Wednesday, September 26

Cargill receives safety award

posted: 09/26/2012 5:25 a.m.

James L. Salkeld, director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, announced that Cargill Turkey Production located in Gentry is the recipient of a Twenty-Year Accumulative Safety Award.

Maybe it is and maybe it isn't

posted: 09/26/2012 5:24 a.m.

Do the more than three inches of rain that soaked Eagle Observer country recently indicate this summer’s drought is over? Ask any old timer who has lived through at least a half dozen Arkansas summers and he will probably shake his head and say, “May-be, maybe not.” Pastures are greening and, with cooler temps, ponds are starting to fill. Even tomatoes, which struggled through the summer, have resumed blooming and are setting small greenish fruit.

Voters approve bond

posted: 09/26/2012 5:23 a.m.

By a two-to-one margin, voters in Gentry’s school district approved restructuring of bonds to make possible the building of a multipurpose athletic facility on the high school campus.


posted: 09/26/2012 5:22 a.m.

Drug Disposal The twice-a-year pickup of unused prescription or over-the-counter drugs, loose or in packages, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hours to be cut at PO

posted: 09/26/2012 5:21 a.m.

The United States Postal Service is asking for community input to help determine the future of the Decatur Post Office, according to a letter sent to Decatur mail customers on Thursday.

McKee to sponsor pumpkin contest

posted: 09/26/2012 5:20 a.m.

The Little Debbie store in Gentry will sponsor “The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest” at the Oct. 14 Fall Festival at the city park, with awards and prizes for the top pumpkins. There will be three categories : best carved, best decorated and community favorite. First-place winners will receive a $25 prize, and second-place winners (in best carved and best decorated) will receive $15. Only one pumpkin per person in each category may be entered. Carved pumpkins may be embellished with other materials. Decorated pumpkins may have objects, paper or other materials pinned or glued to them. Drawing or painting on the decorated pumpkins is also allowed.

Oliphant elected

posted: 09/26/2012 5:19 a.m.

Gravette School District 20 voters last Tuesday elected Jay Oliphant of Gravette to a five-year term on the Gravette School Board in the annual school election.

Worldwide auction held in Decatur

posted: 09/26/2012 5:19 a.m.

More than 850 bidders from 70 countries participated in the Dorothy Mae Peterson estate auction in Decatur last weekend.

Talent show rules released

posted: 09/26/2012 5:17 a.m.

With Gentry's Fall Festival just around the corner, organizers have released the following rules for the talent contest to be held on stage in the park on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 14: 1. Gentry’s Fall Festival Talent Show is open to all individuals or groups. Please remember this is a family-oriented event. No profanity or vulgar lyrics or acts in any performance will be allowed. Keep attire at a respectable and tasteful level.

Decatur may pay for ambulance service

posted: 09/26/2012 5:16 a.m.

The city of Decatur could soon be paying for ambulance service, thanks to a state law brought to light by controversy in other local cities. Decatur city council members voted to begin negotiations with the Gravette Fire Department for ambulance service fees at the Sept. 10 meeting. In addition, the council voted to pay the Gravette Ambulance Service $1,000 for past services as a gesture of good will. State law requires cities to reimburse outside ambulance services for their cost, according to Mayor Charles Linam. The law has been in effect for some time but was recently brought to light by the “hassle” Bentonville is having with Centerton and the county, he said. The Gravette Ambulance Service has served Decatur for a number of years without charge to the city. It recently upgraded to an Advanced Life Support system with paramedics in addition to emergency medical technicians, Linam said. The Gravette ambulance service is asking to be reimbursed $100 for every call they make to Decatur, far less t

Gravette students attend Boys State

posted: 09/26/2012 5:15 a.m.

Russell Sharp and Zak Heald, now seniors at Gravette High School, attended the 2012 session of Arkansas Boy’s State held earlier this year on the UCA campus at Conway.

