Wednesday, June 25

Hometown Events

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Sulphur Springs Independence Day Celebration

It's a sad day: Once again tragedy has struck

posted: 06/25/2014 7:26 a.m.

Once again tragedy has struck the Eagle Observer community, with a beautiful young lady dead and a truck driver injured as the result of a terrible crash last Friday morning.

Two receive Farm Credit scholarships

posted: 06/25/2014 5 a.m.

Samantha Lambert, a 2014 Ozark Adventist Academy graduate, is one of 20 western Arkansas students awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship from Farm Credit of Western Arkansas. Lambert is from Siloam Springs. She plans to attend The University of Arkansas this fall and pursue a degree in human development family life science.

Fox graduates from Harding

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SEARCY -- Elizabeth Fox of Gentry is one of more than 750 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University's commencement exercises May 10.

Obituaries

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Sophia Asencio-Porter

Off the Cuff

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It ain't what it's cracked up to be. I don't care what they say. Who are they anyway? It just ain't.

There are hard ways to make it in any direction

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"I told that guy the mare would buck when he asked if she was broke," the tobacco-stained feller muttered, "I said she was gentle after a fashion, never said she was true." He reared back and spit.

Maddox forms campaign committee for mayor post

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n Maddox stops short of announcing candidacy for Gravette post.

Horse Trainer

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Photo by Randy Moll

Gravette Pool Open

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Photo by Randy Moll

Freedom Festival set for July 4 in Gentry

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GENTRY -- Don't forget to come to Gentry's Freedom Festival in the city park on July 4th. Some of the day's events include:

Senior Center menus

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GRAVETTE

Summer reading under way in Gentry

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Photo by Randy Moll

Arkansas Tech announces 2013-14 graduates

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RUSSELLVILLE -- Devon Michael Troedel was among graduates at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville during the 2013-14 academic year.

Decatur School Board looks at activities bus

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n School district considering used bus purchase.

Police remind residence of laws regarding fireworks

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Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith reminds residents of city law regarding the possession and use of fireworks within Gentry's corporate city limits.

Regional airport approves master plan

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HIGHFILL -- The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport approved a master plan Wednesday, pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Hiwasse man gets 40 years for sex assault

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BENTONVILLE -- A Hiwasse man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl.

Cabbage White

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Photo by Terry Stanfill

Gravette School Board discusses district's graduation rate

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GRAVETTE -- The monthly meeting of the Gravette Public School Board was held Monday, June 16, with all board members present. A short reception immediately preceding the meeting honored Jay Ensor, retiring upper elementary principal; Mandy Barrett, new upper elementary principal; and Dodie Evans, who has provided newspaper coverage of Gravette school activities for 58 years. Ensor has spent 38 years in education, 14 of those in Gravette; and Barrett has 16 years of experience in education, three in Cassville, Mo., and 13 in McDonald County.

Gentry Intermediate School Honor Roll

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Awards for Second Semester

Maysville News

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We had another little rain and more is forecast. Hope it doesn't turn off hot and dry in July and August.

Springtown revamps its animal control ordinance

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SPRINGTOWN -- The town council, at its June 13 meeting, passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Benton County Sheriff's Office to enforce its animal control ordinance and then adopted an ordinance on three readings with a single vote to completely revamp the wording of the city's animal control ordinance.

Ben delivers final report to school board

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DECATUR -- In the June 16 school board meeting, Larry Ben, who has been Decatur superintendent since 2010, delivered his final report to the Decatur School Board. In his report, Ben delivered a bit of good news regarding the enrollment figures for the 2013-14 school year.

Northside Elementary releases fourth-quarter honor roll

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Grade 6 A-B: Aubrey Bartlett, Sofia Killebrew, Kaya Mason, Destiny Mejia, Bethany Roberson, Natalia Rodriguez, Abby Tilley

Letter to the Editor

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Editor,

Gravette grad suits up as West Basketball All-Star this week

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I almost wish I'd met Terence Pierce in another era, when I was covering high school basketball in my home state of Montana.

Gentry man sentenced to prison

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BENTONVILLE -- A Gentry man was sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to several felonies, including breaking into an apartment and shooting through a bedroom door.

Decatur Middle School to open in August

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DECATUR -- Since the decision to reopen a portion of the old Decatur Middle School last March, construction crews continue to work at a fast pace in order to have it ready in time for the Aug. 18 scheduled opening date for the 2014-15 school year.

