Wednesday, March 27

Hometown Events

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

EASTER ACTIVITIES Maysville Sunrise Service An Easter Sunrise Service for the Maysville community will be held at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday morning, March 31, at the Maysville Missionary Baptist Church.

OBITUARIES: March 27th

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

Hazel Cantrell Hazel Ava Cantrell, 94, of Colcord, Okla., died March 17, 2013, at Ozarks Community Hospital, Gravette.

Gentry boys drop three games in tournament

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

The Gentry Pioneers lost in nonconference tournament play at the McDonald’s Classic in Springdale on March 15-16, losing to Carthage (Mo.), 10-1 ; Siloam Springs, 11-1 ; and Gravette, 15-5.

Pros and Cons of Flint Creek retrofit project

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

Editor’s Note: On Thursday the Arkansas Public Service Commission will conduct a hearing on a request from Swepco and AECC, the owners of the Flint Creek Power Plant near Gentry, to retrofit and update the 30-year-old coalfired electricity generating facility. The cost of the work is estimated at $408 million and the request also includes a rate increase for Swepco customers to help pay for it. The owners say the retrofit will protect the reliability and efficiency of their power grid. The Sierra Club opposes the request and the rate increase, saying that there are cheaper and more efficient sources for power.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: This cowboy life is not all it's cracked up to be

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

Some old hides are dumber than a goose! I was so proud of the springing cows, have 12 calves on the ground and they are all doing well, so I was getting ready to act cocky-like when this dumb old cow stopped me in my tracks!

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: 'I know that my Redeemer lives....'

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

In the midst of his suffering, Job — an Old Testament character who lived in the land of Uz (thought to be in modern-day Syria) and who was likely a contemporary with the Old Testament patriarchs — expressed his confidence in the resurrection and second coming of his Savior and Redeemer.

OFF THE CUFF: Legislators rush to submit rash of proposed bills

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

These are the last days — the last days of the current session of the Arkansas State Legislature. And with it has come a rash of proposed bills for consideration. It’s this way as every biennial session draws to a close.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Mother Nature couldn't dampen spring-break memory

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

I write this as spring break is screeching to a halt and the usual workday schedule begins bright and early in the morning with the ringing of the alarm clock. Yes, the break is over for the alarm clock, too.

City needs discussed in committee

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

Gravette City Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting last week wasn’t the four-plus hour marathon of a recent meeting. No official business was conducted during the two-hour session, but several items were discussed for possible action at the regular official meeting which will be held Thursday, March 28.

Sulphur Springs hires new chief of police

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

Hiring a new Sulphur Springs police chief puts more teeth into newly adopted city ordinances, and Sulphur Springs has done just that.

Three apply for liquor store permits

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division has sent out more than 300 applications to people who want to open liquor stores in Benton County since the county voted in November to become wet, agency officials said.

Sinkhole opens in Springtown

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

Going with her dog Sue to check on her orchard in the early dawn hours of March 2, Karee Barrett was shocked to discover a new feature in her backyard, about 100 feet from her house, that wasn't there the day before — a sinkhole, 9-10 feet deep and about 35 feet wide, had opened up, revealing layers of soil and rock and with water moving through its bottom into an apparent small underground channel.

Planning, Zoning Commission to be given small stipend for work

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

Planning and zoning commission members will now get paid $25 per meeting for their service to the city of Decatur.

'No text is worth dying for...'

posted: 03/27/2013 1:37 a.m.

Several days ago, on a very windy March day shortly before spring break, Gravette High School students saw a sobering film about the dangers of texting while driving.

Wednesday, March 20

Liquor Store Application Filed

posted: 03/20/2013 1:59 a.m.

Timothy Witcher, last week, submitted an application to Arkansas' Alcoholic Beverage Control Division to operate a liquor store in Decatur, according to the weekly reports posted on the agency’s website.

Springtown gives mayor greater spending limits

posted: 03/20/2013 1:58 a.m.

Springtown’s council passed an ordinance increasing the mayor’s spending limits and approved paying for meals of those volunteering services in the city and attending town-related workshops, according to draft minutes of the March 12 meeting.

