Thursday, September 29

October events taking place in the Ozarks

posted: 09/29/2011 11:57 p.m.

Area Fall Events Briefs

Wednesday, September 28

Models preparing 'fur' fashion show

posted: 09/28/2011 10:35 a.m.

Fashions and Fur will be flying at the annual style show sponsored by the Bella Vista Animal Shelter.

Charter school intentions rescinded

posted: 09/28/2011 3:03 a.m.

The question of whether Gravette High School would seek to become a high-tech charter school took an abrupt turn shortly after noon Sept. 20 when Andrea Kelly, superintendent of schools, emailed board members : “I will send a message to the ADE (Arkansas Department of Education) to rescind the letter of intent dated August 10.”

Students surpass average

posted: 09/28/2011 3:01 a.m.

High school students in Decatur who take classes that prepare them for college — such as chemistry, physics and algebra — score as well or better on the ACT test as students who take the same courses at other Arkansas schools, according to recent test results.

Cripps wins regional Voice of McDonalds

posted: 09/28/2011 3 a.m.

She didn’t think she had a chance and almost didn’t bother to enter, but her father persuaded her and she won.

ADEQ visits sewer plant

posted: 09/28/2011 2:57 a.m.

The city of Gravette received some encouragement from representatives of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality last Tuesday when representatives from the agency toured the Gravette wastewater treatment plant.

Santos wins Gravette school board position

posted: 09/28/2011 2:55 a.m.

Gravette District 20 school board will soon welcome a Bella Vista woman to the school’s governing body.

Gentry's school board candidates face runoff

posted: 09/28/2011 2:53 a.m.

A runoff election will occur for a Gentry School Board race that ended in a tie during the Sept. 20 election.

Clothing sought for fire victims

posted: 09/28/2011 2:51 a.m.

The Decatur Fire Department is collecting clothing and furniture for a Maysville family that lost everything in a house fire Sunday.

Mayor shares city audit report

posted: 09/28/2011 2:50 a.m.

Mayor Charles Linam presented the city’s 2010 audit results, recently released by the Arkansas Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, to the city council at its Sept. 12 meeting.

Additional deposit requirement deleted from proposed ordinance

posted: 09/28/2011 2:49 a.m.

An ordinance setting billing procedures and payment arrangements for the city water system prompted the city to drop the required additional deposit for people who pay late too many times in a year.

Controlling spending top priority for Parsons

posted: 09/28/2011 2:49 a.m.

Helping control state spending would be a top priority for Bella Vista resident Jim Parsons if he wins the election to the Arkansas General Assembly next year, he said.

Bridge project put out for bid

posted: 09/28/2011 2:47 a.m.

A new bridge over the Flint Creek on Aubrey Long Road in Springtown is another step closer to reality, according to unapproved minutes of the Sept. 13 Springtown Council meeting.

Eagle-Observer: OBITUARIES

posted: 09/28/2011 2:46 a.m.

September 28, 2011

New marker, old site

posted: 09/28/2011 2:42 a.m.

Just across the state line north of Maysville, in Oklahoma, a new roadside marker was placed marking the approximate location of Fort Wayne, a U.S. Army Fort establishished in 1839 and abandoned in 1842.

Eagle Observer: CORRECTION

posted: 09/28/2011 2:41 a.m.

Because of a production error, the name and class identifications of the Tenth Grade and Twelfth Grade homecoming attendant pictures in last week’s paper were accidentally reversed. We apologize and regret the error occurred.

Gift Check

posted: 09/28/2011 2:39 a.m.

Proceeds from this year's Delta Trust & Bank Community Spirit Golf Tournament, $5,000, were donated Sept. 16 to the Gravette Senior Center.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: What's your philosophy of life?

posted: 09/28/2011 2:37 a.m.

Whether they are a philosopher — a lover of wisdom — or not, everyone has a philosophy or philosophies which govern their lives.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: It's a matter of personal taste

posted: 09/28/2011 2:35 a.m.

Time out! I mean, well, time out for me to rest up from all the ball games and crowd noise!

A WALK IN THE PARK: You need to get a round 'TUIT'

posted: 09/28/2011 2:34 a.m.

My dad had a small collection of funny gadgets. One in particular was a little, circular disc with the letters “TUIT” printed on one side.


posted: 09/28/2011 2:28 a.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary thanks all the parents who attended parent-teacher conferences last week. We had a 96 percent turn out.

Gravette wins aerial battle

posted: 09/28/2011 2:24 a.m.

A passing contest was the last thing either coach expected between Gravette and Pea Ridge on Friday, but that’s what Gravette coach Bill Harrelson and Pea Ridge coach Tony Travis got in Lions Stadium.

Injury-ridden Gentry shut out

posted: 09/28/2011 2:19 a.m.

It only took the Farmington Cardinals 96 seconds of game clock to put up points in their 4A-1 Conference opener Friday, and they didn’t even start the game with the football.

Digging Volleyball

posted: 09/28/2011 2:18 a.m.

Gravette vs. Gentry Sept. 20 — The Lady Lions won the match in three games.

Junior high Bulldogs win, varsity falls to Hackett

posted: 09/28/2011 2:08 a.m.

The undefeated junior high Bulldogs picked up another win, 29-8, against the Hackett Hornets at an away game on Thursday night.

Local corn crops fail in spite of forecasts

posted: 09/28/2011 2 a.m.

WESTSIDE — Even though the National Agricultural Statistics Service is forecasting the Arkansas corn crop to be the second largest on record, corn in the extreme north and western part of the state has not fared as well.

Students must attend DHS their junior and senior years to qualify for top honors

posted: 09/28/2011 1:58 a.m.

Students must attend Decatur High School for their entire junior and senior year in order to qualify to be the class valedictorian or salutatorian, school board members decided at the Sept. 12 meeting.

Teachers honored through Teacher Rewards Program

posted: 09/28/2011 1:57 a.m.

Ten educators each received a $100 Teacher Reward Card at an award presentation ceremony at the Gentry Primary School during a staff meeting on Monday.

Schools report to public

posted: 09/28/2011 1:56 a.m.

An annual report to the public was included in the Sept. 19 meeting of the Gentry School Board.

Casey presented with Reagan excellence in education award

posted: 09/28/2011 1:53 a.m.

Ashley Casey, kindergarten teacher at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette, was honored at last week’s meeting of the Gravette School Board.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 09/28/2011 1:52 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry School for Sept. 19-23 are:

Job fair teaches resume writing, interview skills

posted: 09/28/2011 1:51 a.m.

More than 50 people were assisted during the job fair last week at the Gravette Public Library. The fair was originated by library manager Kim Schneider.


posted: 09/28/2011 1:49 a.m.

Area Community/Church Meetings and Events

As appeared in the Feb. 5, 1930, issue of the Gentry Courier-Journal.

posted: 09/28/2011 1:46 a.m.

Meeting of Benton County Board of Education March 8th: To Consider Consolidation Petitions.

E.H. Club provides helpful household hints

posted: 09/28/2011 1:45 a.m.

After a delicious lunch hosted by Orpha Wardlaw, the September meeting of the Maysville E. H. Club was called to order by the president. Melinda Crawley led the group singing The Yellow Rose of Texas which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Melinda read a poem entitled We’ll Never Know.


posted: 09/28/2011 1:44 a.m.

“Oh how I loveYour law! It is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97 (read 97-104 ) How sad it is that people, often counting themselves wise, neglect the true source of wisdom. The world claims to be filled with knowledge but few really know and understand.

Puppet show planned as fundraiser for Feed My Sheep

posted: 09/28/2011 1:44 a.m.

The White Mouse Puppet Ministry will be performing at the Gravette Church of Christ at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2. The program is a fundraiser for the Feed My Sheep Food Pantry and will be hosted by the Gravette First Christian Church. According to pantry director Ann Honderich, “It’s a wonderful show for all ages with great music and a variety of fun puppets to see. All of our pantry staff guarantee you will receive a blessing from this show and we would appreciate the support of the community.” There is no admission fee, however a love offering will be taken at the end of the show. Tickets will be available for a chance to win a beautiful queensized quilt made by Betty Howard. All funds raised will be donated to the pantry.

Gravette Senior Center Menu

posted: 09/28/2011 1:43 a.m.

Week of October 3 - 7


posted: 09/28/2011 1:42 a.m.

We got another good rain and the temperature has been much better. Guess fall is getting close.


posted: 09/28/2011 1:41 a.m.

There was a fair turnout of voters in last Tuesday’s school board election.

Tuesday, September 27

Corn maze commemorates 150th anniversary of Civil War

posted: 09/27/2011 11:57 p.m.

Is your family looking for a fun destination to spend the day?

Let's fill the boxes for the troops

posted: 09/27/2011 11:57 p.m.

Everybody who is reading this should be patting themselves on the back right now.

Fall color reports available on

posted: 09/27/2011 11:57 p.m.

Most of us enjoy the arrival of fall and cooler weather.

Cave Springs Days coming

posted: 09/27/2011 11:57 p.m.

“Home Sweet Home” is the theme of Cave Springs Days 2011.

A Hard but Deserved Success

posted: 09/27/2011 11:57 p.m.

Duan Xiang Chen & Na Ru Chen, the owners of Chen’s Garden, located in town center of Bella Vista, have enjoyed a staggering amount of accolades from their customers during their 9th culinary career. Opened the Chen’s Garden in 2002 without any restaurant experience, they worked about 14-16 hours per day to polished their culinary skill where learnt from their family, learnt English and local customers’ diet habit, perfected their menu, and then built quite a loyal following. Now Chen’s Garden has become a famous haunt for citizens in this town and visitors to Bella Vista.