Asencio-Porter killed in crash n Car crosses center line into path of truck

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GENTRY -- Sophia Asencio-Porter, a 2014 graduate of Gentry High School, was killed on Friday morning when the car she was driving collided head-on with a tractor-trailer truck on Arkansas Highway 59, just south of Gentry.

Centerton Day set Saturday

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CENTERTON -- The 38th Annual Centerton Day is set for June 28. This is an all-day event, with a full schedule on the city of Centerton Facebook page.

Maysville celebrates community heritage

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MAYSVILLE -- Members of the Maysville community gathered on Saturday to celebrate Maysville Day and visit with friends and neighbors.

Rogers uses big hits to down Gravette

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GRAVETTE -- Rogers jumped on Gravette early and the Optimist Club added some late insurance runs to defeat Gravette 12-8 in an American Legion baseball game on May 17.

American Legion Post 25 holds flag retirement ceremony

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Photo by Susan Holland

Career Day held for Gravette High School students

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School held its annual Career Day May 21. Speakers from various industries, corporations, professions and agencies were present. Students were able to choose areas of interest and listen to and meet the guests.

Man accused of possessing porn

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BENTONVILLE -- A Gravette man was arrested June 13 in connection with possessing child pornography.

Lions Club receives Heroes Mural donation

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Photo by Susan Holland

Do you trust in the LORD with all your heart?

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"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:4-5

Sooner or later, someone will sort through all my stuff

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Sooner or later, someone will sort through all my stuff. What will they find and what impression will that leave?

Friday, June 20

Asencio-Porter killed in traffic accident

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GENTRY — Sophia Asencio-Porter, a 2014 graduate of Gentry High School, was killed on Friday morning when the car she was driving collided head-on with a tractor-trailer truck on Arkansas Highway 59, just south of Gentry.

Wednesday, June 18

Hometown Events

posted: 06/18/2014 7:38 a.m.

Gravette Yard Sale

Watching over nestful

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Photo by Terry Stanfill

County plans hearing n Officials to seek vote on rural ambulance issue

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace said June 10 they'll seek a vote on paying for rural ambulance service, even while expressing doubts their proposals can succeed.

Highfill to establish police reserve program

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HIGHFILL -- City Council on June 10 approved the purchase of three ballistic vests and the creation of a reserve program for the Highfill Police Department.

Who is the LORD God we worship and serve?

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"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.... " Deut. 6:4-5

Farrs celebrate 40th

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Jim and Beverly Farr, of Gravette, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 27.

Cruise Night held in Gentry

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Photo by Randy Moll

Click-It or Ticket nets 128 warnings

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Police Department participated in the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from May 19 to June 1. "Click it or Ticket" is focused on maximizing the contacts of officers with motorists and increasing enforcement for safety-based traffic violations.

Obituaries

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Donald Blunt

It's important to use proper English

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It is important to use proper English when talking to anyone. Your family, the store clerk and your neighbors appreciate correct usage of our language. Now all that is saying is use proper words when talking, like "I did it," not "I done it," and you know all those things we can easily slip into. Yep, it is a slippery slope!

Susan Says

posted: 06/18/2014 5 a.m.

Jim and I took a short road trip and had a few days vacation in Kansas City the first weekend in June. We seldom get away from home for even one night, so spending three nights away was a real treat.

'Sacred' buffalo adopts endangered Pere David's deer

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GENTRY -- It can be a difficult task to get a cow to accept a calf not her own, but the Wild Wilderness Safari in Gentry has an even more unusual adoption which occurred without human intervention: a Pere David's deer fawn has been adopted by a bison herd and nurses alongside the bison calves.

Decatur athletes celebrate winning seasons

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DECATUR -- The Decatur High School athletic department has plenty to be proud of this past school year, having won the 2A West District Basketball tournament, senior boys' district track meet, junior high district track meet, and, for the first time, having a soccer team go to and win one of two games at the district soccer matches.

Maysville News

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We sure got another good rain during the night Saturday and on up in the day Sunday. We just hope they don't come to an end in July and August.

Ramsey brothers named to dean's list

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ARKADELPHIA -- Eathen Ramsey and Elijah Ramsey, of Decatur, were among the 337 students at Ouachita Baptist University who were named to the dean's list for the spring 2014 semester.

Decatur Council nixes bypass plans

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DECATUR -- Decatur City Council held a public hearing June 9 to give city residents opportunity to voice their opinions regarding a proposed Decatur bypass.

Hiwasse news

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I made my first trip of this season to the Farmer's Market on Saturday. I was surprised at how much produce was on hand for this early in the season.

Gravette can go first class

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n Two ordinances passed in special session.

