Wednesday, December 26

Owens sets tone for Bulldogs

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Evan Owens provided Decatur with some senior leadership Tuesday night in the Bulldogs 55-41 victory.

FCCLA club adopts two local angel tree children

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Members of the Gravette Middle School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Club raised money this year and were able to adopt two angel tree children, a two-year-old and an infant, both boys.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I'm feeling the guilt but doing the right thing

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

You know when a cow is missing, and it’s not calving time, that something is sure enough wrong. You run along fences in your mind.

Meyer to retire Dec. 31

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

After 37 years, eight months of serving banking customers, the always-smiling face of Wanda Meyer won’t be present at the Gentry branch of the Arvest Bank — at least not on a daily basis.

OFF THE CUFF: Resolutions are for the birds; predictions, well ....

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

I’ve thought about it for several days now and I’ve about come to a conclusion. I’d better explain.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Community Food Bank Decatur Methodist Church offers a community food bank from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month, located at 230 Third Street.

SUSAN SAYS: This too will pass; it's time for a new day

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

As we close out this year, we are saddened by the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn. Those who lost loved ones will never forget; but, hopefully, time will help heal the ache of their loss.

Gravette 's Holiness Bible School offers Christian education 85 years

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Gravette Holiness Bible School continues into its 85th year as a place where children and young people can receive education in a Christian environment.

Students design Christmas cards

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Christmas cards designed by Gravette school art students received wide distribution this year because they were used as the school’s official Christmas greetings.

Small raises given to some in Decatur

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Rising health insurance costs left Decatur city employees without annual raises this year, but some city employees will still get a small raise after all, thanks to an extra $5,000 found in the city’s budget.

School Board approves documents for bonds

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Gravette’s school board meeting Dec. 17 began when Chairman John Edwards called for a moment of silence in respect for the children and teachers who died in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

2012 in Review: Eagle Observer recaps top stories from past year

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

As we come to the end of the topsy-turvy year of 2012, it’s time to pause and look back on some of the stories that made headlines in your Westside Eagle Observer.

Wilbers to celebrate 65 years of marriage

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

A reception honoring Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wilber, of Maysville, as they celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary, will be held Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Maysville Community Building.

Movie Zone to rebuild

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

A Gentry business destroyed by fire last month is clearing the way to rebuild and reopen next month.

Gentry holds off Pea Ridge in OT

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

The Gentry Lady Pioneers saw a nine point lead disappear in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, but coach Tim Rippy was pleased to see his team execute in overtime and come away with a 4A-1 Conference victory on Dec. 18.

Decatur's Annual Christmas Parade

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Decatur held its annual Christmas Parade, which featured local floats, the school band and other local clubs and non-profit organizations, on Friday, Dec. 14. This year's theme was "Rock-n-Roll Christmas." Following the parade, children had opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the community building, with lots of photos being taken.

SENIOR CENTER MENU

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

GENTRY Week of Dec. 31 - Jan. 4 Monday: Swiss steak w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, green peas w/pimento, wheat bread, chocolate chip cookie.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Christmas can bring unending joy

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Though I write this before Christmas, by the time you read it, Christmas of 2012 will be past, church services and celebrations will be over, gifts will be opened — some broken and others exchanged or packed away — and the focus of the holiday season will be shifting toward the upcoming New Year’s celebrations and activities. Though Christmas celebrations pass quickly — sometimes even before our minds have accepted the fact that the season is upon us — the joy of the season doesn’t have to pass away or be packed away with the decorations, ornaments and gifts. The reason for the season — which is often missed and forgotten — takes us back to ancient Bethlehem and the fields surrounding that little but, at the time, bustling city. In that city, now over 2,000 years ago, God kept the promises He had been repeating to mankind for 4,000 years. The Seed of the woman who would crush the head of Satan (Gen. 3), the Seed of Abraham who would bring blessing to all the nations of the world (Gen. 22), the Son of David an

Decatur School Board hears positive reports

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Superintendent Larry Ben presented Decatur School Board members Darleen Holly and Ike Owens with a pin from the Arkansas School Board Association for being outstanding level board members at the Dec. 17 meeting.

Tuba player makes all-region band

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Tim Skaggs, a seventh grade student at Decatur High School, made first band, seventh chair tuba in the 2012 Junior High All-Region Concert Band.

Gentry council wraps up unfinished business in special year-end session

posted: 12/26/2012 midnight

Gentry’s city council met in special session Dec. 18 to address a number of matters requiring council action before the close of the year.

Wednesday, December 19

Local schools not immediately impacted by Arkansas Supreme Court ruling

posted: 12/19/2012 12:43 a.m.

Schools in Arkansas are mulling the recent ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court which declared several Arkansas school districts, including Eureka Springs, will not have to return extra millage they have received from the state.

Educators win national competition

posted: 12/19/2012 12:43 a.m.

Shelly O’Dell and Meghan Walker, teachers at Gravette Middle/High School, have each been awarded a scholarship by the Arkansas State Teachers Association. In a statewide pool of applications, both of these teachers demonstrated innovation and creativity in their submissions. The scholarships will go toward implementing new technology, improving reading materials, and purchasing math manipulatives.

Gifted, Talented program receives positive review

posted: 12/19/2012 12:43 a.m.

The Decatur School District’s gifted and talented program was given a good review after recently being monitored by the Arkansas Department of Education, according to Decatur superintendent Larry Ben.

New business opens in Decatur

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The Decatur Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting last week at Johnny’s Barbershop, a new business on Main Street owned by Johnny and Fran Hampton.

Lady Bulldogs win one but lose one

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Watts, Okla., Engineers 45-43 during a non-conference game last Wednesday.

QB leads Decatur to new territory

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

When Shane Holland took over the Decatur football program in 2011, the veteran coach immediately talked to the high school and junior high players about going to the playoffs.

Decatur Bulldogs put the bite on two Oklahoma teams

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The Bulldogs picked up two more wins against Oklahoma teams last week, boosting their record to 6-3.

Junior Lady Pioneers beat Cardinals, boys' team falls

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

The junior high Lady Pioneers (9-3, 2-0 conference) grabbed a big win over the visiting Lady Cardinals (1-1 conference ) Thursday, 36-27.

Lady Lions dominate Lady Blackhawks

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Jacob Hall set his feet and focused on the rim as he stood alone on the right perimeter.

Gravette outscores Prairie Grove

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

The Lady Tigers dominated Gravette during a 62-41 victory over the Lady Lions Friday.

Gentry falls to Cards

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

Gentry may have had the biggest player on the floor, but Farmington was the quicker team and it showed Friday night.

Springtown council approves budget, hears reports

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Springtown’s council met Dec.

Decatur teacher speaks at Las Vegas convention

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

Decatur High School teacher James Garner and his teaching partner Rachel Stokes of Greenville South Carolina spoke at the National Council of Teachers of English national convention in Las Vegas last month.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

Patti King of Lowell visited her parents, Jack and Sylvia Tucker, this weekend. She also visited Ron and Debbie Sims.

LOOKING BACK: One Christmas stands out

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

Christmas is about family. Even the lights, trees, holiday pageants and everything else all involve family.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

We wish everyone a very merry and safe Christmas.

A WALK IN THE PARK: I am a morning person

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

I guess many of us could classify ourselves as either a “morning person” or a “night owl.” I fall into the first category.

OFF THE CUFF: May you be filled with ....

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

Eyes. Windows to the soul. Revealing as no other part of the human make-up. Eyes of the world have been, and still are, riveted on the tragic story that has gripped the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: 'Meaningful action' is most certainly needed

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

Nothing I am about to say should be understood to diminish from the heinous crime which took place in Newtown, Conn., last week. For a young man to take the lives of his mother, six 20 young children is an evil of immeasurable dimensions, and my sympathy and prayers go out for the families and friends teachers and of the victims of this senseless shooting. Our president wiped tears from his eyes and promised meaningful action to prevent a reoccurrence of such acts of violence. Others are using the occasion to call for more gun control. They, however, don’t understand the cause of such tragedies and miss the inconsistencies of their own actions. Gun restrictions won’t stop the violence, and our people and government have more blood on their hands than this school shooter. Obviously, the shooter in this incident did not regard the life of his mother, the life of educators, the life of little children or even his own life as a gift and creation of God who holds us accountable to protect human life. He did not ho

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Console the grieving and love your neighbor

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

A fine time of the year is upon us and all the world — that is the part that is Christian — is wrapped in red and green bows and twinkling lights. The silver and gold of the ornaments shine like a diamond in a hay stack, and the youngsters are all giggling and writing letters to Santa.

New technology director hired for Decatur Schools

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

School board members voted to hire Charles Weber as the new Decatur School District’s technology director at a special meeting on Dec. 3.

Gravette council annexes land

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

Following a brief public hearing Thursday evening, the Gravette City Council convened in special session to unanimously approve the voluntary annexation of property owned by Larry Holloway to be a part of Gravette.

Dock closed for holidays

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

The Care and Share resale store in Gravette has announced its receiving dock will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. Persons with contributions are asked to please hold items for donation during this time. Care and Share employees expressed their appreciation for everyone who has supported the store this year.

Page joins Boys & Girls Club board of directors

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County announced that Richard Page joined its corporate board of directors.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

Community Food Bank Decatur Methodist Church offers a community food bank from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month, located at 230 Third Street. The food pantry requires identification and proof that mail is received at an address in the 72722 zip code, such as a utility bill, rent deposit or bank statement. The USDA Commodity Program is also available. It is income based, therefore proof of income is required. Those receiving food stamps are automatically qualified with an acceptance letter.

CHRISTMAS TRADITION

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

The Community Christmas Card fund to benefit needy children through the local school districts held $12,397 as of Monday. Individuals may mail or deliver donations to any Northwest Arkansas Newspapers office, including both daily and weekly newspapers, before noon Dec. 24. Donors can designate which local school district receives the money. Individuals can also mail donations to: Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, c/o Community Christmas Card, P.O. Box 1607, Fayetteville, 72702. Checks should be made to the Endeavor Foundation/Community Christmas Card. Online donations are accepted at nwaonline.com/christmascard.

School will review crisis plan

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

A crisis plan is already in place in Gentry Schools, Gentry Schools superintendent Randy Barrett told school board members on Monday, but it will be reviewed to see where improvements can be made.

City joins hazardous waste cooperative

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

In case of a chemical spill or other hazardous substance emergency, Decatur will be served by the Siloam Springs Fire Department’s Hazardous Material Response Team under a new interlocal cooperation agreement.

School assures parents

posted: 12/19/2012 12:41 a.m.

Parents of children in the Gravette School District are assured the campuses in Gravette continue to be patrolled by resource officers — one at the high school, the second at the downtown campus complex. The system, in cooperation with the Gravette Police Department, has been in place for several years.

Letter To The Editor

posted: 12/19/2012 12:40 a.m.

Community Gets Behind Ball Team To the Editor: I have lived in Prairie Grove for 40 years. During that time I have never seen this community get behind any endeavor such as it did with the 2012 Prairie Grove Tiger football team. The entire community, it seemed, was so tightly focused on this team that little else was talked about. These boys (men really) are rightfully entitled to be proud of themselves and their accomplishments. Surely, it was a season that will be long remembered.

Wednesday, December 12

MDX Group moves to Gravette location

posted: 12/12/2012 4:05 a.m.

MDX Group, Inc., a firm which has been located in Rogers, recently moved its corporate office to a new location in Gravette, the former Delta Trust and Bank building at 113 Second Ave. S.E.

Benton County Conservation District names poster winners

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

The Benton County Conservation District received several entries in the 2012 “Soil to Spoon!" conservation poster contest.

Lady Bulldogs show improvement

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The Lady Bulldogs competed in three games at last week’s Adair, Okla. tournament.

Bulldogs toughened through tournament play

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

The Bulldogs gained valuable experience and won one game during the Adair Okla.

Interscholastic Equestrian Association horse show held

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Legends Equestrian Center in Decatur held its second Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 7 horse show on Dec. 2.

Pierce scores game-high 40, but Lions still fall

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Austin Heard could hardly believe his ears when the senior guard was told what he had accomplished Tuesday night.

Gentry holds on to defeat Greenland

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Gentry girls' basketball coach Tim Rippy worried his players had gone into “panic mode” for a brief moment Tuesday.

Officials delay action on USA Metal site

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

Benton County planners delayed a decision on a metal recycling facility near Gentry, hoping more information will be available for a renewed discussion in January.

Local woman rediscovers her love for art

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

Back in the early 1970s, little did the people of Westville realize they had a budding world-class artist among their own. Sherry Carlton Nelson was born and raised in that small Oklahoma /Arkansas border town.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Enjoy the outdoors but protect yourself from the sun

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

I write this with my reading glasses on upside down, so they set high enough on my nose, and only able to see the computer screen with one eye because of bandages on my face and nose — I’ve got bandages behind my left ear, too. Why? It was another skin cancer surgery to remove a spot of melanoma on my nose near the corner of my left eye.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

Editor, I found your posting in a search to see if there are wolves in Arkansas. While deer hunting this past weekend I was surprised to see 4 animals come into the field. I have seen various sizes and varied colors of coyotes around here, but these were above knee high, black and gray (almost silver) very healthy in size and coat. Their heads were considerably wider than that of a coyote. I'm still researching it, but wanted to let you know others are suspecting they are here too.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Remember the season in spite of the weather

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

I will admit it, that’s just sorta the way I roll, half off and backward!

SUSAN SAYS: I look forward to the joys of hearing from old acquaintances

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

I closed out November by taking a friend to Garden City to purchase a loblolly pine for her front yard, some boxwoods and pansies for her back yard. Jim went over the next day to plant the new arrivals and “pretty up” her surroundings when she looks out the windows. Then, as columnist Jo Northrop describes it,” December jingles in full of promise and parties, snowflakes and singing. The Yuletide calendar brims with work to be done and fun to be had” and folks are bustling everywhere shopping and wrapping, baking and decorating.

Concert set Thursday

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

An upcoming winter band concert will feature the music and artwork of Decatur middle and high school students.

Mayors endorse countywide hazardous materials team

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

Benton County’s mayors endorsed a countywide hazardous materials response team last month with the new organization to replace a two-county regional team early in 2013.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

I have a new greatgrandson, born early Sunday morning in Arlington, Texas. He weighed in at 9 lbs., 6 oz.

CHRISTMAS TRADITION

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

The Community Christmas Card fund to benefit needy children through the local school districts held $7,720 as of Monday.

Local Walmarts and EZ Marts apply to sell beer and wine

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

Residents in the Westside Eagle Observer’s coverage area soon won’t have to drive far to purchase beer or wine.

Harpers receive Century Award

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

The Rex and Shirley Harper Farm of Gentry was among 16 farms located in northwest Arkansas which were awarded for being in the same family for 100 or more years.

Live Christmas music planned in Decatur

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

Live Christmas music on Main Street in Decatur will help residents get in the Christmas spirit this month.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

Patti King of Lowell visited her parents, Jack and Sylvia Tucker, Sunday.

Child abduction attempted

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

Gravette Police Officer Bryan Smith told the Eagle Observer Monday to advise parents they should always warn their children to be wary of strangers, even in a small town like Gravette.

Youth dies following pedestrian accident

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

A young man from Watts, Okla., died Friday as a result of injuries he received when he was struck by a car on Main Street in Gentry, just north of the city park. According to police reports, Zachary Eli Riley, 18, was walking on the roadway, where sidewalks were available, at 3:53 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, when he was struck by a 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera driven westbound on Main Street by Frederick Hayes, 32, of Gentry. Statements of both Hayes and his passenger, David Devey, Jr., 46, of Gentry, indicate that Riley “came out of nowhere” and was not seen by them until the moment of the accident. Hayes and Devey stated they were on the way to EZ-Mart for coffee when the accident occurred.

Council approves hazmat response agreement

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

City council members approved an interlocal hazmat response agreement resolution at the Dec. 3 council meeting which would make Gentry a participating city in use of the new Benton County hazmat response team which is replacing a Benton and Washington County team set to disband at the close of the year.

Further annexation to be considered

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

The city of Gravette expects to enlarge by another 90 acres Thursday night when the Gravette City Council holds a special meeting at 6 p.m.

Chambers purchases Peterson Holding Company

posted: 12/12/2012 12:35 a.m.

Chambers Bancshares of Danville has acquired controlling interest in Peterson Holding Co. of Decatur, which owns Decatur State Bank, Chambers’ chief executive officer said Friday.

Wednesday, December 5

Lighted parade called 'best ever'

posted: 12/05/2012 4:07 a.m.

Gravette couldn’t have asked for a better night for the city’s first-ever lighted Christmas parade last Saturday. The floats were colorful, the crowd was large and children visited with Santa in Kindley Park after the parade ended there.

Committee OKs 2013 County budget

posted: 12/05/2012 3:18 a.m.

Benton County’s Budget Committee approved a 2013 budget Nov. 20 that leaves about $20,000 in projected revenue unspent.

Superintendent explains new state standards

posted: 12/05/2012 3:18 a.m.

(Editor’s Note: Richard Page, Superintendent of Gravette School System, provided the following information concerning Arkansas’ School Accountability Standards.) GRAVETTE — On June 29, 2012, Arkansas received a waiver on specific No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. No Child Left Behind was passed in 2002 and provided families with useful information about the performance of their children’s schools. However, NCLB’s rising targets led to an increasing number of schools deemed failing under the law. Arkansas’ approved accountability standards corrected many of the problems under NCLB. Instead of expecting all schools to reach 100 percent proficiency by the year 2014, the state’s accountability system measures progress by determining specific growth targets over time, a goal that is ambitious but more achievable than the NCLB goal. Under the new Arkansas accountability standards, districts and schools are placed in one of five accountability levels that are designed to support schools where students are st

Board approves scoreboard purchase

posted: 12/05/2012 3:18 a.m.

School board members voted to purchase a new basketball scoreboard for the Decatur High School gym at the Nov.

Girls win tournament championship

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

Gentry’s junior-high girls’ basketball squad took the Benton County Tournament championship with a 31-19 win over Bentonville Black in the quarterfinal, a 28-20 win over Siloam Springs in the semifinal, and a 32-36 win over Rogers in the championship game.

Eagles beat Lions

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

Terrence Pierce owned the court for Gravette Thursday, but Huntsville owned the victory.

Gentry wins two at Greenland

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

The Pioneers fought hard against the Pirates, coming from behind in Saturday’s game to tie it up at the half and take the lead in the third quarter. They then held the Pirates at bay to win 56-51 at Greenland.

Cheerleaders win competitions

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

Gentry High School Cheerleaders are coming to the close of their competition season and have numerous wins to their credit.

Decatur falls to Kingston

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

The Kingston Yellowjackets overcame the Decatur Bulldogs to win, 40-23, in a non-conference game here last Friday.

School Christmas store to be open at DNE

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

Students at Decatur Northside Elementary School will get to experience the pride and joy of giving this holiday season, thanks to the school’s Christmas shop. The small store, which will be open Dec. 10 to 17, offers toys and other gifts children can buy for their friends and families in the price range of $1 to $7. In addition to being able to buy presents on their own to surprise their parents and siblings, students also learn practical skills such as counting money and budgeting, according to school secretary Sue Verser, who organizes the shop. Parents are welcome to visit the shop, and donations of new and gently used items, other than clothing, are being accepted.

Lighting ceremony to be held in Gravette on Friday

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

The 17th annual “Love Lights a Tree” lighting ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, in the Gravette Centennial Park. Donations are still being accepted to place lights on the tree that raises money each year for the American Cancer Society.

Barrett wins in runoff election

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

Jason Barrett was re-elected Nov. 27 to his Ward 1, Position 1, seat on the Gentry City Council. He was opposed in the runoff election by Katrina Cryer.

Holiday Express to stop at Decatur Depot

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

The cookies are ordered, the hot cocoa is ready and Santa is on his way on the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: What if evolution was true?

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

What if the universe and the world in which we live all came about by chance? What if, by accident — an explosion of gases — our solar system came into being ? And what if, by chance over millions and billions of years, life began and evolved to its present forms? I ask these questions, not because I am entertaining the possibility. I am a man of faith, but I don’t have anywhere near enough faith to believe the complexities of the universe and of life itself could have come about by chance. It is a mathematical impossibility. And even if I were to concede a one in a million chance for each major step in the process, the one in the equation remains the same and the odds against it are multiplied again and again for each step so that the odds are so improbable that the believer in a chance formation of the universe, chance beginning of life and chance evolution of species has more faith than any religious person I have ever known. But what if? I ask just to consider the implications of the theories taught in ou

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I'm still counting my blessings

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

I tripped over all the mess on the floor this morning when I strolled into the living room to look out the window at the thermometer on the front porch. I have lived in this house for many years and saw no need to flip on the light just to walk through the room, unsuspecting, of course.

OFF THE CUFF: I don't believe it either

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

I don’t believe it either.

JBU hosts Christmas service Thursday, Friday, Saturday

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

John Brown University will hold its annual Candlelight Service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Cathedral of the Ozarks.

County planners visit recycler

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

Benton County planners and staff visited the Fayetteville operation of USA Metal on Friday as they prepare for a public hearing on the company’s plans to operate a metal recycling center near Gentry.

Christmas parade, Santa visit set for Saturday

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

Saturday promises to be a busy day on Gentry’s Main Street, with afternoon visits from Santa and the annual Gentry Christmas parade set for the early evening.

Action taken to block heavy industrial use

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

Recommended by the Gentry Planning Commission after a public hearing and passed by the Gentry City Council was an ordinance amending the city’s comprehensive plan in order to add a restriction against heavy industrial uses within Gentry’s planning jurisdiction. Included in the definition of heavy industrial uses are salvage or reclamation services; smelting, metal processing or similar activities; commercial recycling, asphalt shingle grinding, tire shredding or grinding; construction or demolition recycling or processing activities; and other industrial recovery operations that would include but not be limited to dismantling, crushing and/or baling of vehicles, construction materials or similar operations. The ordinance was recommended unanimously by the Planning and Zoning Commission after receiving complaints from property owners about a recycling facility which opened briefly without proper permits along Old Highway 59 south of Gentry but within the city of Gentry’s planning jurisdiction.

Elevator's failure under investigation

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Labor Elevator Safety Division is investigating a passenger elevator accident which occurred at the Simmons Feed Mill in Decatur last week.

NWA Community Christmas Card campaign is under way

posted: 12/05/2012 3:17 a.m.

The Community Christmas Card fund to benefit needy children through the local school districts held $1,205 as of Monday. Individuals may mail or deliver donations to any Northwest Arkansas Newspapers office, including both daily and weekly newspapers. Donors can designate which local school district receives the money. Individuals can also mail donations to: Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, c/o Community Christmas Card, P.O. Box 1607, Fayetteville, 72702. Checks should be made to the Endeavor Foundation/Community Christmas Card. Online donations are accepted at nwaonline.com/christmascard. The names of individuals donating $2 or more will be printed in a full-page Christmas card published in the Christmas edition of the newspaper.