Wednesday, September 18

Springtown approves code ofÿcer

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

Council members approved, on Friday, the mayor’s appointment of Bryan Lockamy to be the town’s new code enforcement officer and passed, on its second reading, an ordinance regulating the burning of dilapidated structures.

Lions overcome by Bearcats

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Gravette scored 24 secondhalf points on the road Friday night, but could not climb out of a 41-0 hole in a nonconference loss to Booneville. The Bearcats (2-0 ) raced to a big lead behind Bryson May, who ran for two touchdowns and returned a fumble for a third. He also had a twopoint conversion run and ended his night early with 13 carries for 91 yards. Gravette (0-2 ) got scoring runs from Cedric Duarte and Bryce Moorman and touchdown passes from Moorman to Shay Shimer and Garrett Bray in the second half.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Not Ready for overnight camping in Gravette parks

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

It is important for city residents to stay informed, and I would urge others to attend Committee of the Whole meetings as they can learn about current city news.

Athletic program building at Decatur

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

Now that summer is over and school is back in session, it is time to dust off the old pigskin, oil the old glove, replace the old nets and stripe the old soccer field, for it’s sports time at Decatur High.

County to add new voting precincts

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

Benton County, following dictates of a new state law, will create 15 more voting precincts for next year’s elections.

Gravette Farmers’ Market under new management

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

Gravette Farmers’ Market, which originally was under control and management of the city, is now operated by a four-member GFM (Gravette Farmers’ Market) management team comprised of Paul Mahon, Evelyn Mc-Graw, Beth Patton and Allyson Ransom. The team is made up of people who have been with the market the longest — McGraw, five years; Mahon and Patton, each with four years; and Ransom, whose six years of service began when the market started. “We all share various duties,” said Ransom, who is in charge of grants and special programs. “The Community Foundation, with Jim Singleton as treasurer, holds funds and gives regular reports on revenues and expenses,” Ransom says. The market will continue for several weeks, through October, and is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. “We have had some beautiful veggies and we have some ‘double-your-money ’ voucher cards still available for participating seniors,” the market announced.


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Lofty and DaleLynn Carrier left Tuesday morning to return to Morrilton by way of Norman, Okla., to visit briefly with their daughter, Lamarise. A lot of you will remember Mrs. Trembly as your teacher at one time. I saw in the paper this week where she had passed away. Sympathy is extended to her family. Linda Fisher returned to her home in Oklahoma on Sunday after spending the week here visiting her mother and brothers.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Embarrassed on the sidelines

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

For those who see me taking sports photos and wonder how many times I’ve been sacked on the football field while taking pictures, I’ll tell you Friday night was a first in about nine years on the sidelines. I’ve been hit before, but not as hard, and was never knocked off my feet.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Visiting the grocery store is quite a trip

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

Have you had the experience of trailing your close relative through a supermarket and looking at all the things on the shelves? Well, go if you haven’t been! I must say it is a trip. And since I do not know what the LSD did for folks, I can’t compare; but let us say it is a trip!

Fire used to train ÿ reÿ ghters

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

The Gravette Fire Department, on Wednesday evening, conducted a training exercise in which it burned a vacant residential property. The structure, located on the campus of the Holiness Bible School, had been vacant for some time. This was the third such house-burning training exercise conducted by the department in recent months.

Gentry quilt show set for October

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The 2013 Gentry Chamber of Commerce Quilt Show will take place Oct. 11 to 18 at the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library.

Council committee considers trash contract, hears reports on city improvement projects

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During a three-hour session Thursday evening, the Gravette City Council Committee of the Whole discussed many subjects, one of which involves trash pickup service in the city. Several of the items discussed may, or may not, involve action at the regular official council meeting Sept.

Decatur shuts out Hartford

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

Opening night jitters can sometimes be hard to overcome, especially if players have never performed before a live audience. For some Decatur Bulldog football players, the first two non-conference games were also their first in front of a hometown crowd.

Gentry falls to Charleston in hard-fought contest

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

The Gentry defense did everything it could to keep its team in the game Friday night.

quilt work Displayed

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The scores of persons who visited the Museum and Civic Center Saturday were greeted by cockleburrs, postage stamps, butterflies, stars, lots of flowers and even broken dishes. They could visualize climbing Jacob’s ladder, could look out window panes, view a collection of family farm photos, and even view dozens of ribbons and awards won by a 4-H member several years ago.

