Wednesday, August 27

Various summer projects completed at Gentry schools

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Numerous projects have been completed at campuses of the Gentry School District over the summer at a cost of near half a million dollars, according to Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Schools.

Bulldogs ready to meet Pioneers

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs will open their 2014 season in a benefit contest with Gentry at Pioneer Stadium on Thursday.

Picking Concord Grapes

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Picking Grapes from the Vine

Benton County Judge Recovering In Hospital

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Judge Bob Clinard remained hospitalized Monday after he underwent a procedure to treat coronary artery disease, a county official said.

Adult education program beginning n Classes to be offered in Rogers, Gravette and Siloam Springs

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Northwest Arkansas Community College's Adult Education Program began a new semester on Aug. 25.

Pickin' Time on 59 set for Oct. 9-11

updated: 08/27/2014 6:04 a.m.

GENTRY -- Pickin' Time on 59, featuring antiques, collectibles, garage and yard sale items and some business promotions, is set for Oct. 9, 10 and 11.

Community Gardens grows into real success story

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Community Gardens have been a real success story this summer. Plantings in the garden have thrived and provided a bountiful harvest for individual gardeners and for sharing with several local charities, with an estimated 400-500 pounds of produce given to Share the Harvest food pantry, Care and Share and the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center.

Getting in Shape

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Obituaries

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Zane Barker

HOSA students honored at school board meeting

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ten employment contracts were approved following an executive session at the Aug. 18 meeting of the Gravette School Board.

Yep, it's yo-yo time again

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Yo-yo season has arrived. Somehow the start of a new school year means it's yo-yo time. At least that's the way it used to be. September, when school began -- make that August now -- was the time to put away summer toys and bring out the yo-yos. They fit in overalls or pants pockets.

Arvest Bank partners with the Genesis House to provide meals for local, hungry families

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Arvest Bank in Siloam Springs will be partnering with The Genesis House for the 1 Million Meals initiative, a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide one million meals or more to those in need.

Getting a Feel for the Crown

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Ben Goff

Gravette Police Log

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Aug. 22, at approximately 10:17 a.m., Andrea Stiner called Gravette police to report a fraud. Stiner told police that a representative from the Publisher's Clearing House called and told her she had won a prize. A report was filed and the case is being investigated.

Decatur school board looking for replacement for Holly

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the recent resignation of board vice-president Darleen Holly, the Decatur school board is looking for a replacement to fill her remaining term.

Wilkins expressed concern over handling of transportation director's hiring

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Kim Wilkins just wanted to express her concerns to the Decatur School Board during the June 16 meeting. She wanted answers to her questions on the hiring of the spouse of a board member to a supervisory position.

Culpepper and Merriweather circus coming to Decatur

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Thanks to the sponsorship of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Culpepper and Merriweather Circus, America's favorite big top circus, is coming to Veterans Park in Decatur on Thursday, Sept. 11, with two scheduled performances at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Empire employees reach 2 million hours of safe work

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Employees of The Empire District Electric Company have a proud history of safety accomplishments and recently they set a new record. For the first time in the Company's history, employees achieved 2,000,000 hours worked without a lost-time injury. In recognition of the milestone, Empire's team safety leaders (pictured above) were presented with the Regional Safety Award by the Safety Council of the Ozarks on Aug. 19.

Hiwassee News

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton have returned home after a vacation touring the western states. They were accompanied by friends from Kansas City.

Deadline for Decatur youth soccer registration ends Aug. 29

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For the 2014 Fall Youth Soccer Season, Decatur is again playing with Gentry through the Gentry Youth Organization. Soccer registration forms are due no later than this Friday, Aug. 29. Forms may be obtained and turned in at the principal's office at either Decatur Northside or Decatur Middle School.

Fishing in the Shade

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Lion Pride Night held Friday

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Pray that God's people would repent and look to Him for mercy and understanding of the truth

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

"As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth." Daniel 9:13 (Read chapter 9)

DHA director arrested for taking puppy

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- An incident involving the theft of a puppy resulted in the arrest of an official with the Decatur Housing Authority.

Handwritten letters brighten the day

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Summer weather has settled in and we had some temperatures hovering near the 100 degree mark over the weekend. We had to begin using the air conditioner again to be comfortable in the hot afternoons and early evenings when the air is still and the sun beats down from the west. Often the temperature is still in the low to midddle 80s even when we go to bed late at night. Still the cicadas drone on. The heat doesn't seem to bother them.

