Wednesday, March 30

Gravette firing sewer engineers

posted: 03/30/2011 8:34 p.m.

The City of Gravette gave notice at its Thursday night meeting it will terminate its agreement with McGoodwin, Williams and Yates, the Fayetteville engineering firm which has been involved in planning a sewer improvement project for the city.

Gentry School board sanctions 'DC' trip

posted: 03/30/2011 8:33 p.m.

School board members, on Monday, unanimously approved sanctioning a Smithsonian Student Travel tour to Washington, D.C., during next year’s spring break.

Meat, produce market opens shop in Decatur

posted: 03/30/2011 8:32 p.m.

Residents in Decatur have had to drive to another town to buy fresh produce and meat for several years, but a new meat market will give customers a local option.

Endangered bats curtail wind farms

posted: 03/30/2011 8:32 p.m.

Endangered bats have created serious challenges for three wind energy developers in northwest Arkansas and are one of the factors that led two of the companies — TradeWind Energy in Benton County and Invergy LLC in Washington County — to halt development of their projects.


posted: 03/30/2011 8:31 p.m.

March 30, 2011

Mayor charged with embezzlement

posted: 03/30/2011 8:30 p.m.

The Jay mayor was charged Monday after a 9-month investigation showed he inflated mileage reports, misused the city's credit card and bought a lawn mower for personal use, said Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman.

Gravette bus driver cleared

posted: 03/30/2011 8:29 p.m.

After a lengthy and thorough investigation by police, Gravette bus driver Debbie McGuire was cleared of allegations that she pushed a 7-year-old student off the bus in February.

Administrators rehired

posted: 03/30/2011 8:29 p.m.

Following an executive session at its last meeting, the Gravette School Board approved contracts for the 2011 fiscal year for superintendent of schools Andrea Kelly and building principals: Zane Vanderpool, Glenn Duffy Elementary ; Jay Ensor, upper elementary; Mitchell Wilber, middle school; and Jo Ellen Hastings, high school.

Coffee Business

posted: 03/30/2011 8:28 p.m.

Larry Jones and his daughter Rachel stand in front of a sign near the entrance of his drive-thru or sit-in coffee house just a half block north of Gravette's Main Street on Highway 59. The new business is open from 7 to 2, Monday through Friday. Rachel created the grumpy art work for the sign, which promotes peace, love and coffee.


posted: 03/30/2011 8:28 p.m.

Community Announcements and Upcoming Events


posted: 03/30/2011 8:26 p.m.

Area City Public Meetings

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS How could a good God allow evil in the world?

posted: 03/30/2011 8:24 p.m.

I’m sure you’ve probably heard the arguments against the existence of the God of the Bible which go something like this: “How could a good God exist when there is so much evil and suffering in this world?” And with all the wars, crime, earthquakes, tsunamis, disease, starvation and death in our world, the challenge may appear to have validity.

A WALK IN THE PARK What a difference two days can make!

posted: 03/30/2011 8:23 p.m.

Although the signs of spring were plentiful in northwest Arkansas, they multiplied before my eyes as I traveled south on interstate 540, descended into the Arkansas River valley, then continued further south on highway 71. Finally, a turn east on 270 took me to Hot Springs, a city decked out in full spring dress.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE When that silver lining goes away

posted: 03/30/2011 8:22 p.m.

Dog fight! Snarling and growling like I had never heard before, and I knew old Dog was too old and stiff to whip cream let alone a fighter. I banged out the door like a madman to find a little bitty ball of fur carrying on with stiff legs and bouncing around like a basketball handled by Meadowlark Lemon. Old Dog just growled and snarled, bared his teeth and looked sorta like he was grinning.


posted: 03/30/2011 8:22 p.m.

How Can We Have Peace with God?

Hair for Johnny

posted: 03/30/2011 8:21 p.m.

They're here (hair) for Johnny. Zane Vanderpool, principal at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette, is ready as Michelle House at The Patio in Gravette readies her clippers, which means another donation of love and caring for Johnny the Brave.

Seniors gather to raise money for Meals on Wheels in Gentry

posted: 03/30/2011 8:21 p.m.

Gentry Mayor Kevin Johnston visited with members of the Gentry Senior Activity Center on March 23 during the Meals on Wheels campaign being held at the center.

Gravette's mayor participates in March for Meals campaign

posted: 03/30/2011 8:19 p.m.

Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center took part in Mayors for Meals Day as a part of its March for Meals campaign. Mayor Byron Warren participated in the event on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, to show his support for our community’s homebound and hungry seniors. “We are excited about having Mayor Byron Warren participate in our Mayors for Meals Day event,” said Mary Kay Kelley, director of the Senior Activity Center. March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, which seeks to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. “We thank these local leaders for stepping up to the plate and joining our mission to end senior hunger in America by the year 2020,” said MOWAA president and CEO Enid Borden. “Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines of our battle and need support from elected leaders to continue providing the nutritious meals and human contact that our seniors so despera

Hot Roll Fund-raiser is to be held at Gravette senior center

posted: 03/30/2011 8:19 p.m.

The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center at Gravette is holding a Hot Roll fund-raiser during the Easter season.

Gravette Hospital old-timers group met in Decatur

posted: 03/30/2011 8:17 p.m.

A small but vocal group of Gravette Medical Center Hospital Old Timers met on Thursday, March 24, at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur.


posted: 03/30/2011 8:17 p.m.

The rabies clinic will be at the Hiwasse Fire Station on Monday, April 4, between 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Lion Invitational

posted: 03/30/2011 8:15 p.m.

