Wednesday, July 30

Weighed in the Balances and Found Wanting

posted: 07/30/2014 7:23 a.m.

"If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared." Psalm 130:3-4

Hometown Events

posted: 07/30/2014 7:20 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, an archery shoot and a 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.

Benton County Ambulance Talks To Continue

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's rural ambulance plans were still alive Friday, but only if justices of the peace agree to meeting by Aug. 26.

Ellis practicing for even better season

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Photo by Randy Moll

Planting Milo

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Photo by Randy Moll

Gravette hires White to be new basketball coach

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GRAVETTE -- Half a decade and a trip to the Class 7A state basketball championship game later, Greg White is returning to a head coaching position.

Work progressing at new Arvest branch

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Photo by Randy Moll

It's hard for givers to be receivers

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My mom was always doing things for others. After I married and had my own family, every time we'd go to her house she'd send home something with me, usually food, often cinnamon rolls. How she loved to cook for her family!

Senior Center Menus

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE

Planners Told Interstate 49 Bella Vista Bypass A Missouri Priority If Highway Tax Passes

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Finishing Interstate 49 around Bella Vista would be a priority in southwest Missouri if voters approve a tax Aug. 5 dedicated to building and improving state highways, regional planners were told earlier this month.

Bonds with animals can complicate a rancher's life

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

I sure hated to tell my close relative that her favorite old cow looked like she was gonna have that fatal trip to town in the near future.

Decatur, Gentry grow in summer league play

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It was a rough week for the Decatur Bulldogs, dropping three of their four games during the Gentry Summer Basketball League held in the gym at Gentry High School July 22 and 24. The Gentry Pioneers had a good week of play. The Pioneers played the Greenland Pirates July 22. It was a see-saw match in the opening minutes of the first half. Gentry, however, began a rally to propel them ahead of Greenland, taking a 22 to 10 lead into the break. In the second half....

Share the Harvest hosting puppet show this Sunday

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette's local food pantry, Share the Harvest, will be hosting its annual puppet show, featuring the White Mouse Puppets, fundraising event on Sunday, Aug. 3, starting at 6:30 p.m. The puppet show will be at Harvest Baptist Church, located 2 miles south of Gravette on Arkansas Highway 59.

Surprise winds cause havoc

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WESTSIDE -- Northwest Arkansas residents were caught completely off guard when a violent windstorm plowed through Benton and Washington counties July 23.

Little prairie gives big show

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GENTRY -- Once again, as a result of not mowing, Gentry's small section of native prairie has been filled with wildflowers and wildlife.

Run to kick off day

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It is amazing to witness the dedication long-distance runners exhibit as they participate in races across the country.

Gravette Hospital Ole Timers

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The gang from the old Gravette Hospital met on Thursday, July 17, with plenty of food, visits and memories. We planned our next supper for Thursday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at The Gallery in Decatur. We would love to see even more "Ole Timers" then.

Hiwasse News

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

By Peggy Carrier That was a sudden, strong, but luckily a short storm that passed through the area Wednesday afternoon. There were reports of several trees down and in some cases electricity was off for 12 hours or more. I was at work and we had to close the store for about an hour and a half for lack of electricity. Ron and Karen Burns have returned to Oklahoma after spending a few days at their house here in Hiwasse.

Barbecue will have games for kids

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Kids games have always been a part of the Decatur Barbecue since 1953. The early games featured a frog-catching contest, three-legged race, and turtle races.

County reaches settlement over firing of comptroller

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A settlement has been reached in the dispute over the firing of Sarah Wilson as Benton County comptroller, but details were not released Monday.

Tharp announces run for mayoral post in Decatur

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Bob Tharp, a current member of the Decatur City Council, announced Tuesday his candidacy for mayor of Decatur.

Coming to you from where the roads are straight and the spaces are wide

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

I assume I'm home by now, but I'm writing this column a few days ago from the wilds of northwest Kansas, not far from the Nebraska state line. It's the country of the Buffalo soldiers, Indian wars and Old West figures like Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickock.

