Wednesday, May 30

Gentry looks to SubTeach

posted: 05/30/2012 3:08 a.m.

School board members unanimously approved using an organization called SubTeach USA to provide substitute teachers in the district during the 2012-2013 school year.

Fireworks' use and sales legalized in Gravette for the July 4th celebration

posted: 05/30/2012 3:07 a.m.

The Gravette City Council Thursday night approved a new ordinance governing the possession and sale of fireworks and other explosives. The action repealed an ordinance approved in 2006.

Pay raises raise voting dilemma

posted: 05/30/2012 3:06 a.m.

After exploring the issue of when board members with spouses employed by the district must abstain, school board members, at the May 21 meeting, voted to give classified staff members and bus drivers in Decatur a raise.

Pool opening delayed in Gravette

posted: 05/30/2012 3:05 a.m.

Installation of new filters at the Gravette municipal pool resulted in a delay of the announced pool opening which was scheduled May 23.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 05/30/2012 3:04 a.m.

Frances Marie Bolin, 90, of Gentry, died May 22, 2012, at the Golden Girls Retirement Manor, Siloam Springs.

Pharmacy students receive honors

posted: 05/30/2012 3:03 a.m.

Two Gravette High School graduates who are pharmacy majors at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla., were named to the president’s list for the spring semester.

Teachers train to use new technology

posted: 05/30/2012 3:02 a.m.

Teachers at Decatur and Gentry Schools will return to class next fall armed with iPads and with the hope of taking classroom education to the next level.

Hainline-Williams named NWA 'Nurse of the Year'

posted: 05/30/2012 3 a.m.

Sandy Hainline-Williams of Gravette was recently named “Nurse of the Year” by NWA Media. She was featured in a monthly publication, “You at Your Best,” which focuses on life and health in northwest Arkansas.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Don’t let their death be in vain!

posted: 05/30/2012 2:59 a.m.

Though I've written on this theme before, it's worth considering again; and so I reprint this article as a reminder of how we should observe Memorial Day, not only on that day but every day.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: No sense worrying too early!

posted: 05/30/2012 2:58 a.m.

Funny thing happened on the way to the emporium this morning. I started counting cars that travel in pairs. That may sound silly, but let me inform you that many cars travel in pairs. I do not know why they do, but I have some theories. They are not scientific, so we won’t be writing any “papers” or such.

SUSAN SAYS: May closes, memories go on

posted: 05/30/2012 2:56 a.m.

As May comes to a close, we are needing rain badly.

Maysville Post Office could have hours cut rather than be closed

posted: 05/30/2012 2:55 a.m.

The Maysville Post Office, which has served citizens in extreme west and north Benton County for more than 170 years, has received at least a temporary reprieve from its threatened closing by the U.S.

Roberts-Searcy to wed

posted: 05/30/2012 2:54 a.m.

Cassandra Dawn Searcy of Cabot and Colby Blythe Roberts of Gravette plan to marry at 2 p.m. June 2 in Cone Chapel at Harding University in Searcy.

Museum seeks return of its donation box

posted: 05/30/2012 2:53 a.m.

The Eagle Observer received information that the donation box — an old wooden post office box with a glass front seemed to just walk off and disappear.

City receives grant for sewer extension

posted: 05/30/2012 2:52 a.m.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe earlier this month announced approval of a grant, in the amount of $40,000, for the city of Gravette. The funds come from the Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Fund of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, according to ANRC chairman Sloan Hampton.

Walker and Morgan make Williams Baptist dean's list

posted: 05/30/2012 2:51 a.m.

Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge announced that Hollyann Walker of Maysville and Brittany Morgan of Pea Ridge have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the four-year liberal arts college. Students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average to be eligible for the recognition.

Scotts to celebrate 50th anniversary

posted: 05/30/2012 2:49 a.m.

A reception honoring Raymond and Sue Scott of Maysville as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary will be held Saturday, June 2, at the Missionary Baptist Church in Maysville.

Eddie Eagle teaches students gun safety

posted: 05/30/2012 2:48 a.m.

Eddie Eagle has landed in Gravette. He arrived just a few days before school was dismissed for summer vacation. But he paid them a surprise visit anyway.

Watson strives for achievement

posted: 05/30/2012 2:47 a.m.

Striving for high achievement is nothing new to Decatur senior Lensey Watson, so it’s no surprise that she earned the title of valedictorian of the Decatur High School Class of 2012.

Recycling program promoted in Gravette

posted: 05/30/2012 2:46 a.m.

Louise Mann, representing a firm retained by Benton County Solid Waste District, visited with several Gravette citizens Tuesday of last week to promote a recycling education program for the community and area.

Community college honors Dalrymple

posted: 05/30/2012 2:44 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Community College has chosen Jerri Dalrymple as the Golden Eagle Award recipient for April.

