Wednesday, January 30

Police arrest teen in Gentry armed robbery

posted: 01/30/2013 11:03 a.m.

Police arrested a 13-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon in connection with an armed robbery at the Phillips 66 Station, according to a news release from the Gentry Police Department.

Property ordinances considered by Sulphur Springs

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

New city ordinances, if approved at the city council’s Feb. 12 regular session, could declare vacant properties a public nuisance.

Cheyne, 'Voice of Razorbacks' honored at KBVA reception

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

A reception honoring Bob Cheyne, longtime “Voice of the Razorbacks,” was held Friday afternoon in Gravette.

Lions can’t catch Cards

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Terence Pierce scored three 3-pointers in under 20 seconds with less than a minute left to play, but it wasn’t enough to bring Gravette back on Friday night.

Gravette girls upset Farmington

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Gravette grabbed its second conference win of the season, dropping Farmington to spoil the Cardinals' Colors Day with a 50-41 win on Friday.

Decatur girls dress up for colors day and then play ball and win

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

The Lady Bulldogs beat the Hartford Hustlers 39-22 during Friday’s Colors Day game.

Bulldogs extend winning streak

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Revenge was a little bit harder to achieve than Decatur’s boys thought it might be Friday night against Hartford.

Energy assistance program now accepting applications

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Enrollment in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program has begun, according to Peg Palmer, coordinator at the Office for Human Concern in Rogers.

Program offered to assist farmers and ranchers

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Farmers and ranchers are well aware of the many obstacles and challenges of making a profit in the agriculture world. What some might not be aware of are the agencies and programs that help farmers with loans, information, contacts, education and grants.

BACK TO BEDROCK: Fire in the hole!

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Without a doubt, summer is my favorite season, so these cold, dark, dreary months are difficult for me.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: It's tax time but I'll still make a few chances

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Please forgive me for the rant you read last week. I must have had a relapse of cactus needles in my sitting place or something real aggravating on my mind when that spewed out of my head! I suspect it was mostly true but, all the same, it was not very nice!

Has Gravette forgotten its air ace?

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Do the numbers 2-1-20 mean anything to you? What about the number 93?

McKee's is ‘stalking horse bidder’ for Drake's snack cake brand

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. — Hostess Brands, Inc., announced Monday that it has selected McKee Foods Corporation as the stalking horse bidder for its Drake’s snack cake brand and certain equipment. As stalking horse bidder, McKee Foods sets the bar for bidding in a future auction process to be set by the bankruptcy court. Other interested parties will be able to bid at that time, but their bids would have to exceed the one made by McKee Foods. Under the stalking horse agreement, McKee Foods Corporation has agreed to pay $27.5 million for the Drake’s brand and specific equipment.

Former DSB banker banned from industry

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Aaron Holcombe, a former vice president of Decatur State Bank who managed the bank’s Bank of Siloam Springs location, has agreed to an order from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to stop participating in banking activities.

Board renews Barrett's contract

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

After a two-hour executive session to evaluate the district superintendent's performance, the Gentry School Board returned to open session and narrowly voted to renew the contract of Randy Barrett for another year.

$3 million in bonds approved

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Gravette City Council, on Thursday night, approved the issuance of $3 million in bonds to finance a wastewater treatment facility project which has been under discussion for more than four years.

OBITUARIES: January 30th

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Dolores Adams Dolores Adams, 70, of Bentonville and former longtime resident of Gentry, died Jan. 26, 2013, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/30/2013 4:22 a.m.

Local Audubon Field Trip The public is invited to join a Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society-sponsored field trip to Eagle Watch Nature Trail, just west of Gentry, on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Wednesday, January 23

Officials Attend Municipal League Event

posted: 01/23/2013 2:25 a.m.

A contingent of Gravette city officials, led by Mayor Byron Warren, were in Little Rock Jan. 16-18 to attend the 2013 Winter Conference of the Arkansas Municipal League.

Man Arrested for Beating, Choking Wife

posted: 01/23/2013 2:23 a.m.

Jerry Harris, 29, of Decatur, was arrested on Monday for a violent attack against his wife on Jan. 11.

Decatur announces high school honor rolls

posted: 01/23/2013 1:32 a.m.

The Decatur School District recently announced the high school students on the A and AB honor roll for the fall semester. Students on the A honor roll were: Seventh Grade — Diego Hernandez; Eighth Grade — Ryan Shaffer; Ninth Grade — Haley Burden and Theodore Clements ; Tenth Grade — Lacy Barrett, Samantha Goble, Carlos Ocampo and Victor Urquidi; Juniors — Brittany Frost; Seniors — YaYoua Yang.

Sidewalk grant considered in Decatur Council meeting

posted: 01/23/2013 1:32 a.m.

Decatur is looking to join a program that would help the city build more sidewalks for students who walk to school.

Now is time to sign up for Gravette driver's ed course

posted: 01/23/2013 1:32 a.m.

Students at Gravette High School who wish to participate in the Driver’s Ed Program, which begins April 8, are advised to make application now.

Bulldogs on a roll, with seven straight

posted: 01/23/2013 1:32 a.m.

The Bulldogs won Friday’s home conference game against the Johnson County Westside Rebels 57-42.

Parker, Pierce ignite Lions

posted: 01/23/2013 1:31 a.m.

Quinten Parker scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half and helped Gravette build an early 20-point cushion, then Terence Pierce took over from there in the Lions 74-65 victory Friday.

Arnold makes amends

posted: 01/23/2013 1:31 a.m.

The path to the rim was wide open, but Tara Arnold missed the open layup. She immediately flashed a solemn look at Gentry girls' basketball coach Tim Rippy.

Multi-purpose building plans near completion

posted: 01/23/2013 1:31 a.m.

Construction work could begin on Gentry School District's new multi-purpose athletic and activities building as early as the end of February or the first of March.

When to hang up immediately!

posted: 01/23/2013 1:31 a.m.

The phone call seemed almost routine.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Yesterday marks sad anniversary for Americans

posted: 01/23/2013 1:31 a.m.

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which opened the way for legalized abortion in the United States; and I would have to count that day one of the saddest in American history because, since that day, nearly 56 million babies have been murdered in this country through legalized abortion.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Taking an organizational lesson from my daughter

posted: 01/23/2013 1:31 a.m.

There are many great things about having grown daughters. One thing is that they are kind enough to bring to my attention things that I might have otherwise overlooked.

SUSAN SAYS: After a rough start, the new year has gotten better

posted: 01/23/2013 1:31 a.m.

I was beginning to think not eating any black-eyed peas on Jan. 1 really had jinxed my chances for good fortune in the new year when we found about an inch of water in our kitchen floor the first two Saturdays of the year.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I wish compassion would produce more permanent results

posted: 01/23/2013 1:31 a.m.

I drove down south of our place to take my close relative to see her cousin.

OBITUARIES: January 23rd

posted: 01/23/2013 1:31 a.m.

Albert Dill Albert Eugene Dill, 67, of Rogers, died Jan. 18, 2013, at his home.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/23/2013 1:31 a.m.

GYO Baseball/Softball signups Gentry Youth Organization 2013 baseball and softball signups are ongoing. Forms are available at all Gentry school campuses or by contacting Kevin Hodges at 233-9001.

Water, sewer rates to increase in Decatur

posted: 01/23/2013 1:30 a.m.

A public hearing is scheduled for next month’s Decatur City Council meeting to discuss water and sewer rate increases.

Gravette's council has busy agenda

posted: 01/23/2013 1:30 a.m.

The Gravette City Council will consider the following items at its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m.

Power outage causes early dismissal of Gentry schools

posted: 01/23/2013 1:24 a.m.

A faulty electrical transformer was the culprit which caused Gentry Schools to dismiss early on Monday. School was dismissed at 11 a.m. Monday because three of the four campuses were affected by the power shortage — the primarymiddle- and high-school campuses. Juniorhigh ball games scheduled for Monday evening were also canceled and rescheduled in Pea Ridge on Tuesday.

Decatur school implements lock-down

posted: 01/23/2013 1:24 a.m.

A trespasser triggered the Decatur High School’s recently-implemented lock-down procedure on Friday morning.

Is flu on the rise?

posted: 01/23/2013 1:24 a.m.

“It’s the worst flu season since 2009!” That was a quote in a recent story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Wednesday, January 16

OBITUARIES: January 16th

posted: 01/16/2013 1:22 a.m.

Darryll Brandon Darryll Brandon, 60, of Bella Vista, died Jan. 12, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers following a battle with melanoma.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/16/2013 1:22 a.m.

Decatur FFA Fundraiser The Decatur FFA will be selling Blue & Gold Sausage for the next three weeks as a fundraiser for the FFA and the trap shooting team.

Harding announces honor rolls

posted: 01/16/2013 1:22 a.m.

The following residents are among more than 1,000 Harding University students included on the Dean's List for grades achieved during the fall semester.

Ark. Tech announces fall term honor rolls

posted: 01/16/2013 1:22 a.m.

Arkansas Tech University has announced its Dean’s List for undergraduate students on the main campus in Russellville for the fall 2012 semester.

Story time set to start for children

posted: 01/16/2013 1:22 a.m.

The Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur will be starting a story time for children next month.

Bulldogs pick up three more wins, girls improving

posted: 01/16/2013 1:22 a.m.

The Bulldogs picked up three more conference wins for a league record of 5-1.

Lions pick up wins, Lady Lions lose

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

Farmington paid so much attention to Terence Pierce that another Gravette player had to come to the forefront Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Gentry teams come up short

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

he Lady Pioneers played a close game against Ozark on Jan. 8 and finished just five points short.

Niven enjoying rebuilding job with Decatur girls' team

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

Bill Niven has coached high school basketball for 42 years.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

Editor, I would like to thank everyone who attended my retirement reception on Dec. 28 and those who sent cards. I saw so many people but didn't get a chance to speak to each one. I know you were there and would like to thank you for letting me serve you the past 38 years. It was very humbling but a lot of fun.

Work updates shared at Springtown meeting

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

The town council meeting on Jan. 8 was mostly informational, according to draft minutes supplied to the Eagle Observer.

Sulphur Springs offers police job to Cooper

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

After being without a city peace official for some time, the Sulphur Springs City Council during its first 2013 regular session, on Jan. 10, voted 5-1 to offer the chief of police job to William Cooper.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Documenting your 'stuff ' may prove important

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

Mrs. Griz and I learned, kind of the hard way, about the importance of documenting items one owns before the day comes when an insurance claim needs to be filed. Just purchasing insurance won't help much if you can't document and prove ownership of items before they are stolen or lost in a fire or other catastrophe. Our lesson came on the last day of a Christmas vacation trip. We had visited with most of our kids and grandkids, as well as with other family members and friends, and decided to drive back as far as Wichita, Kan., so we could make it early enough to attend church on New Year's Eve. We stopped at a nice motel late Sunday night and got a good night's sleep — probably better than all the other nights on our trip when we slept on separate couches at a daughter's home. We awoke Monday morning to snow and hurried to get underway before roads got bad. However, when I carried suitcases back out to the car, I noticed one window was not snow covered like the rest. My fears were realized when I got up close

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

What has happened to “family-friendly” Walmart stores? As I entered Gravette’s Walmart on Friday (Dec. 28), I noticed on the window a posted application for a liquor license.

Hey, that's my stuff!

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

I walked into a local Walmart just before Christmas and my mind was boggled by the huge abundance of stuff!

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Whatever it was can just drink the pond dry

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

I am a feller that believes in down to earth stuff. I know that it pays to watch the signs when weaning and castrating calves, to always watch the persimmon seeds for signs of winter’s severity, and that a president ain’t king! I believe in fixing fence instead of “patching up,” providing clean water for cattle and being a church regular. I never have ever, not even once, believed in UFO’s or flying saucers of any kind. I believe that aliens exist ; my close relative has some in her family. Let us move on!

Highfill deadlocked on appointment

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

After some controversy over city attorney fees, city council members at their January meeting voted to pass a $1.6 million budget for the city of Highfill, including a 2.6 percent pay increase for all employees (except the police department) to offset the increase in payroll taxes.