Gravette High School held its annual Lion Invitational senior track meet on Monday, with 19 area schools sending athletes to compete in the events.

Childresses become Louisiana's only father, son in hall of fame

posted: 03/30/2011 8:13 p.m.

In the fall of 1982, Dan Childress, former soccer and track coach at Gentry High School, quarterbacked Bearcats to the Class 4A Louisiana state football championship, earning his father Jimmy “Chick” Childress the first of four state titles in his coaching career.

Decatur plays Bergman and wins

posted: 03/30/2011 8:13 p.m.


GHS culinary arts students place second at state

posted: 03/30/2011 8:11 p.m.

Members of the Gravette High School Culinary Arts Class placed second in Arkansas’ state competition held recently in Little Rock.

Arkansas Children's Hospital to teach students about health

posted: 03/30/2011 8:10 p.m.

Jennifer Hurst, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, will be speaking on Thursday, April 7, to Pre-K through second grade students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette.


posted: 03/30/2011 8:09 p.m.

We are getting some more cool weather. We got rain, along with some wind and hail and an electrical storm. I guess that all goes together for spring.

Decatur Bulldog Allstars

posted: 03/30/2011 8:09 p.m.

Decatur Northside Elementary School Bulldog Allstars for the week of March 14-18 were:

Watson earns place in Arkansas All Star Band

posted: 03/30/2011 8:08 p.m.

Lensey Watson, a junior at Decatur High School, earned a spot on the 2011 Arkansas All Star Honor Band.

State Wrestling Champ

posted: 03/30/2011 8:07 p.m.

Spencer Heald of Bella Vista won the kids state wrestling championship in the Division IV, 95 pound weight class, held in Little Rock on March 12th. Spencer is a seventh grade student at Gravette Middle School.

Lions Club Pancake Supper

posted: 03/30/2011 8:05 p.m.

Photos from the Pancake Supper 2011

Wednesday, March 23

Principals are rehired

posted: 03/23/2011 11:52 p.m.

School board members voted to rehire elementary school principal Leslie Sharp, high school principal Bobby King and special programs coordinator Dawn Stewart at Monday’s meeting.

Key boxes not required

posted: 03/23/2011 11:52 p.m.

Passed on its third and final reading March 15 was an ordinance repealing a 2006 key-box ordinance and establishing new, less-restrictive requirements for key boxes on commercial buildings within the city of Gentry.

Rabies clinics planned

posted: 03/23/2011 11:52 p.m.

The Benton County Health Unit announced the following rabies clinics will be held in early April this year at the following locations: Gravette — Saturday, April 2, walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Gravette Day plans expand

posted: 03/23/2011 11:52 p.m.

The Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce and the city of Gravette announced a preliminary list of activities for a greatly expanded Gravette Day this year.

Storm sirens to be placed

posted: 03/23/2011 11:50 p.m.

Storm sirens were to be placed in Springtown and should be operational yet this month, according to draft minutes of the March 15 Springtown Council meeting.

Lions Club project provides computers for local students

posted: 03/23/2011 11:49 p.m.

Thanks to efforts of the Gentry Lions Club and donations by area residents, a number of students who did not have computers in their homes on which to do homework and research for school now have them.

Citywide cleanup planned April 4-8

posted: 03/23/2011 11:49 p.m.

Gravette Mayor Byron Warren announced that April 4-8 will be the annual Spring Cleanup for the community and people should be making preparation for this free service. “Curb-side pickup will be on Tuesday, April 5, only, but there will be two dumpsters available all week for dumping bulk items,” he said.

Pet owner's month announced

posted: 03/23/2011 11:43 p.m.

April has been designated “Responsible Pet Owner’s Month” in Gravette, according to an announcement from Gravette City Hall.

Johnson added to board

posted: 03/23/2011 11:41 p.m.

Arvest Bank has announced that Bryan Johnson is a new board member for their bank in Gravette.

Perigee Moon

posted: 03/23/2011 11:39 p.m.

A full Moon of rare size and beauty called a super "perigee moon" could be seen over the weekend.


posted: 03/23/2011 11:38 p.m.

Westside Cities Upcoming Public Meetings

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Don't discount the educational benefits of Truck Driver U

posted: 03/23/2011 11:37 p.m.

Some folks might think that knowledge gained from driving a truck isn’t very useful in other areas of life, but I’m here to tell you that one can learn a lot of things from the overthe-road university which come in very handy no matter which career path a person might choose.

SUSAN SAYS Taking advantage of spring

posted: 03/23/2011 11:36 p.m.

Spring has sprung! The first day of spring officially arrived on Sunday and Mother Earth is responding to the warm, sunny days. Lemon-yellow forsythia, spirea and japonica have started to bloom and pink hyacinths have blossomed beside the cellar, scenting the air with their sweet fragrance. Leaves of lemon mint are reviving behind the cellar.


posted: 03/23/2011 11:36 p.m.

Area Announcements and Upcoming Events

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE Cattle to be used, not amused

posted: 03/23/2011 11:36 p.m.

We got a pretty day and a pretty stiff breeze with it. I won’t complain a bit about the gusty wind, as my weather person assured us it would bring some moisture up from the gulf — Goody, and whoopee! I wonder if living life in this manner is worth it sometimes, and then we get a whiff of spring and my mind whirls like a roulette wheel back to the winning number ! I know about roulette wheels from watching old Westerns!


posted: 03/23/2011 11:34 p.m.

March 23, 2011

Eagle Observer CORRECTION

posted: 03/23/2011 11:32 p.m.