Preparation for new drainage and sidewalks on Main Street

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Photo by Susan Holland

Enjoying the Summer

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Photo by Randy Moll

Obituaries

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Nelma Conklin

Sudden storm causes damage in Gravette

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- City crews and private tree removal services were busy last Wednesday afternoon and Thursday clearing debris after a sudden storm came through Gravette about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sales tax holiday set

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- A sales tax holiday next weekend is part of the back-to-school countdown for teachers and parents. School starts Aug. 18 in most Northwest Arkansas districts, and buying supplies is part of how teachers prepare.

Decatur Barbecue: A big piece of history for small-town USA

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

The Decatur Barbecue came about as a result of a small band of businessmen and residents dedicated to the revitalization of the town at a time when Decatur was on the brink of vanishing off the map and into history.

'Tis the season for summer's bounty

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

We had a couple of weeks of unseasonably cool weather earlier this month, but that passed and we had to turn the air conditioner back on.

Decatur Barbecue Schedule of Events

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• 7 a.m. -- Fun Run Begins

Officials talk road money for more paving this year

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials say they've made good progress on the road-paving plan and may ask the Quorum Court for money to do more.

Hay baled old way, with mules

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GENTRY -- Sitting in the air-conditioned cab of a modern tractor and pulling a hydraulic hay baler, it is easy to forget the way in which the task was performed over a century ago. Oftentimes it took a team of oxen, horses or mules pulling a crude device to bale hay -- taking days to finish a field.

Middle school to be ready for start of school Aug. 18

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In his first meeting as district superintendent, Jeff Gravette, on July 21, reported to the school board that no decision has yet been reached concerning the hiring of Doug Holly as director of transportation and maintenance for the Decatur school system.

Chamber selects Shook as grand marshal for Barbecue Parade

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce, in a vote by its membership, selected Katherine Shook as Grand Marshal for the 61st Annual Decatur Barbecue Parade.

Cars to compete at BBQ

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A relatively newcomer to the Decatur Barbecue is the car show. Car enthusiasts and restoration experts from all over Northwest Arkansas attend the Decatur exhibit to show off their work and talk shop.

Decatur Barbecue parade to draw area spectators

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

"Everybody loves a parade" describes an event that is a big part of Americana -- like baseball, the automobile or the light bulb. They are part of the fabric of small-town U.S.A.

Display honoring Scott considered

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The monthly meeting of the Gravette Public School Board on July 22 began with a moment of silence to honor the memory of Angela Scott, Gravette teacher and HOSA sponsor killed in a recent car accident.

'Kids in the Woods' event hooks kids on outdoors

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GENTRY -- Catching fish and catching crawdads were two of the much-enjoyed activities at the "Kids in the Woods" camp in Gentry's new Flint Creek Nature Area.

County boy makes good nationally

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

McDONALD COUNTY (MO.) -- For someone who was born and raised seven miles from the nearest paved road in the Rocky Comfort (population less than 100) area, Kenny Ray Horton has done quite well for himself out in the big-city world.

Gravette Council approves new SRO post for schools

posted: 07/30/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- City Council, on Thursday, passed a resolution authorizing the mayor and school district to apply for a COPS-CHP grant in the amount of $110,389.45 to pay for an additional school resource officer to police and provide security at Gravette Public Schools.

Wednesday, July 23

Faulkenberry ready to play multiple roles for Pioneers

posted: 07/23/2014 1:48 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Jake Faulkenberry didn't catch many breaks July 14 during the second week of the NWA Passing League 7-on-7 games at Harmon Stadium. The Gentry junior moved from offense to defense, and also from wide receiver to quarterback as the Pioneers battled Huntsville, Springdale Har-Ber and Fayetteville under a cloudless July sky.

There's no place like the front porch

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

Of all the houses I have lived in over my lifetime, most of them had a front porch, except for the one we lived in just before moving to our present home. For the 10 years or so that we lived there, we had to be back-porch sitters. Which is OK, but not quite as good as having a front porch. After all, our view was confined to our fenced-in back yard. Not much to see.

Decatur looks at retirement plans, restricts park camping

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Proposed changes to the current city employee retirement plan topped a full agenda at the July 14 council meeting.

Work near airport could cause delays

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Travelers to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport could see minor delays because of construction on Regional Boulevard just north of the airport.

A Walk in the Park

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

This writing comes just after the wrap up of a weekend keeping our 3-year-old grandson, Canyon. After two very full and eventful days with us, his family picked him up and they rolled down the driveway and out of sight.

Gravette police report

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday, July 20

Senior Center Menus

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY

Decatur considering new traffic light at busy intersection

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- While sitting at the Gallery Cafe eating lunch one afternoon, a visitor began to watch traffic flowing through the four-way stop at the intersection of Main Street (Arkansas Highway 59) and Roller Avenue (Arkansas Highway 102) in Decatur. After 15 minutes of watching the vehicular ballet outside the window, the visitor came to the conclusion that "this must be the busiest intersection in town," and that visitor would be correct.

Arsonist sentenced

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Bentonville man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting a series of abandoned house fires in 2013.

Cox Communications lays main line cable

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Burying High-speed Cable

Gravette basketball coach steps down to join family

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette boys basketball coach Dustin Peters is returning to the River Valley.

Decatur wins two, loses one in Gentry summer league

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GENTRY -- Play resumed in the Gentry Summer Basketball League held in the gym at Gentry High School July 15.

Where's the summer, where's the rain?

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

Where's the beef? Remember that old Burger King commercial? Or was it Wendy's? It could have been Arby's or McDonald's or Hardee's, or Sonic. It really doesn't matter; it's the "meat" of the ad we remember.

Why I won't be in heaven....

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

Again and again I hear preachers telling mourning loved ones that this person is, without a doubt, in heaven because of how much he loved Jesus, how many people's lives she touched, how strong a faith he had or how much good she accomplished in her lifetime.

Springtown's FEMA appeal denied n Town to file new appeal in attempt to avoid return of FEMA disaster aid used for road work

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking Springtown to return $30,013.58 in disaster management funds because the funds were not used for the approved project.

Hiwasse News

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Marlo Hamilton has spent a few days here this week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton, helping plan and then helping them celebrate their 50th anniversary on Saturday evening.

'Downtown Dealz' comes to Gravette

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A new business, Downtown Dealz, opened July 11 on Main Street in Gravette. The store is a family business operated by owners Russ and Laura Matney and their children, Chris, 8, and Alyssa, 4.

District Runners Up

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Submitted Photo

Officials seek ambulance ideas

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BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County's Quorum Court is set to consider proposals for rural ambulance service when it meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Quorum Courtroom at the County Administration Building, 215 E. Central Ave. in Bentonville.

Flint Creek pond stocked with catfish

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Photo by Randy Moll

GSAC receives check for meal truck purchase

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Submitted Photo

Forgive and smile; it makes life more pleasant

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That taste of summer we have been blessed with is about all I need. I love the green grass and all the wonders of the season but the heat is hard on me, Snip and Dog!

Local students named to Harding dean's list

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

SEARCY -- The following local residents are among more than 1,200 students included on the Harding University dean's list for grades achieved during the spring 2014 semester: Magdalena Cervantes, a junior from Gentry; Elizabeth Fox, a senior from Gentry; Megan Sullins, a senior from Gentry; and Kimberly Walker, a senior from Gravette.

Bid accepted for cement work at Gentry schools

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GENTRY -- Bids for cement work at the Gentry schools were opened July 16 and Diamond C. Construction was the low bidder for the projects and was awarded the contract.

Senior center receives funds for roof repair

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Submitted Photo

Local student selected to represent Arkansas at American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ashton Yarbrough is one of only 98 young women selected to attend the 68th American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., July 19-26.

Engine repair shop up and running

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A Gravette man has opened a small engine repair shop in back of the Jabez Health Food Store on Highway 59 South. The shop, Dave's ATV and Small Engine Repair, opened for business the middle of May.

Gravette Days feature Dutch-oven cook off

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Dutch-oven cook off was so well received in its inaugural Gravette Days 2013 competition that it is again a much anticipated event in the 2014 festivities to be held August 8 and 9.

Hometown Events

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

Gentry Bible School First Assembly of God in Gentry will be holding "Extreme Kids" Vacation Bible School Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 1. It will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night, with sign-in beginning at 6 p.m. The church is located at 821 East Main Street, just east of the Dollar General store. Assembly of God VBS Gravette First Assembly of God Church will hold Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1 for ages 4-12.

Hiwasse man sentenced for bank robbery

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BENTONVILLE -- A Hiwasse man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Rogers bank last year.

Enjoying an afternoon of fishing

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Photo by Randy Moll

Safari allows children to experience exotic animals up close and personal

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Where does one go to give children and family members an experience they will never forget? It's not necessary to go far. A visit to the Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari in Gentry will provide opportunities for children and adults to see a wide variety of animals up close in the petting zoo or just outside the car windows in the drive-through portion of the park.

The most high rules in the kingdom of men

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

"Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works [are] truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase." Daniel 4:37 (Read Daniel 4)

Property tax appeals to begin n Owners can start contesting appraisals at Aug. 1 meeting

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County property owners who are unhappy with their tax bills soon will have the chance to show why they should pay less.

Eagle Observer wins press association awards

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WESTSIDE -- The Eagle Observer once again received numerous awards at the Arkansas Press Association's annual convention.

Blazing star blooming in Gentry native prairie

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Photo by Randy Moll

Gentry man charged with raping girl

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GENTRY -- A Gentry man was arrested on July 11 and charged with raping a 14-year-old girl at his home on Crawford Street.

County honors farm family Hayses own a row crop, cattle farm in springtown

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SPRINGTOWN -- The Hays family claimed the honor of Benton County Farm Family of the Year on Tuesday morning, July 15.

New sidewalk to be built at school

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Photo by Randy Moll

Maysville News

posted: 07/23/2014 5 a.m.

This week has been cool. It sure didn't seem like July. We will have different weather in August.

Colorful Home and Garden Decor

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Photo by Susan Holland

Former Gentry woman found stabbed to death in Fort Smith

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GENTRY -- A pregnant woman killed in Fort Smith Saturday had Gentry ties, according to local police.

County vehicles are set for auction

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BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County officials say the number of vehicles available at this year's surplus property auction should draw plenty of interest.

Obituaries

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Betty Bolton

Wednesday, July 16

Four sessions remain of 'Fizz Boom Read'

posted: 07/16/2014 7:22 a.m.

There are four sessions remaining in the "Fizz Boom Read" summer reading program at the Gravette Public Library. The program has been very successful so far, with 84 youngsters participating in the various sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays since the kickoff event June 17.

Hometown Events

posted: 07/16/2014 7:20 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, an archery shoot and a skateboard exhibition and contest on Friday. Saturday begins early with a 5K run, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and youth football scrimmage. The rest of the fun-packed Saturday will include....

Some questions challenge faith

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

If there is a good and loving God, how could He allow so much evil in the world?

Be thankful we aren't fighting plagues of frogs

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

I got my leather gloves out of the truck and pulled the sharpshooter spade from the back. The thistles are growing good this year and I fight them constantly. We sprayed and the offspring spot spray several times every summer. I dig the nasty, evil weeds up and haul them to a burn pile. I will never understand how snakes and thistles continue to thrive when the rest of the animals and plants turn up and die! Pun intended.

Riding on the White Water

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Photo by Randy Moll

'Be thou faithful unto death....'

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"Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Revelation 2:10b

Springtown receives GIF grant

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SPRINGTOWN -- Mayor Paul Lemke, according to unapproved minutes of the town's July 11 council meeting, reported that Springtown has been notified it will receive a $5,000 General Improvement Fund grant through State Senator Bart Hester's office. According to Lemke's report, Springtown will then have $10,000 in GIF grant money that can be used for drainage improvements.

It's time to sign up for Decatur BBQ

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DECATUR -- With July at its halfway mark and August around the bend, it is time once again to register for one of Northwest Arkansas' biggest and longstanding events, the Decatur Barbecue.

My heroes have always been cowboys!

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In only 10 days we will be celebrating the National Day of the American Cowboy.

Offcials eye cell tower rules County justices of the peace endorse ordinance revisions

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BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County's justices of the peace on Tuesday endorsed revisions to the planning and development ordinance.

Obituaries

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RT Flowers

School Board approves bond refinancing n Plan results in huge savings for Gentry district

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GENTRY -- At a special meeting on July 9, Gentry School Board approved a bond sale refinancing more than $6 million in 2009 bonded debt at a savings of nearly $600,000 to the district.

Gravette Police Blotter

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Friday, July 11

Summer basketball league in Gentry draws area teams

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GENTRY -- Summer is a time for swimming, fishing and baseball. For some area athletes and coaches, however, summer means breaking out the Snickers, sports drinks and basketballs and hitting the hardwood. The Gentry summer basketball league, sponsored by the Gentry High School basketball program, is open to any teams from the Northwest Arkansas area. Throughout the month of July, games are played each Tuesday and Thursday in the Gentry High School gym, with the first game beginning at 4 p.m.

Gravette teacher killed in traffic accident

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Angela Scott, 44, of Bella Vista and a teacher at Gravette High School, was killed Tuesday morning, July 8, in a two-vehicle crash on Arkansas Highway 72, in Gravette.

Gravette and Sulphur Springs Methodist Churches get new pastor

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The new pastor of the Gravette and Sulphur Springs United Methodist churches drives over from Centerton to serve his congregations; but after living in the big city, he says that's just like driving from one side of town to the other.

Master naturalists announce fall class

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BENTONVILLE -- The next opportunity to become a Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalist will be this fall semester at NWACC in Bentonville. Class starts Aug. 26th and will meet on Tuesdays from 2 to 4:50 p.m.

Maysville News

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

Seems like another warm day. I guess we can expect it here in the middle of July. I'm sure it will be warmer in August. I just hope we get some rain.

Sulphur Springs Library back open three days a week

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The Sulphur Springs Library reopened Monday, July 7, after being closed for several months. The library, located in the old red brick Sulphur Springs school building at 512 S. Black Street, is now open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Local 4-H members named finalists for Arkansas 4-H Governor's Award

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WESTSIDE -- Sarah Mills of Benton County, Meredith Williams of White County and Joshua Lockhart, also of Benton County, have been named finalists for the 2014 Arkansas 4-H Governor's Award.

EMTs assist accident victim

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Photo by Randy Moll

I'd stop along the road to Grandma's house

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

Summer has always been my favorite time of year, ever since I was a little girl. Summer to me was freedom from a long winter of being cooped up in the house, or bundled up in about 20 pounds of clothing if we did get to go outside. Not that we didn't have fun in the winter time, but summer was just better.

Parks seek summer visitors

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The kids are self-exiled in their rooms, glued to their video games and mobile devices, and dad is asleep on the couch. For mom, there is no place to run, no place to hide. What to do? What to do?

City to accept land donation

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GENTRY -- City council on July 7 passed resolutions authorizing the mayor to receive a property donation for the city and to allow a private business to make an improvement to city-owned property.

Gravette Committee of the Whole meeting

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette City Council held its Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday, July 10, with only councilman Richard Carver absent. Mayor Byron Warren asked for a moment of silence preceding the meeting to honor Angela Scott, Gravette teacher killed July 8 in a car accident.

Council approves substation bid, also purchase of used fire truck

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City Council, at its July 7 meeting, accepted the low bid of Gardisser Construction for the construction of a new fire department substation. The council also approved the sale of an old pump truck and the purchase of a newer one.

Making a Big Splash

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Photo by Randy Moll

State upgrades plow fleet Crews will be able to keep roads clear in winter months

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- State officials heard complaints and criticisms about ice and snow-covered highways last winter and want to avoid a repeat performance.

Hiwasse News

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

Sympathy is extended to the Scott family. A lot of you had Mrs. Scott as a teacher. Brooke Belts is in Washington, D.C., this week with her 4-H group. Betty Clardy has been having back problems this week. We wish her a speedy recovery. We send birthday greetings to Larry and Regina Keith. How many other wives and husbands get to share their birthdays?

Smith announces resignation as part-time Highfill police chief n Special meeting to take up bond restructuring set for Aug. 5

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Keith Smith, Highfill's interim part-time police chief, announced his intent to resign his Highfill post, effective in August.

Gentry Car Show Winners

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GENTRY -- Winners in the Gentry July 4th Car Show were as follows:

One school board race contested

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WESTSIDE -- Though most of the local school board races will be uncontested, the Gentry School Board At-Large Position 6 post is contested.

Hays Family chosen as county's farm Family of the Year

posted: 07/16/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll Recipients of the 2014 Benton County Farm Family of the Year Award were Cody and Carrie Hays and their children -- Ty, 9; Emily, 11; and Garrett, 13. The Award was presented at the Hays family farm, south of Springtown, on Tuesday. Jim Singleton, of Arvest Bank and chairman of the Benton County Farm Family selection committee (left), served as master of ceremonies. Savannah Dickinson, vice president of Farm Credit Services (right), presented the award. For a full story, see next week's issue of the Eagle Observer.

Wednesday, July 9

Hometown Events

posted: 07/09/2014 6:54 a.m.

Gentry Bible School First Assembly of God in Gentry will be holding "Extreme Kids" Vacation Bible School Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 1. It will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night, with sign-in beginning at 6 p.m. The church is located at 821 East Main Street, just east of the Dollar General store. Vacation Bible School Heritage Baptist, 307 Fourth Street, Gravette, will be having Vacation Bible School July 14-18 from 6 to 8 p.m. for children entering grades kindergarten through sixth. The theme this year is Duck Dynasty "Answering the Call!" There will be Bible lessons, crafts, games and snacks. Teams will be Bucks and Ducks! For information, call Heritage Baptist Church at 479-787-6782. Assembly of God VBS

In which kingdom is your citizenship?

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

In which kingdom

Summer reading includes projects

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Maysville News

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

Today sure seems like summer. I just hope the rains aren't over. Hope we get some in July and August. There seems to be a lot of hay baling going on. Fields in all directions have already got a lot baled. Guess too much rain makes it difficult on hay baling that hasn't got done.

Hiring raises ethics query

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

n Decatur School Board member called upon to resign to prevent ethics violation.

School board hires three

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette School Board convened for a special meeting Tuesday night, July 1, to consider personnel matters. The meeting lasted only 20 minutes.

The last time I saw my father was in 1950

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

The last time I saw my father was in 1950. Papa waved at us kids from the back of an ambulance and said, "If I don't see you again, I'll see you over there." Mom climbed in beside him and they headed for the hospital. He was hurting so bad, the doctors opened him up and found cancer. He died on the operating table.

Perhaps it's time for a visit to our eye doctor?

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

Perhaps it's time for a visit to our eye doctor. I was putting it off until a more convenient time, but that time just may have come.

Hiwasse News

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

Johnny Hight underwent knee-replacement surgery last week. We wish him a complete recovery.

Water, street improvements are in the works for Gentry

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A number of improvements to Gentry's water system and street system are in the works, among them a joint improvement project with SWEPCO to supply additional water to the Flint Creek Power Plant.

Catholic mission formed in Decatur

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DECATUR -- The sound of 30 voices singing worship songs in Spanish reverberated inside a small home in Decatur last week.

I'd go back in a New York minute

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As I write this, I am still in the process of readjusting to my quiet life back on the farm.

A festive 4th

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Photo by Susan Holland

Senior Center menus

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GENTRY SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Cooling Fun at Decatur Pool

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Photo by Randy Moll

Gentry beats Ft. Smith, claims Babe Ruth title

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BENTONVILLE -- Fort Smith looked to have seized the momentum in the fifth inning of the Senior Babe Ruth North state baseball tournament finals Sunday evening, but Gentry grabbed it right back.

Greed and pride are terrible bed fellows

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

I am a little fearful about the old cow herd at this time. They are all fat and sassy, most of them raising spring calves. One or two are without a baby due to a calf loss, and the calves are pretty dang nice, too.

Learning advanced CPR

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Photo by Randy Moll

Little Miss, Mister Gentry chosen

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Posing for a photo after the pageant were: Little Miss Gentry 2014, Ellie Nix, 3; first runner up, Channing Renfroe, 5; and second runner up, Rivir Wadsworth, 4.

Old basketball rivals: Where are they now?

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Allyson Twiggs Dyer and Blair Savage-Lansden were tied together because of basketball for several years, but they have taken different paths later in life.

Roberts Earns Master's Degree

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Annexation question to go before Gentry voters

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GENTRY -- Annexation will be on the November ballot for Gentry residents and for those living in several areas just outside current city limits.

Decatur resident recalls road to receiving new heart

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DECATUR -- Imagine for a second that you are 2,000 miles from home attending a wedding and suddenly you experience a pain in the back part of your shoulder. On the return flight, that pain gives way to more serious symptoms until, after arriving home, you are rushed to the hospital and find that you have suffered a major heart attack.

Decatur prepares for summer basketball league

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The air was once again filled with the sounds of basketballs bouncing down the court and shots hitting nothing but net during practice at Peterson Gym July 7 as the Decatur Bulldog senior basketball team prepared for its first game in the Gentry summer basketball league.

Obituaries

posted: 07/09/2014 5 a.m.

Dorotha Jean Culver

Tuesday, July 8

Gravette teacher killed in traffic crash

posted: 07/08/2014 2:51 p.m.

Angela Scott, 44, of Bella Vista and a teacher at Gravette High School, was killed Tuesday morning, July 8, in a two-vehicle crash on Arkansas Highway 72, in Gravette.

Wednesday, July 2

Go green, read the newspaper

posted: 07/02/2014 6:47 a.m.

Many say subscribing to a printed newspaper is not ecologically friendly. They suggest going green and reading news on a computer, tablet or smart phone instead. But are they right? Could it be that a print newspaper is really a more green solution than reading electronically and then buying other products to do all those things a person can do with a read newspaper? I'm not against reading the news on an electronic device. I do it often myself. But is it really less green to buy and read a printed paper? I think not.

What is the Message of the Bible to Us?

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

"Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:14-15

'Amazeum Science' is at library's summer reading program

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- About 50 youngsters showed up last Thursday for "Amazeum Science," the second session of the Gravette Public Library's summer reading program.

City council adopts fire code, approves lot splits

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The regular monthly meeting of the Gravette City Council was held Thursday, June 26, at the Civic Center. All members were present except councilwoman Amy Rambadt.

Vesta Reynolds-Sprinkles-Edwards celebrates 90th

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Vesta Reynolds-Sprinkles-Edwards, formerly of Decatur and now residing in Centerton, will celebrate her 90th birthday with a drop-in reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, at First Baptist Church in Decatur.

Enjoying Crystal Lake

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Local artist to perform July 4

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Kaylin Cripps and her band will take the stage at the Gentry July 4 Freedom Festival at 4:30 p.m. and will provide an hour or more of entertainment, singing country, rock and gospel selections.

Hamiltons celebrate 50th

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Robert and Geneva Hamilton, of Hiwasse, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the First Baptist Church on Highway 72 West in Hiwasse. Friends and family are invited to attend. No gifts, but please share a memory in a card. RSVP to Marlo Hamilton, 479-936-1068, or Amanda Hamilton, 479-790-1841.

Learning About the Senses

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Sensational Summer Reading Program

Life is mostly for work

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

My cousin from back home called and said they were on their way to visit us and then on to the Smoky Mountains. He said they would be here during the day on Wednesday and not be spending the night as they were to meet some of their offspring at a designated time and place.

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Gentry has been celebrating Independence Day for 100 years -- this year formally marks the 101st city celebration -- with each year's celebration seemingly bigger and better. Early celebrations were downtown on Main Street. More recent celebrations have been in the city park and include enjoyable activities for all, entertainment and remarkable fireworks displays.

Dirt Devils runners up in state tournament

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Hiwasse News

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

By Peggy Carrier

Northside Elementary will have new principal

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When Jeff Gravette was promoted to superintendent of the Decatur school system, it left an opening for a new principal at Northside Elementary. By the end of May that position was filled and Decatur schools' administration was once again complete.

My family was a lot like the Waltons

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

I don't watch a whole lot of television, I just don't have time. But when I was sick last January, I discovered reruns of The Waltons, and I have been taping them and watching a couple episodes a week.

Jordan Rager to be lead performer

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Jordan Rager, just 20, is a singer and songwriter from Loganville, Ga. And music is his passion!

Dirt Work Under Way

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Photo by Randy Moll

Stolen ATV

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this 4-wheeler is asked to call the Gentry Police Department at 736-8400. It was taken from a residence in the 300 block of N. Little in Gentry on the night of June 20. The 4-wheeler is a 2005 Kawasaki 750 V Twin Brute Force. The owner would love to get it back and asks that whoever took it return it.

Susan Says

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Summer is here and temperatures in the 90s serve to remind us that the season has changed.

Gravette Police Blotter

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Friday, June 20

Maysville E.H. Club News

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

MAYSVILLE -- The Maysville E.H. Club held its June meeting at the Maysville Community Building. Katherine Tucker was the hostess for the noon meal.

School Board approves raises n Board rejects bids for concrete work due to wide gap between bidders

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The school board, on July 23, accepted the apparent low bid of Laxen Painting to paint the high school stadium field house and do general painting in a number of locations within district facilities but declined to accept bids for cement work at the schools.

Kapners continue to do well in ring

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Brandon Kapner, 17, a 123-pound open fighter, won the state and regional Golden Gloves and went to Las Vegas to fight in the National Golden Gloves Tournament, fighting in the men's division -- 17 to 34 years old.

Fredom Fest Schedule

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Gentry's 101st Freedom Festival on July 4 in the Gentry City Park is promising to be one of the biggest yet, with three top-notch musical performances in the afternoon and evening, and activities beginning in the morning and continuing all day until the fireworks display at dusk.

Governor recognizes student achievement

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Three local honor students received recognition at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock on May 3.

Obituaries

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Rex Bayer

Maysville News

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By Katherine Tucker

ShotGunBillys to take the stage in Gentry

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

Bridging the gap between Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, Arkansas born and bred country rock band, the ShotGunBillys, bring a Southern down-home and honest-about-it approach to country music. The SGBs offer a high-energy, rocking show with a firm, friendly handshake that keeps fans feeling welcome and coming back for more.

Liatris Blooming

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Photo by Randy Moll

Hometown Events

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Bible School Quartet

Gravette Farmers' Market

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Photo by Susan Holland

Holly-Christensen to wed

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Doug and Darleen Holly, of Decatur, proudly announce the engagement of their son, Ethan Andrew Holly, to Katie Marie Christensen, daughter of Brian and Deanna Christensen of Brush, Colo.

Senior Menus

posted: 07/02/2014 5 a.m.

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