Wednesday, December 28

Longtime principal retiring

posted: 12/28/2011 2:44 a.m.

Gravette High School Principal Jo Ellen Hastings announced her upcoming retirement in a letter to the Gravette School Board.

Gentry chooses check collection program

posted: 12/28/2011 2:39 a.m.

School board members on Dec. 19 approved the school district’s use of checXchange to automatically collect on checks returned to the school’s bank for insufficient funds.

Writing history

posted: 12/28/2011 2:38 a.m.

“A History of Sulphur Springs,” which was published 24 years ago to commemorate the town’s centennial, is being revised and updated.

School board examines paperless proposal

posted: 12/28/2011 2:38 a.m.

Going paperless was a recommendation of Gentry School Board member Randall Bolinger at the Dec. 19 board meeting. The recommendation was made as a part of the regular round-robin discussion at the close of the agenda.

Decatur denies transfer requests

posted: 12/28/2011 2:37 a.m.

The Decatur School Board voted to deny three student transfer requests, but for the first time since July voted to accept the requests of two students.

Cemetery plot cost going up in Decatur

posted: 12/28/2011 2:33 a.m.

The price of a final resting place in the Decatur City Cemetery doubled this month, but the cost is still well under that of other local cemeteries.

Gravette budget has $1,522,300 in revenue

posted: 12/28/2011 2:33 a.m.

As reported in last week’s Westside Eagle Observer, the Gravette City Council approved the city’s budget for 2012.

Unlocked vehicles recent targets of Gravette thefts

posted: 12/28/2011 2:32 a.m.

The Gravette police department warns residents to lock their vehicles.

Paying for scholarships

posted: 12/28/2011 2:31 a.m.

A $1,000 donation from Walmart was presented to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Benton County, Gravette unit, on Dec. 21. The money will provide scholarships for children at risk of withdrawing from the club due to financial hardships, said Sarah Chadick, an account executive with Mitchell Communications Group.

Registration starts for Gravette summer ball program

posted: 12/28/2011 2:30 a.m.

Sign-up for Gravette summer baseball /softball starts Jan. 1, according to board member Debbie Skinner.

Decatur band students earn All Region honors

posted: 12/28/2011 2:28 a.m.

Ger Vang and Karole Kowalski, both ninth-grade students at Decatur High School, made the 2012 Junior High All-Region Honor Band, band director Kristin Wages announced last week.


posted: 12/28/2011 2:27 a.m.

December 28, 2011

OFF THE CUFF: Post office a great bargain

posted: 12/28/2011 2:26 a.m.

Sometime during the next few weeks I understand we will be paying a cent more postage to mail a letter. Make that 45 cents.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Strays keep dogging me

posted: 12/28/2011 2:26 a.m.

It happened again. Though I didn’t write about it immediately, on the very day my column was published about the dog abandoned along the roadside at Siloam Springs City Lake, another dog showed up on our doorstep. For those who don’t remember, my column on the day before Thanksgiving questioned why anyone would dump a dog along the road and leave it to starve to death or be killed.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Focus on what adds real joy to life

posted: 12/28/2011 2:25 a.m.

All is well that ends well and our wonderful Christmas day was an example of WELL!

SUSAN SAYS: Find unique ways to celebrate, and do it all year

posted: 12/28/2011 2:22 a.m.

December arrives with a flurry of activities — shopping, wrapping and mailing gifts, cleaning and decorating our homes, baking treats and special holiday dishes, attending concerts and seasonal plays. Our thoughts focus on Dec. 25 and anticipation, especially in children, rises to a feverish pitch.

Personal electronic devices policy

posted: 12/28/2011 2:22 a.m.

The board received two minor changes from the district’s personnel policy committee on its recommendation to allow students to bring personal electronic devices to school for use related to instructional purposes.


posted: 12/28/2011 2:21 a.m.

Week of Jan. 2-6


posted: 12/28/2011 2:21 a.m.

“O Lord, You have been our dwelling-place in all generations. Before the mountains were born, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.” Psalm 90:1-2

Sunday, December 25

Holiday Christmas Card Raises $24,060 For Charity

posted: 12/25/2011 5:27 a.m.