Lady Pioneers Pick Up First Win

posted: 03/20/2013 1:56 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers picked up their first win during the Siloam Springs Lady Panther Invitational earlier this month.

Former Lady Lion Named SEC Legend

posted: 03/20/2013 1:55 a.m.

A girl who was an outstanding basketball player with the Gravette Lady Lions and who later was a star at the post position for the Lady Razorbacks was honored recently by the Southeast Conference.

Troutner is selected newcomer of the year

posted: 03/20/2013 1:54 a.m.

Otto Troutner even stunned himself with the contributions he made to Gravette’s boys basketball team this season.

Gentry woman is accused of premeditation in shooting husband

posted: 03/20/2013 1:53 a.m.

Benton County prosecutors have charged a Gentry woman with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of her husband earlier this month.

Highfill looks for ways to save money on legal fees

posted: 03/20/2013 1:51 a.m.

In a brief meeting on March 12, Highfill City Council passed a rezoning ordinance, a resolution changing the fiscal year of the water and wastewater department and discussed options to cut the city's legal fees.

Hometown Events

posted: 03/20/2013 1:51 a.m.

Even more announcements are posted on our companion blog: Decatur Bible Study Vincent Xavier, pastor of New Wine Ministry in Decatur and Bella Vista, will present a 12-week series of 90-minute sessions on the book of Revelation.

OBITUARIES: March 20th

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Joyce Fern Boyle Joyce Fern Boyle, 75, of Gentry, Arkansas, died March 5, 2013, at her home.

4-H Teen Leaders Page at Capitol

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“One of the more important areas of focus within the 4-H organization is leadership,” stated Benton County 4-H Agent Jessica Street, “The Benton County Teen Leader organization strives to expose our members to various leadership opportunities to help prepare them to become better leaders in the future.”

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: I knew I shouldn't laugh but...

posted: 03/20/2013 1:49 a.m.

I shouldn't laugh when Mrs. Griz has an encounter with Murphy's Law, but it was kind of amusing when Murphy struck again during one of her trips to work last week.

SUSAN SAYS: Items Bring Back Memories

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Our hearts were saddened at the first of the month when our dear Aunt Leta died on March 5. We hated to let her go but at 101 she had lived a long, productive life and we knew we couldn’t hold her any longer.

OPINION? EVERYONE HAS ONE: I may show up for yard work, but late in the day!

posted: 03/20/2013 1:47 a.m.

I saw, on Sunday morning as we drove to town for church, one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen!

BACK TO BEDROCK: I Hope You're Having a Merry March

posted: 03/20/2013 1:45 a.m.

March, what a month! One day it can be warm and balmy, and an arctic blizzard can be blowing the next!

April 13 set for open house at Gravette school addition

posted: 03/20/2013 1:44 a.m.

Gravette Schools will celebrate another “big event” next month when open house is held at the new addition to the Gravette Middle School.

Woman Leads Police on Low-Speed Chase

posted: 03/20/2013 1:43 a.m.

Gennifer Lavante, of Bella Vista, led a lowspeed police chase — reaching speeds of 30 to 50 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour speed zone — from Gravette to Decatur on March 7.

New mini strip mall coming to Gravette

posted: 03/20/2013 1:41 a.m.

Construction began last week on a mini strip mall in Gravette.

Wednesday, March 13

Gravette opens new complex

posted: 03/13/2013 1:32 a.m.

It didn’t matter the sod on the new Gravette High School baseball field was not bright green. And although the wind-chill factor was just a few degrees above freezing, courtesy of a stiff northwest wind, it didn’t seem to matter.

Nims accepted into school of journalism for graduate studies

posted: 03/13/2013 1:32 a.m.

Brittany Nims, a 2009 Gravette High School graduate, was recently accepted into Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Chicago for graduate studies.

Decatur man sentenced to 30 years

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DECATUR — A Decatur man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two boys.

Gentry students practice alongside U of A band

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Thirty-five members of the Gentry High School band were invited to practice alongside University of Arkansas concert band members as part of a semester-long partnership between the school district and the university.

