Wednesday, April 24

FBLA students learn skills

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

Eighteen Gravette High School Future Business Leaders of America students recently boarded a bus with Mrs. Paula Almond to attend the FBLA District VII spring leadership conference at the U of A Global Campus.

Huffman-Mckirch to wed

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

Sophia Mckirch and Kyle Huffman have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

New law to have minimal effect on Decatur schools

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

The Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2013 will have a limited effect on Decatur Schools, according to superintendent Larry Ben.

Local author writes appealing book

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

Gravette author Crow Johnson Evans has written a volume that’s sure to appeal to readers of all interests.

Duo signs with Missouri schools

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

Missouri Southern had Monica White's interest from the outset, and the Gravette volleyball standout made an verbal commitment to the Joplin school.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

The following article is taken from the March 13 1908, Gentry Journal-Advance : About 2 o'clock Tuesday [March 10, 1908] morning, a portion of the population was aroused from sleep by a loud report which proved to be the cracking of the safe in the post office. The work was undoubtedly that of professional "yeggs," as it was done with so much despatch and neatness.

Gravette Police Dept. participates in drug take-back program

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

The Gravette Police Department will again be participating in the semi-annual drug take-back program Saturday, April 27.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Lack Of Communication In Springtown

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

Editor, I attended the April 9th Springtown City Council meeting. To preface the meeting, Mayor Paul Lemke stated that a sinkhole had occurred on private property and it was alleged to have been caused by road work.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Is it really necessary to go to the dentist?

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

I've put it off for a long, long time, just ignoring the notices — not from the IRS or a bill collector but from my dentist. It seems I may have missed my dental checkup a time or two.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Yes, I'm scowling a bit over scours

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

I wish I was a truck driver again this morning. I think it would be easier to face Big D traffic than do what I had to face when I got to the pasture about 7 a.m.

DNE holding kindergarten, pre-kindergarten registration on April 30 and May 1

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

Decatur Northside Elementary School will hold kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration on April 30 and May 1.

Teacher contract terminated after hearing

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

At a special meeting on April 11, the Gentry School board voted 4-2 to terminate the contract of Elizabeth Newlun as a librarian for the district.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

Kindergarten Registration Enrollment for kindergarten 2013-14 has begun at Gentry Primary School on Pioneer Lane in Gentry.

Arts in Park event set for Saturday

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

Gravette High and Middle School students will present their annual “Arts in the Park” event at 3 p.m.

Helser wins state singing honors

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

Many students, as well as teachers, are buzzing about 16-yearold sophomore Shelby Helser. Why? Because she “is a powerhouse of a voice,” said Damayla Cowan. Born in Seattle, Wash., Shelby’s love for singing began already in kindergarten. And, in her 16 years, she has performed in more than 25 plays and musicals.

Fleck pleads not guilty

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

A Gentry woman pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in connection with her husband's shooting death last month.

OBITUARIES: April 24th

posted: 04/24/2013 1:16 a.m.

Wanda Austin Wanda Bates Austin, 94, of Decatur, died April 15, 2013, at her home. She was born March 1, 1919, in Hiwasse, to Jack Bates and Goldie Holloway Bates.

Eckels joins paper staff

posted: 04/24/2013 1:15 a.m.

Mike Eckels has joined the Eagle Observer staff and will cover news and sports in Decatur and also assist with coverage for the rest of the newspaper’s coverage area.

School board surveils video surveillance system

posted: 04/24/2013 1:15 a.m.

A new video surveillance system could be coming to Gentry Schools in an effort to improve security at the school campuses and provide additional protection for students, staff and property.

OCH takes over Clinic

posted: 04/24/2013 1:15 a.m.

Effective April 24, Ozarks Community Hospital will own and operate the Noel Clinic located at 125 Main St. in Noel, Mo.

Wednesday, April 17

63 compete at Hosa conference held in Hot Springs last Month

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

Sixty three students from the Gravette Health Science Technology Education Program traveled to Hot Springs March 13-15 to compete in the Arkansas Hosa state conference.

Rabies vaccination clinics to be held

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

Veterinarians have scheduled rabies vaccination clinics at various locations in Benton County during the week of April 20-27. The announcement comes from the Arkansas Department of Health.

Rhine named head of Nebraska college

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

Randy Rhine, who spent his youth in Gravette, has been named president of Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. He graduated from Gravette High School in 1975.

Students prepare for tests

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

Contestants, on March 28, in Gravette’s Upper Elementary multipurpose room answered questions to prepare for state testing last week.

Veteran's services offered

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

Stele James, Benton County Veteran’s Service Officer, announces he will be in Gravette twice each month to assist area veterans with their problems and/or to answer questions they may have.

SPORTS ROUNDUP

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

GRAVETTE 3, WEST FORK 1 Lindsee LaBrecque allowed just four hits as Gravette claimed a nonconference win over West Fork. Jaye Chalk and Melanie Bunch drove in runs for Gravette. Sydney Franklin led the Lady Tigers at the plate with two hits.

5 named all-conference, Urquidi named all-state

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

Decatur sophomore Mario Urquidi was named all-conference, all-state and NWA Media Player of the Year for his accomplishments on the basketball court.

Technology comes to the track

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

New technology is not just for the classroom at Gentry schools; it's also being used in athletics and was used last week on the track for the Pioneer Relays.

SUSAN SAYS: Poetry's not so bad

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

With spring about a month-old today, the Ozarks are beginning to blossom and really get into the spirit of the season.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Longhorn Sermons

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

Sometimes I’m just sure that God gave me Mrs. Griz to keep life interesting. Well, if not, it could be that Mrs. Griz thinks so. Please don’t read me wrong. I’m not embarrassed to be married to Mrs. Griz or to have her at my side wherever I may go, but she does have this knack of saying things in times and at places I just might not say them. I try to tease her back, but she is so much better at it than I am. I’ve already told you how she likes to tell stories about me and things I have done which might not always reflect well on my intelligence. The fact that they are true is no excuse for telling them just to see my face turn red. Well, on one Sunday a few years back, she did it at church, no less, and before almost the entire congregation. You see, the former pastor had this practice once each month at the opening of Sunday school to allow a member — a different one each month — to put an item, unknown to him, in a small gift box. He would open the box and use that item as an illustration for some spiritua

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Heed Your Parents' Advice

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

I don’t like to carry on about the things I might brag about if I were a bragging sort of feller, which I am not. But sometimes it is pretty rich, like good old thick Jersey cream! I can’t live long enough to tell you about all the times I’ve been wrong, so I need to take advantage of the rights.

BACK TO BEDROCK: My daddy's furrows were always straight

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

Well, it’s April and the air has that velvet feel that always comes with springtime.

OBITUARIES: April 17th

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

Jack Austin Rev. Jack Henry Austin, 69, of Neosho, Mo., died April 9, 2013, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

Council opens park rest rooms, at least until vandals strike

posted: 04/17/2013 4:41 a.m.

Indoor restrooms could soon be available for public use at the east end of Veteran’s Park in Decatur. On April 8, city council members passed a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Department to open the bathrooms inside the barbecue building to the public. Council members also approved a bid from Tim Harrington to seal off the inside doors, create outside doors and pour concrete for sidewalks up to the bathrooms. Currently, a portable toilet is available for people using the walking track, soccer field and bandstand area. Mayor Charles Linam said he and the Streets and Parks Department employees would clean the bathrooms. The bathrooms would be locked at 10 p.m. by police and opened in the morning by city employees.

Teasley named to Gravette board

posted: 04/17/2013 4:40 a.m.

Gravette pharmacist Ron Teasley has been named to the corporate board of the Boys & Girls Club, Gravette division. The announcement comes from Chris Shimer, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County.

Ordinances on April 25 agenda

posted: 04/17/2013 4:40 a.m.

Five ordinances will be placed on the agenda for the April 25 city council meeting after approval at Thursday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting. These ordinances will provide for maintenance and removal of hazardous trees, prevention or elimination of fire hazards, condemnation and removal of nuisance structures, adoption of current editions of the reference codes and setting fines for violation of city ordinances.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 04/17/2013 4:40 a.m.

Gentry Kindergarten Registration Enrollment for kindergarten 2013-14 has begun at Gentry Primary School on Pioneer Lane in Gentry. The age requirement is to be 5 years old on or before Aug.

'My Collection' exhibit draws many to museum

posted: 04/17/2013 4:40 a.m.

The Gravette museum hosted its second annual “My Collection” exhibit recently at which 21 exhibitors showed their private collection to more than 100 guests.

Springtime Pickin' Time set to be held in Gentry, Decatur

posted: 04/17/2013 4:40 a.m.

If you're thinking of spring cleaning and maybe lightening your load a bit, or if you have art, antiques or other collectible items you'd like to sell, the perfect opportunity is coming up in just a few short weeks.

Ozark Adventist students to join in concert

posted: 04/17/2013 4:40 a.m.

Local teenagers will have a chance to shine at the Siloam Music Festival’s spring concert.

Tired Iron of the Ozarks show to be held this weekend

posted: 04/17/2013 4:40 a.m.

Now that spring weather has finally arrived, it's time once again to crank up those old engines and tractors at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks show grounds for the three-day show which begins Friday.

OCH celebrates 5 years of service in Gravette

posted: 04/17/2013 4:40 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette celebrated its fifth anniversary Sunday, April 14.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 04/17/2013 4:36 a.m.

Let’s keep our village special!

Wednesday, April 10

Library receives book grant

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

The Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur received a $1,050 matching grant from the Libre Foundation in Eugene, Ore., to purchase 66 new books.

Man accused of rape

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

An 80-year-old Gentry man has been arrested in connection with rape.

Benefit shoot planned

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

A turkey/ skeet shoot is planned from 1 p.m. until dark, May 25, at the Holland Farm in Highfill to raise money to send Gentry High School wrestler “Cowboy” Cody Watson to represent the state of Arkansas in a wrestling tournament in Australia.

Hesler wins state honors

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

Many students, as well as teachers, are buzzing about 16-year-old sophomore Shelby Helser. Why? Because she “is a powerhouse of a voice,” said Damayla Cowan.

Soccer Results

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

GENTRY 11, DANVILLE 0 Hannah Bond racked up six goals to set a single-game school record as the Lady Pioneers downed Danville at home in a conference match. Ana Palacios added three goals, and Bryana Carter chipped in two for Gentry (4-1, 1-0 ).

Gentry excels under new track scoring format

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

The Gentry boys’ track team took advantage of the new scoring format Thursday at the Siloam Springs Panther Invitational.

Nine-run inning dooms Lady Pioneers

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Lincoln salvaged a conference win against Gentry with a breakout offensive surge.

Lincoln beats Gentry, 7 to 6, in final at-bat

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

Gentry had Lincoln down to the last out and last strike with a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning but could not close the deal.

McCarthy makes her mark with needle and thread

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

Elizabeth McCarthy, sophomore at Gravette High School, has made her mark by stitching herself into the history of GHS.

Krein appointed to planning commission

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

In a 15-minute meeting on April 1, the Gentry City Council passed resolutions to fill a vacant position on the planning commission and dispose of unclaimed property, and passed an ordinance revising a final plat.

Noel bank robber dies in prison

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

A Noel man, convicted in 1992 in connection with the Oct. 6, 1989, robbery of the Noel State Bank, died March 5 in Bunter Federal Prison in North Carolina, according to Federal Bureau of Prison records.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

Rabies Vaccinations Country View Animal Care of Gravette will hold a rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs from 4 to 5:30 p.m., April 24, in the parking lot of the Decatur City Hall.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: A cattleman should not be sequestered in the house for house cleaning

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

A cold and wet morning after such warm lovely weather just makes me have aches and chills.

LOOKING BACK: Is it pay back time?

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

As the years pass and we get older, it seems our children have to help us more. It's sometimes called "the sandwich years," for they are raising our grandchildren at the same time they try to meet our ever-growing needs.

OFF THE CUFF: 'I wish I were a little mouse'

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

You’ve probably heard, or perhaps you have used, the old expression: “I wish I were a little mouse... ?” That’s what I thought.

A WALK IN THE PARK: I'm looking for new trick to take weight off old dog

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

I am trying to come up with a successful solution to a challenge I have recently encountered. I admit it has me stumped. I can’t seem to find a good, balanced answer although I have tried a few different approaches.

OBITUARIES: April 10th

posted: 04/10/2013 12:57 a.m.

Frances Duncan Frances Marie Duncan, 91, of Colcord, Okla., died April 2, 2013, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab, Siloam Springs.

Cabin near Decatur is destroyed by fire

posted: 04/10/2013 12:56 a.m.

An abandoned cabin near Shepherd Hills Drive and Blackberry Lane east of Decatur was destroyed in a fire on Saturday night.

Gentry traffic stop leads to felony firearm charge

posted: 04/10/2013 12:56 a.m.

Curtis A. Severn, 50, of rural Gentry, was arrested following a routine traffic stop on Sunday and subsequently charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Open house at school set Saturday

posted: 04/10/2013 12:56 a.m.

The Gravette Board of Education announced that an open house will be held at the new Gravette Middle School addition this Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Gentry woman finds big diamond

posted: 04/10/2013 12:56 a.m.

Andrea Murphy, of Gentry, found a 2.10 carat brown diamond Friday while she and her family visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park to celebrate her birthday.

Wednesday, April 3

Decatur Coach Unger sees his persistence rewarded

posted: 04/03/2013 2:14 a.m.

John Unger knew taking over Decatur’s basketball program would be a major rebuilding project. The Bulldogs had struggled for more than a decade, and that trend seemed to be continuing in the winter of 2012.

Boys place third in track meet

posted: 04/03/2013 2:14 a.m.

Decatur boys' track team placed third, and the girls' track team placed 10th out of 15 at the Community First Bank Relays in Harrison. Senior Evan Owens was named the high-point individual for the meet.

Boys damage game camera

posted: 04/03/2013 2:14 a.m.

Two children, ages 9 and 13, were apprehended last week after a game camera located on Gravette’s nature trail near Pop Allum Park was destroyed. The children, both boys, were taken into custody by Cpl. Jeff Turner after he received a tip from a workman in the area who reported seeing the camera, valued at $600, being bashed with sticks.

Ward wallops home run in Gravette win

posted: 04/03/2013 2:14 a.m.

Meagan Ward doesn’t look like a power hitter. The Gravette shortstop and leadoff hitter is just a shade over 5-feet tall. But when she launched a towering home run over the left field wall in Monday’s 6-5 win against Ozark, there was nothing small about the spark it gave her team.

Gentry School District principals, curriculum coordinator rehired

posted: 04/03/2013 2:14 a.m.

Gentry School District’s administrative staff — including the district’s four principals and the federal curriculum coordination — were offered new contracts by the school board at its March 25 meeting.

Salary formula set for administrators

posted: 04/03/2013 2:14 a.m.

Decatur school board members, at their March 25 meeting, voted to approve a policy that will set clear guidelines for administrators’ salaries.

SUSAN SAYS: March proved unpredictable

posted: 04/03/2013 2:14 a.m.

“The unpredictability of March weather intrigues us,” writer Jo Northrop noted in a column a decade ago. The month, which arouses our willingness to take a chance, is best lived one day at a time, she says.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Basis for morals has shifted to popular opinion

posted: 04/03/2013 2:13 a.m.

The recent announcement by Ohio Sen. Rob Portman that he had changed his views regarding gay marriage because of his gay, college-age son, and the comments and statements of other “politically-conservative” voices on the matter have been an eye-opener to me. What I’ve heard a good many people say is that opposition to same-sex marriage and gay lifestyles should be reconsidered. One politically-conservative radio pundit who has strongly supported values held by the Republican Party said that, while many among the older generation still oppose same-sex marriage, the younger generation accepts it and sees nothing wrong with it. He then went on to argue that the Republican Party maybe ought to rethink its position on the matter. I’ve heard the same from others who have been a media voice for conservatism. What these statements indicate is that many politically conservative individuals and groups are more pragmatic in their approach to moral issues than Biblical. In other words, they look at what is expedient for

OBITUARIES: April 3rd

posted: 04/03/2013 2:13 a.m.

Loriean Bengs Loriean Bengs, 96, died March 23, 2013, at Siloam Springs.

LOOKING BACK: Appliances came into my home much appreciated

posted: 04/03/2013 2:13 a.m.

For those of you who love reminiscing about your first appliances, here are some of my memories.

Hometown Events

posted: 04/03/2013 2:13 a.m.

Gravette Museum Exhibit Gravette Historical Museum will hold a free “My Collection” exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 6. Almost 20 exhibitors will display their collections in the museum annex, next to the historic Kindley House museum. The museum will also be open for tours.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I may have been wrong this year, but I'm usually right

posted: 04/03/2013 2:13 a.m.

Those male offspring of my close relative showed up for breakfast while I was on my first cup of coffee.

Harvest Baptist Church moves to new home

posted: 04/03/2013 2:13 a.m.

Harvest Baptist Church of Gravette has moved into a new home, a 14,000 square-foot building, the former A&D Building, located on eight acres just south of Gravette on the east side of Arkansas Highway 59.

Bonds to be refinanced

posted: 04/03/2013 2:13 a.m.

The Decatur School District will save $233,172 by refinancing $3.96 million in construction bonds for Northside Elementary School. Board members voted to approve the bond refinance at the March 25 meeting. The interest rate will be reduced from 3.69 percent to 1.9 percent. The school will save $124,000 the first year and the rest of the

Personal collections to be displayed

posted: 04/03/2013 2:13 a.m.

A special exhibit, “My Collection,” will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 6, at the Gravette Historical Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Legislative audit reveals teacher policy violations

posted: 04/03/2013 2:13 a.m.

Arkansas Legislative Auditing Committee reports for the Gentry School District revealed two cases in which teachers allegedly misappropriated funds by not depositing them into a school district bank account.

Speed Estep appointed interim PD chief 's post

posted: 04/03/2013 2:13 a.m.

Gravette Mayor Byron Warren last week named Officer Speed Estep to serve as interim police chief for the city.