Wednesday, January 25


posted: 01/25/2012 6 a.m.

Obituaries appearing in the Eagle-Observer.

Gravette High hosts opening ACE match

posted: 01/25/2012 5:31 a.m.

Gravette High School was host for the first match of the 2012 NWA High School Academic Competition (ACE) last Tuesday morning at the GHS Performing Arts Center. Schools competing in the first one-hour match were West Fork, Lifeway Christian from Centerton and Gravette. The high school student body filed into the PAC and enjoyed the spirited match between the three teams, composed of 12 students each. When the final buzzer sounded, West Fork was declared winner with 44 points. Gravette and Lifeway Christian tied with 38 points each.

New facilities plan adopted by Decatur's school board

posted: 01/25/2012 5:30 a.m.

School board members voted to update the Decatur School District’s master facilities plan to include a proposed safe room and gymnasium at the Northside Elementary School.

Gentry considers EM group

posted: 01/25/2012 5:29 a.m.

An emergency management group could be formed in Gentry to assist in the event of critical incidents, disasters and other events if a proposal made by Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith to the Police and Safety Committees on Jan. 17 becomes reality.

Hiwasse looks to join Gravette

posted: 01/25/2012 5:29 a.m.

Hiwasse resident Leon Bertschy filed a petition Friday afternoon for the people of Hiwasse to voluntarily annex into Gravette.

Chamber banquet set

posted: 01/25/2012 5:28 a.m.

This year’s Gentry Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is fast approaching and tickets to the annual event are now on sale at the Chamber office.


posted: 01/25/2012 5:27 a.m.

Decatur Youth Sports sign-ups Decatur Youth Sports will be accepting softball, baseball and T-ball sign-ups until Feb. 10. Boys and girls, ages 5-12, in the Decatur area are eligible to participate. There is a $25 fee to join the teams.

Council has full agenda

posted: 01/25/2012 5:27 a.m.

Gravette City Council will consider a full agenda at its regular January meeting scheduled this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Gravette Civic Center.

School district's voters to decide school bond issues

posted: 01/25/2012 5:26 a.m.

In a special election scheduled on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, voters in GravetteSchool District 20 will be asked to approve restructuring debt to finance improvements in the District facilities.

Scholarships available to county seniors

posted: 01/25/2012 5:26 a.m.

Seniors in Benton County high schools are eligible to compete for a limited number of scholarships to be awarded by Live on Stage in NW Arkansas.

SUSAN SAYS: It's all about chili

posted: 01/25/2012 5:25 a.m.

As I write this Sunday afternoon, it’s a blustery day with gusts of wind swirling around the house. It’s a perfect day for something hot and hearty.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Just roll with the punches

posted: 01/25/2012 5:24 a.m.

Some object lessons are difficult to learn and I find that they just always taste bad. I am a lover of good cattle and I really do like to take care of them. I would wrap the calves in blankets if possible, but do not let my close relative hear that. She thinks I am tough and hard-hearted, and it needs to stay that way.


posted: 01/25/2012 5:24 a.m.

Arkansas just so I could say that I have crossed it. I think it’s a fantastic structure, beneficial to the region, replaced an old bridge and, on top of that, it is prettier than a spider web. From the beginning of the design phase in 1994 until completion in 2010, it cost a mere $336 million.

Job hunting takes persistence

posted: 01/25/2012 5:23 a.m.

Looking for a job these days can be a frustrating task. It's about like being a door-to-door salesman.

Highfill adopts budget, changes city's organizational structure

posted: 01/25/2012 5:21 a.m.

After two failed attempts to obtain a quorum for its regular meeting on Jan. 10 and 11, the Highfill Council finally held its official meeting on the evening of Jan. 13, with three of its five aldermen present.

Chief proposes animal control officer be certified police post

posted: 01/25/2012 5:20 a.m.

A proposal to move Gentry’s animal control and code enforcement officer position from a civilian post to a law-enforcement officer post was proposed by Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith for consideration by council members at the Police/Safety/Personnel Committee meeting on Jan. 17.

Board reviews head

posted: 01/25/2012 5:20 a.m.

As reported in last week’s Eagle Observer, Randy Barrett was rehired with a 7-0 vote of the school board at its Jan. 16 meeting. But prior to the vote, Barrett underwent a review process by the board and was evaluated based on specific goals which were set by the board last January.

Bella Vista votes to proceed with annexation measures

posted: 01/25/2012 5:19 a.m.

The Bella Vista City Council passed three ordinances to put the issues of annexation on the May 22 primary ballot.

Rowe is installed president of local barbershop society

posted: 01/25/2012 5:19 a.m.

David Rowe of Gravette was installed as president of the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society in a ceremony held Jan. 12 at Metfield Country Club in Bella Vista. The society is the largest a cappella men’s singing organization in America.

Wells honored upon retirement

posted: 01/25/2012 5:16 a.m.

Earnest (Pudgy) Wells was honored by the city of Gravette upon his retirement from the Gravette Street Department over which he was supervisor.

Paynes hold 'Crock Pot Christmas'

posted: 01/25/2012 5:16 a.m.

The Payne family celebrated Christmas on Dec. 31, 2011, at the Gravette Civic Center. Our “Crock Pot Christmas” was so good last year we tried it again and everyone had plenty of food and a good variety to eat. After piggin’ out eating we enjoyed our “Dirty Santa” gift exchange.

Gentry wins dual tournament Friday

posted: 01/25/2012 5:15 a.m.

The Gentry Pioneers wrestling team was in action Friday night in a triple dual with Har-Ber High School and Millington Central High School, from Millington, Tenn., about 15 miles north of Memphis.

Gentry, Gravette win one

posted: 01/25/2012 5:13 a.m.

Tara Arnold’s teammates carried her off the court Tuesday night. It wasn’t on their shoulders, but it might as well have been.

Gentry teams see red in Farmington

posted: 01/25/2012 5:13 a.m.

The Cardinals came out looking to shoot and the strategy paid dividends with Farmington claiming a 65-34 win over Gentry on Friday.

Basketball homecoming set for Friday

posted: 01/25/2012 5:11 a.m.

Gravette’s annual basketball homecoming will be held this Friday, Jan. 27, according to Jaron Porter, who is organizing the day-long activities. At noon the Gravette High School Culinary Arts Class (directed by Seanne Sain, instructor) will serve a homecoming banquet in the high school practice gym. At 1:30 p.m. homecoming ceremony practice will be held in the practice gym followed, at 2:45 p.m., by a student pep rally in the same location.

Urquidi makes impact

posted: 01/25/2012 5:10 a.m.

Mario Urquidi couldn’t be more excited about his opportunity to play on Decatur’s senior boys basketball team this season.


posted: 01/25/2012 5:08 a.m.

Looks as though we are going to get rain and we sure do need it.


posted: 01/25/2012 5:08 a.m.

Remember postage went up Monday, to 45 cents. It will cost you a penny more to mail a first-class letter.

County lobbies lawmakers

posted: 01/25/2012 5:08 a.m.

Benton County officials offered area legislators a 2013 agenda that would — if adopted — abolish special elections and repeal a 50-year-old law that apportions the county’s road tax.

Program deadline is Friday

posted: 01/25/2012 5:07 a.m.

The deadline for farmers and ranchers to apply to participate in the 2012 Conservation Stewardship Program has been extended until Jan. 27 by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, which helped develop the program. Farmers and ranchers interested in participating in the program need to submit a two-page application form to their local resources conservation office. The deadline was extended because much of the original sign-up period was scheduled during the year-end holiday season. The program offers technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers for conservation and environmental stewardship. Assistance is geared to the active management of existing conservation systems and for starting new activities on land already in agricultural production.

Gravette High releases honor rolls

posted: 01/25/2012 5:07 a.m.

Administrators at Gravette High School have released the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the school year.

DHS celebrates colors day

posted: 01/25/2012 4:55 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs celebrated basketball colors day on Friday with a pep rally, games and contests followed by coronation, senior high basketball games against the Hackett Hornets and a dance.

Wednesday, January 18

Arkansas Tech fall dean’s list includes local students

posted: 01/18/2012 10:36 p.m.

Mary Esther Jordan of Gentry, and Claire Amanda Elizabeth Betts, Tera Rachelle Cloud, Jacob David Gillespie and Julie LeAnn May of Gravette, were listed on the Arkansas Tech University dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester for undergraduate students on the main campus in Russellville.

Wind blamed for accident

posted: 01/18/2012 10:18 p.m.

High winds were blamed for a semi-truck accident in Decatur on Monday morning.

Gentry board tries new technology

posted: 01/18/2012 10:16 p.m.

School board members got their first look at going paperless during Monday night’s board meeting, viewing meeting agendas and the full 232-page board packet in a digital format on iPads used by school administrative staff and on a large flat-screen monitor on the board-room wall.

Gentry police make drug-related arrests in two separate incidents

posted: 01/18/2012 10:14 p.m.

Gentry police arrested David R. Parum, 39, of Gentry, on Jan. 10, for possession of marijuana and a homemade marijuana pipe.

Planning commission could be abolished

posted: 01/18/2012 10:12 p.m.

After hearing reports from the various city departments and committees, the city council last Monday night turned to several items of business for discussion.

Hiwasse residents seek Gravette annexation over Bella Vista grab

posted: 01/18/2012 10:09 p.m.

After spending more than an hour hearing updates on the proposed annexation of Hiwasse by Bella Vista, looking at maps and discussing the issue, many of the nearly 100 people attending lined up to sign petitions requesting voluntary annexation into Gravette.

Chair lift needed to open city pool

posted: 01/18/2012 10:08 p.m.

It will cost a minimum of $5,000 to $7,000 to make the Decatur city swimming pool handicapped accessible so it can be opened next summer, Mayor Charles Linam told the city council on Jan. 9.

Record number of births reported at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital

posted: 01/18/2012 10:07 p.m.

Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital’s Obstetrics Unit celebrated a record-breaking year for 2011 with 585 babies born at the hospital.

Springtown has short agenda

posted: 01/18/2012 10:04 p.m.

Passing a resolution for revision of the 2011 budget for Springtown was the main order of business at the January town council meeting last Tuesday night.

Sulphur Springs alderman, mayor will not face charges

posted: 01/18/2012 10:01 p.m.

The Sulphur Springs mayor and an alderman won’t face criminal charges following a June incident in the town park.


posted: 01/18/2012 10 p.m.

January 18, 2012

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: It's best not to rant and rave too loud

posted: 01/18/2012 9:56 p.m.

How many times have we been told to turn the water off? Turn it OFF before leaving the area, check twice if necessary, to be sure the water is turned off and maybe even go back and check it again.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Do I qualify as an 'older person'?

posted: 01/18/2012 9:55 p.m.

I recently celebrated another birthday. No, wait, I didn’t actually celebrate; I simply accepted it since I couldn’t think of a better option.

LOOKING BACK: Changes during my lifetime

posted: 01/18/2012 9:54 p.m.

the past 100 years are advances in healthcare — organ transplants, laser and microscopic surgery, polio vaccine. Then there’s space travel, big government, Social Security, cappuccino, Jacuzzi, floss, automatic transmissions, entertainment industry, wireless, TV, radio, computerized toys. CDs and other electronic devices have replaced eight tracks, cassettes and 78 RPM records. How about the gadgets we can’t live without, like microwaves, dishwashers, computers, fax machines, cell phones, digital cameras, ATMs, credit cards, Internet shopping, and the list goes on! I can still remember when we were called Arkansawyers instead of Arkansans (I prefer the former ); when Miss and Mrs. became Ms. (I still detest that title, yet am forced to use it); when we knew almost everyone in town and especially our neighbors. There were few self-help books when I was raising my children. Around the ‘70s books began to abound on such subjects as child rearing, parenting, marriage and mental and emotional health that greatly a

OFF THE CUFF: I like snow, but ....

posted: 01/18/2012 9:53 p.m.

I’m assuming everyone is writing and/or talking about the weather we have been treated to during the past week. I won’t disappoint. The abruptness of the change last Wednesday night was, shall we call it, sudden?

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Maintaining what we have

posted: 01/18/2012 9:52 p.m.

With student numbers no longer on the rise, a focus of the Gentry School District has been to maintain its current facilities rather than build new ones to make room for more students.

Gentry wrestling team wins match against Fort Smith

posted: 01/18/2012 9:51 p.m.

Gentry High School’s wrestling squad competed in Carl Gym Thursday against Northside High School in Ft. Smith and won the match 41-36.

3-D Lions outplay Farmington's boys

posted: 01/18/2012 9:45 p.m.

Three dimensions of Gravette’s offense were displayed as the Lions’ floor-game opened up Farmington’s defense in a 62-45 win for the Gravette senior boys on Jan. 10.

Bulldogs fall to Mountainburg

posted: 01/18/2012 9:44 p.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs lost the 4-2 A conference game against the Mountainburg Dragons 52-43 on Jan. 10.

Pittman guides Gravette ladies

posted: 01/18/2012 9:41 p.m.

In the final stages of his search to find a new girls’ basketball coach, Gravette athletic director Norman Mitchell placed a call to longtime Huntsville coach Charlie Berry.

Decatur Colors Day Court

posted: 01/18/2012 9:40 p.m.

Decatur High School Basketball Colors Day will be held on Friday.

Pioneers pick up big win

posted: 01/18/2012 9:40 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers picked up a big win over Berryville on Jan.

Discipline brings junior Bulldogs two more wins

posted: 01/18/2012 9:38 p.m.

The Decatur junior high boys team beat the Mountainburg Dragons 30-25 during a conference game on Jan.12, and the Watts Engineers, 34-24, during a non-conference game on Jan. 13.

Upper Elementary releases second quarter honor rolls

posted: 01/18/2012 9:38 p.m.

The Upper Elementary School announced its honor for the second quarter. In cluded on the rolls are following:

Gravette included in governor’s initiative

posted: 01/18/2012 9:36 p.m.

Two Northwest Arkansas schools will use a combined $155,690 in grants to buy equipment and provide teacher training for the governor’s initiative to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

4-H Skill-A-Thon team wins in national contest

posted: 01/18/2012 9:34 p.m.

DENVER (Colo.) — The Arkansas 4-H Skill-a-thon team won top honors at the National Western Round-up FCS Classic in Denver, Colo., Jan. 5-9.

Hospital 'Old Timers' meet

posted: 01/18/2012 9:33 p.m.

The gang from Gravette Medical Center Hospital met for lunch on Monday, Jan. 9, at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur.

Cemetery group in need of members

posted: 01/18/2012 9:32 p.m.

People interested in the preservation and beautification of Hillcrest Cemetery in Gravette are needed to become members of a “Friends of Hillcrest Cemetery” group, said Gravette Mayor Byron Warren.

Valentine fundraiser planned in Decatur

posted: 01/18/2012 9:31 p.m.

The Decatur Junior High School Student Council will be selling Valentine’s Day tokens as a fundraiser.


posted: 01/18/2012 9:30 p.m.

Area Community and Church Happenings

Kane-Meisenbacher set February wedding

posted: 01/18/2012 9:26 p.m.

Kit Kane of Gravette and Jessica Joy Meisenbacher of Centerton have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Tucker is named to UA chancellor's list

posted: 01/18/2012 9:25 p.m.

Devon Tucker, of Maysville, has been named to the Chancellor’s List at the University of Arkansas for the fall semester.

Roesch earns bachelor's degree

posted: 01/18/2012 9:24 p.m.

Kimberly Roesch of Gravette was one of more than 300 graduates who received their diplomas at the Harding University commencement exercises Dec. 17, 2011.

Guest Speaker

posted: 01/18/2012 9:23 p.m.

Josh Wright, physical therapist at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Gravette Kiwanis Club.

Lowe graduates from Navy basic training

posted: 01/18/2012 9:23 p.m.

Navy Seaman Jarrett A. Lowe, son of Kim B. and Mike A. Lowe of Gravette, recentlycompleted U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Ellison on honors list

posted: 01/18/2012 9:22 p.m.

Henderson State University at Arkadelphia announced that Shelby Ellison, of Decatur, was named to the undergraduate honors list at the university for the fall semester.

4-H club reports a successful year

posted: 01/18/2012 9:21 p.m.

The Town & Country 4-H Club of Benton County had an eventful and successful 2011 reported outgoing president, Joshua Lockhart.

Walker, Wilson on honor rolls

posted: 01/18/2012 9:21 p.m.

Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge announces the following students have been named to honor rolls at the college for the spring semester.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 01/18/2012 9:20 p.m.

Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Jan. 9-13 are: Kindergarten — Kelsi Holloway, Chassity Vang, Faviola Najar, Kenneth Yang, Hugo Sanchez and Colton Johnston; First Grade — Braden Rabb, Vanessa Middleton, Dalton Tuttle, Austin Holmes and Kelcie Henderson; and Second Grade — Carson Stell, Dalen Hardbarger, Heather Heath, Liberty Brannon and Zongca Moua.

Gravette Paws

posted: 01/18/2012 9:19 p.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary "Pawsitive" and Wise Students (PAWS) for the month of January are,

Gentry CCS publishes A/B honor roll for first semester

posted: 01/18/2012 9:12 p.m.

Community Christian School announced its A/B honor roll for first semester of the 2011-2012 school year. Included on the list of honor students were:


posted: 01/18/2012 8:57 p.m.

“And the LORD came and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel! Then Samuel answered, Speak, for Your servant hears.” 1 Samuel 3:10 (Read 1 Samuel 3)

Gentry Primary School announces fall honors

posted: 01/18/2012 8:49 p.m.

Gentry Primary School released is honor awards for the second quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. Included on the rolls are the following :

Decatur releases honor rolls

posted: 01/18/2012 8:47 p.m.

The Decatur School District recently announced the students, in grades 7 through 12, who were listed on the schools honor roll for the fall semester.

Gentry Intermediate releases honor rolls

posted: 01/18/2012 8:47 p.m.

Gentry Intermediate School released its honor rolls for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year. Following are the honor students.

Glenn Duffy honor rolls announced

posted: 01/18/2012 8:45 p.m.

Administrators have released the Honor Roll for the second nine weeks at Glenn Duffy Elementary School. Students on the Honor Roll include the following:

Westside Eagle: CORRECTION

posted: 01/18/2012 8:44 p.m.

In last week’s issue of the Eagle Observer, in an article entitled “Gentry council denies rezoning appeal” (and also a previous council report in December), the property in question was not zoned residential-office, but residential and has been zoned residential since the city established zoning. It was nearby property on Meeker Drive which was zoned commercial and then changed back to residential-office.

Downsizing and new growth announced at Gravette hospital

posted: 01/18/2012 12:15 a.m.

Major changes, some reorganization as well as expansion of several services at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette, were announced Friday in a press release from Morgan Black, OCH Communications Coordinator.

Council weighs in, discusses local private club application

posted: 01/18/2012 12:13 a.m.

City council members discussed objections to Tim Witcher’s private club application at the Jan. 9 meeting.

JPs call Bella Vista plan a ‘land grab’

posted: 01/18/2012 12:11 a.m.

Calling it a “land grab,” Benton County’s justices of the peace unanimously approved a measure expressing their opposition to Bella Vista’s plan to annex the Hiwasse community and other areas adjacent to the city.

Chamber holding membership drive

posted: 01/18/2012 12:02 a.m.

The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is holding a membership drive this month, chamber of commerce president David Flynt said at the January meeting.

Wednesday, January 11

Store closes

posted: 01/11/2012 12:45 a.m.

Residents in the Hiwasse area were shocked several days ago when they discovered the door to a landmark business in that community were locked.

Decatur receives new pumper

posted: 01/11/2012 12:45 a.m.

The Decatur Fire Department received a new $202,000 pumper truck from the Benton County Fire Protection Association.

City hears good news on sewer

posted: 01/11/2012 12:44 a.m.

A new study of Gravette’s wastewater treatment facility provides a positive report which possibly could save the citizens of Gravette several million dollars, Mayor Byron Warren reports.

Gentry council denies rezoning appeal

posted: 01/11/2012 12:41 a.m.

City council members, on Monday, rejected an appeal of a planning commission decision to leave a piece of property along Arkansas Highway 59 at Meeker Street zoned residential/office.

New 'C' Store opens

posted: 01/11/2012 12:41 a.m.

A new station/convenience store, Gravette "C" Store, opened in Gravette last week at the site of the refurbished station which had set vacant several months across the highway from the Gravette City Hall.

Two boys arrested for car thefts

posted: 01/11/2012 12:40 a.m.

Two male juveniles were arrested in connection with the recent theft of two automobiles in Gravette.

Nelson wins tool chest from Ace

posted: 01/11/2012 12:39 a.m.

Bever’s Ace Hardware announced that Gentry resident David Nelson was selected a winner of the Craftsman Black Friday Tool Chest Giveaway.

Man arrested for raping Decatur boy

posted: 01/11/2012 12:38 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Missouri man Wednesday night in connection with raping an 11-year-old boy.

Sulphur Springs receives grant for water and sewer

posted: 01/11/2012 12:38 a.m.

A $219,000 grant was awarded Sulphur Springs for improvements and maintenance on that city’s water and sewer facilities.

Truck stolen in Decatur

posted: 01/11/2012 12:37 a.m.

A pickup truck was stolen from a Decatur parking lot during the late hours of Jan. 4. A 2000 red Dodge extended cab truck, owned by Joe Middleton of Gentry, was taken from the Simmons Foods Live Haul Department parking lot in Decatur between the hours of 8 p.m., Jan 4, and 2 a.m., Jan. 5, according to Decatur police chief Terry Luker.

'Baby Grandma' starts new list

posted: 01/11/2012 12:36 a.m.

Marvel Hickson, nicknamed Baby Grandma by her many real and adopted grandchildren, may have had the longest Christmas list in Decatur.

School purchasing iPages

posted: 01/11/2012 12:34 a.m.

Four Gravette High School classrooms are to be equipped with new tables and chairs, the result of action by the Gravette School board at its most recent regular meeting.

History book to be published

posted: 01/11/2012 12:33 a.m.

This weekend, Jan. 15, is the deadline for submitting photos and articles for the revised History of Sulphur Springs book. The book was originally published in 1990 and is being updated by the Sulphur Springs Museum Commission.

A SECOND OPINION: Will slaughter houses help horses?

posted: 01/11/2012 12:32 a.m.

President Barack Obama signed a new law last month that will allow, for the first time since 2007, horses to be slaughtered for human consumption in the United States. The law, attached to a Congressional spending bill, will allow USDA inspection of horse meat and plants, clearing the way for slaughterhouse operations that have been closed since a 2006 law defunded the inspection, closing horse slaughterhouses across the country.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Beyond resolutions to mission statements

posted: 01/11/2012 12:30 a.m.

I’ve written about it before but since I often forget to stay focused, I will write about personal mission statements once again.

SUSAN SAYS: Starting off the new year

posted: 01/11/2012 12:30 a.m.

The year 2012 is off to a good start. The first day of the year dawned with beautiful weather. It was cool but not too cool, and a bit windy but clear and sunny — definitely an improvement over the snow and ice we’ve sometimes had at this time of year.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Live till you die!

posted: 01/11/2012 12:29 a.m.

Howdy in the year of 2012. I have trouble saying that year date. How in the heck that came up anyway, I will never get. I was about to get used to the 1990s when all of a sudden it was 2000. Time just rolls on, doesn’t it?


posted: 01/11/2012 12:28 a.m.

Editor, I recently attended a public hearing held in conjunction with the Springtown City Council meeting.

Lions pull away for victory over Hillbillies

posted: 01/11/2012 12:27 a.m.

Gravette’s boys basketball team finished the first half Jan. 3 by scoring seven straight points and building a flurry of momentum. Fortunately for the Lions, it didn’t stop there.

Pioneers grapple to gain wins

posted: 01/11/2012 12:24 a.m.

Gentry Results — Gentry placed third overall in the Holiday Classic tournament Saturday.

Bulldogs fall to Greenland, Union Christian

posted: 01/11/2012 12:18 a.m.

The Greenland Pirates defeated the Decatur Bulldogs on Thursday 46-17 during a non-conference game at Greenland.

Prairie Grove runs by Gentry girls

posted: 01/11/2012 12:17 a.m.

One good quarter wasn’t enough for Gentry as the Lady Pioneers lost 68-33 to Prairie Grove in a varsity girls’ basketball contest on Friday.

Gravette volleyball players named all-conference and all-state

posted: 01/11/2012 12:16 a.m.

Three Gravette High School girls won honors for their performances during the recently-completed volleyball season —


posted: 01/11/2012 12:16 a.m.

Area Community Events

Gravette Spelling Bee Winners

posted: 01/11/2012 12:14 a.m.

Jillian Brown, sixth grade student at Gravette Middle School, won first place in the GMS spelling bee held Dec. 6. Runner-up was A.J. Claborn, seventh grader.

Shining Stars

posted: 01/11/2012 12:14 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry School:


posted: 01/11/2012 12:11 a.m.

Last Week: Sheila Maddford and husband spent some time visiting Novella Carlton last week.


posted: 01/11/2012 12:11 a.m.

Orpha Wardlaw spent last weekend in Ponca City, Okla., in the home of her daughter Ellen and Steve Harris. Other family members gathered there on Sunday to have their Christmas together. Jewel Lukens, a longtime Maysville resident, passed away on Friday morning. She will be missed.

Wednesday, January 4

Company picked for Gravette schools

posted: 01/04/2012 7:32 p.m.

In a special meeting on Friday, the Gravette School Board selected Nabholz Construction as construction manager for two upcoming projects.


posted: 01/04/2012 7:26 p.m.

January 4, 2012

Fire service a focus of annexation

posted: 01/04/2012 6:46 p.m.

Fire protection is one of the most voiced concerns about Bella Vista’s proposed annexation of the Hiwasse Community. Currently, Bella Vista has an Insurance Services Offices rating of 6, while Hiwasse is rated a 9 — the highest in the county.

Springtown council debates bridge project on Flint Creek

posted: 01/04/2012 6:43 p.m.

The Springtown Town Council met in regular session Dec. 13 following the second public hearing for the Flint Creek Bridge Project which was held at 6 p.m.

Playground brings joy to kids

posted: 01/04/2012 6:43 p.m.

Neighborhood children took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather last week to climb, slide and whirl on the new playground equipment recently installed in Decatur’s Veterans Park.

Wild weather puts 2011 on roller coaster

posted: 01/04/2012 6:42 p.m.

Westside Eagle Observer readers joined the world in experiencing roller-coaster weather during 2011.

The year 2011 was an eventful one for

posted: 01/04/2012 6:41 p.m.

These are only a few of the many events that made headlines in the newspaper.


posted: 01/04/2012 6:37 p.m.


Home burns on WPA

posted: 01/04/2012 6:35 p.m.

The home of Rory and Kelley Hosteter, on WPA Road in Gentry, was destroyed in a fire on Dec. 23.

Fire station bids high; Decatur to make cuts

posted: 01/04/2012 6:34 p.m.

Bids for the construction of an addition to the Decatur Fire Station were more than $70,000 higher than anticipated and plans will have to be scaled back, according to Mayor Charles Linam.

Sidewalk location sparks Decatur council's concern

posted: 01/04/2012 6:33 p.m.

Decatur city council members questioned the choice of location for a proposed sidewalk that would connect the subdivision around Veterans Park with Northside Elementary School, at the Dec. 12 meeting.

Progress seen on XNA access road

posted: 01/04/2012 6:33 p.m.

An access road to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is a step closer after state highway officials said they have no more comments on the environmental impact study.

Common Core Standards are coming

posted: 01/04/2012 6:32 p.m.

With 46 states and the District of Columbia having accepted the Common Core State Standards Initiative, major changes in education across the nation and in the school districts within the Eagle Observer coverage area are coming. These are changes which will affect parents, students, educators and the American workforce and populace in upcoming years.

Builders Club marked Veterans Day

posted: 01/04/2012 6:31 p.m.

On Nov. 11, the Gravette Middle School Builders Club held a Veterans Day assembly. Guest speaker was Jim Hendren, an 8-year fighter pilot for the Air Force and an 8-year veteran for the Air National Guard.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Yes, I flew the coop for a week

posted: 01/04/2012 6:30 p.m.

Yes, I flew the coop, so to speak. Mrs. Griz and I left behind us for a week all our worries and cares in Arkansas to revisit the ones we had left behind us in Kansas and Nebraska. I'm very thankful to my publisher, Kent Marts, for taking over my page-building duties while I was away.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Bill's is the best

posted: 01/04/2012 6:29 p.m.

My “close relative” told me the other day how much he enjoys the weekly column written by “Bill.” It is his opinion, and everybody has one, that “Bill’s” is the best.

Artistic winners

posted: 01/04/2012 6:29 p.m.

Area Student Achievements

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Soothing sound of running water creates aches, pains

posted: 01/04/2012 6:29 p.m.

I love the sound of soothing, rippling, running water.

OFF THE CUFF: Column fodder?

posted: 01/04/2012 6:28 p.m.

If you were going to write a column for the first of the year, what would you write about?


posted: 01/04/2012 6:26 p.m.

Area Community and Church Events, Entertainment and Announcements


posted: 01/04/2012 6:25 p.m.

Hope everyone had a merry Christmas and happy holiday. The weather was fine for Christmas Day. I’m sure there were some who wanted a white Christmas. I like the weather we had.


posted: 01/04/2012 6:24 p.m.

(Editor's Note: From week after Christmas) Last Thursday was the first day of winter. Have you noticed the days getting any longer yet?

Football Contest Winner

posted: 01/04/2012 6:24 p.m.

Jim Singleton, president of Arvest Bank in Gravette, won the annual Eagle Observer football contest in competition with other contest sponsors.

DSB falls under federal oversight

posted: 01/04/2012 6:22 p.m.

Decatur State Bank’s shrinking capital and increasing losses prompted it to fall under federal oversight. The bank agreed to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s consent order on Oct. 27, but the agreement was not publicly released until Friday.

Students earn food for charity

posted: 01/04/2012 6:20 p.m.

Students in Janet Barkley's and Rachel Mains’ first-grade classrooms at Decatur Northside Elementary School not only collected food for those in need this past Christmas, they did chores at home to earn the food from their parents.

Sophia McKirch in running to be Miss Rodeo USA

posted: 01/04/2012 6:19 p.m.

Sophia McKirch, 21, of Gentry, will be competing in the 2012 Miss Rodeo USA Pageant at the International Professional Rodeo Association's International Finals Rodeo, Jan. 10-15, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Two students make honor rolls

posted: 01/04/2012 6:13 p.m.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla., announced that two area students were named to the honor rolls for academic work during the fall semester.

Tuesday, January 3

Computer given to student

posted: 01/03/2012 6:21 p.m.

Joshua Harrington tries out a refurbished laptop computer at the Gentry Public Library on Dec. 22 while Gentry librarian Darla Threet looks on.