The article in the March 16 issue entitled “County sales-tax increase proposed” incorrectly stated that Benton County Justice of the peace Steve Curry said Ozark Regional Transit board is looking to raise $50 million to continue its program and expand its routes. Curry actually said the transit board is looking to raise $15 million.


posted: 03/23/2011 11:31 p.m.

"Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all." Romans 4:16 (Read Romans 4) How was Abraham counted righteous before God and granted eternal salvation? Was it by his keeping of the law of God or through faith in God's grace and mercy for Christ's sake?


posted: 03/23/2011 11:29 p.m.

Sunday was the first day of spring and it was really a nice day. I’m sure we will have some cool weather yet but maybe it won’t last long. Wilford Englert from Grove, Okla., visited his cousin, Jewel Lukens, on Friday afternoon.


posted: 03/23/2011 11:28 p.m.

Anita Reeves visited with me on Tuesday evening.

Gravette Select Choir performs at JBU

posted: 03/23/2011 11:28 p.m.

The Gravette High School Select Choir participated in a choral performance assessment on March 3 at John Brown University in Siloam Springs. Their next competition will be held April 2 at JBU, according to director Rachel Galloway.

Students enter patriotic art contest

posted: 03/23/2011 11:27 p.m.

Artwork from the Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest are on display in the Gentry Public Library until March 25th.

DECA students earn honors

posted: 03/23/2011 11:26 p.m.

Students in the Gravette High School DECA program, an association of marketing students, recently attended the State DECA Leadership Conference in Little Rock.

Johnson honored

posted: 03/23/2011 11:26 p.m.

Bob Johnson, Gravette High School marketing and business instructor, was honored recently as Arkansas 2011 Marketing Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made at the State DECA Leadership Conference in Little Rock earlier this month.

Lady Lions win Siloam tournament

posted: 03/23/2011 11:25 p.m.

Gravette’s Lady Lions softball team “brought home all the bacon” after winning the Siloam Springs tournament held earlier this month.

Gentry picks up win, three losses last week

posted: 03/23/2011 11:24 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers played the Siloam Springs Lady Panthers Thursday in Siloam. Sikora Ruiz drew a walk and was brought home on a single by Rindy Hudson in the top of the first, with a strong defense keeping the Lady Panthers scoreless — three up and three down.

Morning Coffee used to connect school to Decatur community

posted: 03/23/2011 11:22 p.m.

North side Elementary School in Decatur held its first ever Morning Coffee March 16 to help connect the school with business leaders and community members.

‘Parents Make the Difference’ night is counted big success

posted: 03/23/2011 11:20 p.m.

The fourth annual “Parents Make the Difference” night was held Thursday, March 3, with 195 people at the Upper Elementary School for the event.

Driver's education offered

posted: 03/23/2011 11:20 p.m.

Students in Gravette High School who wish to enroll in a Driver’s Education Program have until April 1 to sign up for the classes, according to an announcement from the GHS office.

Gravette Gleamers met

posted: 03/23/2011 11:19 p.m.

The Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club met Feb. 14. Tim McPherson, vice-president, called the meeting to order. Katlynn Martin, Stormi Jo Pembleton and Ethan Cook led the song. New members and special guests were introduced by Brooke Belts, secretary.

Smartt receives SURF grant, funds aquatic research project

posted: 03/23/2011 11:19 p.m.

Ayla Smartt, of Gentry, a senior honors biology major in the J.

UCA Dean's List

posted: 03/23/2011 11:18 p.m.

Kaleb Gregory, of Decatur, and Marcus Witcher and Wilburn Carter, of Centerton, were named to the University of Central Arkansas Dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 03/23/2011 11:18 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate and Primary Schools for the week of March 14-18 are:

Art scholarship made available

posted: 03/23/2011 11:17 p.m.

The Bella Vista Art Club spends thousands each year to fund students who are working toward degrees in the fine and applied arts. This year they are offering two new scholarships and encourage area seniors to apply.

The Decatur Bulldog Allstars

posted: 03/23/2011 11:16 p.m.

Bulldog Allstars for the week of March 7 to 11 were:

Wildflowers Bloom!

posted: 03/23/2011 11:15 p.m.

Area Photos of Spring

Wednesday, March 16

Walmart approved

posted: 03/16/2011 8:03 p.m.

It took just slightly more than 20 minutes Monday evening for the Gravette Planning Commission to give its stamp of approval for a new Walmart Express store to be built in Gravette.

Plane flies into question

posted: 03/16/2011 8:03 p.m.

A small plane caused concern when it strayed into Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport’s controlled airspace above the Crystal Lake Airport without making radio contact on Feb. 13.

Tornado borne pillow lands safely at XNA

posted: 03/16/2011 8:02 p.m.

The little pillow embroidered with the name Kallie Anne Hignight turned up in a field south of Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport’s runway.

Student designs new logo for Gravette

posted: 03/16/2011 7:49 p.m.

People who have received communications from the city of Gravette or who have visited the city’s Web site ( have noticed a new city logo on the city letterhead or on the Web site.

March for Meals comes to GSAC

posted: 03/16/2011 7:30 p.m.

The Gentry Senior Activity Center will be participating in the national 2011 March for Meals Campaign with an adopt-a-senior program. Area residents are invited to come and visit the Gentry Senior Activity Center, at 121 East Main Street, next-door to the Gentry Public Library, on March 23, between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m.

County sales-tax increase proposed

posted: 03/16/2011 7:29 p.m.

Curtis “Steve” Curry, Benton County Justice of the Peace for District 11, visited Decatur’s city council meeting on Monday to discuss a proposed 0.25 percent hike in sales tax to generate funds for Ozark Regional Transit.

Benefit planned for Walls

posted: 03/16/2011 6:45 p.m.

