working in my flower garden is the abundance of time it gives me to ponder things while still accomplishing the task at hand.

OFF THE CUFF A lesson from 'Johnny the Brave'

posted: 04/27/2011 4:21 p.m.

Do you have the faith, the courage, that has been so strongly exemplified for each of us? Pondering those words “faith” and “courage” can serve as a benchmark: A faith that is remarkably strong and a courage to trust that faith.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE If you like country, don't change it

posted: 04/27/2011 4:19 p.m.

I drove to town yesterday, just before the sun started down in the west, and once again found myself in awe of Mother Nature. The earth is covered in green. Trees, weeds and grass are just wonderful after a long and cold winter. I appreciate the ground cover and admire the pastures, even if most of them are swathed in weeds.

Where 'Rough Crossing' is an understatement

posted: 04/27/2011 4:13 p.m.

For the past three months, the Main Street KCS sidewalk crossing in Gravette has been disabled and a challenge not only for persons who use the walk going west to the post office, church and industries, but also to those — including mothers with baby strollers — en route to town businesses and activities.

Decatur wins conference championship

posted: 04/27/2011 4:12 p.m.

The Decatur Junior High Boys' Track team won the conference championship on April 20 and hammered the competition with a lead of nearly 90 points.


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Upcoming Local Events


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Next Weeks Area Public Meetings

Maysville E.H. Club held March meeting

posted: 04/27/2011 4:07 p.m.

Lukens gave the inspirational thought, “Going Home to Jesus.” Nikki Crawley gave a very informative lesson on osteoporosis.


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Larry Keith has spent some time in Newton County turkey hunting this week. Luckily we missed the hail again Thursday afternoon but did have a severe thunderstorm with about 3 1/2 inches of rain. We didn’t miss the hail Saturday morning, or the second one Saturday afternoon. Can anyone give a mother cat and five new kittens a good, safe home? If so please call me. Also there are three more adult cats who need a home. My family fixed me a birthday lunch on Sunday. Those helping me celebrate were Mr. and Mrs. Ward Carrier, Mr. and Mrs. Lofty Carrier, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Carrier and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brooks. We had a combination birthday and Easter lunch.


posted: 04/27/2011 4:06 p.m.

Guess everyone knows what the weather is, rain and more rain. I imagine everyone is ready for a break. Jewel Lukens spent Easter Sunday after church with J.D. and Sue Smith at Cherokee City. Billy and Violet Lovell had dinner at their house on Easter.

Local winner named in Farm Bureau safety poster contest

posted: 04/27/2011 4:04 p.m.

Winners in Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2011 safety poster contest were announced, with second place going to Ty Connolly of Colcord (Okla.), a fifth grade student at Colcord Elementary.

Gentry forensics team wins awards

posted: 04/27/2011 4:04 p.m.

Forensics team members Linda Fitzmaurice, Emilia Barrick, Katy Porter, Amanda Tucker, Morgan Norris, Kim Upton and coach/instructor Darin Ward pose for a photo with trophies won at state and local forensics competitions this school year. Barrick was a semi-finalist at the state competition in Fayetteville on April 16. Others finished in third or fourth in the statewide meet.


posted: 04/27/2011 4 p.m.

“I have set the LORD always before me because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:8-11

Decatur All-conference basketball players

posted: 04/27/2011 3:56 p.m.

Six Decatur students were honored at the April 18 school board meeting for achieving all conference honors in basketball. Juniors Mitchell Perry and Sienna Shaw were named all-conference players.

Gentry loses close one

posted: 04/27/2011 3:53 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers came up a run short when they took on the Lady Hillbillies at Ozark on April 18.

Trap shooting on target in Decatur

posted: 04/27/2011 3:51 p.m.

While not what usually comes to mind when thinking of high school sports, trap shooting has become the newest school-sanctioned sport in Decatur.

'ShakeOut' set for local schools

posted: 04/27/2011 3:50 p.m.

Gravette schools will be participating in the “Great Central U.S.

Basketball Honorees

posted: 04/27/2011 3:49 p.m.