Council approves water meter rate, accepts web design bid

posted: 09/18/2013 2 a.m.

Decatur City Council had a light agenda for the Sept. 9 meeting. There were only two items up for discussion and approval, one dealing with water meter rates and the second with web design services for the city.


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The weather has been nice for a couple of days, but we are in need of more rain. Hopefully we will get some. Sunday was homecoming day at the Maysville Bible Church. The attendance was good. After morning service we had lunch with lots of food and fellowship. It was good to see several that we hadn’t seen for quite some time. After lunch we had some good singing, Jim Whisenant and his son Nathan, Connie (Janes) Threlkeld and the Wardlaw sisters, Eva Rea, Ellen and Christi. It was all good.

Wednesday, September 11

Camp Jackson ravaged by measles

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The establishment of Camp Jackson in Arkansas was originally attempted by General Benjamin McCulloch during the hot, scorching days of summer in northwest Arkansas. The General named Camp Jackson for Governor Claiborne Jackson of Missouri, a staunch supporter of the Confederacy who actively pushed for Missouri’s secession from the Union.

Charges to be filed

posted: 09/11/2013 1:42 a.m.

A Decatur man was injured in a hit-and-run accident while riding his lawn mower to work in the middle of the night.


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This week’s news is two weeks combined. We are having August weather the first part of September. We are in need of rain. Fall isn’t too far away. Orpha Wardlaw and Katherine Tucker attended the retirement reception for Robert Seay last week at the County Extension Offi ce. He has been the county agent for several years. We wish him the best in his retirement. He will be missed. Christi Wardlaw of Little Rock spent Labor Day weekend with her mother, Orpha Wardlaw, and attended church with Orpha. She knows we always expect her to sing for us when she is here. I had a good Labor Day weekend. Seth and Melody Tucker and Judah of Harrison came up to Steve and Susan Tucker’s on Sunday evening. Seth and Susan ran in the 3 mile run at Rogers on Labor Day for needy and abused children. Then I had several visitors including the ones from Harrison, Steve and Susan Tucker of Bella Vista, my cousins Jerry and Elaine Casey of Bentonville, Tracy Warren and Skyler Warren. I really enjoyed all of them.

Ole Timers met on Aug. 29

posted: 09/11/2013 1:32 a.m.

The Ole Timers from the Gravette Medical Center Hospital met on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, for supper. There were 19 former employees there with some welcome visitors in attendance. A good time was had by all.

I’ve been longing for Alaska

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The sweltering heat and humidity of the past summer made me long for Alaska. Even in the hottest months it is cool there, but sometimes getting up to 75 or 80 degrees.

Does it take a big camera to capture ‘good’ photographs?

posted: 09/11/2013 1:32 a.m.

Yes, it felt a little funny standing along the sidelines at Gentry’s football game with a big professional-grade single lens reflex camera and heavy long lens hanging from my neck while I took sports photos with a digital camera small enough to drop into my shirt pocket, but I’m sure glad I did. To be honest with you, I never thought I’d write anything like this in a column, but I’m convinced enough to want to sell off much of my photographic equipment — including some much-loved fi lm equipment — in favor of a smaller and much lighter digital camera. And this is from a guy who thought digital quality could not touch the quality of film (so long as it is processed and printed the right way). What changed my mind? After problems with the newspaper’s professional digital camera body and a visit to the camera store to find a solution, I came away with a Canon PowerShot G15, confident it would meet most of the newspaper’s needs without spending a fortune on a new camera body and a good lens to go with it. (I migh

What is this country comin’ to?

posted: 09/11/2013 1:32 a.m.

Did you roast any wieners or eat that fish you have been catching on Labor Day?

It’s time to enjoy warmth of summer but coming of fall

posted: 09/11/2013 1:32 a.m.

There’s a new-found energy in the air with the arrival of September. When September comes, the many glories of autumn and the pleasures of summer are with us to enjoy simultaneously. On some days it’s as warm and sunny as the middle of summer, while on other days we can feel the tantalizing approach of autumn.

A few toys in the bathroom are good for you!

posted: 09/11/2013 1:32 a.m.

For many years, from the time my oldest child was able to sit up on his own, there were toys in my bathtub. At that time, we lived in a house that only had one bathroom (gasp) and all family members used it.

