Wednesday, November 30

Huge crowd opposes annexation

posted: 11/30/2011 2:17 a.m.

What some estimated to be nearly 200 Hiwasse area residents were jammed into that community’s fire station meeting room Monday evening to voice their displeasure with Bella Vista.

Technology is new wave in education

posted: 11/30/2011 2:17 a.m.

Educating through technology is a focus of the Gentry School system and was clearly an emphasis at the Nov. 21 school board meeting.

Card campaign helps children in need

posted: 11/30/2011 2:16 a.m.

A community of nurses, teachers and counselors are there to help when a child lacking proper clothing or having hygiene needs walks through the doors of a school in the Eagle Observer coverage area, and readers can help in that effort.

Bank announces new management team

posted: 11/30/2011 2:15 a.m.

Decatur State Bank and its board of directors have assembled a new management team with over 177 years of combined banking experience and deeply committed to the mission and values of its banking organization — a team committed to community involvement and its homegrown roots.

Ben explains new Standards

posted: 11/30/2011 2:15 a.m.

Common Core Standards will help students have a deeper understanding of the basics, superintendent Larry Ben told the Decatur School Board at the Nov. 21 meeting.

Couple arrested for abuse

posted: 11/30/2011 2:13 a.m.

A Gentry couple serving as foster parents was arrested for allegedly abusing a 3-year-old girl in their care.

GMS listed as high performing school

posted: 11/30/2011 2:13 a.m.

The National Center for Educational Achievement's annual list of higher performing schools released earlier this month recognizes Arkansas public schools that are most successful at preparing students for college and careers, and Gentry Middle School was included in that list.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: West-side city vanished away

posted: 11/30/2011 2:10 a.m.

It’s hard for me to fathom how what once was the biggest town in western Benton County could disappear, and almost without a trace. Other area towns have disappeared as well, but none were so prominent. Yes, it’s true. Double Springs once boasted a population bigger than any other city in western Benton County with the possible exception of Maysville.

Eagle Observer : CORRECTION

posted: 11/30/2011 2:09 a.m.

The Westside Eagle Observer incorrectly reported, in the Nov. 23 article “Officers to be enrolled in LOPFI,” that Decatur Police Officers hold an average of $15,000 each in their 401K plans. In fact, four of the six officers hold a total of $96,000 in their 401K plans.


posted: 11/30/2011 2:08 a.m.

November 30, 2011

Bridge project hearing set

posted: 11/30/2011 2:08 a.m.

A second required public hearing concerning the Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program Community Development Project in the town of Springtown, will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13, at Springtown City Hall, 12055 Wasson Road, Springtown.

Nurse from Gravette helps open Marshallese clinic

posted: 11/30/2011 2:07 a.m.

A nurse, whose roots are from Gravette, has played an important role in the opening of a new outreach clinic for the Marshallese community in Springdale.

Marshallese came because of overcrowding, but life here is challenging

posted: 11/30/2011 2:07 a.m.

Sandy Hainline-Williams, a nurse from Gravette who has spent the past 10 years working with the Marshallese people in the Springdale area, explained to the Eagle Observer some of the challenges of the healthrelated program. Her words were spoken softly, with compassion and understanding, as she painted a tragic picture of a people who came to America — Springdale — because of overpopulation of their Pacific home.

'Love Lights a Tree" still accepting gifts

posted: 11/30/2011 2:06 a.m.

Contributions are still being accepted for the annual “Love Lights a Tree” project in Centennial Park, according to Mary Beth Mitchell, local project coordinator.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Thanksgiving, the best holiday of the year

posted: 11/30/2011 2:04 a.m.

I am singing a little ditty about flaming turkey wings today! And I love every minute of it, pat my belly and roll my eyes at the dandy taste of that bird. I am still thankful for the feast and all that went with it! I hope you fellers are too!

SUSAN SAYS: Bidding farewell to Thanksgiving

posted: 11/30/2011 2:03 a.m.

Thanksgiving is past and today another November slips into the history books.


posted: 11/30/2011 2:02 a.m.

Editor, Mayors of Bentonville, Centerton, Gravette and Sulphur Springs, this month the Bella Vista City Council will present their second reading of their proposal to annex the community of Hiwasse. It is very obvious that the residents of Hiwasse are vehemently opposed to this idea.


posted: 11/30/2011 2:02 a.m.

Area Church and Community Events

Students get taste of legislative process

posted: 11/30/2011 2 a.m.

