Wednesday, July 27

Maze of maize takes shape

posted: 07/27/2011 11:59 p.m.

It’s more than 100 degrees in the shade and a handful of people are spending their afternoons in a stifling cornfield, mapping out a maze with global positioning and cutting paths in the 10-acre plot with a riding lawn mower.

Students are sent back to Decatur

posted: 07/27/2011 11:59 p.m.

Seven students who transferred from the Decatur School District to the Gravette School District last year under the School Choice Act are being forced to return to school in Decatur.

Two races contested in school elections

posted: 07/27/2011 11:59 p.m.

At least one school board position in both the Gentry and Gravette School Districts is being contested in the annual election scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 20. No other contested races had developed as of Friday, the deadline for filing.

Artist sees beauty in ordinary

posted: 07/27/2011 11:58 p.m.

Not everyone can look at a dried up tree stump and roots and see an image of a raging bull, horses and other Old West figures, but Curtis McChristian, of rural Gentry, does and brings them out for others to see as well.

Hardening of the arteries affects city's water system

posted: 07/27/2011 11:57 p.m.

Gravette City Council members at their recent committee meeting were shown what is an “unseen” problem that can affect municipal water systems.


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July 27, 2011

Postmaster retiring

posted: 07/27/2011 11:55 p.m.

HIWASSE — Geneva Hamilton, postmaster at Hiwasse, will be retiring from that position on Friday, Aug. 5. Friends and patrons are invited to “drop by” between now and then to say good-bye to the lady who has served the community the past six years. Hamilton began as postmaster relief in 1996 until her promotion to the postmaster position six years ago.

Sulphur Springs gym suggested for National Register of Historic Places

posted: 07/27/2011 11:54 p.m.

A “Camp Crowder” gymnasium which dates to World War II, located in Sulphur Springs, will be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Refurbished patrol car purchase OK

posted: 07/27/2011 11:54 p.m.

With only three of the five-member Highfill Town Council present at Thursday’s special meeting, approval was given to police chief Eric Jones to spend up to $23,000 from funds the department has in savings to purchase a refurbished police car.

Bank property zoned back rural-residential

posted: 07/27/2011 11:54 p.m.

Three ordinances were passed on their first reading during the July 12 town council meeting and will be coming back before the council in August:

Grants at work in Gravette

posted: 07/27/2011 11:53 p.m.

The city of Gravette is the recipient of several new grants for various projects, according to Allyson Ransom, communications director for the city and writer of the grant requests.

Safety devices pose danger

posted: 07/27/2011 11:52 p.m.

Imagine you are an unsuspecting motorist driving along a highway when another vehicle, possibly a truck, zips past you. As it whips back into your lane, a large chunk of steel and concrete crashes into your auto.

Wastewater and ADEQ officials tour pilot sand filter in Decatur

posted: 07/27/2011 11:52 p.m.

More than 30 wastewater officials — including a team from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality — toured the pilot Blue Water Technology sand filter at the Decatur Wastewater Plant on Friday.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: How do they do it in the summertime?

posted: 07/27/2011 11:49 p.m.

“How do they do it?” I wonder. It’s one thing to drive a truck during the hot days of summer, but it’s quite another to have a load that stinks pretty near to high heaven.

Galyean retiring after banking career

posted: 07/27/2011 11:49 p.m.

Paul Galyean has announced his retirement, effective at the close of this month, from a long-held post as manager of the Gentry Bank branch of Decatur State Bank.

OFF THE CUFF: It's been hotter than blue blazes

posted: 07/27/2011 11:49 p.m.

Yep, you’re right. It’s been hotter than blue blazes the past week or so. I’ve wondered where that saying originated.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I'm suffering from shrinkage

posted: 07/27/2011 11:48 p.m.

Someone is shrinking my business! I am about to get riled up about the whole dang thing. My business, my physical being, all kinds of stuff is being shrunk. Is that a word in Mr. Webster’s book, that shrunk word? Well, it makes good sense to me so it is a word in my book.

