Wednesday, May 25

Stuart coming to BBQ

posted: 05/25/2011 5:02 a.m.

Marty Stuart will be the featured entertainer for the Decatur Barbecue this year, according to Pat Austin, talent search coordinator.

Teachers choose raise over bonus

posted: 05/25/2011 5:01 a.m.

Teachers in the Gentry School District will receive an across-the-board $500 per year pay raise in addition to incremental step increases for years of service already built into the salary schedule.

Storms threaten westside region

posted: 05/25/2011 5:01 a.m.

Tornado sirens sounded and warnings were issued across western Benton County Sunday evening as strong thunderstorms — some with rotation and funnel clouds sighted — moved slowly across the region.

Services planned for Memorial Day

posted: 05/25/2011 5 a.m.

Gravette’s traditional Memorial Day Service will be held Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, according to J.R. Gibbs, Adjutant of Gravette’s American Legion Post.

Storm system impacts local area as well

posted: 05/25/2011 4:59 a.m.

The weather system that spawned the tornado which devastated Joplin, Mo. and which, at last count, took the lives of at least 116 persons in that city had quite an impact on northwest Benton County.

Local pilot recalls experiences

posted: 05/25/2011 4:59 a.m.

Bob Moore was just 300 feet above the ground as he approached Park Airport in Atlanta, Ga., when he sensed something was not quite right with the engine of the small Stinson 10A he was flying. Moore was just finishing giving a Marine captain his first flight lesson and had cleared the engine for landing when he heard a hesitation. He pushed in on the throttle, giving the plane some additional speed. Since the runway came to an end at the Chattahoochee River, Moore decided to pull up and circle around, not wanting to give the captain a scare on his first flight by having to stop short. As the plane rose to 400 or 500 feet above the pine forest, the engine suddenly stopped.

PD collects unwanted drugs

posted: 05/25/2011 4:57 a.m.

Gravette area residents contributed more than 25 pounds of “unwanted drugs” as the Gravette Police Department participated in the state and national project to collect unwanted prescription medication.

Cochran charged with two counts of rape

posted: 05/25/2011 4:56 a.m.

Josiah Cochran, 18, of Decatur, was charged with two felonies on May 21 for allegedly raping two girls in 2006.

Bleacher plan approved

posted: 05/25/2011 4:55 a.m.

Because of an error in a bid, the school board at a special meeting on Monday rejected the previously-approved bid of $96,000 and approved a revised bid of $127,770 to replace the home-side bleachers in the high school gymnasium.

Four drunk drivers stopped at checkpoint

posted: 05/25/2011 4:54 a.m.

A man wanted in California was arrested by Gravette police officers during a recent traffic stop in Gravette.


posted: 05/25/2011 4:54 a.m.

Community Announcements and Events

Gravette's pool opening

posted: 05/25/2011 4:53 a.m.

The grand opening of Gravette’s municipal swimming pool will be held Friday, June 3, with free swimming for all students in the Gravette school district all weekend, according to Allyson Ransom, City Communications Director.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Common-sense covering up to avoid the later consequences

posted: 05/25/2011 4:52 a.m.

I truly doubt it will make a difference because those who are young just don’t think about such things or even consider the effect their actions now could have on their lives as they grow older. Even adults who should know better seldom take such matters to heart. Nevertheless, I shall share a little personal information which, if taken to heart, could spare some young people a bit of unnecessary pain in the years to come.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: All in a day's trip to town

posted: 05/25/2011 4:51 a.m.

My close relative and I went to the big city today, not the capital or anything like that, just the town with more than one street. We needed some stuff, weed killer, fly spray, tractor grease and rake teeth. It takes a day to do all that running around and I would rather work stretching barb wire fences. I wouldn’t be any more worn either. We did have a nice lunch at the fast food place. Went inside and sat down at the little plastic table and ate with a plastic fork.

A WALK IN THE PARK: A lesson from dogs and placebo barriers

posted: 05/25/2011 4:51 a.m.

I like to think Bo and Miller are pretty smart dogs, so I was surprised that they were so easily duped.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Jesus’ Great Commission

posted: 05/25/2011 4:50 a.m.

Before ascending into heaven, Jesus said to His disciples (and us too since His promise is to be with us unto the end of this age): “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Womack visits Gravette

posted: 05/25/2011 4:50 a.m.

U.S. Representative Steve Womack made a brief visit in Gravette May 10 to meet with Gravette Mayor Byron Warren and other local constituents. Decatur Mayor Charles Linam and James Boston, Decatur Public Works Director, were also present at the meeting in Gravette City Hall.

'Ozark Family Campmeeting' in Gentry to begin next week

posted: 05/25/2011 4:49 a.m.

Daniel Jackson, president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Gary Gibbs, of HOPE TV, and Dr.

Gravette Graduates 111

posted: 05/25/2011 4:46 a.m.

One-hundred-eleven seniors at Gravette High School received diplomas before a crowd which filled the Lion gymnasium to overflowing Saturday morning. Predicted inclement weather had forced moving the ceremony from Lion field.