Updated airport plan ready Two committees try to plot facility's course

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HIGHFILL -- Two Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport committees Wednesday sent the final draft of the airport's master plan to the full board with a recommendation to approve it next week.

Police pursue wanted felon

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GENTRY -- Police in Gentry initiated a pursuit which continued to Springdale on Saturday when a wanted felon was identified passing through Gentry.

Gravette Athletes honored

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Photo by Randy Moll

We knew this day would come

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Editor,

Police arrest suspect in car burglaries

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Police Department, with the assistance of Gravette Police, apprehended a male in connection with a series of car break-ins that occurred in Decatur June 6 and 7.

APSC reopens hearing on proposed SWEPCO transmission line

posted: 06/18/2014 5 a.m.

SHREVEPORT, La., -- Last week, the Arkansas Public Service Commission reopened the proceedings regarding a 345,000-volt transmission line proposed by Southwestern Electric Power Co., a subsidiary of American Electric Power. The line is planned to assure future reliability of the electric transmission system serving the northern Arkansas and southern Missouri region.

Apple Crest Inn now open with new owners

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GENTRY -- A Siloam Springs couple recently reopened a bed and breakfast in a three-story Victorian-style home, just south of Gentry.

Cheevers and Lockhart inducted into Arkansas 4-H Hall of Fame June 11

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LITTLE ROCK -- Lauren Cheevers, of Washington County, and Joshua Lockhart, of Benton County, were inducted into the 2014 Arkansas 4-H Hall of Fame at the Arkansas 4-H Teen Star and Hall of Fame Banquet held on June 11 at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Little Rock.

Evans honored at retirement open house

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Evans honored at retirement

It should be a criminal offense

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It should be a criminal offense! I've told my staff members it's sufficient cause to be fired, though I've not followed through on my threats. And yet, writers -- even good ones -- and professionals keep on committing it. I see it in articles written by staff members and even in letters and materials written by educators, some with doctorate degrees listed behind their names and, yes, some who are English teachers!

Plans coming together for Freedom Festival

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GENTRY -- 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.

Youth complete basketball camp at JBU

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Submitted Photo

Tuesday, June 17

Martin receives the State Farmer Degree

updated: 06/16/2014 5:06 p.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette FFA members attended the Arkansas State FFA Convention held June 4-6 at Camp Couchdale in Hot Springs.

Thursday, June 12

Wednesday, June 11

Are unpublished ordinances valid and enforceable?

posted: 06/11/2014 5:02 a.m.

Are city ordinances valid if not published in a local newspaper? That is a question which city governments ought to consider; and publishing ordinances according to the law is something citizens ought to demand, simply for the sake of doing things right and avoiding major legal issues and expenses.

Two new businesses open on Gentry Main Street

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n Cowboy & Co. and Fancy That offer specialty items downtown.

Mitchell graduates from C of O

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GENTRY -- Douglas Mitchell of Gentry graduated from College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo., during the 2014 Commencement exercises May 11. Mitchell received a bachelor of science degree in biology -- ecology and field biology.

Gentry Middle School choirs perform 'Summer Camp'

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Gentry

Clements remembered as 'giving spirit'

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DECATUR -- When a young man begins a new chapter in his life and suddenly passes away, it leaves a void in the lives of all who knew him. The passing of one 2014 Decatur graduate has the whole community in mourning.

Mills on Cottey College dean's list

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GENTRY -- Sarah Mills, daughter of Brent and Tina Mills of Gentry, has been placed on the dean's list for her scholastic performance at Cottey College during the spring 2014 semester. In order to be on the dean's list, the student's grade point average must be between a 3.50 and 3.74 on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed.

Kindergarten graduation held June 3

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GRAVETTE -- One hundred, forty-five youngsters walked across the stage and received their diplomas at Glenn Duffy Elementary School's kindergarten graduation. The ceremonies were held Tuesday morning, June 3, at the Performing Arts Center.

Ellis enjoys record year on soccer field n Gentry freshman eclipses state scoring tally with 68 goals for the season

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GENTRY -- Gentry girls' soccer coach Fabrizio Campagnola had heard others talk about Amber Ellis and her soccer skills. He had no real idea just how good a player he was getting this season, but he figured it out quickly.

Gravette Police Blotter

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Saturday, May 31

Hometown Events

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Gravette Town Hall

Mister and Mrs. Broad-headed Skink

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Photo by Terry Stanfill

Decatur students ride train back into time

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SPRINGDALE -- The train whistle blew two short toots, and a hardy "ca-bang" of car couplers stretching filled the air as the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad Excursion Train pulled out of Springdale at 11:15 a.m., June 5, heading to Winslow. On board were a group of Decatur school children and their teachers, many riding the train for the very first time.

Senior Center Menus

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GRAVETTE

Office Furnishings Sale

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An office closing sale, featuring desks, chairs, file cabinets and other office equipment and supplies will be held at the Eagle Observer office, at 123 Main Street, S.E., in Gravette from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13, and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 14. Items are priced to sell and reasonable offers will be accepted.

Evans retiring: Open house planned on Thursday

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GRAVETTE -- Robert "Dodie" Evans, who has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 60 years, retired effective May 31, 2014.

New business sells sweetness

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n Candy store opens on Gravette Main Street.

How are we filled with the Holy Spirit?

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"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." Acts 2:38-39

Hunter-jumper horse show held Saturday and Sunday

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DECATUR -- Legends Equestrian Center in Decatur held a hunter-jumper horse show on Saturday and Sunday.

Obituaries

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Rosie Harrison

Hooves of steel, red eyes? They were here!

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Cattle call this morning was at 5:15 a.m. The phone fit right into my dream about trying to buy a camel and, since I couldn't speak French, I was waiting for my close relative to call and interpret for me. I am greatly relieved I didn't grab the phone and continue on in the dream!

Gentry Middle School releases honor rolls

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Staff Reports

Pomeroy completes Navy basic

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Staff Reports

Barnes, Billings to wed

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Jim and Pat Barnes, of Gentry, announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarah Jillynn, to Davey Ray Billings, son of Dave and the late Rose Billings, of Claremore, Okla.

Colcord celebrated 85th anniversary: Neighboring Oklahoma town celebrated its history with annual Old Settlers Day on Saturday

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COLCORD (OKLA.) -- Residents of Colcord, Okla., celebrated the town's 85th anniversary at the annual Old Settlers Day festival and rodeo last weekend.

Maysville news

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We have received a good rain the past few days. It's thundering around like we will get more and it will be welcome also.

Tuesday, June 10

Who would like to write my column this week?

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A few days ago I wondered out loud if anyone in the house would care to write my column for me this week. Bo, the brown lab, 77 in dog years, who lay curled at my feet lifted a paw.

Wednesday, June 4

Hometown Events

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Maysville P.O. Hours

Meek, Reynolds to wed

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Tiffany Renae Meek and Joseph Wayne Reynolds announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Maysville EH Club News

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By Gwen Singleton

Knowing your life is good is important

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Memorial Day came and I was once again reminded of the many and diverse men and women who have given their all for my freedom. The ones who died for me might not have approved my way of doing things, might have been a different nationality; and many of them would have been from north of here. They didn't pick and choose, they gave freely so their family and mine could be free to live in this great country.

I'd like to tell you what happened to Mrs. Griz, but....

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As some of you know, I from time to time use this column to write about the antics of Mrs. Griz. While I could probably fill lots of columns with my conservative political views, Mrs. Griz, who is usually the first to read what I write, tells me to lighten up a bit and quit preaching gloom and doom. So I sometimes do and write about her.

Highfill receives Rural Services Block Grant

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LITTLE ROCK -- Governor Mike Beebe and Department of Rural Services director John Andrews presented $646,091 to nine rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2014. The grant awards were distributed at a May 1 awards ceremony held in the Governor's Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Gravette population takes jump

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette's official population has shown a substantial increase, according to figures received last week from the U.S. Census Bureau, said Gravette mayor, Byron Warren.

'The Shoes of Hayim' to premier on Thursday

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WESTSIDE -- On Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m., the short film shot in Gravette, "The Shoes of Hayim," will premiere in Northwest Arkansas at the Razorback Malco Cinema.

'Kids in the Woods' festival planned

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GENTRY -- A "Kids in the Woods Festival" is planned at the Flint Creek Nature Area, just off Dawn Hill Road East near Gentry.

Office Furnishings Sale

posted: 06/04/2014 5 a.m.

An office closing sale, featuring desks, chairs, file cabinets and other office equipment and supplies will be held at the Eagle Observer office, at 123 Main Street, S.E., in Gravette from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13, and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 14. Items are priced to sell and reasonable offers will be accepted.

Council approves application for CAO extension

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GRAVETTE -- A special city council meeting was held last Tuesday, May 27, at city hall for the sole purpose of reviewing and approving the extension of the city's corrective action order with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Signed documents are required to be returned to the ADEQ 30 days before the date a CAO expires in order to extend it. The current CAO expires June 30.

