posted: 07/25/2012 2:48 a.m.
School board members, at their July 16 regular meeting, heard suggestions for the location of a new multi-purpose athletic complex on the Gentry High School campus.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:47 a.m.
School board members voted to deny six students transfers out of the Decatur School District at the July 16 meeting.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:46 a.m.
Gentry Early Learning Academy now has open enrollment for the school year which begins next month.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:45 a.m.
What to a passerby looks like a tropical plant stretching above the yard fence in Gravette is exactly that. In fact, it’s dozens of plants not normally grown in northwest Arkansas.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:44 a.m.
Textbook purchases, approving school choice transfers and okaying two alternatives for construction projects occupied the Gravette School Board at its regular meeting Monday night, July 16.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:43 a.m.
School board members on July 16 approved the low bid of Moser Corporation of $28,280 for 70 cafeteria tables for the Gentry Intermediate School. Six bids were received, with the highest bid being $39,480. The bid of Moser is $404 per table.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:42 a.m.
Donnie Shook, son of the late John and Francis Shook, and Shirley Setser, daughter of Jeweldine Williams of Gentry and the late Kenneth Setser, were married in Stillwell, Okla., on July 16, 1962.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:41 a.m.
Voters in Gravette School District 20 will elect two members to the Board of Education in the annual school election. Both positions are for five-year terms. For Position No. 1, Jay Oliphant and Jheri Roberts have filed for that position. Both are Gravette residents. They are seeking the position presently held by Jim Hendren, who did not file for re-election.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:40 a.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell McGaughy of Pea Ridge are celebrating 40 years together.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:39 a.m.
Elsie Mae Dillow Broadbooks, 91, of Fairview, Mo., died July 15, 2012, at Granby House in Granby, Mo.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:38 a.m.
Two area postmasters, with more than 60 years of service between them, are retiring Friday. Dennis Long, Gentry’s postmaster, and his wife, Twila Long, Centerton’s postmaster, will wait on their last postal customers on Friday. And then, after years of going to the same job but in different locations, they will have opportunity to spend more time together.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:36 a.m.
James L. Salkeld, Director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, announced that Flint Creek Power Plant, located in Gentry, is the recipient of a Two Million Work Hours Safety Award.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:35 a.m.
Decatur senior high school football practice will begin at 9 a.m., July 30. Students in grades 10 through 12 who would like to participate in football this year are asked to attend. For more information, call 318-518-5337.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:34 a.m.
This issue marks two full years of publication for the Westside Eagle Observer, the combined edition of the Decatur Herald, Gentry Courier-Journal and Gravette News Herald.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:32 a.m.
Sure enough, I am an old cow hand; but there are two or three things that I still could learn.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:31 a.m.
The July heat has intensified the last couple of weeks, and walking outdoors feels like walking into an oven.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:30 a.m.
Editor, On Monday night, July 16, at 7 p.m., my wife Jessica and I attended a school board meeting in Decatur concerning a transfer of our daughter Lyndsey to the Gentry School District because our son already attends the Gentry School.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:28 a.m.
The town council met July 10 with four of its five members present — Lisa Lawrence, Amanda Richardson, Chuck Guess and Kay Taylor. Also present were Mayor Paul Lemke, treasurer-recorder Janet Cox, city attorney Carla Wasson and city residents Don Glenn, Terri Glenn and Dixie Law.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:27 a.m.
City council members passed the first reading of a noise ordinance at the July 19 meeting.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:26 a.m.
The law makes it clear that we have all sinned and are guilty before the LORD God. None of us measures up to the righteousness God requires of us.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:25 a.m.
Deree Mitchell, who will again direct the Miss Gravette pageant which is a special feature of Gravette Days, issued a reminder that the pageant is open to any girl in grades nine through 12 who attends Gravette High School.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:23 a.m.
A four person (men-women ) 18-hole golf scramble will be held August 18 to benefit the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center in Gravette.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:22 a.m.
Gravette trapshooter Gary Phipps was recently inducted into the Arkansas State Trapshooter Federation Hall of Fame.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:20 a.m.
A local high school student is hosting a “Back to School Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 4, to help elementary-aged students with school supplies.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:19 a.m.
Four Future Farmers of America students, who graduated earlier this year from Gravette High School, were awarded scholarships by the Gravette FFA Support Group.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:18 a.m.
There will be one common item between fans and foes during Gravette football games this fall.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:17 a.m.
Gravette’s new voting wards for election of city council members were changed by the council at a special meeting Thursday night.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:16 a.m.
The Ole Timers gang from the Gravette hospital met on Monday, July 16, at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur for supper. As always, a good visit and good food were enjoyed by all.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:15 a.m.
For the second year, the Wonder Tour took place in Sulphur Springs.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:14 a.m.
Summer jobs can mean more than a paycheck for teenagers, but finding a job in the current economy can be a challenge.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:12 a.m.
“Gravette’s Got Talent.” That is the theme for a talent contest to be held as part of the annual Gravette Day celebration.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:11 a.m.
Sympathy is extended to Phyllis Felkins and family in the loss of their mother. I used to work with Elsie. She was a very caring person, always willing to help.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:11 a.m.
Maysville E. H. Club members, remember this Thursday, July 26, is club day. We are only having an afternoon business meeting, no lunch. Dues are to be paid and we will select our lessons and other duties of the year.
posted: 07/25/2012 2:08 a.m.
Kristen Flesner, Alan Herrera and Mattie Hutcheson, of Gentry, were among more than 50 high school students from 11 different states participating in Harding University’s Honor Choir, a summer program designed for young performers seeking to expand their vocal skills while earning an hour of college credit.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:34 a.m.
With three members present and later a fourth, Highfill’s city council heard an appeal and passed two ordinances and some resolutions relating to the city’s finances.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:33 a.m.
Employees of the Cargill turkey hatchery plant in Gentry were treated at noon Friday to a steak dinner in the park, with corn on the cob and pie from the Wooden Spoon Restaurant. The occasion was two-fold: for being recertified as a star site under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and for 20 years of no lost-time accidents on the job.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:31 a.m.
Failure to file Internal Revenue Service Form 990 has cost several local non-profits their tax exempt status, with the Gentry Lions Club being the most recent organization to have its IRS tax-exempt status automatically revoked, according to the IRS website.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:30 a.m.
The Gravette City Council at its special meeting Thursday night learned that assigning new ward boundaries, based on the newly annexed Hiwasse area, cannot be completed until information is received from the office of the Secretary of State.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:29 a.m.
Whether discussing test scores, English Language Learners, at-risk teens, gifted students or discipline issues, it all comes back to one theme for Decatur’s new high school principal: “It’s all about the kids.”
posted: 07/18/2012 2:26 a.m.
Gravette’s ambulance service took a great leap forward last Wednesday when it received state ALS (Advanced Life Support) certification, a goal that has been actively sought for many months.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:25 a.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Lofty Carrier, Lamarise and Skylar enjoyed a family day at Mountain View Tuesday. They got rained on.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:24 a.m.
Gravette may soon be able to boast a small retail “strip center” as a result of action taken by the Gravette City Council Thursday evening.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:23 a.m.
Ruby Davis, 89, of Manhattan, Kan., and longtime Gentry resident, died July 11, 2012, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:21 a.m.
The time of heat, dust and grasshoppers is upon us. I wish I could think of one good use for hoppers and thistles, but I know I can’t.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:20 a.m.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a 3 1/2 minute slide show with 29 endearing photos fading in and out in harmony with a tender, heartstringsstrumming song ought to be worth several times that many. Add to that, a father dancing with his just-wed daughter and the moment should speak picture-perfect volumes.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:18 a.m.
Dr. Hall was not only a very good doctor, he was a caring man. I remember him with the greatest respect. My son Mike had rheumatic fever when he was in the fourth grade and was in the hospital at Christmas time. Dr.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:17 a.m.
There is a passage in the book of Ecclesiastes which reads: "In much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases pain" (Eccl. 1:18). How true this is!
posted: 07/18/2012 2:15 a.m.
Work on the proposed natural area with fishing ponds moved forward last week as city employees, assisted by youth volunteers from the Muskogee (Okla.) Church of Christ, cleared away brush and low-hanging tree limbs around the ponds so that the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service could survey the pond area and assist the city in developing plans to turn the shallow pools into ponds deep enough for fish populations to thrive in the spring-fed waters.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:14 a.m.
It didn’t take Marcus Adams long to find out nothing was going to be easy at the 4 States Sports Lineman Challenge.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:13 a.m.
Maysville got some rain showers Saturday. One report north of town out on the prairie said they got an inch, then south an inch and a half.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:12 a.m.
The monthly quilt class will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Gravette Church of Christ annex, 202 Irving St. S.W.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:11 a.m.
No decision was made by the county Monday on how best to provide ambulance service to cities and rural areas without their own ambulance service.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:10 a.m.
Air Force Lt. Col. Bryan K. Huntsman, formerly of Sulphur Springs, was honored in a retirement ceremony held May 31 at Hurlburt Field, Florida.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:09 a.m.
July, fireworks, hot dogs, watermelon, playing in the creek and Vacation Bible School. Churches around our area have had or are having vacation Bible school this month.
posted: 07/18/2012 2:08 a.m.
Police arrested Corey Nordgren, 23, of Gentry shortly after midnight on July 11.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:52 a.m.
”The summer of 1951 was hot; much like this summer. It was in that year on a hot July day that an idealistic young man drove into town. And Gravette and all our lives have never been the same.” Those words first written in The Gravette News Herald in 1983 and repeated in the Gravette Centennial History Book in 1993 are just as true today as they were then.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:50 a.m.
Several members of the Gravette School Facilities Committee and the School Board met Monday at noon to discuss options of the ongoing construction projects. Another topic of discussion during the hour-long noon meeting involved an easement for a high pressure natural gas line across school property. Discussed were lighting for the baseball and softball fields on the high school campus, cost estimates of a courtyard adjacent to the new middle school complex under construction and audio and security installations. Jared Brown, construction manager for the project, provided information, and the board will consider the questions at its next regular meeting.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:49 a.m.
The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for vendor booth spaces for the 59th annual Decatur Barbecue, according to city administrative assistant Kim Wilkins.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:48 a.m.
City council members, at their regular July 2 meeting, passed an ordinance to rezone property and a resolution to apply for a trails grant.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:47 a.m.
Leta White, of Gravette, had her 101st birthday Tuesday, July 10.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:46 a.m.
The number of banks in Arkansas has shrunk by 31 percent in the past 10 years, but that doesn’t mean banking in the state is declining.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:45 a.m.
Martha Eldred, formerly of Sulphur Springs, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 4, 2012, at New Hope Health and Rehab Center in Rogers.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:44 a.m.
A July 4 outstanding warrant arrest at the Freedom Festival in Gentry City Park led to additional drug charges being sought.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:42 a.m.
Matthew Lee Colvin, 40, of Gentry, died July 5, 2012, at his home.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:41 a.m.
Plans for Gravette’s 119th celebration scheduled August 9, 10 and 11 have been announced by the Gravette Chamber of Commerce, sponsoring organization for the annual event.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:40 a.m.
The Gentry Police Department is searching for two people they believe were involved in a housing rental scam, according to a news release from police officials.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:39 a.m.
Decatur will hold a free city-wide garage sale July 13-15. During the sales days, Decatur residents will not be required to get a $5 garage sale permit.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:37 a.m.
My close relative broke my favorite coffee mug last night. It shattered into a zillion pieces and so did my heart! I was right fond of that mug and now I will have to break in a new partner — a change, and you know how I dislike changes, but this one is forced. The old mug had stains from my years as a young man.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:36 a.m.
“Hot as a firecracker” could easily describe the first week of July as we had record-breaking temperatures a few days.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:35 a.m.
You caught it, didn’t you? The big 20-year error? The one in last week’s June weather story? The one that completely ignored some of the area’s driest years? The early 1950s? Well, not completely; they were there at least in one paragraph.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:33 a.m.
I don’t remember ever not having a garden.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:32 a.m.
One of the hardest things for a father who deeply loves his children is to watch as some of them stray far from their Maker and live in rebellion against Him.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:30 a.m.
I have been working on a skate park grant that is federally funded and quite lengthy, and I expect to submit it at the end of this month. Even though I held four public meetings, I still need letters of support as I have only received one to date. If you or any of your business associates would care to, it would be appreciated and very beneficial to show support by emailing or dropping off a letter to Gravette City Hall.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:30 a.m.
Hunting season is just around the corner and Wilderness Outback Outdoor Ministry in Gentry provides bow hunters and archery enthusiasts a place to brush up on their skills.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:28 a.m.
This year’s Freedom Festival car show was bigger than ever, with entries parked around the entire circle walk in the middle of Gentry’s city park.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:27 a.m.
A woman from Van Buren, Mary, is seeking information about a sister who was born when Mary was four years old.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:26 a.m.
A sales-tax holiday for the purchase of school-related supplies was announced by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration in a recent press release.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:25 a.m.
No Child Left Behind has been the gold standard for schools since it was signed into law in 2002.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:24 a.m.
Five members of the Gravette Future Farmers of America chapter along with sponsors attended the 85th State FFA convention, held on June 6-8 at Camp Couchdale near Hot Springs.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:23 a.m.
Ava Mitchael, 9, daughter of Steven and Jill Mitchael, recently competed in the National American Miss Pageant. She is the granddaughter of John Lee and Ruth Mitchael of Gravette.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:21 a.m.
49er, Tippy and I would like to thank our neighbors for keeping our neighborhood relatively quiet and safe over the Fourth, 49er for the distress of the noise, Tippy because she didn’t have to try to calm him down and me because of the fire danger in this extreme drought.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:18 a.m.
The University of Arkansas undergraduate students who earned a place on the chancellor’s or dean’s lists for the spring 2012 semester were recently announced.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:17 a.m.
It sits shrouded by overgrown weeds and bushes while traffic whizzes by on a busy state highway.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:16 a.m.
We received a little shower of rain Sunday afternoon, not much but more than we have had for quite some time. Maybe we will get more.
posted: 07/11/2012 2:15 a.m.
Though the day was hot, with afternoon temperatures hovering just above the century mark, Gentry's Freedom Festival was busier than ever, with record numbers attending the evening events and fireworks display.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:50 a.m.
Michael Wheaton, of Decatur, drowned in the Illinois River on Saturday evening after saving his 7-year-old daughter’s life.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:49 a.m.
There is little or no debate that northwest Arkansas has experienced a very unusual and uncomfortable month of June this year.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:47 a.m.
Will there still be fireworks today?
posted: 07/04/2012 2:46 a.m.
Gravette City Council approved several city improvement projects at its meeting Thursday night.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:45 a.m.
The annual Gravette fireworks program will be held the evening of Wednesday, July 4, at Pop Allum Park.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:44 a.m.
A love for good barbecued meats and a longtime passion for barbecuing led to the opening of “8 Eighty BBQ” last month, and the new business has been busy ever since.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:42 a.m.
Arkansas State Auditor Charlie Daniels listed Linda J. Hook of Gentry and Albertine Wilkinson of Gravette among the “top 25 unclaimed property owners in Benton County.”
posted: 07/04/2012 2:41 a.m.
Nettie Gladys Bryant, 84, of Colcord, Okla., died June 30, 2012, at her home.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:40 a.m.
Do things ever seem beyond hope? Have you ever prayed for the Lord’s help only to have things go from bad to worse, with no intervention in sight?
posted: 07/04/2012 2:39 a.m.
Thanks to a Walmart grant obtained by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce, the city of Gentry website has received a major facelift and additional work is yet under way.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:38 a.m.
The Westside Eagle Observer won 10 awards and received another five honorable mentions at the Arkansas Press Association convention in Little Rock on Saturday.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:37 a.m.
I figure dust pneumonia is the culprit that is affecting my coughing calves. Maybe not fullblown pneumonia, but they have more dirt in their lungs than they ought to have. They don’t want to do much but hang around in the shade and wait for dusk and a cooler air. The old momma cows aren’t too frisky either.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:36 a.m.
This week completes my series of articles on the Compton family, culminating with an emphasis on the continued benefits of one of the accomplishments of the late Dr. Neil Compton, physician and naturalist from Benton County. I had intended to share some history about the life of the man himself, but decided instead to relate a recent experience that probably echoes the point more clearly.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:34 a.m.
Triple-digit temperatures and bored kids make me grateful for a local swimming pool.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:33 a.m.
It is for a reason that God, after giving the commandment to have no other gods but Him, also stated: "You shall not make a graven image for yourself, or any likeness in the heavens above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth; you shall not bow to them, and you shall not serve them; for I am Jehovah your God.... " (Ex. 20:4,5).
posted: 07/04/2012 2:31 a.m.
Decatur’s wastewater treatment plant received the highest possible rating after a recent inspection.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:30 a.m.
Two new computer systems to aid the visually impaired have been installed at the Gravette Public Library.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:29 a.m.
The granddaughter of builders of the Kindley House, now the home of the Gravette Historical Museum, visited the museum and adjacent exhibit hall last Wednesday.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:28 a.m.
On June 27, Gentry police arrested Ricky Edward Reeves, 57, of Gentry, for indecent exposure.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:27 a.m.
Eight members were present for the June Maysville E.H. Club meeting.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:26 a.m.
No team has been able to cool off the Gentry Rebels Senior Babe Ruth team.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:25 a.m.
The Gravette 7-year-old all-star team took first place in the Cal Ripken Machine Pitch District 4 Tournament held recently in Springdale.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:24 a.m.
A new Conference Alignment reclassification cycle for Gravette, Gentry and Decatur football and basketball teams has been announced by the Arkansas Activities Association.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:23 a.m.
Hope everyone enjoyed a good, safe 4th of July.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:23 a.m.
Members of the American Milking Shorthorn Society who were attending the 2012 National Convention being held in Bentonville toured the Crawley Valley View Dairy Farm, near Maysville, June 22.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:22 a.m.
Benton County Judge Bob Clinard denied a request to let a handful of Hiwasse residents annex their land into Gravette as many of their neighbors did earlier this year.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:21 a.m.
Mt. Pleasant Church was a little busy for the month of June. Howard and Cathleen Spears, Darlene and Louise McVay and I helped with the Care and Share grand opening. We worked hard and had a great time seeing the new store welcome its first customers. We wish Care and Share many years to come serving the folks of Western Benton County and Gravette.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:20 a.m.
The regular meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club was held June 27 at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center, with three members and one guest, Charlie Griffin, present.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:19 a.m.
The 59th Annual Decatur Barbecue beauty pageant and tiny tot contest are now open for entry.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:18 a.m.
A summer lunch program for children under 18 opened in Decatur and Hiwasse on Monday.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:17 a.m.
Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette held its annual health fair on Thursday, providing a number of free health screenings and much information to those who braved the 100-plus degrees to visit the hospital.
posted: 07/04/2012 2:16 a.m.
Ambulance service for rural Benton County will be the subject of a pair of hearings July 16 as county officials look at options for providing the service.