Wednesday, December 31

Wrestlers graple for top spots at Pioneer Classic

posted: 12/31/2014 10:41 a.m.

GENTRY -- Illness took its toll on the Pioneer Classic wrestling tournament held at Gentry High School on Dec. 20, with many wrestlers out and a number of teams canceling their attendance. Though the numbers were down, some serious wrestling took place in the Gentry High School gym, and a number of Pioneer wrestlers competed in the final matches. Petter Thao, Cody Watson and Zach Ellis all made it to the final matches but fell after coming close to pinning their opponents....

Looking back at 2014

posted: 12/31/2014 10:40 a.m.

One of the things newspapers provide is a first draft of history. With 2014 just about over, we offer a look back at the first draft from Jan. 1 through June 30 ... JANUARY 1 Decatur Fire Chief David Flynt turned in his resignation effective Jan. 1, citing personal reasons for his departure. Flynt continued as a volunteer firefighter for Decatur. The City Council approved Flynt's resignation and appointed Assistant Fire Chief Jerome Luker as Decatur's new fire chief. The mayor and council members each praised Flynt for his service to the community in building the Decatur Volunteer Fire Department to its current level of operations. Flynt, a 23-year veteran of the Decatur Fire Department, had been chief for the past eight years.

Hometown Events: Hometown Events

posted: 12/31/2014 10:34 a.m.

Nominations Sought Gentry’s Annual Awards Night will be Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Deadline for award nominations is Jan. 30. The chamber is currently taking nominations for 2014 Outstanding Volunteer, 2014 Outstanding Businessperson, 2014 Outstanding Civic Organization, 2014 Rookie of the Year and 2014 Outstanding Citizen. The Chamber of Commerce board of directors will vote on the nominations. The chamber is also accepting nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Awards. The purpose of this award is to honor those who have made a positive impact on Gentry and to make sure they are not forgotten in the town’s history.

Weekly Devotion: Scriptures foretold His birthplace

posted: 12/31/2014 10:29 a.m.

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2 In an ancient prophecy, given some 700 years before the birth of the Messiah and Savior, His birthplace was foretold. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

What can we know about the final judgment?

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

In the book of Hebrews (9:26-28), we read of Christ Jesus: "Now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."

Bulldogs wins on the road in first conference game

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur senior boys and girls basketball teams were on the road Dec. 19 as they traveled to Coal Hill to take on the JC Westside Rebels in the first conference game of the season.

Predictions: Hard to make for 2015

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

It didn't work this year. The trance, which every December provides those infamous Cuff predictions for the coming year? No luck this year.

A costly freedom but one we all enjoy

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Ho Ho Ho, I heard the sleigh bells and the stamping of tiny reindeer feet on our roof. I had eggnog, sugar cookies, sugar kisses and candy canes. We had joy, fun, togetherness and true family love for many hours. Yes, I did have a great Christmas.

Do we have to live life in a hazy blur?

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

The year 2014 is history. What an eventful one it was! It seems to have rushed past, leaving us with the feeling one gets when looking out the window of a fast-moving vehicle. The trees and fence posts pass in a blur and our eyes have no time to linger on any one image. All we can do is entrust our lives to the care of the driver and hope we will have a safe journey.

Three brave boaters enjoy sunny afternoon

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Crystal Lake was a busy place Dec. 26 as eagle watchers and boaters took advantage of a rare sunny winter morning while clouds and the threat of rain loomed on the horizon. Kelly Mitchell launched his kayak from the shore of the lake for a short jaunt around the lake. "I didn't realize how high the lake was," Mitchell said. "I paddled around the perimeter all the way to the (Arkansas Highway) 102 bridge."

3 schools honored for state ranking

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- School superintendent Richard Page was pleased to report that the Gravette School District had three schools recognized in the top 10 percent in the state for student achievement and improvement.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Gravette Senior Center Menus Week of Jan. 5 - 9 Monday: Salisbury steak w/gravy, winter blend vegetables, macaroni & cheese, bread, fruit salad.

Obituaries

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Catherine Donohew

Gravette fire chief retires after 20 years of service

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- David Smith, retiring chief of the Gravette Fire Department, has been called out to the fire station many times at all hours of the night to go on fire runs. When he was called to come to the station last Tuesday night it was not to go fight a blazing structure fire or vehicle fire. This trip would end with more pleasing circumstances.

Almosta Race draws riders to New Year's Day event

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE --Fred Overstreet, of F&M Powersports in Gravette, was guest speaker at the Dec. 16 Gravette Lions Club meeting to inform members about the upcoming Almosta Race motorcycle event.