Police remind motorists about cell phone use in school zones

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry are reminding drivers that any use of a cell phone -- unless it is by a hands-free mode -- in a school zone (or construction zone) is prohibited by state law and drivers can be cited.

Reason for drop in fair's attendance

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Lions Club starting second year

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club have been active in several projects in their first year of existence. The club was chartered on June 30, 2013, and is still a small group, but already it has contributed much to the city of Gravette.

New high school plans put on hold in Gentry

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- In what Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools, called "the bummer of the summer," he told board members on Aug. 18 that the school district's application for partnership funding to build a new high school had been turned down. But that decision is now being appealed.

Teachers hired, coach resignation accepted

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board hired three new teachers and accepted the resignation of a teacher and coach.

Griz Bear Comments

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

How did God

Maysville News

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

We sure are in need of rain. The weather man says maybe we'll get some the middle of the week. We hope so.

Meet the Pioneers Night held Friday

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Decatur board hears details on first day of school

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the opening day of the 2014-15 school year complete, the Decatur School Board heard from the new elementary and middle/high school principals on the success of the first day of classes Aug. 18. One member of the board was absent.

Some live, some die

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Three things on my mind at once and, yes, I can handle it. I needed to fix the fence around the sick pen, put out some mineral and walk the old crippled steer to the lot. About two thirds of those things may be possible. The steers are sweet and calm until I really need them to be and today they need to be.

It's always a good idea to call home

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Soon after I awoke on Sunday morning, I heard the news. There had been an earthquake in California. There is nothing unusual about earthquakes in California, but this one really shook things up. Not only was it the strongest experienced in 25 years, but something else about the situation really grabbed my attention.

New school building not needed

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Hometown Events

updated: 08/27/2014 6:03 a.m.

Employees of Emerson Electric are holding their third annual picnic from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Lake Avalon Park pavilion in Bella Vista. All former employees and their families are invited to come and visit. For more information, contact Edna Bear at ednabear@att.net or 479-640-1359. Scrimmage Games Decatur and Gentry will play each other in football scrimmage games at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The High School teams will face off on Thursday, and the seventh grade and junior high teams will meet on Friday. Games are in Pioneer Stadium at Gentry.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Terry Stanfill

Chamber preparing to publish new Gentry history book

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for publication of a new 120-year community history book and is seeking photos and family history submissions for inclusion.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Signs mark Civil War guerilla trails

posted: 08/27/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Bill Bowden

Wednesday, August 20

Private schools decry state athletic rules n Arkansas association prohibits play with nonmember schools

posted: 08/20/2014 8:22 a.m.

Decatur boys basketball coach John Unger was contacting teams last year to fill a tournament when he decided to invite Providence Academy in Rogers. It seemed like a good idea since Providence is an area team and Unger has a good relationship with Providence coach Austin Bivens. Providence wanted to play, but the private Christian school never boarded the bus for the 30-minute ride to Decatur.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/20/2014 8:18 a.m.

Meet the Pioneers night will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in Pioneer Stadium. The event, sponsored by the Pioneer Athletic Booster Club and Farm Bureau will begin with introductions at 7:05 p.m. Coaches and instructors will introduce the band, cheerleaders and athletic teams for the fall. Farm Bureau and the Booster Club will team up to offer hamburger dinners and all the fixings. Gentry Youth Organization soccer sign-ups are due Aug. 23 for Lil' Kickers (ages 2-4) and U6 through U14. Sign-up forms are available at Gentry EZ Mart, Gentry Public Library and ABC Daycare. They can also be printed from the GYO Facebook page.

Decatur man walks away from a bulldozer rollover accident

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A Decatur man counts himself lucky to be alive after the bulldozer he was operating hit a patch of loose rocks and rolled into a ravine on Aug. 11.

How and when did God create the heaven and the earth?

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

How did God create the heavens and the earth?

Decatur library to sell science fiction books

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Public Library will have a book sale Aug. 25 through Aug. 29.

Entertaining the Crowds

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Kaylin Cripps and her band entertained those in attendance at the Benton County Fair on Saturday night.

Highfill hires full-time police chief and officers

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The police department in Highfill now has its own full-time chief, following the resignation of part-time interim chief Keith Smith.

Planning commission chairman tenders resignation n Foxx sums up reason as 'no action taken' on part of the city

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The chairman of the Gravette Planning Commission has expressed his intention to resign.

Yes, I just love old houses and wish they could talk

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

I love old houses. They fascinate me -- especially the ones that are almost falling down, or are empty and deserted.

Decatur open house shows refurbished middle school

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It is hard to believe that summer is almost over and the kids are back in school once again. Opening day of classes for the 2014-15 school year was Aug. 18 for most area districts.

Decatur ready for first football games

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels

Gravette's population now exceeds 3,000 n Increase to make Gravette a city of the first class

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Mayor Byron Warren reported at Thursday night's Committee of the Whole meeting that the city had received the latest certified census figures, showing Gravette with a population of 3,113 and a total of 1,333 housing units.

Maysville News

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

We are having weather more like August now. Seems as though the rains have sorta come to an end. Maybe we will get some soon. There doesn't seem to be as much lawn mowing as there was.

Youngest Fair Goer

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

One of the youngest area visitors at the Benton County Fair on Saturday was April Millsap, 5 months, with her mother Kristi.

Hiwasse News

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

A large crowd of their children, her sister and brothers, nieces, nephews and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Carrier on Sunday for lunch and a family get-together. It was reported all had an enjoyable time.

Schools Opened Monday

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Lions prepare for season opener

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

New Pioneer Scoreboard

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Firm relocates to Gravette

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- MDX Group, Inc., has announced the purchase of Captain Sports, a Georgia-based firm, and MDX president Kurt Maddox says he will relocate the business to downtown Gravette.

Obituaries

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Carrie Jenks

Another Payne Family reunion in the books

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Days and the Payne Family Reunion flew by for another year. The weekend started Friday, Aug. 8, with a big barbecue and pool time at Delbert Payne and Jo Jackson's home in Gentry.

Gravette District hires three in special session

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Three new employees of Gravette schools are Bill Hayford, business manager; Stefanie Harris, special education teacher; and Tina Bersi, HOSA/health science teacher. They were hired at a special meeting of the Gravette School Board Friday evening, Aug. 8, with all board members present except Jay Oliphant.

Don't do on the Web what you wouldn't do on a street corner

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Some people think that what they do on the Internet is private -- that no one else knows or sees -- but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Church relocates to Decatur

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Due to circumstances beyond its control, the congregation of Midway Pentecostal Church had to leave its church on Arkansas Highway 59 and has relocated to the church at 752 Hill Avenue in Decatur.

Primping before the auction

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Lions Club installs new officers

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

There's a snake at the door!

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Getting Heifer Ready

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Stormey Jo Pembleton (with the red comb) and Emma Bates, both 9 and from Gravette, get Izzy, a beef heifer, ready for the premium auction on Saturday at the Benton County Fair.

Candidates file for office on west side

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Contested mayoral races are in store for Decatur, Gravette, Highfill and Springtown.

Voter education on ambulance issue planned

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials said last week they'll need to get accurate information to voters as a pair of plans to pay for rural ambulance service go on the ballot in November.

County eyes new traffic law

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office is asking for a county ordinance that will allow deputies to write tickets for a list of traffic offenses that are now regulated by state law.

Benton County Queens

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Kendall Yarbrough, 14, and Megan McAfee, 17, both of Gravette, were chosen Junior Miss Benton County and Miss Benton County, 2014.

Spending time with her commercial heifer

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Gentry bus drivers receive safety awards

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Full-time school bus drivers in Gentry received safety awards Aug. 12 at the school district's annual back-to-school staff breakfast.

Petting a Goat

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Ayden Armstrong, 3, pets a goat during the Benton County Fair on Saturday evening.

McCarren Transportation Museum visits Decatur depot

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The railroad industry was once a vital part in the expansion of the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, with the advent of the automobile, airplane and trucks, railroads began to decline and, by the late 1970s, there was only one company that offered passenger service. Railroads only survived extinction by hauling freight across the country.

Springtown not united on trail plan

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Talking through the issues and reaching a consensus on a walking trail in Springtown will be necessary but not necessarily easy with the town divided on the issue and some wishing to move ahead and seek grant funding to build a paved trail for walking and cycling and others objecting and saying they live in Springtown because they like it the way it is and don't want people walking or cycling past their properties.

Taking care of your business is number one priority

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

I saw the old bull limping yesterday evening and, because I am such a pansy about tragic things, I hoped he was just stiff from lying down on rocks. It was about dark, I was hungry and tired and so I went on to the house. My close relative had supper ready and it sure smelled good, sorta erased the bull from my mind for a while.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Senior Center menus

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY

Carnival lights up fairgrounds

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

The carnival lit up the night sky at the Benton County Fairgrounds on Saturday night.

God still has work for us to do in our old age

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

"O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come." Psalm 71:17-18

TSW Automotive gives new life to old Shop 'n Go

posted: 08/20/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Motorists on Highway 59 North in Gravette have noticed a flurry of activity recently at the old Shop 'n Go store just south of the overpass. That's because Travis and Shelly Walls and family have been busy moving their business, TSW Automotive, into the building.

Wednesday, August 13

Lady Pioneers prepare for new season with new coach

posted: 08/13/2014 7:17 a.m.

GENTRY -- With a new coach and an energetic team, the Lady Pioneers are busy preparing for the upcoming volleyball season.

Senior Center menus

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Springtown seeks to clear path for town walking trail

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- A vision for a walking and cycling trail in Springtown has led to controversy, but the mayor is hopeful that once all the facts are known the town's residents will unite behind the plan. A special town meeting will be held Thursday to share information with town residents and town neighbors about the plan.

Embarrassment is as hard on a feller as a snake bite and a whole lot harder to cure

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

I sat in the truck getting warmer by the minute and wondering if I wanted to call for help or walk home and slip into the shop, get a tractor and slip out with a gas can. I wanted to never ever have to admit to any living soul that I, the patriarch of this outfit, ran out of gasoline in the middle of the pasture. I wanted to tunnel back into the headquarters and be real sure no one could see me. But, beings as that ain't gonna happen, I called.

Maysville News

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

By Katherine Tucker

Decatur schools host open house Aug. 14

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR --The Decatur School system will host an open house for parents and students Aug. 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Northside Elementary and 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at both Decatur High School and Decatur Middle School.

I'm leaving behind some doctrine for my kids

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

Some time ago, I began writing a simple explanation of Christian doctrine with the intent of giving it to my children and grandchildren before I am no longer here to remind them of the Bible's teaching.

Borgeteien-James helps team take championship

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Hometown Events

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

Concerned Citizens of Gravette School District will be holding informational meetings about the proposed tax increase for a new elementary school in Bella Vista and how it will impact the entire Gravette School District. A meeting will be held in Hiwasse Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the Community Building. Another one will be held in Sulphur Springs on Aug. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Old School Cafeteria. Please join us to find out more information about this proposal and how you can get involved. Additional meetings are scheduled throughout the district. For more information, call 787-5628

School districts launch B.U.S. safety awareness campaigns

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- With the first day of school coming up next Monday, superintendents and transportations directors for school districts in Gravette, Decatur and Gentry are sharing information about school bus safety with patrons in their districts.

Agility Training

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Clerk warns of deed notices n Private company sending documents to residents

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Brenda DeShields is concerned a "very official" looking notice may confuse some people to pay $83 for a property deed copy.

Gravette ready for 2014 football season

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- With the summer drawing to a close and school to begin Aug. 18, one thing is certain: it is time once again for Lions football.

Gravette Days were enjoyable but exhausting

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

Another Gravette Days celebration is in the books and, as always, it was an exciting and fun-filled celebration.

Stadium Drive gets makeover

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Over the years, traffic, weather extremes and topography changes have all contributed to the deterioration of many streets and highways in the area. Temperature variations, chemical treatments and traffic movement combine to causes street surfaces to become brittle, creating potholes which can contribute to unsafe driving conditions and in some cases damage vehicles.

Holding Fast to Christ in Persecution

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

"My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt." Daniel 6:22 (Read chapter 6)

County to seek law requiring ambulance service be provided

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County officials voted Monday to seek legislation mandating ambulance service be provided to rural areas regardless of funding.

Mr. Urquidi goes to Oklahoma City

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With his senior year about to begin and the dream of playing Division I ball looming on the horizon, Decatur basketball star Mario Urquidi made a trip to Oklahoma City to attend a four-day basketball camp July 22-26. Urquidi attended the camp with the hope of becoming a better player both on and off the court.

Science fair concludes library program

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Public Library's "Fizz Boom Read" summer reading program concluded last Tuesday afternoon with a science fair and ice cream party for all youngsters who had been enrolled.

Gravette Days bring back good old days

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

It's Friday morning. The air is still and heavy with moisture and the lawn, refreshed by the unexpected and greatly appreciated rainfall earlier in the week, waves a challenge: "Come and see us. Watch us grow." The lawnmower awaits.

Would you call yourself a dreamer?

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

Would you call yourself a dreamer? I am nearly too practical to be one.

Lifting Mass, Building Muscle

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll Gentry senior Jon Brown lifts weights, with Phillip Montgomery spotting, during practice in the Pioneer Activities Complex on Aug. 6. The weightlifting time was a part of football practice for members of the Pioneer football squad.

Car show gets rained out

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Thirty-eight vehicles were entered in the Gravette Day car show. Chris and Tina Crose, coordinators of the annual show, reported that all entries received first place trophies since a rainstorm blew up right in the middle of judging and they wanted to be fair to all entrants.

Decatur schools open Aug. 18

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "It can't be time for school again," whines a sixth-grader as he struggles to get out of bed.

Gravette Class of '64 holds its 50th high school reunion

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Eighteen members of the Gravette High School Class of 1964 enjoyed a 50-year reunion dinner Saturday evening, Aug. 9, at the Gravette High School commons.

Obituaries

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

Pauline Fair

121st birthday of Gravette Day celebrated

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The city celebrated its 121st birthday in style Friday and Saturday when crowds of people from all over the area gathered in town for a weekend of festivities.

County fair expands attractions n Organizers working to boost attendance

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County Fair organizers said they're pulling out all stops this year to shake off the lower attendance of recent years.

Dutch-oven cook off event doubles number of entries

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

Eight teams entered the second annual Dutch-oven cook off at this year's Gravette Days, doubling the number from last year's inaugural event. Eighteen total cooks prepared a total of 20 recipes in the competition sponsored by the Gravette Historical Museum. Experienced teams cooked three dishes and entrants in the novice category prepared only one.

Hiwasse News

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

By Peggy Carrier

Oldest in Attendance

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Town council gives go- ahead to paving projects

posted: 08/13/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- The council gave the mayor the go-ahead for three paving projects within the town, according to draft minutes of the town's Aug. 8 meeting.

Wednesday, August 6

Bulldogs gear up for winning 2014 season

posted: 08/06/2014 8:29 a.m.

DECATUR -- The crash of helmets and the thuds of 250-pound linemen hitting the ground marked the beginning of the 2014 Decatur High School Bulldogs football season.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/06/2014 8:28 a.m.

Gravette Days The 2014 Gravette Days, a two-day weekend celebration, will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9, in Kindley Park in Gravette and at other locations throughout the city. Gravette was founded in l893 and this is the city's 121st annual celebration. Festivities are planned for all ages, including softball and sand volleyball tournaments and a BMX bike and skateboard exhibition on Friday. Saturday begins early with a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and youth football scrimmage. The rest of the fun-packed Saturday will include the judging and crowning of Miss Gravette 2014, pretty baby and tiny tot pageants, a juried car show, a parade and an outdoor Dutch-oven cook off. Live music and food are planned. The celebration will conclude with a street dance Saturday night at 8 p.m. Gravette Days help raise funds for the Gravette schools and other locally sponsored non-profit organizations. For more information, email the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce at ggccinformation@gmail.com.

Football practice begins

posted: 08/06/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Boys and Girls Club launches Great Futures Campaign to advocate for kids during out-of-school time

posted: 08/06/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Boys and Girls Club of Western Benton County last week announced the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids and empower today's youth to achieve great futures.

I'm at a loss for a way to live a tax-free day!

posted: 08/06/2014 5 a.m.

With last weekend being a break from the usual sales taxes on clothing and school items and with the government continuing to raise our taxes every time we turn around, I tried again to figure out a way to get a little break for myself from taxes.

Joe Giles and the Homewreckers to play on Saturday

posted: 08/06/2014 5 a.m.

Playing at venues all over northwest Arkansas, Joe Giles and the Homewreckers will bring their brand of classic rock music to Gravette on Saturday, playing for the dance to be held at Kindley Park at 8 p.m.

When bugs bite or sting

posted: 08/06/2014 5 a.m.

Many people enjoy being outdoors during the warm weather, and bugs are no different. When the weather is nice, insects can be observed enjoying the summer days as well. It's important to know how to avoid situations that can lead to stings and bites. And if you are bitten or stung, it's also important to know what to do.

Regional bike and walking trails draft plan workshops set n Input sought from residents of local communities

posted: 08/06/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, with the support of communities and advocates throughout the Northwest Arkansas Region, has begun preparation of a Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan which includes cities on the west side of Benton County

Senior Center menus

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GENTRY

Mister, Miss Tiny Tot chosen at Decatur Barbecue on Saturday

posted: 08/06/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "What is your favorite color?" the master of ceremony asked of a shy 5 year old as she stood before a crowd of around 1,000. "Pink" she answered. Then the shy little one burst into a chorus of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Back-to-school events set for Gravette schools

posted: 08/06/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Students who are growing tired of summer vacation and are looking forward to returning to the classroom won't have long to wait. The first day of the 2014-2015 school year at Gravette Public Schools is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 18.

Obituaries

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Jackie Boyle

Maysville News

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We have had some good temperatures this week for July and a good rain coming into August. I guess we had better enjoy it. It's hard to know what August will be like.

Lockhart to be commended

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Thankful for Ross Lockhart's Service

Lost class ring found after 46 years

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William Leonard "W.L." Newberry graduated from Farmington High School in 1967. A year later he was working in Gentry, loading chicken litter to haul to a farm, and lost his class ring.

Teens learn water conservation

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CAVE SPRINGS -- The urban water cycle and conservation projects were focus points for teens at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership youth conservation leadership summit on Friday.

Football scrimmage, pep rally offered at Gravette Day

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Gravette Day offers something for everyone. Sports fans will enjoy the football scrimmage scheduled for 9 a.m. at Lion Stadium.

Murder suspect caught in Cherokee City

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BENTON COUNTY -- Authorities arrested a man who was wanted in connection with killing his father-in-law in Oklahoma.

Things are just things and money gets moldy

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I have begun building a new yard fence. My close relative has always liked the looks of the chain-link fences she would admire in town.

Lions bring back chicken dinners

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The Gravette Lions Club is bringing back a popular feature, the chicken dinner, to Gravette Day this year.

Hiwasse News

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This weekend is Gravette Days.

Firing dispute settled County to pay wilson half of a year's salary

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County has agreed to pay former comptroller Sarah Wilson more than $43,000 in salary and benefits to settle the appeal of her April 8 firing by County Judge Bob Clinard.

Ribbon Cutting at Pam's Sugar Shack

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Photo by Randy Moll

Proposed EPA rules target use of coal n Could cause more major changes for Flint Creek Power Plant

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BENTON COUNTY -- Proposed federal rules mean major changes are likely for the coal-fueled Flint Creek Power Plant in Benton County, and customers could get higher electric bills as a result, utility company and state officials said.

Gravette Day parade to have co-grand marshals

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GRAVETTE -- One of the most exciting events connected with the annual Gravette Days celebration is always the Gravette Day parade.

Gravette Day features pretty baby, tiny tot contests

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GRAVETTE -- Pretty Baby and Tiny Tot contests will be held on Gravette Day afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. The Pretty Baby contest features children from birth to 23 months. The Tiny Tot contest which will follow immediately afterward will include contestants, both boys and girls, ages 2 through 4. At press time on Monday, there were four entrants for the Pretty Baby contest and 16 for the Tiny Tot contest.

Construction traffic draws complaints n Work on Bella Vista Bypass generates more truck traffic

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BENTON COUNTY -- Work on the Bella Vista Bypass is creating problems for some travelers and the county's Road Department.

Whatever happens, I will keep on writing

posted: 08/06/2014 5 a.m.

Writing has always come fairly easy to me, and I enjoy doing it. Someday, I hope I can make a dollar or two from my writing. I have written a bunch of children's books, but only have rejection letters to show for it so far.

Schedule of Events

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2014 Gravette Days

Fledgling Birds

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Photo by Randy Moll

Sales tax revenue increases in July

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Sales tax receipts were up in Benton and Washington counties in July.

Fishing Together

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Photo by Terry Stanfill

E.H. Club Report

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Members of the Maysville E.H. Club met at the Community Building for the July meeting, with BJ Ray serving as hostess for the noon meal.

Gentry amends ordinances seeking tax increase

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GENTRY -- Gentry City Council on Monday amended its ordinances adopted last month regarding increasing the city's sales and use tax by 7/8 of one percent to comply with wording recommendations of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. The amending ordinances were passed on three readings with a single vote.

Are you sick with sin? Jesus offers healing

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"And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Luke 5:31-32

Barbecue well done in Decatur

posted: 08/06/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In keeping with the traditions of the original event -- good food, top quality entertainment and lots to see and do -- the 2014 Decatur Barbecue scored big this year with an estimated crowd of 3,000 at Veterans Park in Decatur on Saturday.