The NWA Media Community Christmas Card campaign raised $24,060.11 this year thanks to the generosity of our readers.

Wednesday, December 21

Gentry may pay for ambulance service

posted: 12/21/2011 1:59 a.m.

Ambulance service was the topic of discussion at a meeting of the fire and finance committees on Dec. 14. Presented to the Gentry City Council committees was a proposed memorandum of agreement between the city of Siloam Springs and the city of Gentry to provide ambulance service within Gentry in 2012.

Homecoming turns tragedy

posted: 12/21/2011 1:57 a.m.

Dustin Chamberlain came home early from Baylor University for minor surgery, said his uncle, Dave Chamberlain.

Readers can help students in need

posted: 12/21/2011 1:54 a.m.

Readers of the Westside Eagle Observer can help students in need in school districts in Benton, Madison and Washington counties with a donation to the Community Christmas Card campaign, which is sponsored by NWA Media. As of Friday, the fund had $12,564.

Youth on bicycle hits train

posted: 12/21/2011 1:54 a.m.

A Sulphur Springs youth escaped serious injury last Saturday night when his bicycle collided with a Kansas City Southern train.

Gravette students learning Chinese

posted: 12/21/2011 1:53 a.m.

The only images displayed on the large television screen at the front of the room are several lines of what appear to be random scratches. What do they mean?

Smith wins discussion meet

posted: 12/21/2011 1:51 a.m.

Kevin Smith, 30, of Decatur, won the Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet at the 77th Annual Farm Bureau Convention held at the Peabody Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Budget, planning jurisdiction approved

posted: 12/21/2011 1:50 a.m.

At its December meeting Thursday night, the Gravette City Council approved a $3,629,525 budget for the coming year. The document has been fine-tuned during recent weeks and the approval was made without discussion.

New trash receptacles put in use

posted: 12/21/2011 1:48 a.m.

New poly-cart trash receptacles have been delivered to trash customers within the city and should be used for all future trash pickup days.

Hiwasse annexation measure still moving forward in B.V.

posted: 12/21/2011 1:48 a.m.

The ordinance to annex Hiwasse into Bella Vista moved forward at a Bella Vista Council meeting Monday night.

Organization formed to oppose annexation of Hiwasse community

posted: 12/21/2011 1:47 a.m.

In an effort to avoid being incorporated into the city of Bella Vista, a group of Hiwasse citizens have formed their own organization to oppose the plan.

Highfill to set up wards

posted: 12/21/2011 1:46 a.m.

An ordinance which would have amended Highfill’s code by adding a definition of concentrated animal feeding operations failed on it’s third and final reading at a Dec. 13 council meeting at Highfill’s city hall.

Decatur Police work as Santa's helpers

posted: 12/21/2011 1:27 a.m.

Santa has some helpers at the Decatur Police Department this Christmas. Police officers are helping the jolly old elf make sure all his packages get where they are going, especially to the homes of Decatur children who have been victims of crime or are in need this year.

Witcher applies for private club license

posted: 12/21/2011 1:26 a.m.

Timothy Witcher has submitted an application for a Private Club Class A license for Backdoor Club & Grill at 1190 Highway 59 South in Decatur to the Arkansas Beverage Control Administration, according to a weekly report dated Dec. 16 and published on the agency's website.


posted: 12/21/2011 1:26 a.m.

December 21, 2011

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Why does God allow evil in the world?

posted: 12/21/2011 1:23 a.m.

Why does God allow evil to go on in the world? This is a question which is often asked, and critics even challenge the very existence of God with the argument that a good God could not permit the evils of our world. So, why does God permit the evils and suffering which continue in our world? First of all, we must remember that God is not the cause of the evils of this world.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Take time to pay attention, enjoy and praise God!

posted: 12/21/2011 1:22 a.m.

Frost on the grass reminds me of a young snow the year I hid the pony in the woods for a Grand’s Christmas present. We had a slight skiff of snow one of the mornings before Christmas and the trail the truck left was duly noted by the observant Grands.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Thinking 'too much' about life

posted: 12/21/2011 1:22 a.m.

Since I write every other week, this will be my final column entry for 2011. Another year has come and (almost) gone, a fact that is almost alarming when I stop and think about it.


posted: 12/21/2011 1:21 a.m.

Why do we celebrate Christmas? And what is Christmas really all about? Because so many traditions have been introduced to the holy day, it may prove beneficial to take the time to study what the celebration is really all about.

Gravette’s Nichols drops 27 on Elkins

posted: 12/21/2011 1:17 a.m.

It’s hard to find a perimeter shooter in the 4A-1 Conference better than Gravette’s Shyanne Nichols.

Bulldogs come close to victory over Colcord

posted: 12/21/2011 1:16 a.m.

The Bulldogs lost 48-42 to the Colcord, Okla., Hornets during overtime in a non-conference game in the Lloyd Peterson Gymnasium on Dec. 13.

Gentry turns over games to Lincoln, Farmington

posted: 12/21/2011 1:15 a.m.

Gentry’s defensive game plan against Farmington was obvious from the start. Make Lexie Lewis a nonfactor.

Gravette's softball player Meeker will play at the University of the Ozarks

posted: 12/21/2011 12:52 a.m.

Gravette High School softball player Kyndra Meeker will continue her softball career at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, announced Ozarks’ head coach Laurie Adkins.


posted: 12/21/2011 12:48 a.m.

Area Community and Ghurch Events


posted: 12/21/2011 12:43 a.m.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 Once again, we are hearing the Christmas Story — how God's own dear Son humbled Himself and was born of the Virgin Mary in the town of Bethlehem of Judea. All this was in fulfillment of the ancient promises of God to one day send the Seed of the woman, the Righteous Branch, Immanuel (God with us).

Gravette players named to All-State, All-Conference

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

Two Gravette Lions football players were named to the 4-A All State football team, according to an announcement last week. Ten other Lions received 1-4 A All Conference honors.

Eagle Observer: LETTERS TO SANTA

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

Editor's Note: Once again, quite a number of letters to Santa were received at our office. Due to space limitations, we could only reprint the following.

Cook enlists in National Guard unit

posted: 12/21/2011 12:09 a.m.

Garett Cook of Gentry recently enlisted into the Arkansas Army National Guard and has earned education benefits valued at $49,844.

Jolly Good Times Club held December meeting

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

The December meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center.

Students win awards for essays

posted: 12/21/2011 12:07 a.m.

Three members of the Kiwanis sponsored “Builders Club” in Gravette Middle School recently participated in a VFW sponsored youth essay competition in which they expressed their views on democracy.


posted: 12/21/2011 12:04 a.m.

I wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14

County asked to join battle

posted: 12/14/2011 1:48 a.m.

Benton County is being asked to join in the interstate battle over water quality in the Illinois River and provide money to oppose Oklahoma’s proposed restrictions.

Just who was 'Pop' Allum?

posted: 12/14/2011 1:47 a.m.

One of the most popular places in Gravette, particularly during the summer months, is Pop Allum Park. Everyone seems to know where Pop Allum Park is located. But do they know who Pop Allum is? Or was? Or why Gravette’s large ball complex bears his name?

Verbal hazing erupts into fight at local high school

posted: 12/14/2011 1:46 a.m.

Police are investigating a fight which broke out at Gentry High School when a female student verbally hazed a male student about his dress.

Business licenses to be renewed

posted: 12/14/2011 1:44 a.m.

Business owners in Decatur are asked to renew their business licenses before Dec. 31, according to city administrative assistant Kim Wilkins.

Three killed in Hwy. 102 crash

posted: 12/14/2011 1:40 a.m.

Three people were killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on Arkansas 102, west of Centerton.


posted: 12/14/2011 1:36 a.m.

December 14, 2011

School advisory board sought

posted: 12/14/2011 1:34 a.m.

Superintendent Larry Ben is looking to form an advisory board, made up of community members and school staff, to explore ways to improve the Decatur School District.

Speed-bump request granted by council

posted: 12/14/2011 1:29 a.m.

Mary Lou Janes and her daughter Sandra Bottoms appeared at Monday’s Decatur City Council meeting with a petition signed by 38 residents asking that a speed bump and a children at play sign be added to the west end of Hill Street.

Grant pared back

posted: 12/14/2011 1:29 a.m.

A grant application from the city to begin work on a natural area on city-owned property along Flint Creek was scaled back because of a shortage of funds, Gentry Chamber of Commerce director Bev Saunders told the city council at its Dec. 5 meeting.

Gentry residents arrested for making meth

posted: 12/14/2011 1:28 a.m.

Five people were arrested in connection to a drug bust at a West Siloam Springs home where methamphetamine was being manufactured.

Stop leads to two arrests

posted: 12/14/2011 1:28 a.m.

Two men were arrested by Gravette police Dec. 2 during a traffic stop by officers Charles Skaggs and Travis Grant after Skaggs observed a black van driving recklessly and following another vehicle too closely.

Mobile Home Fire

posted: 12/14/2011 1:27 a.m.

Fire destroyed the home of Stacy and Sheila Gawlik, located at the corner of Roy Jech Farm Road and Old Springtown Road near Gentry, on the morning of Dec. 7.

McKee plant cuts waste

posted: 12/14/2011 1:26 a.m.

Dumpster diving is not a normal activity at McKee Foods, but it helped keep the Gentry facility from sending anything to the landfill.

Radio station holds open house

posted: 12/14/2011 1:25 a.m.

Gayla McKinzie, owner of Gravette radio station KBVA, opened her new broadcast center to the public in an "early" open house last Saturday afternoon.

Decatur Parade

posted: 12/14/2011 1:25 a.m.

Decatur Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade

Santa arrives

posted: 12/14/2011 1:23 a.m.

The weather cooperated beautifully for Gravette’s annual Christmas parade last Saturday.

Gentry shows colors

posted: 12/14/2011 1:16 a.m.

Once again Gentry’s Main Street was packed with spectators as the band, floats, cars, trucks, ATVs and horses paraded down the street in the Gentry Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.

Activities planned at center

posted: 12/14/2011 1:15 a.m.

The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center in Gravette will hold special activities during the month of December in celebration of the holiday season.

New members inducted

posted: 12/14/2011 1:11 a.m.

Lions Club district governor Ken Swanson inducts new Gentry club members Margaret Lynch, Pragya Mathur, Dr. Ashish Mathur and Robert Lynch during the Thursday Lions Club meeting and Christmas dinner held at the McKee Community Room in Gentry.

Senior center receives check

posted: 12/14/2011 1:10 a.m.

The Gentry Senior Activity Center received a General Improvement Fund Check from State Representative Mary Lou Slinkard. Slinkard presented a letter to GSAC manager Jackie Bader on Nov. 8 at the center.

OFF THE CUFF: Could a third-party candidate spoil the pie?

posted: 12/14/2011 1:09 a.m.

I wonder? Will the 2012 Presidential election be a repeat of the one 20 years ago in 1992?

SUSAN SAYS: Starting a new holiday tradition

posted: 12/14/2011 1:09 a.m.

We’ve almost reached the midpoint of December and everyone is caught up in the whirlwind of activity that the holidays bring.


posted: 12/14/2011 1:08 a.m.

Editor, The Gravette Police Department received donations toward a fence for the city pound in 2010 and 2011.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I was fortunate to meet him

posted: 12/14/2011 1:07 a.m.

I was fortunate yesterday, like I am most days, but yesterday was really special.

LOOKING BACK: The lights of Christmas are a favorite

posted: 12/14/2011 1:06 a.m.

When I think of Christmas, I think of lights. Many things are associated with this season — decorated evergreen trees, brightly wrapped gifts, good food, candy, friends and family — but the greatest memory I have is lights.

Miss, Mister GHS chosen Saturday

posted: 12/14/2011 1:05 a.m.

The Miss and Mister Gravette High School Pageant was held on Saturday in the school’s performing arts center.


posted: 12/14/2011 1:04 a.m.

Area Community Announcements and Upcoming Events

Lady Bulldogs pick up big win in final seconds

posted: 12/14/2011 1:04 a.m.

The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Eureka Springs Highlanders 40-35 during a 4-2 A conference game in the Lloyd Peterson Gymnasium on Dec. 6.

Lions come up short

posted: 12/14/2011 1:03 a.m.