Fall festival plans are ÿnalized in Hiwasse

posted: 09/11/2013 1:32 a.m.

Plans are being finalized for the second annual Hiwasse Fall Festival which will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Hiwasse Fire Station, 13680 Firehouse Lane. Activities will start at 11 a.m.


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Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest…. “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into his harvest.” Matt. 9:36-38 (Read 9:35 – 10:15; Luke 10:1ff.) When our Lord Jesus saw the multitudes of people wandering aimlessly through life, not knowing their sinful and lost condition or Him as their Savior, He was moved with compassion and told His disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest that He send out laborers into His harvest. Jesus recognized that He by Himself, in His state of humiliation, could not reach all the people (not even in Israel) with the Gospel of the Kingdom. Therefore He urged His disciples to pray for more workers in the kingdom, and He sent out the Twelve and then the Seventy (cf. Luke 10:1ff.) to preach the Gospel to

Bomber makes return trip to Drake Field

posted: 09/11/2013 1:32 a.m.

The only flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress will grace the skies over Northwest Arkansas on Sept. 19 as part of the Bikes, Blues, BBQ and Bombers event in Fayetteville.

Police tip line, city code now available on Gentry website

posted: 09/11/2013 1:32 a.m.

Two new features are being added to the city of Gentry website, enabling Internet users to read and review city code and to report criminal activity directly to police. A digital copy of Gentry’s municipal code is now available online, making it possible for residents to look up and obtain information on city laws without driving to city hall. The online version refl ects the most recent update of the city code which was digitized by the Arkansas Municipal League.

Charges to be filed

posted: 09/11/2013 1:31 a.m.

A Decatur man was injured in a hit-and-run accident while riding his lawn mower to work in the middle of the night.

Fallen Confederate soldiers honored

posted: 09/11/2013 1:31 a.m.

Twenty-seven Confederate soldiers were remembered and honored Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Flat Cemetery, southwest of Gravette, when a marker listing their names was unveiled.

Tuesday, September 10

Library unveils expansion model at Hay Days

posted: 09/10/2013 11:26 p.m.

The Bella Vista Public Library gave citizens a chance to see a model of the planned expansion to the library on Sept. 6 and 7 at the Bella Vista Hay Days celebration. With input from many community sources, the plan for the expansion would more than double the current space available.

Board ends search for panel

posted: 09/10/2013 11:26 p.m.

Due to an overwhelming response, the Property Owners Association’s Board of Directors has decided to end its search for members with restaurant management experience who are willing to serve on an ad hoc committee.

Flood damage keeps some amenities closed

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Several Bella Vista Village amenities remain closed one month after a fl ood devastated the area.


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Friday, Sept. 13 " 7 p.m. The Best of the Sophisticated Ladies Show will be presented in Riordan Hall. Come and enjoy music and dance as the audience travels Route 66 to New York through the 1920s to the ’50s.


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Saturday, Aug. 31 12:12 a.m. After the report of a suspicious person walking on Hampstead Road, police took a male subject to his home.After performing a search on the subject’s residence, police arrested Patricia Drago, 41, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Art Club sponsors special exhibit

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Village Art Club is sponsoring a special exhibit at the Bella Vista Historical Museum through the end of October.

Schmeiding Center offers programs

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Schmieding Center in Bella Vista is offering several health related programs for Bella Vista residents.

Eagle Scout project adds new tables, benches at Cooper

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Students at Cooper Elementary School will have a pleasant outdoor space for activities, thanks to Bella Vista resident Nate Coleman’s Eagle Scout project.

Live on Stage begins Sunday

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Live on Stage in NWA will open its 2013-14 concert series with Exile, legendary rock and country recording artists.

Attention pet lovers

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You may have noticed that some canines out for a walk in BV or elsewhere are sporting bright yellow these days. It’s not a frivolous trend for fashion-savvy, sartorially resplendent canines or their owners. It has an important purpose and indicates an internationally-recognized symbol with safety in mind. If you see a yellow bow, ribbon or patch of yellow duct tape attached to a collar or leash or a yellow bandanna circling the animal’s neck, it simply means “I Need My Space.” It indicates the dog — including your own — is shy, perhaps aggressive, fearful of people or of other dogs, not yet fully socialized, in heat or otherwise “intact,” old, infi rm, arthritic or asthmatic, needing to stay calm. It signals others that they or their dogs — however well-meaning — should not approach or allow their pets to encroach on a dog’s space until he/ she is comfortable with the attention.

