Wednesday, November 26

Lady Lions undone by Lady Panthers

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The Lady Panthers raced out to a 19-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 59-19 win over Gravette in both teams' season opener at Panther Arena.

Christmas parade set on December 6

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- December is almost here and folks in Gravette are getting in the holiday spirit. Plans have been made for the annual Christmas parade to be held Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Several floats are expected to appear in the parade, including one featuring jolly old Santa himself.

Community Christmas Card

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

The 2014 Community Christmas Card campaign sponsored by NWA Media is under way.

Maysville News

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

We had a little cool time a week or so ago, then some rain which was needed. Sunday was a beautiful fall day. Look out when winter begins. Patti King of Lowell spent a couple of days and nights with her parents, Jack and Sylvia Tucker, which they all enjoyed.

Two arrested in alcohol-related Gentry incidents

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested two men in Gentry for separate alcohol-related offenses. According to an affidavit of probable cause, police were called to the Gentry Motel at 11:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, because of a woman outside who was covered with blood. When they arrived, they found a woman crying and sitting in a chair with blood covering the left side of her face.

Hospitalized vet meets canine hero

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

Col. Mike Hansen, a veteran patient at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette, had a special visitor on Veterans Day this year when a canine hero, Layka, visited him in his hospital room. Layka is a Belgian Malinois which was the first military working dog to be honored by the 341st Training Squadron for her heroic actions while assigned to a U.S. Special Forces unit in Afghanistan.

Conservation District Offers Scholarship

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

As part of a statewide education program, Benton County Conservation District is offering a $250 scholarship for a local high school student, according to Ronnie McGhee, chairman of the district. As well as receiving the district scholarship, the winner will be eligible to compete at both the area and state level.

Bulldogs win their season opener

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

OAKS (Okla.) -- The Decatur senior boys traveled southwest Nov. 20 to take on the Warriors of Oaks-Mission High School in the opening game of the 2014-15 Bulldog basketball season. And the Bulldogs got on the board early and managed to hold the Warriors scoreless for the first two minutes.

Highfill E.H. Club meets

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The meeting of the Highfill Extension Homemakers' Club, Nov. 17 at the Gentry Library Heritage Room, was conducted by President Peggy Dillahunty.

Arvest exceeds million meals goal n Bank provides more than 1.8 million meals to local hungry with help of local partners

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Two months ago, Arvest Bank launched its annual 1 Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves. The bank announced this month that, with the help of customers and communities, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a total of 1,806,844 meals in the fight against hunger.

War Bird Ace donated to school libraries

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The libraries at Gravette High School and Gravette Middle School received a valuable resource earlier this month when the Gravette Historical Museum Commission donated copies of "War Bird Ace," the biography of World War I air ace Field Kindley. The book's author, Jack Ballard, gave the commission a case of his books to sell as a fundraiser for the museum and, in doing so, he requested that one of the volumes be given to each of the libraries.

Library offers DL program

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DECATUR -- The Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur announced Nov. 10 a new online driver's education program.

Lady Pioneers can't catch up to Lady Elks, Gentry boys win

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GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers tried to close the gap but lost to the Lady Elks of Elkins in a Nov. 18 contest at Gentry, 42-33.

New coach brings cheers

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DECATUR -- A key to getting fans motivated in any sporting event is an outstanding cheer team. They are sometimes the forgotten element in the sports world but, for the Decatur Bulldog athletic program, the element has risen up from the ashes and has become a vital part of the home-game spectacle.

Unger ready for 2014-15 Bulldog basketball season

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DECATUR -- With the 2014 football season at an end, all eyes are turning to the basketball team and head coach John Unger.

Students raise money for St. Jude Hospital

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Photo by Patrick Lanford

Council adopts comprehensive plan

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GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council passed a resolution at their meeting Thursday night adopting a new comprehensive plan for the city. The City of Gravette Comprehensive Plan 2014 supersedes all previous land use and master street plans and provides the basis for future land use and development of the city.

Hiwasse News

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paul Hamilton have returned home after spending a few days helping their son, Koltun, move from Connecticut to Pensacola, Fla.

Gravette Senior Center Menus

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Week of Dec. 1 - 5

Obituaries

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Curtis Abshire

Gravette teachers earn Performance Awards

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GRAVETTE -- Dustin Morris, president of the Builders Club at Gravette High School, led the Pledge of the Allegiance to open the November meeting of the Gravette School Board.

English students study injustice

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GENTRY -- Kendel Grooms of Campbell and Grooms, PLLC, in Little Rock spoke with the English III students at Gentry High School about the Salem Witch Trials, injustice and the current legal system at a special presentation on Nov. 17.

Gravette Lions fall to Panthers

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- With foul after foul being called on Siloam Springs in the first quarter of their season opener, the Lions looked like they might have a chance in the very physical game Thursday in Panther Arena. But the Panthers put their game plan in place and kept the Lions away from the goal to run past Gravette, 56-29.

Hometown Events

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

An informal weekly Bible research seminar called "The Truth Project" will begin at 7 p.m., Dec. 4, and continue through mid February at the In-Zone Restaurant in Gravette, at 106 First Ave., N.E. (one block north of Main Street on Arkansas Highway 59). Timothy Horton will facilitate the event. All are welcome. For more information, call Horton at 605-999-9321 ... First Baptist Church of Gentry will have its Christmas Tea on Dec. 6, at 9:30 a.m., in the fellowship hall. Ladies are invited to attend the event. Tickets are $3. All profits will go to Lottie Moon. Bring a teacup and start the holiday season on a positive note. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the church office at 479-736-2646 ... The Gravette United Methodist Church invites the public to join them in an Advent Bible study, beginning Sunday evening, Nov. 30. The study will focus on the birth of Jesus Christ through his mother's eyes and will continue on Sunday evenings through Dec. 21, with meetings from 6 to 7:30 each evening. There is a cost of $11 for the study book. Anyone interested should call the church, 787-5000, or email gravetteumc@gmail.org to reserve a copy.

Queen chosen teacher of year

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GENTRY -- Leah Queen, the third through fifth grade Gentry Intermediate physical education teacher, is the ArkAhperd 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year.

A Little Doctrine for my Kids Continued

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What is the Holy Christian Church? Who is a part of it?

Have we forgotten our Maker?

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand...." Psalm 95:1-7a

Pumpkins provide plethora of possibilities

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

Fall's most famous squash is also its most versatile, according to Pam Duitsman, a nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The nature of man is to be greedy and mean spirited

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

Sunshine and blue sky are a welcome sight to these old eyes and to all the cattle today. We, me and cattle, are indoctrinated now to cold and we are not happy about it at all! My fingers and lips both got chapped and cracked. I have trouble whistling and puckering up, but then there isn't much call for that!

Purple pumpkins raise awareness of epilepsy

posted: 11/26/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- It's not uncommon to see bright orange pumpkins decorating homes, businesses and schools this time of year. But seeing a purple pumpkin is just a bit unusual. Thanks to Jaymey Boston, counselor at Gravette Upper Elementary School, however, purple pumpkins have also been spotted all over town.

Gas leak forces evacuations

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Gas Leak

Gentry Shining Stars

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Wednesday, November 19

Gravette UMC announces upcoming services, classes

posted: 11/19/2014 7:35 a.m.

Eric Meyer, pastor of the Gravette United Methodist Church, has announced that the church, located at 202 Akron Street, N.E., has several activities planned in the next few months. The congregation invites the public to join them as they begin an Advent Bible study on Sunday evening, Nov. 30. The study will focus on the birth of Jesus through his mother's eyes and will continue on Sunday evenings through Dec. 21, with meetings from 6 to 7:30 each evening.

Weekly Devotion

posted: 11/19/2014 7:30 a.m.

"Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me." Mark 10:21 (Read all of Mark 10:17-31) ... How many of us are willing to sell all that we have, give the money to the poor and take up the cross of suffering to follow Jesus?

Hometown Events

posted: 11/19/2014 7:25 a.m.

Gentry Lodge #222 will be again hosting its annual Scholarship Fund Chili Supper with homemade desserts on Friday, Nov. 21. Chili will be served from 5 until 8 p.m., with all proceeds going toward the Gentry High School Scholarship Program. The lodge is located at 1469 Gentry Blvd., one block north of the Arkansas Highways 12 and 59 intersection, on the east side ... Sulphur Springs Special Events Committee members will present their 10th annual "Dessert Auction" Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m., in the Shiloh Conference Center. Proceeds go to pay the cost of holiday food baskets for local families in Gravette, Sulphur Springs and the surrounding area. Dwayne Craig will be the auctioneer.

Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School

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Senior Center Menus

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GENTRY

County officials certify election results

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County election officials finished counting ballots Friday and certified the results of the Nov. 4 general election with no changes in election day outcomes.

Wills-Bryant wed

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G.M.C.H. Ole Timers Enjoy Lunch

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The Ole Timers from Gravette Medical Center Hospital met Wednesday, Nov. 5, at The Gallery Cafe in Decatur for lunch. We always have a good time of visiting with old friends.

Decatur city council passes parking and camping restrictions

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council met Nov. 10 and passed two ordinances that would limit parking on Main Street and Roller Avenue and prohibit camping in any Decatur park. Both were passed on the third reading and go into effect immediately.

Gentry Primary School Shining Stars

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Submitted Photo

Rural Health Day set for Nov. 20 at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette

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GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette will be joining the nation Thursday, Nov. 20, in celebrating the importance of providing healthcare access to rural communities.

Hiwasse News

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We've had a touch of winter this week with the sleet on Saturday and snow on Sunday.

Hollaway promoted to branch manger at Arvest Bank in Gentry

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GENTRY -- Arvest Bank in Siloam Springs announced that Kristi Hollaway accepted a promotion to branch manager of the Gentry location. She will report to Chari Hillenburg, branch administrator for Arvest Bank in Siloam Springs.

Obituaries

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

Bobbie Jean Johns

Forecasting with an asterisk attached

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

Announcement! Flash! Extra! Extra! Highway 59 through Gravette is scheduled to receive a hot mix overlay next summer. Motorists will welcome a smooth road compared to the deteriorating road surface, especially inside the city limits. But there is a caveat. Make that an asterisk. *If the funds are available.

Keller's Candies holds sweet grand opening

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Thoughts turn to food at this time of year; but any time is a good time to indulge one's sweet tooth and Julene Keller, owner of Keller's Candies on Main Street in Gravette, is willing and able to satisfy that desire.

Gentry couldn't stop Dollarway

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

PINE BLUFF -- Simeon Blair's pass sailed through the hands of two Gentry defenders and went into the hands of Cameron Girley for a 22-yard completion and a Pine Bluff Dollarway first down.

Cox announces resignation from Springtown position, effective midnight Dec. 31

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Jan Cox, treasurer and recorder for the town of Springtown, announced her resignation from the post, effective at the close of 2014, at the town's Nov. 14 council meeting, according to draft minutes.

Quilt show continues through Friday

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GENTRY -- The annual Gentry Chamber of Commerce Quilt Show began last Friday and runs through Friday of this week and features a large selection of quilts, many of them large quilts.

Highfill council hears contract offer for water tank maintenance

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Council members at Highfill's Nov. 11 meeting heard a presentation by Brian Woodring of Utility Service Co., a company which services water tanks around the country and is used by Gravette, Decatur, Bentonville and Centerton. The council is considering using the company to service its water tank.

Snow arrived early

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

The first snowfall of the season came early this year, with about a half inch falling Sunday. November was barely half over and perhaps we weren't quite ready for it, but the sky darkened and fine flakes began to fall just before noon. The flakes grew larger and fell pretty steadily through the early afternoon until the ground was covered with a dusting of white.

Bulldogs see good in season

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For the Decatur Bulldogs, the 2014 football season was disappointing. With a 3 and 7 overall record it is easy to forget that throughout this season much good occurred. One of the greatest highlights for the Bulldogs was the Oct. 3 game with Johnson County Westside at Bulldog Stadium. It was homecoming, a time of celebrating the return to the home field.

Love of knives leads to career with an edge

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Tom Krein sells one of the products he turns out with his own hands. The other he gives away. Krein makes high-quality knives of all styles at his workshop in downtown Gentry. So popular are his sharp-edged works of art that Krein has two years worth of orders to fill.

Committee of the whole discusses comprehensive plan for city

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Last Thursday's City Council Committee of the Whole meeting lasted only about an hour but numerous issues were discussed. On the water billing late charge, Mayor Byron Warren said late notices would still be mailed on the 25th day of the month but a penalty would not be assessed until after the 3rd of the next month.

Position switch no problem for Stoufflet

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GENTRY -- A little change doesn't faze Dustin Stoufflet.

Maysville News

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Well, the weather report Sunday was sort of confusing. They kept saying snow will be here this afternoon or maybe tomorrow. It turned out to be right for Sunday afternoon.

A Little Doctrine for My Kids Continued

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What is prayer?

Thankful for support of Farmers' Market

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Editor,

OCH fall festival draws crowd

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- An estimated 300 visitors attended the Ozarks Community Hospital fall festival this year and were treated to a variety of entertaining activities. There was fun for all ages as the festival events unfolded in the parking lot and inside the hospital.

Five arrested in Decatur drug bust

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Benton County sheriff's deputies, with the assistance of the Decatur Police Department, executed a "no-knock" search warrant at 494 Hill Ave., in Decatur, on Thursday, and arrested five on charges related to the possession of illegal drugs ... According to the affidavit, members of the BCSO Special Weapons and Tactics Team executed the search warrant Thursday evening.

Children Benefit From Christmas Card Campaign

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

Something as simple as a new pair of shoes can significantly boost a student's odds of success in school. Other students might need medication, school supplies, a warm coat or a pair of glasses.

Olvera in wrong place at right time

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

Editor's Note: Gravette finished its season at Warren on Friday, losing 45 to 7. The Lions were unable to score until the fourth quarter, when Gravette quarterback Bryce Moorman connected with Michael Fowler for a 9-yard touchdown. Cedric Duarte kicked the point after.

Texts lead to arrests n Burglars arrested after texts tell of crime

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A quick response by police and a tip from a juvenile at McDonalds led to the arrest of a Gentry man for breaking into Spirit Trucking and allegedly attempting to steal some classic cars from inside the business.

Decatur City Council reappoints Decatur Housing Authority commissioners

posted: 11/19/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council, during the Nov. 10 regular meeting, approved the appointments of four people whose names were submitted by the Decatur Housing Authority.

Wednesday, November 12

Lions blank Pioneers in final n Duarte's five touchdowns lead Gravette to victory in last game of regular season

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gentry got a look at a full-speed Cedric Duarte and it wasn't pretty for the Pioneers.

District governor speaks to Lions n Fry emphasizes bringing in new members at Gravette Club

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GRAVETTE -- Members of Gravette Lions Club enjoyed a visit from district governor Phyliss Fry at their Nov. 4 meeting.

Playing in the Band

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Photo by Randy Moll

Knoedl's Outdoor Tech has something for every outdoorsman

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HIWASSE -- It's a wonderful time of year for the outdoorsman or woman.

Maysville News

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

We have been having nice fall weather but the report is that a change is coming this week, cold temperatures and possibly some freezing rain and snow for the weekend. Clay Threlkeld, the 14-year-old son of Mike and the late Connie Threlkeld, killed an eight-point buck Nov. 2. Clay is the grandson of Jan and the late Chet Janes. He is a freshman at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville and plays football for the Ramay Indians. I have a new great-granddaughter, the daughter of Seth and Melody Tucker and granddaughter of Steve and Susan Tucker of Bella Vista. Her name is Mercie June Tucker.

Honoring Local Veterans

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Photo by Susan Holland

PAWS students recognized

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Children enjoy Halloween in Decatur

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Photo by Mike Eckels

Gentry Lions celebrate 50th

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Photo by Randy Moll

Hometown Events

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

The Midway Pentecostal Church of Decatur is hosting a hat and glove giveaway on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Decatur Depot. Due to the generosity of several sponsors, the church has enough hat and glove combinations to fit 600 children and adults. The giveaway is open to any resident of Decatur or the surrounding area. The Decatur train depot is located at 249 S. Main in Decatur. For more information, contact Delores Guthrie at 795-4407.

Decatur location is considered for Benton County West Court

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The possibility of moving the Benton County West District Court to Decatur was discussed at a brief meeting following the regular court session on Nov. 5 at the court building in Gentry. The brief meeting considered the option of relocating the court to the Nichols Farm building in Decatur, located just north of the new Walmart and southeast of the Decatur State Bank building.

Gentry students volunteer to raise money for St. Jude

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GENTRY -- Dozens of Gentry students are volunteering their time at the St. Jude 5K Give Thanks Walk to be held at Arvest Ballpark on Nov. 22.

Chamber plans numerous fall activities in Gentry

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GENTRY -- Numerous activities have been announced in Gentry for the months of November and December, including the annual quilt fair and Christmas Parade. The following announcements were released last week by Bev Saunders, executive director of the Gentry Chamber of Commerce:

Magazine rallies past Decatur

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur got off to a hot start Friday night, but cooled off quickly in a 35-14 loss to Magazine in the season finale.

Senior Bulldogs play final game

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In the final game of the 2014 football season, the Decatur Bulldogs took on the Leftwich Rattlers in a must-win game Nov. 7 at Bulldog Stadium. When the dust settled, Decatur's last hope of earning a playoff bid was dashed as the Rattlers handed the Bulldogs a 35 to 14 defeat.

Decatur elects new mayor n Tharp outlines plans to lead the city of Decatur

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DECATUR -- As the sun rose on Wednesday, Nov. 5, the residents of Decatur awoke to find they had elected a new mayor.

Gravette PAWS Students

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Submitted Photo

Obituaries

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Patricia 'Pat' Baldwin

Shelter seeks help to add normalcy to children's lives

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- With the holiday season just around the corner and Christmas shopping soon getting into full swing, it is a good time to remember those less fortunate, children who will not be spending the holidays with their families and may have never experienced what most would consider a normal Christmas -- including decorations, celebrations and gifts.

Sanctuary Opens

updated: 11/12/2014 7:29 a.m.

CAVE SPRINGS -- Illinois River Watershed Partnership officially opened its Illinois Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs on Saturday, with fishing, kayaking, hiking and other activities open to visitors from around the region.

Eagle Observer Photo Galleries

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

Many of the photos from sporting events and other special activities covered by the Eagle Observer are now available for viewing or purchase at www.eagleobserver.com/photos. The More photos link on the eagleobserver.com website will also take readers to the website and photo galleries.

A Little Doctrine for My Kids continued

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

Once again, Christians in different denominations have a variety of beliefs regarding the Lord's Supper, what it is and how it should be observed. In looking at the Supper instituted by Jesus Christ, it is important to observe it as He commands and with faith in Jesus' words as to what it is and what blessings He offers and gives to Christians through it.

Miss-Mister GHS

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Gravette junior Kaylea Turner received the Miss Lions' Pride award during the Miss Gravette High School Pageant on Saturday.

Highfill traffic stop nets theft arrests

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Good police work by a Highfill police officer on a routine traffic stop resulted in the recovery of stolen property and the arrest of two Iowa residents, according to a Nov. 6 release from Highfill Police Chief Gregory B. Webb. On Monday, Nov. 3, Officer Logan Roddy stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation on Highway 12 near Peterson Road. During the stop, Roddy, according to the release, obtained consent to search the vehicle and officers found 21 different sets of identifications....

Band student places first chair in competition

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Ger Vang qualified to be in the 2014 Arkansas North Region Orchestra and the 2014 All-Region Jazz Band. He placed first- chair flute in the orchestra and second-chair alto sax in the jazz band.

Estep wins another crown

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Lady Dogs readying for season

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After a heartbreaking 2013-14 season, the Lady Bulldogs are pumped, primed and ready for the 2014-15 basketball schedule, thanks to the unwavering support of their coach, Bill Niven ... In the past, Niven has struggled to recruit players for the girls' basketball program. He was, however, able to bring in several new players, some with little to no basketball experience, that are willing to put forth time and dedication for the program.

Each step we take is a choice

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

Snip snorted and old Dog ran circles this morning, I mean it was frosty and they were enjoying being alive. I wasn't exactly stepping lively, but it did rev me up somewhat to feel that chill in my lungs! It is like a first kiss of winter when that frost greets you and your cheeks tingle, memory jumps into high gear and brings the thoughts of sure enough seasons changing. I did hurry around and check the sick pen, fed the barn critters and hopped into the pickup.

Soccer team hosts tournament

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Soccer Team will be hosting a small goal world-cup-style school soccer tournament for all grades, on Monday, Nov. 17, beginning at 3:30 p.m. This is a knockout style tournament.

Hiwasse News

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton have returned home after spending the weekend in Mountain View at the folk music festival.

Senior Center Menus

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GRAVETTE

Gentry Shining Stars

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Submitted Photo

Decatur cross country team places fourth in state meet

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Cross Country team traveled to Hot Springs Nov. 8 to compete in the Arkansas state cross country meet. This would be their last meet of the 2014 season for the six-man team. The competition was fierce but the end result was a fourth place overall finish and two members making the all-state team.

Peace Poster Winner

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Photo by Lonnie Moll

IRWP Sanctuary in Cave Springs now open to the public

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CAVE SPRINGS -- The sound of traffic on Arkansas 112 faded away and was replaced by rustling leaves and flowing water as Delia Haak followed a trail Friday at the Illinois River watershed sanctuary.

New mayors elected in Gravette, Decatur and in Springtown

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- With preliminary and uncertified final results in, it appears that Decatur, Gravette and Springtown will have new mayors.

Obama's land grab is unconstitutional

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

Last month President Barack Obama designated 646,000 acres within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, a national monument despite the lack of support for the move in the House of Representatives. Nor were the local communities surrounding the monument that would be impacted by the move consulted, outside environmental special interest groups. The decision impacts 70 percent of Los Angeles County and sizable parts of the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests and one-third of the drinking water of Los Angeles. Obviously the change would affect the outlying cities.

Weekly Devotion

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

God desires mercy and not sacrifice

Free luncheon, seminar offered about cataracts

posted: 11/12/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Dr. John A. Billingsley, III, ophthalmologist at Legacy Eye Center, will host a free luncheon and cataract seminar at noon Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Simmons Great Hall on the John Brown University Campus in Siloam Springs.

Wednesday, November 5

Benton County Election Results

updated: 11/12/2014 7:34 a.m.

With preliminary and uncertified final result in, it appears that Decatur, Gravette and Springtown will have new mayors. In Decatur, Bob Tharp narrowly defeated incumbent mayor Charles Linam, 133 to 103 or with 56 percent of the vote. In Gravette, Kurt Maddox received 50.85 percent of the vote or 387 votes compared to 374 votes for incumbent mayor Byron Warren (49.15 percent). Stacy Digby will retain his post as mayor in Highfill, defeating councilman, former mayor and challenger Chris Holland, 108 to 85. Preston Barrett received 60.61 percent of Springtown’s vote, defeating incumbent mayor Paul Lemke, 20 to 13. Greg Barber and Kevin Johnston ran unopposed in Sulphur Springs and Gentry and will retain their seats.

Faces of Halloween

posted: 11/05/2014 5 a.m.

Dustin Osborne, as the Mad Hatter, was on Main Street representing the association which has sponsored some of Gentry's local cruise nights.

Hiwasse News

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By the time you read this, the election will be over. Maybe there won't be as much junk mail to fill your trash cans, and maybe your phone won't be ringing as much.

Weekly Devotion

posted: 11/05/2014 5 a.m.

"Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved." Psalm 80:19 (Read all of Psalm 80)

Stewart joins ER staff

posted: 11/05/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette has welcomed a new physician to the OCH emergency department with the addition of Kenneth Stewart, DO, FACEP, FAAEM to the hospital staff. Dr. Stewart specializes in emergency medicine and is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine.

Homeschoolers visit historic school

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GRAVETTE -- A group of students from the Hearts of Home homeschooling program enjoyed a field trip near the end of September to the historic Rocky Branch School. Thirty-four students, including six or seven mothers, made the trip and it was both an educational experience and a fun outing for both students and parents.

Bulldogs keep play-off hopes alive, defeat UC

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DECATUR -- The play-off hopes got a little brighter for the Decatur Bulldogs Friday as they handed the Union Christian Eagles, then 4-2 in conference play, their third conference loss of the season at Bulldog Stadium. Tony Mendoza made a 42-yard reception run for the first score of the game about midway through the second quarter. His point after attempt was good, making it 7 to 0 Bulldogs at the half. In the third quarter, Decatur drove to the one yard line. The Eagles held strong for two downs, but Victor Urquidi ran the ball into the end zone, making it a 13 to 0 game.

Election Results

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WESTSIDE -- Since the Eagle Observer is printed on Tuesday and the election results will not be available until well after press time, full election results can be found in Wednesday's issue of the Northwest Arkansas edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Local results will also be posted on the Eagle Observer website -- eagleobserver.com -- as soon as they become available.

SSRH to help those registering for health insurance coverage

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SILOAM SPRINGS -- Beginning Nov. 15, Siloam Springs Regional Hospital will help area residents learn about and enroll in health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace. As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. During the first enrollment wave, which began October 2013 and ended in March 2014, nearly 10 million uninsured individuals enrolled in a marketplace plan. Yet, approximately 30 million Americans remain uninsured.

Gravette High students vie for Mister, Miss GHS titles

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette High School Parent-Teacher Organization is inviting all to attend the 2014 -2015 Mister and Miss GHS Pageant to be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, in the GHS Performing Arts Center. In addition to the naming of Mister and Miss GHS, Mister and Miss Lion Pride (congeniality) and Mister and Miss Lion's Choice (audience favorite by monetary vote) titles will be determined.

Home Builders Association of greater Tulsa promotes Christensen to director of marketing, public relations

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TULSA (Okla.) -- The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa announced Jaime Christensen's promotion from within to director of marketing and public relations.

Obituaries

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Vicki Jean Hearne

Former owners reopen Hiwasse Store

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HIWASSE -- A popular spot in Hiwasse is back in business and area residents once again have a convenient place to stop and take a break. John and Julie Holloway returned to operating the shop they left a decade ago and reopened the Hiwasse Store on Oct. 17. The convenience store and gas station is located on the curve at the intersection of Arkansas Highways 72 and 279.

Gravette Students of the Month

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Submitted Photo

Births

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Rex Lairdsen Franzen was born at home in Highfill on Oct. 10, 2014, at 3:45 a.m. He weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 22 inches long.

Gentry comes back to win

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GENTRY -- The Pioneers attempted to score unsuccessfully on an onside kick to open the game Friday, then overcame three fumbles to rally for a 24-6 victory over Lincoln at Pioneer Stadium, clinching a Class 4A playoff berth in the process.

More than $1,000 raised at Gravette Library's gala

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GRAVETTE -- The second annual Gravette Library Gala was held Oct. 16 at the Cedaridge Event Center on Highway 72 near Centerton and more than $1,000 was raised for the library's building fund. One hundred and nineteen guests attended the event and were treated with a variety of festive activities.

Gravette Police recover stolen truck, arrest 2

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette Police, on Monday, recovered a stolen pickup truck and arrested the driver and passenger on numerous charges.

Hometown Events

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Gentry Community Thanksgiving

Northside Elementary releases first quarter honor roll

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DECATUR -- Northside Elementary in Decatur released the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year.

Band has successful season

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette High School Marching Band finished out its season with an excellent rating at the 2014 Region 7 Marching Assessment and a second-place finish at the Northwest Arkansas Marching Classic.

Gentry council repeals old swimming pool law

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GENTRY -- City council on Monday night passed an ordinance to repeal an old ordinance regarding swimming pools and voted to extend the lawn mowing contract with Lemke Lawns for another year.

Gentry ranked fifth safest city in Arkansas

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GENTRY -- The city of Gentry was ranked fifth in the state of Arkansas in a listing of safe cities within the state. The study, prepared and published by SafeWise on Monday, lists the 30 safest cities to live in Arkansas.

Lions unable to outplay Saints

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SPRINGDALE -- The Saints took advantage of short fields to score three first-half touchdowns, and Shiloh Christian's defense did the rest for its sixth win in a row in Friday night's 39-14 win over Gravette.

Bring your green thumb indoors this winter

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With winter weather patterns just around the corner, most gardeners are finished with outdoor projects. Healthy house plants are a beautiful addition to any indoor living space. If you've not already done so, take some time to get them spruced up and ready to look their best for winter.

What does God work through Baptism?

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As I said when I started this series, I wrote these articles to leave behind for my children and grandchildren so that they might know what I have believed and taught regarding the Christian Faith. And it is, to some extent, still a work in progress as I rework and edit the different articles before putting them in book form to give to my family members.

Senior Center Menus for the Week of November 10 - 14

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GENTRY

Highfill Extension Homemakers

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The Highfill Extension Homemakers' Club met on October 20 at the Gentry Library meeting room. The monthly meeting was led by President Peggy Dillahunty. Minutes of the September meeting and the current financial standing were approved. We were reminded of upcoming area and county events. The lesson was on "Consumer and Identity Theft" including a quiz on our personal vulnerability. Shirley Philpott showed the members a beautiful quilt top she has been working on, a "Barjello Round." The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Gentry Library on Main Street, with the topic "Display Collections." Visitors and new members are always welcome.

This time of year brings out the best in folks

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I rode old Fuzzy, or Snip, around the steers this morning and he sweated like a hard working highway mule. I don't think he was as hot as he was soft, because I recognize that being soft business. I would like to think I am still the solid man of steel I was at 30 but I ain't! I still tell our Grands I am and let on to my close relative that I am, but Snip and I know different. While he was sweating, I was getting cold.

Seniors enjoy potluck, costume contest, bingo

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GRAVETTE -- Patrons of the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center enjoyed an autumn party and potluck Friday evening, Oct. 31, at the center. The senior center provided beef stew, and guests brought an array of tasty dishes to add to the serving table for the potluck meal. Many came dressed in costume and everyone voted for the top three favorite disguises.

Days seem shorter and the air is getting cooler

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Walnut buying season was over at the end of October, so Jim took the last of my nuts to the huller Wednesday afternoon. I came in from picking up several buckets full and he'd already loaded the ones I'd picked up earlier. This time I had 441 pounds of nuts, even more than the first load I took in.

Gravette Upper Elementary First Quarter Honor Roll

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Third Grade

Maysville News

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It sure was like fall on Sunday. It was cold that morning and having the heat felt good. I guess we just as well get used to it for it is November.