Wednesday, May 29

Kindergarten graduates at Decatur's Northside

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

The high school wasn’t the only school that held graduation ceremonies recently.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

School Choice Deadline June 1 is the deadline for students wishing to transfer under Public School Choice to a nonresident school district. If mailed, the application form must be postmarked no later than June 1. An application must be submitted to both the nonresident and resident school districts. Restated, a Public School Choice application must be filed with both the district the student wishes to leave and with the district where the student wishes to attend.

Decatur students earn awards, scholarships

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On May 14, students of the 2013 graduating class of Decatur High participated in an academic awards and scholarship program in the high school gym.

FBC Gentry to hold yard, bake sale to support summer mission trips

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First Baptist Church in Gentry, located at 221 West Main Street, will hold a yard and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 29 through June 1, to support summer mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Alaska, and Vancouver (Canada).

Summer meals to be served

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

The Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County, Gravette Unit, is again participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be provided to all children without charge and are available to all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Children do not have to be enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club program in order to participate in the meal program.

Golf Classic set Saturday

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

The annual Gravette Lions Golf Classic, which was “snowed out” by the record breaking snow the first week in May, will be held Saturday, June 1, at the Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista.

Holland explores Decatur options for quarterback

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

Decatur football coach Shane Holland is looking at possibly making some changes at quarterback next season. Rising junior Victor Urquidi returns after leading the Bulldogs to a 6-5 record last season, but rising sophomore Meng Vang (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) could figure into the picture after being the quarterback on the junior high team last year.

Jessica Sturges makes dean’s list

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Jessica Louise Sturges, of Gravette, made the spring 2013 dean's list at Hendrix College. The dean's list includes students who, completing no fewer than four whole credit courses in the semester for a letter grade, have received no grade other than A. Sturges, a 2013 graduate, was one of only 215 students to appear on the dean's list this spring.

Ransom announces resignation from city posts

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

No official business was conducted at the regular Gravette City Council meeting last week other than approving minutes of regular, special and the committee of the whole meetings. All council members were present except Larry Stidham.

Fun run set for Gentry's July 4th Fest

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A fun run is planned as a part of this year’s Gentry’s July 4th celebration, with one-mile and five-kilometer runs.

Summer reading to begin

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

Gravette Public Library's summer reading program, “Dig Into Reading,” for children ages 5 to 12, will be June 3-7 at the library, just east of the Civic Center.

OCH offers storm shelter

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In the event of severe weather this season, area residents may seek cover at Ozarks Community Hospital, which continues to serve as a storm shelter for the local community.

City-wide yard sale set for this weekend in Gravette

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Gravette Mayor Byron Warren has announced the weekend of June 1 will be “Citywide Yard Sale Weekend.” No permit will be required. Everyone can participate without purchasing the $5 permit normally required.

Donations being accepted for Oklahoma tornado victims

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

Bryce Romine has made arrangements with R&R Solutions in Gravette to provide a truck to collect supplies to aid the victims of the tragic tornado in Moore, Okla.

Senior center adds to name, credentials

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A redletter day occurred last Thursday, May 23, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center in Gravette. A new word was added to its name: Officially the center, which serves senior citizens throughout the area, is now the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity & Wellness Center.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Another wolf sighted in Arkansas

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

Editor, I just read your 2012 article. I live in Hot Springs Village, and I swear I saw a wolf today, 25 yards from my mail box.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Which worship is better?

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

Which worship is better: contemporary or traditional? That is a question often discussed and debated in Christian churches — and especially so, as more and more churches abandon traditional worship forms and move toward contemporary praise bands and vocalists.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: It's starting up again

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

What a nice place to live, except for the roar of the trucks during the still night. The sound rattles the windows in my bedroom and our house is a mile and a quarter from the highway. The sound waves are real; I suspect you could get knocked over by some of the big ones if you were close and unsuspecting.