Courtney Millsap, left, and Terra Jones, of Gentry High School, were both nominated as all-conference players in basketball and were both selected as KURM Dream team members. Jones was also nominated as all-state player and Millsap, to the all-state tournament team.


posted: 04/27/2011 3:48 p.m.

Gravette Upper Elementary staff is proud to announce that one hundred percent of the total student population had parents who were contacted during the annual Spring Parent-Teacher Day!

Gentry Primary School publishes honors

posted: 04/27/2011 3:48 p.m.

Third quarter honor rolls were released at Gentry Primary School. On the lists were the following students:

Gentry roof project approved

posted: 04/27/2011 3:46 p.m.

Several school districts in Benton and Washington counties, including Gentry, are in line to receive portions of nearly $13.5 million for new school construction or renovations.

GIS Shining Stars

posted: 04/27/2011 3:45 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for the week of April 18-22 are:

GPS Shining Stars

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The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of April 18-22 are:

Easter Egg Hunts

posted: 04/27/2011 3:43 p.m.

Photos of area hunts

Wednesday, April 20

Chicken houses ruffle feathers at Highfill meeting

posted: 04/20/2011 11:12 p.m.

The community of Highfill is facing several tough decisions as city council members struggle to decide how to integrate the town’s rural farming heritage with the realities of being an incorporated and planned city.

Decatur applying for grant for two backup generators

posted: 04/20/2011 11:12 p.m.

City council members completed an important step in the process of applying for a grant for a backup generator at the new wastewater treatment plant and a smaller lift station generator, at the April 11 meeting.

Gentry teachers rehired

posted: 04/20/2011 11:11 p.m.

School board members, on Monday, renewed the contracts for 115 teachers for the 2011-2012 school year by a vote of 6-1.

Storm cuts short Gravette meeting

posted: 04/20/2011 11:10 p.m.

Tornado warning sirens sounded in Gravette Thursday night, cutting short Gravette City Council’s committee meeting.

Gravette woman celebrates 80 years in area

posted: 04/20/2011 11:09 p.m.

More than 125 years ago, a determined family traveled the grueling distance from Minnesota in a covered wagon.

Police solve chainsaw theft with arrest of Gentry man

posted: 04/20/2011 11:09 p.m.

A Husqvarna chainsaw stolen from the Healing Springs area in March was recovered and returned to its owner, according to a press release from the Highfill Police Department.

Simmons to be 95

posted: 04/20/2011 11:08 p.m.

Ross Simmons will be 95 years old on May 5.

Electricity rates charging up

posted: 04/20/2011 11:07 p.m.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission last Friday announced a change in rates for Arkansas customers of Empire District Electric Company.

Four generations team up for walk

posted: 04/20/2011 11:07 p.m.

A four-generation walking team, including five month old Luke Britton, participated in the Gravette Kiwanis Club-sponsored walk to support the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Kiwanis raise $5,000 for children's hospital

posted: 04/20/2011 11:06 p.m.

The Gravette Kiwanis Club with the middle school Kiwanis Builders Club and high school Kiwanis Key Club raised more than $5,000 for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in a walk to support the hospital.

Getting ready for summer fun

posted: 04/20/2011 11:05 p.m.

What appears to be total destruction of the Gravette municipal swimming pool will soon be a completely refurbished pool ready to greet swimmers when it is expected to open about the end of May.

Eagle Observer CORRECTION

posted: 04/20/2011 11:04 p.m.

A phone number given in an article in last week's issue of the Westside Eagle Observer entitled, "American Legion here to serve vets," was in error.


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Area Announcements and Upcoming Events


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April 20, 2011


posted: 04/20/2011 11 p.m.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." John 12:24 (KJV) When a kernel of wheat is preserved, it remains just one kernel of wheat. If, however, it is planted in the ground, it produces much more grain.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS One word says it all!

posted: 04/20/2011 11 p.m.

It is sometimes said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that may very well be true. But sometimes a single word can also express a truth better than a thousand; and in one particular case, that is most certainly true.

SUSAN SAYS Springing into spring activities

posted: 04/20/2011 10:59 p.m.

