Wednesday, April 25

Opening set for Gravette wildlife trail

posted: 04/25/2012 3:46 a.m.

A grand opening ceremony is planned this Saturday to inaugurate Gravette’s Wildlife Observation /Walking Trail, located just south of the ball fields in Pop Allum Park.

Special meeting called to approve fire truck repair

posted: 04/25/2012 3:45 a.m.

Engine repair for Gentry’s largest fire truck was approved at a special council meeting on April 18.

Decatur State Bank receives purchase offer

posted: 04/25/2012 3:44 a.m.

Decatur State Bank will have a new owner if the Federal Reserve Board approves.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Pee Wee Cheerleader Signups

posted: 04/25/2012 3:43 a.m.

Gravette pee wee cheerleader signups will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, at the Upper Elementary playground.

Summer reading plans told

posted: 04/25/2012 3:42 a.m.

The Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur will be holding a reading contest, as well as a traditional summer reading program, to encourage kids to develop a love for books.

'Murder in the Knife Room' to be presented

posted: 04/25/2012 3:41 a.m.

"Murder in the Knife Room," written by Jonathan Rand, will be performed at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 26, in the Gentry High School auditorium.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 04/25/2012 3:39 a.m.

Sunday was a cool day, but the sunshine was nice. We could use some more rain.

Arkansas Night set May 1

posted: 04/25/2012 3:38 a.m.

The Decatur Northside Elementary School will celebrate “all things Arkansas” at Arkansas Night on May 1.

Child Wellness Grant given to middle school

posted: 04/25/2012 3:37 a.m.

Gravette Middle School has been awarded a Child Wellness Improvement Grant from the State of Arkansas. The grant of $15,271 will provide a new physical education curriculum with equipment included. Jeff Gravette, Gravette School District wellness chairman, wrote the grant under the direction of Gravette Middle School principal Duane Thomas.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I'm sorry to hear of your broken arm

posted: 04/25/2012 3:36 a.m.

Sure sorry to hear about your broken arm. How did it happen? Yes, I am talking to you, the feller who said he would write me a check as soon as he got home where his checkbook had been inadvertently left.

A WALK IN THE PARK: I like little tastes of heaven

posted: 04/25/2012 3:35 a.m.

Just maybe, I have become a chocoholic.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Purifying and conforming ourselves to His image

posted: 04/25/2012 3:33 a.m.

“And everyone who has this hope on him purifies himself, even as that One is pure. ” 1 John 3:3 (Read 3:1-10 ) Because Jesus Christ suffered and died upon the cross for the sins of the world and rose again on the third day, our hope as believers is in heaven. We look forward to that Day when our Lord and Savior returns and changes us to be like Him that we might live with Him forever in His heavenly kingdom!

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: People are like sheep without a shepherd

posted: 04/25/2012 3:32 a.m.

There’s a passage in the Gospel of Matthew which so well describes the people of this world: “And seeing the crowds, He was moved with pity for them, because they were tired and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd ” (9:36).

Poker run planned

posted: 04/25/2012 3:31 a.m.

Motorcycle riders and Decatur firefighters will be working together to raise money for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital at the Third Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run, to be held on May 5.

Hiwasse meeting informs residents of city services

posted: 04/25/2012 3:29 a.m.

About 30 Hiwasse residents attended a meeting Thursday evening to hear explanation of services that will be available to the newly annexed area which becomes a part of Gravette this weekend.

Tired Iron of the Ozarks holds 20th spring show

posted: 04/25/2012 3:27 a.m.

Once again, the sounds of old engines, antique tractors, hammers clanking against hot iron on anvils and sawmills cutting logs into timbers could be heard at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks show grounds over the weekend.

Gentry shut out by Ozark

posted: 04/25/2012 3:27 a.m.

Though the Pioneers held their own for three innings against the visiting Ozark Hillbillies on April 18, the Hillbillies picked up 11 runs in the fourth and fifth, to shut out the Pioneers, 11-0.

Gravette teams come up short on the ball diamond

posted: 04/25/2012 3:25 a.m.

Gravette’s Lady Lions traveled to Prairie Grove last Wednesday and, even though they out-hit the home team 9-3, the Lions couldn’t put it all together and came home on the short end of the 6-4 score.

District seeks volunteer to fill vacant school board seat

posted: 04/25/2012 3:21 a.m.

The Decatur School District is seeking volunteers for the Zone 1 school board position, according to superintendent Larry Ben.

School board renews teachers' contracts

posted: 04/25/2012 3:20 a.m.

Contracts for teachers in the Gentry School District were renewed on April 16 by the school board. With a single vote, school board members (with the exception of Clarence Kreger and Coye Cripps, who were absent) approved the rehiring of the current certified staff for the 2012-2013 school year.

Gravette's school board approves bonds to finance new middle school

posted: 04/25/2012 3:19 a.m.

The Gravette School Board has approved issuance of bonds to finance construction of the new middle school addition and construction of two new ball fields on the high school campus.

Gentry student earns Lyons College awards

posted: 04/25/2012 3:18 a.m.

Lyon College student Lauren Mills of Gentry earned awards at Lyon College’s annual Honors Convocation April 17. Mills received the Fred Wann Intramural Participation Award. She also was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Carnahan completes Navy basic training

posted: 04/25/2012 3:07 a.m.

Navy Seaman David M. Carnahan, son of Kimberly A. and Darrin L. Carnahan of Gravette, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 04/25/2012 3:05 a.m.

Former Hiwasse resident Vera Crockett passed away last week. At one time the Crockett family were well known in the area, having lived here several years.

Decatur kindergarten and pre-K enrollment this week

posted: 04/25/2012 3:03 a.m.

The Decatur Northside Elementary School will hold kindergarten and pre-kindergarten enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 30 and May 1.

Wednesday, April 18

Tractor show cranking up

posted: 04/18/2012 1:12 a.m.

With springtime here and crops being planted in the fields, it's time once again to crank up those old engines and tractors at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks show grounds for the three-day show which begins Friday.

Store will soon close

posted: 04/18/2012 1:11 a.m.

L&L Farms, Inc., of Decatur, will be closing the Decatur General Store.

City prepares to take in Hiwasse

posted: 04/18/2012 1:10 a.m.

Transitioning services for the Hiwasse area, which will become a part of the city of Gravette later this month, were discussed at the Gravette City Council committee meeting Thursday.

Arrests made in sexual assault

posted: 04/18/2012 1:09 a.m.

Three residents of Gentry were arrested on April 11 on felony charges related to sexual abuse of a child.

Road department complex 'unofficially opened'

posted: 04/18/2012 1:08 a.m.

About 50 people attended a public forum and “unofficial opening” of the new west-side Benton County road department complex in Decatur Monday evening.

Hiwasse meeting set

posted: 04/18/2012 1:07 a.m.

A special meeting of Gravette Mayor Byron Warren with Hiwasse residents and service providers will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hiwasse Baptist Church. The purpose of the public meeting is to discuss city services and how they will be provided to newly annexed residents by the city of Gravette.

Gentry school staff to receive bonus

posted: 04/18/2012 1:06 a.m.

Though both the certified and classified staff of the Gentry Public School District had requested raises for the coming year, teachers and staff will receive a $1,000 bonus instead.

Poultry conference set

posted: 04/18/2012 1:05 a.m.

The Poultry Federation and Poultry Partners, Inc., are bringing the two organizations’ annual symposiums together at the 2012 Annual Spring Symposium on Wednesday, April 25, at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers.

E-books coming to public library

posted: 04/18/2012 1:05 a.m.

It won’t be long until e-books will be available at the Gravette Public Library, according to Kim Schneider, library director.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: GSAC Fundraiser

posted: 04/18/2012 1:04 a.m.

Gentry Senior Activity Center will hold a chili, potato soup, and beans with cornbread dinner on April 20 to raise funds for the center and its meals program. The center continues its raffle of a 37-inch Visio TV donated by Walmart, which will be given away on April 30. For more information, call the center at 736-0378.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 04/18/2012 1:03 a.m.

Marjorie Ann Chiles, 70, of Mansfield, died April 14, 2012, at Sparks Medical Center in Fort Smith.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I'm going to stop procrastinating soon!

posted: 04/18/2012 1:02 a.m.

The grass fire wasn’t too bad; we got it out before it took the entire old chicken coop. The fire department was here pretty quick, sirens howling, lights flashing, men hollering out instructions and not one person listening. Old Dog was under the bushes behind the well house, and I was wishing I could join him.

A SECOND OPINION: Mouse hunting is family fun

posted: 04/18/2012 1:01 a.m.

Hi, my name is Rosebud, and I'm the Jessen family cat. I decided to help my human, Janelle, write this column because I'm trying to convince her what a great pet I am.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Politicians are like dog owners

posted: 04/18/2012 1 a.m.

As the campaign season builds — does it really ever end? — and citizens are again urged to lend their support to one or more of the candidates for office, I’d like to pose a somewhat rhetorical question: What do politicians and dog owners have in common?

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Are you walking in light or in darkness?

posted: 04/18/2012 12:59 a.m.

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:6-7 (Read 1 John 1:1— 2:2)

SUSAN SAYS: It's time to save the earth one little bit at a time

posted: 04/18/2012 12:58 a.m.

Sunday is Earth Day 2012 and a good time to focus on what we each can do to help make our world a better place to live. The old tried and true trio: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” is always a good place to start.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Dear Mayor Warren

posted: 04/18/2012 12:57 a.m.

Editor’s Note: As reported in the Westside Eagle Observer (Feb. 1) the Gravette City Council voted to erase the $1,500 owed by the small town of Chidester (Ouachita County) which purchased a 1985 outof-service fire truck from Gravette.

Gatrell celebrates 97th birthday

posted: 04/18/2012 12:56 a.m.

Lorene Gatrell, born April 9, 1915, to Eb and Eula Feaster, recently celebrated her 97th birthday.

Garden plots available in Gravette

posted: 04/18/2012 12:55 a.m.

The Gravette Community Gardens committee reminds readers that “the ground has been prepared at the Gardens and is ready for those who wish to garden a free 12-foot by 12-foot plot to sign up now.”

Tire-less car leads deputies on slow chase

posted: 04/18/2012 12:54 a.m.

An allegedly intoxicated woman, inside a battered car with two missing tires, led deputies on a low-speed chase near Decatur on April 6.

Pickup truck tools stolen in Decatur

posted: 04/18/2012 12:53 a.m.

A pickup truck owned by Peterson Farms was stolen from Hatchery 5 on Arkansas Highway 102 in Decatur late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to Decatur Police Chief Terry Luker.

Library closing for updates

posted: 04/18/2012 12:52 a.m.

The Gravette Public Library is receiving software for its new e-books service and will be closed for “an hour or two” on the following dates: Thurs., April 19, starting at 3 p.m.; Monday, April 26, starting at 3 p.m.

Pioneers win meet

posted: 04/18/2012 12:51 a.m.

The smaller field participating in the Lion Relays gave Gentry’s boys a better advantage than they needed Friday.

Pioneers beat Elks, fall to Tigers

posted: 04/18/2012 12:50 a.m.

With Nelson Watson and later Josh Sewell on the mound, the Gentry Pioneers held the visiting Elks of Elkins to six hits and three runs to win Friday’s game 11-3.

Still time to sign up for Lions Golf Classic

posted: 04/18/2012 12:49 a.m.

There is still opportunity for area golfers to show their skills at the Tenth Annual Gravette Lions Golf Classic which will be held May 5 at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista.

Decatur hires Coffer as new high school principal

posted: 04/18/2012 12:48 a.m.

Deborah Coffer was chosen to be the new Decatur High School principal at Monday’s school board meeting.

Watson accepted into Razorback marching band

posted: 04/18/2012 12:47 a.m.

Lensey Watson will be playing the piccolo for the University of Arkansas Razorback Marching band next fall and will receive a $500 band scholarship.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 04/18/2012 12:46 a.m.

Don’t forget the rabies clinic will be at the Hiwasse Fire Station on Monday, April 23, from 4 until 5:30 p.m.

Gravette hires Page for top post

posted: 04/18/2012 12:46 a.m.

A native of Arkansas who presently is superintendent of Neosho, Mo., schools, has accepted that position for the Gravette School District.

JBQ team headed to regionals

posted: 04/18/2012 12:45 a.m.

The Decatur Assembly of God fifth and sixth grade Junior Bible Quiz team won fourth place at the state meet on March 30 and 31, qualifying the team to move on to the regional level of competition.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 04/18/2012 12:43 a.m.

We got a good rain Sunday.

Wednesday, April 11

Decatur also loses second principal

posted: 04/11/2012 5:59 a.m.

Decatur Northside Elementary School Principal Leslie Sharp has submitted her resignation, according to Decatur school superintendent Larry Ben.

Gravette walking trail being expanded

posted: 04/11/2012 5:58 a.m.

Work is underway on the expansion and improvement of the Wildlife Walking Trail in Pop Allum Park in Gravette. Plans were announced for its official opening on Saturday, April 28.

Settlement reached in teacher lawsuit against Gentry district

posted: 04/11/2012 5:56 a.m.

A settlement was reached before the conclusion of a trial last week in a lawsuit filed by former Gentry teacher Eleanor McCrary against the Gentry School District.

New library cards to be issued to library patrons

posted: 04/11/2012 5:55 a.m.

New library cards are being prepared for users of the Gravette Public Library, said Kim Schneider, library director.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Community Literacy Program

posted: 04/11/2012 5:54 a.m.

The Decatur and Gravette Community Literacy Program is in need of volunteer tutors. Volunteers work two to three hours a week, and the program provides all training and materials. There is no need for tutors to speak any language other than English.

'Romeo and Juliet' will be coming to Gravette High on April 14, 15

posted: 04/11/2012 5:53 a.m.

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” coming to Gravette?

Police department to accept unwanted meds on April 28

posted: 04/11/2012 5:52 a.m.

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Gravette Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Six candidates for Decatur High School principal position chosen

posted: 04/11/2012 5:51 a.m.

The selection process for the next principal of Decatur High School has begun and six candidates have been chosen for further interviews.

Hog roast set

posted: 04/11/2012 5:50 a.m.

The Maysville Fire Department will hold a hog roast Saturday, May 5, at 6 p.m.

Pickup truck stolen in Decatur recovered in Cherokee, Co. (Okla.)

posted: 04/11/2012 5:49 a.m.

A pickup truck stolen from the parking lot of the Dollar Store in Decatur was recovered in Cherokee County, Oklahoma.

B & G club has new director

posted: 04/11/2012 5:47 a.m.

An announcement was made that Kyle Scogin is the new unit director of the Boys & Girls Club — Gravette unit, according to Chris Shimer, Chief Professional Officer of the Western Benton County Boys & Girls Club.

Council puts brakes on cruise night burnouts

posted: 04/11/2012 5:45 a.m.

Burnouts will no longer be a part of cruise nights in Gentry, following a unanimous resolution of the city council on April 2 to disallow the tire spinning because of health and safety issues and street damage.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 04/11/2012 5:42 a.m.

Aubree Elizabeth Finley, of Siloam Springs, died April 3, 2012, at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: There's no Christianity without the resurrection of Jesus

posted: 04/11/2012 5:41 a.m.

On Sunday, churches throughout the West celebrated Easter. For those of the Eastern Orthodox tradition, it will be celebrated next Sunday. While for many the focus of Easter celebrations is more on egg hunts and time with family and friends, the focus for Christians is on the resurrection of Jesus and what that means for each of us.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Our outlaws are still friendly

posted: 04/11/2012 5:40 a.m.

I was driving along when I heard a song on the radio about drinking, playing poker, fighting and stealing horses. I was jolted; I figured I knew that feller!

A WALK IN THE PARK: Take time to get out

posted: 04/11/2012 5:39 a.m.

Although I don’t often wear T-shirts, I do have one favorite. It is a pale lavender Life is Good brand T-shirt with a small, simple mountain landscape drawing on the front. Underneath the sketch are just two words: “Get out.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dear Mr. Mayor

posted: 04/11/2012 5:37 a.m.

As a resident and tax payer in the city of Gravette, I find your decision to pursue the annexation of Hiwasse a poor decision. The residents of Hiwasse wanted nothing to do with Gravette until Bella Vista wanted to annex. I do not think my tax dollars should be used to support a community that only used Gravette as a buffer against another city.

Human bones found near Cherokee City

posted: 04/11/2012 5:36 a.m.

Human bones were recovered on a bluff in the woods of western Benton County on Thursday.

LOOKING BACK: Area caves are certainly worth a visit

posted: 04/11/2012 5:35 a.m.

Reading a recent article about the Spanish Treasure Cave made me think about my "caving" experiences.

Boling honored for years of service

posted: 04/11/2012 5:33 a.m.

Danny Boling, a rural mail carrier at the Gravette Post Office, was honored recently for his years of service and safety record while serving rural patrons in the Gravette area.

'Business After Hours' events planned

posted: 04/11/2012 5:32 a.m.

The Gravette Chamber of Commerce looks forward to new programs in 2012, including networking and social events for local businesses and community members.

Pioneers shut out Huntsville and Berryville

posted: 04/11/2012 5:31 a.m.

The Gentry Pioneers shut out Huntsville on April 3, 10-0, but were then shut out themselves when they faced Shiloh Christian on Thursday, 17-0. But on Monday, the Pioneers again played a shutout game, beating Berryville.

Decatur swimming pool to stay open this summer

posted: 04/11/2012 5:30 a.m.

The Decatur city swimming pool will stay open this summer and the required handicapped chair lift will be paid for by a combination of grant money and the generosity of a local business.

Girls playing strong

posted: 04/11/2012 5:29 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers continue to play strong on the soccer field, picking up a number of victories. On Thursday the varsity girls beat Eureka Springs varsity girls’ team 6-0. This was the first conference game. Ana Palacios scored two goals. Bryanna Carter, Hannah Bond and Kanisha Eckarteach kicked in one.

Last week 'mixed bag' for Gravette ball teams

posted: 04/11/2012 5:29 a.m.

The past week was a “mixed bag” for Gravette High School ball teams.

Gentry, Gravette bring home medals from Siloam Springs track meet

posted: 04/11/2012 5:28 a.m.

Results of the Siloam Springs Panthers track meet held last week showed the following results for Gentry and Gravette harriers, with Gentry finishing in eighth place in the boys' division.

Gravette High School students again tops state at HOSA competition in Hot Springs

posted: 04/11/2012 5:27 a.m.

For the fifth straight year, Gravette Health Occupation Students of America students were tops in the state in competition held recently in Hot Springs.

MAYSVILLE E.H. CLUB REPORT

posted: 04/11/2012 5:26 a.m.

The Maysville E. H. Club met at the community building March 22 for the monthly meeting and a delicious lunch of Irish stew and soda bread. It was hosted by Melinda Crawley.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 04/11/2012 5:25 a.m.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Joy Lee McKeehan who passed away on Monday. Joy Lee was raised in Hiwasse, the daughter of Frank and Nell Reynolds.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 04/11/2012 5:23 a.m.

We had a beautiful Easter Sunday. We did get a good rain on Saturday which was needed.

Wednesday, April 4

Gravette approves annexation

posted: 04/04/2012 5:29 a.m.

Six-thirty-eight p.m. last Thursday, March 29, 2012, was a historic moment for the city of Gravette and the community of Hiwasse as they joined in a massive spirit of cooperation.

King resignation accepted, new Sharp contract tabled

posted: 04/04/2012 5:28 a.m.

School board members voted to accept Decatur high school principal Bobby King’s resignation at the March 26 meeting, but only after some controversy and a four-minute executive session.

Gentry School Board counts costs of new sports complex

posted: 04/04/2012 5:27 a.m.

While school board members would like to be able to move forward with the building of a new sports complex, they don’t wish to do anything which could jeopardize meeting the district’s future needs for a new academic facility.

Easter egg hunts set for Saturday, Sunday

posted: 04/04/2012 5:26 a.m.

Numerous Easter egg hunts are planned for this weekend, with a variety of prizes and treats for participating children.

Accused rustler gets rounded up

posted: 04/04/2012 5:25 a.m.

A Garfield man was arrested last week in connection with the theft of 13 cattle taken from the Decatur Livestock Auction and their attempted sale in Green Forest, according to Benton County authorities. Officials said the high prices cattle are bringing could lead to more thefts.

'Fiesta' theme of library gala

posted: 04/04/2012 5:24 a.m.

Friends of the Gentry Library have announced plans for a gala event, themed “Fiesta,” to benefit the Gentry Public Library.

No action taken at special meeting to discuss city liability issues

posted: 04/04/2012 5:23 a.m.

A special meeting of the Gravette City Council last Monday evening “to discuss city liability and responsibility for personal property” ended with a reminder that “tort immunity” protects the city involving claims against the municipality.

Six spoke at public hearing

posted: 04/04/2012 5:21 a.m.

Only six people spoke during the Gravette City Council public hearing concerning the voluntary Hiwasse annexation question Thursday evening.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Honestly, Mrs. Griz, the anesthesiologist is playing tricks on me!

posted: 04/04/2012 5:20 a.m.

I should have known before I went into surgery not to trust my anesthesiologist. He was full of jokes while prepping me for my turn in the operating room.

SUSAN SAYS: Life's been interesting back on the farm

posted: 04/04/2012 5:18 a.m.

I just came from the barn not long before penning these lines.

A SECOND OPINION: What should Decatur do with its pool?

posted: 04/04/2012 5:17 a.m.

On April 9, Decatur City Council members will have to decide whether or not to keep the city swimming pool open this summer, and they are asking for community feedback.

OFF THE CUFF: Should we let Gravette's Legion Post die?

posted: 04/04/2012 5:15 a.m.

An organization that had its beginning in Gravette 91 years ago may soon cease to exist.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Listen to the grass grow and the birds sing

posted: 04/04/2012 5:14 a.m.

Monday morning news is usually not what I want. They, the newscasters, always play ball games over, tell what the fashion gurus are doing and say dang little about the important things.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Rally Cry for Gravette's Legion Post

posted: 04/04/2012 5:13 a.m.

Editor, On Tuesday, March 20, American Legion members of Post 25 attempted to have a meeting. Only two members attended.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 04/04/2012 5:01 a.m.

We are sure having summer weather early. We got a good rain but could use more.

'Easter Egg Stravaganza' planned Saturday at OCH

posted: 04/04/2012 5 a.m.

An “Easter Egg Stravaganza” will be held Saturday, April 7, at the Ozarks Community Hospital Clinic in Gravette.

Negotiations stall in teacher suit against Gentry Schools

posted: 04/04/2012 4:59 a.m.

Gentry’s school board heard of a settlement offer made by former Gentry teacher Eleanor McCrary at its March 26 meeting and authorized district superintendent Randy Barrett to make a counter offer and seek to negotiate a settlement before yesterday’s trial date, but no agreement had been reached as of press time yesterday.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 04/04/2012 4:57 a.m.

Rodney Carl Cobb, 57, of Gentry, died March 29, 2012, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville.

Pioneers shoot down Blackhawks Monday

posted: 04/04/2012 4:56 a.m.

The Pioneers played strong against the Pea Ridge Blackhawks on Monday and were rewarded with a big win in conference play. Chris Wiand started on the mound for the Pioneers, throwing 86 pitches and picking up another win. He has a 3 and 3 record on the mound for the season. Tanner Coy relieved him and threw another 26 pitches to keep the Blackhawks at bay.

Lady Lions pursue undefeated season

posted: 04/04/2012 4:55 a.m.

Gravette’s Lady Lions softball team ran their undefeated season record to 11-0 with five big wins during the past week. They toppled Pea Ridge, Gentry, Siloam Springs, Jacksonville and Searcy in a display of strength as they head into the final conference challenges.

Pioneers edge out Lions

posted: 04/04/2012 4:53 a.m.

The Pioneers came from behind on Thursday when up against the Lions in Gravette to take home a big win in the slugfest between the two rival teams. Gentry jumped ahead in their first at-bat, picking up two runs, and built on that lead in the top of the second, being up 6-0. But Gravette wasn’t to be silent. The Lions answered with 8 runs in the bottom of the second and held on to their 2-run lead until the fourth, when Gentry picked up another three.

NWA Riding Club will kick off rodeo season on Saturday

posted: 04/04/2012 4:52 a.m.

Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages will saddle up to compete at the NWA Riding Club play-day rodeo event this weekend.

Anderson's life-long dream of playing college football fulfilled

posted: 04/04/2012 4:51 a.m.

When David Anderson committed to the University of Northwest Ohio to play football, he knew he made the right decision that will impact not only his next four years, but his next forty years. Choosing to take the recruiting process into his own hands by joining NCSA Athletic Recruiting, David took a proactive approach focused on utilizing technology and building relationships that led him to the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Tough breaks plague Wiand

posted: 04/04/2012 4:49 a.m.

Chris Wiand was a tough-luck loser March 27 as Gentry lost its 4A-1 Conference opener to Farmington. Gentry jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but a pair of critical errors by the Pioneers in the third inning opened the door for the Cardinals in a 5-3 victory.

Decatur's soccer program continues to grow strong

posted: 04/04/2012 4:48 a.m.

Decatur soccer coach James Garner admittedly doesn’t measure progress necessarily by wins and losses.

Gentry junior off to sizzling start on field

posted: 04/04/2012 4:47 a.m.

Boys will be boys. Girls will be girls.

School choice is still not an option for Decatur students

posted: 04/04/2012 4:46 a.m.

Once again, Caucasian students in the Decatur School District will not be able to transfer to a neighboring district under the school choice law, according to the School Choice Eligibility Report released by the Arkansas Department of Education on Thursday.

Local stores offer knowledge, customer service and charm

posted: 04/04/2012 4:45 a.m.

It’s hard to beat an old-time hardware store when it comes to finding a doo-dad, a scoop of 10-penny nails or advice on how to fix just about anything.

Sulphur Springs announces plans for 2012 special events

posted: 04/04/2012 4:44 a.m.

Sulphur Springs Special Events, Inc., has released its report of activities held during 2011 and, importantly, a tentative list of special events scheduled during 2012. Times were not listed. Dates and locations are subject to change, according to SSSEI.

Gravette culinary team to represent Arkansas in National competition

posted: 04/04/2012 4:43 a.m.

The Gravette High School Culinary Arts team was awarded first place in the ProStart Restaurant Management competition held at Crowne Plaza in Little Rock March 8-9.

"Hippy Madscience" outing planned for local preschoolers

posted: 04/04/2012 4:42 a.m.

Area children ages 3, 4 and 5 are invited to attend a “Hippy Madscience” outing at noon, Saturday, April 7, in Siloam Springs, sponsored by the HIPPY program, said Tawny Donell, director.

Math students celebrate "Pi Day"

posted: 04/04/2012 4:41 a.m.

Fifth and sixth grade math camp students at Decatur Northside Elementary School each received a cream pie on March 14 for their hard work mastering difficult math concepts and in honor of “Pi Day” (mathematical constant 3.14).

Chalk hired as new Gravette principal

posted: 04/04/2012 4:40 a.m.

The Gravette School District will have a new high school principal in the 2012-13 school year. James “Jay” Chalk was offered the position by the Gravette Board of Education after an extensive search and interview process that culminated last Tuesday evening. Chalk was offered a contract with an annual salary of $83,000.