BACK TO BEDROCK: 'A Camping We Will Go' ... or will we?

posted: 05/29/2013 12:39 a.m.

With the beautiful weather we have had lately, people are beginning to spend time outside and looking forward to summer.

Kids' fishing derby set for Saturday at Crystal Lake

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It's almost time for the 10th annual Community Fishing Derby in Decatur.

Council handles sewage, traffic complaints

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Decatur City Council heard complaints from residents at its May 6 meeting in council chambers.

Park plans approved

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Improvements to Springtown’s city park are a step closer following the town council’s approval of plans submitted by Don Johnston, the town’s engineer for the project.

Renaissance Fair set Saturday

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GRAVETTE — A schedule has been released for the Renaissance Fair to be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, June 1, in Old Town Park at Gravette.

Man charged with binding girl with tape

posted: 05/29/2013 12:38 a.m.

Police arrested Damian Lee Kelley, 20, of Gentry, on Thursday on charges of false imprisonment in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

OBITUARIES: May 29th

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George Clark George Elmer Clark, 86, of Gentry, died May 21, 2013, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab, Siloam Springs.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

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“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 1 John 5:7

Wednesday, May 22

Graduates take last, first steps

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

On a beautiful late May evening, a long journey ended for a group of Decatur High School seniors.

Yoga classes to be offered at local farmers' market

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

Vendors at the Gravette Farmers’ Market continue to offer more and more goodies as the growing season moves forward.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

School Choice Deadline June 1 is the deadline for students wishing to transfer under Public School Choice to a nonresident school district. If mailed, the application form must be postmarked no later than June 1. An application must be submitted to both the nonresident and resident school districts. Restated, a School Choice application must be filed with the district the student wishes to leave and with the district where the student wishes to attend. Forms are available in the superintendent’s office at the respective school districts.

Events set at Senior Center

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

May is Older Americans Month and the staff and patrons at Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center in Gravette are celebrating with a week of special activities.

Students learning through real-world projects

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

E.A.S.T. We often see these letters involving students at Gravette High School. We learned EAST is the acronym for “Environmental and Spatial Technologies” but we wonder : Just what is that?

Davison opens martial arts studio in Decatur to teach life skills

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

Martial arts instructor James Davison tries to teach his students more than fighting skills.

Ain earns SAU scholarship

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Kaylin Ain of Gentry, a senior at Gentry High School, was selected to receive an achievement scholarship from Southern Arkansas University.

A Special, Special Day

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Lion Stadium in Gravette was filled with family and friends at the high school commencement ceremony Saturday morning. The weather cooperated as the 101 graduates were led onto Lion Field by the high school faculty as the GHS band, directed by Mike Johnson, performed the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” processional.

A WALK IN THE PARK: Doing the Warrior Dash makes me a little proud

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

A while back, I told my family that I was considering participating in the Warrior Dash 5K Mud Run. In return, I got mixed reactions of mild support and a series of questions.

OFF THE CUFF: A whole lot rests on the nails of life

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

It happened several weeks ago — unexpectedly, of course. You might call it a surprise. I called it that.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

Editor, I recently watched the movie “Parental Guidance” with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. In one scene, Crystal is talking to his character daughter, reminiscing about his parenting. He thought he was doing a good job as a dad until she went off to college and didn't call or come home for holidays.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: There must be a good reason not to mow

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

Well, I finally got it done again, though it's not what I really wanted to do over the weekend.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Having a good vet is such a blessing

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

My Pappy was known far and wide for his observations of the weather indicators and prophesies.

BACK TO BEDROCK: Resurrecting a Memorial Day tradition

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

As May ends and the door of summer swings open, my memories turn to long ago days spent with my Mom and Grandma picking flowers for Memorial Day.

Haley House recognized for leadership excellence

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Haley House, a senior at Gravette High School, has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in leadership.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

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“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:38-39

Fishing derby set June 1

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It's almost time for the 10th annual Community Fishing Derby in Decatur.

OBITUARIES: May 22nd

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Jessie Bates Jessie Ann Bates, 100, of Southwest City, Mo., died May 19, 2013, at her home. She was born March 5, 1913, in Gravette, to William Sherman and Laura Ann (Bullock) Riter.

Gravette buys land near cemetery

posted: 05/22/2013 1:59 a.m.

Purchase of two parcels of property behind Hillcrest Cemetery in Gravette was approved by the Gravette City Council at a special meeting last Tuesday night.

Summer sessions offered at Boys & Girls Club

posted: 05/22/2013 1:58 a.m.

The Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County, Gravette Unit, will be open for two four-week sessions this summer.

New business opens in Gentry

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Mid America Tax & Accounting, LLC, celebrated its new Main Street business with local chamber members at a ribbon cutting on Thursday.

New thrift store opening

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A new food pantry will be opening at 11171 N. Hwy 59 (between Gravette and Decatur) on Saturday. A ribbon cutting is planned at the new facility at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Renaissance Fair set for June 1

posted: 05/22/2013 1:58 a.m.

A Renaissance Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in Old Town Park at Gravette, sponsored by the Gravette Library Commission. A similar fair was held last year and was very popular.

Bible team going to nationals

posted: 05/22/2013 1:58 a.m.

The Decatur Assembly of God Junior Bible Quiz team will be going to the national championship at Cedar Hills, Texas, June 6-8. This, after qualifying at regionals held in Shreveport, La., April 25.

Sulphur Springs search turns up drugs, guns

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Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies found drugs, firearms and blasting caps during a search of a Sulphur Springs home Tuesday.

Victim, shooter, one and the same

posted: 05/22/2013 1:58 a.m.

A Gravette man remains in Benton County Jail after District Judge Jeff Conner, Thursday, set his bond at $100,000.

Memorial Day service set for Monday

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Bella Vista’s annual Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Wednesday, May 15

Bikers enjoy ride for a good cause

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Bikers had the chance to enjoy beautiful spring weather and ride for a good cause during the Fourth Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run on Saturday.

Gentry student graduates from Lyon College

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Lauren Mills of Gentry graduated at Lyon College’s 141st commencement May 4.

Sturges graduates from Hendrix

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Jessica Louise Sturges, of Gravette, graduated from Hendrix College on Saturday, May 11, at the college's 129th commencement ceremony. Sturges received her bachelor's degree from Hendrix in environmental studies.

Key Club fights neonatal tetanus

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The Gravette High School Key Club raised $277 for a project of their sponsoring organization, the Gravette Kiwanis Club, to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. The club sold homecoming T-shirts and candy canes at Christmas time. The check was presented to Jay Oliphant at a recent Kiwanis club meeting. Making the presentation were Deanna Marta, Key Club president, and members Haley House, Aleeya Walker, Stormi Pierce and Russell Sharp.

4-H plans fundraiser

posted: 05/15/2013 1:10 a.m.

Bloomfield 4-H will hold a fundraiser from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at Tractor Supply in Siloam Springs.

Student receives scholarship to Lyon College

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Zachary Walker of Gravette has been accepted for admission to Lyon College and has been awarded an Honors Day scholarship.

Palacios, Bond lead Gentry in goals

posted: 05/15/2013 1:09 a.m.

Ana Palacios enjoyed a huge junior season last year, scoring 29 goals and helping the Gentry Lady Pioneers return to the state soccer tournament.

Athletes take honors at Meet of Champs

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Gentry, Gravette and Decatur sent athletes to the Meet of Champions at Lake Hamilton High School on Saturday. Gentry freshman Mallory Morris took seventh in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.64.

Gravette honors athletes at awards ceremony

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Hundreds of persons filled the Gravette High School commons and Performing Arts Center (PAC) Saturday evening at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet.

