Wednesday, July 31

2K, 5K and 10K races planned

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Often, when runners talk about entering a “marathon,” they refer to races like those in Boston and New York. Runners in Northwest Arkansas think of the Hog Eye and Race for the Cure marathons.

West Mountain Road Band to open for Johnny Dale and band

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

An important part of most rock, bluegrass and country concerts is the opening band. Many big-name entertainers got their start by opening for other big-name entertainers. This year’s Decatur Barbecue opening band for Johnny Dale will be the West Mountain Road Band from the Decatur and Gravette area.

Johnny Dale Roberts and band to perform at Decatur Barbecue

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

The Decatur Chamber of Commerce has announced the entertainer for the 2013 Decatur Barbecue which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3, in Veterans Park.

Children’s pageant to be held

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

When visiting friends with children, the conversation inevitably shifts toward what little Johnny or Suzy did that day. Suddenly, out pops the photo album or video tape. This is parents’ way of expressing pride in their ospring. On August 3, parents will get the chance to show otheir little ones during the 60th Annual Decatur Barbecue Tiny Tots contest.

Miss Decatur BBQ Pageant to be held on stage Saturday evening

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

A part of most young girls’ fantasies is becoming Cinderella and finding her Prince Charming. They dream of scepters and flowing gowns, sashes and tiaras. As they grow older, those childhood dreams may lead some to enter the world of the beauty pageant.

BBQ has rich history

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

August 3 marks a milestone in Decatur’s history. It’s the 60th anniversary of the Decatur Barbecue.

Decatur Barbecue Schedule of Events

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

The 60th Annual Decatur Barbecue will be held on August 3 at various locations around Decatur. Below is the schedule of events for the BBQ: 2K, 5K, 10K fun run — Registion, 6:30 a.m.; Start time is 7 a.m.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Kids’ Day Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, located 5 miles east of Gravette on Arkansas Highway 72, will hold a Kids’ Day on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m.

Car show set for Saturday

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

There is something about opening the hood of a 2013 Ford Mustang and seeing its 302 cubic-inch power plant staring back that turns people into car junkies.

Job fair planned in September

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Gravette Public Library announced its annual job fair will be held Sept. 19 and 20. The announcement comes from Kim Schneider, library director, who said area business and professional persons are being lined up to conduct the two-day event. The fair, as in the past, will provide instruction for writing resumes, participating in interviews and providing general information for people who are searching for new jobs or for those who may be seeking to upgrade their employment.

U of A releases area spring grads

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

The following area students were listed among graduates this past spring at the Univiersity of Arkansas : David Capps, of Gentry, bachelor of science in nursing; Bradley Graves, of Decatur, bachelor of science in business administration; Saeng Lee, of Decatur, master of science in mechanical engineering ; and Devon Tucker, of Maysville, bachelor of science in elementary education.

Summer students share thoughts on wildlife issues

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

The summer is almost over and soon it will be time to go back to school. For some students, the desire to get a head start on the upcoming school year was cause to take a few weeks of classes in the Decatur School District’s summer program.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Editor, This summer the Gravette postmaster, Gerald Garner, and the staff of the Gravette post office coordinated a food drive for the local food pantry, Feed My Sheep. The food pantry received an enormous amount of food, thanks to the generosity of the residents who donated and the efforts of the mail carriers and postal staff.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Honors received both here and yonder

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Thursday was a day of great contrast in Gentry, certainly no ordinary day in Gentry’s history. It was a sad day for the family and friends of Ben Tuttle but also a day for rejoicing and gladness.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I’m free but not really free to enjoy it

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Here I sit alone and not actually broken hearted!

SUSAN SAYS: Did you know July was National Ice Cream Month? Next month could be even better!

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

We’ve been experiencing a pleasant break in summer’s hot weather with several nice rains last week cooling the air and watering our vegetables.

Gravette girl gives hoot about the environment

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

A local Girl Scout, with assistance from her grandfather, has completed a most unusual project.

Woman faces moonshine charges after Gentry stop

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Gentry police, earlier this month, obtained a felony warrant charging a woman with being in possession of moonshine.

