Wednesday, November 28

International Potluck held in Gravette

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

Meghan Walker, English as a Second Language coordinator for Gravette school district for three years, recently coordinated a “Multicultural Potluck Dinner” which brought together families of children from several cultures.

Fifth grade students introduced to Arkansas' folk culture, traditions

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

Fifth grade students at Gravette Upper Elementary School were introduced to customs, celebrations and traditions of Arkansas during presentations by members of the wellknown entertainment group “Still on the Hill.” The program is part of an Arkansas Arts Council Arts in Education Mini-Grant. The presentations Monday were by Kelly Mulhollan and Donna Stjerna. The program provided the students with “elements of culture in a community, state and nation, through oral and musical presentations.” During the programs which began Monday and will continue through Nov. 29, “All fifth grade students (will be) focusing on historical and interdisciplinary aspects of Arkansas.” It was stressed, “We believe and hope all students will understand and appreciate the cultural roots of Arkansas folk music as a style, a working knowledge of musical instruments and the evolving nature of social and political culture and musical style.”

Board approves paving transportation road

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

At its most recent meeting, the Gravette School Board authorized requesting bids for several projects and approved by a split vote a bid to pave the road to the transportation building.

Decatur ups fee to pay Gravette for ambulance services

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

Decatur city council members voted at their November meeting to offer the Gravette Fire Department a $5,000 reimbursement for ambulance services this year.

Pesticide licensing class scheduled

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

A second pesticide applicator’s certification class is scheduled for Dec. 6.

Grappling on the mat: How's it scored?

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

With wrestling season under way and matches scheduled to be held in Gentry this week and in the weeks to come, spectators may wonder how the matches are scored in order to better understand what is happening on the mats and why.

Gentry falls to Greenland, Rogers-Heritage

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

The Pioneers got off to a slow start against visiting Greenwood on Nov.

Gentry teams have busy week

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

It is another busy week in athletic competitions for Gentry, but this week’s events occur after press deadlines for this issue of the Eagle Observer. Both the senior boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will be playing in tournaments, the boys at Greenland, and the girls at Van Buren. The Lady Pioneers were scheduled to play at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The boys’ game was yet to be announced. In junior high action, both boys’ and girls’ teams will be playing in the Benton County Tournament in Decatur. The junior Pioneers are to play their first game at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. The girls were to play Tuesday at 6 p.m. In wrestling, the Pioneer varsity and junior varsity grapplers were to take on Berryville and Rogers-Heritage in a home match (in the Gentry High School gymnasium) Tuesday between 5 and 9 p.m.

Girls win big at home

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

The Lady Bulldogs defeated Haas Hall Academy last Tuesday night in a non-conference home game.

Decatur has comeback win against Haas Hall

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

The Bulldogs continued their winning streak, beating Haas Hall Academy 43-38 in a non-conference game last week Tuesday. Decatur got off to a good start, ending the first quarter ahead 13-6. But the Bulldogs made some key turnovers that let Haas Hall back in the game during the second quarter, for a half-time score of 21-18 Decatur, said John Unger, Decatur basketball coach and athletic director. Haas Hall Academy pulled slightly ahead in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs came back for a win in the fourth. “We came back from a deficit. We were not shooting well and made some mistakes and we came back. That says a lot,” Unger said. Sophomore Mario Urquidi led in scoring with 14 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. His twin brother Victor Urquidi scored nine points and made nine rebounds and had three steals. Senior Andrew Harris also scored nine and made seven rebounds. Senior Avery Clay made some big plays and Allen Castanada had a great game, making three free throws to seal the game, Ung

Decatur plans abundance of Christmas activities

posted: 11/28/2012 2:19 a.m.

With Christmas just around the corner, Decatur Chamber of Commerce members made plans for the season’s festivities at the Nov.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Wall enjoyed Thanksgiving in Alabama visiting their daughter Bobbie.

How we see it:: Schools get new tool to eye progress

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

Arkansas’ education system has a new yardstick.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

Alan and Monica Thomason celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary recently. They were given a celebration hosted by their children, Shelby and William. Congratulations ! Hope you have many more years together.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: I may be hooked on coffee but I'm not addicted

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

There was a day I didn’t drink coffee, but now I wonder if I could really live without it. And Mrs. Griz is the same way. The cupboards can be empty; but if we still have coffee, we’re OK. I got hooked when I started driving truck cross country. Though I had driven big trucks locally since I was 19, I took a job driving long-haul while serving a small church in northeast Nebraska. I believe I was about 30 or 31 at the time — how did I ever survive that long without coffee? When I started at the new job, I drove team with another driver. We would leave northeast Nebraska on Sunday afternoon, deliver part of our load of frozen steaks in Denver, Colo., during the wee hours of Monday morning and the balance of our load in Missoula, Mont., in the early hours of Tuesday. Then we would bounce on over to Pocatello, Ida., or somewhere near there, to load potatoes later in the day. After a good meal, we would be off with a full load of spuds and deliver them in Omaha, Neb., or somewhere in Iowa on Thursday. We’d usuall

OFF THE CUFF: Have I got a deal for you!

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

While attending the recent Hiwasse fall festival I was surprised when someone asked me about the “Sweetgum Ball” business I have promoted for several years. I guess it was a surprise because I hadn’t noticed any of those prickly lawnmower missiles under the huge sweetgum tree in my back yard.

SUSAN SAYS: We receive so much for which we fail to give thanks

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

As November comes to a close, we prepare for the colder months ahead.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: My blessings can't even be counted

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

Thanksgiving came and I enjoyed it, all 24 hours of it! I smelled pies, turkey, dressing and homemade rolls baking. It started on Wednesday evening and lasted until late on Thursday. I am thankful, and I hope the many do not just use the one day to be thankful. I am so thankful all year long. My poor old TV was rocking with the Black Friday ads all last week. We couldn’t even escape while watching the news as the anchor men also discussed the Black Day. I don’t know if any were trampled to death as the doors opened at the given hour. I suspect when the doors flew open, it was like a huge vacuum sucking in the hundreds, their fists full of green they needed to spend! My close relative advised me that we needed to go to one of the stores to retrieve a certain gift for a certain Grand. I informed her that I had fence to fix and some other important business to take care of here on the rock pile! A neighbor to the east came by to borrow my front-end loader blade. He was gonna blade his drive and see about getting

Lighting ceremony reset for Saturday in Gravette

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

The installation of Christmas decorations in Gravette was scheduled to begin Monday of this week. But Mother Nature had other ideas as a cold rain began to fall.

Gentry School Board calls special meeting to approve building plans

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

A special meeting of the Gentry School Board has been scheduled at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 to review plans related to the new multi-purpose athletic facility to be built on the high school campus.

Maysville E.H. Club holds November meeting

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

The Maysville E.H. Club met at the community building for its November meeting. Nikki Crawley called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone, in the absence of our president.

Gravette student takes dream trip

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

A Gravette middle school student went on a dream trip last summer, thanks to an unknown benefactor.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

Decatur Class Mementos Decatur High School juniors and seniors can now order class rings, caps and gowns, and graduation announcements.

Christmas tradition donations needed

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

The 2012 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by NWAMedia is under way. All donations go to school districts in Benton, Madison and Washington Counties and McDonald County, Mo., to assist with their social service programs for students and student families in need.

Mill elevator fails

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

A 50-year-old man was dropped three stories when the elevator in which he was riding at the Simmons Feed Mill in Decatur failed Friday morning.

Flue fire destroys family's home

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

A Gentry family lost their home and most of their possessions in a house fire on Saturday.

Decatur meets to solve issue of Christmas bonus checks

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

Christmas bonuses will be given to all full- time Decatur city employees and some part-time employees, city council members decided at a special meeting on Nov. 20. The meeting was called after the Christmas bonus issue was accidentally left off the agenda for the Nov. 12 meeting. City administrative assistant Kim Wilkins sent out an email on Nov. 15, asking if council members would approve of a $300 bonus for all full-time employees and a $150 bonus for all part-time employees. City councilman James Jessen replied by email, asking for clarification as to which employees were counted as part-time, since firefighters and city council members are now considered employees.

Man suffers electrocution

posted: 11/28/2012 2:18 a.m.

A man who suffered an electric shock near Sulphur Springs Sunday was transported to Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette and later by AirEvac helicopter ambulance to another hospital.

Wednesday, November 21

Gravette to light up the holidays

posted: 11/21/2012 5:06 a.m.

Gravette is gearing up for a “Light Up Gravette ” event as a prelude to the Christmas and holiday season.

Decatur students write bill at student congress

posted: 11/21/2012 5:05 a.m.

A team of Decatur High School students received second place for a bill they wrote for the Arkansas Student Congress, held in Little Rock Nov.

School district in sound shape

posted: 11/21/2012 5:05 a.m.

Brief and mostly informational well describes Monday’s Gentry School District board meeting, which lasted only about 30 minutes.

Council reaffirms trash contract

posted: 11/21/2012 5:04 a.m.

The Gravette City Council Thursday night reaffirmed its existing contract with Deffenbaugh Industries, the firm which provides waste transfer service for the city.

Coones to celebrate 50th Anniversary

posted: 11/21/2012 5:03 a.m.

Kenneth and Jean Coones of Gentry will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a drop-in reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at their home located at 700 Pleasant Ave. in Gentry. Friends and neighbors are invited. Kenneth Coones and Jean Perkins were married Nov. 24, 1962, by Father McGuiness. Kenneth is originally from Siloam Springs, and Jean is from Lynwood, Calif. They have two children: Russell Coones of Farmersville, Texas, and John Coones of Williard, Utah. They have four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Circus is to come Nov. 30

posted: 11/21/2012 5:03 a.m.

A Santa Claus Holiday Circus will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at the old gym (middle school) in Gravette. There will be two performances, one at 5:30 and one at 7:30, sponsored by the Gravette Friends of the Library.

Great-grandfather honored

posted: 11/21/2012 5:02 a.m.

The greatgrandfather of a Gravette man was honored Nov. 8 when he was inducted into the Ohio Veterans’ Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

Lovitt honored at retirement

posted: 11/21/2012 5 a.m.

Bud Lovitt, who has served as manager of L&L Farms Cattle operation for the past 31 years, celebrated his retirement with a reception at the company offices on Thursday. Lovitt began working for L&L Farms, helping show the farm’s Santa Gertrudis cattle, in 1981. Lovitt worked his way up to manager and was responsible for overseeing the operation’s cattle, land and rental properties, according to his wife Margie Lovitt. Blake Evans, CEO of L&L Farms and grandson of founder Lloyd Peterson, gave a short speech at the reception, thanking Lovitt for his years of service and recalling fond memories. Lovitt said he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and family. “He loved his job; there’s no doubt about it,” said his wife Margie Lovitt. “We’re looking forward to spending more time together.”

Ole Timers meet

posted: 11/21/2012 5 a.m.

The G.M.C.H. (Gravette Medical Center Hospital) Ole Timers met on Nov.

'Love Lights a Tree' accepting local donations

posted: 11/21/2012 4:59 a.m.

Thanks to all of the love in our area, Gravette is celebrating the 17th year of “Love Lights a Tree.” Ruth Foster, chairperson for the event, invites everyone to join in this year’s tree lighting. The tree will be lit at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Gravette Centennial Park.

Two arrested DWI

posted: 11/21/2012 4:59 a.m.

Whether driving while intoxicated led to an accident with a deer — or, perhaps, with another object — or whether hitting a deer led to being caught DWI is not certain, but a Springdale woman went to jail in the wee hours of Nov. 11 following an accident. According to police reports, Casondra Nunley, 28, of Springdale, was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol after an accident on Arkansas Highway 59 just north of the Gentry city limits. Reports state that the Gentry officer, assisting the Arkansas State Police, checked on a 2001 Ford Taurus with its emergency flashers on. The car was occupied by Michael Burrow and Nunley. Both had the odor of alcoholic beverage on their breath, according to reports. Though Burrow was on the driver’s side of the car, both Burrow and Nunley said she was driving at the time of the accident. Burrow said he was trying to move the car off the road, according to police reports. Both also said Nunley hit a deer, according to reports, but the

Church damaged by drunk driver

posted: 11/21/2012 4:58 a.m.

A gaping hole and damage to a stained glass window were the result of a vehicle accident that occurred about 5 p.m. last Wednesday afternoon.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Eat a plenty and enjoy the day!

posted: 11/21/2012 4:58 a.m.

Now you know the rest of the story! Election ads are gone, neighbors are no longer yelling obscenities over the yard fences and we are gonna continue to take our licks, however they come. I sure am happy that I know who is in control, and it might surprise some men to figure out who He is! I took some of the Grands deer hunting on Youth Day. It was a real good time for all of us and one of them got a deer. Two of them got a good shot in, but Bambi took off like a rabbit! I enjoyed the day more than any of them because I was the grandfather. That title gives a feller the right to soak up all that goes on. I took in the squabbles for the window seat, the disagreement about the cold drinks, the tales of football games and one girlfriend dilemma. I know what the school cafeteria serves that is “yucky” and what is good and who to sit with that is not opposed to good manners!

A WALK IN THE PARK: Mom's cornbread dressing gave flavor to the season

posted: 11/21/2012 4:57 a.m.

Thinking back over my childhood, I have many vivid memories of past Thanksgivings. Back then, we didn’t usually have “big” Christmases, but it seems we always had “big” Thanksgivings.

OFF THE CUFF: We're still Americans and blessed

posted: 11/21/2012 4:57 a.m.

Everyone, I would suppose, has had time to vent concerning the election problems that plagued Benton County voters in the recent election: Long lines, machines that malfunctioned, very few paper ballots available. It’s a shame that Benton County has developed an election reputation. It is not new. The county is often the last, or has been one of the last, in the state to report results. There have often been machine problems, or paper ballot problems and, of course, long lines. When you’re dealing with machines, or paper ballots, or even long lines, there can be frayed nerves, frustrations and more. But, looking at and hearing from reports, I would wager at least one of those frustrations is experienced at polling places throughout the nation. But now I want to take a different tack on the balloting in Gravette earlier this month. I want to compliment the poll workers for their patience, for their thoroughness and especially for the more than 12 hours they performed their frustrating jobs under notthe-best ci

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Viral infections compare to doctrinal digressions

posted: 11/21/2012 4:56 a.m.

Every one of us has, at one time or another, been infected by a virus. I've never actually seen one because of their tiny size (I've been told it takes an electron microscope to view them), but I've had a good number of viral infections over the years. From what I've read, a virus does its dirty work by attaching itself to a healthy cell and replacing the cell's genetic makeup with its own. When enough cells have had their genetic makeup altered or replaced by the virus, an infection occurs — whether it be a cold, the flu or some other sickness. Thankfully, our bodies usually fight off those infections and we recover. When our bodies don't or can't, even the smallest viral infections can lead to serious illness or death. The way in which a virus does its work is much like the way in which Biblical truth is undermined in churches. The father of lies (John 8:44) comes with little falsehoods, small doctrinal errors, subtle compromises of the Scriptural doctrine. And like a virus, these errors are injected into a

A SECOND OPINION: Elk watching makes for a great fall outing

posted: 11/21/2012 4:55 a.m.

The air is crisp and the leaves are falling. One of my favorite things about this time of the year is making the trip to Ponca, in the Buffalo River area, to watch the elk.

Highfill council rezones property

posted: 11/21/2012 4:55 a.m.

With three council members present, the Highfill council passed an ordinance rezoning property and, on its first reading, a budget for 2013 at its Nov. 13 meeting.

Gentry teams triumph

posted: 11/21/2012 4:54 a.m.

Though the Lady Pioneers got off to a slow start Nov. 13 against the visiting Lady Elks, they played a strong second half, tied things up by the end of the third quarter and outplayed their opponents in the fourth to win 56-49.

Bulldogs win first games

posted: 11/21/2012 4:54 a.m.

The Bulldogs won both their basketball games last week to start the season with a strong 2-0 record.

Springtown council appoints Earley to fill vacant post, receives updates

posted: 11/21/2012 4:53 a.m.

Council members appointed a new council member to fill a vacant seat and heard information on a number of town projects and a grant application, according to draft minutes of the Nov. 13 meeting. Mayor Paul Lemke reported that it will probably be after the first of next year before the project to clean out and improve the drainage ditch in front of town hall and the fire station can be accomplished. The Council agreed to wait until that time to transfer the $5,000 needed for this project from the General Fund to the Street Fund. Lemke said the State will assist with part of this project by cleaning out the silt in the ditch at the intersection of Wasson Road and Arkansas Highway 12. He said he had heard differing opinions in regard to the best way to proceed with the project to improve the drainage on Springtown Rd. He suggested waiting for a time after the drainage project is completed before laying down new asphalt in order to have time to evaluate whether the work has solved the drainage probl

Students share thoughts on Governor's School

posted: 11/21/2012 4:53 a.m.

Alex Hunter, Jennifer Smith and Maureen Broglen attended the Arkansas Governor’s School last summer.

Nutt appointed city attorney

posted: 11/21/2012 4:52 a.m.

Mayor Charles Linam appointed Michael Nutt, of Williams Law Firm in Gentry, as Decatur’s city attorney at the Nov. 13 city council meeting.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 11/21/2012 4:15 a.m.

Thank you for support Citizens for Responsible Development would like to thank the approximately 7,000 voters who voted against the rezoning of the property at Oldham and U.S.

Wednesday, November 14

I'll be glad when the election fuss is all over!

posted: 11/14/2012 5:37 a.m.

God bless America! By the time the ink dries on this writing, you, we, will have a newly-elected president. I did not say a new president, just newly-elected, as I am not predicting anything. I am so tired of a bunch of stuff, and the ads are at the top of the list! We will all be glad when it is said and done.

Fall marks time for thanksgiving

posted: 11/14/2012 5:35 a.m.

We’ve supported our Lions throughout the football season and attended most of the home games.

GYO has open positions to be filled

posted: 11/14/2012 4:11 a.m.

Gentry Youth Organization has one board member position and two non-voting positions — secretary and treasurer — open.

Tucker to celebrate her 90th

posted: 11/14/2012 4:11 a.m.

GRAVETTE — A reception honoring Katherine Tucker to celebrate her 90th birthday will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at Horton Farms, 14799 Bethlehem Road, southeast of Gravette. Until moving to Gravette several years ago, Mrs. Tucker was a long-time resident of the Maysville community. She served as Maysville correspondent for the Gravette News Herald and now the Eagle Observer for many years. She was, and still is, active in the Maysville Extension Homemakers Club as well as in church and community activities. She has worked many years at election sites and was clerk more than 12 hours in Gravette during this year’s election, Nov. 6. This was in spite of her recent illness, hospitalization and therapy. “I just don’t give up,” she said. Her children invite all friends and family to drop in between the hours of 1 and 3 in the afternoon to help her celebrate. Cards will be appreciated, but no gifts, please.

Decatur trying test incentives

posted: 11/14/2012 4:11 a.m.

While high scores on the ACT test bring students long-term rewards — such as scholarships and admittance to better colleges — Decatur High School is adding some short-term incentives to help motivate students to achieve.

Maybe spankings weren't so bad after all

posted: 11/14/2012 4:11 a.m.

Recently, the media featured a school teacher being fired and even arrested after slapping a child in her class. It brought to mind the time a teacher slapped me.

Election disappointment runs deeper than the candidates chosen

posted: 11/14/2012 4:11 a.m.

Perhaps you were asked, too, for your opinion regarding the results of last week’s national election. I have to admit disappointment — at first over the results themselves and then over what those results say about our nation and people.

Did you vote? Count yourself privileged!

posted: 11/14/2012 4:11 a.m.

Did you vote last week? If you are a woman, religious or racial minority or a white man that rents his home, count yourself lucky. In fact, no matter who you are, you are very lucky to be living in a time and place in history where voting is a right extended to all adult American citizens.

Banking legend retires

posted: 11/14/2012 12:38 a.m.

It was the “end of an era” several days ago at the Bank of Gravett when John R. Meade, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Gravette Bancshares, Inc., announced his retirement.

Retailers queue for permits to sell beer, wine

posted: 11/14/2012 12:37 a.m.

The first alcohol permits could be issued as early as mid-January now that Benton County residents have overwhelmingly voted the county wet, according to an Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division official.

Voters decide issues

posted: 11/14/2012 12:37 a.m.

GRAVETTE — More than 70 percent of Benton County voters turned out at the polls in last Tuesday’s election. Of the 113,361 persons registered, 79,614 either voted early or crowded into the polling sites.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 11/14/2012 12:36 a.m.

Blame the justices I waited in line for an hour and 35 minutes at precinct No. 29 (St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church) in Bella Vista because only four voting machines were available. I want to compliment the election sheriff and workers for keeping a positive attitude during the election process. After seeing the line, I Announcers muted during game So I’m watching college football, groaning out loud (my wife shouted up “Are you OK?”) and writhing in pain at the over-the-top commentators. What on earth does “dialed up” mean? I must have heard the phrase a dozen times. Saw the “keys to victory” in one game — absurdly inane. I’m not kidding. I wrote them down: Believe in our cause. Be your best when the best is needed; score touchdowns in the red zone. What’s with the “red zone?” Is there something magical about being inside the 20 as opposed to 15 or 25? asked for a paper ballot and was informed that they had been all used up by people who came early in the morning and did not want to wait in line. I was also in

Wednesday, November 7

Churches offer Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 17

posted: 11/07/2012 5:35 a.m.

Churches in Gravette announce they will be serving a free Thanksgiving dinner at the Gravette High School cafeteria/commons on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Few attend Decatur Post Office meeting

posted: 11/07/2012 5:34 a.m.

The United States Postal Service is considering reducing hours the Decatur Post Office is open, Fayetteville Postmaster Jeffrey Coffey told Decatur residents at a town hall meeting on Oct. 21.

Water rates to rise in Gentry

posted: 11/07/2012 5:34 a.m.

City council members on Monday unanimously approved a resolution raising city water rates to cover increased costs of purchasing water from the Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority. The change comes at the recommendation of the Gentry water and sewer committee. With BWRPWA raising wholesale water rates charged to the city by 4.9 percent on Jan. 1, 2013, and with a $1.50 BWRPWA monthly meter charge already being absorbed by the city to be continued, the committee recommended to the council a 5 percent increase on its water and sewer bills, beginning with bills due in January. The $1.50-permonth charge will also be passed on to water customers. The increase will make it possible for the city to provide water and sewer services without operating at a loss, as long as no major repairs or upgrades are needed in the systems.

Committee of the Whole to review ordinances

posted: 11/07/2012 5:33 a.m.

Gravette City Council Committee of the Whole will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. at the city hall, 604 First Avenue S.E. Monthly reports from various city departments will be heard, followed by new business items on the agenda including: Review ordinance for alley abandonment. Review ordinance for second Hiwasse annexation. Review ordinance for rezoning Patriot Park subdivision from Agricultural to Residential - 1 to correct an error that occurred when the subdivision was opened many years ago.

USA Metal begins permit process

posted: 11/07/2012 5:33 a.m.

USA Metal Recycling is beginning the process of obtaining the proper permits to operate on a site south of Gentry.

Gravette water customers to see change in meter reading, billing

posted: 11/07/2012 5:32 a.m.

Gravette water customers will soon see a change in the reading date for their meters and a change in the monthly billing cycle. An ordinance, approved Sept. 27, by the city council, authorized the change. The document, in its entirety, was published in the Oct. 10 issue of the Westside Eagle Observer. As of Dec. 30, the following changes will be in effect. 1. Meters will be read on or before the 30th of each month. 2. Bills will be mailed on or before the 10th of the following month.

Remember the old cattle traders? I saw one just last week!

posted: 11/07/2012 5:32 a.m.

Many years ago, we had several acquaintances that made their living, such as it was, trading cattle with local farmers. They drove around the county and checked in at each homestead to offer a price on the feller’s cattle. They most generally drove a beat-up truck with a wooden stock rack in the back.

Food labels are causing me to have headaches

posted: 11/07/2012 5:31 a.m.

For a while now I have been receiving emails at the rate of two or three per week that include tips on choosing the best foods to eat a healthy diet.

Another Perspective Regarding the Sabbath

posted: 11/07/2012 5:31 a.m.

Randy, Eva and I send you greetings and best wishes hoping that you and your family are doing well and are in good health. You have our utmost respect and gratitude for your excellent job covering the news in the Gentry area.

Sometimes I need professional help

posted: 11/07/2012 5:30 a.m.

It’s something I try not to do because, when Mrs. Griz cleans up after me, I can’t find anything for a while. In fact, I usually tell her to leave my mess alone. I even tend to growl at her a bit when she messes with my mess. But times were desperate and I finally gave in again and decided to let Mrs. Griz help me clean up my study at home. Desperate times call for desperate measures. And the times were desperate because the piles of mail, papers and books were getting so deep in my study that I couldn’t even find the things I deposited there, much less things Mrs. Griz might have carried there for me to handle. When I needed to work, I often carried my papers out to the living room or dining room for some free table space and an empty chair in which to sit. I had intended to clean things up myself, but the job seemed so overwhelming I just gave up and continued to push the whole mess off for another day. I even thought of just leaving it for my kids to handle after I’m gone, but they’d probably hire someone

Flags to fly on Veterans Day

posted: 11/07/2012 5:30 a.m.

In observance of Veterans Day and to honor local veterans, the Avenue of Flags in Hillcrest Cemetery will be raised at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, and lowered that same evening at 5 p.m.

New food pantry opens in Decatur

posted: 11/07/2012 5:30 a.m.

United Christian Ministries opened a food pantry in Decatur last week.

Storm spotter class offered on Monday

posted: 11/07/2012 5:29 a.m.

With the real possibility that severe weather and even tornados could occur at any time of the year, as evidenced by the nearby Cincinnati tornado on New Year’s Eve two years ago, the Gentry Police Department will be hosting weather spotter training at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Gentry City Council chambers.

Vets to be honored at special assembly

posted: 11/07/2012 5:29 a.m.

Area veterans will be honored at an assembly at 9 a.m. this Friday, Nov. 9, at the Gravette High School Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the Gravette High School Student Council, the annual event will be preceded by a reception at 8:30 in the high school commons honoring veterans and their families. The all-high-school gathering will include showing a video of interviews with local vets and a history of Veterans Day, which is officially observed on Sunday, Nov. 11, the day which World War I officially ended in 1918. Originally called Armistice Day, it was later expanded to honor all veterans.

Police catch pallet thieves, cite for drug paraphernalia, DWI

posted: 11/07/2012 5:28 a.m.

Though desperate times may evoke desperate measures, the attempt of one couple to help themselves to some pallets behind the Little Debbie store in Gentry didn’t turn out so well — at least not for them.

Decatur celebrates playoff berth

posted: 11/07/2012 5:27 a.m.

The walls and roof of the tiny Decatur dressing room shook as players whooped and hollered.

Gravette suffers embarrassing defeat, but going to playoffs

posted: 11/07/2012 5:27 a.m.

All of the games on the Prairie Grove schedule may be accounted for, but if Friday nights 55-0 mauling of Gravette is any indication, the Tigers are just getting started and the Lions face an uphill battle.

Board elections for Summer Baseball and Softball Leagues to be held Sunday

posted: 11/07/2012 5:26 a.m.

The Gravette Summer Baseball/ Softball League will hold its Board Election at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Arvest Bank Community Room. Positions that are open this year include president, 3-year term; vice president, 3-year term; fundraising/sponsoring manager, 3-year term; and secretary, 2-year term.

City has dogs in need of good home

posted: 11/07/2012 5:26 a.m.

A number of dogs, impounded at Gentry Animal Services are still in need of a good home.

Decatur schools rated: 'Needs Improvement'

posted: 11/07/2012 5:25 a.m.

Decatur schools fall in the middle of the pack under Arkansas’ new flexible school accountability system.

Decatur Medi Clinic will observe Rural Health Day

posted: 11/07/2012 5:25 a.m.

Decatur Medi Clinic will join the Arkansas Department of Health, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and other state and national rural stakeholders in celebrating the second annual National Rural Health Day on Nov. 15. Approximately one million Arkansans — or about 40 percent — live in rural (non-metropolitan ) areas in Arkansas. Bill Rodgers, director of the Arkansas Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at ADH, says this is a critical time for rural health care in Arkansas. “Obstacles faced by health care providers and patients living in rural areas are very different and much more challenging to overcome than those in urban areas,” Rodgers said. “Twenty-two out of 75 Arkansas counties have no hospital. Currently proposed federal deficit reduction plans will have a major impact on rural providers. National Rural Health Day is a time to celebrate our citizens living in rural areas while at the same time initiating discussions regarding the future of health care in rural Ar