Jump Start June’s Heart, a benefit chili supper and auction to help June Walls with medical expenses, will be held at the Decatur Northside Elementary School on April 9.

Town told it must bear cost of road repairs

posted: 03/16/2011 6:44 p.m.

Town council members approved on its final reading an ordinance approving new boundaries for the town's planning area, and because an emergency clause was also approved, the changes go into effect immediately.

Highfill police help solve burglary case

posted: 03/16/2011 6:43 p.m.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently recovered thousands of dollars in stolen coins that may be part of a bigger theft ring after they received a call from the Highfill Police Department about coins found in a vehicle, incident to arrest.

Food program feeds many

posted: 03/16/2011 6:43 p.m.

The Decatur United Methodist Church offers a food pantry program as well as a commodity food program for residents in Decatur. Beginning April 1, the programs will only be open the first and third Thursday of every month, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Soil testing continues at site of year-old gas leak

posted: 03/16/2011 6:42 p.m.

Core drilling for soil samples resumed last week at the site of a gasoline spill that occurred at a Gravette service station last year.

Planting trees for clean water

posted: 03/16/2011 6:41 p.m.

Gentry mayor Kevin Johnston with his wife Lori and Dakota Smith, help plant trees at the Flint Creek Power Plant tree farm on Saturday.

City looks at piping wastewater to Decatur plant for treatment

posted: 03/16/2011 6:40 p.m.

The city of Gravette’s engineering firm has provided a revised cost estimate for constructing a system to transport Gravette’s wastewater/sewage to Decatur for treatment in that city’s facility.

Farmers' market to open

posted: 03/16/2011 6:39 p.m.

Gravette Farmers’ Market will open for business on Saturday, April 9, this year, according to Allyson Ransom, who directs the operation.


posted: 03/16/2011 6:39 p.m.

Announcements, meetings and upcoming events


posted: 03/16/2011 6:37 p.m.

Area Upcoming Meetings


posted: 03/16/2011 6:35 p.m.

“Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” Romans 5:18 (Read Romans, chapter 5) Here is an amazing truth we seldom consider. Through the sin of the first man, Adam, death was passed down to all men; but through the righteousness of the second man, Christ Jesus, forgiveness and life is passed upon all men.

Eagle Observer OBITUARIES

posted: 03/16/2011 6:34 p.m.

March 16, 2011

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Accepting the technology challenge

posted: 03/16/2011 6:33 p.m.

I learned on our recent trip to Kansas, and after spending much time with children and nieces and nephews, that I was a little out of date when it comes to technology. Of course, I think I already knew that, but the time together drove the point home.

OFF THE CUFF White will cover the ground

posted: 03/16/2011 6:32 p.m.

Why is it we’re always ready to rush spring?

A WALK IN THE PARK Memories of observing St. Patrick's Day

posted: 03/16/2011 6:32 p.m.

A person doesn’t have to be Irish to love St. Patrick’s Day. As a kid I always thought March 17th was a fun little holiday. I still remember carefully choosing what I would wear to school on that day with hopes of avoiding getting pinched. It added to the fun if the green was hidden just enough to make others think it wasn’t there, only to be revealed just in time to stop an incoming pinch.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE A little bit of sunshine on a dreary day

posted: 03/16/2011 6:31 p.m.

I know spring is getting closer by the day. My close relative has one old yellow flower flopping around in the frost, and buds on the maple tree are falling all over the porch. I track them into the house and she, you know who, clicks that tongue and draws her brow into multi-furrows. I can’t help it. It is too dang cold to stand around and scrape off the sticky things.


posted: 03/16/2011 6:30 p.m.

I would like to commend the city of Gravette on providing permanent recycling trailers. I’m sure there is a cost involved for the city but it is a great service, a needed service, but above all, the right thing to do. I wish Congress were as willing to do what’s right as the city of Gravette.

Sulphur announces 2011 events

posted: 03/16/2011 6:29 p.m.

The Board of Directors of the Sulphur Springs Special Events, Inc., announced the planned events for the coming year. The thrust of SSSEI is to “Build Our Community Together” , the directors said. Currently SSSEI is sponsoring a food drive to benefit families in the community.

Basketball camp offered in Decatur

posted: 03/16/2011 6:28 p.m.

The Decatur Community Spring Basketball League V will offer a free instructional skills camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade in April. The league’s objective will be to develop basic fundamental skills, as well as promote social interaction as a team. Each week youth will go through stations focusing on individual skills and drills, with emphasis on dribbling, ball handling, passing, shooting and defense.

Lady Pioneers pick up win at home against Greenland

posted: 03/16/2011 6:27 p.m.

The Gentry Lady Pioneers took on the Springdale Lady Bulldogs Wednesday at Springdale, but with three hits and three runs, the Lady Pioneers couldn't keep up as the Lady Bulldogs hit into every hole to score 10 runs. The final score was 10-3 Springdale.

Pioneers fall to the Blackhawks

posted: 03/16/2011 6:27 p.m.

Pea Ridge proved themselves too much for the Gentry Pioneers on the baseball diamond Friday, coming away with an 18-7 victory in the non-conference game.


posted: 03/16/2011 6:24 p.m.

We are having warmer weather and it’s windy now (Sunday). We are in need of rain. Maybe we will get some.


posted: 03/16/2011 6:24 p.m.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the Presley family. Maxine passed away on Tuesday following surgery.

Students win national recognition in contest

posted: 03/16/2011 6:21 p.m.

Since texting while driving has become a major issue with teens today, three Gravette High School seniors won national recognition for their class project which addresses the problem.

