Wednesday, October 29

What if Martin Luther was alive today....

posted: 10/29/2014 7:46 a.m.

On Friday, Oct. 31, many Christians celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation. It was on All Hallows' Eve, the eve of All Saints' Day, in the year 1517, when a German monk and university professor named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses for debate on the door (the bulletin board of the day) of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. These statements for debate, which challenged the sale of indulgences and the authority of the Roman papacy to establish doctrine and practice contrary to the Holy Scriptures, sparked the Lutheran Reformation and reformation movements in other European lands ... My question, however, is this: What would happen if Martin Luther were alive today?

Decatur Bulldogs post another loss n Seventh grade team beats Hector Wildcats, 6-0

posted: 10/29/2014 7:39 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs made a long three and a half hour trip to central Arkansas to take on the Hector Wildcats, the number four team in the state. The Wildcats were undefeated in conference play and number one in the league. From the start, the Bulldogs struggled against a team that was bigger, stronger and more aggressive. The first half was dominated by the Wildcats and they held the Bulldogs scoreless. Hector racked up 19 points in the first quarter and 20 points in the second to take a commanding lead into the locker room at the half, 39 to 0. The second half was a different story. The Bulldogs managed to hold the Wildcats scoreless throughout the third and fourth quarters....

Ground broken on safe room

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the entire pre-kindergarten class serving as a back drop, the Decatur School District broke ground Oct. 16 on the long-awaited safe room at Northside Elementary School.

Retiring board president honored

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A reception was held preceding the Oct. 21 Gravette School Board meeting to honor retiring board member Danny Alsup.

Pioneers can't stop Tigers

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers couldn't stop the Prairie Grove Tigers during a match up in Gentry on Friday, falling to Prairie Grove, 30-13.

Mayor speaks in support of Gentry tax measure

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Reminder to Vote

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels

Weighty Pumpkin

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Letter to the Editor

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Board hears suggestions to improve Gentry test scores

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- School board members, at their Oct. 21 meeting, heard a list of recommendations from Cheryl Braun, unsuccessful candidate for the at-large school board seat in the September school board election.

The Sun ... . and Native Son

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Mother Nature seemed to enjoy toying with us last Thursday; not that she doesn't all the time, but I reference the touted solar eclipse that was visible for Eagle Observer area readers. At least it was supposed to be visible. I can't remember the last time we had a solar eclipse that could be observed locally. Somewhere I read the year was 1994.

Appreciating the Newspaper

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Gentry Shining Stars

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Submitted Photo

Gentry High School students qualify for all-region choir

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Seven Gentry High School students qualified for the Northwest Arkansas all-region choir at tryouts held Oct. 4.

Decatur mayoral candidates share views

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In order to provide an opportunity to the Decatur mayoral candidates and assist Decatur voters in choosing their mayor, Decatur's two mayor candidates -- incumbent Charles Linam and challenger Robert Tharp -- were sent a questionnaire from the Eagle Observer. Their responses are reprinted below unedited:

Hiwasse News

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 31, is Halloween. If you are out on the streets, drive carefully. Keep our little ghosts and goblins safe.

The solar eclipse became visible in Gentry at sunset

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Thursday's solar eclipse provided a near-perfect opportunity to view such an event when the sun and moon dropped below the clouds just before sunset.

Police arrest couple for domestic battery

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested a Gentry husband and wife for domestic battery following an Oct. 21 disturbance on Pine Street.

E.H. Club News

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

The Maysville Extension Homemakers met for its October meeting with Jane Wilbur as hostess. Melinda read "Another Chance" and Jane Wilbur read an inspirational card. Jane offered an interesting lesson on displaying collections. People collect just about everything imaginable from salt and pepper shakers to baskets to toy cars. Many times our collections remain in boxes and drawers. Why not display them where they can be enjoyed, even if only a few of the items can be displayed?

Multicultural potluck, program held

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Attending classes with classmates from different backgrounds enables students to learn about a variety of cultures and provides an insight into what life is like in other countries. There are 85 to 95 English as a Second Language students in Gravette schools, with Spanish, Hmong and Micronesian backgrounds. Meghan Walker, ESL Coordinator and ESL middle school teacher, capitalizes further on that opportunity by holding a multicultural potluck dinner and performance each year at Gravette schools. Walker has been coordinating these events each year since 2010-11 when she began teaching at Gravette Middle School. They entertain and enlighten both students and parents about others' lifestyles.