SUSAN SAYS: Cook to beat the heat

posted: 07/27/2011 11:47 p.m.

The hottest topic of conversation this week has been, you guessed it, the heat! Record-breaking temperatures have been common, with several days of triple digit readings. Farmers’ fields are withering, ponds are drying up and yards and gardens are parched and brown. Jim mowed the yard Monday of last week and it doesn’t look like it will need mowing again soon.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: The Mystery of Christ?

posted: 07/27/2011 11:46 p.m.

“…by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel….” Eph. 3:3-6 (Read v. 1-13)


posted: 07/27/2011 11:46 p.m.

It was one of the most beautiful and holy sights I have seen in a long time.

Black named new communications coordinator at OCH

posted: 07/27/2011 11:45 p.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette announced that Morgan Black was named the new Communications Coordinator for the hospital.

Final plans made for Aug. 6 BBQ

posted: 07/27/2011 11:43 p.m.

The chicken has been ordered, the barbecue pit is ready and Marty Stuart is on his way.

Pittman hired as assistant principal and the girls' head basketball coach

posted: 07/27/2011 11:40 p.m.

Will Pittman, who has served in the Huntsville school system the past five years, was hired as assistant high school principal and girls’ head basketball coach in Gravette.

School supply lists released for Glenn Duffy Elementary

posted: 07/27/2011 11:40 p.m.

The following school supply list has been announced for Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette: KINDERGARTEN Fiskar scissors (no plastic) 1 pkg. construction paper 12 glue sticks & 1 bottle of glue 4 boxes regular size Crayola crayons 1 box Kleenex (large size) I box baby wipes 2 bottles of Germ X 3 folders with prongs The above items are community use. Do not label with your child’s name.

Gravette cheer squads take awards at camp

posted: 07/27/2011 11:40 p.m.

Junior and senior high cheer squads attended a cheerleading camp at the University of Arkansas put on by Universal Cheerleading Association.

Junior Olympic Boxer

posted: 07/27/2011 11:39 p.m.

Brandon Kapner, 15, has 25 amateur fights and is going to Mobile, Ala., July 31, to fight in the National Junior Olympics.

Red-shirted looks to be orange in the spring

posted: 07/27/2011 11:38 p.m.

Stefan Smith, 16, a baseball lover who had to sit out this year’s high school season in Gravette because he transferred into the district, is eagerly looking forward to playing for the Lions baseball team next spring. And if his past is any indication of future performance for the Lions, he brings a lot of talent and ability to the team. In a recent Pro Day evaluation with Bill Earnhart, scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Stefan received exceptional scores, with one 6 in batting and the rest 7s.


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Area Community and Church Events and Announcements


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Area Public Meetings

Dunagins to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary

posted: 07/27/2011 11:33 p.m.

Al and Jane Dunagin, of Gravette, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 1. Al Dunagin and Jane Tebow were married 60 years ago, Aug. 1, 1951, at the home of the bride’s parents in Southwest City, Mo. The occasion was the Tebows’ 25th wedding anniversary and the Dunagins were married by J.A. Scoggins, the same minister who officiated at her parents' wedding.

Boldt finishes basic

posted: 07/27/2011 11:32 p.m.

Marine Pfc. Jeff Boldt, of Gravette, recently completed basic training and graduated from the Marine Corps Base in San Diego, Calif.


posted: 07/27/2011 11:31 p.m.

Guess those pop-up rain showers are just going around us. I’m sure we’ll get some when it’s our turn. I hope that is soon.


posted: 07/27/2011 11:31 p.m.

Jimmy Fielding suffered a serious eye injury in a lawnmower accident on Tuesday evening.


posted: 07/27/2011 11:30 p.m.

Week of August 1-5

Wednesday, July 20

School transfers denied!

posted: 07/20/2011 11:50 p.m.

Appeals to the school board to allow students to transfer to neighboring districts were denied, causing anger, disappointment and tears. Three of the four school board members present at Monday's board meeting, voted to deny the requests of seven students to transfer out of the Decatur School District.