Local author publishes mystery novel

posted: 05/30/2012 2:43 a.m.

A new “To Die For.... ” mystery novel by Gravette author Radine Nehring will soon be available, the author announced.

Summer reading turned to 'family affair'

posted: 05/30/2012 2:42 a.m.

The children’s summer reading program at the Gravette Public Library is taking a different approach, according to library director Kim Schneider.

A perfect day for 123 Gravette grads

posted: 05/30/2012 2:40 a.m.

“Always have faith,” Gravette’s 123 seniors were advised by Jo Ellen Hastings, their high school principal, who spoke to Gravette's largest graduating class last Saturday morning, May 26, 2012.

Fishing derby set for June 9

posted: 05/30/2012 2:39 a.m.

The Ninth Annual Community Fishing Derby, to be held at Crystal Lake in Decatur on June 9, will give kids a fun way to start their summer and enable them to spend some quality time with their favorite adult.

Sharp reports school year activities

posted: 05/30/2012 2:38 a.m.

Janna Sharp, parent involvement coordinator at Gravette High School, issued the following report of activities during the current school year: “To start off a great year, GHS hosts an annual open house. All GHS students and parents are encouraged to attend. They receive information on test scores, report to the public, rules and procedures, locker assignment, class schedule and other valuable information. GHS reported 89 percent attendance at our annual open house.

Sturges named to Hendrix dean's list

posted: 05/30/2012 2:37 a.m.

Jessica Sturges of Gravette, a junior environmental studies major at Hendrix College, was selected to the college's dean's list for the spring 2012 semester.

County to revive ambulance debate

posted: 05/30/2012 2:36 a.m.

Benton County’s emergency medical services study could be ready for review this week, justices of the peace were told Thursday night.

Gentry chooses teachers of year

posted: 05/30/2012 2:35 a.m.

Teacher of the Year Awards were presented in the Gentry School District earlier this spring, with teachers honored from each campus, with one yet to be chosen as the district’s teacher of the year.

Boys & Girls Club receives grant

posted: 05/30/2012 2:34 a.m.

Several non-profit agencies serving residents of Northwest Arkansas recently received grants totaling $45,500 from the General Improvement Fund of the State of Arkansas. The range of services provided and needs were considered and grants approved by the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc., which covers nine counties. Agencies were nominated by State Rep. Jonathan Barnett of Siloam Springs.

Bond sale approved

posted: 05/30/2012 2:32 a.m.

Financing for renovations of Gravette Middle School and construction of two ball fields on the high school campus was finalized at a meeting of the District 20 School Board Thursday night. The board approved the sale of $1.5 million second lien bonds at 4.5 percent interest.

Breakfast bus canceled

posted: 05/30/2012 2:31 a.m.

Due to little or no participation, the breakfast bus shuttle for the Seamless Summer meal program has been cancelled. The change took effect on Tuesday.

Missouri man killed in motorcycle crash

posted: 05/30/2012 2:30 a.m.

A motorcycle accident took the life of a Missouri man Sunday night, May 27, when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing the motorcycle he was driving to leave the road and hit a guardrail.


posted: 05/30/2012 2:29 a.m.

We are sure missing the rain around here. They still have it in the forecast so maybe our turn will be next.


posted: 05/30/2012 2:28 a.m.

There was a good turnout of voters for the primary election. Marty Rogers passed away in a Dallas hospital Tuesday night. Sympathy is extended to the Rogers family.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Benefit Indian Taco Dinner

posted: 05/30/2012 2:25 a.m.

An Indian taco dinner, including live and silent auctions and a raffle, will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 2, in the Gentry High School cafeteria to support the Rebels Baseball Team — a competitive 17-and-under baseball team with team members from Gentry and Kansas, Okla.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: The convincing work of the Holy Spirit

posted: 05/30/2012 2:24 a.m.

It was indeed necessary for Christ Jesus to return to the Father, for if He did not suffer and die for the sins of the world, rise again and ascend to the right hand of the Father, the Holy Spirit could not be be given and carry out His ministry and work in this world.

Student wins first in Arkansas Quiz Bowl

posted: 05/30/2012 2:21 a.m.

Brian Smithers, a student at Gravette High School, was a member of a three-student team which won first place in the Arkansas All-State Quiz Bowl tournament held recently in Beebe.

Cousins jumps into 4A-1 sports' scene

posted: 05/30/2012 2:20 a.m.

Jarod Cousins did a little bit of everything for the Gentry track and field team this season.

Gravette awards its athletes at special banquet

posted: 05/30/2012 2:18 a.m.

Following the annual Gravette High School athletic banquet Saturday, May 19, at the GHS commons, the following students received special recognition in a ceremony at the Performing Arts Center: Cheerleading: Golden Megaphone, Dallas Banta; Lion Spirit Award, Kayla Holliday.

Wednesday, May 23

It's blueberry time in Gravette

posted: 05/23/2012 1:17 a.m.

Warm weather has brought an early blueberry season for Fisher’s Blueberries in Gravette.

Ball is now rolling for Gentry multi-purpose athletic facility

posted: 05/23/2012 1:16 a.m.

After reviewing survey results, Gentry School Board members gave the nod to school superintendent Randy Barrett to move forward with preliminary planning to build a multi-purpose athletic facility for the school district.

Post office collects food for hungry

posted: 05/23/2012 1:15 a.m.

The Gravette Post Office collected more than a ton of food products in the recent “Stamp Out Hunger” project sponsored nationally by the U.S. Postal Service.

Dinner and activities planned at cemetery

posted: 05/23/2012 1:14 a.m.

Fairmount Cemetery Association will be holding a potluck dinner and an afternoon of music and information on May 27 in observance of the 150th anniversary of the cemetery.

Coonrod to study and work for 8 months at Disney U

posted: 05/23/2012 1:13 a.m.

While most go to Disney World for fun, one Gentry resident is headed to Disney World in Orlando to learn.

Meeting to update farmers on phosphorous agreement

posted: 05/23/2012 1:11 a.m.

Poultry Partners will host an educational and informational meeting at 6:30 p.m., June 7, at the Jay Community Center, Jay, Okla., regarding the March 14 court settlement relating to phosphorous levels in the Eucha/Spavinaw watershed.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 05/23/2012 1:10 a.m.

Carla Jean Elliott, 50, of Gentry, died May 15, 2012, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Gentry training postponed

posted: 05/23/2012 1:09 a.m.

The Winrock Rural Capacity Building Tour has been postponed until July 17 and 18, according to an email from Bev Saunders, director of the Gentry Chamber of Commerce.

Gentry woman arrested for stabbing boyfriend during domestic dispute

posted: 05/23/2012 1:08 a.m.

A Gentry man was stabbed in a domestic disturbance at 860 Mockingbird Lane on Saturday and transported to the Siloam Springs Emergency Room.

Henke to play in Southwest City

posted: 05/23/2012 1:07 a.m.

Preparations are currently underway at the Southwest City Cultural Center to welcome award-winning composer and recording artist, Brian Henke, who will be performing in concert at the Center on Saturday June 2, 2012.

A WALK IN THE PARK: I appreciate the foresight of those who have been instrumental in preserving places of beauty

posted: 05/23/2012 1:06 a.m.

One of the most scenic areas in Arkansas, and one of my favorite places in the state, is the Buffalo National River and the surrounding wilderness area.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Could medical billing be a bit less than honest?

posted: 05/23/2012 1:05 a.m.

Even though I've been, for the most part, healthy and with little need of doctors and medical facilities, I've had occasion to become a regular at my doctor's office for the last several years; and this year included a bigger surgery than the ones I've had because of recurring skin cancer.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Some folks just can't grasp the wisdom of an experienced cattleman

posted: 05/23/2012 1:03 a.m.

A bald-headed man will, at times, try to do a comb-over to hide the glistening scalp that picks up every little bit of light.

Free lunches available in Gravette, Sulphur Springs

posted: 05/23/2012 1:02 a.m.

Free lunches will be served by the Gravette Public Schools during the summer break, said Jason Carter, Director of Food Services at the school.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 05/23/2012 1:01 a.m.

With plenty of negative press about young people today, I choose to be on the bandwagon for pointing out the positives.

'Fresh and Healthy' vending machines placed by club

posted: 05/23/2012 12:59 a.m.

The Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County has placed “Fresh and Healthy” vending machines in units located in Gravette and Siloam Springs.

Memorial Day Services planned in Gravette

posted: 05/23/2012 12:58 a.m.

Gravette’s Memorial Day service at Hillcrest Cemetery will be Monday, May 28, at 10 a.m., according to the Gravette American Legion Post, which sponsors the annual event.

Gravette police participate in 'Click It or Ticket'

posted: 05/23/2012 12:57 a.m.

The Gravette Police Department advises motorists the department will be participating in the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization effort in the state of Arkansas which began May 21 and continues through June 3. Proper use of seat belts as required by state law will be a primary thrust of the enforcement efforts at check points and intersection patrols.

Culinary arts team attends national competition

posted: 05/23/2012 12:56 a.m.

The Gravette High School Culinary Arts team attended the ProStart National Invitational Competition held recently in Baltimore, Md., said Seanne Sain, GHS instructor who accompanied the students to the competition.

New books donated to library

posted: 05/23/2012 12:55 a.m.

There is plenty of new reading material at the Iva Jane Peek Library, thanks to donations from the Friendly Book Store of Rogers, the Wish You Well Foundation and individuals.

Cages now open for area kids

posted: 05/23/2012 12:54 a.m.

Inside the old Backer's Variety Store building, at 232 E. Main Street in Gentry, one won't find shelves of merchandise anymore, but a batting cage, complete with pitching machines for batting practice, whether it be for baseball or softball.

Decatur pool set to open on Tuesday

posted: 05/23/2012 12:53 a.m.

For those looking for a way to keep cool this summer, the Decatur public swimming pool will open for the season on Tuesday.

Golf event boosts high school

posted: 05/23/2012 12:52 a.m.

The weather was great for the 148 golfers who participated in the annual Gravette Lions Golf Classic held at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista.

Kiwanis award two Decatur students for excellence in the face of obstacles

posted: 05/23/2012 12:50 a.m.

Two Decatur students received the Kiwanis Youth Excellence Award from the Bentonville and Bella Vista Kiwanis Clubs.

'Ozark Family Campmeeting' begins Tuesday

posted: 05/23/2012 12:49 a.m.

"Ozark Family Campmeeting" at the Gentry Seventh-day Adventist Church will be held May 29 through June 2.

Roberts to celebrate his 90th Birthday

posted: 05/23/2012 12:49 a.m.

A reception to honor Marion Roberts of Gravette as he celebrates his 90th birthday will be held Saturday, May 26, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Friends and family are invited to drop in between two and four in the afternoon to enjoy homemade pies, ice cream and drinks.

Students visit Kennedy Space Center

posted: 05/23/2012 12:48 a.m.

During the recent Gravette school spring break, a group of 33 students, parents and teachers enjoyed a six-day trip to Orlando, Fla., with a visit to the Kennedy Space Center.

Donations for Care and Share can be left at new location

posted: 05/23/2012 12:47 a.m.

Care and Share in Gravette announces it will close its Main Street dock this Saturday, May 26, and that donors are requested to take items to the new building location, 103 Huntington Street S.E., just south of Walmart Express.

Students receive honor at Gentry Intermediate School

posted: 05/23/2012 12:46 a.m.

Gentry Intermediate School released the names of students on its honor rolls and recognized for outstanding attendance. The names follow.

Honor roll students named at Gentry Middle School

posted: 05/23/2012 12:45 a.m.

Honor Rolls for the second semester of the 2011/2012 school year were released by the Gentry Middle School and are reprinted below: Principal’s Honor Roll Sixth Grade: Kya Dezurik.

Honor rolls released at Glenn Duffy Elementary School

posted: 05/23/2012 12:44 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the third nine weeks grading period at Glenn Duffy Elementary School has been released by school administrators.


posted: 05/23/2012 12:44 a.m.

The NWA Riding Club play days are held every other week at the Luca Don Equestrian Center west of Gentry. Events include western pleasure, pole bending, flag races, barrel racing and speed races for all ages of riders, with an emphasis on kid-friendly family fun.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Jesus’ prayer for you

posted: 05/23/2012 12:43 a.m.

Before Jesus suffered and died on the cross for the sins of the world and then rose again and ascended to the right hand of God the Father, He prayed for His disciples and for those who would believe on Him through their word.

Wednesday, May 16

Progress made in services to Hiwasse area

posted: 05/16/2012 3:12 a.m.

The Gravette City Council Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday night proved to be an informational session on many topics ranging from the municipal swimming pool to the recent city-wide cleanup.

Leo takes turn as Strike

posted: 05/16/2012 3:11 a.m.

DECATUR — Baseball season is in full swing for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Strike the Sasquatch is busy entertaining fans, but what really makes the playful mascot so entertaining?

City, Chamber at work on numerous projects

posted: 05/16/2012 3:10 a.m.

Plans are under way for Gentry’s Freedom Festival, with enough fireworks ordered to make the show almost 100 percent bigger than last year, according to Gentry Chamber of Commerce director Bev Saunders.


posted: 05/16/2012 3:09 a.m.

The monthly quilt class will meet at 12:30 p.m.

Two area students to graduate from MSSU

posted: 05/16/2012 3:07 a.m.

Two local students are among the 670 graduates at Missouri Southern State University at Joplin, Mo., who will receive degrees in the May 19 commencement on the MSSU campus.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 05/16/2012 3:06 a.m.

Ida Belle Arnold, 83, of Colcord, Okla., died May 8, 2012, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale.

Gentry police join traffic campaign

posted: 05/16/2012 3:05 a.m.

Police officers in Gentry plan to join the “Click It or Ticket” and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in an effort to educate the public and crack down on traffic violations such as not wearing seat belts or using child safety restraints and not wearing motorcycle helmets when required, as well as being on the lookout for those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Gravette Athletic Boosters hold Appreciation Banquet & Awards Assembly on Saturday May 19th

posted: 05/16/2012 3:03 a.m.

This year the Gravette Athletic Boosters, Inc. will hold its annual membership appreciation banquet in conjunction with the club-sponsored Gravette High School athletic awards banquet and assembly on Saturday, May 19, at the GHS Commons.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Is there a method to choosing the right candidate?

posted: 05/16/2012 3:02 a.m.

Choosing the right candidate can be tough.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I'm praying for rain even if the atheists sue me

posted: 05/16/2012 3:01 a.m.

It’s been a long spring and, believe me, I am not complaining! I need some rain and I figure it will come soon beings as it is still spring.

LOOKING BACK: 'I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree'

posted: 05/16/2012 3 a.m.

Trees: “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” I've never forgotten those lines from a poem by Joyce Kilmer which I learned as a child.

SUSAN SAYS: Mother's Day brings back memories of Mom

posted: 05/16/2012 2:58 a.m.

The delightful days of May are hurrying by and summer will be here in only a few weeks. We’re enjoying a lovely spring.

School ends Tuesday

posted: 05/16/2012 2:57 a.m.

May 22 will be the last day of school for Gravette students.

Gentry schools to serve summer meals

posted: 05/16/2012 2:56 a.m.

Meals will again be offered in Gentry through the Seamless Summer Program 2012 which runs from May 21 through July 27 (except for Memorial Day and the week of July 4th).

Hwy. 59 contract awarded

posted: 05/16/2012 2:52 a.m.

A contract for resurfacing the 3.9 mile section of Highway 59 north from Decatur to the Spavinaw Creek Bridge just south of Gravette has been awarded by the Arkansas Highway Department. APAC-Centeral, Inc., of Fayetteville, was awarded the contract at $639,469.68.

Gentry students move up

posted: 05/16/2012 2:51 a.m.

It was promotion day on Friday for 125 eighthgrade students at Gentry Middle School.

Grief loss seminar offered at OCH

posted: 05/16/2012 2:50 a.m.

A “Grief and Loss Support” seminar will be offered by the Ozarks Community Hospital from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the hospital’s facility in Gravette.

Class of 2012 awarded diplomas in Gentry graduation

posted: 05/16/2012 2:49 a.m.

Seventy-five seniors at Gentry High School were awarded diplomas in graduation ceremonies Friday night at the Bill George Arena on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs.

Gravette hired to be Decatur's principal

posted: 05/16/2012 2:48 a.m.

Jeff Gravette, of Bella Vista, was chosen to be the next Decatur Northside Elementary School Principal.

Gravette author holding book signing

posted: 05/16/2012 2:47 a.m.

A Gravette stay-at-home mother of five is author of a self-published novel and will be holding book signings later this month.


posted: 05/16/2012 2:46 a.m.

Tuesday, May 22, is primary election day. Be sure you vote. If you don’t vote you have no gripe coming.

'Be A Winner' Graduation For Gravette 5th Graders

posted: 05/16/2012 2:45 a.m.

The 140 fifth graders in Gravette Upper Elementary School “graduated” in a ceremony the afternoon of May 7 as they celebrated their completion of the “Be A Winner” program.

Students accepted into Governor's School

posted: 05/16/2012 2:44 a.m.

Alex Hunter, Jennifer Smith and Maureen Broglen were accepted into the Arkansas Governor’s School this summer.


posted: 05/16/2012 2:43 a.m.

We are finally getting a little busy at Mt. Pleasant. We have had a good first five months of 2012. Our youth group continues to have their weekly studies on Sunday evening. They have chosen to adopt/ sponsor a young person from Haiti. With their offering each month, this enables this person to go to school. They enjoy doing this and feel like they are making a difference in someone's life.

Teams go to state but come up short of championship

posted: 05/16/2012 2:41 a.m.

Freshman Lindsee LaBrecque scattered five hits over seven innings to lead Gravette’s Lady Lions’ softball team past Valley View, 6-1, in state tournament action on Thursday.

Free sports physicals offered to students

posted: 05/16/2012 2:40 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital Clinic in Gravette will be giving free sports physicals for kids within the community this Thursday, May 19, from 9 a.m. until noon.


posted: 05/16/2012 2:39 a.m.

We sure didn’t get the rain we were hoping for. We really do need rain. The hay fields are all full of baled hay. We need rain to help on the second cutting.

Class of 2012 receives diplomas

posted: 05/16/2012 2:38 a.m.

Twentyfive Decatur High School students received their diplomas during Friday's commencement ceremony, held in the Lloyd Peterson Gymnasium.

Wednesday, May 9

Area seniors to graduate Friday, more on May 26th

posted: 05/09/2012 3:41 a.m.

It’s time once again for high school graduations, with Gentry and Decatur having graduation exercises on Friday and Gravette on May 26.

Gentry police ride trains to catch violators

posted: 05/09/2012 3:40 a.m.

The Gentry Police Department, cooperating with the police unit of Kansas City Southern Railroad, held a joint operation called Officer on a Train on May 1.

Bid let for second section of the Bella Vista Bypass

posted: 05/09/2012 3:38 a.m.

State highway officials have a bid in hand to build a second section of the Bella Vista Bypass.

Students and family remember Johnny 'the brave' Teis April 21

posted: 05/09/2012 3:37 a.m.

Dozens of bright green balloons floated into the sky from the playground at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette the morning of Saturday, April 21, to honor the memory of Johnny “The Brave” Teis who lost his battle with a brain tumor April 21 last year.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Community Fishing Derby

posted: 05/09/2012 3:36 a.m.

The Ninth Annual Community Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Decatur Assembly of God Big Fisherman, Little Fisherman Community Fishing Program, will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., June 9, at Crystal Lake in Decatur.

Reunion set for Beaty Community

posted: 05/09/2012 3:35 a.m.

The Beaty community reunion will be held Saturday, May 26, at the Beaty Schoolhouse starting at 5 p.m. for an evening of visiting and reminiscing.

Training to be held in Gentry

posted: 05/09/2012 3:34 a.m.

Gentry has been selected as the site for an Arkansas Rural Development conference and training by Winrock international.

Decatur chamber honors high achieving students

posted: 05/09/2012 3:33 a.m.

Six Decatur High School Honor Graduates and their families were recognized at the annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce Honors Banquet Monday night.

Council approves money for street alley position

posted: 05/09/2012 3:32 a.m.

The agenda was brief at Monday’s city council meeting in Gentry, with one ordinance passed on its final reading and a number of other issues approved by resolution.

Gentry police investigate allegations of child abuse

posted: 05/09/2012 3:31 a.m.

Gentry Police Department, with the assistance of the Benton County Child Advocacy Center, is investigating allegations that a staff member at Gentry Middle School abused a child or children.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: You'd better be thankful for those near-perfect days!

posted: 05/09/2012 3:29 a.m.

Morning rain is such a great gift, and we sure needed moisture.

A WALK IN THE PARK: A good reason to 'turn that thing down !'

posted: 05/09/2012 3:28 a.m.

Thinking back to my teen years, I clearly remember my dad complaining gruffly at times about the volume of the radio, usually followed with a threat to throw his shoe and break the thing if somebody didn’t “turn it down about forty notches.” His orders were followed, at least until he was out of earshot, and he kept his shoes to himself.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Cover up when enjoying the great outdoors

posted: 05/09/2012 3:27 a.m.

While I do not wish to make anyone afraid to enjoy the outdoors — especially since I have spent so much time there myself and wouldn’t trade it for anything — I would add a word of caution that most young people never consider: Protect yourself from the sun.


posted: 05/09/2012 3:26 a.m.

Watching Gravette move forward, after being away for the past two years, I am very proud and pleased of the accomplishments that have been awesome.

Boys & Girls Club to benefit from golf tournament

posted: 05/09/2012 3:22 a.m.

The Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County seventh annual golf tournament, sponsored by Cobb-Vantress, Inc., will be held at the Razorback Golf Course in Fayetteville, Wednesday, May 16. The tournament will be played in a four-person scramble format with a cost of $500 per team.

Changes planned for Gravette Day celebration

posted: 05/09/2012 3:21 a.m.

Gravette Day, Gravette’s 118th birthday celebration this year, will be a three-day event and many of the activities will be moved to a new location.

Two arrested in traffic stop

posted: 05/09/2012 3:20 a.m.

A man and woman were arrested in Gravette recently when a pickup truck with expired tags was stopped by officer Tyler Anderson, Lt. David Smith announced last Thursday. The incident occurred April 9.

OM team takes first

posted: 05/09/2012 3:19 a.m.

Three Gentry Odyssey of the Mind teams competed at the state competition on March 31, with the two teams from Gentry Intermediate School placing in the top four and the Middle School team taking first.

Shooting sports on target with Decatur's students

posted: 05/09/2012 3:18 a.m.

Shooting sports, in its third year in Decatur and its second year as a school-sanctioned sport, is gaining in popularity at Decatur High School.

Library to host event on William Quantrill

posted: 05/09/2012 3:17 a.m.

Gentry Public Library will host the very first special collections event ever held at a public library based solely on Confederate guerrilla leader William Quantrill, his guerrillas and the Kansas-Missouri border wars as a whole.

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 05/09/2012 3:01 a.m.

Robert Daniel (Bob) Beaver, 81, of Gravette, died April 30, 2012, at Concordia in Bella Vista.

Wilks guards goal for Gentry

posted: 05/09/2012 2:59 a.m.

Makayla Wilks, 18 and a senior at Gentry High School, is wrapping up her final season guarding the goal for the girls’ soccer team, but she plans to continue the game she learned to love during her four years on the team in her upcoming college years.

Decatur soccer teams headed for state play

posted: 05/09/2012 2:58 a.m.

For the first time in the teams’ sixyear history, both the Decatur Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs soccer teams qualified to compete in the state tournament.

Pioneers win one, drop two

posted: 05/09/2012 2:57 a.m.

The Pioneer baseball team beat Clarksville in regional play but then lost to Prairie Grove and Pea Ridge.

Lady Pioneers finish season with disappointing loss to Pottsville

posted: 05/09/2012 2:56 a.m.

After a hard-fought season and some big wins, the Lady Pioneers ended their season Friday in regional play against the Pottsville Apaches.

Lady Lions statebound

posted: 05/09/2012 2:55 a.m.

Gravette’s Lady Lions, No. 1 seed in the 4A north regional softball tournament, didn’t panic last Friday when No. 4 seed Dardanelle tied the game three times before Gravette pulled out the 7-6 victory in the bottom of the seventh.

Future bright for Gravette softball

posted: 05/09/2012 2:53 a.m.

Girls fastpitch softball has become a powerhouse program in Gravette.

Benefit planned for the Cole Martinez Family

posted: 05/09/2012 2:52 a.m.

A benefit for the family of Cole Martinez will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at 104-106 Main Street NE in Gravette (just west of the revenue office ).

Decatur teams place at state track meet

posted: 05/09/2012 2:51 a.m.

The Decatur High School Track Teams placed in five events in the 2A State Track Meet, held in Mineral Springs on May 2.


posted: 05/09/2012 2:50 a.m.

Saturday, May 12, is the postal service’s pickup day for the food bank. Leave a bag with a few cans of food near your mailbox for your carrier to pick up and deliver.

Forensics team performs well at ACTAA tournament

posted: 05/09/2012 2:49 a.m.

The Gentry High School Forensics Team went to the Arkansas Communication and Theater Arts Association Tournament of Champions in Cabot on April 20-21. The team sent a school record 28 events to the tournament and finished with a school record nine state semi-finalists and one state finalist.


posted: 05/09/2012 2:49 a.m.

We were glad the forecast was right and we enjoyed the rain that came early Monday morning. We do need the rain. I guess there're lots of farmers who have their hay down and some have already baled.

JBQ team going to nationals

posted: 05/09/2012 2:47 a.m.

The Decatur Assembly of God Junior Bible Quiz Team is headed on to the National Championship, after winning the Gulf Regional meet in Memphis, Tenn.

Students compete

posted: 05/09/2012 2:46 a.m.

Gravette High School DECA students (An Association of Marketing Students) have attended several competitions this spring, according to their sponsor, Bob Johnson.

Gravette FBLA students won honors in state competition

posted: 05/09/2012 2:46 a.m.

Eighteen Gravette High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students traveled to Little Rock with their adviser Harry Almond and their student teacher Thomas Carreira to compete for state honors.

Two complete military basic training

posted: 05/09/2012 2:44 a.m.

Army Pfc. Brannan W. Poole graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Poole is the son of Melissa and Robert Luttrell of Siloam Springs. He is a 2010 graduate of Gentry High School. Darrick K. Johnson Navy Seaman Recruit Darrick K. Johnson, son of Holly R. Wallace of Gravette and Darrick K. Johnson of Colcord, Okla., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Sullivan wins raffle

posted: 05/09/2012 2:43 a.m.

Bobbie Sullivan was the winner of the Gentry Senior Activity Center raffle for the 37-inch Vizio TV given away April 30. The center has now started selling tickets for a Toshiba Laptop to be given away on June 29. All money raised will be used toward the center’s meal program.

Poker run draws crowd of supporters

posted: 05/09/2012 2:42 a.m.

The Third Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run, sponsored by the Decatur Fire Department, drew the largest crowd of supporters yet.

Wednesday, May 2

New coach being hired in Decatur

posted: 05/02/2012 3:32 a.m.

Every coaching job Bill Niven has taken during the last 41 years has been a challenge, and his next job may be his biggest yet.

Council approves new police positions to cover Hiwasse

posted: 05/02/2012 3:31 a.m.

Gravette City Council Thursday night adopted three ordinances, authorized purchase of 300 radio-read water meters, amended the city personnel handbook involving on-call city employees and adjusted the city budget to accommodate the hiring of two new full-time police officers.

Fire truck repaired, now back in service

posted: 05/02/2012 3:30 a.m.

Gentry Fire Department’s Engine No. 2232 is back in service following engine repair by United Engines in Tulsa, Okla.

Old Timer's Day set

posted: 05/02/2012 3:29 a.m.

Old Timer's Day is set for Saturday, May 5, in Southwest City; and the Southwest City Parks and Recreation, along with community members, are inviting all to attend and participate in the town's activities.

HOMETOWN EVENTS: Gravette Community Gardens

posted: 05/02/2012 3:28 a.m.

Gravette Community gardens has plots left for those who wish to grow flowers and vegetables this summer. A volunteer with a weed eater is also needed to trim around the sign and around the edges of the garden. If anyone has a weed eater and a little time to volunteer, please call Miriam at 787-5032.

Warrant is issued in Decatur truck theft

posted: 05/02/2012 3:27 a.m.

Melissa Lynn Walker, 28, with accomplice Glenn Dale Hamby, 32, allegedly stole a pickup truck out of the Dollar General Store parking lot in Decatur last month.


posted: 05/02/2012 3:25 a.m.

Rain was in the forecast but we didn’t get any by Sunday night and we sure did need it. We were thankful for the good rain that began early Monday morning.

Highfill's council balks at making committee, board appointments

posted: 05/02/2012 3:24 a.m.

Highfill’s city council passed three ordinances on their second reading but only passed two of the seven proposed resolutions dealing with appointments to committees and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission.

McKee wins award

posted: 05/02/2012 3:23 a.m.

McKee Foods Corporation of Gentry was named the winner of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award for the company’s extensive efforts to divert all of its waste from landfills.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Mrs. Griz shares her thoughts on Tired Iron show

posted: 05/02/2012 3:22 a.m.

Mrs. Griz has often told me she wanted to write a column or letter to the editor to rebut my statements about her, and I’ve teased her about having the privilege of editing out any negative comments about me first. Perhaps she thought I’d never publish her work. At least, she never submitted a letter or column — up until now.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Even horses have that natural desire to be free

posted: 05/02/2012 3:21 a.m.

Been a little too cool around this rock pile for me and old Snip. I thought about riding around the fence line to check for snags, and down to the wash where we have to keep fixing the fence just to check.

SUSAN SAYS: Smell the spring flowers

posted: 05/02/2012 3:19 a.m.

It’s a beautiful time of year in the Ozarks. Our irises are almost gone, but the honeysuckle and wild roses on the north fence fill the air with their sweet fragrance. The large mock orange is also filled with creamy white blossoms.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 05/02/2012 3:18 a.m.

We would like to take the time to thank everyone for their condolences and donations, both financially and of their time, to our family during this very needful time.

Springtown to seek more grant funding to pay bridge engineer

posted: 05/02/2012 3:04 a.m.

The Springtown Council met on April 10, with council members Amanda Richardson, Marvin Riley, Kay Taylor, Chuck Guess, Mayor Paul Lemke, city attorney Carla Wasson and town clerk/recorder Jan Cox present.

Davis directs Marine band

posted: 05/02/2012 3:02 a.m.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jack Davis, whose father Jack Davis lives in Gravette, has been making music around the world for several years while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Posters part of 'Cover the Night' movement

posted: 05/02/2012 3:01 a.m.

Numerous downtown building fronts in Gravette were covered with posters sometime during the night of April 20 as part of a nationwide “Cover the Night” project for a movement which has grown out of a recent movie, “Kony 2012,” by the non-profit “Invisible Children.”

OBITUARIES: Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 05/02/2012 2:59 a.m.

James Milton Matlock, Jr., 75, of Rogers, died at his home on April 26, 2012.

Gentry boys rule field events at 4A-1 meet

posted: 05/02/2012 2:55 a.m.

Kevin Parish took highpoint honors and Gentry’s boys converted their field events success into a 4A-1 Conference track championship during Thursday’s meet in Gravette.

Decatur does well in district track

posted: 05/02/2012 2:54 a.m.

Decatur’s track program has enjoyed a lot of success this year, winning the boys’ junior high district championship and placing second in the boys’ senior high district championship.

Soccer teams holding fundraiser

posted: 05/02/2012 2:53 a.m.

Decatur soccer teams will be holding a fundraising car wash on May 5.

Lady Lions take 4A-1 title

posted: 05/02/2012 2:52 a.m.

Gravette still has work left to be done down the road in regional and state softball tournaments.

Decatur passes some personnel policies, denies others

posted: 05/02/2012 2:51 a.m.

The Decatur School Board voted to update teacher policies at the April 16 meeting, approving some personnel policy committee proposals and denying others.

Attendance up at Gravette Legion

posted: 05/02/2012 2:50 a.m.

About 40 veterans attended a meeting of Gravette American Legion Post last month to discuss the Post's scheduled activities, provide information and to begin setting an agenda to revitalize the local organization.

Decatur livestock judging team qualifies for state

posted: 05/02/2012 2:49 a.m.

The Decatur Livestock Judging team placed sixth in the district competition last month and advanced on to the state level of competition.

New trail hits a home run

posted: 05/02/2012 2:47 a.m.

The weather cooperated and a good crowd attended the official opening of Gravette’s newly completed Nature Walking Trail Saturday. The quarter-mile-plus paved trail is located just south of the ballfields in Pop Allum Park.