Wednesday, January 26

School boards fill invaluable role

posted: 01/26/2011 11:58 p.m.

Are you interested in being a “director” for a $15,000,000 business /operation? At least one vacancy opens every year on a seven-member local board and the position is yours for the seeking.

Snow days were here again!

posted: 01/26/2011 11:57 p.m.

Gentry police officer Rachelle Raimer joins Tevita Vunileva, Anthony Vunileva, Karlo Pasco and Nelson Fuentes for one ride down a hill at Ozark Adventist Academy in Gentry Thursday morning following the snow which fell in the early morning hours. Public schools in the area were closed on Thursday and Friday because of the snowfall and resulting slippery roads. Approximately 3-5 inches fell in the area. The official Gravette total was 3.2 inches.

Local memorial held for General Vang Pao

posted: 01/26/2011 11:57 p.m.

More than people from northern Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri attended a memorial service for General Vang Pao at the Decatur Community Center last Saturday.

Council approval to be sought

posted: 01/26/2011 11:52 p.m.

Members of the city’s parks commission, on Monday, again discussed plans for the use of city-owned property along Flint Creek, near Arkansas Highway 59, as a natural recreation area.

Robbery suspect still unidentified

posted: 01/26/2011 11:52 p.m.

The investigation continues following an armed robbery at Austin Drug last week, according to Gravette Police Captain David Smith.

CITY MEETINGS, LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS

posted: 01/26/2011 11:51 p.m.

Area Upcoming Meetings

Help wanted in Gravette prowler case

posted: 01/26/2011 11:50 p.m.

The Gravette Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in helping identify a prowler/peeping Tom subject who has been seen in various parts of the city in recent weeks.

Long-range street plan sought

posted: 01/26/2011 11:48 p.m.

Public works supervisor David McNair suggested to the street and alley committee on Monday that it recommend an earlier start for street maintenance and repair work this year so work could be done in July rather than later in the season when temperatures may be too cold.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 01/26/2011 11:48 p.m.

Announcements, Upcoming Meetings and Events

Westside OBITUARIES

posted: 01/26/2011 11:46 p.m.

January 26, 2011

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 01/26/2011 11:45 p.m.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 (read v. 1-14 ) What have we to fear? The LORD God who created us is our Light and our Salvation! As a light shining in this dark and sinful world, He reveals our utter sinfulness but also reveals Himself as our Savior, the source of our life.

Retakes allowed

posted: 01/26/2011 11:45 p.m.

Students in the Decatur High School will have the opportunity to retake classes they failed or nearly failed to improve their grade-point average, thanks to a new policy adopted by the school board at Monday’s meeting.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS More gun control won't stop heinous crimes

posted: 01/26/2011 11:35 p.m.

The shooting in Arizona earlier this month was a terrible tragedy, and words cannot express my sympathy toward the victims and their families or my anger and outrage that a deranged man would take it into his hands to cut short so many lives and do such harm to so many others.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE Cold weather makes me miserable

posted: 01/26/2011 11:34 p.m.

I don’t think the bluebirds will be singing today, although sometimes their little bird brains are out of whack and they sing anyway.

SUSAN SAYS Drinking tea has benefits

posted: 01/26/2011 11:34 p.m.

I learned recently from Peggy Carrier’s Hiwasse News that January is National Hot Tea Month and I’ve been doing my best to celebrate it with a cup of the warm brew every morning. Sweetened with a teaspoon of Don Kane’s delicious local honey, it’s a great way to start each morning.

Eagle Observer LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 01/26/2011 11:33 p.m.

Thanks, Big Brother. I wanted to give credit to our Gravette Police Team and thank them for all their efforts as police officers. Recently, Trent Morrison wrote a very nice year-over-year analysis, with additional comments, that was mailed out to the city residents. It was well prepared and I ask and encourage Trent and team to continue this report card annually, if time allows.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 01/26/2011 11:33 p.m.

We had another spell of winter weather.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 01/26/2011 11:32 p.m.

Frank Reeves died Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic. Sympathy is sent to the family.

Gravette Council to meet Thursday

posted: 01/26/2011 11:32 p.m.

City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Gravette Civic Center.

GMCH Ole Timers meet at Gallery

posted: 01/26/2011 11:31 p.m.

GMCH Ole TImers met in Decatur at the Gallery Cafe on Jan. 17, 2011.

Phillips benefit planned for Feb. 5

posted: 01/26/2011 11:31 p.m.

A benefit for Scott Phillips, UPS driver for 22 years including in the Gravette area, will be held Saturday, February 5, at the Rodeo Community Center in Springdale.

Gentry beats Gravette in OT

posted: 01/26/2011 11:30 p.m.

The Pioneers picked up a twopoint victory over the Lions in overtime on Jan.

Gravette Gleamers 4-H report busy fall, winter

posted: 01/26/2011 11:29 p.m.

Gravette Gleamers 4-H has had a very busy fall and winter. In October we voted in our new officers. Our new officers for 2010-2011 are Klisha Poe, president; Candace Pembleton, vice-president ; Tim McPherson, vice-president ; Saber Treat, treasurer; Brooke Belts, secretary; Blake Belts, reporter; Colby Summerlin, devotion; Talon Summerlin, devotion ; Katelyn Martin, Stormi Jo Pembleton and Ethan Cook, song leaders; McKenzie Brandon and Haley Graves, Cloverbud leaders and Anthony McPherson, Bryce Romine and Hanna Graves, photographers.

Youth baseball, softball, T-ball sign-ups under way

posted: 01/26/2011 11:28 p.m.

Gravette Baseball/Softball Registration Gravette’s Summer Baseball and Softball registration will continue through Monday, Jan. 31.

Beal earns MBA from William Woods

posted: 01/26/2011 11:27 p.m.

FULTON, Mo. — Colby Lamm Beal, of Columbia, Mo., graduated in December from William Woods University with a master of business administration degree.

Stabbing was self-inflicted

posted: 01/26/2011 11:27 p.m.

A Benton County man who reported Tuesday he had been stabbed by two men was arrested Wednesday in connection with felony filing a false report of criminal wrongdoing, jail records show.

Gravette Middle School Spelling Bee Winners

posted: 01/26/2011 11:26 p.m.

Kamillia Rollo was the winner of the Gravette Middle School Spelling Bee held Jan. 12 in the school's cafeteria.

GMS First Semester Honor Roll

posted: 01/26/2011 11:25 p.m.

The Gentry Middle School recently released a list of students who were recognized on the principal's and pioneer honor rolls, as well as a list of students who had perfect attendence for the semester.

Decatur Bulldog Allstars

posted: 01/26/2011 11:24 p.m.

Bulldog Allstars for the week of Jan. 9-13 were (not in the order pictured) Lucy Soto, Alberto Batres, Tabby Tilley, Poli Xiong, Martha Smith, Troy Kell, Christian Caceres, Leslie Vicente, Amy Keller, Bethany Bumgardner, Lizzie Haisman, Joni Moppin, Ashley Phillips, Jocelyn Revolorio, Addison Mallia, Amber Lydon, Kaley Medlin, Presley Smith, Keith Ward, Edgar Reyes, Ashley Herrera Martinez, Daisy Solis, Aren Trembly, Cheyanne Malone, Luis Caceres, Paige Vann, Anthony Chaffin, Lorinda Miller and Yermy Gomez.

Gravette percussionist honored

posted: 01/26/2011 11:23 p.m.

Daniel Poemoceah, a senior at Gravette High School, was recently named to the Region I Senior High All-Region Band as a result of tryouts held January 8 at Rogers High School. The competition involved sight-reading music, playing selected scales and performing prepared music. Percussionists must play the snare drum, timpani and a mallet instrument such as a marimba.

PROFILES 2011 - 20 Questions - January 26, 2011

posted: 01/26/2011 10:53 p.m.