Pioneer Basketball Camps set

posted: 05/25/2011 4:45 a.m.

The 2011 Pioneer Basketball Camps are coming up and registrations are being accepted. The girls’ camp is set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, June 13-15. The boys camp will be Wednesday through Friday, June 15-17, from 12 to 3 p.m. each day.

Young wins Arkansas Skills USA architectural drafting contest

posted: 05/25/2011 4:44 a.m.

Michael Young, a junior at Gravette High School, won the Arkansas Architectural Drafting Contest at the Arkansas SkillsUSA Championship held April 20 in Hot Springs.


posted: 05/25/2011 4:40 a.m.

May 25, 2011

Local attorney appointed

posted: 05/25/2011 4:31 a.m.

Jay B. Williams of Williams Law Firm in Gentry has been appointed to the Judicial Nominations Committee of the Arkansas Bar Association by 2011-2012 President Tom D. Womack of Jonesboro. The appointment becomes effective during the Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting in June.


posted: 05/25/2011 4:30 a.m.

Congratulations to all our area seniors who are graduating.


posted: 05/25/2011 4:29 a.m.

We got more rain Friday and even more on Sunday.


posted: 05/25/2011 4:28 a.m.

City Public Meetings

Raffle getting under way

posted: 05/25/2011 3:59 a.m.

Raffle tickets are being sold by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce for a five-burner gas grill, with the drawing to be held at the Gentry July 4 Freedom Festival.

Old Settlers' Day includes special events at Talbot Library, Museum

posted: 05/25/2011 3:57 a.m.

Old Settler's Day is set for Saturday, June 4, in Colcord, with activities throughout the day, including the following at Talbot Library and Museum:

Arvest Celebrates 50th Anniversary

posted: 05/25/2011 3:56 a.m.

This year is the 50th anniversary for Arvest Bank, which has branch offices in Gentry and Gravette, marking half a century of success with a unique leadership structure and banking philosophy that has fostered rapid expansion while retaining nationally recognized levels of customer service and convenience.

Quilt show entries sought

posted: 05/25/2011 3:55 a.m.

Quilt entries for Grove’s 2011 Quilt Show, to be held July 2, 3 and 4, are being sought by the Grand Lake O’the Cherokees Quilt Guild. Entry forms are due June 1 with actual drop off of quilts on June 30. Quilt entries are open to anyone and quilts may have been made by someone other than the exhibitor.

SOSU honor roll announced

posted: 05/25/2011 3:54 a.m.

Two students from Gravette were named to the Honor’s List at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford for the spring semester.

Shining Stars

posted: 05/25/2011 3:51 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate and Primary Schools

Smartt receives scholarships to attend Dale Bumpers

posted: 05/25/2011 3:50 a.m.

Alden Smartt, a 2006 graduate of Gentry High School, received two scholarships to attend Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

Poemoceah awarded $1,000 scholarship

posted: 05/25/2011 3:49 a.m.

Gravette High School senior R. Daniel Poemoceah was one of six Benton County seniors awarded scholarships by Live On Stage of NWA.

Local Harding graduates

posted: 05/25/2011 3:48 a.m.

Three Harding University students from Gravette were among the 700 graduates at commencement exercises May 14 at the university located in Searcy. Bradley Houtchens graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing.

Westside Senior Center Menus

posted: 05/25/2011 3:47 a.m.

May 30 — June 3 Gravette Monday: Closed - Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 18

Retiree shares love of instruments

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

Jeff Davis created his first instrument when he was just five years old, living in Mendocino County, California. “I built a guitar from an old pie tin and strung it with some rubber bands,” Davis said.

Tired Iron receives exemption from property taxes

posted: 05/18/2011 10:14 a.m.

Tired Iron of the Ozarks received word on May 10 that the club’s show grounds would not be subject to Benton County property taxes.

Gentry store closes

posted: 05/18/2011 10:14 a.m.

Sadly, patrons of Curran Feed Store in Gentry did not find business as usual on Monday, with customers coming and going and buying the feeds and supplies they need for their horses and livestock. Instead, there was a handwritten note on the door from Larry and Lou Ann Curran advising customers that the store had closed. The note listed the current economy and high grain prices as the cause of the business closure.

Austin announces retirement

posted: 05/18/2011 10:12 a.m.

Decatur State Bank president Vernon Austin recently announced he’s retiring at the end of May.

Heart attack called apparent cause of Gravette accident

posted: 05/18/2011 10:11 a.m.

A Pea Ridge man was discovered in his pickup after it left the road east of Gravette last Tuesday evening.

Gravette's pool to open June 3

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

The Gravette pool is filled with water and opening date is planned for Friday, June 3, according to an announcement at Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

City to receive school's playground equipment

posted: 05/18/2011 10:09 a.m.

Three pieces of unused playground equipment at the former Decatur Elementary School will be given to the city to expand the playground in Veterans Park.

Boston wastewater operator of the year

posted: 05/18/2011 10:08 a.m.

James Boston, Decatur’s public works director, was named the Arkansas wastewater operator of the year for towns with a population of less than 5,000.

Old Gravette Hospital demolition

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

Backhoes have made short work of the old Gravette Medical Center Hospital building during the past few days.

Work on Bella Vista Bypass starts

posted: 05/18/2011 10:04 a.m.

A three mile stretch of two-lane road isn’t the end of 20 years of planning for the Bella Vista bypass, Highway Commissioner Dick Trammel said. It’s just the beginning.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE Taking some preemptive strikes

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

On the tractor is not my most desired spot to see my place and the thistles that have been so carefully watered and fertilized. I find myself having a killer instinct when I am mowing the nasty things to the ground. I enjoy the sight of them turning yellow in the pasture, knowing I have done them in. It is with great delight I look back and see none of the noxious weeds in the wake of my brush hog!

Truck wreck slows traffic

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

Gravette police officers assisted the Arkansas State Police at a two vehicle accident at the north edge of Gravette on Highway 59 last Friday evening.

New hair stylist comes to Salon Revelation

posted: 05/18/2011 9:59 a.m.

A new hair stylist is now assisting April Hendren in serving patrons at Salon Revelation, located on Gentry Blvd. (Arkansas Highway 59) across from Marvin’s Foods in Gentry.

Royce Johnson honored by Chamber of Commerce

posted: 05/18/2011 9:56 a.m.

Chamber of Commerce President Royce Johnson and his wife Jean were presented with a lifetime award for community service from the City of Decatur and the Chamber of Commerce.

Twenty-one students receive diplomas on Friday

posted: 05/18/2011 9:53 a.m.

Twenty-one students from the class of 2011 graduated from Decatur High School during the commencement ceremony held in the Lloyd Peterson Gymnasium on Friday evening.

Class of 2011 receives diplomas in Fayetteville graduation ceremonies

posted: 05/18/2011 9:50 a.m.

Ninety-nine seniors received their diplomas at the Gentry High School graduation ceremonies Monday night in the Barnhill Arena on the University of Arkansas campus at Fayetteville.

Graduation set for Saturday

posted: 05/18/2011 9:50 a.m.

One hundred eleven Gravette High School seniors will receive their graduation diplomas Saturday at 10 a.m. in a ceremony at Lion Stadium, weather permitting. In case of rain the program will be held in the competition gym.

Walmart could open by Aug. 31

posted: 05/18/2011 9:49 a.m.

Representatives from Walmart shared information about the new Walmart Express planned for Gravette at the recent meeting of the Gravette Chamber of Commerce.

Gravette Post Office collects 600 pounds of food

posted: 05/18/2011 9:48 a.m.

Almost 600 pounds of food were collected by the Gravette Post Office and its workers last Saturday during “Stamp Out Hunger Day,” a nationwide project of the Postal Service.

ADH Medicaid letter a tech glitch

posted: 05/18/2011 9:47 a.m.

Many patients of Ozarks Community Hospital have received an incorrect letter from the Arkansas Department of Human Services saying that Dr. David Tucker is no longer a Medicaid provider.

County contributes to ambulance services

posted: 05/18/2011 9:46 a.m.

Benton County spent $100,000 on rural ambulance service with no solution in sight to the problem of cities spending their money serving county residents.

FEMA assistance available to victims

posted: 05/18/2011 9:45 a.m.

The Benton County Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security continues to direct response and recovery efforts from flooding which occurred last month, according to Robert T.

2nd Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run

posted: 05/18/2011 9:37 a.m.

More than 125 riders and 88 bikes attended event and raised $2,000 for the Arkansas Children's Hospital


posted: 05/18/2011 9:22 a.m.

Area Community Announcements and Upcoming Events

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Do we offer flowery speeches or tell our graduates the truth?

posted: 05/18/2011 9:19 a.m.

It’s graduation time once again and large numbers of seniors are taking that huge step out into the world — whether it be going away to a college or technical school, entering the job market, serving in the military or getting married and starting a new family. And there will be ceremonies and flowery speeches, exalting the work students have already completed and painting pictures of them achieving all their dreams.

OFF THE CUFF Think about those who encouraged you along the way

posted: 05/18/2011 9:18 a.m.

This is the time of year when pundits write and talk about graduation and what it means to graduating seniors, their parents, their teachers and, of course, the general public for paying the taxes that have made it all possible.

SUSAN SAYS Reflections on the month of May

posted: 05/18/2011 9:14 a.m.

We’re well into the “merry month” of May and although we’re having a spell of unseasonably cool weather, we’ve had some nice warm days and the yard and garden are responding. Several varieties of iris are still blooming, the lovely purple wisteria on the cellar has begun to blossom and the honeysuckle in the fence row is flowering.


posted: 05/18/2011 9:13 a.m.

Editor, Thank you for publishing the story, “Rescue turns to mayday,” about the Highfill Swiftwater Rescue Team pulling 16 people to safety on the Illinois River.


posted: 05/18/2011 9:13 a.m.

May 18, 2011


posted: 05/18/2011 9:12 a.m.

“The LORD is my shepherd ; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

DHS soccer team plays in state game

posted: 05/18/2011 9:09 a.m.

The Bulldogs lost 8-0 to Arkansas Baptist at the state tournament in Jonesboro on Friday.

Girls fight to end in state playoffs

posted: 05/18/2011 9:05 a.m.

Gravette’s Lady Lions fought to the end in the 4A state softball tournament Monday, but Coach Taos Jones' girls, who made it to the semi-finals, dropped a 9-5 heartbreaker to Ashdown.

Pioneer Basketball Camps planned

posted: 05/18/2011 9:04 a.m.

The 2011 Pioneer Basketball Camps are coming up and registrations are being accepted.

New school records set

posted: 05/18/2011 8:59 a.m.

Kevin Scherer set a new school record of 146 feet, 7 inches and placed second in the discus throw during state competition earlier this month.

Gravette 'Lions' Golf Classic benefits school

posted: 05/18/2011 8:58 a.m.

The Gravette “Lions” Golf Classic results for 2011 follow.

17 GHS students honored

posted: 05/18/2011 8:57 a.m.

Seventeen Gravette High School students received the “Arkansas Student Achievement Award” from the Arkansas ACT Council for their performance on the PLAN (Pre-ACT ) Assessment.

Photo contest winner

posted: 05/18/2011 8:56 a.m.

Austin Moss, junior at Gentry High School, won a second-place award in the animal-wildlife category at the Caddo River Art Guild Photography Contest in Arkadelphia.

Fairmount Cemetery Assoc. to hold meeting

posted: 05/18/2011 8:55 a.m.

The Fairmount Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, May 29, at the Fairmount Community Building.

Gravette schools busy as end of year nears

posted: 05/18/2011 8:54 a.m.

As the end of school, June 2, approaches in Gravette Public Schools, many events are being scheduled for the various classes and departments.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 05/18/2011 8:54 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of May 9-13 are: Kindergarten — Austin Deason, Jonathan Ward, Destiny Shaw, Alyssa McCarty, Clark Morris and Tyson Vang; First Grade — Chuyee Lor, Ana Ruiz, Jimmy Steward, Whitney Fox and Seth McGhee; and Second Grade — Madison Byrom, Ryan Vang, Nixie Vang, Brennan Crosby and Channing Babb.

Alsup named to student alumni board

posted: 05/18/2011 8:50 a.m.

Jacy Alsup, an agriculture business and marketing freshman from Gravette, has been named to the Oklahoma State University Student Alumni Board for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Edwards, Netzel plan May wedding

posted: 05/18/2011 8:47 a.m.

Michelle Edwards of Sacramento, Calif., and Jordan Netzel of Gentry have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 05/18/2011 8:46 a.m.

May 23 - 27


posted: 05/18/2011 8:45 a.m.

We had a little change in temperature over the weekend. It seemed almost like fall on Sunday. Guess we had better enjoy it. Summer is getting close.


posted: 05/18/2011 8:44 a.m.

Sunday, May 29, is the annual Memorial Day celebration at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Sulphur Springs reunion planned

posted: 05/18/2011 8:43 a.m.

Plans are shaping up for the Sulphur Springs All-School Reunion which will be held Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, according to Jimmy Brown and Joe Mills, organizers of the event.

Alsup receives scholarships

posted: 05/18/2011 8:43 a.m.

Jacy Alsup, of Gravette, a freshman at Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, has been awarded two scholarships from the Agricultural Economics Department of that university.

Survey takers needed for DNE principal's recertification

posted: 05/18/2011 8:41 a.m.

Parents and community members are asked to take a short online survey about the Decatur Northside Elementary school as part of principal Leslie Sharp’s recertification process with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The National Board Certification if a prestigious advanced teaching credential. Sharp has been a certified teacher and principal for a number of years.

Colorful birds visit Eagle Watch

posted: 05/18/2011 8:38 a.m.

Birds caught on tape.

Wednesday, May 11

Ambulance purchase OK'd Sunday

posted: 05/11/2011 11:51 p.m.

In a special meeting Sunday afternoon, the Gravette City Council okayed the purchase of two ambulance units to replace the city’s two units which are requiring increasing maintenance costs.

Bonus or raise? Gentry teachers get to decide

posted: 05/11/2011 11:48 p.m.

School board members unanimously approved giving a 3 percent raise to the school’s classified employees and adding a step 20 to the salary scale but balked on an initial recommendation to give certified staff a $500 per year raise for next year.

Redesigned horseless carriage seen cruising Gravette streets

posted: 05/11/2011 11:46 p.m.

A new “horseless carriage” has been cruising around Gravette streets the past few days, the brainstorm of a local man who is at the controls of the three-wheeler.

Chief works to lower Gentry's ISO rating

posted: 05/11/2011 11:45 p.m.

A lower ISO rating for the Gentry Fire Department could mean lower insurance premiums for residents of the Gentry Fire District, and even more important to the community would be the potential for preventing more losses in both lives and property from fires, but obtaining those goals won't be easy for the department or the city.

Groups organize work days to beautify, feed the community

posted: 05/11/2011 11:44 p.m.

Three years ago, a small group of people were sitting around a kitchen table wondering what they could do to help feed a community in need during the recession.

Seniors invited to 'Super Noggin'

posted: 05/11/2011 11:43 p.m.

Area senior citizens are invited to attend a “Super Noggin” program Tuesday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Billy V.

Board approves gym seating

posted: 05/11/2011 11:42 p.m.

School board members unanimously approved a bid to replace the home bleachers at the Gentry High School gym and repaint the facility, including the gym ceiling and locker rooms.

Decatur pool to open on May 31

posted: 05/11/2011 11:42 p.m.

Repairs on the Decatur swimming pool are complete and it is set to open on May 31, Mayor Charles Linam told the council at Monday’s meeting. The Decatur pool has been closed since the summer of 2008. Linam presented the council with proposed hours of operation and prices for admission at the meeting. The pool will be open from noon until 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and will stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursday for family night.

Two arrested with meth lab in hotel

posted: 05/11/2011 11:40 p.m.

Two area residents were arrested on drug charges Thursday after methamphetamine labs were found in a hotel room in which they were staying, police said.

Gentry man charged with rape

posted: 05/11/2011 11:39 p.m.

Oscar Hernandez, 27, of Gentry was arrested April 29 on charges that he had sex with a girl while she was 12 and then 13 years of age

Gravette man arrested for drugs

posted: 05/11/2011 11:39 p.m.

James H. Gladden, of Gravette, was arrested Friday, May 6, on a parole violation. During the arrest narcotics were found in Gladden’s possession.

Chamber honors students

posted: 05/11/2011 11:37 p.m.

Three Decatur High School seniors — valedictorian Ashley Lor, salutatorian Casey Yang and honor student Mitchell Nelson — were recognized for their academic achievements during the annual Chamber of Commerce Honors Banquet on Monday.

Flooding destroys Decatur bridge

posted: 05/11/2011 11:37 p.m.

April's record floods destroyed the Third Street bridge over Decatur Branch Creek last week and it may be some time before the bridge is replaced, according to mayor Charles Linam.

Boys and Girls Club summer enrollment

posted: 05/11/2011 11:36 p.m.

The Boys and Girls Club of Western Benton County, Gravette Unit, is now taking enrollments for its Summer Program.

1,335 pounds of coins collected in Penny War

posted: 05/11/2011 11:35 p.m.

Margaret Martin's class at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette was winner of the "Great April Penny War'' to raise funds for St.

Benton County eligible for relief

posted: 05/11/2011 11:34 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services announced Monday that eight Arkansas counties, including Benton County, are eligible to receive Disaster Food Assistance (SNAP) relief.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS Hoping county judge will plow under Tired Iron tax woes

posted: 05/11/2011 11:33 p.m.

I have been told that Benton County Judge Robert Clinard is scheduled to hear Tired Iron of the Ozark’s request for relief from property taxes at 10 a.m., May 16, in the Benton County Quorum Courtroom located on the third floor of the Administration Building, 215 E.

Bunnies teach recycling

posted: 05/11/2011 11:31 p.m.

Children in Glenn Duffy Elementary School were visited by seven cousins of the Easter Bunny at the monthly Rise-n-Shine assembly last week. The seven Gravette High School students, members of the forensics class, demonstrated to the children the importance of recycling.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE Seeing my offspring honor their mother is enough

posted: 05/11/2011 11:30 p.m.

The day of the year that we are to celebrate the mothers of our lives has come and gone as have many of our mothers. Even death can’t keep us from celebrating our long lost mothers, and I do remember and honor mine. She was the saint of my life and of my Pappy’s life too.


posted: 05/11/2011 11:29 p.m.

Editor, We would like to share with your readers the following letter sent to Carl Handley at the Flint Creek Power Plant: “On Saturday, April 30, the Outdoor Adventures 4-H club went to the Eagle Watch and Nature Area.

Down with the old ....

posted: 05/11/2011 11:26 p.m.

The long arm of a backhoe last week began demolition of the old Gravette Medical Center Hospital, making room for a new Walmart Express store which will open on the site in late summer.

'Totally Awesome'

posted: 05/11/2011 11:25 p.m.

Members of the Gravette High School choir practice a routine for their "Totally Awesome 80s Concert" which will be presented at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the GHS performing arts center. Directed by Rachel Galloway, the program will include a choreographed "Thriller" dance. There is no admission fee.


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Area Public Meetings


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June 11, 2011

Teachers appreciated

posted: 05/11/2011 11:18 p.m.

Teachers were shown extra appreciation last week at Gentry Primary School with special lunches, donuts, drinks and a daily prize giveaway, all sponsored by area businesses. Everyone in the Gentry Primary Building was given a Gentry Primary School T-shirt. The teachers and staff posed for a photo in their shirts.

Gravette honors high school teachers

posted: 05/11/2011 11:17 p.m.

Five Gravette High School teachers were honored by their students for “making a difference in their lives” at a teacher’s appreciation reception. More than 80 area educators were honored. Each student had written a statement as to why they had chosen this particular teacher.

Bulldogs defeat Eureka and qualify for state

posted: 05/11/2011 11:17 p.m.

The Decatur boys’ soccer team is on its way to the state 4A tournament after beating Eureka Springs 3-2 on Thursday.

First Baptist youth participate in State Bible Drills

posted: 05/11/2011 11:16 p.m.

First Baptist Church Bible Drill Teams participated in the State Bible Drill in Conway on Saturday, April 30. All four students on the Children’s Bible Drill Team passed, with Abigail Proctor, Daniel Estes and Evan Folker receiving perfect scores.

Support sought for cemetery upkeep

posted: 05/11/2011 11:15 p.m.

Those with relatives buried in the Gamble Cemetery and who are interested in the upkeep of the cemetery may send donations to Marie Curtis Garrison, 1816 Shelby Ave., Springdale, AR 72762, or to Betsy Keith Meek, 20658 W. Hwy. 72, Gravette, AR 72736.

Lions end season, Lady Lions headed for state

posted: 05/11/2011 11:14 p.m.

Gravette Lions baseball team ended its season Friday at the 4A North Regional tournament in Ozark.

DNE students celebrate International Week

posted: 05/11/2011 11:14 p.m.

Photos of the International Week Festivities

Three Decatur students place in state track meet in Fort Smith

posted: 05/11/2011 11:13 p.m.

Sophomore Evan Owens tied for third place in the pole vault event at the 2A State Track Meet in Fort Smith on Thursday.


posted: 05/11/2011 11:12 p.m.

“And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?“ Luke 24:30-32 (Read Luke 24:13-43 ) \

All-Conference Players

posted: 05/11/2011 11:11 p.m.

Six Decatur students were honored at the April 18 school board meeting for achieving all conference honors in basketball. Senior Mitchell Nelson and Sienna Shaw were named all-conference players.

Decatur's Bulldog Allstars

posted: 05/11/2011 11:08 p.m.

Decatur’s Bulldog Allstars for the week of April 25 through 29 are

Questers donate braided rugs

posted: 05/11/2011 11:04 p.m.

Members of the Butterfield Trails Questers Chapter 949 in Bella Vista delivered two hand-braided rugs to the Gravette Historical Museum recently.

Westside Senior Menus

posted: 05/11/2011 11:03 p.m.

May 16-20

Maysville E.H. Club meets to learn about home-grown eating

posted: 05/11/2011 11:02 p.m.

The Maysville E. H. Club met at the Maysville Community Center April 28 with 10 members present.


posted: 05/11/2011 11:02 p.m.

We are sure having nice weather. Hope all mothers had a great Mother’s Day.


posted: 05/11/2011 11 p.m.

The Gravette Public Library will be undergoing a little face lift. We have approval through our mayor and city council to look at bids from carpet companies for the possibility of new carpet in the Main Area, Computer Room, Reference Room and Staff & Directors Room. We are also doing some work behind the library.


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Area Community Events and Announcements

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 05/11/2011 10:59 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for the week of May 2-6 are: Third Grade — Alexis Castaneda, Blake Wilkinson, Isaac Higgs, Brandon Swinney, Ben Nelson and Douglas Selent; Fourth Grade — Lauren Folger, Cha Chi Vang, Chrisian Davis, Madison Bunch, Holden Williams, Gavin Taylor and Trent Blair; Fifth Grade — Bailee Leroy, Mason Clark, Tanner Christie, Lawrence Caro, Matthew Nance and Trey Walden.


posted: 05/11/2011 10:59 p.m.

I’m sorry. I was wrong on the date for the postal service food pickup. It is Saturday, the 14th. So if you forgot last Saturday, you have another chance.

Gentry T-Shirt winners

posted: 05/11/2011 10:59 p.m.

The Character Education T-Shirt winners at Gentry Intermediate School for the month of April are

LOOKING BACK Finding story ideas for the newspaper

posted: 05/11/2011 12:06 a.m.

Since I’ve been writing newspaper columns over 20 years, I get ideas from many different places and times. I type these impressions in a computer file, and that begins my article. Sometimes, though, I don’t have enough information to make as many words as I need, so I’ll share some of those "short" ideas I’ve come up with through the years.

Wednesday, May 4

Rescue turns to mayday

posted: 05/04/2011 9:21 p.m.

With six people and two dogs in an inflatable Zodiac swift-water rescue boat, team leader Kevin Higgins could not know that disaster lurked seconds away.

Poker run set Saturday

posted: 05/04/2011 9:20 p.m.

Bikers and firefighters will be riding to help sick kids during the Second Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run, planned for Saturday. All proceeds from the event, sponsored by the Decatur Fire Department, will be donated to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, according to fire chief David Flynt.

Gentry to participate in early stage of new teacher evaluation system

posted: 05/04/2011 9:19 p.m.

The Gentry Public School District will be participating in Phase One of a new Arkansas Teacher Evaluation System, enabling the district to become acquainted with the new system before it becomes mandatory on July 1, 2012.

Planting for wildlife

posted: 05/04/2011 9:18 p.m.

Matthew Nance, 11, was one of about 20 children and adults from the Gentry Outdoor Adventures 4-H Club who came out to the Eagle Watch Nature Area on Saturday to plant host and nectar plants for pollinators, put the butterfly garden "back together" after the flood and weed most of the flower beds.

Gravette hires new engineering firm

posted: 05/04/2011 9:17 p.m.

A Bentonville engineering firm, EGIS Engineering, is being retained by the city to develop a plan to solve Gravette’s wastewater treatment plant problem.

Midwife observes Mother’s Day year round

posted: 05/04/2011 9:15 p.m.

Joy Coonfield’s driveway is long, and women coming down the gravel lane for their regular prenatal visits are sometimes stopped by grazing cows. Even with the rough patches, over a hundred expecting mothers have made the journey until their labor pains started, and Joy came By Leslie Olson to their homes.

Leaking gas meter sparks evacuation

posted: 05/04/2011 9:10 p.m.

Several homes on Sunset Drive in Gravette were evacuated Saturday afternoon when a broken gas meter starting spewing natural gas.

Decatur chamber and Assembly of God hold Easter egg hunts

posted: 05/04/2011 9:09 p.m.

A week's delay due to rain didn't dampen the fun

Culinary class cooks up fund-raising project

posted: 05/04/2011 9:08 p.m.

To raise money for students to attend a national competition this summer, the Culinary Arts Class at Gravette High School is taking orders for their homemade casseroles, including lasagna bolognese, chicken enchiladas, jumbo stuffed shells and macaroni and cheese.

Paper checks to be retired

posted: 05/04/2011 9:07 p.m.

Announcement was made last Wednesday that the U.S. Department of the Treasury is retiring the paper Social Security checks for millions of baby boomers and others applying for federal benefits, a move that will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years.

OBITUARIES Harold Dean Heath

posted: 05/04/2011 9:06 p.m.

Harold Dean Heath, 65, of Gravette, died Monday, April 25, 2011, at his home.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS How about we go back to 55?

posted: 05/04/2011 9:06 p.m.

With gas prices beginning to soar up near the $4 mark, some may again begin promoting the return of a nationwide 55 mile per hour speed limit because of the fuel savings which accompany driving a bit slower, and I wouldn't be adverse to it.

SUSAN SAYS Pomp, pageantry and Mother's Day

posted: 05/04/2011 9:05 p.m.

Friday was the much anticipated royal wedding and the world eagerly watched as two young Britons took their vows and a “commoner” became a duchess.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE I should have had more sense

posted: 05/04/2011 9:03 p.m.

OK, I can handle part of the blame but, just so you know, I was not the only cattleman praying for rain!

Highfill discovers mobile meth lab

posted: 05/04/2011 9 p.m.

Michael Smith, 34, of Elkins, and Ashton Presley, 21, of Centerton, were arrested April 10 after a mobile meth lab was found in their vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in Highfill.

Bids accepted for streets, HVAC system

posted: 05/04/2011 8:59 p.m.

City council members, on Monday, approved the low bid of $87,932 for proposed street work to be done this spring and summer, mostly in the northwest quadrant of the city.

Two-hour parking ordinance adopted

posted: 05/04/2011 8:58 p.m.

After pleas from two Gentry business owners, the city council amended its proposed parking ordinance rather than pass it on its third and final reading and then passed the amended ordinance on three readings with a single vote.

JGT Club meets to discuss signs for deaf children

posted: 05/04/2011 8:54 p.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Wednesday, April 27, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with five members and one guest, Charlie Griffin, present. President Jeanne Hubbard opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance to the flag and the singing of “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” .

Local post office to participate in national 'Stamp Out Hunger' Day

posted: 05/04/2011 8:54 p.m.

Saturday, May 14, has been designated “Stamp Out Hunger” Day by the National Association of Letter Carriers who, on that day, will collect food for local food banks and food pantries.


posted: 05/04/2011 8:52 p.m.

National Day of Prayer Gentry Ministerial Alliance has planned for the 60th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5, with First Baptist Church hosting a prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. Food will be provided by several Gentry churches.


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Area Public Meetings

'Wonder Tour' coming

posted: 05/04/2011 8:47 p.m.

A team of 40 students, along with adult leaders, will descend on Sulphur Springs the week of June 12-17 to work on service projects to help make the community better.

Butterflies released

posted: 05/04/2011 8:45 p.m.

Mrs. Cordiero's second grade class at Gentry Primary School experienced the life cycle of a butterfly.

Library expands memberships

posted: 05/04/2011 8:44 p.m.

The Gravette Public Library reports exciting news. At its last meeting, the library commission voted to extend library membership to all living in Benton County to accommodate the many patrons coming in from other towns.


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Happy Mother’s Day to you mothers out there.


posted: 05/04/2011 8:43 p.m.

We have had some nice days this week after all the rain. Sunday was a rainy day but not bad.

Decatur school to offer international experience May 5

posted: 05/04/2011 8:42 p.m.

Walking down the halls of Decatur’s Northside Elementary is a little like a tour of the world this week.

Britton is finalist in scholarship program

posted: 05/04/2011 8:36 p.m.

Gravette High School senior Kaitlynn Britton has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program, according to Michelle Robbins, director of educational services for the program.

Lions take first, second in district

posted: 05/04/2011 8:34 p.m.

After a week of rains and rain delays, the 4A-1 district track meet concluded on a sunny Thursday afternoon at Gravette High School, with eight teams participating in the men's events and seven in the women's.

Gentry finishes season

posted: 05/04/2011 8:32 p.m.

Gentry hosted the Berryville Lady Bobcats Tuesday for a welcome win.

Four headed to state

posted: 05/04/2011 8:29 p.m.

Four Decatur High School track team members — Brittany Booth, Logan Jamison, Evan Owens and Trey Kell — are headed to the state track meet.

Lady Lions in running for district champions

posted: 05/04/2011 8:26 p.m.

Gravette Lady Lions softball team were to meet the Farmington Lady Cardinals in the District 4A-1 tournament finals Tuesday afternoon.

Signing to play ball

posted: 05/04/2011 8:25 p.m.

Gentry senior Kevin Scherer signed a scholarship contract Monday to attend College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., and play basketball at the four-year college.

Position change suits Meeker

posted: 05/04/2011 8:24 p.m.

Prior to this year, Kyndra Meeker was a left-handed shortstop.

Choir to perform

posted: 05/04/2011 8:21 p.m.

Gravette High School choir will present its “Totally Awesome 80s Concert” Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m., at the GHS Performing Arts Center.

Soccer teams going to state

posted: 05/04/2011 8:20 p.m.

The Gentry girls’ soccer team advanced to state play and will play at the state tournament in Valley View at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

Babe Ruth team wins big in play

posted: 05/04/2011 8:19 p.m.

Gravette entered the 13-14 year old Babe Ruth League as underdogs, said Shane Pruitt, but the team is drilling through the competition as top dogs with a mid-season record of 7 wins with a lone loss, including a three-game winning streak the past week.

TOPS honored

posted: 05/04/2011 8:16 p.m.

TOPS AR #113, Gentry, members attended State Recognition Days in Rogers, on April 8 and 9. TOPS is a national organization for taking off pounds sensibly.

4-H club serves community

posted: 05/04/2011 8:15 p.m.

Outdoor Adventures 4-H Club completed several community service projects and fundraisers during the month of April.

Baseball Scholarship

posted: 05/04/2011 8:13 p.m.

Dustin Torres, senior at Gentry High School, pictured with parents Tammy and Ernesto Torres, sister Marcela Torres and Crowley's Ridge College baseball coach Paul McFadden (standing), signed to play baseball for the Pioneers of Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould on April 25.

Gravette PAWS announced

posted: 05/04/2011 8:12 p.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary at Gravette announces PAWS Students for the month of May.

Westside Senior Menus

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Week of May 9 - 13

Meek and Rambadt selected to attend Boys State

posted: 05/04/2011 8:10 p.m.

Two Gravette High School juniors have been selected to attend Boys State at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway later this month, according to an announcement by the Gravette American Legion Post number 25. Brandon Meek, son of Mike and Betsy Meek, and Eric J. Rambadt, son of John and Amy Rambadt, will attend week long activities on the university campus where they will participate in learning the duties of officials in local, county and state government. Their stay will include a visit to the State Capitol in Little Rock. Former Arkansas Governor and President Bill Clinton was a past delegate to Boys State which has provided lessons in the workings of government to hundreds of Arkansas boys. J. R. Gibbs, Post 25 Adjutant, said the Legion is thankful for the sponsorships of the Bank of Gravett and Arvest Bank of Gravette. GHS Counselor Shannon Mitchell has been instrumental in the success of the program at GHS for several years, Gibbs said.

Alsup to celebrate 90th

posted: 05/04/2011 8:09 p.m.

Friends and family are invited to a reception in honor of Christine Alsup of Gravette on the occasion of her 90th birthday. The drop-in event will be held Sunday, May 8, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church in Gravette.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 05/04/2011 8:09 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary and Intermediate Schools for the week of April 25-29 are:

Decatur's Bulldog Allstars

posted: 05/04/2011 8:06 p.m.

Bulldog Allstars announced.