Our thoughts always turn to gardening in the spring.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE Look out for thy neighbor's cattle

posted: 04/20/2011 10:59 p.m.

It was a dark and stormy night... well, day, and the cows were out again. Nine days out of the last 10 the cows stashed in the pasture with growing rocks managed to escape their cage and hit the ditch for greener grass. About a mile from town, these poor bovine lived for spite because that is about all they had.

OFF THE CUFF You just gotta smell 'em

posted: 04/20/2011 10:58 p.m.

The word from the mushroom hunters was good. That was enough to get my mouth watering for those tasty morels which briefly show their faces just as spring shows hers.


posted: 04/20/2011 10:58 p.m.

Editor, I am writing this in concern to the April 12 (Highfill) city council meeting.

Decatur Prom Hollywood Nights

posted: 04/20/2011 10:57 p.m.

Photos of Prom

Just a few couples who enjoyed the annual Gravette senior prom

posted: 04/20/2011 10:57 p.m.

Held Saturday evening at the Horton Farm southeast of Gravette

Pioneer Relays held in Gentry

posted: 04/20/2011 10:54 p.m.

Following are the team results from the Senior Pioneer Relays held at Gentry High School on April 15. Twelve schools participated in the track and field event.

Gravette takes first in Siloam

posted: 04/20/2011 10:52 p.m.

Both The Gravette Lions and Lady Lions track teams took first place in the recent Siloam Springs track meet. The boys 174 points gave them the meet title while the girls captured their title with 143 points.

Gentry wins over Prairie Grove

posted: 04/20/2011 10:51 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers took on the Gravette Lady Lions Tuesday at home in conference play. Early Lady Pioneer errors and a double by Lady Lion Nichols scored 3 runs for Gravette in the top of the first inning.

Signing to play

posted: 04/20/2011 10:51 p.m.

Gentry senior Terra Jones signed an agreement Friday to attend Lyon College in Batesville and play basketball there.

School board looks at changing policies to fit a changing world

posted: 04/20/2011 10:50 p.m.

An updated school policy proposed by the school board on Monday night will deal with current issues — many of which are problems that didn’t exist a few years ago — such as teacher use of social networking, video surveillance in the classroom and electronic cigarettes.

Good Food Good Fellowship

posted: 04/20/2011 10:49 p.m.

Dinner was fund-raiser to finance trip to nationals

Jasper inducted into Beta Kappa Psi at NWACC

posted: 04/20/2011 10:48 p.m.

Tina Louise S. Jasper was inducted into the Beta Kappa Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Northwest Arkansas Community College on April 1.


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We have had rather nice weather for a few days.

Westside Senior Menus

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Happy Easter to each and every one of you.

Students graduate from U of A

posted: 04/20/2011 10:29 p.m.

University of Arkansas chancellor G. David Gearhart announced that the following local students successfully completed their course requirements and officially graduated from the University of Arkansas : Heather Stevens of Gentry, College of Education and Health Professions, bachelor of science in nursing; Joshua Eno of Gentry, College of Engineering, doctor of philosophy in computer science ; William Hayford of Gravette, Sam M. Walton College of Business, bachelor of science in business administration; Tamara Jennings of Centerton, College of Engineering, master of science in operations management; Simonnee Nelson, of Gravette, Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, bachelor of science in agricultural, food and life sciences ; and Matthew Parks of Gentry, Fay Jones School of Architecture, bachelor of landscape architecture

Olivia inducted into Alpha Chi

posted: 04/20/2011 10:29 p.m.

Ashley M. Olivia of Gentry, a junior at Northeastern State University, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Alpha chapter of Alpha Chi, a national college honor society, at the April 17 induction ceremony on the Northeastern State University campus in Tahlequah.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 04/20/2011 10:27 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for the week of April 4-8 are:

OCH plans Easter Egg-Stravaganza

posted: 04/20/2011 10:26 p.m.

A Gravette community-wide Easter Egg-stravaganza will be held Saturday, April 23, at the Ozarks Community Hospital and Clinic grounds.

Tucker on dean's list

posted: 04/20/2011 12:28 a.m.

Devon Tucker, of Maysville, was named to the fall 2010 Dean’s List at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.