Council approves truck, lawnmower purchases Automatic water-rate increase suspended for 2015

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The city council approved two purchases and adopted the 2015 budget at its Dec. 9 meeting.

Vintage car stolen from Decatur garage

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Police Department needs the public's help in finding a vintage automobile stolen from a garage in Decatur.

Hiwasse News

posted: 12/31/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21, was the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. Have you noticed the days getting any longer yet?

Wednesday, December 24

Little resigns as Gentry's head football coach

posted: 12/24/2014 7:48 a.m.

Many hearing or reading of Coach Brian Little’s resignation as Gentry’s head football coach, though saddened he will not be leading the Pioneers onto the gridiron with his level of professionalism and skilled coaching next fall, will be relieved to know that he plans to continue to serve the Gentry School District in his roles as dean of students and as the district’s athletic director. Little’s resignation as head football coach was accepted by the school board at its Dec. 15 meeting. In a Dec. 19 release regarding his decision, Little wrote the following....

It is a painful experience to lose an animal

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

That frost that clings to your lips and makes your eyes feel like frozen grapes, the kind that skims the water tanks with that first glaze of ice and threatens to stay all day, that is the one that is around this morning.

Fifth graders learn of Civil War

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Fifth graders at Gravette Upper Elementary were treated to a special program last Thursday afternoon. Shelle Stormoe, education outreach coordinator for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program came to talk to them about Civil War sites and battlefields in Arkansas. Stormoe told the youngsters that AHPP's job is to identify, evaluate, register and preserve sites that are a part of Arkansas' cultural heritage.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Week of Dec. 29 - Jan. 2 Gravette Senior Center — Monday: Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, carrots, roll, brownie....

Old bank building is demolished

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Grand Bancorp has now completed acquisition of Decatur State Bank

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GROVE (Okla.) -- Grand Bancorp, headquartered in Grove, Okla., announced its completion of the acquisition of Decatur State Bank, a subsidiary of Chambers Bank, headquartered in Danville, Ark.

What is God's Gracious Election? A Little Doctrine Continued

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

God's Word teaches that God has, from eternity, chosen some to obtain eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and that this election and choosing of God is entirely of God's grace and mercy in Christ Jesus, without any merit or worthiness on the part of men.

Obituaries

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Bill Anderson

Lady Pioneers unable to keep up with Lady Bobcats

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers traveled to Berryville on Friday but were unable to gain the upper hand on the basketball court, losing 64-27.

Decatur boys win last home game of 2014

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In their last home game of 2014, the Decatur Bulldog senior boys played Oaks (Okla.) Mission on Dec. 16 at the Dawg Pound in Decatur. This was the second time this season the teams played each other.

Gravette city council approves truck purchase, honors mayor

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In a short meeting last Thursday night, the Gravette City Council approved the contract for purchase of a 2015 3/4-ton Ford 250XL pickup for the water department at a cost of $22,415. The four-wheel-drive vehicle will replace a 2006 vehicle which will be put up as surplus.

What is Christmas? Who is this Child?

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

An ancient prophecy (Isaiah 9:6-7), recorded more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus, states: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."

Osborn to perform at Carnegie Hall

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Brianna Osborn, a student at Gravette High School, has been selected for the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform as a second alto at Carnegie Hall in February 2015 with the Honors Choir.

Wage hike loomsHigher minimum pay is week away

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- A higher minimum wage is only a week away, prompting excitement from low-income workers and advocates and a shrug from business owners in Northwest Arkansas.

Students visit school board meeting

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Photo by Susan Holland

Post Office Employees Celebrate Holiday

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Photo by Susan Holland

Lions stick to game plan, beat Wolves 18-point run gives Gravette total control of contest against Lincoln on Dec. 16

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Greg White loved the way Gravette's boys stuck to his game plan Tuesday night, even when they had fallen behind early in the first quarter.

Decatur students get jump on future through technologies

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since the Internet went public in 1991, school systems across the country have struggled to keep pace with the demands of this continuously evolving industry. For the Decatur School District, it has been especially hard to keep up with the increasing demands for technology-based education. The primary goal of Decatur schools is to have one mobile device for every student, to have faster, more reliable and secure operating systems, and to teach students in device operations.