Decatur track team finishes strong

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Decatur High School’s track and field team had a phenomenal year, going to the state meet at Fort Smith Southside on May 1 and placing eighth in the 2A division.

Gentry High holds its commencement ceremonies Friday

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Ninetyeight Gentry High School seniors were awarded diplomas in graduation ceremonies held Friday in the Bill George Arena on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs.

Chamber is now accepting vendor applications for Freedom Festival

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Gentry Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for vendors at the annual Freedom Festival to be held July 4 at the Gentry City Park.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I'm thankful for my hay-making offspring

posted: 05/15/2013 1:09 a.m.

I am going to say it again, the drought is finished for us! I truly wish it was over for the southwestern states but I am afraid it won’t be for a while.

BACK TO BEDROCK: Run, Daddy, Run!

posted: 05/15/2013 1:09 a.m.

When you grow up on a farm, as I did, animals are an integral part of your life. First of all, they provided for us. When I was little we rarely had to buy meat because we grew our own pork, chicken and beef.

SUSAN SAYS: Some items could be more valuable than you think

posted: 05/15/2013 1:09 a.m.

The heavy rain we got at the end of last week has surely ended the “drought” in our area.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Do we tell our graduates the truth?

posted: 05/15/2013 1:09 a.m.

It’s graduation time again and many high school seniors are taking that huge step out into the world — whether it be going away to a college or technical school, entering the job market, serving in the military or getting married and starting a new family.

Rippy leaving Gentry to coach Siloam Springs

posted: 05/15/2013 1:09 a.m.

The Siloam Springs School Board on Thursday approved the hiring of Tim Rippy to be the next girls’ basketball coach. Rippy has been the girls’ basketball coach at Gentry for the past six seasons, where he compiled an 89-89 overall record and took the Lady Pioneers to four regional tournaments and two state tournaments in Class 4A.

Library announces dates for summer reading program

posted: 05/15/2013 1:09 a.m.

Decatur Public Library announced the dates for the 2013 summer reading program.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

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Retirement Reception Gentry High School will host a retirement reception for Art Teacher Lynn Garside on Monday, May 20th. The reception will begin at 2 p.m. and be held in the high school library.

Definition of 'rental' creates questions in Sulphur Springs

posted: 05/15/2013 1:09 a.m.

At times, a single word written into a city new ordinance and adopted by its governing body can lead to a lively discussion within a town’s citizenry over the new law’s enforcement.

Southard gets eight years

posted: 05/15/2013 1:09 a.m.

Christine Renee Southard admitted she used taxpayer money to help fund her gambling addiction.

OBITUARIES: May 15th

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Barbara Center Barbara Jean Center, 75, of Huntsville, died May 12, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 05/15/2013 1:09 a.m.

Jesus is coming in clouds of glory

Gravette graduation set in Lions Stadium

posted: 05/15/2013 1:08 a.m.

One hundred seniors at Gravette High School will march across Lion Stadium Saturday morning to receive their diplomas, the final rite of their 12 years of education.

Ambulance service still disputed issue

posted: 05/15/2013 1:08 a.m.

Benton County Judge Bob Clinard said Thursday’s lengthy discussion of rural ambulance service didn’t contribute to solving the problem of how to keep the service available.

Committee formed to find new coach

posted: 05/15/2013 1:08 a.m.

A special school board meeting was held following graduation ceremonies in Siloam Springs to appoint a member of the board to a screening committee for the selection of a new high school girls’ basketball coach for the upcoming school year. The board unanimously accepted the resignation of Timothy Rippy as senior girls’ basketball coach, with an expression of thanks for his years of service in Gentry. Rippy, according to the board agenda, has accepted a similar position in the Siloam Springs School District.

Sewer to be built

posted: 05/15/2013 1:08 a.m.

The Gravette City Council, Thursday evening, gave approval for the “first leg” of a sewer line extension east of Gravette.

