Wednesday, June 29

Wilber hired as Decatur's curriculum coordinator

posted: 06/29/2011 12:37 a.m.

Mitch Wilber started his career in coaching but now he’s aimed his sights at helping students play to win at a much bigger game — the game of life.

Londagin named new bank president

posted: 06/29/2011 12:35 a.m.

Decatur State Bank has announced R. Mark Londagin as its president and chairman of the board.

OCH passes review, receives accreditation

posted: 06/29/2011 12:34 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital recently received accreditation through the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.

Family rallies in support of injured man's return home

posted: 06/29/2011 12:33 a.m.

On May 16, Kyle Kirkland’s early morning drive to work at the Tyson plant was ordinary until it suddenly took a life-changing turn. The tires of his Dodge truck slipped off of the edge of Hwy 90 west of Noel.

Donations sought to assist Lierly

posted: 06/29/2011 12:32 a.m.

Many know Jana Lierly as an active member in the community and from the numerous fundraisers she has held for people in need, but she was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma (cancer of the blood plasma) and on Monday began undergoing a very aggressive treatment regimen in Little Rock, with treatments three to four times a day and continuing for five months.

Gravette principal is hired in Decatur

posted: 06/29/2011 12:31 a.m.

Mitch Wilber, former Gravette Middle School Principal, was hired as Decatur’s federal programs coordinator and academic coach during Monday’s school board meeting.

Gentry School District in sound financial shape

posted: 06/29/2011 12:30 a.m.

The Gentry School District is finishing out the current fiscal year in good standing, superintendent Randy Barrett reported to the board on June 20.

Gentry board positions open

posted: 06/29/2011 12:30 a.m.

All positions on the Gentry School Board will be up for reelection at the Sept. 20 annual school election due to the existing school board members choosing to comply with rezoning laws in advance of the September 2012 deadline.

City employees to receive raise

posted: 06/29/2011 12:29 a.m.

In a meeting which lasted just about an hour, the Gravette City Council, on Thursday evening, approved a 3 percent salary increase for city employees.

Gentry becomes 'FireWise'

posted: 06/29/2011 12:28 a.m.

“Gentry has achieved the status of a FireWise Community,” Gentry Fire Chief Vester Cripps reported at the June 6 Gentry City Council meeting.

Band director hired

posted: 06/29/2011 12:28 a.m.

A new band director, along with six other certified teachers, were approved for hire at the Gentry School Board meeting on June 20.

CBCO will hold blood drive Tuesday

posted: 06/29/2011 12:27 a.m.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will be conducting a blood drive Tuesday, July 5, at the Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette. Collection hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All CBCO donors are registered into a “Summer of Fun” weekly drawing with a chance to win a $25 gas card or free gas for a year.


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Area Community Announcements and Upcoming Events

Nearly 100 flags to be flown in Gravette's Avenue of Flags

posted: 06/29/2011 12:26 a.m.

The Avenue of Flags in Hillcrest Cemetery in Gravette will be flying throughout the Fourth of July holiday weekend, said J.R. Gibbs, Adjutant of the Gravette American Legion Post.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Would the Declaration make it through Congress today?

posted: 06/29/2011 12:25 a.m.

I’m sorry but I just can’t help wondering if a document like the Declaration of Independence could ever make it through Congress today?

SUSAN SAYS: Images of July and ways to observe the Fourth

posted: 06/29/2011 12:24 a.m.

Summer has officially arrived and July Fourth, Independence Day, is coming up the first of next week. Area towns are gearing up to celebrate the big day.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Be thankful for your place in life

posted: 06/29/2011 12:24 a.m.

The banker, my banker, asked me if I’d like to go get a drink with him yesterday. We were at the feed store at the same time. Sure enough, I’d get a cup of coffee with the feller that keeps my wheels greased and the wolves away from the door.


posted: 06/29/2011 12:23 a.m.

Editor, With the upcoming patriotic 4th of July holiday let’s review: Respect the Flag! As per the Flag Code approved in 1976: “During the playing of the National Anthem when the flag is displayed, all present shall stand at attention, facing the flag with the right hand over the heart... When the flag is not displayed (or visible) face toward the music and act in the manner they would if the flag were displayed there.” At the very least: Be Quiet!

Camp meetings held

posted: 06/29/2011 12:22 a.m.

For more than 100 years a holiness camp meeting has convened in Gravette and this year that spiritual tradition is continuing in the learning center of Gravette Holiness Bible School through July 3.

Communities celebrate Independence Day

posted: 06/29/2011 12:21 a.m.

Gravette’s annual “Fireworks Extravaganza” is shaping up to be an impressive fireworks display at Pop Allum Park the evening of July Fourth, according to Mike von Ree, who has chaired the program for several years.

Gravette Days in works

posted: 06/29/2011 12:21 a.m.

Posters are appearing in downtown Gravette announcing the upcoming “Gravette Days 2011” celebration which this year is expanding to a three-day birthday party, August 11-13.


posted: 06/29/2011 12:21 a.m.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ….” Ephesians 1:3 (Read v. 1-14 ) What has God done for our salvation? Listen to the Word of God recorded in St. Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus: He “chose us in Him before the foundation of the world” ; He “predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace” ;

Planting trees in Gentry

posted: 06/29/2011 12:20 a.m.

Arbor Day in Gentry was celebrated May 26. Mayor Kevin Johnston signed a proclamation. A tree was planted on the Gentry High School grounds by the Gentry High School greenhouse class, directed by David Nelson.

Springtown holds annual barbecue

posted: 06/29/2011 12:19 a.m.