Council reminded of need for truck turnaround

posted: 07/20/2011 11:48 p.m.

A turnaround area for trucks attempting to enter the McKee Foods plant from Arkansas Highway 59 on the Highway 59 spur (East Grant Street) on the north edge of the city was again discussed at the July 11 city council meeting, with the matter referred back to the street and alley committee for more information, study and a recommendation.

Gravette meter-reading system malfunctioning

posted: 07/20/2011 11:47 p.m.

Gravette City Council members spent much of their Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday evening discussing problems with the electronic water meter-reading system.

Eagle Observer : Correction

posted: 07/20/2011 11:46 p.m.

Entertainers The Owen Gains Band, Daddy's Caddy and Zumba Ladies Dance Group were mistakenly omitted from the list of performers for the 58th Annual Decatur Barbecue, on Aug. 6, in the article "Chamber accepts entries for Tiny Tots, Miss Decatur Barbecue and Fun Run" in last week’s issue of the Westside Eagle Observer.

City to benefit from grant funds donated by Walmart

posted: 07/20/2011 11:45 p.m.

About $20,000 in grant funds will indirectly benefit the city of Gentry, according to Chamber of Commerce director Bev Saunders.

Students watch launch

posted: 07/20/2011 11:44 p.m.

Amanda Duncan, Jacey Smith, and sisters Alex and Emily Lucas will be able to tell their grandchildren they were standing on Cape Canaveral Beach as they watched the space shuttle Atlantis launch for its final mission on July 8. The four girls watched history in the making as the shuttle roared into the Florida sky in a stream of fire and smoke.

Emergency response vehicle

posted: 07/20/2011 11:43 p.m.

Gravette police officers Travis Grant, left, and Jeff Turner stand beside the Humvee which the police department purchased with "drug funds." The army surplus vehicle has been repainted as a Special Emergency Response Vehicle (S.E.R.V.) which can be used when weather conditions or rough terrain make response difficult. The interior will be fitted with appropriate equipment to handle such emergency responses.

Man punches sister, kicks officer

posted: 07/20/2011 11:43 p.m.

Gregory Taylor, 23, of Siloam Springs, was arrested for domestic battery and battery against a police officer in incidents which occurred in the 200 block of North Giles on June 26.

Edgmon places second in Tae Kwon Do championship

posted: 07/20/2011 11:41 p.m.

Haley Edgmon, 7, daughter of John and Karen Edgmon, recently competed in the American Tae Kwon Do (ATA) World Champions tournament held in Little Rock, where she tied for second in the state in traditional weapons and fourth in traditional forms.

Gravette Day Parade to feature jet fly-over

posted: 07/20/2011 11:40 p.m.

The Gravette Day parade this year will feature a jet fly-over, according to the Gravette Historical Museum Commission.

Thomas named new middle school principal in Gravette

posted: 07/20/2011 11:39 p.m.

Duane Thomas, who last year served as assistant principal at Gravette High School, has been named new principal for Gravette Middle School.

Candidates to file for school board election by Friday

posted: 07/20/2011 11:38 p.m.

Voters in Gravette School District 20 will elect two directors to serve five-year terms. Filing deadline is this Friday, July 22, at the office of the County Clerk in Bentonville.


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July 20, 2011


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Area Announcements and Upcoming Events

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: What's it like editing a newspaper?

posted: 07/20/2011 11:34 p.m.

Sometimes folks ask me what it is like editing a newspaper and trying to keep up with information from all the communities in our coverage area.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Skills learned from Cabbage Patch dolls

posted: 07/20/2011 11:33 p.m.

Now that Canyon, our youngest grandson, is 7 months old, his interest is moving away from baby rattles and squeaky-squeeze things and toward more serious boy toys. Because his brothers are soon to be 15 and 12, our house has long been cleared of small playthings suitable to be held, rolled, thrown and gnawed on by this chubby-fisted little guy whose attention seems to already be drawn to objects with wheels and motors.

OFF THE CUFF: 'Oh dem Golden Slippers'

posted: 07/20/2011 11:33 p.m.