Millsap accepts scholarship from U of A - Fort Smith

posted: 03/16/2011 6:20 p.m.

Courtney Millsap, 18, a senior at Gentry High School, has been awarded an academic excellence scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

Poemoceah is named all-state band member

posted: 03/16/2011 6:20 p.m.

Gravette High School senior Daniel Poemoceah was recently named an Arkansas All-State Band member as a result of tryouts held February 14 in Conway.

Christmas Card fund benefits schools

posted: 03/16/2011 6:19 p.m.

Two area school districts received checks from the Community Christmas Card Fund.

Decatur Bulldog Allstars

posted: 03/16/2011 6:19 p.m.

Bulldog Allstars announced

Spring musical planned at GHS

posted: 03/16/2011 6:17 p.m.

Last month’s ice and snow canceled rehearsals for the upcoming production of “Over the Rainbow” at the Gravette High School Performing Arts Center. But director Ian Galloway, GHS drama department, faced enthusiastic student cast members “energized and ready to get to work,” said Suzanne Jessup, publicity chair.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 03/16/2011 6:16 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary and Intermediate Schools

McPherson collects coupons for a cause

posted: 03/16/2011 6:14 p.m.

Anthony McPherson, a member of the Gravette Gleamers 4-H, has chosen as his club main project one that will help people save money through the use of coupons.

Wednesday, March 9

Airport opened for aviator use

posted: 03/09/2011 11:56 p.m.

The Crystal Lake Airport, which has long been a landmark in Decatur as Peterson Farms’ private airport, was re-opened in January of 2010 for general aviation use.

City moves cautiously on law changes

posted: 03/09/2011 11:56 p.m.

In order to resolve questions and concerns over parking on Main Street and the adjoining cross streets between Main Street and the alleyways behind Main Street businesses, the council on Monday adopted on its first reading a new ordinance repealing previous ordinances and establishing new parking regulations.

New MRI unit delivered to Gravette Hospital

posted: 03/09/2011 11:55 p.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette is expanding its radiology services with the arrival of a new MRI unit which was delivered to the hospital site last Friday.

Confusion over ward boundaries leaves candidates perplexed

posted: 03/09/2011 11:55 p.m.

A jog in the boundary between Decatur’s Ward 2 and Ward 3 has created a great deal of confusion in filling an open council seat, and the confusion is not over yet.

Economic growth sought

posted: 03/09/2011 11:54 p.m.

Mayor Kevin Johnston and councilwoman Janie Parks, chairperson over the newly-formed economic development committee, met with Jessica Breaux of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission on March 2 to seek information and direction to aid in the formation of the new committee. The meeting was held to learn new ways to promote the city of Gentry and to seek to maintain existing businesses and invite others to consider Gentry as a place to locate and do business.

IRS looking to return tax money to 2007 non-filers

posted: 03/09/2011 11:54 p.m.

More than $8 million is waiting to be collected by Arkansas citizens who failed to file their federal income tax returns for the year 2007.

Special council meeting set

posted: 03/09/2011 11:54 p.m.

A special meeting of the Gravette City Council will be held at 6 p.m. this Thursday, March 10, at the City Hall preceding the regular meeting of the Committee of the Whole. The agenda for the special council meeting includes the following items: Selection of sewer project options; Selection of bid for pool refurbishment; Discussion of financial assistance for ball park upgrades ; and Appointment of Susan von Ree to the City Planning Commission.

Area banks make headway

posted: 03/09/2011 11:53 p.m.

The local banking sector made headway in 2010, collecting $180 million in profit, despite swallowing hefty charge-offs and large provisions taken to offset the ongoing saga of real estate loans gone bad.

Public hearing set for possible Walmart construction plat

posted: 03/09/2011 11:53 p.m.

The Gravette Planning Commission will hold a public hearing March 14 to discuss a preliminary construction plat for property located at 800 First Avenue SE and 109 Galveston SE.

Osher group visits in Gentry

posted: 03/09/2011 11:51 p.m.

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute visited Gentry on Feb. 24, visited the Eagle Watch Nature area and toured parts of the city.

Police work two injury accidents

posted: 03/09/2011 11:50 p.m.

Two serious motor vehicle accidents were worked by the Gentry Police Department last week. Shortly before midnight on March 2, police were dispatched to Marion Lee Road, near the railroad crossing for a one-vehicle roll-over accident.

Exhibit hall nears completion

posted: 03/09/2011 11:49 p.m.

The new exhibit building at the Gravette Historical Museum is nearing completion with the installation of sheet rock scheduled to begin soon. Painting, lighting, plumbing fixtures and the sidewalk are all that remain once the sheet rock is completed, said Steve Mitchael, a member of the museum commission.

Training exercise

posted: 03/09/2011 11:47 p.m.

Quite a large crowd gathered in Gravette Wednesday evening when the night was filled with smoke and the glow of a large fire.

Garber charged in burglary case

posted: 03/09/2011 11:46 p.m.

The Gravette Police Department last Tuesday, March 1, charged a Gravette man with residential burglary in connection with an incident that occurred in September of last year.

Centerton to provide trash service April 1

posted: 03/09/2011 11:45 p.m.

The Centerton City Council, at its Feb. 15 meeting, authorized Mayor Bill Edwards and the city recorder to enter into a contract with Waste Management to provide trash service to Centerton residents beginning on April 1.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Concerns over nose hairs and snoring

posted: 03/09/2011 11:44 p.m.

It often happens that little things about us, as well as some little things we say or do, make impressions upon our children and grandchildren. While I don’t claim to know what things about me my grandchildren will remember, I was a bit surprised at a couple of things which apparently impressed — or maybe concerned — a grandson of mine when we spent time together last month.

