Wednesday, October 31

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Your guess about winter is as good as mine

posted: 10/31/2012 5:59 a.m.

Great morning this morning! Found that old cow that was the last one of the fall bred ones and had not calved. She was standing on the south side of the pasture with a calf standing almost directly under her belly. That little black bugger was busy, tail going and trying real hard to stand up! A wobbly calf nursing for the first few times is sure enough a sight to see.

OFF THE CUFF: It's election time and gas prices are falling

posted: 10/31/2012 5:59 a.m.

It was bound to happen.

SUSAN SAYS: October ended with flurry of activity

posted: 10/31/2012 5:58 a.m.

The last full week of October brought a vivid reminder that the seasons are changing. Midweek was sunny and fairly warm, but a cold front moved in on Thursday and temperatures began to drop.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: A knock on the door changed the world

posted: 10/31/2012 5:58 a.m.

Though Halloween is often associated with knocks on the door and children’s voices saying “trick or treat,” there was one Halloween knock on the door — Halloween was then called All Hallows Eve, the evening leading into All Saints Day — which was heard around the world.


posted: 10/31/2012 5:55 a.m.

Today is Halloween. If you are out on the road, drive carefully and watch out for the little ghosts and goblins.

Fire causes minimal disruption

posted: 10/31/2012 5:54 a.m.

Gentry Fire Department responded to an oven fire at McKee Foods at approximately 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24, but the fire was quickly extinguished and no further damage resulted.

Lions stay step ahead of Bobcats

posted: 10/31/2012 5:54 a.m.

Zach Deatherage had already batted away one fourthdown pass attempt against Berryville, but that wasn’t enough heroics Friday night.

Gentry has firsts in cross country

posted: 10/31/2012 5:53 a.m.

It was a first in Gentry last week for the cross country team, the first time a meet was held on the Gentry High School campus, and Gentry took first in the girls’ competition.

Pioneers play hard but unable to stop Tigers

posted: 10/31/2012 5:53 a.m.

Prairie Grove shut out its third straight opponent as the Tigers defeated Gentry 42-0 Friday at Tiger Stadium.

Bulldogs win closer to state playoffs

posted: 10/31/2012 5:52 a.m.

The Bulldogs are one win closer to a spot in the 2A conference state playoffs after defeating the Union Christian Academy Eagles 46-14 on Friday.

Chief Morrison honored as he retires

posted: 10/31/2012 5:51 a.m.

Dozens of people converged on the Gravette Police Station last Friday to meet, greet and wish Trent Morrison well on his retirement which begins Wednesday of this week. The reception was also attended by many local and area law enforcement officials to honor their fellow officer who is ending more than 21 years as chief of the Gravette department. Trent, 50, has been in law enforcement 29 years, all of it served in Benton County. He began his career in 1983 at Sulphur Springs, where he served until February of 1985 when he became a member of the Benton County Sheriff’s Department. Five years later he served more than a year with the Bella Vista department, which at that time was a division of the County Sheriff’s Department. He began his long career of service to Gravette and the area in June of the following year, and it was because of that stellar service that his reception was filled with many expressions of thanks and plaudits.

Sample ballot available for voters on website

posted: 10/31/2012 5:51 a.m.

For those who wish to study their options before walking into the polling place next Tuesday, sample ballots are available online at the Benton County website.


posted: 10/31/2012 5:49 a.m.

Trick or Treat on Main Gentry businesses will host Trick or Treat on Main Street on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Last year approximately 1,500 trick or treaters visited Main Street for the event. Businesses are urged to team with other businesses, if necessary, to provide enough treats for all who participate.

McKee Foods sponsoring America Recycles event

posted: 10/31/2012 5:49 a.m.

McKee Foods in Gentry will be holding an America Recycles event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, and 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Little Debbie Store parking lot (at the corner of Main Street and Arkansas Highway 59).

Police make drug, drunk driving arrests

posted: 10/31/2012 5:49 a.m.

Police arrested Richard Bay, 28, of Rogers, after an officer found Bay passed out at the wheel of a Chevrolet Tahoe and a weapons frisk revealed a prescription pill bottle with four different types of pills in it.

Fall celebration planned for the Hiwasse area

posted: 10/31/2012 5:48 a.m.

A fall community celebration to “Celebrate Gravette/ Hiwasse” will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Hiwasse Fire Station.

Gravette seeking applicants for new planning commission

posted: 10/31/2012 5:48 a.m.

The city of Gravette is seeking applicants to serve as members of a newly created Gravette Planning Commission. Six openings need to be filled, four by citizens living within the Gravette city limits, the other two who live within the boundaries of the Gravette Planning District.

Gravette Council works on equalized trash agreement

posted: 10/31/2012 5:47 a.m.

In a short meeting of the city council Thursday night, Gravette’s governing body tabled action on several items because legal documentation possibly was lacking.

Trail vandalized

posted: 10/31/2012 5:46 a.m.

Vandalism occurred early last week at the Nature Walking Trail in the Pop Allum Park in Gravette.

Annual Gentry Quilt Show winners announced

posted: 10/31/2012 5:46 a.m.

A list of winners was announced for the annual Gentry Quilt Show, held from Oct.

Students practice bus safety

posted: 10/31/2012 5:45 a.m.

In conjunction with Arkansas and National School Bus Safety Week, all 1400-plus Gentry students participated in bus evacuation drills last week.

Community Christian School announces its fall honor rolls

posted: 10/31/2012 5:45 a.m.

Community Christian School in Gentry has released its 2012 fall quarter honor rolls.

Fundraiser set for food pantry

posted: 10/31/2012 5:44 a.m.

A fundraiser for “Feed My Sheep” food pantry in Gravette will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, at the First Christian Church in Gravette. Serving of barbecue beef sandwiches, chips, drink and dessert will be from noon, following church service, until 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per meal, take-out only. The church is located at 201 First Avenue S.W. (Hwy. 59) and everyone is being encouraged to help the local food pantry which serves the area. The pantry is located at 303 Third Avenue S.W. in Gravette and is open each Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

DHS releases first nine-week honor rolls

posted: 10/31/2012 5:44 a.m.

The Decatur High School recently released the honor roll for the first nine weeks of school. A Honor Roll Seventh Grade — Mailee Xiong Freshmen — Haley Burden Sophomore — Samantha Goble, Carlos Ocampo, Victor Urquidi, Ger Vang and Lynlee Witcher. AB Honor Roll Seventh Grade —Jonathon Brandon, Anthony Diaz, Kallisto Gonzalez, Kara Gregory, Taylor Haisman, Diego Hernandez, Daniel Kinder, Alex Lee, Emily Lydon, Michelle Malone, Scott Newman, Timothy Skaggs, Alisun Watson and Ezekial Witty. Eighth Grade — Dylan Frydrychowski, Kayla Glenn, Leng Lee, Cameron Owens, Jafett Puga, Cameron Shaffer and Ryan Shaffer. Freshmen — Theodore Clements, Troy Flood, Lizeth Fuentes, Tyler Riddle, Lidia Soto and Triston Struthers. Sophomore — Hector Aguilar, Joseph Barnes, Lacy Barrett, Jason Chevalier, Maria Estrada, Luis Fuentes, Skye Glosser, Martha Gonzalez, Amanda Horner, Courtney Kumm, Pheng Lee, Matthew Lydon, Mario Urquidi and Jaquelin Vargas.

Band earns high ratings

posted: 10/31/2012 5:43 a.m.

The Gravette High School Marching Band earned “Superior” and “Excellent” ratings at the Region VI Marching Assessment. The band, led by Drum Major Tucker Fornier, performed Tuesday, Oct. 23, in their annual Regional Marching Assessment. Their music for this year’s show was from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which is always a favorite. “Although a young band with only 10 weeks of marching experience, the performance they delivered was outstanding!,” said Mike Johnson, Gravette High School band director. “I felt when we were in the ‘warm-up’ phase of the contest, that we were going to do fairly well. The weather was pretty nice, the wind was dying down, and I could tell the band was starting to catch the excitement.

Wednesday, October 24

One is enough in defensive battle

posted: 10/24/2012 4:20 a.m.

Chase Brody looked over the line and stepped back into shotgun formation.

Two good Samaritans save the life of truck driver

posted: 10/24/2012 4:03 a.m.

Two good Samaritans saved the life of truck driver Michael Davis, 41, of Sallisaw, Okla., by pulling him out of the cab of his burning trucktractor after it ran off Arkansas Highway 59 north of Decatur on Oct. 15. The engine compartment of the truck was already on fire when Blake Holland of Sulphur Springs and Nanette Thomas of Noel, Mo., came upon the accident. They pulled Davis to safety as the truck began to explode, according to Arkansas State Police Officer Lori Whillock.

OCH plans Halloween events for local children

posted: 10/24/2012 4:02 a.m.

A safe and fun Halloween Festival will be held Halloween evening, October 31, at the Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette.


posted: 10/24/2012 4:02 a.m.

Trick or Treat on Main Gentry businesses will host Trick or Treat on Main Street in Gentry on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Last year approximately 1,500 trick or treaters visited Main Street for the event. Businesses are urged to team with other businesses, if necessary, to provide enough treats for all who participate.

Board approves location, floor plan

posted: 10/24/2012 4:01 a.m.

School board members, at the board’s regular Oct. 16 meeting, approved the bid of Raymond James & Associates to refund 2002 bonds and build a multipurpose athletic facility at the high school.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Who came up with the bright idea to wear suits and ties?

posted: 10/24/2012 4 a.m.

Whose idea was it for men, at least on certain occasions, to wear a suit and tie? That question crosses my mind almost every time I have to go to my closet and get out those dress pants, a dress shirt, a matching tie and that suit coat. It just doesn’t make a lick of sense!

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Yes, I'm back in the dog house again!

posted: 10/24/2012 3:59 a.m.

Sure surprised me that the rain came so fast and now my ponds are full and, by golly, the water is clean! What a deal! And I sure am relieved, cause going into winter without that little job taken care of can be almost disastrous.

A WALK IN THE PARK: My grandsons make life better

posted: 10/24/2012 3:59 a.m.

If my life was a bowl of ice cream, my grandsons would be the hot fudge syrup drizzled over the top.


posted: 10/24/2012 3:58 a.m.

Editor, I have always been a firm believer in the support of local libraries. I often gave new high-quality, hardbound books to them as I like to share with the local people. John Brown University Library has quite a few of my books on the shelves.


posted: 10/24/2012 3:57 a.m.

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posted: 10/24/2012 3:57 a.m.

Davis-Roberts Rebecka Sue Davis and Aaron Wesley Roberts have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Gentry board honors teachers of the year

posted: 10/24/2012 3:56 a.m.

Teacher of the Year awards were announced and presented at the Oct. 15 meeting of the Gentry School Board.

Talbot Library & Museum improves website

posted: 10/24/2012 3:55 a.m.

The Talbot Library and Museum has a new look to its website, including a bookstore and past TL&M Genealogy issues. In the museum’s bookstore are a variety of books about Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma and lots of books about Cherokee History and Genealogy. Customers can now order them online, using their credit card or PayPal.

Candidates share views

posted: 10/24/2012 3:54 a.m.

Only two races for two-year terms on the Gravette City Council (Ward 1, Position 1, and Ward 2, Position 2) will be on the ballot in the General Election Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Composting is better way to deal with food and yard waste

posted: 10/24/2012 3:54 a.m.

The Gravette Citizens Recycling Advisory Committee decided October would be a great time to learn about composting. As the air finally cools and the trees change colors, our thoughts turn to raking and possibly burning the leaves that carpet our yards and sidewalks. The Recycling Committee wants to invite you to think about another way to deal with leaves this year. How about creating a value added product that will enrich your lawn and save you money?

Highfill approves copy machine purchase

posted: 10/24/2012 3:53 a.m.

With two of the five members absent, the Highfill Council, on Oct. 9, approved the purchase of a copy machine the city has been using on a trial basis, adopted an ordinance setting the city’s millage rate and passed resolutions filling vacant positions on the Highfill water and sewer committees.

Springtown will pave bridge approaches

posted: 10/24/2012 3:53 a.m.

Springtown’s council, at its regular meeting on Oct. 9, approved the spending of $5,800 for paving the approaches to the Aubrey Long bridge with three inches of asphalt, according to the unapproved minutes of the meeting.

Cutting corners could get drivers ticketed in Gentry

posted: 10/24/2012 3:52 a.m.

Police began cracking down Monday on motorists using the shoulder to make turns at the intersection of Arkansas Highways 12 and 59.

Pioneers come back for win over Bobcats

posted: 10/24/2012 3:51 a.m.

After going to the locker room down 9-0 at half time, the Pioneers came out fighting in the second half and outplayed the Bobcats to bring home a 14-9 win on Friday.

Bulldogs lose at Hector

posted: 10/24/2012 3:50 a.m.

The Bulldogs lost 25-20 to the Wildcats during a 4-2 A conference game on Friday at Hector.

Three Decatur runners earn medals at district meet

posted: 10/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

Three Decatur athletes earned medals at the 4-2 A district cross country meet in Magazine last Saturday.

Lady Lions claim third in volleyball

posted: 10/24/2012 3:49 a.m.

GRAVETTE 3, FARMINGTON 1 Gravette claimed third place by beating Farmington 3-1 in the consolation game at the 4A Northwest Volleyball Tournament at Prairie Grove. Farmington grabbed the opener 25-23, but Gravette won the next three games 25-15, 25-22 and 27-25.


posted: 10/24/2012 3:41 a.m.

I’m just filling in while Katherine is recovering from her illness.

Kindley painting presented at 'After Hours' event

posted: 10/24/2012 3:40 a.m.

About 45 people attended a “Gravette After Hours” get-together earlier this month at the Gravette Historical Museum.


posted: 10/24/2012 3:39 a.m.

GENTRY SENIOR CENTER Week of Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 Monday: Chicken & bowties, green peas, garlic bread, fruited gelatin, cookie.

Highfill buys fire truck

posted: 10/24/2012 3:38 a.m.

Highfill recently purchased a used fire engine from the city of Bentonville.


posted: 10/24/2012 3:38 a.m.

It’s rather hard to comment about the weather when you haven’t got to see outside very much. I have spent three weeks in the hospital and rehab.

Local firm earns award

posted: 10/24/2012 3:37 a.m.

Brandon Wilson and Morgan Johnson of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Gravette recently received the firm’s Client Service Excellence Award for being the number one client service provider in the northwest Arkansas region and in the top 25 percent of client service providers in the country. “We are honored to receive this award,” Wilson said. “The Client Service Excellence Award is special because it is a direct reflection of the relationships we have with our clients.” “Brandon and Morgan are outstanding members of the Edward Jones team,” Jim Weddle, Edward Jones’ managing partner, added, “While all of our associates understand the value of client service, it’s obvious that they have been striving to provide the best service for their clients.” This honor was bestowed upon the team based on the results of a survey in which random clients were asked to rank the service they received from the teams of their local Edward Jones branch offices.

Students launch anti-drug week

posted: 10/24/2012 3:36 a.m.

Students at the Decatur Northside Elementary School are taking a stand against drug abuse this week.

Gravette PAC schedule released

posted: 10/24/2012 3:33 a.m.

Jack Skillett, a member of the Gravette School Board and chairman of the GHS Performing Arts Center committee, announced to the board a schedule of events at the PAC through the remainder of this year as follows: Nov. 17, 7 p.m. — GHS drama department presents “The Foreigner.” Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m. — GHS drama department presents “The Foreigner.” Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. — Glenn Duffy Elementary kindergarten-first grade Christmas program.


posted: 10/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

For bedtime, Tippy, my cat, suddenly ran upstairs and immediately started fiercely growling and carrying on. I went upstairs to see what she had met. She was staring out the patio door, so I flipped the porch light on. There were four big old raccoons on my upstairs balcony.

Benton County Extension Homemakers learn, lead and serve in local E.H. clubs

posted: 10/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

Onehundred-fifty Extension Homemakers representing 12 clubs in Benton County are inviting others to join them in learning ways to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development and community service. Extension Homemakers are people just like you. Some are working moms, some grandmothers and some retired from lifelong professions. Anyone, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any legally protected status who wants to know timely information about individual, family or community life may join.

Student achievements shared with Gentry's school board

posted: 10/24/2012 3:32 a.m.

Brae Harper, Gentry High School principal, presented the following report to the school board on Oct. 15 regarding recent student honors and accomplishments: 1. Emilia Barrick — Elected District 7 secretary for FBLA and represented Gentry as a district officer at the Fall Leadership Conference.

12th annual Octoberfest Pageants held at Gentry High on Saturday

posted: 10/24/2012 3:31 a.m.

Young ladies and one young man from Gentry and surrounding communities vied for Octoberfest Pageant titles in the 12th annual Miss Octoberfest pageants on Saturday.

Water costs rising again

posted: 10/24/2012 12:15 a.m.

Members of the Gentry water and sewer committee agreed Thursday evening to recommend a rate increase to the city council to cover increased costs in rates from the Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority and continue the efforts to build up a reserve for future updates and repairs.

Wednesday, October 17

Rains don't halt weekend festivities on west side

posted: 10/17/2012 5:30 a.m.

There was no lack of things to do in Gentry last weekend, with a quilt show in the library, homecoming festivities at the high school, garage and yard sales everywhere, a brief and then rain-soaked cruise night and a beautiful afternoon in the park for the annual fall festival.


posted: 10/17/2012 5:29 a.m.

This weekend is the area-wide arts and crafts fair. Leave for work a few minutes early and allow for the extra traffic. Drive courteously for our visitors.

Decatur candidates answer questions on views regarding service on council

posted: 10/17/2012 5:28 a.m.

In an effort to assist voters in determining who would best serve the city of Decatur in the office of alderman, we have asked candidates for council posts in the one contested race to answer each of the following questions as briefly and concisely as possible.

Where do the candidates stand on issues?

posted: 10/17/2012 5:28 a.m.

In an effort to assist voters in determining who would best serve the city of Gentry in the office of alderman, we have asked candidates for council posts in the one contested race to answer each of the following questions as briefly and concisely as possible. We are reprinting their answers unedited for our readers.

Decatur school board votes to revamp tech department

posted: 10/17/2012 5:27 a.m.

School board members voted to revamp Decatur’s technology department and hire two employees — a technology coordinator and a technology technician — at Monday’s meeting.

Police sniff out deodorant thief

posted: 10/17/2012 5:26 a.m.

A strange sense of fashion and the alleged theft of grooming supplies led to the arrest of a Decatur man. Franklin David Boyt, 29, faces felony charges for allegedly stealing a bag full of shaving equipment out of a car while the owner was watching. The car was parked unlocked at the Hidden Springs Apartments in Decatur on Oct. 11 when Boyt reached in and took the bag, according to Decatur Police Sergeant Joe Savage. When the owner shouted at Boyt to stop, he turned around and shook the bag at the owner, and then continued on, Savage said. Boyt was wearing a heavy leather jacket and a pair of shorts on a warm day, Savage said. Decatur officer Larry Fiedorovich was able to find and arrest Boyt based on the car owner’s description of his unusual dress.

Passerby rescues driver from burning semi truck

posted: 10/17/2012 5:26 a.m.

A semi truck with a refrigeration trailer was involved in an accident and caught fire near the entrance to the Simmons Pet Food Plant on Arkansas Highway 59 in Decatur Monday night. An unidentified passerby was able to pull the truck driver from the wreckage before emergency crews arrived, according to Star Butler, with the Gravette Fire Department. Decatur and Gravette Fire Departments and Gravette Ambulance service responded to a call of a truck on fire with entrapment at 9:03 p.m., Butler said. On the way to the scene, Gravette responders were advised by radio that a passerby had pulled the driver from the wreck. Butler said she didn’t know the name of the rescuer, but said the person deserves a lot of credit because it may have been too late by the time emergency personnel arrived.


posted: 10/17/2012 5:25 a.m.

Hunter Education A hunter education program is being planned for 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Gentry High School Cafeteria.

Decatur ponders attorney selection

posted: 10/17/2012 5:25 a.m.

City council members are still considering who to choose for the next Decatur city attorney after interim attorney Jay Williams told the council at the Oct. 8 meeting he had decided not to take on the responsibility.

Police chief announces retirement

posted: 10/17/2012 5:24 a.m.

In a two-anda-half-hour session Thursday evening, the Gravette City Council Committee of the Whole conducted a public hearing, heard two presentations, received reports from city departments, reauthorized city millage and discussed numerous other items.

Man held on $500,000 bond for murder

posted: 10/17/2012 5:23 a.m.

A Bella Vista man is being held in the Benton County Jail on $500,000 bond in connection with the stabbing death of a woman.

McKee Foods receives check for job creation

posted: 10/17/2012 5:21 a.m.

McKee Foods Corporation’s Gentry plant received a $102,753.77 check from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) on Oct. 11 for participation in the Create Rebate program.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Trash left at lake is simply shameful

posted: 10/17/2012 5:19 a.m.

Siloam Springs City Lake was beautiful last Wednesday morning, as it is, no doubt, almost every morning.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: What of the Sabbath, other Old Testament Worship Laws?

posted: 10/17/2012 5:18 a.m.

“One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I got stuff to do before the frost sets on me

posted: 10/17/2012 5:17 a.m.

I am running on emotions today. I have to do the regular stuff, check cattle, feed penned cattle, run water, talk to my close relative and act normal. Normal, whatever that is for me, is not what I am today. My insides are shaky and my tongue is feeling weird. I have dreaded the day for many years that I would suddenly realize that time has slipped by, been spent, elapsed and is gone. It happened this morning real early, about 3:30 a.m. The phone call jarred me out of bed and I was wide awake when I said hello into the receiver. That sort of thing is a terror to all of us who have children or cattle; we don’t know which of them are in trouble.

SUSAN SAYS: Cooler weather brings fall crops

posted: 10/17/2012 5:16 a.m.

It’s October and harvest time is here — time to bring in a number of fall crops.

Key Club working with Kiwanis on Project

posted: 10/17/2012 5:15 a.m.

On Tuesday, September 11, Gravette High School Key Club met with Dan Yates of Gravette Kiwanis to discuss the “Eliminate Project,” an International Kiwanis project aiming to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Decatur wins 52-14

posted: 10/17/2012 5:14 a.m.

Victor Urquidi locked eyes with the quarterback, then made an athletic play on the ball.

Wolves take Pioneers

posted: 10/17/2012 5:13 a.m.

Lincoln ran over Gentry early, but the Wolves defense came up with the key play of the night. The Wolves held Gentry out of the end zone on four tries from the 1 to end the first half and rode that momentum to a 35-14 victory in 4A-1 Conference football Friday night.

Lions unable to catch Cardinals

posted: 10/17/2012 5:13 a.m.

Spencer Boudrey made life miserable Friday for the Gravette Lions, catching two touchdown passes and scoring on a 70-yard run to lead Farmington to a 34-27 victory over the Lions in 4A-1 Conference action at Allen Holland Field.

Homecoming events set at Gravette High

posted: 10/17/2012 5:12 a.m.

Gravette High School’s football homecoming celebration will be held this Friday, Oct. 19, with activities throughout the day leading up to the crowning of the homecoming queen, which will be at approximately 6:30 p.m., immediately preceding the 7 p.m.

Gentry teachers rewarded for their work to educate students

posted: 10/17/2012 5:11 a.m.

Middle School principal Larry Cozens, along with a representative from Walmart, presented teachers at Gentry Middle School with $50 Reward Cards to show appreciation and to thank them for their hard work and commitment to educating the students of today and building the leaders of tomorrow.

Matthews to be honored

posted: 10/17/2012 5:10 a.m.

Attorney David R. Matthews, a former State Representative who served northwest Benton County from 1983-1990, will be honored at the annual Democrat Little Flock Picnic Oct. 20 at that city’s park.

Three make dean's list

posted: 10/17/2012 5:09 a.m.

Three local students were named to the University of Central Arkansas Dean’s list.

Wednesday, October 10

Horses, carriage no longer jobless

posted: 10/10/2012 4:07 a.m.

What could be more romantic or elegant than taking a ride in a Victorian carriage pulled by giant golden horses?

Fire destroys family home in Gentry

posted: 10/10/2012 3:58 a.m.

A fire destroyed the home of Mike and Grace Parish, at 944 E. First St., early Sunday morning, according to Gentry Fire Chief Vester Cripps.

Weekend schedule is full with fall festival events

posted: 10/10/2012 3:57 a.m.

Gentry’s annual Fall Festival is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 14, from noon to 5:30 p.m., with some events beginning even sooner.

City passes numerous ordinances at last meeting

posted: 10/10/2012 3:56 a.m.

Business was dispatched rather quickly at the September meeting of the Gravette City Council. All members were present except councilman Larry Stidham. City attorney Tom Smith offered the opening prayer.


posted: 10/10/2012 3:55 a.m.

OCH Walk-In Flu Clinic The OCH of Gravette Clinic is hosting a Walk-In Flu Clinic on Thursday, Oct. 11, 1 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct.

Local temperance union urges voters to unite and keep Benton County dry

posted: 10/10/2012 3:55 a.m.

An affiliate of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union met near Gravette last week to discuss opposition to the ballot measure that would allow retail liquor sales in Benton County.

Meetings set to discuss reduced post office hours

posted: 10/10/2012 3:54 a.m.

Window service at several post offices in the Eagle Observer area is being considered for reduced hours, according to the Arkansas District of the U.S. Postal Service.

Fall cleanup set for Tuesday in Gravette

posted: 10/10/2012 3:52 a.m.

Fall cleanup in Gravette will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, when Deffenbaugh, the city’s disposal provider, will pick up approved items left curbside — that day only.

GMS is ahead of the odds

posted: 10/10/2012 3:51 a.m.

Gentry Middle School received high marks in a report from the Office for Education Policy, University of Arkansas, Beating the Odds — High Achieving Schools Serving Low-Income Communities.

Cheney completes USMC boot camp

posted: 10/10/2012 3:51 a.m.

PFC Barnabus Cheney, of Gentry, graduated from Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego on Sept. 21. He completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training as one of 87 recruits in Training Platoon 1068. Following leave, he will report to Camp Pendleton for two months at Infantry Training Battalion and will then be stationed at 29 Palms following training. He is the son of Scott and Lisa Cheney of Gentry.

Octoberfest Pageant set for Oct. 20

posted: 10/10/2012 3:50 a.m.

The Gentry Octoberfest Pageant will be held Oct. 20 at the Gentry High School auditorium and entry applications are now being accepted.

Council questions need for new sign ordinance

posted: 10/10/2012 3:49 a.m.

City council members approved two ordinances — one to amend the city code and another to split a tract of land for SWEPCO, making it possible for the city to build a fire department substation — and two resolutions — one to set the city’s millage rate for 2012 and the other to set a hearing to vacate portions of a street.

Indian Taco lunch planned

posted: 10/10/2012 3:48 a.m.

Sulphur Springs Special Events, Inc., is sponsoring an Old School Indian Taco Lunch at the old school cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


posted: 10/10/2012 3:47 a.m.

Don’t forget Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., there will be a meeting at the Hiwasse Community Center concerning the future of the Hiwasse Post Office. Be sure and attend, let your voice be heard.

'Pickin' Time on 59' set to begin this weekend in west-side communities

posted: 10/10/2012 3:47 a.m.

The firstever Highway 59 Pickin’ or Sellin’ yard sale will be held this weekend, Oct. 12-14, in all towns along Arkansas Highway 59 from Siloam Springs to Sulphur Springs and in all areas in between.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: It's time to raise the flag high

posted: 10/10/2012 3:45 a.m.

It was nice to see the American Flag flying at fullstaff on Monday. I say this because it seems, as of late, the flag is at half-mast far more than at full-staff.

LOOKING BACK: Driving has changed since the good old days

posted: 10/10/2012 3:43 a.m.

Driving sure has changed since the good old days.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: More than the weather has got to change

posted: 10/10/2012 3:42 a.m.

Did you grab a jacket this morning? I sure enough hauled mine out of the closet, and it felt real good over the chill bumps! I guess it is the truth. Autumn does follow summer and it comes fast after you get as old as my close relative! Oops, I meant to say as old as me!

A WALK IN THE PARK: Where there's a will, there's almost always a way

posted: 10/10/2012 3:42 a.m.

Even though we agree wholeheartedly on some of the big-ticket items of life, my husband Earl and I think very differently about some of the smaller issues that arise from day to day.

Lions caged by Hillbillies

posted: 10/10/2012 3:40 a.m.

Only able to pick up a single touchdown in Ozark Hillbilly territory on Friday, the Lions came far short of bringing home a victory, falling 35-7 in the conference game.

Wolves wear down Pioneers

posted: 10/10/2012 3:39 a.m.

Though the game remained close in the first half, the Blackhawks continued to hold the Pioneers scoreless while picking up momentum with a back-to-back pair of touchdowns in the third quarter.

Decatur teacher retires

posted: 10/10/2012 3:38 a.m.

Kim Browning celebrated her retirement last week after 29 years of teaching in the Decatur School District.

Bulldogs chew up Mustang JV team

posted: 10/10/2012 3:37 a.m.

The Bulldogs defeated the Mc-Donald County Mustangs ’ junior varsity team 48-0 during a non-conference game on Thursday. The win gives the Bulldogs a record of 3-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Sophomore Victor Urquidi ran for a touchdown and then returned an interception for another score. Senior Evan Owens also made two rushing touchdowns during the game.

Wednesday, October 3

Gentry teen wins youth talent show

posted: 10/03/2012 7:19 a.m.

Colton Little, 13 and a student at Gentry Middle School, was the winner of the 25th annual Youth Talent Contest held at the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair in Ft. Smith on Sept. 23.

Enrollment up slightly in Gravette Schools

posted: 10/03/2012 7:18 a.m.

nrollment in Gravette School District has increased by more than 40 students since the opening of classes in August.

Gravette citizens discuss building purchase on Main Street for library

posted: 10/03/2012 7:17 a.m.

Disk golf and a splash park were among the possible improvements to the city park which were discussed at the Sept. 4 Gentry Parks and Cemetery Committee meeting and the Sept. 6 Finance Committee meeting.

Work at Gravette schools progressing

posted: 10/03/2012 7:13 a.m.

Much progress has been made during the several weeks of work on new baseball and softball fields at Gravette High School.

Defense takes Lions' share

posted: 10/03/2012 7:11 a.m.

Gravette’s defense will not be told that it didn’t carry its fair share of the load against its biggest rival Friday night.

Gentry defeats Lincoln

posted: 10/03/2012 7:08 a.m.

Though the young Gentry volleyball team has struggled this season against bigger and more experienced teams, the players’ growth as a team was proven on the court in Gentry last week when the girls went the distance and defeated Lincoln in a full five sets — 23-25, 25-20, 12-25, 25- 13, 15-9.

Bulldogs win big on home field

posted: 10/03/2012 7:04 a.m.

Victor Urquidi didn’t look like a sophomore Friday night against Johnson County Westside.

Board adopts budget

posted: 10/03/2012 7:03 a.m.

Decatur School Board members approved a budget for the 2012-2013 school year at the Sept. 24 meeting.

Hiwasse News

posted: 10/03/2012 7:01 a.m.

Looking for a different way to spend your Saturday? Attend the Wiener Dog Races Sat., Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Loch Lomond softball field.

Collisions shut down Highway 102

posted: 10/03/2012 6:59 a.m.

A four-vehicle accident involving a truck pulling an empty fuel tank semi-trailer shut down Arkansas Highway 102 east of Decatur last Tuesday for several hours.

Why a combined paper?

posted: 10/03/2012 6:57 a.m.

hough it’s been more than two years since the Gravette, Gentry and Decatur newspapers merged, and the new, combined edition — the Westside Eagle Observer — is doing well, I still often hear people ask why the merger was necessary and why it isn’t possible for each community to have its own paper.

Newspapers remain reliable source of local news

posted: 10/03/2012 6:55 a.m.

This week, the first week of October, is National Newspaper Week.

Some fences need mending

posted: 10/03/2012 6:51 a.m.

We were so glad to have a little shower last evening.

Our elected officials need to consider the story behind the Delaware Quarter Westside Eagle Observer

posted: 10/03/2012 6:49 a.m.

With national elections weeks away, campaigns are in full swing and both sides try to make the other sound so evil it would be unthinkable to vote for their opposition.

4-H Club, Soles4Souls partnering to gather soles and to help souls

posted: 10/03/2012 6:47 a.m.

Town & Country 4-H Club members Carson Alsup, Joshua Lockhart, Noah Smith and Ashton Yarbrough and fellow club members have teamed up with Soles4Souls to collect and distribute new and gently used shoes to those living in poverty or recovering from natural disasters.

'I'm a piano tech by trade'

posted: 10/03/2012 6:45 a.m.

Though his shop’s not always open, Larry Smith, 86, with white thinning hair but full white beard, can often be seen outside his Gentry Main Street storefront working on pianos.

Pies fly at OCH, but for a good cause

posted: 10/03/2012 6:43 a.m.

Lots of pie filled the air at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette last Saturday when several doctors, nurses and hospital/clinic employees took aim at each other with meringue-topped pies.

New Technology Leads To Paperless Classrooms

posted: 10/03/2012 6:28 a.m.

No longer will students in one classroom at Gentry High School be able to blame a pet for eating a homework assignment.

Land brings $6.5 million

posted: 10/03/2012 6:21 a.m.

The 3,200 acres of land owned by L&LFarms brought $6,492,000 at auction last week, according to auctioneer Tony Langdon of Williams & Williams Real Estate Auction.

Fall cleanup set Oct. 16

posted: 10/03/2012 6:19 a.m.

Fall cleanup in Gravette will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, when Deffenbaugh, the city’s disposal provider, will pick up approved items left curbside that day only.

Gentry Offers Online Bill Pay

posted: 10/03/2012 6:15 a.m.

Gentry city utility bills and fire dues may now be paid online through Federal Payments, a secure third-party provider, by simply going to the city of Gentry website: or and clicking on the Online Bill Pay tab at the top of the page.