Linam’s persistance saves smaller municipalities money in court costs

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Cities in Benton County will soon be paying their proportional cost of the Benton County West budget and county judges’ salaries, thanks to research done by Decatur Mayor Charles Linam.

OBITUARIES: July 31st

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Daniel Glen Taylor Daniel Glen Taylor, 20, of Gentry, Arkansas, died July 23, 2013, at his home. Born February 18, 1993, in Rogers, Arkansas, he was the son of William J. Taylor and Kathie Lynn Oldham Taylor. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, George Wesley Taylor Jr.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

“A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

Senator Boozman Honors Fallen Marine

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

In a speech on the Senate floor Monday, U.S. Senator John Boozman recognized the sacrifice of Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Tuttle, a graduate of Gentry High School, who was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., and died at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany following a medical evacuation from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz on July 14.

Fires At Empty Homes Raise Arson Suspicions

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Fires that destroyed three vacant houses in the Highfill area recently have been termed “suspicious,” according to Marc Trollinger, Benton County Fire Marshal.

Barbecue Has Rich Tradition

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

With the 60th Annual Decatur BBQ fast approaching, members of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce are rushing to put the finishing touches on the event.

Fallen Gentry Marine Honored

posted: 07/31/2013 1:05 a.m.

Residents of Gentry and people from near and far gathered Thursday at First Baptist Church in Gentry and along a flag-lined processional route from the church to the cemetery to say good-bye and pay their respects to Marine Lance Cpl.

Wednesday, July 24

Dutch Oven Cook-off planned for Gravette Days

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

A new activity at Gravette Days this year will be a “Traditional Dutch Oven Cook-Off.” Sponsored by the Gravette Historical Museum, the competition, by teams, will be held on the grounds of the museum on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Gentry woman’s murder case halted for mental evaluation

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Proceedings in the criminal case of a Gentry woman accused of killing her husband were suspended last week.

GRAVETTE DAYS EVENTS

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Gravette Days 2013 plans are beginning to shape up for the annual celebration which is scheduled the weekend of Aug. 8-10.

Decatur reminds property owners to display address numbers

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Imagine for a second, a Decatur emergency responder working the night shift. A call for medical assistance comes in from dispatch. The responder races to the location only to find that there are no address numbers on the building. When every second counts, what to do?

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Kids’ Day Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, located 5 miles east of Gravette on Arkansas Highway 72, will hold a Kids’ Day on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m.

Decatur board hears test score results, approves school policies

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

The Decatur School Board met July 15, marking the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. A review of the 2012-2013 test scores and new policy guidelines for the coming school year were the main topics for the evening.

Three liquor stores receive permits

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Three liquor store permit applicants in the Eagle Observer coverage area were approved last week to open stores in Gentry and Decatur and could open for business as soon as next month.

Board votes to move forward with plans for school in Bella Vista

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

A first step toward locating an elementary school in Bella Vista was taken by the Gravette School Board at its meeting Monday night.

Eckels takes fight back into history

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Oftentimes, when people are asked to identify a World War Two bomber, they recognize the mighty Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. The B-17, along with the Consolidated B-24 Liberator, was largely responsible for winning the war in Europe and defeating Germany.

Willett locked in post as linebacker for Pioneers

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Tucker Willett leaned over, said something to a teammate and pointed at the opposing receiver as he flared out wide prior to the snap in last week’s Northwest Arkansas Passing League game at Harmon Stadium.

Young rider earns IEA awards

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

It takes a lot of drive and determination to reach for the stars, to fulfill a dream. For one area teenager, her superior equestrian skills and natural ability to bond with any horse earned her recognition on a national level.

Committee hears reports on city needs and projects

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Reports from various city departments consumed the Gravette City Council Committee meeting on July 11 at the city hall. All council members, except Larry Stidham, were present for the meeting conducted by Melissa Smith, committee chair. Among the reports presented were the following : Public Library: Routine report presented by Kim Schneider, library director. Mayor Byron Warren announced a part-time library worker is being hired to work 8 hours per week.

