Wednesday, January 29

Curry says greed cause of ambulance woes

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY A Benton County justice of the peace said Friday greed is behind the increasing demands of cities for payment for rural ambulance service.

Police Put Drivers on Alert

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

School Board revises calendar, schedules public meetings

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Two major decisions were approved by the Gravette School Board at its meeting last week: setting a schedule for making up days lost to inclement weather and setting dates for two informational public meetings to discuss the Bella Vista elementary school project.

Maysville News

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

By Katherine Tucker

Hiwasse News

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

By Peggy Carrier

Decatur Public Library receives donation from American Legion

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR The Decatur Public Library recently received a pair of donations from two northwest Arkansas American Legion posts.

Fans urged to join in Lion orange-out event Friday

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Fans of the Gravette Lions are being urged to support their teams on Friday with a show of orange in the stands. To facilitate this, a group of local businesses have teamed up to provide orange T-shirts to the fans to truly fill the stands with orange and create an orange-out event.

What was Jesus' message to the world?

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17

They're live, but in the dark

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

OK, maybe it s not nice to criticize my fellow journalists for their news coverage, and especially when they are in some way competitors in the news gathering business. But, I can t help it.

School adopts revised calendar

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY A revised calendar was adopted by the Gentry School Board on Jan. 20 to adjust for the large number of snow days already this school year.

Board reviews performance, extends superintendent's contract

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY School board members on Jan. 20 reviewed the performance of Randy Barrett, Gentry School District s superintendent, and renewed his contract for another year.

Lions build big lead, win; Lady Lions lose

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE Otto Troutner was all alone under the basket as Gravette quickly zipped through Prairie Grove s press.

Gentry teams fall at Farmington

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

n Lady Pioneers lose in final period.

Helser to perform in international honor choir at Carnegie Hall

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Like many high school juniors, Shelby Helser, of Bella Vista, doesn t know for sure what career path she will take. But whether or not she chooses a career in music, she will have achieved an honor that some musicians never reach.

Austin admitted to pharmacy school

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Paul N. Austin, of Gravette, has been accepted into the spring 2014 professional class of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy in Weatherford, Okla.

Decatur Northside Elementary releases second quarter honors

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR With the recent snows and school cancellations, Northside Elementary released its second quarter honor roll a week late.

Why do they have to talk about wind chill?

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

I ve been mulling about the cold weather we ve had this winter, in comparison to the last two years. It s time to call a halt to it. At least I think so.

G.M.C.H. Ole Timers Meet

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

By Snooky Garrett

Norwegian student gets experience of a lifetime attending Gravette school

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Trine Meisland, 17, thought three normal years of high school would be boring.

Two communities linked by English course Decatur students interact with students from South Carolina school

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR What do Decatur and Greenville, S.C., have in common? Two educators with the desire to expose their students to different cultures, different mind sets and different points of view.

Gravette students make SWOSU honor rolls

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Colton Edward Moorman and James Harold Austin were listed on the honor rolls at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla., for the 2013 fall semester. Moorman was on the president s list, and Austin was on the dean s list.

Gravette Upper Elementary Honor Roll

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE The Honor Roll for the second quarter at Gravette Upper Elementary School has been released by school administrators. Students on the Honor Roll include the following:

Big cat sighted in Gentry

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY Could there be a big cat roaming the Gentry area? According to some, that is more than just a remote possibility.

County discusses legislative agenda

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE Benton County s justices of the peace are planning for next year s session of the Legislature with a list of items they want to see addressed.

Duke's 3-pointer lifts Gravette over Gentry

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

n Lady Pioneers fall after giving up early lead in game.

New office posts to be recommended

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY Council members on the Finance and Personnel Committees will recommend to the full council at its next meeting, Feb. 3, the creation of two new posts in the city office: that of finance director and administrative assistant.

