Wednesday, October 26

Gravette schools move toward construction

posted: 10/26/2011 9:28 p.m.

A decision to proceed with two major projects for the Gravette School District was approved by the district’s governing board. The action followed reorganization of the board at its meeting Thursday night.

Gym is added to Register

posted: 10/26/2011 9:21 p.m.

The Camp Crowder gymnasium in Sulphur Springs is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is among 12 properties in Arkansas which received the designation.

Board updates school policies

posted: 10/26/2011 9:20 p.m.

School board members voted to update the school’s student policies, to align with the recommendations of the Arkansas School Board Association, at its Oct. 17 meeting.

Council to consider water billing

posted: 10/26/2011 9:19 p.m.

Gravette City Council at its regular meeting Thursday, Oct. 27, will discuss a new water billing ordinance, will discuss rate structure of Water West agricultural users and will receive a draft of the 2012 proposed city budget.

Highfill advancing to city of second class

posted: 10/26/2011 9:18 p.m.

Passed on its first reading by Highfill City Council was an ordinance amending the definitions portion of the city's zoning code and adding a definition for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Local Girl Scouts hold 'Mad Hatter' tea party

posted: 10/26/2011 9:17 p.m.

Girl Scout Troop 2497 from Gravette recently sponsored a Mad Hatter Tea Party and a “Hats Off For Cancer” knitting party at the First Christian Church in Gravette.

Student art wins

posted: 10/26/2011 9:14 p.m.

Anthony Gil, of Gentry, was awarded a $250 check last week for winning the V.F.W. Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest at the state level with a painting he entered in the local contest last March.


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Area Meetings, Community and Church Events

PD collecting unused drugs

posted: 10/26/2011 9:12 p.m.

The Gravette Police Department will participate in the DEA National “Take-Back Day” when citizens may drop off their expired, unused or unwanted medications for disposal.

Information sought

posted: 10/26/2011 9:11 p.m.

“Attention, all veterans.” This is the request from Jaron Porter at Gravette High School as preparations are being made for a Veterans Day assembly at the school on Friday, Nov. 11.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Mysterious images of the past

posted: 10/26/2011 9:10 p.m.

I don't know if it is all the late-night hours I spent in a patrol car on empty highways in rural Kansas or if it is the late nights, or all nights, in a truck crossing the high plains, but I am somewhat of a night person.


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Area Public Meetings and Events

A WALK IN THE PARK: Factors which go into the purse-purchasing process

posted: 10/26/2011 9:08 p.m.

Many ladies will agree that finding just the right purse is no easy task. I made a trip to the mall a few evenings ago to do just that and it took a very long time, not to get to the store, but to finally decide which bag to purchase once I got there.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I think I'll go hunting

posted: 10/26/2011 9:07 p.m.

I want to go hunting, not to kill anything, just to tramp through the woods looking for tracks and rubs and such.

OFF THE CUFF: Some things that have gone missing

posted: 10/26/2011 9:07 p.m.

There is something missing from television.


posted: 10/26/2011 9:06 p.m.

Editor, I would like to let you know about an upcoming event taking place Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. We, at Turning Point Fellowship, will be collecting new unused toys for our toy giveaway called Gifted, Giving Back to Children in Need.

Judges name local State Fair winners

posted: 10/26/2011 9:03 p.m.

Judges at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show recently named several Northwest Arkansas winners in several livestock categories. They are reprinted below:

Lady Lions earn No. 2 seed

posted: 10/26/2011 9 p.m.

If ever there was a match that gave spectators their money's worth, it was the district tournament face off between host Gravette and Farmington on Oct. 18.

Lions suffer painful loss

posted: 10/26/2011 8:59 p.m.

In a defensive battle in Champions Stadium the Lions fell to the Saints in a painful 16-14 loss.

Lady Lions give Lady Saints scare

posted: 10/26/2011 8:58 p.m.

It appeared as if Shiloh Christian would cruise to its third sweep of the season over Gravette in the 4A-1 District Volleyball Tournament championship match.

Gentry picks up first win

posted: 10/26/2011 8:56 p.m.

Berryville’s Bobcats were no match for the Pioneers in Friday's league challenge. Gentry celebrated homecoming with a 33-7 victory, their first win of the season.

Decatur Homecoming: Bulldogs face Danville Little Johns for homecoming game

posted: 10/26/2011 8:55 p.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs lost their homecoming game on Friday against the Danville Little Johns. Danville, which is ranked the number two team in the state in the 2A conference, won Friday's game by a wide margin, 42-0.

Blocking the boys

posted: 10/26/2011 8:54 p.m.

Not many seventh grade girls are starting offensive linemen on an undefeated junior high football team, but then Cameron Shaffer is not your average seventh grade girl.


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October 26, 2011

Students qualify for state choir

posted: 10/26/2011 8:53 p.m.

Two Gentry High School choir students received high scores from judges and qualified to be a part of the Northwest Arkansas All-Region Mixed Choir and will represent Gentry at the Nov. 5 clinic to be held at Springdale High School.

Pageant nominations are being accepted

posted: 10/26/2011 8:52 p.m.

The annual Mister and Miss Gravette High School Pageant will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Performing Arts Center, according to an announcement by the GHS Parent-Teacher Organization.

Junior Bulldogs assured of conference championship

posted: 10/26/2011 8:51 p.m.

The junior Decatur Bulldogs beat the Danville Little Johns 28-6 on Thursday, continuing their winning streak for a 7-0 record.

Halloween Festival set Monday at OCH

posted: 10/26/2011 8:50 p.m.

A free Halloween Festival for children will be held at the Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette the evening of Oct. 31.


posted: 10/26/2011 8:50 p.m.

We are having good weather, even got a little rain Saturday night. I like this temperature change. I may not later on when the snow starts flying.


posted: 10/26/2011 8:50 p.m.

Next Monday is Halloween. If you are out on the streets that night, watch out for the little goblins. Keep them safe.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 10/26/2011 8:49 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Schools for the week of Oct. 17-21 are:

Wednesday, October 19

Pharmacy in Decatur closes

posted: 10/19/2011 5:50 a.m.

DECATUR — Jerry Young, the chief pharmacist at the Decatur General Store, retired this week after a 50-year career as a pharmacist.

Digby asked to disclose facts of BB gun shooting

posted: 10/19/2011 5:49 a.m.

Alderman Ryan Evans, in the open hearing portion of the Oct. 11 city council meeting, called upon Highfill’s mayor, Stacy Digby, to explain his actions in a Sept. 23 shooting incident. Evans asked Digby to disclose the facts related to the incident in the public meeting, but Digby declined, saying that the report filed with the county sheriff's office — and also summarized in the newspaper — was accurate and all that needed to be said. According to a report from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Digby and a 35-year-old woman were “goofing around” with a BB gun. The woman shot Digby in the leg and the mayor took the gun and shot the woman in the stomach, according to the report. The pellet embedded in the woman’s stomach and she was treated and released at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.

Volunteer fire department ordered to provide records

posted: 10/19/2011 5:48 a.m.

The Gentry Volunteer Fire Department operates separate from the city, but a ruling by a local circuit judge said the group had so entwined itself with the city’s two-man fire department that the volunteer group subjected itself to the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Judge Mark Fryauf issued the ruling Monday after listening to testimony in former Gentry Mayor Wes Hogue’s suit against the city. The suit also named Mayor Kevin Johnston and Fire Chief Vester Cripps as defendants. Cripps also is the chief of the volunteer fire department. Cripps is the only full-time employee of the city’s fire department. The assistant chief is a part-time employee and the department is manned by volunteer firefighters. Hogue filed a Freedom of Information request Aug. 31 asking for a copy of a deposit slip concerning money raised from the 2010 Fall Festival Car Show. Hogue’s request sought a copy of the checking history for 2010 and who the checks were made out to on the account into which the money was deposited.

New school board takes oath on bus

posted: 10/19/2011 5:47 a.m.

Gentry’s school board members took their oaths of office Monday night on board one of two new school buses purchased by the district.

Bean supper and silent auction planned for fight against hunger

posted: 10/19/2011 5:46 a.m.

The Feed My Sheep Food Pantry in Gravette is giving an opportunity to area residents to take action to fight hunger.

Sewer update discussed at council

posted: 10/19/2011 5:45 a.m.

GRAVETTE — The Gravette City Council, at its Thursday committee meeting, received an update on the city’s sewer project from Larry Buffer, operator of the wastewater treatment facility. Buffer said attempts continue to find a more cost-efficient solution to meet requirements of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality rather than construct a new plant modifying the existing facility. Buffer said the present system is meeting state discharge limits of phosphorus and nitrates during warm weather but the ADEQ wants assurance the limits will be met during winter months.

TV news quick to jump on alleged speeding bus

posted: 10/19/2011 5:45 a.m.

A video of a speeding Gravette school bus was shown repeatedly on an area television station Monday evening. The location of the event which indicated the bus may have been traveling 40 mph in a lesser speed zone was supplied to the station by an unidentified person.

'County Hall' meeting set in Gravette

posted: 10/19/2011 5:42 a.m.

Benton County elected officials will hold a “County Hall Meeting” in Gravette on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center.

Decatur holds homecoming

posted: 10/19/2011 5:40 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs homecoming game will be played against the Danville Little Johns this Friday and students are pumping up their school spirit with a week full of activities.

Lady Pioneers start strong but fall

posted: 10/19/2011 5:31 a.m.

Gravette’s Lady Lions came away from Gentry with a big win on Thursday, with the varsity team winning three of four sets and the junior high taking the match in two.

Turnovers give Farmington edge

posted: 10/19/2011 5:30 a.m.

Gravette had all sorts of problems snapping the football, holding onto it and making sure not to turn it over Friday night.


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Gentry Homecoming Gentry High School's homecoming crowning ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m.

Gentry goes down fighting

posted: 10/19/2011 5:28 a.m.

Penalties and turnovers proved costly for Gentry (0-7, 0-4 ) after starting out strong against Shiloh, moving the ball and making plays behind senior running back Tanner Coy.

Keith to celebrate 90th

posted: 10/19/2011 5:27 a.m.

Friends and family are invited to honor Billie Keith and help her celebrate her 90th birthday at a drop-in reception to be held from 3 to 5 p.m on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Hiwasse Community Building. In lieu of gifts her children ask that guests bring a photo or memory to share. The reception will be given by Billie’s children, Larry Keith, Paula Hutcheson, Sally Bennett, Alan Keith and Betsy Meek and their families.

Bolinger wins runoff

posted: 10/19/2011 5:26 a.m.

Randall Bolinger will be the new Zone 4 board member on the Gentry School Board.

SUSAN SAYS: Thoughts on National Newspaper Week

posted: 10/19/2011 5:25 a.m.

The first week of this month, Oct. 2-8, was National Newspaper Week.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: The sounds of rain on the roof

posted: 10/19/2011 5:24 a.m.

My close relative had informed me that this front had extended way south and dumped some needed moisture on some of the southern places most arid. There are twoyear-old steers down there that have never seen rain. Maybe they were also getting this wonderful precipitation.

Decatur Northside Elementary students learn about fire safety

posted: 10/19/2011 5:22 a.m.

Students at Decatur Northside Elementary School learned about fire safety when fire trucks, a smoke trailer, ambulance and an Air Evac helicopter visited the school for National Fire Safety Week on Friday. Students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade participated in the event organized by the Decatur Fire Department. Students first visited a smoke trailer on loan from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where Decatur firefighters talked to them about the importance of fire safety around the house, such as smoke detectors and keeping pot handles turned the right way on the stove, how Students also toured the Gravette ambulance and Air Evac helicopters and learned about the medical equipment on board before visiting Gentry’s ladder truck, with its 100-foot ladder fully extended.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: A daughter named 'Quigley'

posted: 10/19/2011 5:20 a.m.

I’ve had some pretty good deer hunting stories to tell in years past. There was the year my oldest son shot a deer with a bow just before sunset and then needed help tracking in dense fog so thick a fellow could get lost in familiar territory. We took two flashlights and followed the trail until the first light died. Not wanting to spend the night afield, we decided to use the second flashlight to make our way back to the car and still came out a considerable distance off course. We returned and found the deer as soon as the fog lifted. I took a nice whitetail buck one season with unbelievable marksmanship, a shot under the left eye with a 30-30 and at least 150 yards. Of course, I won’t tell you at what part of the deer I was aiming. But my last year of hunting was the best. My then-17-year-old daughter decided to take up deer hunting for her senior project at school — a little more surprising than her twin sister’s choice of crocheting. Having never hunted before, she had to study and pass a hunter safety c

Homecoming set

posted: 10/19/2011 5:17 a.m.

Gentry High School's homecoming crowning ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Pioneer Stadium, with the homecoming game to follow at 7 p.m.

Groundbreaking set

posted: 10/19/2011 5:16 a.m.

A ground breaking and ribbon cutting will be held at noon this Friday for New Beginning Children’s Homes at 14222 Jo Ann Lane in Gravette. This location is 4.5 miles west of Centerton stoplight on Highway 102.

Library closes Saturdays

posted: 10/19/2011 5:15 a.m.

Because of budget setbacks, until further notice, the Gravette Public Library will no longer be open on Saturdays.

Holland to be new FD chief

posted: 10/19/2011 5:12 a.m.

Gene Holland will take over as head of the Highfill Volunteer Fire Department on Nov. 1 Chief Jeremy Jackson announced his retirement after 30 years as a firefighter and six years as head of the Highfill department.

Cardinals defeat Lady Lions

posted: 10/19/2011 5:10 a.m.

Thunder rumbled and the Gravette Lions roared but in the end the Farmington Cardinals soared above the storm. With a downpour soaking everything outside Farmington senior Lexie Lewis took to the air to complete a final play and conclude her volleyball career with a kill.

Junior Bulldogs continue winning streak

posted: 10/19/2011 5:09 a.m.

The junior Decatur Bulldogs continued their winning streak, defeating the Western Yell County Wolverines 35-6 at a game in Bulldog Stadium Thursday night.


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posted: 10/19/2011 5:05 a.m.

The weather is nice. It’s beginning to seem like fall. These rains we have had recently have sure made the pastures green. I’m sure farmers are proud of that.


posted: 10/19/2011 5:02 a.m.

Sympathy is extended to the Nichols family. Tiffany passed away on Monday.

Tuesday, October 18

Quilt show deemed success

posted: 10/18/2011 5:22 a.m.

The winners for this fall’s Chamber of Commerce Quilt Show in Gentry were: Best of Show — Eiko Roby, Siloam Springs; Best Hand Quilted — Nancy Quam, Decatur; Best Machine Quilted — David Moran, Springdale; Best Children's Quilt — Shirley Philpott, Gentry; Honorable Mention Machine Quilted — Mary Pumphrey, Bella Vista; Honorable Mention Children's Quilt — Martha Brigance, Gentry; and Viewer's Choice — Sue Etris, Decatur.

Wednesday, October 12

Gentry Middle School receives high marks

posted: 10/12/2011 2:11 a.m.

When the University of Arkansas Office of Educational Policy issued its Sept. 28 Arkansas Education Report, it contained positive news for the Gentry School District and especially for the Gentry Middle School.

Electric company gives away CFLs to reduce energy usage

posted: 10/12/2011 2:10 a.m.

Empire District Electric Company is urging its customers to switch to compact florescent light bulbs and save on their utility bills. The company was giving away CFLs to customers in Gentry on Thursday to encourage them to try the new energy-saving bulbs.

von Ree leaves two city posts

posted: 10/12/2011 2:07 a.m.

Mike von Ree, Gravette city recorder/treasurer, resigned from two city commissions of which he was a member.

Decatur men arrested for vehicle break-ins

posted: 10/12/2011 2:07 a.m.

Two Decatur men were arrested shortly after midnight early Sunday in connection with breaking into two vehicles in the Ozarks Community Hospital parking lot in Gravette.

Property taxes due Oct. 17

posted: 10/12/2011 2:06 a.m.

A change in state law and a quirk of the calendar have given property owners an extra week to get their payments in to the collector’s offices in Benton and Washington counties. The deadline for paying property taxes is now set by law as

Kiwanis Club installs new slate of officers

posted: 10/12/2011 2:04 a.m.

New officers for the Gravette Kiwanis Club were installed at a meeting Monday evening, Sept. 26, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center.

Damaged rail crossing denies handicap access

posted: 10/12/2011 2:03 a.m.

Joe Pritchard would like to be able to wheel himself to downtown Gravette but the KCS railroad crossing at Main Street has him stymied.

Gravette looks at 'New Tech' school

posted: 10/12/2011 2:01 a.m.

A team of educators from Gravette High School, along with school board member Jim Singleton, last week visited a Texas school which is one of just 100 “New Tech” schools nationwide which are breaking ground with a new educational process concept.

Benefit planned for Taylor

posted: 10/12/2011 1:59 a.m.

An all-day benefit bake sale and yard sale for Deborah Taylor will be held this Saturday, Oct. 15, at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette.


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October 12, 2011

No charges are filed against mayor in shooting incident

posted: 10/12/2011 1:57 a.m.

Highfill Mayor Stacy Digby was neither charged nor arrested in a shooting incident that occurred Sept. 23 in Gentry.

Police to get radar guns with money from grant program

posted: 10/12/2011 1:56 a.m.

Gravette's police department is the recipient of a grant which will allow purchase of five new radar guns which will supplement the department’s devices.

Decatur school offers free tutoring services

posted: 10/12/2011 1:55 a.m.

Northside Elementary School in Decatur is offering free tutoring services to qualified students, according to principal Leslie Sharp.

Decatur's council approves grant application for breathing apparatuses

posted: 10/12/2011 1:54 a.m.

City council members, at a brief meeting Monday night, gave fire chief David Flynt the go-ahead to apply for a grant to outfit Decatur firefighters with refurbished air packs.

City receives grant check for library

posted: 10/12/2011 1:53 a.m.

Governor Mike Beebe and Department of Rural Services director Butch Calhoun presented Decatur officials with a $3,369.42 check for the Iva Jane Peek Library on Oct. 5.


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Area Community and Church Events and Announcements

Gentry's festival draws new faces

posted: 10/12/2011 1:41 a.m.

Cars and trucks of all makes and models cruised up and down Gentry's Main Street Saturday night, some taking occasion to burn a little rubber in front of spectators sitting along the street at the ball fields.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: TV commercials going to the dogs

posted: 10/12/2011 1:18 a.m.

It's a good thing my dog doesn't understand German or I might have to change dog foods. And I may be in trouble if Purina puts an English version of the Austrian commercial on our local television channels.

OFF THE CUFF: Some signs of contradiction

posted: 10/12/2011 1:17 a.m.

Have you ever had this trouble? I mean, have you ever driven by something for months or even years and not really seen it?

A WALK IN THE PARK: I could have bought my dog a phone

posted: 10/12/2011 1:16 a.m.

It is those little unexpected happenings that keep life interesting. I have had a string of these lately mostly due to my much-loved chocolate lab, Bo.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Not about to bust up a good dream

posted: 10/12/2011 1:15 a.m.

I oughter be pumpkin and apple pickin’ but then if an oughter had a tail like a beaver he’d be a beaver, wouldn’t he?!

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 10/12/2011 1:15 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Schools for the week of Oct. 3-7 are:

Gifts won for classroom supplies

posted: 10/12/2011 1:15 a.m.

Gentry teachers who won Walmart gift cards to offset the expense of school supplies in their classrooms are (not in order pictured):

LOOKING BACK: Autumn can become favorite season

posted: 10/12/2011 1:14 a.m.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "To everything there is a season."

Gentry Fire Department discloses its earnings from fall festival car shows

posted: 10/12/2011 1:13 a.m.

Assistant fire chief Jeff Trammell has released to the Westside Eagle Observer costs and expenses related to the car shows sponsored by the Gentry Fire Department and held in conjunction with the Gentry Fall Festival for the last three years.

Gentry United Way kicks off its fund-raising year

posted: 10/12/2011 1:13 a.m.

The following fact sheet provides information about the Gentry United Way in 2012:

Quilts on display in Gentry Library

posted: 10/12/2011 1:12 a.m.

The Gentry Chamber of Commerce is holding its fifth annual quilt show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, at the McKee Community Room in the Gentry Public Library.

Lady Lions beat Prairie Grove

posted: 10/12/2011 1:11 a.m.

The Lady Lions defeated Prairie Grove 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 on the volleyball court last week.

Lions take down Ozark

posted: 10/12/2011 1:10 a.m.

Darrick Strzelecki took a handoff in the first half and powered his way through Gravette’s offensive line.

Pioneers fall to Pea Ridge

posted: 10/12/2011 1:09 a.m.

The Pioneers knew that they had a good chance for a victory going into Friday’s game against Pea Ridge and were off to a strong start but, unfortunately, they came up short.

Decatur Bulldogs defeated by Eagles

posted: 10/12/2011 1:08 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs fell to the Conway Christian Eagles 49-8, in a non-conference game in Conway Friday night.

Character T-Shirt Winners

posted: 10/12/2011 12:44 a.m.

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


posted: 10/12/2011 12:15 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Banks are the proud grandparents of new twin babies. The baby boy and baby girl were born last week.


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I woke up this morning to a most enjoyable sound — the soft patter of rain.


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We are supposed to get some rain and we can sure use it. As I’m writing this it has begun to rain so we are glad of that.

Pancakes breakfast to support Decatur athletes is being planned for Nov. 12

posted: 10/12/2011 12:14 a.m.

A special pancake breakfast to support Decatur athletes, organized by the Decatur Booster Club, is being planned for the morning of Nov. 12.


posted: 10/12/2011 12:14 a.m.

“And pray for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds; so that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Eph. 6:19-20.


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Decatur School Board The Decatur School Board meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday each month in the professional development room of the former middle school building. Decatur City Council Decatur City Council meetings are held at 6 p.m., the second Monday of the month, in the city council room. The Decatur Parks and Recreation Committee meets at 6 p.m., the second Tuesday of the month, in the city council room. Decatur Public Library Iva Jane Peek Library is open 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Gentry City Council The Gentry City Council holds regular meetings in the city court room at 6:30 p.m., the first Monday of each month. The Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission meets in city hall at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The Parks Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month. Gentry School Board The Gentry School Board holds regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in the school district board room. Gentry

Wednesday, October 5

Council extends trash service contract

posted: 10/05/2011 2:03 a.m.

City council on Monday approved extending the city’s solid waste contract with Allied Waste through Dec. 31, 2016, with no cost increase through Dec. 31, 2012.

Sheepish event set

posted: 10/05/2011 2:03 a.m.

This year's fall festival to kick off the fundraising efforts of the United Way of Gentry will have a new event with all the thrill of a rodeo and sure to please spectators and participants alike.

Activities planned this month at three of Gravette's schools

posted: 10/05/2011 2:01 a.m.

Three of Gravette’s schools are making plans for special activities during the month of October, according to calendars of the respective schools: Glenn Duffy Elementary, Gravette Upper Elementary and Gravette Middle School.

Ex-mayor's free speech embarrassing

posted: 10/05/2011 2:01 a.m.

In most cases public officials who lose elections gracefully bow out and let the newly elected official take the reins and handle the duties the people elected him to fulfill.

Thompson retiring after years of service

posted: 10/05/2011 2 a.m.

After 35 years of service to Gravette and the surrounding community, Fred Thompson is retiring from his position as physical therapist at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette.

Electronics Recycling Event

posted: 10/05/2011 1:58 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas residents may recycle their old electronics at the Free Electronic Waste Recycling Event at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Oct. 11 and 12.

Electric company offering free CFL

posted: 10/05/2011 1:57 a.m.

Empire District Electric Company reminds customers lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill and is encouraging them to make the easy decision to switch to energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs and use less energy and hold down utility bills.

Cheerleaders promoting breast cancer awareness

posted: 10/05/2011 1:56 a.m.

The Gravette High School cheerleaders will devote Friday's game against Ozark to Breast Cancer Awareness.

City makes it easier to pay water bills

posted: 10/05/2011 1:55 a.m.

City council on Monday approved paying a $500 setup fee to make it possible for city water and sewer customers to pay their monthly water bills at any Walmart (or other businesses which choose to contract with the vendor providing the service through Walmart stores).

County prepares for two new legislative districts

posted: 10/05/2011 1:55 a.m.

While state law requires redrawing legislative districts every 10 years, Benton County’s growth rate over the last decade makes the task more imperative.

Committee meeting held

posted: 10/05/2011 1:54 a.m.

Gravette City Council members held a committee of the whole meeting Sept. 26 to discuss the Gravette wastewater treatment plant. All council members were present for the meeting at city hall.

Chamber reviews barbecue, plans for Christmas parade

posted: 10/05/2011 1:54 a.m.

Chamber of Commerce members met Monday evening to review this year’s Decatur Barbecue Festival and make a game plan for next year’s event.

Weight-loss-a-thon to benefit cancer patient

posted: 10/05/2011 1:51 a.m.

“What would you do for a friend?” was the question Kathy Pound asked herself when she learned her close friend Gina Keller was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.

SAC gets face lift

posted: 10/05/2011 1:51 a.m.

Mike Parks, owner of Parks Lumber in Gentry, volunteers his forklift and services to lift steel beams into place on a canopy being erected in front of the Gentry Senior Activity Center on Monday.

Maze attracts visitors

posted: 10/05/2011 1:50 a.m.

If finding your way through a hay maze, riding on a horse-drawn hay wagon or cow train, shooting an air-powered corn cannon or enjoying a playground, refreshments and live entertainment on the edge of a cornfield sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, Bloomfield Corn Maze is the place to go.


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October 4, 2011

Eagle Observer: CORRECTION

posted: 10/05/2011 1:47 a.m.

In an article entitled Santos wins Gravette school board position, on page 1A in last week’s Eagle Observer, we mistakenly said that Jonathan Watson was minister of the Bella Vista Church of Christ when, in fact, he is minister of the Bella Vista Assembly of God. Once again, we apologize for this error.

Gentry quilt show opens at McKee Community Room

posted: 10/05/2011 1:45 a.m.

The Gentry Chamber of Commerce will hold its fifth annual quilt show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7-14 at the McKee Community Room in the Gentry Public Library.


posted: 10/05/2011 1:44 a.m.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 Have you ever tried to walk on a mountain trail or follow a farm path in the pitch darkness of night?

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Why does she need a new purse, anyway?

posted: 10/05/2011 1:43 a.m.

I have been trying my best to understand Mrs. Griz’ reasoning for going out and buying a new purse from time to time, but one of us just doesn’t make any sense and I don’t think that person is me.

OFF THE CUFF: A few post-vacation observations

posted: 10/05/2011 1:43 a.m.

Well, the wanderers have returned. It was good to get away for several days, see some country, ignore the phone and hope the grass, growing from recent rains, didn’t get too tall.

SUSAN SAYS: Autumn is finally here

posted: 10/05/2011 1:42 a.m.

Autumn is officially here and the lovely month of October has begun. Clear, sunny days give way to chilly nights and mornings when the pasture is covered with dew and moisture drips from the roof overhang.


posted: 10/05/2011 1:41 a.m.

Maybe you can knock on wood when you don’t lose the bet you placed on the football game or when you realize you didn’t have a heart attack, but tell me what good that would do!

Gravette Lions prove too much for Pioneer defense

posted: 10/05/2011 1:41 a.m.

A surprising sophomore broke loose for the senior-laden Gravette Lions in Pioneer Stadium.


posted: 10/05/2011 1:39 a.m.

Area Community Events, Meetings, Announcements and Church Events

Junior high Bulldogs continue winning streak

posted: 10/05/2011 1:36 a.m.

The junior high Bulldogs remain undefeated, winning Thursday’s home game against Johnson County Westside 41-14.

Gentry overcome at net by Pea Ridge

posted: 10/05/2011 1:33 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers put forth a strong effort but came up short at the net in play on the volleyball court against Pea Ridge on Thursday.

Champion Steer

posted: 10/05/2011 1:31 a.m.

Haley House of Gravette showed the Reserve Grand Champion steer last week at the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair in Ft. Smith. Haley is the daughter of Dony and Michelle House and a member of the ACE 4-H Club.

Girls enter cows in livestock expo

posted: 10/05/2011 1:30 a.m.

Jessica and Brittany Crawley each entered four head of milking cows in the dairy cow division of the 38th annual North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., next month.

Schools launch new website

posted: 10/05/2011 1:29 a.m.

The Decatur School District launched a newly-designed website last week to better communicate with students and parents.

School enrollment declines

posted: 10/05/2011 1:28 a.m.

As in many districts across the state, student numbers in the Gentry School district have declined in the new school year.

School finishes year in sound financial shape

posted: 10/05/2011 1:28 a.m.

Gentry School District finished out the 2010-2011 school year in good financial shape, and the school board approved a budget for the current school year which should maintain a healthy end-ofyear balance.

Gentry names teachers of the year

posted: 10/05/2011 1:27 a.m.

Awards were presented on Sept. 19 to the Gentry School District teachers of the year for the 2010-2011 school year.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 10/05/2011 1:26 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Schools for the week of Sept. 26-30 are:

Decatur's Character Kids

posted: 10/05/2011 1:25 a.m.

Decatur Northside Elementary students were recognized for showing the character trait of respect during the month of September at a special assembly on Sept. 29.

DHS Student of the week

posted: 10/05/2011 1:23 a.m.

Senior Faerlyn Hunter was chosen as the Decatur High School student of the week.

Austrian Visitor

posted: 10/05/2011 1:22 a.m.

Magdalena Riedler from Michledorf, Austria, who lived with Karen Kerr in Gravette during the time she was an exchange student at Gravette High School two years ago, visited recently with her "host mother."


posted: 10/05/2011 1:21 a.m.

The item in last week’s paper about the schools petitioning to consolidate with the Decatur school reminded me of the school year I spent in the Word District.


posted: 10/05/2011 1:20 a.m.

We are sure having nice weather now. Guess we could use more rain. What we have had has really made the yards and fields pretty and green.


posted: 10/05/2011 1:19 a.m.

Hi, I am a 4-H news reporter. My club, Bloomfield 4-H, would like for you all to come out to the Gentry Fall Festival.