Tuesday, May 14

UPDATE: Authorities say man shot himself after burglary

updated: 05/14/2013 8:25 p.m.

Gravette police, assisted by Benton County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies are looking for a man who apparently shot someone in the leg in the area of the 300 S.E. block of Dallas Street in Gravette at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 8

Thoughts on Snow in May

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

The following writings are from the fifth grade students in Mrs. Hadley’s homeroom class at Gravette Upper Elementary. We hope you enjoy reading their thoughts about snow in May: Snow in May? I wouldn’t believe you until I saw it myself.

OCH is offering free physicals to Gravette student athletes

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

Student athletes within the Gravette School Districts will be given physicals, free of charge, this Saturday, May 11, at the OCH Gravette Clinic.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

Saturday, May 11, is Postal Employees Food Pickup Day. Hang a can or two of non-perishables on your mailbox for your carrier to pick up and deliver to the food bank.

Kean signs letter of intent to play MVC volleyball

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

GRAVETTE — Taylor Graceson Kean, former Gravette High School player, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Missouri Valley College beginning in the fall of 2013.

Lions Golf Classic rescheduled

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

Weather conditions last Saturday, May 4, forced postponement of the Gravette Lions Golf Classic scheduled at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista.

New thrift store set to open in Decatur

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

Due to the success of its first venture, United Christian Charity is opening another thrift store in the Decatur/Gravette area. The first store, which opened in 2012, had 4,000 people pass through its doors.

Poker run set Saturday

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

The 4th annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at the Decatur Fire Department, across from Decatur City Hall.

Gentry High students get scholarships

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

Gentry High School seniors were awarded scholarships at a Scholarship Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 30. The approximate total of all scholarships awarded was $550,000.

Gentry girls finish another successful season

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

The Gentry girls’ soccer team finished with a successful season and are set to play in state competition at Little Rock on Thursday.

Gentry and Gravette bring home state honors in track

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

Two Gentry High School students won state championships at the 4A State Championship track meet held in Heber Springs on Thursday. Other area students placed in the top 10 in the competition.

Fundraising events set to send OM teams to world competition

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

A number of fundraising events have been scheduled to raise money to send three Gentry Odyssey of the Mind teams to world competition in East Lansing, Mich., later this month.

International Night celebrates cultural diversity within Decatur School District

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

Students and faculty of Northside Elementary treated family, friends and invited guests to a whirlwind tour of nations from around the world on Thursday.

OBITUARIES: May 8th

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

Edna Breckenridge Edna Lea Breckenridge, 87 of Colcord, Okla., died Sunday, May 05, 2013, at her home.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 05/08/2013 1:05 a.m.

Spring Choir Concert The Gravette High School choir will present its spring concert at 7 p.m.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Enjoy beef producing days

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

I promised myself and the male offspring we would put together a covered working area and we are gonna start it this coming month. I suspect it will take a summer to get it going as hay time is about upon us, a couple more weeks, and then all the rest of the stuff required to keep body and soul together has to be taken care of.

LOOKING BACK: Reminiscing a bit about how things were in Noel

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

An article in a recent Eagle Observer about the bank robbery at Southwest City, Mo., made Jerry and me start to reminisce.

A WALK IN THE PARK: So, what are your plans for the future?

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

With the end of school in sight, it will soon be time to say goodbye to another group of seniors.

OFF THE CUFF: Well, Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

Remember Goober of Gomer Pyle fame?

Gravette Night set at Arvest Ballpark

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

Gravette Night at the Ballpark is set for Tuesday, May 28, at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, with game time at 7 p.m.

Benton County 4-H member attends national 4-H conference

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

A delegation of Arkansas 4-H youth representing four counties, including Benton County, attended National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. The Arkansas delegation returned home from a week in which more than 270 youth and adults representing 4-H programs across the country gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge to share back at home and develop recommendations to help guide the future of 4-H programs nationally and in their communities.