Motorists driving on Gravette streets in recent weeks have probably noticed pairs of “golden shoes” dangling from power lines where they were evidently thrown by someone who wished to make a statement.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Dealing with problem of purple mint

posted: 07/20/2011 11:32 p.m.

This is the day, week and next week that we gotta watch close for cattle that are standing around in the lot waiting for the grain wagon to show up. The grass is almost all dead, the hay is out in the sun and if there is one speck of shade in the lot, the cattle will gang up in it. And that is where the purple mint loves to grow. I have a real relationship with purple mint. I try to kill every little plant I find and have hauled pickup loads out of my lots. No, I wasn’t always so smart; it took the loss of several head of good heifers and a couple of steers to get my attention.


posted: 07/20/2011 11:30 p.m.

List of area public meetings

Eagle Observer : WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 07/20/2011 11:25 p.m.

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22 (Read v.

Local churches host Hometown Nazareth event for kids, families

posted: 07/20/2011 11:24 p.m.

Families can step back in time during the summer family event “Hometown Nazareth : Where Jesus was a kid,” hosted by the Gravette United Methodist Church, First Christian Church and Church of Christ.

Gravette Church to give away free school supplies

posted: 07/20/2011 11:24 p.m.

A free clothing and school supply give-away for students in kindergarten though grade 12 will be held at the Gravette Church of Christ from 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 6. The church has been holding the give-away for more than 20 years and served more than 200 families last year, according to pastor Bob Kirkley.

Burden tours D.C. with 4-H

posted: 07/20/2011 11:23 p.m.

On July 2 Jayme Burden of Decatur climbed onto a bus in Little Rock, along with nine other members from the Benton County 4-H program and multiple other 4-H members from across the state, to attend the National Citizenship Washington Focus Program in Washington D.C.

Maysville 4-H Udder Club observes Dairy Month

posted: 07/20/2011 11:18 p.m.

The Maysville 4-H Udder Club passed out free ice cream at Arvest Bank in Gravette on June 3. The event was in observance of Dairy Month. Udder Club members present were: Destany Tate, Danica Tate, Ethan Parker, Brittany Crawley, Tabitha Crawley and Jessica Crawley. The “June is Dairy Month” annual celebration began in 1937 to help distribute extra milk when cows began grazing in the pastures during the summer months. The club took part in several activities in observance of Dairy Month.

School supply list released by Northside Elementary

posted: 07/20/2011 11:17 p.m.

Northside Elementary School has re leased its supply list for the upcoming school year:

Gentry Primary posts student supply list

posted: 07/20/2011 11:17 p.m.

Gentry Primary School has released its list of school supplies for the upcoming school year:


posted: 07/20/2011 11:16 p.m.

Billie Fletcher suffered a fall last Tuesday evening in which she broke an arm and a hip. Remember her in your prayers.


posted: 07/20/2011 11:16 p.m.

Maysville E.H. Club members, remember this Friday, July 22, is County Fun Day for all Benton County clubs. It will be held at the Maysville Community Building since Maysville is hosting it. Visitors are welcome. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings. Each one is to bring a side dish, and the club will furnish drinks and ice. Steve and Susan Tucker came over Friday morning to visit.


posted: 07/20/2011 11:15 p.m.

Hello to all from the folks at Mt. Pleasant. It’s been a while since I have written for the paper and it’s nice to know it has been missed.

Wednesday, July 13

Official start of bypass celebrated

posted: 07/13/2011 12:58 a.m.

HIWASSE — After some 20 years of planning, surveying and hoping, a groundbreaking Friday afternoon saw the official start of a segment of what one day will become part of Interstate 49, but locally called the “Bella Vista Bypass.” The ceremony, held under a large tent on a 100-degree July day, was attended by area dignitaries, Arkansas Highway Department personnel and state officials, including Governor Mike Beebe, who joined U.S.

