Wednesday, April 30

Gentry has mixed results on ball diamond

posted: 04/30/2014 6:44 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers ran away with Friday night's game against Green Forest, racking up 22 hits and 19 runs in the four-inning game, and allowed Green Forest to put only three runs on the board.

Maysville News

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

Seems like we missed the chance for a good rain. We are really in need of rain. I know the farmers would like to have one for their hay fields and for filling ponds.

Gravette to hold citywide cleanup

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette's citywide spring cleanup will be next week, May 5-9, according to an announcement from Gravette City Hall.

Postal Service collecting food for hungry

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette post office is participating in the USPS food collection project.

Quorum court exceeds budget Planned meetings this month will take spending even higher

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace, tasked with monitoring county spending, have exceeded their own budget for the first four months of the year.

Maysville E.H. Club News

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

The Maysville Extension Homemakers Club members met at the community building for the April meeting, which was attended by 12 members. Sylvia Tucker was hostess for the noon meal.

Hiwasse News

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

I saw my first hummingbird of the season on Saturday, although I've had my feeder out for four or five days.

High winds cause damage

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- What may have been the beginnings of a small tornado forming at the west edge of Gravette Thursday afternoon dissipated as it passed through a heavily wooded area on the north side of the city. But the freakish wind demolished a small outbuilding, scattered debris over a wide area, lifted two trampolines -- one into a field, the other into a tree -- and caused minor roof and trim damage to several residences.

'What parents allow in moderation children will practice in excess'

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

A wise man once said, "What parents allow in moderation, children will practice in excess."

Decatur board discusses administration changes

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The meeting room at Decatur High School was packed with students, parents, faculty and administrators as Ike Owens, board president, dropped the gavel opening the April 21 school board meeting.

Gravette Police Log

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Sunday, April 20

Lions pick up big wins n Boys defeat Berryville, Girls beat Prairie Grove and West Fork

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions picked up another two wins last week in play at Prairie Grove and West Fork.

Decatur sets storm siren tests n First test is May 6

updated: 04/28/2014 1:46 p.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Fire Department will test the city's tornado siren system May 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Police charge Gentry student with knife assault, gun threat

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police obtained warrants on Monday, charging a Gentry seventh-grade student with two felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly threatening another student with a knife and later threatening to bring a gun to school and shoot students at the middle school.

Folk arts are a delightful teaching tool

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

I recently attended a Saturday workshop that turned out to be entertaining enough to take the sting out of being inside on such a nice day. The topic was Folk Arts in Education, sponsored by Arkansas Arts Council, and it was held at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock.

Senior center holds chicken dinner

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Decatur junior high track wins district meet

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

Decatur -- Score one more victory for a Decatur high school team in Eureka Springs. This time it was the junior high track team winning the district track meet on April 24.

Weekly Devotion

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

"Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:3-5

It's a miserable day on the old rock pile

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

My close relative is in deep trouble. I know that deliberate frown she gives me is pain producing and yet she hasn't received my frown very many times in our lives. She did this morning. She is old enough to know better and wise enough to check things out before hauling in killer objects to the rock pile. I was mad and I think I still am, a little. I will get over it soon, probably before supper.

Bulldogs walk away from ball, Panthers score win

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The Decatur Bulldogs soccer team traveled south to take on the Panthers of Siloam Springs April 25. In a bizarre twist, the Bulldogs gave up two goals within a minute to give the Panthers a 4 to 2 victory.

Public hearing scheduled May 13

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 13, to receive comments on the proposed renewal of a Water Division general permit for car and truck washing operations in the state. The hearing will begin at 2 p.m. in the Commission Room at the ADEQ office, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock.

Fire department celebrates 100th

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Fire Department will observe its 100th year of service celebration on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station on Third Street.

County OKs ambulance plan Quorum court to use $257,000 from reserve fund until year's end

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace have finalized plans to pay for rural ambulance service through the end of the year.

Presidential letter added to Gravette Historical Museum

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A copy of a letter by President Barack Obama to a Gravette author will soon be a part of an exhibit in the Gravette Historical Museum. The letter was written to the late Al Kuettner expressing appreciation for a book he authored concerning the unsettling Civil Rights days of the 1950s and 1960s.

Obituaries

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

Harden Johnston

Library receives grant

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Gravette board OKs staff pay increase, hires new principal

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette School Board at its April 21 meeting unanimously approved a salary increase for all certified, classified and administrative staff for the coming year. The $700 increase amounts to approximately 2.8 percent, according to superintendent Richard Page.