We wanted to know how folks in our community think, so just for fun, the editorial staff of the Siloam Springs Herald-Leader and the Westide Eagle Observer offered a “20 Questions” survey recently. The questions were mostly fun and light-hearted, with a few important issues thrown in for good measure. Although we weren’t able to survey nearly as many people as we wanted to, those who were kind enough to answer gave us a good overview about what our communities are thinking. ebra Holroyd Program Assistant SSSenior Activity Center 1. What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? I've never been a fan but if I must pick one it would be “Horton Hears a Who.” 2. If you could live in any home on a television series, what home would it be? “Two and a Half Men” -- beach house.

Wednesday, January 19

Man demands drugs

posted: 01/19/2011 12:42 a.m.

With his son ordered to the floor and threatened with a gun, Gravette pharmacist Ken Austin did what any parent would do — what law officials recommend. He complied with the request of the man in black who demanded narcotics.

Decatur teachers brainstorm to improve college readiness

posted: 01/19/2011 12:38 a.m.

Superintendent Larry Ben is making college readiness and academic achievement a priority in Decatur Schools and he is encouraging teachers to take a leading role in deciding which changes need to be made to improve the district's college remediation rate.

New city park called 'good idea' but ponds may not support fish

posted: 01/19/2011 12:37 a.m.

Ponds at the proposed site of a new Gentry park may not be deep enough to sustain game fish, according to visiting biologists from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Soldier with local ties killed in Afghanistan

posted: 01/19/2011 12:35 a.m.

A Fayetteville soldier, the nephew of one-time residents in the Gravette and Sulphur Springs area, died Jan. 7 of wounds suffered during fighting in Afghanistan.

OCH to benefit from computerized system

posted: 01/19/2011 12:35 a.m.

Starting Monday of this week, January 17, patients at Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette (OCH) will benefit from computerized physician order entry (CPOE). The CPOE system reduces errors caused by handwriting or transcription, decreases delays in order completion and improves efficiency by offering entry at point-of-care. OCH’s first phase of EMR was implemented just before the New Year, which included a computerized order entry system for ancillary departments and electronic documentation for inpatient nursing and emergency departments.

Board rehires Barrett

posted: 01/19/2011 12:34 a.m.

School board members on Monday renewed the superintendent’s contract for the next school year after reviewing and evaluating his performance.

Highfill approves budget

posted: 01/19/2011 12:33 a.m.

After council members took their oaths of office, the town council adopted a budget for 2011 and set meeting times for the new year.

Westside HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 01/19/2011 12:32 a.m.

Area Announcements, Upcoming Events, and Meetings

Westside OBITUARIES

posted: 01/19/2011 12:30 a.m.

January 19, 2011

WEEKLY DEVOTION “Behold the Lamb of God….”

posted: 01/19/2011 12:28 a.m.

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 (read John 1:29-34 ) Who is Jesus? What did John the Baptist testify concerning Him? John called Him “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Thoughts on disposing of shrunken clothes and coal-fired power plants

posted: 01/19/2011 12:28 a.m.

From time to time I go through my clothes closet and lighten the load on the hanger bar by removing those clothes items which, for some reason unknown to me, have shrunk a size or two and no longer fit.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE Suffering for an ancestor's mistake

posted: 01/19/2011 12:27 a.m.

One of the tribulations of life is living through all the stuff that happens to a man or his family. What I mean to say is — well, how can I put it? — why do we need to suffer for the mistakes made by some feller so long ago following the lead of a female who wore olive leaves for clothing?

LOOKING BACK Just what's in a name?

posted: 01/19/2011 12:26 a.m.

What’s in a name?

A WALK IN THE PARK Learning the truth about yourself

posted: 01/19/2011 12:26 a.m.

In my Sunday school class, we recently watched a video entitled, “The Truth about You, Your Secret to Success.” Watching the video, presented by “best-selling author” and motivational speaker Marcus Buckingham, coincided with the beginning of a new year when so many of us resolve to become “better” in some way, but that might have been a coincidence.

Local Scene

posted: 01/19/2011 12:25 a.m.

Scenes around the area.