Though a hot afternoon, with temperatures in the 90s, the heat didn't stop residents and friends of Springtown from enjoying an afternoon in the well-shaded Springtown Park during the town's annual barbecue on Saturday.

Gravette kicker plays key role in all-star game

posted: 06/29/2011 12:18 a.m.

Cody Montee’s toe was one of the highlights during the Coaches Association All-Star Football game played last Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Montee, who was the Gravette Lions’ star kicker during the past three years and who played for the west’s team, punted three times during the game with an average of 46.7 yards. Unfortunately, the west team was manhandled by the east squad 32-3 in the 56th annual game. Fumbles and interceptions were the downfall of the west squad.

Ward on honor roll

posted: 06/29/2011 12:17 a.m.

Brandi C. Ward, of Decatur, was on the president’s spring 2011 honor roll at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

Gravette Pool now handicap accessible

posted: 06/29/2011 12:15 a.m.

A new portable aquatic lift chair is now in service at Gravette's municipal swimming pool, compliments of Teasley Drug of Gravette.

Decatur PTO looking to get community involved

posted: 06/29/2011 12:14 a.m.

Parents at the Decatur Northside Elementary School are looking to revitalize the Parent Teacher Organization and get more of the community involved.


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Have a safe and sane Fourth of July.


posted: 06/29/2011 12:13 a.m.

We are sure into summer weather now. The forecast is for more hot weather this week, maybe longer.

Gravette Senior Center Menus

posted: 06/29/2011 12:13 a.m.

Week of July 4 - 8

Dickhaut, Booth married May 19

posted: 06/29/2011 12:12 a.m.

Janet Mary Dickhaut and Edwinn James Booth were married at 7 p.m., May 19, 2011, at the Gentry Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Events set for Decatur BBQ

posted: 06/29/2011 12:12 a.m.

The Decatur Chamber of Commerce recently announced the schedule for the upcoming 58th Annual Decatur Barbecue on Aug. 6.

Benton County 4-H’ers succeed at District O’Rama competition

posted: 06/29/2011 12:12 a.m.

Forty-nine 4-H members from Benton County competed with 4-H members from 25 other Arkansas counties at their District O’Rama in Ozark. Competitions included speech divisions, constructed and purchased fashion revues, bicycle, forestry, reel into sportfishing, baitcasting, BB shooting, performing arts in dance, instrumental, vocal, and horticulture. Junior competitors are 4-H members, ages 9–13, and senior competitors include those 14-19 years of age. The following brought home first-place honors in their competitions: Bloomfield 4-H : Samantha Lambert-Sr. Entomology, Sarah Mills-Sr. Constructed Casual Fashion Revue, Kaylin Cripps-Sr. Vocal; Evergreen 4-H : Adriana Joyce-Jr. Public Speaking, Alex Joyce-Jr. Food Fair; Cannonball 4-H : Holly Holmes-Smith-Jr. Health, Jennifer Isgrigg-Sr. Horse; Centerton 4-H : Jurnee Wilson-Jr. Entomology, Ethan Parker-Jr. Animal Science, Janeé Shofner-Sr. Constructed Dressy Fashion Revue; Town and Country 4-H : Noah Smith-Sr. Citizenship, Kendall Yarbrough-Jr. Ca

Women’s Shelter awarded $68,320 through Walmart Foundation Program

posted: 06/29/2011 12:11 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter has received a $68,320 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas giving program.

Eagle Observer: CORRECTION

posted: 06/29/2011 12:10 a.m.

In a photo entitled “Gravette’s new ambulance,” the person identified as Scott Gillming was Spencer Gillming. We apologize for the error in identification.

Grill raffle to raise money for fireworks

posted: 06/29/2011 12:09 a.m.

Gentry Chamber of Commerce director Bev Saunders shows a grill which will be given away to a lucky winner of the ongoing raffle. The businesses in town selling tickets are Parks Lumber Company, Pioneer Pizza, Gentry Bank, Arvest Bank, Liberty Bank, Gentry Family Denistry and ABC Child Development Center.

Doug Mitchell named to College of the Ozarks Dean’s List

posted: 06/29/2011 12:08 a.m.

Doug Mitchell, of Gentry, was named to the College of the Ozarks spring 2011 dean’s list.

GENTRY FREEDOM FESTIVAL: Meagan White to sing at 7 p.m.

posted: 06/29/2011 12:08 a.m.

Meagan White, 18, was born in Springfield, Mo., and raised in Northwest Arkansas. She is, according to her Web log, a miracle baby; being born premature three and a half months. Her birth weight was 2 pounds, 2 ounces. Consequently, she spent the first two months of her life in the hospital with a fi fty-fi fty chance to survive. She has four brothers, one older and three younger.

GENTRY FREEDOM FESTIVAL: Earl’s Garage set to provide evening entertainment leading up to fireworks

posted: 06/29/2011 12:06 a.m.

Earl’s Garage, a northwest Arkansas group which has been entertaining for the past several years at the Gentry Freedom Festival, will be back again this year for more.


posted: 06/29/2011 12:05 a.m.

Have you read the full text of the Declaration of Independence? Here’s your chance to do so and to consider what it is we celebrate each July 4th.


posted: 06/29/2011 12:04 a.m.

Kaylin Cripps, a senior this fall at Gentry High School, sang during talent competition last summer at the Freedom Festival and will be performing at this year’s event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Kaylin often performs at area events and is becoming a wellknown singer in the Gentry area.

Wednesday, June 22

Higgins hired to be new fire marshal in town of Highfill

posted: 06/22/2011 9:59 a.m.

Kevin Higgins will be Highfill’s new fire marshal, replacing Rob Holland, who resigned his post and has returned to the Siloam Springs Fire Department. Higgins will begin his new duties in Highfill on July 11

City's report card is good

posted: 06/22/2011 9:58 a.m.

A five-month progress report for the city of Gravette was outlined by Mayor Byron Warren at a meeting of the City Council Committee of the Whole Thursday night.

Gravette museum work nears final completion

posted: 06/22/2011 9:57 a.m.

The Gravette Museum has achieved substantial completion at the museum complex and exhibits will soon be moved into the space.

Work planned at senior center

posted: 06/22/2011 9:53 a.m.

The Gentry Senior Activity Center sought permission from city council at its June 6 meeting to use $53,333 in grant money received to build the front canopy in plans for the building and to purchase and install a portable backup generator so that the building can continue to be used as a heating and cooling center for residents in times of power outages.

City-wide garage sale approved

posted: 06/22/2011 9:53 a.m.

City council members voted, during the June 13 meeting, to approve plans for a free citywide garage sale on July 29 through 31.

Swelling water-sewer budget puts squeeze on departments

posted: 06/22/2011 9:52 a.m.

An amendment to the town’s budget was passed on its first reading June 14, which would change the water budget to reflect scheduled loan repayment to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission for the town’s water and sewer system.

New park proposed by Decatur committee

posted: 06/22/2011 9:51 a.m.

A park could be in works for Decatur, the parks and recreation committee voted on 14 to move forward plans to apply for a grant to purchase and develop piece of property between Hill and Buckner Streets The preliminary plan is to create a small parking area on the property and add a few picnic tables, a swing set and a slide, Mayor Charles Linam said. The property was previously owned by Virginia Brown and is now owned by Joe Gibbons.

Big Fisherman, Little Fisherman Derby held at Crystal Lake

posted: 06/22/2011 9:49 a.m.

More than 158 children participated in the Big Fisherman Little Fisherman Fishing Derby on Saturday.

Gravette man killed in Oklahoma car crash

posted: 06/22/2011 9:49 a.m.

A Gravette man was killed in a one vehicle crash west of Jay on Saturday night.

Independence Day Celebration set for Sulphur Springs July 2

posted: 06/22/2011 9:47 a.m.

An Independence Day Celebration is set for Saturday, July 2, at the city park in Sulphur Springs. Following are some of the events planned for the day: Fishing Derby from 8 to 10 a.m.; • Cake walk at 10 a.m.; Chicken barbecue, starting at 11 a.m.; Volleyball, beginning at 11:30 a.m.; River rat race at 12 noon; Free watermelon at 2 p.m.; Beauty contest at 2:45 p.m.; Horseshoes, beginning at 6 p.m.; and Fireworks at dusk.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Spooling a complaint regarding computer printers

posted: 06/22/2011 9:47 a.m.

I hate to be a complainer, but once in a while it just can’t be helped. Voicing it is about all I can do and it may even help me feel a little better.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Why not try a 'staycation' instead!

posted: 06/22/2011 9:46 a.m.

Just today I read another article encouraging Arkansans to opt for “staycations” this summer, trading travel to faraway places for visits to local sites and attractions right here in our home state.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Grands can make a day grand

posted: 06/22/2011 9:45 a.m.

Why do we keep on keeping on around here? I am just getting older by the day and my close relative is getting pickier. I can’t seem to please the offspring with all their perfections in the hay field and all I am supposed to do is haul in. They, especially the youngest, don’t like the way I drive across the field! Dang it, it happens. I was driving across the fields before he was even thought of!

OFF THE CUFF: Are we growing or stagnating?

posted: 06/22/2011 9:44 a.m.

I read an article recently in our sister publication, “The Bella Vista Weekly Vista,” which could or should be of interest to area residents. The headline on the story read: “City (Bella Vista) begins early annexation talks.” The opening paragraph read: “Annexation of areas outside the city limits of Bella Vista is being scrutinized by city officials.” The story continues by listing four potential areas:

A SECOND OPINION: Thanking officials for reopening public pools

posted: 06/22/2011 9:43 a.m.

The sound of laughter and happy splashing once again gives a break to the heavy heat in Decatur and Gravette these days. Both cities closed their pools last year and both reopened them this summer.


posted: 06/22/2011 9:35 a.m.

Terry Stanfill Captures Nature

School board filing period nearing

posted: 06/22/2011 9:31 a.m.

Several positions on the Gravette and Decatur School Boards, and all the positions on the Gentry School Board, are up for election this October. Today, June 22, is the first day candidates can begin circulating petitions for the upcoming elections. Candidates must gather 20 signatures from qualified voters living in their school district and zone before the filing period closes at noon on July 22.


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Community Announcements and Upcoming Events


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Area City Meetings Schedule

Summer reading planned at Decatur's city library

posted: 06/22/2011 9:16 a.m.

“One World, Many Stories” will be the theme of the summer reading program at the Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur this year, according to new librarian Karen Jones. The program, for children 6 to 11, will help children explore cultures around the world and emphasizes a love of books. It will include activities and crafts, from Mexican bandero painting for older students to dream catchers for the younger kids. The program will begin on July 5 and continue through July 28. Children, 6 through 8, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, and children, 9 though 11, will meet on Thursdays.

Wintercorn, Turnbull to wed

posted: 06/22/2011 9:13 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Yoder of Wellman, Iowa, have announced the engagement of their son, PFC Mitchell Keith James Turnbull of Wellman, to Charlet Ruth Wintercorn of Berryville.

