Wednesday, August 29

Sports complex is step in building plans

posted: 08/29/2012 8:09 a.m.

A subcommittee is studying possible locations for a new athletic facility, with current leanings being between the high school auditorium and the football stadium.

City takes steps to condemn

posted: 08/29/2012 8:03 a.m.

The Gravette City Council Thursday night declared structures on two properties in the city as public nuisances, which will result in a public hearing early next month. One property is located at 411 Fourth Ave., SE, the other at 403 Birmingham, S.W.

Peterson property to be sold by auctions

posted: 08/29/2012 8:01 a.m.

More than 3,200 acres of land owned by Peterson Farms’ cattle operation, L&L Farms, will be up for auction next month, according to Williams & Williams Real Estate Auctions website. The area of the property for sale is about five square miles, or more than twice the size of the city of Decatur. It is comprised of four farms near Decatur located on Mt. Olive Road, Turkey Ridge Road, Y City Road and Shelley Farm Road. The land will be subdivided into 38 parcels that range from 5 to 340 acres, according to the Tulsa-based real estate auction company.

Rock swap planned

posted: 08/29/2012 7:57 a.m.

The Club will have an auction at 1 p.m. Saturday, with a live auctioneer. There will be plenty of stones up for auction, so everyone can participate.

Fall show set for Tired Iron

posted: 08/29/2012 7:56 a.m.

The annual fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks is just around the corner, with the engines cranking up early on Friday, Sept. 7, and shutting down late on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Chiller purchased for Gentry's auditorium

posted: 08/29/2012 7:54 a.m.

A new chiller was purchased for the high school auditorium to replace the 28-year-old unit which had been repaired many times and was only running at 25 percent capacity.

School election by absentee ballot, early voting in Decatur

posted: 08/29/2012 7:54 a.m.

There will not be any polling places open in Decatur for the Sept. 28 school board election.

Students hear effects of cyber-bullying

posted: 08/29/2012 7:51 a.m.

Both students and parents had opportunity last week to learn more about online safety and about cyberbullying and what to do about it. Carol Robinson, from the Arkansas Attorney General’s office, spoke at a community meeting Thursday night and to each school on Friday.

School employees get bonus

posted: 08/29/2012 7:47 a.m.

Employees of Gravette School District will soon have an additional $650 to spend or add to their savings as a result of school board action Monday night.

Riley resigns from Springtown Council

posted: 08/29/2012 7:45 a.m.

Marvin Riley, at the Aug. 14 Springtown council meeting, announced it would be his last meeting due to his resignation as alderman for Position 2, effective at 11:59 p.m. that night.

Gravette golf teams finish well at Big Sugar match

posted: 08/29/2012 7:42 a.m.

Gravette High School golf teams played a match at Big Sugar Golf Club in Pea Ridge on Monday and picked up a first- and second-place finish.

Applications going home with students for career coaching program

posted: 08/29/2012 7:40 a.m.

Applications for a new career coaching program will be sent home Tuesday, Sept.


posted: 08/29/2012 7:39 a.m.

My nephew, Rick Vandiver of Pineville, visited me Gravette Day weekend. He was over for the parade. He always takes part in it.

Lodge gives awards

posted: 08/29/2012 7:37 a.m.

Gentry Masonic Lodge #222 held its annual awards dinner Thursday night and passed out awards to four area residents. Jody Zeitler was presented the Lodge Service Award by Gentry Lodge Master Hunter Petray. Gentry’s chief of police, Keith Smith, received the Community Service Award from Petray. Ken Marler received a 50-year pin and certificate, presented by the Arkansas Grand Lodge Junior Deacon, Patrick Carr. His grandson, Matt Beyers, Senior Warden at Lincoln #615, pinned the medal to Ken's collar.

Teachers to have less lunch duty, more teaching time

posted: 08/29/2012 7:36 a.m.

Teachers at Decatur Northside Elementary school will be spending less time on mundane tasks like lunch duty and more one-on-one time with students.

Job workshop to be held at Gravette Library next month

posted: 08/29/2012 7:34 a.m.

A job workshop and fair is being planned at the Gravette Public Library for persons who wish to gain information about the area job market. It will also involve learning how to craft a personal resume.


posted: 08/29/2012 7:32 a.m.

I enjoyed a telephone visit with former Hiwasse resident Orva Dee Reynolds Peachey this week.

Oaks optimistic despite youth, injuries

posted: 08/29/2012 7:28 a.m.

Despite a roster full of freshmen and a horrific road schedule, in addition to a rash of health issues and injuries, Oaks (Okla.) head coach C.D. Thompson is incredibly optimistic about the state of Warrior Football.

Panthers have mix of veterans, newcomers

posted: 08/29/2012 7:27 a.m.

The Siloam Springs Panthers enter the 2012 football season with strong veterans returning at several positions, including quarterback, running back, defensive line and linebacker.

Lions hope run continues

posted: 08/29/2012 7:19 a.m.

Entering his seventh season at Gravette, head coach Bill Harrelson admits this preseason has been a bit out of the ordinary.

Gentry hopes football bounces its way in 2012

posted: 08/29/2012 7:18 a.m.

Sixth-year Gentry football coach Brian Little believes the Pioneers have all the ingredients to have a good football season.

Watts back on field after ugly 2011 end

posted: 08/29/2012 7:14 a.m.

Last year’s football season was very much a forgettable one in Watts, Okla.

Decatur hoping to turn the corner

posted: 08/29/2012 7:13 a.m.

When the preseason polls came out this summer and the Decatur Bulldogs were picked fourth in the 4-2 A Conference by the league coaches, second-year coach Shane Holland wasn’t surprised.

Comets know target is on their back

posted: 08/29/2012 7:12 a.m.

In a matter of one season, the Kansas (Okla.) Comets have gone from the hunter to the hunted in District 8-2 A.

Panthers know tough road awaits

posted: 08/29/2012 7:10 a.m.

The Siloam Springs Panthers will learn a lesson this fall that’s invaluable — life’s not always fair.

Youth movement underway at Colcord

posted: 08/29/2012 7:08 a.m.

The last several months have been ones of transition for the Colcord (Okla.) football team.

Gentry gets going in scrimmage game

posted: 08/29/2012 7:06 a.m.

Gentry may have sputtered at times early in Thursday night’s football scrimmage against Decatur, but the Pioneers definitely finished strong.

Harrelson speaks to the Kiwanis Club about Lions' football squad

posted: 08/29/2012 7:03 a.m.

“They performed great.” “They’ve got a lot of heart.” “We’ve got a long way to go.” Those were words Gravette Lions football coach Bill Harrelson used to describe this year’s team as he opened his talk to members of the Gravette Kiwanis Club Friday morning.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Here's a little more safe and sensible stuff

posted: 08/29/2012 6:55 a.m.

This last installment, though there could be many more, is devoted to other safe and sensible driving tips. Most of the stuff here is pretty basic; but a few tips, even if they are only reminders, just might help.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Autumn's the time to enjoy the great outdoors

posted: 08/29/2012 6:53 a.m.

Even the slightest hint of autumn puts me in the mood to get outside. Arkansas is once again a wonderful place to be now that the hottest part of the summer seems to have bid us farewell, at least for the moment.

OFF THE CUFF: Yes, I'm ranting again!

posted: 08/29/2012 6:51 a.m.

I wasn’t going to do it.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I'm lucky to be drawing air

posted: 08/29/2012 6:49 a.m.

I heard a strange sound and sorta woke up and tried to listen.

Decatur has high hopes to make it to playoffs

posted: 08/29/2012 6:41 a.m.

As Decatur prepared for picture day, Samuel Xiong entered Bulldog’s coach Shane Holland’s office without knocking. The senior running back had a question for his coach.

Two Decatur thieves caught

posted: 08/29/2012 6:35 a.m.

Thieves broke into a home on 8th Street in Decatur last Wednesday and took jewelry and electronics.

Wednesday, August 22

Shooting restriction on agenda

posted: 08/22/2012 3:50 a.m.

Community member Carl Florer, at the Aug. 13 city council meeting, voiced his concerns about Decatur residents firing guns and target practicing inside the city limits.

Enrollment holds steady

posted: 08/22/2012 3:49 a.m.

Gravette schools showed an increase of only two students, 1,851 on opening day Monday, compared to 1,849 students last August, according to individual building reports.

City candidates file

posted: 08/22/2012 3:46 a.m.

Deadline for filing for municipal offices was August 17 at the office of the County Clerk.

Man accused of sex with child

posted: 08/22/2012 3:45 a.m.

A call to the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline resulted in a Gentry man’s arrest in connection with fourth-degree sexual assault and the subsequent arrest of the child’s mother and stepfather for allegedly condoning and facilitating the sexual abuse.

Drought-relief meeting set for farmers

posted: 08/22/2012 3:43 a.m.

Arkansas and Oklahoma farmers — including cattle, hay and poultry producers — can learn about special drought-relief programs at “Drought Relief Help for Farmers” on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

City surveys trash habits

posted: 08/22/2012 3:42 a.m.

Enclosed in the Gravette July water bill was a recycling questionnaire.

Water increase approved

posted: 08/22/2012 3:40 a.m.

In a 15 minute meeting on Aug. 14, Highfill’s city council passed on it’s second reading an ordinance raising water rates in the city water system’s service area.

Recycling lunch planned

posted: 08/22/2012 3:39 a.m.

The Benton County Solid Waste District will host a Lunch and Learn meeting from 11:30 to 1 on Thursday, Aug. 23, in the Chapman Administrative Dining Room at John Brown University.

Neigler-Coonrod set wedding date

posted: 08/22/2012 3:37 a.m.

Jordan Neigler and Cody Coonrod, both of Gentry, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Payne family holds annual reunion August 10-12

posted: 08/22/2012 3:36 a.m.

The Payne Family celebrated Gravette Days with their annual three-day party, Aug. 10 through 12. Over 70 family members and friends attended.

Plans build for multi-purpose sports complex

posted: 08/22/2012 3:35 a.m.

Continued planning is under way as the Gentry School District moves forward in anticipation of receiving voter approval to restructure bonded debt and make possible the construction of a multi-purpose athletic facility on the Pioneer Lane campus.

Middle school could be needed

posted: 08/22/2012 3:34 a.m.

If enrollment continues to increase, the Decatur School District could need to reopen its middle school as soon as next year, superintendent Larry Ben reported at a special planning session held before Monday’s school board meeting.

Motorists reminded of new cell phone laws

posted: 08/22/2012 3:32 a.m.

Officials with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department are reminding motorists to be aware of new cell phone laws this summer and in the months ahead as they travel Arkansas' highways.

Sewell attends seminar

posted: 08/22/2012 3:30 a.m.

Tracy Sewell, city of Gravette business director, recently attended a four-day municipal finance seminar in Hot Springs conducted by the Arkansas Government Finance Office.


posted: 08/22/2012 3:28 a.m.

Robert and Geneva Hamilton spent a few days touring Niagara Falls and the area with friends. We are very thankful for the rain we received last week. However the lightning did cause some problems in the area Monday morning. Some area teenagers participated in a disaster drill at XNA airport on Saturday morning. Those having lunch with me on Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Ward Carrier, Gabe Carrier, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Carrier, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brooks, DaleLynn Carrier and Emily Belvins.

Dog trainer gaining world renown

posted: 08/22/2012 3:27 a.m.

Border Collies raised and trained on Faye Amos’ small farm near Decatur have found new homes around the world, in places like Denmark, Guatemala, Spain, France and Poland.

Teachers inspired by speaker

posted: 08/22/2012 3:25 a.m.

Teachers in Decatur heard an uplifting message on Friday from inspirational speaker Paul Vitale of Vital Communications in Russellville to help prepare them for the new school year.

Gravette FBLA students place in top 20 at national competition

posted: 08/22/2012 3:22 a.m.

Taylor Fournier and Joshua Lockhart, two Gravette FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) students, earlier this summer, competed on the national level in business ethics. They were accompanied by their advisor, Harry Almond.

Looking back at harder times

posted: 08/22/2012 3:21 a.m.

While the current drought has led some to speculate what it must have been like during the dust bowl, the following articles, taken from the Aug. 23, 1934, issue of The Benton County Record and Democrat give a glimpse of the hardships of those days.

Partner churches share with technology

posted: 08/22/2012 3:19 a.m.

Decatur United Methodist Church has all the hallmarks of a rural congregation.


posted: 08/22/2012 3:17 a.m.

Esther “LaVerne” Morrison, 91, of Sulphur Springs, died Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at Circle of Life Hospice Home at Legacy Village in Bentonville.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: It's time for everyone to be prayin' for rain

posted: 08/22/2012 3:15 a.m.

And the skies are cloudy all day!

SUSAN SAYS: It was a busy week, but with nicer weather

posted: 08/22/2012 3:11 a.m.

We’re past the midpoint of August and, fortunately, we’ve had a pleasant change in the weather.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Allow yourself some safe and sensible space

posted: 08/22/2012 3:09 a.m.

Safe driving involves more than just abiding by traffic laws and not being at fault yourself; safe driving demands watching out for the other motorists out there so that you can prevent and avoid accidents when others make mistakes. And speaking of mistakes — not seeing an approaching vehicle and changing lanes or turning in front of it, not stopping before a light turns red, wandering a little in a lane of traffic, making a last-minute decision and not signaling in advance, and the list goes on — how many experienced drivers can honestly say they’ve never made a mistake which could or would have caused an accident if someone else wasn’t watching out for them? I try to watch out for the other guy, but I have to say I’m glad the other guy has been watching out for me, too, because I’ve made mistakes and probably will continue to do so even though I try my best not to do so on the road. Because we all make mistakes and none of us wants those mistakes to cause crashes, injuries or deaths, another safe and sensib

Adams is all business on the line for Lions

posted: 08/22/2012 3:07 a.m.

Assistant coach Duke Mobley was looking for a volunteer punt returner during a recent Gravette football practice when Marcus Adams raised his hand and offered to help — only to draw a big laugh.

West-side entrants win pageant titles

posted: 08/22/2012 3:05 a.m.

Entries from the Eagle Observer coverage area certainly fared well at the pageants held at the county fair last week, with contestants from Decatur, Gravette and Gentry winning titles in several categories.

Wednesday, August 15

Gravette Church of Christ helps distribute backpacks

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

More than 3,000 free backpacks filled with age-appropriate school supplies were distributed Saturday to Northwest Arkansas school children during the Samaritan Community Center’s 14th annual BackPacks for Kids Day.

OBITUARIES: Northwest Arkansas

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Fredrick Wayne Brotherton, 39, of Noel, Mo., died Aug. 12, 2012, at his home.

Judge approves annexation petition

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Another bit of Benton County is awaiting annexation into the growing city of Gravette.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Gravette High School Yearbooks

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

The Gravette High School Yearbook Department currently has extra copies of yearbooks from years 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005-06, 2003, 2000, 1998, 1996 and 1995.

New superintendent at helm

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Richard Page, who has completed his first month as Superintendent of Gravette Public Schools, recently spent several minutes explaining how these first few weeks have been both enjoyable and challenging as he looks forward to the fast-approaching school year.

Womack pays visit to Gravette

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

U.S. Representative Steve Womack of Rogers, accompanied by Bootsie Ackerman, his district director, visited in Gravette Thursday morning. Among their stops were Gravette’s new Wildlife Walking Trail, the Gravette Historical Museum, the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center and the Gravette Library. Joining them at the walking trail were Mayor Byron Warren; Michael Finker, president of the Centerton Chamber of Commerce; Bryan Johnson; superintendent of Gravette Schools Richard Page; Ron Teasley; and Allyson Ransom, the city’s communications director. As they walked along the paved trail, Womack, who is seeking re-election to his second two-year term, admitted, “I’ve never worked as hard in my life” as these two years in Washington.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Drive at safe, sensible speed

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Police officers and insurance companies often look at fault in auto accidents — who caused the accident? Those violating the law usually receive a notice to appear in court because they are being charged with a traffic violation of some sort, and insurance companies sometimes raise insurance rates because of those traffic convictions and accidents in which the insured driver is found at fault. When I was working for a trucking company, accidents were evaluated on the basis of whether or not they were preventable. In other words, an accident might clearly be the fault of another driver, but if our truck driver could have prevented the accident by safe and sensible driving practices, it was not considered an unpreventable accident. For example, I was once in an accident in which another oncoming truck lost part of his load as it passed my truck and trailer on a two-lane highway. Part of the other truck's load hit my truck and trailer as it fell off and bounced off the pavement in my lane. That was ruled an unpr


posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

School starts Monday, August 20. Drivers, watch out for the excited little ones and the bewildered pets who are getting left behind.

Simmons reports creation of 93 new jobs in Decatur

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Simmons Foods has created 93 new jobs in Decatur since the company opened a pet food plant in Decatur, Jay Stallard reported during a public hearing held before Monday’s city council meeting. Stallard, who works as a grants administrator for the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, explained that Simmons Foods applied for a $230,000 grant to improve the plant's parking area and roadway two years ago, and Monday’s public hearing was required to finish the grant process.

Saunders to sit on state committee

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Bev Saunders of Colcord, Okla., was appointed to serve on the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry’s Registered Poultry Feeding Operations Rule Advisory Committee for three years.

Pride Night is Friday in Gravette's Lion Country

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Lion Stadium is the place to be this Friday night. In addition to viewing the Varsity Lion Football scrimmage, participants will be able to purchase athletic passes and join the Booster Club.

Council approves permit waiver for 'Pickin' Time on 59' event

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

City Council on Monday passed a zoning ordinance on its third reading and adopted a resolution waiving the yard-sale permit requirement for the weekend of the “Pickin’Time on 59” event this fall. With rules suspended, council members approved on its third and final reading an ordinance rezoning property belonging to Cam and Jane Klassen, immediately south of the Wooden Spoon Restaurant on Arkansas Highway 59 (Lot 32 of Parks Acreage), from residential to commercial. At a previous meeting, Cam Klassen told the council he intended to use the property for additional parking for the restaurant and might possibly some day put up a small building for a flower shop there. With no dissent, the council passed a resolution waiving the permit requirement for yard sales for the “Pickin’ Time on 59” event, with the waiver beginning with sales on Thursday, Oct. 11, and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 14. The waiver is a one-time waiver, meaning further council action would be required to waive yard sale permit req

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Things may get rough, but do I have to suffer now?

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

I was uptown at the coffee emporium and the fellers at the round table, members of the board, were telling stories about blizzards in which they had been stranded and dang near froze to death. Some of the drifts were so tall that a Greyhound bus had been completely covered and the feller telling the tale rode his horse over it! That said, another story had to be bigger and better, so I left and walked out into the scorching heat.

OFF THE CUFF: Forever depends on you

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

A Forever Reminder.... The distance is just slightly more than half a mile and the time involved less than five minutes. But that halfmile and five minutes can last forever.

Bids opened on city projects

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Bids for two improvement projects in Gravette were opened by the city council at a committee meeting Thursday night.


posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

We got a break in the weather, not cold but at least better than it was. If we can just get some rain now, we will be better.

NWA Hot Shots took second in World Series

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

The NWA Hot Shots, a 12-U USSA fast-pitch softball team, played at the World Series in Kansas City on July 11-15 and, going into the semifinals, were undefeated.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Some days create lifelong memories

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Some days turn out to be better than others and occasionally one really stands out. I would have to say that last Wednesday made the cut for the short list of favorites.

Juveniles arrested

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Two juveniles were arrested after a backhoe was taken from a construction site at the highway bypass south of Hiwasse. Two boys, from the Hiwasse area, fled after the machine was stopped by Gravette officer Braxton Handle.

Worker at pet-food plant dies

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Sean Wilson, 19, of Gravette, collapsed on Thursday while working at the Simmons Pet Food Plant in Decatur and later died.

Decatur library holds party to celebrate summer reading

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Children celebrated a summer full of reading at a party, held at the Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur last week.


posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

“What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Let it not be! We who died to sin, how shall we still live in it?” Rom. 6:1-2 (Read Rom. 6)“Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” The close of Romans 5 points out that where sin abounded, grace abounded even more (5:20). So, should we take advantage of the richness of God’s grace toward us in Christ and continue on in our old sinful ways?

Schools plan increased use of technology in new school year

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

Changes in the use of more and more technology may become apparent to students and parents as school gets under way next week in Gentry.

Trail not just for eagle watching

posted: 08/15/2012 midnight

There’s no need to hike 10 miles to see a menagerie of wildlife when critters furred and feathered can be seen in an easy one-mile walk.

Wednesday, August 8

Decatur BBQ sizzles

posted: 08/08/2012 12:24 a.m.

From the crack of dawn until late at night, the 59th Annual Decatur Barbecue provided a full day of entertainment. While triple digit temperatures throughout the day may have kept attendance down, those who braved the heat had plenty to celebrate. The day began with a Fun Run, followed by children’s games in the park.

Will Benton County's dry spell be ending?

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

Liquor licenses will be a hot commodity if voters approve a November measure to let the state’s second-largest county go “wet,” said Michael Langley, director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

Deadline passes

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

The debated alcohol issue in Benton County is headed to a vote in November after Thursday’s deadline to challenge the initiative passed without a court filing.

Members added to Gravette staff

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

As the August 20 opening day for Gravette school draws nearer, the Gravette School Board, during a special meeting Thursday evening, added three members to the staff. Kristan Flud was hired as a math instructor for Gravette High School, and Cassondra Beranek was hired as a Pre-K para-professional. The board also added James Brauer to the driver staff which will be operating the 23-bus fleet as they begin their regular routes on opening day. Other School Information Zane Vanderpool, principal at Glenn Duffy Elementary, told the Eagle Observer he anticipates enrollment to increase by 25 in his building when enrollment settles down after the first few weeks.

Alsup earns scholarship

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

Jacy Alsup of Gravette was awarded the Arkansas Angus Auxiliary Scholarship at the 2012 National Junior Angus Show awards ceremony held July 20 in Louisville, Ky.

ALE program places in top 20

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

The Decatur School District’s Alternative Learning Environment program placed among the top 20 alternative schools in the state in math performance. Decatur’s ALE program was recognized by the Alternative Educators of Arkansas and the Governor’s Pygmalion Commission on Nontraditional Education. Sherry Smith, an instructional paraprofessional for the Decatur program, was presented with an award during an Alternative Education conference in Hot Springs last month.

Annual 4-H pullet show and sale set for Aug. 25

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

As the number of Benton County rural residents continues to grow, backyard poultry continues to be a common interest.

Junior-high cheerleaders win awards at cheer camp

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

The Gravette Junior High Cheer Team recently attended a cheer camp at the University of Arkansas hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association, according to Faith Hendricks, sponsor. The first night at the camp, the girls received the “Top Banana” award, given to the team that shows the most spirit and unity. Holding the huge banana was a good photo op for the team before the girls got into camp routines.

30 participate in fun run

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

More than 30 athletes participated in the Decatur Barbecue Fun Run on Saturday morning.

Bulldogs' season shows promise

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs started their first practice of the season last week, far ahead of where they were a year ago, according to head coach Shane Holland.

Police arrest two on domestic calls

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

Police arrested two Gentry men Saturday night in separate domestic violence disturbances on charges of domestic assault and domestic battery. Ronald Schillbach was arrested for allegedly grabbing his wife by the neck and leaving marks, according to police reports. The dispute began over money and a missing ATM card, police reports state.


posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

Guess we missed the rain Saturday night.

Birds, flowers abundant along new Gravette trail

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

The buzz word in cities from one corner of Northwest Arkansas to the next is trails. We’re building bike and pedestrian trails, nature trails, birdwatching trails and trails that connect cities.

Mule Beer sign being restored

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

A sign on a building in downtown Gravette dating to the depression and dust bowl days is being re-restored.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Peace with God through Christ Jesus

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

“Then being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have had access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we glory on the hope of the glory of God.” Rom. 5:1-2 (Read Rom. 5) A common Biblical greeting is the word “peace” (Shalom in the Hebrew and Eirene in the Greek). But the word as it is commonly used in the Bible does not refer to earthly peace among nations but to peace with God. What does it mean to have peace with God and how can we have that peace?

SUSAN SAYS: Cool meals are the deal on hot days

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

July has come and gone and we didn’t mind to see the hot month go. August weather started out much the same but, fortunately, we had a little break in the heat over the weekend. A thunderstorm that blew up Saturday night didn’t provide much moisture but did bring a welcome drop in temperatures. Our neighbors at nearby Sulphur Springs didn’t really appreciate the high winds that came along with the storm. About half the trees in their lovely park suffered damage. It’s still hot enough to make outdoor activities unpleasant. Football practice has started at area schools, and I feel for the fellows who have to get out and do drills in the heat. We’re looking forward to cooler weather and the start of football season in about a month. For now, our involvement in sports consists of sitting in the air conditioning and watching lots of Olympic coverage. I was tickled to see more of the equestrian events, one of my favorite parts of the competition, Sunday afternoon.

LOOKING BACK: Dr. Hall was a caring country physician

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

It was with great sadness that I read of Dr. Hall’s death. I’m sure many friends, patients and family members felt this same loss. Back in the ‘50s, when Bill and Zanie Hall arrived in Gravette, my hometown, I probably became their first baby sitter, taking care of Donna, and later Gordon. I was still in high school. My mother worked many years for Dr. Hall and Zanie, baby sitting David, and caring for their home. I loved this couple and they were so kind and generous to me and my family. Dr. Hall always "knew" you; he was so approachable. He never got too good to acknowledge anyone.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: We are in one of those hard times

posted: 08/08/2012 12:20 a.m.

I am not sick, physically sick; I just can’t eat.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Here are a few driving tips for those who don't think they need them

posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

As a former police officer and truck driver with more than a million miles of driving experience — a good number of those miles pulling a gasoline tanker and responsible for training new drivers in safe driving practices — I am for the next few weeks, going to offer some tips on safe and sensible driving which I prepared several years ago because of the foolish things I've seen drivers do on the road.

Committee learns of wants

posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

Members of the Gentry City Council who serve on the Economic Development Committee heard on July 24 a summation of surveys recently solicited from city residents to give direction to the council and chamber of commerce as they seek to improve city services and build up and attract businesses. Overall, the surveys revealed that the council and chamber are on track in their direction, already working to correct areas of citizen concern and already seeking to make improvements in areas survey takers saw needing improvement. Though a common thread in the surveys was that Gentry’s biggest asset is its rural, small-town atmosphere, survey takers also said they hoped to see the city gain new businesses, add more jobs and build an aquatic park. Among other surveytaker desires were cleaning up the city and dealing with unsightly properties, revitalizing neighborhoods within the city, improving schools, sidewalks and streets, and adding railroad crossings for pedestrians. “The survey tells us we’re on track wi

OBITUARIES: Northwest Arkansas

posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

Stanley Lee “Stan” Allison, 83, of Siloam Springs, died Aug. 2, 2012, at his home.

Gravette Library holds story time

posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

Every Tuesday morning is the Reading Program for children at the Gravette Public Library.


posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

Sympathy is extended to the Pike family for their loss.

New DNE principal shares plans for his work in Decatur

posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

Students will return to the Decatur Northside Elementary School in less than two weeks under the direction of new principal Jeff Gravette.

Storms cause damage in Sulphur Springs

posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

Wind, clocked at nearly 60 miles per hour in some areas of northern Benton County, hit Sulphur Springs shortly after dark Saturday evening, damaging some homes, uprooting trees and knocking out power to several hundred customers.

Work under way to install wastewater generator

posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

Work has begun on installing the Decatur wastewater treatment plant’s new generator.

Committee discusses banning saloons

posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

City council members may look at taking a proactive step to prevent a bar or tavern from opening in Gentry should voters open the doors to liquor sales in Benton County.

Residents urged to sign up for 'Smart911' before emergency

posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

Benton County Office of Emergency Communications is continuing to urge residents to take the time to sign up for Smart911 before an emergency comes.

Gravette Days festival starts this Thursday

posted: 08/08/2012 12:19 a.m.

Gravette’s 119th birthday party — Gravette Days, 2012 — will be a three-day celebration. And this year most of the activities will take place in Old Town Park. This was the site of those early-day parties — they were called The Gravette Picnic — when folks for miles around would come to town and spend the day and evening celebrating the founding of Gravette in 1893.

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Gravette council hears of new annexation petitions

posted: 08/01/2012 2:32 a.m.

The Gravette City Council learned Thursday evening that two property owners northwest of the Hiwasse community have petitioned to be annexed into the city of Gravette.

Reading program expands outlook

posted: 08/01/2012 2:30 a.m.

Children attending the final week of the summer reading program at the Gentry Public Library had their faces painted by makeup artist Donna Holloway while others made masks during the craft sessions last week.

Former inspector threatens lawsuit

posted: 08/01/2012 2:29 a.m.

Ray Adams, Decatur’s former building inspector, threatened to take legal action against the city at the city’s July 19 council meeting.

Visitors converge on Gentry

posted: 08/01/2012 2:28 a.m.

Visitors from across the state of Arkansas converged on Gentry for a two-day conference hosted by Winrock International, the USDA, the city of Gentry and the Gentry Chamber of Commerce.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Gentry Library Blow-out party

posted: 08/01/2012 2:27 a.m.

The summer reading program at Gentry Public Library will have a blowout party from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at the McKee swimming pool.

School backpacks to be given to local students

posted: 08/01/2012 2:25 a.m.

The Gravette Church of Christ and Samaritan Community Center are joining forces this year to provide free backpacks to area school children. The backpacks, filled with various school supplies, will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the church, located at 202 Irving Street S.W.

Flint Creek Power Plant honored for safety record

posted: 08/01/2012 2:24 a.m.

Employees at the Flint Creek Power Plant were treated to steak dinner Thursday, along with a safety award for achieving 2 million work hours without a lost-time accident between October of 1996 and July 2012. The award was presented to plant manager Carl Handley by Arkansas Department of Labor director James Salkeld.


posted: 08/01/2012 2:20 a.m.

Teresa Rena Fraley Bastion Ellington Gulledge, born Oct. 6, 1967, in Gravette, died July 22, 2012, in Rogers.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: How is one righteous before God?

posted: 08/01/2012 2:18 a.m.

“But to the one not working, but believing on Him justifying the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Rom. 4:5 (Read all of chapter 4) How was Abraham justified and righteous before the Lord God? Was it by His own works or through faith? What do the Scriptures say? “And Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3, Gen. 15:6).

Savage completes U.S. Air Force basic training

posted: 08/01/2012 2:17 a.m.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew D. Savage graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Team to walk in honor of Dr. Hall

posted: 08/01/2012 2:15 a.m.

A Gravette team is being created in memory of Dr. Billy V. Hall to walk in the NWA Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held Sept. 22 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.

Police arrest man for synthetic marijuana

posted: 08/01/2012 2:14 a.m.

Driving in the turning lane and left of center caught the eye of Gentry police and also netted a Decatur man for possession of drug paraphernalia and what was believed to be synthetic marijuana or K2. Nicolas Ames, 24, of Decatur, was arrested by Gentry Police on July 23 after he allegedly made a wide turn south on Arkansas Highway 59 from Dawn Hill East Road and then drove in the turning lane and left of center, police reports say.

Woman collides her SUV into parked antique train

posted: 08/01/2012 2:12 a.m.

A Missouri woman lost control of her sports utility vehicle and ran off the road, jumped the curb and crashed into Decatur’s antique Southern Belle engine on Saturday.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: It should be flour and not flowers

posted: 08/01/2012 2:11 a.m.

My close relative is in the flower business.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Back-to-school time is almost here

posted: 08/01/2012 2:09 a.m.

The relaxed summer days I’ve enjoyed for the past few weeks will soon be coming to a halt. It won’t be long until alarm clocks and school bells will once again rule my days as I am thrust into the demands of a busy work schedule.

OFF THE CUFF: The number is 34

posted: 08/01/2012 2:08 a.m.

Thirty-four. That’s the number. Like the ones you see scattered in magazines and newspapers drawing attention to a particular statistic — one that is relevant to the reader and which may affect him/her.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Called up from retirement to play ball once again

posted: 08/01/2012 2:06 a.m.

Though I’ve always enjoyed the game, it’s been a long time since I’ve played baseball or softball. I’m thinking the last games I played were Sunday afternoon games about 10 years ago, back in Kansas, when my kids would be over and want to spend the afternoon on the ball diamond. As I remember, wearing bifocals made batting a bit more challenging than in my younger years. Yet, I could still knock the ball over the heads of the outfielders and could throw some hard-to-hit pitches even when we didn’t have enough gloves for baseball and pulled out the 16-inch softball for a slow-pitch game. Well, I had opportunity to play again last weekend in the 100-plus degree heat with a couple of grandkids who came to visit. They were 5 and 6 and discovered the ball bats Mrs. Griz had behind the door for purposes other than playing games if someone uninvited happened to come through the door. Once the kids found the bats, grandpa had to find a ball and the games were on and on and on again! My guess is that I lost because th

Wilbanks-Leggett exchange vows

posted: 08/01/2012 2:04 a.m.

Dr. Brandon Wilbanks of Tulsa, Okla., and Dr. Kendra Leggett of Judsonia, were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at The Tulsa Garden Center. Aaron Watson of Shreveport, La., officiated.

Querys to celebrate 50th

posted: 08/01/2012 2:02 a.m.

Bill and Arlene Query of Maysville will be honored at a reception in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 11.

Letter to Editor: Tributes To Dr. Billy V. Hall

posted: 08/01/2012 2:01 a.m.

In July of 1976 I first met Dr. Billy Hall. From that time until he retired he was the Chairman of the Board of Gravette Medical Center and Gravette Clinic.

Officials readying for property tax appeals

posted: 08/01/2012 1:59 a.m.

County officials are readying for the annual property tax appeals cycle, with change in value notices sent to about 3,100 property owners.

Marching band is practicing for Gravette Day celebration

posted: 08/01/2012 1:57 a.m.

Marching band members will be getting ready to perform for the upcoming Gravette Day festival. Mike Johnson, band director at Gravette High School, reminds band members of the following schedule to meet and prepare for Gravette Day: August 9 and 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., and August 11, from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Gravette trail to be featured

posted: 08/01/2012 1:56 a.m.

The Gravette Wildlife Observation Trail will be the subject of a story in the Benton County Daily Record and Rogers-Springdale Morning News Thursday, Aug. 2, said Allyson Ransom, Gravette's director of communication.

Gravette girl earns national championship in Taekwondo

posted: 08/01/2012 1:54 a.m.

A 12-year-old Gravette girl last month won a Taekwondo national championship for the second year in a row.

Bandits took third in World Series

posted: 08/01/2012 1:53 a.m.

The Bandits, a 10U softball team from Gravette, advanced to the semi-finals of the 2012 USSSA age-10-and-under World Series Tournament held recently in Branson, Mo., where they were undefeated in six games, beating teams from Omaha, Neb., St. Louis, Osage Beach and Kansas City, Mo., Pine Bluff and North Little Rock.

Pioneers tee off season at Valley View on Monday

posted: 08/01/2012 1:51 a.m.

Coach Tim Rippy passed out new uniforms and the Pioneers were all sporting a big “G” in the style of the Green Bay Packers.

New scoreboard purchased at Decatur High

posted: 08/01/2012 1:50 a.m.

A new scoreboard will soon be in place at the Decatur High School football stadium.

'Cruisin' theme for Gravette Pageant

posted: 08/01/2012 1:48 a.m.

The Miss Gravette 2012 Pageant is at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Gravette High School Performing Arts Center.

Decatur moves to get sand filter

posted: 08/01/2012 1:46 a.m.

Decatur could be getting a hightech filter that will remove almost all phosphorus from the town’s wastewater.

Maysville E.H. Club holds its July meeting

posted: 08/01/2012 1:45 a.m.

The Maysville E.H. Club met July 26 at the Maysville Community Center. Nine members were present for the afternoon meeting. Orpha Wardlaw called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Melinda Crawley led the group singing “America the Beautiful.” After the Pledge of Allegiance, Orpha read "A Prayer for Our Nation" by Billy Graham, and Bert Ballmann read a short story entitled "More than Coincidence."

Barbecue moves forward while keeping tradition

posted: 08/01/2012 1:43 a.m.

For the past 58 years the Decatur Barbecue has been about community, family fun, country music and, of course, barbecued chicken.

59th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival schedule

posted: 08/01/2012 1:42 a.m.

7 a.m. — The day will begin with the Fun Run. The event will include a 2K, 5K and 10K race, with four age divisions for men and women. Sign-up for the race will start at 6:30 a.m., and the race will begin at the Edmondson Ball Fields. Early registration fees are $10 and will go up to $15 on the day of the race. For more information, contact Darrell Harmon at 752-3281.

Truitt to serve as grand marshal for the BBQ Parade

posted: 08/01/2012 1:40 a.m.

Leonard Truitt will serve as the grand marshal of the 59th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival Parade.

BBQ Entertainment to include helicopter rides

posted: 08/01/2012 1:37 a.m.

This year’s Decatur Barbecue festivities will include helicopter rides provided by Arkansas Helicopters of Springdale.

James Wesley to give free concert

posted: 08/01/2012 1:32 a.m.

Up-and-coming country recording artist and songwriter James Wesley will be the featured entertainer for the 59th Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival.