Wednesday, August 31

Walmart opening today

posted: 08/31/2011 10:34 p.m.

Grand opening for Gravette’s new Walmart Express store is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 31, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8 a.m.

Gentry council to set new ward boundaries

posted: 08/31/2011 10:33 p.m.

With the results of the 2010 Census, Wards boundaries will have to be adjusted in the city to comply with state law.

Convicted murderer arrested in Decatur

posted: 08/31/2011 10:30 p.m.

A ticket for fishing without a license led to the arrest of a man wanted for a parole violation stemming from a gruesome 1979 murder in North Las Vegas, Nev.

Residents work to save post office

posted: 08/31/2011 10:29 p.m.

It survived the uncertainties of rugged pioneer days when unknown challenges lurked in the nearby wilderness.

Minutes approval grows convoluted

posted: 08/31/2011 10:27 p.m.

Under most circumstances the review of the past month’s meeting minutes is one of the most mundane parts of a city council meeting, but at Decatur’s Aug. 16 council meeting the usually-routine approval became a contentious issue.

Property owner catches burglars

posted: 08/31/2011 10:26 p.m.

Two Gentry men were arrested Aug. 25 in connection with area burglaries and thefts.

Vehicle strikes deputy

posted: 08/31/2011 10:24 p.m.

An investigator for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office is lucky he did not suffer more serious injuries when he was struck by a truck while chasing a fleeing suspect Thursday, said Capt. Mike Jones of the Sheriff ’s Office.

Ground broken for new Care and Share facility

posted: 08/31/2011 10:23 p.m.

More than 50 persons, including local and area dignitaries, attended groundbreaking Saturday for a new Care and Share store in Gravette. Officers and members of the board of directors of the store brandished gold-colored shovels as they symbolically turned dirt at the site, just south of the new Walmart Express store. Work is already under way for construction of the structure which will house the business now located on Gravette Main Street.

Quorum Court approves funds for Decatur road yard

posted: 08/31/2011 10:22 p.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace gave their approval Thursday to a pair of construction projects the county has been planning for several months.

Former mayor collapses at city council meeting

posted: 08/31/2011 10:21 p.m.

The city of Gravette lost a former mayor and present member of the city council last Friday morning.


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Area Community and Church Happenings


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August 31, 2011

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: How did we ever survive?

posted: 08/31/2011 10:14 p.m.

Sometimes I wonder how it is that my generation ever survived. If parents today were to let their children do the things that we did, they’d probably be arrested for child abuse, neglect or both!

A SECOND OPINION: My children are just American!

posted: 08/31/2011 10:13 p.m.

Why do school children, or people in general, have to be categorized by race? Why as human beings do we so naturally focus on each others differences? And why do we tend to focus on them in a negative light instead of celebrating them?

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: It's best not to volunteer others

posted: 08/31/2011 10:13 p.m.

Volunteering is good for all of us and usually is of help to the persons or to the place for whom or which we volunteer to do something. I have great respect for folks that go far away from their homes to help when disasters strike and spend countless weeks cleaning up the wreckage of storms and other natural ruins. You know, they enabled those in need to have hope and confidence in the human race. Now I must say, volunteers that are volunteered by their close relatives are an animal of another color. That person who is volunteered has a couple of quick decisions to make and they are both sorta foul tasting, usually. You, if you are volunteered, have to decide to go forward and do whatever she, your close relative, said you would do and leave your own work lacking, or you must decide to stay hooked up and mind your own Ps and Qs and make your close relative look real bad. That last choice could produce some long-lasting sour effects ; bet on it!

A WALK IN THE PARK: The cause of happiness

posted: 08/31/2011 10:10 p.m.

Are you happy? The pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right ranking up there with life and liberty, at least as it is written in the Declaration of Independence. The successfulness of this pursuit can vary quite a lot from one person to the next and there are those who seem to have given up on the quest altogether. Some appear to have a knack for finding reasons to be unhappy. So, what makes a person happy and what doesn’t ?


posted: 08/31/2011 10:09 p.m.

What happened to Gentry’s American Legion Post 159?

Gentry's Got Talent to again be part of this year's Fall Festival

posted: 08/31/2011 10:07 p.m.

Gentry’s Got Talent will again be a part of the Gentry’s Fall Festival. The talent show will be part of many activities sponsored by the Gentry United Way and the Gentry Chamber of Commerce to be held in the Gentry City Park on Oct 9.

Davis shares her adventures abroad

posted: 08/31/2011 10:07 p.m.

My Foreign Travels — Athens — I need to start my first tale with a bit of an introduction. My name is Lisa Davis, I own a home in Gravette, and I am a member of First Christian Church in Gravette.

Foster part of team recognized by Arkansas Broadcasters Association

posted: 08/31/2011 10:04 p.m.

The Arkansas Broadcasters Association has awarded the 2011 Community Service Award for Medium Market Radio Stations in Arkansas to Harding University’s student-operated radio station, KVHU 95.3 FM.

Angel Food helps local families to stretch their food budget

posted: 08/31/2011 10:03 p.m.

Angel Food Ministries, at the First Christian Church in Gravette, allows area residents to stretch their food dollar by paying less than retail for quality food items.

McKee employees celebrate national food safety month

posted: 08/31/2011 10:03 p.m.

For the last 12 years, employees at McKee Foods Corporation have focused special attention on food safety during the month of September, which is National Food Safety Education Month.

Owens bounces back from two bad breaks

posted: 08/31/2011 10:01 p.m.

Evan Owens knew it was bad as soon as he hit the ground.

Gravette player finds snake in his helmet

posted: 08/31/2011 9:57 p.m.

Darrick Strzelecki thought what he felt inside his football helmet was probably sweat or some hair that might have been caught in his helmet.

'Magic' speaks to students

posted: 08/31/2011 9:57 p.m.

With a message of respect your police officers, listen to your parents and teachers and say no to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, Harlem Swish Captain "Magic" Valentino Willis drove home his message with humor, fun and basketball tricks when he visited Gentry Schools last week.

Defense centers on McDougal

posted: 08/31/2011 9:56 p.m.

Duke Mobley didn’t want to think about what things would be like without Kelton McDougal on Gravette’s defense this fall.

Scholarships awarded

posted: 08/31/2011 9:55 p.m.

The Bella Vista Chapter of Military Officers Association of America recently awarded three scholarships to area students.

DSB announces two promotions

posted: 08/31/2011 9:55 p.m.

The Bank of Siloam Springs has announced the promotions of Rhonda Martin and Judy Nation, each to assistant vice president posts.

Westside: Senior Menus

posted: 08/31/2011 9:54 p.m.


Ole Timers hold meeting

posted: 08/31/2011 9:52 p.m.

The Gravette Medical Center Ole Timers met on Aug. 22 at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur. Good food, drinks and conversation flowed. Those attending were Maxine Soule, Juanita Whiteside, Lorraine Hall, Lowess Jasper, Bert Ballman, Linda Tucker, Bill Cleveland, Carol Loux, Evelyn Smith, Jean Bradley, Betty Moore, Becky Earle, Sue Rice and Snooky Garrett.


posted: 08/31/2011 9:51 p.m.

Sympathy is extended to the Walker family. Ivan was well known in the area and will be missed by all who knew him. Margie Nichols passed away this week.

Decatur PTO makes plans

posted: 08/31/2011 9:51 p.m.

The rapidly growing Decatur Northside Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization met on Tuesday night to make plans for fall events, including the upcoming fall festival.


posted: 08/31/2011 9:50 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant just spent the last week at Care and Share. We had a good time as usual. Did a lot of work and visited with a lot of people. Our next session will be sometime in October so folks we will see you then. Care and Share broke ground for our new building on Saturday the 27th. I didn't go but Brothers Lastovica and Spears represented Mt. Pleasant. It was well attended by local churches as well as dignitaries. We look forward to moving into a new place. Hopefully it won't be too out of place for our customers.

Gentry's Shining stars

posted: 08/31/2011 9:50 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary and Intermediate School for the week of Aug. 22-26

Maysville E.H. Club meets

posted: 08/31/2011 9:48 p.m.

MAYSVILLE — The Maysville E.H. Club met July 28 for an afternoon meeting, with eight members present. The group sang “America,” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Panthers aim for consistency

posted: 08/31/2011 7:06 p.m.

The Siloam Springs football team was a maddening bunch in 2010. Good enough to end a 16-year losing streak against eventual Class 5A State Champion Greenwood. Good enough to knock off All-State quarterback Neal Burcham and Greenbrier at Greenbrier.

Orange crush

posted: 08/31/2011 6:59 p.m.

By now, football fans throughout the 1-4 A Conference should know how to pronounce senior Darrick Strzelecki’s last name.

Gentry looks to build on 2010 success

posted: 08/31/2011 6:54 p.m.

Having gone through losing seasons in its first three years under head coach Brian Little, Gentry appeared to turn the corner in Little’s fourth year.

Watts battling youth, low numbers

posted: 08/31/2011 6:52 p.m.

It’s been a trying month of August for the Watts (Okla.) football team, but the Engineers have persevered through adversity already and the season hasn’t even started.

Decatur depending on Owens

posted: 08/31/2011 6:51 p.m.

Evan Owens knew it was bad as soon as he hit the ground.

Comets young and energetic

posted: 08/31/2011 6:48 p.m.

Eddie Barnwell has been coaching football for the last 28 years, and this upcoming season will mark his fourth as skipper at Kansas and 16th overall as a head coach.

Ross: Greenwood the team to beat

posted: 08/31/2011 6:46 p.m.

For the first time in two years, the Siloam Springs Panthers will play four 5AWest Conference games on their home field at Glenn W. Black Stadium.

No coaching turnover in football program

posted: 08/31/2011 6:45 p.m.

For the first time since Bryan Ross arrived on the Siloam Springs football staff in 2004, the Panthers are entering a season without any turnover on its football coaching staff.

New coach, new approach at Oaks

posted: 08/31/2011 6:45 p.m.

It has been a while since the Oaks Warriors were a legitimate contender in Oklahoma Class B, 8-Man competition.

Colcord eyeing another run

posted: 08/31/2011 6:42 p.m.

The Colcord Hornets spent nearly the entire fall semester of 2010 playing football.

Gravette looks at funding options for school growth

posted: 08/31/2011 2:49 a.m.

A special meeting of the Gravette School Board Aug. 17 evolved into an informational learning session as the district’s bond counsel presented several funding ideas for future building projects.

Dollar General announces opening

posted: 08/31/2011 2:12 a.m.

Dollar General Gravette announced it will hold the grand opening of its recently-expanded and layout-designed store Saturday, Aug. 27.

Wednesday, August 24

City pays for damages after waterline extended

posted: 08/24/2011 11:28 p.m.

Kim Goble was appointed to fill the Ward 3, Position 1, seat on the Decatur City Council during the Aug. 16 meeting.

New school opens in Gentry

posted: 08/24/2011 11:26 p.m.

With the opening of Community Christian School last week, parents and students in the Gentry area have another alternative — with individualized attention and a Christian perspective — to a traditional public school education.

Zones to be redrawn for Decatur schools

posted: 08/24/2011 11:25 p.m.

School board zones in Decatur will have to be redrawn before the 2012 elections because of population changes revealed in the 2010 U.S. Census, according to superintendent Larry Ben.

Gravette looks at funding options for school growth

posted: 08/24/2011 11:24 p.m.

A special meeting of the Gravette School Board last Thursday evolved into an informational learning session as the district’s bond counsel presented several funding ideas for future building projects.

Gentry schools begin on two positive notes

posted: 08/24/2011 11:23 p.m.

A positive beginning and ending were reported to the school board at its Aug. 15 regular meeting.

County wetter than usual

posted: 08/24/2011 11:23 p.m.

In spite of the recent hot drought in the area, Northwest Benton County is well above average in moisture for the first seven months of the year.

New fire truck put into service

posted: 08/24/2011 11:22 p.m.

Those who attended the Gravette Day parade saw Gravette's new pumper-rescue fire truck, which replaces a 1947 pumper which is being retired. Gravette purchased the truck from the city of Dallas. It came equipped with much hose, ladders and other equipment, including hydraulic light and ladder systems.


posted: 08/24/2011 11:21 p.m.

August 24, 2011

Parks Commission discusses grant for tree planting in park

posted: 08/24/2011 11:20 p.m.

The Gentry Parks Commission is recommending that the city wait about two months before spending a $5,000 grant from Walmart received through the Gentry United Way to plant trees in the city park.

Gentry making fall festival plans

posted: 08/24/2011 11:20 p.m.

Arts and crafts vendors are being invited to Gentry for the Annual Fall Festival scheduled for the afternoon of Oct. 9. Activities and entertainment will be held at the Gentry City Park from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Care & Share to break ground

posted: 08/24/2011 11:20 p.m.

Groundbreaking for a new facility for the Care & Share operation in Gravette will be held this Saturday, Aug. 27, at the construction site at the intersection of 103 Huntington and Second Avenue SE.

Gravette Dollar General announces grand opening

posted: 08/24/2011 11:19 p.m.

Dollar General Gravette announced it will hold the grand opening of its recently-expanded and layout-designed store Saturday, Aug. 27.

Water department watches down-in-the-sewer videos

posted: 08/24/2011 11:18 p.m.

Technology helped the Decatur Water Department get to the bottom of overflowing sewer pipes. Storm water leaking into sewer pipes caused manholes to overflow in the past and caught the attention of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality last year.

Marvin’s closing in Gentry

posted: 08/24/2011 11:17 p.m.

The shelves of the Marvin’s Foods in Gentry are full of marked down items and won’t be restocked.

Teams prepare for upcoming contests

posted: 08/24/2011 11:14 p.m.

News of Westside teams


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Area Community and Church Events

Keep the flags flying

posted: 08/24/2011 11:12 p.m.

Flags put up and maintained by the Gentry Lions Club fly along Main Street. Individuals and businesses in Gentry may also request the club fly a flag on their home or business on each national holiday for a donation to the club of $20 or more per year. The money is used by the club to provide eye exams, eye glasses and other eye-related procedures for those who cannot afford them. For more information, contact any Lions Club member.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Letting go hasn't gotten any easier

posted: 08/24/2011 11:12 p.m.

One would think for a couple with 15 kids of their own it would get easier to send one off to pursue life’s ambitions, and especially when she first came into our lives less than four months ago, but it wasn’t.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: We can survive this slump

posted: 08/24/2011 11:10 p.m.

I saddled old Snip and took a ride through the place yesterday afternoon. The grass is working hard to green up again — what hasn’t died on the stump — and the air was fresh and cool. My excuse was fixing fence but I was really just enjoying myself. A feller gets to that once in awhile.

Eagle Observer is now on Facebook

posted: 08/24/2011 11:10 p.m.

The Eagle Observer is now on Facebook. The special page will be used to post some late-breaking news and events, special announcements, and to make available for viewing some photographs of news and events which did not make it into the print edition of the newspaper. The page address is: pages/Westside-Eagle-Observer /188136094576938.

Warning against sexual impurity

posted: 08/24/2011 11:10 p.m.

“For you know this, that no fornicator, or unclean person, or covetous one (who is an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:5-6 (Read Ephesians 5:1-14 )


posted: 08/24/2011 11:09 p.m.

The following humorous anecdote circulating on the Internet was sent to us by e-mail : Curtis and Leroy saw an ad in the Starkville Daily in Starkville, Miss., and bought a mule for $100.

New XNA concourse to open

posted: 08/24/2011 11:08 p.m.

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport officials hope its new $21 million concourse will provide a more pleasant experience for travelers and lead to more airline choices.

Gravette enrollment takes slight dip

posted: 08/24/2011 11:07 p.m.

Enrollment at Gravette schools dipped slightly when compared with the first week of school last year.

Junior Livestock Auction longtime Fair tradition

posted: 08/24/2011 11:06 p.m.

Haley Hays, 12, used a snow shovel to scrape up cedar shavings in her pig’s pen during the Benton County Fair on Saturday.

4-H Pullet Show and Sale set for Saturday

posted: 08/24/2011 11:05 p.m.

As more residents merge into the rural areas of Benton County, backyard poultry flocks have become a common interest. Country-fresh eggs are a popular item but one problem is to locate poultry of the right breed, age and health status to achieve successful egg production. In that regard, the timing couldn’t be better, said Robert L. Seay, county extension agent — staff chair.

Millsap crowned Miss Benton County

posted: 08/24/2011 11:05 p.m.

Courtney Millsap, 18, daughter of Wally and Kay Millsap of Gentry, was crowned Miss Benton County at the county fair on Aug. 17.

Butts-Steel joined in marriage

posted: 08/24/2011 11 p.m.

Lindsey Jan Butts and Sean Michael Steel were united in marriage July 17 at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Whitefish, Mont.


posted: 08/24/2011 11 p.m.

Sympathy is extended to the Duffy family. Although Mary hadn’t lived in this area for several years, she will be remembered by a lot of you as a former schoolmate. I was reading Susan’s column in last week’s paper and was happy to note her comment on putting black pepper on her cantaloupe.


posted: 08/24/2011 10:59 p.m.

The weather gets rather hot in the afternoon but nothing like we were having. At least we got rain we were proud of. Patti King of Lowell came over to the home of her parents, Jack and Sylvia Tucker, on Wednesday and stayed until Thursday afternoon. They enjoyed her visit. She had her car in Saine Body Shop for some work on it.

Paynes hold family reunion

posted: 08/24/2011 10:59 p.m.

The Payne family celebrated their annual reunion over the weekend of Aug. 12, 13 and 14 with nearly 75 present, ranging from our “Something Old” 91-year-old great-great-greatuncle Delbert to the newest family member, one-month old Kylee, “Something New.” Friday, the 12th, the family met in Gentry at Delbert and Jo’s house for a hamburger fry and swim party. We also had a wedding shower for Cade and Nikki Mayer of Arizona.

Abshier completes basic

posted: 08/24/2011 10:58 p.m.

Army National Guard Spec. Derek J. Abshier recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

It was a good 118th birthday celebration

posted: 08/24/2011 10:57 p.m.

After weeks of sweltering heat and drought conditions, Mother Nature smiled on Gravette for the city’s 118th birthday party last week.

Wednesday, August 17

State law halts dog adoptions

posted: 08/17/2011 8:46 p.m.

As a result of a new state law which went into effect July 1, the Gentry Police Committee took up the matter of adoption fees at a Monday meeting so that the city could again begin putting up dogs in its holding facility for adoption.

Decatur's polls could remain closed Sept. 20

posted: 08/17/2011 8:45 p.m.

The Decatur polling site may be closed for the Sept. 20 school board election since there is only one uncontested school board candidate and no millage rate changes or other ballot issues.

Contract workers sue egg company

posted: 08/17/2011 8:44 p.m.

Contract laborers hired through Labor, Inc., in Gentry to work at Benton County Foods’ breeder farms during the past decade claim their pay did not meet federal minimum wage guidelines, according to a suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville. T

Burden named bank's new branch manager

posted: 08/17/2011 8:44 p.m.

Decatur State Bank has appointed vice president Marcus D. Burden as branch manager of Gentry Bank, succeeding recently-retired Paul Galyean. “Good customer service is the lifeblood of banking, as in any business. It’s about bringing customers back. We want to send them away happy — happy enough to pass positive feedback about our bank along to others,” says Burden, who will follow in the tradition of excellence in customer service and banking that Decatur State Bank has been proud of for many years.

Highfill amends budgets

posted: 08/17/2011 8:43 p.m.

Council members passed three ordinances, two of them on all remaining readings, at their Aug. 9 council meeting in the new city hall.

Gravette council discusses raises

posted: 08/17/2011 8:41 p.m.

City Council discussed possible upgrades in the city water meter reading system. A detailed presentation to the council involved a new electronic reading system. No action was taken. Former fire chief Dean Edmondson, representing retired firefighters who are covered by a retirement plan, requested the council address the pension fund.

Fair mixes both old and new attractions

posted: 08/17/2011 8:41 p.m.

While county fair traditions — from livestock shows to beauty pageants — remain essential, organizers of the Benton County Fair see the need for change. “We try to improve on things a little bit every year,” said Dan Douglas, a member of the fair board. “We had a couple of rough years with weather and we had some carnival problems a couple of years ago. But every year we try to add something, to give people the best experience for their money we can.”

Highfill men shot, stabbed

posted: 08/17/2011 8:41 p.m.

Two men were in separate hospitals in different states after an altercation Aug. 9, in Highfill, authorities said.

Gentry School Board grants tuition waiver

posted: 08/17/2011 8:40 p.m.

School board members approved a request from Jon and Kim Faulkenberry to be exempted from out-of-state tuition for their three children to continue to attend school in the Gentry School District even though the family’s legal residence is now 100 yards across the state line into Oklahoma.


posted: 08/17/2011 8:39 p.m.

August 17, 2011

A WALK IN THE PARK: The big week is here

posted: 08/17/2011 8:37 p.m.

The big week has arrived.

SUSAN SAYS: Summer events make memories

posted: 08/17/2011 8:37 p.m.

An August event I always looked forward to in past years was the annual Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Cutting the national deficit just isn't enough

posted: 08/17/2011 8:36 p.m.

Watching the wranglings of Congress over the debt limit and then watching the stocks rise and fall after a compromise was finally reached has made many wonder what the economic future of our nation holds.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Dry spells can make you stronger

posted: 08/17/2011 8:35 p.m.

It is all my doings, pressed for time and not paying attention to details. Can’t really blame myself, this dry weather has me so poor I can pay attention for only short spells! I knew we were gonna run low on hay and then I sorta let the offspring handle the bale counting and the figuring.


posted: 08/17/2011 8:34 p.m.

I just wanted to say thanks for the article (Wed., July 27 edition) on the old white gymnasium in Sulphur Springs.


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Area Community and Church Events


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Public Meetings listed by city

WEEKLY DEVOTION: “And do not grieve the

posted: 08/17/2011 8:28 p.m.

Holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed until the day of redemption.” Eph. 4:30 (Read v. 17-32 ) How we must grieve the Spirit of God, who was given us in our baptism and dwells in the hearts of believers, teaches us from God’s Word and seeks to lead us in His ways until the day we are set free from sin and death to reign forever with Christ in heaven!

From chickens to game birds:

posted: 08/17/2011 8:26 p.m.

Wild quail are becoming a rather rare sight in northwest Arkansas, but in Decatur it's still possible to see a covey of more than 1,500 at Spavinaw Quail and Pheasant, owned by Harold and Gina Holt.

Lions accepting computers

posted: 08/17/2011 8:26 p.m.

With the beginning of a new school year and the purchase of new school supplies and technology, the Gentry Lions Club is asking those purchasing new computer equipment to consider donating their used computers and laptops to the club to be refurbished and given to students (and their families) who cannot afford to purchase a computer to use for school assignments and research.

Lions slosh through morning scrimmage

posted: 08/17/2011 8:24 p.m.

A soggy practice field served a dual purpose for Gravette’s football team during its Saturday morning scrimmage session.

Pioneers reload on defense

posted: 08/17/2011 8:24 p.m.

Gentry football coach Brian Little said some of his team’s biggest question marks coming into this season are on defense where graduation left several holes.


posted: 08/17/2011 8:23 p.m.

Another Gravette Days has come and gone. The weather was good — not too hot and the rain had passed through. The parade was very nice. The best part was seeing old friends meeting for their class reunions.

New counselor hired

posted: 08/17/2011 8:23 p.m.

Ginger Witty was recently hired to be the Decatur Northside Elementary School’s new counselor. Originally from southwest Missouri, Witty has an adventurous spirit and is exactly the kind of person that might be cast as an elementary school teacher, with a warm manner and sparkling eyes.


posted: 08/17/2011 8:22 p.m.

The Benton County Fair begins today. Good luck to all exhibitors. Everyone has been thankful for the rain we have received this week, especially the farmers and firemen. Those having lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Lofty Carrier and helping Lofty celebrate his birthday on Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Ward Carrier, Lamarise Henry, Maxine Holloway and me.

Superintendent comments on school's progress

posted: 08/17/2011 8:22 p.m.

Gravette Superintendent of Schools Andrea Kelly spoke to an all-faculty meeting at the Performing Arts Center Friday morning.


posted: 08/17/2011 8:22 p.m.

Bill Schaffer of Gravette won the TV in the drawing that the Maysville E. H.

Beal on dean's list

posted: 08/17/2011 8:20 p.m.

Hunter Allen Beal of Decatur was recently named to the Dean's List at Ecclesia College in Springdale.

Wednesday, August 10

Hot, dry leads to wildfires

posted: 08/10/2011 12:37 a.m.

MAYSVILLE — Almost 1,000 acres of pasture and timberland in northwest Benton County went up in smoke and flames last week.

Area schools start Monday

posted: 08/10/2011 12:35 a.m.

Students will be returning to school on Monday, Aug. 15, in Decatur, Gentry and Gravette.

Doctor resigns post at Decatur Medi Clinic

posted: 08/10/2011 12:34 a.m.

Decatur Medi Clinic has announced that Dr. Rayetta Eaton will be leaving the medical clinic on Friday.

Reynolds dies in truck mishap

posted: 08/10/2011 12:33 a.m.

A 50-yearold Tyson truck driver died late Wednesday after being pinned between his truck’s trailer and another trailer at the Berry Street plant, police said.

Heat sets local records

posted: 08/10/2011 12:32 a.m.

Record or near-record temperatures have been common in northwest Arkansas and the area as an embedded pressure system, centered over Arkansas/Oklahoma, has kept its grip on the region.

Coupon craze leads to woman's arrest for stealing newspapers

posted: 08/10/2011 12:32 a.m.

Police say the recent popularity of extreme couponing led to the theft of 185 newspapers from a Springdale grocery store.

School librarian’s son killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

posted: 08/10/2011 12:31 a.m.

A 1996 graduate of Siloam Springs High School and son of Gentry Schools librarian Elizabeth Newlun was one of 30 Americans killed in a military helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan on Friday.

Decatur man sentenced for rape

posted: 08/10/2011 12:31 a.m.

A Decatur man claimed he was remorseful for repeatedly raping a girl, but his words did not deter a judge from sentencing him to four decades in prison Aug. 2.


posted: 08/10/2011 12:30 a.m.

It took more than 45 minutes for Gravette and Sulphur Springs fire department rescue personnel including Fire Chief David Smith and fireman Travis Grant, shown, to free Richard Miller from his Jeep Cherokee which left Beaty Road and crashed into a tree.

New buyers needed for 4-H auction

posted: 08/10/2011 12:29 a.m.

Cows, sheep, goats and swine will be shown and purchased next week during the 50th Junior Exhibitor Livestock Auction at the Benton County Fair.

Gentry Marvin's future in question

posted: 08/10/2011 12:27 a.m.

Though the official word is “no comment,” unofficial word is that Marvin’s Foods in Gentry will be closing its doors.

Museum to hold ribbon cutting

posted: 08/10/2011 12:26 a.m.

The Gravette Historical Museum announced completion of the museum annex and will host a ribbon cutting ceremony immediately following the Gravette Day Parade at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.

Police arrest fugitive

posted: 08/10/2011 12:26 a.m.

Gravette Police Officer Speed Estep, with the assistance of Benton County Sheriff Deputies Spain and Calzada, apprehended a male subject wanted by authorities in Florida.

County Fair officials hope for big numbers

posted: 08/10/2011 12:25 a.m.

County fair organizers hope to build on last year’s experience and move forward with rebuilding an old tradition.


posted: 08/10/2011 12:25 a.m.

Area Community Announcements and Upcoming Events

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Which is the right way for church unity?

posted: 08/10/2011 12:21 a.m.

This week's column is somewhat in response to the recent letter of Sheila Martin of Gravette commending three Gravette churches for putting aside their doctrinal differences to work together in ministering to children through a joint vacation Bible school.

OFF THE CUFF: A box of matches can stir up more than flames

posted: 08/10/2011 12:21 a.m.

I don’t know why I was surprised. It was bound to happen. I bought a box of matches the other day. They were strike-onthe-box type. They’re not my favorites. I like strikeanywhere matches — the kind that when that little abrasive strip on the box expires, I can still strike ‘em on a rock, or my pant leg or on the screen door (before plastic screens).

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Choosing between hamburger or nothing

posted: 08/10/2011 12:20 a.m.

Let’s see, two times two is four and if I have that right, this is the time of the year when things begin to get a little dry. Yep, we are right on time, things are getting a little dry! I have whined about that for several months now, so on to more important stuff.


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August 10, 2011

Eagle Observer: LETTERS

posted: 08/10/2011 12:20 a.m.

Recalling robbery one year ago

Symposium set next week

posted: 08/10/2011 12:12 a.m.

The Center for Food Animal Well-being, which is part of the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture, will host its first annual symposium Aug. 18 on advances and current issues in food animal well-being.

Vet receives medals

posted: 08/10/2011 12:11 a.m.

Through the efforts of Senator John Boozman and his assistant Lt. Col. Gray, a Gravette serviceman recently was awarded medals he had earned during service in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

Cripps, Philpott make finalists in Thursday's Arkansas Idol contest

posted: 08/10/2011 12:10 a.m.

Kaylin Cripps and Bradley Philpott of Gentry were among the top 15 finalists in the recent Arkansas Idol competition held Thursday at the Little Theater in Rogers.

Students study anatomy

posted: 08/10/2011 12:10 a.m.

Seven Benton County high school students learned about anatomy through the dissection of animal organs when they attended a Medical Applications of Science for Health camp July 17 through 29 at the Area Health Education Center in Fayetteville.

Gentry has small squad this year

posted: 08/10/2011 12:10 a.m.

Gentry coach Brian Little likes the players he has, he’d just like a few more.


posted: 08/10/2011 12:09 a.m.

“…endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 (Read v. 1-16)

Orientation planned in Decatur

posted: 08/10/2011 12:09 a.m.

Orientation and open house for students and parents in the Decatur School District is scheduled for the evening of Aug. 11.

Learning key for Decatur team

posted: 08/10/2011 12:09 a.m.

The first week of preseason practice has been all about the learning process for Decatur’s football team and firstyear coach Shane Holland.

Artwork entries to be accepted Aug. 15 at Benton County Fair

posted: 08/10/2011 12:09 a.m.

The Fine Arts Department of the Benton County Fair will accept artwork from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Judging will be held Aug. 16. Artists must be from Benton County and the exhibited work should be less than two years old and not a copy. All ages are welcome and will be judged accordingly, according to a news release.

Summer reading turns to day of summer fun

posted: 08/10/2011 12:08 a.m.

Gentry Library’s summer reading program held its blowout party at the McKee swimming pool in Gentry on Saturday.

Pretty baby contest once part of Gravette Days

posted: 08/10/2011 12:08 a.m.

The Gravette Picnic, which began as a celebration of the founding of the town in 1893, has evolved to the annual Gravette Day(s) Celebration held each August.

Shorter graduates

posted: 08/10/2011 12:07 a.m.

Jeremy Shorter, son of Ralph and Sally Shorter of Gravette and 1994 graduate of Gravette High School, graduated March 11 from Collins College in a ceremony held at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Ariz.

LOOKING BACK: Not much to add to bucket list

posted: 08/10/2011 12:07 a.m.

The new buzz phrase is "bucket list." I think it means things you want to do before you kick the bucket.


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GRAVETTE and GENTRY MENUS Week of August 15-19


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Saturday is Gravette Day.

2011 Barbecue sizzling hot

posted: 08/10/2011 12:06 a.m.

Those who like their barbecue sizzling hot weren’t disappointed by the 58th Annual Decatur Barbecue on Saturday.

New student enrollment is ongoing

posted: 08/10/2011 12:06 a.m.

Zane Vanderpool, principal at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette, announced that new student enrollment for students kindergarten through grade two began Aug. 1, and enrollment can be completed any weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hook-Davidson to wed

posted: 08/10/2011 12:06 a.m.

Kristen Janece Hook, of Gentry, and Blake Michael Davidson, of Greenwood, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.


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It’s still summertime.

Academic scholarship awarded to Henry

posted: 08/10/2011 12:05 a.m.

Jeremy Henry, a student at Oklahoma State University, was one of 20 western Arkansas students awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship from Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

Decatur Barbecue: Fun Run Results

posted: 08/10/2011 12:05 a.m.

More than 36 runners got up before the sun to compete in the Decatur Barbecue Fun Run.

Stricklen named to honor roll at University of Kansas

posted: 08/10/2011 12:05 a.m.

Russell Lane Stricklen, sophomore from Gravette, has been named to the spring honor roll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.


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Gravette’s 118th birthday is upon us! This weekend, Gravette will be celebrating with a three day party that begins Thursday.

Open house is today at Gravette High School

posted: 08/10/2011 12:04 a.m.

Janna Sharp, Gravette High School Parental Involvement Coordinator, announced the high school will host its annual open house for students and families from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Gravette Days 2011

posted: 08/10/2011 12:03 a.m.

Schedule of Events


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List of past Grand Marshals

Gravette Days: New Museum Display Hall

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RIBBON CUTTING Saturday, August 13 Approx. 11:30 a.m. (Following Parade)


posted: 08/10/2011 12:01 a.m.

Saturday, August 13 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Gravette Middle School Cafeteria

Wednesday, August 3

Gravette enters EGIS contract

posted: 08/03/2011 9:32 p.m.

The Gravette City Council Thursday night formalized its contract with EGIS, the Bentonville engineering firm which has been retained to solve the city’s wastewater treatment facility problem.

City considers ambulance service, bill-pay service

posted: 08/03/2011 9:32 p.m.

Three committees met July 26 and discussed matters ranging from a new option for residents to pay their water bills to the likelihood the city will need to begin paying a price for ambulance service.

Ward boundaries expected to change

posted: 08/03/2011 9:31 p.m.

Ward boundaries in Decatur could be changing once 2010 U.S. Census data is examined, Mayor Charles Linam said Monday.

Test scores show some improvement

posted: 08/03/2011 9:31 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Education released scores for the 2011 Augmented Benchmark Exams on July 19.

New building planned for Care and Share thrift store

posted: 08/03/2011 9:30 p.m.

The Care and Share “thrift store” will soon be housed in a new building in Gravette.

Grant keeps 'Be A Winner' program in the running for Gravette students

posted: 08/03/2011 9:30 p.m.

A EUDL grant from the Office of Justice Progress to the Gravette Police Department assures the continuance of the “Be A Winner” program for fifth graders at Gravette Upper Elementary School next year.

Water, sewer rate increase moves toward final vote

posted: 08/03/2011 9:29 p.m.

City council members approved, on its second reading, an ordinance that will raise city water and sewer rates by 3 percent beginning in November. The small rate increase is part of a plan to adjust rates modestly upward each year to cover the increased costs of water and to build up a reserve which can be used to replace and repair portions of the system as the need arises.

Freedom Supporters coming

posted: 08/03/2011 9:29 p.m.

Freedom Supporters, an area organization which collects donations for care packages for American troops, will be located in Kindley Memorial Park Saturday, Aug. 13, according to Tina Vandiver. This is the second year the troop has attended Gravette Day.


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Area Announcements, Community and Church Events


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August 4, 2011

Decatur pool to remain open till end of August

posted: 08/03/2011 9:24 p.m.

Summer is nearly over and children will head back to school in less than two weeks, but the Decatur Public Swimming Pool will stay open on weekends until the end of August, Mayor Charles Linam announced Friday.

Curtains purchased, video on hold

posted: 08/03/2011 9:23 p.m.

A bid to replace the curtains in the high school auditorium was approved by the school board at its July 18 meeting, but a suggestion to purchase video equipment to be placed in halls and other locations at the high school was put on hold.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Eagle Observer finishes first year well, sets out to do even better

posted: 08/03/2011 9:23 p.m.

This issue marks the beginning of a second year for the Westside Eagle Observer, which began publishing a combined edition of the Decatur Herald, Gentry Courier-Journal and Gravette News Herald on Aug. 4, 2010. The past year was a challenging but successful year for the new publication, and the new year of publication promises even more improvements in community news coverage.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Recalling 'Decoration Day' back home, a deeply-rooted tradition

posted: 08/03/2011 9:22 p.m.

Nearly every year of my life, so far, I have spent the fourth Sunday in July at the “decoration.” When I tried recently to explain to someone the significance of this day, it was harder than I thought to put it into words.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Learning the realities of life

posted: 08/03/2011 9:22 p.m.

The heartbreaking cry of a Grand is misery to an old grand pappy. I would rather chew tinfoil than know one of our Grands is not doing well, and so would my close relative. The tears of those children are acid to my heart, eating great holes in my being. And it happens often when you are so blessed to have more than a few Grands.


posted: 08/03/2011 9:22 p.m.

I wrote a letter in last week’s paper hoping and praying someone would come forward.

Lions ready for football season

posted: 08/03/2011 9:21 p.m.

A successful 7-on-7 football campaign has Gravette coach Bill Harrelson ready to get pre-season workouts started.

Bulldogs start practice with three new coaches

posted: 08/03/2011 9:19 p.m.

Decatur's junior- and senior-high football teams began season practice on Monday, with three new coaches.

Yates to be assistant coach

posted: 08/03/2011 9:19 p.m.

Davey Yates is the newest addition to the Decatur High School's coaching staff and will serve as the baseball coach, assistant football coach and as a social studies teacher.


posted: 08/03/2011 9:17 p.m.

The area is changing. Gravette is getting a Walmart. The carnage around Mt. Pleasant is in preparation for a long-awaited highway that will bypass Bella Vista.

GHS open-house planned

posted: 08/03/2011 9:16 p.m.

Gravette High School will be hosting its annual open house for students and families from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Aug.10, in the Performing Arts Center.

Leeman on President's Honor Roll

posted: 08/03/2011 9:16 p.m.

John Robert Leeman of Decatur was on the honor roll of the University of Oklahoma in Norman for the spring 2011 semester.

Smith honored in yearbook

posted: 08/03/2011 9:15 p.m.

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Sierra Smith was named an All-American Scholar At-Large Award Winner.


posted: 08/03/2011 9:15 p.m.

It’s still summertime. I thought we were going to get rain yesterday but had another thought. We didn’t get any. Guess it will be our turn sometime soon. After all, August has arrived.


posted: 08/03/2011 9:14 p.m.

Ward Carrier was scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, Aug. 2, to remove a cancerous kidney. Please keep him in your prayers.

58th Annual Decatur Barbecue to be held Saturday, Aug. 6

posted: 08/03/2011 9:14 p.m.

With everything from a Fun Run to entertainment by Grammy Award-winning country music artist Marty Stuart, the 58th Annual Decatur Barbecue Aug. 6 will be a day packed with plenty of summer fun for the whole family.

Local singer/songwriter to perform Saturday

posted: 08/03/2011 9:11 p.m.

Gerald Edmondson, a Gentry native, will be performing for the Decatur Barbecue on Aug. 6.

Marty Stuart will take stage

posted: 08/03/2011 9:11 p.m.

The Grammy Award-winning country music artist Marty Stuart will the featured entertainer 58th Annual Barbecue Festival. Stuart’s career in country music began early in his life and spans several decades.

Daddy’s Caddy performing ‘retro rock-n-roll’

posted: 08/03/2011 9:11 p.m.

Daddy’s Caddy will be performing “retro rock-nroll” during the car show at the Decatur Barbecue.

Owen Gaines Band to play during Saturday car show

posted: 08/03/2011 9:10 p.m.

The Owen Gaines Band will be one of the featured performances during the car show at the 58th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival.