Wednesday, May 28

Hometown Events

posted: 05/28/2014 5:01 a.m.

Maysville P.O. Hours

Open house is planned to honor Dodie Evans upon his retirement

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The public is invited to an open house honoring Dodie Evans at his retirement from the Westside Eagle Observer, and formerly the Gravette News Herald, after more than 60 years of service to the community.

Two giant steps realized toward goal of making new library a reality

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A new Gravette public library, which has been in the wishing and planning stages for several years, has taken two giant steps toward reality, according to Kim Schneider, library director.

Council approves Theis to fill vacant council seat

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In a short meeting last Thursday night, the Gravette City Council voted to approve Ron Theis as the new council member to fill the Ward 1, Position 1, vacancy created when Terry King moved out of the ward.

Engagements

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Walker-Crawford

Decatur seniors receive $500,000 in scholarships

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DECATUR -- For the Decatur High School Class of 2014, May 13 was a night to recognize them for their countless hours of sacrifice in the pursuit of a promising future.

Planning committee, council approve Walmart plans

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Two special meetings were called May 19 to discuss plans for construction of a new Walmart Express on the site currently occupied by the old Decatur General Store.

Board handles full agenda

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A small increase in school lunch prices next term was approved at the regular meeting of the Gravette School board last week. That was one of many agenda items which included planning for security systems for two schools, offering three new vocational classes at the high school, agreeing to continue a summer feeding program for youth in the district, continuing last year's tuition fee for pre-K students and approving contracts for several projects.

Are you like Cain or like Abel?

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

"By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh." Hebrews 11:4 (Read Genesis 4)

School board gives raises, rehires staff

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board on May 19 renewed contacts for 88 classified staff members, hired a media specialist, physical education teacher and coach and an English as a second language instructor.

States enter compact, skirt Constitution

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Though many may have heard little about it, there's a movement among a number of states to go around the U.S. Constitution and the electoral college system established by our forefathers for the election of the president (and vice president) and elect candidates to the highest executive office by popular vote.

Daniels signs with Evangel University

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Lion first baseman Boston Daniels signed with Evangel University, a Christian college in Springfield, Mo. His parents, Skeeter and Shanna Daniels, and brother Tanner were present for the signing which took place in the GHS practice gym on May 8.

Treat earns award

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Saber Treat, a 2014 graduate of Gravette High School, has received a Distinguished Scholars Award from Arkansas Tech University, beginning with the fall 2014 semester. Saber, the daughter of Shawn and Sherry Treat of Gravette, plans to major in nursing at Arkansas Tech.

Decatur chamber awards scholarships

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a night to recognize and reward those Decatur High School seniors who earned exceptional grade-point averages throughout the 2013-14 school year.

Ramsey receives his bachelor of arts degree

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA -- Caleb Ramsey of Decatur received his bachelor of arts degree in business administration and management on May 10 when Ouachita Baptist University president, Rex M. Horne, Jr., honored Ouachita's largest graduating class since the early 1980s at the university's commencement ceremony.

Obituaries

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Veda Cooper

Be a Winner graduation set for May 30

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Graduation day for 138 fifth graders at Gravette Upper Elementary School, who have completed the "Be A Winner" program, will be held Friday, May 30, at 2:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Farmers' market coupons to be available soon

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Farmer's market coupons will be available soon to seniors who qualify, according to an announcement from the Area Agency on Aging. A representative from that agency will be at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center in Gravette Tuesday, June 10, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Fleck admits killing husband, sentenced to 40 years

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BENTONVILLE -- Rick Fleck stood near his son's killer -- his former daughter-in-law -- on Monday.

Saunders named ADE assistant commissioner

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell announced that Eric Saunders has been selected as the assistant commissioner for Fiscal and Administrative Services.

Ambulance campaign begins Justices of the peace keep two plans alive

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials agreed Thursday they need to build support for an ambulance funding plan, but delayed a decision on which plan.

It was a stressful time, but they've left the nest

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Earlier this month, just as I was about to douse it good with water, I discovered that a robin had made itself at home in one of the ferns hanging on my front porch. Not only had it constructed its ingeniously built nest, but had also filled it with four beautiful blue eggs. I put down the water can and naturally grabbed a camera. That was the start of my encounter with the robins I would come to "know" for the next couple of weeks.

It's haying season again and I hate it, sort of

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

I was getting pretty nervous about the hay season. You know I hate it, and everyone had started giving me a wide berth thinking I had put an evil whammy on it. I can't do that and, if I could, I ain't dumb enough to! We need the winter feed as much as anyone.

Local students graduate from JBU

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- John Brown University is pleased to announce the graduation of the following students:

Memorial Day Observed

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." -- Abraham Lincoln

Letter to the Editor

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Hiwasse News

posted: 05/28/2014 5 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Skylar Carrier are the proud parents of a new baby girl. Serenity Belle was born Monday morning, weighing in at 7 lb., 8 oz. She was 21 inches long, with a full head of blonde hair. She has two big sisters, Jessica and Madison, to tease her.

Wednesday, May 21

Gravette's seniors graduate Saturday

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Although a chilly breeze filled Lion Stadium, the hundreds who attended the 2014 commencement ceremony for Gravette's 116 graduating seniors enjoyed the hour-long program under a bright, sunshine-filled sky. The event Saturday morning capped 12 years of educational opportunities provided by the Gravette school system.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Assessment Deadline

Maysville News

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

By Katherine Tucker

Decatur graduates 30 from class of 2014

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For parents, the hardest thing to do is letting go of their children. They watch as their sons or daughters take their first steps, or utter their first words, or go out on their first date. And then, in a blink of an eye, the children they so lovingly raised are walking across a stage to accept their high school diplomas and through an open door into the future.

Gentry Schools notify parents of chickenpox cases

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Notices were sent to parents of Gentry Middle School students from the Arkansas Department of Health in Rogers advising them that a case of varicella (better known as chickenpox) has been identified in the seventh and eighth grades.

Arvest holds groundbreaking for new Gentry bank facility

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Arvest Bank hosted a ground-breaking ceremony at its bank branch in Gentry on Friday to publicly announce the commencement of construction of a new banking facility on the property.

Obituaries

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Gladys Gatton

It's best to keep yourself straight with the boss

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

This is sure enough Spring weather -- muggy and windy. I have really enjoyed the sunshine that followed the good rain but the wind has dried out the ground so fast we need another one now. The air is so full of moisture that everything feels damp to the touch except the soil that needs it!

Gentry girls end their season at state playoffs

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers won their first game in state competition on Friday, defeating Stuttgart, 4-0. Amber Ellis put in three goals in the game, increasing her season scoring record to 68 goals. Brieann Ward had one goal and one assist in the game.

Local students on SWOSU honor rolls

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

WEATHERFORD (OKLA.) -- Two Gravette students were named to honor rolls at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for academic work during the 2014 spring semester on the Weatherford campus.

5K run set for May 29

updated: 05/20/2014 6:09 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will host the first annual "Come Fly With Me" 5K run at Crystal Lake Airport Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m. In addition to the 5K run there will be a 1 mile "colors" run starting at 11 a.m.

Vetor named to Henderson dean's list

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA -- Cindy Vetor of Gentry was named to the dean's list at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia for the spring semester. She is a graduate student at the university.

Decatur council to hold public meeting

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR-- The Decatur City Council will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on June 9 in the city council chambers at Decatur City Hall to address two items from the May 12 meeting.

Sullins included on Harding dean's list

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Megan Sullins, a junior from Gentry attending Harding University, made the Harding dean's list for the spring 2014 semester.

Gravette Police Blotter

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Friday, May 9

In my Father's house are many mansions

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

"In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also." John 14:2-3

Open in 25 years

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

The handwriting on the envelope said September 18, 1990. Open in 25 years. I hesitated. Figuratively, I scratched my head. I really shook it, my head. What in the ... I had no idea what I held in my hand, an envelope that had been transferred to different drawers several times.

Stricklen among spring 2014 KU graduates

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

LAWRENCE, KAN. -- The names of nearly 4,450 candidates for degrees from the University of Kansas this spring -- representing 88 Kansas counties, 45 other states and 41 other countries -- have been announced by the University Registrar.

Williams receives committee appointment

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Jay B. Williams, of Gentry, has been appointed to the Legal Forms Committee of the Arkansas Bar Association by 2014-2015 President Brian H. Ratcliff of El Dorado.

A few musings from graduation weekend

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

We've passed the midpoint of May and warmer weather has returned after nighttime temperatures dipped into the 40s a few nights last week. Several nice rains in the last couple of weeks have really greened up area pastures and lawns.

Gentry High School holds graduation ceremonies on Friday

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Eighty-nine Gentry seniors were on the list to receive their high school diplomas on Friday evening in the Bill George Arena at John Brown University.

Walmart soon to build express store in Decatur

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since the closing of the Decatur General Store several years ago, residents of this small community have had to drive to either Gravette, Gentry or Siloam Springs to purchase food and other household items that are essential to daily life. Soon that will all change and Decatur will have a new store in town.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Springtown council members hear progress reports

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Council members were updated on a variety of town issues at the May 9 council meeting, according to draft minutes of the meeting.

Gentry Shining Stars

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Submitted Photo

Gravette High athletic banquet set for May 23

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Athletic Boosters will hold its Member Appreciation Banquet, Auction, & Athletics Awards Assembly on Friday, May 23, at Gravette High School.

Highfill holds brief meeting

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- In a meeting which lasted less than 10 minutes, the Highfill council passed eight resolutions to authorize mutual aid agreements between Highfill Police and other neighboring law-enforcement agencies, to appoint a person to fill vacant seats on the city water and sewer boards, to allow the city treasurer/recorder to periodically transfer funds from Highfill savings accounts to the city checking account to cover the city's expenses and payments, and to transfer excess sales tax revenue from the water improvement fund to the city's general fund.

Gravette pool set to open on Saturday

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette's municipal swimming pool will start the season when it opens for welcoming splashing at noon this Saturday.

Hiwasse News

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

By Peggy Carrier

Chickens involved in truck wreck

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Photo by Randy Moll

Memorial Day program set at Hillcrest Cemetery

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A Memorial Day program, hosted by the Gravette American Legion, Post 25, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, in Hillcrest Cemetery at Gravette.

Morris among top finishers at Meet of Champs on Saturday

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Mallory Morris, a sophomore, ranked among top finishers at the Meet of Champions in Russellville on Saturday, finishing ninth in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:27.74 minutes.

Community Christian announces graduates

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

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Gentry Police Department to participate in 'Click It or Ticket'

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The National "Click It or Ticket" mobilization began Monday, May 19, and runs through June 1, and the Gentry Police Department is again participating in this mobilization in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of wearing seat belts.

Libraries partnering with Eagle Observer for drop-off locations

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- With the closing of the Eagle Observer office in Gravette next week and the desire of our staff to make it easier for residents of the communities we serve to submit items for the newspaper, we are partnering with the local public libraries in Gravette, Decatur and Gentry to set up drop-off points for submitted items.

Gentry junior high boys win district meet

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE --While Gravette's junior high track teams finished in third and fourth places at the April 22 4A-1 Junior High Conference meet in Gravette, Gentry boys brought home another district championship and the Gentry girls finished in fifth place.

Thirty graduate at Decatur High School

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For parents, it is often the hardest thing to let go of their children. They watch as their sons and daughters take their first steps, utter their first words or go out on their first dates. And then, in a blink of an eye, the children so lovingly raised are walking across a stage to accept their high school diplomas and pass through an open door into the future.

Death brings back memories

posted: 05/21/2014 5 a.m.

We buried my brother-in-law last week.

Thursday, May 15

Seatbelt patrol: Gentry to participate in 'Click It or Ticket'

posted: 05/15/2014 1:52 p.m.

The National "Click It or Ticket" mobilization begins Monday, May 19th, and runs through June 1st.; and the Gentry Police Department will again participate in this mobilization in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of wearing seat belts.

Wednesday, May 14

Lady Pioneers head to state playoffs Amber Ellis breaks state record for goals scored

posted: 05/14/2014 6:44 a.m.

GENTRY --The Lady Pioneers will be going to state playoffs tomorrow, thanks to a Saturday win over Berryville, 5-4.

Just because it's legal doesn't make it right

posted: 05/14/2014 6:32 a.m.

Just because it's legal doesn't make it right. That statement is true of so many things in our day as our country turns from its Biblical moral base into ever-changing moral relativism.

Gravette Schools share end-of-year schedules

posted: 05/14/2014 5:05 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- As the end of school for the 2013-14 term winds down, the following schedule of activities is planned at the four schools in the Gravette system.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/14/2014 5:03 a.m.

Assessment Deadline

Obituaries

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Dean Fletcher

Gentry looking at annexation

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GENTRY -- Mayor Kevin Johnston announced at Gentry's council meeting on May 5 that the city is looking at possibly seeking to annex some portions of land to even up the city's borders.

Gravette Students of the Month

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What does it mean to have Jesus as our Shepherd?

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"I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine." John 10:14 (Read John 10)

Arvest to hold Gentry groundbreaking Friday

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GENTRY -- Arvest Bank in Gentry is planning a groundbreaking ceremony and open house for its new branch office at the existing Gentry branch location on Main Street from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 16.

Arkansas night held at Northside

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "Mama's little baby loves shortnin, shortnin" filled the cafeteria of Northside Elementary school as Martha Smith Gomez, on fiddle, and her brother Emilio opened the program for the "Arkansas Night" festivities concert May 7.

Pierce exchanges Gravette Lions cap to play with Missouri Southern Lions

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- It was "signing day" at Gravette High School last Thursday when the Lions' two-time All-State basketball player Terence Pierce "opened the box."

Senior Center Menus

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Week of May 19 - 23

Decatur begins planning, construction phase of safe room at Northside Elementary School

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With funding now in place, the long-awaited safe room at Northside Elementary will soon become reality.

Committee of the Whole meeting

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

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

Correction

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Gravette Senior

Decatur team beats Bergman, falls short against Danville

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DECATUR -- The Bulldog soccer team traveled east to Harrison to play Bergman in the 2A district tournament May 5.

Lightning strikes gas line and causes power outage

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Fire Department responded to a call at 15438 Ridge Road east of Gravette about 6 p.m. Monday after lightning struck a gas line at the home.

Maysville News

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Hope all mothers had a good Mother's Day. The weather was perfect for it.

May is Older Americans Month

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- May has been designated "Older Americans Month" and special activities are planned all next week at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity/Wellness Center in Gravette.

Arkansas Century Farm applications due May 31

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- The Arkansas Agriculture Department would like to remind potential applicants that it is accepting applications for the 2014 Arkansas Century Farm program.

American Legion to host Memorial Day program

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette American Legion, Post 25, will host this year's Memorial Day program at Hillcrest Cemetery in Gravette on Monday, May 26.

New principal addresses student body, teachers

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "I like to hunt and fish," was one of many responses Toby Conrad made during a "Meet the New High School Principal" assembly in Peterson Gym on May 7.

Glenn Duffy Elementary May PAWS students

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Boys and Girls Club announces summer schedule for Gravette

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County in Gravette announces a special summer program this year.

Sophia Asencio-Porter to cheer at UA in Ft. Smith

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- After moving to Gentry from Illinois as an eighth grader with no cheerleading experience, Sophia Asencio-Porter finished her high school years in Gentry as a top cheerleader, winning numerous awards, and has now signed a scholarship agreement with the University of Arkansas in Ft. Smith to attend there in the fall and continue as a cheerleader for the Lions as a member of the Ft. Smith cheer squad.

Police arrest Oklahoma man for sexual indecency with a child

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested Tou Thao, 20, of Collinsville, Okla., on May 3, charging him with sexual indecency with a child, a Class D felony.

Top Performing Local Athletes

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The following are team bests for local 4A athletes throughout the track season as recorded by VarVee under high school sports stats:

Decatur's library receives GIF grant

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Arkansas State Library has awarded a $6,967 grant to Iva Jane Peek Public Library in Decatur for heating and air conditioning. The grant was made available by general improvement funds designated in the 89th General Assembly of the Arkansas Legislature.

Two men arrested in Gravette May 7

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A 25-year-old Rogers man was arrested in Gravette on May 7 after officers responded to a call concerning a suspicious vehicle at the abandoned Gravette Manor Nursing Home building on West Dallas Street.

Benefit auction planned for Zane Johnson family

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A benefit auction and dinner for the Zane Johnson medical fund will be held Saturday, May 17, at 5 p.m. at the Decatur Sale Barn.

Westside Eagle Observer will close Gravette office

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The business office of the Westside Eagle Observer in Gravette will close May 28 and move operations to the Siloam Springs Herald-Leader at 101 N. Mount Olive St. in Siloam Springs.

A good time was had by all

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- One-hundred, twenty-four golfers teed up last Saturday in the annual Gravette Lions Golf Classic held at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. The annual event is sponsored by the Gravette Boosters.

Local students on JBU honor rolls

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The following local students have been named to John Brown University's president's and dean's list of distinguished students from the university's Degree Completion Program.

Hiwasse News

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By Peggy Carrier

Sulphur Volunteer Fire Department receives grant for fire station addition

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Governor Mike Beebe and Department of Rural Services director John Andrews presented $166,000.00 to 16 rural communities selected for Fiscal Year 2014 Cycle 2 funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program at an awards ceremony held at the State Capitol in the Governor's Conference Room on May 1.

Graduation season is upon us, and this is a special one for us

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

Here we are, full bloom into May, a month for graduations. It hardly seems possible that another school year could be winding up already. I am sure I said the same thing last year, and the year before.

When the ox is in the ditch, you must get him out

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

There are no prairie dogs on this rock pile. I don't have any prairie chickens either, unless a hen bent on delinquency flies through. We do have coyotes and badgers. I have seen many wild animals around here, but the hole that Snip stepped into was done by an unknown varmint. Snip fell and I was on the bottom side for a second or two.

Decatur team finishes sixth at state

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Mario Urquidi takes third in the pole vault competition.

Local athletes fare well at state track on May 6

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Schools in the Eagle Observer coverage area fared well in the 4A State Track Meet held in Heber Springs on May 6, with local athletes bringing home top honors in the state competition.

Students define meaning of Perseverance

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Offcials review cleanup More than 2,000 county residents participated

posted: 05/14/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- The Benton County cleanup program may become a victim of its own success as officials review the event with an eye toward the future.

Monday, May 12

Same-sex marriage licenses won't be issued in county: Same-sex marriage licenses won't be issued in Benton County

posted: 05/12/2014 8:15 a.m.

It has been determined that the County Clerk of Benton County will not issue marriage licenses to same sex couples pending being ordered to do so by a court.

Wednesday, May 7

Gravette girls lose to Pea Ridge in conference playoffs on Friday

posted: 05/07/2014 8:38 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- The Lady Lions ended their bid for the top spot in the district playoffs when they lost to Pea Ridge on Friday, 2-1.

Gentry falls to Farmington in conference tournament

posted: 05/07/2014 8:37 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Adam Ness slammed a two-run home run and a run-scoring triple as third-seeded Farmington defeated the seventh-seeded Pioneers 9-1.

What's the solution to empty Main Streets?

posted: 05/07/2014 8:34 a.m.

What has happened to Main Streets in the U.S.A.? I've lived in numerous towns and cities and have visited many more, and the problem is pretty much the same -- empty buildings which once were home to local businesses and services.

What if it happened here? Should we be ready?

posted: 05/07/2014 5:03 a.m.

It was the noise that got my attention, enough so that I stepped out on the deck on the north side of our house. It's just a train powering its way up the hill from Sulphur Springs, I reasoned. When the wind is right, I recognize the sound.

TL&M; to hold book and bake sale

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

COLCORD (Okla.) -- Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, Okla., will host its annual Book and Bake Sale during the Old Settlers' Day festivities on Saturday, June 7.

Decatur senior boys take district track meet in Eureka Springs

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It has been a banner year for the Decatur Bulldog athletic department. The senior boys' basketball team won the 2014 2A 4 west district title in Eureka Springs and the junior high boys' track team won its district title April 25. Now there is yet another district title to add to the trophy case.

Local athletes compete in Gravette district track meet

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette pulled away late in the meet to win the boys' title with 159 points. Farmington finished second with 127 points. Gravette's Logan Foster won high-point honors with 42 points.

Bulldogs end regular soccer season with two wins

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For many schools around the state, soccer has quickly gained popularity rivaling that of football and basketball. The Decatur Bulldog soccer team saw the close of regular season play and the opening of the district tournament.

Hiwasse News

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Saturday, May 10, is the postal service yearly pickup for the food bank. Hang a bag with some nonperishable items on your mailbox.

Safe room to be done soon n Tornado protection to be provided for the senior citizen complex in Gravette

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- An emergency shelter safe room is rapidly being completed at the North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette complex, according to the Area Agency of Northwest Arkansas.

Gentry Middle School holds 'Pioneer Olympics'

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Middle School held "Pioneer Olympics" beginning on Tuesday of test week and continuing through Thursday. Middle school classes competed against each other in several different events. It all began with an opening ceremony in the Pioneer Activities Complex.

Where's the rain this year?

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Where's the rain? That is a question farmers are beginning to ask as the first four months of 2014 are lagging behind the expected late winter and early spring rains.

Gravette garden plots still available

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette's Community Garden was a beehive of activity Saturday, with garden plots being laid out, tillers humming as they prepared the soil for planting, rows being marked off and rough spots being smoothed for the upcoming growing season. Some crops, planted earlier, were showing signs of life, particularly potatoes and onions.

Fire department celebrates 100th n Gentry Volunteer Fire Department honored in Congress

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Speeches, fire trucks, fire safety instruction and good food were used to mark the 100th birthday of the Gentry Volunteer Fire Department; and the day was an enjoyable one for firefighters and their families and for others -- especially the children -- who came out to enjoy the special celebration.

Gentry Fire Department - April Calls

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Fire Dept Activities April 2014

Senior Center menus

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Obituaries

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Maud Mae Killman

Gentry girls fall to Lincoln

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers fell to the Lincoln Lady Wolves in district play at Prairie Grove on Thursday when they were not able to make up their run deficit created when Lincoln put seven runners across home plate in the second, losing the district playoff game 9-7.

Do not our hearts burn within us?

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

"And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" Luke 24:30-32 Read Luke 24:13-48

Gravette Police Report

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Saturday, April 26

New area white-water park gives kayakers place to practice skills

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Though not officially open yet, the Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park is drawing kayakers from around the region to play in the rapids there and practice their skills.

Decatur Fire Department to host annual poker run

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The 5th annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run bike rally is set for May 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Decatur Fire Department, next to city hall.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Limb and Leaf Pickup

'Kids in the Woods' festival planned

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

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

Decatur student to attend National Student Leadership Congress

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Across the United States, students from all walks of life get the chance to go to Washington D.C. to observe our government in action. For one Decatur High School sophomore, that chance will happen this June.

Bolduc receives Distinguished Scholars Award from Ark. Tech

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ryan Bolduc, of Gravette, has received a Distinguished Scholars Award from Arkansas Tech University beginning with the fall 2014 semester. Ryan, a senior at Gravette High School, is the son of Scott and Sara Bolduc of Gravette. He will major in mechanical engineering at Arkansas Tech.

Brigance receives WBC's President Elite Scholarship

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

WALNUT RIDGE -- Brandon Brigance of Gentry has been awarded a President Elite Scholarship at Williams Baptist College.

Lady Bulldogs win first district game

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For the Decatur Bulldog girls' fast-pitch softball team, the season ended on a bitter-sweet note.

Maysville News

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Guess we are in summer weather now, which is fine, only we could use some rain which we are in need of.

Lions Golf Classic to be held this Saturday in Bella Vista

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The 12th annual Gravette Lions Golf Classic, sponsored by the Gravette High School Boosters, will be held this Saturday, May 10, at the Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista, according to John Edwards, Gravette school board member, who has been a driving force for the project, along with board member Jack Skillett.

Gentry seniors receive scholarships at special ceremonies last week

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry High School seniors were awarded scholarships at a Scholarship Awards ceremony on Monday, April 28. The approximate total of all scholarships awarded was $805,000.00

Youth group observes Earth Day

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette's First Christian Church youth group observed Earth Day April 27 with a "planting day" project at the Gravette Nature Observation Trail.

Gentry bank building site of Spencer Gang robbery

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- According to historical accounts, the building which is now home to the Gentry Chamber of Commerce was once the scene of a bank robbery involving the notorious Al Spencer Gang. The date was March 31, 1923. The place, First National Bank in Gentry.

Take a little time for yourself

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

Here we are, already into the "merry month of May" and spring weather seems to have come to stay. The early purple iris are still putting on quite a show and now a sunny yellow variety and a pale lavender have bloomed out and enhanced the display. We're beginning to hear a chorus of spring peepers in the evenings and the birds are singing even more sweetly as the weather has warmed up.

Westside Mayor's Breakfast

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Mayors Meet in Gravette

Decatur High School band travels to Missouri for contest and for concert

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur High School symphonic band, under the direction of Kristin Wages, completed two more feats that earned them two additional honors.

Gentry Shining Stars

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Submitted Photo

Council votes to increase sales tax

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With all council members present but Warren Norman, Gentry council members in attendance at Monday's meeting unanimously approved on their first readings ordinances to put a sales tax increase of 7/8 of 1 percent before the voters in November.

Being comfortable in your skin is a big deal, but....

posted: 05/07/2014 5 a.m.

I was worn to a nub and Snip was blowing hard. We gathered the steers and sorted them for weight and conformation this morning. I am going to go to the feed lot with a pen again and pray for stable grain prices. I like the looks of the steers this year and they should all do good on the scales of the USDA.

Tuesday, May 6

Preferential Primary/Nonpartisan General Election set for May 20

posted: 05/06/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Benton County voters will go to the polls Tuesday, May 20, in the Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan General Election.