Disturbance results in two drug arrests

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

What began as a “rolling disturbance” call in Gravette Thursday afternoon ended with the arrest of a man and woman and resulting drug charges.

Decatur woman killed in car crash

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

A 76-year-old Decatur woman was killed Thursday in a one-vehicle wreck on Arkansas 12, according to Arkansas State Police.

Area post offices post their hours

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

After reviews conducted by the U.S. Postal Service last summer, the following hours of service at the Hiwasse, Maysville and Sulphur Springs post offices continue in place, according to officers in each of the locations.

Walker on president's list

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

Hollyann Walker of Maysville has been named to the President’s List at Williams Baptist College for the 2012 fall semester. The President’s List is for full-time students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

von Ree completes basic

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

Pvt. Jeremy Daniel von Ree of Gravette graduated from Army Boot Camp at Ft. Benning, Ga., on Dec. 14. A 2007 graduate of Gravette High School, he is the son of Mike and Susan von Ree of Gravette.

Community Christian announces honor rolls

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

Community Christian School announces its honor roll for the first semester: A Honor Roll — Kimberly Hodge, Hannah Johnson, Dakota Powell, Delissa Powell, Haylee Pyburn, Savannah Ullom; B Honor Roll — Brian Adams, Joshua Baird, Kendall Baker, Trae Burgess, Ella Pastoor, Hailey Spence.

Arrests made in local check case

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested several people suspected of being involved in a case where thousands of dollars were stolen from a Gravette business when several books of payroll checks were stolen.

Gravette club cuts fees

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County - Gravette Unit is “rolling back” prices for both annual membership fees and spring afterschool fees.

Fire rips through New Life Ranch

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

About 50 firefighters were called to a fire that ripped through a nearly 13,000-square-foot gymnasium and an attached apartment at New Life Ranch between West Siloam Springs, Okla., and Colcord, Okla., on Friday. The fire started about 2 p.m. in the northeast corner of the gym, which is a metal building. An attached apartment with a brick facade was the home for about six interns, said David Jaquess, executive director of New Life Ranch. “The only thing they have is what they are wearing,” Jaquess said. Their belongings in the apartment were destroyed. No one was injured. Staff at the ranch were preparing for 250 junior high school students arriving from Little Rock and about 70 members of the John Brown University choir when the fire started.

New council receives city updates

posted: 01/16/2013 1:21 a.m.

Following the swearing-in of Gravette City Council members Thursday night, they elected Melissa Smith as chairperson of the Committee of the Whole. More than two hours of discussion of numerous topics followed.

Landscaping project to begin

posted: 01/16/2013 1:19 a.m.

Weather permitting, work was expected to begin Monday of this week on a beautification project at the intersection of Highways 59 and 72 near Centennial Park.

Decatur PO to have its hours cut in April

posted: 01/16/2013 1:19 a.m.

The Decatur Post Office will only be open six hours per day during the week starting in April, the United States Postal Service announced on Jan. 1. The Decatur Post Office was one of 400 offices in Arkansas — including the Hiwasse, Maysville and Sulphur Springs Post Offices — selected for a POST Plan review. The review explored options of closing the post offices, reducing hours or offering a “Village Post Office” kept open by a local business or private contractor.

Alcohol sales could begin this week

posted: 01/16/2013 1:19 a.m.

Benton County residents will be able to purchase retail alcohol this week for the first time since World War II. The board of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division is set to consider beer and wine sales at 49 grocery and convenience stores today, just more than two months after residents voted the county wet Nov. 6. Businesses that submitted applications to the division by Dec. 16 will be included on today’s agenda. Those businesses include E-Z Mart stores, Kum & Go, Casey’s General Store and Walmart, according to division weekly reports. The new permits apply to beer and wine sales only and not hard liquor. Liquor store permits will be considered in the spring and summer. The board generally only discusses applications that have garnered opposition or had issues during inspection, said Michael Langley, director of administration for Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

Skate Park rolling ahead

posted: 01/16/2013 1:19 a.m.

A skate park for Gravette youth took a big step forward last Friday when word was received that the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism awarded the city a substantial grant for construction of such a facility.

Wednesday, January 9

Payne Family holds family Christmas

posted: 01/09/2013 2:49 a.m.

The Payne Family celebrated Christmas on Dec. 29 at the Gravette Civic Center with over 60 family members present. Sunday morning 20 of us met at the Gallery in Decatur before a lot of them had to return home to several different states.

Chamber reviews 2013 event plans

posted: 01/09/2013 2:49 a.m.

With a new set of officers, Decatur Chamber of Commerce members looked back at holiday events and made plans for the new year at Monday’s meeting.

Council tables commission appointment

posted: 01/09/2013 2:49 a.m.

Council members, at their Dec. 11 meeting, tabled the appointment of a member to the Highfill Planning Commission after Highfill Mayor Stacy Digby nominated Jason James for the position and former Mayor Chris Holland spoke in favor of reappointing the city’s treasurer-recorder, Stacie Williamson, to another term on the commission.

Gentry falls to Prairie Grove

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers fell to the visiting Prairie Grove Tigers, 53-36, Friday night at Gentry High School.

Gravette saves win at Ozark

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

The Lions traveled to Ozark on Friday and picked up an overtime win against the hosting Hillbillies. Playing strong in the first half, Gravette scored 16 in each quarter and was up 32-25 at the break. But Ozark wasn’t done yet, coming back to outscore the Lions 12-6 in the third and 10-9 in the fourth and tie up the game at 47 apiece. The Lions saved their game and pulled out a victory in overtime, finishing up the game at 57-53. Terence Pierce led the Lions in scoring, with 21 points for the night. Matt VanOtterloo added 12, Otto Troutner, 11, and Carson Pollreis, nine.

OBITUARIES: January 9th

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

Jo Gayle Fowler Jo Gayle Fowler, 68, of Gravette, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Decatur pulls off victory

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

Decatur’s second field goal of the second half was a differencemaker on Friday night.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

Annual Awards Banquet Gentry Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet is Thursday, Feb. 28, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the program at 7:15 p.m. Please contact Chamber director Bev Saunders to reserve tickets at $20 per seat, 736-2358 or info@gentrychamber.com.

Poultry operations must register

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the Benton County Conservation District have issued a reminder to all owners of poultry feeding operations (PFOs) that the annual registration for PFOs began Jan. 1, in accordance with the Arkansas Poultry Feeding Operations Registration Act (Act 1060 of 2003).

Student placed on probation for having pocket knife at school

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

Gentry School Board, at a special meeting on Monday, took up a recommendation of Gentry Public Schools superintendent Randy Barrett to expel a middle school student for being in possession of a pocket knife at school.

Gentry council adopts budget, gives pay raises

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

In a meeting which lasted less than 15 minutes on Monday, Gentry’s city council approved a 2013 salary schedule and budget resolution and re-appointed members to the city’s planning and zoning commission and parks commission.

LOOKING BACK: I made no resolutions

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

This is the first time I’ve not made a new year’s resolution since I can remember. I always thought of the new year as a time to re-evaluate my life, where I am and where I want to be.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Maybe I do need a few improvements in my life

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

A whole new year, at least I think I will make the whole year! We have plenty to do to fill this new slate, and I have been sitting here for an hour trying to decide if I want to try to resolution this year or not.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Response to violence flawed

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

While many may not agree with me, I'd like to point out a denial of Biblical truth which has permeated modern thinking and leads to flawed approaches to dealing with what psychologists and sociologists would call deviant or pathological behavior — deviant being contrary to socially-accepted norms, and pathological often being associated with mental deficiencies and mental illness. Modern thinking views man as basically good. And, where deviant or sociallyunacceptable behavior occurs, the cause is not in the individual persons but in the environment in which they live or were raised or in some sort of mental disease or illness. That is why, when an evil like the recent school shooting occurs, people immediately begin looking at mental illness and the accessibility to guns as the cause and think that a more healthful and weapon-free environment would prevent such acts of violence and mayhem. The Bible, on the other hand, teaches that all of mankind is fallen. It teaches that we are by birth selfcentered and inc

A WALK IN THE PARK: I'm looking forward instead of back this year

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

This time of year many people like to look back and recall all that happened in their lives in the past 12 months.

SUSAN SAYS: Without black-eyed peas, I'm skeptical about the new year

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

The year 2013 is off to a good start, although I’m somewhat skeptical about whether it will continue that way.

No charges filed against teacher accused of abuse

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

No charges will be filed against Blake Rhein, a former physical education and health teacher at Gentry Middle School and soccer coach at the high school. According to Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith, his office was notified by the Benton County prosecutor’s office that there was insufficient evidence to pursue prosecution against Rhein, or anyone else in the case.

Unusual babies born in Gentry

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

An unusual birth took place in Arkansas recently when a common warthog mother gave birth to her babies at the Wild Wilderness Safari in Gentry.

January is the time to sign up for Gravette baseball, softball teams

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

Even though it’s winter and “the weather outside is sometimes frightful," youth interested in participating in the spring baseball and softball programs in the Gravette area are reminded January is the month to sign up.

2012 was one among driest

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

Mother Nature tried to make up for lost time the last day of 2012 when she delivered almost three-quarters of an inch of rain on Westside Eagle Observer territory.

Investigation continues into elevator accident

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

Investigation of an elevator accident at the Simmons Feed Mill in Decatur is ongoing, according to Denise Oxley, attorney for the Arkansas Department of Labor Elevator Safety Division.

Tailwaggers make Gentry's dog pound a warmer place

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

Thanks to the Tailwaggers of Siloam Springs, dogs in Gentry’s animal pound have warmer kennels for the winter months.

Gentry schools consider armed intruder plans

posted: 01/09/2013 2:48 a.m.

School administrators have begun work on an updated armed intruder policy for the Gentry School District.

Wednesday, January 2

OBITUARIES: January 2nd

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

Betty Lou Roberts Rigden Betty Lou Rigden, 72, of Jay, Okla., died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

Community Food Bank Decatur Methodist Church offers a community food bank from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month, located at 230 Third Street.

Heavier fire trucks spark study of bridge capacity

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

A discussion about buying new fire engines for volunteer fire departments has led Benton County officials to study the county’s bridges to see if they can handle the increasing load of heavy vehicles.

Bulldogs split games during Christmas event

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

The Bulldogs won one and lost one during the Heber Springs tournament last week.

Gentry girls finish 6th in holiday tournament

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

The Gentry girls finished sixth overall in the Siloam Springs Holiday Invitational held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Siloam Springs High School. Gentry lost to McAlester, Okla., in the fifth place game on Saturday afternoon 66-47.

New sign on trail up only a few days before vandals strike

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

A sign that had been installed along Gravette’s nature trail was discovered bent almost double only a few days after installation.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

Hope you your New Years Eve partying safely. May the New Year be a good one for all.

OFF THE CUFF: Predictions from my trance

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

It seemed like old times this week. Suddenly as the deadline approached, early at that, there was this “hole” to fill on the Opinion page. And how is it like old times? Guess who gets to fill it.

OUT OF MIND: Celebrate all that is good

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

When I was young, I remember the eager anticipation of Christmas Eve and then, excitedly waking before the adults and running into the living room to peer at the presents under the brilliantlylit tree. “Santa” didn’t wrap all the presents so there were a variety of gifts out on display.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Helping a neighbor surely is easier in warm weather

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

Neighbor called and woke me up this morning.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Thermostat war heats up with electric blanket

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

Crossing wires can have all kinds of interesting effects; but usually they’re pretty immediate — sparks, blown fuses, burnt wires, smoke, and the like. Well, we’ve got some crossed wires at our house, and it took the onslaught of some cold and windy weather to even notice it.

Gravette councils OKs drainage project

posted: 01/02/2013 2:30 a.m.

Work will begin soon to correct a storm water drainage problem in Gravette, at the intersection of Second Avenue and El Paso Street SW.

2012 in Review: A look at the second half of last year

posted: 01/02/2013 2:28 a.m.

July 4: Gravette City Council okayed paving Sixth Avenue NW, one of the few remaining unpaved streets in town.

NRA thrusts Gravette man into spotlight

posted: 01/02/2013 2:28 a.m.

Asa Hutchinson, the man named national director of the NRA Education and Training Emergency Response Program, has deep roots in Gravette.