Wednesday, June 26

Board approves transfers, prepares for school year

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

The Gravette School Board, at its recent meeting, adopted a 12-point resolution governing the district’s policy on public school choice as approved by the Arkansas State Legislature.

Roger’s Garage opens in Gentry

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

Roger’s Garage and Express Lube, a new business in Gentry, held its grand opening on Saturday in conjuction with a chamber-sponsored ribbon cutting. The day’s events included specials for customers and an official ribbon cutting at the new business by members of Gentry’s Chamber of Commerce.

Gravette Middle School releases honor rolls

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the second semester at Gravette Middle School has been released by school administrators. Students on the Honor Roll include the following: Seventh Grade A Brooke Brasel, William Crawley, Haley Graves, Hanna Graves, Tyler Humphrey, Tyler Kardynalski, Sydney King, Zayan Rodarte, Tobby Teis, Angie Thai, Brian Thai, Katelynn Turner, Chloe Walker.

ATU degrees awarded

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

Two area students were awarded degrees from Arkansas Tech University this past school year.

Gentry to host July 4th celebration in city park

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

Chase Rice will be the featured entertainer at this summer’s Freedom Festival in Gentry, held on July 4th in the city park.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

Tiny Tot Contest Entry forms are being accepted for the Gentry Tiny Tot Pageant to be held on July 4 in the city park.

Gentry police chief reminds residents of city fireworks restrictions

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

With the July 4th holiday coming up and fireworks going on sale in the area, Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith reminds residents of city law regarding the possession and use of fireworks within Gentry’s corporate city limits.

Flag football registration under way in Gravette

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

Stephen Johnson, athletic director for the Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County, announced registration has begun for a fall flag football program.

Gentry School Board creates two new posts

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

School Board members, at their June 17 meeting, accepted the resignation of Marty Edmiston, high school math teacher and coach, reassigned teachers, hired a new math teacher for the middle school and created two new instructional technology facilitator positions in the district.

Letter To The Editor

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

Last Friday when the electricity went off because of a transformer, my daughter Katie and I (Ann) went to see if the lights were off at Walmart in Gravette. As we started out, I heard a funny noise coming from my car and realized I had a flat.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Old dogs can learn new tricks

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

If you are reading this, you should know that miracles do happen and you can teach an old dog new tricks. Why do I say this? Let me explain.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: We can be thankful and recover from the drought

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

I am thankful and happy to say we got many bales of hay rolled up and stored away.

BACK TO BEDROCK: Vacation time brings back mixed memories

posted: 06/26/2013 1:22 a.m.

Are we there yet? When I was little, we didn’t travel much. My dad was a farmer and farmers don’t get vacations very often. Besides, he just liked to be home.

Estep stepping down

posted: 06/26/2013 1:21 a.m.

Gravette’s interim police chief, Speed Estep, announced his retirement from the department in a letter to Mayor Byron Warren and the city council. In his retirement letter Estep wrote: “For over 21 years I have enjoyed working for the Gravette Police Department and serving the citizens of Gravette. I especially enjoyed the 10 years serving as Gravette Public Schools’ first resource officer.

Peaches ripen at Taylor’s Orchard

posted: 06/26/2013 1:21 a.m.

Though spring weather seems to have pushed back the harvest by about a week, peaches are now ripe at Taylor’s Orchard in Gentry, and the orchard will open today to those who wish to buy freshly-picked peaches or pick their own.

New business is giving Decatur property facelift

posted: 06/26/2013 1:21 a.m.

Decatur’s portion of the Highway 59 corridor is receiving a facelift, thanks to a new business scheduled to open today.

Gentry council sells interest in church property

posted: 06/26/2013 1:21 a.m.

Council members met in special session on June 18 and passed a resolution authorizing the sale of the city’s interest in property located in Lots 25 through 30 of Block 7 in the Piersons Addition to the city of Gentry.

Evelyn closes Gravette day care

posted: 06/26/2013 1:21 a.m.

After 40 years, the day arrived: Friday, May 31, 2013 — a significant day for a Gravette woman. It was a day of mixed emotions. It marked the end of an era, a 40-year era, and the beginning of a new era: Retirement.

Weekly Devotion

posted: 06/26/2013 1:21 a.m.

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

OBITUARIES: June 26th

posted: 06/26/2013 1:21 a.m.

Barbara Sue Scates Barbara Sue Scates of Gentry, Ark., died June 13, 2013, at her home.. She was born August 27, 1942, in Blackwell, Okla., to David Wesley Baylor and Francis Vivian Swan. She graduated Valedictorian from Turpin High School in Turpin, Okla.

Wednesday, June 19

Club holds annual career day

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Shortly before the end of the school year, the DECA Club of Gravette High School held the 14th annual Career Day, according to Bob Johnson, faculty member who coordinated the event.