Bulldogs hammer visiting Rattlers

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR It was a bittersweet week for the Decatur Bulldogs senior varsity boys as they close in on regional tournament time. The senior varsity easily defeated the Magazine Rattlers while breaking their four game winning streak with a loss to Johnson County Westside.

Witcher's bond increased

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE Ricky Witcher made his first circuit court appearance Thursday after his arrest in connection with making death threats to a judge and two Bentonville attorneys.

I should have taken the vet's advice

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

My offspring came roaring in this morning just in time for coffee and attacked the cookie jar on the counter. Laughing and loving their main cookie maker, they made a lively entrance. I knew they should have been busy on the farm but what you gonna do with a couple of brazen fellers? We visited some and they informed me the old bloater was once again blown up like a Macy s Thanksgiving Day parade balloon.

Susan Says

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

We ve passed the midpoint of January and finally the weather has moderated. Area youngsters were finally able to get in the first full week of school this year and meetings which had been canceled began to resume. There s an old Ozark superstition that the first twelve days of the year set the weather pattern for the upcoming twelve months. If that is true, we re in for another May snowfall this year as we had a good snow on Jan. 5.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

Audubon Field Trip

Gravette High School Honor Roll

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE The Honor Roll for the second nine weeks at Gravette High School has been released by Shannon Mitchell, GHS Counselor. Students on the Honor Roll include the following:

Lions Club tests eyes of Gravette children

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Members of the Bella Vista/Bentonville and Gravette Lions Clubs made last Monday a special eye day for several children.

Obituaries

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

Idabell Chamberlain

Sewer line to be replaced After four years and business closure, repair work to begin

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Replacing a sewer line in Gravette which was contaminated by a gasoline spill or leak four years ago is scheduled to begin early next month.

Gentry Intermediate Honor Roll Students for First Semester

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY Gentry Intermediate School has released its honor rolls for the first semester. Included on the rolls are the following:

Maysville E.H. Club News

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted

Gravette Middle School Honor Roll

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Gravette s middle school released its first semester honor rolls and that list is included below:

Urquidi brothers lead bulldogs down road to playoffs

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR Faster than a speeding basketball, able to reach over an opponent in a single bound. Look, it s a bird, it s a plane, no it s Mario Urquidi making another slam dunk.

IRS forms soon to be available

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Since the IRS no longer sends income tax forms to individuals, many citizens have been able to pick up some of the required forms at the Gravette Public Library.

Gravette Police Blotter

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 19

Gravette council approves applying for library grant

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Gravette City Council held its regular meeting Thursday night. All council members were present except Margo Thomas. City recorder Mike von Ree presided in the absence of the mayor.

There could be wolves in Arkansas

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

What is your message to the world?

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

Here we are at the end of January already, with one-twelfth of the New Year behind us. Although alarming in some ways that life flies by so quickly, it is a bit of a relief to know that the passing of January takes us one month closer to spring.

Cherokee Nation building new health center in Jay

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

JAY, Okla. Cherokee Nation broke ground Monday on a new health center in Jay. The new 42,000-square-foot facility will replace the existing 26,000-square-foot Sam Hider Health Center that opened nearly three decades ago.

Local residents are named on Harding University dean's list

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

SEARCY The following local residents are among more than 1,200 Harding University students included on the dean s list for grades achieved during the fall 2013 semester:

Gravette Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Friday, January 24

Town hall meeting set for Friday in Gravette

posted: 01/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Gravette area residents will have the chance Friday to voice opinions on the county s plan to pay for rural ambulance service.

Thursday, January 23

Bulldogs overcome Dragons

posted: 01/23/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR The Decatur Bulldogs senior varsity boys continued their winning streak, taking victories in two games on Jan. 14 and 17.

Wednesday, January 22

Senior Menus

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Lions overcome by Wolves

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

Ossy Escareno is one hot Wolf.

County defers to voters on ambulance service

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE Benton County justices of the peace said Jan. 14 they ll wait for the vote of the people before making decisions on rural ambulance service.

Here's a few recollections on recipes

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

I just got through taking a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls out of the oven, and the house smells great! I hadn t made these in years. It s my mom s recipe and she would always make half the dough into dinner rolls and the other half into cinnamon rolls.

Murals planned to beautify city

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE It has long been a practice for cities and towns to adopt mottoes or slogans to describe or promote themselves. Gravette is no exception.

Susan Says

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

We ve passed the midpoint of January and finally the weather has moderated. Area youngsters were able to get in the first full week of school last week and meetings which had been canceled began to resume. There s an old Ozark superstition that the first twelve days of the year set the weather pattern for the upcoming twelve months. If that is true, we re in for another May snowfall this year as we had a good snow on Jan. 5.

Obituaries

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

C.A. Al Casey

Boil order cancelled

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE A boil order for a portion of the Gravette water system near Eighth Avenue and Spanish Treasure Road issued by water superintendent Corey Reardon was lifted on Friday, Jan. 17, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

School facilities meeting held last week

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Members of the Gravette School Facilities Committee met at noon last Wednesday to hear a report from architects concerning the proposed elementary school at Bella Vista.

Hiwasse News

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

By Peggy Carrier

Do we direct people to Jesus?

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29

Gravette teams fall at Farmington

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

FARMINGTON Midway through the second quarter, Gravette appeared well on their way to victory with a commanding 11-point lead over Farmington, but the Lions lead didn t last long.

Man accused of making threats

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY A Bella Vista man was being held in the Benton County Jail on a $250,000 bond in connection with making a threat to a circuit judge.

Northside Elementary Releases Upper Grade Honor Roll

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR Northside Elementary in Decatur released the second quarter All As, A-B honor rolls and Citizenship Awards for the 4-6 grades. Certificates were presented to the honorees during an afternoon assembly on Jan. 16.

Gravette Fire-Ambulance Report

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

By Josh Burnett

Are there wolves in Arkansas?

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

By Randy Moll

Library tells of activities

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

By Kim Schneider

Ambulance service praised at Highfill meeting on Thursday

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL A crowd of about 35 people at a rural ambulance meeting at Highfill City Hall on Thursday heard the city s mayor and fire chief praise the service provided by Bentonville.

Decatur amends 2013 budget, adopts budget for current year

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR The Decatur City Council received good news from Mayor Charles Linam concerning the 2013 budget during the Jan. 13 meeting in the council chamber at city hall.

Maysville News

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

By Katherine Tucker

Flesner crowned queen in Gentry

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY Coronation ceremonies were held Friday night at Gentry High School an event originally scheduled before Christmas but delayed because of December snows and Dusty Haag was selected as the basketball homecoming king, with Kristen Flesner crowned queen.

Enjoy each day; they're all different

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

The days are getting longer and the weather has been agreeable these last few days. I must have been one of the millions who got plumb tired of the cold and misery, and I am pretty sure the rest of us are as thankful as I am. I can feed cattle without groaning this morning.

Being American comes first

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Lions Club presents check for VisioBook purchase

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY The Gentry Lions Club presented a check to the Gentry School District to pay half the cost of a VisioBook purchased to assist Owen Whitaker, an Intermediate School student who is vision impaired and was in need of the device to carry on his education.

Gentry loses to Ozark in final period n Pioneers also drop games to Berryville and Pea Ridge

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY The Pioneers played a strong first half against Ozark and went to the locker room up by four, 27-23, but Ozark came out a stronger team in the second half and retook the lead and the win, finishing up by five, 60-55.

Gravette's chamber banquet set Feb. 13

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE The Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will hold its first annual banquet Thursday, Feb. 13, at Horton Farms, 15772 Bethlehem Road, southeast of Gravette. The event, from 6 to 9 that evening, will include a catered dinner, networking and entertainment, guaranteeing a pleasant evening, said Morgan Black, spokesperson for GGCC.

Choir performs for food for the hungry

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY Choir members from the middle school and high school not only performed a Christmas musical. They collected cans of food for a local food pantry and raised money for the family of a man injured in a car accident.

Asencio-Porter makes all-state cheerleader

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY Sophia Asencio-Porter, a senior at Gentry High School, was named to All-State Cheer, according to a release from the Arkansas Athletics Association last week.

Gravette Lions beat Neosho

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE In a hard-fought game, the Gravette Lions beat Neosho in a home game on Saturday.

Council names new bridge after Don Earley

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN Town council members approved a motion to name the new bridge on Aubrey Long Road after the late Don Earley, and plans are being made to develop a water park along Flint Creek near the new bridge.

How could it have happened so quickly?

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

I never imagined it could happen so quickly or in my own lifetime. I assumed things like this took hundreds of years to occur; but it has happened, and so much of it within the last 50 years.

Gravette Police Blotter

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports

Board changes inclement weather policy for sports activities

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY In a special vote, school board members approved a policy change which would allow coaches to open school athletic facilities on days school is closed because of inclement weather.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

Gravette Baseball/

Decatur boys starting to heat up

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR Mario Urquidi and the Decatur Bulldogs are on a roll.

Middle schools receive awards n Gentry, Gravette schools recognized

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE Middle schools in both Gentry and Gravette were among those in northwest Arkansas and throughout the state which were recognized recently by the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program. With the notification came award money, according to the Arkansas Department of Education.

Annual Audubon visit to Eagle Watch set for Feb. 1

posted: 01/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY The Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society will be having its annual field trip to Eagle Watch Nature Area on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Tuesday, January 21

Decatur Band Members Make All-region Band

posted: 01/21/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR One high and three junior high students from Decatur have made the 2014 all-region band.

Wednesday, January 15

Town hall meeting set in Gravette

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Justice of Peace Steve Curry, of Gravette, announced a town-hall meeting to discuss the proposed EMS (Emergency Medical Services) funding election will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity/Wellness Center in Gravette.

Man accused of sexual abuse

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE A former Gravette volunteer firefighter faces state charges along with a federal case in connection with possessing child pornography.

Office takes shape n County officials expect to be moved in and open by March 1

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE Benton County s new office in Rogers is taking shape and officials expect to open for business March 1 at the 15th and Walnut streets location.

Lion's Pierce breaks record in win n Lion's hang on to defeat Ozark in final seconds of homecoming challenge; Lady Lions take big loss

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE A look of relief flashed across Terence Pierce s face as his 3-pointer settled into the net.

Bulldogs start winning streak

updated: 01/14/2014 7:06 a.m.

DECATUR The recent snow storms in the area forced the cancellation of not only schools but of several area basketball events.

I'm still looking for a use for those 'daggum' gum balls

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

It s now safe to predict: Winter is over. It must be so. March arrived full force Sunday and area fire departments were called to several rural roads blocked by trees that fell to the 45-50 mph wind.

Poultry operations owners need to register

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the Benton County Conservation District remind all owners of Poultry Feeding Operations that the annual registration for PFOs began Jan. 1 in accordance with the Arkansas Poultry Feeding Operations Registration Act (Act 1060 of 2003). Registration dates will run through March 31 and affect any PFO with 2,500 or more confined fowl.

Gravette defeats Berryville

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Building on Friday night s win, the Lions continued their winning streak by soundly defeating the Berryville Bobcats, 73-60.

Town-hall meetings set

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE Several of Benton County s justices of the peace plan to hold town-hall meetings to discuss the county s plan to pay for rural ambulance service.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

Gravette Baseball/

Senior menus

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Gentry girls fall in Prairie Grove

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY The Lady Pioneers fell to Pea Ridge on Saturday, 36-26.

Fires destroy one home, damage another

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY A wood stove is thought to be the source of a fire which destroyed the home of Chris Chamberlain on Taylor Orchard Road in Gentry late Thursday night.

Pruitt crowned queen at Friday night ceremonies

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE An early December snowstorm forced cancellation of the annual Gravette High School basketball homecoming on Dec. 13 against the Elkins Elks.

Compton Park dedicated to major Decatur advocate

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

NOTE: A few weeks ago, the Eagle Observer ran a photograph of a marker bearing the name of Dave Compton. This marker is located on a hill above the Crystal Lake camp area off Arkansas Highway 102, east of Decatur. Since that picture first appeared, several readers have come forward with information pertaining to the marker.

Kelley retires after 27 years as Gravette insurance agent

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Bob Kelley, who has served as Shelter Insurance agent since 1987, and his wife, Sandra, were honored last week at a retirement reception at the office on Main Street in Gravette.

Correction

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

A story which appeared in the Jan. 1, 2014, edition of the Westside Eagle Observer about the Gravette City Council s approval of the 2014 city budget stated that, under the new budget, all employees would receive a 3 percent raise. The raise voted for Gravette city employees was actually only 2 percent.

I think we're blessed in spite of the weather

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

I sure feel sorry for our livestock this morning. The wind chill is below zero and has been for the last several days, so the poor things are just having to do the best they can. I have rolled out hay, and the offspring have been pouring out plenty of that liquid gold. I don t even ask the price of a sack of feed any more keep on hoping the banker is feeling generous.

West-side students included on Arkansas Tech dean's list

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

Staff Reports

Gentry adopts budget, new salary schedule

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY In a brief meeting on Jan. 6, council members in Gentry amended the 2013 budget, passed a budget for the new year and adopted a revised salary schedule.

Chris Taylor is new Shelter Insurance agent

updated: 01/14/2014 7:18 a.m.

GRAVETTE Chris Taylor, an Arkansas native who has operated the Shelter Insurance agency in Bentonville for the past eight years, has assumed operation of the Shelter office in Gravette

Decatur Streets cleared during recent snows

updated: 01/14/2014 7:23 a.m.

DECATUR The recent snow storms during the first week of January had area road crews and street departments working overtime to keep community streets clear of snow and ice.

Hiwasse man arrested

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE A Hiwasse man was arrested Jan. 8 on suspicion of raping a 7-year-old girl.

Here's some good news, for a change

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

After watching the nightly news, I sometimes wondered why there is so much focus on the bad. With all the negative things happening in the world, it would be easy to think that very few good things are going on at all. At the least, they don t seem to be getting their fair share of press time.

Countdown to college

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE A Countdown to College information session will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, for Gravette High School seniors and juniors and their parents, according to Janna Sharp. It will be held in the high school library.

Lightning damages water line

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE A thunderstorm last Friday, which included several jolting lightning bolts, severely damaged a major water line in northeast Gravette, knocking out service to about 20 customers for more than two days.

Gravette Police Calls

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 5

Obituaries

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

Wilbert Barbian

What is the significance of baptism?

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Which do we want: Global warming or global cooling?

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

Perhaps, by the time you read this, we will be out of the deep freeze and global warming will be back. But I still have to wonder which way people want it.

Committee of the whole meets, sets agenda for council meeting

posted: 01/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE The Gravette City Council Committee of the Whole meeting was held last Thursday with all council members present. Written reports were submitted by all department heads.

Wednesday, January 8

Senior Menus

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENUS

I'll just trust His resolution

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

The first day of each New Year, I think of all the resolutions I ve made in the past, most of which I never kept. Statistics show only an 8 percent success rate in New Year s goals.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

Heroes Wall Planned

Students explore careers

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

Staff Reports

Public Notice

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Ice, snow cause closings: Schools battle lost days problem

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE A four- to five-inch snowfall Sunday, coupled with subzero temperatures, forced cancellation of schools in the area Monday and Tuesday of this week, the day schools were expected to resume after the lengthy Christmas break. The temperature dipped to a minus 7 degrees Monday morning.

Lady Pioneers gain late momentum

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY The Lady Pioneers couldn t quite seal a win early in the Siloam Springs Holiday Classic but finished the tournament with a strong win on Saturday.

Nominations sought for Gentry awards

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY Gentry s Annual Awards Night will be Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Address numbers required in Decatur

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR When seconds count in an emergency situation, it is very important for first responders to find the correct address. If homes and business have no address numbers displayed on their structures, police and fire crews waste valuable time trying to find the location of the emergency.

Obituaries

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

William Blankenship II

Being a mom is definitely not for the squeamish

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

I m feeling pretty yucky as I write this cough, aches and stuffy head and I am somehow reminded of some of the times my kids have been sick over the years.

Gravette fire-EMT report

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

By Josh Burnett

Decatur company has begun hatching free-range chicken

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

The chicken houses at Crystal Lake Farms look like broiler houses seen all over the countryside but it s what s outside and around them that s unusual: chickens.

Bulldogs drop games against Oaks Mission and Union Christian

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR The beginning of the second half of the basketball season got off to a rough start for both the Decatur senior boys and girls on Jan. 2. Both teams lost to the Oaks Mission Warriors.

Correction

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

In the Jan. 1 article on the Decatur council appointing a new fire chief, two names were misspelled. They should have read Jeremy Luker and Brent Hopkins.

Exchange student enjoys first semester

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Sarah Peronne arrived in Gravette just before school started last August. One day last week, as she leafed through a thick scrapbook which detailed her four-month stay in Gravette, she pointed and laughed and remembered as she looked at clippings and pictures.

Weekly Devotion

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

Arise, shine; for thy light is come .

Summer baseball-softball sign-ups

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE Batter Up! Play Ball! Those are hardly words you d expect to hear in January when the snow is flying and temperatures dip to single digits.

Ambulance campaign under way in county

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

By Tom Sissom

Decatur Schools will mail out second quarter report cards

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR Because of the recent extension of the second quarter due to snow days, Decatur High school will mail second quarter report cards on Jan. 9

Team Spark from CrossChurch Community 4-H Club took second

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

By Joshua Kay

Launching into a new year

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

We ve launched into a new year with all its possibilities, a clean slate with pages still to be written upon.

Panel To Discuss Cost Of Courts Building PROJECT ESTIMATED AT $49 MILLION-$53 MILLION

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE Benton County s Finance Committee will discuss how the county might finance a new courts building when the panel meets Tuesday.

Empire District employees earn safety award

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

JOPLIN, MO Safety on the job conveys its own reward, but Empire employees received an additional honor to mark a significant safety milestone on Friday, at the company s Joplin Service Center.

Bill's Column

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

Here s looking at you in this brand new year! It is clean as a whistle, no scars or bumps, and it whizzed in here with a cold north wind. Crisp is what it is and ready for you to start making your marks on it. We will make the marks, good, bad or ugly, and they are permanent and we can never erase them.

2013 in Review (Part Two)

posted: 01/08/2014 5 a.m.

JULY: Thousands turn out at parade to honor Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Tuttle, 19, who gave his life during Operation Enduring Freedom in the near east. He died July 14 after being flown to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Gravette Girl Scout Rachel Jones installs an owl nesting box at the Gravette Wildlife Observation Trail. Decatur FFA Chapter members receive numerous awards at the 86th annual State FFA Convention, where it was named a superior chapter.

Wednesday, January 1

Hiwasse News

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

Saturday was the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. Have you noticed the days getting any longer yet?

Hometown Events

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GED Prep Classes

Dr. McLeod working at Gravette OCH clinic

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

GRAVETTE Nathan McLeod, M.D., internal medicine physician, recently started seeing patients at Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette Clinic and is now taking appointments.

Gravette wins Decatur Holiday Tournament

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

Photo by Mike Eckels

Meter Change Under Way

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

Photo by Dodie Evans

Sheriff's overtime budget doubled on short notice

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

BENTON COUNTY The Benton County Quorum Court had to more than double the Sheriff s Office overtime budget on short notice, adding $300,000 last month to a budget line with an original appropriation of $206,703 for 2013.

Christmas morning a sight to behold

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

It finally dawned on Christmas morning and it was a sight to behold. The sky was clear and the lights twinkled all around the house. The aromas were to me as the scents of heaven must be, and all that kept me from giggling out loud was the fact that I still had chores to take care of! And even chores are a blessing on such a day of celebration!

Decatur Fire Chief Steps Down

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

Since before the turn of the 19th century communities relied on volunteers to staff their fledgling fire departments. From horse drawn pumper wagons that needed 12 strong men to operate to the diesel-powered engines that needed only a single operator, volunteer firefighters were called upon to fight fires and sometimes give their lives to protect the communities they served.

Gravette Fire/Ambulance Report

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

Sunday, Dec. 8

Obituaries

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

Michael Lee Duffy

Predictions? Maybe we'll do better this year!

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

It s always fun to look back as a year comes to an end. Just to see the progress that has been made in many areas is reason enough to pause and be thankful for the good things that have occurred during the past 12 months.

Gentry holds appreciation dinner

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

GENTRY Employees of the city of Gentry were treated to a city-sponsored dinner on Dec. 12 and to news of a Christmas bonus on their paychecks the following day.

Sulphur Springs celebrates Christmas

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

SULPHUR SPRINGS The annual Sulphur Springs Christmas celebration came about in stages this year. It started Nov. 24 with an annual charity auction and ended Dec. 21 when Santa received children s requests.

FEMA letter praises work of city staff

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

GRAVETTE Mayor Byron Warren, at a committee meeting last month, read a letter from Jack Couch, public assistance project specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, commending Tracy Sewell, business director, and her assistant, Lori Leonard, for their exemplary work in processing the paperwork for documentation of Gravette s storm damage.

Layup off missed free throw lets Lincoln girls steal win at Gentry

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

GENTRY A low-scoring girls basketball game throughout three quarters quickly escalated into a fourth quarter free-for-all with Lincoln stealing a 29-26 road win at Gentry on Dec. 16.

Siloam man arrested for Internet stalking

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

A man who claimed to be an Adair County (Okla.) deputy sheriff was arrested in Gentry on an Internet stalking charge after a 10-day undercover investigation.

A simpler way to celebrate Christmas

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

When I realized a couple of weeks ago that the date of my next scheduled column to write would fall during the week of Christmas, I was slightly unnerved. What could I contrive that would be worthy to add to that which has already been written or said about Christmas?

Do You Have An Unopened Gift?

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

The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

It's time to reaffirm my mission in life

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

It s hard to believe 2014 is here! And, yes, it s also amazing how fast the years of life fly past.

2013

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

Father Time may be scratching his head when he glances back at the activities that occurred in Westside Eagle Observer country during the year just ended. 2013 has been an exciting year. But that does not fully describe what has occurred in Decatur, Gentry and Gravette and the surrounding areas.

Gravette creates new police officer's job

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

GRAVETTE Gravette City Council met Thursday evening with all members present.

An unusual Christmas yard display

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

Photo by Dodie Evans

Decatur Junior High boys and girls play JC Westside

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

DECATUR Inclement weather played havoc for area basketball games in December. For the Decatur Bulldogs Dec. 20 was to pit both junior and senior high boys and girls teams in a four-game series with the Johnson County Westside Rebels.

Decatur revises school calendar

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

DECATUR The recent winter weather had a major impact on life in Northwest Arkansas, forcing cancellation of many events including Christmas programs and basketball games, and the closure of area businesses and schools.

Gentry racks up DWI arrests

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

GENTRY Police in Gentry released reports of a number of driving while intoxicated arrests made over the past month.

County election called for ambulance-fee levy

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

BENTON COUNTY Rural Benton County residents will be able to vote on an ambulance service fee in a Feb. 11 election.