GUE Spelling Bee Winners

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Susan Holland

Hometown Events

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Christmas Eve Service — Harvest Baptist Church of Gravette has a Christmas Eve service planned for the community at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 24. The service will last about an hour. The service will include Christmas songs, videos, proclamation of God's word and a special message from the pastor. More information about the church and upcoming events can be found at: http://harvestgravette.webs.com. • GED Classes Offered — Anyone interested in earning a GED, may come to the Gravette Public Library, 407 Charlotte St. S.E., on Monday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. This special GED orientation time will give those interested the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the GED program. Spring classes will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Gravette GED classes will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. through May 6, 2015.

Gentry wrestlers commended for good sportsmanship

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Editor's Note: While the following letter was not received as a letter to the editor, it was read in an open meeting of the Gentry School Board, thereby making it public. It is reprinted here because it commends the good sportsmanship of the Gentry Wrestling Team. Hello, my name is Wendy Odle, I am a parent of a Russellville High School wrestler and officer of the Cyclone Wrestling Booster Club. During a recent meet at Greenwood, while we were wrestling Gentry, one of our wrestlers, a female, was injured, breaking her leg. I wanted to make you aware of how the Gentry team acted during this time. They were amazing. They all took a knee next to our team and waited for the ambulance.

Retires from bus-driving duties

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Morris receives medals for service in WWII

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Sixty-nine years after his service during WWII, Alfred L. Morris, born April 14, 1925, and raised in Gravette, was recognized in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 7, by the U.S. Army in a medal presentation. He was awarded two medals at the special ceremony in Tennessee.

Little resigns as Gentry's football coach Plans to continue as high school's dean of students and athletic director

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Many hearing or reading of Coach Brian Little's resignation as Gentry's head football coach, though saddened he will not be leading the Pioneers onto the gridiron with his level of professionalism and skilled coaching next fall, will be relieved to know that he plans to continue to serve the Gentry School District in his roles as dean of students and as the district's athletic director.

Eagle Nest?

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

Eagle Nest?

The virgin birth: Why is it so important?

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

In the Apostles' Creed, we confess to believe "in Jesus Christ [God's] only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary...." Many would question or challenge this teaching of Holy Scripture, but it is of utmost importance to us. Who is this Jesus? His name means Jehovah saves, and that is who Jesus is -- Jehovah God Himself come into this world a true man, born of the virgin Mary that He might be not only true God, the Son of the Highest, but true man, son of David and heir of David's kingdom. Jesus is God Himself and, through the miraculous conception brought about by the Holy Spirit and His birth of the virgin Mary, He is also true man.

Energy-saving kits presented to students

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Empire District Electic presented Energy Wise educational kits to Gentry Middle School students on Dec. 16.

Gentry Middle School earns reward school status

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Arkansas School Recognition Program announced that Gentry Middle School was among the top 20 percent of high performing schools in the state and will be awarded an additional $50 per student to use to further its educational program.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

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Is a charter school in the future for Gentry? School board members say it would be disservice to Gentry students not to pursue it

posted: 12/24/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Whether Gentry should further pursue the option of establishing a charter school within the district was a matter discussed at the Dec. 15 school board meeting, with the board voting unanimously to look deeper into options for the Gentry District. Randy Barrett, superintendent of schools for the Gentry School District, told board members that providing technical training to prepare students to enter the workforce and get good jobs was the direction in which education was shifting ... Should the Gentry School District pursue the possibility of a charter school within the district? "I think we would be doing our students a disservice if we didn't," said Jim Barnes, board president. And the rest of the board agreed.

Monday, December 22

Old Gentry bank building demolished

posted: 12/22/2014 1:47 p.m.

The old Bratt-Wasson Bank building, built on Gentry's Main Street in 1966, was demolished this morning to make way for a parking area for the new Arvest Bank facility just finished this month. A video of part of the demolition work can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVU_9fEQfkQ&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, December 17

Police arrest pair at hair salon with drugs and shotgun

posted: 12/17/2014 8:58 a.m.

GENTRY-- Police arrested Bobby Wilmoth, 60, of Gravette, and Sarah Durling, 29, of Siloam Springs, after receiving two calls of a suspicious man and woman at a hair salon on Gentry Blvd., on Dec. 10. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Gentry police received calls just after noon from a neighboring business saying that a woman who appeared to be intoxicated entered Salon Revelations, "mumbling words that didn't make any sense," while the man drove a vehicle around to the back of the building and waited. When the woman came out of the business, they both left, according to the affidavit.

73 years and counting

posted: 12/17/2014 8:56 a.m.