SUSAN SAYS Getting ideas for springtime

posted: 03/09/2011 11:43 p.m.

There is a lingering chill in the air but the March sun shines brightly and brings hope of warmer days. A few puddles linger near the garden spot to remind us of Friday’s rain. A cold wind blew on Saturday and frost covered the ground Sunday morning; but the golden daffodils still look perky and crocuses, both purple and white, have emerged in the yard just up the street.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE Getting ready for spring chores and praying for rain

posted: 03/09/2011 11:42 p.m.

In like a lamb, out like a lion, and we hope to goodness that is not true this year!

LOOKING BACK Remembering feather beds

posted: 03/09/2011 11:41 p.m.

Each night I crawl between pink floral polyester sheets and stretch my body out on a hard mattress with its 20-year warranty. On cold nights I pull a cotton blanket under my chin and set the thermostat to a comfortable room temperature. This week’s column is a story told to me by my husband Jerry, about the feather beds of his boyhood.


posted: 03/09/2011 11:37 p.m.

Editor, The police department of Gravette has been a true source of blessing to our family through the years and we would like to express our gratefulness for its integrity.

Bill proposes five cent diesel tax to generate $2.9 billion for Arkansas highways county roads and city streets

posted: 03/09/2011 11:30 p.m.

Speaker of the House Robert S. Moore, Jr., on Friday filed House Bill 1902 which, if approved by Arkansas voters, would provide the state with significant funding needed to maintain and improve Interstates and other National Highway System routes in Arkansas.


posted: 03/09/2011 11:29 p.m.

Upcoming Public Meetings


posted: 03/09/2011 11:27 p.m.

Don’t forget! Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday. Spring ahead one hour. Don’t be late for church.


posted: 03/09/2011 11:26 p.m.

The weather is good now for what we had earlier. These mornings aren’t bad at all. In fact they are a benefit in different ways.


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Area Announcements, Upcoming Meetings and Events


posted: 03/09/2011 11:24 p.m.

March 9, 2011

Time to change Sunday

posted: 03/09/2011 11:23 p.m.

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 13. Clocks must be moved forward one hour.

WEEKLY DEVOTION What has Jesus accomplished for us?

posted: 03/09/2011 11:22 p.m.

What has Jesus accomplished for us by His innocent sufferings and death and by His glorious resurrection ? That is shown us by the words which the Holy Spirit moved St. Paul to write to the believers in Rome (Romans 4:25 – 5:2): “Jesus our Lord…was delivered for our offenses….”

Gentry girls compete in state tourney

posted: 03/09/2011 11:21 p.m.

Senior forward Terra Jones was perfect on eight free-throw attempts, including four in the final minute, to help the Lady Pioneers (21-11 ) hold off the Lady Southerners (20-13 ) in a first-round game on Thursday, beating Southside Batesville 44-41.

Lady Lions roar in opening state game

posted: 03/09/2011 11:19 p.m.

Gravette’s Lady Lions basketball girls turned what was a so-so season into an exciting trip to state competition where a first round win propelled them into the quarter-final round.

Sign-up period extended for T-ball players

posted: 03/09/2011 11:16 p.m.

Sign-up for Gravette T-Ball (4-6 year-old girls and boys) has been extended through March 15 in an attempt to give parents more opportunity to enroll their children.

Gravette students earn honors

posted: 03/09/2011 10:58 p.m.

Michele Romine of Gravette has been named to John Brown University’s list of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program. She is a member of the N.W. Arkansas cohort group 69 working toward a bachelor’s degree in organizational management.

DNE Character Kids

posted: 03/09/2011 10:57 p.m.

Decatur Northside Elementary character kids of the month for February were chosen for showing the character trait of kindness.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 03/09/2011 10:55 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate and Primary Schools are:

Character T-shirt Winners

posted: 03/09/2011 10:52 p.m.

Character Education T-shirt winners at Gentry Intermediate School for month of February are:

Gravette PAWS Students

posted: 03/09/2011 10:50 p.m.

Glenn Duffy March PAWS students, from the left, Nerlinda Ada, Niketas Delgato, C.

Two west-side students distinguished

posted: 03/09/2011 10:49 p.m.

Jennifer Ellis of Gravette has been named to John Brown University’s President’s List of distinguished students from the Advance Degree Completion Program. Ellis is a member of the N.W. Arkansas cohort group of 72 working toward a bachelor’s degree in organizational management.

GHS students place at FBLA Conference

posted: 03/09/2011 10:48 p.m.

On Feb. 14, twenty-two Gravette High School FBLA students traveled to Ft. Smith for the Spring Leadership Conference.

Two Gentry OM Teams advance to compete at state

posted: 03/09/2011 10:47 p.m.

Two Gentry Odyssey of the Mind teams qualified to advance to state-level competition.

Gravette Community Garden obtains 501c3 tax exempt status and new board

posted: 03/09/2011 10:45 p.m.

The Gravette (Community) Garden recently obtained 501c3 tax exempt status through the efforts of Marisol Jackson, said Steve Mitchael, president of the garden’s new governing board.

Gentry After-Prom Breakfast planned

posted: 03/09/2011 10:43 p.m.

Each year many parents, relatives and businesses work together to provide a safe drug-free and alcohol-free event for Gentry students after the junior-senior prom.

Elementary students celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

posted: 03/09/2011 10:42 p.m.

Students at Decatur Northside Elementary School and Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette marked Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a celebration of reading.

Softball season under way

posted: 03/09/2011 10:18 p.m.