Gravette kindergarteners graduate, launch balloons

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

The Performing Arts Center at Gravette High was filled with proud parents, grandparents and others when the 138 kindergarten students at Glenn Duffy Elementary “graduated” on May 29.

Gravette High scholarships total more than $850,000

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

GRAVETTE — Scholarships totaling more than $850,000 have been received by 2013 graduating seniors at Gravette High School as announced during a special reception held before graduation day.

Ascensio-Porter wins first in NCA event

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Sophia Ascencio-Porter won the Top Gun Jumper Award at the National Cheerleaders Association performance camp in Hot Springs last week.

Fishing Derby nets big crowd

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Area anglers, young and old, turned out for the 10th Annual Community Fishing Derby held at Crystal Lake on June 15.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Dysart Family Concert The musical Dysart Family will be holding a free concert at 7 p.m.

Sewer bid approved

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

A bid to extend a sewer line east of Gravette along Highway 72 was accepted by the Gravette City Council at a special meeting Thursday evening.

Gravette author publishes first book

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

In “Ricki,” author Lou Honderich introduces us to the title character, a horse-crazy 10-year-old. Her greatest pleasure comes when she gets on the back of a horse and can ride her cares away. She loves to ride, loves to groom and care for horses. She even loves the smell of horses. She reminds me somewhat of myself when I was a teenager.

SUSAN SAYS: Free weekend made for memorable fishing experience

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Free Fishing Weekend has been an Arkansas tradition for over three decades. Each year since 1978 the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has proclaimed these weekends in the second week of June.

OFF THE CUFF: A pig in hand is worth...?

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Well, the garden is finally up and growing. With our unusual spring, it has taken quite a bit of effort this year to plant the few rows in the postage-stamp plot where green beans, corn, cucumbers, okra and a couple of pepper and tomato plants are the featured crops.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Our steers and heifers are shipping tomorrow

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Our steers and heifers are shipping tomorrow. This is the trial of feeding together the brothers and sisters.

BACK TO BEDROCK: Spiders, crickets and wind, oh my!

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

After the last couple of years of terrifying thunderstorms and deadly tornadoes, my husband and I have decided to put a storm shelter in our back yard. Always before, we have just thrown the kids in the laundry room or closet with blankets and pillows, but the loss of life sustained in the past year by surrounding communities has convinced us that we need something a little more substantial than four walls and some feathers protecting us!

Second yard-sale weekend set in Gravette end of June

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Gravette residents will be able to take advantage of a second “Town-wide Yard/Garage Sale” the last weekend of this month.

Public hearing set in Gentry

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 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 final air permit applied for by SWEPCO’s Flint Creek Power Plant and tentatively approved by ADEQ.

Board encourages ESL endorsement, takes up issue of student transfers

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

The Decatur Public School Board met May 28 in a classroom in the old middle school building, with numerous items on the meeting’s agenda.

Transformer failure was found cause of lengthy power outage

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Gravette citizens and those in Sulphur Springs and adjacent areas, including west of Gravette to Maysville, were without electricity several hours Friday night.

Men charged in battery, theft cases

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Brian James Dennis, 26, after he allegedly took a car and purse from Amanda Setser of Gentry and wrecked the car.

Liquor licenses closer for three area businesses

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Three applicants for liquor licenses in the Eagle Observer coverage area will be among the 55 applicants chosen by lottery from among the 72 applicants to move on to the hearing stage in the process of obtaining a license to operate a liquor store in Benton County.

Griz Bear Comments

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

There is a Bible verse in Proverbs which says: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD” (18:22). A man is indeed blessed when he is married to a good and godly wife.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim. 3:13-15 (read 1-17)

OBITUARIES: June 19th

posted: 06/19/2013 1:14 a.m.

Orla Bryson Orla Bryson, 83, of Decatur, died June 10, 2013. He was born in Gravette to Gus and Edith Harrington Bryson on Aug. 30, 1929. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, enjoyed fishing, playing cards and had lived most of his life in Northwest Arkansas.

Wednesday, June 12

Take a hike underground

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

If you're looking for a way to escape the heat and have some truly cool fun, why not go underground and visit the passageways of the Bluff Dwellers' Cavern just across the state line in Missouri? The constant 56-degree temperature of the cave is a great way to beat the heat, and seeing the underground rooms and caverns cut through the rock by ancient rivers is an unforgettable experience.

Lions Golf Classic canceled

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

The Gravette High School Golf Classic, which had been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1, at Stockdale Golf Course in Bella Vista, was canceled because of weather conditions.

OCH to hold ribbon cutting at Noel clinic

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital announces ribbon cutting at the new OCH Noel Clinic Thursday, June 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Community members are invited to drop by for a free lunch and open house.