Help still needed to preserve prairie

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Additional help is still needed to move forward with plans to save a native prairie remnant located in Gentry, just to the west of the Gentry City Park.

Entrepreneur’s invention just in time to save children’s lives

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

R& R Solutions, Inc., CEO John Rambadt, announced July 12 that the company fi led for a patent on a child safety seat alarm device.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Life has been ‘abuzz’ lately

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

We have new residents on our farm, and not just a few either. More like several tens of thousands of them, according to Earl’s guesstimate. And, no, we haven’t started raising chickens or turkeys, although our new residents do have wings. They are tiny insects that stay really busy.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: It’s done, but is it legal?

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

While I recognize that compliance with state laws and regulations can be confusing and those holding public offices and posts can easily violate the law due to ignorance of a statute or ruling, I would like to address some apparent violations which have been brought to my attention recently and, in some cases, are all too common.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Trouble makes life interesting

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Beautiful weather to enjoy, except for the dust.

BACK TO BEDROCK: Kids’ lives were a lot different when I was young!

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

One thing I have noticed is that in some ways — OK, in a lot of ways — kids today have it much easier than I did when I was a child.

Meeting held to ‘dispel tension’ between officials and employees

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

A special meeting of the Gravette City Council was called July 15 for the purpose of working out tensions between the council and the city.

Vandalism causes Gravette skate park closure

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Gravette’s skateboard park is officially closed until further notice, according to a city announcement.

School board approves concession stand location

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

School board members, at their July 15 meeting, approved a location for a new concession stand at the Gentry High School football field.

Decatur mayor re-activates cemetery committee

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

During the July 8 city council meeting, Mayor Charles Linam reactivated the Decatur Cemetery Committee which has been dormant for several years. He also appointed three Decatur residents to serve on this committee.

Area residents support SWEPCO at hearing

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

A crowd of more than 100 people attended the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality public hearing held July 16 in the Gentry High School auditorium to show their support for SWEPCO and the Flint Creek Power Plant as its air permit application is considered for renewal.

City airs grievances, looks for solutions

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Gravette City Council members, in a special meeting Monday evening, July 15, spent most of the hour and one-half session discussing “issues” concerning the city’s governing body. The meeting was also called to discuss administrative rules and regulations and roles of council members. At the request of the mayor, Byron Warren, council member Melissa Smith presided. Discussion was informal and members, the mayor and several of about 25 citizens present spoke freely and frankly. City attorney David Bailey explained the procedures and duties of the council and mayor as outlined by state laws as well as those included in the city’s employee handbook.

Flagman coming for fallen soldier

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Larry “the flagman ” Eckhardt is coming to Gentry to line the route of returning fallen Marine Lance Cpl.

Lights in sky demystified

posted: 07/24/2013 4:11 a.m.

Fireworks weren’t the only lights in the sky at Gentry’s Freedom Festival Fireworks on July 4.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 07/24/2013 4 a.m.

“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loveth little.” Luke 7:47 (read 36-50)

OBITUARIES: July 24th

posted: 07/24/2013 4 a.m.

Robert Brandt Robert Charles Brandt, 91, of Bella Vista, died July 14, 2013, at Jamestown Nursing and Rehabilitation in Rogers. He was born in Cambridge, Neb., on Feb. 7, 1922, to Charles and Theresa (O’Brien) Brandt. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Germany during WWII. He was also a pioneer of organic gardening. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.

Wednesday, July 17

WEEKLY DEVOTION: What shall I do to inherit eternal life?

posted: 07/17/2013 3:07 a.m.

“And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 10:25 (read 25-37)

OBITUARIES

posted: 07/17/2013 3:06 a.m.

Elizabeth Ann Holloway Elizabeth Ann Holloway, 71, of Gentry, Ark., left this world surrounded by loved ones on July 8, 2013, at Walnut Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation in Springdale, Ark., after a long and courageous battle with her health. Elizabeth was a friend to many and was lovingly referred to as “Liz/ Granny.”

Decatur festival takes off with bang

posted: 07/17/2013 1:41 a.m.

The skies over Crystal Lake Airport were aglow with multicolored star bursts as the community celebrated Independence Day. The celebration, sponsored by the Crystal Lake Fly In Community, took place on July 6.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 07/17/2013 1:41 a.m.

Football Camp Gravette High School football team and coaches will be holding a football camp for any second through seventh grade student interested in learning more about the fundamentals of the game.

Lions expect to make most of Bolduc’s abilities on both sides of the ball

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

Ryan Bolduc received plenty of opportunities Monday to try out different positions with Gravette’s linemen.

Gravette Team Dominates Lineman Challenge

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

Cody Robinson is projected to be the starting nose tackle for Gravette’s football team this fall, but he still runs like he did when he was the Lions’ starting running back last season.

Highfill going paperless

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

Going paperless is a goal of the Highfill City Council as it approved the purchase of eight iPads and a new data server for the city at its July 9 regular meeting at city hall.

Fagala to be honored for 50 years in ministry

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

A reception honoring Dan Fagala for his 50 years in the gospel ministry will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Bella Vista.

LOOKING BACK: Our hearts have grown fonder

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

Mom invented the phrase “cheaper by the dozen” long before Hollywood conned the phrase. Mom always wanted 12 children.

SUSAN SAYS: Jim and I enjoyed get-away visit to Branson

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

Last Tuesday, Jim and I took off for a couple days away. We hadn’t had a vacation for three years and that was only an overnight get-away for our anniversary.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: I’m afraid the mob is back

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

I was thinking the other day about the mob, you know, the Mafia and organized crime and how they operated back in the day.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Sore feet can lead to sore heads when a fellow least expects it

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

Sore heads and sore feet are on the docket this week. I have two cows and a steer in the sick pen due to limping and discovery of sores between their toes. The steer is weighing around 600 pounds and is not a nice feller. He wants to get me down and, although he outweighs me, I can still handle a threelegged steer.

Property notices stir up Sulphur residents

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

Residents had more questions than answers received from the mayor and city council members during their July 11 regular session after Sherman Buckley, Mayor Bobby Simon’s code enforcement officer, sent certified notices to mailboxes, hung red tags on doorknobs and hammered into the ground “red tag special” signs on sticks.

Centerton looks to Decatur for waste-water treatment solution

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

The city councils of Decatur and Centerton approved a contract which would send Centerton sewage to the waste-water treatment plant in Decatur.

Eagle Observer wins numerous APA awards at June convention

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The Eagle Observer again brought home numerous awards from the Arkansas Press Association convention, held last month in Eureka Springs, winning 14 awards and three honorable mentions in the annual editorial contest.

SWEPCO receives OK for project

posted: 07/17/2013 1:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission, in a July 10 decision, has determined that the installation of additional environmental controls at the Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry is in the public interest, clearing the way for the plant’s upgrade to begin and the plant to continue to provide the area with electricity.

Wednesday, July 10

Golf scramble to provide meals for Gravette seniors

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

Delta Bank & Trust in Bella Vista will host its annual Community Spirit 18-hole Golf Scramble to support the Billy V. Hall Senior Wellness Center Meals on Wheels program in Gravette.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

Springtown VBS Vacation Bible School will be held at the Springtown Pentecostal Church from 9:30 to 11 a.m. this week for children, ages 4 and older.

Ramsey named to dean’s list

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

Eathen Ramsey was among students named to the dean’s list at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

Board tables new position, adopts policy changes

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

The Decatur School Board met at the old middle school on June 17, with several items on the agenda.

Local students honored by NWACC

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

NWACC Rising Scholars recognizes students who have excelled in concurrent classes at Northwest Arkansas Community College. Students can take NWACC classes on the NWACC campus, through the Early College Experience, high school-based concurrent enrollment program, or through NTI Secondary Career Center.

Scott attends Project Lead the Way teacher training

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

Angela Scott, a teacher at Gravette High School, was among more than 200 middle school and high school teachers from throughout the United States to spend part of their summer at Missouri University of Science and Technology to learn how to teach engineering and biomedical science courses to their students this fall.

Students learn horsemanship skills

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

It is a dream for many girls to own a horse.

Fireworks, entertainment draw crowds

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

With near perfect weather and a fireworks display which was bigger and better than ever, the crowds at Gentry’s Freedom Festival also surpassed those of previous years, with an estimated 6 to 7 thousand on hand for the July 4th fi reworks display.

Bolles to compete in pageant

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

Miss Destiny Bolles, 14, daughter of Greg Bolles and Dada Bolles of Gentry, has been selected to represent Arkansas at the 2013 Miss American Junior Teen Pageant.

Weather returning to a normal hot summer

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

After a first good cutting of hay, weather in the Ozarks during the past three weeks has taken a turn toward the usual Ozark summer.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Hi, I’m Randy, and I suffer from smart-phone exasperation

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

I admit it. I broke my smart phone, and it wasn’t exactly an accident.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Moons too close and sonic booms are kind of nice once in a while

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

The moon thing, the closest to the earth in a long time, was sure nice. I enjoyed the whole evening.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Adapting to change can be difficult

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

Change is inevitable and adaptation is necessary. We can either be stubborn and resist adaptation or embrace it head on.

Curriculum planned for nature area

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

Development of an education center on city-owned land along Flint Creek took a major step forward this summer, thanks to Jodye Poole and a summer internship project funded through the Arkansas State Department of Education.

SWEPCO hearing set for Tuesday

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

A public hearing was set by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality director at 6 p.m. on July 16 in the Gentry High School Auditorium to allow public participation in the determination of the terms and conditions of the fi nal air permit applied for by SWEPCO’s Flint Creek Power Plant and tentatively approved by ADEQ.

Council approves dash cam purchase

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

City council members, on July 1, approved a bid to place dash cams in Gentry’s police cars. Council members approved the bid of Martel Electronics for 10 dash cams at a bid price of $4,194 each.

It’s time to register for Barbecue

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Decatur Barbecue on Aug. 3 at Veteran’s Park, with several events on tap throughout the day. Many of these events, such as the Fun Run, Miss Decatur Barbecue Pageant, Tiny Tots contest and Car Show, require pre-registration to enter. The Miss Decatur Barbecue Pageant is open to single girls between the ages of 15 and 19. There is a non-refundable fee of $25 to enter. The deadline for entry is July 27. An entry form can be obtained on the Decatur Chamber of Commerce website or by emailing leslielentz@cox.net.

Decatur Council approves land purchase for park

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

The Decatur City Council met June 10 and approved purchase of land for a new park.

House and grass fires keep local fireghters busy

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

The Gravette Fire Department assisted the Sulphur Springs department at a structure fire on Wann Road northwest of Gravette Saturday morning and also responded to two grass fires caused by fireworks, according to Gravette Fire Chief David Smith The house fire heavily damaged the home of the J.W.

WEEKLY DEVOTION: Why did Christ redeem you?

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:11-14

OBITUARIES: July 10th

posted: 07/10/2013 1:23 a.m.

OBITUARIES David Shields, Sr. David Lee Shields, 74, of Siloam Springs, Ark., died July 6, 2013, at Circle of Life Hospice, Springdale, Ark.. Born December 3, 1938, in Reeds, Mo., he was the son of David Monroe Shields and Clara Shields Cramer. He was a lifetime resident of Arkansas and lived in Gravette for many years prior to moving to Siloam Springs.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 07/10/2013 1:19 a.m.

Thanks for help The 16th annual Rally for the Cure golf tournament sponsored by the Highlands Ladies Golf Club was once again a great success.

Wednesday, July 3

Burden receives academic scholarship

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

Jayme Burden, a 2013 Decatur High School graduate, was one of 20 western Arkansas students awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship from Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

Decatur council meeting set for Monday

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

The Decatur City Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, July 8, at 6 p.m., in the council chambers of city hall. The Decatur City Council meets every second Monday of each month.

Roberts, band to perform at Decatur Barbecue

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

The Decatur Chamber of Commerce has announced the entertainer for the 2013 Decatur Barbecue which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3, in Veterans Park. Johnny Dale Roberts, along with his band, Johnny Dale and Along For The Ride, will perform on Saturday night. Roberts was born and raised in Noel, Mo. His mother was a bar maid in his grandmother’s bar. “My crib was by the jukebox. I know it sounds cliché , but my life really was like a country song,” he said. At age 14, Roberts began to learn the guitar. Little by little, he picked up bits and pieces of songs, a tidbit here and there.

All-sport collages on display

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

The Gravette Lion Pride and Athletic Boosters announce that sponsors of the Lions’ All-Sport Collage project are now displaying the collages at their places of business for public viewing.

Gravette Upper Elementary School releases supplies list

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

Gravette Upper Elementary School has released its supplies list for the fall.

Glenn Duffy Elementary School releases supplies list

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

Gravette Glenn Duffy Elementary School released its supplies list for the fall:

Man held in federal pornography case

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

A former Gravette volunteer firefighter was arrested last week in a federal case in connection with child pornography.

Wheat cut, bound old-fashioned way

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

On a hot and steamy Thursday afternoon, members of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks met at the Charlie Lacy Farm in the Logan Community to cut wheat, not with an air conditioned combine, but the old-fashioned way, with a binder.

Missouri man gets eight years for rape

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

An Excelsior Springs, Mo., man was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy.

Jury finds Gentry man guilty of rape

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

A jury didn’t believe a Gentry man when he claimed he was the victim at his rape trial.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

Avenue of Flags The Gravette American Legion Post 25 will post the Avenue of Flags in Hillcrest Cemetery in Gravette, Thursday, the fourth of July, at 8 a.m.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: It seems our country is in quite a mess!

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

I remember a time back in 1987 or 89 that I said something really bad. I can’t recall the exact statement, but the memory has haunted me to this day.

SUSAN SAYS: Summer has officially arrived

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

Summer has officially arrived and the heat wave that followed seemed determined to prove that the timing was right. With the fourth of July upon us, I think it’s fair to say the weather’s been hot as a firecracker.

BACK TO BEDROCK: I still remember July 4th, 1962

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

I was 6 years old in the summer of 1962, and we lived down a dusty dirt road about two miles from the little community of Springtown and five miles or so from Gentry. My dad farmed and I learned at a young age how to stretch a dollar.

OFF THE CUFF: The Fourth is a favorite holiday for me

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

The Fourth holds first place for me as far as holidays go. Don’t get me wrong. Christmas and Easter top the list. But they’re not holidays, though unfortunately they have become thus in the minds of too many.

Four graduate from Harding

posted: 07/03/2013 12:52 a.m.

The following local residents were among more than 750 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University’s commencement exercises May 11: Ryan Foster of Gravette, bachelor of arts in advertising; Amy Roberts of Gravette, bachelor of arts in social science with a teaching license; Anita Scaggs of Gentry, bachelor of ministry in Bible and ministry; Jacqueline Ward of Gravette, bachelor of arts in mathematics with a teaching license.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

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“Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.” Luke 7:7 (read v. 1-10; cf. Matt. 8:5-13)

Former school librarian sues Gentry School District

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A former school librarian is suing the Gentry School District for her termination in connection with money collected at a book fair.

First annual car and fireworks shows planned at Crystal Lake in Decatur

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Independence Day is a time to celebrate our country’s birth. It is a time for family and friends to come together to remember the events which took place on July 4, 1776. Picnics, camping, barbecues and fireworks displays are all ways people commemorate this great holiday.

Gravette hires new police chief and sergeant

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After discussing and postponing action for several weeks on a contract with the Boys and Girls Club for use of the Civic Center in Gravette, the Gravette City Council on Thursday night approved a two-year contract with the organization.

Gravette July 4th activities planned

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Dedication of the new skateboard park will be one of the highlights during Fourth of July activities in Gravette, according to Mayor Byron Warren.

OBITUARIES: July 3rd

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Clifford David Clifford Dow David, 74, of Rose, Okla., died June 25, 2013, at his home.

Evans Honored For 60 Years In Newspapers

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Robert Dodie Evans of the Westside Eagle Observer was honored for 60 years in the newspaper industry during the Arkansas Press Association convention last week.