Wednesday, December 25

Gravette students create Christmas card designs

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Four Gravette school art students were recognized for their Christmas card art work for the Gravette school district. The winning card designs are shown in the accompanying photo.

Gravette girls fall, but boys win

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE It s been a long time since Prairie Grove s girls basketball team had to rebound from a conference loss. About four years to be exact.

Harris Steele appointed to Sulphur Springs council

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By Larry Burge

It's what shines in our hearts as we praise Him

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

I am a busy man today, trying to finish up the wrapping and ribbon tying on the many wonderful gifts I have purchased for my family. I figure on giving one each to the offspring, two to my close relative and some to the Grands! I don t rightly know how many some are; it just depends on my shopping skill each year and how much good stuff they have at the feed store and the hardware store.

It's amazing what people say and sing at Christmas!

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

The Christmas season is somewhat of an amazing time of year because almost everywhere on radio, television, in shopping malls and stores, at school concerts are the sounds of Christmas hymns and carols. People who otherwise would not hear, play or sing such statements of profound truth are hearing them continually and sometimes even singing along.

The Garden Gate moves to new location

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Wolves take apart Gentry

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

GENTRY Lincoln was the only 4A-1 boys team to qualify for state last season and the Wolves systematically took apart the Gentry Pioneers, 65-47, on Dec. 16.

Decatur schools to make up snow days

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

DECATUR The Decatur School Board, in its regular Monday night meeting on Dec 16, discussed options for making up lost days due to the recent snow and ice storm of Dec 12.

Council to vote on budget, raises

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE A special meeting of the Gravette City Council committee of the whole to discuss final budget issues for the proposed 2014 budget was held Thursday night at city hall. All city council members were present.

Springtown approves budget, appoints new council member

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN Council members adopted a 2014 budget and an amended 2013 budget at its Dec. 13 town council meeting. Council members were also updated on grant funds received by the town.

Students of the Month

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Submitted Photo

Ghosts of Christmas' Past

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

Some of you may know that I am a full-time college student. And that, my friends, is the reason I have not had time to write lately!

Gravette Lions Club gathers food for pantry

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Submitted Photo

Hometown Events

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GED Prep Classes

PPC to look at schedule options for Gentry schools

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

GENTRY At the request of the Personnel Policy Committee, school board members okayed allowing the PPC to examine the current district schedule and come up with a proposal to enable the district to make up days lost due to the snow and ice storm on Dec. 12 and 13.

Ocheltree and Grooters wed

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

Terra Ocheltree of Gentry and Bernard Grooters of Grandville, Mich., were united in marriage Oct. 5, 2013, at the Zion Reformed Church in Grandville.

Who is this Child?

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 (Read Luke 2:1-20)

Milo harvested

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

GENTRY With two combines and a grain trailer, the harvest was finished within a few hours on some acres of milo on the southwest corner of Gentry last week.

Control Burn

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

GENTRY Gentry firefighters started a fire Thursday (Dec. 19, 2013) on the acres which have become known as Gentry Prairie.

Gentry Pioneers overpowered by Farmington

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

GENTRY The Pioneers were overpowered under the nets on Friday in play against Farmington, losing the match-up, 55-36.

Board discusses new Bella Vista school project

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Two meetings of the Gravette School Board last Monday evening settled one question and set in motion a plan to provide information to the public concerning a proposed elementary school in Bella Vista.

Questions date, celebration of Christmas

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

This week, Christians throughout the world will celebrate Christmas. The date of December 25 is accepted in most organized religions as the day of Jesus birth, yet careful research into the Biblical accounts of his birth raise some questions about this date.


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Max Andrews

Bulldogs on winning track

posted: 12/25/2013 5 a.m.

DECATUR The Decatur senior boys basketball team won two games against class 1A Kingston Yellowjackets on Dec. 16 and the class 3A Mansfield Tigers on Dec. 17.

Saturday, December 21

Prekindergarten classes ride Polar Express

posted: 12/21/2013 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels

Thursday, December 19

And three years got us this?

posted: 12/19/2013 5 a.m.

Where have the last three years gone?

Wednesday, December 18

Hometown Events

posted: 12/18/2013 9:13 a.m.

Celebrating Jesus Birth

Highfill votes to suspend water rate increase

posted: 12/18/2013 7:51 a.m.

HIGHFILL Council members adopted a budget for 2014, suspended an automatic water rate increase and approved the purchase of a salt and sand spreader to be used on streets and highways during winter weather events.

Winter is a beast to be dealt with

posted: 12/18/2013 7:16 a.m.

Do you remember a few days back when the sleet and snow covered your roads and pastures? Did you enjoy the time inside with the family, kids home from school and a pot of stew or beans on the stove? Did you play checkers with your family and take naps wrapped up in blankets? Congratulations, you must not be a cattleman!

Bible School to present program

posted: 12/18/2013 4:45 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Tuesday, December 17


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Offa Epperson

Letters to Santa

posted: 12/17/2013 3:48 a.m.

Dear Santa,

Monday, December 16

Board to allow off-campus prom

posted: 12/16/2013 5:30 p.m.

GENTRY After a brief presentation by high school students Cassidy Ponder and Jessica Hernandez, board members voted unanimously to allow the 2014 prom to be held off campus.

Board votes to proceed with new high school plans

posted: 12/16/2013 4:42 p.m.

GENTRY School board members in Gentry voted unanimously to move forward with plans to put before the voters a new high school facility for the Gentry School District when they adopted a resolution to apply for partnership funding for the building project and to ask voters for a millage increase next fall.

Lady Wolves surround Gentry

posted: 12/16/2013 4:40 p.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Police arrest two, recover property

posted: 12/16/2013 12:16 p.m.

Police have arrested two juveniles in connection with reported thefts from motor vehicles on Dec. 11 and 12 and have recovered some of the property reported stolen and suspect that other property found may also be stolen.

Two from Decatur make all-region football team

posted: 12/16/2013 9:43 a.m.

Photos by Mike Eckels

Council committee discusses budget for 2014

posted: 12/16/2013 5:52 a.m.

GRAVETTE After two meetings last week, the Gravette City Council still has not finalized the city budget for 2014.

Santa comes to Christmas Festival in Decatur

updated: 12/17/2013 5:08 a.m.

DECATUR It was a cold and dreary Saturday morning in Decatur. But that didn t stop local residents from lining Main Street in hopes of catching a glimpse of Mr. and Mrs. Kris Kringle (Santa Claus) as they passed through Decatur.

Smoke detector saves rural Gravette family

posted: 12/16/2013 5:16 a.m.

GRAVETTE A smoke detector is credited with awakening a rural Gravette family, allowing them to escape from their smoke-filled home about one o clock in the morning on Dec. 12.

Gravette 4-H members serve at National Congress

posted: 12/16/2013 5:15 a.m.

Submitted Report

Curry announces bid for re-election

posted: 12/16/2013 5:09 a.m.

GRAVETTE Steve Curry of Gravette, justice of peace for District 11 in Benton County, has announced he will be a candidate for re-election in the November 2014 election.

Maysville News

posted: 12/16/2013 4:59 a.m.

By Katherine Tucker

Sulphur Springs community holds progressive dinner

posted: 12/16/2013 4:58 a.m.

By Larry Burge

Be patient, the Lord is coming soon!

posted: 12/16/2013 4:52 a.m.

Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. James 5:8

Hiwasse News

posted: 12/16/2013 4:50 a.m.

By Peggy Carrier

Deadline draws near for Community Christmas Card project

posted: 12/16/2013 4:50 a.m.

WESTSIDE The 2013 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by NWA Media is under way. All donations go to help students in schools in McDonald County and in Benton, Madison and Washington counties in Arkansas.

Gravette man accused of rape

posted: 12/16/2013 2:34 a.m.

GRAVETTE A Gravette man was arrested Saturday after a 12-year-old girl said they had sex at his sister s apartment, according to a probable cause affidavit released Sunday.

Sunday, December 15

Test yourself: What do you know about Christmas?

posted: 12/15/2013 5:42 p.m.

Why do we celebrate Christmas? And what is Christmas really all about? Because so many traditions have been introduced to the holy day, it may prove beneficial to take the time to study what the celebration is really all about. The following Christmas Quiz may prove helpful in sorting out what is fact and what is merely tradition.

Gentry holds annual Christmas Parade on Saturday

posted: 12/15/2013 5:30 p.m.

GENTRY In spite of the cold, damp weather and brisk breeze on Saturday night, Gentry s annual Christmas parade was held as scheduled and area residents lined the street for the event.

Santa visits children in Gentry

posted: 12/15/2013 4:34 p.m.

GENTRY Santa Claus visited with youngsters at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce building on Saturday and passed out a little advance good cheer.

Two injured in head-on collision

posted: 12/15/2013 3:25 p.m.

GENTRY Arkansas State Police Cpl. Mike Morgan said Richard Long, 41, of Gentry, was traveling south in a black Ram pickup truck, and Cody Smith, 30, of Decatur, was northbound in a 2013 GMC pickup truck.

Friday, December 13

Gravette calendar adjusted for snow

posted: 12/13/2013 6:59 a.m.

GRAVETTE With more than five snow days built into the 2013-14 school year already expended, area school administrators and school boards are scratching their heads on how to adjust their respective school calendars.

Wednesday, December 11

Days snowbound have been a good thing

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

As I write this from my warm, comfortable spot in front of the fireplace, I can say with sincere gladness that I am still snowed in.

Ambulance petition forces budget changes

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The success of a petition drive calling for a vote on a rural ambulance fee left Benton County officials scrambling on Dec. 3 to balance the 2014 budget.

Decatur’s Christmas Festival, parade set for Dec. 14

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

DECATUR Because the snow and ice storm on Dec. 5 forced the cancellation of the First Annual Decatur Christmas Festival, the Decatur Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled the Christmas Festival to Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Senior Menus

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.


Greatest joy comes from time spent with my granddaughter

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

Probably the greatest joy of my life has been my granddaughter. From the day her mom brought her home from the hospital, we bonded. She fought sleep, and sometimes I d rock her and carry her until she fell asleep when no one else could do it.

Chambers Bank to merge DSB

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

Officials of Chambers Bancshares, Inc., and Chambers Bank, headquartered in Danville, announced Dec. 5 that Chambers has filed applications with the Arkansas State Bank Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to merge Decatur State Bank into Chambers Bank. The merger is anticipated to be completed in the second quarter of 2014, pending all required regulatory approvals.

Snow, ice cause closures

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

What began as a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet on Thursday turned to snow, 7 to 8 inches deep, before it quit falling on Friday. The result was closing of schools and businesses and canceling of area church services and events.

Hometown Events

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

Christmas Singspiration

Community Christmas Card

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE The 2013 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by NWA Media is under way. All donations go to help students in schools in McDonald County and in Benton, Madison and Washington counties in Arkansas.

Weekly Devotion

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

There is joy and peace in believing

Letter to the Editor: Government shutdown

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.


Gibbons Signs with Lyon College

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Wyatt Gibbons, senior, who played second base and shortstop with the Gravette Lions baseball team, signed a letter of intent on Dec. 2 to play for the Lyon College Scots at Batesville.

Ex-mayors seek Sulphur council seat

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS Mayor Greg Barber announced Thursday that two residents of Ward 1 have applied for the Position 1 seat he vacated when he took over as Sulphur Springs Mayor on Nov. 15.

TL releases new book

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

COLCORD (OKLA.) Just in time for Christmas shopping, a new book has been released on CD at Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, Okla.

I may say, ‘Bah, Humbug,’ but I’m not Ebenezer Scrooge

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

Yes, there have been times, I must admit, that I have been called Ebenezer Scrooge, especially on Christmas shopping trips.

Snow, cold: was it a record?

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE This year, 2013, has been a record setter for weather events, the first being the 5-inch snow which blanketed Westside Eagle Observer country on May 4, the only snowfall ever recorded in May at the NOAA weather station in Gravette.

Lions win, advance; Bulldogs come up short

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

DECATUR On Dec. 3, the Decatur Bulldogs played host to several teams from around the Northern Arkansas region at the Lloyd Peterson Gymnasium in Decatur. But the sudden snow and ice storm on Dec. 5 forced the cancellation of the semifinal and championship rounds.

Gentry choir concerts set for Thursday

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

GENTRY Gentry Middle School and High School will hold their winter choir concert, called Jingle Bell Jukebox, in the high school auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 12. Student show time is at 1 p.m. and general show time is at 7 p.m.

Eagle Observer soliciting letters to Santa, artwork

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE The Eagle Observer will be printing a selection of children s letters to Santa Claus in its Dec. 18 issue from among those submitted to the newspaper by Dec. 11.


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Lorena Coffelt

Christmas Parade set Saturday on Gentry’s Main Street

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

GENTRY Gentry s annual Christmas parade will be Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital certified as CAC organization

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette is now a certified application counselor organization as designated by the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services and the state of Arkansas.

Differences of opinion keep life interesting

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

We turned the bulls out with the cows, the ones we wanted to drop calves in September. Now there is less dust and bellering in the bull pasture. The boys that are left will be restless in a day or two and get back into sharpening their knives and talking trash to the others.

Robinson signs with Lyon College

posted: 12/11/2013 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE A young man, who Gravette High football coach Bill Harrelson said, has been an integral part of the Gravette Lions football program for the past six years, next fall will be a Lyon for the Lyon College Scots football team.

Wednesday, December 4

Battle of dogs goes to Mastiffs

posted: 12/04/2013 12:03 a.m.

The Decatur High senior boys’ basketball team traveled to Fayetteville to play Haas Hall on Nov. 26. The Bulldogs played tough throughout the night but fell short, losing 51-49.

Hometown Events

posted: 12/04/2013 12:03 a.m.

The Decatur United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m.

Gentry falls, Gravette wins in Nov. 19 games on the basketball court

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

In a close contest, the Pioneers fell, 58-50, to the Elks in play at Elkins on Nov. 19.

Gentry girls seal win over Rogers Heritage

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

In a nailbiter that wasn’t decided until the fi nal seconds, the Gentry High School varsity girls overcame the challenge of visiting Rogers Heritage on Nov.

Gravette celebrates season

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

Scores of people, many of them families with children, lined Main Street and the parade route Saturday night for Gravette’s annual Christmas parade.


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Mr. and Mrs. Wade Carrier, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Carrier, Madison and Payson and Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Rahimzadeh, Lucas, Kyle and Joel, all of Arlington, Texas, visited with relatives in the area over Thanksgiving. Others joining them at my house were Mr. and Mrs. Ward Carrier, Mike and Gabe Carrier, Mr. and Mrs.

Means signs letter to play baseball at Ecclesia College

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

Aaron Means, senior center fielder and pitcher with the Gravette Lions baseball team, signed a letter of intent on Nov. 25 with Ecclesia College, Springdale, to play with the Royals.


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The weather wasn’t bad for the beginning of December but the weatherman says we have a change coming up this week that will be like winter. I went to Clifton and Judy Tucker’s in Bella Vista for Thanksgiving.

Desserts aid area children

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

Six After School Program students gave of their time Nov. 24 to help others spend their money at the Seventh Annual Dessert Auction, held at Shiloh’s Cafeteria by Sulphur’s Special Events committee.

Farms designated ‘Century Farms’

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

Two farms in western Benton County were designated as “Century Farms” at special ceremonies held Nov. 19 in Ozark. Included in the 102 Arkansas farms so designated in 2013 were the Thomas Turner Netherton Farm, near Maysville, and the Homestead Farm in Highfi ll.

Advent is season in church year worthy of observance

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

While many churches no longer observe the season of Advent, its observance can bring many blessings.

We’re blessed, even in cold

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

It has been terribly cold out here on the rock pile and the wind has had its day too. We have been hooked up every hour of daylight fixing and repairing all the stuff that waited for cold weather to fall apart. I believe there are goblins that destroy good things when the weather is miserable and laugh when mankind has to get out and work to keep things going.

Letters to Santa, children’s artwork, sought

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

The Eagle Observer will be printing a selection of children’s letters to Santa Claus in its Dec. 18 issue from among those submitted to the newspaper by Dec. 11.

Make a list and be thankful all year long

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

As November slipped away, we had a few really cold nights near the end of the month. Even though it’s still a couple of weeks until winter offi cially arrives, temperatures have dipped into the teens and we had to scrape frost off the windshield before going to work.

Lighting ceremony set Friday

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

The lighting ceremony for the annual “Love Lights a Tree” project will begin at 7 p.m.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Now is the time to awake out of sleep

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

Even though we confess it almost every Sunday in the Apostles’ Creed, we often forget the fact that the day of our Lord’s return to judge the living and the dead is drawing closer each and every day.


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James Leonard Garside James Leonard Garside, Jr., age 62, of Gentry, Ark., died Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. Leonard was born on January 3, 1951, in Platteville, Wis., the son of James Leonard, Sr., and Klella Moriene (Gabbart) Garside. He graduated from Platteville High School and received his bachelor’s degree in industrial arts education from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where his father was the Dean of Education and Dean of Graduates.

Christmas festival, parade planned in Decatur

posted: 12/04/2013 12:02 a.m.

A visitor from the north nicknamed the jolly old elf, Santa Claus, will be paying an early visit to Decatur this year.


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The 2013 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by NWA Media is under way. All donations go to help students in schools in Benton, Madison and Washington counties in Arkansas and in McDonald County, Mo.

Police get dash cams

posted: 12/04/2013 12:01 a.m.

City council members, on Monday, gave unanimous approval to a resolution expanding a budgeted line item for the purchase of dash cameras for the police department.

School board sets goals for year

posted: 12/04/2013 12:01 a.m.

Following are promised Gravette Board of Education goals: Academic improvement tops the list of goals the Gravette School Board has established for School District 20. It involves a 10-point program which includes testing, curriculum and technology, as well as increased parental involvement.