Eagle Observer LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 01/19/2011 12:24 a.m.

Editor, Thanks for sharing the article (on the poultry producers' meeting). From an outsider's perspective, the one comment that I'd make is that poultry companies don't intentionally ship unhealthy birds or bad feed. Their profits are based on bird weights, so they obviously want the bird to perform optimally.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 01/19/2011 12:23 a.m.

We had a spell of winter weather. I guess that is to be expected in January.

Information sought on perceptions of schools

posted: 01/19/2011 12:21 a.m.

A survey is being conducted to learn more of the public's perception of Gravette Schools. It is being publicized in the following letter:

Teis benefit set Jan. 29

posted: 01/19/2011 12:17 a.m.

The Gravette Youth Basketball Program will hold a fund raiser Saturday, Jan. 29, at the old gym on the Gravette Middle School campus.

Lady Pioneers continue to win

posted: 01/19/2011 12:16 a.m.

Gentry’s Lady Pioneers ran their season record to 13-4 with wins over Berryville and Ozark during games played last week. Gentry toppled Berryville 74-44 in action at Gentry last Friday and the following night traveled to Ozark to take an impressive 58-49 win after dropping behind in the first quarter.

Gentry Coronation Ceremonies

posted: 01/19/2011 12:14 a.m.

2011 Coronation ceremonies were held at Gentry High School before the senior boys' and girls' basketball games on Friday night.

AMSA Robotics Team wins first place

posted: 01/19/2011 12:13 a.m.

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts Robotics Team — including April Abiera, junior from Gravette, daughter of Michael and Lisa Abiera; Tait Clements, senior from Decatur, son of Heidi and Anthony Migliori and Thomas Clements — earned two first-place awards at the Frontier Trails Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Regional Robotics Competition, held Dec. 10-11 at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.

Poultry registration currently under way

posted: 01/19/2011 12:12 a.m.

The annual registration for all owners of Poultry Feeding Operations began Jan. 1 and will continue through March 31, according to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 01/19/2011 12:12 a.m.

Editors Note: Following are both the Jan. 19 edition of the Hiwasse News and the Jan. 5 edition of the Hiwasse News. Because of space restrictions, the Westside Eagle Observer was not able to publish the Jan.

Gravette High School Honor Roll

posted: 01/19/2011 12:11 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the second grading period at Gravette High School has been released by GHS counselor Shannon Mitchell.

Gravette Upper Elementary Honor Roll

posted: 01/19/2011 12:11 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the second quarter at Gravette Upper Elementary School has been released by school administrators.

Glenn Duffy Elementary Honor Roll

posted: 01/19/2011 12:10 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the second quarter at Glenn Duffy Elementary School has been released by school administrators.

Foster is named to Ozark's deans list

posted: 01/19/2011 12:08 a.m.

Kaci Foster, of Decatur, was one of 124 students who were named to the University of the Ozarks’ academic honor lists for the 2010 Fall semester.

Decatur Elementary Moving Up Awards

posted: 01/19/2011 12:07 a.m.

Students at the Decatur Northside Elementary School who made significant academic achievements during the month of December were recognized at a special assembly on Dec. 22.

Westside Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/19/2011 12:06 a.m.

GENTRY and GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENUS Week of January 24 - 28

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 01/19/2011 12:05 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for week of Jan 10-14 are: Third Grade — Elaina Siguenza, Kyleigh McBride, Madison Capps, Melonie Yang, Jamay Sanderson and Shari Rea; Fourth Grade — Jose Saucedo, Gabi Brigance, Alexis McCall, Mandy Barber, Drew Smith and Jennifer Adams; and Fifth Grade — JD Guntharp, Mason Clark, Junior Perez, Joanna Arguijo, Cristian Santillian and Jewelleeann Duncan. The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Jan. 10-14 are: Kindergarten — Dalton Tuttle, Brooke Smith, Devlin Husong, Dillon Jarnagan, Chandler Philpott and Chandler Mitchell; First Grade — Katrina Nelson, Gabrielle Harris, Dawson Rayburn, Hailey Clark and Anthony Hernandez; and Second Grade — Erin Edmisten, Rafe Adams, Erin Her, Emmi Burgess and Garrett Smith.