GENTRY -- A Gentry couple reached a milestone Friday that few ever reach, their 73rd wedding anniversary. Loren and Doris Davis of Gentry were married in Sayer, Okla., on Dec. 12, 1941. Though they had planned to marry, the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7 moved things up. Loren, 96, and Doris, 93, were honored Friday at the Flint Creek Apartments, where they now live.

Quorum court panel OKs raises n Proposal will cost county an additional $16,425 if approved

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace agreed Dec. 9 to raise their per diem pay by $25 beginning in January.

Hometown Events

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Christmas Eve Service

Maysville News

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Carroll Tucker and Pam visited Jack and Sylvia Tucker on Saturday.

AHPP announces preservation art, essay invitational

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students throughout Arkansas are invited to participate in the 24th annual "Preserve Our Past" art and essay invitational sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced last week.

Water quality research in watershed focus of meeting

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

CAVE SPRINGS -- The Illinois River Watershed Partnership will host a public meeting where researchers from Arkansas and Oklahoma will present the latest water quality findings from the Illinois River Watershed.

Obituaries

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Troy Alvin Burnett, 81, died Nov. 17, 2014, in Tulsa, Okla. He was born Sept. 13, 1933, in Witter, to Floyd and Ethel Burnett. He attended school in Gravette. He served in the U.S. Army in Mannheim, Germany, from December of 1953 through 1955.

Employees, volunteers honored

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Hunters feed area's hungry

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With hunger on the rise, groups from across the country are reaching out to the population with help. One such group in Arkansas is working with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, hunters and taxidermists to help fight this growing problem.

Wasson resigns as town attorney for Springtown

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- In a brief final meeting of the current town council, held Dec. 12, outgoing mayor Paul Lemke read a letter of resignation from Carla Wasson, the town's attorney. Wasson's resignation will be effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Decatur bands put on winter concert

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The air around Decatur was filled with the sounds of fanfare of trumpets announcing the coming of the Christmas season as the beginning and symphonic bands presented their annual winter concert Dec. 9 in the cafeteria at Decatur High School.

College offers GED distance learning

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas Community College's Adult Education Program is now offering a new online learning program for students pursuing a GED.

Gentry Chamber Decoration Awards

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Reminiscing on Christmases Past

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas just around the corner. The years sure do seem to be flying by. I can still remember some of my childhood Christmases like they were yesterday.

Letters to Santa

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

The following letters are from Brandy Cordeiro's second grade class at Gentry Primary School:

Gentry Shining Stars

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Linam presides over last council meeting

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Charles Linam presided over his last meeting as mayor of Decatur when the city council met Dec. 8 to handle remaining business for the year 2014. Topping the agenda was the passing of the 2015 city budget.

Gravette PD search warrant yields bomb scare and drug arrest

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A Gravette man was arrested Friday after officers conducted a search of his home and found drug paraphernalia and suspicious devices. Police reportedly saw what they believed to be pipe bombs inside the home but found the devices were not explosives ... The bomb squad from Bentonville Police Department was called in to assist and arrived about noon. They removed the devices from the home using robotics and examined them. X-ray photos showed small round pellets inside, but no means of igniting or detonating them. Breaking into the pipes revealed lead shot but no propellant or explosive.

Decatur Christmas Festival proves fun for all ages

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The streets of downtown Decatur were filled with children of all ages Dec. 12, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the jolly old elf, Santa Claus. Claus and his beautiful wife, Mrs. Claus, slipped in under cover of darkness to participate in the Decatur Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas Festival parade.

Arvest supplies snack packs

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Arvest Bank in Gentry supplied snack packs to supply Gentry elementary and intermediate schools for the holiday break.

Massage therapist offers gift of relaxation

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- As the year winds down to a close, life seems to get ever more hectic. There are appointments to keep and commitments to honor. Stores are filled with frantic shoppers. It's enough to make you tight and tense -- to make your neck and back ache. Monica Thomason, licensed massage therapist at Holding Hands Massage and Bodywork in Gravette, offers the perfect remedy -- a massage.

Christmas parade bigger and better

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With an outstanding combination of theme, lights and music, the Gentry Library and Friends won the Champion award at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade Saturday evening. The float, that depicted "Gentry Merchantile," was representative of the Gentry Library with lights and Christmas songs by Elvis.

Gentry staff certified in Google apps

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

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Pointing People to Jesus

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." John 1:6-9 ... John did not seek to gain a following for himself, but called upon all people to repent of their sins and trust in the Messiah and Savior who was about to appear. He testified of Jesus, that He is God the Son and the Savior who would take away the sin of the world. When He saw Jesus coming to him, he directed his disciples to Jesus, saying, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (v. 29) ... We too are called to bear witness to Jesus, the Light of the world, that all might place their trust in Him for forgiveness and life everlasting....