Spring Fling in swing

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry's Spring Fling is May 1-3, and garage and yard sales offering antiques, collectibles, clothing, tools and other treasures will be in full swing in Gentry and the surrounding area.

County sales tax growing Officials hoping recent receipt slump ending

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's sales tax receipts showed a slight increase in April, giving officials reason to hope a recent slump is ending.

Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to observe World Red Cross Day by donating lifesaving blood this May. The need is constant and all blood types are needed, especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative.

I'm still looking for answers to life's persistent questions

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

Sometimes I feel just a bit like Guy Noir -- you know, the down-on-his-luck detective on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." He is continually "trying to find the answers to life's persistent questions."

Gentry drama students to put on plays

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Hometown Events

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Hiwasse Farmers' Market

Decatur hires new 6 through 12 principal

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur High School will have a new face at the helm for the 2014-15 school year.

Kindergarten, pre-K registration under way

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Parents in Gravette School District who have children who will be entering kindergarten or the ABCSS Pre-K program for 4-year-olds may secure information packets at the Glenn Duffy Elementary School.

Gentry teachers awarded new contracts for next school year

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry School Board renewed the contracts of certified teachers and staff for the 2014-2015 school year at its April 21 meeting.

Benefit to be held for Zane Johnson

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A benefit bake sale is planned this Friday, May 2, for Zane Johnson, 8-year-old son of Jared and Beth Johnson. The sale will be held in the lobby of the Bank of Gravett.

Gravette police collect drugs

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

More than 34 pounds of outdated or unwanted miscellaneous and over-the-counter drugs were collected at the Gravette police station during the recent "Arkansas Take Back Drugs" day, according to Sgt. James "Rusty" Rusterholz, who was in charge of the project. The project is an effort to prevent contamination of ground water and to prevent such drugs from falling into the hands of children.

Northside Elementary set registration dates for Kindergarten and Pre-K

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Northside Elementary School will be holding kindergarten and pre-K registration on April 30 and May 1. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school office, located at 9083 Mount Olive Rd. in Decatur. Pre-K slots for children ages 3-4 are based on income. Kindergarten students must turn 5 before August 1. Please bring proof of residence, shot records, birth certificate, social security number and a physical for the child. For more information, contact the school office at 752-3981.

Retrofit project is well under way at Flint Creek Power Plant

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Work on the environmental controls retrofit project is well underway at Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry, with new equipment to be operational by June 1, 2016.

Gravette council meets

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 24, with all council members present except Terry King, who recently resigned.

Ribbon cutting opens first leg of the Bella Vista Bypass

posted: 04/30/2014 5 a.m.

HIWASSE -- There wasn't a cloud in the sky Tuesday, May 20, when a charter bus loaded with state and area officials rolled down the pavement of the first segment of the Bella Vista Bypass. The three mile segment, which bypasses downtown Hiwasse, was completed at a cost of $19.9 million. The two-lane highway was officially opened at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 23

Rabies clinics held April 26 to May 3

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The week of April 26 - May 3 has been designated Benton County Rabies Week when people may have their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies, an often fatal disease in pets and humans. Area veterinarians offer rabies vaccinations at a reduced rate during this week at the following locations. Readers may contact the following clinics in Gentry and Gravette to schedule appointments:

Weekly Devotion

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

"And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay...." Matthew 28:5-6

Area schools compete at Siloam Springs n Local athletes do well in track competition, take firsts in numerous events

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Gravette track teams took second in the girls' events and third for the boys' in competition against other smaller schools at the track meet held in Siloam Springs on Thursday.

Chamber sponsors Easter egg hunt

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Children, with their parents, waited in eager anticipation for the signal to pick up the many plastic eggs strewn across areas of Gentry Park on Saturday afternoon; and, when the signal was given, the annual Gentry Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt began and was over in a matter of minutes.

When he turned out to be a she n Story of Gentry doctor Victor Mayfield who dressed as a man but was a woman

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Numerous physicians have practiced in Gentry since its founding in 1894, but perhaps none were quite as unusual as Dr. M. Victor Mayfield, who spent time here (and in Sulphur Springs and Siloam Springs) in the early 1900s, probably shortly before 1915, though one source puts him here in the 1920s.

Bomb threat found a hoax

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

n Note was found in girls' restroom at Gravette High after classes dismissed.

Decatur council talks trash with contract provider

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council met April 14 during its regular session to discuss problems city residents are having with trash removal.

Gravette fire department training exercise

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Dodie Evans

Letter to the Editor

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

County readies for cleanup

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SPRING CLEANUP

Obituaries

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

James Buckley

Decatur rolls over Gentry in soccer match

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Bulldog soccer team traveled down Arkansas Highway 59 to take on the Gentry Pioneers on April 15 and brought home a win.

Gravette DECA students take honors at state conference

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School DECA students (an association of marketing students) recently attended the spring State Leadership Conference. Students competed in team decision and individual case interview events. Ten students competed and eight students placed in the top six and received state medals and certificates.

Gravette's spring cleanup is set for May 5 through 9

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette's citywide spring cleanup will be held the week of May 5-9, according to an announcement from City Hall. This annual event provides citizens a way to dispose of bulky items, at no charge. Such items will be picked up at curbside by Deffenbaugh, which contracts for the city's weekly garbage pickup.

Martinez takes on new job post at Grand Savings Bank, Bentonville

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Grand Savings Bank's employees and board of directors are pleased to announce that Carla Martinez has joined the Bentonville location as a loan officer. Martinez will manage agriculture, commercial, real estate and consumer lending as part of Grand Savings Bank's growth in Northwest Arkansas.

First segment of bypass opening

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- By the time you read this, the first segment of the long-planned Bella Vista Bypass is expected to be open to traffic. The approximately three-mile segment from the interchange with Arkansas Highway 72 east of Mt. Pleasant to the interchange with Highway 72 east of Hiwasse is expected to be opened this week.

Hometown Events

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

Senior Center Quilt Raffle

Renaissance Festival at Gravette Old Town Park

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

Photos by Dodie Evans

Old engines roar back to life

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Once again, last weekend, members of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks gathered at the club's showgrounds in Gentry and displayed and demonstrated antique tractors and engines, farm equipment, saw mills, blacksmith skills, household machines and tools, and much, much more.

Tomasko celebrates special birthday

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Darla (Kerr) Tomasko celebrated a "big" birthday with a surprise party given by her mother, Karen Kerr, on April 12.

Several OCH Easter event

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital Egg Stravaganza was enjoyed by scores of kids. Egg hunts, craft and party activities, a petting zoo, a bounce house and free hot dogs and refreshments provided hours of fun for all. Photos by Dodie Evans

Hiwasse News

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

Don't forget the rabies clinic at the Hiwasse Community Center Monday, April 28, between 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Lucille Hogue to celebrate 90th

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The invitation reads, "Spring brings April showers, budding plants and ... Lucille Hogue's 90th birthday!" Family members are hosting a special event this Saturday to celebrate her birthday.

Earth Day planned at Eagle Watch

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Earth Day will be observed at Eagle Watch Nature Area on Saturday, with activities beginning at 9:30 a.m. Activities planned include planting of some trees, work in flower beds and a number of wildlife programs by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Bulldogs lose two to Elkins, win two against Hartford

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a beautiful spring day in Decatur April 15, just right for baseball as the Bulldogs hosted the Elkins Elks at Edmiston Park in Decatur.

Decatur's Mendoza heats up, Gentry still leads

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

WEST SIDE -- Tony Mendoza recorded a hat trick Tuesday night with three goals against Gentry as Decatur (4-6, 2-4 4A-1) defeated the Pioneers 4-0. Mendoza now has six goals on the year.

Two from Decatur in state MathCounts competition

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In a time when math skills are vital to survive in the modern technological society, there is a national organization that aids middle school students to gain a tactical advantage in mathematics.

Things have two sides

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

Did you turn in your required-or-die tax returns in time to avoid the penalties? Did you smile and sing as you put the stamp on the envelope? Did you then celebrate with a big party at your home?

Gravette has tough road

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

By Paul Boyd

Lady Lions win, Lions overcome by Lincoln Wolves

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions battled for the upper hand in the April 15 game against the Lincoln Lady Wolves and prevailed when they took back the lead in the bottom of the sixth and shut out the Lady Wolves in the top of the seventh.

Decatur School District hires new superintendent

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the imminent departure of Decatur superintendent Larry Ben at the end of June, the school board, led by board president Ike Owens, began the search for a replacement.

Maysville News

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

Hope everyone had a good Easter. The weather was nice. We now have rain in the forecast and we do need it.

Decatur schools will be open this Saturday

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur school district will hold classes on Saturday, April 26, following the same time schedule as normal weekday operations.

Gravette's spring concerts announced

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual spring Gravette High School and Middle School bands' concerts, originally scheduled for May 1, have been rescheduled for Thursday, May 8, at the GHS Performing Arts Center. Two other school musical programs will be held as previously announced.

Interstate gets new name n Highway crews expected to replace road signs beginning Tuesday

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Interstate 49 signs will go up as soon as this week on sections of Interstate 540 and U.S. 71, state highway officials said April 16.

School board gives raises to Gentry teachers

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Teachers in Gentry will be receiving a $1,000 raise next year in addition to already scheduled step raises, meaning current teachers will receive $1,500 more for the next school year than in the current year.

Toys were different when I was young

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

I was babysitting the youngest granddaughter the other day, and realized she has reached the age where she likes to sit up more, instead of just laying in your lap. I was wishing for one of those soft foam baby seats they make today for just this purpose. I think they call them "bumbo" seats. Well I didn't have one, but this got me to thinking about what we had when my kids were babies -- not much!

I have a hand in my wife's collection

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

People collect a lot of things in life and some are more unique than others. Some collections have monetary value and others sentimental value. Some people collect anything and everything, and others are very specific about the things they save.

Springtown approves agreement for electricity

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Springtown's council met on April 11 and Mayor Paul Lemke presented a resolution to the council renewing the town's contract with Empire District Electric for the next 10 years. The resolution passed by unanimous vote.

Three new Razorback Fans

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted photo

Spring weekend in Gravette provides much to do

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m.

In just a week April will be gone. Many of the beauties of spring are just as fleeting. The pink hyacinths are already gone and foliage has popped out and begun to obscure the blossoms on the forsythia, japonica and flowering almond. But the flowers seem to come in waves. Now the early purple iris beside the cellar are covered in fat buds and soon they and the emerging peonies will star in the next act of the play.

Tuesday, April 22

Fire Destroys Home In Sulphur Springs

posted: 04/22/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Dodie Evans

Wednesday, April 16

Why do Christians celebrate Easter?

posted: 04/16/2014 5:03 a.m.

While some are quick to criticize Christians for celebrating Easter and point to ancient pagan observances in spring and to worldly customs involving such things as Easter eggs and the Easter bunny, Christians celebrate Easter for none of these things. They have an entirely different reason to observe the festival and to celebrate. Christians observe Easter to remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day following His crucifixion just outside the walls of Jerusalem.

Spring is here and life gets a little easier

posted: 04/16/2014 5:02 a.m.

I am irritable because my fingers feel like they are frozen! I got up early and did chores in a warm climate and now the wind is blowing and cold.

Except a kernel of wheat die....

posted: 04/16/2014 5:01 a.m.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." John 12:24-25

Obits

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

Jewell Berner

Decatur baseball, softball teams fall short

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs baseball and softball teams traveled south April 11 to take on the Leftwich Rattlers at Magazine in a double-header.

LaBrecque suffers injury

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The status of Lindsee LaBrecque, stellar pitcher for the Gravette Lady Lions' softball team, remains uncertain after she was injured while at practice last Friday.

A Walk in the Park

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

As I sit down to write this, a storm front is moving through the area. Should I keep calm and carry on or stop everything and go turn on the television? I am home alone at the moment and I don't like stormy weather. I call a friend to see what she is doing. I interrupt the good movie she is watching and she informs me she hasn't noticed anything going on with the weather. I must gather information and act on my own.

Decatur junior high boys take first in Vinita Hornet Relays

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog junior high track and field team traveled to Vinita, Okla., to compete in the Vinita Hornet Relays April 5. The boys' team came home with a first place overall finish, beating out schools from both Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Committee approves ambulance money

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace on April 8 approved paying for rural ambulance service through the end of the year from reserve.

DECA students visit universities

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- On April 2, Gravette High School students visited Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. The purpose of the trip was to attend competitive events and tour different career areas.

Highfill to make road repairs

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Council members approved the expenditure of up to $40,000, to be added to two General Improvement Fund grants totalling $30,000 the city expected to receive from local state lawmakers, in order to make repairs to approximately 4 1/2 miles of Digby and Peterson Roads and apply a chip and seal surface.

Spring Crank-up starts Friday

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Things are again cranking up at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks show grounds south of Gentry in preparation for the three-day show which begins Friday.

Royalty has arrived once again

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

Royalty arrived in northwest Arkansas several days ago. No, I'm not talking about the Naturals' opening baseball game last Thursday night, and not the FLW bass tournament that brought some of the nation's top fishermen/ladies to Benton County. I'm not even talking about the costumed Renaissance players in Old Town Park where costumes this Saturday will bring a sense of the dress of several centuries ago.

Senior Menus

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Bubniak receives scholarship

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

Sarah Christine Bubniak, of Fayetteville, has received the distinguished Scholars Award from Arkansas Tech University, beginning with the fall semester.

Community Easter sunrise service planned

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Churches in Gravette will host an Easter Sunrise Service Sunday, April 20, at 7 a.m. at the Church on the Hill, located in Old Town, just east of Gravette's business district.

Gentry council creates director of finance post

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City Council on April 7 gave final approval to an ordinance creating the separate posts of city finance director and city clerk at the beginning of 2015.

Area schools compete at Pioneer Relays

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gravette boys finished third and Gentry fifth in the Pioneer Relays on Thursday. Gravette girls finished second and Gentry third in the track and field event, with eight schools participating.

Offcial requests hearing Wilson was fired from county position tuesday

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Sarah Wilson, who was fired from her job as Benton County's comptroller Tuesday, has asked for a grievance hearing to challenge her dismissal.

Gentry man accused of raping 2-year-old

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Gentry man was arrested Thursday in connection with the rape of a 2-year-old girl.

Ben resigns, Jeff Gravette will replace him as Decatur superintendent

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "Stability" is a word Larry Ben used to describe the current status of the Decatur School District.

HOSA to hold fundraiser

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A spaghetti-bingo fundraiser for the Gravette High School HOSA team will be held Tuesday, April 22, at the GHS commons. The event is to help finance the state's top HOSA team's trip to national competition later this year.

Hiwasse News

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By Peggy Carrier

Slinkard to celebrate 90th

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

Helen Slinkard, a long-time resident of the Gravette and Sulphur Springs area, will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Thursday, May 1.

Pea Ridge gets by Gentry in first inning

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Though the Lady Pioneers out batted the visiting Pea Ridge Lady Blackhawks on April 8, they were unable to get a runner across the plate and overcome the 3-0 deficit inflicted on them in the first inning of the game.

Corn cribs, pig pens and mulberry trees

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

I know there are days when we all long for the simpler times of our youth, when our biggest worry was whether or not it would rain and confine us to the house for the day.

Gravette 4-H'ers observe Earth Week

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Two die in Saturday wreck near Gentry

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Two 19-year-old men died in a one-vehicle accident near Gentry on Saturday, Gentry Fire Chief Vester Cripps said Sunday.

School board interviews candidates

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In a special meeting Thursday evening, the Gravette School Board conducted interviews with two educators who have applied for the position as Upper Elementary School principal. One candidate is from out of state, the other from Arkansas. No action was taken during the executive session.

Gentry loses to Lincoln in ninth

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry's Lady Pioneers lost a heartbreaker in the ninth inning to the Lincoln Lady Wolves on Thursday when Lincoln picked up two runs in the top of the inning and Gentry was only able to answer with one. The final was 8-7, Lincoln.

Concession stand nears completion

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Photo by Randy Moll

Pioneers fall, 2-1, in soccer match

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

Boys fall, 2-1

Family Fun Day set Saturday

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- This Saturday, April 19, will be a special Family Fun Day in Gravette, with activities being planned to entertain old and young alike. The Gravette Public Library, the Historical Museum and Ozarks Community Hospital are holding special free events.

Gravette grabs lead, holds it in close game against Stilwell

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions grabbed the lead in the fourth inning of a defensive ballgame when Ethan Vanderpool scored on an RBI double to left field by Matthew Stelting and built on that lead in the fifth when Cody Fields drove in Wyatt Gibbons with a ground ball double to left.

Board expels student

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A ninth grade student was expelled for the remainder of the year by the Gentry School Board for making threatening remarks to another student and for being in possession of a knife at school.

Maysville News

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

By Katherine Tucker

Gravette PD plans special projects

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Sgt. James Rusterholz, of the Gravette Police Department, announced the department will participate in two special projects on the last Saturday of April.

Gravette council hears reports

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette City Council Committee of the Whole meeting was held Thursday at city hall. Council members Amy Rambadt and Bob Robinson were absent. Written reports were submitted by all department heads.

Rankin named Teacher of the Year

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It is always an honor to be recognized by your peers for your hard work and dedication to teach young children the wonders of the universe. One such teacher was recently honored for her dedication to the advancement of young minds.

Sulphur Springs council holds April session inside the city's fire station

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- During the city's April 10 regular council session held inside the city's fire station, a number of ordinances and city codes were changed. Also, the city's attorney discussed his filing of the city's lawsuit, the mayor gave an update on the city's financials and council members brought up concerns about cleanliness on city property to include the inside and outside of city vehicles.

Hometown Events

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

Hot Rolls and

Homerun gives Farmington edge over Gravette girls

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

FARMINGTON -- Brooke Larkin needed just one swing to put Farmington in its customary spot atop the 4A-1 Conference softball standings. Larkin drove a home run over the left-center wall to help the Lady Cardinals rally past Gravette 4-2 on Thursday.

Gentry soccer girls off to great season

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers played Dardanelle in an away conference game on April 4 and came home with another big win, 8-0.

Lions make most of hits, outscore Hillbillies

posted: 04/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Though both teams had eight hits in the game, the Lions capitalized on theirs to bring home a 6-3 victory over the Ozark Hillbillies on Friday.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 04/16/2014 4:59 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Wednesday, April 9

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

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Tetelestai: One dying word that says it all!

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

It is sometimes said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that may very well be true. But sometimes a single word can also express a truth better than a thousand; and in one particular case, that is most certainly true.

Marvin's to close in Gravette

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A business that has been part of Gravette since its beginning, more than a century ago, is closing its doors.

Gravette April PAWS Students

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Is there life after death?

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this?" John 11:25 (Read John 11.)

Sounds remind me of Hiwasse Hitter

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

The sounds of summer have arrived. No, I don't mean chirping birds, belly-busting splashes in the old swimming hole or the neighbor's lawn mower whirring.

Hiwasse News

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Preston Cox who were married on Saturday.

Lions Golf Classic is set for May 10 in Bella Vista

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The twelfth annual Lions Golf Classic, sponsored by the Gravette High School Boosters, will be held Saturday, May 10, at the Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista, according to John Edwards, Gravette school board member, who has been a driving force for the project, along with board member Jack Skillett.

Lions beat out Blackhawks in 10th inning

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- It took 10 innings but the Lions finally got the edge over the Pea Ridge Blackhawks when Matthew Stelting hit a home run to left field and drove in Ethan Vanderpool in a back-and-forth game at Pea Ridge on April 1. The Lions finally took home a hard-earned 8-6 victory.

Gentry girls can't stop Farmington

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- What started off as a defensive battle, with both the Lady Pioneers and the Lady Cards held scoreless in the first three innings, erupted into a runaway ballgame when the visitors from Farmington knocked in six runs in the fourth and another five in the sixth.

County official placed on leave

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County comptroller Sarah Wilson was placed on administrative leave Friday and Sheriff Kelley Cradduck said his office is "re-evaluating" its investigation into thefts involving the Road Department.

Bulldogs drop doubleheader to Rebels on April 1

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog baseball team played a double header against the Rebels of Johnson County Westside at Edmiston Park in Decatur April 1.

Senior Menus

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Double Rainbow

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Terry Stanfill

Hometown Events

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

Hot Rolls and

District set to open center County solid waste will open waste disposal facility

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

CENTERTON -- The Benton County Solid Waste District will open its household hazardous waste disposal center after two years of planning and construction.

Smith Signs Scholarship Deal

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

To attend

Bulldogs edged out in games against Green Forest, Danville

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a tough week for the Decatur Bulldog soccer teams, losing to Green Forest and Danville at Bulldog Stadium.

Artmobile to visit Gravette schools

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Arkansas Arts Center Artmobile will roll into Gravette on April 21 and remain there until April 25. It will be set up near Glenn Duffy Elementary and the Upper Elementary Schools.

Wheeldon honored for longtime service to Gravette school

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A reception at the Gravette Middle School cafeteria last Friday afternoon honored Ida (Russow) Wheeldon, of Gravette, upon her retirement for her 35 years of service in the school food service department.

Maysville News

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

It sure didn't feel like spring weather Sunday. It was real cool and windy all day. Maybe spring and a good rain will be here soon.

Decatur's school gets safe room

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was two and a half years in the making, but the Decatur School District finally acquired the last puzzle piece needed to begin construction of a new safe room/physical activity room.

Alsup named an OSU Outstanding Senior

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Jacy Alsup, an agribusiness senior from Gravette, has been selected as an Oklahoma State University 2014 Outstanding Senior by the OSU Alumni Association. She is the daughter of Danny and Debbie Alsup.

Susan Says

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

What a difference a couple of weeks makes! The last time I wrote I was lamenting the fact that our forsythia wasn't blooming and the peonies hadn't yet emerged. Now the forsythia is covered in cheery yellow blooms and the spirea in snowy white. The plum trees and the Oklahoma redbud brother Richard planted are blooming too. The daffodils are a little past their prime, but hyacinths beside the cellar are sporting pretty pink blossoms and the peonies are coming up. And, best of all, the strawberries are blooming!

Road Runner

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

Meep,

County to use reserve money to pay for ambulance service

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County's justices of the peace said Tuesday they'll use reserve money to pay for rural ambulance service now, but want to repay those costs at the end of the year.

scenes from gravette prom...six pics attached

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

In tuxes and formals, students attending the Gravette High School prom are ready for the music to start.

Police to crack down on cell phone use

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Police Department announced its intention to crack down on drivers in school zones who are texting or using cell phones.

Lions take two from Pioneers

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions shut out the Lady Pioneers in a five-inning game on Friday, 10-0.

HOSA members attend Hot Springs conference

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School HOSA members attended the Arkansas hosa: Future Health Professionals State conference in Hot Springs, March 12-14.

Farmington wins 13-3 at Gentry

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Starting pitcher Adam Ness wasted no time in helping Farmington grab the lead with a single in the top of the first inning at Gentry on April 1.

Gravette man sentenced for assaulting girl

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- She was not there to face her abuser, but a 9-year-old girl's words filled the courtroom Monday when he pleaded guilty to the crime.

Sales tax revenue down Numbers concern county officials

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County's sales tax revenue for the first quarter of 2014 is down by $205,992 compared with 2013, which worries some county officials.

Gentry police recover stolen pickup truck

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry, on April 3, recovered a vehicle reported to be stolen from Downstream Casino in Quapaw, Okla.

"My Collection" exhibit set for April 19

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A special exhibit titled "My Collection" is being hosted by the Gravette Historical Museum, Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Interim prosecutor appointed Governor chooses clark to finish stone's term

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- One of Jim Clark's dreams became reality Thursday when he was appointed interim prosecutor for Benton County.

Cheerleaders demonstrate character word "Effort"

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

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Gravette school nurse honored by board of education

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Wendy Catron, RN, school nurse at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette, was honored by the Gravette Board of Education for her "outstanding performance and exceptional commitment to the staff and students of the Gravette School District."

Bill

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

I finally got the steer penned, but it was not the easy job I started out thinking it would be. The herd of steers are young ones and, as we all know, some young ones can act pretty stupid. These boys ran around the pasture many times, bucking and kicking up their heels like teenagers are inclined to do! I was wet with sweat and so were they, but they were still enjoying the chase and I am here to tell you, I wasn't!

Lady Lions shut out Lincoln, come up short in Pea Ridge

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions shut out the Lady Wolves in Lincoln on March 31 but could not get past the Lady Blackhawks in Pea Ridge on April 1.

Firefighter dies in wreck

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- A Siloam Springs firefighter died in an accident Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from the city of Siloam Springs.

Arvest announced the construction of new Gentry branch

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Arvest Bank announced that a new branch will soon be coming to Gentry.

Obituaries

posted: 04/09/2014 5 a.m.

Paul Lavern Cox, Jr.

Tuesday, April 8

Gravette Police Report

posted: 04/08/2014 5 a.m.

Friday, March 28

Wednesday, April 2

Hazel Burnett to celebrate 85th birthday on April 19

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

Mrs. Jack Deaton, of Gravette, announces a birthday party will be held April 19 to celebrate the 85th birthday of her mother, Hazel Imbeau Burnett, at the J.B. Hunt Elementary School in Springdale.

Spring revitalizes the oldest of mankind

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

This old rock sure gets dry in a hurry. We had rain, sleet, hail and snow; and then the wind blew for a couple of hours and it was dusty again. Thank the good Lord for the moisture that came again to enable the spring grass to grow. And, yes, it is beginning to green up a little around here. My close relative mentioned it, calling the new grass baby grass. We are gonna have to have the rain to stay in business.

That old rocking chair is full of memories

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

I like antiques, especially those that have been passed down through the generations of my family.

IRS sets new deadline for Sulphur Springs to pay up

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- IRS gave city officials until April 16 to find flaws in the city's bookkeeping system from 2011 through 2013 and pay up, or face placement of a lien on the city's assets.

Council approves two LED signs to inform public

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 27, with all council members present. Approval of the March Committee of the Whole meeting minutes and February council meeting minutes was tabled until the next meeting since copies were not in the council members' packets.

April showers bring May flowers

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

I don't remember much about flowers in dry Nebraska -- just sand hills where even a cactus failed to bloom. I need rain to have a colorful spring. After moving to Arkansas, Mom always planted hollyhocks. Each year these tall stocks produced a variety of colors. I never cared much for them and have never grown them, but Mom thought she got a lot of flower for less care. I don't know if she had to replant them, but there they were each year, beside the smokehouse, blooming their heads off....

Morris goes the distance, wins three first-place medals in longer races

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Mallory Morris, a Gentry sophomore, took first place in three long-distance events at the March 25 senior high school Tyson Relays.

Can You See Jesus?

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

"And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind." John 9:39 (Read John 9:1-41)

Farmers' market to open soon

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Farmers' Market will hold its season opening on Saturday, April 12, in Old Town Park.

Bulldogs take win over Gentry and Prairie Grove

updated: 04/01/2014 5:44 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog soccer team had mixed results, winning two and losing two.

Gravette finishes fourth in track meet

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette boys' track team finished fourth and the girls' sixth in the March 25 Tyson Relays held at Green Forest High School.

Jail safety, training questioned, officials say facility run professionally

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Family and friends of a Benton County Jail inmate said recent incidents raise questions about training standards, inmate safety and staffing.

Lions gain experience in non-league play

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions baseball team gained some hard lessons but came away with one big win during spring break week in non-conference games against Shiloh Christian, Jay (Okla.) and McDonald County (Mo.).

Pierce finishes strong for lions Gravette senior put up big numbers to lead team to state tournament

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Terence Pierce said Carmelo Anthony is the player he most patterns his game after.

Hometown Events

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

Hot Rolls and

Welcome spring, and welcome little one!

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

Springtime has arrived. Flowers are popping up here and there, grass is getting green and trees are beginning to bud. Right in time with the other new beginnings of the season, on the first day of spring to be exact, our newest grandson, Layton Edward VanSandt, made his appearance. He's quite a little flower blossom, a precious little bundle of sweetness and just perfect in the opinion of this smitten grandmother.

Trammell honored for years of service

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Jeff Trammell was honored Thursday night with a plaque, recognizing his dedicated service to the Gentry Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years.

Gravette High School band sees growth

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- As the Gravette High School band prepares for its annual spring concert, a look back at the school year shows the progress it has made and the awards the 36-member group has received.

Senior Menus

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Hiwasse News

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

Mark your calendars. Monday, April 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the rabies clinic will be in Hiwasse at the community center.

Decatur fun run postponed to May because of weather

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce event, "Come Fly With Me" 5K fun run, was canceled March 29 due to weather and conditions of the parking area at Crystal Lake.

Saturday classes planned in Decatur

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In an effort to avoid ending the 2013-14 school year on Memorial Day, a proposal was drafted recommending the last day of school be May 23.

Rabies reported in two skunks in Gentry and Siloam Springs area n Rabies vaccination clinic sites announced

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Two skunks found in Benton County have tested positive for rabies, according to the Arkansas Health Department.

Gentry falls to Pea Ridge

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers fell to the Pea Ridge Blackhawks in an away game before spring break, on March 24, losing 14 to 4.

City urging residents to recycle

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The City of Gentry is reminding its trash customers of the option to recycle many items by using the recycling trailers and the bulky waste disposal service offered to trash customers.

Maysville EH Club News

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

The Extension Homemakers Club met at the Community Building for the March meeting with 12 members present. Jewel Crawley was the hostess for the noon meal.

Northside releases honor rolls

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Northside Elementary in Decatur released the names of the students that made the third quarter honor roll March 27. Students from kindergarten through grade 6 made either the All-A or A-B list.

Courthouse options discussed

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- All options for a new circuit court facility need to be weighed, Benton County officials said.

Gravette math teacher named Arkansas' Teacher of the Year

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Daniel Wietecha, math teacher at Gravette High School, has been named Arkansas' Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma/Arkansas Section of the Mathematical Association of America. MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level.

Robinson earns scholarship to Lyon College

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

BATESVILLE -- Cody Robinson of Gravette received a $12,000 athletic scholarship to Lyon College for the 2014-2015 academic school year.

Maysville News

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

It's beginning to be more like spring. We really do need rain. I think it is still in the forecast so maybe we will get some.

Gentry residence twice burglarized n Thief returns for more ammunition and power cord

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police are investigating two separate incidents of criminal mischief and theft at the home of Andrew Husband in Gentry.

Obituaries

posted: 04/02/2014 5 a.m.

Oleta Isbell