Lion Homecoming Samantha Crowned Queen

posted: 01/19/2011 12:04 a.m.

Homecoming wins were not in the cards for Gravette at last Friday night’s homecoming celebration as Shiloh Christian took both games from the Lions. The boys dropped their game to the visitors 65-39 following the queen coronation ceremony and the Shiloh girls took their game 57-41.

Wednesday, January 12

Snow closes schools

posted: 01/12/2011 1:24 a.m.

Overnight snowfall on Monday, ranging from one to two inches, and cold temperatures, caused slick highways and numerous accidents during the night and in the early morning hours Tuesday. The snowy weather also closed area schools and some businesses on Tuesday.

Poultry growers share issues

posted: 01/12/2011 1:23 a.m.

A visit from Korean poultry producers to Gentry on Thursday revealed that producers in South Korea face many of the same difficulties as poultry producers in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Woman steals ambulance

posted: 01/12/2011 1:22 a.m.

A Decatur woman was in the Benton County Jail on Jan. 5 after stealing an ambulance, according to officials with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Two council posts vacated

posted: 01/12/2011 1:22 a.m.

Less than 10 days into the new year, two seats have been vacated on Decatur’s recently-elected city council.

Gravette council organizes and gets down to business

posted: 01/12/2011 1:21 a.m.

Following the taking of their oaths of office as new members of the Gravette City Council last Thursday evening, Gravette’s governing body “got down to business” as a Committee of the Whole.

Boling, Smith exchange vows

posted: 01/12/2011 1:20 a.m.

Amanda Paige Boling and Andrew John Smith, both of Pittsburg, Kan, were married at 7 p.m., Sept. 4, 2010, at the Cabins at Big Springs in Gravette.

Wright completes his Army basic training

posted: 01/12/2011 1:20 a.m.

Army Pvt. Ryan M. Wright, the son of Lea Glasscock of Gentry and Patrick Wright of Bentonville, and 2009 graduate of Gentry High School, graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Talbots celebrate 62 years

posted: 01/12/2011 1:19 a.m.

Budgy and Loreta Talbot, who live just west of Maysville, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary Friday, Jan. 7.

Annual awards banquet set

posted: 01/12/2011 1:19 a.m.

Gentry Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet will be Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry, with dinner being served at 6 p.m. and the program starting at 7 p.m. The Chamber is currently taking nominations for 2010 Outstanding Volunteer, 2010 Outstanding Businessperson, 2010 Outstanding Civic Organization, 2010 Rookie of the Year and 2010 Pioneer of the Year, said Bev Saunders, executive director of the Gentry Chamber.

Parking limits less strict than thought

posted: 01/12/2011 1:18 a.m.

Parking restrictions found by the police department for side streets crossing Main Street are not as strict as first thought, with an amending ordinance discovered already on the books.

Music and dance scholarships available

posted: 01/12/2011 1:17 a.m.

Live On Stage in NWA! will again award a limited number of scholarships to 2011 graduating high school seniors. Students who attend Benton County high schools (public or private) or are home-schooled in Benton County are eligible.

Westside HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 01/12/2011 1:15 a.m.

Area Events, Meetings and Announcements

CITY MEETINGS AND EVENTS

posted: 01/12/2011 1:14 a.m.

Area City Public Meetings

Volunteer of the Year

posted: 01/12/2011 1:11 a.m.

John Lee Mitchael, left, of Gravette, was honored as Volunteer Citizen of the Year at a meeting of city employees in December. Former mayor Bill Howard, right, made the presentation to a surprised Mitchael and his wife Ruth, guests at the event.

Westside OBITUARIES

posted: 01/12/2011 1:11 a.m.

January 12, 2011

WESTSIDE WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 01/12/2011 1:08 a.m.

“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Acts 22:16 How important is Christian Baptism? Is it necessary that we be baptized or is it only a symbolic act? And what about children and babies? Are they to be baptized too for the remission of sins?