Five Decatur High School students got a taste of the state’s legislative process after participating in the Arkansas Student Congress Program Nov. 6-8.


posted: 11/30/2011 1:59 a.m.

My Thanksgiving weekend guests have included Mr. and Mrs. Wade Carrier, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Carrier, Madison and Payson, Mr.

State Grant

posted: 11/30/2011 1:59 a.m.

State Representative Mary Lou Slinkard recently presented a $2,512.57 check to Mary Kay Kelley, director of the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center in Gravette.

Christmas Bazaar ongoing at Sulphur

posted: 11/30/2011 1:57 a.m.

The Sulphur Springs Community Museum’s Christmas bazaar is continuing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4 and 10 at the Little Green Building in the city park.

Lions' outstanding season has bittersweet ending

posted: 11/30/2011 1:57 a.m.

The Gravette Lions’ outstanding season came to an end Friday night at Lion Field when Pine Bluff Dollarway spoiled the Lions’ chance to advance to the state semifinals this week.

Lions topple West Fork

posted: 11/30/2011 1:55 a.m.

The Gravette Lions won their third consecutive game last Monday, Nov. 21, at Lion Fieldhouse when they defeated the West Fork Tigers 50-45.

Bulldogs fall to County Line

posted: 11/30/2011 1:54 a.m.

The Bulldogs lost the Nov. 22 4-2 A conference game against the County Line Indians 61-17.

Decatur students connect to South Carolina school

posted: 11/30/2011 1:53 a.m.

Technology has allowed the Decatur High School Advanced Placement English Literature classroom to expand all the way to Greenville, S.C.

Gentry schools come up short on state's AYP requirements

posted: 11/30/2011 1:52 a.m.

Adequate Yearly Progress information has been officially released and Gentry School District failed to meet the rising bar in a number of categories.

Performances scheduled at Gravette High School

posted: 11/30/2011 1:51 a.m.

Events scheduled at the Gravette High School Performing Arts Center during the remainder of the school year include the following : 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec.

'A Christmas Carol' to be presented by GHS drama class

posted: 11/30/2011 1:50 a.m.

Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” will be presented by the Gravette High School drama department at the Performing Arts Center this weekend.

More Fall Photos

posted: 11/30/2011 1:49 a.m.

Fall Colors in the Area

Wednesday, November 23

$12 million lost by DSB

posted: 11/23/2011 2:12 a.m.

Decatur State Bank, a Northwest Arkansas lender that has had some of the same leadership as failed ANB Financial of Rogers, lost about $7.5 million in the third quarter.

McKee Foods achieves 'Zero Landfill Waste'

posted: 11/23/2011 2:11 a.m.

In a throw-away society and at a time when most would not even consider such a daunting task, McKee Foods in Gentry found a better way and achieved an amazing goal: Zero landfill waste.

City seeks two grants

posted: 11/23/2011 2:09 a.m.

In two separate meetings, one of them a special meeting, the Gravette City Council approved resolutions seeking two state grants, one for additional improvements to the municipal swimming pool, the other for major improvements in Old Town Park.

Children at play save neighbor woman's life

posted: 11/23/2011 2:08 a.m.

An elderly lady, whose home is off Bethlehem Road northeast of Decatur, may owe her life to three children who were playing in the yard of her neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Josh Greer.

Hiwasse annexation proposal advances

posted: 11/23/2011 2:07 a.m.

The proposed annexation of three areas of land into Bella Vista city limits is moving forward, after the first of three required readings at Monday’s city council meeting.

Decatur trash bills to increase $0.54

posted: 11/23/2011 2:06 a.m.

Residents of Decatur will see a $0.54 increase on their water and trash bills next year. Mindy Becker, director of sales for Deffenbaugh of Arkansas, told the council her company will need a 5.5 percent increase for trash pick-up to cover rising fuel and landfill costs.

Decatur Fire Department Boot Drive raises $2,100 for MDA

posted: 11/23/2011 2:05 a.m.

Decatur fire chief David Flynt presented Karen Mills, fundraising coordinator for the Razorback Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, with a check for $2,138.37 on Nov. 15.

Decatur school bus in accident on 102

posted: 11/23/2011 2:04 a.m.

A Decatur school bus, loaded with children, was involved in a three vehicle pile-up on Arkansas Highway 102 east of Decatur Monday morning.

Eagle Observer : CORRECTION

posted: 11/23/2011 2:03 a.m.

The mayor of the city of Centerton, Bill Edwards, was listed incorrectly in a photo cutline, "Breakfast Meeting," on Page 7A of last week’s Eagle Observer. We regret and apologize for the error.

Gravette Christmas Parade to be Dec. 10

posted: 11/23/2011 2:02 a.m.

Gravette’s Christmas parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, according to the Gravette Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual event.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Why do people dump their dogs?

posted: 11/23/2011 2:01 a.m.

What prompted her abandonment is unknown.

A WALK IN THE PARK: A camping trip on 'Bad Hair Mountain'

posted: 11/23/2011 2:01 a.m.

After the trip to pick up our husbands turned out to be more than we bargained for, my sister Elaine and I decided that we wanted to be left out of it the next time they got a yearning for an adventure on the Ozark Highlands Trail.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Black cows on a dark night

posted: 11/23/2011 2 a.m.

Cattle on the highway, and it really doesn’t make any difference if they are mine or yours, the call came and we all needed to try to prevent a horrific accident. I dressed and was out the door pretty quick. I could see the blue lights flashing and then the eeriness of the sight made my stomach tighten up.


posted: 11/23/2011 2 a.m.

Editor, The Gentry Fire Department has fire-safety information available for the citizens and the public to pick up during normal business hours or on its website: www.gentryfire. org.

Dale visits Gravette

posted: 11/23/2011 1:58 a.m.

Dick Dale, who was known as “King of the Surf Guitar” in the 1960s, and his wife Lana visited in Gravette recently in the home of Jack and Susan Reeves and their sons Matt and Cole.

Chamber sets parade prizes, plans new website for city and chamber

posted: 11/23/2011 1:57 a.m.

The grand-prize-winning float for the Decatur Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, scheduled for Dec. 9, will win $100 cash, Chamber members decided at last week’s meeting.

Wooden Spoon moves

posted: 11/23/2011 1:54 a.m.

In a new facility built around the frame of a pre-1870 barn from Michigan, the Wooden Spoon Restaurant opened for business last week. It’s official opening was on Nov. 15 but a soft opening was held Nov. 14.


posted: 11/23/2011 1:53 a.m.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for ad submissions in next week's issue is 4 p.m. today, Nov. 23.

NWA Riding Club holds end of year celebration

posted: 11/23/2011 1:52 a.m.

NWA Riding Club members crowded the Decatur Community Building for the annual awards banquet on Saturday evening.


posted: 11/23/2011 1:50 a.m.

Area Church and Community Events and Announcements

Officers to be enrolled in LOPFI

posted: 11/23/2011 1:48 a.m.

There was little fuss on Monday as council members voted 5-1, at a brief 6-minute meeting, to enroll Decatur police officers in the Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System with back-pay.

Jolly Good Times Club meets, shares in Thanksgiving dinner

posted: 11/23/2011 1:47 a.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center with three members and two guests present.

Community Thanksgiving

posted: 11/23/2011 1:46 a.m.

The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored by nine cooperating churches, served an estimated 550 people. The dinner was held last Saturday at the Gravette High School commons where volunteers served the “turkey and all the trimmings” dinner from noon until two in the afternoon. It was the third annual event which brought many local churches together in preparing and serving the meal.

Gravette holds on for payoff win

posted: 11/23/2011 1:45 a.m.

Gravette football coach Bill Harrelson watched a sizable lead shrink Friday night, but he was still able to enjoy the 5 1/2-hour drive home.

New wrestling coach leans on returning senior wrestlers

posted: 11/23/2011 1:43 a.m.

A new coach joins several other new faces on the Gentry wrestling team this season, but the Pioneers return three state champions.

Ball fields to be named after Merrill Reynolds

posted: 11/23/2011 1:42 a.m.

School board members on Monday voted to proceed with plans to name the baseball/softball complex at Gentry High School after former school board member and coach Merrill Reynolds.

Gentry falls to Rogers

posted: 11/23/2011 1:41 a.m.

Gentry clawed and scratched in the first two quarters to match Rogers-Heritage point for point Friday night but the final two quarters were a different story.

Lady Pioneers defeat Lady Elks in game's final quarter

posted: 11/23/2011 1:40 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers got off to a slow start against the Lady Elks in Nov. 15 play at Elkins but outscored their opponents 27-7 in the fourth quarter to capture the victory, 52-38.

2012 Decatur 4-H Officers

posted: 11/23/2011 1:39 a.m.