Teachers attend Arkansas Leadership Academy and are recognized by board

posted: 09/26/2012 5:14 a.m.

Five educators from Glenn Duffy Elementary School were recognized at the recent meeting of the Gravette School Board for their attendance at the Arkansas Leadership Academy, training institute.

Romance author to pay visit at Gentry Library

posted: 09/26/2012 5:13 a.m.

Arkansas writer Laura Castoro, author of numerous romance novels, will be at the Gentry Public Library, 105 E. Main Street in Gentry, at 2 p.m., Oct. 4.

SSRH recognized with patient safety award

posted: 09/26/2012 5:12 a.m.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital has been recognized with the Patient Safety Award by Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation, one of the nation’s leading operators of general acute-care hospitals. The organization’s affiliates include Siloam Springs Regional Hospital and 134 other hospitals in 29 states.

Holiday Express train plans stop in Decatur

posted: 09/26/2012 5:12 a.m.

The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express train will be bringing Santa to Decatur this year.

Highfill approves conditional use

posted: 09/26/2012 5:11 a.m.

A public hearing was held in conjunction with the Highfill Planning Commission meeting on Aug. 28 to consider the the application for a conditional use permit submitted by Larry W. and Kathy K. Barnes for property located at 13998 W.

School board approves budget, sign purchase

posted: 09/26/2012 5:10 a.m.

In a special meeting on Monday, Gentry School Board members approved a consolidated budget for the 2012-2013 school year. The budget, which must be submitted to the state this week, is very similar to the 2011-2012 budget, with a slight reduction in teacher salaries due to new teachers coming in at a lower step on the pay scale. The budget projects an ending balance in operating funds at $1.56 million, a target the district has held since being released from fiscal distress a few years ago. By a three to one vote — David Williamson, Coye Cripps and Randall Bolinger voting in favor and Clarence Kreger opposing ; Jim Barnes, Dani Cypert and Gary Dunlap were absent — the board approved the purchase of a LED sign for the school district to be placed at the south end of Otis Street, to direct people to the school and keep the community informed of school activities and events. The bid price of the sign from Stewart Signs — already a state approved bid — is $15,776, with installation cost estimated at appr

Bulldogs stung by Hornets

posted: 09/26/2012 5:08 a.m.

The Bulldogs lost 35-8 to the Hackett Hornets during a 4-2 A conference game on Friday.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Moving on is a feller's privilege, but I'm staying on

posted: 09/26/2012 5:07 a.m.

We had a neighbor up north a few miles who sold out this year. He is moving his bunch to Arizona. His reasoning was that if he had to live in arid country, he was gonna live where it was supposed to be arid! I can kinda understand that, and I like it out in that part of the world, but I don’t suppose I will ever sell any of this. I regress, again!

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Do I vote the lesser of two evils or principle?

posted: 09/26/2012 5:06 a.m.

How should I vote in the upcoming election? Again the question has been troubling my mind. Do I vote for the lesser of two evils? Or, do I vote my conscience? This election may well be pivotal for our nation as our government teeters on the edge of economic ruin and is probably far closer to a total collapse than anyone cares to consider or admit. National debt soars, jobs flee to other countries, we still depend too much on foreign oil for energy, hostile governments are buying up our businesses and technology, and our military is overextended and entangled in places where it cannot truly achieve victory. I invite you to read world history and consider the signs! Both major parties are proclaiming themselves as the right choice to bring about change and reform in Washington. But let’s be honest. I don’t see either party promoting much change or reform. Both supported government bailouts with our tax dollars and decreasing the purchasing power of the dollar you and I earn. Both promise tax relief to portions


posted: 09/26/2012 5:05 a.m.

There will be a meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11, at the Hiwasse Community Building, concerning the Hiwasse Post Office. It is important you attend and let your voice be heard.


posted: 09/26/2012 5:04 a.m.

We are having nice weather after the good rain we got last week. We are getting close to fall and I like fall.