Fire victim prepares to rebuild

posted: 01/12/2011 1:08 a.m.

A week after her home was destroyed by a fire, Wanda Clayton is doing her best to take things in stride and is busily preparing to rebuild her home.

Third-grade teacher receives scholarship to further studies

posted: 01/12/2011 1:06 a.m.

Jennifer Payne, third grade teacher at Gravette Upper Elementary School, is the recipient of a teacher scholarship from the Arkansas State Teachers’ Association to supplement her continued education through a master’s degree program in school library media science.

News hours announced at Gravette museum

posted: 01/12/2011 1:06 a.m.

New hours have been announced for the Gravette Historical Museum located in the Kindley Home, 503 Charlotte Street S.E., according to the Museum Commission.

Chamber plans first-ever Saturday Decatur Barbecue

posted: 01/12/2011 1:05 a.m.

For the first time ever, the Decatur Barbecue Festival will be held on the first Saturday in August instead of the first Friday, Chamber of Commerce members decided at their Jan. 3 meeting.

Alert system test deemed a success

posted: 01/12/2011 1:04 a.m.

County officials called last Friday’s test of the Benton County alert system a qualified success, based on their preliminary review of the drill.

MT. PLEASANT NEWS

posted: 01/12/2011 1:04 a.m.

The Christmas season is behind us. It’s time for renewal. Let’s look ahead and plan for a great year. Bill Edgmon spent a few days at Christmastime in the hospital. Bill had knee replacement surgery.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 01/12/2011 1:03 a.m.

Billy Habermehl’s surgery that was scheduled for this week has been indefinitely postponed.

Gentry overpowered by Prairie Grove

posted: 01/12/2011 1:03 a.m.

Prairie Grove girls’ attention to detail paid off as the defending Class 4A state champions rolled to a 54-36 victory over Gentry in 4A-1 Conference action Friday night.

Girls win big, boys lose

posted: 01/12/2011 1:01 a.m.

Gravette (7-9 ) held Lincoln (7-6 ) scoreless for more than four minutes in its boys' basketball game at Lincoln on Friday.

Gentry field trip planned in February

posted: 01/12/2011 1 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society will host a field trip to Eagle Watch Nature Trail near Gentry on Saturday, Feb 5.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Turn your lights down low

posted: 01/12/2011 1 a.m.

Perhaps it's because of the hills and curves in northwest Arkansas. It could have to do with the fact that I am now driving a small, lowto-the-ground car rather than a pickup truck or sport utility vehicle. And, it almost certainly has to do with my aging eyes. But regardless of the cause, I'm complaining about bright and blinding lights on the roadways.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE Helping a neighbor could get you arrested

posted: 01/12/2011 12:59 a.m.

The cattle were scattered all over the place when my neighbor’s neighbor called for help. I guess they had been trying to pen the rogues for over two hours and the two of them were just not enough manpower to plug all the holes. Cars were backed up and most of the drivers were not cattle people. Therefore horns were blowing and that sure enough didn’t help the situation a bit!

CHARLOTTE'S CORNER It's hard to believe it's January

posted: 01/12/2011 12:58 a.m.

Can you imagine? We have started a new year, and we have snow now to make us realize it is winter! I know we were all hoping to get through the winter — up till about March, any way — without much snow or bad weather, but then would that be Arkansas?

SUSAN SAYS Superstitions to bring in the New Year

posted: 01/12/2011 12:58 a.m.

In my last column, I reprinted an article extolling the virtues of black-eyed peas and expressed my love for them. I always try to eat some to start each new year out right.

Education standards undergoing changes

posted: 01/12/2011 12:57 a.m.

The face of education in local public schools will be undergoing major changes in the next few years due to the state's implementation of new national standards. The following questions and answers on the Common Core State Standards explains some of the basic changes to come.

Character T-shirt Winners

posted: 01/12/2011 12:56 a.m.

