Wednesday, February 27

Students travel to state capitol

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

Twelve Decatur High School students attended the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign Education Advocacy Day at the Arkansas Capitol Building in Little Rock on Feb. 20.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

GUE Musical Date Changed The Gravette Upper Elementary spring musical, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 14, has been changed to Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m., at the Gravette Schools’ Performing Arts Center.

Lions stung by Hornets in final quarter of play

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

It was a two-minute period that Gravette’s players wished they could play over Friday night.

Bulldogs lose to Conway Christian

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

The Bulldogs basketball season ended on a bittersweet note with a 59-49 loss to Conway Christian during a 2A West region tournament game in Magazine on Friday.

Lady Pioneers finish second in regionals, going to state finals

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

After beating Dover and Pottsville in regional play last week, the Lady Pioneers fell to conference rival Prairie Grove during the finals in Maumelle on Monday.

Grapplers do well at state level

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

The Pioneer Wrestling Team competed in the 2013 Arkansas State Wrestling Tournament last weekend at the Jack Stephens Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, picking up first-, second-, fourth-, and sixth-place finishes.

Man arrested for making threats

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

Rick Lee Witcher, 53, of Centerton, was arrested Feb. 19 on a Gentry warrant and charged with terroristic threatening, a Class D felony, and harassing communications, a Class A misdemeanor.

More apply for permits to sell beer, wine

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

Six more local businesses have applied to sell beer and wine, according to weekly reports from Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control.

High school updates storm-safety procedures

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

Decatur High School has been working with Mike Hickson of Benton County Emergency Management to update storm safety procedures, according to principal Deborah Coffer.

Bushes to celebrate 60th

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

Frank and Barbara Bush, of Gentry, will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Ball fields to be opened

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

Grand opening of the new Gravette High School ball field complex will be held at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, according to an announcement by GHS athletic director Norman Mitchell.

Other days

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 27, 1913 Once again did the temperance toilers of the house step forth yesterday and assail the old Demon Rum, than which no beast or being is less beloved by a safe and stalwart majority of the north house of the General Assembly. An “anti-treating” bill, which also provides penalties for drunkenness in public office, passed the house with little or no argument, by the vote of 47 to 36.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Don't forget to let out that odor which crept in

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

The skunks are out and about around our rock pile. I gag at their skunky aroma, their waddling gait and their beady little eyes! I believe they are inhabited and possessed by demons straight from Hades!

OFF THE CUFF: Wouldn't it be nice to go back to 19-cent gasoline?

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

The race is on. It began shortly after the new year arrived. Slowly, at first, the numbers began moving.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Prescription drug addiction requires strong dose of tough love

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

When I was growing up, and even in the years I was in law enforcement, drug abuse usually involved illegal street drugs like marijuana, heroin and cocaine.

Gentry hires new part-time and reserve police officers

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

The Gentry Police Department has hired several new officers.

Decatur to expand its planning area

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

Faced with the possibility of new development, Decatur’s planning and zoning commission made plans to expand the town’s planning area and become more active as a committee. The commission voted on Thursday to start the process of expanding the portion of Decatur’s planning area outside the city limits. The commission’s recommendation will go before the city council at its next meeting. If the recommendation is passed, the council will, in turn, request the county planning commission to expand the planning area. Decatur can request to expand its planning area out to five miles from the city limits, Mayor Charles Linam said.

Sulphur Springs Council answers citizen concerns in special session

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

More than 35 people arrived at city hall some 30 minutes before the regularly scheduled city council meeting to listen to council members give responses to residents’ questions on concerns about city issues. The mayor, along with each council member, responded to the letter sent to them by concerned citizens attending the Feb. 2 “Town Hall Speak Out,” with responses generally perceived as a positive step toward better communication between city government and the town’s citizens. Proper notification of the press regarding the early special session was not given. Council Meeting Briefs During the council meeting, Mayor Bobby Simon and public works director Sherman Buckley announced possible good news for city street repairs. Although nothing concrete, they said the Arkansas Highway Transit Authority has allocated $14 million in grant moneys to help small towns like Sulphur Springs resurface its streets, but it would not cover street drain or ditch-system repairs. After the state approves the

Miniature bus teaches bus safety

posted: 02/27/2013 1:21 a.m.

Buster the School Bus visited schools in Gravette and Gentry last week, not to transport pupils, but to teach them all about school bus safety, and in an attentiongrabbing and memorable way.

Wednesday, February 20

Hometown Events

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

Benefit Luncheon A benefit luncheon and baked foods sale will be held to benefit the family of Mae Terhune, 82, a long-term resident of Gravette and Sulphur Springs.

OBITUARIES: February 20th

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Grace Brown Grace Brown, 101, of Colcord, Okla., died Feb. 13, 2013, at her home.

Lincoln eliminates Gentry boys, 60-37

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

Lincoln doubled its score in the third quarter using an up-tempo game to defeat Gentry, 60-37, in the first round of the district tournament on Feb. 12.

Team wins championship again

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

For the second straight year, the 5th grade A Boys Basketball team has won the NWA County Basketball League Championship.

Bulldogs win conference!

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

The Decatur boys basketball team won the 4-2 A conference championship and is headed on to play in the regional tournament this week for a spot in the 2A state tournament.

Lucio goes to great lengths to be volunteer soccer coach

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

When Jose Lucio attended his son’s Decatur High School soccer games last year, he noticed that coach James Garner was doing everything by himself.

Gentry girls win two, lose in semifinals

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

The Gravette girls basketball team was eliminated from the 1-4 A District tournament by Gentry (10-15 ) with a 39-38 loss on Feb. 12.

Gravette falls in semifinal squeaker

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

Farmington’s come-from-behind, 49-48, win over Gravette in the district semifinal on Friday seemed improbable after the Lions streaked out to a 24-11 first half lead. Terence Pierce’s free throw propelled Gravette to their biggest lead with 3:31 remaining in the first half, but that would be his only trip to the foul line. “I thought we were going to lose that game,” said a Cardinal cheerleader in the aftermath as Farmington rallied in the third quarter, outscoring the Lions 15-6 to get back in the contest, then survived multiple shot opportunities by the Lions in the final minute. Farmington coach Beau Thompson seemed amazed too. “I’m not sure how we won that game. It was just a grind-out game. We stuck to what we do best. We got it down on the block the last 4 or 5 possessions.

Academy Awards film holds interest for area

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

A movie that is in contention for the award as best film of 2012, during the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony February 24, holds interest for longtime area residents, especially in Gravette and Sulphur Springs.

Hiwasse church to observe 25th anniversary

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

First Baptist Church, Hiwasse, has announced it will celebrate its 25th anniversary, Sunday, Feb. 24, with an “Old Time Religion” theme during morning worship service with special speakers, followed by a fellowship dinner.

Storm sirens to be operational soon

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

Storm sirens should soon be in place and operational in Springtown, thanks, in part, to the donation of a new pole and protective screen wire for the project. According to draft minutes of the Feb. 12 town council meeting, the council approved paying Electrical Resources $1,924.05 for the remaining work and supplies to get the sirens in place. According to Springtown’s mayor, Paul Lemke, Electrical Resources also donated some of the equipment needed for the project.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: It's going to be a good year; I'll not fret over the drought

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

I think I escaped! If the hammer doesn’t drop on my head in delayed time, I made the Valentine thing without any big problems! I neither did the suggested nor bought the advertised goodies to show the depth and width of my undying and everlasting adoration. I sorta ambled in with a sack of candy for my close relative and she said thanks. I got another sack of the candy for the female offspring and another for the Grands! They all shared with me, yes sir, a group of well-mannered folks! I do believe the drought killed a lot of the grass in most of the pastures, and we will be reseeding and might take a chance on doing some bermuda sprigging. Wouldn’t want to spend the money and come up with another dry year. Aren’t we thankful to be in this cattle business?

SUSAN SAYS: Enjoy February's trimmings

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

Early February has been marked with its usual changeable weather. We’ve had a couple of pretty good rains, which we’ve appreciated, and a light snowfall last Tuesday night. The snow was beautiful but temperatures were warm enough that it soon melted.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: I've got a theory on the origins of basketball

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

For a guy who grew up in the hills of southeast Missouri where we just didn’t play much basketball, I sure got a good dose of it last week with all the tournament games going on at Gentry High School.

BACK TO BEDROCK: There's a cow in the chicken house

posted: 02/20/2013 2:12 a.m.

Look, Mom! There’s a Cow in the Chicken House!

H2O rates to increase slightly

posted: 02/20/2013 2:11 a.m.

Water and sewer rates will be rising for Decatur residents. City council members voted on Feb. 11 to pass along the increase in water prices from Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority, as well as increasing wastewater treatment costs. No one attended the public hearing on the matter. Water rates in Decatur will go up $0.15 per thousand gallons, and sewer rates will go up $0.30 per thousand gallons.

Council approves reprieve from ADEQ

posted: 02/20/2013 2:11 a.m.

Gravette City Council members spent more than four hours in session Thursday night conducting business during a special council meeting and then adjourned to a non-official all-member committee discussion session. During the special meeting, the council approved acceptance of a Consent Administrative Order from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality which provides an additional year for Gravette to complete sewer plant improvements and modifications — by Dec. 31, 2013. The former order expired Dec. 31, 2012.

Suspicious activity, fictitious tag leads to arrests

posted: 02/20/2013 2:11 a.m.

Three men were arrested Feb. 12 after Gentry police noticed nervous activity and a vehicle license plate which did not match the car which the men occupied.

Two injured in roll-over accident

posted: 02/20/2013 2:11 a.m.

A Gravette couple was injured last Tuesday, Feb. 12, in a one-vehicle accident that occurred about four miles west of Gravette.

Wednesday, February 13

OBITUARIES: February 13th

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Gayle Bridges Gayle Carl Bridges, 78, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 10, 2013, at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/13/2013 12:32 a.m.

Spaghetti Dinner Decatur Assembly of God will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., Feb. 19, to raise funds for the annual fishing derby.

Wednesday, February 6

OBITUARIES: February 6th

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Donald Blaine Donald Dean Blaine, 67, of Watts, Okla., died Feb. 1, 2013, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Decatur Youth Sports Signups Decatur Youth Sports is accepting signups for boys and girls T-ball, softball and baseball for children ages 5 through 12.

Technology is changing the face of education in Decatur's public schools

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

New technology is taking education far beyond chalkboards and textbooks in the Decatur School District.

Anglers find bass eager to bite at Swepco Lake

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Anglers who wish it was springtime all the time only need to wet a hook at Swepco Lake.

Football players receive All-Conference honors

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Five members of the Gravette Lions football team were named to All-Conference honors, according to Lion Coach Bill Harrelson. Earning the recognition were Peyton Rose, Marcus Adams, TJ Holt, Gunner Fancher and Brenton Ogle.

Tiger press swarms Pioneers during play in Prairie Grove

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

The Tigers used a swarming full-court press to jump all over the visiting Gentry Pioneers and pick up their third conference win of the boys' basketball season on Friday.

Bulldogs secure championship

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

The Bulldogs defeated the Mountainburg Dragons 47-42 on Friday for their 11th straight win.

Gravette mayor offers state of the city address

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Gravette Mayor Byron Warren addressed the City Council members and spectators at last month’s council meeting with a “State of the City” message. Following are his comments in which he recounted progress made in Gravette during the past year and highlights of expectations for 2013: “To the Honorable Gravette City Council, Recorder Mike von Ree, thank you for joining me tonight.

Rice is announced as Gentry Freedom Festival Entertainer

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Chamber of Commerce director Bev Saunders announced that Chase Rice will be the featured entertainer at this summer’s Freedom Festival in Gentry, held on July 4th. Rice, singer and songwriter and also known for his slot on the TV show “Survivor,” will be performing on stage in the Gentry Park on the evening of July 4, just before the annual fireworks display.

Moorman accepted by pharmacy school

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Colton Edward Dean Moorman, of Sulphur Springs, has been accepted into the Spring 2013 professional class of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy in Weatherford.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Biblical flood is better fit to the evidence

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

I just read, a short time ago, that Arkansas is home to many marine fossils — especially in the Ozark region of the state.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: A bear hunt could leave a fellow in need of Band Aids

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

I suppose none of you fellers have ever shot yourself in the foot. You probably can’t feel real sorry for a feller who does, even if it is a complete accident.

SUSAN SAYS: Flowers warm the heart in spite of the cold

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

January slipped out with an interesting combination of weather. Brisk breezes dropped the wind chill, and a midafternoon snow flurry on the last day of the month reminded us that winter will be around for a while.

Decatur superintendent voices concerns over proposed school choice legislation to board

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Superintendent Larry Ben urged school board members and patrons to contact their state representatives about school choice because it could have a big impact on the Decatur School District.

Permit denial to recycle near Gentry appealed

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Benton County is facing an appeal of the decision by the Planning Board denying a request to allow a metal recycling business to operate at a site near Gentry.

Youth is accused of armed robbery

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Quick response by the Gentry Police Department led to the arrest of a 13-year-old boy accused of robbing the Phillips 66 Station, at the corner of Arkansas Highways 12 and 59 in Gentry, with a loaded revolver late Tuesday afternoon.

Work on ball fields, school progressing on schedule

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Progress reports concerning construction of the new Gravette Middle School addition and the High School baseball and softball field complex were received by the Gravette School Board at its recent meeting.

Decatur man charged with sexual assault

posted: 02/06/2013 2:17 a.m.

Antonio Naranjo, 49, of Decatur, was arrested on Feb. 2 for allegedly entering a woman’s home and sexually assaulting her.