Council members hear citizens, review 2015 budget

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council heard from a concerned citizen preceding their one-hour Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday night.

Hiwasse News

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

Sympathy is extended to the family of former Hiwasse resident Nadine Thomas Barnett who passed away last week. She has several relatives who still live in the area.

The many church nativity scenes should be enough

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

All the tree leaves in this state are in the yard of my close relative. We have had several deep and serious discussions concerning this particular malady and yet the problem continues to exist. Today I am the feller wearing the pants and I have cattle to take care of and I will be back to this place for my lunch. Then, with a swift exit, I took myself to the truck. My heart rate was about to return to normal when I opened the feed room door and the possum that was on the edge of the feed barrel hissed at me.

There are better ways to give

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

It's mid-December and so many of the ads we see, both in print and on TV, tell us it's the "season of giving."

Health Inspections

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Dec. 2

Gentry girls lose in overtime, boys win

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- Larry Walker walked up the sideline in front of his bench, clapping his hands.

Decatur loses to Huntsville, beats St. Joe in Green Forest Tournament

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs senior boys' basketball team traveled east Dec. 9 to play Huntsville in the opening round of the Green Forest Tournament.

Community Christmas Card

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

The 2014 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by NWA Media held $11,529 in contributions as of Monday. All donations go to help students in schools in Benton, Madison and Washington counties in Arkansas and in McDonald County, Mo. Donors can designate which school district receives their money. Individuals may deliver tax-deductible donations to any NWA Media office, including daily and weekly publications, until 5 p.m. Dec. 22.

Lady Lions unable to bring down Lady Elks, Boys grab big win

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

ELKINS -- Sometimes wins don't particularly come in glowing fashion. Elkins survived a turnover-filled battle with Gravette, 37-33, in non-conference girls' action Tuesday at Elkins' gymnasium ... Four players, led by Dustin Morgan with 13 points and Cole Turner with 12, sparked a balanced attack, as Gravette (4-3) jumped out in front of Elkins with a high-energy charge out of the gate.

Decatur student picked for all-region band

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Timothy Skaggs recently made the 2014 Region VI Junior High All-Region Honor Band.

Share the Harvest food pantry closed Christmas, New Year's Day but open special hours Dec. 31

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Share the Harvest food pantry, a ministry of Harvest Baptist Church, is open and serving clients every Thursday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. The pantry will be closed, however, on Thursdays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, for Christmas and New Year's Day respectively.

Gentry bands put on concert Thursday

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Photo by Randy Moll

Senior Center Menus

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Week of December 22 - 26

A Little Doctrine for my Kids Continued

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

What are the proper roles of church and state?

Keep kids safe, warm during winter weather

posted: 12/17/2014 5 a.m.

With the sudden cold snap this November, it's a good time for a reminder about bundling up children during winter months. Hypothermia and frostbite are both conditions children face when spending time outdoors and they need extra protection.

Wednesday, December 10

Holiday Hoops strengthens Bulldogs

posted: 12/10/2014 7:50 a.m.

Decatur High School played host to eight teams from Arkansas and one from Missouri in the second annual Decatur Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament at the Dawg Pound (Peterson Gym) in Decatur Dec. 1-6. Boys' and girls' teams from Hass Hall, Mansfield, Lincoln, Gravette, West Fork, Eureka Springs, Exeter, Mo., and the host team, the Decatur Bulldogs, participated in this year's event. There were four games, two boys' and two girls,' on Monday and Tuesday nights. The winners of each contest went on to play the winners of the next game on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The losers played in a bracket vying for a third-place trophy. Two losses and the team was eliminated.

Progress through peace is positive

posted: 12/10/2014 7:37 a.m.

During recent days Americans have watched in dismay and disbelief as an angry mob of ignorant or misdirected youth torched and vandalized a small city following a grand jury verdict involving the death of an 18-year-old youth. It's hard for a thinking person to comprehend how such mayhem and madness can erupt and reach such a crescendo to cause millions of dollars of damage while disrupting the citizenry of a town such as Ferguson, Mo.

Weekly Devotion

posted: 12/10/2014 7:36 a.m.

"Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins." Mark 1:2-4

A Little Doctrine for My Kids Continued

posted: 12/10/2014 7:34 a.m.

How should we practice church fellowship? Since Jesus commanded us to disciple the nations by going, baptizing in the name of the Triune God and teaching them to observe all which Jesus taught and commanded (Matthew 28:18-20), and since Jesus warns against false prophets who come to us in sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:15-23), we believe that Christians are to discriminate between churches which are faithful to Christ and that which is taught in His Word (orthodox churches) and those which are not faithful to Christ and His Word (false and heterodox churches) and to practice church fellowship (joining together in those things which one would do with fellow believers, such as worship, prayer, reception of the Lord's Supper, evangelism, mission work, etc.) only with those who are faithful to Christ and His holy Word.

Hometown Events

posted: 12/10/2014 7:31 a.m.

Volunteers are needed at the Gentry Public Library. Morning shifts are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afternoon shifts are from 1 to 5 p.m. To work at the circulation desk, volunteers need to be familiar with computers and how to relate to the public ... Gentry Choirs will present their Christmas concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, at the High School auditorium. The community is invited to come out and enjoy the concert and hear the students' work.

Walmart presents education check from safe trucking miles

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GENTRY - Walmart's Bentonville Transportation Office chose Gentry Primary School as the recipient of a $4,135.38 donation earned by drivers for safe miles driven from Aug. 9 through Aug. 15 of this year. A check was presented to the school on Friday by Bob Dixon, general transportation manager at the Bentonville distribution center, and Debbie Hall, Human Resources Office manager in Bentonville.

Christmas events planned in Gentry, Decatur

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Gentry's annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade and visit from Santa are set for Saturday, Dec. 13, along Gentry's Main Street and Chamber of Commerce building ... The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas Festival at Northside Elementary Dec. 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will begin lineup at 5:30 p.m. at Decatur City Hall.

Parade route set in Decatur for Saturday

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas Festival at Northside Elementary Dec. 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gravette school bands to present holiday concerts

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GRAVETTE -- All the bands from Gravette schools will be featured in the annual holiday concert, scheduled Thursday night, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the high school.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Dec. 15 - 19 at Gravette

Hiwasse News

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Joan Lowe had surgery last Wednesday. We pray she has a quick and complete recovery.

How do I pick the right shoe?

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Heels or flats? Fashion or function? Everyday women wear shoes that can cause pain and health problems all in the name of looking fabulous. And with the holidays approaching, you may be shopping for the perfect pair of party shoes to go with that special outfit or dress. It's important to pay attention to your feet and what you're putting them in. Here are a few hints and tips to help you choose the right shoe:

Eagles are back

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Photo by Terry Stanfill

There will be days like this in all lines of work

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Me and all that palaver about the sick pen being empty and how well all the calves were doing was just a big old blow! I have nine in the pen, all have fevers and running noses and the other end, too. I have already run up a big vet bill and will continue to see him daily until they die or get well.

Dynamic Rhythm coming to Gravette

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GRAVETTE -- With renovations under way in a Main Street corner building which once housed a restaurant and then a church, Dynamic Rhythm, a dance studio, plans to have an open house at its new Gravette location, 202 Main Street S.E., from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15 and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21.

Lady Pioneers come up short

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GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers traveled to Kansas, Okla., Monday but couldn't bring home the victory. The girls lost to Kansas, 68 to 36.

Gravette Students of the Month

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County 4-H team wins state and places 16th at national

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BENTON COUNTY -- A team from Benton County 4-H clubs recently displayed members' outstanding knowledge of livestock by placing 16th in the nation in the 2014 National Livestock Skill-a-Thon contest in Louisville, Ky. The winning team was made up of Laurel Mayo, of Centerton, a member of Centerton 4-H; Levi Bingham, of Gravette, a member of Town & Country 4-H; and Jessica Crawley, of Maysville, a member of Maysville 4-H.

Health insurance: Hospital provides Top 10 reasons to sign up

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No one is invincible and accidents can happen to anyone. Even if you're young, it's important to be prepared and have health insurance.

Ambulance money approved Committee budgets another $95,000 for rural service

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace continued working on a 2015 budget Thursday night. The county's finance committee agreed to provide another $95,000 for rural ambulance service. The budget was scheduled to be discussed at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday and approved by the Quorum Court on Dec. 18.

Water and sewer rates to climb 3 percent in Gentry

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GENTRY -- Water and sewer rates will climb by 3 percent in Gentry beginning with the first billing cycle due in January. The rate hike adopted unanimously by the city council on Dec. 1 is a part of a planned increase to help the city stay ahead of rising costs and provide funding for infrastructure upgrades and improvements in coming years.

Physical therapist joins Gravette's OCH staff

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GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette welcomed Elizabeth Davis, DPT, to the hospital staff last week. Davis will be diagnosing and providing treatment for acute care, swing bed and outpatients for their physical therapy needs.

Health Inspections

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Nov. 26

Obituaries

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Gary Ray Case

New water, sewer lines being installed

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GRAVETTE -- Workmen were busy last Thursday removing a few large trees on Fort Smith Street, S.W., in Gravette. The work is being done in preparation for the installation of a new water line in the area.

Dear Santa

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Photo by Steve Huckriede

Gentry Shining Stars

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PAWS Students

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Gravette rallies, takes game back and wins

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DECATUR -- Gravette Lions defeated West Fork, 58-54, in the final round of the Decatur Holiday Hoops Tournament on Saturday to bring home the trophy and regain needed confidence for upcoming season games.

There's a simple solution that could save Arkansas drivers thousands

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We all know someone who hit a deer while driving in Arkansas. Deer collisions are a problem here. According to State Farm, we rank 13th in the likelihood of having a deer-related collision.

Williams Woodcrafts pens are works of art

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GRAVETTE -- A pen is a useful tool but Gayle Williams of Williams Woodcrafts in Gravette makes pens that are much more than handy instruments for drawing or writing letters. They are truly works of art. In fact, after creating pens for several months, Gayle says, "I still get a thrill every time I finish one. I think, 'Gee, that's really beautiful.'"

Gravette Christmas Parade brings joy

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GRAVETTE -- The weather cooperated beautifully for Gravette's annual Christmas parade Saturday evening. The temperature was just cool enough to put folks in the holiday spirit but not too cold to be uncomfortable. A good crowd turned out for the event and spectators lined the roadway as parade participants made their way down the chosen route, some throwing candy and gum to the crowd.

Wednesday, December 3

Gentry Christmas parade set for Dec. 13 on Main St.

posted: 12/03/2014 7:24 a.m.

Gentry's annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade and visit from Santa are set for Saturday, Dec. 13, along Gentry's Main Street and Chamber of Commerce building. Children can tell Santa their wishes and get a treat bag from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce Building, located at 212 East Main Street (the 1904 bank building). Parents are welcomed and encouraged to bring cameras and phones for pictures of their children with Santa. Then, following the Santa visits, the annual Christmas Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run west along Gentry's Main Street.

This is a 'sorta' time of the year

posted: 12/03/2014 7:23 a.m.

Howdy, I just blew in from the north! Well, maybe I am stretching that a bit, but it is blowing from the northwest and I felt pretty cool atop my trusty steed, Snip. Now Snip is as woolly as a teddy bear and he is basically "over fed and under rode" as my dear old Pappy would say, so he was feisty and happy to be out and doing.

A Little Doctrine for My Kids Continued

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What are local churches? Who are really members? We believe that the Holy Scriptures speak not only of the one Holy Christian Church which is made up of all believers in Christ, they also speak of local churches or congregations of believers.

Cardinals fly over Lions for victory

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GRAVETTE --Farmington's Cardinals proved too much for the Lions when they visited the Lion Field House on Nov. 25. In the girls' game, the Lady Cards held the Lady Lions scoreless for a good part of the game while they continued to rack up points by stealing the ball and making fast breaks to the goal ... In boys' play, things did not get a whole lot better for the Lions. The Cards dominated the game and picked up a mercy-rule win over the Lions.

Gravette DECA students compete at state

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School students in DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) have attended several competitions this year.

Gravette High School drama department presents 'P.I. Blue'

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GRAVETTE -- The drama club at Gravette High School will be presenting a play this weekend that promises to be a refreshing addition to all the holiday activities. Performances of "P.I. Blue" will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Performing Arts Center, according to drama department director Ian Galloway.

Musical programs set at Gravette High School

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GRAVETTE -- The sound of music will ring in the air early next week with a trio of musical programs scheduled at Gravette High School, according to Breana Clark, choral director at GHS.

County to buy graders

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials hope a plan to keep a fleet of 20 road graders up to date will work better the second time around.

Man arrested for failing to register

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GENTRY -- When a man staying at the Gentry Motel was arrested on an outstanding Oklahoma warrant charging him with being a sex offender and living too close to a school, a warrant was also sought to charge him for living in Gentry and failing to register as a sex offender with the Gentry Police Department.

Tigers roar past Bulldogs in West Fork

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WEST FORK -- The Bulldogs lost their second game of the season to the Tigers, 42 to 39, when the Decatur boys traveled south to take on West Fork in the Tiger Dome Nov. 24. It was a hard-fought game for both teams but, in the end, the Tigers emerged victorious.

Hiwasse News

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On Tuesday, Nov. 25, Sheryl Laughard, Novella Carlton and Peggy Carrier worked the Bella Vista voting runoff. Voter turnout was extremely light.

Gravette Senior Center Menus

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Week of Dec. 8 - 12

Giving thanks is not just a one-day affair

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A letter last week from a friend in Tulsa echoed my thoughts. "The seasons are moving way too fast for me," she wrote. Our fall has been pretty mild and our early snow on Nov. 16 melted quickly but, with December's coming and the arrival of winter less than three weeks away, we begin to think of preparing for colder days.

Northside Elementary celebrates fall festival

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DECATUR -- The air was full of excitement as the doors opened at Northside Elementary School in Decatur Nov. 14 when students and adults entered to celebrate the school's annual fall festival.

Maysville E.H. Club News

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An afternoon meeting of the Maysville EH Club was held at the Community Building, with nine members present. Katherine Tucker presided. We are glad to have our new heating and air system installed. It will it be a great benefit to everyone using the building. A good crowd attended the Thanksgiving dinner we hosted and since it was a rather cool evening, everyone enjoyed the central heat.

Christmas Card tops $2,400

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The 2014 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by NWA Media held $2,463 in contributions as of Friday.

Sales tax receipts rise in County Benton County sees 9 percent increase over last November

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BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County saw a jump in its sales tax receipts for November, while Washington County officials said their returns were barely above November 2013 figures.

Walmart now hiring for its new Decatur Neighborhood Market

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DECATUR -- Walmart will hire approximately 30 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this winter in Decatur.

Gravette DECA students attend fall leadership conference

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) students attended the Arkansas Fall Leadership Conference on Oct. 6. The conference was held at the Bentonville High School performing arts center.

Gravette school representatives attend Economics Arkansas Luncheon

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GRAVETTE -- Area students, faculty and administrators attended the Economics Arkansas NWA luncheon held at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.

UMC to hold candlelight services this Christmas Eve in Gravette

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GRAVETTE -- Two traditional candlelight Christmas Eve services will be held in the Gravette United Methodist Church sanctuary, located at 202 Akron Street N.E., on Dec. 24 this year, according to church pastor Eric Meyer. One will be held at 4 p.m. and another at 6 p.m., with a time of fellowship and refreshments in the fellowship hall at 5 p.m.

'How amiable are thy tabernacles....'

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"How amiable [are] thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God." Psalm 84:1-2 (Read 1-12)

Christmas parade set Saturday in Gravette

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GRAVETTE -- The annual Gravette Christmas parade is scheduled for this Saturday evening, Dec. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Area children are bursting with excitement in hopes of seeing jolly old Santa and telling him their wish lists. Several floats are expected to appear in the parade, as well as the Gravette High School marching band, with Santa and his reindeer concluding the event.

JPs agree to cost-of-living, merit increases

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The Benton County Quorum Court's Finance Committee discussed raises and new personnel requests, capital purchases and other 2015 budget issues last week. The panel is aiming to have a complete budget ready for consideration at the Dec. 4 Finance Committee meeting.

Obituaries

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Michael Grigg

Hometown Events

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Library Open House

Mastiffs outrun Bulldogs

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog senior basketball team returned to Peterson Gym for its first home game of the season Nov. 25. Their opponent, the Mastiffs of Fayetteville's Haas Hall, proved too powerful in the second half as they handed Decatur its second loss of the season, in overtime.

Children's Book Writers

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Photo by Randy Moll

Letter to the Editor

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Editor,

Accident at rail crossing causes extensive damage

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GENTRY -- It must have been a shock for Carl Gschwend, 30, of Marvell, when he drove across the Main Street tracks on Nov. 24, with gates up and no lights flashing, and found the equipment on the tracks was moving.

Watson's return key for Gentry wrestling

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GENTRY -- Gentry wrestling coach Beau Collins acknowledged it's tough being the one of the few non-Class 6A or 7A schools in the area to offer the sport.

Maysville News

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Sunday was more like springtime. You could even feel moisture in the air, so I thought maybe we would get some rain. Instead we got a little sleet. I'm sure winter is close behind.

Decatur chamber gears up for its Christmas festival

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DECATUR -- Christmas is a time of sharing, giving and celebrating. For many area civic groups and municipalities it is the time of year for lights, decorated trees, parades and a visit by the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus.