Tuesday, August 27

OBITUARIES

posted: 08/27/2013 10:48 p.m.

Elsie Bayless Elsie Ruth Bayless, 73, of Decatur, died Aug. 12, 2013, in Bentonville.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 08/27/2013 10:45 p.m.

Fall Celebration Planning Meeting A planning meeting for the Gravette/Hiwasse Fall Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Hiwasse Fire Station. If you would like to help, please plan to attend this important meeting.

Much happening at Gravette library

posted: 08/27/2013 10:45 p.m.

Over the past few months, the Gravette Public Library has had a lot going on! In June we held a Renaissance Festival in Old Town Park, where 600-650 people attended. Shortly afterward, we held the Summer Reading Program and had 44 children in attendance for the full week. We did our inventory and our weeding process and now have a great book sale going on until the end of summer.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 08/27/2013 10:45 p.m.

It seems as if the wasps are gathering in the mailboxes. Check yours and spray if you see any. Several of the carriers have been stung and some people are highly allergic to them.

Home-schooled could participate in activities

posted: 08/27/2013 10:45 p.m.

The Gravette School Board is in the process of approving its policy for homeschooled children to participate in extracurricular activities such as band, sports, fine arts and other special groups or clubs. The district’s governing body approved the policy on its first reading at last Monday night’s meeting. Final action is expected at the next meeting of the board.

Gravette students attend HOSA conference

posted: 08/27/2013 10:45 p.m.

Twentyseven students from Gravette High School attended the national HOSA conference held earlier this summer in Nashville, Tenn.

Bulldogs to host scrimmage against Gentry on Thursday

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

It’s hard to believe that soon it will be time for those “Friday night lights” again. For the Class 2A Decatur Bulldogs, those lights come one day early this year.

Council OKs ambulance purchase

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

Gravette city council members passed a resolution at their meeting Thursday night authorizing the purchase of an ambulance for the city. The purchase price of the vehicle, a 2013 Dodge type 1-UM Road Rescue ambulance, is $165,880. It is being fi - nanced through the Bank of Gravett.

Student numbers explained to board

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

"This is the first day of school, and the question everybody wants to know is ‘how many kids showed up,’” said Larry Ben, superintendent of the Decatur Public School District, as he opened the second school board meeting of the 2013-14 school year.

Board adds concession stand to ‘Pioneer Activities Complex’

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

School board members, on Aug. 19, approved plans to build a new concession stand, adding it as a change order to the current construction of the multi-purpose athletic facility.

Gravette man charged with burglary, shooting incident

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

A Gravette man was arrested on charges he broke into a Siloam Springs apartment on Friday morning and shot through the door of an occupied bedroom.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

Editor, The Gravette Historical Museum Commission would like to thank all the participants, sponsors and volunteers who participated in the Dutch Oven Cook Off which was held on the grounds of the Museum on Gravette Day. The fi rst-time event was a huge success and brought four teams from Arkansas and surrounding states to the city to participate. We had 10 sponsors who helped fund the event and over 100 guests who participating in the tasting to wind up the event.

Here’s a possible computing solution

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

With school starting, the need for students to do homework and research might mean it’s time to replace that old home computer or laptop and buy a new one with the latest operating system and programs.

I hope you’ll slow down and enjoy the reprieve the weather has given us

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

Sure have been happy about the weather this August. Never before in my lifetime has this cool weather occurred in the normally hottest time of the year. I wonder if the folks that named the Dog Days of Summer were experiencing this, as my dog loves it! He thinks the days and nights are just right and has even threatened to run a rabbit.

Hot days require ways to hydrate

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

We had an unusually wet July and early August with more rain than normal and cooler weather. But now, as August draws to a close, the temperature is rising and rainfall has become less frequent.

Hendren announces bid for representative’s seat

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

Former state senator, Kim Hendren, told the Westside Eagle Observer he would announce his candidacy for Arkansas State Representative, District 92, Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Benton County Republican Committee meeting which was to be held at the VFW hut in Siloam Springs at 7 p.m.

Polls to remain closed in two local school elections

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

No polling places will be open in the Gravette School District in the upcoming school election Tuesday, Sept. 17. This includes polling sites in Gravette, Sulphur Springs, Maysville, Hiwasse and Bella Vista.

Etris-Payne plan September wedding

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

Katie Sarah Etris, of Centerton, and Ryan Michael Payne, of Rogers, plan to marry Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Decatur.

New job post recommended

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

Members of Gentry City Council committees on finance, personnel, water and wastewater, and parks will recommend, at the council’s Sept. 9 meeting, the creation of a new water-wastewater post to replace one recently left unfilled and dropped due to economic concerns.

Summer sessions deemed success

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

The goal of every educator is to give his or her students a chance to grow and prosper as they move forward in life and to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself and advance through learning. This was the goal Decatur School Superintendent Larry Ben and a small band of teachers and administrators set when they designed and executed the Decatur Summer Program.

Gravette police arrest six

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

Gravette Police Department made a number of arrests over the weekend, according to releases from Andrew Bower, Gravette’s police chief.

Gravette gets new ambulance

posted: 08/27/2013 10:44 p.m.

The City of Gravette has received a new ambulance for its fire/ambulance department according to fire chief David Smith.

Wednesday, August 21

OBITUARIES

posted: 08/21/2013 6 a.m.

La Ree Shackelford La Ree Shackelford, 79, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Aug. 13, 2013. She was born Oct. 8, 1933, in Washita County, Okla., the daughter of Frank and Kathleen Wright.

Couple charged for fleeing with infant from police

posted: 08/21/2013 12:45 a.m.

Police arrested Derrick Eugene Munholland, 26, and Chelsea Nichole Munholland, 21, both of Gravette, on charges of 3rd degree endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class D misdemeanor.

Obituaries

posted: 08/21/2013 12:43 a.m.

Glen Dean Goodhart PRAIRIE GROVE ó Glen Dean Goodhart, 55, a resident of Prairie Grove, passed away Aug.

Highfill passes animal control law

posted: 08/21/2013 12:41 a.m.

Council members, on Aug. 13, passed an animal control ordinance and discussed a variety of financial concerns in relation to adopting mid-year budget changes.

Report released on elevator accident

posted: 08/21/2013 12:41 a.m.

Improperly installed wire ropes, inadequate third-party inspections and lack of maintenance were cited as reasons for the November elevator accident at Simmons Foods feed mill in Decatur, according to a report released by the Arkansas Department of Labor Elevator Safety Division last week.

Gentry police arrest two for intoxication

posted: 08/21/2013 12:41 a.m.

Police arrested a man and a woman staying at the Gentry Motel on Saturday in an alcoholrelated incident.

Is it time to shake the dust from our feet?

posted: 08/21/2013 12:41 a.m.

“And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.” Luke 9:5 Seldom, if ever, will you hear such a question broached from the pulpit, but is there ever a time to move on in our efforts to reach the lost for Christ? That’s a difficult question which Jesus addressed when He sent out His apostles. When Jesus sent out the twelve to preach the Gospel of the kingdom, He also told them that they should shake off the dust from their feet as a testimony against any city which would not receive them or hear their words. Jesus did the same when He later sent out the seventy (Luke 10:1-16 ). He also told them: “He that heareth you heareth Me; and he that despiseth you despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me despiseth Him that sent Me” (v. 16). The Apostle Paul did this when he and his message were opposed (Acts 13:51; cf. 18:6). Why did they shake off the dust from their feet? It was a testimony of God’s coming judgment upon that place for

City considers requiring meter deposit, looks to build Decatur website

posted: 08/21/2013 12:41 a.m.

Council members, on Aug. 12, considered an ordinance requiring a water meter deposit, reviewed applicants for a janitor’s post and discussed the need for a city website.

Safari says it will close portion of park

posted: 08/21/2013 12:41 a.m.

Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari will soon close one of four parts of its drive-through animal park in connection with the construction of a high-voltage transmission line which will cross a portion of the Safari land.

Wednesday, August 14

Gravette Schools to start Monday

posted: 08/14/2013 6:23 a.m.

Faculty and staff at Gravette Public Schools have been busy in recent days preparing for the first day of school, which is Monday, Aug. 19. “The Gravette school district is proud to welcome back the children on Monday, said Richard Page, superintendent of schools. “As you will soon see, the fl oors have been polished, the walls have been painted, the grass is being mowed and the classes are being set. We are excited that a new school year, where students can learn and have fun, is upon us.” The superintendent noted there are 25 new staff members this year, among them

Decatur learns of possible improvements to sewage treatment process

posted: 08/14/2013 6:23 a.m.

On a beautiful Wednesday morning, all was quiet at the Decatur waste-water treatment plant. Suddenly, a low-pitched drone began to fill the air. The noise was from a new piece of equipment that has the potential for becoming a money maker for the city of Decatur.

Repairs lead to leaky roof

posted: 08/14/2013 6:23 a.m.

Shared with school members via a dropbox folder were reports of ceiling penetration and signifi cant water penetration into the high school building last month, damaging ceiling tiles and possibly other items.

Wednesday, August 7

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

Gravette High Open House Gravette High School open house will be on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. During open house, students and parents will receive important information to start off a great school year.

Miss Gravette pageant to be held Friday, with crowning on Saturday, after parade

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

GRAVETTE — A special highlight at the annual Gravette Days celebration this weekend will be the selection of Miss Gravette 2013. The pageant will feature Gravette’s and the area’s prettiest girls, who will all be on stage at the Gravette High School Performing Arts Center Friday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.

Public invited to help with Avenue of Flags

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

GRAVETTE — The John E. Tracy American Legion Post 25 will post the Avenue of Flags in Hillcrest Cemetery in observance of Gravette Day weekend.

Gentry commission discusses restrooms, park improvements

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

GENTRY — Building public restrooms in the city park was the main topic of a parks commission meeting held on July 30 at city hall.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

Editor, A most grateful and heartfelt thank you goes out to each individual, family, organization, group and business which came out to show their support for Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Tuttle, his family, our community and all the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our nation’s military. It was a humbling experience that served as a reminder that there are too many things in life that I take for granted. I pray that God will continue to bless each and every one of you, our great community and nation. Again, I say, Thank You.

Pass the Butter Please!

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

Summer is undoubtedly my favorite time of year. One of the reasons for this is the plethora of fresh vegetables available. There’s a Farmer’s Market on every corner and it seems like every other day I have someone shoving a bag of zucchini into my hands saying, “Take them, please!” (If we could only ship our excess zucchini overseas, we could feed the world!) You would think I would be able to lose a little weight, too, because veggies are wonderfully fatfree and low calorie. When I was a kid, my dad had a huge garden every year, and neither he nor my mom ever struggled with their weight, so it must be because of all the fresh produce they included in their diets. We had yellow squash, zucchini (of course), beets, cabbage, cucumbers, corn, tomatoes; you name it, dad grew it. But, thinking back, I don’t remember eating many steamed vegetables. I guess summer squash is good that way, but it’s even better when it’s been dipped in egg batter, slathered in cornmeal and fried in bacon grease! That’s how we ate vege

Why not ‘Other Mother’s Day ?’

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

It seems to me that we could use another holiday, a special day each year set aside to honor women who have stepped up to “mother” a child, for either a short time or a long time, that isn’t theirs.

Send me your pet-peeves; I know you have some

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

Pet peeves — everybody has them. They can be simple or complex, important or trivial. Some are easy to tolerate while others make the hair bristle on the back of your neck.

Gravette Fire Department receives new pumper/tanker

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

GRAVETTE — Firefighting capability for the Gravette Fire Department took a big step forward last week when a new combo pumper/tanker truck was delivered to the Gravette fi re station.

Council approves bid for pond work in Flint Creek nature area

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

GENTRY — City council members, on Monday, approved a bid for work on the ponds located on city-owned property along Flint Creek and chose a list of professionals so that plans could be prepared for public restrooms in the city park.

Let Gravette Days begin!

posted: 08/07/2013 3:54 a.m.

GRAVETTE — The City of Gravette will celebrate birthday number 120 in style this weekend, Aug. 8, 9 and 10, with a big bash of activities for every age, and fun for all. Sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce, there will be everything from helicopter rides to pony rides, a pancake breakfast to a Dutch oven cook-off, a horseshoe tournament and an archery match, a classic car show and a motorcycle poker run, volleyball, basketball, softball and band competitions, a pet parade and a street dance. And the annual Gravette Day parade is termed one of the best small-town parades in the area. Crowning of Miss Gravette 2013, of course, is one of the highlights of the celebration, as well as selecting winners of pageants for children of all age groups.