Egg producer contracts with Cal-Maine Foods

posted: 07/13/2011 12:57 a.m.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., recently began contracting with Nichols Family Farms of Decatur for the production and processing of eggs, according to Tim Dawson, vice president and CFO of Cal-Maine Foods.

Rates to rise for water and sewer in Gentry

posted: 07/13/2011 12:55 a.m.

City water and sewer rates will rise by 3 percent again in November if a proposed ordinance is approved by the council at its next two meetings. Council members unanimously approved, on its first reading Monday, an ordinance readjusting water and sewer rates to help cover costs of repairs and future replacement of system components.

Flint Creek natural area placed on hold in Gentry

posted: 07/13/2011 12:53 a.m.

A proposed new nature area with a fishing pond on city-owned property along Flint Creek was put on hold when word was received the city would not receive the Wildlife Recreation Facilities Grant it applied for earlier in the year.

'Mema' rambles on

posted: 07/13/2011 12:51 a.m.

HIWASSE — Freddie Arbuthnot always loved animals.

Weather expected to stay hot

posted: 07/13/2011 12:50 a.m.

Summertime heat that covered Northwest Ar kansas earlier than normal this year looks to continue through July, according to weather experts.

Four flee, are arrested

posted: 07/13/2011 12:49 a.m.

Four men were arrested by the Decatur Police Department on charges of fleeing, disorderly conduct and public intoxication on June 25.

Decatur restaurant dish featured

posted: 07/13/2011 12:48 a.m.

Word of the good food at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur will spread around the country in the newly released book, “Taste of Main Street America.” The book, by Recipe Publishers and published by JEC Publishing Company in Springfield, Mo., features recipes from more than 200 independent and family-owned restaurants on Main Streets across all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Landmark comes down but going back up again, soon

posted: 07/13/2011 12:47 a.m.

An historic landmark in Gravette tumbled this past week when a backhoe removed the long-standing concrete entrance columns in Capt. Field Kindley Memorial Park.

Hot, dry conditions cut hay crop

posted: 07/13/2011 12:47 a.m.

Cattlemen from Lincoln to Maysville are hoping for a soaking rain soon to get a second hay cutting to bolster tight supplies.

Yard-sale sign issue resolved with new Gentry ordinance

posted: 07/13/2011 12:45 a.m.

Issues regarding yard sales and yard- and garage-sale signs were resolved by the city council on Monday with the passage of a new version of an ordinance amending city code.

New park is step closer in Decatur

posted: 07/13/2011 12:43 a.m.

A new pocket park along Hill and Buckner Avenues in Decatur is one step closer to becoming a reality after the city council passed a resolution on Monday allowing the mayor to apply for a matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Outdoor Recreation Grant Program. Council members voted in favor of the resolution 3-2 after a well-attended public hearing.

Filing period for all school board seats to close July 22

posted: 07/13/2011 12:42 a.m.

All positions on the Gentry School Board will be up for re-election at the September 20 annual school election and July 22 is the last date for candidates to file a completed petition with the county clerk.

Marshal plan shot down

posted: 07/13/2011 12:41 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN — Plans to appoint or elect a volunteer town marshal in Springtown were shot down when city attorney Carla Wasson shared the possible downside of the plans at the town’s June 14 council meeting.

BC alert system growing

posted: 07/13/2011 12:41 a.m.

Benton County officials said use of the BC Alert system was still growing as the severe weather season wound down.

Meeting set July 21 to discuss possibility of water project to Logan/Robinson area

posted: 07/13/2011 12:40 a.m.

LOGAN — A meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 21, at the Logan Community Building, by the Benton County Rural Development Authority to determine if there is interest in a water project in the Logan/Robinson communities. Engineers will be present with maps to review the proposed service area. Other officials will also be present to answer questions regarding the proposed project.

Gravette SONIC crew proves itself to be a leading team in the company

posted: 07/13/2011 12:39 a.m.

The SONIC Drive-In crew in Gravette almost qualified for the National Finals of the 18th annual Dr Pepper SONIC Games, the annual competition recognizing the best SONIC Drive-Ins in the country.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: In search of a mess-proof coffee carafe

posted: 07/13/2011 12:38 a.m.