Annexation issue to be on Gentry's ballot next week

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

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

Airport sets rates n Carriers declined to sign new leases

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport officials set rates and charges for airlines last Wednesday after the carriers declined to sign new leases.

Maysville News

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Sunday was such a beautiful day. We are having nice fall weather, even getting some rain that we are glad to get.

Gravette Cheerleaders

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

For or Against?

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

County sees transit growth Official tells quorum court service reports 4,671 trips in county

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Public transit is growing in Benton County with ridership up by 83 percent, county officials were told Thursday.

Halloween events set for Friday night

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Once again the ghosts and goblins will make their appearance on Gentry's Main Street and go from business to business to show off their colorful costumes and receive treats.

They're big persimmons

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

n To passers by, it almost looked like oranges growing in Northwest Arkansas.

Change is good for the world, just not for my world

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

It is a pleasure to go out the back door and face a day of mid-70's weather and the grass is still green and growing. A feller that has that is a man with much. I know we have days ahead that will not be as nice, or as warm, or as easy to stand, but today was a good one!

Season ends for Gentry, Gravette

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Obituaries

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Jane Fleming

More Than Just Routine

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Gravette sixth grade cheerleaders hold homecoming

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Maria Holloway

A little doctrine continued

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

What is the Gospel?

Addition approved for Gravette Historical Museum

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- City council passed two resolutions at its Oct. 23 meeting, one authorizing the adoption of a police department policy manual and the other setting the rate of taxation at 5 mills on assessed value of real and personal property.

Decatur High announces first quarter honor roll

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur High School announced the first quarter honor roll for the 2014-15 school year. The honor roll consists of two categories, all A's and AB.

Sheriff will delegate authority

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck will delegate day-to-day decisions to his chief deputy, it was announced Friday.

Schools await letter grades n Northwest Arkansas schools performance to be evaluated

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Schools in Northwest Arkansas will receive A to F grades in about a month to tell parents and patrons about a school's performance last year.

Gravette shuts out Huntsville

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Two teams harboring playoff aspirations spent the first half Friday dancing around the middle of the Lion Stadium field trading short jabs. Gravette's defense finally landed the knockout punches against Huntsville.

Decatur National Honor Society inducts four new members

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Four students from the junior class at Decatur High School were inducted into the National Honor Society on Oct. 6 in the library at the school.

By Grace Alone and through Faith Alone

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus...." Romans 3:23-24 (Read all of chapter 3)

Junior Pioneers lose quarter-back, game at Prairie Grove

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Prairie Grove scored 24 points off three Gentry turnovers to offset a 12:06 to 5:54 first-half time of possession differential in beating the junior Pioneers, 30-0, on Thursday.

Senior Center menus

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Gravette Senior Center Menus

SSRH offers tips to be emergency ready

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

How ready are you to deal with a personal medical emergency? The Siloam Springs Regional Hospital Emergency Department (ED) has some pointers to help you recognize an emergency and how you can aid our staff in treating you. When do you need to go to the ED? Consider these factors to avoid wasting precious time wondering if you need treatment:

Middle School holds 'Soctober' drive

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Hometown Events

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

Gravette Church of God (Holiness) Revival

Gravette Students of the Month

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Submitted Photo

Middle school students qualify for choir

posted: 10/29/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Middle School students Jackson McAfee, Andrew Reynoso and Jonathan Brinkley qualified for the Northwest Arkansas junior high all-region choir in tryouts on Oct. 18.

Wednesday, October 22

Hometown Events

posted: 10/22/2014 8:31 a.m.

Gentry's annual quilt show has been set for Nov. 14 through 21 at the Gentry Public Library in the McKee Community Room. The show is sponsored by McKee Foods and entry forms will be available on the city and chamber of commerce websites: www.gentryarkansas.us and gentrychamber.com. More information is available by calling Janie Parks at 479-936-1498.

Crafts celebrating 50th anniversary

posted: 10/22/2014 8:24 a.m.

An open house in honor of Billy Craft and Sharon (Whitaker) Craft, who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, is set for 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Total Life Community Center, 13710 S. Highway 59, Siloam Springs. All friends and family members are invited.

Mayoral candidates offer answers n Candidates Byron Warren and Kurt Maddox speak to issues confronting city of Gravette

posted: 10/22/2014 8:22 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Two names are on the ballot for the office of mayor in Gravette, incumbent mayor Byron Warren and challenger Kurt Maddox. In order to give voters a chance to hear their positions on a number of issues and gain a better understanding of their backgrounds and qualifications, both candidates were sent a questionnaire and asked to respond to each question in 50 words or less.

Miss Betty retires as library volunteer

posted: 10/22/2014 8:03 a.m.

There were a few teary eyes last Saturday as folks said farewell to a longtime Gravette Public Library volunteer. Library manager Kim Schneider, library staff members and Mayor Byron Warren were on hand to honor Betty Adams, who has volunteered faithfully for more than 30 years.

New restaurant offers choice in Gentry

posted: 10/22/2014 8:01 a.m.

For Gentry area residents, the Sunrise Cafe, located at 136 S. Gentry Blvd. in Gentry, offers another option for dining out at noon and in the evening. Though original plans for the cafe were to be open for breakfast and lunch, the owners, Chai Lee and Dao Thao, who moved to Gentry from the Tulsa (Okla.) area two years ago, saw the need for a Gentry restaurant which serves an evening meal and decided instead to operate their business from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Decatur falls short in must-win game

posted: 10/22/2014 7:54 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a "must-win" situation for the Decatur Bulldogs when they played the Western Yell County Wolverines in Bulldog Stadium Oct. 17. But, in spite of their best efforts, the Bulldogs came up short, losing in the end by only two points. The Bulldogs took to the field before a near-capacity crowd with their starting quarterback Victor Urquidi returning from an ankle injury that has plagued him since the Hartford game on Sept. 12.

Woman cited for shoplifting now also faces drug charges

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- An Oct. 9 report of shoplifting a candy bar at the EZ-Mart store on West Main Street in Gentry led to drug charges as well.

Obituaries

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

Mary Magdelene Caudle

Maysville News

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

We are having nice fall weather and got a good rain. We were glad for that. October is almost gone. We will soon be getting ready for the holidays.

Local youth win at State Fair

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Among winners at the Arkansas State Fair were a number of local youth, including the following in the Junior Youth Division (ages 9-13):

Immigrant population increasing interest in meat goats

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

It seems everyone in the world eats goat meat but Americans. However, the preference for goat meat in the U.S. is rapidly increasing, as reflected in the record high prices in recent years.

Gravette Lions thump Berryville Bobcats in away game on Friday

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

n Lions take early lead in game and never look back.

Seniors honored

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Prayer of Asaph in a time of judgment

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

"O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps." Psalm 79:1 (Read Psalm 79)

Anderson wins tuition scholarship

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Claudia Anderson of Gravette was selected through a random drawing to be the winner of a 12-hour, fall 2015 tuition scholarship to Arkansas Tech University. She was selected during the 18th annual Tech Open House on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center.

Pickin' Time on 59

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Susan Holland

Schools teach Internet safety

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- At Gentry Primary School, students are learning about Internet safety during computer time with teacher Sharon Selvidge.

A crabby old man or cranky old woman is one thing we can do without

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

Shoot, I forgot to go to the meeting for the explanation of the reason we need to enforce all the new laws of our county! Our basic laws have been declared obsolete and old, not worthy of being on the books and maybe even illegal. I think spitting on the sidewalk should still require at least a fine.

Museum to get new addition

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Susan Holland

Gentry falls to Gravette

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers fell to the Lady Lions in the closing game of the season and then again in the opening game of district play.

PAWS recipients honored

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Brooklyn Carte of Sulphur Springs, Samantha Maberry of Bella Vista, Ethan Knox of Sulphur Springs, Caidence Carrell of Gravette, Joshua Lunsford of Gravette and Jacob Worley of Bella Vista were chosen as Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise Students) Students of the Month for October. They all received PAWS T-shirts sponsored by the Glenn Duffy Elementary PTO.

Hall consecrated as bishop

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

SALINAS, Calif. -- Archbishop Joseph A. Vellone, DD, announced on Monday the appointment and consecration of Rev. Bobby C. Hall, DD, as regionary auxiliary bishop of the North American Old Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese of California.

Senior Center menus

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY

Lack of sleep shown to decrease job performance

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

OZARK, Mo. -- Sleep deprivation is common among both children and adults according to Renette Wardlow, a human development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Lack of interest in ambulance issues causes concern

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials said Monday they are concerned by the lack of response to the town hall meetings the county has held on the rural ambulance revenue plans set for a vote Nov. 4.