The Decatur 4-H Club held its annual banquet and awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Farm Bureau art contest winners

posted: 11/23/2011 1:38 a.m.

Susan Anglin, chairwoman of the Benton County Farm Bureau’s women’s committee, presented $25 checks to the winners of the Decatur Northside Elementary Ag in the Classroom Coloring and Poster Contest.


posted: 11/23/2011 1:37 a.m.

Sunday was a cool, dreary day. The weatherman said we might get some storms and heavy rain. We don’t want the floods but rain would be welcome.


posted: 11/23/2011 1:37 a.m.

Have you got your pumpkin pies made and your turkey out of the freezer? Better get with it. Time’s running short.


posted: 11/23/2011 1:37 a.m.


Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 11/23/2011 1:36 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Nov. 14-18 are:


posted: 11/23/2011 12:31 a.m.

November 23, 2011

Wednesday, November 16

Will Hiwasse be swallowed up?

posted: 11/16/2011 2:47 a.m.

The future of Hiwasse, a community that has played an integral part in Benton County history for more than a century, may be in doubt if a plan announced by the city of Bella Vista is successful.

Panel opposes worker raises

posted: 11/16/2011 2:46 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace balked at raises for county employees Thursday, leaving work on the 2012 budget undone pending further discussion.

Online voting currently under way

posted: 11/16/2011 2:45 a.m.

Online voting continues through November in the Voice of McDonald’s contests and Kaylin Cripps, a local singer and employee of the Gentry McDonald’s, is averaging five stars in the voting.

Highfill begins budget work, hears of proposed water system

posted: 11/16/2011 2:44 a.m.

The city council, on Nov. 8, passed on its second reading an ordinance adding a definition for a concentrated animal feeding operation, on its first reading a city budget for 2012, and resolutions appointing Don Nash and Pam Harwell to the planning commission next year.

New building to house dog pound completed

posted: 11/16/2011 2:43 a.m.

The building for a new animal control facility in Decatur was completed last week.

Tickets on sale for dinner theater

posted: 11/16/2011 2:43 a.m.

Tickets for the Decatur Assembly of God Church’s annual Christmas dinner theater are now on sale, according to director Aimee Anderson.

Community Thanksgiving dinner set for this Saturday

posted: 11/16/2011 2:42 a.m.

Gravette’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held this Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Gravette High School cafeteria. Serving will be from noon until 2 p.m.

Police respond to rollover accident

posted: 11/16/2011 2:41 a.m.

Police worked a one-vehicle rollover accident on Oct. 25 which led to the driver being cited on numerous charges.

4-H Awards Banquet

posted: 11/16/2011 2:40 a.m.

Sarah Mills received a plaque for County Champion Award. The Benton County 4H Achievement Banquet was held Nov. 5 at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

Looking for building's origins

posted: 11/16/2011 2:39 a.m.

While the old "Snack Shack" building is in disrepair and appears to some an eyesore on Gentry's Main Street, it has great historical significance.


posted: 11/16/2011 2:38 a.m.

November 16, 2011

City in uproar over police retirement

posted: 11/16/2011 2:38 a.m.

Police officers confronted the Decatur city council on Monday asking to be enrolled in the Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System as required by state law and threatening a lawsuit if the city does not comply.

Building plans approved, special election called

posted: 11/16/2011 2:37 a.m.

The Gravette School Board, at its meeting Monday night, approved two construction projects, scheduled a special election and adopted a budget to finance the projects.


posted: 11/16/2011 2:36 a.m.

Area Church and Community Events

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Since when did carrying a pocket knife become criminal?

posted: 11/16/2011 2:33 a.m.

Whether the result is expulsion or not, I am rather appalled at the thought that simply possessing a folding pocket knife of any size at a school or school function could result in expulsion hearings in our public schools.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: A rogue calf can make life interesting

posted: 11/16/2011 2:32 a.m.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. And I mean it!

SUSAN SAYS: Things to brighten a darker month

posted: 11/16/2011 2:32 a.m.

November has brought the end of Daylight Savings Time so darkness closes in an hour earlier in the evenings and we settle in at home, gathering near the stove in the living room to watch the TV news and catch up on our reading.

FFA supporters resume meetings

posted: 11/16/2011 2:31 a.m.

Members of the Gravette FFA Supporters began meeting again in September after a summer break.

Local woman stuck on duct tape

posted: 11/16/2011 2:31 a.m.

Dona Young, owner of the Gentry business Creations by Dona Lee, is taking duct tape out of the shop and into the living room.

Council meeting rescheduled

posted: 11/16/2011 2:29 a.m.

Because of Thanksgiving, the Gravette City Council’s regular meeting scheduled Nov. 24 has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Gravette Civic Center.

Lions roar past Redskins

posted: 11/16/2011 2:28 a.m.

Gravette’s Lions picked up 158 yards from Darrick Strzelecki and soundly defeated Pocahontas, 30-8, in a penalty-filled game at Schoonover Stadium.

Basketball season getting under way

posted: 11/16/2011 2:26 a.m.

Gravette High School’s senior basketball schedule will continue “on schedule” except when the football team is involved in state play-off competition on Friday nights. This information comes from GHS athletic Director Norman Mitchell.

GSAC receives grant money

posted: 11/16/2011 2:24 a.m.

Gentry Senior Activity Center manager Jackie Bader receives an award letter from State Representative Mary Lou Slinkard on Nov. 1.

Dirt Raiders Finish in First

posted: 11/16/2011 2:23 a.m.

The Dirt Raiders ended their fall softball league season in first place.

GHS honors seniors, parents

posted: 11/16/2011 2:22 a.m.

Forty-two seniors at Gravette High School, participants in sports, cheerleading, band and other activities, were honored recently at Lion Field Parents and supporters met with the students at mid-field as they were recognized for their participation during the school year.


posted: 11/16/2011 12:32 a.m.

November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15

Gentry Primary School releases first quarter honor awards

posted: 11/15/2011 10:56 p.m.

Names of students at Gentry Primary School receiving honors for achievement and attendance were released last week.

Gravette PAWS

posted: 11/15/2011 10:42 p.m.

Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette who are recognized as PAWS (Paw-sitive and Wise Students) for the month of November are,

Character Education

posted: 11/15/2011 10:42 p.m.

T-shirt Winners at Gentry Intermediate School for the month of October are: Third Grade — Colby Young, Malinda Shepard, Alondra Tolly, Trevor Haynes and Natalie Yang; Fourth Grade — Brandon Swinney, Ethan Xiong, Madison Capps, Ruby West, Danielle Garza and Katie Smith; and Fifth Grade — Ms.Leah Queen, Ioane Fuamatu, Mandy Barber,Cha Chi Vang, Heaven Estep, Brently Wade, Bailey Harrington and Mrs. Heather Fox.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 11/15/2011 10:42 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for the week of Oct. 24-28 are:


posted: 11/15/2011 10:42 p.m.

Looks like most of the trees have lost their leaves. There will probably be a lot of leaf mowing going on.

Tired Iron elect officers

posted: 11/15/2011 10:42 p.m.

Tired Iron of the Ozarks Antique Tractor and Engine Club members met for their regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 18 to elect officers for the next 12 months.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Like a Thief in the Night

posted: 11/15/2011 10:42 p.m.

“For you yourselves know accurately that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety! Then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail upon a woman with child.And they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 (Read 1-11 ) When will the Last Day come – that Day when the Lord Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead and condemn the wicked and unbelieving to hell and take all believers to be with Him forever in heaven?


posted: 11/15/2011 10:42 p.m.

There was a fair turnout for the election last Tuesday.

Second pesticide training class scheduled

posted: 11/15/2011 8:57 p.m.

County Extension Agent Robert Seay said a second pesticide training class is being offered in December because of overwhelming interest.

Wednesday, November 9

Quest students taught old things in new ways

posted: 11/09/2011 10:29 p.m.

Students in Gentry’s Quest program attended Math Day hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Service Cooperative in Farmington.

Council seeks to purchase 'Snack Shack'

posted: 11/09/2011 10:29 p.m.

City council on Monday authorized the mayor to negotiate the possible purchase of the old “Snack Shack” property and approved the purchase of a new snow plow and accounting software for the city.

National alert test set today

posted: 11/09/2011 10:28 p.m.

The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will occur at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Replacement engineer is sought by Gravette

posted: 11/09/2011 10:28 p.m.

Gravette is seeking a new engineer to handle the city’s wastewater treatment plant project.


posted: 11/09/2011 10:27 p.m.

November 9, 2011

School board votes against suspension

posted: 11/09/2011 10:25 p.m.

The Gentry School Board met in special session Monday to hear an expulsion recommendation from school superintendent Randy C. Barrett regarding a student who had been found in possession of a folding knife while attending a home football game.

Library receives $25,000 grant

posted: 11/09/2011 10:25 p.m.

A gift from the Walmart Foundation will allow the Gravette Public Library to install a new cataloging, circulation and public access software package.

Keller benefit chili supper set Friday

posted: 11/09/2011 10:24 p.m.

A benefit “Pennies for Pounds” chili supper and silent auction for Gina Keller, who is undergoing cancer treatments in Little Rock, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Nov. 11 at the Decatur Community Center.

Smoker fire interrupts business

posted: 11/09/2011 10:23 p.m.

A small fire in a smoker at Marvin’s IGA shut down the business for a few hours last Friday afternoon, causing the building to be filled with smoke.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Looking for bright spots in winter

posted: 11/09/2011 10:21 p.m.

What about the weather here? It is the most perfect fall weather a feller could ever ask for except my water holes are still lacking.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Moving Mom into town

posted: 11/09/2011 10:13 p.m.

I spent yesterday with my mother. It was a milestone kind of day. My siblings and I are helping her move out of her house and into an apartment in Fayetteville.

OFF THE CUFF: Rumblings of an earthquake

posted: 11/09/2011 10:12 p.m.

I suppose practically everyone in the area has his or her own story about the earthquake. I’ve heard it described every way, ranging from squirrels on the roof to a mama thinking it was her big boy stomping through the house.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: I'm back in therapy again

posted: 11/09/2011 10:12 p.m.

Yes, I'm back in therapy again and I think it's helping. Keeping up with everything I am supposed to do was starting to wear me down. Thoughts of going truck driving were sounding pretty inviting and Mrs. Griz suggested a little therapy might clear my mind and make my schedule a little more bearable.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Words of Comfort at the Death of a Believer

posted: 11/09/2011 10:11 p.m.

What will become of those who died in the faith before Christ’s return? What of our loved ones and friends who have departed this life yet waiting for the fulfillment of all that God has promised us in Christ Jesus?

LOOKING BACK: Wild Ozark foods

posted: 11/09/2011 10:11 p.m.

My husband and I were browsing at Walmart when he pointed to a fruit that looked like a small tomato. "A persimmon!"

'Love Lights a Tree' donations accepted

posted: 11/09/2011 10:11 p.m.

It’s time once again to begin collecting donations for the “Love Lights A Tree” to fight cancer, according to Ruth Foster, who has chaired the project since its inception 16 years ago.


posted: 11/09/2011 10:10 p.m.

Area Announcements and Upcoming Events

Christmas Tea planned

posted: 11/09/2011 10:09 p.m.

The community is invited to a Christmas Tea at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Gentry.

Jasper observes 85th

posted: 11/09/2011 10:08 p.m.

A reception to honor Lowess Jasper of Gravette as she celebrates her 85th birthday will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Arvest Bank Community Room in Gravette.

Flags to fly on Friday

posted: 11/09/2011 10:08 p.m.

Flags will fly on the Avenue of Flags at Gravette's Hillcrest Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 11, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Volunteers to help with raising and lowering the flags are appreciated.

Student is suspended for a folding pocket knife

posted: 11/09/2011 10:05 p.m.

A member of the freshman class at Gravette High School was suspended for the remainder of this semester following a hearing at a special meeting of the Gravette School Board in October.


posted: 11/09/2011 10:05 p.m.

The weatherman said rain was to begin Sunday night and continue on into the week. We do need the rain.


posted: 11/09/2011 10:04 p.m.

Jerry Boling lost a chicken house to fire one night last week.

Fake punt seals Lions’ victory

posted: 11/09/2011 10:04 p.m.

When Gravette’s Jeremy McGarrah took a direct snap on fourth down and barreled forward for a 27-yard gain, the first down didn’t just seal the Lions’ 38-28 victory over Prairie Grove, it showed exactly why they won.

Gravette youth football team wins Super Bowl

posted: 11/09/2011 10:01 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Little Black youth football team which consists of second, third and fourth graders, capped off an 11-0 season by beating defending champion Commerce Tigers 18-0 in the Super Bowl Championship at Afton, Okla.

Junior Bulldogs get recognition

posted: 11/09/2011 10:01 p.m.

Members of the Decatur Junior High Football team have been enjoying the lives of small town celebrities since they won the title of conference champions after an undefeated season, which ended with a win against Union Christian on Oct. 27.

Magazine proves too much for Bulldogs

posted: 11/09/2011 10 p.m.