Wednesday, April 13

Engineer chips away at Gentry street problems

posted: 04/13/2011 8:32 p.m.

Plans are in place and projects are being put out to bid for major street repair and maintenance projects in Gentry for the current year.

Walls Benefit is big success

posted: 04/13/2011 8:31 p.m.

Community members raised more than $20,000 for June Walls medical expenses at Saturday’s Jump Start June’s Heart Chili Supper and Benefit Auction. The Decatur Northside Elementary cafeteria was packed from wall to wall with people who had come to show their support of Walls. Jane McAdoo, Sue Verser and Jackie Eaton — who all served on the benefit committee — declared the event a success. “It really went well. A lot of people really worked hard, but it was worth it,” said Verser.

Sewer contract flushed

posted: 04/13/2011 8:31 p.m.

After two-and-one-half hours of intense discussion, the Gravette City Council last Tuesday night voted to terminate the city’s contract with a Fayetteville engineering firm which had been hired to engineer a sewer project.

OCH hosts PCA clinicals

posted: 04/13/2011 8:29 p.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital proved to be an excellent host last week for the clinical training portion of a patient care assistant program offered by Petra Allied Health of Springdale.

Suspected cat burglar turns out to be fowl

posted: 04/13/2011 8:28 p.m.

While most have heard of cat burglars entering a building through an upper story, Gentry police assisted the sheriff’s office in a call which involved a bird burglar.

Pallet thieves linked to jewelry theft

posted: 04/13/2011 8:27 p.m.

Gentry police solved more than one case when they arrested two Rogers men for attempting to steal pallets from Spirit Trucking on April 4.

Road department site approved in Decatur

posted: 04/13/2011 8:26 p.m.

City council members, at Monday's meeting, gave the county the go-ahead to begin development of a satellite road department in Decatur and voted to purchase the land needed for a right-of-way to the proposed site.

Lightning knocks out power

posted: 04/13/2011 8:24 p.m.

Empire District Electric customers in the northeast quadrant of Gravette were without power for about three hours Monday morning when lightning apparently tripped a breaker in a substation in Gravette. Customers north of Gravette, including Sulphur Springs, to the Missouri state line were affected by the outage.

Nature area site has historical significance too

posted: 04/13/2011 8:24 p.m.

When and if the city of Gentry is able to develop a new nature park on its land on the Flint Creek, it could be important not only as a nature area and place for children and families to enjoy fishing and the outdoors, but for the history of the site.

Tired Iron to hold Spring Crank-up

posted: 04/13/2011 8:23 p.m.

Things are again cranking up at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks show grounds south of Gentry in preparation for the three-day show which begins Friday.

Wilmoths honored for lifetime of service in Decatur

posted: 04/13/2011 8:22 p.m.

Gene and Norma Jean Wilmoth were honored on April 4 by the Decatur of Chamber Commerce for their lifetime of service to the chamber and the community.

Decatur Parks and Rec Committee organizes

posted: 04/13/2011 8:21 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Committee members met under new leadership on March 16 to discuss plans for the upcoming year.

Decatur police car hits cow

posted: 04/13/2011 8:20 p.m.

Decatur Police Officer Chuck Eggebrecht ran into a cow with his patrol vehicle during the early hours of Thursday morning, according to Police Chief Terry Luker.

Firefighters attempt to put out fire

posted: 04/13/2011 8:20 p.m.

An unidentified Gravette firefighter pours water into the home of Reda Stewart on Eighth Avenue NE in Gravette after flames from a grease fire ignited the structure, spreading into the attic area.

Fire destroys Gentry home

posted: 04/13/2011 8:19 p.m.

Ashes are about all that's left of a house at 216 N. Nelson in Gentry which was being renovated.

Poultry symposium set

posted: 04/13/2011 8:18 p.m.

Susan Watkins, extension poultry specialist at the University of Arkansas of Excellence for Poultry Science; Oklahoma State University Extension Service Specialist Josh Payne; Poultry Partners, Inc.; Winrock International; and the USDA are joining forces to present the annual Ozark Poultry Growers Symposium on Tuesday, April 26.