I’ve been wondering of late if it is just me or if others share in my frustration with automatic coffee maker carafes.

SUSAN SAYS: Reaching the century mark a special occasion

posted: 07/13/2011 12:37 a.m.

July Fourth has come and gone and once again we owe a big thank you to all the area businesses who helped foot the bill for Gravette’s annual fireworks display. We can sit in our yard and have a front-row seat for the big display.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Table manners go a long way

posted: 07/13/2011 12:36 a.m.

I figure my manners are pretty fittin’ and if they aren’t, my close relative will let me know about it very shortly!

LOOKING BACK: Influence of religious upbringing

posted: 07/13/2011 12:36 a.m.

My mother took her 12 children to church. The fact that my father didn’t go never deterred her. To her credit, she never made church-going boring. One summer we attended Sunday school at Wann, in the one-room school house where I went to school on weekdays. In fact Mom started the Sunday school. She was superintendent and I remember teaching the little kids.


posted: 07/13/2011 12:35 a.m.

Well, I thought I had heard and seen about everything.

Mortensen's prize-winning quilt to be raffled to benefit Kiwanis

posted: 07/13/2011 12:33 a.m.

Through the generosity of the family of Barbara Mortensen, the Gravette Kiwanis Club will be awarding one of the Gravette lady’s prize-winning quilts on Gravette Day this year.

David Nelson participates in Teacher Conservation Tour

posted: 07/13/2011 12:31 a.m.

What do you get when you cross 24 teachers with four days in the forest? The Teacher Conservation Tour, held June 21-24 in Russellville. Gentry High School teacher David Nelson attended this year’s workshop.

Chamber taking entries for Tiny Tots, Miss Decatur Barbecue and Fun Run

posted: 07/13/2011 12:31 a.m.

The sweltering July heat means that the 58th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival, planned for Aug. 6, is just around the corner.

Miss Gravette entries open

posted: 07/13/2011 12:30 a.m.

Registration for contestants in the “Miss Gravette 2011” pageant are now being accepted, according to Deree Mitchell, who will direct the pageant again this year. The event is held as part of the annual Gravette Days Celebration Aug. 11, 12 and 13.

Two FFA students attend livestock judging camp

posted: 07/13/2011 12:29 a.m.

Two Decatur FFA members — Haley Burden and Lacy Barrett — attended the Conners State College Livestock Judging Camp held June 2 through 4 in Warner, Okla.

FFA students attend state convention

posted: 07/13/2011 12:28 a.m.

Members of the Decatur FFA received a number of awards during the 85th State FFA Convention, held from June 8 to 10 at Camp Couchdale near Hot Springs.


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Area Community Announcements and Events


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Area Meetings


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Raised to Life by God’s Grace in Christ Jesus “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7 (Read v. 1-10 )

School dress codes change, cover more

posted: 07/13/2011 12:21 a.m.

In accord with state law, dress requirements for students in Gentry Schools for the 2011-2012 school year was modified by the school board to prohibit wearing of certain clothing during school hours and at school-sponsored activities and events.

Watson attends FFA leadership conference

posted: 07/13/2011 12:20 a.m.

Lensey Watson, a senior at Decatur High School, joined FFA students from across the state at the 2011 Arkansas Leadership Conference from July 4 through 8 at Camp Couchdale, near Hot Springs. The five day program helps FFA members improve their leadership skills and prepare for leadership roles in their chapters, communities and future careers. Students attended sessions on global leadership, developing personal and community action plans and the diversity of human relationships.

Ole Timers meet

posted: 07/13/2011 12:19 a.m.

The last get-together for the G.M.C.H. Ole Timers was well attended, with 16 people present. A good visit was had by all.

Goodwins to celebrate 50th

posted: 07/13/2011 12:19 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Goodwin of Decatur will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, July 16. The event will be held at the Decatur Community Center, 310 Maple Avenue in Decatur, and is hosted by their children, Bobby Ken Goodwin and Darren Goodwin, their four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Student explores Greece with overseas program

posted: 07/13/2011 12:18 a.m.

Gravette resident Jeremy Houtchens began earning college credit in Athens, Greece, this summer through the Harding University Scholars Abroad program. Houtchens was part of a group of nearly 40 recent high school graduates who spent two weeks touring famous biblical and archaeological sites, including The Acropolis, Mars Hill, Temple of Poseidon, Temple of Artemis, the National Archaeological Museum of Greece, Ancient Corinth, Philippi and Thessaloniki.

Gravette FFA attends State Convention

posted: 07/13/2011 12:16 a.m.

Gravette FFA members traveled to Camp Couchdale, outside of Hot Springs, on June 8, 9 and 10. The Gravette chapter, along with other chapters from across the state, was recognized in the first general session as a recipient of the National Superior Chapter Award.


posted: 07/13/2011 12:15 a.m.

Sympathy is extended to the McCarty family for their loss. The family once lived in Hiwasse and still have connections in the area.


posted: 07/13/2011 12:15 a.m.

We are sure in need of rain. Maybe we will get some soon. These hot temperatures are sure drying everything up. Probably won’t be much yard mowing.

WESTSIDE: Senior Menus

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Week of July 18 - 22

Sharp earns rank of Eagle Scout

posted: 07/13/2011 12:13 a.m.

A Gravette High School junior, Russell Sharp, last Saturday completed the project he chose to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

Wednesday, July 6


posted: 07/06/2011 6:24 p.m.

Clarification from Representative

Choice in schools annulled

posted: 07/06/2011 12:51 a.m.

Desegregation brings to mind scenes from Little Rock in the 1950s but it has a very real affect on students in the Decatur School District today.

Gentry restaurant offers what patrons want

posted: 07/06/2011 12:51 a.m.

Serving the community what it wants is the key to the success of Fleur de Lis Grill in Gentry, and that is what the restaurant owners plan to continue doing for their patrons.

Jobs under way at schools

posted: 07/06/2011 12:49 a.m.

Refurbishing jobs were completed just before the Fourth of July holiday at the Gravette Middle School and Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette. The work by Built-Well Construction Company involved replacing all the grids, insulation and ceiling tiles in the Middle School. Similar work, also including wall repair and refinishing, was involved at the Glenn Duffy Elementary School. All the work has been completed except for final cleanup at both projects.

Morning drivers have a friend

posted: 07/06/2011 12:47 a.m.

At 6:45 on a Thursday morning, 13 cars a minute passed east through Hiwasse on Arkansas Highway 72. A pickup hauled a spiral staircase, a sedan carried a driver sleepily rubbing her eyes and a police officer worked the morning beat.

Decatur seeking photos depicting town's history

posted: 07/06/2011 12:47 a.m.

The Iva Jane Peek Library is planning an exhibition of old photographs to celebrate Decatur's history and is asking community members to help by donating pictures.

Local groups benefit from Arvest campaign

posted: 07/06/2011 12:46 a.m.

Gravette Community Gardens, Gravette Senior Citizen Center, NWA Food Bank and the Samaritan Center of Benton County were among 14 local/area food banks and service organizations which received checks representing portions of 400,000 Northwest Arkansas meals raised by Arvest Bank.

Siloam Springs to lose 223 jobs

posted: 07/06/2011 12:45 a.m.

Simmons Foods Inc. said 223 jobs at its Siloam Springs slaughtering plant will be eliminated by August with remaining production shifted to its neighboring Decatur facility.

Museum seeking artifacts

posted: 07/06/2011 12:44 a.m.

The Gravette Historical Museum is seeking artifacts to add to its collection as it prepares to move into the new annex which is being completed.

Mowing yards required by city

posted: 07/06/2011 12:43 a.m.

With the arrival of summer weather, vegetation continues to grow quickly around town in Gravette and Mayor Byron Warren reminds property owners within the city limits to keep their yards mowed.

Gentry Freedom Festival

posted: 07/06/2011 12:41 a.m.

Though the day started off with thunder and rain, it ended with the boom of fireworks and a park filled with people celebrating Independence Day.

Oklahoma alligator shot, killed

posted: 07/06/2011 12:41 a.m.

The hunt for an alligator spotted near Watts, Okla., ended when it was shot and killed earlier this week.

Governor’s Scholarship program recognizes state’s highest achievers

posted: 07/06/2011 12:40 a.m.

Cody Bullock and Jessica Varner were among select students from across the state to receive the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship, the most prestigious academic scholarship in Arkansas.

Energy assistance available through OHC

posted: 07/06/2011 12:39 a.m.

The Office of Human Concern is accepting applications for the Summer 2011 Regular and Crisis Summer Home Energy Assistance Program, the agency recently announced.

'Stuff the Bus' campaign comes to Decatur, Gravette

posted: 07/06/2011 12:38 a.m.

United Way of Northwest Arkansas is planning a Stuff the Bus Campaign in Decatur and Gravette to ensure students have the school supplies they need to be successful. Stuff the Bus Campaigns have been held in northwest Arkansas for a number of years, parking school buses outside Walmart stores to be filled with supplies. The program was brought to Decatur for the first time last year and is expanding to include Gravette this year, area coordinator Jerry Cavness said.

Decatur's new coaching staff meets with students

posted: 07/06/2011 12:37 a.m.

Three new coaches — for football, girls' basketball and boys' basketball — have been added to the Decatur High School staff, superintendent Larry Ben announced Friday.

Gittleins join Angus Association

posted: 07/06/2011 12:34 a.m.

Garrett and Amanda Gittlein of Gravette are new members of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Shumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

Taxidermist opens shop in Gravette

posted: 07/06/2011 12:34 a.m.

The sign at Gravette’s newest business reads “Backcountry Taxidermy — Making Outdoor Memories Last.” And when you walk through the front door, you are greeted by the handiwork and talent of the man who helps make those memories last.

Author honored

posted: 07/06/2011 12:32 a.m.

Gravette author Radine Trees Nehring joined a select group of Arkansas authors when she was inducted into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame.

Celebrating 100th

posted: 07/06/2011 12:32 a.m.

Gravette resident Leta White turns 100 years old on July 10. An open house in her honor will be held from 11 a.m.

Jolly Good Times Club met

posted: 07/06/2011 12:31 a.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held June 22 at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with three members present.


posted: 07/06/2011 12:21 a.m.

Area Community Announcements and Upcoming Events


posted: 07/06/2011 12:20 a.m.

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.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Am I a teetotaler or a 'tea-totaller'?

posted: 07/06/2011 12:19 a.m.

I was asked the other day whether I was a teetotaler.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Letters reveal interesting details in the lives of people and ancestors

posted: 07/06/2011 12:19 a.m.

My mother has always been interested in family history. While raising six children, she pursued her hobby of researching and developing an extensive family tree with branches recording the names of grandparents that make up our lineage. Mom wanted to do more than simply fill in blank lines with names and dates; she was truly interested in the lives of those that came before us, whose characteristics her children inherited and whose faces we resembled.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Friends should be treasured

posted: 07/06/2011 12:18 a.m.

I could see a car parked up at the house; but since I didn’t think it would be anything I needed to know about, I just ignored it. My close relative has drop-in company often and most of the time they do not want to even know I live there. They usually sip tea, speak in tongues — you know, like what will our theme be and what color do you think goes well with wilted green. I don’t need to be introduced or even breathe the same air as the dainty little ladies. The noon time was creeping up on my interior clock.


posted: 07/06/2011 12:18 a.m.

Members of the Maysville E.H. Club met at the community building for lunch and the June meeting which was called to order by president Orpha Wardlaw.


posted: 07/06/2011 12:17 a.m.

Billie Fletcher has spent some time in the hospital this week following a mild stroke.

Sulphur Celebrated Saturday

posted: 07/06/2011 12:17 a.m.

Pictures from the Celebration