Character Education T-shirt winners at Gentry Intermediate School for the month of December are: Third Grade — Elaina Siguenza, Sachi Lor, Jasmine Fuamatu, Holden Wills, Carah Catron and Florine Yang; Fourth Grade — Brently Wade, Makenna Fletcher, Trevor Dunlap, Makayla Reed, Rene Olea and Ciera Spence; and Fifth Grade — Kevin Ochoa, Jasmine Brasuell, Kaylynn Daneker, Brookley Trammell and Hunter Woodall.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 01/12/2011 12:56 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Jan. 3-7 are: Kindergarten — Austin Deason, Logan Lopez, Isaak Crittenden, Ethan Smith, Brian Lopez and Dayton Medcalf; First Grade — Liberty Brannon, Kaitlyn Reeves, Leroy Lee, Will Jackson and Dalen Hardbarger; and Second Grade — Madison Byrom, Kein Cryer, Megan Mouse, Logan Sliver and Hunter Bennett.

Lion Homecoming Friday, January 14

posted: 01/12/2011 12:54 a.m.

Crowning of the 2011 Gravette High School Basketball Homecoming Queen will be held this Friday, Jan. 14, at the competition gymnasium near the Junior High School. The coronation ceremony will be held at approximately 6:30 p.m., following the Junior Varsity Boys game which pits Gravette against Shiloh. The Senior Boys and Senior Girls games will follow the ceremony.

Morgan, Johnson wed New Year's Day

posted: 01/12/2011 12:54 a.m.

Jarod Morgan and Lacey Johnson were united in marriage at their home in Decatur on Saturday, Jan. 1, by Justice of the Peace Jared Veith.

Wednesday, January 5

Gravette mayor takes office

posted: 01/05/2011 10:18 a.m.

Gravette’s new Mayor, Byron Warren, officially assumed that title Saturday morning at the Benton County Courthouse, during a “swearing in” ceremony of county and numerous municipal officials.

Key-box issue not resolved

posted: 01/05/2011 10:18 a.m.

Council members failed to come to agreement on the key box issue Monday night, leaving the existing ordinance in place, at least until next month’s meeting.

Fire destroys Decatur home

posted: 01/05/2011 10:16 a.m.

A fire destroyed the home of Wanda Clayton at 1275 Eubanks Street in Decatur on Sunday afternoon.

Officers take oaths

posted: 01/05/2011 10:05 a.m.

Mayors from cities large and small across Benton County — including six from the Westside Eagle Observer’s coverage area — took their oath of office before Judge Jay Finch at the Benton County Courthouse on Jan. 1.

A look back at the major events of 2010

posted: 01/05/2011 10:04 a.m.

Following are many of the memorable events which subscribers read about in the Gravette News Herald and Westside Eagle Observer during 2010. Of course, there were hundreds of other stories and pics which deserved mentioning.

Top events in Decatur

posted: 01/05/2011 10:03 a.m.

Much has happened in Decatur over the past year. As 2010 draws to a close, here is a look back at the major news stories of each month.

Top events in Gentry

posted: 01/05/2011 10:03 a.m.

\January 2010 was a cold one, with snow and frigid temperatures being the top story in Gentry for the first two weeks of the year now past. Though temperatures did dip over the weekend, 2011 is starting off without the snow and extreme cold of a year ago. Other lead stories in January of 2010 include a house fire which destroyed the Highfill home of Garvin and Ila Reid on Gailey Hollow Road, and the Gentry School Board signed a memorandum of understanding with the Arkansas Department of Education at a special meeting on Jan. 6 agreeing to use national assessment models and national standards rather than state standards.

Westside HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 01/05/2011 10:02 a.m.

Upcoming Area Events

Austin celebrates 90th

posted: 01/05/2011 10:01 a.m.

Rev. Jack Austin, Sr., of Gravette, will be honored at a celebration of his life and ministry Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Gravette. Austin celebrated his 90th birthday on Jan. 4.

Eagle Observer CITY MEETINGS

posted: 01/05/2011 10 a.m.

DECATUR Decatur School Board The Decatur School Board meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday each month, in the professional development room of the former middle school building.

Westside OBITUARIES

posted: 01/05/2011 9:59 a.m.

January 5, 2011

Storm sirens being tested

posted: 01/05/2011 9:58 a.m.

Although tornados are not common during winter months they can occur as happened Dec. 31 when the small town of Cincinnati in Washington County was struck by a pre-dawn tornado which took the lives of three people in the storm's deadly path.

Forgotten two-hour parking limit causes concerns in Gentry

posted: 01/05/2011 9:57 a.m.

Due to a complaint filed with the Gentry Police Department, an ordinance provision (in Chapter 8.24) restricting parking on portions of Main Street and on a number of cross streets between Main Street and its alleys to two hours has come to light.

Evans celebrate 50th

posted: 01/05/2011 9:56 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert “Dodie” Evans of Gravette celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, Dec. 31.

IRWP to host live concert and show

posted: 01/05/2011 9:55 a.m.

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership will host a live concert and show featuring Marshall Mitchell and the IRWP Clean Water Rainger’s at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the McKee Community Room of the Gentry Public Library.

Eagle watching at its best at SWEPCO Lake and the Eagle Watch Nature Area

posted: 01/05/2011 9:54 a.m.

Pictures of Eagles

Man dead after domestic incident during holidays

posted: 01/05/2011 9:53 a.m.

A domestic incident Christmas Eve led to the death of a Benton County man on Christmas Day, according to information from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Decatur seeking grant money for fire department

posted: 01/05/2011 9:52 a.m.

City council members met for the last time in 2010 on Dec. 29 to hold a public hearing for the application of a grant for building an addition to the Decatur fire station.

Gentry boys come up short, girls pick up easy win at Pea Ridge

posted: 01/05/2011 9:51 a.m.

After watching their early lead slip away late in the first half, Pea Ridge's boys were determined not to let it happen again Monday night and started the second half with an 11-0 run to pull away from Gentry and post a 60-45 victory over the Pioneers in a 4A-1 Conference game played a day earlier than previously scheduled.

Picking up trash for a trip to national cheerleading competition

posted: 01/05/2011 9:50 a.m.

Gentry cheerleaders pose with bags of trash they have collected to help raise money for their upcoming trip to national competition in Orlando, Fla. R&R Solutions in Gravette donated the bags and is paying them $5 for each full bag of trash collected to help with costs of the trip. If the cheerleaders are able to fill all the bags donated by R&R, the company will give them $1,500 toward their expenses.

Gravette teams compete in Alma

posted: 01/05/2011 9:49 a.m.

After competing in the Alma Airedale tournament in that Crawford County city during the Christmas break, the Gravette Lions and Lady Lions were scheduled to go on the road Tuesday night to tangle with teams in Ozark.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Some thoughts on the discomforts of traveling

posted: 01/05/2011 9:49 a.m.

Mrs. Griz and I just returned from another whirlwind trip to visit family members in southern Nebraska and northwestern Kansas.

OFF THE CUFF Some New Year's predictions

posted: 01/05/2011 9:48 a.m.

I usually go into a trance just before New Year’s Day and share the revelations with readers so they will know what the future is going to bring for people in the area.

A WALK IN THE PARK Somehow, Christmas was different this year

posted: 01/05/2011 9:48 a.m.

Another Christmas morning has come and gone in our home, and it played out quite differently than it has in years past. With all three of our children now married, it was officially “just us” to celebrate the big day. Although Earl and I have adjusted to having the house to ourselves, and even prefer the situation much of the time — sorry, Kids — that didn’t keep me from missing the Christmas mornings of the past when the whole family was still at home.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 01/05/2011 9:47 a.m.

“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” Psalm 119:104 Do you want to be wise? Do you want to have understanding ? If so, let God teach you through His own Word, the Bible!

Eagle Observer LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 01/05/2011 9:46 a.m.

Editor, The voters of Springtown recently elected a mayor and city council members; their decision may have been different had the voters been aware of the issues I present here.