Parish takes first in 100-meter dash

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SPRINGDALE — Kevin Parish had that feeling something good was on the verge of happening Thursday afternoon.

Gentry starts off with wins on the soccer field

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GENTRY — Gentry girls’ soccer team (2-0 ) won 6-0 in play against visiting Commerce, Okla. Ana Palacios scored all four of Gentry’s goals in the first half. Bryana Carter scored two in the second. In play against Clarksville, the Lady Pioneers kicked in five goals to Clarksville’s four. Bryana Carter put three into the net, and Ana Palacios, two.

Decatur toughening up for league play

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DECATUR — Decatur girls’ and boys’ soccer teams fell to 1-7 A Rogers Heritage High junior varsity team during a non-conference game on Thursday.

Lions roar in opening game at new baseball complex

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GRAVETTE — Gravette players high-fived and traded hugs as the Lions’ baseball team broke away from their team huddle.

Pioneers overcome Lions in last inning

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GENTRY — In a seventh inning comeback, the Gentry Pioneers defeated the Gravette Lions in the Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex in Gentry on Friday.

Lady Pioneers play strong

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GENTRY — The Gentry Lady Pioneers lost on the softball diamond to Siloam Springs on Monday by a score of 11-5.

A WALK IN THE PARK: I'll think twice about it next time

posted: 03/13/2013 1:32 a.m.

The evening events left me questioning my once toddler-proof ability to multi-task.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Shouldn't I be king in my castle?

posted: 03/13/2013 1:32 a.m.

I like to be the one in control around the home place. You fellers know what I am getting at, the one who wears the pants. I prefer to be right when I make a statement, to know the answer to questions, select the best bulls, drive better than anyone else and never say anything ugly about my fellow man. I said I liked to be, I didn’t say I could pull it off.

Hometown Events

posted: 03/13/2013 1:32 a.m.

Gravette Holiness Revival The Gravette Church of God (Holiness), located at 4th and Atlanta, is in revival through March 17.

OBITUARIES: March 13th

posted: 03/13/2013 1:32 a.m.

Mabel Beulah Deen, 95, of Siloam Springs, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Springdale Health and Rehab in Springdale.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: I commend the Arkansas Legislature for taking a stand

posted: 03/13/2013 1:32 a.m.

The state of Arkansas passed a number of controversial bills this go around, and I, personally, thank legislators for their willingness to vote their conscience and pass laws which go against the flow of what is considered by many to be politically correct.

Construction on multi-purpose athletic facility to begin soon

posted: 03/13/2013 1:32 a.m.

Plans are to move existing underground power lines over spring break, March 18-22, so that work on the Gentry High School multi-purpose athletic facility can begin shortly thereafter.

Friendly Neighbors serve 55 years

posted: 03/13/2013 1:32 a.m.

For more than a half century, Friendly Neighbors Club members have provided civic and community assistance around and across Sulphur Springs.


posted: 03/13/2013 1:32 a.m.

A 12-year-old girl said her mother woke her early Sunday morning and told her something “bad had happened” and didn’t want her or her siblings to see it, according to court documents released March 5.

Decatur Chamber plans spring events

posted: 03/13/2013 1:28 a.m.

Chamber of Commerce members made plans for the annual Decatur Easter egg hunt at their March 4 meeting.

Gentry approves trash rate increase

posted: 03/13/2013 1:28 a.m.

In a brief meeting on March 4, city council members approved a trash rate increase, appointed a collection agency to collect delinquent utility bills, approved the purchase of a new backhoe by the water department, voted to waive garage sale permit requirements for sales during the Gentry Chamber of Commerce "Pickin' Time on 59" events, and adopted an ordinance allocating court costs and fines collected for the city.

Local man accused of raping girl

posted: 03/13/2013 1:28 a.m.

A Gravette man was arrested Thursday in connection with raping a 9-year-old girl.

Wednesday, March 6

Hometown Events

posted: 03/06/2013 1:33 a.m.

Farmers’ Market Vouchers Signup for 2013 senior farmers’ market nutrition vouchers will be held this week. Applicants must be 60 years of age or older and provide photo identification and proof of household income.

Decatur School Board rejects committee raise proposals

posted: 03/06/2013 1:33 a.m.

School board members denied proposals from Decatur’s teacher and certified staff policy committees and came up with their own propositions for staff raises at the Feb. 18 meeting.

Gravette board considers update of school safety plan

posted: 03/06/2013 1:33 a.m.

Gravette School Board members, at their Feb. 25 meeting, received a report and document from district safety committee members Angie Scott and Jaron Porter explaining the actions of the committee since the recent school shooting in Connecticut.

Schools look at armed-intruder plans

posted: 03/06/2013 1:33 a.m.

In the wake of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., school administrators in Gentry continue to work on armed intruder plans to implement at school campuses in the event such plans are ever needed.

Soccer teams play tough opponents to get ready

posted: 03/06/2013 1:33 a.m.

The Bulldogs started their soccer season last week with games against some tough teams to help them prepare for the conference competition ahead.

Freshman helps Gentry girls finish season on strong note

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Tim Rippy said his Gentry Lady Pioneers played their best basketball of the season at the end.

Gentry girls end season with loss to past champions

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The Lady Pioneers ended their season on a sad note Friday when they were toppled 52-38 in state playoffs against the Star City Lady Bulldogs at Cave City.

Chamber banquet held

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It was a soldout event at Gentry’s annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant on Thursday as members of the Gentry community gathered for a good meal, conversation and for the annual awards ceremonies.

USA Metal's recycling plans are rejected again

posted: 03/06/2013 1:33 a.m.

The rejection of a plan to operate a metal recycling business near Gentry was upheld Feb. 25 by the three Benton County justices of the peace chosen to hear an appeal from the county’s Planning Board.

Barns destroyed by fire

posted: 03/06/2013 1:33 a.m.

Two barns at the farm of Ron Jarvis, east of Gravette, were destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon when a controlled burn spread to one structure which ignited the second barn.

A SECOND OPINION: Dogs, cats think differently

posted: 03/06/2013 1:33 a.m.

I have always enjoyed animals of all kinds and don’t really understand people who limit themselves to being “cat persons” or “dog persons.” But there are some big differences between the way dogs and cats think and it never ceases to amaze me.

GUEST OPINION: Would Jesus bring a gun to church?

posted: 03/06/2013 1:33 a.m.

On Feb. 12, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe (D) signed into law the Church Protection Act, Senate Bill 71, which allows churches and other places of worship to decide if concealed handgun carry license holders may carry a concealed firearm for personal protection while attending services and other functions.

SUSAN SAYS: February is past and a hint of springtime is in the air

posted: 03/06/2013 1:32 a.m.

February has slipped away and now we’re only a couple of weeks from spring. February’s a short month anyway, and a flurry of activities seemed to propel us right through its brief days.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I may not be able to predict the future, but I'm sure I wasn't wrong!

posted: 03/06/2013 1:32 a.m.

One time, a few years back, I was accused of being wrong. That has always been a barb under my saddle. And, would you believe it happened again this morning? Yep, my close relative said that at the breakfast table — said she thought I was wrong!

Police solve burglary

posted: 03/06/2013 1:32 a.m.

Several pistols and a shotgun taken during a burglary at a pawn shop in Gravette last Thursday night or early Friday were recovered Saturday afternoon by Gravette police.

Board offers contracts to Decatur principals

posted: 03/06/2013 1:32 a.m.

School board members voted at the Feb. 18 meeting to offer elementary school principal Jeff Gravette and high school principal Deborah Coffer a new contract for the upcoming school year.

City gives teeth to water regulations

posted: 03/06/2013 1:32 a.m.

The Decatur Water Department now has the authority to enforce rules requiring certain businesses and other facilities to have backflow preventers in place.

E-meters coming to Gravette

posted: 03/06/2013 1:32 a.m.

Sometime this summer, Gravette water customers will be able to monitor their water meter readings electronically as a result of city council action Thursday night.

Wife arrested in husband's death

posted: 03/06/2013 1:32 a.m.

Residents were shocked Sunday to learn that a Gentry man was shot to death early that morning in his home on the east edge of the city.