July wedding planned for Kenny, Thompson

posted: 06/22/2011 9:13 a.m.

Michael and Barbara Kenney of Siloam Springs announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Mallorey Kenney, to Branton Thompson.

Students on Harding dean’s list

posted: 06/22/2011 9:12 a.m.

Jacqueline Ward, of Maysville, and Ryan Foster, Bradley Houtchens, Amy Roberts and Colby Roberts, all of Gravette, were among the 1,120 Harding University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the spring 2011 semester.


posted: 06/22/2011 9:12 a.m.

We have sure had summer weather but after all it is almost July. We are supposed to get rain this week so the weatherman says. Hope all fathers had a happy Father’s Day. Patti King of Lowell visited her parents on Wednesday and spent the night. She went home on Thursday afternoon.


posted: 06/22/2011 9:01 a.m.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 (Read Genesis 1) The opening words of the Bible, those found in Genesis 1:1, proclaim a foundational truth upon which all of Christianity rests: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” If these words are not true, then the rest of the Bible’s claims about man’s accountability to God, God’s impending judgment upon man’s sin, Christ’s redemption, God’s forgiveness and eternal life with Him in heaven are all meaningless.

UA - Ft. Smith announces honors

posted: 06/22/2011 8:57 a.m.

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released the Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester, according to Ray Wallace, provost and senior vice chancellor. Students with a 4.0 (straight-A ) grade point average are marked with an asterisk. Decatur: *Stephanie Horton.

Palmer selected UCA Honor Scholar

posted: 06/22/2011 8:56 a.m.

Kristina Palmer, of Gentry and a graduate of Gentry High School, was among 60 incoming first-year students selected to be Honors Scholars at the University of Central Arkansas Honors College. The students were selected from a pool of over 200 applicants, of which 115 were selected for intensive full-day interviews on the UCA campus.

Barnes on OBU honor roll

posted: 06/22/2011 8:55 a.m.

Sarah Barnes, a Spanish education major, was named to Oklahoma Baptist University’s president’s honor roll for the spring 2011 semester.

Arkansas Tech announces graduates

posted: 06/22/2011 8:54 a.m.

Arkansas Tech University Registrar’s Office has released an official and certified list of 1,450 degrees conferred upon students on the Russellville campus during the 2010-11 academic year. A number of local students were included in that list.

Intermediate school announces honor rolls

posted: 06/22/2011 8:53 a.m.

Gentry Intermediate School announced students who made the honor roll for the second semester of the 2010-2011 school year.

Smith recognized

posted: 06/22/2011 8:52 a.m.

Sierra Smith, student at Gentry High School, was recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence because of her standing on the school's honor roll. She was nominated for the honor by Kathy Pipkin, counselor at the school. Sierra is the daughter of Andrew and Dawn Smith of Gentry. Her grandparents are Kevin and Trena Davis of Gentry, and Edwin and Alma Rogers of Springfield, Ill.

Upper Elementary releases honor roll

posted: 06/22/2011 8:51 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the fourth quarter at the Gravette Upper Elementary School has been released by school administrators. Students on the Honor Roll include the following: Third Grade — All A Chace Austin, Kaden Campbell, Ethan Cook, Emma Davis, Bailey Elmore, Macie Firchau, Cody Funk, Hannah Harris, Hayden Harris, Cameron Hay, Dakota Heaton, Lexi Heaton, Hannah Klippert, Max Middleton, Halle Nunley, Madelyn Obert, Abby Olvera, Keaton Oyler, Brodie Parsons, Claire Perry, Shannon Perry, Jordan Reynolds, Keri Rollo, Austin Russell, Joshua Smith, Alex Sumrall, Destiny Tate, Brayden Trembley, Michael Trotter, Tiffany Wheeler, Nathan Worley, Lesly Yanez. Third Grade — A/B Eli Aman, Kaylee Ames, Lexi Bass, Joshua Blackmon, Emily Blessing, Makayla Bocksberger, Caleb Brown, Ainsley Cook, Robby Davis, Siera Denton, Josh Dodge, Christian Dunlap, Ethan Ellington, Daniel Evans, Shawn Farriester, Thomas Fielek, Darius Ford, Kharli Furlow, Kaleb Furlow, Malachi Goforth, Hayley Guy, Payton Hammers, Donnava Hardin

Four earn degrees at JBU

posted: 06/22/2011 8:51 a.m.

Four local students graduated from John Brown University.

Three graduate from Harding

posted: 06/22/2011 8:50 a.m.

Three Harding University students from Gravette were among the approximately 700 graduates at commencement exercises May 14 at the university located in Searcy.

Area students graduate from ASMSA

posted: 06/22/2011 8:50 a.m.

Two students from the area were among the graduates at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts. Graduating were: Tait Clements, of Decatur High School, the son of Heidi and Anthony Migliori of Decatur and Thomas Clements of Logan Utah. He will participate in a twoyear church mission and then attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

One and 1/4 million given in Gentry scholarships

posted: 06/22/2011 8:45 a.m.

Gentry High School seniors were awarded scholarships at a Scholarship Awards ceremony on Monday, May 2.

Gravette students honored with end-of-year awards

posted: 06/22/2011 8:42 a.m.

Gravette High School students were honored for achievement in their classes at the an nual end-of-school awards assembly held at the Per forming Arts Center.

GMCH Ole Timers meet

posted: 06/22/2011 8:40 a.m.

Due to the horrible storms in May the GMCH Ole Timers supper of May 23 was very sparsely attended.

Gentry Primary School announces honors for past school year

posted: 06/22/2011 8:38 a.m.

