Wednesday, June 27

EagleMed pays lunch visit

posted: 06/27/2012 4:03 a.m.

It’s not every day that three EagleMed helicopters land at Gravette’s Ozarks Community Hospital, but three came on Friday for Arkansas emergency medical services inspections and certification.

Sports complex to be put before voters

posted: 06/27/2012 4:02 a.m.

School Board members voted 5-1 — Dani Cypert opposing and Jim Barnes, Randall Bolinger, Coye Cripps, Clarence Kreger and David Williamson voting in favor; Gary Dunlap was absent — to let voters decide whether the school district should refinance 2002 public bonds and make available approximately $3 million to build a multi-purpose athletic facility at the high school.

School Choice still an option for now

posted: 06/27/2012 4:01 a.m.

Thousands of students can continue to attend schools outside their home school districts under the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 1989 after a federal judge Friday temporarily suspended a June 8 order that declared the law unconstitutional.

Tapp earns food safety recognition in Poland

posted: 06/27/2012 3:59 a.m.

Nathan Tapp, a 2006 graduate of Gravette High School, received international recognition in Warsaw, Poland, where he attended the recent International Association for Food Protection Symposium on Food Safety.

Two die in truck crash Monday west of Gentry

posted: 06/27/2012 3:58 a.m.

A fiery crash occurred just before midnight Monday at the junction of Arkansas Highways 12 and 43, west of Gentry, and both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Decatur Celebrate America

posted: 06/27/2012 3:57 a.m.

The Decatur Assembly of God will hold its Second Annual Celebrate America festivities at 7 p.m., July 3, on the DAG campus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Festivities will include games for kids and food. The highlight of the evening will be the Celebrate America Fireworks Show, presented by DAG Creative. Celebrate America is open to the community.

Alligator spotted along road near Gravette Decatur

posted: 06/27/2012 3:56 a.m.

Residents in the Spring Valley Road area near Gravette saw something in the road Thursday night. It was an alligator.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 06/27/2012 3:53 a.m.

Terry Lee Ellis, Sr., 65, died June 21, in Tulsa, Okla., with his family at his side.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: 'I'm no communist'

posted: 06/27/2012 3:52 a.m.

Over the weekend, I paused in the living room to watch a portion of a movie Mrs. Griz had playing on the television. The movie, “Thirteen Days,” brought back memories of childhood fears of nuclear war, something we think of much less these days even though the threat and danger remain.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Ideas, sometimes, are best protected, kept to self

posted: 06/27/2012 3:51 a.m.

Sold all the scrap iron I could gather up last week; took a trailer and a pickup bed to haul it all. I wish I had a couple hundred more loads because that is about the most rewarding thing I have ever had happen in my life.

SUSAN SAYS: Summer brings heat, fun

posted: 06/27/2012 3:50 a.m.

Summer officially arrived a week ago today and we’ve had the summer heat to prove it. The weatherman has forecast near-record temperatures this week and little relief in sight. We had a little rain last Thursday morning, but it’s been dry ever since; so we’ve been watering the tomatoes, peppers and strawberries and my flowers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 06/27/2012 3:49 a.m.

I have received quite a lot of feedback from the citizens in the Gravette/ Hiwasse area during the last couple of weeks regarding the new increased police presence in Hiwasse.

'Renaissance Faire' coming

posted: 06/27/2012 3:47 a.m.

Area children and their families are invited to attend a free Renaissance Faire in Gravette Old Town Park this Friday, June 29, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Fireworks and other festivities set in area for next week

posted: 06/27/2012 3:46 a.m.

A number of local special events and celebrations are set in observance of Independence Day next week. The following are open to the public.

Harwood benefit to be held at fire station

posted: 06/27/2012 3:45 a.m.

Gentry Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a benefit supper for volunteer firefighter David Harwood, who is fighting colon cancer and scheduled for surgery in early July.

Board adopts school budget for Decatur School District

posted: 06/27/2012 3:44 a.m.

School board members voted to pass a budget for the 2013-2014 school year at the June 18 meeting.

Gentry police to crack down on drivers taking short cuts

posted: 06/27/2012 3:43 a.m.

Police are planning to crack down on drivers who cut across parking lots and private properties to avoid intersections and traffic controls, according to Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith.

Pickup truck reported stolen

posted: 06/27/2012 3:42 a.m.

Police are investigating the theft of a pickup truck from Eric Briley, at 190 Allen Street in Gentry.

Pickup truck injures heroic pedestrian

posted: 06/27/2012 3:41 a.m.

A child, whose name was not released in a police report, suffered scrapes and minor bruises when he was nearly struck by a vehicle near Kindley Park in Gravette on Friday, shortly after noon.

'Hump' in road has story to tell

posted: 06/27/2012 3:40 a.m.

Motorists driving along Highway 72 between Gravette and Hiwasse are able to see an unusual “hump” in the terrain that parallels the highway. The hump is visible at several locations.

Decatur to get new website

posted: 06/27/2012 3:39 a.m.

Residents of Decatur will now have websites available to access information about the city of Decatur and the Decatur Chamber of Commerce.

Chicken store opens to public in Decatur

posted: 06/27/2012 3:38 a.m.

Simmons Chicken Store opened in Decatur last week, according to Simmons Foods purchasing agent Jimmy Dickenson, who manages the store.

Crawley is named Dairy Ambassador

posted: 06/27/2012 3:38 a.m.

During 4-State Dairy Days on June 14 in Bentonville, Jessica Crawley of Maysville was named Arkansas’ first state Dairy Ambassador.

Johnsons celebrating 50th

posted: 06/27/2012 3:37 a.m.

Richard and Sherry Johnson of Nevada, Iowa, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a ceremony and dinner at the Decatur Assembly of God Church at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

Residents asked to complete recycling questionnaires

posted: 06/27/2012 3:36 a.m.

Gravette residents who received water bills for the past month also received a recycling questionnaire which officials are hoping will generate a good response.

Newell-Mack writes a book about her childhood memories in Sulphur Springs

posted: 06/27/2012 3:35 a.m.

A Gravette educator who now teaches Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska in Omaha is ending a month at a writing fellowship in Eureka Springs.

Fire Department gets loan for addition

posted: 06/27/2012 3:34 a.m.

The Decatur Fire Department received a loan of up to $60,000 from the Decatur State Bank to complete an addition to the fire station, fire chief David Flynt said at the June 11 city council meeting.


posted: 06/27/2012 3:33 a.m.

Leon Carothers’ children gathered at his house last Sunday evening to help him celebrate Father’s Day.

Six local students earn Arkansas Tech Degrees

posted: 06/27/2012 3:32 a.m.

Six local students graduated from Arkansas Tech University's Russellville campus during the 2011-12 academic year.

Students earn university honors and scholarships

posted: 06/27/2012 3:32 a.m.

Following is a list of area students who have earned college honors or scholarships. Ouachita Baptist University Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia, announced that Eathen Ramsey of Decatur and Kelsey Gourd of Centerton have been named to the president's list for the spring semester.

Abiera graduates from AMSA

posted: 06/27/2012 3:31 a.m.

April Abiera, of Gravette, was among the graduates at the Arkansas School for Math, Sciences and the Arts in ceremonies held Saturday, May 26, at Hot Springs. Abiera, whose home school is Gravette High School, is the daughter of Michael and Lisa Abiera.

Mt. Pleasant church to hold kid's day

posted: 06/27/2012 3:30 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, located five miles east of Gravette on Highway 72, will hold Kid’s Day on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children ages 3 throughhigh school are invited to attend.


posted: 06/27/2012 3:29 a.m.

Maysville E.H. Club members, remember this Thursday is club day at the community building. Katherine Tucker is hostess for lunch. Orpha Wardlaw has the lesson. Bring your canned food for the food pantry of the Maysville Baptist Church.

EagleMed lunch visit

posted: 06/27/2012 2:30 a.m.

It’s not every day that three EagleMed helicopters land at Gravette’s Ozarks Community Hospital, but three came on Friday for Arkansas emergency medical services inspections and certification.

Wednesday, June 20

Harpers named Farm Family

posted: 06/20/2012 2:57 a.m.

Keith and Georgia Harper got away from life on the farm as a young married couple but have never regretted returning to their roots.

Committee of whole updated on variety of city's projects

posted: 06/20/2012 2:56 a.m.

Discussing a myriad of subjects occupied the two-and-one-half-hour city council committee of the whole meeting last week.

Vacant school board post filled

posted: 06/20/2012 2:55 a.m.

Amy Brooks was appointed to fill the open Zone 1 Decatur School Board position at Monday’s meeting.

Police telephone to be answered by CenCom

posted: 06/20/2012 2:54 a.m.

Gentry Police Department’s general office number — 736-8400 — will be answered by Benton County Central Communications, 24 hours per day, beginning on June 22.

Walls to come tumbling down

posted: 06/20/2012 2:53 a.m.

Razing the interior of a wing at the “old Gravette High School” is underway in preparation for its demolition. It will be replaced by a new, more serviceable structure to become part of the Gravette Middle School.

Gentry Freedom Festival plans announced

posted: 06/20/2012 2:52 a.m.

The July 4th Freedom Festival in Gentry is fast approaching and plans are under way to make this year’s event one of the best.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Jolly Good Times Club

posted: 06/20/2012 2:51 a.m.

The monthly meeting of the Jolly Good Times Club will be held Wednesday, June 27, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center.

Council places lien on unkept property

posted: 06/20/2012 2:49 a.m.

City council members had a brief meeting on June 4, with two property measures on the agenda.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 06/20/2012 2:48 a.m.

Rev. Jack J. Austin, 91, of Gravette, Ark., passed away on June 16, 2012, in Bentonville, Ark.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: The Seed and Its Growth

posted: 06/20/2012 2:47 a.m.

This parable of Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a man who sows his seed in the soil and waits until the seed of itself springs up and grows, maturing until the harvest.

Workshop set Monday for poultry producers

posted: 06/20/2012 2:45 a.m.

All area poultry growers are invited to a “Saving Energy Dollars in the Poultry House” workshop from 3 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 25, at the Gentry Public Library.

A WALK IN THE PARK: David Compton, Jr., is significant player in Decatur history

posted: 06/20/2012 2:44 a.m.

This week I will continue my series on the Compton Family who moved to western Benton County many years ago.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Sometimes it's hard to be tough

posted: 06/20/2012 2:42 a.m.

I admitted a couple of years ago that I am scared, frightened and panicky where snakes are concerned. I suppose they are one of the creatures from the beginning and are maybe not all evil, but they always have those little beady eyes and the forked tongue. They slither around and could, or could not, be slimy. I have not touched one to find out. And may I add, I do not intend to at this time.

OFF THE CUFF: Surprise turns into lesson

posted: 06/20/2012 2:41 a.m.

It was a surprise — a nice one. And it happened on a recent Sunday afternoon when I was at the Eagle Observer office to work on a couple of pictures for the weekly issue.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Mrs. Griz duped me again

posted: 06/20/2012 2:40 a.m.

Whether it’s writer’s block or what, I don’t know; but at times it’s difficult to come up with new ideas for a weekly column.

Logan to hold homecoming

posted: 06/20/2012 2:38 a.m.

Residents of the Logan Community will be holding their annual homecoming at noon on June 24, and local residents and all who have roots in the the community are invited to attend. A noon meal will be served.

Hay Daze discussed by council

posted: 06/20/2012 2:37 a.m.

Highfill’s city council meeting was held June 7 instead of the regularly-scheduled second Tuesday of the month.

Grand marshal chosen for annual Barbecue

posted: 06/20/2012 2:35 a.m.

Leonard Truitt, Decatur’s oldest lifelong citizen, will be the grand marshal for the 59th Annual Decatur Barbecue Parade, the chamber of commerce decided on June 4.

Board approves some school-choice applicants

posted: 06/20/2012 2:34 a.m.

The Gravette School Board Monday evening accepted applications from nine Bentonville students to attend classes in Gravette this fall. The applications had been received through Friday, June 8, which preceded a judicial ruling that the Arkansas School Choice Act is deemed unconstitutional.

Police remind residents of law

posted: 06/20/2012 2:33 a.m.

With the July 4th holiday coming up and fireworks going on sale in the area, Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith reminds residents of city law regarding the possession and use of fireworks within Gentry's corporate city limits.

Gravette student earns award in Chinese language competition

posted: 06/20/2012 2:31 a.m.

A Gravette High School student, Tatiana Polydore, recently was awarded third place in the Southern Region Chinese Language Competition held in Texas.

ANNIVERSARIES: Don and Shirley Dennis observe 50th anniversary

posted: 06/20/2012 2:29 a.m.

Don and Shirley Dennis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 9, at the Gravette Assembly of God fellowship hall.

Springtown hires help in dealing with FEMA aid

posted: 06/20/2012 2:28 a.m.

ER Assist will be aiding the town of Springtown with its appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in an attempt to keep FEMA from requiring the town to return $30,000 given to the city to restore the old low-water Aubrey Long Bridge to its pre-flood state, following floods in 2008.


posted: 06/20/2012 2:27 a.m.

We are still waiting on a good rain. The weatherman doesn’t promise for this week.

Camp meeting set at Holiness school

posted: 06/20/2012 2:25 a.m.

A century old spiritual tradition will continue in the learning center of Gravette Holiness Bible School from June 26 through July 1 when the annual Northwest Arkansas Camp Meeting will be held. Evangelist Robert Thompson, Jr. will be the speaker.


posted: 06/20/2012 2:24 a.m.

Thursday will be the longest day of the year. Enjoy it.

Pancake breakfast to be held in Sulphur Springs

posted: 06/20/2012 2:23 a.m.

An “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, June 29, at the Shiloh Dining Room in Sulphur Springs.

Council debates benefits and costs of take-home police cars

posted: 06/20/2012 2:22 a.m.

City councilwoman Nan McClain, at the June 11 meeting, proposed setting a mileage limit to the distance Decatur Police Officers may drive their patrol cars home.

FFA members receive awards

posted: 06/20/2012 2:21 a.m.

Members of the Decatur High School FFA received a number of awards at the 85th Arkansas State FFA Convention, according to Decatur agriculture teacher Lisa Barrett.

Judging team attends camp in Warner, Okla.

posted: 06/20/2012 2:20 a.m.

The Decatur FFA Livestock Judging Team attended the livestock judging camp at Connors State College in Warner, Okla., May 31 through June 2. Students worked on their livestock judging skills and their presentation of oral reasons at the camp.

District teacher of year announced

posted: 06/20/2012 2:19 a.m.

The official winner of the Gentry Public School District teacher of the year award is Rachael Thrailkill.

Local students awarded scholarships

posted: 06/20/2012 2:18 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas at Conway announced the following area students are among those who have been awarded scholarships to attend UCA.

More chicken litter restrictions to be dumped on area farmers

posted: 06/20/2012 2:17 a.m.

Farmers are concerned that new restrictions in the Eucha/ Spavinaw watershed might put them out of business.

Wheat shocked old way at Logan farm

posted: 06/20/2012 2:16 a.m.

Ten members of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks met at the Charlie Lacey Farm in the Logan Community to cut wheat the old fashion way on the afternoon of June 5.

Wednesday, June 13

Care and Share opens new store

posted: 06/13/2012 1:10 a.m.

An estimated 350-400 people attended the grand opening of the new Care and Share store Saturday, according to Michelle Hebert, president of the volunteer committee which oversees the Care and Share operation.

School investigation complete

posted: 06/13/2012 1:09 a.m.

The Gentry Police Department has concluded its investigation concerning allegations of abuse on the part of a Gentry Middle School coach and teacher, according to a press release from Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith.

Benton County looks at tax plan for Flint Creek Power Plant

posted: 06/13/2012 1:08 a.m.

Benton County officials gave their qualified endorsement June 5 to a proposal to ease property taxes on improvement to the Flint Creek power plant near Gentry.

Decatur man arrested for assault

posted: 06/13/2012 1:07 a.m.

Isaac Hinojosa, 29, of Decatur, was arrested on Sunday night for allegedly attacking another man with a tire iron in the parking lot of the Simmons Foods plant in Decatur.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Health, Safety Fair

posted: 06/13/2012 1:06 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette will hold a free Health and Safety Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at the hospital.

Fagala-Farris plan July wedding

posted: 06/13/2012 1:05 a.m.

Lauren Ashley Fagala of Greenbrier and Jonah Camp Farris of Guy have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Flag disposal ceremony set for Tuesday, June 19

posted: 06/13/2012 1:04 a.m.

Gravette American Legion Post will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, on the grounds behind the Civic Center in Gravette.

ANNIVERSARIES: Nixes to celebrate 40th

posted: 06/13/2012 1:03 a.m.

Randall and Lynn Nix will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this month. The couple was married in Tulsa, Okla., on June 22, 1972.

Gentry pageants set for July 4

posted: 06/13/2012 1:02 a.m.

The 2012 Little Miss and Mister Gentry will be crowned at the annual Freedom Fest celebration July 4th in the Gentry City Park.

Jordan graduates with honors

posted: 06/13/2012 1:01 a.m.

Mary Esther Jordan graduated from Arkansas Tech University with cum laude honors at graduation ceremonies on May 12. Jordan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in professional studies.


posted: 06/13/2012 1 a.m.

To all of you fathers out there, Happy Fathers Day on Sunday.


posted: 06/13/2012 12:59 a.m.

We are having warm weather after the good rain.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 06/13/2012 12:58 a.m.

Edward “Eddie” Francis Cassi, 66, of Gravette, died June 5, 2012, at his home.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Sometimes egg sandwiches are right tasty

posted: 06/13/2012 12:57 a.m.

I got the urge to load up my close relative and make a trip to the big town — bigger than our town — and shop at the warehouse store for some stuff.

SUSAN SAYS: June has been busy month

posted: 06/13/2012 12:56 a.m.

The lovely month of June has arrived and soon the year 2012 will be half gone. My, how time flies! We’ve stayed busy and the weeks seem to slip quickly by.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 06/13/2012 12:54 a.m.

Thank you to all the people who helped Care and Share move.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Oh, that people would gain wisdom!

posted: 06/13/2012 12:53 a.m.

Have you ever considered the difference between knowledge and wisdom? There is a difference, but the two truly belong together.

LOOKING BACK: Reunion brings memories

posted: 06/13/2012 12:52 a.m.

I didn’t go to school at Beaty, but I wanted to attend the May 26 reunionthere. It was held outside the old country school building, Liberty Hill, just a few miles from where I grew up west of Gravette.

Peaches bountiful at Taylor's Orchard

posted: 06/13/2012 12:51 a.m.

For the first time in three years, the trees in Taylor’s Orchard are weighted down with ripening peaches.

'Smart 911' system up and running

posted: 06/13/2012 12:50 a.m.

Just a day after a press conference at the State Capitol, launching Smart 911 access across Arkansas, the Benton County Office of Emergency Communications announced it is up and running.

PonyDotz teaches kids through horses

posted: 06/13/2012 12:50 a.m.

Many kids dream about spending time with horses and ponies, but PonyDotz gives young people a place to live out those dreams.

Young fishermen fish for fun in Crystal Lake

posted: 06/13/2012 12:49 a.m.

The weather was perfect and the fish were biting at the Ninth Annual Community Fishing Derby held at Crystal Lake on Saturday.

Arkansas Tech announces spring dean's list

posted: 06/13/2012 12:48 a.m.

Arkansas Tech University has announced its dean’s list for undergraduate students on the main campus in Russellville for the spring 2012 semester.

Gravette pitcher has future on the mound

posted: 06/13/2012 12:47 a.m.

There was always a plan to make Lindsee LaBrecque Gravette’s No. 1 pitcher, it just happened ahead of schedule.

Nichols leaves mark on Gravette softball

posted: 06/13/2012 12:46 a.m.

Shyanne Nichols is moving on to play college softball, but she won’t be doing any pitching.

Judge tosses state law on school choice

posted: 06/13/2012 12:45 a.m.

It’s uncertain where thousands of children will attend school in the next academic year after a federal judge on Friday struck down a state law those students have used to transfer out of their home districts.

Gravette students promote recycling

posted: 06/13/2012 12:44 a.m.

Three third grade students at Gravette Upper Elementary School were awarded prizes for their posters promoting recycling. The contest was coordinated by Allyson Ransom for the city of Gravette as part of the city’s emphasis on recycling through the county and state.

Two Gravette Middle School students win engineering award

posted: 06/13/2012 12:43 a.m.

Two Gravette Middle School students combined their talents in an engineering design contest to take first place in competition with students from throughout Arkansas.

Local student earns research grant at UA

posted: 06/13/2012 12:42 a.m.

Kaitlyn Terrell from Gravette, a biological engineering major at the University of Arkansas, was awarded a ASABE Gunlogson National Student Design Competition - Third Place during the 2011-12 academic year.

Committee forms to promote recycling in Gravette

posted: 06/13/2012 12:41 a.m.

Making plans to better promote recycling, preserve landfill space and reduce waste, as well as crafting community pride, were topics at the meeting of a miniadvisory committee being formed in Gravette.

Wonder Tour returning to Sulphur Springs

posted: 06/13/2012 12:40 a.m.

The Wonder Tour is returning to Sulphur Springs Sunday, June 24, through Friday, June 29, and students from McDonald County, Mo., and Northwest Arkansas will be in Sulphur Springs ready to serve.

Wednesday, June 6

Rains wash dry record

posted: 06/06/2012 2:55 a.m.

May 2012 was well on the way to setting a new record for lack of precipitation. The last three days of the month spoiled a record when 1.18 inches of rain was recorded at the NOAA weather station in Gravette, bringing the total for the month to 2.16 inches.

SubTeach recommended, though cost higher

posted: 06/06/2012 2:54 a.m.

Corrected information was sent by e-mail last week to the members of the Gentry School Board regarding SubTeach USA, a company the district is contemplating using to supply its substitute teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.

Man swimming in Crystal Lake drowns

posted: 06/06/2012 2:53 a.m.

Gilardo DeLeon Velazquez, 40, drowned in Crystal Lake Sunday evening while swimming with friends.

Police make arrests for DWIs, drugs and theft

posted: 06/06/2012 2:51 a.m.

Police made a number of alcohol- and drug-related arrests and also arrested a man for stealing scrap metal.

City, FEMA dispute

posted: 06/06/2012 2:50 a.m.

Springtown let a deadline pass to pay back $30,000 the city owes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Mayor Paul Lemke said he has no plans to return the money until he finds out why “we are being singled out.”

House is honored

posted: 06/06/2012 2:48 a.m.

Chelsea House of Gravette was recently inducted into the prestigious Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society at the University of Arkansas’ Octagon Chapter.

Gravette pool opened

posted: 06/06/2012 2:46 a.m.

Gravette swimming pool opened last week after it received the “open” okay from the State Health Department.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 06/06/2012 2:45 a.m.

James Wesley Andrews, 41, of Siloam Springs, died May 26, 2012, at his home.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Dr. Neil Compton had roots in Gentry

posted: 06/06/2012 2:44 a.m.

As I mentioned in my last column, 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the outcome of a battle that spanned several years, when in 1972 an act of congress declared the Buffalo our country’s first National River.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Why do armadillos even try to cross the road?

posted: 06/06/2012 2:43 a.m.

Aside from all the trees and wiggly roads, another almost-daily sight which tells me, “Griz, you’re not in northwest Kansas anymore,” is the great number of dead armadillos along the roadways here in Arkansas.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I don't like change but can't go back

posted: 06/06/2012 2:41 a.m.

This might have been mentioned a time or two in previous months by none other than myself, but I do not like, appreciate or take kindly to change. I want everything to stay like it is, just the way I left it or last saw it and do not need anyone to attempt to make it better.

Council approves tractor purchase

posted: 06/06/2012 2:40 a.m.

During a short special meeting last Thursday night, the Gravette City Council approved several items which required action before the regular meeting in late June.

Renaissance Faire moved to Old Town Park

posted: 06/06/2012 2:39 a.m.

The Renaissance Faire scheduled for June 29 across the street from the Gravette Public Library has been moved to Old Town Park because the location provides more shade and a more suitable venue for the events.

School purchases SawStop table saw

posted: 06/06/2012 2:38 a.m.

A number of changes were recommended at Gentry schools as a result of a March visit by representatives of the Arkansas Department of Career and Technical Education. School board members were informed of those recommendations in a report provided to them and explained at the May 21 board meeting by federal curriculum coordinator Judy Winslett.

Garretts celebrate 50th

posted: 06/06/2012 2:37 a.m.

Dr. and Mrs. John Garrett, of Gravette, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 1.

Hastings retires after 27 years

posted: 06/06/2012 2:36 a.m.

About 75 colleagues, several school board members and friends attended a reception Wednesday afternoon honoring Jo Ellen Hastings upon her retirement from the Gravette school system.

Farmers' market in fifth season

posted: 06/06/2012 2:35 a.m.

The Gravette Farmers’ Market is in its fifth season and open every Saturday morning in Old Town Park, and it’s had a very successful start this year.

Teachers receive signing bonuses

posted: 06/06/2012 2:34 a.m.

The Decatur School District qualifies for financial aid from the state to help recruit and retain teachers, superintendent Larry Ben told the school board at the May 21 meeting.

LEC holds horse show in Decatur

posted: 06/06/2012 2:33 a.m.

Legends Equestrian Center, located along Arkansas Highway 102 east of Decatur,, hosted a horse show last weekend.

4-H sews heating pads

posted: 06/06/2012 2:32 a.m.

The Outdoor Adventures 4-H Club has a sewing group that has been very busy this spring with sewing classes.

Planning meeting to determine Gravette park, recreation needs

posted: 06/06/2012 2:31 a.m.

A meeting for Gravette citizens and interested persons will be held Thursday, June 14, at 6 p.m. at the Gravette City Hall, according to Allyson Ransom, city communications director.


posted: 06/06/2012 2:30 a.m.

We are very thankful for the rain we have received this week. Even with the high winds and hail, I have not seen any damage in our neighborhood, just some small limbs and twigs blown down.

Gravette High Booster Club seeking support

posted: 06/06/2012 2:29 a.m.

We want to thank the GHS Boosters for supporting our athletic programs through their monetary participation in the auctions held during the recent Athletic Achievement Banquet.

Poultry equipment company opens for business in Decatur

posted: 06/06/2012 2:28 a.m.

A new Georgia Poultry Equipment Company store opened in the north end of the Decatur General Store building on Monday.


posted: 06/06/2012 2:27 a.m.

We had a great turn out for the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Memorial Day Celebration. The association had worked hard planning this celebration and it went off without a hitch.

Maysville E.H Club met May 24th

posted: 06/06/2012 2:26 a.m.

The Maysville E. H. Club met at the community center May 24 for the regular meeting and lunch hosted by Bert Ballmann.


posted: 06/06/2012 2:25 a.m.

The community yard sale was a success at the community building on Saturday.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Decatur Library Meeting

posted: 06/06/2012 2:24 a.m.

The Iva Jane Peek Library will be holding a public hearing at 5:30 p.m., June 11, in the city council room at city hall, to discuss a new internet filter on library computers.