The Gravette Lions dropped a pair of close games this past week when the Pea Ridge Blackhawks edged the Lions 55-53 in the Hawks gym in eastern Benton County last Tuesday.

Gentry's loss called good for girl's team

posted: 12/14/2011 1:02 a.m.

It might have been a beating, but it was one that Gentry girls basketball coach Tim Rippy said his team needed.

Mullen's 50th celebrated

posted: 12/14/2011 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, long-time Gravette residents Frederick “Gene” and Mary Mullen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Chavez and Ocheltree exchange wedding vows

posted: 12/14/2011 12:59 a.m.

Theresa “Terrie” Carol Ocheltree of Gentry and Leland Eric Chavez of Center, Texas, formerly of Greenland, were married at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 2011, at Palauea Beach in Makena, Hawaii.


posted: 12/14/2011 12:59 a.m.

I would like to compliment the Decatur Chamber of Commerce on the Christmas Parade Friday evening. Thanks to school and community participation, it was one of the best and most well attended Decatur Christmas Parades I have ever seen.

Hernandez wins state poster contest

posted: 12/14/2011 12:58 a.m.

Dora Hernandez, a Decatur Northside Elementary Student, won first place in the Arkansas 2011 Conservation Poster Contest in the second through third grade category.

GHS Art Mask Contest Winners

posted: 12/14/2011 12:55 a.m.

Winners of the Art I mask contest, sponsored by the Gentry Art Club at Gentry High School, show their masks on Dec. 7.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 12/14/2011 12:54 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Dec. 5-9 are:


posted: 12/14/2011 12:54 a.m.

We are sure having cold weather now but I guess we can expect it in December and I’m sure it will be colder in January and February.


posted: 12/14/2011 12:54 a.m.

Don’t forget the town meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Hiwasse Baptist Church.

Gravette Students of the Month

posted: 12/14/2011 12:53 a.m.

Students of the Month for November at Gravette Middle School are:

Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS

posted: 12/14/2011 12:52 a.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary "Pawsitive" and Wise Students (PAWS) for the month of December are:

Wednesday, December 7

Christmas parades set

posted: 12/07/2011 8:50 p.m.

Christmas parades in Decatur, Gentry and Gravette are all scheduled this weekend according to announcements from the chambers of commerce in each of the towns.

Peterson land to be sold

posted: 12/07/2011 8:48 p.m.

Twelve parcels of Peterson Farms’ land in the Decatur area — totaling 5,200 acres or 8.12 square miles — are up for sale with a price tag of more than $16 million.

City approves pay raises

posted: 12/07/2011 8:46 p.m.

City employees will receive a 3 percent raise next year with the adoption of a new salary schedule and a 2012 budget by the Gentry City Council on Monday.

Trail grant received

posted: 12/07/2011 8:46 p.m.

A $72,000 grant has been awarded the city of Gravette to upgrade and expand the walking trail in Pop Allum Park.

Early morning crash injures three

posted: 12/07/2011 8:45 p.m.

Three people were injured in a multiple vehicle collision on Arkansas Highway 59 at Y-City Road early on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Christmas Card campaign under way

posted: 12/07/2011 8:29 p.m.

The annual Community Christmas Card sponsored by NWA Media gives readers a chance to donate and help school districts provide basic needs.

Council tables appeal to rezone land parcel

posted: 12/07/2011 8:27 p.m.

After some discussion, the city council tabled until next month an appeal of a Planning and Zoning Commission decision to deny the rezoning of property located along Arkansas Highway 59, just south of Meeker Drive, from R-1 (residential single family) to C-2 (commercial).

'Sugar Shack' purchase fails

posted: 12/07/2011 8:27 p.m.

A motion to purchase the old “Sugar Shack” for $7,000, plus closing costs of about $500, failed at Monday night’s council meeting.


posted: 12/07/2011 8:25 p.m.

Community and Church Announcements and Events


posted: 12/07/2011 8:23 p.m.

December 7, 2011

Westside Birth

posted: 12/07/2011 8:17 p.m.

Andrew and Courtney Leemasters, of Whiteman, Mo., have announced the birth of a son, Bentley Leon Leemasters, born Nov. 12, 2011.


posted: 12/07/2011 8:12 p.m.

Yesterday I came across a problem. I wanted to have flowers put on my families’ graves in Georgia and learned that everyone was extremely busy, which I can very well understand.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: How do you shop for 16 kids?

posted: 12/07/2011 8:10 p.m.

I know it may not be as good for local merchants as if I were to go Christmas shopping for all my children and grandchildren, but how do you do it when you've got 16 kids and 14 grandkids? Even a small gift for everyone would cost me a month's pay or more. Mrs. Griz and I used to try and budget an equal amount for each child but that was difficult to do.

OFF THE CUFF: A key to avoiding those knuckle-clenchers

posted: 12/07/2011 8:10 p.m.

As I wrote here a couple of weeks ago, you never know what you’ll find in the “Cuff.” This week is no exception.

A WALK IN THE PARK: A motivational speech I almost missed

posted: 12/07/2011 8:08 p.m.

I had noted the event on my calendar weeks ahead but when that Monday evening came, I almost talked myself out of going.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Having a right attitude helps

posted: 12/07/2011 8:07 p.m.

The cold weather hit hard when it came. Knocked me on the face with blistering cold and I hated it just as bad as I did the last time it happened.

Gentry teams lose two

posted: 12/07/2011 8:06 p.m.

The Gentry girls started off strong in first quarter play at Van Buren on Nov. 29 but couldn’t keep that momentum going throughout the game and lost to Van Buren 47-30 in the non-conference contest.

Lions win two of three in tournament action

posted: 12/07/2011 8:06 p.m.

After dropping their first game in a basketball tournament at Greenland last week, the Gravette Lions swept through their two remaining games.

Pendley to retire from hospital

posted: 12/07/2011 8:05 p.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette is saying “Goodbye” to its director of Resolutions, Kandis Pendley.

Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club completes several fall projects

posted: 12/07/2011 8:04 p.m.

The Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club had a busy fall. We had a successful fair in August and we all had a great time.

Gentry wins consolation round in tournament

posted: 12/07/2011 8:04 p.m.

The Gentry junior high girls lost to Rogers 28-23 but beat Decatur 45-19 and Pea Ridge 26-14 to win the consolation bracket in the Benton County Tournament last week in Gentry.

Mister and Miss GHS Pageant set for Saturday

posted: 12/07/2011 8:02 p.m.

The Gravette High School Parent-Teacher Organization is encouraging everyone to attend the 2011 Mister and Miss GHS Pageant on Dec.10 in the GHS Performing Arts Center.

Gravette and Decatur students win county conservation poster contest

posted: 12/07/2011 8:02 p.m.

Nine Decatur students and nine Gravette students placed in the Benton County Conservation District 2011 Conservation Poster Contest.


posted: 12/07/2011 8:01 p.m.

We received a good rain last week and now we are to get colder weather but after all it is December.


posted: 12/07/2011 8:01 p.m.

A large overflow, heated crowd attended the meeting last Monday night at the community center about Bella Vista swallowing up Hiwasse. There will be another meeting Dec. 15 at the Hiwasse Baptist Church.

Decatur's Character Kids

posted: 12/07/2011 8:01 p.m.

Decatur Northside Elementary School Character Kids of the Month for November were:

DNE Teacher of the month

posted: 12/07/2011 7:59 p.m.

Rachel Mains was named the Decatur Northside Elementary School teacher of the month for November. Main’s class received the most classroom compliments from other staff members for showing good behavior.


posted: 12/07/2011 7:59 p.m.

Thanksgiving is gone.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 12/07/2011 7:59 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 are:

The eagles are back

posted: 12/07/2011 7:56 p.m.

Bald eagles are back in western Benton County and, with the colder weather in the north, more can be expected over the next few weeks, making eagle watching and photography a popular event at the Eagle Watch Nature Area on SWEPCO Lake, along the Spavinaw Creek, at Siloam Springs City Lake and at other creeks and rural areas.

Dalke on president's list at JBU

posted: 12/07/2011 7:23 p.m.

Sheryl Dalke of Gentry was named to John Brown University's president's list of distinguished students from the university’s degree completion program.