Gravette High academic awards presented

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GRAVETTE -- Academic awards were presented to Gravette High School students at the annual year-end awards assembly. Awards and the students receiving them included the following.

Letter to the Editor

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Editor,

Bird rescue

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GENTRY -- About 10 days ago, 12 year-old Jake Truman, of Gentry, found a bird egg in his backyard. It was white and about the size of a robin's egg.

Summer reading program coming soon

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GRAVETTE -- Kim Schneider, Gravette Public Library manager, has announced the library summer reading program will kick off in mid-June at the library, located at 407 Charlotte Street, S.E., just east of the city pool. Open enrollment will begin Monday, June 16, and Schneider urges all area youngsters to sign up.

Arvest opening new ATM in Decatur

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DECATUR -- Arvest Bank has installed a new Automated Teller Machine (ATM) along Arkansas Highway 59 in Decatur and is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, June 9.

Buster joins Arvest in Gravette, is named as community lender

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GRAVETTE -- Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Eric Buster has joined Arvest Bank in Gravette as a community lender.

Decatur bands play final concert of school year

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DECATUR -- The night was filled with beautiful music as sounds of John Phillip Sousa and Timothy Broege filled the air around the Decatur High School cafeteria on May 22.

Kindergarten class gives the most peanut butter and jelly

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GRAVETTE -- Glenn Duffy Elementary held a peanut butter and jelly drive in April of this year in observance of National PB&J Day on April 2. Students gathered both peanut butter and jelly to help stock the local food pantry.

Bella Vista man must serve year in jail

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BENTONVILLE -- A Bella Vista man pleaded guilty last week in connection with threatening a circuit judge and two attorneys.

Council moves up changes in clerk and treasurer position • Approval given to pay for pedestrian railroad crossing

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GENTRY -- Gentry City Council on Monday moved up the creation of a director of finance position, making it effective immediately, and reduced the elected position of city clerk and treasurer to a combined part-time post.

Love is companionship

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From a column written for Father's Day in 1998:

Barrett hired as Gravette's new elementary principal

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GRAVETTE -- Mandy Barrett is fired up about her new job and she hopes to pass her enthusiasm for education on to all the faculty and staff at Gravette Upper Elementary School. Barrett was recently hired as the new GUE principal to replace Jay Ensor, who is retiring.

Senior Center menus

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GRAVETTE

Plans under way for Gentry Fun Run and 5K Run

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GENTRY -- Plans are under way in Gentry for the annual July 4th Fun Run and 5K Run.

Gravette Police Blotter

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Tuesday, May 20

Gravette Lions Club celebrates first anniversary

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By CJ Foxx

Correction

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Two corrections have been noted for the "Board handles full agenda" story which ran in last week's Eagle Observer regarding the May meeting of the Gravette School Board. The increase in price for school lunches was 61 cents, not 64 cents. The school board received applications for 20 school choice students, not special needs students.

Learning new things is a challenge

posted: 06/04/2014 5 a.m.

Here we are in the month of June and soon the first half of the year will be over. We're having pretty pleasant weather, sunny days with just enough scattered showers to keep our strawberries watered. Honeysuckle on the north fencerow adds a sweet scent to the air, and the dianthus in the front flowerbeds are still blooming. Over a dozen big buds on the prickly pear promise we'll soon see their striking lemon yellow blossoms.

Teen drowns in Illinois River

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SILOAM SPRINGS -- A Gentry man drowned Friday during a fishing trip on the Illinois River about 3 miles east of Siloam Springs.

Decatur Library to host "Fizz-Boom-Read" summer reading program

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DECATUR-- The Iva Jane Peek Public Library in Decatur will host its "Fizz-Boom-Read" summer reading program beginning June 16 and running through June 20. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

'Schools of innovation' applications denied

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GENTRY -- Applications from all four Gentry Schools campuses to become schools of innovation were denied by the Arkansas Department of Education, according to May 28 letters from Tom Kimbrell, Arkansas' commissioner of education.

What does Jesus pray for us?

posted: 06/04/2014 5 a.m.

"I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine ... And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are...." John 17:9,11

Obituaries

posted: 06/04/2014 5 a.m.

Timothy Clements

Hiwasse news

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Mitch Rogers from Nixa, Mo., has spent some time in the area helping his brother.

Tuesday, June 3

Crystal Lake Airport 5k and color run

updated: 06/02/2014 5:25 p.m.

DECATUR -- The morning started with a rain as organizers of the first annual Come Fly With Me 5K and color run began setting up for their event. But a little rain did not stop runners from coming out and enjoying a chance to traverse down an active runway, something very rarely done in the aviation world.