Write to Santa

posted: 09/27/2011 11:57 p.m.

Back by popular demand for the fifth year, the Bella Vista Library will send personalized letters from Santa to your children or grandchildren — or that special someone of any age — this holiday season.

Corn mazes and more offer fall fun in northwest Arkansas

posted: 09/27/2011 11:57 p.m.

Plenty of a-maze-ing fun can be found in northwest Arkansas at Farmland Adventures in Springdale, Huck’s Corn Maze in Lowell and Ozark Corn Maze in Cave Springs.

Booths available at holiday bazaar

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

The Bella Vista Property Owners Association is preparing to host its annual Christmas Bazaar, and organizers are expecting a bigger turnout than in previous years.

Deck the halls with a Christmas wreath

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

When the Festival of Trees started in 2008, organizers wanted to add something indoors, Sylvia Camacho-Green of the Bella Vista Property Owners Association said.

Festival of Trees brings changes in 2011

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

This year’s Festival of Trees will take on a new look, primarily that of an event held indoors for the first time in the five years of the event’s history.

Trunk or Treat a popular event for kids of all ages

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

The following Trunk or Treat events will be held in the city.

Mule jumpin’ an integral part of ’coon hunting

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

The 22nd annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump is expected to be attended by thousands of people, but it began as an aside to earlier fall festivals.


posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

Food vendors at the Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival will offer a myriad of taste-bud-tempting selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, snacks.

Spooktacular coming to a library near you

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

Witches, goblins and ghouls, get ready for some Halloween fun at this year’s Spooktacular carnival.

Goat pasture will soon be craft-show venue

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

The goats that normally graze a piece of land along County Road 40 will not be present for four days in October so that the fifth annual Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Craft Show can be held.

All are invited to Oktoberfest

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

Do the polka and chow down on some brats Saturday, Oct. 8, at an Oktoberfest celebration sponsored by the Friends of the Bella Vista Library.

Ladies and gentlemen: 'Start your Dachshunds'

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

In it’s five-year history, one local event has developed a huge following. And some of the followers come armed with leashes, treats and pooper scoopers.

2011: A mix of old and new

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

This year’s Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival will include both old and new faces selling their wares.

Tens of thousands expected to attend the fair this year

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

Forty-two years and counting. That’s how long the Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival has been in existence.

Welcome to the 43rd annual Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Fair

posted: 09/27/2011 11:56 p.m.

Why does time speed by so quickly as we grow older ? This is when it should slow down. It seemed to me that growing up in Minnesota, I waited for 50 years to turn 21, and now the years fly by. The ramblings of the aged … It seems as though I just started as director of the Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival, even though this is my third year. We have changed a lot and tried new things — and some even worked.

Wednesday, September 21


posted: 09/21/2011 2:01 a.m.

September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20

Vote goes for chicks

posted: 09/20/2011 11:53 p.m.

In a meeting hall filled with members of the community, the final council decision granting an appeal to a planning commission denial of a conditional use permit for a large chicken growing operation within city limits may have been more than an upset.

Former Gentry mayor sues city officials

posted: 09/20/2011 11:52 p.m.

Former Gentry Mayor Wes Hogue is suing the current mayor and fire chief for access to records concerning money he said was raised for the Fire Department.

Maysville residents voice support for post office

posted: 09/20/2011 11:51 p.m.

MAYSVILLE — The fate of the Maysville Post Office, one of the oldest in northwest Arkansas, was discussed at a meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Maysville Community Building.

Empire inspecting transmission lines

posted: 09/20/2011 11:51 p.m.

Beginning last Friday and continuing through the next two weeks, Empire District Electric Company is completing its annual inspection of company transmission lines. The completion date for the program is dependent upon weather and wind conditions.

Gravette to consider new ordinances

posted: 09/20/2011 11:50 p.m.

Gravette City Council will consider two ordinances when it holds its regular monthly meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Gravette Civic Center.

City applies for grant to create nature area

posted: 09/20/2011 11:50 p.m.

City council approved, by resolution on Sept. 12, resubmitting an application for a Wildlife Recreation Facilities Grant for the conversion of city-owned property along Flint Creek near Arkansas Highway 59 into a nature area with fishing ponds.

First reading held on ward boundary ordinance

posted: 09/20/2011 11:49 p.m.

As a result of the new population figures in the 2010 Census, ward boundaries must be re-adjusted in the city to comply with state law.

Maize maze teaches right choices

posted: 09/20/2011 11:47 p.m.

Is your family looking for an unusual destination to spend a day? Is your church searching for a spot to take the kids and youth groups? Do you need a good place to host a reunion or birthday party?

More money for park trees

posted: 09/20/2011 11:46 p.m.

Cargill employees Jason Witt, Laura Vogt, Stephanie Burroughs and Sarah Whipple presented a $1,000 check from the company to Main Street Gentry Chamber of Commerce for the planting of trees in the Gentry City Park.

Reeves, All Americans to play in Saturday benefit for B.J. DuVall

posted: 09/20/2011 11:45 p.m.

Jack Reeves of Gravette and his “All Americans” country music band has scheduled a benefit concert for the wife of his one-time guitar player.

Gravette loses close match to Farmington

posted: 09/20/2011 11:45 p.m.

In a decisive fourth game, Farmington broke away from a 17-all tie to engineer a 25-21 win and take the match three-games-to-one against the hometown Lions.

Gentry makes Siloam work for win

posted: 09/20/2011 11:44 p.m.

The Pioneers gave the Panthers a run for their money in the non-conference game on a damp Friday night in Pioneer Stadium but in the end lost by a score of 33-16.

Lions bring home big win from Oklahoma

posted: 09/20/2011 11:43 p.m.

After a more than 100-mile trip, one way, last Friday night, the Gravette Lions brought home a 31-16 victory over Poteau, Okla. It was the Lions’ third win of the season without a loss and ends their preconference schedule. Poteau dropped to 2-1 for the season.

Bulldogs burned by Dragons

posted: 09/20/2011 11:43 p.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs lost 48-12 against Mountainburg on Friday in a 1-2 A Conference football game at Bulldog Stadium. The Dragons’ win improved their record to 3-0 in season play and 2-0 in conference play.

Lincoln defeats Junior Pioneers

posted: 09/20/2011 11:42 p.m.

Lincoln captured a turnover on the opening series by Gentry and converted it into points. Lane Maddox’s block of a Gentry punt after the Pioneers could not make a first down on the game’s first possession was the difference maker. Lincoln won 14-0 in what Wolves’ coach Brad Harris described as a slugfest last Thursday.

Gillespie becomes Eagle Scout

posted: 09/20/2011 11:40 p.m.

Jacob David Gillespie, 18, of Gravette, attained the rank of Eagle Scout Aug.

Hay Daze cancelled

posted: 09/20/2011 11:39 p.m.

Hay Daze, Highfill's annual festival which was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, has been cancelled, according to Mayor Stacy Digby.


posted: 09/20/2011 11:37 p.m.

A lot of us in the area remember Bonnie Boling. Sympathy is extended to her family.


posted: 09/20/2011 11:37 p.m.

We sure did get good rain this weekend. I think it covered a wide area. I know the farmers are glad to see it for pastures and their ponds.

GDE names September Pawsitive and Wise Kids

posted: 09/20/2011 11:36 p.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS Students of the Month for September are pictured, left to right: Jacen Galyean, Kassi Bird, Lillyen Youngblood, Emily Denver, Abigail Smith and Anna Crume.


posted: 09/20/2011 11:35 p.m.

Area Community and Church Events, Meetings and Announcements

Ellis on JBU Dean's List

posted: 09/20/2011 11:35 p.m.

Jennifer Ellis, of Gravette, has been named to John Brown University’s Dean’s List of distinguished students from the Degree Completion Program.

WESTSIDE: Senior Center Menus

posted: 09/20/2011 11:34 p.m.

Week of September 26 - 30

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 09/20/2011 11:33 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate and Primary Schools for the week of Sept 12-16 are:

Eagle Observer: CORRECTION

posted: 09/20/2011 11:26 p.m.

In last week's article on the Gravette candidates for school board, the photographs for John Ekstrand and Jonathan Watson were accidentally transposed. We apologize for any confusion our error may have caused.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: The need to keep up with technology

posted: 09/20/2011 11:26 p.m.

With the ever-changing technology of our day, it's become almost a necessity for those of us middle-aged and above to keep up. Why? If we don't, it seems we get left behind and miss out on much of what is going on around us in the world and even in our own families. Catching on to some forms of technology wasn't too difficult for me because the basics from older technologies remained the same.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Never too old to get in trouble

posted: 09/20/2011 11:25 p.m.

Time flies when you’re having fun! Ever heard that before? Did you ever get home several hours later than you should have and meet the sleep deprived and haggard person at the door? The person you had great hopes of being fast asleep in their bed, wide eyed and angry, standing before you as you opened the door?

SUSAN SAYS: The possibilities of fall and apples

posted: 09/20/2011 11:25 p.m.

Fall is almost here with all its possibilities. Friday marks the arrival of the annual autumnal equinox and the days will begin to grow noticeably shorter. We’re having cooler days and nights and good rains over the weekend have helped green up the lawn.


posted: 09/20/2011 11:24 p.m.

Editor, Loved the article ("How did we ever Survive?")! I grew up in northeast Iowa, on a farm, in the '50s/'60s, and can totally relate to what you wrote.

Tuesday, September 13

Water rising

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

On Monday city council members approved, on its third and final reading, an ordinance that will raise city water and sewer rates by 3 percent beginning in November.

One seat contested in school board race

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

School board elections are set for Tuesday, Sept. 20, but the only contested race is for the Zone 4 seat, with Randall Bolinger and Kent Swinney on the ballot.

Three seek Gravette School Board seat

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

Voters in Gravette School District will choose a new school board member in the annual election scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Fire allowed to burn itself out

posted: 09/13/2011 11:08 p.m.

A large forest fire in rough terrain northeast of Sulphur Springs was expected to burn itself out over last weekend and clear the air over a large area in northwest Benton County.

OCH drug theft lands patients behind bars

posted: 09/13/2011 11:07 p.m.

Two patients at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette were arrested after it was discovered that a quantity of drugs had been stolen from a crash cart in the hospital.

Arkansas blacksmiths forge new future

posted: 09/13/2011 11:07 p.m.

With fires raging and anvils ringing, the Blacksmiths Organization of Arkansas (B.O.A.), the local affiliate of the national Artist Blacksmiths’ Association of North America, opened its workshop this weekend at the Tired Iron antique tractor show in Gentry.

Area districts file to open charter schools

posted: 09/13/2011 11:06 p.m.

Three area school districts say they want to open conversion charter schools. Lincoln, Elkins and Gravette school districts each filed a letter of intent to open their charter programs next school year.

Gravette candidates for school board share views

posted: 09/13/2011 11:05 p.m.

Three candidates are vying for a seat on the Gravette School Board and share reasons for running and views below: John Ekstrant John Ekstrant, of Bella Vista, married to wife Amy for 11 years. They have two daughters, Emily, 6, who is in the first grade at Glenn Duffy Elementary, and Savannah, 12 weeks old. Has lived in Bella Vista since 2006. His parents and brother also live in Bella Vista.

Adoption fees set for the dogs

posted: 09/13/2011 11:04 p.m.

An ordinance setting animal adoption fees and procedures was adopted by the city council Monday on three readings with a single vote and with an emergency clause attached.

Council approves new ward boundaries

posted: 09/13/2011 11:03 p.m.

City council wards have been redrawn in Decatur to accommodate the growing population and the housing developments along Grant Street.

Memory of old bridge lives on

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

Through spring floods, dry seasons and winter storms, the Spavinaw Creek Bridge on Limekiln Road stood for more than 80 years, providing residents with safe passage from Decatur to Gravette.

'Ride for Joplin' event set for Saturday

posted: 09/13/2011 10:57 p.m.

Ozarks Community Hospitals in Missouri and Gravette are planning a “Ride For Joplin” this Saturday, Sept. 17, to raise funds for Joplin schools which were damaged in the monster tornado last May.

Gravette man arrested on new charges

posted: 09/13/2011 10:57 p.m.

The Gravette man arrested Sept. 2 and charged with the Aug. 31 break-in at Teasley Drug was arrested a second time last Thursday, Sept. 8.

Gravette city meeting rescheduled

posted: 09/13/2011 10:56 p.m.

A meeting of the Gravette City Council Committee of the Whole, regularly scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, has been rescheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m., at the City Hall.

Local youth participate in Benton County 4-H Pullet Show and Sale

posted: 09/13/2011 10:56 p.m.

Jim Rieff, auctioneer and Friend of 4-H, plied his skills at the recent 4-H Pullet Show held at the Benton County Fairgrounds. The 125 individuals attending easily noted his personal interest to ensure the 39 4-H member participants received the maximum financial incentive for their project efforts.

Fall festival set

posted: 09/13/2011 10:56 p.m.

With cooler weather finally here and fall just a week away, Gentry’s Annual United Way Fall Festival is just around the corner and plans for the annual event are unfolding.


posted: 09/13/2011 10:55 p.m.

Area Community and Church Events and Announcements

OFF THE CUFF: September 11th is a day we must remember

posted: 09/13/2011 10:53 p.m.

If you joined me the past several days in front of the TV set, or read numerous newspaper stories, or even turned to the Sunday comics section in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, you saw many facets of coverage of September 11, 2001, and its anniversary.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Fall calving is like a vacation, sort of

posted: 09/13/2011 10:53 p.m.

A jacket to check the heifers yesterday morning was a new experience. I found some things in the pockets that were lost since last spring! A pair of gloves that are so wadded up I may never be able to get them on, my good pliers that I accused the offspring of losing and some seeds that had sprouted and died in the dirt in the seam! Of course, I lost the jacket pretty quick but the air was so crisp and nice that I was singing old trail songs and grinning!

A WALK IN THE PARK: A hobby that's gone wild

posted: 09/13/2011 10:52 p.m.

Recently, I have been thinking about people who have interesting and unusual hobbies and/or occupations. I decided to use my curiosity as a means of learning more about a wildlife rehabilitation service here in our area. I found out that “retirement” means different things to different people.

LOOKING BACK: An excerpt about a special granddaughter

posted: 09/13/2011 10:52 p.m.

When I first began writing columns, many of my stories were about my only granddaughter, who has lived next door since she was a baby. When Morgan began middle school, a teacher laminated an article I wrote about her and put it on the school bulletin board. Morgan told me, "I felt so special!" Here’s an excerpt of the article I wrote many years ago:


posted: 09/13/2011 10:50 p.m.

September 14, 2011

Fly-in held at Cherokee Strip

posted: 09/13/2011 10:48 p.m.

A day that started off overcast and with the threat of rain showers couldn't have turned out to be a much prettier day for Saturday lunch at the Don and Lorrie Amos farm just west of Cherokee City.

Joint road paving project completed

posted: 09/13/2011 10:46 p.m.

A paving project on Limekiln Road in Gravette was completed last week through the cooperation of the city and the Benton County Road Department.

Tired Iron makes great showing

posted: 09/13/2011 10:42 p.m.

The sputter of old engines, the buzz of sawmills and the hammering of hot metal on anvils was again heard on the show grounds of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks, in Gentry, last weekend.

Leeman spends time in Germany

posted: 09/13/2011 10:42 p.m.

Erica Leeman, a junior in the Honors Program in the U of A Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences spent six weeks in Ger many this summer in an advanced language and culture program through the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Kerr visits Austria

posted: 09/13/2011 10:40 p.m.

Karen Kerr of Gravette and her grandson, Jeremy McGarrah, earlier this summer, visited in Michledorf, Austria, with Magdalena Riedler and her family.

The circus is coming to town

posted: 09/13/2011 10:40 p.m.

An old fashioned circus will be in Gravette this Friday, Sept. 16, under sponsorship of the Gravette Kiwanis Club, according to JayOliphant, publicity chair for the club.

New Columns Take Shape

posted: 09/13/2011 10:39 p.m.

New entrance columns at Kindley Memorial Park in Gravette are nearing completion as stone mason Sam Green of Green Heart Realty completed the block work last week

Benton County Cleanup Day set for Oct. 1

posted: 09/13/2011 10:35 p.m.

Area residents are invited to participate in “Benton County Cleanup Day” Saturday, Oct. 1.

Alexander shares the wealth

posted: 09/13/2011 10:33 p.m.

Gravette’s Clayton Alexander said he enjoys getting all his friends in on the action.

Bulldogs overcome Hartford Hustlers

posted: 09/13/2011 10:31 p.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs defeated the Hartford Hustlers 37-19 on Friday, winning the 1-2 A Conference football game at Bulldog Stadium.

Fly Fishing Tourney to be held at Decatur anglers' club

posted: 09/13/2011 10:29 p.m.

On Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will benefit from an inaugural event: the Spring Valley Redbone Fly Fishing Invitational.

Charleston gets past Gentry in fourth-quarter

posted: 09/13/2011 10:28 p.m.

It looked like a quick trick-play touchdown and a solid defense would hold up for Gentry. But Charleston wore down the Pioneers and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to escape with a 14-6 victory Friday.

Cross country teams run first race

posted: 09/13/2011 10:27 p.m.

The Pioneer cross country athletes ran their first race Saturday at Shiloh. The boys (small schools) came in second overall. Barnabus Cheney came in 11th, Alex Wiebe came in ninth and Cody Lee came in seventh. Karoline Page came in 13th in the girls division. The team is coached by Michael Graham.

Lady Pioneers lose volleyball matches

posted: 09/13/2011 10:18 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers lost their volleyball matches last week.

GHS plans book fair

posted: 09/13/2011 10:17 p.m.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Gravette High School Library Media Center will host its annual book fair on parent-teacher conference day.

Character winners

posted: 09/13/2011 10:17 p.m.

The Character Education Winners at the Gentry Intermediate School for the month of August are:

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 09/13/2011 10:16 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Schools announced


posted: 09/13/2011 10:14 p.m.

“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself as the glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:22-27 (read 22-33 )

Vets asked to submit photos

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

Robin Morris, social studies instructor at Gravette Middle School, is seeking assistance from all veterans who reside in the Gravette School District.

Jolly Good Times Club meets

posted: 09/13/2011 10:12 p.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Citizens Center with three members and two guests present.

Westside: Senior Menus

posted: 09/13/2011 10:12 p.m.

Week of Sept. 19-23


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

Where were you when 9-11 hit? I was with my husband at the VA Hospital Clinic in Fayetteville. People were wondering if we should stay in that Federal Building. In fact a few did leave.


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

This weather has been great this week if we could just get some more rain. Guess we always want a little different than we get, or maybe it’s just me.

Wednesday, September 7

Tired iron to hold fall show

posted: 09/07/2011 11:04 p.m.

Tired Iron of the Ozarks will hold its 20th annual fall show this weekend, with this year’s show promising to be bigger than ever. In addition to old tractors and farm implements, antique engines, saw mills, antique household items and a fully-functional blacksmith’s shop, this year’s show will include a gathering of the Missouri Regional Garden Tractor Club, meaning many antique garden tractors will also be at the show grounds for visitors to see.

Construction started on county road yard

posted: 09/07/2011 11:03 p.m.

Benton County applied for and received a building permit from the city of Decatur last week for a new County Road Yard and work is already under way, according to Mayor Charles Linam. The new road yard will be located off of Arkansas Highway 102 West inside the city limits and service the west side of the county.

Teasley drug burglarized

posted: 09/07/2011 11:03 p.m.

Authorities are seeking information concerning persons who may be involved with a break-in and burglary at Teasley Drug in Gravette.

Cousin shoots cousin

posted: 09/07/2011 11:02 p.m.

Neighbors’ silence about past events at the Royce Webb house, 14425 W. Arkansas 102 west of Centerton, spoke volumes about the environment leading up to a Tuesday shooting. Velena Callis, who lives just east of the Webb residence, said she’d only heard a “guy had been shot.” “We really didn’t know them,” Callis said.

Fish habitat added to Crystal Lake

posted: 09/07/2011 11:01 p.m.

Arkansas Game and Fish fisheries officials have been working on a project to create a GPS map of Crystal Lake and improve fish habitat.

Bloomfield Corn Maze set to open on Sept. 16

posted: 09/07/2011 11:01 p.m.

The Bloomfield Corn/Hay Maze will be open weekends beginning Sept. 16 and continuing through Nov. 6. It is also available on weekdays by appointment.

Job fair to be held in Gravette Library

posted: 09/07/2011 11 p.m.

Area residents who would welcome assistance in learning to write a resume, or the particulars of how to prepare and participate in a job interview, are invited to attend a job fair workshop at the Gravette Public Library.

Clinard begins hearings on assessment appeals

posted: 09/07/2011 10:59 p.m.

County Judge Bob Clinard began hearings Tuesday as part of the appeals process for property owners dissatisfied with the county’s reappraisal of their holdings.

Woman arrested for Garden Walk theft

posted: 09/07/2011 10:59 p.m.

The Gravette Police Department, last Wednesday, arrested a Bella Vista woman for an alleged felony theft and filing a false police report.


posted: 09/07/2011 10:57 p.m.

September 7, 2011

Redistricting map presented

posted: 09/07/2011 10:56 p.m.

A draft map showing a possible configuration of the county’s justice of the peace districts was presented to the Benton County Election Commission on Thursday.


posted: 09/07/2011 10:54 p.m.

Area Community and Church Announcements/Events

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Does having grandkids make a fellow old?

posted: 09/07/2011 10:51 p.m.

If having grandkids is a sign of age, I think I’m getting old. The number of my grandkids is getting close to catching up with the number of our kids. Our 14th arrived on Friday. With just a couple more, the score between kids and grandkids will be tied; and after that it will be more difficult to keep track of my grandkids than kids — a sure sign of old age! On Friday, Mrs. Griz and I, just minutes after his birth, received photos of Elijah, grandchild number 14, born in Jonesboro, and we received them in our car while driving back for a visit with other kids in northwestern Kansas.

OFF THE CUFF: What do you do when an Act of Congress destroys marital bliss?

posted: 09/07/2011 10:51 p.m.

There’s a battle brewing in a home in the neighborhood. For sanitary reasons, I won’t mention names. There could be bloodshed. I think you understand.

SUSAN SAYS: Treasure relationships with family, friends

posted: 09/07/2011 10:50 p.m.

I have just endured one of the most grueling weeks of my life. It was quite a shock when I learned early Friday, Aug.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Don't let tempers rule when dealing with bulls

posted: 09/07/2011 10:50 p.m.

Neighboring bulls fighting tore my fence down and stomped the wire into the ground. No, it was not my bulls fighting their bulls; it was about six miles from my bull pasture. Rented that place years ago and still use it for a heifer pasture because it is six miles from the bulls! Good thought, isn’t it? Well, nothing to do but repair the fence and hope nothing else happened. Tom’s bulls had escaped their home and attacked the bulls nextdoor to them. They all left home and, finding an open gate, deposited themselves in the pasture adjoining mine.

Pioneers lose to Colcord

posted: 09/07/2011 10:49 p.m.

The Pioneers opened their season at Colcord, Okla., on Thursday night with a 6 point loss to the Hornets.

Gravette beats Jay 50-26 during first season game

posted: 09/07/2011 10:47 p.m.

Gravette Lions Varsity Football season got underway Friday with a 50-26 win against the Jay, Okla. Bulldogs.

Kapner wins silver metal

posted: 09/07/2011 10:45 p.m.

Local Olympic Winner

Bulldogs lose to Tahlequah JV

posted: 09/07/2011 10:44 p.m.

Snap of the game

Gentry drops ball at Farmington

posted: 09/07/2011 10:41 p.m.

The Cardinal nest had no room for Gentry. Farmington defeated the Pioneers with a three-game sweep in a girls’ volleyball match Aug. 30.

Big night ahead for Gravette Youth Football players

posted: 09/07/2011 10:41 p.m.

Saturday night, Sept. 10, is probably the biggest game of the year for Gravette Youth football players. It’s the night of the big Orange/ Black games when two teams from each age group play each other in Lion Stadium.

Mitchell honored for 30 years of service at GSD

posted: 09/07/2011 10:40 p.m.

A reception honoring Mitchell Wilber for his 30 years of service to the Gravette Schools was held recently at the Middle School Cafeteria.

Fans plan Orange you glad to be a Gravette Lion night

posted: 09/07/2011 10:39 p.m.

Football players, cheerleaders and coaches are asking Gravette football fans to wear orange for Friday’s game against McDonald County. “We want to look in the stands and see a sea of orange,” said Gravette High School Cheer Coach Misty Flynt.

County website evolving

posted: 09/07/2011 10:37 p.m.

Benton County’s website is taking on a new look as the county tries to evolve into a onestop shop for online information.

Gravette sisters win best-ofbreed awards with dairy goats

posted: 09/07/2011 10:36 p.m.

A line of fascinated kids and parents gathered to watch Destiny Tate, 9, of Gravette, milking her Alpine Dairy Goat, Frenchetta, at the Benton County Fair last month.

Local Champions

posted: 09/07/2011 10:34 p.m.

Benton County Fair Winners

Local 4-H members named Teen Stars

posted: 09/07/2011 10:32 p.m.

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Office in Little Rock announced the following Benton County 4-H members have been named Arkansas 4-H Teen Stars for 2011-12 : Lane Walls of Cave Springs 4-H ; Joshua Lockhart, Town & Country 4-H ; Kirby Romines, Cave Springs 4-H ; Sarah Mills and Emily Pigeon, both members of Bloomfield 4-H ; and Levi Bingham, Town & Country 4-H.

Mt. Pleasant Auto Sales opens satellite

posted: 09/07/2011 10:31 p.m.

What does a respiratory therapist and paramedic do when he retires? Why, open an automotive repair shop, of course.

Senior Housing Project receives superior rating

posted: 09/07/2011 10:31 p.m.

Gravette Senior Citizens Housing was recently notified it received a superior rating by the Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation of Austin, Texas.

Gravette food pantry works to fight hunger by raffling quilt donated by Howard

posted: 09/07/2011 10:30 p.m.

September is Hunger Action Month and the Feed My Sheep Food Pantry in Gravette is giving an opportunity to area residents to take action to fight hunger.

Hendren announces plans to run for state senate seat

posted: 09/07/2011 10:29 p.m.

A former state representative who left the state political scene a decade ago announced plans Friday to return to the mix with a run for state Senate.

Gravette library to have book sale

posted: 09/07/2011 10:28 p.m.

The entire month of September is “Stuff a Sack” Month at the Gravette Public Library, according to Kim Schneider, library director. Persons may bring an average size plastic bag (or equivalent) to the library and stuff it full of surplus books, and other library materials, which the library regularly offers for sale. The cost for the bag of books is just $1, Schneider said.

Gravette library starts bookmobile service for Centerton residents

posted: 09/07/2011 10:27 p.m.

Gravette Public Library is starting a bookmobile service for persons in Centerton. The announcement comes from Kim Schneider, Gravette library director.


posted: 09/07/2011 10:25 p.m.

Area Public Meetings

Decatur Assembly of God to dedicate new facility Sunday

posted: 09/07/2011 10:24 p.m.

A dedication service for the new Decatur Assembly of God church building is planned for Sept. 11.

Gentry's Shining Stars

posted: 09/07/2011 10:22 p.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 are: Kindergarten — Daisy Boyer, Angela Sanchez, Brynn Cordeiro, Dillon Owens, Mason Musich and Debanhi Guzman; First Grade — Tyson Vang, Jacie Shoup, Cinthia Aguilar, Clark Morris and Juan Garcia; Second Grade — Damien Fowler, Rita Vang, Gao Yee Lee, Kelsey Barber and Rhiana Cox.


posted: 09/07/2011 10:22 p.m.

It is good to see Shirley Belts out and around again.


posted: 09/07/2011 10:21 p.m.

We are having nice weather now. It gets a little warmer in the afternoons but nothing like we had been having. I’m looking forward to fall weather.

WESTSIDE: Senior Menus

posted: 09/07/2011 10:21 p.m.

For the week of September 12 - 16