Cardinals come back, overcome Pioneers

posted: 09/26/2012 5:02 a.m.

Gentry took advantage of a pair of early turnovers to take a 14-0 lead, but Farmington held on to the ball and got the game firmly in hand soon thereafter.

Gentry beats Lincoln, falls before Gravette

posted: 09/26/2012 5:02 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers traveled to Lincoln and played a strong match Sept. 17 and, after dropping the third set, came back to seal their victory in the fourth.

Gravette falls behind, can't quite catch up

posted: 09/26/2012 5:01 a.m.

Dayton Winn was bottled up and surrounded by a sea of white jerseys.

36 vie for title of Miss Mister GHS

posted: 09/26/2012 4:59 a.m.

Thirty-six contestants will be vying for the title of Mister or Miss Gravette High School at this year’s pageant, scheduled for Sept. 29 at the GHS Performing Arts Center.

Wednesday, September 19

Backup power source installed at sewer plant

posted: 09/19/2012 5:14 a.m.

A new generator was installed at the Decatur wastewater treatment plant last week.

Nehring featured

posted: 09/19/2012 5:13 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette last Thursday introduced a new section, “Our Town,” for its Northwest Arkansas readers.

Residents urged to skip a lunch but give a meal

posted: 09/19/2012 5:13 a.m.

Arvest Bank and Gravette Gardens are holding a “Skip a Lunch, Give a Meal” food and fund-raising drive to benefit Arvest’s 1 Million Meals initiative. Instead of going out to lunch, Arvest and Gravette Gardens are asking everyone to visit the bank during their lunch break and donate the money they would typically spend on lunch to the 1 Million Meals campaign.

Job fair set in Gravette on Thursday, Friday

posted: 09/19/2012 5:12 a.m.

Representatives from 17 businesses and organizations will be involved with a Job Fair and Workshop scheduled this week at the Gravette Public Library. The Job Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide practice on resume writing and other information for job seekers. The following day, Friday, Sept. 21, reps from the participating businesses will be at the Civic Center to give hands-on information, including how to prepare for job applications and practice interviews.

Water bills to go up

posted: 09/19/2012 5:11 a.m.

The city council passed on it’s third and final reading an ordinance raising water rates in the Highfill water system’s service area.


posted: 09/19/2012 5:11 a.m.

Teacher Retirement Former Decatur teachers and students are invited to a retirement reception for Kim Browning, who taught in the Decatur School District for more than 30 years. The dropin reception will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 4, in the Decatur Community Building. For information, call the elementary school office at 752-3981.

Musician's swap meet, jam added to weekend score

posted: 09/19/2012 5:10 a.m.

As a part of the “Pickin’ Time on 59” multi-community yard sale scheduled Oct. 12-14, a Musicians Swap Meet and Jam will be held in Old Town Park in Gravette on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Offer to purchase Decatur State Bank is withdrawn

posted: 09/19/2012 5:09 a.m.

The proposed sale of troubled Decatur State Bank to Mathias Bancshares, Inc., of Springdale has been withdrawn, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Tools stolen from porch in Gentry

posted: 09/19/2012 5:08 a.m.

Sometime on Sept. 11 or Sept. 12, according to police reports, a number of tools belonging to Robert Clark of Decatur were stolen from the porch of a Gentry home where he had been working on a remodeling job.

Gravette approves annexation of lands

posted: 09/19/2012 5:08 a.m.

A public hearing and a special city council meeting preceded the monthly council committee of the whole meeting in Gravette at 6 p.m.

Crash downs power

posted: 09/19/2012 5:07 a.m.

A car accident on Grant Street knocked out power on the west side of Decatur for several hours Sunday night.

McKee wins recycling award

posted: 09/19/2012 5:04 a.m.

McKee Foods Corporation located in Gentry was the recipient of Arkansas Recycling Coalition 2012 Corporate Recycler of the Year Award.


posted: 09/19/2012 5:03 a.m.

The G.M.C.H. Ole Timers met Sept. 13 at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur for supper. Again the stories and memories we shared were enjoyed by all. That’s always the best part. The food was great, too, thanks to the Gallery.

Senior Center seeking volunteers

posted: 09/19/2012 5:02 a.m.

The Gentry Senior Activity Center is seeking volunteers to become trained to lead a brain fitness program entitled Super Noggin.

Enrollment up in Decatur

posted: 09/19/2012 5:01 a.m.

Enrollment numbers at the Decatur School District have returned to the levels they were at before the school fell into fiscal distress in 2008.

Alsup attends Angus conference in Colorado

posted: 09/19/2012 5:01 a.m.

Jacy Alsup of Gravette was one of 193 National Junior Angus Association members from 32 states and Canada who attended the 2012 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development Conference held August 2-5 at Fort Collins, Colo. Six NJAA members from Arkansas were in attendance.

Barrick takes Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

posted: 09/19/2012 5 a.m.

Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson inspired the Youth Tour when he addressed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA ) annual meeting in Chicago, in 1957.

Austin accepted into pharmacy school

posted: 09/19/2012 4:59 a.m.

James Harold Austin of Gravette, son of Kenneth and Paulette Austin, has been accepted into the Fall 2012 professional class of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy at Weatherford.

Holt resigns, Heath appointed

posted: 09/19/2012 4:58 a.m.

The city council voted to accept the resignation of Gina Holt for the Ward 1, Position 2 city council position and appointed Robin Heath to serve in her place.

Local collection offered in worldwide auction

posted: 09/19/2012 4:57 a.m.

Dorothy Mae Peterson’s lifetime collection of antiques will be sold to collectors all over the world through a live and internet auction next week.

Lions fight, then fall to visiting Panthers

posted: 09/19/2012 4:52 a.m.

Siloam Springs expected Gravette to put up a fight Friday night, and for one half the Lions matched the Panthers score for score.

'Wheels come off ' in season opener

posted: 09/19/2012 4:51 a.m.

The Bulldogs lost 43-14 to the Mountainburg Dragons during Friday’s 4-2 A conference game.

West-side teams lose at the net

posted: 09/19/2012 4:51 a.m.

The Gravette Lady Lions fell to conference rival Farmington in an away match last week.

Pioneers lose 2 while away

posted: 09/19/2012 4:50 a.m.

The Heber Springs Panthers rolled past the visiting Gentry Pioneers 38-6 in Friday's non-league contest.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Christ is end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes

posted: 09/19/2012 4:49 a.m.

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Rom. 10:4 (Read Romans, chapter 10) The apostle Paul had a sincere desire that his people, the people of Israel, would be saved. He prayed that they too would repent and place their hope and confidence in Messiah Jesus and His innocent sufferings and death for the sins of the world. Paul wrote, (Rom. 10:2-3 ): “I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.” Why were so many of his fellow Jews not saved? Because they did not know of God’s imputed righteousness for Christ’s sake and sought their own righteousness based upon their obedience to the law. In fact, in their zealous efforts to keep all of God’s commandments and be acceptable to God by their own works, they rejected the perfect righteousness of their Messiah and Savior and failed to place their

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: I guess I've resisted about as long as I can

posted: 09/19/2012 4:47 a.m.

Yes, it's true. I resist change — well, at least to a point. And that's true in many areas of my life.


posted: 09/19/2012 4:46 a.m.

Dean Fletcher spent some time in the hospital at Bentonville last week. We wish him a speedy recovery.


posted: 09/19/2012 4:45 a.m.

Editor, Care & Share People Helping People Store in Gravette needs help.


posted: 09/19/2012 4:44 a.m.

We sure got a good rain this week. Some areas received as much as five inches. Sure seems good to see the pastures and yards so green. I’m sure the farmers were happy to get the rain.

LOOKING BACK: My sisters have been source of strength

posted: 09/19/2012 4:43 a.m.

There were seven girls in my family. My second oldest sister Helen said I (a middle child) was always quiet and a loner. Lela was the oldest, and when each of us were born, my two older sisters were given the responsibility of caring for us. I always remember Lela, who was only five years older than me, protecting me. I felt so much love towards her. At one time my baby sister Cynthia seemed like a toy, and I enjoyed playing with her. But, growing up, I wasn’t real close to my sisters.

SUSAN SAYS: SUSAN SAYS: Autumn is in the air, it's time to catch our breath

posted: 09/19/2012 4:42 a.m.

We’ve passed the midpoint of September, and this weekend autumn will arrive. We’re finally getting some good rains and, even though rain and thunderstorms have interfered with all three of our football games so far, we’re not complaining.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Just trust in the Lord and keep your end of the deal

posted: 09/19/2012 4:41 a.m.

I am tired today after sitting up with a couple of cows all night. I am thankful they are having calves in the fall instead of a February snow storm, and I still get tired when waiting for those calves to hit the ground.

Maize maze makes much merriment

posted: 09/19/2012 3:23 a.m.

Families looking for good place to spend a day in the outdoors this fall can find it close by at Right Choices Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch just north of Southwest City, Mo.

Wednesday, September 12

Sometimes, real men drive pink

posted: 09/12/2012 7:01 a.m.

While some might wonder why anyone would paint a perfectly-good antique tractor pink instead of Farmall red, Tired Iron of the Ozarks has a good cause.

Leak response goes well

posted: 09/12/2012 3:56 a.m.

It was about 10:30 Tuesday morning, Sept. 4, when metal struck metal at the Source Gas substation adjacent the school grounds in Gravette.

Fire department working to correct new ISO ratings map

posted: 09/12/2012 3:55 a.m.

A new ISO fire suppression rating map has the Gentry Fire Department working to correct some anomalies before the ratings take effect next month.

Arvest kicks off local effort to fight hunger

posted: 09/12/2012 3:55 a.m.

Arvest Bank is embarking on its second initiative to fight hunger in the more than 90 communities it serves. On Sept. 5, the bank kicked off a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide one million meals or more to those in need. The bank has pledged to raise the equivalent of one million meals through bank donations, in-branch fundraisers and non-perishable food drives to benefit local organizations fighting hunger.

Gentry Cemetery soon to get face-lift

posted: 09/12/2012 3:53 a.m.

Gentry’s city cemetery will soon be getting a face-lift, thanks to a generous donation from Robert Krein, Jr., who has volunteered time and materials to erect an archway sign and pillars for a fence at the cemetery located along Pioneer Lane, just south of the public school complex.

Two vying for school board post

posted: 09/12/2012 3:52 a.m.

Voters in Gravette School District 20 next Tuesday, Sept. 18, will choose two school board directors to serve five-year terms. Two candidates, Jheri Roberts and Jay Oliphant, are vying for one position. The other position is filled by Jack Skillett, who is unopposed for re-election.


posted: 09/12/2012 3:52 a.m.

Decatur FFA Fundraiser The Decatur FFA is currently selling Blue and Gold Meats. The money raised will pay for FFA trip expenses and FFA scholarships.


posted: 09/12/2012 3:51 a.m.

In addition to bond restructuring measures, voters will have opportunity to cast their ballots for candidates (though most are unopposed ) in the following Sept. 18 school board elections: Decatur School Board, Position 4 — Darleen Holly*; Gentry School Board, Position 5 — Jim Barnes*; Gravette School Board, Position 1 — Jay Oliphant or Jheri C. Roberts; Position 2 — Jack Skillett * (* indicates incumbents )

High school participating in Razor C.O.A.C.H. program

posted: 09/12/2012 3:50 a.m.

Decatur High School is partnering with Razor C.O.A.C.H. to provide college and career planning for at-risk students, according to high school principal Deborah Coffer.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Called entirely of God’s mercy

posted: 09/12/2012 3:42 a.m.

“So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.” Rom. 9:16 (Read Rom. 9) Why am I a Christian? Why was I brought to know and trust in Christ Jesus as my Savior from sin, death and eternal damnation?

Work expected to begin soon at the Flint Creek nature area

posted: 09/12/2012 3:41 a.m.

The council heard on Monday from Bev Saunders, executive director of the Gentry Chamber of Commerce, that all was moving forward for the city to receive grant money and soon begin work at the nature area along Flint Creek.

Job fair set for Sept. 20-21 in Gravette

posted: 09/12/2012 3:39 a.m.

A Job Fair Workshop will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21, at the Gravette Public Library.

Man arrested for burglary

posted: 09/12/2012 3:39 a.m.

Billy Joe McDonald, 32, was arrested on Sept. 2 for allegedly breaking into a home owned by the late Dorothy Mae Peterson.

Pickin' time comin'

posted: 09/12/2012 3:38 a.m.

Whether you’re pickin’ or sellin’ , Arkansas Highway 59 from Siloam Springs to Gentry to Decatur to Gravette to Sulphur Springs, including a loop on Arkansas Highway 102 to Centerton, is where you’ll want to be Oct 12, 13 and 14.


posted: 09/12/2012 3:36 a.m.

You may contact Sylvia Tucker, 291-4542, or Melinda Crawley, 291-0011. Gwen Singleton, 291-4520, is chairman of the project. Jack and Sylvia Tucker were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Sharp attends pharmacy camp

posted: 09/12/2012 3:32 a.m.

Russell Sharp, Gravette High School senior, is one of 37 applicants selected to attend the 2012 Pharmacy Summer Camp on the University of Arkansas Medical Science (UAMS) campus in Little Rock.

Memorial planned for Dr. Billy V. Hall

posted: 09/12/2012 3:30 a.m.

GRAVETTE — A permanent memorial for Dr. Billy V. Hall is a project planned at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette.

Smith receives royal award

posted: 09/12/2012 3:30 a.m.

Shannon Smith, of Gentry, became the second local youth to ever receive the Royal Rangers E3 award.

Board has night of numbers

posted: 09/12/2012 3:29 a.m.

“It is going to be a night of numbers.” With that opening statement from school superintendent Randy Barrett setting the stage, the board, at its regular September meeting, considered various financial statements reflecting the expenses of operating the district in the 2011-12 school term.

Gentry's fall festival full of events

posted: 09/12/2012 3:28 a.m.

It’s only a month away — 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.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Gentry voters have choice to make Tuesday

posted: 09/12/2012 3:25 a.m.

Voters living within the Gentry School District will have the opportunity to weigh in next Tuesday on restructuring current bonded debt to free up money to build a multi-purpose athletic complex on the high school campus.

OFF THE CUFF: I'm impressed, thankful and dismayed

posted: 09/12/2012 3:25 a.m.

I was impressed. And thankful. And dismayed. Those are words that describe my feeling concerning the gas leak that occurred near the school campus last week which forced evacuation of hundreds of children from the classes.

A WALK IN THE PARK: I took a hike out of my comfort zone

posted: 09/12/2012 3:23 a.m.

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: A toothy grin can get you by, for a time

posted: 09/12/2012 3:21 a.m.

I got some rain. I could almost stop writing and you would be able to fill in the rest. Yes I giggled, gave thanks, slept in my chair and ordered stew for supper. The rain didn’t last long but it was wonderful, and now things look good again.

Lady Pioneers come up short

posted: 09/12/2012 3:19 a.m.

The last weeks were tough for the Lady Pioneers in play against West Fork and Pea Ridge. On Thursday, Aug. 30, West Fork beat Gentry at the net, 16-25, 21-25 and 11-25. On Tuesday, , Sept. 4, the varsity volleyball team fell to Pea Ridge in three of the four sets: 9-25, 9-25, 26-24, 25-27.

Interim attorney appointed

posted: 09/12/2012 3:18 a.m.

City council members voted to make Jay Williams the interim city attorney at Monday’s meeting.

Bulldogs win big!

posted: 09/12/2012 3:17 a.m.

The Bulldogs defeated the Hartford Hustlers 57-22 during Friday’s 4-2 A conference game. The win gives the Bulldogs a record of 1-0 in conference play and 1-1 overall. “I was pretty pleased. It’s been a long time since we won and it was good for morale,” said head coach Shane Holland. Sophomore Victor Urquidi scored two touchdowns on runs, while sophomore Allan Castaneda had a rushing touchdown and returned an interception 65 yards for another score. Senior quarterback Evan Owens added a rushing touchdown for Decatur, which jumped out to a 30-0 lead in the first quarter and led 43-0 at half-time.

New physician comes to Decatur's Medi Clinic

posted: 09/12/2012 3:16 a.m.

The Decatur Medi Clinic announced this week that Dr. Kim Silver has been added to its staff.

Booneville pounds past Gravette

posted: 09/12/2012 3:15 a.m.

Cody Harrel did not complete a pass for Booneville on Friday.


posted: 09/12/2012 3:14 a.m.

Tuesday, September 18, is the school election. Be sure you get out and vote. Robert and Geneva Hamilton spent the weekend in Branson attending a reunion of Robert’s military unit. Linda Fisher came on Sunday to spend a few days with her mother, Ruby Hight. Linda, along with her brothers Gene Roberts, Danny and Johnny Hight, will be helping their mother celebrate her 90th birthday on Wednesday. Happy birthday, Ruby.


posted: 09/12/2012 midnight

Helen Ferry Helen Ferry, 93, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Suttons Bay, Mich., and Bella Vista, Ark., died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Ark. She was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Milburn, Ill.

Tired Iron puts on 21st fall show

posted: 09/12/2012 midnight

The sputter of old engines, the buzz of the sawmills and the hammering of hot metal on the anvils was again heard on the grounds of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks, just south of Gentry, last weekend.

Wednesday, September 5

Sign marks past travails

posted: 09/05/2012 6:48 a.m.

The small sign appeared several weeks ago.

DHS college readiness effort paying off

posted: 09/05/2012 6:47 a.m.

Recently released ACT test scores show the Decatur High School’s focus on improving college readiness is starting to pay off.


posted: 09/05/2012 6:46 a.m.

Decatur High The Decatur High School athletics department is looking for volunteers to help with junior and senior high athletic events. Anyone interested can call athletic director John Unger at 318-518-5337.

Decatur teacher presenting at national conference

posted: 09/05/2012 6:45 a.m.

Decatur teacher James Garner has been selected to speak at the National Council of Teachers of English national convention about his experience using technology to connect his students to a classroom 900 miles away.

Lacy still binds wheat old way

posted: 09/05/2012 6:45 a.m.

Charlie Lacy keeps farming traditions alive, using antique farm equipment to grow and harvest wheat the old-fashioned way on his farm in the Logan Community east of Siloam Springs.

Two at Adventist Academy have measles

posted: 09/05/2012 6:44 a.m.

Measles was confirmed in two of three suspected cases in Gentry from cultures federal health investigators took earlier in the week, state and school officials said Thursday.

21st annual show Friday-Sunday at Tired Iron grounds

posted: 09/05/2012 6:43 a.m.

Tired Iron of the Ozarks will hold its 21st annual fall show this weekend, with plans for this year’s show to be bigger and better than ever. Old tractors and farm implements, antique engines, saw mills, antique household items and a fullyfunctional blacksmith’s shop will be at the club’s show grounds for visitors to see.

Decatur State Bank is one of four troubled banks, with loss of $3.1 million in the first half of the year

posted: 09/05/2012 6:42 a.m.

Arkansas banks are outperforming banks in other parts of the country, said Julie Stackhouse, a senior vice president with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Beggs earns $1,000 scholarship

posted: 09/05/2012 6:41 a.m.

Courtney Beggs, of Decatur, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Arkansas Hospitality Association.

Three Gravette students attend FCCLA conference

posted: 09/05/2012 6:40 a.m.

Three Gravette High School students and their advisor were among more than 7,000 attending the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) conference held in early July in Orlando, Fla.

Students seeking Veterans

posted: 09/05/2012 6:39 a.m.

Students at Gravette High School are seeking assistance from area veterans in preparing a film for showing at the Veterans Day assembly at the school.

Standards show work on improvement

posted: 09/05/2012 6:38 a.m.

Editor’s Notes: Richard Page, superintendent of Gravette Schools, provides the following explanation of changes in testing procedures and standards which have been adopted since requirements of the “No Child Left Behind” system in Arkansas have been waived. Included are results of the most recent literary and math proficiency results in the Gravette school district.

Cousins takes over as QB for Pioneers

posted: 09/05/2012 6:38 a.m.

Jarod Cousins doesn’t shy away from a challenge. He welcomes it.


posted: 09/05/2012 6:37 a.m.

We extend sympathy to the Shook family for their loss.

Edgmon helps others find art inside them

posted: 09/05/2012 6:36 a.m.

When Susan Edgmon took her first painting class in 1996, it was because her mother signed them both up.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: No words for baby Eva

posted: 09/05/2012 6:34 a.m.

Some things are beyond our ability to understand and are certainly beyond our ability to explain. And what to say in such situations is most difficult because no words can give comfort and take away the pain!

A SECOND OPINION: Change is on the way

posted: 09/05/2012 6:33 a.m.

Change is coming to Decatur in a big way with the closing of the General Store and the upcoming sale of the Peterson land.

SUSAN SAYS: September brings hope of cooler weather

posted: 09/05/2012 6:31 a.m.

Ah, September has arrived ! Although the hot days aren’t over, many are still warm with leftover summer, this month is always a turning point. Nights at least are a bit cooler and it’s been a pleasure to turn off the air conditioner and open the windows. There’s at least a hint of fall in the air and we hold on to the promise of crisp, clear days ahead.

Families thanked

posted: 09/05/2012 6:29 a.m.

Editor, Gravette Upper Elementary “Meet the Teacher” was a success!

Heat, Subiaco roster overwhelm Decatur

posted: 09/05/2012 6:27 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs lost 49-15 to the Subiaco Academy Trojans during a nonconference game Friday night in Subiaco.

Gravette breaks through late and wins

posted: 09/05/2012 6:26 a.m.

Gravette coach Bill Harrelson might want to start keeping track of how many tackles his players break.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Saddles and hairdos

posted: 09/05/2012 6:21 a.m.

We are blessed with Grands. My close relative is the ruling entity of the clan of youth and has them duly spoiled rotten. I am allowed to assist when necessary and sometimes I go off on a tangent of my own choosing.

WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL: Are you afraid of God’s judgment?

posted: 09/05/2012 6:17 a.m.

“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns ? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Rom. 8:33-34 (Read verses 18-39 ) Have you ever been afraid that you would come short on Judgment Day — that instead of being welcomed into heaven, you would be condemned to eternal suffering in hell because of your sins and shortcomings ?

Decatur runs with plan to bring back cross country

posted: 09/05/2012 6:15 a.m.

Cross country running is making a comeback at Decatur High School this year.

Pioneers take down Tigers

posted: 09/05/2012 6:12 a.m.

Jarod Cousins has waited for his opportunity to play quarterback at Gentry.

Youth Sports looking ahead

posted: 09/05/2012 6:10 a.m.

Decatur Youth Sports coaches and volunteers met Aug. 25 in the Gallery Cafe to form a new board and discuss plans for the future.