Parent night is set for Gravette eight graders

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

Parents of eighth grade students at Gravette Middle School are being encouraged to attend the annual Eighth Grade Parent Night, Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Gravette High School.

Siloam Springs man faces charges after attempts to speak with ex-girlfriend

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

A Siloam Springs man was arrested and charged with residential burglary and false imprisonment after breaking into a home to talk with his former girlfriend.

Council approves new Head Start location

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

Two meetings were called by Mayor Charles Linam on April 29 to discuss locations for a new Decatur Head Start school facility.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

“And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.

Council rejects bids for work on ponds

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

City council members, on Monday, rejected bids for work at the Flint Creek Nature Area because those received came in considerably higher than originally anticipated.

Technology lets students go to college while still in high school

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

Thanks to technology, it’s now possible for students at Gentry High School to take high school courses which otherwise would not be available to them and to get a jump start on their college education by completing a number of college courses while still in high school.

Athletic Banquet set for May 11

posted: 05/08/2013 1:04 a.m.

The annual Gravette Athletic Booster member appreciation banquet, auction and athletic awards assembly will be held Saturday, May 11, at the Gravette High School.

Wednesday, May 1

Decatur considers appropriate action for Head Start grant application

posted: 05/01/2013 1:13 a.m.

A special meeting of the Decatur City Council was called by Mayor Charles Linam on Thursday to consider a request by Head Start of Northwest Arkansas to build a new facility in Decatur.

Students develop resource saving plan

posted: 05/01/2013 1:13 a.m.

It began with a video the teacher at Gravette Upper Elementary School showed her fourth graders after they returned to class from a field trip.

Parish sprinting toward championship finish

posted: 05/01/2013 1:13 a.m.

Kevin Parish kept telling Gentry track coach Daniel Ramsey he was a sprinter, all the way back in junior high. The senior is certainly proving his point this season.

Police arrest two in city theft

posted: 05/01/2013 1:13 a.m.

Several incidents were reported to the Decatur Police Department in the past three weeks, according to Police Chief Terry Luker.

Pitcher overcomes obstacles

posted: 05/01/2013 1:13 a.m.

Nervousness is something Lindsee LaBrecque has learned to deal with during her first two years with Gravette’s softball team.

MEET RESULTS

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BOYS Team scores — 1. Gentry 192; 2. Farmington 154; 3. Gravette 89; 4. Ozark 61.5; 5. Prairie Grove 46; 6. Pea Ridge 45.5; 7. Lincoln 43; 8. Berryville 17. 100 — 1. Kevin Parish, Gentry, 11.29; 2. Brandon Brokeshoulder, Ozark, 11.79; 3. Josh Blew, Farmington, 11.81; 4. Justin Averette, Pea Ridge, 12.03; 5. Sean Walton, Lincoln, 12.08; 6. Michael Lusher, Farmington, 12.12; 7. Logan Rose, Pea Ridge, 12.14; 8. Bobby Catt, Prairie Grove, 12.22. 200 — 1. Kevin Parish, Gentry, 23.47; 2. Brandon Brokeshoulder, Ozark, 24.10; 3. Justin Averette, Pea Ridge, 24.27; 4. Sean Walton, Lincoln, 24.79; 5. Josh Blew, Farmington, 24.80; 6. Joe Bunyard, Farmington, 24.82; 7. Sydney Walker, Prairie Grove, 24.89; 8. Lloyd Kalberloh, Pea Ridge, 25.05. 400 — 1. Kevin Parish, Gentry, 52.39; 2. Jake Faulkenberry, 54.60; 3. Quinn Holman, Farmington, 54.91; 4. Chaz Turner, Farmington, 55.02; 5. Tyler Homer, Gravette, 56.44; 6. Zac Baccam, Ozark, 56.58; 7. Justin Averette, Pea Ridge, 5705; 8. Aiden Brummett, Berryville, 57.22. 800 — 1.

Gentry boys take first, Gravette girls second in conference meet

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Jerod Cousins and Kevin Parish provided the Gentry boys’ track team with a potent one-two punch during the 4A-1 Conference track meet Thursday in Gravette.

Parents make a difference

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Thursday, March 28, was the sixth annual “Parents Make the Difference” Night. Two hundred and nine parents and students gathered at the Upper Elementary for this event. There were 28 staff members present. This was the greatest attendance ever recorded.

Film to be made in Gravette

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Gravette’s Lion football stadium will be the site of filming scenes next week for a new movie about Razorback great Brandon Burlsworth.

'Arts in the Park' event moved indoors, but still draws crowds

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The crowd was standing room only in the Gravette High School commons Saturday afternoon as old and young alike enjoyed the Gravette School “Arts in the Park” event. Originally scheduled to be held in Tiree Park in Bella Vista, the displays and entertainment were all moved indoors to the high school.

Gravette Library plans summer reading program

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The Gravette Public Library announces a special summer reading program for children, ages 5 to 12, will be held June 3-7 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

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Prayer Breakfast A prayer breakfast will be held from 7 to 8 a.m.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Editor, The Maysville Fire Department held a concealedcarry handgun license class fundraiser at the Maysville Community Building on Saturday, April 13. The 18-student class was taught by Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck and fellow instructor Major Rob Holly. On behalf of the Maysville Fire Department, I would like to thank Sheriff Cradduck and Major Holley for their time spent instructing and sharing their knowledge in the class. Thanks also to all who attended the class.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: When it's not non-essential

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Some folks are just unable to be satisfied! We all know we are poor by the standards of America, we who live in the country and feed the others.

SUSAN SAYS: April showers bring May flowers

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“April showers bring May flowers.” That’s the way the old saying goes, and we certainly had our share of rain during the month of April.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: To shoot or not to shoot? Judging isn't always so easy

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While the news media is often right there with the attorneys in examining every possible mistake made by an officer in a police shooting incident, I have to say I'm not so quick to judge.

Council approves roof bid

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In a short Gravette City Council meeting Thursday night, the Council passed five ordinances, okayed a resolution and accepted a bid for repairing the roof at the former city hall building.

Local residents treat sick, injured eagles

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A pleasant pastime for area residents during the cold winter months is occasionally traveling backroads along Spavinaw Creek, visiting the nature trail at SWEPCO Lake near Gentry or circling along the Beaver Lake shoreline. The purpose? Eagle watching !

'Imagine No Malaria' project of UMC class

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A class at the Gravette United Methodist Church is joining Methodist Churches throughout Arkansas in a project called “Imagine No Malaria.” The goal is to help stamp out malaria, a disease that is still one of the deadliest in the world even in this 21st century. The project focus is on the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. The 2012 Confirmation class at the church chose this as its project and is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser Saturday, May 4, at the church fellowship hall.

Springtime Pickin’ Time starts

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Springtime Pickin’ Time will be held in Gentry and Decatur May 2 through 5. The event is sponsored by the Gentry and Decatur Chambers of Commerce.

Broken windshield leads to drug charges

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A traffic stop for a broken windshield led to two arrests in Gentry on April 19.

Prank text causes school lock-down

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A text message speaking of a student bringing a gun to school caused a brief lock-down on the campus of Gentry High School last week, on April 23.

Board approves laptop, iPad purchase for new curriculum

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Purchase of 210 laptops and 60 iPads which meet new Common Core test requirements was approved at the Monday night meeting of the Gravette School Board. T

Sightseers are sight from the past

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When traveling to see the beauty of the United States, usual modes of transportation come to mind, such as car, bus, train or plane.

OBITUARIES: May 1st

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Daisy Blagg Daisy Kathleen Blagg, 94, of Colcord, Okla., died April 26, 2013, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab, Siloam Springs.