Gentry Primary School announced its honor awards for the fourth quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. Included are the following:

Jech graduates

posted: 06/22/2011 8:37 a.m.

Derek Jech, son of Don Jech and Kim and Delno Walden of Gentry, received his bachelor of arts degree in advertising from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., on April 30.

Foreign exchange

posted: 06/22/2011 8:36 a.m.

Exchange student Lea Streun from Switzerland, a member of the band, and her host mom Karen Kerr were all smiles during the graduation ceremonies when Lea played in the band.

Alsup wins reserve champ

posted: 06/22/2011 8:35 a.m.

Jacy Alsup, of Gravette, recently claimed honors at the Arkansas Junior Angus Preview Show held in Bentonville when J&J Empress 9083 won reserve grand champion owned female at the show.

Wednesday, June 15

Weathers are Farm Family of Year

posted: 06/15/2011 12:39 p.m.

Mark Weathers didn’t hesitate when asked if he’d ever wanted to be anything other than a farmer.

Gravette issued new wastewater permit

posted: 06/15/2011 12:38 p.m.

years with options presented by McGoodwin, Williams and Yates, the city’s engineering firm, reconfiguring the present plant, a new facility or transporting the effluent to Decatur.

Woman awakens to burglar in her home

posted: 06/15/2011 12:36 p.m.

Decatur is usually a trusting and safe community where doors often go unlocked, but that calm was broken last week when a woman living in the Grant Springs subdivision woke up in the middle of the night to the sight of a strange man standing in the hallway outside her bedroom.

Gentry restaurant obtains club permit

posted: 06/15/2011 12:35 p.m.

City alderman James Furgason expressed disappointment that the council and city residents were not notified of the permit application of Laurie Martin and Fleur de Lis Grill of Benton County, located at 468 South Gentry Blvd. (Arkansas Highway 59) in Gentry, to become a private club and serve alcoholic beverages in time to comment on the application before it was granted. Gentry’s mayor, Kevin Johnston, reported the application had been filed and granted by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

Council approves tanker purchase, pays city share of BCAlert system

posted: 06/15/2011 12:35 p.m.

City council members, at their regular June 6 meeting, approved the purchase of a fire department tanker for $5,000 to help the department meet ISO standards for water available to fight fires within the city.

Mexican restaurant opens to meet need in Decatur

posted: 06/15/2011 12:33 p.m.

Delicious smells waft out of a small food vending trailer in the parking lot just off Main Street in Decatur as customers begin to line up for lunch.

Police make arrests, work accident

posted: 06/15/2011 12:33 p.m.

Gentry Police arrested Salvador Mendez, 43, of Siloam Springs, for driving while under the influence of alcohol on June 2 when officer Jack Sanders noticed the pickup Mendez was driving swerving within its lane on Main Street and the license plates did not match the pickup truck.

Dog injured in Joplin tornado treated at Gravette vet clinic

posted: 06/15/2011 12:30 p.m.

Many stories have come from Joplin following the tragic tornado that devastated that city several days ago.

Walmart Express

posted: 06/15/2011 12:29 p.m.

Photos of Grand Opening

Decatur Farm hosts horse show

posted: 06/15/2011 12:27 p.m.

Trailers and horses filled the valley along Highway 102 east of Decatur on June 4 and 5 for the annual Legends Equestrian Center Hunter Jumper horse show.

Pancake breakfast planned in July at Sulphur Springs

posted: 06/15/2011 12:26 p.m.

The Sulphur Springs Special Events Committee will sponsor an all-youcan-eat pancake breakfast July 2 at the Shiloh Dining Room. Serving will be from 7 to 10 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for kids age 3-12 and seniors 65 and over. Little ones eat free.

Wrestlers coming to Decatur Barbecue

posted: 06/15/2011 12:26 p.m.

Noark Wrestling will be providing a free wrestling show during the 58th Annual Decatur Barbecue on Aug. 6.

Changes made at Gentry PD

posted: 06/15/2011 12:25 p.m.

The police department announced several personnel changes in the department to fill current vacant positions and continue to provide existing services to the citizens of Gentry.

Freedom Festival planned for July 4th

posted: 06/15/2011 12:24 p.m.

The July 4th Freedom Festival in Gentry is only a few weeks away and plans are under way to make this year’s event one of the best.

Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program returns to western Benton County

posted: 06/15/2011 12:23 p.m.

2010 was the first year for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in Northwest Arkansas.

Non-profits may sell to raise funds at Farmers' Market

posted: 06/15/2011 12:20 p.m.

Nonprofit groups and school clubs are invited to hold fund raisers at the Farmers’ Market in Gravette Old Town Park each Saturday, according to Allyson Ransom, who directs the market operation.


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June 15, 2011


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Area Community Announcements, Meeting and Events

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: I'm trying to learn a lesson from my dog

posted: 06/15/2011 12:14 p.m.

With an abundance of possessions comes an abundance of care and concern. It’s true. The more one has, the more one worries about how to protect and keep those possessions, whether it be the hours of work which go into caring for and maintaining them or the securing of what we possess with alarm systems and insurance policies.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Gathering cattle in the heat

posted: 06/15/2011 12:13 p.m.

Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do the things you know will probably cause trouble. I’d about as soon have a good dose of chiggers as gather cattle in this weather. The chances of killing a couple of fat calves or overwrought cows are high and you can include me in that.

SUSAN SAYS: Enjoying final days of spring

posted: 06/15/2011 12:12 p.m.

June is halfway gone and soon half the year will be over. It’s hard to believe 2011 is flying by so fast. There’s only about a week of spring left, so enjoy it while you can. June is usually a mellow kind of month with the air soft and sweet-scented and only promising to be hot. But last week we had an early taste of summer with a few days of record-breaking heat.


posted: 06/15/2011 12:10 p.m.

June 15, 2011

LOOKING BACK: Tribute to a good father

posted: 06/15/2011 12:05 p.m.

June has many memories for me. Jerry and I married in June. My middle son was born in this month. I have two brothers with June birthdays, and it’s the month we celebrate Father’s Day. So, I could write about many events, but I will choose to share with my readers a past article I wrote: “The Greatest Father in the World.” This Father’s Day I want to pay tribute to the person I consider to be the most important father in the world: Gary Hufford, the daddy of my only granddaughter.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: “If anyone thirsts….”

posted: 06/15/2011 11:52 a.m.

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37,38 (Read 37-39 ) Is something missing in your life, leaving you unfulfilled, unsatisfied and empty? Are you thirsty for that water which satisfies the deepest need of your soul? Jesus has the answer and calls you to come to Him for spiritual drink which satisfies that deepest longing and thirsting of your souls.

Benge-Pruitt to wed

posted: 06/15/2011 11:51 a.m.

Brittany Sherryce Benge of Gravette and Mitchell Curtis Pruitt of Bentonville plan to marry at 2 p.m., June 25, at Chapel on the Creeks in Rogers.

Burrus anniversary announced

posted: 06/15/2011 11:50 a.m.

Emily Burrus announceed the 25th wedding anniversary of her parents, Jim and Dianne Burrus of Gentry.

Walker on dean's list

posted: 06/15/2011 11:50 a.m.

Hollyann Walker of Maysville has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Williams Baptist College.

Peters celebrate 50th

posted: 06/15/2011 11:49 a.m.

Marvin and Sue Peters of Gravette are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, with a reception at the Gravette Church of Christ.

Hatfield, Baran to marry

posted: 06/15/2011 11:48 a.m.

Lisa Hatfield and Joseph Baran, both of Bentonville, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Breedings observe 50th

posted: 06/15/2011 11:48 a.m.

John and Ernestine Tucker Breeding of Liberty Mounds, Okla., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 18, 2011. The couple met and married in Maysville.


posted: 06/15/2011 11:47 a.m.

We had a good rain Saturday night and we were needing it. I’m sure the farmers were glad to see it.


posted: 06/15/2011 11:47 a.m.

Don’t forget Father’s Day Sunday, June 19. Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there.

Library observes Old Settlers Day

posted: 06/15/2011 11:46 a.m.

Talbot Library and Museum was pleased to host its annual Book and Bake Sale in observance of Old Settlers Day on June 4.

Health, safety fair set at OCH

posted: 06/15/2011 11:45 a.m.

A free health and safety fair will be held Saturday, June 18, at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Decatur Scholarships

posted: 06/15/2011 11:45 a.m.

More than $12,000 in local scholarships were awarded to graduating Decatur High School seniors during an awards ceremony on May 17.

Grads earn scholarship money

posted: 06/15/2011 11:45 a.m.

Gravette High School seniors have been offered scholarships worth more than a million and a half dollars worth, according to Shannon Mitchell, GHS Counselor. The total of $1,558,999 does not include several scholarships which are expected to be forthcoming. It does include fouryear total figures if the recipient maintains grade and performance levels.

FIFTH GRADERS-: Be A Winner Program Graduates 156 Students at Gravette School

posted: 06/15/2011 11:44 a.m.

“Be A Winner” graduation was held recently for 156 fifth graders at Gravette Upper Elementary School. The boys and girls received their “diplomas” for completing an eight-week class that has become a tradition for students in the Gravette school system.

Boling earns degree

posted: 06/15/2011 11:32 a.m.

Kerri Boling, daughter of Danny and Rebecca Boling of Gravette, graduated in May from the University of Arkansas School of Law with a master of laws degree in agricultural and food law.

Flesner is named to president's list at JBU Northwest Arkansas Advance Program

posted: 06/15/2011 1:05 a.m.

Theresa Flesner of Gentry was named to John Brown University's president's list of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program.

Wednesday, June 8

Grand opening is Wednesday

posted: 06/08/2011 10:33 p.m.

The new Walmart Express store in Gentry is set to have its grand opening on Wednesday, June 8. The new stores in Gentry and Prairie Grove opened for business on Friday, with the Gentry store opening at 8 a.m. and the Prairie Grove store at 7. The Gravette store is currently under construction.

New librarian takes helm

posted: 06/08/2011 10:31 p.m.

As the new librarian at the Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur, Karen Jones hopes to instill a love of reading in young library patrons. Jones, who retired from a career in banking, began serving as librarian on May 2. Reading and books have always been a priority for Jones and her family. She has always loved books and often volunteered for reading time at her daughter’s school library.


posted: 06/08/2011 10:31 p.m.

Area Community Events

Pool in Gravette may open this Saturday

posted: 06/08/2011 10:29 p.m.

Gravette’s municipal swimming pool may open this Saturday, June 11, if a few glitches can be corrected and if the state health department gives the okay

City struggles with sign placement for Gentry's yard and garage sales

posted: 06/08/2011 10:28 p.m.

City council passed on its first reading a new ordinance which would separate the issue of yard- and garage-sale signs from the proposed sign ordinance being discussed and allow the popular signs on city right-of-ways. The proposed yard sale ordinance would restore the restrictions accidentally omitted from the codified city ordinances, limiting the duration of yard and garage sales to four days and limiting the number of such sales allowed at any property to four per year.

World-traveling artist lands in Arkansas

posted: 06/08/2011 10:26 p.m.

In his earlier years, Steven Lowe was a successful artist in New York City. In addition to running galleries that showcased work from Russia, China, Bulgaria and other places around the world, Lowe had shows of his own paintings and sculpture.


posted: 06/08/2011 10:25 p.m.

Area Public Meetings

Officials hope for progress on airport access

posted: 06/08/2011 10:24 p.m.

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport officials are looking for ways to speed the process of building an access road to the airport.

Flags to fly on Avenue of Flags next Tuesday

posted: 06/08/2011 10:23 p.m.

The Avenue of Flags in Hillcrest Cemetery in Gravette will be flying on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14.

Money moved for walks

posted: 06/08/2011 10:21 p.m.

A change in budgeted line items will mean additional sidewalks in Gentry on East Main Street and on South Collins.

Record-breaking rains fell in April

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

year’s rainfall, 10.06 inches, actually exceeded this year’s total.

County road yard coming to Decatur

posted: 06/08/2011 9:58 p.m.

The purchase of the land for the new Benton County satellite road yard is complete and the county could be ready to take construction bids as soon as July 1, according to Benton County Judge Bob Clinard.

Gravette Legion post to retire worn flags

posted: 06/08/2011 9:57 p.m.

The Gravette American Legion post will conduct a “Flag Retirement Ceremony” in which tattered and soiled flags can be disposed of in the proper and prescribed way. The event will begin at 6 p.m., June 14, on the lot behind the Gravette Civic Center.

Beaty Reunion Held at Old School

posted: 06/08/2011 9:45 p.m.

Many of the almost 100 persons who attended the recent Beaty school/community reunion are pictured standing in front of the Liberty Hill church which served as the oneroom Beaty school for many years. Students in grades one through eight attended classes there until the school was combined with the Gravette district in 1948.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Questioning the cost of a good education

posted: 06/08/2011 9:44 p.m.

Looking at the cost of obtaining a college education makes one wonder whether it's really worth it. Having read the first line, some are probably already up in arms that I would even begin to question the value of a college degree but I hope you'll hear me out.

Ferrel family reunion planned in Gravette

posted: 06/08/2011 9:43 p.m.

Descendants of Jess and Rose Ferrel will be visiting Gravette on Saturday, June 25.


posted: 06/08/2011 9:43 p.m.

We have sure gone into summer. This is quite a change. I guess it is good for the farmers getting hay baled.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Passing on some life-saving information on strokes

posted: 06/08/2011 9:42 p.m.

Obviously, I am not getting any younger, but I don’t think of myself as “old” yet, either. Therefore, I was somewhat surprised recently when my daughter, Megan, asked if her dad and I are aware of the warning signs of stroke.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Enjoying a sunrise over coffee

posted: 06/08/2011 9:42 p.m.

Dog and I got up early this morning to see the sunrise and enjoy a little of the cool air before the heat hit. I sat on the porch and drank coffee, and Dog grinned his silly dog grin. He likes for us to do that, get up and sit around, talk and figure the day’s activities. It must make him feel important. It makes me feel happy and lighthearted.

OFF THE CUFF: A phone call that saved a life

posted: 06/08/2011 9:41 p.m.

It was just to be a trip back to Gravette


posted: 06/08/2011 9:40 p.m.

Now that school is out for summer and graduation ceremonies are over, its a good time to reflect on the past school year and take a moment to appreciate teachers for their service to their students, the community and the future.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Don’t just stand there gazing up into heaven

posted: 06/08/2011 9:38 p.m.

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said,“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?

Sevak-Collins married in double-ring ceremony in Sulphur Springs April 23

posted: 06/08/2011 9:37 p.m.

Heather Sevak of Centerton and Cody Collins of Lowell were united in marriage at a double-ring ceremony April 23, 2011, in Sulphur Springs.

Greene-Jarvis to wed

posted: 06/08/2011 9:35 p.m.

Becky Sue Greene of Topeka, Kan., and Jeris Carl Jarvis of Hiwasse plan to marry on June 25, 2011, in Cozumel, Mexico. The bride is the daughter of Rusty and Debe Greene of Topeka, Kan., and the late Lloyd Miller.

Gentry athletes place at state competition in Heber Springs

posted: 06/08/2011 9:34 p.m.

All four Gentry participants placed in the state meet held at Heber Springs on May 7. Bryer Pruss finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 9 inches. Eathen Ramsey finished seventh in the discus with a throw of 125 feet, 0 inches. Kevin Scherer finished second in the discus with a throw of 146 feet, 7 inches.

Fishing derby set June 18 at Crystal Lake

posted: 06/08/2011 9:33 p.m.

Parents and kids can discover the joys of fishing together at the fishing derby, sponsored by the Decatur Assembly of God Church and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, at Crystal Lake on June 18.

Herald-Leader: OBITUARIES

posted: 06/08/2011 11:21 a.m.

June 8, 2011

Wednesday, June 1

Veterans' sacrifices remembered

posted: 06/01/2011 12:15 p.m.

President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was a prelude to remarks made by Air Force Major Jim Hendren at a Memorial Day service Monday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Gravette.

Plans to build broiler houses raises stink at city meeting

posted: 06/01/2011 12:14 p.m.

Highfill’s planning commission approved granting a conditional-use permit to former Mayor Chris Holland to allow him to build five chicken houses near the Holland Hills Estates.

OCH used as shelter

posted: 06/01/2011 12:13 p.m.

More than a hundred people went to the basement at Ozarks Community Hospital when a tornado warning was issued for the Gravette area, according to Jayna Cardetti of OCH.

Arrest made for copper theft

posted: 06/01/2011 12:12 p.m.

Troy Dill, 51, of Decatur, was arrested May 26 for allegedly stealing copper wire from telephone poles. The Decatur Police Department received a tip that Dill had been cutting copper wire off telephone poles in the Old City Park, as well as the areas of Grant Street and Charlie Street, Police Chief Terry Luker said.

SWEPCO Lake flooding Eagle Watch Trail

posted: 06/01/2011 12:08 p.m.

With all the recent heavy rains, SWEPCO Lake is high enough to flood portions of the Eagle Watch Nature Trail and reaches to the bottom of the observation platform.

Bid accepted for repairs to Hendrix Road

posted: 06/01/2011 12:05 p.m.

Town council members, at a special May 26 meeting, accepted the bid of DECCO Contractors and Paving for road repairs on the town’s portion of Hendrix Road.

Residents’ support keeps historic site a place of beauty and respect

posted: 06/01/2011 12:02 p.m.

Driving on Highway 59 south of Gravette, it’s easy to miss the small black and white sign reading: “Bethel Cemetery 1/4 mile.” For the people who are familiar with the lush grounds and rich history of Bethel Cemetery, though, the place is not to be missed.

Modified wastewater treatment plan could result in huge savings to city

posted: 06/01/2011 12:01 p.m.

A brief progress update on Gravette’s wastewater treatment facility project was presented to the Gravette City Council Thursday evening by Mayor Byron Warren.

Flood-damage prevention ordinance approved

posted: 06/01/2011 noon

Gravette City Council, Thursday night, approved a new Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance which updates the city’s codes and regulations involving construction in a flood plain.

No raises authorized for Gravette teachers

posted: 06/01/2011 11:59 a.m.

The Gravette School Board at its last meeting accepted bids on two major improvement projects, okayed a credit recovery program for students, approved out of state summer trips for student organizations and voted to continue the English as a Second Language Program. Also approved was a salary schedule for classified employees.

New emergency alert system said to be working well

posted: 06/01/2011 11:58 a.m.

Benton County officials said Thursday the BCAlert telephone warning system has functioned well during recent severe weather.

OCH plans health, safety fair June 18th

posted: 06/01/2011 11:56 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital will be holding a health and safety fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Don't let their death be in vain!

posted: 06/01/2011 11:55 a.m.

On this Memorial Day weekend flags flew and the graves of those who fought in the armed forces of this great nation were decorated to honor the fallen heroes who laid down their lives in defense of the freedoms and values we so embrace.

SUSAN SAYS: Reaping the benefits of visiting a farmers' market

posted: 06/01/2011 11:54 a.m.

I went to the farmers’ market again Saturday morning. It’s an experience I look forward to during the spring and summer.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Better days are coming for many

posted: 06/01/2011 11:53 a.m.

The heartbreaking sight of devastations causes my eyes to blur and my nose to need wiping. All of the problems of life on this rock pile are very small today. The news was so dark, and my close relative and I sat in silence as we watched the stark pictures flash across the screen. Prayer after prayer was sent for the folks who did make it alive and for those who were unaccounted for. And then there is the part of the country where a river runs through it, the homes and all the land.


posted: 06/01/2011 11:50 a.m.

June 1, 2011

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Who Keeps Our Souls Alive?

posted: 06/01/2011 11:47 a.m.

Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, Who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved. For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment. Psalm 66:8-12

New QB takes reins for Pioneers

posted: 06/01/2011 11:46 a.m.

Rising senior Dylan Ochs was a valuable receiver for Gentry last season, but after a productive spring his talents may lie in throwing passes rather than catching them in the fall.

New talent revealed during spring workouts in Gentry and Gravette

posted: 06/01/2011 11:45 a.m.

Spring workouts were cut a day short for Gravette’s football team, but coach Bill Harrelson didn’t take things easy on his players during those nine days.


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Area Community Events and Announcements


posted: 06/01/2011 11:39 a.m.

Area City Public Meetings


posted: 06/01/2011 11:33 a.m.

Word was received this week of the death of former resident Belle Puryear. Belle has spent the last few years near her daughter in Wichita, Kan. Sympathy is extended to her family.

Summer Reading Program begins June 16 in Gentry

posted: 06/01/2011 11:32 a.m.

Gentry Public Library’s summer reading program will be held on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m., beginning with a session on Fire Safety to be held on June 16. An art camp, from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesdays, will begin on June 15.

Gentry chooses teachers of year

posted: 06/01/2011 11:31 a.m.

Teachers of the Year were selected at Gentry Schools, with the following awards given :

Harding University celebrates local pharmacy student with pinning ceremony in April

posted: 06/01/2011 11:29 a.m.

Lindsey Holloway, of Gentry, was one of the 60 students recognized at the April 25 pinning ceremony at Harding University College of Pharmacy.

My Favorite Teacher

posted: 06/01/2011 11:28 a.m.

During a very special recognition ceremony on April 16, Mike Johnson was announced as the winner of “My Favorite Teacher” contest sponsored by Barnes and Noble.

Roping Champion

posted: 06/01/2011 11:27 a.m.

Kaci Starkey, a seventh-grade student at Gentry Middle School, was named the Arkansas Junior High Breakaway Roping State Championship.

Soccer Award

posted: 06/01/2011 11:26 a.m.

Jorge Hernandez was announced to be an all-state and all-conference soccer player during the Decatur High School sports banquet on May 17.