The Gentry Lady Pioneers opened the softball season with games against two area 7A schools.

Wednesday, March 2

Walmart tapping new market

posted: 03/02/2011 9:40 a.m.

Walmart’s latest store format will be springing up in Prairie Grove, Gravette and Gentry. The retailer plans to build 15,000-square-foot stores in each town. Gary Davis, owner of Sterling Drug in Prairie Grove, said adding new businesses is good.

Gravette schools recommended for accreditation

posted: 03/02/2011 9:37 a.m.

“We are going to recommend your school be accredited.” With these words Michael Lodico revealed the results of a two-day visit to the Gravette Public Schools by an AdvancED District accreditation committee. Lodico, a North Carolina educator, chaired a five-member team which spent two days evaluating the Gravette Public Schools, touring facilities, meeting with staff and administrators and visiting and questioning numerous citizens from the community.

Police charge woman with stealing identity

posted: 03/02/2011 9:36 a.m.

Silvia Carolina Yac-Poz, 43, of Siloam Springs, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly using another woman’s identity so she could work at Simmons Foods in Decatur.

County looks at Decatur for road yard site

posted: 03/02/2011 9:34 a.m.

The Benton County Quorum Court voted Feb. 24 to appropriate $40,000 in the Road Department budget to buy 10 acres in Decatur for the planned west-side road yard.

Recycling trailer in place

posted: 03/02/2011 9:33 a.m.

A new recycling trailer is now in place in Gravette, according to Allyson Ransom, communications and resource efficiency director.

Animal Control/Code Enforcement

posted: 03/02/2011 9:32 a.m.

Todd Woodall, 28, is Gentry's new animal control and code enforcement officer. He began his duties Jan. 16 and plans to work together with the citizens of Gentry as he enforces city ordinances to clean up the town and deal with animals at large. He is married, with three children, and has lived in Gentry for five years. He is also certified as a part-time police officer in the state of Arkansas.

Rehearsals are underway for 'Wizard of Oz' production

posted: 03/02/2011 9:31 a.m.

Rehearsals are underway for a production of “The Wizard of Oz” to be presented by the drama department of Gravette High School.

Gentry school recognized for literacy scores

posted: 03/02/2011 9:29 a.m.

The National Center for Educational Achievement, a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Gentry Middle School as a 2010 NCEA Higher Performing School.


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Area Announcements, Upcoming Meetings and Events


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Area upcoming public meetings


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March 2, 2011

Wolfs celebrate 50th

posted: 03/02/2011 9:16 a.m.

Milton and Corky Wolf, of Noel, Mo., recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a vows renewal ceremony at Old Salem Country Church at Red Oak II near Carthage, Mo.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Walmart's coming: Good news or bad?

posted: 03/02/2011 9:15 a.m.

Is it good news or bad that Walmart is coming to town? I suppose that depends on whether one still holds out hope that a small town can revitalize its Main Street Districts with businesses competing with giant retailers like Walmart or if one sees that having a retailer like Walmart come is the only way to keep area residents shopping at home and the most likely way to bring customers back into other area businesses as well.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE A good momma is priceless

posted: 03/02/2011 9:14 a.m.

Drove very slowly around the pastures checking fences and looking for all the cattle. I did want to find all the cattle.

CHARLOTTE'S CORNER Winter has been challenging

posted: 03/02/2011 9:14 a.m.

Can one believe it’s time for spring already? I would guess that, after all the wonderful winter weather we had, we are probably just begging spring to raise its pretty little head.

A WALK IN THE PARK Excitement over a dandelion flower

posted: 03/02/2011 9:13 a.m.

Recently, someone posted a picture of a blooming dandelion on their Facebook page. Just days after the biggest snow in recent history melted away, the bright yellow blossom of even a lowly weed was appreciated. If this is any indication, we will really cheer when spring actually arrives and renews the earth around us with an array of flowers, green leaves and fresh grass, not to mention days filled with bone-warming sunshine. One thing wintertime does here in Arkansas is to temporarily take away much of the color that adds to the natural beauty that surrounds us during the other three seasons.


posted: 03/02/2011 9:13 a.m.

As a President’s Day writing assignment, kindergarten students at Decatur Northside Elementary School wrote about what they would do if they were elected President of the United States. The students’ answers gave some insight into the minds of the next generation of Americans. Some of the responses are surprisingly insightful and wise, while others bring a smile.


posted: 03/02/2011 9:11 a.m.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness ; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 (read 24-34 ) It is easy for us to be overly concerned about earthly things such as what we will eat and what we will wear. Even in our affluent society where the thought of going without food or clothing is far from our minds, we still devote a great deal of time and energy into gathering and keeping an ample store of food, clothing and other things we deem necessary for our life and enjoyment.

Phone dialing changes to take effect in Colcord, Watts, West Maysville

posted: 03/02/2011 9:04 a.m.

CenturyLink customers in Colcord, Watts and West Maysville, Okla., must soon begin using 10-digit dialing, according to a release from CenturyLink.

Appreciation Awards

posted: 03/02/2011 9:03 a.m.

Gravette Mayor Byron Warren presented certificates of appreciation to three Gravette teens, Kendall Toeller, Michael Edwards and Blake Ortman, who stopped to assist a fall victim outside city hall during the recent inclement weather. The three called for help and rendered assistance until responders arrived. Warren is shown with Toeller and Edwards below and with Ortman above. The awards were presented at a meeting of the Gravette City Council.

Gentry Chamber gives awards

posted: 03/02/2011 9 a.m.

Three new names were added to the list of Lifetime Achievement Award winners at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet on Thursday. Added to the list of honorees were: Fred Adams, Tuffy Heald and B.C. Wiles.

Gentry grapplers finish fourth, Coy and Cheney win state titles

posted: 03/02/2011 8:50 a.m.

Defending 1A-5 A champion Gentry couldn’t keep up with Little Rock Christian and Beebe and finished one point out of third place, with a 205.5, in the state wrestling tournament at the Jack Stephens Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Gravette girls finish third

posted: 03/02/2011 8:47 a.m.

Gravette’s girls basketball team is improving its status as post-season play continues.

Girls win spots in state tournament

posted: 03/02/2011 8:46 a.m.

Both the Lady Lions and the Lady Pioneers advanced far enough through regional play to go on to state competition this week.

Baseball team off to very cold start

posted: 03/02/2011 8:45 a.m.

The Pioneer baseball team, with little time to practice due to recent snows, suffered a big loss in their non-conference season opener at Greenland on Monday. In four and a half innings of play, the Gentry varsity team lost 16-2. Gentry had three hits to Greenland’s 11, and six errors to Greenland’s one.

Maysville E.H. Club reports on February meeting

posted: 03/02/2011 8:44 a.m.

MAYSVILLE — Members of the Maysville E. H. Club met at the home of Melinda Crawley Feb. 24 for a delicious lunch followed by the regular scheduled meeting.

Gravette author featured at Van Buren library opening

posted: 03/02/2011 8:44 a.m.

Gravette author Radine Trees Nehring was a special guest at the opening of the Crawford County Library in Van Buren recently. Nehring’s most recent novel, “Journey To Die For” , is set largely in Van Buren.

Gravette postpones decision on swimming pool repair bids

posted: 03/02/2011 8:42 a.m.

Gravette City Council postponed action Thursday night on bids to repair the municipal swimming pool, pending a further review of the three bids and possible options. The question will be addressed at the Council committee meeting March 10.

JGT Club holds monthly meeting

posted: 03/02/2011 8:42 a.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with five members and two guests, Susan Sturdy and Charlie Griffin, present.


posted: 03/02/2011 8:41 a.m.

We were to get some storms Sunday night. That was the report from the weatherman. Someone told me that spring is around the corner. I sure hope that corner is close.


posted: 03/02/2011 8:41 a.m.

Thunder in February, frost in May.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 03/02/2011 8:38 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Feb. 21-25 are: Kindergarten — Cinthia Aguilar, Kevin Boehm, Kaitlyn Braun, Alexia Roots, Bailey Galloway and Madison Whaler-Willis ; First Grade — Rita Vang, Matthew Vang, Hunter Krebs, Luke Frye and Seth McGhee; and Second Grade — Wayne Lor, Gunner Struble, Scott Congrove, Lakota Bohanan and Jerry Harris. Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Feb. 14-18 are: Kindergarten students Russell Sliver, Averie Jeffus, Anton Arrendondo, Chandler Bray, Donald Krantz and Eduardo Galvan; First-grade students Trevan Kumm, Damien Fowler, Berlin Beck, Chenyeng Vang and River Farmer; and Second-grade students Braden Evans, Jaiden Wilmoth, Scott Congrove, Iuaiyou Vang and MaKenna Ward.

Gravette PAWS

posted: 03/02/2011 8:37 a.m.

Pictured are students at Glenn Duffy Elementary at Gravette who were named PAWS students for the month of February. From the left: Taylor Snow, Sara Satchel, Bridgette Nunley, Saphfire Holloway, Matthew Oxford and Emily Denver.

GHS Quiz Bowl team bound for state

posted: 03/02/2011 8:36 a.m.

The Gravette High School ninth Grade Quiz Bowl team recently won third place in a North Central Regional competition held in Berryville.

Smith loses appeal in suit against Decatur Schools

posted: 03/02/2011 8:34 a.m.

Former Decatur School Superintendent Dave Smith lost the appeal in his lawsuit against the Decatur School District, but he's not giving up. Smith filed the lawsuit against the school district in November of 2008, asking to be compensated for the remainder of his three-year contract — of which he served less than one month.

Plans are announced for GHS Lions Golf Classic

posted: 03/02/2011 8:33 a.m.

Plans for the annual Gravette High School Lions Golf Classic have been announced by the GHS Boosters.

Gravette board votes to buy land

posted: 03/02/2011 8:32 a.m.

The Gravette School Board, at its meeting last week, approved the purchase of a strip of land used as a road between the middle and upper elementary schools. The land, owned by John Rambadt, had apparently been overlooked during land transactions several years ago. The purchase price was $2,500. The board, following an executive session, accepted the resignation of Jennifer Ford, GHS speech/ journalism teacher. She has been on the faculty of Gravette school for 16 years. Her retirement will become effective at the end of the current school year.

Gravette PD logs 101 calls for service in a week's time

posted: 03/02/2011 8:31 a.m.

Gravette Police logged 101 entries during the week of Feb. 19-25, with 41 of them involving the school, its building checks and traffic control.

Decatur ACE Match

posted: 03/02/2011 8:29 a.m.

Senior Jessica Varner and junior Sayer Smith answered a question for the Gravette Academic Challenge in Education team during the match last Wednesday.

Decatur School Board votes to renew Larry Ben's contract

posted: 03/02/2011 8:28 a.m.

School board members voted, at a Feb. 20 meeting, to renew Decatur superintendent Larry Ben’s contract for the 2011-2012 school year.

Benton County 4-H Valentine Carnival

posted: 03/02/2011 8:27 a.m.

Jackson Stickles helped Megan McCullom with her archery at the Benton County 4-H Valentine Carnival on Feb. 19.