Football Contest Winners

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

The $25 winner last week was Jimmy Corter of Gentry. He was one of four who picked seven of the eight games correctly.

Arvest announces use of Apple Pay

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Arvest Bank has reached an agreement with Apple Inc., which will make the Apple Pay mobile wallet system available to Arvest customers, according to an Arvest release.

Voters won't have to show photo ID at polls

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election began Monday and ends Nov. 3. Voters from any part of the county can cast ballots at the three locations of the County Clerk's Office in Bentonville, Rogers and Siloam Springs. Saturday voting is available only at the County Clerk's Office locations and early voting Nov. 3 will also be available only at the County Clerk's offices. Voting hours vary according to location:

Gravette Library holds gala

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Susan Holland

Decatur council tables DHA appointments

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council, on Oct. 10, discussed the recent failure by the Decatur Housing Authority to submit commissioner appointments prior to their term expiration dates two years ago.

Highfill looks to obtain K-9 unit through donations

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- If all goes as hoped, the Highfill Police Department could be adding a K-9 to the force at minimal expense to the city.

Newspapers are the foundation of vibrant communities

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

A recent visitor to my house noted that I had four different weekly newspapers on the kitchen counter.

Rail Work

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Kansas City Southern Railroad will do construction work affecting railroad crossings on Arkansas 59 in Gentry, according to the Highway Department.

Got your flu shot? How else can you protect against the flu?

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

As we move into October, flu (influenza) shots come to mind. No one wants to get the flu. But with some extra hand-washing and a flu shot, you can improve your chances of avoiding the flu or a cold this season.

Gravette Upper Elementary teachers receive Walmart reward cards

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Teachers at Gravette Upper Elementary School had an exciting staff meeting Oct. 15. Frankie Valdez, manager of the Gravette Gym, was on hand to offer all teachers a 30 percent off deal on gym membership, and they heard an informative presentation on gifted and talented students.

Siloam Springs woman killed in traffic accident

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A Siloam Springs woman was killed on Oct. 15 in a traffic accident at the intersection of Arkansas Highways 12 and 43 near Gentry.

Lawmakers seek greater power from voters

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- The balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of Arkansas' state government could undergo some adjustments in the coming months.

Prosecutors dismiss case against Judge Clinard

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Prosecutors dismissed the public intoxication case against Benton County Judge Bob Clinard.

Courthouse repairs advance n Walton Foundation to give $2.8 million grant

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace Tuesday embraced a $2.8 million grant to repair and renovate parts of the historic county courthouse.

OCH to host fall festival

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In the spirit of the season, Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette is hosting its first annual fall festival and chili cook off on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m.

October is proving to be busy, busy month

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

We usually think of October as a mellow month. Mother Nature is slowing down (except perhaps for the squirrels busily burying nuts) and the earth is preparing for cooler days. Most of the crops are harvested and our chores in the yard and garden will soon be done.

Gentry School District gives annual report to the public

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- School district officials presented the Gentry School District's annual report to the public at a meeting at the high school on Sept. 29.

Pioneers defeated by Shiloh Christian Saints

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Shiloh Christian's defense was its best offense Friday night.

There's a pet for everyone

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

If I asked you to name the most popular house pets in the United States, I bet most of you would guess dogs and you'd be correct. But what if I asked you to name the top 10 pets? Alright, I must admit, I had to do some researching to come up with 10.

A Little Doctrine for my Kids Continued

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

How does God offer and give us His grace?

Ten-four, I'm 10-8 on the radio again

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

I'm not sure what's gotten into me lately or why I've regressed, but I recently decided to hook up an old citizen's band radio or two which had gone silent a good number of years ago. They were dusty and dirty and packed away in a box or on a shelf but, to my surprise, they still worked.

County may take grant n $2.8 million offer comes with three conditions

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's courthouse will get a new lease on life with officials accepting a $2.8 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation for repair and improvement to the structure.

Meeting set on Bypass work

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will hold a public meeting about the interim connector to be built at the intersection of Interstate 49 and the Bella Vista Bypass.

Ship Ahoy: Man builds realism into model boats

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

BELLA VISTA -- Harvey Brown was around 10 years old when he stumbled across an ad in the newspaper for a model airplane kit.

Hiwasse News

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

Robert Brooks has been on a short leave and visited briefly with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brooks, this week. He visited briefly with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Wall, as well.

Northside students receive tips on Internet safety

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The rise of the Internet in the mid '90s opened up the information highway to the world. Its advances continue to provide access to a virtually unlimited supply of information. The Internet has revolutionized the way we see the world.

Road tax worries officials n Resolution would change apportionment

posted: 10/22/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- County officials are worried by an Arkansas Municipal League resolution expressing the cities' wish to reap more revenue from county road taxes.

Wednesday, October 15

Rains dampen fall festival

posted: 10/15/2014 7:28 a.m.

GENTRY -- Though it rained and drizzled all the way up to the starting time for Sunday's fall festival, a break in the wet weather allowed the event to be held and many braved the soggy conditions and enjoyed the afternoon festival on Sunday.

Hometown Events

posted: 10/15/2014 7:23 a.m.

The second annual Gravette Public Library fund-raising gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Cedaridge Event Center, 10889 Highway 72 W., in Bentonville. The event will feature a catered dinner, casino games, silent auction and a DJ. Dress is business/casual. Tickets are available for $25 per person or $160 for a table of eight and may be purchased at the Gravette library, Arvest Bank - Gravette and the Bank of Gravett or from any library commission member. For more information, contact Sally Shorter, 479-787-3338, or Kim Schneider, 479-787-8689.

Gable to celebrate special birthday

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

It's a birthday party of a lifetime for Gary Gable of Gravette. Gary delivered meals on wheels in Gravette for a number of years until diagnosed in February with stage-four lung and brain cancer and given three months to live. Today, he continues to fight and is doing well in spite of the grave diagnosis.

Hiwasse News

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton have been in Atlanta, Ga., attending a reunion of Robert's Army buddies.

Property tax deadline is today n People in Benton County can make payments in person, by phone, online or mailed

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Property taxes are due today and payments can be made by phone and online. Cash, checks, credit cards and e-checks are accepted. Payments also can be mailed and are considered paid on time if they are postmarked on or before today.

Jesus' answer to a crossless Christianity

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

"And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and [of] the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men." Mark 8:31-33 (Read 27-38)

Lady Lions hurt by weak serve reception

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Serve reception hurt the Lady Lions and kept them from wins on the court last week.

Obituaries

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

Virgil Alexander

I can't push Old Man Winter back or kick him forward

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

I have, let me rephrase that, my close relative has two sugar maple trees in the yard. We like the shade and the best of the fall leaves are on those two trees. They turn red, not brownish red, but real red. I just sit and enjoy looking at them every fall. And then the leaves fall to the ground and I don't exactly like that!

Bulldog junior high wins first game, seniors lose by three

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The week of Oct. 6 was originally scheduled an open date for the Decatur Bulldogs. But, before the season began, coaches at Dardanelle contacted Shane Holland and John Unger to see if they would like to play a non-conference game against their junior varsity. The Decatur coaches agreed. So the Bulldogs varsity and junior high teams traveled to central Arkansas to take on the 4A conference Sand Lizards on Oct. 7.

Pavilion dedicated at Johnson Park

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since the opening of Royce Johnson Memorial Park Oct. 22, 2013, it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. It now has a swing set, tether ball set, sand box with digger, and a picnic table, all paid for with private donations.

Trying to Save the Game

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

How We See It: Decatur Case Reflects The Power Of Transparency, Open Records Law

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

We likely haven't heard the last of the recent dust up over in Decatur, where questions about the way money got spent at the local housing authority office led to the resignation of its executive director and a closer examination of the books by officials from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Senior Center menus

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE

Gentry gets the stops they need to hold off Eagles

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Christian Cain may have had the dirtiest white jersey on Huntsville's offense after generally punishing Gentry's defense on 28 carries Friday. But the Pioneers got the stops when they needed and held off the Eagles 28-20.

Library Gala set Thursday

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

n The gala is a fundraiser to supplement the library's building fund.

A little doctrine for my kids: What about good works? Are they necessary?

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

While no one can be saved by his good works because of the sin and imperfection which permeates all we think, say or do, God does desire and command that we do good works.

Army Jazz Band to perform Oct. 27

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

BELLA VISTA -- The Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the United States Army, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville.

Womack talks politics at Gentry Coffee with Congressman event

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- "It's all about arithmetic," U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said of the upcoming election at his visit to Gentry on Thursday. "It doesn't matter who is running; it's about the numbers."

Springtown pursuing grant for walking trail

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- The town council on Friday approved a resolution to seek grant funding to build a portion of a proposed walking trail -- from near the Arkansas Highway 12 bridge over Flint Creek to the Aubrey Long Road Bridge -- and to enter in an agreement with Cassie Elliott of Visionary Milestones to prepare the grant application and administer the grant if it is awarded.

Crystal Lake's mystery artist revealed

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Over the past few weeks, chalk drawings of Howard the Duck, Captain America and Spiderman appeared on the sidewalk at Crystal Lake. But no one knew who the artist was, until now.

Miss Octoberfest pageants held in Gentry

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY --Miss Octoberfest pageants were held Oct. 4 at Gentry High School. The following are the winners in each of the age categories:

Where do they stand? n Two Gentry candidates respond

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- In order to give voters opportunity to compare the positions and views of James Furgason and Katrina Cryer, both candidates for the Ward 1, Position 2, seat on the Gentry City Council, the Eagle Observer sent to both candidates the same eight questions, asking them to respond to each question in 50 words or less. Their answers follow unedited.

The Forgotten Highway

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

Mandalay. Many of you can probably remember that word which sparked a popular song many years ago. It's amazing how a word can lurk in the back of the mind and, with little reason, can pop up.

Meteorologist blows into Northside classroom

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "What do you do when a tornado is in the area?" a weatherman asked a group of Decatur school children.

Springtown plans fall cleanup

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- The town of Springtown will hold a fall cleanup and household waste collection event from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 18 (no material can be accepted after noon, so residents are urged to arrive no later than 11:30 a.m.

Committee reviews planning, zoning maps

posted: 10/15/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Approximately 25 citizens attended a public hearing preceding last Thursday night's Committee of the Whole meeting. Copies of the proposed master street plan, master land use plan and zoning map were on display for citizens to review and mark changes they felt should be made. A few adjustments were made on the maps before sending them back to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission.

Wednesday, October 8

Affordable Care Act is misnomer

posted: 10/08/2014 8:01 a.m.

While I don't really care to become involved in all the political rhetoric that is filling the airwaves and Internet bandwidth during the U.S. Senate campaigns, I can tell you that one thing I have heard on the commercials is true. That deals with health insurance and Obamacare.

Hometown Events

posted: 10/08/2014 7:58 a.m.

The Gentry Fall Music Festival is set for 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, in the Gentry City Park. The event, sponsored by the Gentry United Way and Gentry Chamber of Commerce, will feature live music, including three area bands and varieties of music: a bluegrass band, John Henry and Friends, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.; a gosepel band, Amazing Grace, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.; and a country-rock band, the ShotGunBillys from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The afternoon includes mutton bustin' at 2 p.m., an afternoon car show, pumpkin painting, inflatable rides, and plenty of festival food.

Disbandment of planning commission questioned

posted: 10/08/2014 7:55 a.m.

The disbanding of the Gravette Planning Commission on Aug. 28 has raised sharp criticism from some former commission members, as well as from a few area residents, who question the reason for the council action and say they fear negative effects for city residents and for the city’s future.

Highfill E.H. Club News

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The Highfill Extention Homemakers' Club met Sept. 15 at the Gentry Library meeting room. President Peggy Dillahunty led the monthly meeting. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved, as well as the current financial statement. A report was given on the activities and support of the Benton County Fair.

Letter to Editor from Toby Conrad

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Weekly Devotion

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

"For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: and might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God." Psalm 78:5-8

Council moves forward on plans to maintain city's water tanks, voices opposition to new EPA guidelines

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- In a brief meeting on Monday, the Gentry City Council selected professionals for maintenance to the city's water tanks, approved the city's current millage rate for another year, approved money to repair a sign donated to the city and adopted a resolution opposing the EPA's new greenhouse gas emission guidelines.

Pioneers pick up big win

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers picked up their first win of the season when they traveled to Berryville on Friday night, beating the Bobcats 21-6. The Pioneers took the lead in the opening quarter with a touchdown when Dustin Stoufflett threw a 26-yard pass to Kevin Easter. And the Pioneers built on that lead in the second quarter when Easter completed a pass to Stoufflet for a TD. They added a two-point conversion when Easter connected to Dakota Smith in the end zone.

Sixth grader to hold fundraiser

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A benefit yard sale will be held this week to raise funds for 11-year-old Cassie Estep of Gravette.

Fall festival set for Sunday afternoon n Chamber plans full weekend of activities

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- This weekend promises to be a busy one in Gentry. In addition to the annual fall festival in the park on Sunday afternoon, weekend events include Pickin' Time on 59 and a cruise night on Saturday.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Westside Volleyball Results

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Decatur school board calls meeting to discuss safe room, sound system

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School Board met in special session Sept. 25 to discuss the safe-room building contract and to hear bids on the sound system for Bulldog Stadium.

Decatur celebrates homecoming

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The afternoon of Oct. 3 was cloudy and cool and looked like rain. Then, suddenly, the clouds parted and the sun's rays spread warmth over the city of Decatur, and with that the 2014 Decatur Bulldog homecoming festivities began.

Maysville News

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

We have had some nice weather this last week, even got some rain and cooler temperatures. I think everyone has enjoyed it. Orpha Wardlaw is home after spending a couple of days in Tulsa, Okla., last week in the home of her daughter and family, Eva Rea and Steve Fincher and children Zack and Selena. They always enjoy her coming over.

Obituaries for Oct. 8, 2014

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

Rebecca Ann Clinton

Munoz appointed branch manager

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

CENTERTON -- Bank of Gravett has announced the appointment of Lisa Munoz to the position of branch manager at the Bank of Gravett in Centerton.

A man's passion is a precious thing; he should go for it

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

The old bucking horse syndrome is showing its ugly face in our country again!

There's a definite chill in the air

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

With the arrival of October, there's a whole new spirit in the air. After last Thursday's rain, cooler weather has moved in and it's a little nippy when we start our morning routine.

County prepares for fall cleanup event; volunteers sought

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- The annual Benton County fall cleanup will have some changes this year, organizers said.

Leaving behind a little doctrine for my kids

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

What does it mean to repent or

Safety training offered for schools n Districts plan to take advantage of proposal offered by Arkansas Attorney General's office

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

FARMINGTON -- Northwest Arkansas school superintendents said they want to host active threat training for their employees offered by the Arkansas Attorney General's office.

DHA director resigns amid questions on finances

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Effective Friday, Decatur Housing Authority executive director Debbie Weston resigned her post, which oversees 34 Decatur apartments rented out with income-based assistance available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Prairie Grove holds off Gravette Lions

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Prairie Grove stole the momentum from Gravette on Friday night

Gym has new manager

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Gym has a new manager and he has big plans for the business on Main Street.

Decatur wins homecoming

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Bulldog fans began to fill the stadium at 6 p.m. in preparation for the 2014 homecoming game against conference rival the JC Westside Rebels Oct. 3.

Hiwasse News

posted: 10/08/2014 5 a.m.

We welcome the opening of the Hiwasse Store. Thank you, John and Julie, for bringing a much needed facility to our area.

Wednesday, October 1

Maysville E.H. Club News

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

Twelve members of the Maysville E.H. Club were present for the September meeting and luncheon which was hosted by Dianna Afuvai. The meeting was called to order and everyone was welcomed by president Orpha Wardlaw. We sang "Shortnin' Bread" led by Melinda Crawley. Melinda gave a short reading on "You Are What You Eat"

Maysville News

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

We are having nice fall weather even though we are in need of more rain. The weather report is we may get some this week.

Ole Timers meet

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

The group at our last meeting of the G.M.C.H. Ole Timers was the biggest bunch of Ole Timers ever, 26 in all.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Kapner wins boxing awards

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

Kapner wins boxing awards

Duarte runs all over Lincoln Wolves n Gravette running back gains 223 yards on 14 carries

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Lincoln public address announcer Randy Magar had the best description of Cedric Duarte's performance Friday. "Duarte to the left, Duarte to the right, Duarte up the middle," Magar told the crowd following the third touchdown by the Gravette running back.

Drug take-back event counted successful

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Police Department once again participated in the National Drug Take Back event on Saturday, and the event was counted a huge success by Police Chief Andrew Bower.

Disc golf coming to Old Town Park

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette City Council gave approval to install a nine-hole disc golf course in Old Town Park at their regular meeting last Thursday night. The vote was unanimous to go ahead with the project. Cost will be $3,975 installed with the nine goals and a practice target.

Gravette Police Blotter

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hiwasse News

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Banks, Regina Keith, Lofty Carrier and I were in Pea Ridge on Saturday afternoon to attend memorial services for Amy Jordan.

Bulldogs come up empty against Hackett Hornets

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a rough night for the Decatur Bulldogs as they once again traveled south to take on the Hackett Hornets at Hackett Sept. 26.

Smith new lending officer for the Bank of Gravett

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Bank of Gravett recently introduced James L. Smith of Bentonville as chief lending officer and market president of the Centerton/Bentonville area office.

A little doctrine for my kids continued....

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

How does one come to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior?

It's time to mow where purple mint has done so well

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

Seems a shame that some of the stuff a producer of fine beef has to deal with can't be fixed and done so that the rest of time it would be easier to handle providing beef for the world. I am talking about rocks in the land, briars, weeds, thistles and rustlers. OK, I haven't any real experience with rustlers, but I know about the other stuff.

Gentry School District's funding appeal denied n Plans to build new high school and replace current intermediate school campus remain on hold

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- The state Facilities Review Board on Sept. 24 denied all appeals from seven school districts wanting approval for Partnership Program projects.

Letters to the Editor

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Adding bird diverters

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

For the Birds

Choir clinic conducted in Gentry

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY --The music coming from the auditorium at Gentry High School brought back sounds of ancient choirs in huge cathedrals and concert halls, but it was not a professional choir singing in the auditorium. It was a group of high school students from Gentry and other small schools in the area.

Pioneers can't stop Blackhawks

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Pea Ridge coach Tony Travis warned his team that even though Gentry had not won a game this season, the Pioneers were dangerous.

Life goes on ... or not

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

I saw so little of death when I was growing up. The only funeral I remember attending was my father's, when I was a teen. So I guess I thought I'd live forever.

Empire District announces new rates for Arkansas customers

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

JOPLIN, MO -- The Empire District Electric Company announced Monday that the Arkansas Public Service Commission has granted a change in rates for its Arkansas electric customers.

Hometown Events

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

The Gentry Senior Activity and Wellness Center is having a loaded baked potato dinner on Friday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Meals include a potato with choice of toppings, dessert and drink for a donation of $6 for adults and $3 for children under 6. The event is to support the senior meal program while enjoying lunch and time together. Call 736-0378 for more information.

Millage loses in all precincts n Proposal to increase taxes and build school in Bella Vista loses district-wide

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The parent who led a campaign against the Gravette School District's recent tax proposal said she was pleased by the unity voters showed in last week's election.

Sidewalk artist leaves mark at Crystal Lake

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR-- Two pieces of art were found on the walkway leading to the boat dock at Crystal Lake. Captain America and Howard the Duck, two Marvel comic book characters, made their appearance there some time around Sept. 19.

Gravette council approves contract

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Work will soon begin on additional repairs to Gravette's wastewater treatment plant and the upgrade of a portion of the city's sewer lines now that a contract was approved at Thursday night's council meeting.

Walnut shelling begins today

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The gold rush has just begun. It may not create such a frenzy as the gold rush in California in 1849 but area residents are scrambling to cash in on a crop some call "black gold."

Bulldogs announce homecoming court

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- One of the most important times of the football season is homecoming, with its week-long celebration full of spirit, pageantry and pride.

Ammi or Lo-ammi? God's people or not God's people?

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

"Then said [God], Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye [are] not my people, and I will not be your [God]. Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye [are] not my people, [there] it shall be said unto them, [Ye are] the sons of the living God." Hosea 1:9-10 (Read Hosea, chapter one)

Director attempts to justify personal use of DHA funds n Weston says she was using accrued vacation time

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Housing Authority's board of director's meeting was pretty routine on Thursday -- approving minutes, reviewing budgets and the like -- but what went on in the days prior to the public meeting was less than routine: DHA director Debbie Weston sent three letters to board members to explain why housing authority money was paid to individuals who did private work for her at her home, why an attorney was retained for her criminal case using housing authority funds without housing authority board approval and documenting minutes she says she sent to the city of Decatur with board appointments.

It's September, time to remember Mom and Dad

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

Ah, September! The heat of the summer passes, the September rains come, football heats up, and ... winter is just around the corner! AAAAGGGHHH!

Obituaries

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

Jessica Kaye Thompson

Fall cleanup days set in Gravette, Hiwasse

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual citywide fall cleanup is scheduled next week in both Gravette and Hiwasse.

Gravette beats Gentry at the net

posted: 10/01/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll