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.
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.
posted: 04/25/2012 3:44 a.m.
Decatur State Bank will have a new owner if the Federal Reserve Board approves.
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.
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.
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.
posted: 04/25/2012 3:39 a.m.
Sunday was a cool day, but the sunshine was nice. We could use some more rain.
posted: 04/25/2012 3:38 a.m.
The Decatur Northside Elementary School will celebrate “all things Arkansas” at Arkansas Night on May 1.
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.
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.
posted: 04/25/2012 3:35 a.m.
Just maybe, I have become a chocoholic.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
posted: 04/18/2012 1:11 a.m.
L&L Farms, Inc., of Decatur, will be closing the Decatur General Store.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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)
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.
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.
posted: 04/18/2012 12:56 a.m.
Lorene Gatrell, born April 9, 1915, to Eb and Eula Feaster, recently celebrated her 97th birthday.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
posted: 04/18/2012 12:43 a.m.
We got a good rain Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
posted: 04/11/2012 5:53 a.m.
Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” coming to Gravette?
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.
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.
posted: 04/11/2012 5:50 a.m.
The Maysville Fire Department will hold a hog roast Saturday, May 5, at 6 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
posted: 04/11/2012 5:42 a.m.
Aubree Elizabeth Finley, of Siloam Springs, died April 3, 2012, at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
posted: 04/11/2012 5:36 a.m.
Human bones were recovered on a bluff in the woods of western Benton County on Thursday.
posted: 04/11/2012 5:35 a.m.
Reading a recent article about the Spanish Treasure Cave made me think about my "caving" experiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
posted: 04/11/2012 5:29 a.m.
The past week was a “mixed bag” for Gravette High School ball teams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
posted: 04/04/2012 5:18 a.m.
I just came from the barn not long before penning these lines.
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.
posted: 04/04/2012 5:15 a.m.
An organization that had its beginning in Gravette 91 years ago may soon cease to exist.
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.
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.
posted: 04/04/2012 5:01 a.m.
We are sure having summer weather early. We got a good rain but could use more.
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.
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.
posted: 04/04/2012 4:57 a.m.
Rodney Carl Cobb, 57, of Gentry, died March 29, 2012, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
posted: 04/04/2012 4:48 a.m.
Decatur soccer coach James Garner admittedly doesn’t measure progress necessarily by wins and losses.
posted: 04/04/2012 4:47 a.m.
Boys will be boys. Girls will be girls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.