Vote Yes for new high school

posted: 09/10/2013 11:26 p.m.

I will be contacting all my friends in the Bentonville, Bella Vista, Centerton and other Benton County areas to state my feelings. I grew up poor, and had it not been for public schools, paid for with tax dollars, I would not be enjoying the life I have now. The area that they are proposing for the new high school is a fast-growing area. But no matter where it is built, there is an urgent need for more classrooms. I can understand the opposition to it being built near Centerton, but the main issue is the need. Northwest Arkansas is growing rapidly, faster than the schools can handle. We have many portable classrooms and more to come. Bentonville School District just completed building a new junior high. Yes, it is out near Centerton also. This school already has class sizes that are almost at their maximum. I also know that this school was built to replace the portable classrooms but, if numbers continue to climb, they could be reopened as early as next year. I’ve heard many complain about building another hi


posted: 09/10/2013 11:26 p.m.

What is the point? Five U.S. destroyers sitting off the coast of Syria, our military standing at the ready, Secretary of State John Kerry makes a strong case about striking at a ruthless murderer for gassing his own people, many of them children. Then our “leader,” and I certainly use that term loosely, announces he has decided to strike Syria via a big media event, like he always does whenever he has to make a decision that no other president could possibly make on his own. He states that the atrocities are so egregious that action is a necessity. Oh, and he now wants to run it by Congress with a vote scheduled for Sept. 9. Then it was time for golf for Obama and Biden. Really, are you serious? The atrocities are not too bad to interfere with the Labor Day holiday and golf. This completely defi es logic. Military leaders are scratching their heads while vacationer-in-chief is playing golf and off to Europe. Guess he didn’t get enough golf during vacation just two weeks ago. Our allies are wondering what the

Bone Health program canceled

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A Sept. 17 presentation on “Bone Health” by Steven Johnson, a physician’s assistant with The Orthopedic Center at Northwest in Springdale, has been cancelled.

Patriots to host potluck picnic

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The Patriot Potluck Picnic is planned for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Tanyard Creek Pavilion.

Sophisticated Ladies show set for this weekend

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The Sophisticated Ladies, a Bella Vista-based tap and jazz dance group, will present “The Best of the Sophisticated Ladies Dance Revue” this weekend at Riordan Hall. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. The audience will travel Route 66 to New York from the 1920s to the ’50s. Tickets are $5 each and are available in advance at Riordan Hall and the Town Center Arvest Bank.

Police to run seat belt checkpoint

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Be on the look out! Bella Vista Police will be conducting a seat belt checkpoint from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the intersection of Hampstead Road and Chaucer Drive.

Panel discusses how to handle meeting cancellations

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How the Bella Vista Property Owners Association should handle last-minute board meeting cancellations was the topic of discussion Sept. 3 at the monthly meeting of the Communications Committee.

FEMA could be available for road damage in BV

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The county has been declared a disaster by President Barack Obama, and so federal funds could be available for Bella Vista road repairs.

Legion to host dinner, dance

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The American Legion Post 341, 1889 Bella Vista Way, will have a Steak Dinner and/or Steak Dinner and Dance on Sept.

◊ ree ÿ reÿghters join BVPD

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Three new faces can be seen among the ranks of the Bella Vista Fire Department.

NEBCO fundraiser set for Sept. 21

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Northeast Benton County Fire-EMS will host its 20th annual Turkey Shoot and Rib Cookoff fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at NEBCO Fire Station No. 1 and the Community Center on U.S. Highway 62 and South Wimpy Jones Road.

Planners cancel meeting

posted: 09/10/2013 11:26 p.m.

No decisions were made Monday night due to a canceled Planning Commission meeting.

Christensen: Schmieding programs to continue on

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Margaret Christensen may be leaving her job as education coordinator at the Schmieding Center for Senior Education-Bella Vista, but she’s not going far. As a matter of fact, she’s moving just across the room to another offi ce.

Hays Days draws large crowds

posted: 09/10/2013 11:26 p.m.

Bella Vista’s first attempt at a citywide festival was a success, for the city and for the Bella Vista Animal Shelter.

Offi cials reviewing address changes

posted: 09/10/2013 11:26 p.m.

Though the issue never needed council approval to proceed, the readdressing of several addresses in the city has been postponed after a vote by aldermen, and addresses included are being re-examined for necessity. Planning Director Chris Suneson devised a plan to readdress 574 parcels, in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service and Benton County 911 Administration. At the regular City Council meeting Aug. 26, Alderwoman Becky Morgan protested the change, calling it traumatic for residents in reference to time-consuming and costly changes. At the meeting of the Emergency Management Committee Sept. 4, Suneson told the group he has met with Morgan and representatives from Benton County 911 twice in an effort to eliminate some addresses in question. “The public is concerned about everything that would have to be changed,” he said. “We are seeking alternate solutions to the sequencing problem … If we don’t have to disrupt people’s lives, all the better.” The address change is intended to fix issues with structure


posted: 09/10/2013 11:08 p.m.

Dear Patrons of the Pea Ridge Community, Next Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, is election day. We would like to encourage the citizens of Pea Ridge to support the candidate of your choice and become involved in the voting process. The voting process is what makes our country great and deciding the next school leader is important to the future of our school district.

Wednesday, September 4

Robinson finds comfort level in the spotlight

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Cody Robinson has never had trouble holding his own on the football fi eld.

Carrier’s quick thinking saves mail

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Quick work by a rural mail carrier in Gravette saved letters and packages he was carrying on his route when his delivery vehicle caught fi re Thursday afternoon.

Judge revokes Fleck’s privileges

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The only outside communication Susan Fleck can have is with her attorney, Circuit Judge Robin Green ruled last month.

Let this sink down into your ears!

posted: 09/04/2013 4:44 p.m.

Luke 9:44 Jesus had appeared in glory on the mount of transfiguration. He healed the sick, raised the dead and even cast out demons. He gave to His followers power to work miracles as they preached the coming of God’s eternal kingdom; but, then, Jesus spoke some pretty remarkable words: “Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.” These words meant that Jesus would be turned over into the hands of His enemies and would be crucified for the sins of the world (cf. v. 31; 18:31-34 ; 24:46-47 ; Matt. 16:21; Mark 10:45; Isa. 53). At the time, Jesus’ disciples did not understand. Peter even rebuked Jesus, saying these things would never happen to Him (Matt. 16:22). These words of Jesus are no less important today. And, sad to say, people still don’t understand them. They become excited about following Jesus and doing mighty works in Jesus’ name. They look to establish Jesus’ kingdom here in this world. But they forget why it is that Jesus came – to suffe

Suit is filed in Decatur 2012 elevator accident

posted: 09/04/2013 4:44 p.m.

A three-cable elevator hoist system inside the Simmons Foods, Inc., Decatur feed mill was replaced with two smaller cables nearly two years before an elevator accident in which an employee was dropped an estimated three stories, a lawsuit filed against the elevator repair company, BarnesCo, Inc., of Arkansas City, Kan., alleges.

Residents alarmed by book salesman’s methods

posted: 09/04/2013 4:44 p.m.

Door-to-door salespersons who do not carry proper credentials or conduct themselves in a professional manner can give all sales representatives who go from door to door a bad name and cause area residents to become alarmed.

Properties to be condemned

posted: 09/04/2013 4:44 p.m.

City officials recently placed nine properties on its list to condemn because the properties do not meet new ordinance criteria.

Tired Iron to hold 22nd fall show

posted: 09/04/2013 4:44 p.m.

Tired Iron of the Ozarks will hold its 22nd annual fall show this weekend. And the show includes much more than just old tractors and antique engines. It offers an opportunity for young and old to see and learn about rural farm life in the late 1800s and early 1900s right here in northwest Arkansas.


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OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Haag plays variety of school sports

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Dusty Haag just shrugged his shoulders when asked if he played too many sports.

Gentry, Decatur face o◊ in beneÿ t

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The Decatur Bulldogs faced off against the Gentry Pioneers in three benefi t games on Aug. 29 at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur.

Marker to be dedicated in honor of fallen Confederate soldiers

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The Georgia Flat Cemetery Association will be dedicating a historical marker at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Georgia Flat Cemetery, located 4 ½ miles southwest of Gravette, at the intersection of Georgia Flat and Kane Roads, to recognize and honor 27 Confederate soldiers who died during the months of September and October of 1861 while in training at Camp Jackson, Arkansas. Camp Jackson, located in western Benton County, was established Sept. 5, 1861, by Brigadier General Benjamin McCulloch, who named the camp for Governor Claiborne Jackson, of Missouri.

Gravette school numbers comparable to last year’s

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GRAVETTE — A total of 1,802 students were in attendance on the opening day of school at Gravette, Aug. 19. This does not include 42 pre-kindergarten children attending a special program offered by the school. A grade-by-grade enumeration was not immediately available, but a tally of students in the four various schools shows fi gures comparable to last year. In Glenn Duffy Elementary, which includes grades K, 1 and 2, 402 students were in attendance, compared to 390 last year. In Gravette Upper Elementary, grades 3, 4 and 5, the total was 385 compared to 403 the previous year. Gravette Middle School, grades 6, 7 and 8, total was 447, up from 439 last year.

Mule-powered stump puller to be displayed

posted: 09/04/2013 12:58 a.m.

To my mind, museums are keepers of our history. Taking a look back to see how we used to live is like dipping into a bowl of warm nostalgia. A visit to any museum reinforces much-loved traditions … to name one of the benefi ts.

Work continues at Gravette museum

posted: 09/04/2013 12:56 a.m.

Repairing and painting soffi ts and trim at the Gravette Historical Museum is continuing this week by workmen with Arsco Roofing of Bentonville.

Local author releases another ‘To Die For’ mystery

posted: 09/04/2013 12:55 a.m.

In “A Fair to Die For,” author Radine Trees Nehring gives us believable characters and an engrossing plot. This is the seventh in Nehring’s “to Die For” mysteries set in Northwest Arkansas locales, and her main character, Carrie Mc-Crite, carries on in her usual fearless manner.

Author gives military books to library

posted: 09/04/2013 12:54 a.m.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Jack Stokes Ballard, who authored a biography of Air Ace Capt. Field E. Kindley, has presented copies of three new books he has authored to the Gravette Public Library.


posted: 09/04/2013 12:52 a.m.

Editor, If and when I become the president of the United States of America, I shall issue one executive order on the day I am inaugurated.

Buying a bull requires careful thought

posted: 09/04/2013 12:51 a.m.

I knew the bull I was looking to buy was a good one but, as I stood around and looked at the pen of bovine, he was the one that kept his eye on me too.

I’m close to becoming a pessimist

posted: 09/04/2013 12:50 a.m.

I haven’t written anything about the Affordable Health Care Act which, by now, everyone refers to as Obamacare. Frankly, I have never taken time to read the couple of thousand pages of the act … or the umpteen thousand pages that lay out all of its ramifi cations.

Music lifts the soul

posted: 09/04/2013 12:49 a.m.

The human soul needs music. If I had thought of it sooner, I would have researched the topic. I am sure studies have been conducted resulting in some scientific explanation. Aside from that, I believe there is a spiritual need that draws us to music. Since time does not allow research, I will take the liberty of sharing my own thoughts and observations.

I use a constant to judge watermelon ripeness

posted: 09/04/2013 12:46 a.m.

The topic of judging the ripeness of watermelons came up at our offi ce following last week’s Susan Says column in which she stressed the importance of staying hydrated during the hot summer months and mentioned watermelons as a good source of fl uid. She wrote: “Watermelon is in season in August and September and provides a good way to get your fl uid. Juicy, sweet and superhydrating, the watermelon is loaded with vitamins A and C and the antioxidant lycopene, and it’s 92 percent water! Pick one that’s heavy for its size and has a creamy yellow spot on the underside, a sign that it ripened in the fi eld. Eat it plain or try melon cubes tossed with cheese cubes and mint for a delicious snack.” But, just how do you tell if a watermelon is ripe? People seem to have a variety of methods — some based on appearance and feel and others based on how the melon sounds when thumped. Even in an office of four, we apparently have some differences of opinion. According to the Internet site, — and w


posted: 09/04/2013 12:44 a.m.

Anyone that knows me very well knows that I love football. Of course, the Razorbacks are my team and, even though it’s silly, when they lose it wrecks my whole day, sometimes even my whole week! (Yes, I had a lot of bad days last year.) I try not to let this happen, because it is, after all, only a game. Yeah, right. Tell that to the over 70,000 screaming fans on game day, with their faces, chests and other various body parts painted Razorback red, or wearing “hog hats” complete with snouts and tusks, yelling “whooo-pig, sooie!” at the top of their lungs!