Wednesday, July 25

Board hears of locations for complex

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.

Board denies transfers

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.

Early Learning Academy holds open enrollment

posted: 07/25/2012 2:46 a.m.

Gentry Early Learning Academy now has open enrollment for the school year which begins next month.

Bananas in Arkansas?

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.

Text books purchased by board

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.

Sign proposed for Gentry schools

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.

Shooks celebrate 50th

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.

Two board posts up for election

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.

McGaughys observe 40 years of marriage

posted: 07/25/2012 2:40 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell McGaughy of Pea Ridge are celebrating 40 years together.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

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.

Longs retire from postal posts

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.

Plant earns safety award

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.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Decatur Football Practice

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.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: We're striving to get better with age

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.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Don't fret over unheard of dreaded cattle diseases

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.

SUSAN SAYS: July heat continues, but summer still offers much

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Denied opportunity to address school board

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.

Springtown to seek grant funding to improve park

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.

Noise ordinance passes on its first reading

posted: 07/25/2012 2:27 a.m.

City council members passed the first reading of a noise ordinance at the July 19 meeting.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: All are sinful but justified undeservedly through the redemption in Christ Jesus

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.

Pageant entry forms available

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.

Golf scramble to benefit local meals program

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.

Phipps is inducted into trapshooter hall of fame

posted: 07/25/2012 2:22 a.m.

Gravette trapshooter Gary Phipps was recently inducted into the Arkansas State Trapshooter Federation Hall of Fame.

'Back to School Bash' to help provide students with school supplies

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.

Gravette FFA students awarded college scholarships

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.

Rose player to watch during upcoming Gravette season

posted: 07/25/2012 2:18 a.m.

There will be one common item between fans and foes during Gravette football games this fall.

Gravette establishes new ward boundaries

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.

Gravette hospital Ole Timers met July 16 for and a visit at Decatur restaurant

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.

Wonder Tour spends week helping in Sulphur Springs

posted: 07/25/2012 2:15 a.m.

For the second year, the Wonder Tour took place in Sulphur Springs.

Workforce Development helps teens learn job skills

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.

Talent show to be held on Gravette Day

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.

Local students participate in Harding Honor Choir

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.

Wednesday, July 18

Council denies appeal to allow chicken houses near airport

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.

Cargill earns safety awards

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.

Tax-exempt status lost by several local non-profits

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.

City of Gravette must wait to assign new ward boundaries

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.

Principal plans support for students and teachers

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.”

Ambulance ALS certified

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.

Gravette strip mall coming

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.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

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.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Doing work we dislike keeps body and soul together

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.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Helping others makes us see the help we've been given

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.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Life is futile, unless ....

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!

Way cleared for nature area

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.

Lions compete in Challenge event

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.

No decision reached on ambulance

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.

Huntsman retires after Air Force career

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.

Police make arrests for assault disorderly

posted: 07/18/2012 2:08 a.m.

Police arrested Corey Nordgren, 23, of Gentry shortly after midnight on July 11.

Wednesday, July 11

Gravette icon dies

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.

Board, committee discuss school projects

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.

Space offered at Barbecue

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.

Council approves applying for park trails grant to complete planned trail system

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.

White celebrates 101st

posted: 07/11/2012 2:47 a.m.

Leta White, of Gravette, had her 101st birthday Tuesday, July 10.

Banks fewer than in 2002

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.

Sulphur woman celebrates 100th birthday on July 4th

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.

Gentry warrant arrest leads to prescription drug charges

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.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 07/11/2012 2:42 a.m.

Matthew Lee Colvin, 40, of Gentry, died July 5, 2012, at his home.

Gravette Day plans announced

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.

Gentry police investigating suspected home rent scam

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.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Citywide Garage Sale

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.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: The drink is what's important not the vessel

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.

SUSAN SAYS: Making the best of hot summertime days

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.

OFF THE CUFF: Did you catch the 20-year error?

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.

LOOKING BACK: I don't remember not having a garden

posted: 07/11/2012 2:33 a.m.

I don’t remember ever not having a garden.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Being a father can bring pain

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Westside Eagle Observer

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.

Ministry seeks to get people on target with bows but also in life

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.

Gentry car show brings out the classics winners chosen

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.

Woman seeking long-lost sister

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.

Sales tax holiday planned for August

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.

New goals replace No Child Left Behind

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.

Gravette FFA attends state convention

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.

Mitchael competes in national pageant

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.

U of A students awarded

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.

Holloway House named one of the 10 most endangered buildings in the state

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.

Freedom celebrated

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.

Wednesday, July 4

Decatur man dies saving his daughter

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.

Was June a record-setting month?

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.

Will there still be fireworks today?

posted: 07/04/2012 2:47 a.m.

Will there still be fireworks today?

Council approves city improvements

posted: 07/04/2012 2:46 a.m.

Gravette City Council approved several city improvement projects at its meeting Thursday night.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Gravette Fireworks

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.

New barbecue opens in Gentry

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.

Two have unclaimed property

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.”

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 07/04/2012 2:41 a.m.

Nettie Gladys Bryant, 84, of Colcord, Okla., died June 30, 2012, at her home.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Do not fear, only believe

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?

Gentry website getting face lift

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.

Eagle Observer wins APA awards

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.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Bovine calves lack in brightness

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.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Chinese student makes me appreciate Compton's work

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.

A SECOND OPINION: I'm grateful for a local swimming pool

posted: 07/04/2012 2:34 a.m.

Triple-digit temperatures and bored kids make me grateful for a local swimming pool.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: After whose image is your god?

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).

Wastewater plant receives top rating

posted: 07/04/2012 2:31 a.m.

Decatur’s wastewater treatment plant received the highest possible rating after a recent inspection.

Library receives computer systems to help visually impaired patrons

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.

Kindley House has special visitors

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.

Gentry man arrested for being naked in backyard

posted: 07/04/2012 2:28 a.m.

On June 27, Gentry police arrested Ricky Edward Reeves, 57, of Gentry, for indecent exposure.

Maysville E.H. Club meets

posted: 07/04/2012 2:27 a.m.

Eight members were present for the June Maysville E.H. Club meeting.

Gentry Rebels sweep state tournament

posted: 07/04/2012 2:26 a.m.

No team has been able to cool off the Gentry Rebels Senior Babe Ruth team.

All-star team wins tournament

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.

Conference is realigned

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.

Crawleys host farm tour

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.

Judge denies annexation request

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.

Jolly Good Times Club meets June 27

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.

Pageants planned for Decatur Barbecue

posted: 07/04/2012 2:19 a.m.

The 59th Annual Decatur Barbecue beauty pageant and tiny tot contest are now open for entry.

Free lunch available in Gravette, Decatur, Hiwasse and Sulphur

posted: 07/04/2012 2:18 a.m.

A summer lunch program for children under 18 opened in Decatur and Hiwasse on Monday.

Gravette hospital offers free preventive medicine at annual health fair

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.

Ambulance hearings scheduled

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.