Patrolling by rail

posted: 04/13/2011 8:05 p.m.

Sgt. Clay Stewart, with the Gentry Police Department, climbs aboard a Kansas City Southern Railroad locomotive Thursday in Gentry.

Residents asked not to dump trash in Gravette's new recycling trailer

posted: 04/13/2011 8:04 p.m.

The new recycling trailer service in Gravette may not be in immediate jeopardy, but.... “Many people are using it and love having it here,” said Allyson Ransom, Gravette director of communications, “but it is also being abused.” “We have had it filling up faster than normal due to some person or persons putting garbage in the compartments, carpet pads, and on another occasion, fluorescent bulbs too,” she explained.

Earth Day events set

posted: 04/13/2011 8:02 p.m.

Saturday the 16th is the annual Earth Day observance at the Eagle Watch Nature Area.


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Area Meetings, Announcements and Upcoming Events


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April 13, 2011

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS A personal mission statement can keep one focused in life

posted: 04/13/2011 7:59 p.m.

Many businesses and organizations consider and adopt a mission statement to keep them focused on what is truly important and to keep them from becoming sidetracked by less important matters, but it is indeed a wise thing for individuals as well to adopt a personal mission statement to keep them focused on what is truly important in life and to turn away attention from other, often less important, matters.

A WALK IN THE PARK Overcoming that 'nature deficit disorder'

posted: 04/13/2011 7:59 p.m.

Hobbs State Park Conservation Area offers many special programs and recently I attended a presentation by guest speaker Donald Wleklinski on the topic of “Restorative and Healing Powers of Being in Nature.” Wleklinski (Mental Health Coordinator at the University of Arkansas) focused his talk specifically on the benefits children gain from spending time in nature and what they stand to lose if they aren’t provided these important opportunities.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE I witnessed a cattleman's miracle

posted: 04/13/2011 7:58 p.m.

Fifteen miles east of our place is way out of my travel line. I seldom go that direction for any shopping, visiting or sightseeing. The country is filling up with lots of aliens, you know what I mean, Yankees, and they bring funny hats and ways with them. They seem to love the Southern ways but not enough to shed their old ways.

OFF THE CUFF Kudos on 'Oz' evening

posted: 04/13/2011 7:56 p.m.

Kudos to the Gravette High School Drama and Culinary Arts Departments for a great evening last Saturday.

LOOKING BACK Just because someone invents it, do I have to use it?

posted: 04/13/2011 7:56 p.m.

Just because someone invents it doesn’t mean I have to use it I balk at change. Just ask my children who are trying to get me to change my Internet dialing to wireless. Goodness, I did finally get an e-mail address! And several years ago I did trade in my typewriter for a computer. But I practically had to be dragged into the new technology.


posted: 04/13/2011 7:55 p.m.

Editor, Glenn Duffy Elementary would like to thank all of the parents who attended parent-teacher conferences last week. We are pleased to announce that we had a 96 percent turnout. The other 4 percent were rescheduled for conferences at a later time for various reasons.


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Area City Meetings

American Legion here to serve vets

posted: 04/13/2011 7:50 p.m.

“When a soldier was brought back from World War I, he was given $60 and a ticket to the train station closest to his hometown,” explains Norvil Lantz, membership chairman of the Bella Vista post of the American Legion. “These guys had limbs missing and suffered from “shell shock” — we call it PTSD now — but no one was there to help them.” The American Legion was created in 1919 to fill that void.

Soccer player is lead scorer

posted: 04/13/2011 7:49 p.m.

Pioneer soccer player Antonio DiMella is the top scorer in the conference and is averaging two goals every game. And he’s a versatile player for Gentry too, with skills at any position on the field, including goal keeper.

Soccer teams have mixed results

posted: 04/13/2011 7:48 p.m.

The Gentry boys' soccer team won 6-2 Friday against the Rogers heritage JV team. On April 5, they finished in a 4-4 tie against the Fayetteville JV team.

Lady Pioneers lose heartbreaker game

posted: 04/13/2011 7:47 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers re-opened their season after spring break with a hard-fought loss against the Lady Blackhawks at Pea Ridge on April 4.

Pioneers lose to Gravette

posted: 04/13/2011 7:46 p.m.

The Gravette Lions narrowly defeated the Gentry Pioneers in league play on April 5, picking up the game-winning runs in the final two innings for a 10-8 victory on Gentry’s home field.

Decatur team finishes second

posted: 04/13/2011 7:45 p.m.

The Decatur Junior High Boys track team placed second overall in the Eureka Highlander Relay Cornerstone Bank Classic on April 4.

Quality Forage Bermuda Hay Program closing energy gap

posted: 04/13/2011 7:44 p.m.

Quality Forage Bermuda Hay Program participants are closing the energy value gap between Bermuda hay and corn.

Spending spring break at school can be fun

posted: 04/13/2011 7:43 p.m.

Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary study outside while enjoying a sunny "spring break" day.

PTO starts penny war for Johnny Teis

posted: 04/13/2011 7:42 p.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization in Gravette has started “The Great April Penny War” and challenges everyone to participate in the benefit fund-raiser.

Duggar Family Visit

posted: 04/13/2011 7:32 p.m.

The Duggar Family, of The Learning Channel show, "19 Kids and Counting," visited the Decatur Assembly of God Church for a special outdoor service on Sunday. The Duggar children performed several songs, and parents Jim Bob and Michelle gave their personal testimony.


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“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this?” John 11:25f. (Read all of John 11.) If only Jesus had been there, Lazarus would not have died!

Gravette Library seeking volunteers

posted: 04/13/2011 7:31 p.m.

The Gravette Public Library is seeking a volunteer to operate the Senior Book Mobile program which visits the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center.

Former pastor to visit Gravette on Saturday

posted: 04/13/2011 7:30 p.m.

Charles and Karen Wiggins will meet and greet friends this Saturday, April 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Arvest Bank Community Room in Gravette.

Daniels named on Evangel deans list

posted: 04/13/2011 7:30 p.m.

Tanner Alan Daniels, son of Skeeter and Shanna Daniels of Bella Vista, has been named to the fall 2010 Dean’s List at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.


posted: 04/13/2011 7:29 p.m.

We are sure having nice warm weather and, as always, we need rain this time of year.

Westside Senior Menus

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Tippy and 49er made their annual trip to the fire station Monday afternoon to receive their rabies shot. There was a good turnout for the clinic.

Local students recognized by U of A

posted: 04/13/2011 7:27 p.m.

University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart announced the names of the undergraduates who earned a place on the Chancellor’s List for the fall 2010 semester.

GHS announced third quarter honor roll

posted: 04/13/2011 7:26 p.m.

Shannon Mitchell, counselor at Gravette High School, announces the Honor Roll for the third 9-week grading period. Students on the Honor Roll include the following: Ninth Grade A Carson Alsup, Tori Key, Joshua Lockhart, Lacey Newell, Samuel Riester, Shaelee Walberbach.

GIS announces honor rolls, awards

posted: 04/13/2011 7:26 p.m.

Gentry Intermediate School released its honor rolls and outstanding attendance for the first semester. Students receiving honors are listed below.

Upper Elementary announces honor rolls

posted: 04/13/2011 7:25 p.m.

The Gravette Upper Elementary announced honor rolls for the third quarter.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 04/13/2011 7:25 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of April 4-8 are:

Gentry character kids

posted: 04/13/2011 7:24 p.m.

Character T-shirt winners at Gentry Intermediate School for month of March are:

JBQ team headed to regionals

posted: 04/13/2011 7:23 p.m.

The Decatur Assembly of God Church’s fourth through sixth grade Junior Bible Quiz Team is headed to the regional championships after winning fourth place in the state championship on Saturday.

Library to hold open house

posted: 04/13/2011 7:22 p.m.

The public is invited to an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 16, at the Gravette Public Library.

Wednesday, April 6

Meth lab seized in Decatur

posted: 04/06/2011 11:31 p.m.

Police arrested Bryan Lynn, 30, of Decatur, after finding a mobile meth lab inside a backpack behind the apartments on Randall Lane in Decatur on March 18.

Census numbers alter zones

posted: 04/06/2011 11:28 p.m.

With census numbers slightly altering the five zones within the Gentry School District, all seven school board positions will be on the ballot at the September school election.

Easter pie sale planned by Gravette's hospital

posted: 04/06/2011 11:27 p.m.

An Easter pie sale to benefit the 2011 holiday food basket and angel tree present projects is being held by the Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette.

Care and Share to consider direction

posted: 04/06/2011 11:27 p.m.

Gravette is known as a caring community. Food and flowers are taken to the homes of those who have lost loved ones; blankets and clothing are collected for families whose homes have burned; benefit fundraisers are held for those who have serious accidents or devastating medical expenses.

Chamber hears of shortfall, events

posted: 04/06/2011 11:26 p.m.

Board members of Gentry’s chamber of commerce discussed a shortfall in finances and made plans for upcoming festivals and events at their Thursday meeting.

'Jump Start June's Heart' set for Saturday in Decatur

posted: 04/06/2011 11:25 p.m.

Community members and school employees are working together to get ready for the Jump Start June’s Heart benefit auction and chili supper for June Walls, planned for Saturday.

Farmers' Market to open on Saturday

posted: 04/06/2011 11:25 p.m.

Gravette’s Farmers Market will open for the season this Saturday, April 9, when it sets up shop in Old Town Park.

Clough recognized for charitable flying

posted: 04/06/2011 11:24 p.m.

A Pennsylvania man whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Clough, live in Sulphur Springs is being honored Saturday, April 9, in Virginia Beach, Va.

Eagle Observer OBITUARIES

posted: 04/06/2011 11:23 p.m.

March 6, 2011

Gravette Council meets to discuss engineering contract

posted: 04/06/2011 11:22 p.m.

Mc-Goodwin, Williams and Yates, the Fayetteville engineering firm which has been involved with a wastewater treatment upgrade, was scheduled to meet with the Gravette City Council after press deadline on April 5.

Beebe presents DFD with $75,000 grant

posted: 04/06/2011 11:22 p.m.

Governor Mike Beebe and Department of Rural Services Director Butch Calhoun presented Decatur city officials with a $75,000 Arkansas Rural Services Block Grant for the Decatur Fire Department during a March 9 ceremony at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Gravette planning an Easter Egg-stravaganza

posted: 04/06/2011 11:21 p.m.

A Gravette community-wide Easter Egg-stravaganza will be held Saturday, April 23, at the Ozarks Community Hospital and Clinic grounds.


posted: 04/06/2011 11:21 p.m.

Community Announcements and Upcoming Events

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS A common denominator to explain my adversity to clothes shopping

posted: 04/06/2011 11:18 p.m.

I don't mind peace and quiet, but there is an unbearable kind of peace and quiet that happens every once in a while when I say or do the wrong thing around Mrs. Griz. It's that kind of quiet that just makes a fellow feel lower than dirt and question his whole reason for existence.

SUSAN SAYS Springtime wanderlust

posted: 04/06/2011 11:17 p.m.

“April in the country — the grass is green, the birds are rejoicing in the flowering shrubs and the sky is sapphire blue... It is when we open the doors and windows of our homes to let in the sounds and fragrances of spring. Now is the time we open our hearts to all the promise of another season.” That’s how writer Jo Northrop described this month 25 years ago in her column Spring Wanderlust.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE When 'her people' come to visit

posted: 04/06/2011 11:16 p.m.

With a cloud of dust and a hearty, “Here we come,” a van load of her people came roaring down the road. Dust was flying and the old van was rattling so loud I thought we were having a tsunami! I was working on the hydraulic chute and banged my head as I stood up, shocked at the noise.

CHARLOTTE'S CORNER Come, April showers!

posted: 04/06/2011 11:16 p.m.

April showers bring May flowers. Does that mean we will be getting a lot of showers pretty soon? I suppose in the last week or so we have gotten our share of water, but then they always say we are drier than we should be and my cousin says she has a lot of fires out her way in — Oklahoma.


posted: 04/06/2011 11:16 p.m.

Editor, This is no April Fool’s joke!

Decatur raising money for monument

posted: 04/06/2011 11:15 p.m.

Community members are working with the city to raise money to build a public monument with the Lord’s Prayer on one side and Psalm 23 on the other at the Decatur City Cemetery, according to Mayor Charles Linam.

'Spavinaw Author's Guild' formed

posted: 04/06/2011 11:14 p.m.

After participating in a Gravette Chamber of Commerce sponsored writing class taught by Radine Trees Nehring in 1996, class members wanted to keep meeting and formed a new group they named “Spavinaw Author's Guild.”

Capitol Visit

posted: 04/06/2011 11:14 p.m.

Members of the Gentry Senior Activity Center, along with seniors from centers in Gravette and Siloam Springs, traveled to Little Rock March 22 to visit with their state senator and representatives to express their needs in regards to funding for the next year.

Westside Senior Menus

posted: 04/06/2011 11:13 p.m.

April 11-15


posted: 04/06/2011 11:12 p.m.

We had spring weather over the weekend. We got a good rain and warmer temps. It just felt like spring.


posted: 04/06/2011 11:11 p.m.

A group of young men from the Bella Vista Church of Christ conducted services at the Hiwasse Church of Christ last Sunday evening and did a great job. These young folks are our future leaders and need all the encouragement we can give them.

WEEKLY DEVOTION Walking as Children of Light

posted: 04/06/2011 11:10 p.m.

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11 Since God, in His grace and mercy has shined upon us with the light of the Gospel and has opened our eyes through His Word that we might see our utter sinfulness and see that, in Christ Jesus and for the sake of His holy life and innocent sufferings and death in our stead, God reaches out to us in mercy and forgiveness and offers to us a place in His everlasting kingdom, should we walk in darkness and continue in the sinful ways of this world?

Liberty Hill, Beaty and Sulphur Springs planning reunions for this May and June

posted: 04/06/2011 11:09 p.m.

A reunion of Liberty Hill School and Beaty community residents will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Liberty Hill School House. This is the group’s first reunion since 1997.

Lady Lions fall to Ozark

posted: 04/06/2011 11:09 p.m.

Gravette Lady Lions softball team dropped a 2-3 heartbreaker to Ozark Monday afternoon at Pop Allum Park in Gravette. The visitors had gone ahead 3-0 with 1 run in the second and 2 in the top of the sixth.

Gravette boys have runaway win

posted: 04/06/2011 11:08 p.m.

Gravette’s Middle School boys literally ran away with the Junior High Invitational Track meet held last week in Gravettte. The Lions topped the meet with 143.5 points.

Lions take men's track title

posted: 04/06/2011 11:07 p.m.

Teams from 19 schools competed in the men’s division at the senior Lions Invitational Track meet held at Lion field last Monday afternoon and evening. Seventeen teams competed in the women’s division.

DNE students kick-off state testing with rally

posted: 04/06/2011 11:06 p.m.

Students at Decatur Northside Elementary School kicked off two weeks of state standardized testing with a pep rally on Monday afternoon. The pep rally — with humorous skits, funny songs and cheers — was designed to give children confidence and teach them skills that will help them do well on the tests.

Images from the Prom

posted: 04/06/2011 11:05 p.m.

Gentry Prom Photos

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 04/06/2011 11:05 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for March 28 through April 1 are:

Millsap signs contract with U of A Ft. Smith

posted: 04/06/2011 11:04 p.m.

Austin Millsap, 18, a senior at Gentry High School, signed a scholarship contract with the University of Arkansas - Ft. Smith.

Decatur prom planned

posted: 04/06/2011 11:03 p.m.

The Decatur High School Junior-Senior Prom will be held from 8 p.m. until midnight on April 16.

Gravette students expelled

posted: 04/06/2011 11:03 p.m.

Two Gravette High students were expelled by the Gravette School Board in a special meeting Thursday night.

The wizard of oz

posted: 04/06/2011 11:02 p.m.

Presented by Gravette High School Drama Department Saturday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. — Sunday, April 10, 2:30 p.m.