The Magazine Rattlers, defending state champions in the 2A conference, proved to be too much for the Decatur Bulldogs on Friday night.

DNE Character Kids

posted: 11/09/2011 10 p.m.

Decatur Northside Elementary Students who showed the character traits of respect and responsiblitiy during the month of October were recognized at an assembly last week.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 11/09/2011 9:59 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 are:

DNE Lunchroom Stars

posted: 11/09/2011 9:59 p.m.

The entire fourth grade at Decatur Northside Elementary School was chosen to receive the Lunchroom STARS award. STARS stands for students taking action responsibly and safely.

DHS releases fall 2011 A-B Honor Roll

posted: 11/09/2011 9:58 p.m.

Honors List

Shades of Fall

posted: 11/09/2011 9:58 p.m.

Scene of Fall

Wednesday, November 2

Water bill extensions to dry up

posted: 11/02/2011 9:18 p.m.

Water customers in Decatur who don’t pay their bill by the end of the month will have their water shut off, nomatter the amount of the bill, Mayor Charles Linam announced Friday.

Council fills vacant seat, approves wastewater plan

posted: 11/02/2011 9:18 p.m.

Gravette City Council acted on numerous items at its regular meeting Thursday night, including the appointment of a new council member, approval of a consent administrative order agreement to operate the wastewater treatment plant, reaffirmation of the city’s millage rate and approval of submitting a grant request to complete work on the city swimming pool.

Gentry volunteer department hands over requested records

posted: 11/02/2011 9:17 p.m.

In accord with the recent ruling of Judge Mark Fryauf, the Gentry Volunteer Fire Department hand-delivered copies of receipts and a check register and canceled checks showing its income and expenses related to the 2010 “Show Your Ride” car show to Wes Hogue.

Trick or Treat

posted: 11/02/2011 9:16 p.m.

Photos of Westside Halloween Celebrants

Church rededicates mural

posted: 11/02/2011 9:16 p.m.

A restored mural of a stream descending from the mountains and over a waterfall, which many members of First Baptist Church in Gentry will no doubt remember, was unveiled and dedicated in a special service on Sunday afternoon.

Judge holds 'county hall' meeting

posted: 11/02/2011 9:15 p.m.

About 30 northwest Benton County residents attended a “county hall” meeting last Monday evening at the Billy V. Hall Senior Center in Gravette.

Fun comes disguised!

posted: 11/02/2011 9:15 p.m.

Come 5 o'clock on Monday, Main Street was filled with ghosts, goblins and every other sort of creature as children, parents and unrecognizable faces lined the sidewalks in hopes of gathering a bag or bucket full of treats from local business owners and civic leaders. The flow of children was non-stop and the variety of costumes and disguises beyond number during the annual Chamber sponsored Trick or Treat on Main Street event.

Bulky waste disposal offered

posted: 11/02/2011 9:15 p.m.

A free service for Benton County residents who wish to dispose of bulky household items, as well as recyclables, is available at the Benton County Solid Waste District located at 5702 Brookside Road near Centerton.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Fears about the plight of public education

posted: 11/02/2011 9:14 p.m.

I have a concern. It’s troubled me for several years but I haven’t really written anything about it in the newspaper, though I may have given off a few hints here and there.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Enjoying a day of real cowboying

posted: 11/02/2011 9:14 p.m.

I was up at the break of day and at the getting on place. I guess there were five of us horseback and two with four-wheelers. My buddy that does not believe in cross fencing and likes to live on the wild side had us mounted and ready to gather his herd. Yep, the whole entire herd; he does not separate anything.

Readers find thrills, local authors in new book, 'Mysteries of the Ozarks'

posted: 11/02/2011 9:13 p.m.

Just in time for Halloween, readers were able to enjoy a new collection of spine-tingling tales about the Ozarks.


posted: 11/02/2011 9:13 p.m.

Almost 100 percent of parents attended parent-teacher conference day at Gravette Upper Elementary. In fact, 99.8 percent of the total student population had parents who were contacted.

SUSAN SAYS: Reflections on losing a loved one

posted: 11/02/2011 9:12 p.m.

Ah, November — the month in which we focus on being thankful for all our blessings. Indeed we have much for which to be thankful but our gratitude will be bittersweet this month as we deal with the loss of our dear mother last week. Already I am missing her tremendously, her sweet smile, her soft voice, her gentle touch on my hand.

Henderson completes program

posted: 11/02/2011 9:11 p.m.

Navy Midshipman Robert W. Henderson, son of Julie A. Knight of Rogers and Tim A. Henderson, Sr., of Gentry, was among more than 900 other freshmen who recently completed Plebe Summer while attending the United States Naval Academy.

Eagle Observer: CORRECTION

posted: 11/02/2011 9:11 p.m.

The Eagle Observer makes the following clarification /correction in last week’s Gravette School Board story.

Holland to celebrate 90th

posted: 11/02/2011 9:10 p.m.

A drop-in open house is planned from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, at the home of Wilbur Holland in Highfill, in honor of his 90th birthday on Nov. 22.

Lovells observe 50 years

posted: 11/02/2011 9:09 p.m.

Troy and Wanda Lovell of Gentry are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary with a trip to Branson, Mo.

Ole Timers met Oct. 13

posted: 11/02/2011 9:06 p.m.

A small but loud group of Gravette Medical Center Hospital Ole Timers met at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur on Thursday, Oct.

Gentry student joins Albion College Ford Institute

posted: 11/02/2011 9:05 p.m.

Local student George Clark was accepted this fall into the Albion College Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.

Yard/Limb pickups set

posted: 11/02/2011 9:05 p.m.

Leaf and yard waste will be picked up within the city of Gentry on Nov. 8 only. Leaves and other yard waste must be bagged and placed curbside for pickup on that day.

Local youths win awards

posted: 11/02/2011 9:05 p.m.

Judges at the Arkansas State Fair & Livestock Show recently named several Northwest Arkansas residents as winners in a variety of categories.

Gravette wins big against Berryville

posted: 11/02/2011 9:04 p.m.

The Gravette Lions jumped to a 27-0 lead as they invaded Berryville Bobcat territory last Friday night. The 46-10 victory ran Coach Harrelson’s Lions’ record to 7-2, while Berryville dropped to 0-9 for the year.

Gravette girls fall

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

Gravette’s Lady Lions volleyball team toppled Malvern in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament held last Tuesday at Valley Springs High School in Jonesboro.

Pioneers overrun by Tigers

posted: 11/02/2011 9:02 p.m.

The Pioneers took a beating Friday night in their home stadium, being overrun by the Prairie Grove Tigers, 42-7.

Maysville E.H. Club met

posted: 11/02/2011 9 p.m.

Maysville E.H. Club members met at the Maysville community center for the October meeting.

Chili supper planned to honor local veterans

posted: 11/02/2011 8:59 p.m.

The Gravette Holiness Bible School Parent Teacher fellowship has announced plans for its fall fundraiser dinner.

Decatur club going to Student Congress

posted: 11/02/2011 8:59 p.m.

Five Decatur High School students will be representing Northwest Arkansas at the State Capitol next week as they participate in the Arkansas Student Congress program.

Decatur Junior High completes season undefeated

posted: 11/02/2011 8:58 p.m.

The junior high Bulldogs won their final game of the season against Union Christian, 33-8, on Thursday, leaving them with a perfect 8-0 record.

GHS cheer team takes first place at Bulldog Classic

posted: 11/02/2011 8:58 p.m.

The Gentry High School Cheerleaders competed in their first competition of the year Saturday at Fayetteville High School, taking first place at the Bulldog Cheer Classic.

Little Black and Big Black teams headed to Super Bowl

posted: 11/02/2011 8:57 p.m.

Both the Little Black and Big Black pee wee football teams won their playoff games against Oklahoma teams last Saturday when the teams tangled at Lion Stadium.

Forensics team wins

posted: 11/02/2011 8:56 p.m.

The Gentry High School forensics team finished first in its division at the Bentonville Tiger Eye Classic on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Foster earns award

posted: 11/02/2011 8:54 p.m.

Kaci Foster, a 2008 graduate of Decatur High School, was the only student from the University of the Ozarks to earn the title of 2011 National Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar Athlete.


posted: 11/02/2011 8:53 p.m.

It’s that time again to run your clocks back one hour, Saturday night, Nov. 5. That’s next Saturday. We should get an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning.

Abiera on honors list

posted: 11/02/2011 8:53 p.m.

April Abiera, a senior at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts at Hot Springs, has been named to the AB honors list for the first quarter of the school year.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 11/02/2011 8:52 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Oct. 24-28 are:


posted: 11/02/2011 8:50 p.m.

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov. 6. Fall back one hour.