Maddox to run for State House post

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Businessman Kurt Maddox has announced he will be a Republican candidate for the Arkansas State House of Representatives District 92.

Flag retirement ceremony set for Tuesday, June 18

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Gravette American Legion Post 25 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony Tuesday evening, June 18, on the lawn just south of the Civic Center in Gravette. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

Equestrian show draws crowds of participants and spectators

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

When the subject of a conversation turns “equestrian,” the talk is usually about horses when, in reality, equestrian refers to the art of horseback riding. And nowhere is the art more prevalent then at a jumping competition.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Gamble Cemetery Upkeep Persons with relatives buried in Gamble Cemetery near Centerton and who are interested in the upkeep of the cemetery may make contributions to Marie Curtis Garrison, 1816 Shelby Ave., Springdale, AR 72762 or to Betsy Keith, 14 Plockton Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72715.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: I'm longing for just a few minutes in my easy chair

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

By the time you read this column, all should be quiet at my house. I might even try to find the time to sit back in my recliner and close my eyes a spell and get caught up on my rest.

LOOKING BACK: Taking shelter in storms

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

I've often heard people say, "I would not want to live where you do, with all those tornadoes."

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Buying a hay rake is a small price to pay

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

This morning I was sorta late getting up. The sun was up and my close relative had called me to come for breakfast. This means I was sleeping real good; the aroma of coffee didn’t even jerk me into consciousness. That is a result of being peaceful and having a good day of family and fun on the weekend.

Tobacco is banned at county sheriff ’s office

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

A policy implemented by Sheriff Kelley Cradduck bans all tobacco products at the Sheriff’s Office and county jail.

County still seeks money

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Benton County officials tentatively have agreed to pay for rural ambulance service in 2014, but the county still lacks a long term funding method for the service.

The B-17 bomber is coming back

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Probably one of the most iconic and most recognized bomber aircraft of World War II is the Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress.” It was one of many aircraft credited with the fall of Germany in 1945.

Gravette pool opens

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Gravette’s municipal swimming pool is now open for splashing and swimming and good summer fun, including parties, according to Logan Hirsch, pool manager.

Names of honor students released

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Decatur High School recently released the names of the honor students for the class of 2013.

Benefit planned for Lexie

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Andrea (Andi) Brasel, of Gravette, would like to introduce you to Lexie Faith Rawls, a beautiful little 4-year-old who is the daughter of Jessica and Joshua Rawls of Bella Vista. Her picture, left, shows her captivating smile, her look of excitement, a sparkle in her eyes. It was taken not long after her fourth birthday last September.

Council seeks to refinance bonds, approves repairs

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Council members, at their June 4 meeting, authorized the mayor and clerk to execute documents to refund two city bonds, approved a bid for summer street repairs and selected an engineering firm for professional services needed for emergency sewer repair.

Two positions to be on ballot

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

The Decatur School District will hold an election from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the city’s designated polling places.

Jeff Smith Family of Gravette named Farm Family of Year

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Farming is a family tradition for Jeff and Melissa Smith of Gravette, one they want to pass on to their two sons.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim. 2:1 (read 1-26)

OBITUARIES: June 12th

posted: 06/12/2013 1:59 a.m.

Ethel Allen Ethel Juanita Allen, 91, of Colcord, Okla., died June 5, 2013, at Quail Ridge Living Center, West Siloam Springs, Okla.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 06/12/2013 1:08 a.m.

The Glade Post Office Nestled in the Ozarks, is a community of people who aspire to maintain a sense of heritage and belonging. It is of great importance to preserve this spirit of heritage alive today, with the restoration and transportation of the historical Glade Post Office. The Glade Post Office currently rests in Pea Ridge, and it is our desire to transport it back to its original location by the lake in Glade, Arkansas. Currently, there is an effort to fund the transportation by having a garage sale and quilt raffle, on June 14-15 between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on West U.S. Highway 62 past the Garfield Post Office.

Wednesday, June 5

Safari offers amazing shots for wildlife photographers

posted: 06/05/2013 1:32 a.m.

It's not necessary to spend a fortune and travel around the world to get some great photos of exotic animals in natural surroundings. An afternoon visit to Gentry's Wild Wilderness Safari and a camera with a mediumrange telephoto lens is all it takes.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 06/05/2013 1:32 a.m.

Gamble Cemetery Upkeep Persons with relatives buried in Gamble Cemetery near Centerton and who are interested in the upkeep of the cemetery may make contributions to Marie Curtis Garrison, 1816 Shelby Ave., Springdale, AR 72762 or to Betsy Keith, 14 Plockton Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72715.

Decatur's athletics banquet draws crowd, and for very good reason

posted: 06/05/2013 1:32 a.m.

The Decatur High School Bulldog athletics program had a stellar season in 2012-2013. And judging from the outpouring of support for the last sporting event of the season, it shows.

Gentry hires girls' basketball coach

posted: 06/05/2013 1:32 a.m.

At the recommendation of a special committee formed to consider applicants for the post, Gentry's school board voted unanimously on Tuesday (with the exception of Randall Bolinger, who was absent ) to offer a contract to Tim Fulks to be the next head coach for the senior girls' basketball team at Gentry High School.

American Legion baseball comes for Gravette youth

posted: 06/05/2013 1:32 a.m.

American Legion Baseball has come to Gravette. Through the efforts of Randall Hunt, coach at Gravette High School, a full schedule of games has already begun for the newly formed “Gravette Allen Foods Lions” who will play their home games on the new high school field. Hunt, who has been on the staff at GHS the past three years as a high school math teacher, has served as assistant Lady Lions softball coach as well as golf coach.

McKinzie throws nine

posted: 06/05/2013 1:32 a.m.

Senior Ethan McKinzie allowed two runs on four hits in a complete-game effort and Central Arkansas — the only No. 4 seed remaining in the NCAA Tournament — beat Mississippi State 5-2 Sunday night in Starkville, Miss., to force a winner-take-all game in the Starkville Regional on Monday The Bears (42-21 ), who beat South Alabama 3-0 behind freshman Connor Gilmore’s complete game earlier Sunday, played the Bulldogs Monday at Dudy Noble Field.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 06/05/2013 1:32 a.m.

This poem was written as a class assignment by my 14-year-old greatgranddaughter, Courtney Davis.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Are square burgers really better than round ones?

posted: 06/05/2013 1:32 a.m.

Do square hamburgers really taste better than round ones? My visiting grandson assured me they do.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Helping demands a feller keep his thoughts to his self

posted: 06/05/2013 1:32 a.m.

I’ve been helping the neighbor work cattle this week. We sorted pairs, vaccinated and de-wormed his steers and heifers one day and did cows and calves the next.

SUSAN SAYS: Another busy week has passed

posted: 06/05/2013 1:32 a.m.

We were busy as bees on Memorial Day weekend. I ordered hamburgers from the HOSA burger fry on Friday so avoided a decision on what to fix for dinner.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Making a list helps keep me focused

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

Are you a list maker? I make them all the time and I especially benefit from a “to do” list. It’s a good way to gather scattered thoughts and stay focused a bit better, a guide of sorts.

Board approves security cameras for the district

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

School board members, on May 28, approved the purchase and installation of security cameras on all four campuses in the Gentry School District.

Teacher raises on hold

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

Raises are on hold for now for Gentry teachers and support staff until the district knows the outcome of the Arkansas Public Services Commission decision in regard to retrofitting the Flint Creek Power Plant.

Oklahoma storms raise awareness in Decatur, area

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

The recent outbreaks of violent tornados, such as the ones in Moore and El Reno, Okla., have raised many questions concerning tornado safety. And knowing what to do and where to go could make a difference in survival.

New thrift store opens

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

In times of need, especially in the wake of the Moore, Okla., tragedy on May 20, it is nice to know that there are places that are willing to lend a helping hand. One such place recently opened its doors to a new facility.

4-H Council helps Moore

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

The Benton County 4-H Council Officer Team is assembling care packages for the victims in Moore, Okla. Council officers are seeking sponsorships of the care packages which are $10 each and will serve a family of 4.

Forgiven Quartet coming to area churches

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

Forgiven Quartet will be in concert at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 23, at First Baptist Church, 221 W. Main Street, in Gentry. The group will also be at Second Baptist Church, 1950 W. Hwy.

‘Once Upon a Time’ book fair set

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

The public library invites parents and others to help support the super student in their lives and to promote literacy by taking part in the book fair June 10-14.

Free meals offered to youth in Gentry

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

Gentry School District will again be providing free lunches and breakfasts to youth, 18 and under, Monday through Friday, at the Gentry Intermediate School Cafeteria through the Seamless Summer program. Breakfasts will be served between 8 and 9 a.m., and lunches from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The meals are free to children 18 and under. Lunches are also available to adults for a price: $3.10 for lunches.

Gentry police looking to identify alleged thief

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

Police are trying to identify a woman who allegedly broke into a car and stole a purse in Decatur and then used debit cards and a check from that purse to make purchases in Gentry.

Decatur schools offer program of summer learning

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

Summer is a time for swimming, fishing, hiking, and a wide assortment of things to do. The last thing on a child’s mind is school.

Teachers, staff receive increase

posted: 06/05/2013 1:31 a.m.

The Gravette School Board at its recent meeting approved a salary schedule for district employees, increased the school lunch price, okayed laptop purchase and approved remodeling a building on the downtown campus for multipurpose use.